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We get caught up in the excitement, each in our own way. It’s because there’s a certain pride in driving down the street at night and seeing the many windows of Jewish homes emblazoned with the glowing, glorious lights of the menorah. It’s because you get a fuzzy enjoyment out of driving down the streets that are not predominantly Jewish and seeing the flickering glow in the one Jewish home on that block. We may be few, but our strong candles can shine brighter than all the neon green and red lights that light up the streets during this season. Chanukah invokes a comforting type of emotion- the feeling of warmth and togetherness when families and friends, grandparents and grandchildren get together to celebrate the ongoing miracle that is the Jewish people.  Wishing our readers a deLIGHTful Chanukah and a Chag Sameach!

Dear Readers, Growing up, I remember how much my friends and I, with great anticipation, looked forward to Chanukah -  we couldn’t wait for those illuminating eight days and nights. The presents, the food, the fun, the dancing and the singing - all wrapped together with the celebration of the great miracles that partook centuries ago.   By now, the children have begun their Chanukah preparations and projects, and are very excited to decorate the walls and windows with their beautiful, unique crafts and to help make those yummy donuts and treats. As an adult, I too look forward to the auspicious time of Chanukah because it’s an exciting time for the whole family. Chanukah is a time of happiness for all Jews, especially children, which makes it even more special to parents admiring their child’s enthusiasm. Each family is immersed in the spirit and joy of Chanukah, and the whole house transforms once the candles are lit and the parties begin. I’m sure every household fits this similar description.

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in one of the worst famines of modern times, caused by warring parties blocking food supplies.

Justice for Journalist Former Yemen Pres Killed

While on the run, Yemen’s former President Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by Houthi rebels on Monday. He was fleeing the capital city of Sanaa following days of intense fighting between his forces and insurgents. On Tuesday, his son, Ahmed Ali Saleh, called for revenge against the armed Houthi movement. Sanaa is home to 5 million people. The last 24 hours of intense fighting left at least 125 people dead and another 238 injured, according to a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross. The UN Human Rights Office has documented more than 13,800 civilian casualties, including more than 5,000 people killed since fighting began. However, the numbers are believed to be a fraction of the actual overall death toll. Sanaa’s Houthi-controlled Interior Ministry announced the Yemeni leader’s death in a statement. “The militias of treason are finished and their leader has been killed,” the statement said. Saleh’s vehicle came under fire at a checkpoint south of rebel-held Sanaa, a senior Houthi commander said. Several of his senior aides were also killed. Saleh’s home in Sanaa had been under Houthi siege for more than 48 hours before he attempted to flee to his native town of Sanhan. His body was returned to the capital and was handed over to the leadership of his party, the General People’s Congress. Saleh rose to power as part of a military coup, becoming president of North Yemen in 1978. After unification in 1990 he became president of all of Yemen. He resigned in 2012, less than a year after protests swept through Yemen. In recent years he re-emerged as a major political player. Yemen’s war, pitting the Iran-allied Houthis who control Sanaa against a Saudi-led military alliance backing a government based in the south, has led to what the United Nations calls the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. The world body says millions of people may die

Daphne Caruana Galizia, 53, was a journalist from Malta, a small European island with a population of less than a half million. She made headlines when she ousted the crime and corruption that goes on in the small, economically stable Mediterranean island. Over the years on her blog, Galizia made accusations of corruption, nepotism, patronage, and  money laundering. She linked Malta’s  online gambling industry to organized crime and accused the government of the sale of passports and payments from the  government of Azerbaijan. She accused Prime Minister Joseph Muscat of handing out major kickbacks to his inner circle from business deals and a controversial passports-for-investment scheme. Many were less than pleased with Galizia’s airing of dirty laundry.

On October 16, Galizia was suddenly killed in a car bomb that silenced her forever. There were many assumptions as to who was responsible for her death but last week there was an official breakthrough. Maltese authorities arrested ten people in connection to the murder. All those detained were citizens of Malta; some were previously known to police. Two of those arrested were brothers, Alfred and George Degiorgio. They are said to be members of a criminal gang. A statement said the suspects had been arrested on the basis of “reasonable suspicion in connection with involvement in the murder” of Caruana Galizia. A special force of police, military and security services made the arrests, and the FBI assisted the investigation. According to Maltese law, suspects can be interrogated for up to 48 hours before a decision must be made to prosecute or release them. Although Caruana Galizia was his biggest antagonist, Muscat has vowed to bring justice. “As I stated as soon as I learnt about this barbaric act, we will leave no stone unturned to get this case solved.” Muscat’s Labour Party government had offered a one million euro ($1.2 million) reward for information leading to a conviction of Caruana Galizia’s killers. She is survived by her sons, who denounced the reward. They labeled it a “publicity stunt” and demanded Mus-

cat’s resignation for failing to protect their mother and his attempts to silence her through legal suits while she was alive. In her very last post on Running Commentary, the blog she had written since 2008, Caruana Galizia wrote, “There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate.” Authorities believe this post came minutes before the deadly attack.

Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

There is mass genocide taking place in Myanmar. The long-persecuted Muslim minority concentrated in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine, the Rohingya, are being exiled. The Rohingya have been deemed dangerous interlopers from neighboring Bangladesh by the Myanmar government. Most recently, the government attempted to deny their very existence. “There is no such thing as Rohingya,” said U Kyaw San Hla, an officer in Rakhine’s state security ministry. “It is fake news.” The groups are mostly wanderers at this point after being chased out of their home territories. There have been claims that since August more than 620,000 Rohingya Muslims – about two-thirds of the population that lived in Myanmar in 2016 – have fled to Bangladesh, driven out by the military’s systematic campaign of massacre and arson in Rakhine. But there is strong evidence of the Rohingya’s history in Myanmar that dates back to centuries ago. In a report released in October, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said that Myanmar’s security forces had worked to “effectively erase all signs of memorable landmarks in the geography of the Rohingya landscape and memory in such a way that a return to their lands would yield nothing but a desolate and unrecognizable terrain.” “The Rohingya are finished in our country,” said Kyaw Min, who lives in Yangon, the commercial capital of Myanmar. “Soon we will all be dead or gone.” According to the United Nations, the systematic oppression against the Rohingya “targeted teachers, the cultural and religious leadership, and other people of influence in the Rohingya community in an effort to diminish Rohingya

history, culture and knowledge.” “We are people with our own history and traditions,” said Kyaw Hla Aung, a Rohingya lawyer and former political prisoner, whose father served as a court clerk in Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine. “How can they pretend we are nothing?” Kyaw Hla Aung has been jailed several times for his activism and is now being held captive in a Sittwe camp. He said his family does not have enough food because officials have prevented full distribution of international aid. This oppression began five years ago. Even those Rohingya who had citizenship have been confined to ghettoes, robbed of their livelihoods, and prevented from accessing proper schools or health care. They are forbidden from leaving the camps without official authorization. One prisoner said, “We have no rights as human beings.” He asked that the media not use his name for fear of persecution. He added, “This is state-run ethnic cleansing and nothing else.”

Bedouins Arrested in Murder of IDF Soldier

Last Thursday night, Sgt. Ron Yitzhak Kokia of Tel Aviv, Hy”d, was standing at a bus station in the southern city of Arad when he was murdered by two Bedouins. The 19-year-old Israeli soldier served in the Nahal Brigade, whose home base was located just outside Arad. He was stabbed to death while waiting for a ride. Two Bedouin Negev residents have been arrested for the murder. Both suspects were arrested about 24 hours after the attack was carried out. The Shin Bet announced that their arrest was made after an intense intelligence investigation and a very extensive manhunt. While being investigated, one of the suspects implicated himself in the attack and informed his interrogators that he could lead them to the Tavor assault rifle that Kokia was holding when he was murdered. The murderers had stolen Kokia’s weapon during the attack. Hundreds of people came to the funeral for Sgt. Kokia on Sunday in Tel Aviv. “Go on your way, my son,” Kokia’s

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mother, Levana, said in front of some 500 friends and family. “Angels will welcome you, and floral tapestries will be laid before you. Go on your way into the arms of G-d.” “We have no words to describe how to continue living with the thought that you are not with us,” Kokia’s sister Shani said between sobs. “How were you there [in the bus station] all by yourself without us around to protect you? We so badly want to have been there during your last moments to hug you and not let go.” After the arrest of the murderers, Boaz Kokia, Ron’s father, praised IDF security forces for quickly arresting the suspects. “I am pleased that the security forces caught the murderer of my son. They updated us that there was a development in the investigation but I didn’t know they had been caught. I also didn’t know they found the gun. That means maybe they prevented another attack on Israeli civilians.”

Huge Anti-Corruption March Tel Aviv hosted tens of thousands of protestors this week who came out to rally against corruption as the government is trying to pass the “police recommendations bill.” Critics of the bill say it is meant to protect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from multiple bribery investigations. The protests, which were being called “The March of Shame,” were held near Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s home in Petach Tikva. The first estimates said the event was attended by 20,000 people, however, other media outlets put the actual numbers closer to 50,000. Marchers came out to protest legislation that would block police investigators from telling prosecutors whether they think there are grounds for indictment in a case and from leaking any information or conclusions to the public or the media.

Opposition party leader Isaac Herzog also came out against the proposed legislation. Herzog said that the protestors were motivated by a “strong sense of unfairness, from disgust with corruption and strong moral opposition to a law tailor-made for one man.” He also said that they should “lay siege” to the Knesset in order to block the bill’s passage. On

Facebook, Labor party leader Avi Gabbay asked coalition heads to vote against the legislation. “The recommendations bill will determine what side of history you stand on: on the side of corruption or the side of the Israeli people,” said Gabbay. The controversial bill has already cleared an initial reading in the Knesset and is to be voted on in the very near future. Some of the original bill has been altered in order to make its passing more likely. New clauses would allow police to issue recommendations to prosecutors based on evidence, but not to call on prosecutors to indict. As Israeli law stands now, cops do not explicitly recommend indictment charges. Instead, Israeli police officers issue a summary outlining the evidential basis for charges. The new law would see one year of jail time for investigators that leak information from ongoing investigations. Netanyahu is currently under investigation for allegedly taking money in exchange for advancing the business interests of a couple of wealthy Israelis. Bibi denies all of the allegations that have been levied against him.

UN Passes More Anti-Israel Resolutions

peace or mutual understanding,” explained the UK delegate, adding that “it is unnecessary and disproportionate.” “The Syrian regime’s intent is to use this additional resolution to deflect attention from its own criminal actions and indiscriminate slaughter of its own citizens,” he noted. “The duty of the General Assembly is to draw attention to international humanitarian law violations, wherever they occur. This resolution risks discrediting that vital responsibility.” One of the resolutions condemns Israeli violence and “acts of terror” without making any mention of Palestinian aggression, terror attacks, and murder. The resolution expressed “grave concern also about all acts of violence, intimidation, and provocation by Israeli settlers against Palestinian civilians, including children and properties” and condemned “acts of terror by several extremist Israeli settlers.” Critics also called out the UN for a resolution which only uses the Muslim name for the Temple Mount, “Haram al-Sharif.” “This rebrands Judaism’s holiest site as solely an Islamic one,” a B’nai B’rith organization explained in a statement that rejected the resolutions as part of an “anti-Israel narrative that is pervasive at the UN.”

to be swayed by a friend’s recommendation. They also read double the number of online reviews of any potential eatery than a boomer does before making a decision. And those reviews really make a difference to millennials – sixty percent decided against eating at a restaurant after reading bad online reviews, more than any other age group surveyed. Those on the West Coast really have it bad. They were more likely to rely on online reviews than any other region. Looking to attract millennials to your eatery? They love to scour the internet for photos and menus online, so make sure your food looks delectable on your Instagram account. Millennials were three times more likely to seek out photos of a restaurant and its dishes than the over 55’s. One in ten millennials even go as far as to judge a restaurant based solely on the content and quality of their website — compared to just one in 100 restaurant-goers over 55. The older generation instead places slightly more emphasis on the overall ambiance of the place once inside than their younger counterparts. Don’t have a website? That’s too bad. Millennials are also three times more likely to not eat at a restaurant because the business is lacking a website. Could be all that kale that’s been making them such discerning eaters.

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Six resolutions were passed by the UN’s General Assembly last week that are described by a watchdog group as being anti-Israel. The resolutions were brought forward on the 70th anniversary of the UN’s ruling on the partitioning of Palestine into two states, one Jewish and one Arab, that never came to be. Approved in a 151-6 vote with nine abstentions, the General Assembly resolution stated that “any actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, to impose its laws, jurisdiction and administration on the Holy City of Jerusalem are illegal and therefore null and void and have no validity whatsoever.” The measures passed are basically the same as those voted on yearly on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. One exception this year was Britain voting against one of the resolutions of which most of their European neighbors were supportive. The UK voted against the resolution calling for Israel to give the Golan Heights to Syria because it feels that would undermine the credibility of the UN, as Syria had proposed the measure. The resolution does “little to advance

When it comes to their food, millennials are the generation most likely to say “ew!” A study into people dining at restaurants noted that millennials were almost twice as likely – 34 percent vs. 18 percent – to feel that a meal wasn’t up to their standards as compared to those over of the age of 55. The study took into account people’s expectations and patience levels in restaurants. The survey, commissioned by GoDaddy, showed that millennials are not only harder to please when it comes to the quality of service, but they’re also generally pickier about the restaurants they choose to eat at and how they make decisions about where to eat, including a business’ online presence and social media platforms.

When choosing a restaurant, millennials depends the most on the opinions of others and are the age group most likely

The Texas prison system has banned certain books for its inmates. Even more concerning are the books still permitted for its 150,000 prisoners to read. The Color Purple by Alice Walker and a collection of Shakespeare’s sonnets are on the list of 10,000 books not allowed to be read by inmates. The collection by Shakespeare has pictures that are deemed inappropriate. Where’s Waldo is not allowed because it has stickers, and Freakonomics was banned because it may cause “offender disruption.” Mein Kampf, the anti-Semitic tome written by mass murderer Adolf Hitler, is on the list of OK books for prisoners to read, as is two books written by former KKK grand wizard David Duke. Nearly 250,000 titles are permitted within the prison system. The Dallas Morning News attempted to make sense of the rules. The prison system’s logic can be confusing. Some books are banned by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because officials fear heavy-duty bindings could be used to cache contraband. Content that

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describes how to make drugs, guns or explosives and how to escape detection for criminal activity are also a no-go. Atlases are banned because they could be used to plan an escape. Regardless of the stated rules, “many of TDCJ’s censorship decisions are bizarre,” and some are downright “insidious” and “unconstitutional,” noted a report by the Texas Civil Rights Project in 2011. Banned books include many that are critical of the Texas prison system, the report stated. As for Mein Kampf, it “doesn’t violate our rules,” TDCJ deputy chief of staff Jason Clark explained to the newspaper.

CVS Poised to Buy Aetna


CVS, America’s favorite carpeted drugstore (with the longest receipts ever), is about to make a major business move. The pharmacy chain is poised to purchase Aetna for $69 billion, making it one of the largest healthcare mergers in history. It is very early to fully analyze the merger, but many experts are saying that this may be a rare case in which the consumer actually benefits from a health care sector merger. CVS has almost 10,000 stores across the country. The giant company also has hundreds of walk-in clinics and operates one of the largest specialty pharmacies, which dispenses high-priced drugs that need to be handled very carefully. Ten years ago, CVS spent $27 billion on the majority of shares of Caremark, which allowed CVS to enter the pharmacy benefits management business as well. The CVS-Aetna deal would be the latest in a recent string of high-level mergers in the healthcare industry. Insurers are now partnering with healthcare providers. Health systems are now offering insurance. Even Amazon has now entered the pharmacy market in some states. Some feel that the motivation for the merger is that now CVS will have access to a large customer base that might have looked online to fill their prescriptions. A supplier and its consumer joining forces makes sense on many levels. The proposed merger will be evaluated

either by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission or the Justice Department to ensure anti-trust regulations are not being violated. Although CVS and Aetna’s planned merger does not directly consolidate the health insurance or pharmaceutical industries, the U.S. Department of Justice has been taking a closer look at so-called vertical mergers, where the companies are not direct competitors.

Tax Bill Passes through Senate The Senate passed a large-scale revision to the current U.S. tax code after months of negotiations and nail-biting, last-minute revisions. The bill includes $1.4 trillion in tax cuts and lowers corporate rates from 35% to 20%. It will also reshape international business tax rules and temporarily lower individual taxes. Inside the bill are other Republican objectives such as the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling and repealing the Obamacare mandate that individuals purchase health insurance.

“In the end, it all came together and we’re pretty excited about what we’ve been able to accomplish for the American people,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.). “We’ve got a corporate rate at 20% that we think makes us competitive in the world again and provided substantial middle-income tax relief.” The bill squeaked by with a vote of 51-49. The only Republican to not vote for the bill was Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who said he was worried it would expand budget deficits. The House and Senate still need to reconcile competing

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versions of the tax plan, something GOP leaders hope to do before the New Year. “The bills are not all that different,” McConnell said. “We tried to move ours somewhat in the House direction.” If the bill is ultimately passed, it would be a huge victory for President Trump, who has made a tax overhaul a large part of his economic agenda. He campaigned heavily on the fact that the current U.S. tax code makes it very difficult for American businesses to compete internationally. Democrats feel that the bill only helps the wealthy and corporations. The market did not feel that way as the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 673.60 points for the week after the announcement of the passage of the bill.

