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Hebrew is “Yehudi”. Some interpret the word “Yehudi” to come from the root word “Hodah - to give thanks.”  The Yehudi -- Jewish Nation -- is proud to be identified as people of giving thanks. Our morals and values depend on this positive character trait. G-d gives us so much, providing so much opportunity to be thankful for- our families, our freedom, our safetywhich are all gifts we need to very thankful for.  P.S - We like to extend a tremendous thank you to YOU - our avid readers and supporters for making The Jewish Home a part of your family!

The traditional origin of modern Thanksgiving is generally referring to the celebration that occurred in 1621 at the site of Plymouth Plantation, in Massachusetts. The Wampanoag Native Americans helped the pilgrims who arrived in Massachusetts cultivate the land and fish, saving them from starvation, and they celebrated with a festive meal of thanks. The Jewish nation has been celebrating the concept of thanksgiving since the beginning of time, possibly even before the Native Americans. As Jews, we are raised with the concept of appreciation and thanks. We are taught to recognize that everything we have is really from G-d, and that we should be thankful for all the things we have. The first thing we do when we wake up in the morning is say Modeh Anithank G-d for another day. We want the first thing out of our lips to be recognition and thanks to Hashem for this incredible miracle.  The mere reference to us being called ‘Jews’ depicts this in our very being. The word “Jew” in

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The Week In News

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Resigns

It took almost a week but on Tuesday Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe announced his resignation in order to have a “smooth transfer of power” after 37 years in charge. The letter was read out in a cheering, dancing Parliament, which had been pursuing impeachment of the 93-year-old Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state.

The resignation came at the end of a week of extraordinary events that began with the military moving in last week, angered by Mugabe’s firing of his longtime deputy and the positioning of the unpopular first lady to succeed him. Impeachment allegations against Mugabe included that he “allowed his wife to usurp constitutional power” and that he is “of advanced age” and too incapacitated to rule. Mugabe also was accused of allowing unpopular first lady Grace Mugabe to threaten to kill the recently fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other officials. Zimbabwe’s polarizing first lady, Grace Mugabe, had been positioning herself to succeed her husband, leading a party faction that engineered Mnangagwa’s ouster. The prospect of a dynastic succession alarmed the military, which confined Mugabe to his home last week and targeted what it called “criminals” around him who allegedly were looting state resources — a reference to associates of the first lady. The ruling ZANU-PF party began impeachment proceedings against Mugabe after its Central Committee voted to oust the president as party leader and select Mnangagwa as his replacement, a move that eventually could allow the former vice president to become head of state. Mnan-

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UK to Pay Iran £450M A huge amount of money is going to be transferred from Great Britain to Iran to pay off an old debt. At the same time, a British-Iranian citizen is being jailed in Iran for “working to undermine the Tehran regime.” Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, was arrested last year at the airport with her 19-month-old daughter. Her husband is hoping that the money will hopefully help ensure her release. The £450 million debt stems from an arms deal that was agreed upon almost 40 years ago between the Shah’s regime in Iran and the United Kingdom. The deal was originally for an order of 1,750 Chieftain main battle tanks that were to be shipped to Iran. However, in 1979, the Islamic Revolution took place and the Brits refused to complete the order. The Iranian government has been demanding that the money be returned ever since. Zaghari-Ratcliffe visited the Islamic Republic of Iran in April 2016. After being arrested for working to undermine the government, the aid worker was sentenced to five years of jail time. Richard Ratcliffe, Nazanin’s husband, has been urging the British government to secure her release. On November 1 of this year British foreign secretary Boris Johnson said in Parliament that Zaghari-Ratcliffe was “teaching journalism” in Iran. His comments produced a furor, as the Iranian government threatened to prolong her sentence to 16 years in jail after his remarks. Johnson has since apologized for his words, “Of course I apologize for the distress, for the suffering that has been caused by the impression I gave that I believed she was there in a professional capacity. She was there on holiday,” he said. He says he plans on visiting Iran later this year to help secure her release. The British government has denied that the transfer of funds is a ransom payment to secure Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s release. The Iranian government has also denied the connection between the two events. “These are two separate matters,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi. “Linking them is wrong. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been tried and sentenced to jail.”

Former Caracas Mayor Escapes Venezuela

Antonio Ledezma, the former mayor of Caracas and outspoken opponent of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, escaped house arrest this week and managed to make it all the way to Madrid. “I have the support from the Spanish government to remain in Spain as long as necessary, as well as my family who are accompanying me here, my wife Mitzy, and my daughters, who are here at my side,” Ledezma said. Ledezma was received by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy at Moncloa Palace. Maduro arrested Ledezma, 62, in 2015 for allegedly being involved in a plot to overthrow the government. He was later released from prison and placed under house arrest for health reasons. Ledezma has vowed to continue to fight against Maduro from Spain. “Maduro is not simply a president. Maduro is a tyrant that controls by force the country’s institutions and seeks to subdue people like me,” Ledezma said, adding that there was a “political witch hunt” against him and other opposition leaders who have become political prisoners. Spain has made clear that it is giving its “full commitment to democracy in Venezuela” and hopes to help bring about “a fully democratic solution to the Venezuelan crisis, which necessarily must be achieved through the freeing of all political prisoners and the celebration of fully democratic and approved elections in the country.” When Maduro learned of Ledezma’s escape, he said that the “the vampire is flying free around the world! The vampire, protected, has gone to Spain – to live the great life.” He then added that Ledezma is not welcome to return to his home country. The escape was very daring and almost played out like a tale of fiction. “This journey of more than 24 hours was like a James Bond movie. We passed more than 29 checkpoints, roadblocks,” Ledezma said. “I took all the risks. I couldn’t help but to think of the value of freedom. Today, when I arrived in Spain, I felt free.” Venezuela has seen far better days. Extreme inflation has led to shortages in food, medicine, and other essentials. The International Monetary Fund predicts that the country will see inflation levels of 650% this year and another 2,300% in 2018.

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N. Korea Bans Parties, Singing Being one of the most repressive countries in the world, North Koreans face strict laws from their dictator Kim Jong Un – and that doesn’t seem like it’s going to ease up anytime soon. Information is strictly controlled, and internet access is only “permitted” with special authorization and primarily used for government purposes or by foreigners. The latest attempt to control the population is the ban on big gatherings that allow drinking and entertainment. The goal of the ban was to repress “a possible negative impact” of sanctions against North Korea in response to its recent nuclear tests.

The National Intelligence Service reported in a briefing to South Korean lawmakers on Monday that the ban is intended to suppress the impact of crippling economic sanctions imposed by the international community in retaliation for the country’s ongoing development and testing of nuclear devices and ballistic missiles. Apparently officials feel that parties allow an opportunity for information to be passed around. “[Pyongyang] has devised a system whereby party organs report people’s economic hardships on a daily basis, and it has banned any gatherings related to drinking, singing and other entertainment and is strengthening control of outside information,” the spy agency said.

Anti-Israel Group’s Funds Frozen A scandal has engulfed the anti-Israel Marxist-Leninist Party in Germany. After allegations surfaced that the party had campaigned during a federal election with

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), which is designated as a terrorist organization by both the United States and the European Union, Deutsche Bank and the Postbank shut down the party’s bank accounts in Germany. In response, Gabi Fechter, the chairwoman of the Marxist-Leninist Party (MLPD), said the closing of their account “is a massive attack on the management of the MLPD.” She added that that the closure of the accounts “means a new high point in the criminalization campaign against the MLPD and a politically motivated bank boycott.” In the recent general elections, the MLPD was unable to grab onto the required 5% of the vote in order to enter the Bundestag. The German intelligence agencies monitor the MLPD’s 1,800 members very closely because the group has been deemed a threat to national democracy. Fechter is now threatening legal action if the banks do not unfreeze the group’s funds. She also came out clearly denying the allegations, saying that “all of the defamations with respect to our alleged terror connections...are without substance.” During the 2009 IDF mission Operation Cast Lead against Hamas, the Marxist-Leninist Party called for “solidarity with the just resistance of the Palestinian people against Israel’s war of aggression and state terrorism.”

Mexico to Support Israel at UN Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu showed his appreciation for Mexico’s support recently. Bibi tweeted a message of thanks to Mexico following its announcement that it would not vote against Israel in upcoming votes at the United Nations. “Thank you President of Mexico @ EPN [EPN stands for Enrique Pena Neito, Mexico’s president] and Secretary of Foreign Affairs Videgaray for refusing to

go along with one-sided anti-Israel resolutions at the UN. Deeply value your friendship,” Netanyahu tweeted last week. Included in the tweet were symbols of the Israeli and Mexican flags.

Last Wednesday reported that Mexico will change its voting strategy at the UN and other international bodies by putting a stop to votes in favor of Palestinian resolutions. Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Figari contacted Israeli Ambassador to Mexico Yoni Pelad and informed him of the shift in strategy. This change of heart comes just two months after Netanyahu visited Mexico during his tour through Latin America. He was the first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit countries in Latin America; he also visited Argentina and Colombia. In Mexico, Netanyahu met with President Enrique Pena Nieto in Mexico City and signed several agreements to strengthen ties and sanctions between the two countries. Much of the visit was to repair a hurtful comment made by Netanyahu earlier in the year. He had tweeted praise for President Trump’s plan to build a wall; Israeli President Reuven Rivlin later issued a statement apologizing for any misunderstanding.

Huge Civil Suit Won against PA and Terrorists

The Palestinian Authority and several Palestinian terrorists have been found guilty and have been ordered to pay NIS 62 million in a civil wrongful-death suit by the Jerusalem District Court. The court case revolved around the murder of three Israelis in a shooting attack that was carried out on August 25, 2001. The three Israelis that were murdered

in the vicious terror attack were Sharon Ben-Shalom, her husband Yavin Ben-Shalom, and her brother Doron Savri. Sharon was able to keep two of her children alive during the shooting by shielding them with her own body. The Palestinian Authority was held equally responsible for the attack because the PA had solicited and helped the cell that carried out the heinous crime. The court rejected the PA’s argument that the plaintiffs could not receive new damages because they had already been compensated by the National Insurance Institute as victims of terror. The court ordered the PA to pay NIS 24.8 million and the terrorists themselves to pay NIS 37.2 million. The Jerusalem District Court did reject the plaintiffs’ attempts to get a higher amount of damages, mostly because Israel’s Law of Damages often leads to smaller rewards than those found in other countries such as the Unites States. It is not yet clear how the plaintiffs will go about collecting the damages or whether the government will help them do so. The Foreign Ministry has referred the matter to the Justice Ministry which has not yet released a comment on the matter.

IDF Defends Jews Davening in West Bank

A mosque in the Palestinian village of Halhul was the site of prayer for over 300 Breslov Jews this week. The Younis mosque, which is north of Chevron, is built over the traditionally believed graves of prophets Gad and Natan. The IDF accompanied the bulletproof busses that brought the chassidim to the kevarim. A military spokesperson said that the army had to defend the entourage against Palestinians hurling “rocks and firebombs” and then dispersed the crowd with riot-combatting tactics in order to “prevent further escalation.” No injuries were reported. Although tradition says that the graves are actually located inside the mosque, the group of Jews davened Shacharis on the road outside of the mosque. It is the first time in 18 years that Jews have been able to daven at the site. There are many kevarim that are deep within the Palestinian-controlled West Bank. Arguably the most famous sites are Kever Rachel, which is near Bethlehem, and the grave of Yosef Hatzaddik in Nablus.

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“P is for Palestine” Children’s Book for Sale An anti-Semitic, Pace University history professor has written a children’s book titled “P is for Palestine.” The alphabet book goes through the ABC’s, starting with “A is for Arabic” and adding gems like “I is for intifada” and “R is for Ramallah.” Of course, the book makes no mention of Israel. Author Golbarg Bashi, a former instructor of Iranian studies at Rutgers University, raised $15,000 through a crowdfunding campaign to publish her book. Her other credits include several anti-Israel blogs, in one of which she declares that “by all measured historical accounts...Israel is a racial and religious apartheid state.” She claims that she was inspired to write the book when she noticed that there were no ABC books for children on Palestine while they exist about many other countries including Mexico, United States, and Italy.

book... It’s disgraceful.” One entry in the book for the letter “I” teaches children about the intifada. “I is for Intifada, Arabic for rising up for what is right, if you are a kid or grownup!” It shows a child on her father’s back standing before barbed wire and flashing peace signs. Bashi held a book-signing in New York over the weekend. The Palestinian people were “born” after the Six Day War, when Jordan lost the Judea and Samaria region to Israel. After Jordan attacked Israel and then relinquished Judea and Samaria to the Jewish State, the Jordanians living in the region refused to accept Israeli authority. As one Palestinian said, “One day we were Jordanian citizens, and they promised us the war would be over and we would win. The next day, the war was over and we had lost. They took the star out of our flag and told us we’re not Jordanians anymore, we’re Palestinians.”

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The reactions to the book have been very diverse. Angry mothers have been leaving scathing reviews online where the book can be bought. “A children’s book on Palestine that doesn’t recognize the state of very sad,” a woman noted online. Another wrote that Bashi has “gall advertising your incredibly politically insensitive book on this site. You must have known you would be igniting a political firestorm by posting that in the hopes of drumming up sales for your ridiculous

On Monday, one person died and dozens of people were injured when a cosmetics factory in New York exploded and caught on fire. At least seven firefighters were hurt in a second blast as they came to the rescue. The fire occurred around 10am at the Verla International factory in New Windsor. The second blast occurred around 10:40, when firefighters were endeavoring to manage the flames. At least 35 people were injured in all. One employee was unaccounted for during the day but around 7pm was found dead. Thick black smoke spewed from the roof of one section of the factory, which included manufacturing and warehouse buildings. The company makes nail pol-

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Judge: Sanctuary Order Illegal Just days after President Trump took office he issued an executive order which sought to withhold funds from cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration requests to turn over any individual arrested for a crime who are suspected of entering the U.S. illegally. On Monday, U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick issued a ruling in lawsuits brought by two California counties, San Francisco and Santa Clara, in response to the order. The judge’s decision permanently blocks U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order to cut funding from cities that limit cooperation with U.S. immigration authorities. Orrick said that the president cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress. The order targeted so-called “sanctuary cities.” Jurisdictions that refused to comply include the cities of Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Those fighting the executive order celebrated the decision Monday. “This is a victory for the American people and the rule of law,” San Francisco city attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement. “This executive order was unconstitutional before the ink on it was even dry.” He added, “We live in a democracy. No one is above the law, including the president.” A Department of Justice spokesman said the court had “exceeded its authority” in its ruling, and vowed that the department would continue to follow Trump’s direction with regard to the January executive order. “The District Court exceeded its authority today when it barred the President from instructing his cabinet members to enforce existing law,” spokesman Devin O’Malley said. “The Justice Department will vindicate the President’s lawful authority to direct the executive branch.” The term “sanctuary city” is a broad term applied to jurisdictions that have policies in place designed to limit cooperation

with or involvement in federal immigration enforcement actions. Cities, counties and some states have a range of informal policies as well as actual laws that qualify as “sanctuary” positions. The idea for sanctuary cities appears to have sprung out of churches in the 1980s that provided sanctuary to Central Americans fleeing violence at home amid reluctance by the federal government to grant them refugee status. They became popular in more diverse locales to counter what officials there saw as overzealous federal immigration policies, particularly against those arrested for minor, non-violent crimes.

