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motivation to gain strength and to heal and move on from whatever challenges arise. The seemingly negative things that may occur in life can be a viewed as an opportunity to grow or a reason for our despondency. As one tries to believe that life has a deeper meaning  than the here and now, we can strive to cultivate a life like Sarah, our great foremother. And just like Sarah, we should think positively, react positively and see that everything is actually for the best -   no matter how hard it may be to see at the moment.

In this week’s Parsha, Chaei Sarah, we read that at the age of one hundred and twenty seven years old, Sarah Imeinu passed away. Following her death, the Torah states that Sarah had a good life. When reading this, one may naturally think that Sarah had a long, full life filled with Mitzvot. But if you think about it for a minute, we remember what a difficult life Sarah had. She was kidnapped twice in her life, lived through  famine, and experienced many years of childlessness. Clearly, Sarah’s life was full of hardship, sadness and difficult challenges.  What we can learn from Sarah, was that her life was good because the way she looked at it, and the way she made it -- her positive perspective on things. This amazing  character trait is something we should learn from. At the start of every day, we should prepare ourselves with a positive attitude and outlook before being faced with daily challenges. We need to put our difficulties into perspective and realize that we can only understand things with limited view and that there is a higher purpose at play. We should utilize this outlook to start each day with a positive

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The Week In News

What Happened in Saudi Arabia?

Last weekend major change swept through Saudi Arabia. True, the people of Saudi Arabia are used to the major reforms that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been undertaking. But the weekend’s major sweeps were swift and momentous. The kingdom’s newly formed anti-corruption committee arrested at least 17 princes and top officials. The list

includes Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, the billionaire businessman who owns 95% of Kingdom Holding, which holds stakes in global companies such as Citigroup, Twitter, Apple and News Corp. At least 38 former, current, and deputy ministers were arrested on accusations of corruption. Among those arrested in the sweep were formal head of the royal court Khaled Al-Tuwaijri, Saudi media mogul Waleed Al-Ibrahim, and Prince Turki bin Nasser. In addition, three ministers – Economy and Planning Minister Adel bin Mohammed Faqih, National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, and Naval Forces Commander Admiral Abdullah bin Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Sultan – were removed from their positions, and tens of former ministers were detained as part of the new anti-corruption campaign initiated by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud. The king ordered the new anti-corruption initiative as part of an “active reform agenda aimed at tackling a persistent problem that has hindered development efforts in the Kingdom in recent decades,” a press release from the Saudi Ministry of Communications said. The royal decree said the committee was needed “due to the propensity of some people for abuse, putting their personal interest above public interest, and stealing public funds” and will “trace and combat corruption at all levels.” The committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has the authority to

investigate, arrest, issue travel bans and freeze the assets of those it finds corrupt. The crown prince has been behind many recent initiatives. Just recently, some restrictions on women have been eased and just last month Mohammed bin Salman vowed to destroy “extremist ideologies” in a bid to return to “a more moderate Islam.” The three ousted ministers were replaced with Prince Khalid bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed bin Ayyaf Al Muqren becoming National Guard minister, Mohammed bin Mazyad Al-Tuwaijri becoming the Economy and Planning Minister, and Vice Admiral Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghifaili taking on the role of Naval Forces Commander. Among the others who were arrested were two sons of the late King Abdullah (Prince Miteb and Prince Turki); Saleh Kamel, a billionaire who headed one of the largest business conglomerates in the Middle East; Ibrahim al-Assaf, who served 20 years as the kingdom’s minister of finance until 2016; Amr al-Dabbagh, who as governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority between 2004 and 2012 led drives to increase foreign investment into the country; Khalid al-Tuwayjri, the enormously influential “gatekeeper” to King Abdullah’s Royal Court; Waleed al-Ibrahim, head of the MBC media empire and a brother-inlaw of the late King Fahd; and Bakr bin Laden, chairman of the Saudi BinLadin Group and older half-brother of the terrorist al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Tax Evasion Havens Exposed

Many of the world’s biggest business leaders, heads of state, and political figures had their secret tax havens exposed this week in what is being called the Paradise Papers. The Papers are a leak of 13.4 million files that show how the super-wealthy protect their money from being tax liable. The documents show that many of the ways the wealthy protect themselves from paying taxes are very complex and seemingly artificial. The material came from two offshore service providers and the country registries of 19 tax havens. It was obtained by a German newspaper and shared online. Some of the findings include the fact that the queen of England’s private estate is invested in the Cayman Islands. Twitter and Facebook were also discovered to have received hundreds of millions of dollars in investments that seem to come from Russian state financial institutions.  The documents also shed light on aggressive tax avoidance by multinational

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Report: Alberto Nisman was Murdered

Argentina’s border police have released the results of their investigation into the death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Nisman was discovered dead on January 18, 2015 in his hotel room. His body was found the night before he was set to testify in front of Congress that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was involved in covering up Iran’s involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center. The original autopsy was inconclusive as to whether Nisman’s death was a suicide. The new investigation has concluded that Nisman was indeed murdered. The report shows that Nisman was beaten by two people, drugged, and shot in the head with the gun placed to look like a suicide. Nisman was found with a broken nasal septum, a severely bruised hip, and Ketamine in his blood system. The bombing of the AMIA center killed 85 people. It has been suggested for many years that Iran was behind the attack, though no one was ever brought to trial and Iran has refused to extradite any suspects. In 2013, Fernandez de Kirchner struck a deal with Iran to jointly investigate the bombing. Nisman surmised that the president had struck the deal so she could cover up Iran’s involvement in exchange for oil. How his killers were able to get around the security team that was protecting Nisman is also under investigation.

good intentions and ended up falling victims to their guile.”

Ferrari Fury at the Kotel

An internal inquiry was held by the Western Wall Heritage Foundation’s management this week after Ferrari used the Kotel for an advertising campaign. The Foundation called the incident a “grave, unfortunate error” and said they plan on introducing more stringent rules regarding the use of the Kotel’s space. The incident involved 20 Ferrari vehicles driving up to the Western Wall plaza. Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, who is rabbi of the Western Wall, and Holy Sites and Heritage Foundation’s CEO Mordechai Eilav accepted full responsibility for the incident. Ferrari had contacted the Foundation for permission to park a a few cars in the plaza as part of their tour of Jerusalem. The rabbi rejected the request but when it was made again to one of the Foundation’s junior officials, it was mistakenly granted. “There was a lack of coordination. I accept full responsibility for it and will not be shifting blame to anyone else. It was a serious error, an unfortunate error, and we’re obliged to learn from it so that it doesn’t happen again,” Rabbi Rabinovitch said during the inquiry. “We won’t even allow a can of Coke to be sold here. We’re rejecting requests left and right to place beverage vending machines on the site, despite the heat and people’s thirst, and end up with a spectacle of 20 sparkling Ferraris? Out of the question,” said the rabbi. Rabbi Rabinovitch then announced that going forward the Foundation’s ceremony committee would take a harsher approach towards any advertising attempts being made at the wall. “We won’t be taking the lenient approach of the School of Hillel, but the stricter approach of the School of Shammai. Any request, no matter how big or how small, will be dissected punctiliously,” the rabbi demanded. The Western Wall Heritage Foundation blamed Ferrari for misleading them. A source said that “they presented it as a specific request for assistance for several businesspeople visiting the Old City and wishing to park their vehicles while the site is mostly empty anyway, and ended up placing dozens of ostentatious luxury vehicles and streamed it live on Facebook for the entire world. They attempted to gain something illicit under the guise of mere parking space. We were filled with

Bibi Plays Hardball with Hamas Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is pushing hard for the return of the bodies of those killed by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. This week he took a hard stance against the terror group by saying that “the government has two roles: to protect the country and to build it. We have a simple rule: whoever wants to attack us, we attack them.” The remarks made by the prime minister were in reference to the bodies of Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin, who were killed during the 2014 Gaza War and whose bodies have not yet been returned to Israel for a proper burial. The Jewish State is now in possession of the bodies of five Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists that were killed in an explosion at a terror tunnel last week. Israel has reportedly made an offer to Hamas to return the bodies of the dead terrorists in exchange for the bodies of Shaul and Goldin. But Hamas has not agreed to the conditions set forth by the prime minister. In response, Bibi made it clear that “there is no such thing as a free gifts. We will bring our boys home, but I repeat: there are no free gifts.”

British PM Stands Up for Israel

Theresa May, the prime minister of Great Britain, has declared that she will “absolutely not” make any apologies for the Balfour Declaration of 1917. The Declaration set in motion the establishment of the “most extraordinary” State of Israel, said May. She also noted that the document’s vision of a Jewish-Arab coexistence is still “unfinished business.” May spoke at a ceremony celebrating the centenary of the declaration. She described Israel as a “true start-up nation” and “a symbol of openness, as a thriving democracy, and a beacon to the world.” She also came out strongly against the BDS movement. She called such boycotts a “new and pernicious form of anti-Semitism.” On November 2, 1917, the UK’s foreign secretary Arthur James Balfour signed a declaration saying that the British government intended to establish “a national home for the Jewish people” in the

Land of Israel. The Zionist movement saw the letter as its first backing from a major political power. Recently, Palestinian movements have set up protests to demand the British government apologize for the document and recognize a Palestinian state. May ended her speech by saying, “So let me be clear. Criticizing the actions of Israel is never – and can never be – an excuse for questioning Israel’s right to exist, any more than criticizing the actions of Britain could be an excuse for questioning our right to exist,” she said. “So I am clear that we will always support Israel’s right to defend itself,” she asserted.

3 Million and Counting On Tuesday, Israel’s three millionth tourist stepped onto holy soil. The event was a new all-time record for incoming tourism in Israel. Ioana Isac from Romania, accompanied by her friend, Mihai Georgescu, who was tourist number 3,000,001, was welcomed at Ben Gurion Airport by Tourism Minister Yariv Levin. “This is a special day and a historic milestone as we break the 3-million-tourist barrier and set a new all-time record. We are set to end the year with an amazing achievement, the likes of which have never been reached since the establishment of the State,” Levin said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprised Isac and Georgescu at the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem later in the day and showed them some of the city sites.

Church Massacre Rocks Nation

“I don’t understand, but I know my G-d does,” Pastor Frank Pomeroy said at an emotional press conference on Monday. It was a day after he lost 26 members of his church – one of them his 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle – in a horrific massacre perpetrated by Devin Patrick Kelley. Kelley burst into the small church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday


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dressed in black and wearing tactical gear. He was armed with an assault rifle, 15 loaded magazines, a dark, burning hatred, and a thirst for blood. Kelley fired 450 rounds during the attack. In the deadliest shooting in Texas history 26 people lost their lives, ranging in age from 17 months to 77-years-old. Many others sustained injuries from the attack; there was almost no one who escaped the scene unharmed. The building is beyond repair. Police are still trying to piece together the motivation behind the attack. It is known that Kelley had a record of violence and was dishonorably discharged from the air force. He had had ongoing feuds with his former mother-in-law, texting her threateningly, even hours before the shooting. She prayed at the church, although she was not in attendance that morning. His ex-wife’s grandmother, Lulu White, was at the church that morning. She was killed in the massacre. Kelley had served at the Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico from 2010, but was discharged in 2014. After being court-martialed in 2012 for assault on his spouse and child, he served a year in military prison and received a bad conduct discharge, according to Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek. Kelley was involved in “multiple occasions of domestic abuse” against his ex-wife and stepson. He had shook the child so hard that he suffered fractures and a subdural hematoma, in which there’s bleeding between the skull and the brain. Kelley had a fascination with mass shootings and was vocal about atheism. He posted a photo of an assault rifle on his Facebook page recently. He had also been arrested for choking a dog. Sutherland Springs is a small town. The 26 people who lost their lives represented four percent of the town’s population. Bryan Holcombe was the church’s visiting pastor while Pastor Pomeroy was away. Holcombe was killed in the attack. In all, eight members of the Holcombe family spanning three generations, including a pregnant woman and three of her children, were killed. One member of the family, Noah, was just 17-months-old when he was slaughtered. Richard and Theresa Rodriguez were also killed in the attack. They had been married for eleven years. Robert and Shani Corrigan were married in 1985 right after graduation. They too were murdered on Sunday. Robert had served in the Air Force for 30 years. He was a track star in high school and valedictorian of his class. Their son, Forrest, had died last year. The attack was stopped by a quick-thinking neighbor, Stephen Willeford, who ran out of his house barefoot with his gun. “I kept hearing the shots, one after another, very rapid shots — just ‘pop pop pop pop’ and I knew every one of those shots represented someone, that it was aimed at someone, that they weren’t just random shots,” Willeford said. Willeford has insisted he is not a hero. He said he was “scared to death” during the encounter. “I think my G-d, my L-rd,

protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done,” Willeford, a former National Rifle Association instructor, said. His daughter had alerted him about the massacre. He then took out his rifle from his safe and ran out of the house. Kelley was shot twice by Willeford. He then fled in a car. Willeford saw Johnnie Langendroff in a pickup truck, explained the situation, and the two of them set off to chase down the killer. The car crashed, and when Willeford approached the killer’s vehicle with his gun he saw that Kelley was dead. Now, Sutherland Springs will have to pick up the pieces. They will have to wrestle with the evil that burst into their sanctuary on Sunday morning. Hopefully, they will find peace and comfort after the darkness.

Holy Guacamole Have you noticed that the price on Haas avocados has been increasing? There’s a reason for that – and it doesn’t just have to do with the weather or the season. Some say that the Mexican drug cartels are the reason for price hikes. The exotic fruit (did you know it’s a single-seeded berry?) gets exported to the U.S. by the ton but Mexican farmers have been suffering from years of weak harvest. To add insult to injury, the country’s attorney general said that farmers have been targeted by drug cartels. Ruthless organized crime cells obtain agriculture ministry records of avocado producers in the early 1990s and use the data to track down farmers. They then approach them and force them to pay a percentage of their earnings or risk kidnapping or death. Cartels charge upwards of $100 per hectare and 10 cents per pounds of avocado sold, forcing farmers to sell their produce at a higher price to make ends meet. “This was a system of intelligence that involved reviewing records from the agriculture ministry to know who the farmers with ample avocado production were, where their orchards were located, and how much they reported their sales by export,” the attorney general’s report said. It noted, “The avocado producers were imposed a quota and those that resisted, or the families of those, were kidnapped or murdered as pressure until they ceded.” In the meantime, Americans went gaga for avocado, perhaps due to recent health campaigns. Last year, Americans ate 1.9 billion avocados, up 57% from five years ago, according to the Hass Avocado Board, an industry trade group. Mexico supplies approximately 82% of the avocados consumed in the U.S. The rest is grown by domestic producers in California. The USDA reported that Mexican avocado exports have gone up 400 percent since 2005, resulting in more than $2.2 billion in profits last year. The average price of avocados in September rose to $1.56, up from 89 cents at the beginning of the year.


