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The Polish parliament implemented legislation last week that punishes anyone who blames Poles for war crimes during the Holocaust. The law, which still needs to get passed by the Senate before being signed by the president, will give fines or a maximum three-year jail term for anyone who ascribes “responsibility or co-responsibility to the Polish nation or state for crimes committed by the German Third Reich — or other crimes against humanity, peace and war crimes.” It would make using the phrase “Polish death camps”

punishable by up to three years in prison. The proposal sparked outrage, forcing Poland’s President Andrzej Duda to respond. He said in a statement on Sunday that he would present his “final evaluation of procedural legal provisions after the completion of parliament’s work and a careful analysis of the final shape of the act.” Many survivors of the Holocaust and family members were particularly disturbed by the sound of the new legislation. Emotions were particularly high being that January 27 was International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Israel’s Ambassador to Poland Anna Azari said that her primary concern is that Holocaust survivors could face prosecution for their testimony. She said that while Israel’s government rejects the legislation, it also “understands” who built death camps like Auschwitz and that it was “not the Poles.” Duda appeared to address the concerns expressed by Azari saying that “everyone whose personal memory or historical research speaks the truth about the crimes and shameful behavior that occurred in the past with the participation of Poles has full right to this truth.” In a statement on Saturday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the Polish bill “baseless” and said “history cannot be rewritten. The Holocaust cannot be denied.” On Sunday, at the Israeli weekly parliament meeting, Netanyahu said he expects Poland to amend the proposed legislation. He continued, saying that Israel has “no tolerance for the dis-

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UAE: Huge Water Reserve Below the Desert Living in a desert can make people thirsty. But not those living in the United Arab Emirates. Residents there, on average, consume about 600 liters of water per day. The country has now taken a big step to shore up their water security. The Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority recently unveiled the world’s largest reserve of artificially desalinated water. The reserve sits in aquifers under the Liwa Desert about 160 km away from the desalination plants that stock them. It contains 26 billion liters of water and required 26 months to fill it to capacity. In an emergency situation, the reserve can provide over 100 million liters of water per day to the country’s residents. While that is only a fraction of what the country consumes, the 6 billion liters per day that is normally used includes non-essentials such as watering the country’s golf courses and running its indoor shark pools. The planning to build the enormous water reserve began in 2002. The total cost was about $450 million. The water is transferred through a large pipeline that was pieced together in the desert using high precision welding. The water is then dumped about 80 meters underground through perforated pipes. There are 300 wells to recharge, recover and observe the aquifer’s water.

Children in eastern Afghanistan, killing four and triggering a standoff with police that lasted almost 10 hours. The attacks appear to be showing no signs of letting up, despite the pressure President Ashar Ghani is facing to improve security. Although the final numbers have not yet been tallied, Interior Minister Wais Barmak said the casualty toll had risen to at least 103 dead and 235 wounded in the massive bombing on Saturday. The attack was carried out by a terrorist driving an ambulance that was stopped at a police checkpoint. The Taliban said that the attack was meant to be a message to President Donald Trump who has sent more troops to Afghanistan and has ordered an increase in airstrikes in the region. “The Islamic Emirate has a clear message for Trump and his hand kissers that if you go ahead with a policy of aggression and speak from the barrel of a gun, don’t expect Afghans to grow flowers in response,” said Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. The “Islamic Emirate” is what the Taliban calls itself. After the attack, President Trump issued a statement: “This murderous attack renews our resolve and that of our Afghan partners. The Taliban’s cruelty will not prevail. The United States is committed to a secure Afghanistan that is free from terrorists who would target Americans, our allies, and anyone who does not share their wicked ideology. Now, all countries should take decisive action against the Taliban and the terrorist infrastructure that supports them.” The attack was carried out in one of the most heavily protected parts of the city. It was carried out close to many embassies and government buildings. The explosion was felt throughout the capital. Dozens of vehicles were damaged or destroyed. Several shops, including some selling antiques and photography equipment, were also destroyed.  A day of mourning was declared by the Afghanistan government and a day off was given from work to allow others to help the families of the victims.

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Devastating Suicide Bombing in Afghanistan A massive suicide bombing rocked Kabul on Saturday killing more than 100 people and injuring at least 235 more. The attack is the worst Afghanistan has seen in many months. The suicide bombing came one week after the Taliban killed another 22 people in a siege at the Intercontinental Hotel. Just a few days before the attack, ISIS militants stormed the offices of Save the

Iran is getting its own version of kosher phones. After spending many years boycotting and resisting the internet, the Persian regime has reached a compromise. Iran’s relationship with the internet is complex. On the one hand, it has helped modernize the economy. In the past several years, Iran officials have encouraged the use of the internet for economic bene-


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fits. Now, nearly half the population owns a smartphone. But Iran is paranoid about freedom of expression, squashing instances of their citizens criticizing the government. Social media was how many Iranians connected to spark the recent burst of protests across Iran. In response, the government shut down social media and messaging apps. Now, officials have created a solution which will restrict internet usage. “Halal-net” is an attempt to restrict what the public can see and how people connect. “The Islamic Republic is not black and white. It shows a myriad of contradictions and its internet policy ... is one of the great examples of those contradictions,” noted Sanam Vakil, an associate fellow at Chatham House who studies Iran. “The government has taken the internet and effectively used it for its own purposes and also has realized the dangers of it as well.” Until now Iran was able to maintain control of what the outside world sees and knows. All television and radio broadcasts within Iran are from state-run stations. Satellite dishes are officially illegal. Outside media is heavily supervised, and the proposed “Halal-net” will further control the content that leaves and gets into the Islamic nation.

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medical research because it is genetically possible that one animal may be able to fight whatever illness is being researched better than another. Since Dolly, the famous sheep that was cloned in Scotland in 1996, over 20 other species, including cows, pigs, dogs, rabbits, rats, and mice, have been cloned using SCNT. However, until now a primate was never successfully cloned and many thought that their genetic makeup was too complicated to copy in a lab. Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua are both being bottle fed and are developing normally.

U.S. Delegation Flees from Rioters On Tuesday, a delegation of U.S. diplomats had to cut an event in the West Bank city of Bethlehem short after protesters stormed their meeting. The protesters, who were objecting to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, also kicked and threw tomatoes at the delegation’s car as they left, a video posted online showed. Five protesters kicked one of the doors of the car, which had U.S. consular license plates, and ripped the plastic casing off a side mirror, Reuters reported. The protesters held signs, with one reading, “Zionism = Nazism = Fascism. USA=ISIS=Terror.” Among their chants was the call for “America out.” The American diplomats had been invited by city officials to give a workshop on doing business over the internet. Samir Hazboun, head of the Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce, said the group had been holding a training session for local businesspeople about digital commerce with an American expert and a delegation from the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem. Near Bethlehem last weekend, Palestinians carried out a mock-execution of Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Effigies of the U.S. leaders  were hanged and then burned in a street in the Aida refugee camp north of Bethlehem. The incident was broadcast on a Palestinian TV station.

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In the past two months, Israel has been offering tens of thousands of African infiltrators the option of either leaving the country within 90 days or being arrested. Approximately 40,000 infiltrators who entered Israel illegally – mainly Eritreans and Sudanese – will have until the end of March to leave. Each person will receive a plane ticket and $3,500 (2,900 euros) to leave. Those who remain will face arrest. Israel has not ordered any bona fide refugees to leave, only those who had entered illegally seeking employment.

11 Countries Step in to Fund UNRWA The United States has consistently been the UNRWA’s largest donor, contributing one-third of its budget. Last month, President Trump withheld half of the first installment of the payments for this year, demanding reforms at the UN agency as a condition for future aid. The president also noted that other countries should help foot the bill. This week, the head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Commissioner General Pierre Krähenbühl, said that Switzerland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Russia, Belgium, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Turkey and Ireland have agreed to speed up their contributions to help fill the shortfall.

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Community KYHS Students Awarded Research Grant To Enhance Judaics Learning Via Artificial Intelligence Sara Deichman by KYHS’s Director of STEM, Dr. Yosef Wolf, interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has skyrocketed during the past two years. With this new grant allowing for students to pursue meaningful college-level research, passion for STEM-focused projects is sure to continue to grow. KYHS, proud to continue its stride for excellence as an innovative Modern Orthodox Jewish Day school, is beyond

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Hundreds of Volunteers Make a Difference at 17 Projects on Jewish CommUNITY in Action Day

Hundreds of volunteers of all ages from throughout South Palm Beach County’s Jewish community fanned out across the area in their special T-shirts on Monday, January 18, 2018 to make a difference for those in need at nearly 20 hands-on projects. Whether the volunteers packaged food for the hungry, prepared birthday kits, gardened, refurbished shoes, played games with seniors or much more, all were inspired and energized by joining with the full vibrant diversity of their Jewish community in helping their less fortunate neighbors.

