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Dear Readers, the New Year, Rosh Hashanah. On Rosh Hashanah we set goals for ourselves to accomplish throughout the upcoming year. Now, a few months later, it’s time to look back and reflect on how we are doing and what path we are on towards reaching our goals.  We are similar to trees in more ways than one. Just like trees, we are slowly growing to achieve our goals.  It’s not something that can be quantified in a day, week or even month, and even though we may not feel it on a consistent basis, when you look back its easy to see how much you’ve grown. 

This past week was the wonderful holiday of Tu’ Bshvat, the new year for the trees. For me, it started off just feeling like a regular hectic week of work, carpools, and making dinners, and it was easy to almost forget about it. Thankfully, my preschool son came home bubbling and singing Tu’ Bshvat songs, so excited to show me his creative and beautiful Tu’ Bshvat projects. It got me thinking why Tu’ Bshvat is so important and how there is so much we can learn from G-d's amazing creation of trees. The average tree takes between 10 and 20 years to grow. Year after year, the tree becomes taller, stronger, and sturdier as the roots grow deeper into the earth. Growth is a slow and gradual process. Obviously, trees grow day to day as well, but in a less conspicuous fashion, making it seem as if nothing has changed.  I think it’s safe to say we can all relate to this. We find ourselves saying, “Where did the time fly, I can’t believe it’s already almost Purim, it feels like Chanukah was just yesterday.” Growth happens over time, where reflection is often the best way to help us recognize it.  With that in mind, if we look back just a couple months, we can remember the feelings we felt at the beginning of

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The Week In News

V.P. Involved in Venezuelan Passport Fraud According to an investigation by CNN and CNN en Espanol, there are stunning irregularities with the issuing of Venezuelan passports. Besides for the fraud committed within the country – much of it linked to the new Venezuelan vice president Tareck El Aissami – Venezuelan passports permit the holder entry into

130 countries without a visa, a sobering revelation. CNN conducted many interviews across three continents during its investigation. Once such interview was with Misael Lopez, the former legal adviser to the Venezuelan Embassy in Iraq. He now lives in Spain. Lopez, 41, says he reported what he says was a scheme to sell passports and visas for thousands of dollars out of the embassy and repeatedly turned down offers to get a cut of the money. But it was the response from his government – which has denied his allegations – that surprised him the most. According to CNN, Vice President El Aissami has been linked to 173 Venezuelan passports and IDs that were issued to individuals from the Middle East, including people connected to the terrorist group Hezbollah. El Aissami “took charge of issuing, granting visas and nationalizing citizens from different countries, especially Syrians, Lebanese, Jor-

danians, Iranians and Iraqis.” Another high-profile Venezuelan linked to terrorism is Ghazi Nasr AlDin, a former Venezuelan diplomat who worked in the country’s embassy in Syria. He is “wanted for questioning” by the FBI for “his fundraising efforts” with Hezbollah contributors, according to a notice on the FBI website. U.S. officials say he has “facilitated the travel” of Hezbollah members to and from Venezuela, according to a 2008 press release from the U.S. Treasury Department. This is not the first time that Venezuelan passports have raised eyebrows. In the early 2000s, when Hugo Chavez was president, the government was accused of issuing passports to people who are not Venezuelan. A Venezuelan passport allows entry into 130 countries without a visa, including 26 countries in the European Union. To enter the United States, though, one must have a visa. Back in 2006, U.S. lawmakers heard reports about Venezuelan passport fraud during

congressional hearings. A congressional report warned, “Venezuela is providing support, including identity documents that could prove useful to radical Islamic groups.” A state department report at the time concluded that “Venezuelan travel and identification documents are extremely easy to obtain by persons not entitled to them.” When Lopez uncovered the fraud in the embassy, he alerted the Venezuelan government. But they were not concerned, even threatening to fire him for raising the alarm. He eventually took his case to Delcy Rodriguez, Venezuela’s foreign minister. His emailed report said there was “fraudulent issuing of visas, birth certificates and Venezuelan documents.” But there was no response. Eventually, Lopez came to the FBI. Shortly thereafter, the Venezuelan government fired Lopez and said he was under investigation for revealing “confidential documents or secrets.” At one point, when CNN attempted to find out more information during the yearlong investigation, they were told that any questions about the passport allegations would be grounds for expulsion from the country. Indeed, last August, a CNN en Español producer and videographer were forced to leave the country after Venezuelan authorities impounded CNN camera equipment at the airport. On Monday of this week, Vice President El Aissami made more headlines when the United States put him and another Venezuelan on a list of foreign nationals with suspected ties to drug trafficking. This new designation comes after years of investigation by U.S. authorities into his alleged participation in drug trafficking and money laundering. “He facilitated shipments of narcotics from Venezuela, to include control over planes that leave from a Venezuelan air base, as well as control of drug routes through the ports in Venezuela,” according to a Treasury Department statement. “He also facilitated, coordinated, and protected other narcotics traffickers operating in Venezuela.” El Aissami is the highest-ranking Venezuelan hit by U.S. sanctions under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act. Those listed have their assets blocked and U.S. citizens, institutions and companies are prohibited worldwide from dealing with them.

N. Korea Launches New Missile North Korea seems to be a growing concern for China, South Korea and the world. Last week, a Chinese Communist Party newspaper urged world powers, specifically the U.S., to address the “root cause” of North Korea’s nuclear devel-


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opment. The article begged Washington to buckle down on North Korea’s rapidly developing nuclear power. According to The Global Times, Pyongyang is upset and angry “because the military threat it faces looks very real” and it is enduring severe sanctions. Consequently, it is ramping up its nuclear program.

ize a nuclear weapon to be mounted on a missile have never been verified independently. In his New Year speech this year, Kim Jong Un declared that the nation was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and state media have said such a launch could come at any time. A fully developed ICBM could threaten the continental United States, which is about 9,000 km (5,500 miles) from North Korea.

Kim Jong Un’s Brother Assassinated On Sunday, North Korea tested the waters by firing a new type of medium- to long-range ballistic missile. Kim Jong Un supervised the test of the Pukguksong-2, a new strategic weapon capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. This is regarded as the first direct challenge from North Korea’s leader to new U.S. President Donald Trump. A spokesman for U.S. Strategic Command said that “U.S. Strategic Command systems detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch.” The missile landed in the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga confirmed that the missile did not hit Japanese territorial seas. In response to the missile launch, the U.S., Japan and South Korea requested an immediate meeting of the UN Security Council. The White House and Japan condemned the missile launch, calling it “absolutely intolerable.” “The United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100 percent,” Trump said during the conference at Trump’s South Florida estate. Japan President Shinzo Abe read a brief statement in which he called on North Korea “to fully comply with relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions.” Japan also said that further sanctions may be placed at the UN and urged China to take a “constructive” role in responding to the North Korean threat. China has long been a significant trade partner with North Korea but has grown wary of recent, consistent belligerent actions by the Hermit Kingdom. China said it opposed North Korean missile tests that run contrary to U.N. resolutions. “All sides should exercise restraint and jointly maintain regional peace and security,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said, adding that China would participate in talks at the United Nations on the launch with a “responsible and constructive attitude.” North Korea has conducted five nuclear tests, including two last year, although its claims to be able to miniatur-

On Monday, Kim Jong Nam, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, was assassinated in Malaysia. Jong Nam was the oldest son of former North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, although he held no official title. The 45-year-old was attacked by two women at the airport who stabbed him with poisoned needles before fleeing. Authorities suspect that North Korea was behind the attack. At one point, in the late 1990s, Jong Nam was thought to be the heir to the dictatorship held by his father Kim Jong Il. But he was summarily dismissed of that future title when he tried entering Tokyo Disneyland using a fake passport in May 2001. Jong Nam had been a critic of Jong Un’s rule at times and had previously been the target of other assassination attempts.

Over 100 Dead During Brazilian Police Strike

An eight-day police strike has led to the deaths of 144 people in the Brazilian

state of Espirito Santo. The army mobilized its airborne troops to back up the 1,200 soldiers and federal police that had been brought in to contain the chaos that broke out in the coastal state located north of Rio de Janeiro while police went on strike. In total, 3,100 members of the army came to the city’s aid. Most of the violence broke out in Vitoria, the wealthy state capital.  “We cannot establish definite motives for these killings at this time as the crisis is still ongoing,” said Gustavo Tenorio, a spokesman for the police union. “But an initial evaluation by the homicide division seems to indicate that a majority of those who have died were tied to drug trafficking or some other type of crime.” The police in the state are demanding a pay raise. The country has taken a big economic downturn and public finances have become very close to bankrupt in many states. There are fears that strikes may spread to other cash-strapped states as well. The number of murders during the week-long strike was six times higher than the same period last year. There were also reports of over 200 stolen cars in Vitoria in a single day, which is ten times more than the daily average. All stores were closed in the capital, school was suspended, and all public transportation was frozen during the chaos. By Monday of this week, 1,000 police officers went back to work. But other officers are still on strike. The government has not yet conceded to their demands. In Brazil, it is illegal for police officers to strike. But, as one policeman said, “In Brazil, the policemen are blamed for the high levels of violence. But the teachers are not blamed for illiteracy. Neither the doctors for the bad conditions in the health care system. Why are we blamed?” The government has warned that some officers will be held responsible for the strike and the ensuing chaos.

Evacuation as Bomb Found in Greece

A 500-pound World War II bomb caused a lot of trouble in the Greek city of Thessaloniki this week. Authorities in the northern Greek city issued evacuation orders to defuse the device which was found

buried beneath a gas station while working to expand fuel storage tanks. By the time the bomb was defused, 70,000 people were evacuated from their homes – one of the largest peacetime evacuations in Greece. Thessaloniki’s Deputy Governor Voula Patoulidou related before the diffusion, “It is the first time something like this is happening in Greece. The transfer of all residents is mandatory and we will go door-to-door to make sure everyone leaves.” By Sunday morning, the town was able to breathe a sigh of relief. “Phase two of the bomb removal operation was successfully completed,” Central Macedonia Gov. Apostolos Tzitzikostas tweeted on Sunday. “Citizens can safely return to their homes.” Many of those evacuated used their few hours to enjoy museums and cafes nearby. A Greek army spokesman said the bomb’s exterior had been so degraded that they weren’t sure whether it was a German or Allied bomb. Giorgos Gerasimou, an 86-year-old who lives in the area, told AP he recalls the bombing. “The bombing was done by English and American planes on Sept. 17, 1944. It was Sunday lunchtime,” he recalled. “We could see the planes coming.” Thankfully, the bomb landed without exploding.

Anti-Trump Rallies in Iran

After President Trump put the Islamic Republic of Iran “on notice,” hundreds of thousands of Iranians took to the streets of Iran in protest. The marchers carried signs reading “Death to America” and marched to the soundtrack of traditional Iranian revolution songs. This song and dance, though, is not new, as Iran has consistently been the epicenter of marches dotted with signs emblazoned with the words, “Death to America” and “Death to Israel.” In Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square, hundreds were seen trampling on Trump’s picture and holding banners saying, “Thanks Mr. Trump for showing the real face of America.” A young Iranian man was portrayed on Iranian television saying, “We are ready to sacrifice our lives for our leader,” in a reference to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Trump’s warning to Iran came in reaction to a January 29th missile test the coun-

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try conducted. New sanctions were imposed as well. Iran has sworn not to slow its missile program.   President Hassan Rouhani had called on Iranians to join the rally in order to “show their unbreakable ties with the Supreme Leader and the Islamic Republic.” “Some inexperienced figures in the region and America are threatening Iran ... They should know that the language of threats has never worked with Iran,” Rouhani told the crowd at Azadi Square. “Our nation is vigilant and will make those threatening Iran regret it ... They should learn to respect Iran and Iranians ... We will strongly confront any war-mongering policies.” Although many American flags were burned at the rallies, the U.S. was not the only target – Israel was added to the mix as well. Some marchers carried pictures of Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and British Prime Minister Theresa May captioned with the words, “Death to the Devil Triangle.” Protesters also stamped on a huge photo of Trump and the flag of the United States as they walked along the route.

In Italy, a “Jew” is an OK Slur

The Jewish community of Italy was disappointed to learn that a court in Italy acquitted two soccer fans after they were filmed chanting anti-Semitic slurs during a soccer game. The incident occurred on March 30, 2013 during a Lazio game at the Stadio Olimpico. The pair were filmed screaming the words “giallorosso ebreo,” Italian for “yellow-red Jew” in reference to the colors of the opposing soccer club’s uniforms. Italian police arrested the two anti-Semites and opened an investigation that culminated in a trial this past week. The judge argued that the two were not to be charged as the phrase “Jewish Roma supporter” does not constitute racism but is an acceptable and legitimate term because of the “historic sports antagonism between the two urban teams.” The judge dismissed the case, calling the chant “merely sports ridicule.” He justified the racist chants as they were expressed during a competitive sporting event. Ruth Durighello, a leader in Rome’s Jewish community, penned a letter calling the decision “an extremely dangerous precedent for justice in this country.”  Her letter also underlined that the ruling give legitimacy to using the word “Jew” in a

negative and racist form. The Italian Minister of Justice announced that he would take time to further investigate the matter and “act accordingly” if he feels the need to do so.

sity has trained seven such alumni. The school just beat out Cornell and the University of Southern California, which had six apiece. The companies founded by Tel Aviv alumni include computer security firm Fore Scout and Iron Source, which builds tools for app developers.

explained that Hamas and Iran are on good terms.

ISIS Claims Eilat Rocket Attack

Speaking on Sunday to the Palestine newspaper, considered the official mouthpiece of Hamas, Badran claimed, “In general, we are building our foreign relations based on the interest of the Palestinian people, and we cooperate with anyone who can cater to the Palestinian problem and support our struggle.” In other words, they go where the money is. Badran expressed hope that Hamas will continue to strengthen its relations with Iran, noting that a senior Hamas delegation will visit Tehran and participate in a conference in support of “the Intifada.” The Iranian parliament sent a formal invitation to the terrorist group to attend the conference, set to take place on February 20 in Tehran. Historically, Iran has been a stronger supporter of Hamas, but the two have been at odds over the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad. As a result of Hamas’s refusal to support Assad in the uprising, an angry Iran reportedly stopped supplying the terror group with weapons. Last year, Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal admitted that Iran had cut back its assistance to Hamas but denied reports that Iran’s move stemmed from a disconnect between Hamas and the Islamic Republic. “Iran was once a main supporter of the movement, but today the scope of its support has changed and we are striving to diversify the sources of official and popular support,” he admitted at the time. Even as Hamas refused to back Assad, it always refrained from criticizing Iran for its role in the mass murder of Sunni Muslims in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. The two factions, Hamas and Iran, are joined together in a shared hatred of the Jewish State.

