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Dear Readers, In one of our news stories this week, we share research that was done on how people view themselves. The researchers concluded that people see themselves as nicer than they really are. They asked participants if they help people who are carrying packages, or if they give blood, or if they hold the door open for people.  Turns out, most people consider themselves to be part of the top 50% of nice people.  But they’re not really that nice.  I was wondering: what truly defines a nice person?  The researchers were focused on those who give charity or donate blood or help carry packages.  But if someone does not do those things, are they not nice?  What if people do those things but don’t share with others or are belligerent to those around them. Are they still nice? Turns out that Wikipedia seems to have an answer for everything.  According to WikiHow, How to Be a Nicer Person involves three methods: acting nicer, being a nicer talker, and working on being nicer.  If you’d like to act nicer, WikiHow explains how you can go about it in a few easy steps. Ready, set, go! Here’s what you need to do: offer help when needed; look out for everyone, not just those closest to you; practice your empathy; get things done without being asked; make yourself available to people going through tough times; and offer your forgiveness freely. When I saw the webpage, I first thought it was so contrived to have step-by-step directions to become a nicer person.  But if someone wasn’t brought up in a home or a community where those behaviors are modeled, how are they to know the common courtesy of listening to others or feeling another’s pain?  We are truly lucky.  From the time we are little, we are taught that our world should revolve around chessed.  Every child knows the ‘Refua Shleima’ song. It shows children that we need to think of the pain of others.  Your friend is all alone at home nursing a cold? Call him, reach out to him, and wish him well. When your

children grow up in a home where giving is modeled and valued, the homes that they will ultimately build will be founded on those same principles. Very Best, Dina Note from the Publisher: We received a phone call this week regarding Holocaust Reparations and Restitution for Jewish Polish-citizen Survivors and their families. There are close to 1,500 Holocaust Survivors living in South Florida who are looking for help with this matter. If anyone has any information regarding the process of placing a claim or any organizations that can help please contact us immediately at publisher@thefloridajewishhome.com or 305-467-9003, thank you for your help in advance. 

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Candle Lighting Parshas Ki Sisa 7:10 Vayakhel-Pekudei 7:12

COMMUNITY Around the Community

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Purim Around Town

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Classifieds 46 NEWS Global

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Israel

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National 7 That's Odd

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PEOPLE Dating Dialogue

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Republicans Take on Health Care

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Political Crossfire

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JEWISH THOUGHT Inspiration and Priority: The Act of Giving

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Psychology Today

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Torah Thought

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En Español

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HEALTHY APPETITE Health & Fitness

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The Week In News

Brexit is a Go – But Not for Scots?

On Jun 23, 2016, the citizens of Britain voted for Brexit. But tearing apart from the European Union is no easy task. This week, British Parliament passed a bill that will allow Prime Minister Theresa May to start talks to leave the EU. The Queen will now sign it into law, clearing the way for May to trigger Article 50, beginning the process by which Britain will give up its EU membership. May is under pressure to ensure that Brexit really happens. On Sunday, lawmakers published a report which warned that the government’s failure to prepare for a scenario in which no deal is reached with the European Union over Brexit would be a “serious dereliction of duty.” Scotland may be separating from Britian because of the Brexit vote.The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has said that she’ll ask the Scottish Parliament next week to grant her the power to call a new independence referendum – a move Downing Street said would be “divisive.” The prospect of an independence vote, which could potentially end Scotland’s 310-year-old link to Great Britain, would add further uncertainty as May embarks on formal Brexit talks. Sturgeon said it was clear the United Kingdom was heading for a “bad deal” on Brexit. She said May had failed to engage with her call for Scotland to remain in the European single market after Brexit, and that Scotland risked being taken out of the EU against its will. In the Brexit referendum, Scotland bucked the UK trend and voted 62% to 38% to remain in the European Union. Sturgeon said it was for Scots to decide whether they will follow the rest of the United Kingdom or forge their own path. “I am ensuring that Scotland’s future ... will be decided by the people of Scotland,” she told reporters at Bute House, the official residence of the Scottish first minister. “It will be Scotland’s choice and I trust the people of Scotland to make that choice.” The UK government must agree to a new Scottish vote. Downing Street said Sturgeon’s announcement was “divisive” and that May would seek a Brexit deal in

the interests of the whole United Kingdom. But the statement stopped short of saying the United Kingdom would block a new independence referendum. In the last one, in 2014, Scotland voted 55% to 45% to remain in the United Kingdom. Downing Street said there was no appetite in Scotland for a rerun.

Top Ten Places to Live Cheaply

If you are looking to get out of your line of work and spend a little retirement time in peace, you may want to look at this list of places where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. GOBankingRates.com has used Numbeo, an online pricing database, to rank different nations based on their affordability. To keep things simple, they compared each country against New York City costs. The online group came up with four categories. The local purchasing power index was formulated to gauge how much a typical salary can buy. The rent index gauges rental prices. Grocery expenses were used, and a consumer price index was calculated to paint a picture of what local goods and services cost. Looking to move and keep some change in your pocket? The country with the lowest cost of living was India. The nation of 1.2 billion boasts the fourth largest economy on the planet and is the world’s largest democracy. Compared to New York City, the rent is 93.23% cheaper, groceries are 74.8% cheaper, and local goods and services are 74.92% cheaper. And you can even work for Microsoft! Cheapest countries to live around the world: 1. India 2. Saudi Arabia 3. Belize 4. Libya 5. Mexico 6. Egypt 7. Pakistan 8. Tunisia 9. South Africa 10. Macedonia