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The Facts about Tax On Thursday, House Republicans unveiled their tax reform bill. The new plan will eliminate some state deductions and leave current 401 (k) retirement plans as is, despite earlier reports that they would be affected. Another major talking point of the reform is the proposed corporate tax cut. The corporate tax rate would be lowered between 20-35%. The child tax credit was increased by $600 from $1,000, although the $4,050 per child exemption would be eliminated. The goal of the proposal is to allow Americans to keep more money in their pockets and to simplify the tax filing process. Supporters of the reform claim that the new system would allow the average person to complete their taxes on a 15 line postcard. Currently the tax code is divided into seven brackets. The new plan will have just three or four, with respective tax rates of 12%, 25%, 35%, and a category still to be determined. Just to give perspective consider this: a married couple with a household income of $90,000 would fall into the 25% category and those with $260,000 would be in the 35% slot. The top 33% of income earners will face higher taxes. Individuals making $500,000 and couples earning $1 million or more will be hit with a 39.6% tax rate. The plan also proposes eliminating state and local tax deductions. Property

taxes will be able to be deducted up to $10,000. Mortgage deductions, though, will be reduced. Homeowners will only be able to deduct mortgage debt up to $500,000 – down from $1 million. The student loan interest tax deduction would be eliminated. President Trump expressed his approval for the plan but said “there is much work left to do.”

In Prison for a Tweet? Freedom of speech is a right that we, as Americans, take for granted. Martha O’Donovan, 25, found herself in a foreign prison last week. The NYU graduate has been accused of rebellion in Zimbabwe for allegedly insulting the country’s president. O’Donovan called President Robert Mugabe a “sick man” in a Twitter post that included a photo illustration of Mugabe with a catheter. O’Donovan denied the allegations, calling them “baseless and malicious.” Zimbabwe authorities tracked tweets to O’Donovan’s IP address. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, the group representing O’Donovan, says in recent years it has represented close to 200 people charged for insulting Mugabe. O’Donovan’s lawyer, Rose Hanzi, told the court that a subversion charge against O’Donovan was illegal because

police did not inform the woman of it when she was taken from her home in the capital, Harare, on Friday morning. The court disagreed and ruled that O’Donovan will remain in custody over the weekend. The American journalist was living in Zimbabwe and had been working with a local social media outlet, Magamba TV, which describes itself as producing “satirical comedy sensations.” She said she was a manager for Magamba TV and a “media activist.” Last month, Mugabe appointed a cybersecurity minister to watch out for comments like these, and this was the first arrest. Last year, Mugabe’s 35 year long tenure in power was threatened by the biggest anti-government protests in a decade. The once prosperous southern African nation is dealing with a collapsed economy and not much hope. Mugabe is already gearing up for his re-election. Mugabe, 93 is the world’s oldest head of state. “This arrest marks the start of a sinister new chapter in the Zimbabwean government’s clampdown on freedom of speech, and the new battleground is social media,” said Amnesty International’s deputy regional director Muleya Mwananyanda. In recent months, rumors have been swirling that Mugabe’s health is declining and that his wife Grace will take over the presidency if he dies. Zimbabwe’s first lady is not well-liked due to her lavish spending habits and outrage at being criticized.

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Europeans will soon be eating with the fishes in Norway. According to Norwegian architects, a plan is underway for Europe’s first underwater restaurant, set to open in 2019. Construction is slated to begin in February 2018; the structure is expected to feature a 36-foot wide panoramic window and will be designed to become part of the marine environment. The restaurant has been designed by Norwegian architectural firm Snøhetta, known for its work on the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. Called “Under,” the restaurant will stand on the seabed five meters below the surface, its thick walls designed to withstand the most variable sea conditions. “One of the benefits of this building is how it links nature and land, and how you


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can come safe from the land and in a very dramatic way go down through this concrete tube to the nature at sea level, and experience what normally is not experienced,” explained Rune Grasdal, lead architect on the project. Eager to dine with marine life? Visitors can expect three levels and a capacity of up to 100 people. Below the entrance and the cloakroom there will be a champagne bar to mark the transition between shoreline and ocean. Further down there will be a dining room, with two long tables and several smaller ones positioned in front of a large acrylic window, which will be 13-feet tall. Grasdal, who likened the building to a periscope, said it’s important people feel secure and not claustrophobic. As such, the design team used natural elements like oak in the program and good lighting in the building. When the restaurant is not open for diners, marine biology researchers will be able to study the behavior of marine life through shifting seasons at the center. I’m hearing the words of Sebastian the lobster echoing in my ears: “Under the sea, Under the sea, Darling it’s better, Down where it’s wetter, Take it from me.”

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after sipping her cup. The U.S. FDA has approved some non-toxic edible glitters for consumption. Hopefully the café is using something that’s safe to drink. One cup of sparkling coffee will only set you back 200 Indian rupees – which is around $3. Hey, for that price, let’s throw a party and invite the neighbors.

Weighing in at the Airport There’s no need to go to the nutritionist when you fly Finnair. Instead of having to weigh-in once a week at your favorite dietician, the airline will do it for you. Finnair has just begun a new program where it weighs passengers before takeoff. It says the new initiative is to help them collect more accurate data about weights on its flights. Paivyt Tallqvist, director for media relations at Finnair, said that the weighins are voluntary and anonymous. So far about 180 people volunteered, which is more than expected. “No one is forced on the scale,” she assured. The airline launched the program, which will run intermittently into 2018, to get a more accurate picture of the average weights of the men, women and children that fly with the airline. Their carry-on baggage is also being taken into consideration and passengers must carry it onto the scale with them. It’s normal for airlines for calibrate weights within planes. But Finnair said it wanted more up-to-date, relevant data to help plan its flights. “The weight of the aircraft impacts on so many things,” including fuel levels and the speed and balance of the aircraft, said Tallqvist. “We just want to verify that the data we are using is as accurate as possible.” Finnair is hoping to get a total of about 2,000 weigh-ins from men, women and children. It will conduct the study over the winter and spring, since carry-on baggage and coats tend to be heavier in the winter versus the spring. The last time the airline conducted a similar study was in the 1980s. And I weighed a lot less then.


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Community The Great Big Challah Bake of North Miami Beach 2017 For the fourth year, as a result of the initiative of South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein in his Keeping It Together, Shabbos Project; many local Challah Bake events took place. On Thursday night October, 26th, more than 435 women from the North Miami Beach area gathered at Scheck Hillel Community Day School to experience the process of baking Challah together. The room was beautifully decorated and each participant had the necessary ingredients to walk out with two braided loafs ready to bake! In collaboration with the Shabbat Project, the team of North Miami Beach, under the magnificent leadership of Mrs. Anat Garzon and Mrs. Jessica Z Lerner, included the following group of volunteers: Stephanie Ghitelman, Ori Serfaty, Galit Weisinger, Dana Tangir, Dominique Bacal, Sharon Benmergui, Stephanie Susi and Chava Mann, who all worked together with many local sponsors to make the event happen! The Committee trained a group 40 Volunteer Table Captains the week before the actual bake at The Lubavitch Aventura South Synagogue premises. The recipe was made familiar to them, the Mitzvah of “Hafrashat Challah” and the role of the Jewish Women in their home was emphasized with beautiful words of Torah, from Rebbetzin Reizel Rosenfeld, who inspired everyone in the room. The challot were

baked and then donated to the local NMB JCS Kosher Food Bank. The Challah Bake Committee carefully planned all the details to allow their guests to feel the power of baking together. The evening was formally started by the Hillel’s Rabbi Shlomo Sprung who welcomed the huge amount of ladies to the school’s cafeteria and spoke about the impressive power of the female soul and Jewish unity. The night was conducted step by step by Dr. Hana Barouk who together with the committee put together a progressive inspirational guide for the ladies. Words of Tehilim from our local singer Mrs. Simone Roitman beautified the event and of course Jewish music, dance and the unique achdus of the Jewish Women were brought to surface by the wonderful DJ Mrs. Estee Moskowitz. The Moskowitz-Roitman team certainly added the fun touch, while each lady’s dough proofed and became ready to braid. The Mitzvah of Hafrashat Challah was carefully explained and step by step performed by Mrs. Braunshwiger and Dr. Barouk. That was followed by a two-minute moment of silence so each woman could take the time to pray. First time bakers were acknowledged on stage as they received a nice present to decorate their

home’s Shabbat table. The night was full of laughter and friendly reunions. The power of over 400 women and young ladies baking together was a fantastic experience. The energy of the Jewish woman and her strength and guidance in our Jewish homes is the fundamental ingredient to Jewish continuity. It is the desire of the North Miami Beach Challah Bake Committee to express our deepest hakarat hatov to the many people and institutions who made this event a success. In particular, the Scheck Hillel School who allowed us to set up on their premises and provided the security for the event. To our local sponsors who year after year demonstrate their commitment to us, as well as the many helping hands

who stopped by to offer their help, bring coffee or just say HI!! And to the biggest beneficiaries of our Challah Bake, to our amazing over 400 participants, young and old, thank you!! Part of the event’s earnings will be donated to Kulanu (the organization that provides tuition assistance to some students at Scheck Hillel), in gratitude to our school host. The remainder unused ingredients as well as the rest of the cash earnings will be donated to the NMB JCS Kosher Food Bank May Hashem continue blessing the power of the Jewish Women in our community and may challot continue to rise in every Jewish home!


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DKJA High School Students Attend AIPAC Washington, D.C. (November 3, 2017) – Five students from the The Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy traveled this week to the nation’s capital to join more than 400 other Jewish students from across the nation at the Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit. Maxwel Supovitz, Michael Sherman, Olivia Galel, Naomi Fils, and Layla Sherry joined DKJA Rabbi in Residence Baruch Plotkin at the summit, which is organized by AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and allows Jewish high school students to learn and engage in the United States-Israel relationship. Throughout this three-day experience, the students attended a variety of lectures and interactive sessions to learn about the U.S.-Israel relationship. These sessions were led by a combination of AIPAC staff and college students who take leadership roles within their colleges and universities. Rosenblatt High School students joined students from Katz Yeshiva High

School in lobbying staffers from the office of U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel. They discussed three matters: the Iran deal, the Anti-Israel boycotts and the toughening of sanctions on Hezbollah. The students came home from this trip with a new understanding of the Middle East politics. “The feeling of walking into the House of Representatives, knowing that I would be making a direct impact on Congress was one that I will never forget. It truly opened my eyes to the fact that every time I am handed an opportunity, I need to grab it and use it to my benefit,” said student Olivia Galel. About Donna Klein Jewish Academy: Donna Klein Jewish Academy is a K-12 Jewish Community Day School located in Boca Raton, Florida, on the Richard and Carole Siemens Jewish Campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County. Students learn and grow through the school’s state-of-the-art Claire & Emanuel G. Rosenblatt Technol-

ogy Program K-12, comprehensive fine and performing arts offerings, competitive sports teams and innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math (STEAM) programming. Known for its rigorous curriculum integrating challenging Judaic and general studies, DKJA is the only K-12 Jewish Day School in the country recognized as a FranklinCovey Leader in Me School. In 2015, DKJA was honored as the only Jewish Day School in the world to be selected as a Leader in Me LIGHTHOUSE SCHOOL – a leadership model for schools internationally. From left to right_ Rabbi In Residence Baruch Plotkin, Max Supovitz, Michael Sherman, Olivia Galel, Naomi Fils, and Layla Sherry This renowned designation attended the AIPAC conference this week in Washington, D.C. demonstrates DKJA’s exemthe leadership principles synthesized in plary achievements as a Leader in Me The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. School, committed to instilling in students

Scheck Hillel Community School Students Recognized for Academic Achievement in AP Psychology Three Grade 11 students from Scheck Hillel Community School have earned Academic Achievement in Psychology Awards from the American Psychological Association for excelling in all areas of their 2016-17 AP Psychology course. Sarah Benoliel, Raquel Dimitri and Matias Lancewicki had the highest averages in their AP Psychology class stepping into the final exam. Through the Teachers of Psychology in Secondary School (TOPSS), teachers recognize top students with Academic Achievement awards. TOPSS is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) for teachers of AP Psychology at the high school level; it publishes these

awards in the APA journal. Scheck Hillel offers 17 AP courses, providing students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school and stand out in the college admission process.   Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 monthsGrade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by STEM and design, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a new 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with additional expansion plans. Set within a nur-

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16th Annual Kristallnacht Film Forum to Feature Powerful Holocaust Survivor Story, Loving Henri, and Honor Mark and Joan Mendel In commemoration of the 79th anniversary of the event considered the start of the Holocaust, the 16th Annual Kristallnacht Film Forum (KFF) will once again showcase a compelling Holocaust-related feature. Presented by the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the March of the Living, Loving Henri will be screened on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 12:30 and 6:00 pm in Zinman Hall on the Federation campus. Loving Henri tells the story of Henri Landwirth, founder of Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee, which, for 30 years has hosted families of children with life-threatening illnesses. A Nazi slave from ages 13 to 18 who survived death camps, he devoted his life to helping those in dire situations, with great success and acclamation. Yet, his life remained haunted by a crushing numbness, from which he eventually sought relief by revisiting the horrors of his earlier life. For an inside look at the man and the film, each screening will include a live panel with the film’s producer, David Haspel, Lisa Landwirth Ullman, Henri’s former wife, and other family members. “As well as an important commemoration, KFF is a vital annual effort to raise scholarship funds for local teens to participate in the life-changing March of the Living, and to enable Holocaust survivors to accompany them,” said Jack Rosenbaum, March of the Living Southern Region Director. “Each year, the March takes high school juniors and seniors through months of preparation, capped by the largest annual gathering of Jewish teens in the world – and this year we will travel with a record-breaking group of more than 90 local students,” continued Rosenbaum. “Our teens are accompanied by local educators, rabbis from all denominations and Holocaust survivors as we travel through the camps, ghettos and communities of Poland. On Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) we march from Auschwitz to Birkenau. Then we move on to the joy

of Yom HaAtzmaut (Israel Independence Day) when, this year, we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the modern state of Israel.” “This past spring, I was fortunate to participate in the local adult bus March of the Living trip,” said Hal Klein, this year’s KFF Chair. “Marching between the camps with over 12,000 Jewish teens and adults from around the world was an inspiring and emotional experience.” “This trip does not just revisit the past horrors of the Holocaust,” continued Klein. “It also provides our youth, often for the first time, a profound recognition of what it means to be Jewish with a deep connection to the state of Israel. And it inspires them to identify with Judaism and further engage with the Jewish people. There is no greater gift we can provide teens as they prepare to embark on their college experience away from home, than this life-changing Jewish experience, and no better investment one can make in our Jewish future.” A donor reception commemorating Kristallnacht with a candle-lighting ceremony led by Holocaust survivors will take place between film screenings at 3:45 pm. The reception will also honor longtime supporters and March of the Living activists, Mark and Joan Mendel, and the current March students will be present in their blue and white jackets. Donors who contribute $180 or higher to the event may attend the reception, and will receive two tickets to the film. “We are thrilled to have the inspiring Mark and Joan Mendel as our honorees for the Kristallnacht Film Forum,” said Debbie Rudman, local March of the Living Co-Chair. “Dedicated to education and to the Jewish people, they have long helped sustain the March as leaders and volunteers, as ongoing and endowment contributors, as participants and more.” “Lifelong Jewish identity is forged into the souls of participants of the March of the Living, and it is our responsibility to see that our local Marchers are not limited

only to those who can afford it outright,” added Phyllis Gutmann, local March of the Living Co-Chair. “By featuring quality Holocaust films and commemorating Kristallnacht, the Forum is a powerful vehicle to raise funds while educating the public.” Individual film tickets are available in advance for a $10 donation and $8 with a valid student ID, or $18 at the door. All proceeds support the March of the Living Fund, which enables local high school students to participate in this unique Holocaust education experience capped by travel to Poland and Israel. Tickets can be purchased and donations made at jewishboca.org/kfftickets, 561.852.3126 or kff@bocafed.org. The Jewish Federation campus is located at 9901 Donna Klein Boulevard, Boca Raton. A valid driver’s license is required for entry. Honorees Mark and Joan Mendel: Devotion to Education Includes March of the Living Mark and Joan Mendel are longtime local March of the Living supporters and activists. They have also been March participants, as were their children in high school. Deeply devoted, the couple has further established commitments to the March of the Living Endowment Funds that will continue their support on an ongoing basis. . Mark is also a longstanding member of the March of the Living Advisory Committee, which he chaired for four years. As a volunteer, Mark has helped to staff several teen Marches as well as the adult March in 2014. He has also long served on the March of the Living Financial Aid sub-committee that disburses scholarship funds for students. Farther back, Mark was Chair of the Jewish Federation’s Education Commission as well as a member for many years. Residents of Boca Raton for 20 years and married in 1985, Mark and Joan have also committed their professional lives to education. Joan’s professional career and passion has been advocating and promoting high quality early childhood education.  Together with Mark, she founded and operated Kidstop Early Learning Centers in South Florida.  For almost 30 years, Joan has been an early childhood consultant. She has worked for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), where she was responsible for on-site quality assessment visits. Joan started her career teaching hearing-impaired children, and was also Assistant Director of Early Childhood at the JCC of the Palm Beaches. Mark has worked in several senior leadership positions for Bright Horizons

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Family Solutions, a leading provider of early education and preschools, employer-sponsored child care, back-up care, educational advisory services and other work/life solutions. Early in his career he was a youth director at the JCC of the Palm Beaches as well as on staff at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County in development and Young Leadership. Longtime members of B’nai Torah Congregation, Mark and Joan’s children, were educated at Donna Klein Jewish Academy and attended Camp Ramah Darom. Jared and his wife Miriam, live in Miami Beach with their three children, and Lauren and her husband Graeme, live in New York with their son.