A Game of Tribute In 2015, the Schwartz family suffered the loss of their son, Ezra, in a terror attack in Gush Etzion. The 18-year-old yeshiva student’s murder touched the entire Jewish world. In November of that year, owner of the New England Patriots Robert Kraft paid tribute to Ezra when he issued a moment of silence at a Patriots “Monday Night Football” game. He also paid a shiva call to the Schwartz family the next night. This month, during the Super Bowl, Kraft once again paid tribute to Ezra by hosting his family as his VIP guests at the Super Bowl in Houston. Ezra’s parents, Ari and Ruth Schwartz, and their kids, Mollie, Hillel, Elon, and Avi, were all pictured at the Super Bowl in full Patriots’ garb. Kraft had also reached out to the family of Max Steinberg, a Golani American soldier who was killed in Gaza, and penned a heartfelt letter of condolence to them in 2014.

Tel Aviv U Produces Billion Dollar Startups

Sage, the cloud accounting software firm, has conducted a new study evaluating schools around the world. The company was looking for which universities have produced the highest number of billion dollar startups. Want to start a company? Perhaps you should consider the Holy Land. According to the software firm, Tel Aviv University ranked eighth in the world. First place on the list went to Stanford University, which has 51 alumni that are responsible for founding startup firms worth more than $1 billion. Harvard came in second with 31 alums. Tel Aviv Univer-

ISIS has claimed responsibility through one of its affiliates for the rockets that were fired at the resort city of Eilat last week. The terrorist organization said that the attacks were committed “in order to teach the Jews and the Crusaders that a proxy war will not avail them of anything.” The group also threatened more “calamitous” attacks in the future. The ISIS affiliate group is called the Sinai Province. Cairo and Jerusalem have been cooperating closely in fighting ISIS and their affiliates in the region since Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi rose to power in 2014. If Israel would retaliate by hitting Sinai targets, it would be a violation of Egyptian sovereignty, so the country has to rely on Egypt for retaliation. The two countries meet regularly to discuss anti-terror techniques and exchange intelligence. Despite its small size, Sinai Province has been one of the most effective ISIS franchises outside of Iraq and Syria. President Sisi has been fighting them for the past year, as the group has been carrying out almost daily attacks on Egyptian security forces. According to Michael Horowitz, director of intelligence at Prime Source, a Middle East based geopolitical consultancy, “ISIS has been increasingly active outside of its main area of operation, namely the border with Gaza, and operates from several mountainous areas within central Sinai.” The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted three of the four rockets that were fired. Thankfully no one was hurt by the rockets.

Hamas Heading to Intifada Conference As if Hamas needs any training in terror, the terrorist organization has announced that it will attend an Iran conference on “Intifada.” Husam Badran, Hamas spokesman,

Terrorist Captured after Shooting and Stabbing Three people were injured in Petach Tikvah when an 18-year-old Palestinian from Nablus opened fire on a bus and stabbed a shopper in a nearby store last Thursday afternoon. The terrorist was captured by civilians and then arrested by police. According to a police spokesman, the Shin Bet took over the investigation and took custody of the attacker, Sadeq Abu Mazen, a teenager who has praised many anti-Israel terrorist attacks on his Face-


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book page. Danny Danon, the Israeli Ambassador to the UN, called on the UN secretary general to condemn the attack and the Security Council to convene an emergency session on Palestinian incitement. “This attack is a direct result of the ongoing incitement of Palestinian leadership,” he said. “The international community must take decisive and immediate steps against this incitement before it leads to more bloodshed.” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin took to Facebook to heap praise on the civilians that assisted in the capture of the terrorist. “The resourcefulness and courage of the citizens of Israel prevented a devastating attack again today in Petah Tikva,” he wrote. “Alongside the security forces who work day and night to allow us to live our lives, taking responsibility for one another was and will be part of the secret of our strength.” On Friday, police raided the home of the terrorist, which is located near Shechem and under the control of the Palestinian Authority. His relatives were also detained. Work permit granting members of his family entry into Israel were cancelled. In separate operations on Thursday night, authorities nabbed 10 wanted terrorists in Judea and Samaria suspected of attacks against security forces and civilians. In addition, six other suspects were taken into custody for allegedly aiding Palestinian Authority residents to illegally enter pre-1967 Israel. Authorities also discovered a “Carlo” improvised submachine gun in the possession of a Hamas terrorist in Tzurif near Hevron. Carlo guns, which are manufactured by underground weapons factories across Judea and Samaria, are popular with lone-wolf terrorists due to their low price and widespread availability. A Carlo was used in the attack in Petach Tikvah.

Israel Ranked Third Best Country for Families

InterNations has listed Israel in the top three best countries for families when asking expats about the best places to live. Falling just behind Finland and the Czech Republic, Israel was up one spot this year. The expats – people who have moved out of their country – that were polled were all required to have dependents. They were asked to rate their country on

a scale of 1-7 in 43 categories. Among the areas investigated were safety, cost of living, childcare availability and affordability, quality of education, and healthcare. After Israel came Austria and Sweden followed by Norway, Australia, Taiwan, Belgium, Germany, France, Poland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, South Africa, Singapore, Philippines, Mexico and South Korea. Finland got the top spot because “no expat parent had anything negative to say about their children’s health, children’s safety, or children’s well-being in Finland. 70% of expats said the quality of education there is excellent; this is compared to the global average of just 21%.” The Czech Republic came in second – up 12 spots from last year – because “74% agreed that education is easy to afford, although it did not reach the top spot due to the quality of that education.” Israel came in third this year because “81% of expat parents are happy with the childcare options and they are similarly positive about the education options, with 84% expressing general satisfaction.”

Israel Amb. to Egypt Brought Home

According to recent reports, Israel’s ambassador to Egypt, David Govrin, is no longer in Cairo. Instead, he is working at his post in Jerusalem. Govrin actually came back to Israel at the end of last year over concerns for his safety. He was last seen in Egypt touring a museum in November. The Shin Bet confirmed that due to security concerns the ambassador and his staff have yet to return to Cairo and the foreign ministry related that hopefully he will be returning to his post in Egypt when circumstances permit.   Egypt is battling extremist Islamic terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula, some of which are aligned with the Islamic State group. Hundreds of police and security forces have been killed in attacks that have also targeted civilian sites. There have also been deadly attacks within Cairo. Ambassador Govrin – who speaks fluent Arabic – was appointed to his post last summer and in September presented his credentials to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.

Militant to be Hamas��� New Leader

A new leader has been appointed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Yehiya Sinwar, who was freed in a 2011 prisoner swap after serving 20 years in Israeli prison, is now in charge of the terrorist organization. The promotion of a militant commander to the top spot solidifies the takeover of Gaza operations by the armed wing of the group from its previous civilian leaders. Sinwar is replacing Ismail Haniyeh, who was the prime minister of the Hamas government since the group took over Gaza in 2007. Haniyeh is rumored to be taking over the role of the group’s supreme leader, which is now held by Khaled Mashaal, who lives in exile. Sinwar, who is in his mid-50s, founded Hamas’ military wing in the 1980s. He was handed four life sentences in 1988 for his many murderous offenses including a key role in the abduction and murder of two Israeli soldiers. He was the leader of all Hamas prisoners during his final years in jail. Sinwar was one of the 1,000 soldiers that were swapped for Gilad Shalit in 2011. Ironically, Israel maintains that Sinwar’s brother was behind Shalit’s abduction and masterminded the prisoner exchange. Israel captured the Gaza Strip, the West Bank, and East Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967. In 2005, Israel pulled out of Gaza and Hamas seized control of the area after two years of fighting with its rival, the Fatah movement. Since then, Israel and Egypt have maintained a blockade on the region, and Israel has gone to war three times in response to Palestinian rocket fire. Putting a militant in charge of Hamas operations will surely lead to more fighting. Kobi Michael, a former head of the Palestinian Desk at Israel’s Ministry for Strategic Affairs, said Sinwar represents “one of the most radical and extreme lines of Hamas.” He described Sinwar as a “bitter enemy” of Egypt who is focused on building Hamas’ military capabilities. “The idea that he was elected is a very dangerous and concerning indication of the destabilization of the region,” Michael said.

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raeli products by local municipalities. The British Department for Communities and Local Government has published a document that lays out how the department plans on amending the current guidelines on local government policies. “Authorities should not implement or pursue boycotts other than where formal legal sanctions, embargoes and restrictions have been put in place by the Government,” the proposal reads. The government in Britain has a “longstanding policy of value for money in public procurement,” the document reads. Legislation on procurement in the UK and the EU “requires public authorities to treat suppliers fairly and equally and this guidance has been updated to reflect that and make it clear that boycotts in public procurement are inappropriate outside where formal legal sanctions have been put in place.” In short, suppliers cannot be discriminated against for political reasons.

A representative of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the national umbrella of the Jewish community of the United Kingdom, said his group “warmly welcomes the Government’s measures” since “these boycotts are divisive and undermine good community relations. The new steps will ensure that all suppliers of goods and services receive equal treatment and do not need to fear prejudice.” The resolutions that call for boycotting Israel were passed in several places in the UK in 2014. The Conservative-led British government has said that they will fine any municipalities found to be boycotting Israel.

Flynn is Not In Michael Flynn was just done setting up the picture frames in his office in Washington when his new job came to an abrupt end. After just 24 days on the job, on Monday night, Flynn announced that he will be resigning as the national security advisor. This announcement comes after it was re-


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vealed that Flynn misled Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials about the nature of his conversations with a Russian envoy. Shortly after Flynn’s resignation letter was delivered to President Donald Trump, the president formally accepted the resignation and appointed Keith Kellogg, a decorated retired Army lieutenant general, as acting national security adviser. According to a senior White House official, Trump is considering appointing Kellogg as the permanent replacement but David Petraeus, a former CIA director and re-

tired general, and Vice Adm. Robert Harward, a former deputy commander of the U.S. Central Command, are also in the running for the position. Flynn used his resignation letter as a platform to defend his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S., saying he had full intentions to “facilitate a smooth transition” and was trying “to build the necessary relationships” for the new administration. He said he gave “incomplete information” about his conversation with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak and had denied that anything substantial

had taken place in that conversation. He had repeated that claim in television interviews over the last few weeks. “Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador,” Flynn wrote in the letter. “I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.” Flynn wrote that he was “honored to have served our nation and the Ameri-

can people in such a distinguished way.” He added, “I also am extremely honored to have served President Trump, who in just three weeks, has reoriented American foreign policy in fundamental ways to restore America’s leadership position in the world.” The Justice Department warned the White House last month that Flynn was not being forthright about his conversations with the Russian ambassador. They pointed out that he may be vulnerable to blackmail by Russia in the future.

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Last week, a federal appeals court panel decided to uphold the freeze on President Trump’s controversial immigration order. This allows previously barred refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries to enter the U. S. The three judges with U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously agreed to reject the White House’s argument to suspend the freeze. A 29-page opinion detailed why they did not feel that national security was at risk. Although based on recent media coverage it seems that many Americans are also against the ban, Trump is reporting a very different reality. On Wednesday, the president posted to Twitter and Instagram claiming that a recent poll showed that the “Immigration Ban Is One Of Trump’s Most Popular Orders So Far.” Trump voiced his discontentment on Twitter, just a few minutes after the ruling, tweeting, “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” The Justice Department, which was defending the administration’s position, YEEDLE said in a statement that itwas “reviewing WERDYGER the decision and considering its options.” What’s the next step? The Justice Department has the ability to ask the Supreme Court to intervene. It is said, though, that the administration may come before the judges in an “en banc” hearing, in which 11 of the 25 active judges on the Ninth Circuit Court will vote on whether or not the court should reconsider its decision. Only three of the Circuit’s Court judges heard the case initially and all three voted against the order. “Further proceedings in the Ninth Circuit will likely inform what additional proceedings on a preliminary injunction motion are necessary in district court,” the Department of Justice wrote in papers filed Monday in federal court in Seattle. Many on Trump’s side are saying that


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the Ninth Circuit’s 29-page ruling did not provide legal standing for their position, instead focusing on the rights of two visiting scholars who wanted to spend time in Washington State University – one of them without a visa; three “prospective employees” of the University of Washington who had no visas; and two medicine and science interns without visas. Notice how only one of the seven individuals had a visa. When the Trump administration pointed out to the Court that the Constitution does not necessarily provide individuals without visas any rights, the court admitted that these people only had “potential claims regarding possible due process rights.” Not once did the Court mention the law, passed in 1952, which gives the president the power to limit people’s entry into the United States. In it, it says that Congress gives the president the power to “suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate”...“whenever the President finds that the entry . . . [of such persons] would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

“The Wall’s” Blueprint Coming to Life Germany is home to the famous Berlin Wall, China is home to the Great Wall, Israel is home to the Western Wall, and the U.S. will soon be home to Trump’s Wall. According to certain reports, the wall will be a series of fences and walls stretching out along 1,250 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. The construction of the wall is estimated to cost as much as $21.6 billion and will be done in three phases spanning three and a half years, based on a U.S. Department of Homeland Security internal report. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020; 654 miles of the border is already fortified. Previously, Trump had quoted the price of the wall at $12 billion during his campaign. The official report about the wall between the United States and Mexico is expected to be released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly within the next few days. President Trump told law enforcement officials last Wednesday, “The wall is getting designed right now.” The first and least expensive phase will cost just $360 million. Many are calling this phase the “appeasement” phase, intended for Trump to prove that he’s good for his campaign promises (at least some of them). Phase two and three will cost the

big bucks since they all extend over many more miles, some of it private property or inaccessible by road. During the last two phases, the U.S. will also be forced to seek eminent domain and environmental waivers. The U.S. government would also have to meet the requirements of the International Boundary and Water Commission, a U.S.-Mexico pact over shared waters. According to the report, that agreement alone could take the cost from $11 million per mile to $15 million per mile in one region. 

Immigration Agents Arrest 680 People

On Monday, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced that U.S. immigration officers have arrested more than 680 people in recent operations, 75 percent of whom have criminal records. The operations were routine and consistent with what U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been carrying out in recent years. Those who were picked up with criminal records include crimes that range from homicide to DWI. Others had ignored final orders of deportation, according to ICE, the agency responsible for immigrant arrests and deportations. Although critics have been crying foul and pointing fingers at the Trump administration, nothing is out-of-the-ordinary here. In fact, former President Barack Obama was called the “deporter in chief” at one time after he deported over 400,000 people in 2012, more than any president in a single year. In 2014, Obama’s homeland security chief issued a memo directing agents to focus on deporting a narrow slice of immigrants, namely those who had recently entered the country or committed serious felonies. Immigrants who were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, for example, were treated as lower priorities for deportation. President Donald Trump promised to deport 2 million to 3 million migrants with criminal records upon taking office. “We’re actually taking people that are criminals, very, very, hardened criminals in some cases with a tremendous track record of abuse and problems,” Trump said. ICE said in a statement on Monday that the operations targeted immigrants in the Midwest, Los Angeles, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia

and San Antonio. A small amount of those arrested did not have a criminal record or prior order to leave the country, according to the data released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. In Los Angeles, for example, 151 out of the 161 immigrants arrested had criminal records, but the agency did not give a reason for the arrests of the 10 migrants with no criminal record.