Garbage Heap Collapse Kills 46 A massive garbage dump on the outskirts of the Ethiopian capital city of Addis

Ababa experienced a huge collapse over the weekend which led to the death of at least 46 people and possibly buried dozens more. According to city spokeswoman Dagmawit Moges, most of the dead were women and children who called the landfill home. The Koshe Garbage Landfill is home to over 150 people who live in makeshift mud and stick huts and small concrete buildings. Several of the housing structures were buried when a garbage landslide occurred. Addis Ababa Mayor Diriba Kuma said that 37 people have been rescued so far. Many had been there to scavenge items for possible re-sale.

The site has been a garbage dump for over 50 years. Smaller collapses have occurred there, with three people dying in the past five years. Of the 300,000 tons of waste collected from Addis Ababa, most of it goes to the Koshe Landfill.

Less Opportunities for Women in Jordan While equal pay for women has come a long way in the United States, it has a lot of ground to cover in other areas of the world. Throughout the Middle East, more women are getting a college education than men, but still over 44% of young women looking for jobs are unemployed. In Jordan, the situation for women in the workplace is a little more complex than just gender discrimination.

Jordanian women have the highest literacy rate in the Middle East and one of the lowest rates of women participating in the workforce. Only 12-14 percent of women are part of the formal working

population. Counting informal jobs – such as running street stalls – the number still only increases to about 25 percent. Asma Khader, a Jordanian lawyer, former government official and human rights activist, explained in an interview what he feels is going on. “There is no civil punishment when you break the law [related to] equal pay or equal salaries,” says Khader. When faced with a choice of hiring a man or a woman doing the same job, an employer will mostly give the job to a man and he will likely be paid much more. It is assumed in Jordanian culture that a man must support his family and therefore deserves to be paid more for the same position. In Jordan, it is also expected that women will leave their positions to raise a family. The obligations that come along with raising children also contribute to women being offered less working positions than men. Though Jordan has made great strides in women’s rights in recent years, it has been influenced in many ways by the conservative Wahhabist Islamic doctrines exported by Saudi Arabia in recent decades. Younger Jordanian men are often less tolerant than previous generations due to the recent rise of extremism.

S. Korean Pres Steps Down South Korean President Park Geunhye has officially been removed from office after having been impeached over a huge corruption scandal that rocked the small nation. The country’s first female leader was removed by the Constitutional Court which upheld the impeachment unanimously. South Korea has been in a state of political turmoil over the past few years. The Court’s ruling sparked a new wave of protests, during which two people died. The riots led to 30 other people being hurt. Prime Minister Hwang Kyoahn, the country’s acting head of state, took to the country’s media outlets to plead for peace and to ask Park’s supporters to accept the ruling and move on.

Park is also being named as a criminal suspect and may face additional prosecution. She is the first head of state to be removed from power since democracy was established in the country in the late ‘80s. Park’s “acts of violating the constitution and law are a betrayal of the public


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trust,” acting Chief Justice Lee Jung-mi said. “The benefits of protecting the constitution that can be earned by dismissing the defendant are overwhelmingly big. Hereupon, in a unanimous decision by the court panel, we issue a verdict: We dismiss the defendant, President Park Geun-hye.” Park is accused of colluding with her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil. She took steps to extort tens of millions of dollars of government funds and allowed Soonsil, her longtime confidante, to have access to confidential state secrets. South Korea now has two months to elect a new leader. The current frontrunner is liberal Moon Jae-in, who lost to Park in 2012.

Turkey’s Use of “Nazi” Offends

Turkey is being warned by Germany to stop using the word “Nazi” when describing its enemies. In response to the Netherlands escorting Turkey’s family affairs minister out of the country this week, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the Dutch “Nazi remnants.” The Dutch move came in an effort to block the Turkish president’s campaign to ramp up his powers at home. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus called the Netherlands’ actions “footsteps of the far-right, of the neo-fascism and neo-Nazism that has been on the rise in Europe in the past five or six years.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Turkey’s comments “completely unacceptable” and proclaimed that the Netherlands have her “full support and solidarity.” Erdogan had already called Germany’s policies “Nazi practices” after Merkel did not allow similar campaigning to take place in Berlin. Turkey has been trying to drum up support for a planned April 16 referendum which would extend Erdogan’s stay in power through 2029. The country has been trying to gain support using its international Turkish citizens by campaigning in various countries throughout Europe. A pro-Erdogan protest in Amsterdam turned violent this week and 13 people were arrested by riot police.

Women Initiative – Without Women

This week, Saudi Arabia released a photo of its inaugural Qassam Girls Council meeting. The launch was led by Prince Faisal bin Mishal bin Saud, the province’s governor, who said he was proud of the conference and that it was the first of its kind in the kingdom. “In the Qassim region, we look at women as sisters to men, and we feel a responsibility to open up more and more opportunities that will serve the work of women and girls,” he said. The girls’ council is chaired by Princess Abir bint Salman, his wife. The photo that was released of the initiative puzzled many readers. Despite the council’s mission to provide more opportunities to women, there were 13 men shown in the photo – and not one woman. In Saudi Arabia, a state policy of gender segregation between unrelated men and women is rigorously enforced. The country says it is moving towards a loosening of some of its rules as part of its Vision 2030 program. Its goals included increasing women’s participation in the workforce from 22% to 30%.

Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Twitter to respond to Netanyahu’s comment to Russian President Vladimir Putin that Persia had made “an attempt to destroy the Jewish people that did not succeed” 2,500 years ago and that Iran wants to kill the Jews today. Zarif tweeted: “To sell bigoted lies against a nation which has saved Jews 3 times, Netanyahu resorting to fake history & falsifying Torah. Force of habit.” Attached to his post, Zarif added that “once again Benjamin Netanyahu not only distorts the realities of today, but also distorts the past – including Jewish scripture. It is truly regrettable that bigotry gets to the point of making allegations against an entire nation which has saved the Jews three times in its history. The Book of Esther tells of how Xerxes I saved Jews from a plot hatched by Haman the Agagite, which is marked on this very day,” he wrote, referring to Achashverosh. The Iranians view Achashverosh as the hero of the Purim story, not as someone who gleefully allowed Haman to sign a decree condemning all Jews to death. Zarif added, “Again, during the time of Cyrus the Great, an Iranian king saved the Jews — this time from captivity in Babylon; and during the Second World War, when Jews were being slaughtered in Europe, Iran gladly took them in,” Zarif wrote. Zarif is not the only prominent Iranian to chide Netanyahu about Jewish history. Iranian parliament Speaker Ali Larijani said on Sunday, “Apparently, [Netanyahu] is neither acquainted with history, nor has read the Torah. Of course, nothing more than presenting such lies is expected from a wicked Zionist,” he said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency. Interestingly, Putin also seemed to reject Netanyahu’s reference to Iran attempting to annihilate Jews now just as they had thousands of years ago. “We now live in a different world. Let us talk about that now,” Putin said when Netanyahu pointed out the parallel.

Iran: We’re Not Purim’s Persia

Murderer Shows No Regret

In a story that could only happen in Israel, an Iranian foreign minister has accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of wrongly comparing Iran to the country of ancient Persia found in Megillas Esther.

Ahmed Daqamseh, convicted murderer and terrorist, had a few choice words to say about Israel after his release from a 20 year jail sentence. Daqamseh shot and killed seven schoolgirls with an automatic weapon in 1997. This week, upon his re-

lease from jail, he proclaimed that Israelis are “the human waste of people that the rest of the world has vomited up at our feet.” The terrorist then continued to incite violence by calling for every Palestinian to “eliminate them by fire or by burial. If this is not done by our hands, the task will fall on the future generations to do.” He urged the Jordanian people in a press interview: “Do not believe the lie that is normalization with the Zionist entity. Do not believe the lie that is the two-state solution. Palestine is one land from the river to the sea, there is no state called ‘Israel.’” The attack that Daqamseh committed took place in March of 1997. He opened fire on a group of schoolgirls while they were on a school trip to the Jordan-Israel border. Seven girls were killed and five others and a teacher were wounded in the attack. A Jordanian court found Daqamseh unstable and sentenced him to life in prison. He was released after serving the mandatory minimum of 20 years. King Hussein, the then-ruler of Jordan, condemned the attack and traveled to Israel to pay a shiva call to the families of the victims. Aside from Egypt, Jordan is the only Arab nation to have a signed peace treaty with Israel.

Largest Ever Israeli Tech Deal

Intel Corp., the U.S.-based computer giant, has agreed to buy Mobileye, the Jerusalem-based tech company, for $15.3 billion. Mobileye is a developer of advanced vision and driver assistance systems that allow for driverless cars to safely take to the open road. Mobileye has developed an artificial intelligence and camera-based sensor system that allows an onboard computer to be aware of its surrounding and react in real time to other vehicles, objects and pedestrians. The camera-based software is conducive to safe driving, even on highways at high speeds and in a crowded urban environment. The deal between the two companies is easily the largest purchase of an Israeli tech company. Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu tweeted this week: “Congratulations to Mobileye! Israeli genius, Israeli pride.” Ofir Akunis, the country’s Science and Technology Minister, said that the deal shows that “Israel is a superpower in knowledge, technology and innovation.” “The fact that large international compa-

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nies see potential in Israel and are seeking to acquire Israeli companies that lead their prospective fields is a source of national pride for our technological strength,” Akunis added. Mobileye co-founders Ziv Aviram and Amnon Shashua have arranged for the day-to-day operations of the company to stay in Israel and will retain control of the company. “Intel is not looking to have their people come in and run Mobileye – but that being said, there is much to learn from Intel’s experience, culture, expertise and resources in many fields tangential to our own and we plan to embrace this opportunity to learn and tap into their knowledge,” they said in a message. The statement, which was posted on their website, ended, “All in all, an interesting journey

is ahead. We always wanted to change the world – now we have better means of doing so.” Mobileye was founded in 1999, with the aim of lowering vehicle-related injuries and fatalities. Goldman Sachs invested $130 million in the company in 2007 and listed shares on the New York Stock Exchange in 2014. Intel estimates the company will be worth $70 billion in 2030.

Stabbing Attack in Old City A 25-year-old Arab man committed a stabbing attack this week outside of

the Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. Two border police officers targeted in the attack were lightly wounded by Ibrahim Mahmoud Mattar when he charged at them with a large knife at 4:00 a.m. The police shot Mattar and he later died in the hospital.