With PJ Library® at Bedner’s Farm, children and families enjoyed learning about mitzvot through storytime and crafts, brought new pajamas for children in need, and picked strawberries for donation, among other activities. Held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day,

the second annual Jewish CommUNITY in Action Day was again presented by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its Deborah and Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement (CJE). This year, the daylong event was dedicated in loving memory of Dr. Yoram

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Scheck Hillel Band Students Earn Highest Marks in FBA State Solo & Ensemble Adjudication Scheck Hillel Community School students received either a Superior (highest rating) or an Excellent (second-highest rating) for solos performed in the 2017 District 20 Solo & Ensemble adjudication on November 16, 2017. Scheck Hillel hosted its student-musicians and others from Ransom Everglades School and Miami Country Day School. For each solo performance, students prepared music approved by the State with a piano accompanist and were adjudicated by a State-certified judge.  Eight Scheck Hillel students earned Excellent rating: Jonathan Abbo, Grade 11 (Alto Saxophone), Michael Berenstein, Grade 10 (Alto Saxophone), Raquel Dimitri, Grade 11 (Trumpet), Eli Gelb, Grade 10 (Tenor Saxophone), Emily Rodman, Grade 11 (Clarinet), Joshua Schmutter, Grade 10 (Alto Saxophone), Elliot Shiro, Grade 10 (Alto Saxophone), Danielle Waijman, Grade 11 (Trumpet).

Jonathan Abbo earned a special recognition for performing the highest level of music possible.  Eight Scheck Hillel students received  Superior  rating  for their performance: Joi Alon, Grade 10 (Alto Saxophone),  Daniel Bloom, Grade 12 (Alto Saxophone), Alexandra Fincheltub, Grade 12 (Clarinet), Eitan Garzon, Grade 7 (Clarinet), Zachary Lemmer, Grade 8 (Flute),Jeremy Nichols, Grade 9 (Snare Drum), Jonathan Nichols, Grade 8 (Piano), Jayme Podgorowiez, Grade 11 (Clarinet). Joi Alon and Jayme Podgorowiez  performed pieces that qualified them to perform at the State Solo & Ensemble in March 2018. “Every day, these students continue to impress me with their constant drive to make themselves better musicians.” said Matt Villa, Scheck Hillel’s band director “These ratings show dedication to-

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A Sefer Torah finds its Home with the Iron Dome On a beautiful winter’s day in January, IYIM had the honor of hosting a very unique Torah Dedication to the IDF by the Roszler Family. Janis and Myer Roszler of North Miami Beach, along with their children, siblings and extended family dedicated a Sifrei Torah in loving memory of Myer’s father, Rav Elimelech Roszler z”l. The Torah was dedicated to the Southern Iron Dome Unit located in the northern Negev, “patrolling” the skies over the

As Rav Elimelech z”l rose from the ashes of the Holocaust and embraced Zionism, so to will this Sefer Torah be a symbol of strength and shield Israeli soldiers in times of need. The dedication of the Sefer Torah was facilitated by the International Young Israel Movement (IYIM) - Warrior Torah program (www.warriortorah.org).

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Storming the World with Musical Messages of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Featuring Avraham Fried in Concert on February 13th It took 23 years to bring his vision to fruition, but Rabbi Ruvi New is finally sharing the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s teachings through music in an all new album that is appropriately titled Storm the World. Produced and arranged by Bentzi Marcus of 8th Day fame, Storm the World features 14 all new compositions performed by Rabbi New with guest appearances by Benny Friedman, Yossi Green, Bentzi Marcus, Eli Marcus and Shmuel Marcus. Rabbi New, the Chabad shaliach to East Boca Raton, began writing lyrics to perpetuate the Rebbe’s teachings shortly after

his passing in 1994, and the songs carry meaningful messages with themes that will resonate with Jews worldwide. Musical genres on Storm the World run the gamut, matching the mood of the varied compositions by Marcus, Yossi Green, Ari Goldwag, Chanale Fellig-Harel and Bob Remstein with lyrics by Rabbi New, Miriam Israeli and Larry Gates.  While the songs all carry a strong Chabad undercurrent, their appeal is undeniably universal.  The song Six Days ( Shisha Yamim)   reflects on the 50th anniversary of both the Six Day War and the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s

tefillin campaign which was launched to tip the heavenly scales during the battle. Shliach is dedicated to the massive army of Chabad emissaries that have spread throughout the world, giving every Jew a place to call home no matter where they are located, while Nigun artfully portrays the power of music that allows listeners to soar to heavenly realms. Buzz for the album has been extremely positive, with the Jewish music world giving rave reviews to the title track and The Match, which were both released several months ago.

Incredibly in the second week after it’s release the album rose to number eight on the iTunes Charts in the world music category. “There is something here for everyone, to gain and be touched in a deep way,” said Rabbi New. Storm the World is being distributed by Nigun Music and is available for purchase online at www.NigunMusic.com or for downed at iTunes. For more information go to, www.stormtheworldproject. com.

SBTAG’s Innovative Middle School Math Curriculum Beginning with the 2017-18 academic year, Sha’arei Bina Torah Academy for Girls introduced an innovative mathematics curriculum for Middle School. Illustrative Mathematics is now the math curriculum with the highest-ever score from EdReports, an independent non-profit that reviews K-12 curricula for standards alignment and quality. The problem-based curriculum was developed by expert authors at Illustrative Mathematics and refined by feedback from classroom teachers during a year-long beta release. Our own faculty member, Mrs. Lisa Englard, was a member of the writing team and currently serves as a professional devel-

opment facilitator. Mrs. Englard transforms math classrooms into hives of activity, questioning, and debate. Discussion filled classrooms promote deeper learning and the the development of reasoning and communication skills by supporting students in struggling productively and collaborating. This facilitates students’ ability to communicate mathematical thinking verbally, visually, and in writing. At Sha’arei Bina we are constantly challenging the students to think creatively and critically so that as lifetime learners and leaders our young women can be healthy, confident, problem solvers pre-

pared for adulthood. To learn more about Sha’arei Bina’s general studies and limudei kodesh offerings schedule a visit to our campus located

at 2907 Taylor Street, Hollywood. Give us a call at 954-927-5544 or check out our website www.shaareibina.org

Young Israel of Deerfield Beach’s Torah Dedication & Gala Dinner February 22nd Young Israel of Deerfield Beach invites you to participate in the dedication of a new Torah on Thursday February 22,

2018 at 4:00 PM, at 202 Century Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 There will be a special appearance by

The Torah Academy of Boca Raton Boys Choir. and the Siyum Sefer Torah Gala Dinner will follow immediately.

Cost is $30 per person. Please contact Michael Teplitsky (516) 965-7008 to make reservations.

Cantor Benzion Miller to Perform at Grand Klezmer & Cantorial Concert United Jewish Generations presents a Grand Klezmer Concert featuring Klezmer, and Cantorial music. The world-renowned cantor, Bentzion Miller will thrill the audience with his brilliant tenor voice, accompanied by the New York Klezmer All-Star Band. This year’s concert will feature instrumentals by Michael Winograd, Rob Curto, Frank London and Richie Barshay. The performance will take place at the North Miami Beach Julius Littman Performing Arts Theatre on Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 2PM. Tickets are priced from $10 and up. Tickets can be purchased online at WWW.UnitedJewishGenerations.com/Klezmer and at the following stores; Torah Treasures in Miami Beach, Solutions Pharmacy in Sunny Isles and Aspaclaria Judaica in Aventura. (AspaClaria ticket sales are from 10 AM – 1 PM only.) This show has been made possible with

the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, the Board of County Commissioners and other anonymous donors. Benzion Miller is considered one of the foremost cantors internationally. From the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, the London Symphony, Barcelona National Symphony Orchestra, Budapest State Opera, and many more, Benzion officiates at the same pulpit that the famous Cantor Moshe Koussevitzky occupied! Clarinetist Michael Winograd has performed alongside Itzhak Perlman, The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Alicia Svigals, Vulfpeck, and many others. Accordionist Rob Curto has toured internationally with Grammy Award winning singer Lila Downs & clarinetist David Krakauer. Frank London is a Grammy-award winning trumpeter-composer and founder of the Klezmatics. He has worked with

John Zorn, Karen O, Itzhak Perlman, and is featured on over 400 CDs. Drummer Richie Barshay has performed alongside Hancock, Chick Corea, Esperanza Spalding, The Klezmatics, Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner and can be heard on over 75 recordings including his latest release as leader, Sanctuary (2014), featuring Chick Corea. This show is a project of United Jewish Generations, a Chabad organization run

by Rabbi Menachem Smith. Their mission is to bring happiness and enjoyment to the Jewish senior citizen population. Attendees are encouraged to buy tickets early, to attain the best seats and also keep in mind that this event has sold out in the past! For more info call (305) 770-4540 or email admin@unitedjewishgenerations. com.


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Donna Klein Jewish Academy Students Taught by Working Professionals During Unique Learning Experience

Students at the Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School heard from working professionals in the community on a variety of topics during the school’s annual Minimester last month.