Pizza for Your Wedding Getting married? Love pizza? Perhaps the Domino’s Pizza wedding registry is for you. Last week, the pizza giant opened their registry and the pies have been flying in. “Our customers constantly tell and show us on social media how pizza plays a role in their wedding, whether it’s for the bridal party, a late night treat for the reception and other day-of experiences,” says Kate Trumbull, Domino’s digital marketing director. “We wanted to make it easier for people to request something fun they’ll get excited about. Who doesn’t love pizza?”

Berry Expensive

Ever wonder why you have a huge bill to pay as you pile packages into your cart at checkout on Thursday afternoon? Be happy you’re not shopping in CitySuper grocery store in Hong Kong. There, shoppers are bedazzled by fruit. In fact, a single strawberry costs 168 Hong Kong dollars – that’s around $22. CitySuper describes the Premium Kotoka strawberry – which it imports from Nara, Japan – as a “rare” delicacy with “good acidity and rich sweetness.” Rich is a good word to use here. The special fruit comes in its own Kotoka Strawberry Gift Box, surrounded by a protective nest made of foam and straw. CitySuper says that the gift box “was imported from Japan with its original packaging given its premium grade, rarity and fragility for quality protection.” Some have criticized the gift box as “wasteful” packaging. Umm, hello? $22 for a strawberry? Wouldn’t you call that a bit wasteful? Let them eat blueberries, I say. CitySuper stands behind the outrageous price. According to the store, Kotoka strawberries “are considered as delicacies of limited quantity and they are handpicked to ensure only the highest quality ones are harvested.” Japan is known to be a place of exorbitantly priced fruit. In July, a bunch of Ruby Roman grapes sold at auction for nearly $11,000, and two Yubari melons once went for more than $15,000 in 2013. I wouldn’t pay that for any fruit – unless it was one made of gold.

Guests looking to gift the new couple with something tasty can choose from a list of gifts ranging from $20 to $100. Consider the “Post-Honeymoon Adjustment to Real Life” gift, the “Thank You Card-a-thon” gift and the most-appreciated “An excuse not to cook” gift – mounds of cheesy goodness. Domino’s is not the only company jumping on the just-married wagon. At the Beer of the Month Club friends can gift newlyweds with booze. Couples can register for microbrews, IPAs and international beers to celebrate their nuptials. The registry also has options to include wines, cheeses, flowers, and chocolate, so husband and wife can survive on something more than a cold one. For a less dizzying but just as outlandish option, the Comic Book Shop in Delaware offers fans the option of setting up a wedding registry. Guests can then choose comic books to gift to the new couple. On a more sophisticated note, the MOMA design store in Manhattan has a wide variety of creative art-inspired goods for your home and kitchen. Why register for a boring set of silverware when you can get a multicolored rainbow flatware? And who needs fine china when you can ask for Pastel Origami Dishes? In other words, gift something to the newlyweds that they’ll really remember.   Because who really needs a blender or a set of dishes?

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Community Generations Of Excellence At YTCTE

Paying Tribute to Generations of Excellence On January 15th, the community of South Florida gathered at Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom for a historic evening of tribute to the generations that have helped shape our community, the families that now grace and continue to build this community, and the thousands of students that have been molded by the institution that we know and love; Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes. The impact that the generations of the Lehrfield family has had on the North Miami Beach community in the past three decades is enormous and are most deserving to have received the Dor L’dor, Generation to Generation award at the Generations of Excellence Gala. The surprise guest speaker, Rabbi Menachem Lehrfield of Jewish Outreach Initiative, Denver, CO, presented the awards to these most deserving couples. Rabbi and Mrs. Dovid and Miriam Lehrfield, founding members of the North Miami Beach Community and Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes, and the Rabbi and Rebbetzin of the Young Israel of Greater Miami, have impacted thousands of lives in this community over the years. Mrs. Lehrfield was a beloved Morah in the preschool for many years and still considers it her home. Their children, Rabbi and Mrs. Moshe and Jennifer Lehrfield have been active members of the community and the Yeshiva, encouraging the growth of Torah in South Florida. Moshe is a successful attorney and serves as the Vice President of the Board. The Lehr-

Dr. Deborah Lerer, Education of Generations

Rabbi Menachem Lehrfield of Jewish Outreach Initiative, Denver

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Rabbi Moshe Gruenstein Sharing Exciting Visionary Announcement

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Rabbi Dovid Lehrfield Accepting Awards on behalf of the Lehrfield-Heller Family

fields remain pillars of the community, both in their public and private lives—contributing so much of their time and energy on behalf of the children of this community. The next generation of excellence, Dr. and Mrs. Daniel and Nechama (née Lehrfield) Heller, both alumni of the Yeshiva, became involved in the community immediately upon moving back to Miami—constantly demonstrating their commitment to Torah education for the young people of this community. Daniel, a physician is also an active Board Member of the

Yeshiva and serves on its Finance Committee, and Nechama, too, in her role as Associate Director of Development, is continuing the family tradition. For these three previous generations, the work continues, investing their hopes and their dreams in their offspring. Benjy, Abby, Rachelli and Gabi Heller are reaping the fruits of the labor of the last three decades, and are a pride to this unique family who can now boast of four Generations of Excellence. Generations, that have benefitted

the entire community of North Miami Beach, and the thousands of young people who have come forth from our Yeshiva and gone on to impact the world. Klurman Elementary School established the Dr. Deborah Lerer Creative Writing Project in honor of our Educator of Generations, Dr. Deborah Lerer. Dr. Lerer was presented with the inaugural volume of the creative writing project in a leather bound book containing writings from current students at Klurman Elementary School. With tremendous thanks to the Hahn family, the ACE Resource program was renamed in honor of their son. The ACE Program will hereby be known as the David Ari ACE Resource Program and will continue to provide extra support to students that need it. The culmination of the event was an exciting visionary announcement introduced by Rabbi Moshe Gruenstein, Rav of the Young Israel of Bal Harbour and unveiled by Kobi Karp of Kobi Karp Architecture. To be able to meet the needs of our growing school and the South Florida Jewish Community, Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes will be embarking on a four phase campus expansion with the first phase estimated at $18 million which will include adding a 60,000 square foot building as well as adding 50,000 square feet to our campus making it one of a kind in South Florida. To learn more about this exciting project visit ytcteam.org/campusexpansion or contact Rabbi Moshe Bernstein at 305-944-5344 x218.


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Tu B'Shvat at Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes

YTCTE Junior Pre-K students plant radishes, green beans and lima beans in honor of Tu B'Shvat

Rabbi Ariel Yeshurun, Rabbi of Skylake Synagogue in North Miami Beach speaks to the students of Rohr Middle School about Tu B'Shvat

Klurman Elementary School second grade girls learn about Tu B'Shvat

Klurman Elementary School second grade boys decorate for Tu B'Shvat

Estate Professionals to Honor Attorney Laurence I. “Larry” Blair at Mitzvah Society Reception Local estate planning professionals committed to philanthropic giving, the community and the Jewish future will once again honor their own at the Irving Eckhardt Mitzvah Society Cocktail Reception at 5:30 pm on February 22, 2017. The Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JJCF) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, and the evening’s Co-Chairs, Matthew Kutcher and Robert Marton, invite colleagues, friends and others to join them at Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton for cocktails and dinner in tribute to 2017 Mitzvah Society Honoree Laurence “Larry” I. Blair. For thirteen years, the Mitzvah Society has recognized estate professionals who have been instrumental in guiding clients to establish charitable legacies with planned gifts to the JJCF. Since its inception, more than 60 professionals have been inducted, and new members will be welcomed at the event. The JJCF develops permanent resources to assure the continuity of Jewish life, programs and services locally, in Israel and throughout the world.

Wills, Trusts & Estates Law, the highest rating for specialized knowledge, skills and proficiency in this area, as well as for professionalism and ethics in practice. He concentrates his practice in estate, gift and generation-skipping transfer tax planning, with an emphasis on representing families and entrepreneurs in multiple-generation wealth transfer and asset protection planning, as well as in other related areas. A highly respected leader in the Jewish community, and committed to the value of planned giving, Blair helps structure gifts to charities, providing benefits to both donors and the organizations.

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A shareholder at Greenspoon Marder since 2005, and certified in Wills, Trusts & Estates Law, Larry Blair is also a highly respected leader in many areas of the Jewish community. Committed to the value of planned giving, he helps structure gifts to charities, providing benefits to both donors and the organizations. Among his

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many leadership positions, Blair currently chairs the JJCF’s PAC as well as, with his wife, Michele, the Federation’s “Emerging Jewish Philanthropists” cadre of younger major donors. Blair is a recipient of the Federation’s James and Marjorie Baer Outstanding Young Leadership Award.  A past Chair of Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, he and Michele also received the Rales Humanitarian of the Year Award. “Larry’s dedication to the well-being and security of our community and our people now and in the future drives his tireless efforts to make a major difference,” said JJCF Chair Richard Steinberg. “He has facilitated his clients’ philanthropic goals while securing a brighter Jewish future for generations to come and inspiring others to do the same.”  BIO: Larry has been a shareholder at Greenspoon Marder since 2005. He is certified by The Florida Bar as a specialist in

In addition to chairing the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JJCF) Professional Advisory Committee (PAC), Blair currently chairs the Federation’s “Emerging Jewish Philanthropists” cadre of younger major donors with his wife, Michele. He is also a member of the Federation and JJCF Boards. Blair was a member of Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Cabinet, and is a recipient of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s prestigious James and Marjorie Baer Outstanding Young Leadership Award. A past Chair of the Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) Board, Blair currently serves as a Vice Chair; he and Michele are also recipients of the Rales Humanitarian of the Year Award. The couvert is $75 per person for PAC members or $90 for others, and dietary laws will be observed. For additional information or to RSVP, contact Lisbeth Rock Cauff at 561.852.3188 or lisbethc@ bocafed.org.


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Katz Yeshiva High School Tour of New Building On Sunday morning, February 5th, Capital Campaign donors and Create a Jewish Legacy participants enjoyed a much-anticipated preview tour of the new Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida building on the Federation Campus. Welcoming the guests, Rabbi Jonathan Kroll, Head of School, thanked the donors for their generosity and Mr. Daniel Katz, Chairman of the Building Committee for his dedication, leadership, and laser focus on every detail of the building campaign. Rabbi Kroll exclaimed, “Thank you for helping make our dream a reality and providing our students with a facility that will enhance their learning and growth. We expect that our students will love being in school so much that they won’t want to go home when the school day is over. Students who love being in school are students who learn more and identify with the mission of the school.” Mrs. Lisa Baratz, President of the Board of Trustees, whose youngest son graduated KYHS last year, spoke about the importance of the new school building to the entire community, explaining that much like a tree, the building will continue to blossom and benefit the community for many decades and even generations to

come. Daniel Katz, speaking next, thanked the donors for their generosity and expressed hope that more people will choose to join the donors in supporting the important cause of enhancing Jewish education by giving generously to the building fund. Katz also thanked the early visionaries and leaders of the school for their significant role in making the building a reality. However, Katz declared that building the physical structure is actually “the easy part” while the hard part is instilling in our students a life-long commitment and passion for studying Torah and living life as

proud and committed Jews. He expressed his confidence in the current administration and teachers who are committed to this important job. Finally, Michael Siracusa, the project manager, spoke about his joy at seeing the work almost complete and knowing how much the students will benefit from the new facility. After the speakers concluded, they toured the entire facility in three groups guided by Mr. Shimmie Kaminietsky, Executive Director, Katz, and Kroll. Participants had the opportunity to appreciate the magnificent new facility and ask

questions as they toured it. Mr. Daniel Rosenthal, one of the donors touring the site explained that he is thrilled that his children, who live just a few-minutes walk from the campus, “will be able to walk to and learn in such a beautiful, state-of-theart facility, and thanked Caroline and Dan Katz, Rabbi Jonathan Kroll, and the Katz Yeshiva leaders for making this dream a reality.��� Likewise, Tammy Attias, a donor and KYHS Board of Trustees Board Member with two children who are KYHS alumni who commuted from their home in Bel Harbor to KYHS exclaimed, “We were highly impressed with the beauty and functionality of the building, but the most exciting aspect of this project is the transformation of Jewish lives that will surely take place within its walls. We can’t wait to see the building bursting with happy and engaged students!” Katz Yeshiva High School, currently located in classrooms in the Boca Raton Synagogue on Montoya Circle, looks forward to moving to the new facility this April. Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida -- yeshivahs.org – (561)-417-7422

South Palm Beach County Jewish Federation Presents THE EVENT 2.0: Celebrating Our Vibrant Jewish Community

Mara & Michael Shapiro Kathy & Ken Green Brett Ratner

From across South Palm Beach County’s vibrant, diverse Jewish community, and from longtimers to newcomers, adults of all ages who support Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will come together once again for a very special annual evening - to acknowledge and celebrate all the good we do together. More than 500 strong, they’ll also enjoy hearing from the renowned Brett Ratner, a native of South Florida and a successful filmmaker. “Our dynamic THE EVENT 2.0 program will celebrate just how much this extraordinary Jewish community accomplishes together with our Jewish Federation at the hub,” said Michael Shapiro, who is co-chairing THE EVENT 2.0 with his wife, Mara, and with Kathy and Ken Green.

“Amid friends, food and fun, everyone will see in person what a powerful difference we make in partnership with our agencies, schools and synagogues. We’ll hear from recipients whose lives are changed because we were there,” added Mara. “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome Brett Ratner to our stage,” said Kathy. “Still a young Jewish guy from down the road, he’s known for mesmerizing and inspiring audiences with his journey from Miami dreamer to Hollywood mogul and action-packed, comedic delivery - as well as for his commitment to Jewish history, culture, values and philanthropy.” “Brett Ratner’s roots, including high school in Israel and learning Yiddish from his grandparents, are sure to with our crowd, just as his blockbuster films resonate around the world,” added Ken.  