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nice people and their levels of health, wealth and happiness. Participants were asked to fill out a survey that had a list of “nice” behaviors. The most frequently carried out gestures were giving directions to strangers, holding doors open, and giving up seats on public transportation – all nice respectable actions. Despite insisting that they’re so nice, two-thirds admitted that they rarely offer to help others carrying heavy shopping bags, five-sixths infrequently give money to strangers, and only a quarter of people give blood or assist the elderly cross the street. In order to maintain the authenticity of responses, the questionnaire was answered by a tool called Facereader which monitors features such as furrowing of brows, how eyes appear and the shape of mouth, thus picking up on expressions usually indiscernible to the human eye. After analyzing the results, researchers discovered that the people who rated themselves as “nice” were likely to be richer (nicer people earn more than $4,000 more than those who are “nasty”) and happier, but not necessarily more pleasant. Of the “nice” participants, 81% reported being content in their lives, almost three times the number of “not very nice” participants. So are you actually nice? Or do you just think you’re nice? It’s hard to know…

versity, published her conclusion in the Journal of the American Medical Association claiming that 10 foods are primarily to blame for fatalities. Micha said these foods and nutrients were singled out because of research linking them with heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Previous studies have spread awareness about the danger of high blood pressure. Excess salt raises blood pressure, putting stress on arteries and the heart. In fact, excess salt was singled out as the biggest problem, linked with 10% of the deaths. Recently the Food and Drug Administration implemented voluntary sodium reduction guidelines for makers of processed foods. A tax was implemented in some U.S. cities on sugar sweetened drinks, in an attempt to make them less attractive to consumers. Research also suggests that people keep away from processed meats like cold-cuts, hot dogs, and salami. Processed meats contain saturated fats that can raise levels of unhealthy LDL cholesterol.

Poland Demands Extradition of Former Nazi Teacher Exam Called “Racist”

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The most common cause of death is heart disease (28.5%) and the most common cause for heart disease is a diet either lacking in certain nutrients or overdosing on unhealthy components. A recent study revealed that eating too much red meat, salty foods, and sugary drinks causes heart disease. Furthermore, not eating enough “healthy” fats can also increase risk. Want to become healthier? “Good” foods to consume include nuts, seeds, seafood rich in omega 3 fats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Nuts contain healthy fats that can improve cholesterol levels. In the year 2012, there were approximately 700,000 deaths from heart disease, strokes and diabetes. Researchers used this data from the U.S. government, and participants in the study responded with their eating habits. Renata Micha, a public health researcher and nutritionist at Tufts Uni-

“There’s nothing in the historical record that indicates my father had any role whatsoever in any type of war crime activity,” said Andriy Karkoc. He questioned the Polish investigation, saying “my father’s identity has never been in question nor has it ever been hidden.” In Poland, prosecutor Andrzej Pozorski said Karkoc would be offered a fair opportunity to share his side of the story in court. Prosecutors with the National Remembrance Institute, which investigates Nazi and Communist-era crimes against Poles, have requested a court in Lublin to issue an arrest warrant for Karkoc. If granted, Poland would seek his extradition, as Poland does not allow trial in absentia, Janicki said. He added the man’s age was no obstacle in seeking to bring him before justice. If convicted, Karkoc could face life in prison. The decision was welcomed by Efraim Zuroff, head Nazi hunter for the Simon Wiesenthal Center. “Any legal step that’s taken against these people is very important,” he said. “It sends a very powerful message, and these kinds of things should not be abandoned just because of the age of a suspect.”

Do you really know your neighbors? Well, four years ago Minnesota residents found out that their neighbor, Michael Karkoc, now 98, was a former commander in an SS-led unit that ordered the burning of Polish villages and killed many civilians during World War II. The man’s identity was exposed by The Associated Press four years ago. Now Poland is seeking his arrest and extradition. Prosecutor Robert Janicki said evidence gathered over years of investigation into Karkoc confirm that he was, in fact, a commander of a unit in the SS-led Ukrainian Self Defense Legion. “All the pieces of evidence interwoven together allow us to say the person who lives in the U.S. is Michael K., who commanded the Ukrainian Self Defense Legion which carried out the pacification of Polish villages in the Lublin region,” Janicki said. However, Karkoc’s family has insisted that he was not involved in any war crimes. His son questioned the validity of the evidence against him after Poland’s announcement, calling the accusations “scandalous and baseless slanders.” Karkoc’s family says he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

The American education system is deeply flawed, and our global rankings for education standards has plummeted. Yet New York is considering eliminating an important exam for prospective teachers. The Academic Literacy Skills Test is designed to measure the reading and writing skills of student teachers but it may be axed. The test may be scrapped after complaints that a disproportionate number of black and Hispanic candidates were failing the test. While some educators feel that this test is not an accurate predictor of a successful teacher, supporters are concerned that eliminating it could put more weak teachers in the classroom. “We want high standards, without a doubt. Not every given test is going to get us there,” said Leslie Soodak, a professor of education at Pace University. The literacy test is one part of a four series of assessments implemented in 2013 as part of an effort to raise the quality of teachers in New York. A December