Nebraska Approves Keystone Pipeline

After years of negotiations, Nebraska regulators finally approved a route for TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL pipeline on Monday. This clears the way for the long-delayed project, an agenda Trump has strongly supported. This week’s approval, though, did not make everyone happy. Residents of the states that the pipeline will pass through are concerned that it could possibly contaminate their drinking water or cause other health problems. Environmentalists are concerned about the impact on the environment and the waste it will possibly generate. The 3-2 vote by the Nebraska Public Service Commission gave the green light for the construction of a pipeline that will link Canada’s Alberta oil sands to refineries in the United States. Experts say that there will still be many legal battles and opposition to fight along the way. “We are going to fight…to make sure this pipeline never gets built,” said Jane Kleeb, the head of anti-pipeline political advocacy group Bold Nebraska.

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The commission’s approval was not for TransCanada’s original route, but for a more costly alternative that would add five miles of pipeline, along with an additional pumping station and related transmission lines. TransCanada Chief Executive Officer Russ Girling said in a press release that the company will review the commission’s decision to assess its impact to the project’s cost and schedule. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the pipeline “will mean greater energy security for all North Americans.” The proposed line, which would run about 1,180 miles (1,899 km) from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, has been a hotly debated topic. Environmentalists have made it into a symbol of their broader fight against fossil fuels and global warming. Business groups and President Trump, meanwhile, say it could lower fuel prices and create employment. Back in March, Trump gave TransCanada a federal permit for the pipeline as part of a broader agenda to enhance the energy sector, reversing a decision by former U.S. President Barack Obama in 2015 to block the project. The Obama administration felt that the project wouldn’t bring significant enough economic benefits to outweigh its environmental impact. Trump has said Keystone XL would create 28,000 jobs nationwide.

N. Korea Sponsor of Terror

On Monday, President Donald Trump announced that he was place North Korea back on the list of state sponsors of terrorism. “Today the United States is designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Should have happened a long time ago. Should have happened years ago,” Trump

said. North Korea was removed from the list by President George W. Bush in 2008. South Korea, the U.S.’s ally on the peninsula, said its military is “maintaining a firm readiness posture” for reaction from North Korea following the move. North Korean state media published a strong rebuke of Trump on Tuesday, although it wasn’t clear if it was in direct response to the terror designation. “The hideous crimes committed by the lunatic president of the U.S. are a blatant challenge to the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK,” an article in Rodong Sinmun said. “Those who trample down and make a mockery of the DPRK’s dignity can never go scot-free,” it added. It is quite normal for North Korea’s state media to publish blistering comments against the U.S. and its allies. Trump said that North Korea has “repeatedly” sponsored acts of terrorism, including “assassinations on foreign soil.” “The regime has made numerous lethal incursions in South Korea, attempted to assassinate senior leaders, attacked South Korean ships and tortured Otto Warmbier, ultimately leading to that fine young man’s death,” Trump said. “This designation will impose further sanctions and penalties on North Korea ... and supports our maximum pressure campaign to isolate the murderous regime,” the president added. New sanctions against the regime will be announced in the coming weeks. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has also determined that the North Korean regime has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism, according to a State Department official – noting the government has been implicated in assassinations on foreign soil. “As part of the administration’s maximum pressure strategy, we have asked all countries around the world to put diplomatic and economic pressure on the DPRK, whose regime threatens international peace and security with its unlawful nuclear and ballistic missile development, dangerous support for international terrorism and other malicious activities,” a State Department official said. “Kim Jong Un must realize that the only path to a secure, economically prosperous future is to abandon his unlawful nuclear and ballistic



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missile development and support for international terrorism and rejoin the international community,” the official said. “Today’s designation is long overdue as North Korea continued its sponsorship of terrorism. Pyongyang’s use of nerve agent to kill Kim Jong Nam, the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is the most visible example of North Korea’s attacks on dissent overseas,” Anthony Ruggiero, a former deputy director of the Treasury Department and an expert in the use of targeted financial measures for Foundation for Defense of Democracies, noted on Monday. “A few years ago, after North Korea’s cyber-hack of Sony Pictures, it threatened a 9/11-style attack against U.S. movie theaters,” Ruggiero said. “The Kim regime should not have been removed from the list in 2008 and the U.S. government should have relisted it sooner than today.” Prior to this week, only three countries were labeled states sponsors of terror by the United States: Iran, Sudan and Syria. Such a designation carries significant sanctions against the country’s ability to receive U.S. foreign assistance and puts a ban on defense exports and sales. It also allows the United States to punish people or countries who trade with the designated countries. Cuba was removed from the list in 2015 by President Obama. President Bush had removed Libya in 2006 and Iraq in 2004 from the list. He had taken North Korea off the list in anticipation of a nuclear deal that never materialized.

Disney Takes Two

for people of all cultures, they point with two fingers instead. HuffPost has interpreted the detail another way. The site says that it could be paying homage to Walt Disney himself, who would tour the grounds with a cigarette in-hand. He would point out attractions to guests with two fingers and a cigarette sandwiched in between. Obviously, with the dangers of smoking so established nowadays a smoking Walt Disney is hardly going to attract scores of children and their parents to his park. Even so, the two-finger point is still used by employees at Disney.

Your Feet will Thank You Don’t you love going to Disney? The shows, the attractions, the’s a mini-wonder world that delights both young and old. I bet you never noticed, though, that workers at Disney never point with their finger. Instead, they use the “double finger point.” Look around, you’ll see it’s true. Even during shows or parades, they’re pointing with two fingers. Recently the Independent explained this interesting detail. In some cultures, pointing with a single finger may seem rude. And because Disney is such a draw

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A rescue cat at the British embassy is Jordan now has an official title. “Lawrence of Abdoun” is a fluffy black and white tomcat who is now the chief mouser

who reports directly to the Foreign Office’s Palmerston, a cat that delights his 57,000 followers with regular updates from the ministry in Whitehall via @ DiploMog. Lawrence, named after T.E. Lawrence, a British military officer who fought alongside Arabs against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War, has already gained 2,500 followers since being adopted from an animal shelter last month. The embassy is located in the Abdoun neighborhood of Amaan. “Through Lawrence’s Twitter account we’re trying to show a different side to Jordan, what it is really like, a peaceful, prosperous country that British tourists should come and visit,” said Deputy Ambassador Laura Dauban. Lawrence has already seen the effects of social media. Since posting some photos, he is now concerned about his image and will be “doing some exercises” to make sure he looks his best. Talk about diplomatic im-meow-nity.

Yoga for the Road?

We all need some positive feelings in our lives. Recently, Scott Froschauer posted upbeat messages in a Los Angeles suburb to get people to feel the “vibe.” Froschauer created twenty message on signs that look like typical street signs and posted them around the neighborhood. Instead of “caution” written on a yellow diamond, the signs were scrawled with messages like “relax,” “breathe,” “do your best,” and “grow.” His “Word on the Street” installation is backed by the Glendale Library, Arts and Culture Department. “The main visual language in street signs is traditionally negative,” Froschauer told the Los Angeles Times. “The project is about imagining how we would give reassuring language in the place of negative language.” Froschauer’s website includes a map of all of the signs’ locations, which he said were chosen in consultation with city officials. Hey Scott, it’s hard to “relax” when you’re honking behind me.

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Community Torah Academy of Boca Raton’s 11th Annual Golf Tournament

A relaxed afternoon of golf with friends took on additional meaning this past Monday, as Torah Academy of Boca Raton held its 11th Annual Golf Tournament, one of its biggest fundraisers of the year and a community highlight. The rolling greens of the immaculate Boca Lago Country Club combined with ideal weather to provide attendees with a made-to-order afternoon of camaraderie and light-hearted competition. Over a hundred Torah Academy supporters played the courses, while over two hundred attended the gala barbecue dinner that capped off the event. “The event has a beauty to it beyond the afternoon of leisure,” commented Rabbi Chaim Glazer, school administrator and one of the organizers of the tournament. “Professionals from all walks of life gath-

er together for an afternoon of great food and great golf for a great cause.” Indeed, a look at the lengthy sponsorship list shows an array of participants whose connection to Torah Academy spans the personal – parents of current students – to business partners of the school, to philanthropic community members, all who believe in the importance of Jewish education and ensuring that it remains vibrant in Boca Raton. The tournament is kept fresh and engaging with a variety of smaller features that complement the full golf course, including a chipping contest, a shot at a million-dollar annuity, and a “shotgun start” that has each golf team starting at a different hole. Of course, the mouth-watering barbecue is a main attraction of

the event, as Torah Academy parent Dr. Boruch Ringelheim tops himself year after year in catering a gourmet buffet lunch and sit-down dinner. Dr. B’s Rib Shack provided meats specially flown in from Chicago, offering steak, brisket, burgers, hot dogs, and succulent ribs, with the ribs made available at the ninth hole for a little “snack” on the green. The dinner’s program featured a trophy presentation to tournament winners, and a raffle of prizes to further extend the fun and fundraising success of the event. This year was especially poignant because of the celebration of a siyum during dinner, a traditional celebration to mark the completion of study of a specific section or entire compilation of the Talmud. This special siyum’s program of study

was held in support of a beloved community member battling a serious illness; he addressed the crowd and mesmerized his audience with his religious commitment, perseverance, and love of life. In a beautiful demonstration of Jewish learning, community ties, and the far-ranging effects of combined giving, the golf tournament succeeded way above par. Torah Academy is an Orthodox yeshiva located in east Boca Raton educating over 400 students, with an Early Childhood Center (ages 2-5), Elementary division (Grades 1-5) and Girls’ and Boys’ Middle School divisions (Grades 6-8). Any interested parties are warmly welcome to contact the school office at 561465-2200 or visit www.torahacademybr. org for more information.

Mechina of South Florida Hosts Annual Father & Son Brunch ‘n Learn The Mechina of South Florida held its annual Father/Son Brunch ‘n Learn last Sunday. The program began with the talmidim of grades five through eight meeting up with their fathers in the Yeshiva Beis Medresh for geshmake learning. A tremendous Kol Torah could be heard throughout the jam-packed beis medresh as the talmidim and their fathers learned through the gemara in Maseches Kiddushin dealing with the Mitzvah of Kibud Av Va’aim. Following inspiring divrei chizuk by the Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Zweig and Rosh Mechina Rabbi Friedman, everyone made their way to the main dining hall for a festive seudah. Hot pancakes, bagels, lox, and danishes were some of the delicacies which everyone enjoyed. Rabbi Janowski from Yeshiva Elementary then

shared divrei bracha, after which a video presentation was shown highlighting the growth of our talmidim with images of the boys in action. The event concluded with everyone heading outside, where they were treated to fresh cotton candy and an amazing ice cream buffet. The boys created their own ice cream sundaes with delicious toppings, syrups and whipped

cream to cap off an amazing event filled with great learning, ruach, and fun. The Mechina is proud to be able to provide a sweet taste for torah to the younger generation of talmidim. The Mechina will be hosting its annual open house for prospective students and parents of 6th graders on Sunday, December 3rd, at 10:45 AM – 12:00pm.

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Boca Raton Synagogue’s ‘All In 4 Education’ a Tremendous Success A Campaign to Assist with Jewish Day School Scholarships and Tuition Assistance All In 4 Education, Boca Raton Synagogue’s Jewish Education Scholarship Fund (JESF), hosted the successful Annual Poker Tournament last week. As part of JESF’s fundraising campaign, the Annual Poker Tournament was held with over 40 people participating, some attendees played poker and others came to socialize and enjoy delicious food along with single malt scotch and cigars. The Fund was created by BRS to assist families with tuition assistance and Jewish Education scholarships. JESF pays schools directly on behalf of specific children, and the fund has zero administration or overhead costs, due to the generous volunteering of local members. Every single penny that is donated goes directly towards enabling the community’s children to remain in their respective Jewish Day school and receiving a Jewish education. While this year’s campaign has been successful, the needs continue to outpace the available funds. The tuition crisis is

an identified problem that continues to be discussed on national and local levels. However, until a big picture project is developed and achieved, there remains

a very real and present need. To help All in 4 Education/JESF or for more info, contact Linda Gordon at 561.394.0394 or linda@brsonline.

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Students at Katz Yeshiva High School in Boca Raton Spent Election Day 2017 getting ready for Election Day 2018 with Teach Florida and NCSY

(Hollywood, FL) “18 in ‘18” debuted today, Election Day 2017, when Teach Florida, NCSY and Katz Yeshiva High School and held a voter registration drive for its students. Florida law allows teens to pre-register to vote at 16 years old, meaning seniors, juniors, and many sophomore are eligible to register. Five student leaders helped spearhead the effort by being the first to register and bringing their friends to the table. The next couple hours were filled with nonstop ex-

citement, questions, and even lollipops as student after student filled out his or her voter registration. KYHS’ History department backed up Teach Florida’s voter registration with classes on government, voting and civic responsibility prior to today’s activities. “We are proud to announce that future elections in Florida will now have 78 new and excited voters,” said Mimi Jankovits, Executive Director of Teach Florida, a project of the Orthodox Union. “They are part of our community coming together to

show support for government school programs, including scholarships and security funding.” “Voting is a privilege many of us take for granted in our democratic country,” said Shira Englander, Director of Student Activities at KYHS. “Taking time out of regularly scheduled classes to emphasize the importance of being an active citizen is an important step in ensuring students value their right to vote.” “This program allows us to educate teenagers about the policies that have a direct effect on their schools,” said Daniel Geller, Leadership and Programming Specialist at NCSY. “It attracts a diverse student body and excites them about the prospect of getting involved in the political process.” “Engaging our community to vote in local and state elections will help our voice be heard locally and statewide,”

said Daniel Aqua, Field Director of Teach Florida. Teach Florida is bringing Jewish schools, families and community together for safer, stronger, and more affordable Jewish schools. “18 in ‘18” will be holding voter registration drives in Jewish schools around South Florida as one of several voter registration campaigns. For more information or to run a voter registration drive at your school, please contact Daniel Aqua at


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Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes in Conjunction with the YI of Bal Harbor Launches an Exciting, New Torah Learning Initiative Starting Monday November 27th the Bal Harbor-Bay Harbour- Surfside Community will begin hosting a very exciting weekly ​​Bais Medrash  learning program in conjunction with YTCTE. Community men and y oung adults will join together with all the current Bais Medrash Talmidim from Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras

Emes, fo r a weekly evening of eventful Torah Le a rning, Inspiration and Unity. Everyone present will have the opportunity to study Gemara, Parsha, and/or Mussar with a Bais Medrash Chavrusa, and be a part of t his monumental Torah learning experience. The prog r am will run from  Monday