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Somewhere over the Rainbow For a record-breaking eight hours and 58 minutes Taiwan was treated to a dazzling sight. On Thursday, November 30, from 6:57am to 3:55pm, a rainbow arched over northern Taiwan for almost nine hours, making it the longest lasting rainbow on record, according to students and staff of Chinese Culture University in Taipei’s mountains.

The long duration of the colorful arch shatters the previous world record set in Yorkshire, England, on March 14, 1994. The Yorkshire rainbow lasted six hours, according to the Guinness World Records.  “It was amazing … It felt like a gift from the sky ... It’s so rare!” said Chou Kun-hsuan, a professor in the universi-

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ty’s Department of Atmospheric Sciences who helped lead the efforts to document the rainbow. After witnessing a nearly six-hourlong rainbow the week prior, Kun-hsuan vowed to be prepared when another one appeared. “After four hours, we mobilized all our students and began to notify everyone in the school to take pictures and send us pictures,” Kun-hsuan said. Chinese Culture University posted a bulletin on Thursday asking students and staff to send in any photos or videos they took of the rainbow to prove to the Guinness World Records that they had set a new world record. “We need ‘per second’ photos to support this record, no matter how many of them are available,” the school explained in an online statement. With the nearly 10,000 pictures taken in the Department of Atmospheric Sciences alone, and thousands of others taken by students and residents in the area, Kun-hsuan believes they’ll have enough to win the title. “I’m confident we can prove to Guinness second by second that this rainbow lasted for nine hours,” Kun-hsuan said. Rainbows typically last much less than an hour, according to Guinness World Records. But a seasonal northeast monsoon in the area trapped moisture in the air, forming clouds, sunlight and a relatively slow and steady wind speed of 5.5 to 11 miles per hour to create the perfect atmospheric conditions to extend the length and appearance of this particular rainbow. These conditions are common in the winter in Taipei’s Yangmingshan mountain range, where the Chinese Culture University campus is located. That makes it an ideal place to spot long-lasting rainbows, Kun-hsuan said.  In fact, the conditions are so perfect, Kun-hsuan said he intends to reach out to the city’s tourism department to tout the colorful views. “I plan to contact the Taipei City tourism department to promote this, ‘You can see a nine-hour rainbow in Taipei in the winter, it’s amazing! Come to Taipei!’” Kun-hsuan said. Seems like there’s a boost in spectators at the end of this rainbow.

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It’s no secret that our president enjoys greasy food. According to an upcoming book by Corey Lewandowski and David N. Bossie – President Trump’s former campaign manager and former deputy campaign manager, respectively – the commander-in-chief has a thing for McDonald’s Big Macs and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, along with other assorted junk foods and snacks. “On Trump Force One there were four major food groups: McDonald’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken, pizza and Diet Coke,” wrote Lewandowski and Bossie in a passage from Let Trump Be Trump, a retrospective about their time on the campaign. The authors add that Air Force One was well-stocked with sealed packages of potato chips and Oreo cookies, as Trump would only eat from a fresh, unopened package of snacks. On the campaign trail, Trump’s preferred order from Mickey Ds was “two Big Macs, two Filet-O-Fish and a chocolate malted,” a whopping 2,400 calories. Trump’s love of fast food hasn’t exactly been a well-kept secret. In May 2016, Trump celebrated winning the Republican nomination with a Big Mac and fries, and in August 2016 he shared a photo of himself enjoying KFC aboard his private jet. Politico reported that an aide also made frequent runs to a McDonald’s in NYC for Egg McMuffins at breakfast time – and two Quarter Pounders with fries at lunch – during the campaign. Before he entered office, Trump himself told Anderson Cooper that he prefers fast food over other types of restaurants, mostly for “cleanliness” reasons. “I’m a very clean person. I like cleanliness, and I think you’re better off going there than maybe someplace that you have no idea where the food’s coming from. It’s a certain standard,” he said in a 2016 interview. “I think the food’s good,” he added. I’m thinking of buying stock in McDonalds after reading this.

A Missing L and a Lot of Love A typo recently led to a strong friendship across the ocean. When Montpellier Herault Sport Club in Montpellier, France, bought new jerseys for its team and supporters, they

John Hollar, mayor of Vermont’s capital city, happily accepted the sports paraphaneilia and held a ceremony last week with students from Montpelier schools to thank the donors. “It’s a happy mistake. It’s a small one, you have to look closely, but it wouldn’t have happened without it, so it’s a nice little coincidence and serendipitous for us,” Hollar said. The two mayors also chatted over Skype. One of the jerseys will be framed and displayed in the Montpelier High School, while the rest will be auctioned off to raise money for student athletics and other charity endeavors. See, sometimes it’s good to make mistakes.

Miracle Baby— Times Two

What goes around comes around. Dan Helsel was born in the back of an ambulance 42 years ago. “My mom always said I’ve been hearing sirens all my life,” Helsel recently said. He has since become an EMT in Maryland. This year, for the first time, Helsel worked on his birthday, which came out on Monday of this week. As luck would have it, Helsel helped a woman deliver her baby in the back of the ambulance, the same way he made his entrance into the world more than four decades ago. The baby, named Zoey, was born without complications and is said to be doing well. Perhaps she’ll grow up to be an EMT too.

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Community The Center for the Initiatives in Jewish Education’s An Evening of Innovation Last Tuesday November 14th, a group of selected parents and representatives of our Local Miami Jewish Schools got together at the magnificent Acqualina Resort and Spa, their host for the night was, The Center for the Initiatives in Jewish Education otherwise known as CIJE. We have witnessed the rapid growth of technology, the creation of new job descriptions which we could not even imagine a couple of years ago. Our education system is changing and the product we are sending to the marketplace has to know how to succeed. CIJE, prepares our students for the highly competitive 21st Century workplace by developing STEM curricula that provide a solid background in technology and engineering, develops critical thinking, innovative and interpersonal communication skills. They have programs in more than 210 Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivot nationally, and are growing, reaching tens of thousands of students, their impact represents 30-40% on Jewish Day Schools nationally.  CIJE has been supporting and helping many of our local schools already, at Acqualina the students had the opportunity to represent their schools, showcase and explain their own projects:

Shade Buddy

Naftali Friedman, Avi Bieberfield, Yaakov Alfassy


Justin Isaacs, Avi Kroll, Yitzi Lanner

Flexible Abdomen Band Sensor

Arielle Bensadon, Julie Eibinder, Jack Fascowich

Safe Cycle

Jaime Bursztin, Elliot Shiro


Carla Nicolaievsky, Mauricio Woldenberg, Danit Weitzman

Texting Ding Belt

Shimi Shreiber, Julia Codron, Raphael Tob

Medi Weight

Rebecca Levy, Aleeza Reisner

CIJE provides schools with Computer Assisted Learning as early as Kindergarten both in general studies and Judaic & Hebrew learning. CIJE also provides Smartboards interactive educational software that replaces the old whiteboards. For middle school they have developed STEAM programs, coding programs and their Excellence 2K Science program. In High School they have developed engineering programs. CIJE provides the proprietary curriculums, materials, equipment, professional development and local experts as mentors to all participating schools all year round. With CIJE’s help Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivot are competing in at the highest levels. As of today, these Miami Schools are partners with CIJE: High Schools: Donna Klein Jewish Academy Posnack Katz Yeshiva High School Scheck Hillel Yeshiva Toras Chaim / Toras Emes Shaarei Bina Torah Academy for Girls Beis Yaakov High School for Girls Middle Schools: Rohr Middle School (Yeshiva Toras Chaim / Toras Emes) Torah Academy of Boca Raton Hebrew Academy of Margate

Elementary Schools: Donna Klein Jewish Academy Klurman Elementary School (Yeshiva Toras Chaim / Toras Emes) Torah Academy of Boca Raton Yeshiva Elementary School Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton CIJE has a local team of expert mentors who support these schools with professional development throughout the year. This allows CIJE to achieve one if its core mission objectives the creation of a network of trained and engaged teachers, leaving a legacy of expertise and knowledge in our Jewish Schools. CIJE looks forward to include many

more schools from the larger Miami Community. If you are interested in learning about the opportunities for your own school or the school that your children attend, please get in touch as soon as possible with The CIJE team. They will meet with you!! Do not let a day pass without offering the best of the technology and science to your children. It was a great evening celebrating existing partnerships and making new connections for future partnerships! THE CIJE 212.757.1500

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Mega Chanukah Event to Feature Benny Friedman and 8th Day! Chabad of South Broward Trailblazers and Pacesetters in taking Chanukah Public Menorah Lightings to New Levels! By Chaim Lehrer Chabad of South Broward Headquarters will once again host and produce the Worlds’ Largest Annual Chanukah Festival at Gulfstream, in Hallandale Beach, with over 10,000 people expected to attend. The 38th Annual South Florida Chassidic Chanukah Festival is set for Monday, December 18, at 7PM. Admission is FREE! The Chanukah Festival will feature a star studded concert, headlining Jewish Music’s Superstars Benny Friedman and the sensational Duo 8th Day. It will also feature the lighting of Florida’s largest Menorah, led by Rabbi Cantor Yossi Lebovics, principal of the Chaya Aydel Seminary. The Festival is broadcast live around the world on This Mega Chanukah Event attracts

scores of Government Officials, from local, state and federal government. The Menorah is a symbol of religious freedom, and the lights of the Menorah are a beacon of light against the forces of darkness that plagues the world. The lights of the Chanukah Menorah bring light and victory against the evil, tyranny and terror, that the world faces today. Chanukah is the first holiday that celebrates freedom of religion, and freedom from oppression. Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, Chabad’s executive Vice President, says that, “ the Chanukah Festival started in 1980, and gets bigger every year”. “Over the years, some 200,000 people have participated in our Chanukah Festivals, including tens of thousands of unaffiliated Jews. The Festival serves as a “jumpstart” in The Yid-

dishkeit of countless men, women and children”, the Rabbi pointed out, “ including many who were inspired to attend Jewish day schools, start keeping Shabbat and even undergoing a circumcision, after their soul was ignited at our Chanukah Festival”. Rabbi Levi Tennenhaus, Chabad’s youth director and organizer of the Festival, invites everyone to attend the Festival for free, “It’s an incredible opportunity to come with the whole family, for an outstanding celebration of the Holiday of Chanukah, absolutely free of charge. Seats are available, however, for anyone who wants reserved and VIP seats”. Rabbi Levi was proud to relate that it was Chabad of South Broward in 1987 that were the trailblazers of lighting a Menorah at an NFL game, in front of 75,000 fans,

THE LARGEST MENORAH LIGHTING EVER IN MODERN HISTORY, and since then, dozens have followed suit in lighting Menorahs at sporting events (football, soccer, hockey and basketball events) around the world”. Added Rabbi Levi, “millions of people around the globe have been inspired by a Public Menorah Lighting Celebration, thanks to Chabad of South Broward’s vision and pacesetting”. Kosher food will also be available at the Festival at a nominal charge. For all Chanukah Festival Information and to reserve box and VIP seats, log on to , call 954-4581877, or email chabadsboffice@gmail. com.

Torah Academy of Boca Raton Hosts 4th Annual Chanukah Concert with Yaakov Shwekey Considering Florida in December? If so, consider this! World-wide Jewish music sensation Yaakov Shwekey will be headlining Torah Academy of Boca Raton’s 4th Annual Chanukah Concert, which will IY”H take place on Wednesday, December 20th. Over the course of his more than 15-year career, Shwekey has covered an immense amount of ground. Along with well over a dozen album releases and concerts worldwide,

he’s earned an unofficial spot high on the list of top Jewish music artists of the century. Now entering its nineteenth year, Torah Academy of Boca Raton’s student body exceeds over 400 students, spanning its four divisions of Early Childhood (age 2 through kindergarten), Elementary (1st through 5th grade), Boys Middle School and Girls Middle School (6th through 8th grade). The rapid expansion of the

school is readily apparent, as the yeshiva now sprawls over three campuses in East Boca Raton, with facilities appointed inside and out to provide a comprehensive educational environment for all students. To purchase tickets please go to For more concert information or to schedule a personal tour of the school, please call 561-4652200.

SPBC Jewish Federation’s THE OPENING EVENT 600+ Kick off Federation Season with a Sold-Out Evening of Community Celebration More than 600 friends, supporters and community leaders came out to Boca West Country Club on November 15 to kick off the season for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County - and help raise over $1 million! From the inspiring stories to the food and entertainment, there was something for everyone, as our Jewish community came together for THE OPENING EVENT to celebrate all they accomplish together. Fully sold out, the incredible evening was chaired by Karen & Mark Dern and Joanna & Bryan Drowos. “Tell Me A Story,” the evening’s theme, proved a powerful way to learn firsthand how Federation and its agency partners save lives and sustain Jewish life every day from down the street to across the globe. The enthusiastic crowd heard from Bella, a local Holocaust survivor, and Jake Laznik, a West Boca boy who was injured in a terrorist attack in Israel while serving as a lone soldier in the IDF. They heard stories of how the most

Debbie Laznik and her son, Lone Soldier Jake Laznik

vulnerable among us receive assistance and protection, stories of what the next generation is doing to strengthen their connection to Judaism and to Israel, and stories of how, thanks to your support, Jews around the world know that they’re not alone. Jonathan Ornstein, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center in Krakow, Poland, and Arielle DiPorto, Director of the Aliyah Division at the Jewish Agency for Israel, shared their unique perspectives on Jewish life and explained how Federation and its partner agencies are making a difference in Jewish communities around the world.

Marilyn & Jack Pechter

Wendi Lipsich, Gail Greenspoon, Randi Winter, Robynn Ginsberg, Jill Deutch

Bob & Lisa Marton, Gina & Greg Shugar

The evening of community strength and celebration closed with the music of Turnstiles, A Billy Joel Tribute Band, and

Ira Holz, Glen Golish, Roger Leavy

the crowd left with great inspiration and commitment for the season ahead.


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Learning Safe Driving at Katz Yeshiva High School In 2014, 17% of drivers aged 16 to 20 involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes had a BAC of .08% or higher. In addition, the National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. Almost 330,000 injuries occur each year from texting while driving. This translates to around 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States

is caused by texting and driving. Furthermore, the leading cause of death among 15-20 year olds is car crashes. One Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida student, Sam Merkin attempts to explain these scary statistics, “ I think many teenagers sort of feel invincible and think that they won’t be affected by texting or drinking but in reality it’s

incredibly dangerous.” It is for this reason that KYHS felt it was essential to hold a program where students were able to experience firsthand the dangers of distracted driving. The “Arrive Alive” team brought a simulator to KYHS, where students went into a stationary car, put on virtual reality glasses, and were given the option to

experience either drunk driving or texting while driving, without actually being under the influence. The simulation was very realistic and students truly realized how difficult it is to drive distracted. In addition, a passenger-eye view was set up so that those students standing around the simulator were able to experience what the driver experiences from the passenger’s point of view. Finally, at the end of stimulation, the students were given a mock driving ticket with all the possible traffic violations they would face and some students were even pronounced “Dead On Arrival” or arriving with severe injuries. The “Arrive Alive” experience changed students’ perspectives on drunk driving and texting while driving. Students realized the severity of the consequences faced by the lack of complete focus on driving and moving forward will be more attentive drivers. Shalom Brauser said, “the presentation really showed me how dangerous distracted driving can be. Now, I’m going to be even more careful about using my phone in the car.” KYHS and the “Arrive Alive” team definitely helped lower those scary statics, save lives,  and produce more cautious and aware drivers.

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Mishnayos Project Launched At Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes Of Miami



Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes Rohr Middle School

RMS Open House Mishnayos 5778 Rabbi Shapiro Speaks

The annual extra-curricular Mishnayos Learning Project for boys in grades 3-5 at the Klurman Elementary School, began this past Sunday, November 26, with a morning of father & son learning and a gala brunch. The event, attended by over 200 people, brought together grandfathers, fathers and talmidim. The feeling in the packed Beis Medrash was one of excitement, bonding and love for Torah. After chavrusa learning, a joint shiur was delivered by Fifth Grade Rebbi, Rabbi Meir Shnidman, who clearly and masterfully taught the first several Mishnayos in the 9th perek of Maseches Brochos.  The assembled were then enthralled by powerful words of chizuk and inspiration from world renowned Rabbi Ephraim Eliyahu Shapiro, Mara D’Asra of Cong. Shaaray

Mishnayos 5778 Rabbi Shnidman Presents

and hear from parents, students, and staff how we ignite GREATNESS within EVERY student

Tours given by student ambassadors

Mishnayos 5778 Fathers and Sons

Tefilla of North Miami Beach and father of Toras Emes talmidim. The boys are embarking on three months of voluntary learning, including a Mishmar program and the opportunity to be tested on what they learned by their Rebbeim, parents, and community Rabbanim.