2016 study by the National Council on Teacher Quality concluded that 44% of teacher-preparation programs accept students from the bottom half of their high school classes. Education reformers feel that sophisticated exams like New York’s Academic Literacy Skills Test can help weed out potentially inferior teachers. After just 46% of Hispanic test-takers and 41% of black test-takers passed the literacy test on the first try – compared with 64% of white candidates – the test was accused of an alleged racial bias. Despite a ruling by a federal judge in 2015 that concluded that the test was not discriminatory, faculty members at education schools say a test that screens out so many minorities is problematic. “Having a white workforce really doesn’t match our student body anymore,” Soodak said. Ian Rosenblum, the executive director of the New York office of the Education Trust, a nonprofit that advocates for high achievement for all students, called the literacy test “a 12th grade-level assessment” – something a high school senior should be able to pass. Critics of the test say it is poorly designed, with some questions having multiple answers. There have also been complaints regarding the hefty $131 fee for the exam. The Program for International Student Assessment (PISA)  ranked the U.S. 24 out of 70 countries in reading. In science and math the U.S. scored even worse, 25th and 40th, respectively. Singapore has the highest achieving students in the world. Their students ranked highest in math, reading and science. Perhaps we should ask them for advice.

A Hat for a Toad

Chris Newsome knows that a hat can make an outfit. Want to look put together? Make sure to don the perfect chapeau. So when a toad started visiting the Alabama man’s front porch, he realized that this frog really needed a hat. “I have a background in art and design, but I’ve never made hats,” Newsome said. “I just sort of winged it, and used scissors to figure it out.” Newsome used some foam paper and


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folded it together in a cute hat for the friendly frog. “It just sat there,” Newsome said. “[The toad] did not seem to mind, and I didn’t keep the hat on him for longer than the time it took to take a picture.” Apparently the toad enjoyed the colorful accessory. He would visit frequently over the summer and even made friends with Newsome’s cat and dog. Now others are clamoring for hats for their pet toads. “I’m sure I can make a few more,” Newsome joked. Toad-ally.

Mold for $15K Don’t throw out the moldy socks your child brings home from camp. They may be worth something. Last week, a spot of mold sold for $14,617 at auction. It wasn’t just any old mold; the mold is a capsule of the original Penicillium chrysogenum Alexander Fleming was working with when he discovered the antibiotic penicillin. Encased in a glass disc, inscribed with the words “the mould that first made Penicillin” and signed by Fleming himself, the little sample comes from the collection of Fleming’s niece, Mary Anne Johnston.

nor Barney’s non-campaign posters have gone viral. Barney placed a sign with his photo and his name near other campaign posters in West Australia. The tagline? “I’m 15. You can’t vote for me.” “I thought it would be a funny bit of comedy for the locals,” the non-politician said.

from conservative commentator Ben Shapiro: “Thorough.” Knowles said on Fox & Friends that “what’s really great about this book, you can go cover to cover in about 15, 20 seconds.” “It took a very long time to research this book,” Knowles acknowledged. “When I observed their record and reasons to vote for them – on reasons of economics or foreign policy or homeland security or civil rights and so on – I realized it was probably best to just leave all the pages blank.” Don’t think that it’s only conservatives who have a biting sense of humor. Last November, David King wrote a book titled, Why Trump Deserves Trust, Respect & Admiration. The book, which also bears nothing but blank pages, is rated 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. “Despite years of research, we could not find anything to say on this subject, so please feel free to use this book for notes,” King’s description reads.

He was surprised when so many people expressed their delight at his post on Reddit. He’s now considering adding more signs with different slogans: “I’d vote for me” and “Mum said it was OK.” It’s time someone realized that politics shouldn’t be so serious.

Well, I guess when you have nothing good to say, it’s better to just say nothing at all.

One-Cent Stamp Worth $9.5M

The One-Cent Magenta stamp is possibly the most valuable item in the world, considering its size and weight. The stamp was sold a few years ago for $9.5 million – almost one billion times its face value. And now, it’s on display for the public to view at the National Postal Museum. The One-Cent Magenta was printed in the former colony of British Guiana in South America more than 150 years ago. Only a small number were ever made. It is the only British colonial stamp that Queen Elizabeth does not own. It was all but forgotten until a 12-year-old boy discovered one of the stamps in his uncle’s basement in 1873. “It’s history. It’s a way of seeing how the world was connected. It’s a way of thinking about how people are connected,” New York Times reporter James Barron said. The stamp has been passed along through several prominent people’s hands. John E. du Pont, the heir to the chemical fortune, was an owner of the stamp. He died in jail while imprisoned for third-degree murder. Famous designer Stuart Weitzman eventually bought the stamp at auction. Weitzman used to collect stamps when he was younger and always left a spot in his albums for the OneCent Magenta. When Weitzman bought the stamp in 2014, he brought it to Washington to the Smithsonian, carrying it in his sock. He didn’t shave for two days and dressed like a “vagabond” so no one would think he was carrying something worth millions of dollars. The One-Cent Magenta will be at the National Postal Museum until November. Then Weitzman will have to decide what to do with it.