November 27 through Monday, January 8, 2018. It will take place at the Young Israel o f Bal Harbour, and is open to the enti r e community. One-on-one individual i zed learning will take place weekly f r om 8:00PM-8:45PM, with open Bai s Medrash learning continuing through 10:00PM. And yes, of course re-

freshmen t s will be served. We look forward to greeting you there. For general information or further details regarding the upcoming schedule feel free to contact

Remembering Ezra Schwartz Through The Families Who Saved Lives With Him Jerusalem, Israel- Seven years ago, in 2010, four childhood friends from Sharon, Massachusetts, Josh Hanau, Dani Lerner, Ariel Goldman, and Ezra Schwartz, and their families donated an ambucycle together to help support the work of United Hatzalah. They raised the money needed to purchase an ambucycle, a motorcycle fully equipped with all the medical equipment necessary to provide a fast response to medical emergencies and terror attacks throughout Israel. For the next seven-anda-half years, their ambucycle, together with its drivers Yossi Rafaeli and Daniel Cohen, was responsible for saving many lives. On average, the ambucycle responded to 4-5 calls per day over its prestigious life. The ambucycle stayed in service far longer than most ambucycles.  Finally, in September 2017, the ambucycle was retired. “Over the years, we were updated on our ambucycle’s driver and his lifesaving feats as a result of our ambucycle’s quick response time,” writes the families who donated the ambucycle on their new campaign page. “Our ambucycle made many calls and saved many lives over the years. Unfortunately, this past September, our ambucycle was retired due to mechanical issues.” The ambucycle had been the most senior and longest lasting in the entire fleet.   Ezra Schwartz was killed in a terrorist attack in Gush Etzion, Israel, on Novem-

ber 19th, 2015, during his gap year. He, together with his three friends, was spending the year in Israel studying. During that time, while Ezra was still alive, he and his friends would look for their ambucycle anytime they saw a medical emergency in progress, or an ambucycle pass by, in hopes that they would spot their own. “We were all spending our gap year between High school and college in Israel,” the friends wrote on their new campaign page. “Following Ezra’s death, our ambucycle, with our names written on it, driving through the hills of Jerusalem and saving lives gave us comfort. Losing Ezra in Israel, and in such a tragic way, made us even more aware of how important our ambucycle was to the people of Israel. We received the news that our ambucycle was going to be retired just months before Ezra Z”L’s second yahrzeit. His death has been life-changing for each of us and our families.” But the families are not distraught at the thought of losing the ambucycle that carries Ezra’s name. Instead, the four families and three remaining friends are banding together once more to honor Ezra by donating another ambucycle in his memory. Ariel Goldman, one of the four boys who made the original donation, said, “I still remember the day that we decided to raise money 7 years ago. To do it together, as friends, was so special. And now we have come full circle, and it’s not just the

three of us doing it - Ezra’s with us, too.” Dani Lerner, another among the quartet, added, “Losing Ezra has been an extremely painful experience. If I can prevent others from having to go through that same experience, I would raise as much money as it takes to do so. $36,000 is nothing compared to the lives that United Hatzalah will potentially save with this money.” The last quartet member, Joshua Hanau, spoke about the special relationship he and Ezra had and the fun they enjoyed while “hunting” for their ambucycle in Jerusalem. “The ambucycle was something that Ezra and I bonded over for years. It always made me happy knowing that it was out there helping those in need.” Ezra’s mother, Ruth Schwartz, recalled some happy memories involving Ezra and the ambucycle. “I remember Ezra telling me that he and Josh got very excited ev-

ery time they saw an ambucycle during the summer of 2014. They were in Israel on their camp trip. He told me that they would run and see if it was their ambucycle. I can just imagine him happily flailing his arms and running with his wide silly gait in order to get everyone else around him excited. He really wanted to find their ambucycle. Finally, they found it and took a picture with it.” She added that she believes her son would be proud of the renewed efforts of his friends and their families to donate a second ambucycle in his honor. “I think that this is something that Ezra would feel good about. He really loved the whole idea of the ambucycle. He was proud that he and his friends participated in donating one for their Bar Mitzvah’s. The terror attack that Ezra was killed in was a drive-by shooting on a highly traveled road with traffic. It occurred during rush hour. This is the exact situation where an ambucycle can be so critical and truly make a difference between life and death. In Ezra’s memory, and in honor of the boys from Sharon, Massachusetts, I would love to get this ambucycle on the road. Their new ambucycle, Ezra’s Ambucycle, will once again drive through the hills of Jerusalem and save lives.”   Please donate and support Ezra’s Ambucycle to be a part of sharing his memory and saving lives in Israel. The family is looking to complete this fundraiser by Ezra’s 2nd Yartzeit, November 25th -‫ז׳ כסליו‬

Yashar LaChayal Commemorates Israel’s 70th Memorial Day Yom Hazikaron Fund As we approach Israel’s 70th Memorial Day (Yom Hazikaron), many are searching for ways to partake in the commemoration of the 23,550 who fell to ensure its freedom and security. Whether killed in one of the conflicts leading to independence, in one of Israel’s wars, or in counter-terror operations, these men and women gave their lives for the State of Israel and the Jewish people. Their sacrifice is certainly worthy of our remembrance, but how can tribute be paid in a meaningful, special way? To address this question, the Helping

Israel Fund (based in Boca Raton, FL) has begun a unique new campaign to remember each and every one of Israel’s fallen. By making a symbolic $18 donation to the Fund’s Bereaved Families Program, participants will receive a certificate with the name of a defender of Israel who fell during his or her service. Participants are asked to light a candle and say a prayer for the soldier on Israel’s Memorial Day, which begins this year at sundown of April 17, 2018 and ends the following evening. Proceeds from the campaign will go towards the needs of Israel’s bereaved families. From providing financial sup-

port to those in need, to hosting family members for recreational activities to take their minds off of their emotional stress, to academic scholarships for orphans, the

Bereaved Families Program fills a need which unfortunately will in all likelihood continue to exist for years to come. However, it is an honor to support those who paid an unimaginably high price as the ones who were dearest to them fell in Israel’s defense. We will continue to assist them in any way possible, and we hope that those who hold Israel dear will be a part of this important project and help remember every single one of Israel’s fallen! For more details and to join, please visit


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Jewish National Fund Announces New Projects In Southern Israel at its 2017 National Conference The initiatives will have a Profound Impact on Be’er Sheva and American Jewry Hollywoo d , FL: At its 2017 National Confe r ence in South Florida, Jewish National Fund (JNF-USA) announced plans to expand its Alexander Muss High School in Israel (AMHSI-JNF) and build a state-of-the-art park in Be’er Sheva. These new projects will further transform Be’er Sheva as a part of JNF’s goal to revitalize Southern Israel through its Blueprint Negev initiative. While Be’er Sheva is Israel’s second largest city, twice the size of Tel Aviv, it ranks si x th in terms of population. Today, the city is in the midst of a renaissance as it becomes Israel’s “water city” in the d e sert. JNF’s projects are changing Be’e r  Sheva’s image among both residents and tourists. In fact, Be’er Sheva is easily the most likely Israeli city to become known on an international scale, thanks t o its public works and bustling city streets. “I am so grateful to be here in Florida with Jewish National Fund’s donors,” said Be’er Sheva Mayor Ruvik Danilovich. “JNF is transforming our city, and we owe everything, all of our successes, to Jewish National Fund for Russell F. Robinson’s [JNF’s C E O] forward thinking strategy and Blue p rint Negev initiative to bring 500,000 people here. I can tell you it’s going to happen.” Be’er Sh e va, often referred to as the capital of the Negev, is the crown jewel of Jewish N a tional Fund’s Blueprint Negev

initiati v e which aims to improve quality of life for all residents of the region and encourag e a population shift away from crowded, expensive central Israel. Danilovich i s working with JNF to construct a new park that will increase the quality of life f or the city’s residents while also attracting new residents and tourists, providing a boost to the local economy. Previous l y, JNF has worked with Danilovich on several projects for the city including a 15,000 seat amphitheater, new infrastr u cture, a bridge that crosses the Be’er Sheva River, and the destination site Abraham’s Well. In addition, the centerpiece of JNF’s efforts in the city is the development of the 1,300 acres Be’er Sheva River Park, a world-class $300 million urban revitalization initiative that has turned what was once a massive junkyard into a lush gre e nway for pedestrians and bicyclist and, as importantly, a space for family celebrations and community festivals. Jewish N a tional Fund’s National Board President, Dr. Sol Lizerbram announced p lans to open a new campus in Be’er Sheva for AMHSI-JNF. In addition to its c a mpus in Hod HaSharon, located just 20 m inutes outside of Tel Aviv, this new camp u s will make is possible for AMHSI-JNF to bring some 5,000 students annually to Israel to take part in a choice of six-, eight-, or 16-week sessions—currently, A MHSI-JNF has roughly 1,200 students matriculating annually. The

campus is expected to cost between $5060 million and will bring new jobs to the community while also enabling additional high school students from U.S. to experience Israel in an impactful way. “The addition of a Be’er Sheva campus is a double victory for Alexander Muss High School in Israel,” said Joseph Wolfson, President of the AMHSI-JNF Board and Jewish National Fund’s National B o ard Assistant Vice President. “We rema i n committed to a significant and cont i nued growth in student body, with teens coming to learn with us from the Unit e d States, Australia and beyond, and this new location will allow us to facilita t e that increase. Furthermore, we are proud to do our part in supporting the developm e nt of Be’er Sheva, a city that our pare n t organization, Jewish National Fund, has been dedicated to for many years.”

Since 1972, AMHSI-JNF has been pioneering the academic and experiential study of Israel and Jewish history at the high school level. Students are inspired to live outside their books, encounter new ideas and challenge themselves to find their own link within the chain of Jewish continuity. Studying abroad isn’t just for college students, time spent abroad during high school is the perfect way to enhance student’s resumes and help stand out when applying to top colleges. Throughout Jewish National Fund’s three-day National Conference in South Florida, more than 1,200 people participated and heard some of the most dynamic speakers in Jewish philanthropy today share their inspiring stories to continue building on the organization’s strong connection to Israel. In addition, the gathering also welcomed 250 students from over 100 campuses to attend JNF’s College Summit, making this the largest gathering of college students in Jewish National Fund’s history. Jewish National Fund’s 2018 National Conference will take place in Phoenix, Arizona on October 26-29. For more information and to register for the 2018 JNF National Conference, please visit events-landing-pages/2018-national-conference.

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Israel’s Cutting-Edge, High-Tech Innovative Side Coming to Boca at IMAGINATION ISRAEL South Palm Beach County will have a unique opportunity leading up to Israel’s 70th anniversary of statehood, by celebrating the country’s contributions to the high-tech revolution with an insiders’ view of some of its cutting-edge innovations. Open to the public, IMAGINATION ISRAEL will bring the community together for exciting and informative live demonstrations of five high-tech innovations. The program is offered free of charge but pre-registration is required at IMAGINATION ISRAEL will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the Olympic Heights High School Theater, 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton. Following the demonstrations, audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and meet the presenters. Developed in Israel by leading entrepreneurs and scientists for an array of uses, these products – like so many others generated there - benefit Israelis as well as consumers in the United States and worldwide. “IMAGINATION ISRAEL is a unique, exciting opportunity to get a close-up view of the phenomenon that has branded Israel the “Startup Nation,” said Matthew Kutcher, Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. The JCRC is proud to extend this invitation to learn about the exhilarating Israeli high tech sector.

Israel is lauded by Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and other magnates who have made their own investments there. According to Forbes and other sources, Israel ranks first among countries in per capita venture-capital investments, technology startups, scientists and tech professionals. Israel also leads the world in Research & Development investment as a percentage of GDP. This tiny country’s hightech efforts continually investments, partnerships and acquisitions from large corporations like Apple Inc., Intel Corp., IBM and Cisco Systems that create jobs in Israel and enable entrepreneurs to move on and start their next ventures. “Israel produces astounding products that are changing the world we all live in for the better,” said Matthew C. Levin, the Federation’s President & CEO, who will moderate the program. “As we near Israel’s 70th anniversary, the innovative, technological prowess of this tiny country is clearly one of the miracles that commands celebration. And Diaspora Jewish involvement in Israeli business is an important way to support our homeland.” Five highly innovative, significant Israeli products will be presented to the public at IMAGINATION ISRAEL: Dr. Yigal Rotenstreich will present his retinal research team’s work at Sheba Medical Center, where they are using advanced noninvasive imaging techniques and a new medical device to explore the eye as a window to the

brain that can detect signs of Alzheimer’s before clinical symptoms become apparent. Voiceitt offers speech recognition technology to translate speech from children and adults with mild to severe impairments as a result of cerebral palsy, autism, ALS, Parkinson’s, etc. into clear speech in real time enabling them to communicate naturally and spontaneously with family members, health care professionals, peers and society as a whole. The software learns and adapts over time, continually improving its performance. Zeekit, a virtual fitting room platform and app that reinvents the way consumers browse, share and shop by enabling them to “try on” fashions virtually, see how an item looks on them, get personalized size suggestions and share their new looks with friends - all on the their mobile devices. Yael Vizel, Zeekit CEO and Co-Founder, was inspired to create Zeekit by the mapping technologies used for intelligence missions during her tenure as a Captain in the Israeli Air Force. TaKaDu is a pioneer, global software provider of Integrated Event Management solutions for the water industry. Its data-driven, automated cloud-based services enable utilities to detect, analyze and manage leaks, bursts, faulty assets, telemetry and data issues, operational failures and more, increasing efficiency and reducing water loss. Tridom Robotics, providing cutting-edge robotics technology and 3D printing solutions

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Torah Thought A Model of Conscientious Inclusiveness Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