Bal/Bay Harbour/Surfside Community Welcomes Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes Bochurim This past week heralded a new and exciting initiative for the Bal/Bay Harbour/Surfside community as they hosted the talmidim of the YTCTE Bais Medrash Zichron Ezra for the first night of a six week learning program at the Young Israel of Bal Harbour. This program, geared to both men and young adults of all backgrounds and levels of observance, features one-on-one chavrusah learning with the Bais Medrash bochurim on various topics including  Gemara,  Parsha, and Mussar (ethics and philosophy) from  8:00 – 8:45 PM as well as open bais medrash learning from 8:00-10:00 PM every Monday night through January 8, 2018. On its inaugural night, Monday, November 27, approximately 35 Bais Medrash  talmidim joined with over 25 community members for an evening not to be forgotten. The Young Israel of Bal Harbour’s Bais Medrash was packed, as the  kol HaTorah, reverberated throughout, inspiring all. Attendees enjoyed the tastefully prepared refreshments while enjoying this unique Torah learning op-

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portunity. As Mr. Aaron Attias of Bal Harbour explained, “What inspired me the most was the yeshiva bochurim - seeing the tremendous impact they had on all of us! Everybody gained from the experience!” And yet, the Bais Medrash talmidim felt equally moved, as evidenced by one talmid, Shimon Gewanter’s observation, ““It is so inspirational to see everyone’s excitement  to come out at night and learn Torah” Please come and bring your friends to this monumental learning experience next Monday night. For more information, email

Sunday, December 10 10:00 - 11:00 am 1051 North Miami Beach Blvd North Miami Beach, FL 33162

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Masoret Yehudit is Thankful in So Many Ways Masoret Yehudit has come a long way since 2010 when it opened it’s doors with less than 30 students. Our school has flourished into a full EC, elementary and B”H a middle school (only 6th grade for now). We know that there is a need in the Jewish communities worldwide to provide quality Jewish education at an affordable price. We believe Jewish education is a birthright and should be accessible to everyone. The school has spent countless hours looking to stay on top of all the innovation occurring in the world. That is why these past months Masoret has dedicated their learning to the Theme “Thankful for science.” The students in grades Pre k thru 6th grade divided up into different categories of science for science fair. They did a phenomenal job creating their Projects. They displayed them for all parents to enjoy and anxiously waited to find out who had won from each class, though we believe everyone is a winner. Continuing with the Theme the kids

in 1st-6th went on a STEM field trip to Moonlight . Makerspace, where the students were given many exciting and educational opportunities to use their creative minds in STEM related designing and building. One aspect of the trip was that the students were instructed to design a prototype, and were able to physically create this product using laser cutting technology. Each product was uniquely designed to solve a problem for a fictional “client,” and students were able to take home their finished products at the end of the day. Other opportunities the students were

given at Moonlight Makerspace included successfully lighting a lightbulb by building their own circuits, using LED lights, copper tape, and a battery. Also, students had fun building vehicles that drove, with functioning LED headlights.

Not only did we have a great time on the field trip but it was a great STEM learning experience for the whole school. For more information check out our web site:\

JHN Recognition Ceremony

Miami Heat’s Lebron James enters game, greeted by the Jewish Heritage High Five Team

Jewish Heritage Night with the Miami Heat Heat basketball vs Chanukah fun – why not both? South Florida Jewish basketball fans will have the opportunity to celebrate Chanukah and cheer on the Miami Heat  during the ninth annual Jewish Heritage Night (JHN) on Dec. 13 at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd in Miami. Tickets purchased through the JHN website will allow patrons 6pm early entry and offer them opportunities to step on the Heat court to greet their favorite Heat stars and shoot free throws. Each JHN fan also receives a beautiful t-shirt upon entry and three added locations will offer Glatt kosher food sales. Pre-game festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. and include a special concert by Dr. Laz on the arena’s new digitally enhanced East Plaza. The Heat will then tipoff against the Portland Trailblazers at 7:30 p.m. Highlighting the event will be Jewish recording star Yoni Z performing the National Anthem and Half Time Show on the East Plaza. Always a crowd favorite is also when the 20,000 fans in attendance are asked to rise for the Grand Menorah Lighting which takes place inside the arena just as the first quarter comes to a close. Jewish Heritage Night is jointly coordinated by the Miami Heat and Chabad of Florida. With thousands of tickets already sold, Rabbi Chaim Lipskar, a co-organizer for the event, looks forward to the biggest Jewish Heritage Night to date. The Miami Heat first hosted Jewish

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Heritage Night in 2009 and attendance has steadily increased. “Kids enjoy Heritage Night because it combines Judaism and their favorite sport, basketball. Especially with the holiday of Chanukah which promotes Jewish pride and is a very festive time,” Lipskar noted. Eric Woolworth, the Heat Group’s president of business operations, said, “Throughout Heat history we’ve celebrated championships, but we also celebrate the diversity of cultures in our community. Jewish Heritage Night allows us to shine a light on South Florida’s thriving Jewish culture and showcase its traditions to our fans.” Rabbi Pinny Andrusier praised the Heat organization for being so accommodating for this event. “Many arenas throughout the country are now doing Jewish Heritage Night, but no sports arena does it like the Heat. They offer so many opportunities for the kids by allowing them on the court and by having the menorah lighting during the game. They really roll out the red carpet to create a wonderful Chanukah experience, especially for the children and the teens who are so into sports. It gives them

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a great combination of celebrating their passion of basketball with the holiday of Chanukah.” JHN will also feature a 10-minute basketball game before tipoff featuring representatives from two of the event’s partners, the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Jewish Federation of Broward County, for county bragging rights. Michael Balaban, president and chief executive officer for the Jewish Federation of Broward County, said, “The Jewish Federation of Broward County is proud to be a partner in Jewish Heritage Night. “I look forward to sharing the celebration of Chanukah and hope everyone comes out to join us as we light a candle and cheer on the Miami Heat.” Jewish Heritage Night also makes cer-

Yoni Z singing anthem

tain to include underprivileged and ailing children. Each year, local and corporate donors generously help sponsor hundreds of tickets for children with special needs and serious illnesses from Chai Lifeline, JFS and Chabad’s Friendship Circle. This year the demand for free tickets has increased and with the help of both federations and sponsors JHN is expects to give nearly 1000 tickets away. Sponsors already include, Dr. Miami, Kosher Kingdom and ELAL. Visit, call 305-504-8440 or email for more information, to purchase discounted tickets in the lower or upper levels, and sponsorship opportunities to allow more needy children to attend the event and have your name or logo appear on the giant Heat scoreboard.

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Scheck Hillel Invites Community to Chanukah Event Scheck Hillel Community School will host an early evening Chanukah celebration for the whole community. The first candle of Chanukah will be lit during the event. The event includes live music, balloon

man, face painting, rock climbing, bounce houses and carnival games for all the ages to enjoy. There will also be an “Hour of Code” interactive station, offering a taste of the student experience. Traditional Jewish holiday food favorites will be

available for purchase. This event is free of charge. WHEN: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:30 PM

WHERE: Scheck Hillel Community School 19000 NE 25th Ave, North Miami Beach, FL 33180 305.931.2831

All Ages to Light up 8th Night of Chanukah at Boca Center with PJ Library® Enjoy a Free Community Celebration with Latkes, Gelt, Music Stories & More Latkes, gelt, live music, stories, prizes and more are in store for all ages at a free community celebration on the 8th night of Chanukah - Tuesday evening, December 19, 2017. Everyone is invited to get into the fun and bask in the holiday warmth and glow of a giant menorah in the amphitheater at The Shops at Boca Center, 5050 Town Center Circle in Boca Raton. The festivities will begin with crafts and story time at 5:30 p.m. before the candle lighting and musical entertainment at 6:00 p.m. Local synagogues, day schools and Jewish organizations will display the vibrant diversity of the South Palm Beach County Jewish community. This special community event is presented by PJ Library® – South Palm Beach County and PJ Our WayTM, free family engagement programs that inspire a love of Judaism and reading from the very start for families and children from infancy to age eleven. “We’re creating one giant menorah of our whole community at 6:00 p.m.,” said Rabbi Josh Broide, Director of the Deborah & Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement, a Division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. “The radiance of our Jewish community will be unmistakable as leaders representing the full array of our local synagogues share in the candle lighting.” After the lighting, the young, Atlan-

ta-based Jewish musician Sammy Rosenbaum and band members will offer a singa-long for all ages followed by a Chanukah concert. Also a Jewish music educator, the multi-instrumentalist Rosenbaum blends styles ranging from Jazz, Funk, and Folk to World Beat and Hip Hop to connect people through Jewish music. “All families raising Jewish children from six months through eight years old in South Palm Beach County are invited to sign up for PJ Library® to receive a monthly gift of free high-quality Jewish children’s books and music sent right to their homes,” said Elana Ostroff, local PJ Library Director. “And through PJ Our Way, tweens ages nine to eleven can choose their own monthly books and engage in a safe, age-appropriate online literary community. It’s easy to sign up. For more information, just call 561.852.6080 or email” “But PJ Library and PJ Our Way not only bring Jewish books into local homes – they also bring the young Jewish community together,” added Joanna Drowos, local PJ Library Co-Chair. “Families are always getting together with PJ Library and PJ Our Way at events large and small all over the community. Together they enjoy stories, crafts, concerts and fairs, and learn about holidays and mitzvot. They pack food for those in need, meet authors, make hamentashen, and visit a farm, book-

Rabbis from throughout South Palm Beach County will again light up the night

Rabbi David Baum was among the diverse local rabbis to light candles at an earlier PJ Library community Chanukah celebration

stores, synagogues and so much more.” “We are so grateful to The Shops at Boca Center and to our other local sponsors, Joseph’s Classic Market and Hoffman’s Chocolates for generously supporting what is sure to be a night to remember for our Jewish community,” said Ostroff. “We’ll have latkes, gelt, great raffle prizes and surprises as our community comes together for the last night of Chanukah. We’re also grateful to our local PJ Library and PJ Our Way sponsors: Florida Blue, Smiles by Dr. W & Dr. R Quality Orthodontics, and the Jewish Women’s Foundation.” The PJ Library – South Palm Beach County Partnership is made possible by

Rabbi Greg Weisman led story time at an earlier PJ Library Chanukah Celebration

generous support from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, Union for Reform Judaism, Leon and Toby Cooperman Family Foundation, and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. For more information about the Chanukah event at Boca Center, or to sign up for PJ Library, please call Elana Ostroff, PJ Library Director, at 561.852.6080 or email

Faces of ICSN – Fear is a waste of time The doctors said she’d die, but after 6 months in remission, 15 year old Batel is looking to the future. At her home, with her dog Latte happily wagging her tail by her side, she shares with us her experience and what roles fear, loss and hope have played along the way. “When most kids my age are spending their time thinking about homework, exams and their social life, I was facing death. Even though I had hope for my own survival, there was death all around me. Many of my friends today have passed on, are still sick, or like me are in remission and rehabilitation. After everything I’ve been through I don’t take anything for granted. I don’t complain, I don’t waste

my time in fear.” There is a lot that Batel doesn’t remember as the cancer, which affected memory. Her mother, Ayelet stands by her side, helping Batel convey her thoughts with an astounding amount of grace and calm. Even though she’s in remission, Batel’s challenges are not over. “It sounds simple but it’s not. Being in rehab is hard work, but I try to remember that all that I’m going through is so that I can keep getting stronger. I’m grateful for that chance, and for the things that help me feel good about myself.” Batel learned that small things could make a big difference to her outlook

on life. During her treatment, she was helped by ICSN (the Israel Cancer Support Network) which offers practical and

emotional support to cancer patients and their families. The financial support from ICSN enabled Ayelet to be by Batel’s side throughout the process. “She’s been a rock for me through all of this,” Batel explains. “The support network made sure she would be by my side every day. They were there for us since day one helping to make a terrible situation more bearable – and still do.” Now she can finally share lighter experiences with her mother. “My mom takes me for a manicure once a month, it makes me feel pampered, and it’s such a normal thing for a mom and daughter to do.”

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Kosherica’s Luxury Passover Collection The way things are turning out, the 2018 Passover holiday with Kosherica will be one of the most luxurious and exciting Passover programs to date. Kosherica will have sought after Passover resorts and programs all over the country. The triple threat lineup will start at AAA Four Diamond award winning JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Palm Springs, California. Kosherica will also thrill guests at the most sought after family adventure resort, Atlantis in the Bahamas. Last but not least, Kosherica will return to the gorgeous PGA Resort and Spa in West Palm Springs, Florida. This will be one of the most spectacular Passover Resorts options to date. The AAA Four Diamond Award Winning Hotel and Resort (18% off for a very limited time) The JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa is one of the most sought after hotels in the country. The sprawling oasis is home to 450 acres of lush grounds, lakes and lagoons right near Palm Spring’s renowned outdoor and shopping attractions. With five sparkling outdoor pools, two championship golf courses, a state of the art spa and Kosherica’s exquisite Passover Kosher food and exceptional customer service, it’s easy to see why it’s imperative that you book early. This is the perfect

destination for those who love to be pampered in pure luxury. It’s not a coincidence that this resort is listed as one of the best hotels in the US and one of the best spas in the world. Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas (50% off Kids rooms and 25% off Parents Rooms) Get lost in the unbelievable paradise of Atlantis Paradise Island. It’s the Caribbean’s top resort, home to the largest openair marine habitat in the world, water parks, thrilling ocean adventures, dolphin parks, one of the most luxurious spas in the area, the largest casino in the islands, a par 72 championship golf course, night clubs, tennis courts, shopping, theater, pottery studio, speedway and delightful excursions. This stunning resort is the ultimate getaways for those that want to relish in the Caribbean sun while constantly having an adventure. The 141 acre water parks (Aquaventure) , aquariums, and non-stop Kosherica entertainment are all included in the price. Atlantis’ Coral Tower just had a 25 million dollar renovation. This Passover resort and Spa always sells out. Book early. It’s a Passover escape of the best kind. PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida In collaboration with Leisure Time Tours, Kosherica will be back again at

the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The AAA 4-Diamond world-class resort is almost sold out. The entire hotel is reserved for Passover program guests. Fabulous Food Speaking of fresh, just wait until you sit down to a meal at Kosherica’s gourmet Kosher for Passover experience. Kosherica’s world class culinary teams will be heading up the Kosher production culinaire, whether in the dining room, at the tea room, or at a poolside barbecue. The lavish Kosher food spreads at Kosherica’s programs are matched only by the strict level of kosher for Passover supervision, under the exacting eye of Kosher mashgichim and Rabbinical authorities. This year on Passover, feast on more than you could ever cook up yourself and realize that Kosher for Passover food will become your favorite type of food. Best in Class Entertainment/ Services and Scholars See why Kosherica is famous for nonstop over-the-top programming. Live it up with top-talent performers and experiences, from music and comedy to sensational theme nights. And don’t forget to absorb the meaning and freedom of Passover with insightful lectures and warm, inspiring services.

Need a break from the kids? We gotchu. Hide out at the spa or on the golf course; we’ll keep your kids and infants well taken care of with the absolute best caring staff. Your teens will enjoy special programming, too, so be prepared for the rare silence of nobody saying, “I’m bored.” Whatever your favorite pastime, we’ve got you covered. For more information about your Passover 2018 hotel experience, please call 877-SAIL-KOSHER, 305-695-2700 or email

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Lubavitch Educational Center’s Annual Melava Malka Welcomes Record Crowd It was once again a record attendance at Lubavitch Educational Center’s Annual Family Melava Malka 5778.  Over 800 fathers, sons, brothers and  zaidies  filled the newly constructed outdoor facility, for an evening of learning, entertainment and camaraderie.  The beautifully decorated hall was an exciting indication of what was in store for the evening. The evening began with an organized learning program between families learning sichos of the Rebbe. It was followed by a seudos melave malka.  Guest speaker at this year’s event was Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum, International Director of Tzivos Hashem, who inspired the guests with personal stories on the tremendous success of Tzivos Hashem, and with a call to action. Rabbi Weinbaum congratulated the Lubavitch Educational Center for inspiring the world on how to do mivtzoyim as he marveled at the 22,000 people the elementary school had helped.  Rabbi Benzion Korf, Dean of Lubavitch Educational Center and sponsor of the evening, chronicled the tremendous growth of LEC, expressing his gratitude to Hashem, the dedicated

staff and to the participants.  The event coordinator, Rabbi Yakov Garfinkel, related the tremendous achievements the students have made in many facets of the school, and, in particular, the selfless and inspiring act of a new student to LEC, Shimmy Wertheimer. The evening culminated with a performance by illusionist and entertainer Ilan Smith.  The South African put on a show that left many wondering “How did he do that?”  Students were then able to take promotion pictures with Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum in recognition of their excellent efforts. We extend our sincere gratitude to those who made the melave malka possible.  Thank you to elementary school principal

Mrs. Shevi Sossonko, Chaya Mushka Amar, Shayna Bortunk, Ayelet Bortunk, and Avremi Rosenthal for their assistance in creating an evening that was both moving, inspiring and fun! Lubavitch Elementary School is a part of Lubavitch Educational Center, which also includes Lubavitch Preschool and Beis Chana Middle and High School

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JScreen’s unique Chanukah Present for the Future By Hillary Kener Miracles happen. The story of Chanukah demonstrates this notion on a grand scale. It is retold each year, even though it occurred a few thousand years ago. But what about modern-day miracles? Are we overlooking the extraordinary that is happening right in front of us and taking it for granted? As you ponder your own experiences, think about this: genetic testing. To many, genetic testing is a miracle and offers hope, peace-of-mind and clarity. Incredible innovations in technology allow us to access invisible information about our genetic makeup. This is something we expect from science, but up until a few years ago wasn’t possible. Little was known about many of the devastating genetic diseases that are common among Jews. When you have a cold or the flu, you know it. But being a carrier of a Jewish genetic disease doesn’t make you feel any

different. There are typically no physical symptoms and no family history. Genetic carrier testing is the window to your family’s future and allows you to prevent passing on a disease to your children. As we light the menorah and enjoy stuffing ourselves with latkes, let us reflect on the true message of Chanukah, which in Hebrew translates to “dedication.” If each one of us dedicates a small amount of time and attention towards a worthy goal, we can be just as strong as the Maccabees. Thanks to the national organization, JScreen, who is playing the role of Judah Maccabee by leading the path to unbarred access to genetic screening and arming everyone with information that will ultimately save lives. JScreen is helping to prevent Jewish genetic diseases and the suffering it causes families in our community.