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Jewish National Fund Honors Spain’s Former President at the 2017 National Conference in South Florida Spain’s Former President of the Government, José María Aznar, to Receive JNF’s Shalom Peace Award at Annual Three-day Event peace, humanity, and efforts on behalf of the State of Israel. “We are thrilled to honor José María Aznar with the Shalom Peace Award,” said 2017 National Conference Co-Chair Benjamin Gutmann. “He is truly supportive of Israel and works to ensure that Spain and the entire European Union, recognize Israel as the bulwark of democracy in the Middle East. His support for Israel has been unwavering and we look forward to hearing his remarks in November.” Throughout his two terms as President of the Government, from 1996 through 2004, Aznar led an important process of economic and social reform. He continues to advocate for a firm policy against terrorism, one that is against any kind of political concession, combined with close international cooperation between democratic countries. Under Aznar’s leadership, a high level group met in Paris in the middle of 2010 to launch a new project in defense of Israel’s right to exist. The “Friends of Israel Initiative” was created to counter the growing efforts to delegit-

Jewish National Fund (JNF) is set to host this year’s National Conference in South Florida at The Diplomat Resort and Spa from November 10-13. JNF’s annual Conference brings together over a thousand committed leaders, philanthropists, young professionals, college students, and high school students from across the country and Israel for an impactful threeday experience to learn about the key issues of the day facing Israel and the world Jewish community. “This is a fabulous opportunity to hear directly from those on the ground making a difference for, and in, Israel,” said JNF’s 2017 National Conference Co-Chair Vivian Grossman. “South Florida is so excited to host this year’s National Conference and I know participants will come away more educated, motivated, engaged, and ready to roll up their sleeves to support the land and people of Israel.”      This year, JNF is honoring José María Aznar, former President of the Government of Spain, with the esteemed Shalom Peace Award for his dedication to

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imize the State of Israel and its right to live in peace within safe and defensible borders. Notable founding members of the Initiative include, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lord William David Trimble, Former Prime Minister to Canada Stephen Harper, Former United States Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Former Prime Minister of Australia John Howard, British historian Andrew Roberts, and others. “I feel deeply honored to receive this award and to be recognized with all of its meaning,” said Aznar. “I do believe in Israel as a dynamic, vibrant and promising country. Israel is an indispensable and vital part of the Western world and of our civilization, and I’m grateful for the positive effect of having a strong Israel at our side and for the many benefits the rest of the West.” Past recipients of the Shalom Peace Award, one of JNF’s highest honors, include: former Vice President Al Gore; Colin Powell, a former Secretary of State and retired four-star general; Jehan Sadat, the widow of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat; former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel (z’l); and most recently Ambassador Michael Oren at JNF’s 2015 National Conference in Chicago. JNF’s National Conference also showcases the organization’s vision for the future of the land and people of Israel and the great successes it is enjoying. The annual event provides an opportunity for all participants to strengthen their connection to Israel and to one another over what is sure to be an incredible three days. In 2016, JNF’s National Conference in New York City hosted over 1,200 participants, including 300 high school and college students and 150 members of JNF’s young professionals division, JNFuture. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in dozens of panels, discussions, and plenary sessions, which included inspiring speeches by Alan Dershowitz, Wall Street Journal’s Deputy Page Editor Bret Stephens, Israel’s Ambassador to the United

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Nations Danny Danon, Consul General of Israel in New York Dani Dayan, JNF Chairman of the Board Ronald S. Lauder, as well as many more distinguished leaders, visionaries, and personalities. Jewish National Fund’s 2017 National Conference is being held November 10-13 in South Florida at The Diplomat Resort and Spa (3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, FL 33019). To register for the event, please visit jnf.org/nc.    JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people. JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism. JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers. For more information on JNF, call 800.JNF.0099 or visit jnf.org. Find Jewish National Fund on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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Mechina of South Florida Creates a Mathematics Laboratory The Mechina of South Florida in Miami Beach has received a generous donation of a TI-Navigator System by its math teacher Mr. Lawrence Kuczynski. After hours of training and preparation, the Mechina’s Math Department launched the new system this week. “Now I can see the student’s calculator screens from my desk while they are working on a problem,” said Mr. Montas, the newest addition to the math faculty.  Not only does the system allow teachers to intervene mid-lesson to correct mistakes that were made during a lesson, but teachers are also able to send questions wirelessly to students TI-83 or 84 Plus calculators and receive instant feedback to help the students. With the ability to immediately see results from assessments teachers can teach a lesson, assess all the students, and reteach material as needed. Since it’s been introduced to the classes, students have loved the multimedia interaction. “I never thought math class could actually be fun”, said one student after playing a graphing game with other students against the teacher. Students especially like how lessons are brought to life with activities from the TI Exchange. Mr. Shtundel, the General Studies Principal, noted that the new mathematics lab will be a great addition to the overall goal of the Mechina to prepare students for college, whether or not they choose to go. “It is important to us to give all students the tools they need to succeed,” Shtundel said.   The Mechina of South Florida invites prospective students and parents to visit the Mathematics Lab on December 3rd  when they will be hosting their annual Open House and brunch. The Mechina is grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Kuczynski for donating the

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n its fifth year, a fast-growing movement that encourages Jews around the world to observe a single Shabbat attracted record-setting levels of participation. From October 27-28, 2017, The Shabbat Project—which was introduced in South Africa in 2013 before going global the following year—featured events attended by more than one million people in 97 countries and 1,416 cities around the world (up from 1,152 cities in 2016). “It was deeply inspiring to watch this movement reach new heights in 2017,” says South African Chief Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein, the founder and director of The Shabbat Project. “Each year, more and more Jews are coming together across every conceivable divide—language, culture, ethnicity, geography, and observance—to enjoy the simple, yet profound gifts of Shabbat. The Shabbat Project is uniting world Jewry by getting us back to the basics.” In the U.S. alone – from Teaneck to Thompsonville, Miami to Mableton, Baltimore to Bridgeport – there were a total of 586 participating cities. Of particular note this year, Shabbat Project activities served as a refuge and

safe haven in areas of North America that were recently affected by either natural or man-made disasters. Following the hurricanes in Houston and South Florida, the earthquakes in Mexico, and the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas, Shabbat Project events in those locations enabled participants to take a collective deep breath and enjoy the restorative 25 hours of the day of rest. In Israel, where President Reuven Rivlin officially endorsed the project – joining public figures as varied as Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, Ron Huldai, Yair Lapid, Aviv Alush, Natan Sharansky and Amir Ohana – there were 307 participating cities (including kibbutzim and moshavim/ yishuvim) and 331 main events taking place across the country, not including countless Shabbat meals and kiddush gatherings in streets, parks and apartment buildings. Europe (48 participating cities in France, 33 in Russia, and around 100,000 people taking part in the UK, where Prime Minister Theresa May commended the project); Latin America (138 cities); and Australia (Sydney and Melbourne each had more than 10,000 participants) all had record numbers celebrating

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this year’s Shabbat Project, while countries such as Mozambique, Cyprus, Paraguay and Venezuela hosted Shabbat Project festivities for the first time. Stories big and small are already beginning to emerge from across the globe – 1,000 Israelis eating dinner in a shipping hangar in Tel Aviv; a tour group of 30 people from around the world opting to keep a full Shabbat together in Marrakesh, Morocco; 3,000 at an open-air musical Kabbalat Shabbat overlooking the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge; the lone Jew serving in an army regiment in Abuja, Nigeria who kept Shabbat with the rest of the Jewish world; the estimated 20,000 people taking part in San Diego; the two South African ex-

pats keeping Shabbat together in Amman, Jordan. There were the 750 people at a free block-party Shabbat luncheon served in a parking lot in Toco Hills, Georgia; the hundreds of Jewish teenagers brought together by the EnerJew youth movement to celebrate Shabbat in 40 cities in the Former Soviet Union; the “Dark Tisches” – Friday night meditative gatherings held in total darkness – in venues across Johannesburg and Cape Town; the “pop-up shuls” in places where no synagogues were within walking distance. In Kochav Yair, central Israel, the “third meal” was laid out on 25 streets as neighbors of all levels of observance got to know each other better. On the Mexico-U.S. border, a binational challah bake brought together the communities of Tijawana and South County, SD. In Puerto Iguazo, Argentina, the owner of a local guest house hosted a full Shabbaton free-of-charge, including kosher meals, for a group of 14 Israeli backpackers. To coordinate the global initiative on such a large scale, a centralized team worked with around 8,000 volunteer partners worldwide – up from 6,000 partners in 2016. At the Shabbat Project headquarters in Johannesburg, a team of designers, copywriters and campaign strategists worked

around the clock, custom-designing marketing and educational materials for hundreds of cities and executing printruns in the tens of thousands, while eight separate help desks at the international call center in Tel Aviv fielded tens of thousands of calls and emails across 10 different languages. That the Shabbat Project was able to spread to new cities and reach new people can be attributed in no small part to a Facebook campaign that reached a collective 5.2 million people worldwide. “The response from around the world has been overwhelming and heart-warming, and shows the remarkable depth and reach of The Shabbat Project,” says Rabbi Goldstein. “There has been a great outpouring of joy and excitement, with so many people touched in deeply personal ways. Such a visceral reaction demonstrates that the ideas of Jewish unity and Shabbat are compelling to Jews from all walks of life. “From the reports that are emerging, it’s clear that there has again been a significant increase in participation this year – and I am confident this social movement will continue to expand as more and more people taste the magic of Shabbat and experience the beauty of Jews coming together in a spirit of unity.”


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Scheck Hillel Lions Win 3rd Annual Jewish Soccer Classic The Scheck Hillel girl’s varsity soccer team defeated Katz Yeshiva High School 4-1 in the 3rd Annual Jewish Soccer Classic, Tuesday, October 31st. In the preseason tournament the Lions were able to get their first look at the upcoming season. “I am happy that we were able to not only compete but come out with the win,” said Assistant Coach Elanna Brady. “We were able to assess our game and figure out what works and what we need to work on going into the regular season.”  Senior Rachelle Murciano scored a hat trick for the Lions. Her first goal was score in the first 20 minutes of the game. It was a cross shot into the right side of the net. She scored her second goal off an assists from junior Ale Zisman. Her third and final goal of the game came with 12 minutes left in the first half.  Hillel’s final goal was scored by junior Jenna Scheck with an assist from Ale Gelman.  With a little over seven minutes left in regulation, Yeshiva’s Sara Baum gets one past Hillel’s goalkeeper to put the Storm on the board making the score 4-1.  Senior goalkeeper for the Lions, Lauren Rub had a phenomenal defensive game for Hillel. She made multiple last second saves to keep Yeshiva off the board for majority of the game. Rub finished with nine saves on the night.  Murciano and Yeshiva’s Pearl Katz

Hillel's Rachelle Murciano & Yeshiva's Pearl Katz won MVP awards

won the Most Valuable Player awards for their teams. From the first round of Play at the Jewish Soccer Classic: In the 3rd Annual Jewish Soccer Classic, the Katz Yeshiva High School Storm defeated the David Posnack Jewish Day School Rams, 7-1, Monday, October 30th. The two teams faced off in one of the tournament games hosted by Scheck Hillel Community School. Yeshiva’s Jackie Zimmerman scored the first goal of the tournament off an assist from Pearl Katz. She score again a few minutes later to make the score 2-0. The Rams went on a scoring run with back to back goals from Ren Bensmihen within minutes from each other to close out the half 4-0. In the second half Jolie Aloof also added two goals for Yeshiva scoring the first at the 32:34 mark and the second with less than 23 minutes left in the game. The

The Rams of David Posnack Jewish Day School at the JSC

The Storm of Katz Yeshiva High School made it to the Final vs. Hillel at the JSC

seventh and final goal for the Storm came from Michal Amar with under 17 minutes on the clock. The Rams caught a break late in the game when Rachel Schneider took a shot from the center of the goal. That goal stopped the shutout from Yeshiva and made the score 7-1. 

Posnack goalie Jordan Schneider had a great defensive game for the Rams. She made multiple key saves for the Rams keeping them in the game. To learn more about the Jewish Soccer Classic please visit, www.ehillel. org/page/athletics/jewish-soccer-classic

Celebrate South Palm Beach County’s Jewish Community at THE Opening EVENT From across the vibrant local Jewish community, adults of all ages who support the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will gather once again for a great time celebrating all the good they do together. This year, more than 500 strong are expected at THE Opening EVENT at Boca West Country Club on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. Festivities will kick off at 6:30 pm with heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The evening will also include a performance by Turnstiles, the acclaimed Billy Joel Tribute Band. “We invite everyone, from longtimers to newcomers and everyone in between, to join us for a great night of fun, food and music,” said Karen Dern, who is co-chairing the evening with her husband, Mark, and with Joanna and Bryan Drowos. “We’ll also get an inside look at what a powerful difference we make for so many lives, through partnerships with our agencies, schools and synagogues, as we kick up the energy for our work together in the year ahead.”