It was no surprise that Ratner received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last month. Yet, having said that he is most proud of Night Will Fall, a Holocaust documentary he produced, Ratner may be even prouder of two other recent awards. He received the American Jewish Historical Society’s Visionary Leadership Award as “a dynamic thought leader in the American Jewish community.” And when the ADL honored him for his “simultaneous contributions to the entertainment industry and the fight against anti-Semitism and bigotry,” he was lauded for taking up the torch for his generation. “Yes, we have much to celebrate, as our community works together with Federation to  FEED, PROTECT, TEACH, INSPIRE, SAVE and COMFORT so many vulnerable people from down the street in our community to across the globe in Israel and 70 other countries,” said Larry Feld-

man, Campaign Chair for the Federation. “But it will take more to see that no one goes without essential services and hope, and that our Jewish community and people can remain strong, vibrant and secure. It’s up to every Jewish person in every generation in South Palm Beach County to stand up and make that difference. Join us at THE EVENT 2.0 to feel the joy and strength of our community, and be part of that difference for those who need us.” THE EVENT 2.0: FEDERATION UNPLUGGED will take place at Boca West Country Club on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. Festivities will kick off at 6:30 pm with cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres, amid the warm greetings and enthusiasm of a family reunion. The program will begin at 7:30 pm. THE EVENT 2.0 will offer a night of great food (dietary laws observed), entertainment and company for a couvert of $95 per person. A minimum household contribution of $500 to the 2017 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign is required to attend. Valet parking will be provided. Early registration is recommended for this popular event! Online registration is available at jewishboca.org/theevent. For more information, call 561.852.3160 or email erinm@bocafed.org.


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Survivors and Students Observe International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County With poignant tears, wistful smiles and powerful words, about 150 local Holocaust survivors, their loved ones and students from Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA) gathered with profound respect on January 27, 2017, for a vital purpose. Together, in the Entin Holocaust Pavilion at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, they observed International Holocaust Remembrance Day with a program, “Remember to Remember.” The tone was set with a rendition of “Eli Eli,” sung by Eva Demsky, a junior at Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School at DKJA, and a memorial candle lighting by officers of Child Survivors/ Hidden Children of the Holocaust of Palm Beach County. The program dedicated the new Plaques of Remembrance recently mounted in the Pavilion, featuring photos of local survivors. “Today is the 11th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly Resolution that designates January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, as an annual International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust” said Jack Rosenbaum, March of the Living Southern Region Director, who emceed the program. He also noted that, in the audience, Joe Eckstein was commemorating the 72nd anniversary of his own Auschwitz liberation. “I am honored and humbled to stand before you all to celebrate the beautiful faces on these plaques dedicated to life and memory,” said Heni Galel, a child survivor and chair of the event. Galel thanked the March of the Living Southern Region, DKJA and the Federation for making possible the plaques as well as the day’s event. “Placed right above the lists of students who have participated in the March of the Living to keep the memories of the Shoah alive, these new plaques form the connection between the past and our young people who will take them into the future,” said Rabbi Josh Broide in his invocation. Broide, Director of the Deborah and Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement at the Federation, lauded the survivors for taking action on their knowledge, and urged others to follow their example. “They keep doing more and more, because whatever they do is never enough,” he said. Zelda Fuksman, a survivor and Executive Vice President of the Hidden Children/ Child Survivors group, shared on behalf of the group: “We survived the Shoah, but we don’t know HOW or WHY we survived. Somehow we were meant to live, even though our childhood was stolen from us, and we were never given the opportunity to BE children. But, we are here…. And

Rosette Goldstein read a poem, backed by the newly unveiled plaques Heni Galel spoke before the unveiling

Some of the newly unveiled plaques

Officers of Child Survivors-Hidden Children of the Holocaust of Palm Beach County prepare for a candle lighting ceremony

as a group and as an organization we have created a meaningful presence in our community. We shine. We support Shoah education. We speak about our lives so that others can benefit from us. We give hope. We encourage strength. We celebrate LIFE. These “Plaques of Remembrance” are to life, to being alive and to continuing to sustain LIFE. They are our testament and our legacy to future generations.” “I stand in awe of all survivors who lost more than I can ever imagine,” said Rosenbaum. “The inspiration of each of you stepping up and sharing with our local students on the March of the Living as well as at our day and congregational schools, as well as with non-Jewish students and adults is everlasting. Your infinite courage and perseverance are a shining example to the dignity of humanity, and your influence will remain with us in perpetuity. From the recesses of my heart, thank you, one and all.” In closing, Rosette Adler Goldstein, a child survivor and Secretary of the Hidden Children/Child Survivors group shared her powerful poem, “We Are the Children,” ending with: “Remember our words, and remember to continue to share our story. You can guard evil, hatred and prejudice from hap-

pening again! You must work to face your future without fear. May our legacy be your guiding light. Ha havah With love” Survivors and their loved ones were among the 150 people in attendance

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Mezze By Naomi Nachman

I’m always searching for different appetizers to serve for Shabbat lunch or a gettogether. These cute mini meat pizzas (or “lachmagine”) have Sephardic origins and are also known as “mezze.” They are often served on large platters with other mezze, such empanadas, sambusak, kibbeh, cigars, as well as a large variety of salads and dips and a selection of pickled vegetables.

Lachmagine

Tabouli

Ingredients 1 lb. chopped meat 1 cup prune butter 1 large onion, chopped ¼ cup tomato paste ½ cup ketchup 1 tablespoon salt ½ tablespoon allspice 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon pepper 1 pkg mini pizza rounds by Mazor 1 cup pine nuts

Preparation Mix all the ingredients together except the pizza rounds and pine nuts and refrigerate for two hours to let the flavors concentrate. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread out the pizza rounds. Spread a heaping mound of meat filling onto each dough round, making sure you spread it all the way to the edge. It shrinks as it cooks so be generous. Press down the meat firmly so it sticks to the dough. Sprinkle each piece with a few pine nuts. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Ingredients 1 cup dry bulgur, prepared according to directions on package 4 plum tomatoes, diced 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped 1 small red onion, diced finely 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Juice of 2 lemons Kosher salt, to taste

Preparation Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

Naomi Nachman, the owner of The Aussie Gourmet, caters weekly and Shabbat/ Yom Tov meals for families and individuals within The Five Towns and neighboring communities, with a specialty in Pesach catering. Naomi is a contributing editor to this paper and also produces and hosts her own weekly radio show on the Nachum Segal Network stream called “A Table for Two with Naomi Nachman.” Naomi gives cooking presentations for organizations and private groups throughout the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan area. In addition, Naomi has been a guest host on the QVC TV network and has been featured in cookbooks, magazines as well as other media covering topics related to cuisine preparation and personal chefs. To obtain additional recipes, join The Aussie Gourmet on Facebook or visit Naomi’s blog. Naomi can be reached through her website, www.theaussiegourmet. com or at (516) 295-9669.


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Parsha Perceptions

Shabbat Delicacies quested his own court prepare this for him on a Tuesday. Naturally, the dish did not taste the same and was not nearly as good. When he complained to the rabbi, the rabbi told him that one ingredient was missing in the recipe that the Romans were using. And he told him, the missing ingredient was Shabbat. So it is not only that food influences and makes Shabbat for us, but it is equally true that Shabbat influences and enhances the food that we prepare and eat on that holy day. Shabbat is, in itself, one of the ingredients that make up the food that we serve at our Shabbat meals. The Talmud makes a special point about the necessity for hot food and/or drink to be consumed on Shabbat. Since there were sects of Jews who mistakenly denied the authenticity of the Oral Law and did not allow for any fire whatsoever to be present in their homes on Shabbat,

these Jews necessarily ate only cold food on the holy day. In order to reinforce the belief of the Jewish people in the interpretations of the Oral Law and in the traditions of Rabbinic Judaism, the rabbis of the Talmud insisted that Jews must eat/drink hot foods or hot beverages on the Shabbat. Differing ethnic groupings located in the widely scattered countries of the Jewish diaspora fulfilled this obligation with differing types of food. In the Eastern European Ashkenazic world, a pot roast of potatoes, barley, beans and meat was concocted and given the name of cholent – a name of origin as uncertain as the recipe for the delicacy itself. Cholent has the wondrous characteristic that it never tastes the same, in spite of using the exact same ingredients and recipe from one Shabbat to the next. As a longtime expert on the matter, I can testify that it is never the same in taste and in the nuance of flavor from house to house and family to family. The common denominator is that it is always hot food and somehow delicious, no matter what ingredients one may have used in preparing it. Again, it is apparent to me that Shabbat itself is the main ingredient in that traditional stew. There is a halachic basis for serving gefilte fish on Shabbat as well. If one

su propia corte preparar esto para él en un martes.  Naturalmente, el plato no sabía lo mismo y no era casi tan bueno. Cuando se quejó al rabino, el rabino le dijo que faltaba un ingrediente en la receta que usaban los romanos. Y le dijo que el ingrediente que faltaba era Shabat. Así que no es sólo que la comida influye y hace Shabbat para nosotros, pero es igualmente cierto que Shabbat influye y mejora la comida que preparamos y comemos en ese día santo.  Shabbat es, en sí mismo, uno de los ingredientes que componen la comida que servimos en nuestras comidas de Shabat. El Talmud hace un punto especial sobre la necesidad de comida caliente y / o bebida para ser consumida en Shabat. Dado que había sectas de judíos que erróneamente negaron la autenticidad de la Ley Oral y no permitieron que ningún fuego estuviera presente en sus hogares en Shabat, estos judíos necesariamente sólo comían comida fría en el día santo. Para reforzar la creencia del pueblo judío en las interpretaciones de la Ley Oral y en las tradiciones del judaísmo rabínico, los rabinos del Talmud insistieron en que

los judíos deben comer / beber alimentos calientes o bebidas calientes en el Shabat. Diferentes agrupaciones étnicas ubicadas en los países muy dispersos de la diáspora judía cumplieron esta obligación con diferentes tipos de alimentos. En el mundo asquenaziano de Europa del Este, se preparó un asado de patatas, cebada, frijoles y carne y se le dio el nombre de cholent - un nombre de origen tan incierto como la receta de la delicadeza misma. Cholent tiene la maravillosa característica de que nunca sabe lo mismo, a pesar de usar los mismos ingredientes y la misma receta de un Shabat al siguiente. Como un experto de mucho tiempo en el asunto, puedo testificar que nunca es el mismo en el sabor y en el matiz de sabor de casa en casa y familia a familia. El denominador común es que siempre es comida caliente y de alguna manera deliciosa, no importa qué ingredientes uno puede haber utilizado en su preparación. Una vez más, es evidente para mí que Shabat en sí es el ingrediente principal en ese estofado tradicional. Hay una base halachic para servir gefilte pescado en Shabat también. Si uno sirve pescado regular, a menos que esté muy bien fileteado, siempre habrá el problema de tratar con los huesos de los peces

By Rabbi Berel Wein One of the many distinctive features about the holy day of Shabbat is its full menu. This naturally varies among the different ethnic groups that comprise the Jewish people. As a descendant of Lithuanian Eastern European Jews, I actually associate Shabbat with gefilte fish, chicken soup and hot cholent. Now that may not have been the menu for Jews in Yemen or in Iraq, and I readily acknowledge that fact, nevertheless to me these foods are inextricably bound to the holy day of Shabbat. Much of life and memory is composed of physical associations. Special and unique foods have always marked the commemoration of Shabbat in the Jewish world and throughout Jewish history. The Talmud records for us that a certain rabbi served cholent or some other form of that food on Shabbat to his Roman guest. The Roman was so impressed by this dish of hot food that he took the recipe and re-

serves regular fish, unless it is extremely well fileted, there will always be the problem of dealing with the bones that of the fish being eaten. One of the prohibitions of work on Shabbat is removing part of the fish – the bones – from the edible flesh of fish itself. In order to avoid this problem the fish itself was ground-up so that all of it now became edible, and the problem of removing the bones was obviated. I still remember both as a child and later as a very young husband setting up the hand grinder for the fish on Thursday nights and proceeding to grind the raw fish from which my mother, and later my wife, rolled into balls, spiced and then cooked. This gefilte fish became one of the staple delicacies of my Shabbat life. My mother never used the frozen fish loaves to make her delicious fish. It had to be freshly ground or otherwise it was not fit for the Shabbat table. My wife was also very reluctant to use such a time-saving creation but upon my prodding to do so – since I began to feel it beneath my dignity to have to grind raw fish on Thursday nights – succumbed to the advances of our progressive era and used the fish loaves. But both she and I agreed that our gefilte fish never quite tasted the same. Shabbat shalom

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Delicias de Shabbat Por Berel Wein

Una de las muchas características distintivas sobre el día santo de Shabbat es su menú completo. Esto varía naturalmente entre los diferentes grupos étnicos que componen el pueblo judío. Como un descendiente de los judíos lituanos de Europa del Este, en realidad asociar Shabbat con gefilte pescado, sopa de pollo y cholent caliente. Ahora bien, tal vez no haya sido el menú para los judíos en Yemen o en Irak, y reconozco de inmediato ese hecho, sin embargo para mí estos alimentos están inextricablemente ligados al día santo de Shabat. Gran parte de la vida y la memoria está compuesta de asociaciones físicas. Los alimentos especiales y únicos siempre han marcado la conmemoración de Shabat en el mundo judío ya lo largo de la historia judía. El Talmud registra para nosotros que cierto rabino sirvió cholent o alguna otra forma de esa comida en Shabat a su huésped romano. El romano estaba tan impresionado por este plato de comida caliente que tomó la receta y pidió

que se comen. Una de las prohibiciones del trabajo en Shabat es quitar parte del pescado - los huesos - de la carne comestible del pescado mismo. Con el fin de evitar este problema, el pescado en sí fue molido, de modo que ahora todo era comestible, y el problema de quitar los huesos fue evitado. Todavía recuerdo tanto como un niño y más tarde como un marido muy joven la preparación de la amoladora de mano para el pescado el jueves por la noche y procediendo a moler el pescado crudo de que mi madre, y más tarde mi esposa, rodó en bolas, . Este pez gefilte se convirtió en una de las delicadezas básicas de mi vida de Shabat. Mi madre nunca usó los panes de pescado congelados para hacer su delicioso pescado. Tenía que estar recién molido o de lo contrario no era apto para la mesa de Shabat. Mi esposa también era muy renuente a usar una creación tan ahorradora de tiempo, pero al insistir en hacerlo -desde que empecé a sentirme bajo mi dignidad de tener que moler pescado crudo los jueves por la noche- sucumbió a los avances de nuestra era progresiva y Utiliza los panes de pescado. Pero tanto ella como yo estuvimos de acuerdo en que nuestro pescado gefilte nunca probado lo mismo.