A lot of emphasis has been placed on the gifting aspect of the festival. If you are looking for a creative alternative to the routine sweater, gadget or other useless knick-knack, why not consider giving a JGift? JGifts are gift certificates that will help cover the cost of screening for friends or loved ones. Although it might not be the first thing that comes to mind, genetic

testing is truly a present for the future. We get it: it’s a little random. But by gifting genetic screening, you are playing a huge role in shaping someone’s future. It’s pretty miraculous that in 2017, genetic screening is finally affordable at only $149. A test that used to be much less attainable is now available 24/7 from anywhere in the U.S. thanks to JScreen. The process to give a JGift is simple: visit and purchase a gift certificate. The recipient can then register on the JScreen website and receive a test kit in the mail. From there, they simply collect a small saliva sample in the tube and send it to the lab in a pre-paid envelope. Results are received in approximately four weeks via telephone by a certified genetic counselor. For more information please visit or email .

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Illumination: Celebrating And Supporting Israeli Art Opens In Midtown During Miami’s Art Basel Three Receptions: Thurs. 12/7 (7-10pm), Sun. 12/10 (12-6pm), Mon. 12/11 (6-9pm) Chabad at Midtown (3000 Biscayne Blvd, Miami) Judaic Art Exchange has teamed up with Chabad at Midtown to create an exclusive Art Basel experience for locals and out-of-town visitors to experience meaningful art addressing themes of Jewish life. Judaic Art Exchange presents Illumination: Celebrating and Supporting Israeli Art, an exhibition highlighting contemporary Israeli artists whose diverse paintings evoke emotional connection and spirituality. Sip a glass of wine, sample hors d’oeuvres and feel the energy of Miami’s Art Basel while supporting Israeli artists. Noted collector and art dealer Barry Appel, founder of JudaicArtExchange. com, curated the vibrant selection of about twenty works. Appel says, “Featuring both well-known and emerging artists, these paintings are accessible for all audiences and rich in Israeli and Jewish culture. Through our relationships with galleries and artists in Israel we have created an

known for his large frescos in grand hotels and libraries. Rabbi Shmuel Gopin of Chabad at Midtown said, “We are thrilled to collaborate with Judaic Art Exchange and invite the entire community to experience the work of these world-renowned artists. Their brilliant work will inspire and uplift your spirit.”

extraordinary show for art lovers during Miami’s most exciting week of the year.” Don’t miss Illumination’s three public receptions on Thursday, December 7th from 7 pm to 10 pm; Sunday, December 10th from 12 pm - 6 pm and Monday, December 11th from 6 pm to 9 pm at Chabad at Midtown (3000 Biscayne Blvd). Some of the prominent artists featured in Illumination are Ora Nissim, Mark

Tochilkin and Michael Rozenvain. Nissim, whose 2016 solo show at Jerusalem’s landmark Heichal Shlomo (Jewish Art Museum) received rave reviews, is known for her soulful paintings and pomegranate sculptures. Tochilkin is a master painter with a successful career resulting in solo shows in France, Israel, Germany and the United States. Rozenvain, who uses layers of paint to create depth and texture, is

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My Reflections on the Federation Mission to Israel Rabbi Reuven Feinberg DEAN, TORAH ACADEMY OF BOCA RATON

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Last week, my wife and I had the privilege to represent Torah Academy on the South Palm Beach County Federation Mission to Israel. Though it was not our first time on the trip, I am perpetually amazed by its enlightening and uplifting impact on me - spiritually, professionally and personally. Through heartfelt discussions, an emotion-filled itinerary, and an unspoken yet tangible bond with friends old and new, the experience is singular. The mission fostered growth and understanding on new levels that I believe will ultimately make me a better Jew, a better person and a better Yeshiva Dean. Participating also gave us the opportunity to show our appreciation to our Federation for all their support and friendship. This past year, the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County granted Torah Academy close to $250,000 to aid our families needing tuition assistance – forever giving their leadership and donors a share in the Jewish Education and perpetuation of values that a TABR experience facilitates. There is just no place on earth like our birthright, Eretz Yisrael, for laying bare the heart and soul of any Jew – the stones are saturated with our history, the air heavy with perseverance and fortitude. With the best backdrop in the world, our group of people from different Jewish backgrounds coalesced for another unforgettable trip. Our tour began in Tel Aviv as the Mayor welcomed us to the land of our forefathers. We visited Independence Hall, site of the signing of the Israeli Declaration of Independence and symbol of Israel’s statehood. We were also warmly welcomed to Zichron Yaakov, Boca Raton’s sister city in Israel, spent time on an IDF

army base, visited the security fence in the Golan, toured the Knesset, strolled the fragrant streets of Yerushalayim, and of course poured out our hearts and danced at our holy Kosel- the Western Wall. We were treated to speakers on a wide range of political and security topics and visited several institutions that our local Federation supports. The true beauty of the trip was revealed by the achdus, the unity, that was created amongst our group. Our brothers and sisters of the greater Boca Raton Jewish Community - from various backgrounds, affiliations and levels of observance, were united by a single commonality: that we are all Jews. Our shared pride in our immutable Jewish identity, and passion for maintaining that identity at the strongest level possible, gives rise to a common purpose all the more important because of the times in which we live. Somehow, sitting in a circle elicits powerful reflections, which we all shared at the end of the mission. It was incredibly touching to hear each participant share their thoughts on our joined experiences, the future of the Boca Raton Jewish community, and the Jewish people. Our sages teach that the Jewish People are merciful, humble, charitable, and doers of kindness. These special qualities were very much on display all around our circle; we all have much to learn from these true heroes. We are all truly blessed to live in a community that feels a sense of kinship and responsibility for all Jews. We must continue to celebrate our unity, constantly remind ourselves that we are all one nation, and redouble our efforts to maintain our bonds of friendship and faith.

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8 TEHILLIM SPECIALS TO ILLUMINATE THE NIGHTS & THE DAYS WITH RADIANT CELEBRATION, BLESSING AND JOY! clear from the description of the Torah in this week’s reading. The Torah tells us that they could not speak peacefully one with another. The commentators over the centuries have provided various reasons for the behavior of both Jacob and Joseph as to why this family discord occurred. However, it is clear from the biblical narrative itself that Joseph was so special, both in his own mind and in the eyes of his father, and that the brothers felt threatened by the family situation that he created. The task of reconciling 12 different personalities, all of them strong and powerful, would now occupy the rest of the narrative of

The ability to live in peace and harmony, given the fact that there are always varied personalities, ideas and viewpoints has remained the main challenge in Jewish life today.

separate ways in life and in history. It was recognized early on that the two personalities would never mesh and therefore only through Jacob would the legacy of Abraham and Isaac be fulfilled. Now we see that Jacob had 12 sons. Every father and mother knows that every child is different and the wise parent recognizes the subtleties of those differences and incorporates them into the parenting process. Now, just imagine having to deal with 12 different sons – each one of whom had a different personality, different talents, and different perspectives on life and the family. Jacob himself, in his final words to his sons at the end of this book, describes each of them in a different way, emphasizing their characteristics, talents and abilities. So, it shall not be surprising that sibling frictions abounded in his family. What is surprising is that apparently all of those frictions were channeled into the contest between Joseph and his ten brothers. That Joseph was the lightning rod for all of the differences in the family is



In Honor of CHANUKAH, From Us, To You:

By Rabbi Berel Wein

ur father Abraham had to deal mainly with his son Isaac in order to continue the tradition of monotheism and humanity that he had begun. His other children were sent away from his home so that in effect all of his efforts were concentrated on his son Isaac. Isaac himself had two sons, Jacob and Esau. He attempted to divide his attention and share his legacy with both of them. The sons were of greatly different temperament and potential and Jacob found it impossible to reconcile the two. Both would now be forced to go their



the Torah. The ability to live in peace and harmony, given the fact that there are always varied personalities, ideas and viewpoints has remained the main challenge in Jewish life today. It would take a tortured and completely unpredictable path to reunite Joseph and his brothers and allow the people of Israel to be formed positively. At the end of the story the brothers are reconciled with Joseph but their different personalities still do not meld. Reconciliation in human terms is always a process and there is no magic bullet or instant formula that can accomplish it. It takes time and patience and changing circumstances and eventually the intervention of Heaven itself to bring about true family and national reconciliation. Hopefully we are in the midst of such a process, with all of its ups and downs, in our current struggles in the Jewish world. The story of Joseph and his brothers and their eventual reconciliation should provide us with hope and faith for our future as well. Shabbat shalom.

‫א׳ דחנוכה‬

‫ד׳ דחנוכה‬

For the entire month, we will be mispallel for you at the tzion of

For the entire month, we will be mispallel for you at the tzion of

‫רבי מאיר‬ ‫בעל הנס‬

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‫ב׳ דחנוכה‬

‫ה׳ דחנוכה‬

For the entire month, we will be mispallel for you at the tzion of

For the entire month, we will be mispallel for you at the tzion of

‫של״ה‬ ‫הקדוש‬

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For the entire month, we will be mispallel for you at the tzion of

For the entire month, we will be mispallel for you at the tzion of

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Psychology Today

Social Pressure Dr. Yaakov Siegel

An elderly man and his son were traveling their donkey. As they walked through a village, the man was leading the donkey while the boy walked behind. The townspeople said the old man was a fool for not riding, so to please them he climbed up on the animal’s back. When they came to the next village, the people said the old man was cruel to let the child walk while he enjoyed the ride. So, to please them, he got off and set the boy up top. They continued on their way until they came to a third village where people accused the child of being lazy for making the old man walk. The suggestion was made that they both ride. So the man climbed on and they set off again. In the fourth village, the townspeople were indignant at the cruelty to the donkey because he was made to carry two people. The frustrated man was last seen carrying his donkey down the road. Everybody has good ideas but there is no way to please all of the people, all of the time. If we try to do everything other people expect us to do, we can easily become frustrated and confused. That’s why we need to remember that what is most important is to have trusted advisors – preferably parents and family who, in the end, are the only ones who know us, love us and have our best interest in mind. Think about it and see that it is true – in the vast majority of cases, when tragedy strikes or we really need help, it is our parents and family that we turn to, nobody else. Why wait until we are desperate? The phenomenon of trying to bend ourselves to conform to the expectation of others is called peer pressure or social pressure. This refers to the direct influence that other people have on our own opinions, attitudes and behaviors. It is the process of conforming to a norm imposed by individuals or a group. s

Peer pressure is only natural. The Rambam (1135-1204) discusses the concept and suggests that a person attach him-or-herself to positive role models and join groups who will help shape them into the person they want to be. Imitation is a primary way that children learn; they pick up skills and develop behaviors based on what they see around them. Children are always searching for clues about who they are and where they fit in to the world. The actions, values and beliefs of others tell them what they should do. Children are aware of their position from a young age. Their instinct is to defer to adults for their judgments and opinions. It is important to pay attention to others and to try to fit in. But this can come at a cost. History is replete with examples of how societies were led astray by maniacal leaders who molded a nation into conformity at the expense of free individual choice to make moral decisions and to do what the individual perceives as right. The results were often a betrayal of all decency, morality and righteousness. That is the risk that we run when we succumb to social pressure at the expense of what we know is right for us. Conformity is a useful tool to keep people moving in the right direction. But it must be balanced with critical thinking. Because sometimes what is good for the group is not right for you.

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 732-806-1513 or drsiegel@

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Torah Thought Chanukah – the Holiday of Vision

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

A husband and wife are getting ready to go to sleep. The wife is ready to close her eyes but her husband is standing and staring at himself in the full-length mirror. “What’s the matter with you?” she says. Come to sleep already.” He turns to her and says, “Look at this, I am so depressed. All I see is a receding hairline, a growing gut, and wrinkles under my eyes and what hair I have left is grey. Tell me something positive, something uplifting so I can go to sleep.” She thinks for a moment and says, “Well the good news is your vision is still 20/20.” There is a very strong association between Chanukah and the sense of sight, of seeing. Haneiros halalu kodesh heim, v’ein lanu reshus l’hishtameish bahem elah lirosam bilvad. As we sing each night of Chanukah, the candles are sacred; we don’t have permission to benefit from their light but their purpose is simply to be looked at. Moreover, we have a unique halacha on Chanukah. The Talmud tells us – and the Shulchan Aruch records – ha’roeh mevareich, one who can’t light for himself or herself and sees the candles of someone else nevertheless makes the second beracha of she’asah nissim la’avosainu. When I see someone put on tefillin, take a lulav, or blow shofar, I don’t make a beracha. Only on Chanukah do I make a beracha when seeing someone else do the mitzvah. Why? The Kedushas Levi, Rav Levi Yitzchak of Berdichov, tells us that Chanukah is the holiday of seeing. The different moadim correspond with our different senses. On Purim our hearing is heightened as we listen to the Megillah. On Pesach our sense of taste is sharpened when we eat matzah and marror. On Chanukah, he says, we evaluate our sense of sight, testing how well we see. Eyes Are a Liability What kind of seeing are we honing? It is not our physical sense of sight. Indeed, in a sort of paradoxical way, our eyes are a liability. We often feel that “seeing is believing.” If I can perceive and observe it, it is true. If I can’t, it is not real. Following this rule, we run the risk of dismissing and disregarding the most precious truths and realities in our lives. There are ideas, feelings, thoughts and dreams that are authen-

tic and genuine, despite the fact that they can’t be seen or observed. Our Rabbis describe the Greek empire and Hellenist influence as choshech, darkness. In expounding on the opening verses of the creation story, the Midrash Rabbah says choshech al p’nei sehom – zu galus yavan. Moreover, our Rabbis taught that darkening our eyes was the goal of our Greek oppressors – shehechshichu einehem shel yisroel. Seeing Beyond the Surface What is the difference between a room that is filled with darkness versus one filled with light? Is there any change to the room itself? Whether the light is on or off in the room, the furniture remains the same, the layout of the room, the placement of the door, and the height of the ceiling are a constant. What, then, is the difference between the light being on or off in my room – just my perception, my ability to identify and see the reality, the truth and that which was right before me all along. Chanukah is about seeing things, people, ideas, and miracles that are really right in front of us, even though we may not be able to visibly see them. George Orwell once wrote: “To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” One can live with their eyes open, perfect vision and the light on and still be cloaked in darkness. On the other hand it can be pitch black all around and yet a person can see with complete clarity. The Chashmonaim didn’t see their few numbers, weak army, and impossible task. They saw the mighty hand of Hashem, they saw the obligation to fight, and they saw Divine protection that would accompany them. Chanukah is about lighting the candles and using them to harness our sight, not ophthalmically speaking, but our deep vision of what is true, precious, and dear. When we look at our spouses and children, do we see the amazing blessing of their presence in our lives or do we hear lots of noise, see rooms that need to be cleaned up, and a messy house? When we face a challenge do we see no way out or an opportunity to further lean on our Creator? There are truths all around us; it is up to us to decide what to look at and how to see. Lighting Candles in Bergen-Belsen

In her “Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust,” Professor Yaffa Eliach shared the incredible story of Chanukah in Bergen-Belsen: Chanukah came to Bergen-Belsen. It was time to kindle the Chanukah lights. A jug of oil was not to be found, no candle was in sight, and a menorah belonged to the distant past. Instead, a wooden clog, the shoe of one of the inmates, became a menorah, strings pulled from a concentration camp uniform, a wick, and the black camp shoe polish, pure oil. Not far from the heaps of bodies, the living skeletons assembled to participate in the kindling of the Chanukah lights. The Rabbi of Bluzhov lit the first light and chanted the first two blessings in his pleasant voice, and the festive melody was filled with sorrow and pain. When he was about to recite the third blessing, he stopped, turned his head, and looked around as if he were searching for something. But immediately, he turned his face back to the quivering small lights and in a strong, reassuring, comforting voice, chanted the third blessing: “Blessed are Thou, O Lord, our God, King of the Universe, who has kept us alive, and has preserved us, and enabled us to reach this season.” Among the people present at the kindling of the light was a Mr. Zamietchkowski, one of the leaders of the Warsaw Bund. He was a clever, sincere person with a passion for discussing matters of religion, faith and truth. As soon as the Rabbi of Bluzhov had finished the ceremony of kindling the lights, Zamiechkowski elbowed his way to the Rabbi and said, “Spira, you are a clever and honest person. I can understand your need to light Chanukah candles in these wretched times. I can even understand the historical note of the second blessing, “Who wrought miracles for our Fathers in days of old, at this season.” But the fact that you recited the third blessing is beyond me. How could you thank G-d and say “Blessed art Thou, O Lord, our God, King of the Universe, who has kept us alive, and hast preserved us, and enabled us to reach this season”? How could you say it when hundreds of dead Jewish bodies are literally lying within the shadows of the Chanukah

lights, when thousands of living Jewish skeletons are walking around in camp, and millions more are being massacred? For this you are thankful to God? For this you praise the Lord? This you call “keeping us alive?” “Zamietchkowski, you are a hundred percent right,” answered the Rabbi. “When I reached the third blessing, I also hesitated and asked myself, what should I do with this blessing? I turned my head in order to ask the Rabbi of Zaner and other distinguished Rabbis who were standing near me if indeed I might recite the blessing. But just as I was turning my head, I noticed that behind me a throng was standing, a large crowd of living Jews, their faces expressing faith, devotion, and deliberation as they were listening to the rite of the kindling of the Chanukah lights. I said to myself, if God has such a nation that at times like these, when during the lighting of the Chanukah lights they see in front of them the heaps of bodies of their beloved fathers, brothers, and sons, and death is looking from every corner, if despite all that, they stand in throngs and with devotion listening to the Chanukah blessing “Who performed miracles for our Fathers in days of old, at this season”; indeed I was blessed to see such a people with so much faith and fervor, then I am under a special obligation to recite the third blessing.” Chanukah – Seeing with 20/20 Vision That night in Bergen-Belsen, Mr. Zamietchkowski only saw what lay before him, dead bodies and terrible suffering. The Rebbe also looked, but he saw another layer of truth that was equally accurate – that there was a gathering of people who maintained incredible faith despite the most horrific circumstances. As we celebrate Chanukah, let us remember that there are truths all around us not visible to the naked eye. Let us use the light of the Chanukah candles to inspire us to see the truth with clarity and 20/20 vision. Rabbi Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue.