Students at Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton were afforded a unique glimpse of the working world last month as the school’s annual Minimester took place at The Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School. During the fourday program students heard from a num-

Topics such as science and engineering in addition to business and finance were taught by local working professionals during Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School’s annual Minimester last month at the Donna Klein Jewish Academy.

ber of working professionals in the worlds of business, finance, engineering and science on topics ranging from the stock market, life as a CEO and even how to solve a forensic mystery. A debate of current legal issues was also offered for students interested in law,

PR consultant Jason Rayman talks to students about public relations and publicity in the digital age and beyond during one of the classes taught by working professionals at Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School’s annual Minimester.

as was an exercise in determining who the world’s greatest athlete is for those avid sports fans. The program, now in its third year, wrapped up with students having the opportunity to perfect their writing and public speaking skills.  Each one of the Academy’s three spe-

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Rales JFS to Host 2 FREE Events: Mental Health First Aid Training & JFS Senior Companion Training Learn What You Can Do To Help Someone in Crisis: Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I tell when someone is in trouble? What can I do to help my friend or family member? I feel so helpless.” The answer is to attend Mental Health First Aid training. Learn to recognize the different signs and symptoms of mental illness. This interactive course provides a 5 step action plan to help a friend, family member or co-worker, until professional help is available. Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) in partnership with Alpert Jewish Family and Childrens Service will be offering a Mental Health First Aid training at the Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center (7091 W. Atlantic Avenue) in Delray Beach February 26th and 27th, from 9 A.M. – 1 P.M. each day. Mental Health First Aid is open to the public. Registration along with a nominal fee to cover supplies is required. To register, visit

www.ralesjfs.org/mentalhealth. For questions or additional information, contact Jaclyn Tureff, LCSW, JFS Community Outreach Coordinator at 561.852.3151 or jaclynt@ralesjfs.org.

Seniors in South Palm Beach County need your help. Palm Beach County ranks second in the state in terms of percentage of senior population. As a result, there is a rising demand for home health care, particularly senior companions, to help seniors remain living at home safely and with dignity. JFS, through their Career & Employment Services and in partnership with JFS at Home, an independent home health care agency affiliated with JFS, is offering a free, two-day seminar. The Senior Companion Training Workshop will be held February 27th & 28th at their offices located at 6413 Congress Avenue in Boca Raton. Senior Companions are trained to work specifically with seniors and provide:

• Companionship and Assistance with Daily Tasks • Transportation to Shopping and Appointments • Nutritious Meal Preparation • Encouragement to Participate in Social Activities • Daily Walks • Advocacy in the Healthcare Setting • Hospital Visitation • Respite to Primary Caregivers Part-Time and Full –Time opportunities available with JFS at Home upon completion of the FREE TRAINING. For registration or additional information email CES@ralesjfs.org or call 561.852.5057.

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, career & employment services, counseling and mental health services and many volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who reach thousands in need each year. For more information about JFS call 561-852-3333. Learn more at www.ralesjfs.org.

Rales JFS Hosts Programming Focused on Addiction & Recovery; Tailored to County Rabbis, Jewish High School Students, and SPBC Community Program Created Dialogue for a Timely and Critical Topic Here in South Florida: Substance Abuse and Opioid Addiction; Featured Author & Mother Lisa Hillman and Her Son Jacob Substance abuse and opioid addiction has become a national crisis – and South Florida is one of its biggest victims. On Tuesday, Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) joined with a number of local organizations in the South Florida community to host a full day of programming featuring author and mother Lisa Hillman and her son Jacob. The day included a lunch with Palm Beach County rabbis, a presentation to over 400 students from Katz Yeshiva High School and Donna Klein Jewish Academy High School, and finally an evening event open to the public with over 150 attendees. Hillman shared her personal story of a mother facing her son’s addiction, learning about herself and her family, and ultimately surviving. “The key takeaways I wish everyone would get from being a part of today’s program, are to become more educated about addiction, seek help for your loved one when needed, and find the right resources,” Hillman said. Danielle Hartman, President & CEO of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, added: “Tonight was a really great opportunity for many people who might not have normally come to a pro-

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gram on this topic, to come out and hear the message. And based on the comments of the people in the audience, they were all very grateful and happy that they chose to be here tonight.” Tim Schnellenberger, owner of a Recovery Boot Camp and Healing Properties in Delray Beach and a former addict himself, attended the evening event and was impressed Lisa and Jacob’s honesty. “I don’t think Lisa realizes how unique she is because there are so many mothers who have addicted children out there who don’t see it’s a family disease,” Schnellenberger said. “She owned her part and developed a program of her own by going to Al-Anon (support group for those who are dealing with an addicted family member)

and learning as much as she could. Now she’s sharing all she learned with others in need. It’s really a pretty amazing message.” At the Rabbi luncheon earlier in the day, Lisa and Jacob shared their thoughts on what they would have liked to hear from their own Rabbi when fighting their battle. The Rabbis in the room listened and then spoke about their personal experiences and what they are currently doing in their own congregations. Rabbi Andrew Rosenkranz of Temple Beth Torah in Wellington said: “Today is all about learning about an issue that’s not discussed too much in the Jewish community and helping train us to service our congregation in a better way.” He continued, “We received tremendous insights on

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how as a Rabbi, I can help others in my community. The Hillman’s were so very personable and truthful and honest and courageous and I think that their being so forthcoming is going to be helpful to all of us here today.” Rabbi David Baum of Congregation Shaarei Kodesh in Boca Raton and President of Palm Beach County Board of Rabbis, who partially underwrote the lunch with JFS, added: “We put this meeting together in order to educate our Rabbis in Palm Beach County on the issue of opioid addiction and how to speak with families on this. To open the eyes of our Rabbis is critical. It’s unfamiliar territory for many rabbis so this is an opportunity for them to learn and grow.”


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tion of the greatness of Judaism and its Torah excelled above all. Perhaps that is why there is an opinion amongst many of the commentators and in Midrash as well that the visit of Yisro to the encampment of Israel in the desert took place before the granting of the Torah. When this great event happened, it was Yisro above everyone else who could most appreciate what this historic moment really meant in terms of world civilization and the progress of humankind. The Jewish people may have taken the Exodus from Egypt in stride, as being there due. Yet, Yisro reminded them of the supernatural quality of the event. The same is true regarding the revelation at Sinai and therefore Yisro merited that this portion of the Torah be named for him. Shabbat shalom.

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one, to join the Jewish people and share their fate and mission. Jewish tradition tells us that Yisro had previously experimented with every form and device of paganism – the dominant religion of his time in the world – in order to find a sense of purpose and serenity for his soul and inner being. He found them all to be wanting in truth and in actuality, and due to his honesty and intellectual acuity he eventually came to reject them all.   He came to Jewish thought and behavior from the outside, from being one of the leading priests of paganism of his time. But in searching for the truth, he experienced his own inner revelation that coincided with the unique holy revelation at Sinai, as seen in this week’s Torah reading. He would find it to be difficult

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Torah Thought You Don’t Have to be From Hawaii to Live Like You Were Dying Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

On Saturday morning January 13th, residents of Hawaii received an emergency alert on their phones: “Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter.  This is not a drill.”  Hawaiians panicked, believing they were the target of a nuclear attack.  Some ran into basements, others under tables; some even climbed down manholes in the street.

“al tomar l’chesha’ipaneh eshneh, shema lo tipaneh, don’t say ‘when I have free time I will learn’, for you may never have free time.” We cannot predict the length of our lives and if we procrastinate and delay we may never in fact get to what we claim are our goals and aspirations. Our parsha cautions, “U’shemartem es ha’matzos, guard the matzah from becom-

“If you had 38 minutes to live, how would you spend them?”

It took 38 minutes until the state issued a correction, explaining that the warning was in fact a false alarm. The emergency operations center later informed the world that one of its employees had simply pressed the wrong button, later adding, “The individual has been temporarily reassigned within our Emergency Operations Center pending the outcome of our internal investigation.” For 38 minutes, 1.4 million people scrambled to secure their safety, but they also did something else.  Thinking a catastrophic attack was imminent, they were forced to consider how they wanted to spend their last moments on Earth. Thank God, the warning was a false alarm and the extent of the damage was the anxiety it unnecessarily caused. Nevertheless, there is a lesson for all of us in their unfortunate experience.  If you had 38 minutes to live, how would you spend them?  What would you do?  Would you reach for a siddur or a tehillim?  Would you open a Torah text and study?  Would you reach for the phone to tell someone you love them?  Would you contact someone from whom you have become alienated in order to reconcile? What would you do if you thought you had a limited amount of time to live? And why aren’t you doing it now? Hillel cautioned us (Pirkei Avos 2:5),

ing chametz.” Rashi quotes the Midrash that encourages us to read the verse as if it were punctuated u’shemartem es ha’mitzvos, safeguard the commandments. Mitzvah ha’bah l’yadecha al tachmitzena, if a positive opportunity comes your way, don’t allow it to turn into chametz through procrastination and laziness.  Rather, embrace it, run with it, and do it right away, before it is too late. Death has always been one of the most potent motivators. Buddhist author Sogyal Rinpoche writes, “Death is a mirror in which the entire meaning of life is reflected.”  The Gemara (Shabbos 153a) records that Rabbi Eliezer taught, “Repent one day before your death.” His disciples asked him, “But does a man know on what day he will die?” “That is exactly the point!” he replied. “Let a man repent today lest he die tomorrow, and in this way he will live all his days in repentance.” An insightful country song includes a powerful chorus, “Someday I hope you get the chance to live like you were dying.”  The people of Hawaii had that chance last week.  We don’t need to wait to get an urgent alert.  Ask yourself what you would do with minutes to live and then don’t wait, do it right now. Rabbi Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue.