It was the day of Avraham’s funeral and Yaakov was preparing lentil soup for his mourning father Yitzchak. Esav came in from the field and he was hungry and tired.  We all know the story – Esav sold the birthright for a bowl of soup. Our Rabbis (Bava Basra 16) teach us that on that day, Esav violated no fewer than five separate transgressions, including degrading his birthright. This one requires some investigation. What exactly was the transgression of selling the birthright?  Was Esav ever warned not to relinquish his firstborn status?  What was so wrong with this action that it is grouped with an act of murder and denial of God’s existence, two of the other transgressions he violated that day? Rashi tells us that the birthright Esav inherited positioned him to serve the Almighty in a special way. Esav was given the option to participate in the divine covenant.  Had he not sold the right of the firstborn, Rabbi Soloveitchik explains, Esav would have been entitled to the same destiny that God bestowed upon Yaakov.  But Esav had no interest in this role or in the privilege of being charged with a sacred mission.  Yaakov didn’t dupe him into selling his birthright.  He wasn’t tricked, fooled or pressured.  Esav sold his birthright because he simply didn’t value it, he didn’t cherish it, and ultimately, he didn’t even want it. The Ramban suggests – if you want to know what Esav truly thought about his birthright and the honor to carry the legacy of his father and grandfather, just look at what he does right after he sells it.  The pasuk says, va’yochal, va’yeisht, va’yakam, va’yeilech, va’yivez, he ate, he drank, he got up, he went and he dishonored the birthright.  The Ramban highlights the order in the Pasuk: It doesn’t say he denigrated the birthright when it was sold.  Rather, Esav sold the birthright, and proceeded to immediately to eat, drink and get up and go and only then, va’yivez, he displayed great disregard for the birthright. There are times a person must forfeit something of incredible value.  Sometimes, a person brings their great grandmother’s jewelry or precious item to a pawn shop because they desperately need the money.  But, a person in that situation will reflexively grieve and feel sad over losing something so irreplaceable.  Esav didn’t grieve; he sold the birthright, and went to a party, had a drink, and didn’t look back. Esav’s most egregious transgression was minimizing what the birthright meant to him, and how easily he went about normal life after giving it away.  He threw away a special

relationship, a special mission and a special destiny, and he couldn’t care less. He was casual and flippant with a prize possession. That birthright, the privilege of being a member of Klal Yisroel, of being a participant of the am ha’nivchar, a full member of the covenantal community and being charged with a sacred mission, is something many of our ancestors risked and gave their lives for.  We are the offspring and the progeny of Yaakov, not Esav.  The birthright, a

in a large crowd. We open the Parshas Noach event and the Purim Carnival early for those with sensitivities and we are now running a special-needs Shabbos morning group every Shabbos. Rav Moshe Shapiro, a leading Torah scholar in Jerusalem, included the following in a letter he wrote to a student who became the father of a son with Downs Syndrome: Since the birth of your son, I have believed that if, with God’s help, you will succeed in the challenge which was given to you, then you will have been presented with an incomparable gift. This child has within him the capability to accomplish that which nothing else in the world can do – to actualize wondrous and powerful energy latent in the recesses of your heart. In his book, Echoes of the Maggid, Rab-

‘Everyone started yelling, “Shaya, run to first. Run to first.”’ symbol of Jewish values and Torah, is precious to us and of inestimable value. If we didn’t have it, we would trade everything in the world, least of all a bowl of lentil soup to get a share of it. And because our birthright, which importantly includes the teachings and traditions of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov, is so precious and dear to us, it must be accessible and available to every member of the Jewish people. Torah, Jewish values, and the Jewish community are the right of every man, woman and child, irrespective of social status, economic status, level of learning, background, or level of observance. Every single Jew deserves access to his or her birthright.  Every single Jew, no matter his or her ability or disability, no matter his or her special needs, is entitled to access to, and participation in, our collective birthright. A man from Gateshead, England, once came to visit the Chazon Ish together with his young son, a boy with Down’s Syndrome.  When they walked in, the Chazon Ish rose from his chair. The startled father told the great not to rise on his account.  The Chazon Ish responded, “It is not in your honor that I have risen.  Rather, it is out of respect for your son, a boy who possesses one of the holiest souls of our generation.” (Ma’aseh Ish, 1:230) These holiest souls with different potentials and roles to fill in this world have a birthright, and it is no less than anyone else’s.  BRS is proud of our recent efforts to be sensitive to the special needs population through our programming and activities.  On Simchas Torah, we hold a special Kol Ha’nearim for those who cannot participate

bi Paysach Krohn tells the story of a man who once delivered a speech at a Jewish school for kids with special needs. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff he cried out, “Where is the perfection in my son Shaya? Everything God does is done with perfection. But my child cannot understand things as other children do. My child cannot remember facts and figures as other children do. Where is God’s perfection?” The audience was shocked by the question, pained by the father’s anguish and stilled by the piercing query. “I believe,” the father answered, “that when God brings a child like this into the world the perfection that he seeks is in the way people react to this child.” He then told the following story about his son Shaya: One afternoon, Shaya and his father walked past a park where some boys whom Shaya knew were playing baseball. Shaya asked, “Do you think they will let me play?” Shaya’s father knew that his son was not at all athletic and that most boys would not want him on their team. But Shaya’s father also understood that if his son was chosen to play it would give him a comfortable sense of belonging. Shaya’s father approached one of the boys in the field and asked if Shaya could play. The boy looked around for guidance from his team mates. Getting none, he took matters into his own hands and said “We are losing by six runs and the game is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we’ll try to put him up to bat in the ninth inning.” Shaya’s father was ecstatic as Shaya smiled broadly. Shaya was told to put on a

glove and go out to play short center field. In the bottom of the eighth inning Shaya’s team scored a few runs but was still behind by three. In the bottom of the ninth inning Shaya’s team scored again and now, with two outs and the bases loaded with the potential winning run on base, Shaya was scheduled to be up. Would the team actually let Shaya bat at this juncture and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shaya was given the bat. Everyone knew that it was all but impossible because Shaya didn’t even know how to hold the bat properly, let alone hit with it. However, as Shaya stepped up to the plate, the pitcher moved a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shaya should at least be able to make contact. The first pitch came and Shaya swung clumsily and missed. One of Shaya’s team mates came up to Shaya and together they held the bat and faced the pitcher waiting for the next pitch. The pitcher again took a few steps forward to toss the ball softly toward Shaya. As the pitch came in, Shaya and his team mate swung at the ball and together they hit a slow ground ball to the pitcher. The pitcher picked up the soft grounder and could easily have thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shaya would have been out and that would have ended the game. Instead, the pitcher took the ball and threw it on a high arc to right field, far beyond reach of the first baseman. Everyone started yelling, “Shaya, run to first. Run to first.” Never in his life had Shaya run to first. He scampered down the baseline wide eyed and startled. By the time he reached first base the right fielder had the ball. He could have thrown the ball to the second baseman who would tag out the still-running Shaya. But the right fielder understood what the pitcher’s intentions were so he threw the ball high and far over the third baseman’s head. Everyone yelled, “Run to second, run to second.” Shaya ran towards second base as the runners ahead of him deliriously circled the bases towards home. As Shaya reached second base the opposing short stop ran to him, turned him in the direction of third base and shouted, “Run to third.” As Shaya rounded third the boys from both teams ran behind him screaming, “Shaya run home.” Shaya ran home, stepped on home plate and all 18 boys lifted him on their shoulders and made him the hero as he had just hit a “grand slam” and won the game for his team. “That day,” said the father softly with tears now rolling down his face, “those 18 boys reached their level of God’s perfection.” We stand to gain the most by being conscientiously inclusive. Our children learn sensitivity, we grow in empathy, and the community becomes greater when we embrace the mission and practice of inclusiveness in all that we do. Rabbi Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue.

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Torah Thought

Parshas Vayeitzei

So Many Tragedies, So Many Tears…. It’s Time for So Many Tefillos!

raise us and deliver us from oppression and cruelty. And so it has been. The fundamental difference between Yaakov and Eisav is revealed to us at the beginning of their life stories. Eisav is a man of the fields, out in the world, hail and hearty. The private Eisav, the child who is protective of his father, who yearns for spiritual blessings and for generational continuity is overshadowed by the public Eisav who is physically powerful, aggressive and impulsive, hedonistic and given to violence

His lifetime has become, in rabbinic thought and in historical reality, the template for Jewish existence in exile among the nations and countries of the world. ery possible facet of their relationship, always the outsider, and a permanent stranger in a strange land. His lifetime has become, in rabbinic thought and in historical reality, the template for Jewish existence in exile among the nations and countries of the world.  Yet Yaakov embarks on this perilously dangerous journey with high hopes and a secure spirit. As he has dreamed, he has been promised by the G-d of Israel that he would never be forsaken by Heaven. He will remember this dream and its promise throughout the tumultuous events of his lifetime.  Even in his moments of greatest despair, he will be comforted by the Heavenly commitment that guarantees his success and survival.  This belief, that Heaven would never fully abandon him, becomes the defining feature of his life and activities. In this he has set the matrix for all the succeeding generations of the Jewish people. In all of our struggles, we believe that somehow G-d will eventually

and cruelty towards others. All of this is included in being a man of the fields, one who is influenced and immediately reacts to every passing wind that blows. Yaakov is also physically powerful and is even capable of struggling successfully with angels and humans. He is financially successful against daunting odds and is, in essence, a person of the tents, of study halls and the pursuit of knowledge, and of gratitude towards God and other human beings.  His private persona overshadows his public life; his innate modesty tempers his assessments of his very accomplishments.  In this also we find the Jewish experience throughout the centuries. Though we are fully capable of being people of the fields, as Israel has taught the world over the past decides, we are still basically people of the tents struggling for decency and spirituality in a very decadent and dangerous, Eisav-driven world. Our lot in life is to succeed in this struggle. Shabbat shalom.

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Psychology Today

Going the extra mile!

Not again… Dr. Yaakov Siegel



Some people say that they don’t have enough time to think. But many have the opposite problem – they think unproductively and, often, too much. Psychology has a name for overthinking; it is called rumination. Rumination is the process of pondering or thinking over something again and again. And again, again. It’s pretty much like a cow chewing its cud, regurgitating the food only to swallow it a second, third and fourth time. In the same way, we tend to dwell on troublesome thoughts or problems and this can make issues even if none existed before. Circular thinking gets us nowhere, only deeper into a rut. One author cautioned “don’t get too deep, it leads to over thinking, and over thinking leads to problems that don’t even exist in the first place.”  Successful students know the secret to multiple-choice tests: do not change your answer, unless you are absolutely convinced that you made a mistake, and even then, it is statistically wise to stick with your original choice. Because, most of the time, our first response is the correct one. Re-thinking usually leads to errors. The same is true with all aspects of life; we typically get things right the first time, over-thinking doesn’t help very much. Yale psychologist, Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, formulated and popularized the Response Style Theory of depression. Response style theory is based on the finding that people who ruminate have higher levels of depression while those who move on from problems or seek outside solutions (in consultation with others) tend to lead happier lives. An individual thinking and re-thinking a situation generally pulls him or her into a deeper abyss and most often complicates the problem. It rarely leads to new understanding or resolution. Stepping outside of oneself and/or sharing the information with another, who may have a fresh perspective can be helpful. Rumination is not. People get sucked into the rumination-trap under the erroneous belief that by thinking about a situation, they will achieve better understanding and, hopefully, a solution. Soon, it becomes a habit and many find themselves unable to turn off

their thoughts, once the habit is formed. The technique of thinking something through, when overdone, proves counterproductive and defeats the whole purpose of thinking in the first place – instead of leading to clarity, it complicates the issue. When someone asks you to ‘sleep over it’, it means take a break and think with a fresh mind, without making hasty decisions. It is not a license to analyze and overanalyze, think and rethink, visit and revisit that topic all night and arrive the next day to a well-thought out over-dramatized, catastrophic version of the subject. Rumination doesn’t help because, more often than not, we focus on the problem instead of the solution. We analyze what could and might be wrong from every angle possible, over and over again until there is nothing left to discover. But, using this method, we seldom move past – or solve - the problem.  Humans typically think and problemsolve in a particular pattern. While ruminating, we often get stuck in a loop of attempting the same solutions or thinking in a repetitive mold. You cannot reach a different destination if you keep walking the same road. You already know where this one leads. So if that’s not where you want to end up, you must try a different route. Another point to consider is that when we are thinking in a frustrated, irritated and perhaps hopeless and depressed mood – as is often the case when ruminating – we are not likely to come up with a positive, optimistic, well thought out solutions. Think the problem through, then speak it over with somebody else. But not again.

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

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You gotta be kidding

When NASA was preparing for the Apollo project, they did some training on a Navajo Indian reservation. One day, a Navajo elder and his son were herding sheep and came across the space crew. The old man, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question which his son translated. “What are these guys in the big suits doing?” A member of the crew said they were practicing for their trip to the moon. The old man got all excited and asked if he could send a message to the moon with the astronauts. Recognizing a promotional opportunity for the spin-doctors, the NASA folks found a tape recorder. After the old man recorded his message, they asked the son to translate it. He refused. The NASA reps brought the tape to the reservation where the rest of the tribe listened and laughed but refused to translate the elder’s message to the moon. Finally, the NASA crew called in an official government translator. He finally was able to translate the old man’s message for the moon: “Watch out for these guys; they have come to steal your land.”

So Many Ways to Say In how many languages can you say “thank you”?

Language 1. Arabic 2. Cantonese 3. Finnish 4. French 5. German 6. Greek 7. Hawaiian

11. Indonesian 12. Italian 13. Japanese 14. Korean 15. Mandarin 16. Polish 17. Russian 18. Yiddish 19. Zulu

8. Hebrew 9. Hungarian


10. Icelandic

A. M h ̀ ’gōi

B. Todah C. Takk D. Shukran E. Gamsahamnida F. Mahalo G. Kiitos H. A Dank I. Ngiyabonga J. Jenkoo-Yen K. Terima Kasih L. Efhahreestoh M. Köszönöm

N. Arigatô O. Xièxiè P. Spuhseebuh Q. Grazie R. Merci S. Danke

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Riddle me this? If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for? See answer to the right

Their age!

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Native American Trivia 1. Why did Christopher Columbus call the natives “Indians”? a. Because he located the first ones in Indiana b. Because he observed that they were very “independent” c. Because he thought he had landed in the East Indies d. Because they spoke a language called Indianas 2. Which Native American tribe celebrated the first Thanksgiving with the colonists? a. Wampanoags b. Passthewassabis c. Wannagoshoppings d. Palewyamis 3. Approximately how many Native Americans are there in the U.S. today? a. 5 million b. 12 million c. 20 million d. 30 million 4. Which state has the most Native Americans? a. South Dakota b. New York

c. Montana d. Alaska 5. What is the Trail of Tears? a. It refers to a ceremony that Native Americans conduct in which the group leader cries and everyone cries after him b. It refers to a journey that took place when Native Americans were forced out of their lands and had to travel thousands of miles to new land c. It was a war between Native American tribes d. It refers to a journey which Native Americans went on in order to discovery Canada 6. Which one of the following is the largest Native American tribe? a. Navajo b. Cherokee c. Sioux d. Chippewa 7. Which of the following states does not have a name root-

ed in a Native American language? a. Iowa b. Texas c. Wyoming d. Colorado 8. In what year did all Native Americans get U.S. citizenship? a. 1776 b. 1835 c. 1924 d. 1938 9. Where did the term Buffalo Soldier come from? a. Native Americans gave the term to regiments of African-Americans fighting in the Civil War b. It was a name given to soldiers who rode on buffalos c. It was a term for soldiers, derived from a song by a Jamaican artist (Go ahead hum along—oy, yoy, yoy, oy, yo yo, yoy) d. It was a term given to people who hunted buffalos

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 Answers

7-9 Correct: You are obviously going to score well with a name like Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg.

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2-A - but please pass the wasabi anyways

4-6 Correct: Not bad, you must be a founding member of Mohegan Sun.



0-3 Correct: You ain’t got no feathers in your cap, my friend.

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The Perfect

Thanksgiving Dinner for a Crowd By Jamie Geller

Roasted Turkey Roasted turkey is perfect for holidays and entertaining. Plus, turkey is one of the most economical and delicious ways to feed a crowd.