“There is so much to celebrate about our work, from down the street in our community to across the globe in Israel and over 70 other countries,” said Bryan Drowos. “Together, we provide lifesaving support, educate the next generation and enhance our Jewish heritage as we build, shape and strengthen Jewish communities. We succeed because so many of our neighbors share their compassion, generosity and unique gifts. Join us at THE Opening EVENT to feel the joy and strength of our community, and be part of that difference for those who need us.” THE Opening EVENT will offer a night of great food (dietary laws observed), an open bar, entertainment and company for a couvert of $95 per person. A minimum household contribution of $500 to the 2018 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign is required to attend. Boca West Country Club is located at 20583 Boca West Drive in Boca Raton. 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 561.852.6058 or email francescal@bocafed.org. THE Opening EVENT is generously sponsored by American Asset Management, Berger Singerman, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, CBIZ MHM,

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Sha’arei Bina Students Celebrate Siyum of Psalms Every morning for the past year after Shacharit the girls of Sha’arei Bina recite a perek of tehillim for a refuah shelayma for the cholim, the wounded chayalim  and the victims of terror.  This  past Friday, November 3,  the students completed the entire sefer tehillim and began again at a beautiful siyum.  Student representative from each grade level  read the various chapters of tehillim that particularly inspired them. They gave an explanation of the Psalm , what the Psalm  meant to them personally  and  they led the school in the recitation.  This was accompanied by a moving  pictorial and musical

presentation put together by three students  Divrei Bracha were given by Rabbi Yosef Weinstock of the Young Israel of Hollywood.    Mrs. Tobi Wolf, SBTAG’s principal  led the girls in the special Yehi Ratson, recited at the completion of reading the sefer Tehillim and Dr. Rochelle Brand, the Head of School, in her opening remarks, urged the girls to emulate Hashem’s midot in their relationships with their friends, families and even strangers.  Of course, since this was a celebration, the girls enjoyed a beautiful breakfast and each girl received her own Sefer Tehillim.

Continued Growth at Torah Academy of Boca Raton Torah Academy of Boca Raton, a flourishing yeshiva with classes from preschool through eighth grade, accomplishes quite a feat each day: it succeeds as a large, well-established institution while maintaining its personal feel. Now entering its nineteenth year, Torah Academy’s student body exceeds over 400 students, spanning its four divisions of Early Childhood (age 2 through kindergarten), Elementary (1st through 5th grade), and Boys Middle School and Girls Middle School (6th through 8th grade). The rapid expansion of the school is readily apparent, as the yeshiva now sprawls over three campuses in East Boca Raton, with facilities appointed inside and out to provide a comprehensive educational environment for all students. “At Torah Academy, communicating our mesorah - imbuing our students with the true words, mandates, middos, and ideals of Torah - is our highest priority, and we use every available tool at our disposal to do so,” enthuses Rabbi Reuven Feinberg, dean. Nurturing students’ relationship with Hashem and with each other is at the heart of a Torah Academy education. Under the academic leadership of Torah Academy’s headmaster, Rabbi Rafi Draiman, the yeshiva’s dual curriculum combines current educational research,

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methodology, materials, and approach to provide instruction that consistently meets and exceeds curricular goals and national standards. In Rabbi Draiman’s words, “We are fortunate to have a large, talented staff of educators, and we use our diversified training and background to enrich each other, learn from each other, and give our students the professional best of ourselves on a daily basis.” As budding ovdei Hashem, Torah Academy students are supported through their physical, emotional, spiritual, and academic development. The curriculum is carefully crafted using national programs in both Judaic and secular subjects, and regular targeted assessments ensure that successful learning continues. A wide range of subjects, including kriah, Chumash skills, science, and math, are enhanced by technology and hands-on learning materials, to individualize and customize instruction. Physical Education classes and recess take place on the school’s multiple athletic fields and updated, spacious playgrounds, while art classes, afterschool clubs, and educational field trips ensure that students are given appropriate outlets for their various interests. To ensure that the

education provided reaches every student, Torah Academy’s growing Student Support department implements differentiated strategies to address a range of academic, social, and emotional needs. In addition to the education offered inside its four walls, Rabbi Feinberg is determined to maintain Torah Academy’s contribution to the wider community: “Our school is proud to be an important part of the vibrant Jewish fabric of Boca Raton and South Florida, and we welcome our responsibility to model a passion for Yiddishkeit, and a commitment to broad-ranging chessed.” Torah Academy’s philosophy rests on recognition: recognition not just of scholastic talent or ability, but of the role of every young student as an integral member of the Jewish People, each of whom matters in his/her uniqueness and potential. With this overarching view of the inherent greatness of its students, Torah Academy’s staff remains charged

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with lofty goals and motivated by their important mission. This vision drives their daily pursuit of educational excellence. Torah Academy will hold its Open House in January, which is an annual event for current and prospective parents and students offering an array of handson learning demonstrations, family fun activities, and opportunities to tour the campuses and meet administration. Any interested parties are warmly welcome to contact the school office at 561-465-2200 or visit www.torahacademybr.org for more information.

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Lubavitch Educational Center’s Elementary School Breaks a World Record of Chesed 21,820 - Twenty one thousand, eight hundred, and twenty. In dollars one would be happy to accomplish gaining it. But in good deeds one would feel fulfilled, overflowing with purpose and proud to be a student of the Lubavitch Educational Center. That is how LEC’s elementary school in Miami felt after tallying up the total mitzvos performed over this past sukkos holiday. What began as a small challenge and project has ballooned into one of the largest child led efforts in Yom Tov Chesed world wide. Every student was able to purchase a very subsidized set of the Arba Minim before Yom Tov - with the pledge to use it to help others less fortunate. A special website was setup to monitor the students success. After each day of chesed-  students could log onto LECFL. COM/Lulav where they would fill out a form detailing the people helped and attach pictures and selfies as well.  The unending stories from parents on how the Yom Tov days and Chol Hamoed were completely filled with requests to head to nursing homes, hospitals and other places and bring the mitzvah of daled minim and cheer of Yom Tov to all who would not otherwise celebrate.  Among the many stories - fourth

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grader Eli Spalter even gave up a trip to Disney world for a chance to perform additional mitzvos instead. Yisroel Brusowankin father of 4 students remarked, “I saved hundreds of dollars on trips this year on chol hamoed, my children only wanted to go do chesed  - all day every day” The feeling of pride and Gaon Yakov the students felt after helping so many was palbable at a recent school gather celebrating the success and pledging more for the future. The Lubavitch Educational Center has always been a trailblazer in Jewish education and certainly in the area of Chesed and outreach. Hundreds if not thousands of pictures and stories came pouring in - What to do with them now?

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You gotta be kidding

A politician dies and goes to heaven. He sees a bunch of clocks and asks,

“What are all those clocks?” He is told, “Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move.” “Oh,” says the politician. “Whose clock is that?” “That’s George Washington’s clock. The hands have never moved, indicating that he never told a lie,” replies the angel. “Incredible,” says the politician. “And whose clock is that one?” The angel responds, “That’s Abraham Lincoln’s clock. The hands have moved twice, telling that Abe told only two lies in his entire life.” “Where’s my clock?” asks the politicians. The angel replies, “It’s in G-d’s office. He’s using it as a ceiling fan!”

Sense of the Sentence

Figure out what all these sentences have in common

1. Never odd or even. 2. Madam, I’m Adam. 3. Sit on a potato pan, Otis. 4. Go Hang a Salami, I’m a Lasagna Hog! 5. Was it a bat I saw? 6. Norma is as selfless as I am, Ron. 7. Lee had a heel. 8. So many dynamos. 9. “Reviled did I live,” said I, as evil I did deliver. 10. Are we not drawn onward, we few, drawn onward to new era? 11. “Do nine men interpret?” “Nine men,” I nod. 12. Ten animals slam in a net 13. Rise to vote, sir

14. 15. 16. 17.

Was it a cat I saw? Lived on decaf, faced no devil Cigar? Toss it in a can. It is so tragic A man, a plan, a cat, a ham, a yak, a yam, a hat, a canal, Panama. 18. Live on time, emit no evil. 19. Now sir, a war is never even sir, a war is won. 20. Step on no pets. 21. A nut for a jar of tuna.

 Answer

Riddle me this? What is at the beginning of the end, the start of eternity, at the end of time and space, was in the middle of yesterday, but is nowhere in tomorrow? See answer to the right

The letter E

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They are all palindromes. These sentences are the same whether read correctly or backwards. Go ahead: read them backwards and you will see what I mean.

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FAMOUS AUTHORS TRIVIA

a. Because he was amazed when green ink once spilled on his breakfast and quickly decided to write a book along that theme. b. He held a write-in contest for his readers to pick the most esoteric topic to write about. c. His publisher bet that

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he couldn’t write a book using only 50 different words so to prove them wrong he wrote this silly tale, using only 50 words. d. He wanted every parent to have to suffer reading a book about, well, green eggs and ham! 6. Stephen King is one of the most prolific horror writers in history with over 260 titles and over 350 million copies sold worldwide. He suffers from a phobia known as triskaidekaphobia. What is that phobia? a. He is constantly scared that people are playing tricks on him. b. He is always worried cadence is off. c. He is scared of the number 13 d. He is always afraid that the things he writes about will happen to him

 Scorecard 5-6 Correct: You are a literary genius… and probably haven’t left your dingy basement in many years.

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D

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3-4 Correct: You are not bad. You are on the level of a 13-year-old…AAAAAHHHHHRRRRRR! HEEELLLLPP!

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0-2 Correct: Still having trouble getting through the book Green Eggs and Ham? It only has 50 words!

B- Dahl’s childhood experience inspired his book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 Answers

a. J.K. Rowling b. Danielle Steel c. William Shakespeare d. Agatha Christie 5. Why did Theodor Seuss Geisel (AKA Dr. Seuss) write Green Eggs & Ham?

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a. Sam Clark b. John Tebor

a. Stratford-upon-Avon b. Stonehenge c. Historic Yorkshire d. The Cotswolds 4. Who is the bestselling author of all time?

5. C

a. Charles Dickens b. Roald Dahl c. Ernest Hemingway d. J.K. Rowling 2. What was Mark Twain’s real name?

c. Craig Jefferson d. Samuel Clemens 3. Where was William Shakespeare born?

6. C- About his phobia, King has said,

1. While in boarding school as a child, this writer and his classmates had been guinea pigs of the chocolate-making company Cadbury. Each year, he and his friends would be sent Cadbury’s newest creations to test. He later explained, “It was then I realized that inside this great Cadbury’s chocolate factory there must be an inventing room, a secret place where fully grown men and women in white overalls spent all their time playing around with sticky boiling messes, sugar and chocs, and mixing them up and trying to invent something new and fantastic.” Who is the writer?

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“When I’m writing, I’ll never stop work if the page number is 13 or a multiple of 13; I’ll just keep on typing till I get to a safe number. I always take the last two steps on my backstairs as one, making 13 into 12… When I’m reading, I won’t stop on page 94, 193, or 382, since the sums of these numbers add up to 13.”


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In The K

tchen

Lachmajin By Naomi Nachman Who doesn’t like to eat pizza? Especially a meat pizza. These mini-meat pizzas have a Sephardic origin and can be served as a mezze (appetizer) along with other selections of mini appetizers. These are so quick and easy to make, and they freeze really well. I try to keep a container of them in my freezer in case I need a quick ready-to-serve hors d’oeuvres for guests.

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

Preparation Mix all the ingredients except the pizza rounds and pine nuts together 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. 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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Health & F tness

The Pressure is On The impact of stress on our children and what we can do about it By Rachel Rosenholtz, LCSW

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n today’s fast-paced modern world, the experience of life is assaulted upon by a relentless barrage of stress and pressure. Mommy is rushing to get everyone out of the house. Mommy and Daddy are getting ready for work and I am hurriedly escorted out of my home onto the school bus. I arrive at school and spend the next seven to eight hours jumping from one subject to another. I have to keep my finger on the place and I am expected  to learn, memorize and understand everything that is being taught the whole day. When I finally get home,  I have so much homework to do and I need to study for two tests coming up in a few days...HELP! For children, there is no escape. At school the educational demands just keep rising. At home, too often there is tension. Many families are struggling financially and, more often than not, require dual salaries to makes ends meet. The forty-hour work week is all but dead as fulltime jobs demand more and more time. Being connected 24/7 exacerbates the problem even more. Responding to a work email at dinner can transform a wholesome family dinner into a distracted and disjointed affair. Quality time with children is being interrupted by the “oh so important” text or e-mail. Single parent households, with greater vulnerability to strain, are also on the rise. This is the current state of affairs in secular society. How do these issues play out in our communities and

schools? Our children attend schools with a dual curriculum and longer hours. Aside from keeping up with the standard of the Department of Education, our kids have to cope with mastering an additional curriculum comprising a full set of information, language, skills and more. Although this has always been the case in our communities, we should not take it for granted. We need to fully appreciate what an enormous weight this is on our children – in addition to the increased stress and pressure generally facing today’s kids. Our kids are under a lot of pressure. Stress has been identified as one of today’s leading health risks. Experts have been consistently warning us to take measures to reduce the stress in our lives. Stress causes all sorts of ailments, obesity, heart issues, and mental health problems just to name a few (google health risk of “too much stress” for the complete list) and that is in adults. Imagine what stress can do to children whose bodies and minds are still developing! Whatever children experience during these crucial early years of development will affect them for the rest of their lives. Adults are better positioned and have more at their disposal to mitigate the stress they encounter. If we have a job which is not working for us, we can take steps to address that and, if need be, try to find a different one. If we are dealing with a financial issue we can take action to try to better our circumstance. We have the

ability and awareness to take action. Children are not in such a position. For the most part they are powerless to change their situation. They depend on us. Are we doing our best for them? When a child’s stress manifests itself in mental health issues such as anxiety it is often recognized and treated through counseling. But what about the child who is experiencing chronic stress and anxiety, but is “managing” to the point that her anxiety is not really noticed by adults? She keeps the stress bottled up inside. Living like this becomes normal for her. Of course this is very unhealthy and her problems will likely manifest in physical problems or other emotional problems later on. According to National Institute of Mental Health, 25.1% of 13-18-yearolds suffered from an anxiety disorder at some point in their life. Given what we know about the detrimental emotional and physiological effects of stress and anxiety, that number is alarming. “Kids have loads of vacation during the year – that should be enough to give them their much needed R and R.” Such an argument is false. Once risk factors have been generated and unhealthy responses to stress have become part of a child’s psyche, problems will not just go away because the catalyst is no longer present. Habits that have been formed to cope with emotional issues and health problems that have manifested will not magically vanish because of win-

ter break. Mental health issues can become a way of life. Once a disorder has been triggered he or she will struggle with it until it has been addressed and straightened out. Mental and physical problems can also peak whenever a vacation is near its end in the anticipation of having to go back to school. Vacation from school does not save kids from stressful home situations that can exist either. Being aware of the long term detrimental effects of too much stress is the first step in addressing this issue. There are steps a parent can take to help mitigate some of the stress. A warm pleasant greeting when a child returns home from school will help ease some tension. A concerted effort to conduct more relaxed family dinners without interruptions will go a long way towards helping kids feel calmer and gives them the opportunity to talk about their day. Talking is a great way to relieve stress. Exercise is another source of stress relief. If a parent gets the sense that his or her child is stressed out, it is important to take the time to encourage him to talk about his feelings. Simply getting the chance to express himself and feel heard will be extremely helpful for him. Better yet is having someone who can help him strategize how to deal with whatever he is struggling with! If your child still seems to be too stressed out or struggling with anxiety, seeking profession intervention can be the best way to improve your child’s emotional and physical health. While stress in life for adults is at