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Psychology Today

If Not Me, Then Who? Dr. Yaakov Siegel

Last week we listed the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, pointing out that it is a useful program for any type of personal growth and change. We suggested that the word “alcohol” could be replaced by any number of other words to reflect the specifics that we are working on: anger, food, resentment, technology, etc. The following is an overview of the Steps One and Two of the Program: 1. The first step is to admit that we have a problem and that we cannot solve it on our own. This sounds elementary but it is a surprisingly hard thing to do. Before the First Step, we are in a state of Denial, believing that: a. We are fine – there is no problem at all. A person in denial might think: “So what if I spend most of my time on-line, I am not hurting anybody.” The reality is that our wife, children, boss or husband suffer as a result of our internet use. In

many cases, we are hurting ourselves by shirking responsibilities and falling behind in our quest to accomplish life’s goals. Or b. We recognize that there is a problem but think that we can manage it on our own. We blame everyone and anything just not to admit that we have a defect of character and that it is WE who have to change. The First Step is not concerned with solutions. It is purely focused on reversing Denial and admitting that there is a problem that we cannot fix on our own. If a person accomplishes that, he or she is well on the way to lasting growth. Successful realization of Step One naturally brings to Step Two. 2. The Second Step involves coming to recognize that there is a Higher Power – not me! – who could solve our problem and restore us to sanity. Like the

first step, we are not yet focused on doing anything to rectify the situation. These first steps are internal work focused on our beliefs and they lay the foundation for everything that follows. Step Three is when we begin to take proactive movements toward making a difference. But not yet. Step One leaves us with a question: if I am powerless to help myself, then who or what can get me out of this mess? If not I, then who? Step Two is that answer. We come to believe that there is a Power Greater Than Ourselves who can restore us to sanity all the while admitting that we are still insane. This is so important – our habits and desires are strong. Nobody sets out to be self-destructive or to fail. We all want to succeed. It is our individual personality, propensities and circumstances that drive us to self-defeating patterns. There is a reason why we lose our way. Change is not easy. It takes belief in a Powerful, Knowing and Capable Being who can pull out of the “mud” and set us back on the path toward health. It takes belief in a Higher Power who can restore us to sanity.

The first two steps of the Twelve Steps are at the heart of cognitive psychotherapy and restructuring. They are useful in addiction, anxiety and even depression treatment. Shifting our perspective from reliance on ourselves to admitting that we are limited and that only a Power Greater Than Ourselves can restore us alleviates so much stress. It involves “Letting Go and Letting G-d.” These are the first and most important of all the Twelve Steps. From them, everything follows.

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

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Mall of America Facts All of the following facts are true, except one. Can you figure out which one is a “fake fact”?

3. It took 13,300 tons of steel to build the Mall of America. That’s almost twice the amount it took to build the Eiffel Tower.

1. At 4.87 million square feet, it’s the largest mall in the United States,

4. It has a 1.2 million gallon aquarium.

2. It has its own counterterrorism unit.

6. It has no central heating. Despite Minnesota’s hot summers and brutally cold winters, the only parts of the Mall of America that are heated are the entrances. The year-round 70 degree temperature that it averages is

5. It has 40 million visitors annually.

maintained by body heat, lighting fixtures, and solar heat from the skylights. 7. There is 4.3 miles of total storefront footage. 8. 7 Yankee Stadiums can fit inside the Mall. 9. 32 Boeing 747s could fit inside the Mall. 10. 65 semi-trucks were needed to transport trees to the theme park to create the outdoor feel of an indoor park. 11. 86 hours is the length of time it would take to complete your visit to the Mall if you were to spend just 10 min-

utes in each store. 12. 258 Statues of Liberty could lie inside the Mall. 13. The average shopper spends $375 per visit at the Mall. 14. 520+ stores are located in Mall. 15. More than 8,700 weddings have been performed at the chapel in Mall. 16. There are 11,000 yearround employees at Mall of America (13,000 during peak periods) 17. There are 12,550 onsite parking spaces at the Mall.

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Well Said, Jeff Foxworthy If you feel proud that your state makes the national news 96 nights each year because International Falls is the coldest spot in the nation, you might live in Minnesota. If someone in a store offers you assistance and they don’t work there, you might live in Minnesota. If you know how to say Wayzata, Mahtomedia, Edina, Shakopee, Winton and Ely, you might live in Minnesota. If you think of the major food groups as beer, fish and venison, you might live in Minnesota. If you know all four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter and road construction, you might live in Minnesota.

If you have worn shorts and a parka at the same time, you might live in Minnesota. If you consider Minneapolis exotic, you might live in Minnesota. If you consider it a sport to gather your food by drilling through 18 inches of ice and sitting there all day hoping that the food will swim by, you might live in Minnesota. If your idea of creative landscaping is a statue of a deer next to your blue spruce, you might live in Minnesota. If you find 0 degrees “a little chilly,” you really just might live in Minnesota!


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Tom Brady Trivia

b. Red Sox

2. The entire roster of the Philadelphia Eagles appeared in a total of 7 Super Bowls, not including the upcoming big game. How many Super Bowls did Tom Brady play in, not including the upcoming one? a. 4 b. 5 c. 7 d. 8

 Answers 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

C C D A B B (Chad Pennington & Marc Bulger) A

 Game Key 6-7 correct: You are a Tom Brady MVP! 3-5 correct: You are not bad. Inflate your correct answers a bit and you will be a Brady MVP! 0-2 correct: “Why would I want to know anything about Brady, he stinks!” That’s right, isn’t that why he is playing in his 8th Super Bowl at the age of 40? How many Super Bowls did you play in?

a. 1 b. 2 c. 3 d. 4

a. 11 b. 16 c. 19 d. 21 5. How many Super Bowls did Tom Brady win, not including the one he will probably win this Sunday? a. 3 b. 5

3. Tom Brady has more playoff wins than how many NFL franchises? a. 4 b. 7 c. 11 d. 21

4. How old was Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson when Tom Brady completed his first NFL pass?

c. 6 d. 8 6. Of those six quarterbacks picked before Tom Brady was drafted in the 6th round of the 2000 NFL draft, how many started more than a dozen games in the NFL?

7. Tom Brady ended the 2000 season as the fourth-string quarterback for the Patriots. When he returned to training camp for the 2001 season he had improved so much that he was named the backup quarterback. When the starting quarterback was injured in the second game of the season, Brady took over and led the team through the season all the way to a victory in the Super Bowl that year. Who did Brady replace as quarterback? a. b. c. d.

Drew Bledsoe Doug Flutie Jim Plunkett Kurt Warner

What’s that Place Called? Just in case you are in Minnesota for the Super Bowl (like me!), all of the following are real cities in Minnesota, except for one. Which one is not the name of a city in Minnesota? Faribault Shakopee Lutsen Mahtomedi Mahtowa Wayzata Otsego Bemidji Osseo Isanti

Waconia Minnetrista Chisholm Zumbrota Breckenridge Cokato Nisswa Babbitt Lawrence

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Answer to Mall of America: Number 13 is a “fake fact”

a. Yankees

c. Montreal Expos d. Anaheim Angels

Answer to What’s that Place Called?: Lawrence

1. Tom Brady was selected in the 18th round of the 1995 MLB draft as a catcher by which team?

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HOLY BAGELS & PIZZERIA (KM) 93 NW 1st Street Miami, FL 33128 (305) 961-7878

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LENNY'S PIZZA (KM) 544 Arthur Godfrey Rd Miami Beach, FL 33140 (305) 397-8395

FLORIDA GRILL (KM) 4299 Collins Ave (Days Inn) Miami Beach, FL , 33140 (305) 535-6077

MONTEFIORE CAFÉ (KM) 4017 Prairie Ave Miami Beach, FL 33140 (305) 538-4770

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TASTY BEACH CAFÉ (KM) 4041 Royal Palm Ave Miami Beach, FL 33140 (305) 673-5483 CAPRI (KM) 726 Arthur Godfrey Road Miami Beach, Florida 33140 (305) 534-0551 PRIME 41 (KM) 4101 Pine Tree Drive Miami Beach, FL, 33140 (305) 532-7273 KIKAR TEL AVIV (OK) (**SUPERMARKET)

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SOHO (KM) 19004 NE 29th Ave Aventura, FL, 33180 (305) 466-5656 PITA HUT (KM) 18450 W Dixie Hwy North Miami Beach, FL, 33160 (305) 792-0821 SHALOM HAIFA (KM) 18533 W Dixie Hwy Aventura, FL, 33180 (305) 945-2884 CHAI WOK (KM) 1688 NE 164th St North Miami Beach, FL, 33162 (305) 705-2110 SEVENTEEN RESTAURANT (KM) 1129 NE 163rd Street North Miami Beach, FL 33162 (305) 454-9100 FUEGO BY MANA (KM) 3585 NE 207th Street, (The Waterways) Aventura, FL, 33180 (786) 520-4082 CHINA BISTRO (KM) 3565 NE 207th Street, (The Waterways) Aventura, FL, 33180 (305) 936-0755 ACQUA TRATTORIA (KM) 3565 NE 207th Street, (The Waterways) Aventura, FL 33180 (305) 690-7103 FOOZO (KM) 2520 NE Miami Gardens Drive North Miami Beach FL (305) 682-9692 FRESKO (KM) 19048 NE 29th Avenue Aventura, FL 33180 (786) 272-3737