Ingredients 1 turkey, about 10 pounds 1 lemon, halved 6 sprigs fresh thyme 3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed 3 large onions, peeled and quartered; divided 1 tablespoon paprika 1 tablespoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon coarse black pepper

4 tablespoons margarine, melted 1/3 cup olive oil

Directions Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly spray a 12×17-inch roasting pan with non-stick cooking spray. Rinse turkey inside and out under cold running water. Pat dry. Place turkey in prepared pan. Stuff cavity of turkey with lemon, thyme, garlic and 1 of the onions. In a bowl combine paprika, salt, pepper, margarine and olive oil. Mi-

crowave on high for about 20-30 seconds or until margarine has melted. Mix well. Baste and rub the mixture on the turkey and under the skin. Scatter the other 2 onions around the bottom of the pan. Loosely cover turkey with aluminum foil. Bake, loosely covered, at 350° for 2 hours and 30 minutes (15 minutes per pound for turkeys less than 12 pounds and 12 minutes per pound for turkeys larger than 12 pounds), basting occasionally. The turkey is done when an instant-read digital meat thermometer inserted into

the inner thigh reads 180° to 185°, or when the juices run clear when a long-tined fork is inserted into the thickest part of the inner thigh. For golden and crisp skin, remove foil for last 45 minutes of baking. For neater slicing, let turkey stand for 20 minutes before carving. During the last hour of baking, surround the turkey with 20 baby carrots; 3 sweet potatoes, sliced; 20 red bliss potatoes, halved; and 3 large heads of fennel, quartered. Sprinkle vegetables with kosher salt and pour 2 cups of water over them.


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Maple Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Pecans

Cider Glazed Vegetables



4 pounds sweet potatoes, scrubbed clean and cut into 1/2-inch thick wedges 5 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon kosher salt 6 tablespoons maple syrup 2 cups chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 400°. Divide sweet potatoes evenly between two sheet pans in a single layer. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and roast for 30 minutes. Remove and toss with maple syrup and pecans. Return to oven and roast 5 to 10 minutes more or until tender and slightly browned.

This simple apple cider glaze works well with any fresh or frozen vegetable you happen to have on hand for a quick side dish. This recipe uses green beans but it’s great on sliced carrots, parsnips or other winter root vegetables. Also try it with other types of vinegar or different kinds of nuts.

Ingredients 2 pounds green beans, washed and trimmed

Chocolate Pumpkin Marble Cake

Layer chocolate and pumpkin batters and swirl with a knife to create the gorgeous marble effect. Top with a sprinkling of powdered sugar or a chocolate glaze

Ingredients 1-1/2 cups margarine, room temperature 3 cups sugar 6 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 1-1/4 cups canned pumpkin 2-3/4 cups all-purpose or whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Jamie Geller is the only cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche as everybody’s fa-

vorite cook next-door. Specializing in scrumptious meals that are a snap to prepare, she authored the Quick & Kosher Cookbook series and is co- founder of the Kosher Media Network, which recently launched the Joy of Kosher with

Jamie Geller magazine and companion website, a social network for foodies. Jamie hosts the popular Quick & Kosher cooking show online at and on-air on JLTV. Jamie and her “hubby”


4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons honey 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 cup sliced almonds

Directions Preheat oven to 400°. Spread green beans out on a large sheet pan in a single layer. Toss with vinegar, olive oil, honey and salt. Roast 8 to 10 minutes or until tender but still crisp. Transfer to a serving platter and sprinkle with sliced almonds.

2/3 cup soy milk mixed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice Chocolate glaze or powdered sugar for serving

Directions In the bowl of stand mixer, beat margarine and sugar until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Scrape half the mixture into another bowl. Make pumpkin batter: Beat the pumpkin into the half of the mixture in the mixer, until well blended. In another bowl, stir together 1-3/4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and beat on low speed just until blended.

live in Israel. Their five children give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen — fast.

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Saudi Arabia & Iran A Thousand-Year-Old Conflict Reignited By Sholom Nachtman


ran and Saudi Arabia have long been rivals for supremacy in the Middle East but the two energy-rich superpowers have traditionally avoided direct confrontation. Instead, they have waged their struggle for regional supremacy through proxy wars and diplomatic skirmishing. Wariness and instability in the region have kept the two rivals from taking each other on directly. In the past decade, Saudi Arabia has dealt with turmoil and change while Iran has been consolidating power. In 2015, this fragile stalemate began to unravel. Iran entered a nuclear deal with six major powers, and Saudi Arabia became concerned that Iran’s outcast status on the global stage was beginning to change. In January of 2016, Iran and Saudi Arabia broke off all diplomatic relations in

an acrimonious dispute related to the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric. In June of 2017, Saudi Arabia fired the next shot when the Kingdom and several of its Sunni allies cut off all diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing the country of supporting terrorism with the backing of Iran. To international observers, these developments represented a rapid escalation of tensions between the two countries. The pace of the aforementioned events, however, seems downright glacial when compared to the startling news emerging from the region since November began. A string of unprecedented events that threaten to completely upend the status quo have occurred in quick succession. While some of these actions seem unconnected, experts on the region say they are

all part of Saudi Arabia’s new strategy of a direct confrontation with Iran. Military conflicts, political machinations, purges, and ideological schisms are adding up to a potentially explosive geopolitical storm that could bring Iran and Saudi Arabia to the brink of war.

Sunni vs. Shiite: An Age-Old Battle While modern-day animosity between Iran and Saudi Arabia is influenced by recent power struggles, it is also firmly rooted in a centuries-old sectarian dispute. A foundational schism occurred in the Islamic faith 1,500 years ago. After the death of Mohammed in the year 632 C.E., a conflict about succession arose amongst his followers. One

group believed Mohamed’s successor should be someone in his bloodline. The other group maintained that a devout person who would follow Mohammed’s example would be acceptable as a leader. The first group, who believed only in Mohammed’s relatives’ supremacy – coalesced to become the Shiites; the second unit joined to form the Sunnis. Although the original dispute was only about who would lead the Islamic movement and not about religious doctrine, over time the two groups developed distinctly different religious identities, and conflicts in the Muslim world have often broken down along Shiite and Sunni lines of division. Today, Sunnis have become the majority in the Islamic world, encompassing 90 percent of the global Muslim popula-

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tion. While the two groups have much in common, they have significant difference in their beliefs and practice, such as how many times a day to pray and which sites are considered holy. Sunnis are more beholden to strict interpretations of ancient religious texts, while Shiites follow the edicts and directives of individual clerics. Sunni-majority countries include Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and others. Iran and Iraq are primarily Shiite. In the wake of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, when radical Shiites gained control of Iran, the Sunni/Shiite rivalry became the dominant theme of Middle Eastern politics. Shiite Iran, with its rabid hatred of the West, became the sworn enemy of Sunni Iraq and Saudi Arabia, which was allied with the U.S. In the decades that followed, with the weakening and eventual removal of Saddam Hussein, Iran and Saudi Arabia have emerged as the leading combatants in a perennial religious rivalry fused with a modern geopolitical power struggle.

An Ascendant Iran The exact starting point of the current situation is a matter of perspective. According to a Middle Eastern diplomat quoted in The Guardian, “Where this story starts depends on your vantage point… To the Saudis, it’s the Islamic Revolution of 1979. They say that forced them to behave abnormally, and that now things are reverting to their old ways. There is truth to that, but there is just as much truth in suggesting 2003 kicked things off. Some of the Iranians at the pointy end of this, meanwhile, might go back another 1,500 years.” Many would agree that the Unites States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq was a definite turning point for the region. One of the unforeseen consequences of the U.S.’s action against Saddam Hussein was the way Iran would manipulate the region in the war’s aftermath. Hussein’s Iraq had been acting as a containing force on Shiite power in the region. (Although the country of Iraq is majority Shia, Saddam and his cohorts were Sunni Muslims.) Iran was held in check territorially and politically for so long as it was bordered by its strongman enemy to the west. With the fall of Saddam came a pow-

Prime Minister Hariri of Lebanon meeting with Saudi King Salman in Riyadh

er vacuum that Iran was eager to exploit. In the decade and a half since the invasion, Iran has emerged as a regional force with an ever-widening wide sphere of influence. They were one of the main backers of the insurgency that rocked Iraq for years after the war. Now they have become allied in a Shiite partnership with their erstwhile foes and have a permanent military presence in Iraq that is larger and more powerful than Iraq’s own army. In Syria, it is Iranian-backed Hezbollah forces and Iranian soldiers (in the semantical camouflage of “military advisors”) who have bolstered Bashar Al Assad’s forces in their battle against a fierce rebellion. It was also Iran’s partnership with the Kremlin that has allowed the Assad regime to rely on Russian air support and weaponry. With Iranian support, Houthi rebels have successfully engaged Saudi Arabia in a costly war of attrition for two years. As the result of all these strategic partnerships, Iran has carved itself a swath of control that stretches from Tehran to the Mediterranean coast. Along with an increase in military power and political clout, Iran has also raised its profile as a player on the global stage. The tenure of Prime Minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a Holocaust-denying provocateur vocal about his nuclear ambitions as well as his animus towards Israel and the West, caused the world to take notice of Iran and their growing power. At the same time, Saudi Arabia was in a state of flux. The Saudi kingdom’s

dominance has historically been tied to their status as the nexus of the oil industry. The emergence of new forms of energy and other economic developments weakened the Saudis in the marketplace. In addition to economic distress, societal turmoil was brewing. Seventy percent of the country’s population was under 30 and this demographic was hungry for change in Saudi Arabia’s strict religious laws and unfair economic system. Saudi Arabia was forced to contend with these internal problems while Iran continued its quest for power beyond its own borders.

New Sheriff in Town In June of 2017, a sudden change in leadership in Saudi Arabia occurred, leading to a seismic shift in politics and society. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayaf, nephew of King Salman, was ousted by the king and replaced by the king’s son, Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS as he is known in Saudi Arabia. The prince’s profile had rocketed in the years prior to this move. Soon after his father ascended the throne in 2015, the 32-year-old quickly began gaining control and earning a bullish reputation. He was unafraid to take on Saudi power players, including religious leaders, titans of industry, and fellow members of the royal family. Sweeping ambition and a desire for change were the defining traits of his vision for the country. In his positions on both foreign and domestic policy, MBS seems


determined to change the fortunes of Saudi Arabia. His economic plan, named Vision 2030, is meant to transform the Saudi Arabia’s oil-centric economy into a more diverse system. The plan includes selling shares in Aramco, the Saudi national oil company (considered to be the world’s most valuable company), and the development of an independent economic zone on the borders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Jordan. Some of MBS’s most radical changes have been to the religious nature of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia’s leading powers are followers of Wahhabism, an austere and conservative sect of Sunni Islam. Wahhabism is reflected in the extremely religious nature of Saudi Arabia’s laws, which famously includes a ban on women driving. Devotion to Wahhabism is what has given rise to the western perception of Saudi Arabia as an insular country steeped in fundamentalist belief. Wahhabism is also seen as the philosophy behind the rise of al-Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS. In 2014, Saudi Arabia’s rulers took a tentative baby step away from Wahhabism, saying that the movement had led to jihadism among its adherents and that the strict religious observance it dictates was adversely affecting the country’s economy. Saudis began promoting moderate clergy and introduced legislation that reined in the more extreme clerics and their rhetoric. The government also began involving itself in education and law, areas that had previously been the sole domain of religious leaders. At the time, experts said this was not a rejection of Wahhabism, but a slight softening of very harsh theological views meant to differentiate Saudi Arabia from the nascent Islamic State and make Saudi Arabia friendlier looking for international business. Stephane Lacroix, author of Awakening Islam, has explained the government’s move towards the center. “They’ve been pushing for a more national Wahhabism, one that is more modern in its outlook, one that is better in terms of the Kingdom’s image overseas, one that is more economically suitable.” Under MBS, this push towards modernization and a more western-friendly image for Saudi Arabia has been kicked into high gear. In

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September, the prince ended the ban on women driving and has stated his intention to bring Saudi Arabian culture into the twentieth century. In an interview with The Guardian, MBS explained why Saudi Arabia needed to change: “What happened in the last 30 years is not Saudi Arabia… After the Iranian Revolution in 1979, people wanted to copy this model in different countries, one of them is Saudi Arabia. We didn’t know how to deal with it… We are simply reverting to what we followed – a moderate Islam open to the world and all religions.” He added, “Seventy percent of the Saudis are younger than 30. Honestly, we won’t waste 30 years of our life combating extremist thoughts; we will destroy them now and immediately.” The socially moderate and politically strong-willed MBS was hailed as an ally for the current U.S. administration when he rose to power in June. At the time, a source close to the Trump administration said that the American president was happy with MBS taking control of Saudi Arabia and that he was an asset to the U.S. vision for the Middle East. “The circles who have worked on the bridge between this administration and the Arab coalition, they know each other, and they know Prince Mohammed is a solid ally,” the source said. “The consolidation of Prince Mohammed’s influence within the government of Saudi Arabia is going to be seen as a positive development for the administration ... and now there are less risks that there will be opposition to him in the near future.”

Despite this early vote of confidence from the U.S., recent drastic moves by MBS have outsiders worried that the prince’s brand of decisive leadership may prove to be a risky source of conflict.

Purges and Power Grabs On November 4, a sudden blitz of police action shocked Saudi Arabia. In what amounted to a purge, MBS ordered the arrests of many influential Saudis, including eleven princes and several business tycoons. Accused of corruption and taking bribes, these powerful Saudis were abruptly taken into custody and imprisoned at the Riyadh Ritz Carlton. Along with the ar-

rested: some sources say they were for real crimes discovered by intelligence agencies, while others say the charges were trumped up excuses for MBS to consolidate power and eliminate enemies. A report by The Economic Times quoted sources who said that a coup against MBS was in the works and that the corruption charges were a cover to prevent the takeover. Whatever the reason, the purge revealed the extents to which MBS will go to maintain control of Saudi Arabia. Concurrent with the purge, Saudi Arabia saw a major escalation in its military conflict to the south with Houthi rebels in Yemen. Saudi Arabia has been backing Yemenite government forces in their battle against the

Iran and Saudi Arabia have emerged as the leading combatants in a perennial religious rivalry fused with a modern geopolitical power struggle.

rests came the freezing of thousands of bank accounts and almost 800 billion dollars’ worth of assets. Among the arrested were Miteb bin Abdullah, MBS’s cousin and a rival for the throne, and Alwaleed Bin Taleel, a major shareholder in companies like Apple, Twitter and Citigroup. There is ambiguity surrounding the charges against those ar-

Iranian-allied rebels. Thanks to Iran’s support, the war has dragged on for two years and has led to the deaths of the 10,000 civilians, the displacement of three million more, and a crippling famine. On the day after the purge, the rebels launched a rocket at Riyadh. The missile was shot down 125 miles away from the capital and

caused minimal damage. MBS called the missile attack “a direct military action” by Iran against Saudi Arabia, although Iran has denied supplying the missile to the rebels. The missile attack is yet another indication that proxy warfare is bleeding into more open combat.