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times unavoidable, being aware of the negative impact that stress can have on our children can help us as parents be more mindful about working to keep our own stress levels down. Children are emotional sponges. They absorb all the different emotions around them. If a parent is feeling stressed out, the child will absorb it and internalize some of the stress. Conversely, a child will absorb his parents calm feelings as well. Search for ways to reduce your own stress levels. Self-care is crucial to create a calmer environment in the home. I always remind parents that if the pressure drops in an airplane, you are supposed to put the mask on yourself before your child. If you’re not okay you won’t be able to help your child. The same is true here as well. If you are not taking care of yourself it is more difficult to adequately care for your child. If you are unable to reduce your own anxiety and tension, outside help may be warranted. Talking to someone outside your personal sphere can be helpful in identifying ways to

reduce your stress levels. Parents and schools are spending enormous sums of money to fix problems that are, in many cases, not intrinsic and unavoidable but rather

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of our students in school and what can be dialed back? After hours sitting in the classroom, how much homework is really needed? Remember, for kids who have multiple teachers, ten to fif-

A concerted effort to conduct more relaxed family dinners without interruptions will go a long way towards helping kids feel calmer and gives them the opportunity to talk about their day.

due to changeable (however difficult they might be to change) home and education environment factors. What can we do to cut back on the stress on our kids? How can we ease the tension at home a little? What is truly necessary for the education and growth

teen minutes of homework per teacher really adds up. How can we achieve the necessary academic requirements while still protecting our children’s emotional and physical health? These are all questions that have to be answered on an individual level as every

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home and school situation is different. The yomim tovim are now behind us and we are embarking on the long stretch of winter and school. With winter comes more time spent indoors and less time engaging in stress-relieving outdoor activities such as bike riding, rollerblading, ball playing, etc. To support our kids through these months and in every aspect of their lives, we need to identify areas in life where pressure and stress can be reduced and eliminated. Our children’s health depends on it. Rachel Rosenholtz, LCSW is certified in TFCBT, a child-centered therapeutic approach that focuses on helping children overcome traumatic experiences. She has a private practice located in the Five Towns and specializes in treating anxiety, trauma and behavioral related issues in people of all ages. Rachel can be reached at (347) 673-1953 and Rachel@InvestInTherapy.com.  To  find  out  more, visit her website InvestInTherapy. com.

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Political Crossfire

Might Xi Jinping’s Star be Burning too Bright? By David Ignatius

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resident Xi Jinping’s command at this month’s Communist Party gathering was so complete that President Trump likened him to a “king.” But some China analysts are wondering whether Xi has overreached. Xi dominated the stage, literally and figuratively, at the party’s 19th Congress, which ended this week in Beijing. His consolidation of power has nearly erased the collective leadership style of his recent predecessors and vaulted him into a Chinese pantheon occupied only by Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. “Xi Jinping Thought” is now celebrated as the guide to a “new era” for China. Xi’s capture of the commanding heights was summarized in a private report by Pamir Consulting, a leading advisory firm on China. During Xi’s first five years in office, Pamir reported, his anti-corruption campaign has disciplined 1.53 million party members and prosecuted 278,000, including 440 ministerial or provincial officials and 43 Central Committee members, about 11.4 percent of that body. Xi has purged the Chinese military, too. Under his rule, 13,000 officers have been sacked and more than 50 general officers have been imprisoned for corruption, by Pamir’s count. In place of the ousted generals, Xi has installed new commanders for the joint staff, army, navy and air force of the People’s Liberation Army. Members of this reshaped PLA now appear to control nearly 20

percent of the party’s reconstituted Central Committee. Xi also reigns supreme in the factional battle at the top of the party leadership. Of the 25 members of the Politburo, 17 are his allies, Pamir estimates. His faction has four seats on the Politburo’s seven-member standing committee. And for the first time in several decades, the leadership hasn’t signaled who will succeed Xi after he completes his second five-year term as party secretary, suggesting that he may ignore

worry older Chinese who remember the damage done by Mao’s cult of personality. “Beneath the confetti, there’s an uncomfortable apprehension among some of China’s elderly leaders who recall the capriciousness and brutal realities of one-man rule,” explains Kurt Campbell, who ran the State Department’s Asia policy during the Obama administration and was in Beijing to observe the congress. Will other top Chinese officials dare to question Xi? Analysts noted

“Beneath the confetti, there’s an uncomfortable apprehension”

the 10-year limit that capped recent Chinese leaders. Trump appears to see a kindred spirit in Xi. He made a congratulatory telephone call Wednesday and praised Xi’s “extraordinary elevation” in a tweet. “Some might call him the king of China,” Trump said in a television interview. What could go wrong for a leader with such sweeping authority? Several leading analysts argue that Xi’s dominance is now so complete that it carries a kind of vulnerability. He owns China’s economic and foreign policies so totally that he’ll get blamed for any setbacks. Perhaps more important, his power play may

the mostly impassive posture during Xi’s long speech from Jiang Zemin and Zhu Rongji, former president and prime minister, respectively. The gathering wasn’t attended by Li Rui, a deeply respected 100-year-old former secretary of Mao who suffered during the Cultural Revolution and helped establish the institutions of post-Mao collective leadership. Xi’s concern about dissent was perhaps signaled by a recent internal party document that, according to a Chinese source, warns against criticism of party leadership, Communist history, traditional Chinese culture and national heroes. That implies a ban on criticism of Xi himself.

The scope of Xi’s ambition isn’t just domestic or personal power. He outlined at the congress an agenda for China’s growth through 2050 into a “modernized strong country” that can dominate technology, finance and security. China five years ago spoke of its ambitions to be a regional power, but Xi now describes a China that can frame a new global order. Trump’s America poses a tricky problem. For now, Xi chooses to reciprocate Trump’s embrace. China is planning for Trump’s arrival next month as if it’s a royal visit, much as the Saudis received him last May. An elaborate welcoming ceremony is planned, perhaps followed by a photogenic meeting of Xi’s grandchildren and Trump’s. (Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are said to be coming with their family.) The “deliverables” at the Trump2Xi summit will be mutual commitments on North Korea and trade. To oversee the Sino-America account, Xi is said to be readying Yang Jiechi, a former ambassador to Washington, as deputy prime minister with oversight of foreign policy. Chinese strategists have traditionally argued that it’s wise to appear less powerful than you really are, and take adversaries by surprise. This approach is no longer possible for a monarchical Xi. He must beware the weakness inherent in his dazzling display of strength.

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The Torah, like life itself, is often enigmatic, concentrating on the forest and not dwelling on the individual trees. history. What was the future of this great disciple of Avraham? What of his family and progeny? Is he part of our continuing story or is he like Lot and Lavan, side characters who eventually depart the scene of Jewish eternity? Neither Torah nor tradition informs us as to these matters.  Eliezer’s end – like his beginning –remains a complete mystery to us. But his name is preserved in the Jewish world regularly and eternally and that is no small matter of importance. It is interesting to note that this is the way of the Torah regarding many great personalities in Jewish history who are mentioned in Scripture but remain basically unknown.  Their names are remembered and referenced throughout the generations but their lives and experiences remain hidden to us. To a certain extent they are like the “unknown soldier,” the one who sacrifices all for the cause but whose own story remains a mystery to later generations.

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Torah Thought When There is Tension Between Being Modern and Being Orthodox, Which Side Are We On? Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

A few years ago, I went to see Rav Eli Sadan, the Rosh Yeshiva of Bnei David, a Mechina in Eli. Maj. Roi Klein z”l, the hero who threw his body over a hand grenade in the 2006 Lebanon war to save his fellow soldiers, was a graduate of Bnei David.  So was Lt. Hadar Goldin, z”l, as was Col. Ofer Winter, who led the massive effort to get Goldin back after he was kidnaped and killed in the last Gaza war.  A growing number of officers in the IDF are products of Eli.  It seemed to me that something very special is happening in the yeshiva and I wanted to meet its founder and visionary to better understand what it might be. Rav Sadan explained to me that in his yeshiva they teach the classic curriculum of Gemara, halacha and mussar; however, underlying all that they study is a common set of values and motifs they want to inculcate into the young men: living with emunah, faith in Hashem, and being devoted to a life of mesirus nefesh, selfless service to Him and to His people.  Every text they encounter, every law they analyze, is looked at from the perspective of how it can reinforce, grow and help them be more inspired in their emunah and in their devotion to a life of avodah (service).  In addition to classic texts, the yeshiva spends much time studying the writings of the Maharal, Rav Kook and other who focus on these themes. On the first day each year, Rav Sadan hands each boy a piece of paper and a pen and asks them to write their goals in five years and ten years from that point. Where do they see themselves?  What do they want to accomplish?  He then collects the papers, submitted without their names, and looks through them. Rav Sadan explained to me that every year, almost everyone writes a version of the same thing: “I want to marry a great girl, I want to have a family and I want to have a great job where I can make enough money to live comfortably.” Rav Sadan then turns to the boys and asks a piercing a question.  What did you write in your goals and ambitions for your future that reflects that you are a Torah Jew?  Is what you wrote any different than what someone without Torah and who isn’t observant would write?  Where are your aspirations spiritually?  What are your goals in avodas Hashem and in yiras

Shomayim? Rav Sadan’s goal for his students is that by the time they leave his yeshiva, each one thinks, feels, and acts like a Torah Jew with spiritual ambitions, aspirations, and goals. He wants them to see themselves as having a personal mission in this world, a unique calling to serve Hashem in some capacity or form.  It is said that Rav Sadan

ner world, the supposed balance between religious values and secular values seems to be much more weighted towards the secular than the religious. Modern Orthodox teenagers can tell you who Kobe, Jay Z, or even Shakespeare is, but very few will know R’ Chaim Kanievsky or R’ Herschel Shachter. We’ll know the history of America in depth, but

“When push came to shove and everyone stood on one side of an issue that ran contrary to what Hashem wanted, Avraham Aveinu had the courage, fortitude and faith to stand mei’eiver, on the other side.”

calls every graduate of Eli in the month of Elul and asks, what did you do to serve Hashem and the Jewish people this past year? How have you made the world a better place? Rav Sadan’s extraordinary success has revolutionized the IDF with the number of religious officers having grown tenfold since he began.  Last year, he was awarded the prestigious Israel Prize in recognition of his great contributions to Israeli society.  I walked away from the meeting very inspired, and the following year we were proud to host Rav Sadan for a Shabbos in Boca where, among other things, he met with our educators and leaders to share his approach. I was reminded of Rav Sadan and his wonderful Mechina in Eli when I read a very provocative blog post this week.  Eitan Gross, a high school student who describes himself as a modern orthodox teenager, writes: As kids, we are proactively exposed to media and entertainment that is anti-religious and contrary to Halacha. Is it realistic to assume that a teenager’s value system will not be corroded by the endless subtle and not so subtle attacks on Torah true values? Aside from the challenge of not letting the modern world negatively affect our in-

won’t know how the State of Israel was established. We’ll know how to solve complex math equations, but wouldn’t be able to read a simple mishnah. We are infested with American culture, and forget our past. We care about world values, and neglect our own. We care more about Western morals than the true morals of the Torah. We are high school students before talmidim. We are aspiring sports players before yearning Talmud scholars. We are college graduates before yeshiva bachurim. We are Modern before Orthodox. Many in our communities take up the attitude that G-d’s laws are a burden (or even immoral in certain cases) so they simply write off areas of Halacha as if they don’t apply. Of course, their kids get the message and proceed to pick and choose whatever is comfortable for them as well. And for the laws that are being kept, we treat them as if they are a checklist — Say Modeh Ani, check. Wash hands, check. Then go to davening, look on my phone and wrap my Tefillin before Aleinu because I’m so eager to get on with my day, but it still counts because I said Shema and Shemonah Esrei, right? Check. We are so addicted to the secular world that Hashem is never given a chance. You may disagree with his analysis or formulation, but I believe Eitan is on

to something and we cannot dismiss his heartfelt and sincere plea to provide him and his peers with an education, community, and hashkafa that gives a relationship with Hashem a chance. If Rav Sadan gave us a blank paper and pen, and asked us to record our dreams, goals and aspirations for the next month, year, or decade, would they include being a better eved Hashem, davening with more kavanna, improving our emunah and bitachon, living with more yiras Shomayim, or would they just list losing weight or getting in shape, earning more money, buying a bigger house, getting a nice car, and taking better vacations. To be sure, all of these are reasonable and in some cases admirable goals, but none of them reflect our core identity as Torah Jews. There continues to be a great deal of discussion regarding the tuition crisis, and it deserves to continue to be addressed.  But, Eitan brings our attention to a parallel crisis, one more urgent and much less comfortable to deal with meaningfully. In sefer Berishis, Avraham is described as “Ha’ivri.”  Rashi explains that this title derives from the fact that he comes from “mei’eiver ha’nahar,” from the other side of the river.  Avraham is an immigrant to Cana’an.  Nevertheless, the midrash tells us he was called an “ivri,” and we continue to be labeled “ivrim,” not as a geographical description but an existential one. Avraham loved people, he was a selfless and devoted giver and he was dedicated to all of humanity, not just his family.  However, when push came to shove and everyone stood on one side of an issue that ran contrary to what Hashem wanted, Avraham had the courage, fortitude and faith to stand mei’eiver, on the other side. When there is a conflict between our Western values and our Torah ones, which side do we stand on?  When there is tension between being modern and being orthodox, which side are we on?  As the progeny of Avraham we carry within our DNA the capacity and strength to be mei’eiver, to stand on the unpopular side; the question, though, is will we?  Eitan and his peers are counting on us to. Rabbi Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue.


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A mother recently told me a story that happened with her 13 year old daughter, who had been acting ornery, irritable, distant, sulky – like a typical teenager. Out of sheer exasperation, she bent down and gave that girl a hug. The adolescent’s response shocked her. “Mommy,” she said, “you haven’t hugged me in at least 5 years.” The mother couldn’t believe it. She had been pining to express her affection to this child but had been deliberately holding back because the girl seemed so distant. Who would have guessed that she needed – and would welcome - a hug? Another friend was recently discussing his relative, a grown man who seemed to be in a perpetual bad-temper. “He’s a hard guy to be friends with” my friend explained, “Because he acts all tough, like he is a hot shot and not scared of nobody. But really he’s a very sensitive person who needs affection. It takes people who are nice to put up with a guy like that – you basically have to not care that he bashes you because deep down he really needs you.” This is so insightful. Sometimes we act tough on the outside, but if you look a little deeper, everyone is looking for love. The truth is that we can’t hug strangers, in a physical sense, but there is a way to accomplish almost the same thing with words. A hug tells a child that he or she is important and valued – words can accomplish almost the same. This lesson was first learned on a short Friday afternoon while driving my Rebbe through Boro Park. We were trying to navigate the over-crowded streets, but without much success, because school buses were making their afternoon rounds. We were finally inching down the block, when a yellow bus in front of us lumbered to a stop. The children dashed off in all directions but one mother swooped down and lifted her child off the ground in the tightest hug. My Rebbe was overjoyed at the sight: “This is what klal yisroel needs,” he exclaimed, “Smotherly Love.” Another time, he advised a mother to

hug her wayward child “until you squeeze the toothpaste out.” This Talmid Chochom needs no backing, but the research is there. Numerous studies document the healing power of touch. Dr. Virginia Satir (1988– 1916) was known for her unique approach to family therapy. She was an accomplished author and a pioneer in the field of family reconstruction treatment. Among her many career achievements, Dr. Satir sat on the Steering Committee of the International Family Therapy Association and was on the Advisory Board for the National Council for Self Esteem. She once said “Hugging can be vital for emotional well-being. Everybody feels skin hunger throughout their lives, and unless it is satisfied, there’s a vital void in the emotional make-up that’s going to cause deep unhappiness. We all know that babies thrive on frequent touch. Well, adults are no different. When they are not patted on the hand, embraced around the shoulder or hugged, they withdraw into themselves. I prescribe four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance and twelve for growth. “ Many fathers have a minhag of “bentching” their children before Kiddush on Friday night. They lovingly place their hands on each child’s head. This is a form of affectionate touch – a sort of hug - that means more to the children than the father may realize. It makes a difference. And a mother has countless opportunities to express “Smotherly Love.” It’s what klal yisroel needs.