Penicillin eventually went on to revolutionize medicine, which by the 1940s was mass-producing the antibiotic to treat many bacterial infections. “Scientists at Oxford University further developed penicillin,” the AP explains, “and production was ramped up so that enough of the antibiotic would be available for the Allied invasion on D-Day in 1944.” Fleming, during his lifetime, gave spots of mold to notable figures including Pope Pius XII, Winston Churchill and Queen Mother Elizabeth. “These insignificant-looking artefacts soon took on the status of holy relics,” says Kevin Brown, author of Penicillin Man: Alexander Fleming and the Antibiotic Revolution. Fleming seems to have used the mold medallions as a combination annual bonus and hostess gift. As Quartz puts it: “Award Fleming an honorary degree? You got mold. Dedicated service in his lab? Mold. A special audience with a celebrity or royal? Again: mold.” And Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s husband, apparently received multiple copies. “Every time he met Fleming, he got another one of these things,” Brown told the AP. Last week’s auction seems to be slightly bloated for a spot of mold. Consider, though, the deal that pharmaceutical giant Pfizer got when it bought a similar sample for £23,000 in 1996 — about $51,000 when adjusted for today’s exchange rate and inflation.

You Can’t Vote for Me It was meant to make drivers chuckle and locals smile in agreement. But Con-

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It’s a number one bestseller on Amazon and for those reading the book, there’s a lot to learn. Michael J. Knowles recently self-published the 266 page book Reasons To Vote For Democrats, A Comprehensive Guide. Knowles is a Yale graduate and correspondent for conservative website Daily Wire. What are some of the reasons he lists? Well, it’s hard to say. Aside from the headers and bibliography, the rest of the pages are blank. The Amazon page for the book describes it as “the most exhaustively researched and coherently argued Democrat Party apologia to date.” “Reasons To Vote For Democrats: A Comprehensive Guide is a political treatise sure to stand the test of time,” the page reads. “A must-have addition to any political observer’s coffee table.” The front cover includes a one-word quote

Courtroom Combustion

Liar, liar, pants on fire. When attorney Stephen Gutierrez stood in front of the courtroom during closing arguments last week, jurors were wondering whether his client was guilty or not. But then, they had a more burning question: are Gutierrez’s pants bursting into flames? The attorney fled the Miami courtroom when smoke started billowing from his pocket. He later told the court that an e-cigarette in his pocket had malfunctioned. Some say that Gutierrez was seen fiddling inside his pocket moments before the smoke appeared. Not everyone is confident with Gutierrez’s story. Gutierrez’s client was on trial for second-degree arson for burning a car. Gutierrez had argued that the vehicle spontaneously combusted. If the court decides that Gutierrez’s pocket incident explanation doesn’t hold water, he may be held in contempt of court. Oh, and his client was convicted in the arson case. Hey, where there’s smoke there’s fire.

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Community 600 South Florida Holocaust Survivors living in Destitute   South Florida is home to approximately 2,000 survivors, 600 of whom are in desperate need of assistance. 1 in 3 survivors live below poverty line. That's where JCS, the Jewish Community Services [a 501(c)(3) organization] steps in. JCS assists 600 of our local survivors with real daily needs such as home health aides, housekeeping, counseling, food, care management, and financial assistance to name a few. Their goal is to provide a

Holocaust survivor with the ability to live at home in security and with dignity after experiencing unimaginable horrors just because they are Jewish. In collaboration with JCS and The Shul of Bal Harbour, we are hosting a SHOAH Holocaust 5K Family Run/Walk on Sunday, April 23, Holocaust Memorial Day, at Oleta State Park (3400 NE 163st in North Miami Beach, FL).  Registration begins at 8am. A fun run dash for the kids is scheduled for 8:45am and the race is due to start pre-

cisely at 9am. The purpose of this 5K Run is to honor the courageous 6 million Jews that perished in the Holocaust and to pay tribute to the remaining local survivors. Following the race, there will be raffles, a post-race award ceremony, speakers who survived the Holocaust, food, and obstacle courses for the kids.  It is always inevitable that the enormity of the Holocaust would recede in public awareness. The human mind is built to forget. However what makes the Holocaust so grotesquely, terrifyingly unique is the unexampled virulence of Anti-Semitism

coupled with the exhaustive extremes to eradicate an entire nation. The unfortunate rise of hate crimes should remind us of how morally imperative it is that we Never Forget. I hope that we can count on your support for this very important and worthy cause. Our local survivors deserve to know that they have a community that stands behind them, supports them, and cares about them. For more information, please visit our website at www.jcsfl.org/shoah5K or email Lior at info@Shoah5Krun.org.

Masoret Yehudit 7th Annual Gala Dinner a Great Success On Tuesday, February 21 Masoret Yehudit (Miami) had its seventh annual gala dinner. Attended by nearly two hundred people, the evening honoured and expressed gratitude to David and Elvy Zonana and Rabbi Alon Razla. Rabbi Yosef Galimidi, Rav of Edmond J Safra Synagogue, Aventura, Florida, presented David and Elvy with the Amud HaChesed award recognizing  their involvement and commitment both at school and in the community. Rav Alon Razla, Rav of Beit Midrash Or Hachaim, Hollywood, Florida was presented with the Ohev Yisrael award, acknowledging his passion and dedication for promoting Jewish education for every Jew.  Masoret Yehudit is a pioneer in Jewish education. Our mission is clear; to provide an authentic Jewish Education to Israelis seeking to solidify their Jewish identity and spiritual connection. We are turning the tide on assimilation and reconnecting Jews to their rich and rewarding heritage. At Masoret Yehudit we pride ourselves on our warm and non-judgmental atmosphere. We promote a strong sense of community by embracing all students and their families.  With the help of Hashem, Masoret Yehudit has experienced unprecedented growth. Beginning with only 25 students, seven years later Masoret Yehudit now has 180 students ages preschool through fifth grade. They are opening a six grade next with the hope of adding another grade every year. For more information visit our website www.masoretyehudit. com or call the school at 954-457-3899.