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What’s in Your Latkes?  Some people are always looking to cause problems by asking others to agree with them. It is too hot or too cold, too sour or to sweet. They are called “Agie Taters.”

 There are those who say they will help, but somehow just never get around to actually doing the promised help. They are called “Hezzie Taters.”

 Some people never do anything to help, but are gifted at finding fault with the way others do the work. They are called “Comment Taters.”

 Some people can put up a front and pretend to be someone they are not. They are called “Immy Taters.”

 Then there are those who love others and do what they say they will. They are always prepared to stop whatever they are doing and lend a helping hand. They bring real sunshine into the lives of others. They are called “Sweet Po Taters.”

 Some people never seem motivated to participate, but are just content to watch while others do the work. They are called “Spec Taters.”

The Jelly Doughnut Challenge The TJH Centerfold Commissioner should have made this challenge up, but it is actually a real Guinness World Record Challenge, which is available on their website.

o The doughnuts used must be fresh and must have a minimum diameter of 6 cm (2.36 in). o The doughnuts must have jam in the center and be covered in sugar. o The doughnuts must be served at room

The challenge is to eat a jelly doughnut without using your hands and without licking your lips. You must abide by the following rules (again, these are the Guinness World Record’s rules, not mine…so please, no hate mail):

temperature and may not be heated prior to eating.

attempt, they will be immediately disqualified.

o The doughnut must be placed on a plate.

o Any jam, sugar or crumbs that remain on the plate must also be consumed. As the challenger is not permitted to lick their lips, they may have small remnants of food around the mouth and lips. Any large pieces of doughnut unconsumed, or on any other part of the challenger’s face, the attempt is disqualified.

o The attempt must take place at a table or desk, with the challenger sitting or standing. o The challenger’s hands must remain behind their back for the entire duration of the attempt. o The challenger is not permitted to drink water during the attempt. o If the challenger licks his or her lips at any point during the

o The attempt ends when the challenger opens their mouth and it is empty.

1. B- Play-Doh was invented in 1965 for use as a wallpaper cleaner. Although Play-Doh’s exact makeup is a closely guarded secret, it is known to contain, among other things, wheat flour, water, salt, and some sort of petroleum distillate, so don’t eat it. 2. D 3. C- Erno Rubik, a Hungarian scientist obsessed with 3D geometry, first envisioned the  Rubik’s Cube  in 1974. It took him several years, however, to work out the complex interaction of the toy’s elements. And even after creating a working model, Rubik found it difficult to market his new toy due to the political and economic atmosphere – Hungary was deeply Communist at the time. Finally, in 1979, Rubik got the break he was looking for when the Rubik’s Cube was featured at the Nuremberg Toy Show. It captured the imagination of toy enthusiasts everywhere, and by 1982,

over 100 million cubes had been sold. To date, 350 million Rubik’s Cubes have been sold worldwide – so many, in fact, that if all the cubes were placed on top of each other it would be enough to reach the North Pole from the South Pole! By the way, you know how many Rubik’s Cube combinations there are? 43,252,003,274,489,856,000. 4. B- Mattel, the maker of Barbie dolls, claims that three Barbie dolls are sold every second. Wouldn’t it be nice if we did a little more Rubik’s Cubes and a little less Barbie? Maybe we would get more people answering the Centerfold trivia correctly. 5. A- George Parker felt that Monopoly had three fundamental errors – it was too complex, took too long to play, and was based on concepts unfamiliar to most game players. The rest is history. (Don’t ask how many people doubted me, the Centerfold Commissioner – and the rest is history too. We legends

always face adversity.) 6. D 7. A- Mr. Potato Head was the first children’s toy advertised on television. From 1952 to 1963 parents had to supply real potatoes for the body of Mr. Potato Head, until 1964 when Hasboro introduced a hard plastic body. 8. B- The Teddy Bear was named after President Teddy Roosevelt after he came back from a Mississippi bear hunt with a wounded bear cub. The bear cub was popularized by cartoonist Clifford Berryman, and thus the Teddy Bear was born. 9. C- The Frisbie Pie Company (1871-1958) of Bridgeport, Connecticut, made pies that were sold to many New England colleges. Hungry college students soon discovered that the empty pie tins could be tossed and caught, providing endless hours of game and sport.

 Answers

1. Play-Doh was originally invented for what purpose? a. Cat repellant b. Wallpaper cleaner c. For troops in WWII to create instant boards in order to discuss tactics to penetrate enemy lines d. To stuff in car bumpers 2. How many ways can you put together six Lego bricks of the same color if each brick has eight studs? a. 48 b. 146 c. 260 d. 102,981,500 3. Which toy came on the market in 1979 and sold over 100,000,000 units within 3 years? a. Nintendo b. Mr. Potato Head c. Rubik’s Cube d. Etch A Sketch 4. How often are Barbie dolls sold throughout the world?


a. One a minute b. Three every second c. Every five minutes d. Every second 5. Parker Brothers originally rejected the following game because they thought it had fundamental errors which would prevent it from becoming successful. a. Monopoly b. Scrabble c. Battleship d. Risk 6. John Lloyd Wright, inventor of this toy, conceived the idea while traveling with his father in Tokyo. He was inspired by the construction techniques used in the Imperial Hotel, which his father designed. a. Lego b. Tinker Toys c. Lincoln Logs d. Cliks 7. What was the first toy to be advertised on TV?

0-3 correct: So, three of you are really sold every second. Fascinating! 4-7 correct: You know that Play-Doh is not edible, right? 8-9 correct: Mr. Rubik, we would expect no less from a man like you than to be an avid supporter of the TJH Centerfold.

 How well did you know your toys?

a. Mr. Potato Head b. Matchbox cars c. Wooden train sets d. Lego 8. The Teddy Bear is named after: a. Its inventor b. A president c. A World War II hero d. A 7-year-old boy who was the first to come up with the idea 9. How did Frisbees get their name? a. It is based on the sound they make when flying through the air b. Obviously the inventors name was John Frisbee (that’s a no brainer) c. It is named after a pie maker d. It is named after Frisbee bird, found in Africa, which flies in the same pattern as the sports projectile.

So, what’s the perfect Chanukah gift? Whether it is eight small ones or one large one, you gotta know the history of’s just really important. So get going and see what you know! The Florida Jewish Home | DECEMBER 7, 2017

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Chanukah Delights FROM REAL LIFE By Miriam Pascal

Baked Mocha Doughnuts Dairy or Pareve Yield: 18 full-size or 54 mini doughnuts

Coffee and doughnuts are a natural pairing — so this recipe combines them into one delicious pastry that’s baked — not fried!


2 cups flour ½ cup cocoa powder 1 cup sugar 1 tablespoon baking powder 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ²⁄3 cup oil 2 tablespoons instant coffee dissolved in 2 tablespoons hot water ½ cup milk or soy milk


1 cup powdered sugar 1 teaspoon instant coffee dissolved in 4 teaspoons hot water ½ teaspoon vanilla extract Chocolate sprinkles, optional, for topping


Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a fullsize or mini nonstick doughnut pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. Combine flour, cocoa powder, sugar, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Add eggs, vanilla, oil, coffee mixture, and milk. Whisk until a thick batter forms. Use a piping bag (or a Ziploc bag with a corner snipped off) to pipe batter into prepared doughnut pan, filling each cavity ¾ full. Bake for 8 minutes for a full-size doughnut pan, or 5-6 minutes for a mini doughnut pan. Remove doughnuts; repeat with remaining batter, coating again with nonstick cooking spray between batches. Prepare the glaze: Combine all glaze ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until smooth. Dip cooled doughnuts into glaze, letting the excess drip back into the bowl. Top with sprinkles, if using. Variation: This recipe works in a doughnut machine as well. Simply prepare the batter and follow instructions for your machine. Plan Ahead: Doughnuts can be frozen in an airtight container. Store them between layers of parchment paper to protect the glaze.

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By Jon Kranz


n Chanukah, we light the menorah, eat latkes, spin dreidels and gamble for chocolate coins. Such bright lights, fun food and exciting events make me wonder about spending Chanukah in Las Vegas, which itself is known as the City of Lights. Yes, Vegas also is known as Sin City, but with a little dreidel mania, we could easily “turn” it into Spin City. And yes, Vegas is hot but its overly air-conditioned casinos should keep those little chocolate Chanukah coins from melting. So I called my travel agent at Shamash Travel Company and inquired about a Chanukah getaway package to Vegas. Here’s what I found out: Flight: Forget about flying Delta, United and JetBlue. During the eight nights of Chanukah, try flying “JetJew.” Warning #1: On Chanukah, JetJew offers only eight-stop flights on eight-seater planes and, at each stop, another passenger is picked up until all eight are onboard. And yes, all eight passengers are required to keep their overhead lights shining the entire flight. Warning #2: On Chanukah, JetJew’s inflight entertainment is limited to episodes of that wholesome 1970’s television show “Eight is Enough.” (Yes, most passengers opt instead to stare at a blank screen.) Hotel: You’ll be staying right on the Vegas Strip, near famous Vegas hotels like Paris Paris and Circus Circus, at a brand new hotel called Latkes Latkes. This luxury hotel and casino specifically caters to high

rollers, or in the case of dreidels, big spinners, especially those who try their luck on the “Jew”lette Wheel. You’ll also have access to a world class fitness center, including a dizzying array of dreidel-appropriate “spin” classes. Entertainment: Vegas also is known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World” and Chanukah in Vegas lives up to that moniker. Be prepared for an exciting night out on the town,

Chanukah gifts that need not be returned. (Can someone please make an official Chanukah rule requiring one cool gift rather than eight lame ones?) Of course, there are some things in life that we certainly do not want to last for eight straight nights, especially (1) childbirth, (2) a Nor’easter, (3) high school reunions, (4) dental visits, (5) parent/teacher conferences, (6) a colicky baby, (7) insom-

The evil candle sinisterly cuts off the little string at the top of the good candle. For this reason, the show is called “Wick”ed.

including Chanukah-appropriate magic, music and mayhem. A) Magic: One Jewish magician has a unique, Chanukah-inspired magic trick during which he tries to mimic the miracle of Chanukah, i.e., the oil of the menorah lasting eight straight nights. To pull off this trick, the magician tries to make other things in life miraculously last for eight straight nights, including: (1) the attention span of your average teenager, (2) toleration for eating leftovers, (3) genuine laughter at your spouse’s same old jokes, (4) perfect sibling harmony, (5) willingness to house your in-laws, (6) patience for robo-calls, (7) a child reading a book, and (8) the giving of non-pathetic

nia, and (8) a rabbi’s sermon. B) Games: Vegas also is known as “America’s Playground” so, fittingly, you will play a bizarre and unforgiving Chanukah game called “Worst Gift Ever.” It’s basically a Chanukah grab-bag filled with pathetic presents like: (1) gefilte fish-scented perfume, (2) a kippah with built-in chin straps, (3) an invisible mezuzah, (4) leavened matzah, (5) an inaudible shofar, (6) hummus-flavored ice cream, (7) a free Shabbat in Tehran, and (8) a book graphically explaining exactly how hotdogs are made. (Trust me, some things are better left unread.) C) Music: Get ready for a Chanukah-themed Cirque de Soleil experience called “Festival of Lights,”

featuring acrobats bouncing on trampolines while juggling jelly doughnuts and eight French contortionists on unicycles who light themselves on fire one at a time. You also will be treated to an epic Chanukah-themed concert for eight straight nights, including the following menorah-inspired performances: (1) “Candle in the Wind,” (2) “You Light Up My Life,” (3) “Light My Fire,” (4) “I’m on Fire,” (5) “All of the Lights,” (6) “Eternal Flame,” (7) “One More Night,” and (8) “Eight Days a Week.” D) Shows: Vegas also features Broadway hits and, on Chanukah, there is a special production perfect for the holiday. It’s a musical story about two female candles – one good and one evil – who fight to be “lit up” by a magnificent masculine match. And yes, the two candles sing a duet about finding their bashert (soulmate), with lyrics that they each mean quite literally: “Matchmaker, Matchmaker, make me a match!” At the climax, the evil candle sinisterly cuts off the little string at the top of the good candle. For this reason, the show is called “Wick”ed. Bottom-line: Even on Chanukah, the famous expression holds true that “whatever happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” . . . unless you bump into fellow Jews because, as we all know, it’s a very small Jewish world.

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

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Bring a Taste of Israel to Your Table wines, which always add a touch of lightness and sparkle to an evening. Here are the top tips from the experts: *If you’re looking for a light and sweet flavor that goes well with salty latkes, we suggest the Yarden Sauvignon Blanc. For a red wine, try the deep, rich Galil Mountain Alon. *A Gamla Brut is a lovely bubbly wine made from our Chardonnay grapes picked from the Golan Heights. It’s got fruity touches of zesty lemon and lime, making it a tart and tangy companion to your cheese and dairy dishes. *The Galil Mountain Viognier has an oilier texture and a bold taste. Spicy and fruity, it’ll compliment latkes and doughnuts like Mr. and Mrs. Right. *A classic sweet, crisp and light white wine can be found in the Mt. Hermon Moscato. A fan favorite, it’s bubbly, slightly fruity and always fun. An aromatic, fruity

If you’re a foodie or wine lover on the hunt for exquisite products, you’ll want to put Israeli wines, dairy products and cheeses at the top of your list. Even if you’re nowhere near the land of milk and honey, the best of these Israeli products aren’t difficult to find. Since Chanukah is right around the corner, we’ve started to think about how to tweak the traditional doughnut and dairy recipes by incorporating our favorite Israeli wines and dairy products into the mix. Combining those two foods, usually reserved for culinary experts, may sound daunting. Not sure how to pair them? No problem. We know quite a bit about both. Whether you’re a hipster foodie or a scion of the sophisticated world – or you just like the taste of wine – we know you’ll enjoy serving these to guests. Start by choosing from a range of white

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red Yarden Rom also hits the spot. Now that you’ve got your wine guide, here’s our favorite Israeli holiday recipe courtesy of Tnuva, the largest purveyor of kosher cheese and dairy products in the world….


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Servings: 12 Preparation Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes 3 ½ cups of flour ¼ cup of sugar ½ teaspoon of dry yeast 1 ¼ cup of 1% milk, lukewarm 2 tablespoons of Tnuva Butter 1 egg, at room temperature

Oil for frying 8 tablespoons of sugar 1 tablespoon of cinnamon 1. In a small bowl, mix together yeast, milk and eggs. 2. In a separate bowl, mix half a cup of flour with the sugar. Then add in the yeast mixture and blend together. Add in the remaining flour and continue stirring until the dough is elastic 3. Cover the bowl with a towel and let the dough rise for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in volume. 4. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to about ½ an inch think. Make circles using a medium-sized cookie cutter. 5. Place the dough patties onto a well-floured baking tray and let them rise again until they have doubled in volume (about an hour). 6. Heat up oil in a medium saucepan and fry the dough patties until they are golden on both sides. 7. Mix remaining sugar and cinnamon and coat the sufganiyot with the mixture.

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Light up the Nights Well, it’s been a year since we last ate latkes. And there are many important questions we have as we approach the Festival of Lights. Do you remember where you stored the menorah? What type of wicks do you like to light? Do we light left to right or right to left and when do we light the shamash? These are all important questions and we hope you get your answers soon. But there are more important questions to ponder as we approach Chanukah.

First of all, Aunt Harriet will probably wear that sweater again. And yes, you should tell her it looks beautiful and act incredulous when she tells you that she knitted it herself in 1998. If you’re eating milchig, pizza will definitely be on the menu. On the other side of the kosher aisle, if you’re going the fleishig route, chicken fingers and French fries will undoubtedly grace your table. Wondering about how many doughnuts to order for dessert? Well, that depends on if Uncle Seymour is going to be attending. Then you should probably order at least a dozen more than you think you need. How will you keep the kids entertained? Well, TJH is here to the rescue ala a Maccabee shield with a few fun ideas to keep the whining to a minimum at this year’s Chanukah party.

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Most notably, I’m sure you’ve been losing sleep over these conundrums: How many doughnuts do we need to order for the Chanukah party? Should we serve milchig or fleishig? Will the kids get presents or just gelt? What games will we play? Should we be playing dreidel with pennies or nickels or jelly beans? (I vote for the latter.) Who will win the latke-eating contest? Will Aunt Harriet wear that sweater again this year? Will she make us sing her a Chanukah song as she pinches our cheeks? Should we all buy stock in the Wesson oil company?

Yes, Chanukah comes with many questions – and we’re not even listing the one about why we light the menorah for eight days instead of just one because we are limited with space here – and we hope to help you out with some of the answers.