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

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ndependently, it stands silent. However, despite its silence, the aleph, the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet, stands as a leader and a symbol of a beginning. The difference between exile (golah) and redemption (geulah) is that soundless aleph. For this reason, Rabbi Sholom Lipsker named his organization the Aleph Institute. The organization’s objective is to address the needs of Jewish men and women in environments with limited access to Jewish life. The focus: Jewish men and women in the military and those who have been incarcerated. The organization also includes an offshoot called Tikvah, for young people who are off of society’s straight path, delinquents in the criminal justice system. Aleph provides redemption in places of spiritual and physical exile. Aleph began at the behest of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, whom, Rabbi Lipsker says, cared about every Jew under every circumstance. Jews in these circumstances wait for someone to come to address their spiritual needs. But no one addresses them. That’s where Aleph comes in.

Prison Work People who are in prison are isolated from society. They are, according to Rabbi Lipsker, “out of sight, out of mind, and stigmatized.” Inmates generally own almost nothing. They have two 2’x2’ cinderblock cubbies in

their cells that must hold all that they own. They generally have a cellmate so privacy is non-existent. Prisoners only receive three meals a day for a total of 1,800 calories a day. Prisoners receive a small allotment of generic toothpaste, enough for a pea-size amount per brushing. They receive two small bars of soap – hotel size – a month, a two-inch toothbrush that must be held with the finger and thumb, and deodorant. And that’s it.

Most of us believe that Jews in prison are there for white collar crimes and that they still have money in their bank accounts at home. We assume that all Jewish prisoners have access to money for, say, matzahs, and naturally, for the prison commissary for toothpaste. But most people, even Jews, in prison are poor and struggling. Many grew up under difficult circumstances and therefore made poor choices. Many Jewish prisoners are destitute.

At one sentencing trial, Rabbi Lipsker recounts the defendant’s wife crying out, “Judge, you didn’t send my husband to prison: you sent me to prison.”

All snacks, shoes, toiletries, stamps, pens, paper and envelopes, and calling cards must be purchased at the prison commissary. Families must put money into a commissary account. Prisoners may not share these items with other prisoners, a transgression called “inmate-to-inmate transfer of property” or take food from the dining hall. Even those who “work” in the prisons make only a few dollars a day that they use at the commissary.

They are poor, and, without a breadwinner, their families on the outside are poor too and in pain. Aleph, according to Rabbi Lipsker, wants to make sure that inmates have all possible religious and humanitarian needs met. “We provide support, and we are non-judgmental. We see them as fellow family members of the Jewish people.” The organization works in close to 500 prisons, including 130 federal prisons. And though Jews make

up 2 percent of the American population, it used to be Jews were only 1.3 percent of the prison population. That has changed: Jews now make up 2 percent of the prison population as well. More younger people are going to prison for drugs, though Jews make up a higher percentage of those in federal prison for white collar crime. Rabbi Lipsker emphasizes, “When a Jew goes to prison, the whole family goes to prison.” At one sentencing trial, Rabbi Lipsker recounts the defendant’s wife crying out, “Judge, you didn’t send my husband to prison: you sent me to prison.” Aleph therefore provides prisoners and their families with emergency funding. This means, on one level, money for tuitions, camps, and Chanukah gifts for the families, and, on another, commissary funding for prisoners themselves.

Human Dignity The only way to make phone calls from prison is by calling collect or utilizing a calling card purchased through the commissary. The line for the phone is long, and people wait hours for the privilege of calling loved ones on the outside. Calling that loved one is symbolic for the prisoner and his fellow inmates: it means that someone cares. Aleph therefore accepts all collect calls from prisons. Sometimes, Rabbi Lipsker says, the


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prisoners have nothing to say. But they feel “horrible not standing in line – it shows that no one cares about them. Calling out looks like they have someone who cares about them.” Aleph provides the much-needed sympathetic listening ear. Part of the “subconscious dignity” that prisoners crave is hearing their names announced at mail call, another public display that someone on the outside cares enough to write. The organization therefore sends out a magazine and mailings to 6,000 prisoners a month (these numbers have gone up over the past decades). Furthermore, hundreds of pieces of mail come to Aleph’s offices each week. Every letter is answered. The organization provides thousands of pen pals to prisoners to “make them feel like human beings.” (The mail comes to their offices; the organization does not give out personal addresses or full names of each pen pal to inmates to protect privacy.)

selves immersed in Torah study. This past summer, teams of rabbis visited 450 prisons. Some of the inmates had never seen a rabbi before because the prison only had one or three Jews there. But Aleph seeks to address the need even on this micro-personal level. There are some Jews that Aleph can’t reach. Some prisoners do not identify as Jewish: they either feel personal shame about their heritage or, especially in the South and Midwest in prisons with a high white supremacist population, they choose to keep their Judaism a secret. Before Rosh Hashana, Aleph sends out close to 50 teams of rabbis to provide Rosh Hashana services at prisons. In jails in remote corners of New Mexico, the rabbis sleep in trailers. This takes months of planning, as the rabbis need to procure permission to park the trailers on prison grounds and to stay overnight.

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On another level, the organization helps people get kosher food, items for Shabbos, and items for daily Jewish activity including tefillin. Aleph provides yom tov needs: sets of lulavim and esrogim, mishloach manos, 30 tons of food for Pesach, and pop-up sukkahs. Volunteers also ensure that those in prisons have the right to access Jewish items and the right to eat and worship as they please. Take, for example, tefillin. Before Aleph, the prison system did not allow inmates to use tefillin because of perceived potential dangers from the straps. The organization provides regular Torah study sessions and an impressive Torah and Judaism correspondence course with, currently, 1,100 students. These long-distance courses (at least 31 in all) cover Chumash, Navi, Talmud, and chassidus, and, even more basic, Hebrew reading. In a number of prisons, Aleph has set up a yeshiva of sorts. A whole team of young rabbis come into the prison to study Torah with the inmates. Many of these prisons have only ten to 20 Jews, and so the classes and Torah study become oneon-one or one-on-two. The inmates find them-

If the prison is distant from the inmate’s family, thereby precluding regular contact or visitation, Aleph’s staff gets involved to try to procure a transfer for the inmate to a prison closer to home. In family emergencies – a death in the family, a wedding, or a bar mitzvah – Aleph works hard to get the inmate out of prison for one to two days to participate. This takes many hours of paperwork and meetings; a marshal generally accompanies the prisoner to the simcha or aveilus. The family matters, Rabbi Lipsker says, are “very significant.” Children feel insecure and ashamed when their father is imprisoned. Some children turn to crime. The family experiences a financial and emotional breakdown, and children often fall off the path. Mothers struggle to raise sometimes recalcitrant children who question why their mother disciplines them (“why is mom upset at me if dad did something worse?”). Families lose their homes but are too embarrassed to be identified. To address these primal needs, Aleph established the FEELS program: Family Empathy Education Love and Support.

They provide money for housing, tuition, food, and travel to visit the family member in prison. (Sometimes prisoners become informants and so have to be transferred out of the prison close to their families to a more distant one, away from those they have informed on.) Aleph sends the children of inmates to summer camp. One couple refused to have a bar mitzvah for their son because the father was in jail. Aleph bought him a suit and made him a private, dignified bar mitzvah. Aleph’s network includes prison wardens and those in the Bureau of Prisons in Washington. Aleph also works to address any vestiges of anti-Semitism or anti-Semitic acts that occur in prison. Part of the reason, in fact, that Rabbi Lipsker selected the name “Aleph” is because, though most Jews recognize it as Jewish, most non-Jews do not. Because of rampant anti-Semitism in prisons in the early 1980s, most prisoners were too afraid to identify as Jews or receive correspondence from a clearly Jewish sender. Though the name has stuck, Aleph’s advocacy work has changed, and people are more comfortable self-identifying as Jews.

One Woman’s Story Rabbi Lipsker is very careful not to tell inmates’ personal stories and is fiercely protective of their and their families’ privacy; unlike other organizations, he does not have a “success story” or a particular person that he offers as an exemplar of his organization’s work. But some inmates have come forward and shared their stories, independent of Aleph’s prompting. Linda Whitaker told her story to Laurie Rice, with whom Linda has built a relationship, in a publication in 2013. Linda started serving her 20-year sentence for murdering her husband at a maximum security prison, the Women’s Penitentiary in Nashville; there she was one of two Jewish prisoners. Currently, she is the only Jew at the State Women’s Prison in Memphis. She will need to serve 85 percent of her sentence before she is eligible for parole. At that point she will be past 70. Linda’s mother was Jewish, but, especially


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since she married a non-Jew, downplayed her heritage. Linda grew up in Queens in an irreligious home in a largely Jewish neighborhood. Linda’s mother had had a tough upbringing: her father abandoned the family when the children were young, and, until her mother was able to restart and resettle in New York City, Linda’s mother and three siblings lived in an orphanage. As much as her grandmother was strong –ultimately raising the four on her own and supporting them through hard times – as an adult, Linda’s mother suffered from severe depression and was possibly bipolar. She was physically and verbally abusive to her own children, including Linda; Linda’s father died when Linda was only ten. What lingered in Linda from this upbringing was anger and a seeming incapability of having a normal marital relationship and making the right marital choices. She divorced several times. Her last husband was, she says, emotionally abusive and controlling. During an argument one day, “something just snapped in me.”

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“Since coming to prison...I have faced my demons and have worked hard to overcome my past failures. For the first time in my life, I started studying the Torah and have connected to my Jewish roots. I now know how to ‘think Jewish’ and through emunah, faith; I have developed a much healthier outlook on life. I am blessed with studies, books, and print-outs which are sent to me by the Aleph Institute…. “Learning Torah concepts and putting them to use in my daily life has given me a lot of much-needed strength. I feel as though I finally know who I am and how I should interact with others. The book The Garden of Emuna (by Rabbi Shalom Arush) was life-changing for me. Since embracing the belief that every situation we’re placed in and every person we encounter is custom designed for us by Hashem, I live a more grateful life. I realize now that I should look at each situation, even difficult ones, as an opportunity to learn and/or make teshuva for past misdeeds.”

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Linda sees herself, because of what she has learned from Aleph’s publications and courses, as “part of a nation of priests, from whom G-d expects certain things. I truly believe that had I been raised with an openly Jewish, religious background, I would have had the knowledge and skills that would have helped me live a much happier, more successful life.” She has been working to educate herself on Judaism and credits the “Lubavitchers, who founded the Aleph Institute I study with” for sharing a “Chassidic outlook on life” and “how to live a Torah-true lifestyle with strict observance of halachic law.” Interestingly, Linda believes that “selfishness, to some degree, is what brought us all to prison...selfish acts that were committed without regard for the cost to others.” But prison itself underscores a “selfish” lifestyle. Without help from the outside, people “struggle to have more than just the very basic necessities for life.” Because inmates must purchase

even basics like writing supplies – and must pay their own medical copays – “it can bring out the best, or the worst in a person. You can get the attitude that you are ‘not your sister’s keeper’ or you can have compassion for someone who is hungry and doesn’t have a stamp to write home.” Though inmates learn to “do whatever they have to in order to gain favoritism” for personal gain or gain for themselves and their circle of friends, “few and far between are inmates who care about improving the general conditions of everyone…. For someone who genuinely wants to change for the better, it’s like holding a mirror up to yourself, seeing how you used to be, and determining to do better.” She credits the volunteers who work with prisoners with modeling ideal behavior: “I have seen the importance of offering a hand-up to a someone who is as far down as they get.” Her message to others: “The Jews who are in prison need the help of their fellow Jews in the free world so that they can still feel as though they


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belong to a community. Maintaining one’s Yiddishkeit in prison is a constant struggle,” though, as Linda’s experience indicates, is vital for living in prison and becoming a better person. “If the sum message of Torah is to love your fellow man as you love yourself, then how can anyone believe they are living a Torah-true life when they don’t reach out in some small way to their fellow Jews who are in prison?”

Alternative Sentencing Because of their relationship with the Bureau of Prisons and the Justice Department, the Aleph Institute works closely with individual defendants on alternative sentencing. Their goal: to minimize collateral damage. Rabbi Lipsker says that they work to “create other forms of punishment without hurting families.” Aleph collaborates with attorneys and judges on this. The Institute is so respected and known that, at a meeting in Washington about problems with Jews in prisons, the organizers turned to Aleph to speak. It was clear that, though many Jewish organizations were present and presented, only Aleph had the information and the facts about the prison system and Jews in the system. Recently, Aleph hosted a conference at Georgetown University with the White House counsel to work on prison reform. “We need to wipe out the stigmatization and isolation and the breakdown of the family,” Rabbi Lipsker says.

Reentry and Recidivism Sadly, most prisoners who serve time leave jail and, not knowing how to cope or reenter the world, often relapse and return to jail. Within three

years, 68 percent are back in jail; 75 percent are back within five years. Fifty-seven percent are back within the first year. Many wives, who have not divorced their convicted husbands before they enter jail, wait to file for divorce until right before the prisoner is released. This is devastating: while he has been in jail, she has moved on. This is a “difficult test of life,” Rabbi Lipsker says. But those prisoners involved with Aleph have, according to Rabbi Lipsker, a “much, much lower recidivism rate.” Those who are involved with Aleph find that their “Jewish life means they take on a serious life.” They become more insightful about their actions; they find meaning in holidays. The monthly publication they receive from Aleph while in jail has an article each month about life and finding meaning within it. This is meant to help them reenter the “real” world and stay there. It’s not just an issue about remorse over crimes committed, says Rabbi Lipsker. It’s “also about reevaluation of life and how to live it.” Aleph’s reentry program involves a difficult process. It’s hard to find people work. A lot of former prisoners do not know what to do. They are felons whom most employers won’t employ. Many prisoners are not allowed to practice in their former careers for which they are trained (law, medicine, and finance, for example). But, Rabbi Lipsker argues, “in the Torah, it says, ‘bitlah.’ Once the person has been punished, then he’s clean. We can’t mention that he did it. But in the United States, a person can be made a felon forever.” To help freed prisoners integrate into society, Aleph gives them housing and housing loans, as well as training and new skills.