Resignation or Coercion? Another major development in the emerging tension between Iran and Saudi Arabia was the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Said Hariri. Hariri was in Saudi Arabia on the day of the purges in the Kingdom. In an unexpected televised press conference, Hariri announced his resignation. During his remarks, he criticized Iran for meddling in his home country by backing Hezbollah, saying that the interference had made his job impossible and that their efforts were a failure. “I say to Iran and its allies – you have lost in your efforts to meddle in the affairs of the Arab world… [The region] will rise again and the hands that you have wickedly extended into it will be cut off.” Hariri seemed to be issuing a stern rebuke to Iran with his comments and resignation, an act which caused reverberations throughout the region. During the days that followed controversy swirled surrounding Hariri’s resignation. Hariri was not seen for eight days and many began to suspect that the Saudis were holding Hariri against his will. Stories began to emerge that painted a picture of coercion. Hariri’s phone had been con-

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fiscated at the airport and there were rumors that a resignation script had been handed to the prime minister upon his arrival in Riyadh. On Sunday after his long absence from the public eye, Hariri gave another press conference. Looking haggard and at times close to tears, the former prime minister denied that he was being held against his will and declared his intention to return to Lebanon for a formal resignation. He added a surprising caveat: the possible rescinding of his resignation if Hezbollah would cease its military activities in the Middle East. If the Iranian-backed group would stop fighting in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, Hariri would return to his post and keep Lebanon neutral in all ongoing regional conflicts. This press conference and strange bargain did little to deflect rumors that Hariri is the unwilling pawn of the Saudis. In fact, the blatantly pro-Saudi nature of his resignation terms only served to increase suspicion of heavy-handed

tactics on the part of the Kingdom. Maha Yaha, director of the Middle East Center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, has pointed out that Hariri’s television appearance was meant as a way for the Saudis to save face. “I suspect that this [statement by Hariri that he might return] is kind of a more honorable exit for everyone concerned… I think this kind of strong-arm tactic [by Saudi Arabia] obviously caused a lot of alarm and that flies in the face of international norms. So I suspect that this was [to] kind of soften the entire situation.” The Saudis claim that Hariri acted of his own accord, coming to Saudi Arabia because of death threats he faced in Lebanon. They say his resignation was meant to send a message to Hezbollah and Iran about the corrosive effects their meddling has had on Lebanon. Hezbollah has responded by saying that Saudi Arabia’s actions are a declaration of war against Lebanon. Whatever the truth is behind the resignation of Hariri, it has served

to markedly ramp up the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

A Tumultuous Future The recent firestorm of political and military upheaval in the Middle East makes the future of the region very uncertain. The specter of a head-on collision between Iran and Saudi Arabia is a frightening one for the international community. The U.S. has sought to moderate the friction between the two powers. Initially, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson seemed to tentatively back the Saudi Arabian narrative about Hariri’s resignation, saying that it was “well intentioned.” However, he later released the following statement as the mystery deepened: “The United States supports the stability of Lebanon and is opposed to any actions that could threaten that stability… There is no legitimate place or role in Lebanon for any foreign forces, militias or armed elements other than the legitimate security forces of the Lebanese state –


which must be recognized as the sole authority for security in Lebanon… The United States cautions against any party, within or outside Lebanon, using Lebanon as a venue for proxy conflicts or in any manner contributing to instability in that country.” Tillerson’s statement serves as a warning to both Iran and Saudi Arabia, two parties who have been guilty of manipulating Lebanon in the past. His request seems reasonable enough on the surface: don’t use Lebanon to wage your grudge match. Complying with Tillerson, however, would come along with a troubling reality that belies the simplicity of his request. Iran and Saudi Arabia have always used countries like Lebanon to fight their wars. Devoid of proxies and puppets, and with their fundamental conflicts unresolved, is the only remaining option a hot war between the rivals? The world can only watch and wait as these two powerhouses square off in an increasingly fraught, fearful and fragile environment.


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Political Crossfire

Could the Ambitious Saudi Crown Prince Unleash a Storm across the Middle East? By David Ignatius


audi Arabia risks committing the original sin of modern Middle East politics – fighting its regional wars in Lebanon and driving that fragile country once again toward civil strife. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s target in Lebanon is Hezbollah, the nation’s dominant political force, which is backed by the Saudi’s nemesis, Iran. Unwilling to risk a direct shot at Tehran, the crown prince is instead attacking Iran’s clients in Beirut. The proxy battle has escalated over the past week. First, the Saudis pressured Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign last Saturday; hours later, MBS, as the 32-year-old crown prince is known, launched sweeping arrests of rival princes and business leaders in Riyadh, creating an uproar across the region. On Thursday, the Saudi government told its citizens to leave Lebanon and advised against future travel there. For a Sunni Arab world that fears and loathes Iran, the moves by MBS will probably be popular. He’s emerging as the strongest (if also the most impulsive) Sunni leader in decades, exercising a kind of raw power at home and in the region that hasn’t been seen since Iraq’s Saddam Hussein. The Saudi moves have rattled the Lebanese political class but haven’t panicked the financial sector. Riad Salameh, the governor of Lebanon’s central bank for the past 25 years, said last weekend that the monetary authorities had over $43 billion in reserves, enough to ensure stability.

That calmed the markets. Lebanese officials fear that what’s next is a broader economic quarantine on Lebanon, much as Saudi Arabia has imposed on Qatar. Lebanese sources told me Thursday in telephone interviews that the Saudis want to force Hezbollah to leave the Cabinet and Parliament. That’s understandable for Riyadh, but not realistic. Saudi Arabia’s real leverage is that about 500,000 Lebanese work in the

Christian and Shiite Muslim proxies and finally invaded outright in 1982. The Syrian regime held Lebanon hostage from 1976 until 2005, when enraged Lebanese demanded they withdraw after the assassination of Rafik Hariri, Saad’s father. Hezbollah emerged as the dominant force in Lebanon partly because of the instability that followed Israel’s unwise 1982 invasion. The Iranian-backed militia has subverted

The rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has been ripping the fabric of the Middle East since the Iranian revolution of 1979.

Gulf, sending home roughly $3 billion annually, a tide of remittances that keeps Lebanon’s financial and property markets afloat. If those Lebanese were expelled, a dramatic downward spiral would begin. For Lebanon, this is a familiar story. Since the 1950s, regional and global powers have manipulated the country’s all-too-pliable sects for their own advantage. The Sunnis were played by Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser and then, catastrophically, by the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, whose challenge to the central government triggered the 1975-76 civil war. The Israelis battled the Palestinians in Lebanon using

Lebanese democracy and been a dangerous forward outpost for Iran’s power. When the Syrian civil war began in 2011, many analysts predicted that a frail Lebanon would tumble back into chaos. But it hasn’t happened – yet – because Hezbollah worked quietly with Saad Hariri and other Lebanese leaders to keep a lid on unrest. Can such quiet cooperation continue? Not if the Saudis sabotage the country’s economy in what they describe as an effort to punish Hezbollah. For the U.S., Lebanon poses what’s becoming a recurring challenge – how to encourage MBS’ push to modernize the kingdom without letting him drive Saudi Arabia and

the region off a cliff. Call it the MBS conundrum: The headstrong crown prince jumped into what U.S. officials thought was an unwise war in Yemen; it’s still raging, despite U.S. attempts to find a settlement. MBS escalated a feud with meddlesome neighbor Qatar; Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has tried unsuccessfully to mediate. This week in Lebanon, the U.S. was again attempting damage control, as Ambassador Elizabeth Richard pledged $42 million for the Lebanese army and expressed support for “a stable, secure, democratic, and prosperous Lebanon.” The rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia has been ripping the fabric of the Middle East since the Iranian revolution of 1979, spawning terrorist movements and proxy wars among Shiite and Sunni allies of the two nations. This sectarian bloodletting seemed unstoppable when a strong, arrogant Iran faced a weak, confused Saudi Arabia. MBS wants to become the powerful Sunni leader who could eventually balance the region – and open the way for a grand bargain that would bring stability. That’s a desirable outcome. But in the short term, the challenge for Washington is to prevent this would-be strongman from blowing up himself and his neighbors. Another failed state in the Middle East is not in America’s interests. (c) 2017, Washington Post Writers Group David Ignatius’ latest novel, “The Quantum Spy,” was released this week.

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Teens and Sleep By Hylton I. Lightman, MD, DCH, FAAP


ast week’s article elicited numerous requests from parents of pre-teens and teens about sleep. Sleep is important for our teenagers. It’s food for the brain. During sleep, important body functions and brain activity occur. Yet so many teens are sleep-deprived. The National Sleep Foundation estimates that 85% of teens sleep less than the minimum 8 ½ hours needed nightly. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends 9-10 hours nightly. Why is sleep so important? And what can be done to structure the environment for better sleep?

THE NEED FOR SLEEP Sleep is the necessary fuel for brain and overall development. It’s as crucial as a healthy eating regimen and regular physical exercise. In adolescence, the brain is still developing. The brain’s pre-frontal cortex—responsible for complex thinking and decision-making, as well as emotional regulation—is among the last areas of the brain to develop and undergoes significant maturation during teenage years. This part of the brain is especially sensitive to the effects of sleep deprivation. There are two main factors that affect how sleepy or how alert a teen is at any given time in a day. The first is the sleep-wake balance: how long it has been since he last slept? If a

person stays awake for too long, this will throw off his sleep-wake balance, which will make him sleepy. The second factor affecting his level of sleepiness is his internal body clock. This clock controls the “circadian rhythms” in his body. “Circadian” means to occur in a 24-hour cycle. These rhythms make one feel sleepy or alert at regular times every day. Each person’s internal clock tells his body when it is time to sleep at night and when it is time to be awake during the day. Each person’s body has this natural timing system. When you feel sleepy at night, your circadian rhythms are telling you it is time to go to bed. Many people feel a mild need for sleep in the afternoon. This need to sleep grows much stronger at night. This set rhythm in the body triggers the urge to sleep at these times of day and occurs no matter how much sleep you got the night before. But there’s also a lack of quality sleep which can make one tired at the wrong times of day. Teens can throw off their body clocks by often staying up late at night. Their internal clocks get more confused when they continually change their sleep and wake-up schedules. Once the internal clocks are not set right, teens can become sleepy when they should be wide awake. Lack of sleep could cause them to fall asleep at school, at work, or, G-d forbid, while they are driving.

The lack of sleep can limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems. You may even forget important information like names, numbers, your homework, or a date with a special person in your life. Sleep deprivation can be confused with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Some young people are thought to have ADHD when in reality they are having a problem with their sleep. Both of these problems share many of the same signs. A visit to the pediatrician can help to clarify.

MANY FACTORS KEEP TEENS FROM GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP. The teen’s rapidly changing body is one cause. Puberty ushers in an era of exponential changes which includes sleep. Before puberty, the body makes one sleepy around 8:00 or 9:00 pm. When puberty begins, this rhythm shifts a couple hours later and your body tells you to go to sleep around 10:00 or 11:00 pm. The natural shift in a teen’s circadian rhythms is called “sleep phase delay.” Teens may appear initially to be suffering from insomnia. They will have a hard time falling asleep at the usual time. They still need 8-9 hours nightly. The result: Teens have a miserable time waking up early for school. So your

masmid may be thriving at mishmar, yet 10-11 hours later, he isn’t bouncing out of bed; some say the need for an alarm clock means he’s not getting enough sleep. Because most teens have to wake up early for minyan and school, it is important for them to go to bed on time. If they go to bed late, they will be unable to get the sleep that they need. This change is a normal part of growing up. With some extra care, teens will quickly adjust to the new sleep schedule of their bodies. There’s so much competing for our teens’ attention that sleep can be compromised. School is a big one, as are the demands made on teens in our world. Peer pressure. Yes, peer pressure can cause teens to make poor decisions that will affect their sleep. Staying out too late, drinking, smoking, or using drugs – all of these can disturb sleep patterns. Kids need good sleep in order to have the wherewithal to withstand today’s peer pressure. Teens may have a wrong view of sleep, seeing it as something that keeps them from the things they want to do. It is something to be conquered. It becomes a contest to try to get by on as little sleep as possible. They rarely consider their need for sleep and how it affects all that they do. Something we all know but needs to be repeated and repeated: Over

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90% of teens use some form of digital technology or social media at night and close to bedtime. The resulting stimulation will, of course, throw off good sleeping patterns. The light from the device will definitely compromise circadian rhythms. Teens: I understand that you know all this. You also know that lack of sleep puts you at risk for cognitive issues, i.e., trouble with memory, diminished focus and attention, difficulty learning, poor judgment and decision making, and reduced ability to problem solve; behavioral and social issues; emotional issues; and academic and performance issues. And many of you still don’t allow yourselves the sleep you need! Perhaps this “cool” piece of information will incite better sleep patterns. Lack of sleep can make you more prone to pimples and can contribute to acne and other skin issues. Do you want nice skin? Then, in addition to eating healthy and hydrating properly, get enough sleep and do it consistently.

WHAT IF YOUR TEEN IS GETTING THE “RIGHT” AMOUNT OF SLEEP YET IS SLEEPY DURING THE DAY? This can happen. You and your teen should meet with your pediatrician to ascertain the cause. One reason may be Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when, during sleep, the tissue in the back of the throat collapses which keeps air from getting into the lungs. This is not uncommon because the muscles inside the throat relax as you sleep and gravity then causes the tongue to fall back and block the airway. The pauses in breathing disturb your sleep, causing you to be tired the next day. Being overweight can be a factor here. Other reasons can be narcolepsy, a sleep disorder that causes people to feel severely tired during the day. They may fall asleep suddenly at any time or place. These “sleep attacks” can occur while eating, walking or driving and it begins to affect people when they are between the ages of 15 and 25. Mood swings, not uncommon in teens, may be a symptom here.

WHAT CAN BE DONE The National Sleep Foundation

recommends as follows: 1. Create a calm atmosphere in the home at bedtime. 1. Set a regular bedtime. 2. Teens should have a regular, relaxing routine just before bedtime. 3. To help them relax, teens should

Parents should teach their children about the importance of sleep. They are likely to be more amenable to sleeping healthily if they understand why sleep is important. A visit to the pediatrician can help ascertain what’s causing the lack of sleep. It’s also an opportunity to de-

give into the drowsiness. More than half of sleep-deprived car accidents are caused by drivers under 25 years of age. The signs of drowsy driving include repeated yawning and blinking, drifting out of the lane, trouble remembering the miles driven, and hitting the rumble strip at the edge of the world. If you exhibit any of these signs, immediately reach out to a parent or friend for help driving. Parents: You have a zero-tolerance policy about your teens driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Establish the same policy for drowsy driving. It’s never too late to cultivate good sleep hygiene. The benefits are untold.