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Fun with Food Parties are fun, especially when we get to catch up with family. But let’s not kid ourselves. We’re Jewish and much of our tradition revolves around food (matzah, hamantashen, black eyed peas, anyone?). Of course, no Chanukah party is perfect with the doughnuts and latkes, but you can still mix it up a bit. Have youngsters “make their own doughnut.” No, no, they’re not going to be frying the critters, but they can decorate them and have fun. Set out bowls of icing, sprinkles, mini chocolate chips, crunch, craisins, granola – you name it! This is not going to be a clean activity, but it will be fun. Who cares about the mess when you have great photos to share? Adults need not be bored with their party fare. For the more mature among us (and I’m sure some of them will be enjoying the doughnut “booth” as well), a latke “bar” may be up their alley. Consider frying different, fun latkes – think zucchini, beet, sweet potato, and cheese. And serve them with fun toppings: sour cream, applesauce, raspberry jam, avocado, pastrami (if you’re serving meat), and berries and cream for the cheese pancakes. They’ll be licking their lips after your luscious latkes!

Candy Menorah Yes, we know that tons of candy yields hyper and cranky kids. But it’s Chanukah and we only have eight nights of fun, so let the kids enjoy. Using eight glass cylinders or rectangular vases, arrange them on the table in a row. Place the taller “shamash” vase in the center of the vases and then fill them with candy. If you’re have a color scheme – oh, you’re that family – don’t tell me your candy has to match! It’s candy and it’s fun. So fill your candy menorah with gooey, sugary concoctions and make sure to have pretty bags on hand so your littlest guests can go home with an extra sugar rush. Don’t have candy handy? No problem! This menorah seems to work with everything. You can place cupcakes on a glass block to serve as your “menorah.” Or say it with flowers and set up bud vases in the center of the table in the shape of the menorah. “Oil” I can say is that it doesn’t really matter. It’s the Chanukah thought that counts.

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With cooking shows and competitions all the rage, many children are taking over the kitchen. Let’s go “Chopped” Chanukah-style. Choose an item that the children have to make for the adult judges. Think fun thoughts, like candy sushi, cupcake decorating with a Chanukah theme, the prettiest latke, Rice Krispies treats with fun add-ins. This contest is the most fun and delicious. After all, their prize is their masterpiece.

It’s the winter and kids are chafing to head outside. But it’s freezing out there and so they’re stuck in the house. Don’t think that they have to spend all day at home and sit, sit, sit, sit. No, they will not like it, not one little bit. Spend a little time before the party setting up a scavenger hunt. Make sure it sends them all around the house – and maybe even put one outside (if you dare!) so they can get a bit of fresh air. A little gift by each clue for each child (think a sour stick or two or a pencil) will make the hunt even more exciting. What does the winning team get when they emerge victorious? Prepare a small gift that can be divided among all the children – winners and losers. Glo-sticks, anyone?

Count the Gelt We all love counting money – whether it’s the real deal or made out of chocolate on Chanukah. But who knows how to count the best? Fill a glass jar with chocolate coins and place it in a prominent spot before the party. During the festivities, or when guests arrive, have them guess the number of coins in the jar. At the end of the party, the one who guesses correctly gets to keep all the gelt.

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David A. Adler The Power of Being Observant By Tammy Mark


lick!” That is the word etched in the minds of Cam Jansen fans worldwide. Cam, the brainchild of author David A. Adler, is the beloved fictional character who uses her photographic memory to take mental pictures and solve mysteries. With over 250 books to his credit, “click” can certainly be considered Adler’s catchphrase as well; whether with the click of a pen or of a keyboard, the prolific author has not only provided enjoyment to countless young readers, he has offered solutions by filling gaps in the

literary landscape with his work. Through his 40-plus year writing career, Adler has authored books spanning a tremendous range of topics and genres, including award-winning selections of fiction, non-fiction and historical fiction for all age groups. He has written extensively on the Holocaust. Though well-respected for all of his works, it is his internationally published Cam Jansen mystery series that first served as the springboard for his success. Adler’s talents surfaced early, when a poem he penned as a

schoolboy was so well-written the teacher mistakenly assumed it was plagiarized. After graduating from Queens College with a degree in economics and education, Adler spent nine years in the New York City school system, teaching middle school and high school math. He went on to receive an MBA in marketing from New York University in 1971. This interdisciplinary education was a likely influence on both his methodical writing formula and his astounding commercial success. During his teaching years, Ad-

ler wrote a story and submitted it to Random House Publishing. Six months later he got the call – they wanted to meet with him and do the book. Adler’s first published story, A Little at a Time, debuted in 1976. His earliest officially published books were actually math books, with the first one coming out in 1975, 42 years ago. Adler married Renee Hamada in 1973. When the young couple decided to start a family, Renee, a psychologist, was not yet prepared to take leave from work. With a few published books already under his

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belt, Adler saw the opportunity to offer a solution for his family’s needs while simultaneously giving himself the chance to write full-time. In 1977 Adler took a child-care leave – which he had to fight to get – from District 28 in Queens. Adler’s forward-thinking mindset would prove to serve him well throughout his career. Though his parents and in-laws were concerned with him leaving his job security behind, Adler knew he was creative and that he ultimately did not want to continue as a math teacher. In order to tackle his new endeavor head-on, Adler made a pact with himself to commit to five hours of solid writing daily, signing himself in and out every day. He tracked the 300 minutes precisely throughout the day, writing as much as possible during his baby Michael’s naps and completing the remaining time by day’s end. Although nobody was waiting yet for his work, Adler knew he had to be strict about with his writing schedule. Adler saw the stay-at-home dad arrangement pay off when his Cam Jansen character came to life that year. The first book, Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds, not only launched his career but its story was actually inspired by his role of caregiver. It is the tale of Cam and her friend Eric trying to solve the mystery of the stolen diamonds they found while babysitting Eric’s baby brother Howie. Cam recalls that the suspicious looking couple they had seen was holding a baby, but oddly no baby paraphernalia – and followed them to discover they were indeed in cahoots with the thief. After a top agent couldn’t sell the book, Adler sent it off to Viking Press, where they realized what it had to offer young readers. The printing company didn’t just want that one book, they wanted Adler to do a whole series. Adler attributes the series’ success to certain elements – the character, the plot springing from his personal observations, and the writing style, which was innovative at the time. The main character Jennifer, nicknamed Cam for “camera,” was based on a schoolmate of Adler

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known to have a photographic memory. The plot was an outgrowth of Adler taking his son out for a walk every afternoon after his nap, along with a baby bag and all the necessary supplies. It was the writing style, explains Adler, which solidified his place in the world of children’s books. When the first Cam Jansen book arrived on the scene in 1980, there was a void in the marketplace. At the time chil-

learning. “’Cams’ are right in between – I used to call them ‘traditional readers,’ they were since labeled as ‘first chapter’ books,” he says. Adler removes descriptive words not relevant to the story; he has his character do something instead of describing something and stays away from minutia to help the story move more quickly. This writing style is beneficial to a child who may

“You’re never wrong when you write a story.”

dren would learn to read with books like “Frog and Toad,” with the next level being the “Ramona” books. With only two age ranges available – ages 5-8 and 8-12 – if a child wasn’t ready for the next level books they could become frustrated in their

not be ready to jump to a higher reading level but is ready for a more engaging story. “Instead of rushing the reader, I rush the story, so the reader, a child who is a slow reader even, doesn’t get bored,” elaborates Adler. “It was the


style of writing that really opened up doors for me because all of a sudden a whole new genre was discovered. “ During his time working from home, Adler also penned his first Jewish-themed story centered around Sukkot called The House on the Roof for Bonim Books in 1976. After a year and a half, the Adlers hired a babysitter and David returned to the workforce as a financial writer for Standard and Poors. When the editor from Bonim moved to Viking in 1977, Adler took over the position at Bonim. While at Bonim, Adler reinvigorated the “K’Tonton” stories from the 1930’s with “The Best of K’Tonton.” He later moved to JPS as the head of the children’s division working under Chaim Potok. Today he works from his home office with multiple projects at any given time. Since the beginning, Adler has been willing and able to cover all different genres. Adler’s first biography was of Golda Meir, and he has written more than 50 biographies since, at all different age levels, including three different biographies on Benjamin Franklin. Adler is adept at omitting what’s not crucial to the story, tailoring the details to match the age category.


dler grew up in Lawrence as one of six children and settled in Woodmere with Renee, raising their three sons there. Eldest Michael, who has co-authored books with his father, resides close by with his wife and four sons. Adler has always maintained a connection with his community, serving on the Board of Education at HAFTR and as trustee at the Hewlett-Woodmere Library. Adler enjoys spending time speaking in the local schools, combining his love of writing with his teaching background. He also speaks at many public schools and has spoken all over the country and internationally as well. With his love of writing and his mathematical background, Adler is skilled in combining both the passion and the formula necessary for writing. Adler takes students through the writing process during his presentations. He emphasizes the power of observation and explains that


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that’s how the writing process can begin, sharing that it begins for him by developing a character. He gets ideas from everyone around him and will often demonstrate by describing one of the students in the class. Adler also speaks about his non-fiction work, which then leads into the research aspect and the process of writing and rewriting, using a lot of visuals for the students, including pages from manuscripts that went through the rewrite process and then the editorial process. There are a lot of rewrites for Adler. “But I can’t even tell you how many because I rewrite as I write,” he says. His general process includes writing page one the first day, and the next day, before writing page two, he rewrites page one. The next day will start by rewriting pages one and two before going on to page three. It is the beginning that is most important, Adler tells the students. “Because if you start reading a book in the library, and if you read the first page and you don’t like it – you’re not reading the second page “ Teachers often will tell him that the children will want to start writing as soon as they return back to class. “You can’t imagine the wonderful letters I get,” shares Adler, “emails from strangers – or when I go to schools a teacher will tell me that a student never liked to read and then I showed him the Cam Jansens and he opened up to reading – it feels good.” “When I was a math teacher – a

wrong answer can’t ever be called right. In writing it’s different, you could write a story and it could be very good and I could write a story and it’s not that good but I’m saying something – maybe my viewpoint is different,” he points out. He relishes the opportunities to help children with writing. “I can compliment the weak student and I could give help to the stronger student because as

Speaking to young readers

the War, a historical fiction book he had worked on over a period of seven years. “For every day I was writing about, I had the copy of that newspaper on my desk which I printed off the internet; I printed the front pages. It takes place in 1940. Europe was at war, we weren’t yet – but when I would work on it, I was so engrossed that I was in 1940. And I once went upstairs to dinner and I said to my

“I once went upstairs to dinner and I said to my wife, ‘How could it be snowing out, it’s May?’ and she said, ‘It might be May for you but it’s February for the rest of the world!’”

good as you are at writing, even professional authors need an editor. So I can help all of them and compliment all of them – and all honestly. You can’t do that in math. Writing is really something that opens up a teacher to be able to work with everybody – you’re never wrong when you write a story.” Adler gives a glimpse of how deeply involved he can get during the writing process, recalling the time he wrote Don’t Talk to Me about

wife, ‘How could it be snowing out, it’s May?’ and she said, ‘It might be May for you but it’s February for the rest of the world!’” At times like that a one minute interruption could take 40 minutes to get back to where he had been. Adler’s process varies depending on what he’s writing. For instance, he’s writing a science book on time now and for that he can’t write for more than 30-40 minutes before he has to take a break.


dler’s 255 published books include those on science, math and economics; he’s worked with different publishers and different illustrators. Book number 247 is Don’t Throw it to Mo, a new series of Mo Jackson sports books he developed after observing the lack of sports books for young children. Adler has written ten Holocaust books to-date. When his son had asked him questions about the Holocaust and Adler didn’t feel his answers were sufficient for the first grader, Adler went to library but couldn’t find anything suitable. “A book is a script for a parent,” says Adler. Once again, he observed a void and sought to fill it. Once Adler starting writing, he realized that all the horrific facts he could include weren’t enough to make a real impact – he couldn’t identify with just numbers. For We Remember the Holocaust he interviewed survivors and interspersed their recollections with the facts, going back and forth from the overview to the personal view, quoting at least 50 survivors. “If I’m talking about the trains that took the Jews to the camps, I then interviewed someone who was on a train, what his experiences were on the train. Then I asked him for a picture as close as I could get to that time.” The book that followed, The Number on My Grandfather’s Arm, is geared to a much younger level. It is the fictional story of a man babysit-

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ting for his granddaughter who notices the numbers on his arm as he rolls up his sleeve to wash dishes. Adler has been widely recognized and honored for his work with countless awards over the years. In the past year alone, he received the Dr. Seuss Medal and the Regina Medal. One of his most notable achievements is the anticipated HBO special on “The Number on my Grandfather’s Arm” due to air in the spring.


t is clear that Adler’s Jewish heritage has always been an important part of his work. He was named an Orthodox Jewish All Star by the Jew in the City organization and recently honored at an awards ceremony. Adler was among an impressive group of Orthodox Jews who had reached top levels in their respected fields while remaining true to their values. The 2017 JITC superstars included The Honorable Ruchie Freier, Hasidic New York Civil Court Judge; David Mazouz, teen star of TV’s “Gotham”; and fellow Five Towns resident Frayda Ginsburg, Burberry’s Director of Legal, Americas. “I’m usually under the radar. People are surprised when they find out that I’m Orthodox or Jewish,” says Adler. Though being Orthodox doesn’t come into play too often in his day-to-day work, Adler has certainly missed out on a few opportunities, including several awards that he was passed over for due to his inability to accept on Shabbos. At times, accommodations were made for him, but other times the awards were given to others simply because he couldn’t accept them on that day. Adler spoke at the Kennedy Library twice but when invited to speak at the Clinton Library on a Saturday he had to decline. “The award should be for the body of work – not the showing up,” he remarks. Upcoming projects include collaboration with Menucha Publishers, a company that serves as a distributor for many Orthodox yeshivas. Upon realizing that many of the “kosher” most appropriate books on the lists were Adler’s, they reached out to him in efforts to collaborate. Adler sent some of his out-of-print books

to start including the “My Dog Mysteries,” a series of four books about a girl who believes her dog is a genius as he solves mysteries doing everyday “dog things.” Adler is now developing an original series for Menucha as well, featuring a male character and written on the level of his Cam series. All of Adler’s secular books are similar in that way – they feature a not-particularly Jewish character who is not offensive or distinguishable in any way. “Parve, like an apple,” Adler describes them. “With Cam Jansen, you’ll never find her doing anything on Shabbos. If something is happening on Friday and it gets too close to Shabbos, I’ll move it to Thursday.” Adler steers clear of certain references – for example, in a dinosaur story, he doesn’t reference millions of years. When referencing a sukkah for a Jewish story he doesn’t mention how many days the character is celebrating, to intentionally appeal to all Jews. Adler infuses his values wherever he can, but finds it’s a balance and tries to not turn off the left- or the right-leaning groups. “You have to be more careful about what you say and do because you’re not ‘so-and-so’ but you’re ‘soand- so, the Orthodox Jew’ – they’re judging everybody by you.” Adler identifies that there are other difficulties in his field, such as making a solid living in this precarious career. He shares that it wasn’t easy to start without a regular salary and he worked with an initial goal to simply afford his house. Nonetheless, he advises people to try to follow their passion. “I told my kids to find something they love and do that. I think it’s very sad when people say, ‘I can’t wait until I can retire’ because it really means they don’t like what they’re doing. I can retire but I like what I’m doing – why would I do something else?” He advises, “Find something you love and try to make that your career. You spend most of your waking time at work; you should like what you do.” Adler recognizes that being able to enjoy what you do wasn’t always the case for Americans. “My father graduated college in 1935 so he was

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considered lucky to have a job. It doesn’t always work, but at least that should be your goal. Don’t decide that you’re going to do it when you retire – because the energy is not the same.” Although Adler attributes his success largely to luck, he certainly did his due diligence in the marketplace. He also realized that in order to maintain a series, the main character has to be likable. When he speaks to editors, they’ll say they are looking for a good book but that’s about one-third of the story, he believes. “Why did Cam sell? There was a need for it. The picture book biographies – there was a need for it. Now this young sports book – there’s a


need for it. The picture book biography series are strictly non-fiction and 3-4 grades – there was a real need for those. It’s not simply to write a good book, write a good book that people need. “It worked out,” he reflects. “I’ve been very lucky. People attribute it to other things. A lot of it is luck. People come to me with all kinds of manuscripts and some of the stories that people give to me are terrific. I don’t know why they’re not being bought – but they’re not – and a lot of it is luck.” With more than four decades of luck and steadfast devotion, David Adler has certainly “clicked” with thousands of his young readers along the way.