Operation Enduring Traditions: Aleph in the Military Aside from their work with the transgressors of the law is Aleph’s work with the enforcers: the military. Aleph’s work with the military serves two functions: endorsing chaplains and helping them in their work as well as helping Jewish soldiers. Aleph is formally designated as the primary organization that can endorse military chaplains (all chaplains must be endorsed to be accepted in the military). The Institute has 30 full-time endorsed chaplains on military bases all over the world. They host chaplain conferences and supply Jews in the military with their Jewish needs, including Jewish online schooling for chaplains’ children living remotely. Aleph has, according to Rabbi Lipsker, “an excellent relationship with the Pentagon and the military.” Those serving as chaplains do not have financial issues, per se. But their environments are limited. They need sifrei Torah; they have no shuls. Military rebbetzins live hours from the closest mikvah (one woman reportedly drives five hours to the closest mikvah). Thirty full-time staffers work at the military branch of the Aleph Institute, alongside 300 volunteers. Currently, there are between 2,500 and 3,000 Jewish soldiers serving in the American military. Rabbi Lipsker does not know their level of observance: “A Jew is a Jew,” he says. The military knows that Aleph has better information on the military’s Jewish demographics. This is because the military stamps a soldier’s religion on his dog tags for chaplaincy and burial purposes. Those serv-

ing in the Middle East generally want their dog tags to say “no religion”; if captured by the enemy, they fear they will be tortured more if their captors know that they are Jewish. (The military is aware of this practice.) And so the military doesn’t know that the soldiers are Jewish, but Aleph does. Aleph’s military branch, Operation Enduring Traditions, provides Jewish items to soldiers – siddurim, tefillin, kosher food – and keeps Jewish traditions available and alive for them. This includes megillah readings, traveling Torahs, Pesach sedarim, and remote Torah study courses. The organization also publishes the National Liberator magazine, free for Jews in the military. This provides a “connection with their Jewish observances, traditions, and prayers” as well as a “sense of family and community.” And, of course, Aleph serves as the Jewish advocate in Washington for Jews in the military to ensure that their Jewish needs are addressed. The program “ensures the free exercise of religion guaranteed under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution for Jews serving in the United States Armed Forces.”

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nherent in the Aleph Institute’s mission is dedication to help Jews – no matter where they find themselves. Regardless of observance, past transgressions, or location in the world, a Jew is a Jew, and Aleph reaches out to them with a full heart. Imagine the pain of sitting in a cell, surrounded by non-Jews, on the holiest days of the year. With Aleph, there is someone or something that can provide a connection and a moment of inspiration. These Jews are not alone. They are part of a larger group, a cohesive nation – they are one of us.

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Political Crossfire

Everything Russia Heats Up The Indictment of Trump’s Former Campaign Chairman and the Growing Scandals Around Hillary Clinton By Susan Schwamm

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fter months of operating in secrecy, Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller last Monday announced the indictment by a federal grand jury of President Trump’s one-time campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Richard Gates. The 12-count indictment pertains to the pair’s activities between 2006 and 2015. Manafort was charged with acting on behalf of the Ukrainian government without registering as a foreign agent, which is required by law, and laundering over $18 million of his $75 million earnings. Additionally, the pair was charged with lying to investigators about their business dealings. Absent from the indictment was any mention of Russian collusion or the Trump campaign. In fact, the activities Manafort engaged in took place well before he joined the Trump campaign in April of 2016. While Manafort’s indictment

sheds no direct light on the state of Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s “collusion with Russia,” Monday’s events whipped the media and Washington into a frenzy. To some, the fact that Mueller’s

ing with Russia. Indicting Manafort on unrelated crimes, they speculate, was the best he can come up with; after all, he would look foolish if he didn’t come up with anything. Others argue that Mueller is using the often-used prosecutorial

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first actions have nothing to do with the Trump team and Russia indicates that Mueller has been unable to find any evidence of Trump collud-

tactic of indicting one individual on any charges you can in order to get the goods on another investigation – in this case, they say, he indicted

Manafort in order to “flip” him on Trump and get him to spill the beans on the full scheme of purported Russian collusion. The indictment of Manafort did not come as a surprise to many. In fact, he was fired from the Trump campaign in August 2016, after serving for only three months, when it was disclosed that he had extensive dealings with the Ukrainian government, allegedly accepted millions in cash payments, and failed to disclose his lobbying, as required by law – practically the same wrongdoings he was indicted for. The suspicion that Mueller’s investigation was focusing on Manafort was confirmed in July when the FBI conducted an early morning raid on Manafort’s home and seized documents and computers. Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty to all charges on Monday afternoon. He was freed on $10 million bond and placed on house arrest. As they exited the federal court house, Manafort’s attorney Kevin


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Downing lent support to an earlierin-the-day tweet by President Trump that these unrelated charges prove that there was no collusion and stated, “President Donald Trump was correct. There is no evidence the Trump campaign colluded with the Russia government.” He added, regarding the charge that Manafort failed to register as a foreign agent that “the United States government has only used that offense six times since 1966 and only resulted in one conviction,” insinuating that Mueller is simply trying to stick charges on Manafort in order to put pressure on him. Shortly after the indictment was announced, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters, “Today’s announcement has nothing to do with the president, and has nothing to do with the president’s campaign, or his campaign activity.” lthough the White House’s everything-is-cool-here attitude was likely justified as it pertains to the Manafort indictment, Special Prosecutor Mueller evidently was not going to allow the day to end without flexing his Russian collusion muscles. To that end, his office made a bombshell announcement that in early October a former Trump campaign advisor secretly pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents about contacts with Russian nationals in order to get “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. The advisor, George Papadopoulos, age 30, has reached a cooperation agreement with Mueller. The media was swiftly abuzz with speculation that he will be the lynchpin to tie the Russian collusion story together. Much like the Manafort indictment, though, although the guilty plea of a Trump advisor certainly provides much smoke, a review of the official statement of offense unsealed in court makes it hard to find the fire. Perhaps that’s by design (a good prosecutor does not show his cards in advance). Perhaps that’s because there is no fire (a good prosecutor makes it look like he “has the goods” even when he doesn’t). According to the official Statement of Offense, Papadopoulos was interviewed by the FBI last January in the course of its Russian collusion

investigation before it was handed off to Special Prosecutor Mueller. During his interview, he spoke about his attempts to set up a diplomatic meeting between then-candidate Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to enhance cooperation between the U.S. and Russia. This is a fairly routine assignment. In furtherance of those efforts, he was in contact with a Russian professor and a female who claimed to be a relative of Putin. Despite extensive back and forth, the meeting never took place. In the course of those discussions, the Russian professor men-

a cooperating individual. And the media has a Trump campaign official who tried to get dirt on Hillary from the Russians, i.e. colluded with Russia. ronically, last week the Washington Post reported that Hillary Clinton and the Democrat National Committee paid a Kremlin-related Russian firm millions of dollars to dredge up dirt on Donald Trump. The research resulted in the infamous and much discredited 35page “Trump Dossier” which had the look of an official government intelligence report and is filled with sa-

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tioned that he had “dirt” on Hillary. According to the court documents, nothing ever came of Papadopoulos’ efforts. So what did he do wrong? Well, while talking to the FBI he stated that his first contact with the Russian professor and the female took place before he had an official role in the Trump campaign, but, in fact, those contacts first took place after he had an official role. As such, he misrepresented the timeline to the FBI. If you are waiting for the punchline – you missed it. According to the court papers, that is the entirety of what Papadopoulos did wrong. He was charged with one count of lying to the FBI. Although this may seem like a small offense, as far as investigations are concerned, Mueller does now have

lacious lies about Trump’s activities in Russia. In other words, Hillary Clinton colluded with Russians to get dirt on Trump. After the explosive report, Hillary denied knowing about paying for the dossier and blamed it on a law firm that she hired to conduct opposition research for her. Hillary’s explanation led the normally pro-Hillary New York Times to incredulously note, “Officials from the Clinton campaign and the D.N.C. have said they were unaware that [the law firm] Perkins Coie facilitated the research on their behalf, even though the law firm was using their money to pay for it.” In the ever-peeling onion of allthings-Russia, there is even a more serious allegation involving Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the

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Democrats that is only now coming to the surface. In 2010, the Obama administration approved the sale of a uranium mining company, Uranium One, to Russia. The deal had to be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a committee that is composed of representatives from several U.S. government agencies, including the State Department, which at the time was led by Hillary Clinton. According to a report by The Hill last week, the FBI at some point became aware that Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin unleashed an influence campaign designed to win access to Hillary Clinton, her husband Bill Clinton, and members of their inner circle. Russian efforts at the time included having a spy try and penetrate Democrat donor ranks and paying Bill Clinton $500,000 for a single speech in Moscow. During the same time period, more than $140 million was donated to the Clinton Foundation by Uranium One board members and associates. The scandal, commonly called “Uranium One,” has gained traction in recent days because the Justice Department last week lifted a gag order on a former FBI informant involved in a high-profile Russia bribery case, clearing the individual to speak to Congress about Moscow’s Obama-era uranium deals in the U.S. market and other schemes. Congressional committees are now investigating Uranium One. During the second debate of the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton ridiculed Donald Trump for refusing to unequivocally state that he would accept the outcome of the 2016 elections. After her jaw dropping loss on Election Day, the tables turned and she questioned the outcome of the elections. Within days Hillary and her minions spun a narrative about Trump and Russian collusion. Is it possible that it is true? Although it has been a year and there has not been a shred of public evidence, technically it is possible, albeit unlikely. But, perhaps, the greatest irony of all is that once again the tables seem to be turning and every day there seems to be more evidence of Russian collusion on the part of Hillary Clinton. Go figure.


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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

I’m 28-years-old, and around six months ago I moved into my sister and brother-in-law’s home so that I could be in New York and hopefully have a better opportunity of meeting someone. I’m very grateful that they’ve taken me in and so I try to help out as much as possible in order to make my stay less of a burden. I help around the house and also babysit when I can for their three small children.

On Shabbos, I often take their children to the park, so that they can take a nice long nap or just relax. The kids love it there, and I also enjoy being outside and watching all the children have a great time. Around three months ago, I noticed a man there at the park pretty regularly with a young boy, who I assumed could be his son. I admired how attentive and loving he appeared with the boy and also felt attracted to him in general. Eventually, I found myself standing near him and managed to strike up a conversation. It turns out that he is divorced and this little boy is his son. After a number of weeks of chatting, he asked me out for coffee and we’ve been speaking on the phone constantly since then and also going out. He’s such a nice guy, so comfortable to be around, and we seem to have a great connection. Though he is divorced with a child, that doesn’t bother me. I could easily see myself taking on such a responsibility. The problem is that we have very different backgrounds and “hashkafas.” He is a Young Israel-type of guy, grew up in such a family and remains that way today – and so does his entire family. He sounds very sincere and very comfortable with his status quo. I, on the other hand, grew up in a yeshivish-type of family, davening my whole life in a shteibel, and living a much more restrictive lifestyle in many ways. We are both very honest about our differences and neither of us are interested in changing our hashkafas in any way. On the other hand, we really get along beautifully, connect in so many important ways, and have a deep respect for each other. I’m curious if you all think that a marriage can be happy and successful when two people have such differences in this most important area of their lives? Can such a marriage work? Can there be a mutual respect but separation along these lines and still be a great marriage?


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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. ou are 28-years-old and have had ample time to discuss your approaches to child rearing, halachic observance, exposure to the secular world, religious growth and other matters that are within the domain of hashkafa with this young man and others. You don’t really think that incompatible approaches to these important aspects of Jewish family life are going to work. Nonetheless, you met this young man, are attracted to him, and find his company pleasurable. Maybe the reason you are asking this question is because you haven’t really separated from your family of origin and developed your own identity. Maybe it’s just convenient that you met him and you have company with whom to schmooze, even though you both know that your differences will cause issues in a marriage. You are still living with family although you came to New York to broaden your shidduch horizons. Go out and grow. Get an apartment of your own or with roommates, get involved in causes and organizations, and get connected with shadchanim and singles events. Get out there and grow your identity.

Single Girl Find Happiness Married to a Divorced Guy with a Son.” Even better, you have discovered an affinity and deep respect for each other. So far so good. There’s a bigger issue at hand. It surpasses your divergent attitudes regarding Sheitels vs. Snoods, Black Hats vs. Sroogies, Mehadrin vs. Hershey’s. These conflicts are narishkeit and can be satisfactorily settled with several focused conversations. The big questions in your potential marriage may not come up for another few years, specifically when children become part of the marital equation. You see, while you are both shomer mitzvos, Yiddishkeit is also about nuance and sensitivity – colloquially, the Fifth Shulchan Aruch. Because of your disparate religious backgrounds, you may lock horns regarding minhag vs. halacha. You may have different perspectives on the proper Shabbos vibe (spiritual or “just chilling”). Your husband may feel strongly about the superiority of co-ed day schools; you may insist on a yeshiva/Bais Yaakov education. If you feel he is The One, you and he may benefit from pre-engagement counseling with a frum therapist. In that forum, you can explore whether you and your partner share sufficient respect, maturity and flexibility to weather future differences – religious or otherwise.

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ation before, has such a difficult time with shidduchim because people are obsessed with “types.” “Is he yeshivish or shtark YU?” “Does he wear white shirts or blue shirts?” “Are his parents balabatish enough or more heimish?” In the generation of our grandparents and great-grandparents, they did not focus on such intricate details. The frum singles in those days, no matter how they would define themselves, would attend what my grandmother recounts as what was called, “The Agudah Night of Stars.” It was a kosher environment for frum singles to meet in person – no labels or types were written on name tags. So many people from that generation met from this event and are now the Yiddishe grandparents we emulate and love. From what you describe in your letter, your differences stem from the fact that you are from a more yeshivish background while he is from a more Young Israel-type of background. Your happiness with him will have nothing to do with the “type” he is as much as if you respect him, which, according to your letter, you do very much. Despite him coming from a more Young Israel background, do you agree on basic principles of halacha? Do you agree on certain basic core levels of frumkeit in which you would be comfortable raising kids? I am assuming since you have been seeing/speaking to him for quite some time those qualifications are compatible. Also, you must realize, there will be some differences – not just with him but with anyone you will

I personally think that this generation, more than any generation before, has such a difficult time with shidduchim because people are obsessed with “types.”

date – where you come to a compromise and work/grow together from differences you have. Focus more on questions like: do you respect him and does he respect you? Can you communicate concerns as they come up and does he respect your outlook? Are his core values compatible with your core values? Your relationship seems to be rich in the aspects of deep connection, good communication, strong respect, chemistry and menschlichkeit – things that I am sure you have found in your many years of dating are very hard to mutually come by. I wouldn’t be so quick to let this one go!

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 Single Tova Wein

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hen two people come together in marriage, the more ways in which they are compatible and basically believe they are on the same page in terms of beliefs, lifestyles and goals the more likely they will have a calm, comfortable, and happy marriage together. Obviously, no two people will ever totally match up and be completely compatible. Sometimes the differences are really almost silly in nature. She like long walks in the park, and he’s into tennis. She’s a social butterfly, and he prefers socializing as little as possible. These types of differences can be annoying and even the cause of strife, but with good communication skills and the ability to compromise, they can be easily resolved.