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GRILL TIME (ORB) 16145 Biscayne Blvd N Miami Beach, FL , 33160 (786) 274-8935

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Health & F tness

A Diet Without Dieting By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN

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ith the start of a new year, many of us are anticipating weight loss. Numerous polls show that the #1 resolution for 2018 is to lose weight and be fit. It’s nice to fantasize about losing weight and fitting into that dress that’s been hanging in your closet for years or finally being able to close the button on your pants, however, weight loss can be very challenging for many people. Some people literally fear the word diet. Either they lack the skills, the self-control, or simply the knowledge to properly diet. Dieting is not for everyone. The next option to achieve weight loss goals would be exercising. But that can be even more challenging. There are those who have body aches and pains and who actually have a valid excuse for not exercising. Others simply can’t find time in the day to work out or don’t have where to exercise. These winter months make it especially challenging to find a way to exercise for those who don’t have access to a gym or lack a place to work out indoors. So then what? How can weight loss be achieved? First of all, for those who find it too hard to diet, erase the word “diet” from your vocabulary. Instead of coming up with an actual diet plan, try changing one unhealthy or bad habit instead. For example, if you usually skip breakfast, try implementing breakfast as your one change. Or, if you generally have a sugary cereal for breakfast, try a healthier breakfast instead. If you normally drink four coffees with sugar and whole milk a day, try using Stevia and skim milk instead. If you absolutely need dessert after each meal, have a fruit instead of the cake, cookies, or chocolate. The list

I’m sure each of you has one bad habit that can be replaced with something healthier.

can go on and on. I’m sure each of you has one bad habit that can be replaced with something healthier. The idea is to substitute one bad habit and turn it into a healthier habit, thereby indirectly improving your health with one small change at a time and without an actual diet. Next, if you are not hungry, don’t eat. This can be explained by the phenome-

non of intuitive eating. It is something we were all born with but lost over the years. Babies and children only eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. Yes, children might eat candy after candy even though they aren’t hungry, but generally children stop eating once they are full. It’s the bad habits that we adopt over time that makes us lose this intuition. In order to help control your

weight without actually dieting, pull out the intuitive eating skills buried within you. Don’t eat when you are not hungry. Don’t eat just because the food is in front of you. If you are full, don’t touch that plate. Many of us also suffer from “finish the plate syndrome.” I don’t know what causes this feeling, but many feel that when eating a meal the plate has to be wiped clean. Tear yourself away from this syndrome! You do not need to eat everything on your plate. Once you are full, stop eating. Lastly, focus on being healthy, rather than losing weight. Some people obsess over the number they see on the scale as opposed to how they look. It could be you gained five pounds even though you are exercising three times a week. Or it could be you started eating healthier yet still haven’t lost any weight. Don’t focus on the number. As long as you are doing the right thing, your body is moving in the right direction. Exercise and proper nutrition improve your health regardless if they lead to a change in weight or not. While dieting may not be for everyone, you can still lose weight and be a healthier person. Find a way that works for you, and hopefully we can make this year’s resolution become a reality. Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at CindyWeinberger1@gmail.com.


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Political Crossfire

As the Islamic State Battle Ends, Old Feuds Resume By David Ignatius

U.S. forces patrolling the outskirts of Manbij

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alking with Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of American troops in the Middle East, is a paradoxical reminder of the limits of U.S. military power to determine political outcomes. American bombs helped destroy the Islamic State in Syria, but they can’t stitch the rag doll of the Syrian nation back together. Syria’s plight actually got a bit worse last week, as Turkey invaded the border region known as Afrin. Turkey says it’s protecting itself against the Syrian Kurdish organization known as the PKK, which dominates Afrin and which Turkey regards as a terrorist group. The problem is that related Syrian Kurdish forces (under a different name) have been America’s most important ally in defeating the Islamic State. The flashpoint is a town in northern Syria called Manbij, occupied by the Syrian Kurds and their U.S. military advisors. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to attack Manbij. A senior Trump administration official told me bluntly last Tuesday: “Threats to our forces are not something we can accept.” That’s what the unraveling U.S. relationship with “NATO partner” Turkey has come to: military brinkmanship. What’s happening now in Syria is that history is resuming, after the

bloody distraction of the Islamic State. Longstanding grievances that were postponed while a U.S.-led coalition defeated the caliphate have returned with a vengeance. Turkey, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Russia and the U.S. are all pursuing their self-interests. The space separating these forces has collapsed – putting U.S. troops perilously close to collision with Russia, Turkey and Iran. The U.S. military three years ago was given the task of crushing the Islamic State. Votel and other commanders have largely accomplished that mission, using innovative partnerships and tactics. But they couldn’t erase local hatreds or conjure up stable governance. Votel was cautious in describing America’s future mission in Syria when we talked last week at his headquarters here and during a visit to a training base. The roughly 1,500 U.S. troops remaining in Syria will be “conditions-based,” he said, focused on “stabilization” rather than nation-building, seeking to “enhance security so people can get back to their homes,” and supporting U.N. Security Council resolutions calling for an independent, united Syria. U.S. officials speak as if America isn’t taking sides in Syria, now that the Islamic State is shattered. And certainly, the U.S. should move now to embrace

all the pieces of Syria’s ethnic mosaic. But the U.S. shouldn’t forget its friends, either, or these haunting casualty numbers: In the final decisive battle to take the Islamic State capital of Raqqa, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces suffered 650 deaths, Votel says. American deaths in Raqqa were zero. America needs to bolster Sunni Arabs in Syria, lest the Islamic State returns. But American commanders know that it’s the Kurds (who the Turks now say they want to destroy) who have done the bulk of the fighting and dying. The civilian death toll in the Islamic State conflict hasn’t been well-calculated, but it was horrific. Votel visited the ruined city of Raqqa last Monday. He told reporters that the campaign there was “ugly,” but necessary. When we talked last week, he said in the last phase of the Islamic State campaign, U.S. advisors and airpower would partner with the SDF in a war of “annihilation” against “hundreds” of Islamic State fighters who are trapped in the lower Euphrates valley. U.S. commanders worry that their SDF allies will be pulled away from this essential mopping-up operation to fight the invading Turks. A sign of the new post- Islamic State crackup in Syria was this headline in

the Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak about Votel’s arrival in the war zone: “U.S. commander visits ... terrorists in Syria’s Raqqa.” That bodes ill. Like other senior American officials, Votel stressed to me that America recognized Turkey’s “legitimate concerns” and described it as a “good partner” that has done “a really good job of border security” over the past year. Soothing words aside, the Trump administration recognizes that the relationship with Turkey is dangerously near the breaking point. As Erdogan climbs further out on the limb with his invasion, America’s goal should be to broker dialogue between Turkey and the Kurds – not just in Syria but in Turkey itself, with its large Kurdish minority population. Erdogan’s greatest political and economic successes came in the years when he attempted reconciliation with the Kurds, including the PKK. As the Islamic State campaign ends, old regional feuds resume. America can’t stop Turkey, Russia and Iran from making mistakes. But this isn’t the time to be pulling out America’s 1,500 advisors from northeast Syria and creating an even bigger vacuum. (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group


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Four Days, Three Countries, One Vice President Vice President Pence Visits the Middle East

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n Sunday evening, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s plane landed on the tarmac in Tel Aviv. He and his wife, Karen, were greeted by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. There was a warm welcome for the American leader, Israelis eager to clasp hands with the vice president. After 36 hours in Egypt and Jordan deflecting criticism and anger, Pence was undoubtedly relieved to be on friendly soil.