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Machane Miami Open House: A Summer Full of Fun On Sunday February 26th Machane Miami held an Open House and Camper Reunion. The event featured entertaining activities for former and future campers as well as an opportunity to meet the new Directors and Head Staff for the coming summer. The summer theme of “On the Go” was introduced and everyone left eagerly anticipating the extraordinary summer in store for Machane Miami Summer 2017! Machane Miami’s new Camp Directors, Rabbi Noach and Reena Rabovsky, bring with them years of summer camp experience including both for boys and girls. Rabbi Rabovsky instills in his middle school students at Hebrew Academy of Miami Beach a love of learning, while his wife Reena, Hebrew Academy Elementary school psychologist, helps students achieve success in school and in life. Their goal is to cultivate their many years of educational and camp experience to create a fantastic, fun-filled, and safe summer at Machane Miami! The Open House also provided parents and campers an opportunity to meet the rest of the Head Staff. Rabbi Becker,

Boys Director, led an amusing game show called ‘Minute to Win It.’ Rabbi Becker is a teacher at Rohr Middle School and Ye‫־‬ shiva Toras Chaim High School as well as the Director of Student Affairs and Athletics at Yeshiva Toras Chaim High School. Rabbi Becker has worked at Camps Heller and Masmid Miami for many years. His passion for working with children will bring ruach and excitement in a Torah atmosphere to the Boys Division at Machane Miami this summer. Following the Game Show, the boys went outside for some exciting ‘Get Up and Go’ Sports Training with AIM Sports coach who led sports activities on the soccer field. The girls began with painting lessons led by our Girls Art Coordinator, Mrs. Leah Klagge. Each girl drew and painted a beautiful hot air balloon. They also had a chance to meet our Girls Director, Mrs. Mimi Serle. Mrs. Serle is the Administrative Assistant at Toras Emes Girls Elementary School. She has worked at Camps Sternberg, Agudah Toronto and Camp Young Israel in a variety of roles. She directed Camp Kayitz and Teen Night Camp in Boca Raton while also providing

summer swim instruction. Mrs. Serle’s enthusiasm, talent, and experience will ensure an incredible summer for the girls division at Machane Miami. Following the art lesson, the girls played an exciting Game Show of ‘Minute to Win It.’ The Preschool Division had the opportunity to meet Mrs Chaya Weiner, Preschool Director. Mrs. Weiner is a Judaic Studies teacher at Brauser Maimonides Academy in Hollywood. She has many years of experience teaching preschool and lower elementary school. She also directed her own preschool program and summer camp in Dallas, Texas. Machane Miami is delighted that she will bring her warmth, creativity, and organizational skills to the camp Preschool Division. The preschool campers also had a chance to meet the Preschool Art Coordinator, Mrs. Lindsay Shanes, and make beautiful 3D Hot Air Balloon art projects at the Open House. The evening concluded with Pizza, Cotton Candy, Popcorn and amazing raffles. Campers won a Razor Scooter, a Basketball, Soccer Ball, and Emoji Pillows. One lucky family won a free week

of camp! Each camper went home with a prize and exciting Machane Miami Swag. We can’t wait to see what is in store for this summer! Camp Machane Miami is located on the beautiful Toras Emes campus in North Miami Beach, Florida. At Machane Miami children can have a fantastic, fun- filled summer in a premier Torah environment. With three divisions, Preschool, Boys, and Girls, all of your children can enjoy camp in one location. The camp provides campers from preschool through 6th grade with exciting programming, awesome trips, specialty activities, and prize auctions, all in a fun and safe environment! Our daily dynamic learning program, run by professional Rabbeim, will ensure that your children continue learning and growing throughout the summer. For more information about the camp email  info@machanemiami.org or call 786-506-9071.


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Adar & Purim Activities at KHDS Rosh Chodesh Adar kicked off a slew of Purim-related programming for Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton. 5th grade students visited the nearby Menorah House performing for residents and delivering Mishloach Manot. Later in the week the Rosalind Henwood Early Childhood Learning Center took a trip across the street to our Sinai Residences neighbors delivering baked goodies prepared by their little hands. The schools B’not Sherut elaborately decorated the walls

of the Teddy & Linda Struhl Elementary School with Purim themed scenes from the megillah. They also coordinated the related programing including themed days concluding with a costume parade followed by pony rides, a clown show and other fun activities. Middle School students enjoyed a Purim Chagigah and dressed in costume enjoying song and dance. Other related happening included a Megillah presentation to the 2nd grade by KHDS parent Uri Yudewitz.