The lack of sleep can limit your ability to learn, listen, concentrate and solve problems.

avoid activities that will excite their senses late in the evening. They should find another time for computers, social media and “heavy studying.” No exercising within of three hours of bedtime. 4. No caffeine (including soda and chocolate) after 4:00 pm. 5. Do not smoke or drink. Along with hurting their health, nicotine and alcohol will disturb their sleep. 6. A regular exercise routine and a healthy diet will help them sleep better at night. 7. Keep the lights dim in the evening. Open the curtains or blinds to let in bright light in the morning. This helps keep their body clocks set at the right time. 8. Cooler temperatures are better for sleeping. 9. If they must take a nap, they should keep it to under 45 minutes. 10. It can be hard for teens to get enough sleep during the week. They may need to wake up later on weekends. But they should not wake up more than two hours later than the time when they normally rise on a weekday. Sleeping in longer than that will severely disrupt a teen’s body clock. This will make it even harder to wake up on time when Monday morning arrives. 11. Prioritize sleep over late-night studying. This dovetails with helping your children carve out the right schedule that allows for homework, fun and sleep.

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velop good sleep hygiene. If necessary, the pediatrician will refer to a sleep specialist.

Dr. Hylton Lightman is a pediatrician


and Medical Director of Total Family Care of the 5 Towns and Rockaway PC.

This a big no-no combination. A brain that is hungry for sleep is going to get sleep, no matter how well-intentioned the driver may be not to

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Have you ever tried painting a light color over a dark color?  It doesn’t matter if it is painting over oil paints or water – based paints.  Professor Greenwald has the same problem in his classroom.  “The previous teacher painted the walls rich blue and I prefer white, how can I cover

the previous color in the simplest manner possible?”  The easiest and the best way to cover a dark color is to use a primer / stain killer.  The primer I have always is Zinnser’s Bulls Eye 123.  It is available at all better Do It Yourself Stores.   One coat over most any color of Bulls Eye primer

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ly. What is the best cleanser to use on the vinyl to make it clean again?”  Years ago, when working at a leading vinyl window manufacturer I asked the head of Research and Development the same question.  He recommended using pure vinegar on any plastic or vinyl to clean off most dirt.  His company even marketed a small bottle of window frame cleaner at a premium price that only consisted of white synthetic vinegar and perfume!   Years later I found that isopropyl alcohol works great too.  It tends to dissolve any greasy or oily stains better.   Beware never to mix any cleansers and to always wear protective eyewear and gloves. One does not always have to look for the latest and most improved cleanser for the best results.  One of a number of items which are found in any kitchen can have a myriad of uses one may never have considered!  Baking soda when mixed into a paste is great for cleaning most anything around the kitchen and bathroom.  You can even add a quarter cup to your washing machine boost the washing detergent.  Baking soda is also great to use to clean your compost bin as it cleans and deodorizes too.   I keep a box in the back of the refrigerator to reduce odors, and a box on an exposed shelf by the stove as a “just in case” fire extinguisher (as it will extinguish most small kitchen fires).  Vinegar besides being great for cleaning vinyl can be used to dissolve the white deposits on the top of a fish tank without the fear of poisoning the fish.  If some food gets burnt on the bottom of a pot, just pour some vinegar into it and let it sit over night; in the morning the pot will be easy to clean.  Animal urine stains on a carpet can be cleaned with a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water, just be sure to blot it dry afterwards.  To keep a car window frost free coat the windows with a 3/1 vinegar to water solution, allow to dry.  And my favorite – to soothe a bee sting; rinse the irritated area with vinegar. Isopropyl alcohol is great for removing those gummy and stubborn to remove price stickers from new dishes or glasses.  A DVD or CD that is not working anymore may only need to be wiped off with Isopropyl alcohol.   When our computer’s mouse was acting up, The Apple Store Tech said, “Wipe the mouse off with some alcohol,” and it worked.  Readers’ tips, questions and comments are always welcome.  Yosef has previously written the Do It Yourself Column for The Jerusalem Post for over 9 years and has been involved in the Construction Industry for over 50 years since starting with his Grandfather.  Yosef Krinsky can be reached at


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Health & F tness

When Does Your Food Actually Expire? By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN


ou open the fridge, grab the milk, and take a sniff before pouring it into your coffee. Or at least that should happen, before tossing the milk into the trash simply because of the date written on the bottle. Most foods are still suitable to eat past the labeled date. Experts say consumer confusion over product date labels increases our food waste. Many are unsure of the true meaning of the vague product date labels and end up tossing food products that are actually still edible. This brings us to terminology. The actual term “expiration date” refers to the last date a food should be eaten or used, meaning after the expiration date, eat at your own risk. However, most of the dates labeled are not actually expiration dates. Many products are labeled with the term “sell by”. The sell by date is more of an inventory tool for the stores. That date tells the store owner to take this product off the shelf. The fresher products are usually stuffed in the back, since the storeowners have to sell the product before the sell by date. So if you prefer a fresher product, reach for the products all the way in the back. Even if the stores decide to sell the item past the sell by date, it might not be at its highest quality, but it is still edible. When storing products in your fridge at home, use the method of FIFO, first in, first out – use the older product first. Using the FIFO system helps maintain order of inventory in

the bottom shelf of the refrigerator since it’s the coldest part of the refrigerator. Additionally, in terms of food safety and infection control, always store raw meat on the bottom of the fridge. If stored above cooked food, the raw meat can drip onto the cooked food or other food products thus risking contamination. Raw meat is a breeding ground for salmonella and other bacteria.

your refrigerator and decreases the risk of letting your products go past their sell by date. Another popular product date label is “best used by.” This date refers to quality, not safety. The date is recommended for best flavor, not quality. Yogurt is already spoiled milk; it’s not getting any more spoiled if eaten passed the “best used by” date. So when is food safe to eat and at what point should it be discarded?

When storing products in your fridge at home, use the method of FIFO, first in, first out – use the older product first. •

Milk – unopened – is usually fine until a week after the “sell by” date. About a week and a half after a bottle of milk is open, it may start to smell bad, even before the sell by date. Milk also tends to absorb other smells from the refrigerator, so even if it has a funny smell, the taste might be unaffected. Sniff the milk first, if unsure if it’s still good, taste a sip. Meats should be cooked or frozen within 3-5 days. After that, the meat will begin to smell, decreasing in freshness, and start to spoil. Meats should always be stored on

Eggs are good for at least 3 weeks. They might go down a grade after a week of storage in the fridge, but will still be perfectly edible. Store them on a shelf, as opposed to the door of the fridge. When eggs are kept on the refrigerator door, they’re more susceptible to temperature fluctuations from the door opening and closing. Poultry should be cooked or frozen within 2-3 days. To tell if raw chicken has gone bad check the color, smell, and texture for irregularities. Fresh chicken has a bright pink color, while chicken

that has gone bad will appear paler, with a grey tint. Spoiled chicken has a foul, slightly sweet smell, and will feel slimy, rather than moist, on its surface. • Canned goods seem to last for forever. Since you might be restocking after Pesach, you don’t have to worry about canned products going bad. Highly acidic foods like tomato sauce can keep 18 months or more. Other low-acid foods like canned green beans are probably risk-free for up to five years. Keep canned foods at 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit in a dry, dark place. Dented or bulging cans should be discarded. Hopefully, you now have some more knowledge about proper storage and safety of food products. All things considered, experts say it’s best, and safe, to give your food a chance – at least a smell or a taste test – even if it’s past the “sell by” date.

Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at


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Studying Sm


An A+ Application How to Dominate Admissions By Chaim Homnick, MA, MBA


he application process for college admissions can be an arduous, draining experience. Putting one’s entire life on paper, deciphering byzantine application instructions, and compiling all of the requisite personal information to satisfy the administrative bureaucrats in the Admissions Department can be challenging and time-consuming. To help simplify the experience, below is a broad overview of the college application process (taking into account both undergraduate and graduate admissions when possible). Several sections below may also be relevant to yeshiva, seminary or job applications. Here are some of the factors that play a key role in a student’s college application:

THE BASICS (GRADES) Colleges want intelligent, well-rounded students. For high schoolers, making the right first impression begins with earning good grades. As simple as it sounds, a student’s grades are the first metric he or she will be judged by. Admissions offices receive thousands of applications and, fair or not, GPAs let them

distill each applicant down to a single number that they can compare to the rest of the stack of applications. The same is true for current college students. Graduate programs are competitive and a student’s college GPA and score on tests like the LSAT or MCAT are crucial in determining their options. Admissions for programs within the medical field, for example, are extremely competitive and an elite GPA is almost required to even be considered. For undergraduate programs, most regular colleges want to see an average of at least an 85 to admit a student. For honors programs or scholarships, a 95 or higher is likely necessary in order to receive consideration.

RESEARCH When it comes to advanced preparation, you can never be too well-informed. The application process begins with students working with their parents or advisors to determine which schools or programs they intend to apply to, what the deadlines are, and what the requirements are. Having career goals in mind and matching them to specific

programs or scholarship offers helps make the effort and time spent applying more focused. A student has to know which schools they can apply to using the Common App or CUNY Portal and which schools tack on extra requirements. Additionally, it is imperative that students are cognizant of different schools’ deadlines and don’t miss them or find themselves scrambling at the last second to piece together different components of their applications.

STANDARDIZED TESTS Similar to GPAs, standardized test scores play a significant role in admissions departments. At the undergraduate level, SATs or ACTs are often the first factor in admissions, and in some schools, GPAs and SATs are the only factors they consider for regular admissions. An SAT score of 1100 (ACT equivalent is a 24) is generally the minimum target for acceptance, while a score in the 1300-1400 range puts a student in prime position for scholarships and honors programs. At the graduate level, the LSAT, MCAT, DAT, or GRE scores are crucial metrics in determining what

programs a student is likely to gain admittance to. A student must know which test or tests they may need for their college goals and it is critical that he or she study sufficiently for it. A student shouldn’t spend years in college planning on attending law school without investing time early on researching the LSAT and ensuring that the test fits within their skillset and abilities.

PERSONAL STATEMENTS Many colleges require applicants to write a personal statement. Some colleges replace that with a specific essay prompt, while others require both a personal statement and additional essays in response to a topic. For graduate programs, personal statements and supplemental essays become even more standard. A prior “Studying Smart” column discussed how to write a personal statement that is polished and compelling. The primary goal is to fulfill the mandate of “show, don’t tell.” A student should utilize narrative form to show information about themselves rather than to didactically tell the reader facts about themselves.

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LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION These letters are an important component of a well-rounded application package. Nonetheless, the majority of students do not get to read what their chosen professors or bosses write about them. That makes selecting the right people extremely important. Colleges expect to read positive reviews as the student selects their own recommenders, so a student should seek recommenders who have a relationship with them and who will write something more personal and effusive than just basic, boilerplate platitudes that could have been written about any of their students.

RÉSUMÉ/ ACCOMPLISHMENTS Most applications ask for a résumé or at least provide a place to list awards, job experience, and community service experience. This provides a more thorough oppor-

tunity for an applicant to delineate their interests and accomplishments than in the personal statement that focuses on a specific episode or experience that reveals their character.

nearly all yeshivas and seminaries utilize interviews to find prospective candidates. All the common-sense tips that apply to job interviews apply here as well. Be

It is critical that students invest the time into researching their options and the particulars of different programs they are interested in.


cess is comprised of many variables and nuances. Each school can request different information or have a unique process. It is critical that students invest the time into researching their options and the particulars of different programs they are interested in. A well-rounded application package is the first step towards a satisfying stack of acceptance letters and the freedom to determine your own fate! Chaim Homnick is the College Advisor at Chaim Homnick grew up in North Mesivta Ateres Yaakov of Lawrence and Miami Beach. He currently resides inEnInalso teaches 5 periods of Honors/AP

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INTERVIEWS Many graduate school programs conduct interviews. Some undergraduate programs do as well and

well-prepared, dress appropriately, and be articulate and polite. Some people are naturals; others have to invest time practicing mock interviews. Either way, an applicant has to ensure that they put their best foot forward during their interviews! Ultimately, the application pro-

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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

I’m 37-years-old and single. I feel like my dating years are long behind me. I started out of the gate like all my friends. Same prospects, excitement, dating, etc. But through the years, as most of my friends started getting married one by one, my bashert just never seemed to be showing up.

For the past ten years or so, I hardly ever go out. Once in a while, something pops up and usually the guy is really kind of pathetic. Maybe I shouldn’t say that, because maybe that’s how I’m seen, but more often than not, they are unemployed or barely making a living, often living in someone’s basement apartment, almost zero social skills. Usually these rare dates are a disaster. At this point, I really don’t believe I’ll ever get married. I don’t understand why I missed the boat. Looking back, maybe I should have been less selective and settled on someone who I had certain concerns about, but here I am now, 37, single, with a couple of single friends who are in similar situations. It’s pretty depressing. Thank goodness I have a career that I find very stimulating. I make a nice salary so that I’m able to travel and do pretty much what I want. I feel like I need to make peace with the idea that I’ll never get married, never have children and this is what the rest of my life will look like. So, I know this is not the typical type of questions you’re used to getting in this column, but I wonder whether any of you have any advice for me regarding how to accept my present life and find joy and fulfillment – despite the fact that this is not the life I always dreamed I would have.

Disclaimer: This column is not intended to diagnose or otherwise conclude resolutions to any questions.

Our intention is not to offer any definitive

conclusions to any particular question, rather offer areas of exploration for the author and reader. Due to the nature of the column receiving only a short snapshot of an issue, without the benefit of an actual discussion, the panel’s role is to offer a range of possibilities. We hope to open up meaningful dialogue and individual exploration.

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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. have some things to say about the first few paragraphs of your query but will leave unsaid comments about the competitive language you use, your depressive tone, and your sense of being set up with losers. They are certainly worth exploring in depth with a mentor/therapist/ rabbi. You may need to do some internal work on some things which are blocking you from moving forward in shidduchim. But the last paragraph is the one that is most important. You are focused on developing a mindset for the future in a healthy way. I give you a lot of credit for seeking to work on this objective. You are expressing an understanding that it will take effort to acquire the ability to accept your single existence and find joy and fulfillment without a life partner and children. It is a woman’s nature to give; revel in your womanly nature and find young children to nurture and give to. There are Jewish Big Brother/Big Sister Programs that can help you find a child who needs attention. You can volunteer for Links, an organization that helps Jewish girls (and boys through Shloimi’s Club) who have lost a parent. If you prefer to help teens, find organizations such as Rachel’s Place and get involved. Open your home and host Shabbos dinners and game nights for friends. Be a giver and don’t live just for a gym routine, your new booties and your next trip. Develop new interests and social groups that are related to them. This may mean an art, a craft, book club or a hobby that you can perfect. Growing spiritually will give your life ongoing meaning and direction. Find a group to learn with or start one of your own. You will feel fulfilled to learn with not-yet-religious people who would love to avail themselves of your Torah education.


You can join Partners in Torah and participate in their activities. Find a warm mentor whose family you can become part of. You may be a single but you don’t have to be alone. In short, continue taking the initiative as you continue to daven.