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Torah Thought The Most Important Trait: To Be a Good Friend Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

The wedding was magnificent. A beautiful chuppah took place on the beach as the sun set, and then it was time to go inside for the reception. I looked at my place card and went to my assigned table. When I got there, I was startled to discover that I was seated at a table of the chassan’s young friends, many of whom I had never met. I looked around the ballroom and noticed both a rabbis’ table and a table of community members, either one of which would have been a much more logical placement for me. I engaged in great conversation with the young men at my table and I enjoyed the evening, but I must admit, I was bewildered and confused as to why I was put at that table. To be honest, I was more than just perplexed. I was insulted and offended and felt somewhat singled out. The final dance concluded, sheva brachos were recited, and I headed to the valet to retrieve my car. I reached into my suit pocket for the ticket, and immediately I felt like a fool. In my pocket were two place cards that looked exactly alike, with nearly identical envelopes and calligraphy. In truth, I had been assigned to sit at the table with my peers. Unbeknownst to me, however, a place card from a different wedding had remained in my pocket, and when the time came to find my seat, I had taken that old place card out instead of the one I had been assigned at this wedding. The Gemara (Bava Basra 60b) tell us, “Keshot atzmecha v’achar kach keshot acheirim,” which is usually translated as, “Correct yourself first and only then correct others.” Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch suggests an alternative translation. The word keshot appears a number of times in the tefillah of Berich Shmeih — as in Oraisei keshot u’neviohi keshot — and it means “truth.” Based on this, Rav Hirsch explains the mandate of our rabbis as, be truthful with yourself and only then examine others. They say that when you point a finger at someone else, three more point back at you. In my case, it became obvious and

undeniable that although I was pointing a finger at my hosts for having seated me in the wrong place, the blame lay entirely with me. Often, life is more complicated and less clear. And yet how often do we rush to judgment, failing to pause and reflect on our role in any given situation? How often do we draw unfavorable conclusions regarding those around us, even our good friends? The Mishnah (Avos 1:6) tells us: Aseh lecha rav u’kneh lecha chaver, v’hevei dan

friend, and judge each person in a favorable manner. What is the connection between the injunction to give the benefit of the doubt and the imperative to acquire a friend? Rav Menachem Benzion Sacks, in his commentary on Pirkei Avos, explains that the capacity to give the benefit of the doubt is a prerequisite to being a good friend. Nobody is perfect. Everyone has flaws and deficiencies. Shlomo Hamelech, in his great wisdom, observed, “Ki adam ein tzaddik ba’aretz asher yaaseh tov v’lo yecheta — there are no fully righteous people in the world who only do good and never fall short.” We cannot have real, meaningful, and enriching friendships if we cannot favorably judge the people we interact with. Nobody wants to be judged negatively.

“To be a good friend is to see the totality of the person, including who he strives to be, and not just focus on the reality of that particular moment.”

es kol ha’adam l’chaf zechus — Make yourself a rav and acquire for yourself a

None of us wants to be caught, criticized, or condemned by our friends. To be a good friend means to allow

other people to be imperfect and vulnerable and to give them the confidence that you will be loyal — which means giving them the benefit of the doubt and assuming the best, whenever possible. So they didn’t e-mail, text, or call you back immediately. Perhaps they never received your message or were preoccupied with a pressing matter. So they haven’t reciprocated by inviting you for a Shabbos or Yom Tov meal. Maybe they cannot afford to entertain guests, or they are insecure in their ability to host a proper or meaningful Shabbos or Yom Tov seudah. So they said hello and shook hands with others at the kiddush or simchah and ignored you like you were invisible. Maybe they simply didn’t see you or were distracted at the moment. To be a good friend is to be forgiving, flexible, and willing to cut others slack. It is to see the best in them, not look for the worst. To find an excuse or explanation for their behavior, not to compile the evidence to support a case against them. Of course, not everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt, nor does everyone deserve our friendship. But if we seek to develop lasting friendships and acquire real friends, not just passing acquaintances, we must be more forbearing, and train ourselves to give the benefit of the doubt and not jump to assume the worst. Rav Menachem Benzion Sacks points out that the Mishnah subtly includes a strategy for judging others favorably. Rather than say hevei dan ha’adam l’chaf zechus it says hevei dan es kol ha’adam l’chaf zechus, judge the entire person favorably. The key to drawing positive conclusions is to look at the entire person, including his finest qualities and your whole history with him, rather than concentrate on the isolated negative incident alone. To be a good friend is to see the totality of the person, including who he strives to be, and not just focus on the reality of that particular moment. Next time you are tempted to point your finger at another, check your pocket. You may just find that the fault lies with you. Rabbi Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue.


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Psychology Today

Hungry For Success Dr. Yaakov Siegel

Somebody wrote in to a popular Jewish magazine asking about a Yeshiva student who is not currently attending school. The question was whether it is better for him to stay home or to find some type of work. The letter was answered by a Rabbi who weighed the pros and cons and concluded that it is good for the boy to be home as long as there is supervision but also maybe “to find a part-time job that is: a) low-paying and b) doesn’t have much of a future.” This way, he reasoned, the boy will not enjoy the job and will agree to return to Yeshiva because “the alternative is not rewarding enough.” The article mentioned that work may be even more dangerous than staying home because of the many negative influences in the workplace and the allure of making money, which was deemed “possibly the single most debilitating problem a bachur will ever encounter.” In reading this, I asked myself the question: is the goal to help this boy or is it to keep him in Yeshiva? At risk of

oversimplifying the Rabbi’s approach, it seems to be: if there is no Yeshiva for this boy right now, let’s at least make sure he fails at whatever else he tries to do. It seems that to this teacher, the worst case scenario is for the young man to taste the rewarding sweetness of success. His approach may be an effect way to drive the student back into the system but it is unlikely to help him grow into a happy or productive adult. To the contrary, it is likely that a young man with no Yeshiva is already familiar with the bitter sting of rejection. Setting him up with a low paying job that “doesn’t have much of a future” will only serve to demoralize and discourage him further. It will reinforce the idea that he is incapable and will never achieve what he wants. Instead of setting him up for failure and starving him out, perhaps we should help him to earn money, develop skill and finally feel good about himself. A rewarding position in a good company, one where he is surrounded with working Bnei Torah to serve as role models, minyanim and shiurim may just be what this bachur needs. Many working men are dedicated, with true sacrifice, to learning Torah each day. A struggling student may find inspiration in their commitment. Business is all about human interaction and customer service. A young man at work is forced to think of others, forgo instant gratifi-

cation and set aside personal interest for the good of the company and of the customer. Is that not a valuable life skill? It is true that there are negative influences and challenges in the workplace. There are tests everywhere in life. A Yeshiva environment is certainly “cleaner” than the streets. In Yeshiva, bachurim must try to use good judgment and exercise moral muscle to avoid being led astray by the glitter and glamour of recognition, honor, jealousy, competition and other bad character traits. We do not know the specifics of this letter-writer’s situation – how old he is or anything else. We hope for all of our boys to be in Yeshiva but somehow this bachur is not. Perhaps he needs a different environment to help him develop responsibility, self-respect and character. We can only hope that he and his parents take guidance from true Gedolei Torah in deciding what is right for him and his future. Whatever they choose, this young man deserves to be positioned to succeed. Because success breeds success. Dr. Siegel is a licensed psychologist in private practice. He has held positions in Federal and State institutions providing clinical services and psychological assessment.  He also served as clinical coordinator at an addiction center where he supervised and trained staff.   Dr. Siegel can be reached at 732-806-1513 or drsiegel@siegelpsychological.com

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Health & F tness

Liquid Diet Fact or Fiction By Aliza Beer MS, RD

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eople are always in search of the latest, magic, quickfix diet that will allow them to drop excess weight in no time without exerting much effort. One of these popular diets is the liquid detox diet, where, as implied by the name, one essentially ingests little or no food and relies on various blends of juices as the sole source of nutrition. The diet promises to cleanse and detox the body, assist with long-term weight loss, and leave one feeling rejuvenated. Unfortunately, these guarantees are far from the truth and do more harm than good. A liquid diet may help one achieve some weight loss, but the results will likely not last. Following a liquid diet, which cuts out mostly all solid foods, inevitably causes a major calorie cut in one’s daily intake. When your sole source of nutrition is drinks made from mainly vegetables, fruits, and clear broths, it is much more difficult to reach a sufficient calorie intake to provide one with enough energy for the day. That being said, the deficiency in calories automatically causes a weight loss. The problem is the type of weight that is being lost. While this calorie deficit may burn some fat, which is what we want to rid ourselves of for a healthy weight loss, it is also burning a lot of muscle due to the extremely low protein intake. Muscle mass is important for many components of our long-term health and also keeps up our metabolism, which allows us to burn more calo-

ries. On the other hand, a diet such as the liquid diet, which is too low in calories and protein, causes us to burn a lot of muscle weight and slow down our metabolisms, thus making it more difficult to efficiently burn calories. Once resuming your regular eating pattern again, all the weight will come right back. More often than not, one will gain additional

people often overlook the extraordinary internal detox system, which is exceptionally efficient at detoxing the body. Our liver, colon, and kidneys are designed to filter the body from toxins and chemicals on a constant basis. Of course eating high quantities of processed junk food will leave one feeling bloated and uncomfortable, but that is not to say that these organs are underperforming. It is

Leaving out necessary nutrients, proteins, and carbohydrates by maintaining a very low-calorie diet will leave you feeling lightheaded and fatigued.

weight as well. This is due to a variety of factors. After such a severe eating restriction, one is more likely to binge eat and actually consume more than before starting the diet. Also, post-liquid diet, one’s metabolism will be significantly slowed down. This combination of overeating with a slow metabolism will lead to weight gain. Therefore, not only is the liquid diet not efficient in causing long-term weight loss, it can actually cause weight gain. Along with weight loss, the liquid diet claims it provides a healthy, natural detox for the body. However,

simply the stomach and intestines reacting to the plethora of food ingested. While this is uncomfortable, the body is still efficiently detoxing itself. Thus, a liquid diet does not aid in detoxing your body. Lastly, the liquid diet will definitely not leave you feeling rejuvenated. Leaving out necessary nutrients, proteins, and carbohydrates by maintaining a very low-calorie diet will leave you feeling lightheaded and fatigued. The body needs enough calories in the healthy forms of protein and carbohydrates to allow your body to function properly. When you

do not meet these needs, your body will be left feeling dizzy and fatigued. The key to achieving long-term weight loss is a healthy diet combined with regular exercise. A diet that meets a healthful balance of all nutritional needs is the diet that will leave you with a lasting, slim waistline. Furthermore, combining a healthy diet with a regular exercise routine will ensure you are burning fat while maintaining muscle mass, and will keep your metabolism revved up and burning calories. There are no shortcuts to reach success. The liquid diet, which promises a rejuvenating body detox and quick weight loss in a short period of time, is yet another fad diet that will not yield true and lasting results. Though these promises may seem tempting, do not let yourself get lured into the liquid diet fad! Sticking to a healthy diet and lifestyle is the only true way to reach your goal weight and feel your best. Though it may take more time than the outlandish promise of “10 pounds in 5 days” that the liquid diet claims, with proper motivation, patience, and determination you will reach your goal and maintain it in the long run.

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

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Riddle me this? How many trees can you plant in an empty field that is 100 square feet? 

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Tree Trivia 1. What is the official tree of the U.S.? a. American Chestnut b. Gray Birch c.  Oak d. Hawthorn 2. Approximately how many types of trees are there in the world? a. 500 b. 2,000 c. 14,000 d. d.      23,000 3. Which country has the most square miles of forest? a. U.S. b. Russia c. Australia d. Brazil 4. The tallest tree in the world is a Coast Redwood located in Northern California. How tall is it? a. 379 ft b. 590 ft c. 734 ft d. 1,100 ft 5. Which of the following U.S.

states has the most trees? a. Wyoming b. Oregon c.  New York d. Ohio 6. The oldest known tree in the world is located somewhere in Inyo National Forest, California. (Its exact location is undisclosed to protect it from vandalism. If I found it, I would totally love to hang a “No Mets Parking Here” poster on it.) The tree is 4,789 years old. What is the name of the tree? a. Methuselah b. Solomon c.  Goliath d. Jacob’s Ladder 7. The science of calculating a tree’s age by its rings is known as: a. Chlorophyllyzation  b. Dendrochronology c. Treehugolagy d. Makeitupolagy because nobodyknowsyourelyingoligy e. Botanology f. Arboristology

 Answers: 1. C 2. D 3. B- Russia has approximately 3,287,243 square miles of forest. The U.S. comes in fourth place with 872,564 square miles of forest. 4. A 5. B- According to a report published by the USDA Forest Service in 2002, Oregon has the most trees in the U.S. 6. A 7. B Wisdom key: 6-7 correct: You are a serious tree lover. Let me guess, you tied yourself to a tree to protest it being cut down to build a new hospital, right? 3-5 correct:  Not bad. You see? You gained something from those nature walks that your parents forced you to take as a child. 0-2 correct: You could use a little less carbon dioxide and a little more oxygen… Develop a give and take with your local tree and maybe you will do better on the next trivia.


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Where Does Tom Brady Go From Here? Now that Tom Brady has the most Super Bowl rings, here are some other records, noted on guinnessworldrecords.com, which he can break if he puts his mind to it.

Heaviest aircraft pulled

Largest bubblegum bubble blown

onds at the Mark ‘n’ Simon Show, Sollhuben, Bavaria, Germany, on August 6, 2009.

Largest collection of hamburger related items

Kevin Fast (Canada) pulled a CC-177 Globemaster III, weighing 188.83 tons (416,299 lb.), a distance of 8.8 m (28 ft, 10.46 in) at Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ontario, Canada, on September 17, 2009.

Longest moustache

Chad Fell of the USA blew a bubblegum bubble with a diameter of 50.8 cm (20 inches) without using his hands at the Double Springs High School, Winston County, Alabama, on April 24, 2004.

Most wooden toilet seat broken

The largest collection of hamburger-related items belongs to Harry Sperl, (a.k.a. Hamburger Harry of Germany) and consists of 3,724 items, verified in Daytona Beach, Florida, on September 20, 2014

Longest career as an ice cream man

Most ice cream scoops balanced on a cone

The most ice cream scoops balanced on a cone is 121 and was achieved by Dimitri Panciera in Forno di Zoldo, Italy, on September 20, 2015.

The record for most wooden toilet seats broken with the head in a minute is 46 achieved by Kevin Shelley of the United States on the set of Guinness World Records - Die größten Weltrekorde in Cologne, Germany, on September 1, 2007.

Most straws stuffed in the mouth (hands off)

The most straws stuffed in a mouth is 400, achieved by Simon Elmore of the UK who held them there for 10 sec-

The longest career as an ice cream man is 67 years, achieved by Allan Ganz (born July 13, 1937, USA), who has been working as an ice cream man continuously from 1947 to 2014, in Peabody, Massachusetts, at the age of 76.

Answer to Riddle: One. After that, it’s not empty anymore.

The longest moustache measures 4.29 m (14 ft) and belongs to Ram Singh Chauhan from India. It was measured on the set of the Italian TV show “Lo Show dei Record” in Rome, Italy, on March 4, 2010.