Hearing Egypt Out After meeting with Egypt’s Pres-

ident Abdel Fattah Sisi on Saturday, Pence described some of the topics discussed in the two-and-a-half hour meeting as “a disagreement between friends.” In the talks, Sisi voiced anger over President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “We heard Al Sisi out,” Pence told reporters after the meeting. He also said that Sisi was “encouraged” by the U.S.’s determination to support a two-state solution if both sides agree to the arrangement. Egypt was among other Arab nations that urged the United Nations Security Council to pass a resolution rejecting Trump’s decision on Jerusalem last month. The U.S. vetoed the


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resolution, but the General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a similar nonbinding resolution. Pence is the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Cairo since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak. Sisi, a former Army general, became president in 2014 after he helped lead a military coup in 2013 that ousted a democratically elected leader. As such, Sisi and Pence discussed joint efforts to combat terrorism, including Egypt’s conflict with al-Qaeda-linked insurgents in the Sinai. “The United States stands shoulder to shoulder with Egypt in their fight against terrorism in this country,” Pence told reporters. The vice president also brought up concerns about religious freedoms in Egypt. Sisi assured Pence that he wants to promote religious diversity in Egypt. Despite assurances by Sisi to that effect, Sisi did not release any jailed journalists, human rights activists or other political prisoners as a goodwill gesture for Pence’s visit, something that activists had hoped he would do. At least 18 Americans are imprisoned in Egypt. During his meeting, Pence specifically mentioned two cases of Americans in Egyptian prisons: Ahmed Etiwy, 27, and Moustafa Kassem, 52, who were both arrested, along with hundreds of Egyptians, in the 2013 military coup. Sisi said he would give “very serious attention to both cases,” although he did not offer to release them. Life in Egypt is not easy for those who speak their mind. Sisi’s authoritarian government has effectively banned protests and freedom of expression, jailed political opponents,

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and conducted persecution against certain peoples. In September, Human Rights Watch denounced what it called “widespread and systematic” use of torture by Egypt’s security forces. In fact, a dozen American reporters who had accompanied Pence from Washington were blocked by Egyptian security from getting off

According to Abdullah, he had repeatedly voiced “concerns regarding the U.S. decision on Jerusalem that does not come as a result of a comprehensive settlement.” He said that the Israel-Palestinian conflict can be “a potential major source of instability” for Jordan and the region. “Today we have a major challenge to overcome,

“It is my great honor to pray here at this sacred place. G-d bless the Jewish people and G-d bless the State of Israel always.” - words written by Vice President Pence in the Kotel’s guestbook

their bus when Pence arrived to meet with Sisi. They were only escorted in after prolonged negotiations by Pence’s aides 90 minutes later.

Agree to Disagree in Jordan Officially an ally of the United States, Pence was the subject of a tongue-lashing by Jordan’s King Abdullah II over Trump’s recent declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The two leaders met in a royal palace on the top of a hill in Amman, Jordan, on Sunday. The king said that he had warned the White House about the hazard of recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, since the Palestinians also lay claim to Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

especially with some of the rising frustrations,” he added. Abdullah has reason to be concerned about the Palestinian conflict and its outcome. About two-thirds of his population is of Palestinian ancestry. With a majority Palestinian population, Abdullah needs to show he is fully backing the Palestinians in their quest to end Israeli rule and establish a Palestinian state. But Jordan receives around a billion dollars a year in U.S. aid, so the king has to walk a fine line between his citizens’ desires and those of the United States’. Additionally, Jordan, which sits adjacent to Israel, is in a dangerous position if things heat up in the region. “Jerusalem is [as] key to Muslims

and Christians as it is to Jews,” the king told Pence at the meeting. “It is key to peace in the region. And key to enabling Muslims to effectively fight some of the root causes of radicalization.” Pence said that the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital doesn’t include any references to the city’s borders, which will be determined by the two sides. Despite the criticisms from Abdullah, Pence did not offer apologies for Trump’s declaration, later calling it “historic” as he thanked Abdullah for his “warm hospitality.” He told reporters that “friends occasionally have disagreements,” referring to the United States’ alliance with the Hashemite Kingdom in combatting terrorism. “We understand that our allies and friends in the region might have a difference of opinion on that,” Pence told NBC News about the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. “King Abdullah today, with President Al Sisi yesterday, we talked and we agreed to disagree, but what we agreed on was a commitment to peace. “And President Trump sent me here not only to reaffirm his decision about recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but to reaffirm our commitment to the peace process,” he added. As with his visit to Egypt, Pence was urged to promote a two-state solution, based on the 1967 borders. The vice president told both Arab leaders that the Trump administration would adopt a two-state solution “if the two sides accept it.”

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in Jordan, Vice President Pence met with U.S. troops on the Syrian border on Sunday. It is considered unusual for the president or vice president to talk politics while speaking to members of the military, but politics was on Pence’s mind when he addressed U.S. troops during the U.S. government shutdown. “Despite bipartisan support for a budget resolution, a minority in the Senate has decided to play politics with military pay,” he told the troops. “But you deserve better. You and your families shouldn’t have to worry for one minute about whether you’re going to get paid as you serve in the uniform of the United States.” Pence said that Democrats in the Senate need to “step up.” “It was the Democrat leadership and vast majority of Democrats in the Senate that decided to say no to government funding,” he told reporters. “So now we literally have some 100,000 National Guard in reserves waiting to go home for the weekend to train, we have 2 million men and women in uniform who are not getting paid as we speak, we have 50,000 civilian personnel who are going to be furloughed from supporting our military – that is just unacceptable.” The location of the base and the number of military members at the base was not disclosed. Journalists were asked to keep that information quiet due to security and diplomatic concerns. The 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing is stationed at the base and has dropped nearly half of the munitions during the operation to destroy the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. Pence credited the troops’ “heroic actions” to dismantle terrorist organizations in the region. “We will not rest, we will not relent, until we hunt down and destroy ISIS at its source,” the vice president said.

You’ve Got a Friend in Me Just a few hours before Pence arrived in Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Tonight a great friend of the State of Israel will arrive...a true friend.” The next day, on Monday, in the Knesset, Netanyahu reiterated, “America has no greater friend than Israel. And Israel has no

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greater friend than the United States of America.” Pence’s visit to Israel was allsmiles between the United States and Israel. As the Palestinians boycotted Pence’s visit there were no tensions in meetings between the Palestinians, the Israelis, and the U.S.; after all, if Pence can only meet with one side, how much disagreement can there be? In effect, it’s possible that some would see Pence’s visit to the Middle East as futile. Wasn’t he in the region to promote peace between the two sides? True, the Israelis and Palestinians are no closer to the elusive “peace” that has been on every U.S. president’s mind since 1948. For the Israelis, though, Pence’s trip was a way for them to show them their land, their culture, their warmth, and their sensibilities. It was as if they were taking their friend on a tour of their home, pointing out the highlights and achievements. The Palestinians became the sulking cousin lurking in the background, too insulted to even say hello. Part of Pence’s itinerary originally included a stop in the West Bank city of Bethlehem but because the PA officially boycotted his visit, the stop was removed. Instead, some Palestinian protestors took matters into their own hands by burning a photo of Pence on Sunday night in Bethlehem. Pence’s first official stop was at Netanyahu’s Jerusalem office, where the prime minister greeted him as the national anthems of both the U.S. and Israel played. “I have had the privilege over the years of standing

here with hundreds of leaders and welcomed them, all of them, to Israel’s capital, Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said. “This is the first time that I stand here where both leaders can say those three words: ‘Israel’s capital, Jerusalem.’” Pence is the first top U.S. official to visit Israel since Trump’s declaration affirming Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The two leaders then inspected an IDF honor guard – an honor usually reserved for heads of states or heads of government – before they headed into a closed door meeting. After the meeting Pence headed to the Knesset to address the members. Prior to the speech Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said that Pence’s visit “is nothing less than a historic occasion and comes at a hugely significant time for Israel and the Middle East.” Not everyone was looking forward to the speech. MK Ayman Odeh said last week that his Joint (Arab) List party plans to boycott Pence’s speech to the Knesset due to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. “[Pence] is a dangerous man with a messianic vision that includes the destruction of the entire region,” Odeh said. He added that Trump is “even more dangerous” than Pence and is a “political pyromaniac” and a “racist” woman-hater. Instead of boycotting, Joint List party members interrupted the vice president’s speech, unfurling posters that said, “Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.” They were removed from the Knesset speech after the disruptions. At almost the exact same time as

Pence’s speech to the Knesset, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas was endeavoring to endear himself to Europe, hoping that he can have them fall in love with him while he is on the outs with the United States. In Brussels on Monday, Abbas told EU foreign-policy chief Federica Mogherini that there’s “no contradiction” between unilaterally recognizing a Palestinian state and also backing negotiations with Israel. Israel points out that the Palestinians should have a path to statehood only through negotiations or they have little incentive to compromise. Sweden has already recognized Palestine, and other countries are weighing the idea. Slovenia is preparing to recognize a Palestinian state next month, the Delo newspaper reported on Monday, citing the country’s foreign minister. Debates on recognition are taking place in Portugal, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg. During a two-hour speech in the West Bank city of Ramallah a week before Pence arrived, Abbas declared that “the deal of the century is the slap of the century” and asserted that the Palestinian Authority would not accept America as a peace negotiator: “A believer shall not be stung twice in the same place,” he said. Despite Mogherini’s assertions and Abbas’ petulance, on Tuesday a U.S. official said that every European country the U.S. has spoken with recently has related that they are not capable of leading talks between Israel and the Palestinians. It turns out that Abbas may not realize that he will have to deal with the U.S. regardless of how averse he is to it.