When it comes to hashkafa, however, the issues go so deep and really speak to an individual’s innermost core beliefs. It’s hard to compromise when you believe in something with all of your heart and cannot see making any adjustments to what you know in your heart to be true. Though it sounds as though you and the young man you’ve been seeing have much in common and a general good chemistry going on, these differences cannot be taken lightly. Therefore, though it’s impossible to cover every single potential issue that could arise as a result of your different hashkafas, it’s important that you do your very best to explore where you are both holding. Pick a typical milestone and a potential problem. For instance, you can bring up the issue of schools. If you’re thinking a Bais Yaakov is the way to go and he’s always had his heart set on a co-ed

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

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encourage clients who are dating to have five “non-negotiables.” For most people, hashkafa makes it onto the list, which is completely understandable whether you are right wing or left, or somewhere in the middle. Your hashkafa sets the tone of your home. It’s the stage on which you will raise your children, how you will conduct the most intimate areas of your life, and even how you may spend Sunday mornings (will your son be in morning seder or will you be apple picking as a family at 10 am?). So, what happens when hashkafa has always been a non-negotiable but then life happens and you meet the most wonderful man (who does not share your hashkafa) who you are really connecting to? Does love really conquer all or is love not enough? Oftentimes, people do marry with different hashkafas. I have worked with some of these married couples. I have

seen those relationships that have figured out how to compromise and work around such differences. I have also worked with a handful of couples for whom the hashkafic differences caused tension and strife in the home, which, of course, affects the children – not only with regard to which shul to attend and which school to go to, but with regard to seeing their parents fight or keep each other at arm’s length. And then, I have also worked with those couples who entered their relationship with the same hashkafic values but over time grew and evolved their identities. Furthermore, I have seen firsthand, the beautiful, but often difficult, compromises spouses make with each other in order to keep the family unit in tact; sometimes for the couple’s sake but sometimes only for the children’s bene-

school – could there possibly be a middle ground that doesn’t fully fulfill either of your dreams but both of you could live with without resentment? Or let’s look at a less monumental example. Let’s say he’s very into watching T.V., and the thought of bringing a T.V. into your house is something that you never dreamed of. What would that conversation look like? Could he come around and decide he doesn’t need a T.V. after all? Could you be comfortable with him having a small T.V. in a den and agree to keep it in a cabinet and only watch when it doesn’t affect you? You get the idea. When having these difficult conversations, see where it goes. Do either of you get upset, frustrated, angry, or defensive? Is compromise a possibility? Are you both so easygoing that nothing is more important than being together? They say that love can conquer all.

fit. And sometimes, the evolution of one spouse is simply too much to bear and the couple decides to go their separate ways. You may decide to go to couples’ therapy with your new beau to help you talk about your differences and help each of you figure out if you are comfortable moving forward. You will talk about your future, raising children, finances, etc. You will see if compromises can be reached. (I know that you are mature and ready to take on this man’s son, but you must remember that you would be his stepmother. You have absolutely no right or input as a stepmother to the hashkafa of his child. Will his child be in a co-ed school and your children be in a Bais Yaakov/yeshiva school?) As with any couple experiencing any differences, you want to be on the lookout for his and your ability to: -Compromise -Be respectful -Speak honestly and openly about feelings -Willingness to do the work: i.e., have these difficult conversations. Do not delay. Often, the answer to

When it comes to hashkafa, however, the issues go so deep and really speak to an individual’s innermost core beliefs. Well, maybe that’s true – if you’re dealing with two people who are totally committed to doing whatever it takes to make it work. The two of you have a tremendous amount of talking to do!

our questions is found in the communication we have with our significant other. If you do take the therapy route, please make sure your therapist is neutral and is not “siding” with either one of you or “pushing” (encouraging) compromises or has any personal agenda to make it work or otherwise. Your therapist is there strictly to help the two of you figure it out for yourselves. This is very important. You must make this decision for yourself. He/she is there to give you the appropriate tools to make the decision. The time to have these conversations is now. All the best, Jennifer Mann Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit www.thenavidaters.com for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email thenavidaters@ gmail.com. You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.


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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

Three titanic egos – Barack, Hillary, and Debbie – had stripped the party to a shell for their own purposes. - Donna Brazile, who took over the Democratic National Committee in middle of the 2016 campaign because of a scandal involving the former head, describing in her new book what a mess the party was behind the scenes

The Winter Olympics are just 100 days away! That means you have just 100 days to pretend you understand curling. - Jimmy Fallon

I’m no hero. I think my L-rd protected me and gave me the skills to do what needed to be done. And I wish I could’ve gotten there faster, but I didn’t know what was happening. - Stephen Willeford, talking about shooting the Texas church killer

It’s disappointing, it’s sad, and this is what you’ll get from the far secular left. People who do not have faith don’t understand faith, I guess I’d have to say. - Speaker of the House Paul Ryan responding to those that mocked his statement that his “thoughts and prayers” are with the people injured and killed in the Texas church

This is the moment I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl. - Shalane Flanagan, the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years

Under FEC law, an individual can contribute a maximum of $2,700 directly to a presidential campaign. But the limits are much higher for contributions to state parties and a party’s national committee. Individuals who had maxed out their $2,700 contribution limit to the campaign could write an additional check for $353,400 to the Hillary Victory Fund – that figure represented $10,000 to each of the 32 states’ parties who were part of the Victory Fund agreement – $320,000 – and $33,400 to the DNC. The money would be deposited in the states first, and transferred to the DNC shortly after that. Money in the battleground states usually stayed in that state, but all the other states funneled that money directly to the DNC, which quickly transferred the money to Brooklyn [Clinton headquarters]. - Ibid., explaining how Hillary gamed the system and skirted campaign finance laws

It is particularly troubling and puzzling that she would seemingly buy into false Russian-fueled propaganda, spread by both the Russians and our opponent, about our candidate’s health. - From an open letter by former Hillary Clinton staffers responding to Donna Brazile disclosing that she considered replacing Hillary on the ballot due to health issues that came to light after Hillary collapsed at a 9/11 ceremony

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I always liked Rush [Limbaugh]. When I went to Palm Beach I would always meet with Rush and we’d go play golf. But you know, who was that right-wing guy, [Mark] Levin? He went really crazy right and got a big audience, and he dragged [Sean] Hannity to the dark side. He dragged Rush to the dark side. And these guys—I used to talk to them all the time. And suddenly they’re beating the living [daylights] out of me. I had a conversation with Hannity, probably about the beginning of 2015. I called him and said, “Listen, you’re nuts.” We had this really blunt conversation. Things were better for a few months, and then it got back to being the same-old, sameold. Because I wasn’t going to be a right-wing idiot. - Former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), in an interview with Politico

John were you sober when you said this? That conversation never happened. I’m sorry you are bitter and u failed! - Tweet by Sean Hannity in response

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I want to say congratulations to the Houston Astros, who won the World Series last night! What a great week for our guest tonight, Jose Altuve. He’s the shortest player in Major League Baseball. First, he wins the World Series, then he found out he’s going to Disney World, then he heard he’s tall enough to ride almost all the roller coasters. - Jimmy Fallon

He did not react this way when a white person shot dozens of people in Las Vegas. He did not come and say, “Well, we have to do an immediate policy change, we have to give this guy the death penalty.”

- Pundit Eli Stokols on MSNBC arguing that President Trump is biased because he called for the death penalty for the Islamic terrorist who carried out the terrorist attack in New York last week (who is in custody) but didn’t call for the death penalty for the Las Vegas shooter (who was killed at the scene)

I totally get what he did. It’s in response to Muslims dying every day as a result of this ongoing conflict. Why doesn’t the media cover that? The U.S. needs to get out and let us run our own affairs. But as long as they meddle and interfere, these terrorist attacks will continue to happen. - Abu Mohammad, who lives in Paterson, NJ, and who prays at the same mosque as the Islamic terrorist that carried out the attack in New York City, talking to the DailyMail.com about his fellow mosque member and what he did

The NFL has hurt us. We are disappointed the NFL and its leadership did not resolve this.

- John Schnatter, CEO of Papa John’s, which is a sponsor of the NFL, expressing his disappointment on a conference call last week about the NFL’s ongoing player protests during the national anthem

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The Arabic chant Allahu akbar, G-d is great — sometimes said under the most beautiful of circumstances and too often we hear of it being said in moments like this. - CNN’s Jake Tapper shortly after the Islamic terrorist attack in New York

All of these liberals talk about how “Allahu akbar” is a peaceful term. Try this— walk into a restaurant in Manhattan and scream, “Allahu akbar.” Watch how quickly all of the liberals dive under the tables. - Mark Steyn

There’s a new study that says most Americans think right now is the lowest point in U.S. history. Not because of Trump – because we have seven TV shows about decorating cakes. - Jimmy Fallon

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It was a letter that is all the more remarkable when you consider its length, its context and its sensitivity. First, it was exceptionally concise – just 67 words and one single sentence. In my experience such brevity is not typically a feature of letters from the Foreign Office! – Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May at a dinner celebrating 100 years since the Balfour Declaration

It’s the best thing we could ever possibly do. The Astros inspired the city. We’re thrilled to give this money back to excited customers. We bleed orange out here.

These people, they come to the country and they hurt us. I just think that vetting should be a lot more difficult to allow these people who come into the country, especially a single man. You get these radicals, and my son is the victim.

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Jewish Doctors in the Civil War By Avi Heiligman

Dr. Issachar Zacharie was President Lincoln's podiatrist

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esearching Jewish soldiers who served during the American Civil War is as tough as finding information on most Medal of Honor winners in the 19th century. Jewish doctors, on the other hand, were more prevalent during the war as it seems that there were more Jewish doctors per capita then in proportion to the regular population. While the medicine and procedures were rudimentary many Jewish doctors were prominent during the bloodiest conflict on American soil. Jewish doctors and surgeons served on both sides during the Civil War and were highly regarded in the military. Phineas J. Horwitz was one of the more prominent Jewish doctors of his time. Born in Baltimore in 1822 he studied at the University of Maryland and had a brief stint in the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. In 1847 he was appointed assistant surgeon in the navy, which was the lowest of three medical officer ranks in the navy. American forces were in middle of the Mexican-American War at the time, and Horwitz was sent there on a ship. After the fighting he was appointed the head of an American naval hospital in Mexico where he earned praise for his work. For the next twelve years he was stationed on several ships that were sent to destinations worldwide. Two years before the Civil War Dr. Horwitz was stationed in Washington as a surgeon in the Bureau of Medicine in Surgery. The war broke out in 1861, and Surgeon Horwitz continued his work in Washington. Soon he was promoted to lieutenant

commander, and a couple of months after the war had ended, in 1865, was appointed as chief of the bureau. In his four years as the chief, he recognized the lack of organization among the doctors and the records-keeping department. Horwitz went to great lengths to have this rectified and eventually this helped many families who had been searching for loved ones that had gone missing during the war. Not all doctors served on the battlefield during the Civil War, as was the case with British-born chiropodist Issachar Zacharie. His medical background was a bit in the gray area but he was a flamboyant foot doctor

Proclamation, Lincoln wrote a testimonial for the doctor and soon wrote to Major General Nathaniel Banks, “He might be of service, to you, first, in his peculiar profession and secondly as a means of access to his countrymen who are quite numerous in some of the localities you will probably visit.” Banks was the commander of the soon-to-be captured New Orleans, and Lincoln needed a spy to learn of the population’s attitude towards the north. Zacharie was chosen and reported back information on all enemy activity. He also set up a local spy ring made up of Jewish residents and helped them obtain extra food and medicine.

He also set up a local spy ring made up of Jewish residents and helped them obtain extra food and medicine.

(today the profession is known as podiatry and does require a medical degree from an upstanding institution to practice in the U.S.). Many prominent Americans including Secretary of War Edward Stanton and Secretary of State William Steward came knocking for his services to cure foot ailments. Soon the commander in chief, President Lincoln, wrote three testimonials for Zacharie who helped him ease his foot pain. The day of the Emancipation

At one point Zacharie was sent by Lincoln to see if the Confederate government was ready to negotiate peace. He passed through Union lines and went to Richmond to meet with the rebel leaders including the highest ranking Jew in the Confederacy, Judah P. Benjamin. A plan was devised during this meeting but was vetoed in Washington (the details of the plan are a bit vague but they involved the Confederates taking over Mexico!).

During the war there was talk in Washington about Lincoln’s positive attitude towards the Jews and the idea of creating a Jewish homeland (this was in the 1860s). The story goes that the president commented, “I myself have regard for the Jews. My chiropodist is a Jew…and he has so many times ‘put me on my feet,’ that I would have no objection to giving his countrymen ‘a leg up.’” Zacharie’s dream of creating a chiropody corps in the army never happened but he continued helping soldiers with foot problems throughout the war. The total number of Jews fighting for the Confederacy is estimated at 3,000. For a while the top doctor in the Confederate Army was a Sephardic Jew named David Camden De Leon. The South Carolina native earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the army in 1838 as an assistant surgeon. He served during the Second Seminole War (1835-1842) with distinction and remained in the western part of the U.S. on army bases for several years. During the Mexican-American War, De Leon was present at many of the war’s important battles. On two occasions at the Battle of Chapultepec he led a charge of cavalry after the commanding officer had been killed or wounded. Known as “The Fighting Doctor,” De Leon was given two congressional citations and promoted to major with the title of surgeon. A major dilemma for many Southern officers in the Ameri-


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can Army in early 1861 was which side to join. De Leon was opposed to secession but decided that he couldn’t fight against fellow North Carolinians and therefore joined the Confederacy. Realizing that De Leon brought a lot to the table with regards to medicine, the Confederate Army made him its first surgeon general. However, he only held the position for a few weeks and was appointed medical director of the Army of Northern Virginia. That too didn’t last long, and by 1862 he left the army. Nathan Mayer was born in Bavaria (part of Germany) and moved to the U.S. when he was ten. For two and half years he studied medicine in several countries and returned to the U.S. in 1862. Mayer was commissioned as an assistant surgeon in the 11th Connecticut Infantry Regiment and was stationed in North Carolina. In 1863 he became the surgeon major of the 16th Connecticut Infantry Regiment where he was

Dr. David Camden De Leon was called the 'Fighting Doctor'

captured and interred by the Confederates. Upon his release he became a medical purveyor for Union soldiers in North Carolina. There is one account that he was promoted to brigadier general after leaving Confederate prison but there isn’t much evidence to back this claim.

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There are several more Jewish doctors and medical personnel in the military who served on the battlefield. Captain Morris Asch was aide-de-camp for Union Major General Pope and held the title of assistant surgeon. Prussian-born Simon Baruch studied medicine in

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the South before joining the Confederate Army in 1862. For the next three years he served as a surgeon and was captured twice – once at South Mountain and the other at Gettysburg. Later he wrote an essay entitled, “Bayonet Wounds” about military surgery. Later Baruch became famous for his work pioneering surgery of appendicitis among other distinctions. Maximilian Heller was also a surgeon in the Union Army. Doctors and surgeons became revered for their efforts to save many lives that would have been lost from battlefield injuries and diseases. These Jewish medical professionals certainly helped the cause of humanity while serving both sides during the Civil War. 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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