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. efore I address your question, which boils down to, “Do I dare to hope?” I’d like to throw out a question of my own: Did you ever play the lottery? If you think about it, your odds of finding Mr. Right at age 37 are a thousand times greater than your winning Powerball. Yet, the innate, very human characteristic of hope and emunah spur you to buy the ticket (“Hey, you never know”), travel to potentially dangerous destinations (Europe, anyone?) and, on rare occasion, date your potential zivug. All because you believe, in your heart of hearts, that you will beat the losing odds. Your bitachon gets you out of bed in the morning; you could not have accomplished as much as you describe if your life was not fueled with positivity and joy. Age 37 is far too young to relinquish your optimism and positivity; no matter what your age, you may never allow yourself to wallow in complacency. Go ahead, enjoy your single life – socially, spiritually and professionally! At the same time, cast a wider net in your dating endeavors. If the opportunity arises (e.g., your second cousin’s wedding in Scottsdale), travel to never-explored cities, daven in various shuls, meet different shadchanim, cultivate new friendships with other women (single or married), attend single mixers, volunteer at tzedakah events, and (gasp!) register on kosher dating websites (it’s worked for more happy couples than you realize). Bear


Bear in mind, you only need one man to build your future home.

in mind, you only need one man to build your future home. A note of caution: Your acceptance of your fate as on older single may be a rationalization for not embarking on any of the above modalities. Perhaps you lack the confidence or motivation to leave your Single Life Comfort Zone. Maybe your stoicism is a cover-up for profound depression over your singlehood. If so, be true to yourself – be good to yourself – and seek professional help in navigating the wide, deep and sometimes terrifying waters of dating as a thirty-something.

The Shadchan Michelle Mond he place you are in sounds so painful. I recognize how hard this must be for you, especially based on the past few years of your dating experiences, but I urge you not to give up. There are so many stories of people who find their bashert later in life and there is no reason that story can’t be your story. I would urge you to practice thinking positively about the future. You have a great job and a fulfilling life. As long as hishtadlus is being done to meet eligible suitors, and you put your all into dating when you get a date, you can breathe easy and realize that Hashem is in complete control of your life. You are leaving it in His hands to find you a husband and trust that He will. Make a sign for your room, “Hashem is my shadchan, I shall not fear.” Reach out to your married friends once every few months with your updated resume and ask that they please keep you in mind. Join Saw You at Sinai, an amazing networkwith tons of shadchanim and singles. Go to singles events where you have the opportunity to meet people on your own and be open to different types of guys you may have not been open to before. That will all be in the hishtadlus cate-


gory, it is your investment in showing Hashem, “I’m really trying!” Then just sit back and enjoy your wonderful life. Perhaps get involved in chessed organizations where you feel extremely fulfilled. Remember that wherever you are now is where you are meant to be, but keep in mind “yeshuas Hashem keheref ayin.” Things can change in an instant, you don’t need to accept that you will be single forever for you to be happy. Find ways to enjoy your life being single, but never give up on hishtadlus since that is the only way for Hashem to send you your bashert when the time comes.

The Single Tova Wein


find your question a little confusing. It almost sounds to me like what you are really asking from the panel is permission to retire your dating heels, call it a day, and assume the role of singlehood forever more. As if, like the person who retires from her

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job at age 65, you’ve decided that 37 is the magical age at which a woman decides she will never get married, forgets about dating from here on in, and now all she needs to do is readjust her attitude to accept the new normal that is being self-imposed. Now why would you want to do a thing like that? And what made you decide that age 37 is the age when all bets are off? The fact of the matter is that many people have fallen into wonderful marriages at 37 and way beyond that age. True, the prospects don’t come along nearly as often as they did when you were in your 20s and no

doubt some of the people you go out with seem to be struggling with issues, but like you, there are also plenty of perfectly wonderful candidates, who like you, for whatever reason, seemed to have missed the boat – but make no mistake about it, the boat has not totally sailed away. I think what you need to work on is how to balance two opposing ideas in your mind successfully that are both part of your reality but they don’t have to be mutually exclusive to one another. On one hand, you should never give up hope. We all need to bring hope into our lives about so many things. As

long as we’re alive, there is no reason to ever give up hoping and praying that our situation will improve. And along with that hope must always come proactive efforts. On the other hand, and this applies to so many different challenges everyone deals with, it’s important to live in the moment and fill your heart with the necessary gratitude one must have for all the blessings that are constant in your life. And through gratitude, one learns how to create and find joy in their present life without any strings attached. No more “I’m happy but…” Leave off the but. Love your life for all that it is,

Find ways to enjoy your life being single, but never give up on hishtadlus.

stay true to your dreams of someday meeting someone wonderful and having a family, stay away from others who are downers and will drag you down, and continue to be your best self.

Pulling It All Together The Navidaters Dating and Relationship Coaches and Therapists


n therapy, oftentimes a client will come in carrying an incredible amount of pain. And the job of the therapist is not to move that person past his pain while he is actively in pain. Sometimes a person just needs to be emotionally held, needs to be seen, needs to be validated. A person needs a space where their pain is allowed to exist. And so, though you are not a client, and this column is not a therapy session, I would like to make space for your feelings about being single. I think these feelings are normal. I can’t make normal go away. For as long as you are single, this bad feeling will probably be a part of your life. I wish there was a way to magically never think about it. But this isn’t the case for you, or for anyone else living with any hardship. The first step to living your most joyful life in the now, believe it or not, is to accept that this sadness will be part of your life. To deny it may work for a period of time, but the feeling will likely hit you like a ton of bricks when it returns. I think the goal is not to deny it or “positive” it away, but to learn how

to manage it and not to let it control you. Part of managing and controlling the sadness may be to see a therapist as needed to talk about your feelings. No, it doesn’t bring you the guy of your dreams on a silver platter or make life’s problems disappear, but it can help you feel more in control of your situation. Knowing you have a place to go to every week to “unpack” can be quite helpful in keeping your wits about you. In the meantime…. Keep up your relationships with your friends. Take classes. Travel. Focus on your accomplishments. Focus on the things in your life that you do control and that you have had major successes at. Live your best life. I’m taking off my therapist hat now and putting on my coaching hat. Let’s brainstorm. I have a lot of questions for you about your dating history and current approach to dating.

I can’t help but wonder why you are getting set up with “pathetic” guys. Surely, there are men in their thirties and forties who are not “pathetic” and who are single and ready to mingle, so to speak. Do you know of any, and do you have someone who can introduce you or set you up? Also, are you open to dating divorced and widowed men? There are wonderful divorced and widowed men out there. In my experience, I have worked with a handful of single women your age who refused to date these guys because they wanted to marry someone without the “baggage.” I encouraged them to spread their wings and broaden their horizons. Of course, you want to make sure nothing outlandish happened in their prior marriages, but most of the time when two people get divorced, it is because they have unfortunately outgrown one another (it’s so much more complicated than that, but for the purpose of the paper, let’s leave it at that). Will you date a man with children? If you’re the maternal type, I generally encourage this as well (unless there are outlandish circumstances). Sometimes women have to get creative in their approach to dating.

Here’s an exercise. Think of ten untapped resources to meet men. These resources can be old friends, family, neighbors, Shabbatons, new shadchanim, and rebbeim in cities other than your own. I want you to contact all of them. Tell them you are looking to meet a great guy and ask them to keep you in mind. I know, I know. It’s an awful, awful process. But you never know who will come through and who you may meet this way. Start thinking outside the box. Hire a dating coach to help you. He or she may offer you some brand new insight and a fresh approach to dating. Praying that you find you bashert very soon! Jennifer Mann Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.


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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

Finally, I saw that Starbucks just unveiled its holiday cups, which had illustrations that customers can color in themselves. It’s perfect for people who are too busy to make their own coffee at home, yet still have enough time to color in a coffee cup. - Jimmy Fallon

The reason I’m so excited to see you all here today in part is because this is where I started. This isn’t where I was born. I was born in Kenya – that’s a joke. - Barack Obama, speaking at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago

I now appreciate that Arabs and Jews were all a Semitic people originally and it is the influx of foreign, European Jews (especially from Poland, they say) which has helped to cause great problems. I know there are so many complex issues, but how can there ever be an end to terrorism unless the causes are eliminated? Surely some U.S. president has to have the courage to stand up and take on the Jewish lobby in U.S.? I must be naive, I suppose!. -From a recently disclosed letter written by Prince Charles in 1986

That’s how you get the Iran deal. That’s how we still allow the American government to finance people that have blood on their hands of innocent Jewish civilians. -Steve Bannon in a speech to the Zionist Organization of America last weekend, talking about the Washington establishment

We’re a nation at war. This war is only going to be won if we bind together and work as partners. -Ibid.

Amazon has unveiled a new way to view its products in 3-D. Amazon is calling its new invention “a store.” - Conan O’Brien

Ladies and gentlemen - Term now banned by the MTA of the hyper-politically correct City of New York




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As against our gauzy national hopes, I will teach my boys to have profound doubts that friendship with white people is possible. When they ask, I will teach my sons that their beautiful hue is a fault line. Spare me platitudes of how we are all the same on the inside. I first have to keep my boys safe, and so I will teach them before the world shows them this particular brand of rending, violent, often fatal betrayal. - From an op-ed in last Sunday’s New York Times by Ekow N. Yankah, who is a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

A new iPhone glitch is causing the lowercase letter “I” to be replaced by weird symbols. Have you experienced this? It’s so odd. Apple addressed the issue with an official statement saying, “What are you gonna do, buy a Samsung?” -James Corden

I am so disappointed. I used to love, during the fall and winter, to watch the NFL on Sunday. And it’s not that I’m some great patriot. I was in the Navy for a year. Didn’t go anywhere. Didn’t do anything. But I have overwhelming respect and admiration for anyone who puts on a uniform and goes to war. So the only thing I can do in my little way is not to preach. I will never watch another NFL game. - Vin Scully, the legendary Dodgers broadcaster who left the booth after 67 major-league seasons last year, talking about the NFL National Anthem protests

In order to maintain your attention they have taken all the techniques of Edward Bernays and Joseph Goebbels, and all of the other people from the world of persuasion, and all the big ad agencies, and they’ve mapped it onto an all-day product with highly personalized information in order to addict you. We are all, to one degree or another, addicted. - Early Facebook investor Roger McNamee, in an interview with The Telegraph, talking about the dangers of Facebook and other social media

No, I hate everything.

- Gov. Jerry Brown (D-CA) when asked by a reporter whether he was enjoying himself at a UN climate conference in Germany

It’s not my personal mission, but it is an objective that I — I have an objective that Mitch McConnell will not be majority leader, and I believe will be done before this time next year. - Steve Bannon, in an interview with the New York Times

You can write that down. I laughed. Ha-ha. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) responding to Steve Bannon’s pledge, in his own interview with the New York Times

You get old and stop drinking milk and next thing you know every time a mediumsized neighbor tackles you all your ribs are snapping like the buttons on tearaway pants… Drink that milk, Rand Paul. This is not a game out here.

- Liberal writer Hamilton Nolan mocking Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) who was assaulted and broke five ribs last week




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Reckless remarks by an old lunatic like Trump will never scare us or stop our advance. On the contrary, all this makes us more sure that our choice to promote economic construction at the same time as building up our nuclear force is all the more righteous, and it pushes us to speed up the effort to complete our nuclear force. - Statement by North Korea about President Trump’s criticism of them while in Asia

Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!

I wish I wasn’t in this situation, but it’s been one of the great gifts in my life. - Michael J. Fox in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning about his decades-long battle with Parkinson’s disease


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- Tweet by President Trump


I heard that O.J. Simpson was kicked out of a bar in Las Vegas for being drunk and belligerent. Wow — just when you think you know someone. - Jimmy Fallon

Los Angeles apparently will be one of the first cities to get flying Ubers. L.A. is perfect because who is more qualified to fly you through the sky at 5,000 feet than an out-of-work actor-deejay-dog walker? – James Corden

The cracks in the foundation are there. The day-to-day issues, as serious as they may be, they may come and go. But you cannot change the nature of the game. I certainly would not let – if I had an athletically gifted 12- or 13-year-old son – I would not let him play football.

It came out that Donald Trump Jr. was in direct contact with WikiLeaks during last year’s election. You can tell Don Jr.’s in trouble, ‘cuz his dad just demoted him to “Eric.”

- NBC sportscaster Bob Costas at a sports roundtable last week

- Jimmy Fallon

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Good Hum r

Gym Jargon By Jon Kranz


ome people like to exercise their rights, freedom and voice, while others like to exercise discretion, discipline and caution. In a gym, however, the main form of exercise is purely physical, requiring exertion and effort, which is why the activity is commonly referred to as “working out.” (Note: Working out a deal, math problem or the kinks in your backswing does not really qualify as “working out.”) People usually work out when they are “going to the gym.” That means that, colloquially speaking, you are not “going to the gym” if you merely drop someone off at the gym or if you are going to visit your friend named Jim. Similarly, going to phys. ed. means attending physical education class. It does not mean going to visit your friend Edward who is obsessed with carbonated beverages, hence his nickname “Fizz Ed.” Fitness freaks who work out regularly tend to speak a special language filled with all sorts of technical terms like calisthenics, isometrics, circuit training and

Pilates. Such gym jargon may be lost on the average person who is unfamiliar with the vernacular of the vigorous. Thus, gym terminology can be tremendously confusing to the typical sedentary schlemiel and can easily discombobulate the unfit who spend more time on kugel than crunches. Technical fitness terms also can baffle, befuddle and bewilder those who choose General Mills over treadmills and those who would rather be stationary than be on a stationary bike. For illustrative purposes, below is list of confusing gym jargon and how some Jews might misinterpret each term: 1. Sit-ups - A floor exercise focusing on abdominal muscles. Jewish Version: What you do when your nagging Jewish parents tell you to stop slouching: “How can you go on a job interview if you don’t sit up straight?” 2. Crunches - A floor exercise focusing on the stomach. Jewish Version: When it’s the middle of Pesach and you find yourself desperately and endlessly

crunching on matzah. 3. Spin Class - An indoor aerobic cycling session. Jewish Version: When your rabbi teaches you how to spin a dreidel on Chanukah. 4. Rowing - An aerobic exercise that simulates rowing a boat. Jewish Version: Trying to find the perfect row in shul in which to sit. 5. Clip - Small device placed on the end of a barbell to keep the weights from sliding off the bar. Jewish Version: Small device placed on a kippah to keep it from sliding off your head. 6. Dips - An upper body bar exercise focusing on chest and triceps. Jewish Version: Hummus, techina, babaganoush, matbucha and schug. Do not make Shabbos without them. 7. Warm-Up - Getting loose before exercising. Jewish Version: In preparing dinner, what you do to leftovers. 8. Medicine Ball - Large round rubber weight used a variety of

exercises. Jewish Version: Matzah ball, as used in Jewish homeopathic soup. 9. Dumbbell - A handheld weight. Jewish Version: Anyone who pays the full initial asking price at the shuk without even attempting to bargain. 10. Steam Room - A room filled with steam. Jewish Version: Whatever room your fuming parents are in when you tell them that you are not coming home for the holidays. 11. Lats - Exercise focusing on the latissimus dorsi muscle. Jewish Version: Abbreviation for latkes. Of course, if you consume mass quantities of fried latkes, you will need to work out. Bottom line on Jews and the gym: If you want to be svelte, put down the chocolate gelt.

Jon Kranz is an attorney living in Englewood, New Jersey. Send any comments, questions or insults to jkranz285@

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