A Biblical Speech Pence’s address to the Knesset on Monday was applauded roundly, and several standing ovations were made during the vice president’s speech. It was an address laden with biblical references and was staunchly pro-Israel. A few months ago, in November, Vice President Pence met with former British chief rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks for over an hour to help him prepare for the speech. Pence started his speech referencing President Trump, “a leader who has done more to bring our two great


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Arab MKs holding up signs saying Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine before being booted out of the Knesset

countries closer together than any president in the past 70 years – the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. Thanks to the president’s leadership, the alliance between our two countries has never been stronger, and the friendship between our peoples has never been deeper. And I am here to convey a simple message from the heart of the American people: America stands with Israel. “We stand with Israel because your cause is our cause, your values are our values, and your fight is our fight.” He added, “We stand with Israel because we believe in right over wrong, in good over evil, and in liberty over tyranny. We stand with Israel because that’s what Americans have always done, and so has it been since my country’s earliest days.” Referencing Hashem’s promise to Avraham, Pence said, “The Jewish people held fast to a promise through all the ages, written so long ago, that ‘even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens,’ from there He would gather and bring you back to the land which your fathers possessed. “Through a 2,000-year exile, the longest of any people, anywhere, through conquests and expulsions, inquisitions and pogroms, the Jewish people held on to this promise, and they held on to it through the longest and darkest of nights. A night that Elie Wiesel proclaimed ‘seven times sealed.’ A night that transformed the small faces of children into smoke under a silent sky. A night that consumed the faith of so many and that challenges the faith of so many still... “And this April, we will mark the day when the Jewish people an-

swered that ancient question – can a country be born in a day, can a nation be born in a moment? – as the State of Israel celebrates the 70th anniversary of its birth. “As you prepare to commemorate this historic milestone, I say, along with the good people of Israel, here and around the world: Shehecheyanu, v’kiyimanu, v’higiyanu la’z’man ha’zeh.” Pence continued, “Seventy years ago, the United States was proud to be the first nation in the world to recognize the State of Israel. But as you well know, the work we began on that

Hamoriah. He talked about Dovid Hemelech, who made Yerushalayim the capital of Israel. “Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Pence proclaimed. He added that the United States will open its new embassy in Jerusalem at the end of 2019, way before it was anticipated. “By finally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the United States has chosen fact over fiction,” Pence said. “And fact is the only true foundation for a just and lasting peace.” He reiterated, as he told King Abdullah and President Sisi days before, that “if both sides agree, the United States

“Israel is like a tree that has grown deep roots in the soil of your forefathers, yet as it grows, it reaches ever closer to the heavens.” - Vice President Pence addressing the Knesset

day was left unfinished, for while the United States recognized your nation, one administration after another refused to recognize your capital. But just last month, President Donald Trump made history. He righted a 70year wrong; he kept his word to the American people when he announced that the United States of America will finally acknowledge Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.” Pence spoke about akeidas Yitchak, which took place on Har

of America will support a two-state solution. “We know Israelis want peace, and we know that Israelis need no lectures on the price of war. The people of Israel know the terrible price all too well. Your prime minister knows that price. He himself was nearly killed in battle, and his beloved brother Yoni was killed while courageously leading the Entebbe hostage rescue 41 years ago. And you, who know the price of war, know best

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what the blessings of peace can bring — to you, to your children, and future generations. “The United States appreciates your government’s declared willingness to resume direct peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. And today, we strongly urge the Palestinian leadership to return to the table. Peace can only come through dialogue.” Pence also spoke about terrorism, reporting that ISIS is on the run, their caliphate crumbling. He vowed to hunt down the terror group and destroy it at its core. He added that the U.S. has committed millions of dollars to assisting Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East who are persecuted. Iran was singled out by Pence as a lead state sponsor of terror. “That dangerous regime sows chaos across the region. Last year alone, even as its citizens cried out for help with basic necessities, Iran devoted more than $4 billion to malign activities in Syria, Lebanon, and elsewhere across the region. It has supported terrorist groups that even now sit on Israel’s doorstep. And worst of all, the Iranian regime has pursued a clandestine nuclear program, and at this very hour is developing advanced ballistic missiles.” Pence declared Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran a “disaster.” “Whatever the outcome of those negotiations, today I have a solemn promise to Israel, to all the Middle East, and to the world,” Pence declared. “The United States of America will never allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon. Beyond the nuclear deal, we will also no longer tolerate Iran’s support of terrorism, or its


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brutal attempts to suppress its own people... “But I have another message today – a better message – from the people of America to the proud and great people of Iran: We are your friends, and the day is coming when you will be free from the evil regime that suffocates your dreams and buries your hopes. And when your day of liberation finally comes, we say to the good people of Iran, the friendship between our peoples will blossom once again.” In the last few moments of his speech Pence referenced Avraham. “And so today, as I stand in Abraham’s ‘Promised Land,’ I believe that all who cherish freedom, and seek a brighter future, should cast their eyes here to this place and marvel at what they behold. “How unlikely was Israel’s birth; how more unlikely has been her survival. And how confounding, and against the odds, has been her thriving. You have turned the desert into a garden, scarcity into plenty, sickness

into health, and you turned hope into a future. Israel is like a tree that has grown deep roots in the soil of your forefathers, yet as it grows, it reaches ever closer to the heavens. And today and every day, the Jewish State of Israel, and all the Jewish people, bear witness to G-d’s faithfulness, as well as your own...

“The miracle of Israel is an inspiration to the world. And the United States of America is proud to stand with Israel and her people, as allies and cherished friends.” In a resounding crescendo, Pence declared, “With an unshakeable bond between our people, and our shared commitment to freedom, I say from my heart: May G-d bless the Jewish people, may G-d bless the State of Israel and all who call these lands their home, and may G-d continue to bless the United States of America.”

An American Mensch On Tuesday, Pence met with President Reuven Rivlin. Rivlin called the American leader a mensch. “You are a mensch,” he said. “Now in America, they probably know what is a mensch, but for the people in Israel who don’t know American or Yiddish, a mensch is a real human being.” The Israeli president added, “My mentor, former Prime Minister Menachem Begin, at the time, said that the obvious should be said from time to time, even be written down, and the obvious was said [when President Trump declared Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital], and we appreciate it very much and see this as a gift on the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel.” He added that his family has been living in Jerusalem for generations. “I am a Jerusalemite, son of a Jerusalemite, son of the son of a Jerusalemite, I was born as a seventh generation Jerusalemite to my family; we have come to Jerusalem 210 years ago.” Pence and his wife also visited

Yad Vashem on Tuesday with Netanyahu and his wife, Sara. Vice President Pence visited the Kotel on his last day in Israel. Although he spent only ten minutes at the Kotel, he read a short psalm, placed a note in the Wall and signed the guestbook before heading out. “It is my great honor to pray here at this sacred place. G-d bless the Jewish people and G-d bless the State of Israel always,” he wrote. Pence was met by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, the rabbi of the site, who told him of a visit to the Wall 147 years ago by Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of state, William H. Seward, who praised the “exalted” prayer he witnessed there. “The light of Jerusalem is a light of love, of care for the world, of peace,” said Rabbi Rabinovitch. “For 2,000 years Jerusalem was tossed from hand to hand, and only now, when it has been returned to its people, can worshipers of all peoples and all faiths come to Western Wall and pray there.” Images of Pence’s visit are reminiscent of Trump’s visit to the Kotel just a few months ago, in May. Trump was the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall, though he painstakingly avoided referring to it as part of Israel. On December 6, he officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. After Pence visited the Kotel he held a reception for Israel-based U.S. diplomats at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem before heading back to Washington.

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t was a whirlwind trip for the vice president of the United States, as he visited three countries and an army base in just a few days’ time. He started off the journey with a combative Jordan and an irate Egypt and ended up in Israel, where he was lauded as a “friend” and a “mensch.” Such is the region called the Middle East. There are enemies and there are friends; there are conflicts and there are friendships. Things are never simple or easy in the endless entanglement that both Arabs and Jews call home. Perhaps one day, sometime soon, the United States will be able to help unravel the knots and kinks in the volatile region.


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

Dear Navidaters,

I read your column and am always impressed with your advice. I felt compelled to reach out after experiencing extreme dating burnout in the past month. I’m a 27-year-old professional living on the Upper West Side and I’ve been dating since I’m 23. I only felt “ready” to get married and began looking for a serious relationship relatively recently, in the past six months. I have been on countless dates for years and have had several short-term relationships that didn’t work out. I know I’m lucky to have the opportunities that I have and that it’s a blessing to go out often. I just feel incredibly frustrated, overwhelmed, and honestly depressed about dating. No relationship seems to lead anywhere and the possibility (and probability) of finding the right person feels far off and virtually impossible. Dating just feels unenjoyable, exhausting, and feels like an endless hamster wheel of going out constantly. Maybe it’s time for a break? I feel unsure of what to do at this point in time to move forward. I would be curious for your input on this matter.

The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. ou’ve answered your own question. You feel extreme burnout, you are depressed about dating, and even as you are grateful for your opportunities you want to get off the hamster wheel. Trust yourself instead of questioning us. Get off the endless cycling routine and get out of the Upper West Side single scene. Take time to enjoy new hobbies, new neighborhoods, and new experiences. Ease up on your social life as well as your dating life. Address your list of things you have always wanted to try. Stop being so driven. Recharge with a difference. After a few months of easing up (you will need at least three months to yourself), begin

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asking yourself some questions about your communication skills, relationship skills, and what factors create chemistry for you. Introspect honestly, journal, and then consult for some help. And only then, after you have substantially more self-knowledge, resume dating.