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Jews in the Civil War By Avi Heiligman

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n most conflicts in the past 300 years, Jews have participated. Even in wars in the most far flung places there have been Jews serving as soldiers, advisors, doctors and nurses, in logistics, as spies and in the many other positions needed to fight a war. Fighting in the spirit of patriotism is a major factor for joining, and during the American Civil War about 10,000 joined the armed forces. Around 7,000 wore the blue of the Union military, and 3,000 donned the Confederate gray. There are few “big” names among the Jewish veterans but many other servicemen and women’s stories can be highlighted. Lewis Morrison was born Morris W. Morris in Jamaica in 1845 and moved to Louisiana at a young age. His family was of Jewish, African, Spanish and English origin and he was black. Before he got his start as a very famous stage actor, he joined the military. When he was just 16, the Civil War broke out and he felt the need to help his new country. There was an all-black regiment forming in Louisiana called

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the 1st Louisiana Native Guards and he joined as an officer. The soldiers were all free blacks but the regiment was soon disbanded when the state banned blacks from serving. Many of the soldiers turned to the north to fight for the U.S., and Morris became the first Jewish black Union officer. Medicine in the mid-19th century was very primitive. Men with bullet wounds usually had shattered bones as well (the invention of the Minie ball, ammunition for a musket that crushed on impact, was a major factor). Many soldiers suffered from diseases like chicken pox, measles and dysentery, and there was no cure for them at the time. Sterilizing equipment was not standard practice while many men suffered from lack of hygiene (20% of the soldiers that were operated on during the war died post-surgery). That being said, no medical facility anywhere on the continent during the Civil War equaled the fame and notoriety of Chimborazo Hospital. It quickly emerged early in the war as one of the largest, best-organized, and most sophisti-

cated hospitals in the Confederacy. By the end of the war, over 76,000 patients had come through their doors. One of the division heads at the hospital was Phoebe Yates Levy Pember. Pember was born in 1823 to a rich Jewish family from Charleston, South Carolina. After her husband had died in 1861, she accepted an invitation to serve in Chimborazo Hospital. The army needed people to serve as nurses but since most men were needed to do the actual fighting, the Confederacy turned to women for volunteers. Many women declined, citing that it was too hazardous, and only the bravest joined to care for the wounded in their most critical times. It was an unusual job for a woman at a time when virtually all nursing was done by men. One of her contemporaries described her to have a “will of steel under a suave refinement.” Under the supervision of a senior medical officer and with the help of numerous assistants, she oversaw nursing operations in the second of the hospital’s five divisions and attended to the house-

keeping, dietary needs and comfort of over fifteen thousand men. As the first female administrator appointed to Chimborazo, Pember offered the warmth that wounded soldiers needed. She published her memoirs in 1879 under the title of A Southern Woman’s Story. Another Jewish Confederate who broke barriers was world renowned sculptor Moses Ezekiel. Born in Richmond, he became the first Jewish cadet at the Virginia Military Academy. His class of 1866 took part in the May 1864 Battle of New Market. They marched 80 miles and joined a makeshift army that despite many casualties forced Union troops out of the Shenandoah Valley. After the battle, he found his friend, Thomas Garland Jefferson, mortally wounded. Along with another cadet they took him to a nearby family and stayed with him until the grandson of the third president died two days later. The cadets had a 23% casualty rate but he was able to return to the institute to continue studying. While Richmond was being attacked, Ezekiel, along with other cadets, took part in the


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defense of the Confederate capital. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery at the foot of the Confederate Memorial that he sculpted. The inscription on his grave reads: “Moses J. Ezekiel Sergeant of Company C Battalion of Cadets of the Virginia Military Institute.” Prior to the Civil War, medals weren’t given out for bravery on the battlefield. Over 1,500 Medal of Honors were issued during the Civil War after President Lincoln signed the bill that was made into legislation in early 1862. The guidelines for the honor were very loose. Seven (the number varies depending on sources) Jewish servicemen received the medal for gallantry in action. Private Benjamin Levy served

The gravesite of Moses Ezekiel

Phoebe Pember memorialized on a stamp

as a drummer boy in the 1st New York Infantry during the Battle of Glendale on June 30, 1862. After his drum was destroyed, he took the weapon of his tent mate who was unable to fight due to illness. He saw the color bearer go down

and picked up the flag to join the charge. Levy was later wounded in the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864. He was awarded for his actions that day, becoming one of the youngest Medal of Honor recipients at the age of just 17.

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Heroes come in many different shapes and sizes. These heroes were from very different types of backgrounds and yet they were all Jewish. The generic war hero that the movies have depicted is a “manly” man who was born to fight. Artisans, women, immigrants and 16-year-olds (Levy was 16 when he joined the army) aren’t in this category but still are heroes that the pages of history have left as footnotes.

Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns and can be reached at aviheiligman@gmail.com.


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Sweet Bread By Jon Kranz

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et’s talk about sweet breads. No, not the fleishig kind, a meaty kosher delicacy that actually is neither sweet nor bread. No, no, no. I’m talking about the “sweet bread” that challah has become. You know, those new hip challahs loaded with enough gooey chocolate to instantly induce a hyperglycemic seizure. When exactly did challah start turning into dessert? When I was growing up, challah was boring and disappointing, just like my bar mitzvah performance. In my day, a sesame or poppy seed coating was a big deal. Raisin challah was an even bigger deal, reserved for holidays or as a consolation prize when the bakery had nothing else. Nowadays, however, challahs come loaded with chocolate chips, cinnamon swirls and a myriad of other treats. Basically, challah has become cake. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing Red Velvet Challah, Devil’s Food Challah and Strawberry Short Challah. These new sweet challahs are so filled with cavity-causing ingredients that they’ve become a dentist’s dream. In fact, four out of five dentists recommend that you eat only sweet challah. The fifth dentist feels differently but due to threats from the others, is currently in the DPP, Dentist Protection Program. (In the 1990s, the same crooked dentists were indicted for incisor trading.) Back to sweet bread. We all have heard the story about the former Queen of France, Marie-Antoinette, who allegedly declared: “Let them eat cake.” But the queen was not talking

about sweet challah and she certainly did not say, “Lechem be cake.” Speaking of lechem, how can one make Hamotzi on something that looks like it should be served with candles on someone’s birthday? If our wholesome challahs are transitioning into cake, wouldn’t Mezonot be more appropriate?

Frankenstein-ish combo of a croissant and a donut. Why are bakers creating these crazy concoctions? It’s like our baked goods are having an identity crisis. What’s next, the buffin (bagel/muffin), scita (scone/pita) and, of course, the labatta (laffa/ciabatta)? I can already hear the commercial jingle for the labatta, sung to the tune of

I wonder what other sacred food barriers will be broken? Gefilte fish-flavored wine? Cholent salad? Chopped liver-flavored after-dinner mint (to be paired with TamTam-flavored gum)?

And guess who I blame for this “sweet challah” syndrome? I blame the matzah ball, and being unleavened is no excuse. The moment someone had the half-baked idea of dropping a matzah ball into a cup of consommé, it literally destroyed the critical line between bread and soup. (As one politician might say, a meal without borders is not a meal.) I wonder what other sacred food barriers will be broken? Gefilte fish-flavored wine? Cholent salad? Chopped liver-flavored after-dinner mint (to be paired with TamTam-flavored gum)? I also hold others accountable for these new “sweet challah” creations. For example, I blame the cronut, a

the 1950s hit “La Bamba.” (La, La, La, La... Labatta!) If this “sweet challah” cross-dishing craziness continues and if dessert keeps encroaching on other dishes, I’ll tell you who should be very nervous: the kugel. Yes, the kugel should be shaking in its tins because it’s only a matter time until someone starts drowning it in chocolate too. For the record, I really don’t want to start gossiping about the demise of the kugel because that would be like speaking “lokshen” hara. But kugels really need to be on high alert. And do you know who should be even more furious and frightened by the challah-cake insanity? Our dear

friend, the babka. It should be livid because the sweet challah is literally killing the babka! (There, I said it. Someone had to. Bravest thing I’ve ever done.) Yes, the sweet challah is rendering the babka completely obsolete. And it’s totally unfair because the homely babka was never meant to compete with the handsome challah. Just the other day, I saw a child in a bakery point to an innocent chocolate babka and exclaim: “Hey Mom, look at that chocolate challah wannabe. Why do they even make those babka things? They’re outrageous. Hold me, Mommy, I’m scared. Can we please go look at the beautiful challahs? Please, Mommy, please.” Suffice it to say, it’s this kind of ignorance and baseless hatred that easily can lead to generational babka bigotry. I hate to say it but because of sweet challah, babka extinction may be fast approaching. So I say, run for your lives, babkas! Run now! And tell your rugelach pals not to get too comfortable. Bottom-line: As the famous proverb warns, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” But if sweet challah is here to stay then perhaps we all should heed the prophetic lyrics of the 1970s band Bread (that’s really their name), who aptly sang: “No more retreat, only sweet... surrender.” Jon Kranz is an attorney living in Englewood, New Jersey. Send any comments, questions or insults to jkranz285@gmail.com.


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Dating Dialogue

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

I cannot believe I am writing into you guys, but here goes. I enjoy reading your advice and I’m hopeful you might be able to help me. I’m Modern Orthodox, unlike most of the people who write into the column – shomer Shabbos, kashrus, davening, the whole nine yards. Think very modern YU. I hate labels but just to give you some context. Here is my dilemma. I’m changing some info to protect my identity. I have been dating my girlfriend, Rebecca* (changed her name) for six months and change. We have strong feelings for each other. I would be considering an engagement in the relatively near future except for one problem. I’m hoping that by writing in I will gain some clarity on this issue that will help me move forward with Rebecca or break up with Rebecca. I asked her to have some time alone so I can think. IfI keep seeing her, I will only get more lost in my confusion. Rebecca and I were set up by very close friends. When I mentioned her name to my parents, it didn’t ring a bell. A month in and my parents realized that she is the daughter of a couple they had a falling out with many years ago. I won’t get into any details about their fight, but suffice it to say it’s relatively unimportant. At about the three month mark, I want-

Dear Navidaters,

ed our parents to get together because Rebecca and I were getting serious. It was an awful meeting. I think all four of our parents are immature and clearly are unable to put their petty nonsense behind them for the wellbeing of their children. Not only do we have this obvious tension, but her parents have started speaking unkindly about me to Rebecca behind my back. I hate to even have to defend my character, but it is important that you, the panel, know that I am down to earth, involved in chessed all my life, never touched a drug, all around pretty good guy. They also speak poorly of my parents to Rebeca, whereas my parents swore to me that they would never say an unkind word about her parents. I don’t see this situation getting any better between our parents. I am struggling with what my life will look like should I marry Rebecca. Our kids will have feuding grandparents. Will her parents constantly be in Rebecca’s ear speaking badly about me? I know enough to know that that can impact a marriage. Will Rebecca eventually side with her parents and turn on me? She says no, but that isn’t a guarantee. My parents love Rebecca and tell me to go ahead with it and not worry about her parents. Something about that isn’t sitting well with me. I am having trouble ignoring this situation. Here’s the big question. Do I move forward and commit to Rebecca under these circumstances or do I break up with Rebecca? I don’t want to get more deeply involved until I figure this out. I asked Rebecca for some time apart to think about this. All insight or advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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

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The Panel

The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S.

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ood for you for reaching out and asking for help. Continue to do so. This is not a matter to be undertaken by the young people nor by panelists. You need a professional whom both parents will respect – to try to talk to the parents in this situation. I would suggest that the two of you meet with a rabbinic figure connected to Rebecca’s family, someone whom they respect and who knows them a long time. He may not be their present rabbi. Meet together and take some time to talk to him separately as well. Ask him to get involved. But first, you and Rebecca need to be on the same page in terms of next steps. If you both agree that your relationship is important and that you are willing to invest further to get everyone on board, then get yourselves professional support for the process. You will need to be a team but you are still two separate people who have grown up with different parents, attitudes and styles of communicating. It is natural to want to defend your own parents. Thus, you both need to talk to the same person separately besides together. You haven’t told us about Rebecca’s thoughts and feelings about the next step. That is very telling. You are probably not on the same page and/or your relationship is not strong enough to deal with this issue. My conclusion is to keep dating Rebecca while seeing a professional separately and together. Then follow his/her recommendations and involve a respected rabbi to begin to engage her parents in conversation. See how this goes. You are at a point in a process. It is not over yet. I think you made a mistake in bringing the two sets of parents together too early and without help. You need to not only deal with the

repercussions of that encounter but to explore the nature of communication and relationship as a couple and in the family context. Good luck.

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table challenges that pop up in every marriage – meddlesome in-laws or not.

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Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A.

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K, so Rebecca’s parents and yours do not get along. Nothing new here. Even Romeo and Juliet never tied the knot because their parents couldn’t reconcile their differences. As a Navidaters’ groupie, you’ve seen various columns devoted to feuding in-laws. In fact, the last questioner who wanted to break an engagement because of overbearing demanding in-laws was reassured that while mechutanim may or may not become best friends, they can learn to get along if they both agree on the primacy of the couple’s shalom bayis. Your dilemma has a different twist. First, you aren’t even engaged and “are struggling” with your prospective marriage to Rebecca. The trial “meet and greet” with the inlaws backfired – with Rebecca’s parents clinging to their “petty nonsense” and subsequently badmouthing you. In spite of Rebecca’s reassurance that she will “stand by her man” you are not convinced. Sounds like you have already built a case for calling it quits. Still, if you truly have strong feelings for Rebecca (as indicated by your six-month courtship), I advise you to explore the question of “us vs. them” with Rebecca in the context of pre-marital counseling. Only in a therapist’s office can you and Rebecca discuss your doubts and fears openly and get professional validation for your concerns. Best of all, if you decide to get married, you will have acquired some valuable tools to help you deal with the inevi-

ollow your gut. You said you are feeling very uncomfortable about all of this. You are afraid of feuding grandparents and I do not blame you. You will have a lifetime of simchas where you will have to deal with them and vice versa. You said they are starting to speak badly about you. So

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Marriage is not about choosing your spouse over your parents.  It is about finding the right balance.  ask yourself: why would you want to continue? Yes, marriage comes in a package. You need to feel respect and honored by your future in-laws. Otherwise, there will be continuous friction and discomfort. And I disagree with Rebecca, because she thinks this is about choosing one over the other. It does not go that way. It is already

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about her choosing you over them. That is not a good way to start off a lifetime of marriage. Marriage is not about choosing your spouse over your parents. It is about finding the right balance. Unless you can work out their issues with your parents with a third party and allow the past to be completely forgotten with a new slate of respect and acceptance, I do not think you should continue. Now she says she will stick by you. But what will happen after the first baby is born and she needs her mother and is feeling vulnerable? And then there are the simchas to plan. What will happen then? The fights will begin and then

what...? Life is so hard as it is. Why go into this with such negativity already? It is so interesting to me that in hindsight people often say, “Oh, I saw the signs, but I thought it was going to pass.” So here you see the signs. Why start?