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Israel Today

Why Palestinian Delusions Persist By Daniel Pipes

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n 1974, Second Lt. Hiroo Onoda of the Imperial Japanese Army was still fighting for his emperor, hiding in a Philippine jungle. He had rejected many attempts to inform him of Japan’s surrender 29 years earlier. During those long years, he senselessly murdered about one Filipino and injured three others per year. Only a concerted effort by his former commander finally convinced Onoda that the emperor had accepted defeat in 1945 and therefore he too must lay down arms. The Palestinians of the West Bank and Gaza are Onoda writ large. They formally acknowledged defeat by Israel 24 years ago, when Yasir Arafat stood on the White House lawn and recognized “the right of the State of Israel to exist in peace and security.” Trouble was, Arafat himself did not sincerely offer this act of surrender and most Palestinians rejected it. Accordingly, the war continues, with Palestinians emulating that grizzled, vicious Japanese soldier: they too battle on for a failed cause, murder senselessly, and ignore repeated calls to surrender. Just as Onoda insisted on believing in a divine emperor, Palestinians inhabit a fantasy world

in which, for example, Yashka was a Palestinian, Jerusalem was always exclusively Islamic, and Israel is the new Crusader state on the verge of collapse. (In this spirit, Iranian dictator Ali Khamene’i has helpfully provided the precise date of September 9, 2040, when Israel will vaporize, and his acolytes built a large doomsday

doctrine, international succor, and the wariness of the Israeli security services. (The Israeli Left was once a major factor but it barely counts anymore.) First, Islam carries the expectation that a land once under Muslim control (Dar al-Islam) is an endowment (waqf ) that inevitably must revert to Muslim

In this spirit, Iranian dictator Ali Khamene’i has helpfully provided the precise date of September 9, 2040, when Israel will vaporize, and his acolytes built a large doomsday clock to count down the days. clock to count down the days.) Some imagine Israel already gone, with nearly every Arabic map of “Palestine” showing it replacing the Jewish state. How do Palestinians ignore reality and persist in these illusions? Due to three main factors: Islamic

rule. Bernard Lewis notes that Muslims historically responded to the loss of territories in Europe with the expectation that these were “Islamic lands, wrongfully taken from Islam and destined ultimately to be restored.” This assumption of righteousness and inevitability has

abiding power as shown by such aggressions as Turkey’s in Cyprus and Syria’s in Lebanon. Jerusalem especially arouses intense Islamic sentiments. First exploited at a pan-Islamic conference in 1931 hosted by the mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini, many others since then – including Yasir Arafat, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan – have picked up this rallying cry. July’s Temple Mount fracas over metal detectors revealed the city’s atavistic power, prompting such varied powers as Muslim Brotherhood theorist Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Jordan’s monarch, the Arab League, and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation loudly to support the Palestinian position, no questions asked, as though it were still the 1950s with its shriek of unthinking rhetoric. Second, assorted governments, Leftists, do-gooders, and other internationals encourage Palestinians to sustain the reverie of victory through a combination of obsessive anti-Zionism and the pretense that a “Palestine” exists. Athletes have represented the sham state of “Palestine” at the Olympics since 1996. Israel

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maintains diplomatic missions in just 78 countries compared to 95 for the Palestinian Authority. With a solitary exception in 2013, every critical UNESCO country-specific resolution in recent years has focused on Israel. This international support encourages Palestinian delusion. Third, despite recent polling that shows how a large majority of Israelis want to push Palestinians into recognizing that the conflict is over and Israel won, no Israeli government since 1993 has taken such steps. Why this persistent discrepancy? Because Israel’s security services, which usually have the last word on policy, resist any steps that could possibly provoke Palestinian violence. “Things now are about as good as possible,” they imply, “so please stay away with any hare-brained ideas about our getting tougher.” This reluctance explains why Jerusalem tolerates massive illegal


The resplendent embassy of the “State of Palestine” in Islamabad, Pakistan

the jungle on Lubang Island on March 11, 1974, almost 29 years after the Japanese surrender

housing, releases murderers from prison, provides water and electricity to Palestinians at advantageous terms, and urges international donors not just to subsidize the Palestinian Authority but to fund mega-projects of Israeli devising (such as an artificial island off Gaza). Contrarily, Israel’s wizened security








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types nix any initiative that deprives the Palestinians of funds, punishes them more severely, or infringes on their existing prerogatives (such as control of the Temple Mount). Palestinian delusion results, then, from a toxic mix of Islamic doctrine, international succor, and Israeli timidity.



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Political Crossfire

A Nod, and a Nodding off, to Another Year of American Hilarity By George F. Will


ryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, is unjustly blamed for what mere gluttony does, making Americans comatose every fourth Thursday in November. But before nodding off, Americans should have given thanks for another year of American hilarity, including: A company curried favor with advanced thinkers by commissioning for Manhattan’s financial district the “Fearless Girl” bronze statue, which exalts female intrepidity in the face of a rampant bull (representing (1) a surging stock market or (2) toxic masculinity). Then the company paid a $5 million settlement, mostly for paying 305 female executives less than men in comparable positions. New York’s decrepit subway system took action: Henceforth, gender-neutral announcements will address “passengers” rather than “ladies and gentlemen.” Washington’s subway banned a civil liberties group’s ad consisting entirely of the text of the First Amendment, which ostensibly violated the rule against ads “intended to influence members of the public regarding an issue on which there are varying opinions.” California now can jail certain caregivers who “willfully and repeatedly fail to use a resident’s preferred name or pronouns.” A Massachusetts librarian rejected a donation of Dr. Seuss books because they are “steeped in racist propaganda,” and The New Yorker discovered that “Thomas the Tank Engine” is “authoritarian.” Always alert about planetary crises, The

New Yorker also reported: “The world is running out of sand.” A food truck offering free lunches to workers cleaning up after Hurricane Irma was banished from a Florida town because its operator had no government permit to do that. United Airlines said: Assault? Don’t be misled by your eyes. That passenger dragged off the plane was just being “re-accommodated.”

to support our comfortable lifestyle.” In more-progressive-than-thou Oregon, where you can get state-subsidized gender reassignment surgery at age 15 without parental permission, the Legislature made 21 the age at which adults can buy cigarettes. UCLA researchers warned that because Americans’ pets eat meat, they endanger the planet by generating 64 million tons of carbon dioxide.

Always alert about planetary crises, The New Yorker also reported: “The world is running out of sand.” Even Sen. Bernie Sanders went to Mississippi, to the Nissan plant in Canton, to help the United Automobile Workers with yet another attempt to convince Southern workers of the delights of unionization. The workers, 80 percent of whom are black, voted 2-to1 against the UAW. A New York Times tweet about the South reported a shooting at a nightclub “in downtown Arkansas.” Louisiana’s Democratic Party joined the virtue-signaling by changing the name of its Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner. In toney and oh-so-progressive Malibu, the City Council voted to become a sanctuary city. The councilwoman who made the motion for protecting illegal immigrants said: “Our city depends on a Hispanic population

Forty-two years after the government began (with fuel economy standards) trying to push Americans into gas-sipping cars, the three best-selling vehicles were the Ford, Chevrolet and Ram pick-up trucks. A year after a NASA climatologist (from the “settled” science of climate) said California was “in a drought forever,” torrential rains threatened to break dams. Pierce College in Los Angeles was sued after it prevented a student from giving away Spanish-language copies of the U.S. Constitution because he was outside the .003 percent of the campus designated a “free speech zone.” Two years after social justice warriors convulsed the University of Missouri in Columbia, freshman enrollment was down 35 percent. An Arizona State

University professor allowed some students in her human rights class to stage anti-Donald Trump protests in lieu of final exams. The University of Arizona guide instructed instructors to encourage students to say “ouch” when something said in class hurts their feelings. Clemson University’s diversity training washed brains with this idea: Expecting punctuality might be insensitive because in some cultures time is considered “fluid.” The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that student snowflakes are not the only victims of academic suffering. It seems that after the nine-month school year, professors endure isolation, solitude and depression during their three-month vacations. Massachusetts continues to be surprised that the smuggling of cigarettes into the state increased when state cigarette taxes increased. Although San Francisco’s hourly minimum wage has not yet reached its destination of $15, the city is surprised that so many small businesses have closed. McDonald’s probably was not surprised when its shares surged after it announced plans to replace cashiers with digital ordering kiosks in 2,500 restaurants. Finally, Domino’s Pizza is going to need bigger menus. Government labeling regulations require calorie counts for every variation of items sold, which Domino’s says (counting different topping and crusts) includes about 34 million possible combinations. None, however, have excessive tryptophan. (c) 2017, Washington Post Writers Group

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Shifting a Parenting Paradigm By Eli Perlman, LCSW


n this society, crisis has become the main motivation and impetus to take action. When a child scores high marks and behaves appropriately in school, parents breathe a sigh of relief saying, “This child is OK; let’s focus on another one.” Only when a child struggles scholastically, behaviorally, and/or socially does a parent say, “We need to figure out what to do with this child.” In other words, when a child is in crisis, only then do we look for solutions to address the crisis. However, what if we, as parents, could take preventive measures to help avoid a crisis? As one parent put it, “What can I do now to ensure that my studious and well-behaved child will stay on the straight path?” At the very least, what can parents do to reduce the intensity of an oncoming crisis? Firstly, we need to start looking for what is good in people and what they are doing right. Unfortunately, we live in a critical world where people are trying to figure out what is wrong with everybody else. We have become masters at diagnosing what is wrong with people. For many, cri-

tique is their entire participation in a conversation. As parents, we need to shift our paradigm and measure what is right with our children. What if we highlight excellence instead of failure? What if we respond with the same enthusiasm to the positive as

wrong.” The mere shift in mindset from noticing what is wrong to noticing what is right can improve the parent-child relationship significantly. We need to look at our children and think about what they are doing

Studies have shown that children thrive academically and socially in homes where parents are positive and complimentary.

we respond to the negative? To demonstrate this point, let’s take a look at the following exchange. I recently met with a fifteen-year-old boy and asked him, “What is your relationship with your parents?” He replied, “I don’t see them.” I responded, “You live at home – what do you mean you don’t see them?” He answered, “I go straight to my room. I don’t need to hear what I’m doing

right. This is not always so easy, especially when a child is being difficult. Nonetheless, with creativity and innovation we can surely find something that a child is doing well. A child, who previously cringed when a parent walked into the room because he or she expected the parent to be critical, could instead feel valued when that same parent comes in noticing something positive and

praiseworthy. Studies have shown that children thrive academically and socially in homes where parents are positive and complimentary. This, however, is true provided the praise is authentic and expressed with love. Ideally, praise should be given with specificity. It is better for parents to tell a child a small, positive compliment rather than a broader, vague word of praise. For instance, a generic compliment would be to say “good job” which is complimentary but will not replay in a child’s mind. On the other hand, a specific praise would be to say, “You are great at organizing your books.” This kind of comment will replay in a child’s mind over and over again, reinforcing the impact of the compliment. When positive touch is added to a verbal communication the message could be so much deeper. This idea is succinctly expressed in the old adage, “Touch has a memory.” A parent might look for ways to reinforce the praise with a hug, a tap, a “high five,” or an arm around the shoulder. However, parents have to know their children and be sensitive to their

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child’s comfort level with regard to physical displays of affection. We learn from the Gemara in Menachos 43a that when we see techeles we are meant to think of its bluish color and how it is similar in color to the ocean, which is similar in color to the heavens and the heavenly throne. Rabbi Shabsi Yudelevitch asks: how can we be expected to look at a strand of techeles and think of the ocean, the sky, and then to the heavenly throne? How can we be commanded to use so many associations before arriving at the conclusion? Rabbi Shabsi answers that when we are thinking negatively, our minds travel almost automatically through many complex associations which help us arrive at very sophisticated negative conclusions. Often, these conclusions are preposterous. For example, we can see a person make an almost unnoticeable physical gesture and conclude with sharp negative judgements about their personality. Similarly, we can see a child subtly veer in behavior from the norm and we conclude that this child will never be able to function as a healthy adult. Rabbi Shabsi posits that we can channel our ability to use complex mental patterns for positive conclusions instead of reaching undesirable or destructive conclusions. It is important to bear in mind, however, that praising the good in a child does not replace the need to correct or discipline. In order to teach a child how to behave properly, parents must be critical sometimes. It is their responsibility as primary caregivers to teach and inculcate good values to their children. However, when a healthy measure of praise and positivity exist in the parent-child relationship, the child becomes emotionally closer and more receptive to reprimand. In our special role as parents, let us remember to praise and compliment our children, specifically and with a healthy, endearing, physical touch. This small change will start a quiet, yet powerful revolution of helping our children reach their potential. All real and lasting changes in relationships are the result of small, yet steady changes in attitude and behavior. As we proudly integrate concrete tools into our parenting, we must have patience for the process and continue to believe in our own ability to grow, one step at a time. A few weeks ago, more than 450 mothers and fathers took that first


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Health & F tness

Squash Your Weight Healthy Winter Fruits and Vegetables By Aliza Beer MS, RD


any lament the lack of good fruits and vegetables in the winter, but there are numerous options available that can protect your health and keep you slim. Winter produce is bursting with vitamins, minerals, and many other important nutrients your body needs to stay in top shape. The following is a list of super healthy fruits and vegetables that will save you from eating only potatoes and onions for the next six months. • Cruciferous Vegetables: Many cruciferous vegetables are in season during the winter; these are cabbages and their relatives, such as broccoli and cauliflower. These leafy vegetables contain compounds called glucosinolates, which our bodies can convert into a number of chemicals that have anticancer properties. In fact, several medical studies, including one published in the Journal of Nutrition and Cancer, have connected diets containing cruciferous vegetables with a lower risk of cancer. Three outstanding cruciferous veggies are Brussels sprouts, cabbage, and kale. Just a half cup of Brussels sprouts contains more than 100% of the daily recommended value of vitamin K. Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting and bone metabolism. Brussels sprouts are wonderful roasted with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cab-

bage is an amazing source of vitamin A and vitamin C. Long ago, sailors used to take sauerkraut, which is fermented cabbage, on long voyages to prevent scurvy. Cabbage can be cooked into soups or added raw into salads. Kale has been very popular the last few years, and for good reason. It is loaded with nutrients, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, manganese, copper, calcium, and potassium. Kale can be used

right conditions, squash can keep for up to three months. They are delicious, filling, and inexpensive. You can roast them or turn them into hot, comforting soups to help keep away those winter blues. • Sweet Potatoes: They win the award for healthiest carb! Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, beta-carotene, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants. Plus, since they are fairly low on the glycemic

Apples are often called the perfect fruit.

in salads or sautéed with other leafy greens. My favorite is roasting them into kale chips, a very healthy and low calorie snack! • Winter Squash: Acorn, butternut, kabocha, and Delicata squash are all at their prime during the fall and winter. They are loaded with healthy goodness, such as carotenoids, vitamin A, and potassium, and have much less sugar than their cousin the white potato. Squash continue to ripen once they are picked. Slow down the process by storing them in a cool, slightly humid environment (like a cellar or basement). Under the

index, they are great for filling up without getting weighed down. Cut them into French fries (some supermarkets have them precut), once again drizzle olive oil, salt, and pepper, and roast at 400 degrees for one hour. Your kids will gobble them up! • Pomegranates: Pomegranates are on of the world’s oldest fruits, as well as one of the most nutritious. The seeds are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that can help treat heart conditions like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack, and congestive heart fail-

ure. Studies show that drinking pomegranate juice can reduce build-up of fatty deposits in arteries. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds into your salads, oatmeal, and yogurt. • Citrus Fruits: Fruits like oranges, grapefruits, and clementine are loaded with vitamin C and flavonoids which may reduce the risk of cancer. Citrus consumption has been linked to lower the risk of numerous diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, diabetes, cholera, gingivitis, cataracts, and Crohn’s disease. Grapefruits are an especially good fat burner, but speak to your physician if you are taking any statin medication, as the grapefruit will interfere with the medication’s absorption. • Star Fruit: Like many tropical fruits, star fruit is high in vitamin C. It is also high in anti-inflammatory agents called polyphenols. When you’re shopping for star fruit, select ones that are evenly colored and yellow. Allow them to ripen at room temperature until light brown ridges form on the skin. Afterward, keep them in the refrigerator for up to a week. • Apples: Not only are they cheap and tasty, but they are one of the most nutritious food in existence. Apples are often called the perfect fruit. Studies have shown the antioxidants in apples can help re-

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duce risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Many studies link apple consumption to reduced risk of cancer, especially pancreatic. Apples are high in fiber and therefore help control blood sugar. The phenolic compound in apples also help prevent cholesterol from sticking to the walls of your

arteries. Apples contain quercetin, a plant polyphenol that helps combat frequent viruses and bacteria. They can also help speed up the liver regeneration process if you have had too much alcohol to drink. You can eat apples raw or bake them with a sprinkle of cinnamon for a warm and yummy

treat. That’s why they say an apple a day keeps the doctor away! Winter foods shouldn’t be limited to only macaroni and cheese, creamy soups, and full-fat hot chocolates or lattes, but can and should include fruits and vegetables. Have at least 3-4 servings a day of fruits and vegetables and you will see the difference

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Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz show. Aliza can be reached at


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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

I was set up with Mendy by a friend recently. He happens to be her cousin and she told me many wonderful things about him. All of which, so far, I have to say, seem accurate. He seems to be a very fine person. What my friend failed to mention to me is that Mendy does not drive. When he picked me up for the date, I automatically started looking around for a car to enter, and he casually told me that he isn’t a driver and that he hopes I don’t mind if we take the train into Manhattan. I happen to live near the railroad station and it was a nice afternoon and so it wasn’t too much of a hardship – though I have to say, it felt really weird. It was a first for me. Maybe I’m spoiled, but I’m used to going out in a car. Since then, we’ve gone out two more times, both of which we took Ubers to local places. Again, it felt strange to me, but I had such a nice time with Mendy that I overlooked the inconvenience. My parents, especially my mother, are totally freaked out by the fact that Mendy does not drive. She thinks it reflects something “not normal” about him. Those are her exact words. She thinks that if he can’t drive, what else can’t he manage to do? She says he’s not a complete man and is urging me very strongly to stop going out with him. I happen to like Mendy a lot and don’t want to stop seeing him. I asked him why he doesn’t drive and he responded in a very casual way, as if it was no big deal. He told me that his father never drove and he was happy to not have to deal with the responsibility of driving and owning a car. When I told my parents what he said, they were even further upset. I’m 24-years-old, and at this stage, I don’t feel that I have to stop seeing someone just because my parents think it’s a bad idea. However, I wonder whether any of you feel the way that my parents do – that his lack of driving makes him odd and not someone to consider getting serious with.