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. trike up the band! It’s taken you three and a half years of going through the motions to finally figure out that dating is not a game. At last you are ready for a serious relationship – but are you really? The shotgun method of dating has left you frustrated, burned out, and

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bewildered. In your state of confusion you wouldn’t recognize your bashert if he arrived at your door in a stretch limousine festooned with lights, sirens, and the letter “B” on the license plate. It’s time to get off the treadmill, take a break from shidduchim, and do some serious introspect and soul work. What are you strengths and needs? What are your priorities in a life partner? What are the issues that prevent you from trusting and moving forward in a relationship? Navigating the shidduch waters is not easy for anyone; getting to know who you are and what to look for is like acquiring a roadmap for the most important journey of your life. Before you say “yes” to another suggestion, contact a qualified professional – rabbi, life coach, dating coach or therapist – to help you with the process

of self-discovery and personal development. Take your time; you are investing in your future happiness. Once you have completed the emotional groundwork, you can hit the road – dating, that is – with renewed freshness, insight and openness. With the right tools to guide you, it won’t be long before you discover the joy of meeting that special someone with whom you want to build your Jewish home.

The Shadchan Michelle Mond he good news is that you know why you are burnt out! As you mentioned in your letter, you have been dating for years before you have actually felt

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The Panel ready to get married. Now that you are officially feeling ready for a serious relationship, you are feeling disappointed that the suggestions you have been introduced to have not been suitable for you. I think some time off from dating would be good for you to recharge before getting back in again. Spend time doing things that make you happy and make time for something you have been pushing off (perhaps a vacation with friends or something of the like). When you start up again, try to go in with the realization that realistically you are only looking for the ONE. Therefore, if you have experiences that lead to nowhere, it is completely normal, you just have not met the right one yet. You are being protected from relationships that would not have been for you in the long run. The key is to tap into your personal needs, and to get to a place where you are ready to jump back in positively. Once you do this, you will be emotionally ready to date again and hopefully

will be introduced to the right one soon after. Remember that he is out there looking for you, just as you are looking for him. So long as you are doing your hishtadlus by dating with an open mind, you will find each other. Hatzlacha!

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ounds like you got lost somewhere along the way during your past four years of dating. You’ve lost focus, interest, and most significantly, hope. It’s time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh again. The fact is that you admit that you’ve only been taking dating seriously for the past six months. Everything that came prior to that time was not only not helpful to you but possibly confusing because there was no

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

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hank you for writing in and for your kind words about the column. I am so sorry to hear that you are experiencing extreme dating burnout. So many men and women are experiencing it along with you. After years and years of dating, burnout is unfortunately a very natural reaction. Feelings of anxiety, frustration, and sadness often accompany the burnout with, of course, the greatest worry of all: Will I get married? I always say that if everyone had a crystal ball and knew when they would be getting married, they would be able to relax and enjoy their singlehood (and there is so much to enjoy before the responsibility of married life), instead of racking their brains with worry. Dating for an extended period can play tricks on your mind. The thing is, you don’t have a crystal ball, and you have no reason to think that you aren’t getting married. I know this is so hard, but you have to believe that you are going to meet a wonderful man. You must adopt that belief. Without it, you will drive yourself crazy. Believing it will be your greatest ally in manifesting it. I think you may benefit from seeing a therapist or a dating coach right

now. If you allow your extreme burnout to take over it will. I have seen this happen, and once people cross over from extreme burnout to extreme negativity, it can be nearly impossible to find their way back. So before this feeling begins to creep into all aspects of your life, seek professional counsel. In therapy and/or coaching, you will take a look at your dating history and explore if there is something you are bringing to the table that is not working in your favor. Are you contributing in some way to the meaninglessness of your relationships? Are you dating the right guys? Do you have crystal clear focus about what is important to you in a boyfriend or spouse? Maybe you will discover that you are doing everything right and the work will focus on controlling your thoughts and strengthening your positivity/reality muscle. You will develop coping skills to help keep you sane during this stressful time. You may even learn how to relax and enjoy dating again. We all need a little support every now and then.

clear endgame for you. It’s time to regroup – with optimism. There is no reason to believe that finding the right person is likely to never happen. With that attitude, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Get your ducks in order. Visit a dating coach to help you clarify what it is exactly that you are looking for in a spouse. Be super clear. Additionally, with the help of a coach, make sure that you haven’t adopted any behaviors that may be sabotaging the success of your dates. Once you’ve gotten this under control, I see no reason to set up an arbitrary time during which you can’t date. However, I would say that you should only go out with those individuals who come very close to your ideal. Some people go out with just about anyone that comes their way – which definitely leads to frustration and burn-out. Don’t waste any more time. And don’t refuse a date that sounds promising just because you’ve put yourself in a box!

After dating seriously for only six months – which, in truth, is a very short amount of time – I think you have every reason to be optimistic about your future. What you need right now is a serious dose of self-care. Sometimes when we feel burnt out, whether because of dating or work or family obligations, that is our signal to unplug, destress and fill ourselves up with the things that fuel our souls. We don’t do well under intense pressure and fatigue. Take some time for yourself and indulge. Go on a spiritual retreat, make it a habit to get your nails done, book yourself a glorious two hour massage and facial, spend the weekend with family or friends who make you feel good, take up spinning, lose yourself in a great book at Starbuck’s, and finally, try something brand new. Do things that make you feel like you again. When you’re in a happier place mentally and emotionally, you’ll be ready to date again. I’m really not a hokey pos-

If everyone had a crystal ball and knew when they would be getting married, they would be able to relax and enjoy their singlehood.

itivity person but I have seen firsthand how powerful people’s thoughts can be in manifesting what they want. For now, therapy/dating coaching and some serious self-care are in order. Have faith in yourself that you are going to be A-OK. Sincerely, Jennifer

Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit www.thenavidaters.com for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email thenavidaters@gmail.com. You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.


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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

It’s come out that Bernie Sanders met with staffers to discuss a presidential run in 2020. Apparently, Bernie’s first question will be, “Will I still be alive?” – Conan O’Brien

The world is witnessing the resurgence of a strong and prosperous America. I’m here to deliver a simple message. There has never been a better time to hire, to build, to invest and to grow in the United States. America is open for business and we are competitive once again. - President Trump speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos

I’d say I like a lot more stuff than I don’t like. - Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein in a CNBC interview at the Davos World Economic Forum, talking about President Trump

There’s a new Harry Potter-themed cruise, and tickets start at $4,000 a person. For that price you get an owl, you get a wand, and you get to be alone for the rest of your life. – Conan O’Brien

The Taj Mahal is currently undergoing its first cleaning since its construction in the 1600s. “Maybe we should do that,” said New York. - Seth Myers

Let me just say what I said last night: that plan is a campaign to make America white again. - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaking at the United States Conference of Mayors last week about President Trump’s proposal to grant 1.8 million undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship and to build a $25 billion wall to protect the border

We cannot have a peace process or peace solution without the role of the United States. - King Abdullah of Jordan at the World Economic Forum in Davos

How many people have 401(k)s here? You’re brilliant investors. I’ve had people come up, “Sir, my wife thinks I’m the most brilliant investor, because I made 42 percent in the last 10 months,” and that’s pretty good. But people are happy. Anybody unhappy with the 401(k)? I don’t think so, right? Wow. If we can keep it like this, we’re going to win a lot of elections, that I can tell you… “It’s the economy, stupid!” Did you ever hear that one? It’s the economy. - President Trump addressing workers at a commercial and industrial equipment supplier in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania

Congrats to Sen. Tammy Duckworth who will become the first U.S. senator to have a baby while in office! That’s right, she’s having a baby, so at least we’ve got ONE senator who’ll deliver. – Jimmy Fallon

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No, I wouldn’t say I’m a feminist. I mean, I think that would be, maybe, going too far. I’m for women, I’m for men, I’m for everyone. – President Trump in an interview with Piers Morgan

Pizza Hut says if either team beats the record for the fastest touchdown in the Super Bowl, it’s giving away free pizza to people in its loyalty program. The only downside is you have to tell people that you’re in the Pizza Hut loyalty program. – Jimmy Fallon

Proud to work for POTUS who stands strong for Israel and all the Jewish people. - Tweet by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders honoring International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Rum maker Bacardi announced yesterday that it is acquiring Patron Spirits for $5.1 billion. And like most Bacardi announcements, it was shouted at 5 a.m. in the back seat of an Uber. – Seth Myers

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When they disrespected us a week ago by not allowing our great vice president to see them, and we give them hundreds of millions of dollars in aid and support, tremendous numbers, numbers that nobody understands — that money is on the table and that money is not going to them unless they sit down and negotiate peace, because I can tell you that Israel does want to make peace, and they’re going to have to want to make peace too or we’re going to have nothing to do with it any longer. - President Trump talking about the Palestinians with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos

Louis Farrakhan is a virulent anti-Semite. He’s called Judaism a “gutter religion.” He’s anti-American. He is a horrible, horrible human being, and if I had known that the president had posed, smilingly, with him when he was a senator, I would not have campaigned for Barack Obama.

I’ve always felt very secure and confident with myself in knowing what I could do and what I could not and so it’s not something that interests me. I don’t have the DNA for it.

- Alan Dershowitz commenting about a photo of then-Senator Obama with the racist and Jewhating Louis Farrakhan which was taken in 2005 but surfaced this week

- Oprah, in a magazine interview, laying to rest the rumors that she will run for president in 2020


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