The Single Tova Wein

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t sounds to me like you are taking a break because your instincts are telling you that there is trouble in paradise and you need to take some

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

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y best advice is that you take a break – together. In other words, voice your concerns to Rebecca and ask her to see a therapist with you during your time-out. Make sure the therapist specializes in couple’s therapy. With the therapist, you and Rebecca will be able to voice your concerns and fears about the future. The therapist will help facilitate this conversation and help you reach your own insights and conclusions with regard to the future of the relationship. From your email, it seems as though your gut is alerting you to a potentially awful situation. You don’t want a life of feuding grandparents and division and tension within the family. You’d like your future in-laws to think accurately of you and at the very least not to speak unkindly of you to their daughter. You have a good gut. You have good instincts. This kind of behavior is at best, unkind;

at worst, malicious – not only to you, but to their own child, Rebecca. I would suspect that this kind of behavior is indicative of other unhealthy and dysfunctional family dynamics. One question that comes up for me is, Is Rebecca part of the family dysfunction or is she her own healthy entity? There are people who come from toxic or dysfunctional families who are resilient and healthy. They either disconnect completely from the toxicity or have learned how to engage and protect themselves from unhealthy family members. And then there are those individuals who cannot or have not yet individuated from the family system and are very much part of the problem. My question for you is: what do you need from Rebecca in order to feel confident and comfortable mov-

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time to reassess your situation and figure out whether you need to put the brakes on this relationship. It doesn’t feel right and you know it! Nothing is perfect. Few people can honestly say that they went through their dating process, engagement and ultimate marriage without lots of bumps in the road. However, to start out –right out of the gate – with future in-laws who are badmouthing not only your parents, but you as well – that’s pretty extreme. I don’t think anything good can possibly come from this situation. If you believe that you and Rebecca have something so extraordinarily special together – and frankly, from your letter, I definitely didn’t get that sense – then you may want to put out your best efforts. That would entail you, Rebecca and her parents going together to a family therapist and discussing their inap-

ing forward with her? Do you need her to create boundaries with her parents? Do you need to see her assert herself with her parents? Do you want to see her making more effort to stand up for you? Keep in mind that Rebecca cannot be made responsible to change her parents’ behaviors and outlook. That wouldn’t be fair to Rebecca. In therapy, you will share your needs with Rebecca, you will process your need with Rebecca and the therapist, and you will learn in therapy whether or not Rebecca can meet your needs. I also suggest you see your own therapist now. I know, I know…so much therapy! The cost! The time! If you can, spend the money and the time. Hopefully it will be the best money and time ever spent. I suggest this because you may need your own personal space to process the couple’s therapy and also to unpack and process your own feelings, without having to monitor yourself in front of Rebecca. Sometimes we need

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I would suspect that this kind of behavior is indicative of other unhealthy and dysfunctional family dynamics.

propriate behavior. If her parents are able to see the error of their ways and understand how detrimental such behavior is toward a marriage and agree to immediately stop all the ugly chatter, then I would say keep dating for a while and see if they are good for their word. But until, and unless, Rebecca’s parents are able to turn around their attitudes toward you and your parents, you are walking into a problematic situation that will no doubt only get worse with time. Sometimes, the writing is on the wall – and if so, my advice would be “run for your life!”

to say some ugly or hurtful things and we don’t feel comfortable, especially in such a young relationship like yours. I can sense how much you care for her and how much pain you are in right now. Take care of it in therapy sooner rather than later. We walk down the aisle when we feel ready to fully embrace the other person. Not a moment sooner. Good luck. 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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Sean Spicer said that Nordstrom’s decision to stop carrying Ivanka Trump’s clothing line is an attack on the president, and he’s also mad at Men’s Wearhouse, because he does not like the way he looks. – Seth Myers

Five other retailers, including Neiman Marcus, also announced that they are dropping Ivanka Trump’s fashion line, while AutoZone announced they’ll no longer carry Eric and Donald Jr.’s hair grease. – Ibid

Punch a Zionist today - Tweet by a member of the Legislative Council and Board of Directors of the Students’ Society of McGill University in Montreal

Today is National Kite Flying Day. Why we have this in February, I have no idea. Having National Kite Flying Day in February is like having National Snowman Building Day in July. This is where the kite lobby put it. See, this is the sort of thing President Trump needs to look into if he wants to make America great again .- Jimmy Kimmel

I walked the complex inner-city streets of Cleveland during the racial unrest of the ‘60s. I was in rural Georgia when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in Tennessee. I watched every moment of the Watergate hearings that led to the resignation of Richard M. Nixon. I watched soot-covered New Yorkers grimly trudging north on West End Avenue on September 11, 2001. I am more troubled now.

Excuse me, but yes, [I would ask that of] them and others [persons with nonEuropean citizenship]. I’m asking the Israelis to choose their nationality. It doesn’t mean that if they don’t choose French nationality, they have to leave. France can certainly accommodate foreign people on its soil longterm, those with foreign citizenship … as long as they respect French laws and French values, which is often a problem on the immigration issue. It’s not really a problem with Israel on this topic. - Marine Le Pen, head of the Front National Party and a leading candidate in the upcoming French presidential elections this spring, to France 2 TV, saying that a ban on dual nationality would be extended to Jewish citizens of France as well

– From a hate-filled email by Steve Nelson, principal of the Calhoun School in Manhattan, to parents, stating that the election of President Trump is worse than the horrible deaths of thousands of innocent people on 9/11

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Scientists are hoping to use quinoa to fight world hunger. After hearing this, hungry people all around the world said, “Actually, we’re good.” – Conan O’Brien

I don’t want to condemn Israel. Israel has a long history of condemnations and challenges. I don’t want to condemn Israel during my administration. I understand Israel very well and respect it very much. Israelis have gone through very difficult periods. - President Trump in an interview with Israel Hayom, when asked whether he will condemn Israel’s settlement expansion

I see being called “fake news” as the equivalent of the “n-word” for journalists. - CNN’s Chris Cuomo, responding to Trump’s assertion that CNN is fake news The Jewish Home | OCTOBER 29, 2015

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MORE QUOTES Really annoyed that @Apple and @ Twitter continue to flood my phone with liberal slanted anti trump articles. fair and equal reporting? No? – Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer

The U.S. Army has officially lifted its ban on soldiers having dreadlocks. This is good news for the Army’s elite Hacky Sack Corps. – Conan O’Brien

New research predicts that in 65 billion years, the moon will crash into the Earth. After hearing this, half of America said, “Hey, can we move that up a bit? How about Wednesday?” - Conan O’Brien

According to a new survey, almost a third of people say their coworkers spend more time talking about politics than business. “Thank G-d that’s not the case where I work,” said Mike Pence. – Seth Myers

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Senator Chuck Schumer was equally enthusiastic about his own recipe, a wideranging cooking project that centers on a meatloaf of beef, veal and pork surrounded by pieces of barbecued chicken. - From a New York Times article about different meatloaf recipes, disclosing the meatloaf recipe by Sen. Chuck Schumer, who loves to talk about how Jewish he is

The Baltimore airport just got a gym where you can work out while you wait for a flight... So now instead of just sitting around during long layovers you can spend that time feeling guilty about not going to the gym. – Jimmy Fallon

3-0 – Tweet by Hillary Clinton after 3 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled unanimously against Trump’s executive order relating to seven Middle Eastern countries

PA, WI, MI - Kellyanne Conway’s tweet in response to Hillary

0-2 - Tweet by Stephen Miller, responding to Hillary’s quote

Tweeting like this reminds me of standing outside the ball park with a transistor radio cuz you don’t have a ticket. - Tweet by Greg Gutfield, responding to Hillary’s quote

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s office recently reported that it gets around 1.5 million calls from constituents per day, but most of them are just people asking him to push up his glasses. – Seth Myers

We’ve seen nothing where we can, where I can work with President Bush on. - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi confusing her presidents at an anti-Trump press conference

Today, the Senate officially confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary, with a vote of 51 to 50… It was actually a 50-50 tie vote that was broken by the vice president. Which makes the vote for education secretary the only place where a 51 is a passing grade. – Jimmy Fallon

When Jeff Sessions was passed, it turned my stomach. I don’t have anything against him personally. It’s known we’re here in that gym together in the morning but to have a man like this with his record on immigration, he’s almost certainly the most anti-immigrant senator of the hundred, on civil rights and voting rights he’s probably one of the top three or four against these sacred rights, civil rights, and voting rights, he doesn’t belong there and I think a lot of Republicans know it. - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on MSNBC

It totally undid me that he could vote for Trump. I felt like I had been fooling myself. It opened up areas between us I had not faced before. I realized how far I had gone in my life to accept things I would have never accepted when I was younger. - Gayle McCormick, 73, who left her husband of 22 years because he voted for Trump, in an interview with Reuters

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Something Doesn’t Smell Right in the State of Israel Will Investigations into Netanyahu be His Downfall? BY NACHUM SOROKA

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people living on this side of the Atlantic, Benyamin Netanyahu represents a much different individual than he does to his citizenry. Here in America, Netanyahu exemplifies the gifted orator who takes on the entire body of the UN; the Hebrew Paul Revere apprising the world of imminent nuclear war; the valiant defender of Jews around the world. But the Netanyahu known to Israelis since he stepped into the national political sphere there some thirty years ago is a more personal and flawed figure, one who is wont to hold an iron grip on power and isolate his political threats. Indeed, Netanyahu’s four terms as Israel’s prime minister, which span eleven years, is not viewed by all Israelis as a testament to his accomplishments as government leader; it is rather considered the product of Netanyahu’s shrewd maneuverings in creating a government packed with his loyalists. In order to understand Benyamin Netanyahu one must first know his controlling wife, Sara. The Netanyahus are Israel’s premiere power couple, upon whom rest the fates of every Israeli in power. In 2013, the longtime Speaker of the Knesset, Reuven Rivlin, was stripped of his position by Netanyahu without warning. Rivlin’s miscue? He had angered Sara Netanyahu, whom he

subsequently described as “a person that is always at the center of things but apparently behind the scenes.” She has been named by Forbes Israel as the country’s “Most Powerful Woman” and has been the target of the media for decades. A daughter of the late Shmuel Ben-Arzi, the noted Israeli poet, Sara has the reputation of being an abusive boss with an uncontrollable temper – she insists on being called “HaGiveret” by all her employees – and a watchful wife whose jealousy can break even the most promising of careers. The Netanyahus have long exploited the status afforded them of being a power couple. As early as 1994, Haaretz wrote about their penchant for haggling over meals at restaurants to flat-out not paying (“Al tip— ein mah l’daber!”). Israel’s Channel 10 led a series of investigations a few years ago into the couple’s habit of traveling abroad on luxury trips through private donor monies and how even on one occasion Sara brought along her dirty laundry to have it cleaned by the destination hotel’s housekeeping department. Sara’s reaction to the stories was “why do you lie? This is the man who will save Israel from another Holocaust!” Israeli authorities have recently begun questioning the Netanyahus about their acceptance of gifts from

wealthy supporters, most notably cigars from the world famous movie producer Arnon Milchan (Pretty Woman; JFK; The Revenant). Netanyahu’s lawyer summarily dismissed the allegations, saying, “Any reasonable person knows that there is nothing remotely criminal involved when a close friend gives his friend a gift of cigars,” but the national police allege that there was a quid pro quo attached to these gifts: a long-term U.S. visa for Milchan, which Netanyahu requested from John Kerry a number of times in 2014. Milchan is a controversial figure: he was at one point the largest arms dealer in Israel and was involved in an investigation regarding the smuggling of nuclear-related devices into the country.

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is not the first time that cigars and other luxury items have brought down an Israeli prime minister. Ehud Olmert, was forced to resign as prime minister in 2008 after evidence was brought against him that he misused political funds paid in cash from an American businessman for personal use, including on cigars and expensive watches. Olmert is currently serving an 18 month term in prison. Olmert was also called to testify against his predecessor, Ehud Barak,

for taking millions, tens of millions of dollars in bribes, in 2014. “There was no arms deal done by Israel [that was not affected],” according to Olmert. The disgraced prime minister called Barak a “lunatic” who was jealous of Olmert’s luxury car and lifestyle. At the time of his resignation, Olmert’s chief rival heralded the downfall of the prime minister, proclaiming that “this government has reached the end. … National responsibility requires we return to the people for new elections.” Coincidentally, that man was Benyamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu’s current interior minister, Aryeh Deri, also served 22 months in jail after being convicted in 1999 of accepting $155,000 in bribes while holding the same position. Deri succeeded Silvan Shalom, who was also forced to resign under scandalous conditions. It is speculated that Sara Netanyahu’s vigilance over his husband’s circle of confidants is also a product of a 1993 scandal which threatened Bibi’s political future in the Likud party. So she remains watchful over who is in his close circle of friends, but may not opine on other national issues, some say. “She won’t get involved regarding whether to raise the value-added tax or to attack Iran,” a source formerly close


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to the Netanyahus told Forbes Israel. “But she will definitely be involved in deciding on who gets to decide these very important issues.” Misconduct does not seem to be a rarity in the current political environment in Israel, but there was a time when government officers there were held to a much higher (albeit limited to public) standard. Yitzchak Rabin was forced to resign as prime minister in 1977 after reports surfaced that his wife held a foreign bank account with $10,000 of her own money. At the time, such an offense was considered a misdemeanor and was scandalous enough to bring down the head of the government. Rabin, however, was able to recover and his career lasted until his assassination in 1995.

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the Netanyahus’ ill scruples may have crossed the sacred line of personal gain to national interest. For years, the prime minister has suffered from being the fodder for the left wing media in Israel. In 1999, after losing a bid for reelection, he laid the blame on the country’s radical left wing newspaper Yediot Acharonot. Sara Netanyahu has compared the paper’s publisher, Arnon Mozes, to Lord Voldemort. In 2007, the billionaire Las Vegas tycoon Sheldon Adelson self-funded Yisrael Hayom, a right wing paper, which has become the largest read newspaper in the country. Adelson is speculated to have lost $190 million on the paper, which is circulated for free across Israel and charges a third of its competitors’ price for advertising. The paper has become Netanyahu’s staunchest supporter, to the point where it is now referred to in

Israel as Bibiton, a sharp play on the word “iton,” newspaper. In 2015, lawyers in Israel tried having Yisrael Hayom banned from distribution, alleging that it was controlled by Netanyahu and that by being distributed for free it constituted illegal campaign propaganda. Israel has much stricter campaign finance laws – there is no such thing as a Super PAC there – and the existence of a free Netanyahu mouthpiece constituted a donation in the amount of tens of millions of dollars

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es instructing his most liberal writers to lay off of the prime minister and hire some more right-wing columnists. Unbeknownst to the prime minister, the meetings were recorded, and although nothing came of the conversations, Netanyahu may face serious reputational, political and even criminal consequences if more details of the meetings are released. Again, Netanyahu’s cronyism may pay off. The investigations are being led by Avichai Mandelblit, the attorney general. Mandelblit was

“My level of intervention in the press, trying to control stories, is zero. Subzero,” he asserted.