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The Mother

Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. here are two issues here. One is Mendy’s driving or lack thereof. The other is your relationship with your parents. As with many aspects of dating, the issue of driving is a matter of context. In and of itself, it’s not such a big deal and should not be a deal breaker. However, maybe there is more to the picture of his choosing not to have a driver’s license. However, you don’t know Mendy well enough to know the rest of the picture. You like him. Get to know him better and see where this goes. After a number of dates, you will understand the context of his non-driving better. Driving may be something he chooses not to do. Or it may be that there are medical/health reasons for his not driving; he may have terrible depth perception or other visual challenges. Maybe he is on strong medication for something. Then there is the personality aspect. Maybe he is not the spontaneous type. Maybe he just follows his father. It could be that he doesn’t need the independence that having a car entails; he may like routine. So, keep dating and see what you see. You will then be able to put the lack of a license into perspective. Do use your time to work on communication with your parents and respectfully make your points.

Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. endy, with his glaringly absent driver’s license, is in great company. In fact, more and more millennials are eschewing the suburban rite-of-passage (namely, permit, lessons, license, car) for modes of public transportation and the ever-popular bike. A recent article, published in a business journal, decried the advent of the disappearing “Auto School,” forced into near obsolescence by the popularity of smartcabs, like Uber and Lyft. Further, it was noted that millennials are postponing car ownership until the driverless car becomes a safe, affordable alternative to standard vehicles. At the rate technology is moving, it may be sooner than you think. Take some time to consider whether Mendy’s inability to drive is a deal-breaker for you or your parents. If you see it as something more ominous than a genetic quirk (it worked for his father) sit Mendy down for a serious conversation. Explore with him whether his lack of a driver’s license is a symptom of low motivation or drive (sorry, just had to sneak that in) or his just “never getting around to it.” If he seems amenable to rectifying his status in the future – buying a car or taking driving lessons – take his word for it and drop the subject. A guy’s ability or inability to drive may be linked to his ego; you don’t want to antagonize your possibly future husband over a matter, that in the large scheme of things, is trivial and easily resolved. If your parents are the ones who



are driving you mad, then perhaps it is time to have a chat with them. After all, you are the one who will be married to Mendy and you should really be in the driver’s seat when it comes to this issue.

Everyone’s opinion doesn’t matter when it comes to your own life.

The Shadchan Michelle Mond re you an out-of-towner, living in New York? I am surprised that this is your first encounter dating a guy in New York who doesn’t drive. From my experience setting up many singles from NYC, the parking situation is difficult and most people get around by train, so people are not in a rush to get a license or a car. For most of these singles, it has nothing to do with a personal flaw, rather a personal convenience. If you are worried about respect or responsibility, open a discussion with him regarding these topics. What is his work ethic like? Has he held good jobs for a good amount of time? Is he a hard worker? Would he get a license if the need would arise (if he moved out of the city, for instance)? Get a better impression of whether you respect him in general. After assessing the situation, if you feel that you cannot respect him, then it should be a reason to consider breaking it off. Respect is extremely important in a future marriage partner. However, if you do respect him and the only factor holding you back is your mother’s negative voice belittling him in the back of your head,


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

you will need to work with a therapist to separate your mother’s negativity from your personal life. Judging by the situation, I would assume this is probably not the first time this type of thing has happened. You are an adult who must learn to be able to trust her own instincts and make her own informed decisions. Hatzlacha!

The Single Tova Wein


et’s talk about your parents, particularly your mother, first. Her

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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attitude toward Mendy is based on the way things were probably when she was dating. Back in the day, driving was almost essential. There were no Ubers, no talk about self-driving cars – it was a different world. Today, there are plenty of good reasons why someone might opt to forgo driving. I’m concerned with her choice of words, her severe judgment, and her inability to have a healthy discussion with you about Mendy’s non-driver status. Her words sound controlling and demeaning. Of course, at age 24, you are old enough and mature enough to decide for yourself whether a suitor is appropriate or not. Yes, you’d like to have your parents’ sup-

port, and in that vein, I think it’s a good idea for you to talk to your parents about what at 24-year-old young woman wants to hear from her parents and what their role should look like. I’m hoping they’ll be able to hear you. Now about Mendy. You’ve only gone out with him a few times, so I would imagine it’s hard for you to gauge whether his lack of driving signifies some other issues he may have or whether it’s simply an educated choice on his part. I think as you get to know him better, you will notice whether or not he has extreme anxiety or overwhelming fears that crop up in other areas of his life. It seems too soon to know

or to ask about. But don’t rush. Take your time. If there’s anything troubling going on with him, you’ll pick up on it eventually. Assuming he’s a typical guy and no red flags emerge, you do need to ask yourself whether you would eventually be resentful being married to someone who doesn’t drive. Think long term. Children, carpools, emergency trips to the doctors, road trips, typical Sunday errands…. If everything car-related will ultimately land on your shoulders, will you be O.K. with that? And if not, maybe you need to ask Mendy what his future plans are in this regard. He may say that, of course, he eventually plans

Respect is extremely important in a future marriage partner.

on driving. Or he may say, “never happening.” If that’s the case, think very carefully about how that can affect your life down the road. That’s the voice you need to be listening to.

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


here are two separate and distinct issues which are entangled at the moment. The first one is your feelings for Mendy. The second is your mother’s strong opinion about Mendy and how freely she burdens you with it. In order for you to decide if you will continue dating Mendy, you’re going to have to work on separating your mother’s thoughts from your own. Where do Mom’s thoughts end and yours begin? I’m wondering what your relationship with your mother is like in general. Does she have very strong and even judgmental opinions about other areas of your life? Moms will always have their opinions, and very often they truly do know their children best. However, it is the manner in which your mother delivers her opinions about your life to you that I find disheartening. And I’m wondering if this is specific to dating or even specific to Mendy’s not driving or if this is an ongoing dynamic in your relationship.

Mom has a strong opinion and you question yourself and your decisions. If this is “old stuff,” and simply another iteration of a pattern set in motion many moons ago, then you will need to decide if you want to break this pattern. Do I want to be treated this way? If not, what can I do about it? On to Mendy’s lack of a driver’s license. I cannot tell you what you should be feeling or whether or not this is something to break up over. If he lives in Manhattan or a busy city, it is pretty normal not to have a license. If he had every opportunity to drive but never did because of a phobia or lack of motivation, this may point to other more serious issues. But these are all maybes right now. You don’t know him well enough. I would bet my bottom dollar that there are readers thinking, “How could she break up with a guy over a driver’s license? Today people

take Uber or the train. So many people don’t drive.” Then, there are those who are thinking, “Just wait until she has to drive carpool and take the little one to the doctor and do all the errands. She will grow to resent him.” Everyone has an opinion. But everyone’s opinion doesn’t matter when it comes to your own life. This is something that you need to really think about. If this is purely your mother’s concern and you’re of the “Uber” school of thought, then go for it and enjoy your relationship with Mendy. If you’re of the “she’ll grow to resent him” school of thought, then it wouldn’t be fair to Mendy to be with someone who will resent him. He may be a wonderful guy who will find a woman who will have no issue with his lack of license. And he deserves that. Should you decide to date him, you will see him in varied situations. You will see if his lack of a license is a manifestation of a deeper issue like a phobia, anxiety or lack of motivation, or if he is really a product of his millennial generation. If/as you become more serious, you will start talking about things like “shared responsi-

bility” around the house and with future kids. Look out for his attitude around helping out. Will he be content to sit around on Sundays while you’re out driving the kids, or will he be in the passenger’s seat accompanying you, or taking the kids places via Uber and public transportation? Ultimately, healthy marriages must have a mutual respect. If you can move forward in your relationship with Mendy, respect intact, you in the driver’s seat, him in the passenger seat, and Mom in the backseat where she belongs, I give this relationship the green light. Sincerely, Jennifer Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit 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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Health & F tness

The Flipside of Latkes By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN


hanukah comes at the perfect time of year. Smack in the middle of the cold and dreary winter, Chanukah arrives to lift our spirits! Unfortunately, Chanukah tends to lift that number on the scale too. Many take this opportune time to enjoy Chanukah parties with friends and family. Chanukah parties typically involve endless latkes and doughnuts. The bad news: doughnuts are in no way healthy for you at all. The good news is that latkes can be altered to be made slightly healthier. Latkes are potato pancakes that have been part of Ashkenazi Jewish Chanukah tradition since the mid1800s. Luckily for us, latkes don’t necessarily need to be made from potatoes. Long before the introduction of the potato, latkes were – and in some places still are – made from a variety of other vegetables, cheeses, legumes, or starches. Of these options, the healthiest choice would be vegetables latkes. Cauliflower is a great substitution for potatoes. You can make cauliflower

latkes and eliminate the potatoes completely. If not so bold, you may want to try substituting grated zucchini, sweet potatoes or carrots for some of the potatoes. You can keep increasing the amount of zucchini

together. Try using baking powder instead of the eggs to lower the calories or if avoiding eggs due to allergies. When it comes to latkes, the bulk of the calories come from fry-

Long before the introduction of the potato, latkes were – and in some places still are – made from a variety of other vegetables, cheeses, legumes, or starches.

to potato, such as three zucchini to one potato, and see how you like the results. Now that the main ingredient is taken care of, the next ingredient that can be replaced is the eggs. The purpose of the eggs is to hold the shredded potatoes or vegetables

ing them in oil. You can lighten your recipe by baking rather than frying your latkes. You can spray your latkes lightly with oil or use an oilsprayed baking sheet. Bake them in the oven at 450°F for approximately 15 minutes on one side and 10 minutes on the other. The light amount

of oil will help them become crisp. These ideas may not sound as mouthwatering as the traditional latkes, but your arteries will definitely like these better. A great idea for a Chanukah party is a latke bar. Choose from these selections and create a variety of latkes. This way, those looking to watch their weight can still enjoy the latkes fun and stick to tradition!

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. Her Dietetic Internship was completed under Brooklyn College primarily in Ditmas Park Care Center and Boro Park Center where she developed clinical and education skills to treat patients with comprehensive nutrition care. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at



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Israel Today Chanukah 2017: Modern Day Miracles in the Land of Israel Ilana Amzaleg A baby is born. A flower blossoms. A terminal patient recovers. Israel is a land of miracles, from the world famous to the seemingly mundane. As Jews around the globe prepare to celebrate the ancient miracles that took place in Israel, we take the chance to look at modern day miracles that are changing the face of Israeli life. Medical innovation revolution Miracles happen minute by minute at the Sheba Medical Center, Israel’s largest hospital. From new births to the latest medical research and the development of new treatments, Sheba saving lives and bringing hope to Israelis from all walks of life. Employing a new and innovative medical treatment as a clinical trial, Sheba Medical Center recently became the first Israeli hospital to have achieved complete remission in children stricken with leukemia utilizing “CAR T-cell therapy.” CART-cell therapy has achieved a 75% positive response rate in patients who have been treated at Sheba Medical Center and previously failed to respond to conventional cancer treatments. This cutting-edge treatment uses the patients’ own T-cells, taken from the immune system and genetically engineered in the laboratory to produce special receptors called Chimeric Antigen Receptors (CAR), which are armed and then attached to a specific target on cancer cells (an antigen). The cells are grown in the lab until they number in the millions and then reinfused back into the patient. “We have the advantage of making our own cells, as well as conducting the research and clinical trials within our labs, independent of any pharmaceutical company in Israel or the USA,” revealed. Dr. Michal Besser from Sheba.  This type of therapy promises to be the future platform from which to combat other forms of cancer, as well as other diseases. Developing the desert through scientific innovation While the entire State of Israel is a story of victory, the development of the Negev has been a unique battle to transform the desert into a fertile ground for innovation. Ben Gurion University has played a special role in nurturing innovation in the Negev community. It is the current leader in research, cyber, homeland security, alternative energy, desert and water research, high-tech and robotics, sharing the

University’s expertise locally and around the globe. One of the university researcher’s most recent discoveries will actually help make deserts bloom and could aid a billion people who are currently living in areas threatened by desertification. They recently published a study revealing how treating graywater using biofiltration is more efficient for irrigation in arid, sandy soils found in deserts. The use of raw graywater generally causes a phenomenon called hydrophobicity, causing water to collect on the surface of the soil instead of being absorbed into the ground, as is the case with fresh water. That problem usually disappears quickly after rainwater or freshwater irrigation, which is more of a concern in arid lands. Researchers at the University created three graywater models using raw, treated and highly treated graywater and found that only raw graywater showed hydrophobicity, not graywater treated with biofiltration. “Onsite reuse of graywater for irrigation is perceived as a low risk and economical way of reducing freshwater use, and as such is gaining popularity in both developing and developed countries,” says Prof. Amit Gross. “The results of the study reinforce the recommendations to treat graywater before reusing it for irrigation, particularly in arid regions.” Wine industry revolution From a barren land, Israel has become home to thriving agricultural industry. With products being export around the world, Israel has taken its place on the international stage. The wine world has enthusiastically embraced Israel wines, thanks to the Golan Heights Winery, which took advantage of the incredible wine growing potential of the Golan Heights region. The first wine they produced, received a gold medal at the world-renowned International Wine and Spirit Competition in London in 1987, placing Israeli wines on the map. In addition to creating excellent wines, the winery has also made huge scientific breakthroughs that have allowed for the improvement of both yields and quality. Working with top plant physiologist Dr. Michael Kopyt, Golan has begun using weather stations to predict how blocks of vines will react to weather conditions. Eventually, blocks of vines will be designed to need little or no irrigation.

Today, wine stores and food chain stores across the globe and in Israel stock a variety of outstanding Israeli wines: blends, varietals, single vineyards, reds, whites and rosés, are all among them. Wine festivals are being hosted across the country, an increasingly popular event. Top restaurants across the world serve their most celebrated dishes with the best Israeli wines. Recent award-winning Israeli wines include Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, which won the ‘Best Israeli wine’ award, Gamla Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and Galil Alon 2013, at the prestigious international Mundus Vini Competition this year. From being trodden upon by ancient feet to being handled with the expert care of the latest technologies, Israel’s grapes have lent an air of finery to its agricultural



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They call me “the Lizard” because I recover so quickly from things. So hopefully it’s nothing too big. I’m going to get treatment, stay on top of this, and hopefully the Lizard can be ready for Sunday. - Kristaps Porzingis talking to reporters about an ankle injury he sustained

I dreamed about it all my life and here I am. This is a great privilege that has been placed in my lap – that I have been able to come and pray in the holiest place for the Jewish people. Until now, this place was known to me only from pictures I saw and from the television screen. And here I am, finally reaching this place by myself. - Holocaust survivor Avraham Takacz, 90, upon visiting the Kotel for the first time in his life, after migrating from the Ukraine to Israel

My hugging days (outside family and or close friends) are over… It might offend you that I will no longer participate in hugging you, but I have decided to discontinue receiving/ giving hugs from anyone outside of my family and close friends. I hope you understand. Thanks ... I’m from the old school but the time has come for me ... No more hugs. - Texas Sheriff Jim Kaelin, of Nueces County, writing that from now on he will only offer handshakes and knuckle bumps

I am rejecting your verdict with contempt. - The declaration a former Bosnian Croat general made just before he swallowed poison (dying hours later) as a judge at the Hague upheld his 20-year sentence for war crimes

An Ohio-based company made a cup holder for dip that attaches to a dashboard so you can eat chips and dip while you drive. I don’t have a joke about this, I just wanted to remind you we’re still the greatest country in the world. - Conan O’Brien

Ivanka Trump plagiarizes one of her own speeches in India. - Tweet by Newsweek, setting a new standard for plagiarism

If white people elect Roy Moore in Alabama, no decent human being should ever spend another dime in that state, unless it is with a blackowned business or the Birmingham Civil Rights Museum. If Moore wins, it’s time to destroy white Alabama like we should have 150 years ago. - Tweet by left-wing agitator Tim Wise




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I have said that this was stiff competition by some of the other things they have put forth, is the worst bill in the history of the United States Congress.

- House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) talking about the GOP tax proposal

I was taking drugs on top of drugs, just trying to kill the nerve pain. It was like someone hitting your body about 200 times a day. - Tiger Woods, talking about his recovery from back surgery

This morning, the Times editorial board is tweeting here to urge the Senate to reject a tax bill that hurts the middle class & the nation’s fiscal health.

A new book claims that for Donald Trump, the four basic food groups are McDonald’s, KFC, pizza, and Diet Coke. When they heard, the American people were outraged and said, “DIET Coke?” - Conan O’Brien

- Tweet by The New York Times, putting aside journalistic integrity to oppose the GOP tax cut bill


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Nobody should be evaluating each other’s mental health, particularly not people who are still struggling to accept reality a year after it happened - Mollie Hemingway on Fox News responding to claims that President Trump is insane

But justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream, Amos 5:24 – Tweet by former FBI Director James Comey, after Michael Flynn pleaded guilty of lying to the FBI and agreed to cooperate with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller

I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects. - Recently disclosed gushing email sent in January by Andrew Weissmann, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s top lieutenant, to then- acting Attorney General Sally Yates upon her refusal to enforce President Trump’s travel ban

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