The investigation brings up the ghosts of a 2003 story in which Netanyahu tried to flex his muscles over Ronald Lauder, the American billionaire and heir to the Estee Lauder fortune. Lauder purchased Israel’s Channel 10 back then, in the hopes of creating an independent TV station in Israel, where most of the country’s broadcasting is aired on state-owned media. But the station’s investigations into the first couple’s luxurious shenanigans drove Netanyahu to exercise heavy pressure on the network, including placing a call to Lauder himself to get him to quell the sensational stories. Ultimately, the two, who were once close friends, cut their ties. “It’s O.K.” is how Netanyahu characterizes their relationship now. “We’ve had warmer periods and cooler periods. I respect him, and he respects me.”

Politics to the prime minister, they alleged. But Netanyahu swore he had no control over the newspaper. “My level of intervention in the press, trying to control stories, is zero. Subzero,” he asserted. “Almost the whole Israeli media is dependent upon Bibi,” says a former editor of Maariv, Amnon Dankner, “and while I won’t say they’re not criticizing him, the music has changed – to quieter, less vociferous tones.” According to investigators, Netanyahu staged a series of secret meetings with Arnon Mozes of Yediot Acharonot at one point and sought to make amends with his nemesis by offering to curtail the circulation of Yisrael Hayom in exchange for Moz-

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hired by Netanyahu in 2013 as cabinet secretary and was appointed in 2016 as attorney general by Netanyahu. He has repeatedly stonewalled police in investigating the Netanyahus and has gone so far as to refuse to allow them to question Benyamin and Sara simultaneously – a common practice in such investigations. Critics have been vocal over the attorney general’s relationship with Netanyahu. During a recent Knesset session in which Netanyahu addressed the members, he quoted his opposition, saying, “The message is clear: ‘If you don’t indict Netanyahu, then you are not qualified to enforce the law. Bring us Netanyahu’s head, and if you don’t, you don’t deserve to be the attorney general.’”

has always been a dirty business; even the most well-intentioned need to wade through the mud in order to remain relevant. To survive as long as they have in the Bauhaus home in Rechavia which serves at the prime minister’s residence, the Netanyahus have no doubt had to play the game better than their many rivals. Whether Sara Netanyahu is the domineering woman controlling the political landscape of Israel that the left wing media make her out to be and whether Benyamin Netanyahu is the Putin-like leader his opponents would like us to believe, will never be fully known. On this side of the Atlantic, though, what’s important is the safety and prosperity of our brothers in Israel. And that is something we can all grade the prime minister on.

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Shakeup in the White House

What Happened with National Security Advisor Flynn and Where the Administration Goes from Here BY SUSAN SCHWAMM

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first real shakeup in the Trump Administration took place on day 24 into the new president’s reign when National Security Advisor Michael Flynn resigned after coming under fire for misleading the Trump administration about a pre-inauguration phone call that he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. The oft-used Washington adage, “The cover-up is worse than the crime,” is certainly true in this case. The matter first came to light last month when intelligence leaks disclosed that in December Flynn held a series of phone calls with the Russian ambassador. When asked by the press about the nature of those phone calls – in light of allegations that Russia engaged in nefarious activities in order to help Trump win the election – Vice President Pence and other White House officials asserted that the conversations were merely to exchange greetings and to arrange for a future conversation

between Mr. Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Pence denied that Flynn spoke about American sanctions. “They did not discuss anything having to do with the United States’ decision to expel diplomats or impose censure against Russia,” the vice president said on “Face The Nation.” The phone calls between Flynn and the Russian ambassador first came under suspicion because they took place the day that then-President Obama imposed sanctions and expelled Russian diplomats from the U.S. in response to perceived meddling by Russia in the hacking into Democrat National Committee emails, which were slowly released by WikiLeaks throughout the presidential campaign. In response to the U.S. sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed to have a laissez faire attitude – which is clearly against his M.O. – and declared that he would not take any countermeasures. That was a headscratcher and ultimately led people to question if Flynn had reas-

sured Russia that the sanctions would be reversed after January 20.

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Flynn had already been tapped to be Trump’s national security advisor and was working on the transition team, an archaic law, called the Logan Act, makes it a crime for an unauthorized citizen to negotiate with foreign governments who are in dispute with the United States. Since Flynn was not authorized by the Obama administration to discuss the sanctions, his discussion of them, according to some in the legal community, would have been a violation of the Logan Act. Even if Flynn technically violated the Logan Act according to the letter of the law, in the 200-plus years that the law has been in existence nobody has ever been found guilty for violating it. The Logan Act is over two centuries old and came to be due to events that took place during the


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presidency of John Adams. At the time, a private citizen, Dr. John Logan, engaged in unauthorized freelance diplomacy with France, and the United States government wanted to ensure that that would never happen again. Despite the law, it is common for presidential transition teams to begin feeling their way around foreign policy matters and holding discussions with their international counterparts before the swearing in of the new president. The Logan Act has never been an impediment to that. And many believe that transition teams are not in violation of the Logan Act when dipping their feet into foreign policy. Despite Flynn’s assertion to Vice President Pence that he did not discuss sanctions in the call in question, last month the Justice Department informed the White House that the phone conversation was tapped by an intelligence agency and, in fact, Flynn did discuss the sanctions. President Trump was given a transcript of the conversation which showed that although Flynn did not promise to reverse Obama’s sanctions, he urged Russia not to retaliate as that would make it harder to reverse the sanctions when Trump would assume office. The Justice Department expressed concern that Flynn’s denial of such a conversation would make him a target of Russian blackmail later on and would compromise his ability to carry out his role as national security advisor. White House Spokesman Sean Spencer stated that although the White House knew about Flynn’s dishonest statement to Pence a few weeks ago, Trump only asked for Flynn’s resignation – which is Washington’s parlance for “You’re fired!” – once President Trump determined that he no longer was able to fully trust Flynn. Flynn’s resignation letter on Monday was short of an apology and sought to pin the episode on an honest mistake. “In the course of my duties as the incoming National Security Advisor, I held numerous phone calls with foreign counterparts, ministers, and ambassadors. These calls were to facilitate a smooth transition and begin to build the necessary relationships between the President, his advisors and foreign leaders. Such calls are standard practice in any transition of this magnitude,” Flynn noted. “Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete infor-

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mation regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.”

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that Flynn has resigned, the true politicking of this event will begin in earnest. Although, as Charles Krauthammer noted on Fox News, “This is a cover up without a crime,” Democrats are seeing blood in the water. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who is emerging as a chief White House provocateur, fired off a series of tweets, including, “This.Is.Not.Normal,” and declared that although it is good that Flynn resigned, the real issue is “this administration’s disturbing ties to Russia.” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif), a top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, issued a statement which states in part that “Flynn’s departure does not end questions over his contacts with the Russians, which have been alleged to have begun well before December 29.”

“Who tapped the phones? Who was listening to it? Who leaked it?”

Even Hillary Clinton, who is still reeling from her loss to Trump, got involved by retweeting a tweet that essentially stated that Michael Flynn can now get a job at Domino’s Pizza. That tweet was in reference to a tweet that Michael Flynn sent out several months ago about a Clinton crime ring being run out of a pizza shop. Republicans, on the other hand, are more concerned with who tapped the conversations and who leaked the contents of the call. The morning after Flynn’s resignation, President Trump tweeted, “The real story here is why there are many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc.?” Flynn himself was asked whether he was the target of leaks by Fox News and responded, “Yes, yes and yes.” House Intelligence Committee Chairman

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Devine Nunes (R-Calif) expressed concern about the tapping and disclosing of Flynn’s conversations. “Who tapped the phones? Who was listening to it? Who leaked it?” he wondered. “Leaks of this nature are incredibly damaging to America and we need to look into it.” Flynn’s departure is uncanny for President Trump who often places loyalty above all and may indicate just how much Flynn “stepped in it.” Flynn was one of the first former senior military officials to back Trump. His fiery speeches – often including audience chants of “lock her up” – were an ever-present warm-up act for Trump on the campaign trail. Flynn, who serves as the head of intelligence for the military’s elite Joint Special Operations Command and served as the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency for two years under President Obama, was even on Trump’s shortlist for vice president. Flynn’s early departure from the Defense Intelligence Agency was seen as a positive by Trump when evaluating him for the position; although the Obama administration indicated that they were not pleased with Flynn’s management style, many in Washington believe that Flynn was making waves by trying to focus attention on the rise of ISIS, which at that point President Obama famously considered to be “The JV team.”

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Trump is expected to quickly name a new national security advisor, as it is one of the most important positions in any White House, especially in an administration which is trying to gain footing in a dangerous world with many national security threats. Upon Flynn’s resignation, President Trump immediately chose retired Army General Keith Kellogg as the temporary replacement. Kellogg was a top policy advisor for Trump during his campaign and was among the original contenders for the post before it eventually went to Flynn. Kellogg did two tours in Vietnam, earning top commendations including the Bronze Star. The 72-year-old retired lieutenant general was also a former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and chief operating officer of the Western coalition in Baghdad after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. He is among the contenders of those who President Trump will ultimately choose to permanently fill the position.


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But Kellogg is not the only one in the running for the top spot. You may remember former CIA Director David Petraeus, who Trump was considering as a possible candidate for secretary of state. Petraeus, a retired four-star general, had to step down from the CIA in 2012, had pleaded guilty in 2015 for mishandling classified information, and was sentenced to two years’ probation. Washington Republicans have made it known that they are not too fond of Petraeus, but Trump may have a different view, tweeting back in November that he was “very impressed” with him after an hourlong meeting between the two in Trump Tower. It’s possible he will have Petraeus take over for Flynn this time around, although some are saying that Petraeus may need a presidential pardon before assuming the post. Another person in the running as a possible replacement is retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, a former Navy SEAL and a real “rock,” according to the White House. Harward is seen as a frontrunner for the position, as his resume boasts of his experience as the former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command when it was led by Gen. James Mattis – now the defense secretary – and of the bipartisan support he has received in the past.

Harward spent almost 40 years in the Navy and was on the National Security Council during the George W. Bush administration with experience in

“You are the first to see the President in the morning when the President shows up for work in the Oval Office and the last person to see the President before he or she makes any major foreign policy or national security decision.” several Middle Eastern countries as well as Somalia and Bosnia. Harward eventually went into the private sector, working at defense giant Lockheed Martin in the United Arab Emirates.

Stephen Hadley is also being considered for the position of national security advisor. The role wouldn’t be new to Hadley, as he served as national security advisor under President George W. Bush when he replaced Condoleezza Rice when she moved onto the position of secretary of state. Hadley was on President Gerald Ford’s National Security Council as well.

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of who fills the position, the role of national security advisor is an integral and critical part of an administration. As Hadley so succinctly put it last year in a paper he wrote for Scrowcroft Institute, “You are the first to see the President in the morning when the President shows up for work in the Oval Office and the last person to see the President before he or she makes any major foreign policy or national security decision.” With North Korea acting up, Russia slyly testing the waters between itself and the U.S., Iran adding to its nuclear arsenal, Syria on the brink, and radical Islam growing bolder and bolder, it’s imperative to make sure that the person charged with advising the president on national security issues is capable, reliable, and up to the task.

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The Travel Moratorium A Hopeless Disaster By Charles Krauthammer

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tupid but legal. Such is the Trump administration’s travel ban for people from seven Muslim countries. Of course, as with almost everything in American life, what should be a policy or even a moral issue becomes a legal one. The judicial challenge should have been given short shrift, since the presidential grant of authority to exclude the entry of aliens is extremely wide and statutorily clear. The judge who issued the temporary restraining order never even made a case for its illegality. The Ninth Circuit has indeed ruled against the immigration ban, but even if the ban is ultimately vindicated in the courts (as is likely), that doesn’t change the fact that it makes for lousy policy. It began life as a barstool eruption after the San Bernardino massacre when Donald Trump proposed a total ban on Muslims entering the country “until our country’s representatives can figure out what the [heck] is going on.” Rudy Giuliani says he was tasked with cleaning up this idea. Hence the executive order suspending entry of citizens from the seven countries while the vetting process is reviewed and tightened. The core idea makes sense. These are failed, essentially ungovernable states (except for Iran) where reliable data is hard to find. But the moratorium was unnecessary and damaging. Its only purpose was to fulfill an ill-considered campaign promise. It caused enormous disruption without making us any safer. What was the emergency that compelled us

to turn away people already in the air with already approved visas for entry to the U.S.? President Trump said he didn’t want to give any warning. Otherwise,

our current airport-security system, which everyone knows to be 95 percent pantomime. The pat-down of the 80-year-old grandmother does nothing to make us safer. Its purpose is to

The pat-down of the 80-year-old grandmother does nothing to make us safer. Its purpose is to give the illusion of doing something. he tweeted, “the ‘bad’ would rush into our country. ... A lot of bad ‘dudes’ out there!” Rush? Not a single American has ever been killed in a terror attack in this country by a citizen from the notorious seven. The killers have come from precisely those countries not listed – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Lebanon, Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan (the Tsarnaev brothers). The notion that we had to act immediately because hordes of jihadists in these seven countries were about to board airplanes to blow up Americans is absurd. Vetting standards could easily have been revised and tightened without the moratorium and its attendant disruptions, stupidities, random cruelties and well-deserved bad press. The moratorium turned into a distillation of the worst aspects of

give the illusion of doing something. Similarly, during the brief Trump moratorium, a cavalcade of innocent and indeed sympathetic characters – graduate students, separated family members, returning doctors and scientists – were denied entry. You saw this and said to yourself: We are protecting ourselves from these? If anything, the spectacle served to undermine Trump’s case for extreme vigilance and wariness of foreigners entering the United States. There is already empirical evidence. A Nov. 23 Quinnipiac poll found a 6-point majority in favor of “suspending immigration from ‘terror prone’ regions”; a Feb. 7 poll found a 6-point majority against. The same poll found a whopping 44-point majority opposed to “suspending all immigration of Syrian refugees to the U.S. indefinitely.” Then there is the opportunity cost

of the whole debacle. It risks alienating the leaders of even non-affected Muslim countries – the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation expressed “grave concern” – which may deter us from taking far more real and effective anti-terror measures. The administration was intent on declaring the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, a concrete measure that would hamper the operations of a global Islamist force. In the current atmosphere, however, that declaration is reportedly being delayed and rethought. Add to that the costs of the ill-prepared, unvetted, sloppy rollout. Consider the discordant, hostile message sent to loyal law-abiding Muslim-Americans by the initial denial of entry to green card holders. And the ripple effect of the initial denial of entry to those Iraqis who risked everything to help us in our war effort. In future conflicts, this will inevitably weigh upon local Muslims deciding whether to join and help our side. Actions have consequences. In the end, what was meant to be a piece of promise-keeping, toughon-terror symbolism has become an oxygen-consuming distraction. This is a young administration with a transformative agenda to enact. At a time when it should be pushing and promoting deregulation, tax reform and health care transformation, it has steered itself into a pointless cul-desac – where even winning is losing. (c) 2017, The Washington Post Writers Group



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