KYHS Annual Purim Chagiga On Saturday night, March 11, Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida held its annual Purim Chagigah, graciously sponsored by Merv and Elaine Jacobs. Over 600 students and their families, as well as faculty from all over South Florida (as far north as Palm Beach Gardens and as far south as Miami Beach) flocked to the Safe Schools Institute in Boca Raton for a night of celebration and revelry. The event began with Megillah reading, performed by two impressive KYHS students, Akiva Rosenthal and Aaron Kurtz, who had devoted many hours to prepare for the task. After that, it was time for dinner and dessert. Excitement permeated the building as students showed off their creative costumes and buzzed about the fun of the evening. As the attendees enjoyed dinner, the

school band, Chazak, began to play. With Sam Merkin singing, Gavi Ciment and Shalom Brauser playing electric guitar, Aaron Senfeld on drums and Marc Harari on keyboard, students, faculty and parents rushed into the main hall for the most dynamic portion of the Chagigah––dancing as a united group. Sara J. Merkin, a senior at KYHS, said “The Purim Chagigah has been the highlight of my high school experience the past four years. This year, I particularly enjoyed the amazing energy that Chazak brought and the animated dancing that came along with it.” Faculty member Mrs. Sharona Kay exclaimed happily, “watching students of all grades dancing together with their families as well as the faculty, all celebrating Purim together, makes me feel truly blessed to be a part of KYHS and proud of the values the

school instills in its students.” Also of interest were the many creative costumes that made an appearance. Students dressed up as everything from cheerleaders to dalmatians to astronauts. Perhaps the most noteworthy costume came from a student who wore a very large, fullbody dinosaur suit. The faculty dressed as the KYHS Moving and Storage Company, expressing the excitement of the impending move to our new building on the campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in the near future. As the dancing and music tailed off, students prepared themselves for the main event––the long-awaited Purim video. Each year, a group of KYHS students accepts the responsibility of creating that year’s film. The task is not for the faint of heart––students spend hundreds of hours brainstorming ideas, filming and editing in order to create a quality production on screen. This year, the honor of writing and directing fell to Jonah Rose and Aaron N.

Senfeld, who were aided by Mr. Zachary Cohen, the school’s Assistant Director of Technology. They spent many weeks turning their ideas into art and the student body applauded their film excitedly, thankful for the work they put in and thoroughly enjoying the film. In true KYHS spirit, the event was not only about fun but also kept a focus on the religious and moral responsibilities associated with the holiday of Purim. One of the four obligations on Purim is to give charity to the poor––Matanot Le’evyonim. This year, KYHS raised thousands of dollars to be distributed to the poor. Matthew A. Samilow, also a student at KYHS, aptly summed up the event, saying, “What I love about the Purim Chagiga is that there’s something for everyone. Some love to dance, some love to eat, some enjoy the student-led Megilla reading while some most appreciate the video. But we all love the chance to celebrate Purim together in such a special way.”

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PJ Library in S. Palm Beach Hosts Purim Fun at Winn-Dixie PJ offers free Jewish books, family events and more! Nearly 150 children and parents from throughout South Palm Beach County got ready for Purim with songs, stories, making crowns and masks and, of course, hamentashen! Greeting old friends and making new ones, they gathered at Winn Dixie on Beracasa Way in Boca Raton from 4:00-6:00 pm on March 8. Held in partnership with Boca Raton Synagogue, Boca Jewish Center and the Boca Raton Jewish Experience, this PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County event featured Rebbitzin Jennifer Gibber, who read the PJ Library book, A Purim Chicken, and songs

with Rabbi Josh Broide and his guitar. “As we do for holidays throughout the year, we were thrilled to offer families this time to learn about and get ready for Purim,” said Elana Ostroff, local PJ Library Director. “Special thanks go out to Simone Broide for making all the dough and to Winn Dixie for once again hosting this great annual community holiday event.” While enjoying crafts and making hamentashen, families that were not yet receiving PJ Library’s monthly mailings of free, top-quality, seasonal and age-appropriate Jewish books and music at home were

TTB's Exciting Purim Mesiba The Purim activities offered at TTB this year were fantastic celebrations held in true Purim spirit! The Bais Medrash bochurim started the festivities early with Shalosh Seudas at the home of Rabbi Ben Sugerman, which included great food, lively z’miros and an inspiring shmuz given by Rabbi Yigal Abramchik. After Megilla reading Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Stulberger hosted TTB’s annual Purim Mesiba. The High School boys came dressed for the occasion in all sorts of exciting costumes

and the Bais Medrash Bochurim joined in the festivities and really livened things up. The enjoyment continued on Purim day with an exciting Purim get-together for the entire Yeshiva with food, dancing and enjoyment hosted by Rabbi Abramchik. Both events included animated dancing, great food, and hilarious grammens. Purim at TTB was an uplifting and exhilarating experience that was enjoyed by students and Rebbeim alike.

able to sign up. But Ostroff says it’s easy to register for PJ Library from home: “If they aren’t yet receiving PJ Library deliveries, local families raising Jewish children ages six months to eight years can get on board by signing up at home. They’ll be joining the nearly 1,800 families in South Palm Beach County who enjoy these monthly treats in their mailboxes,” she said. “It takes only a very few minutes to register online at jewishboca.org/pjlibrary.” Ostroff also encourages families with Jewish children ages nine to eleven to sign up for PJ Our

WayTM at www.pjourway.org: “More than 250 local tweens are already engaged in this new program. They select from four available books each month and participate in an online young Jewish readers’ community on a safe website moderated by PJ Our Way educators.” To learn more about PJ Library, PJ Our Way, PJ events or PJ parents programming in South Palm Beach County (Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach), contact Elana Ostroff, PJ Library Director, at PJLibrary@bocafed.org or 561.852.6080.


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Purim Fun & Games at RASG Hebrew Academy Miami

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Rales JFS To Host FREE Training Seminars for Senior Companions and for Mental Health First Aid Senior Companion Training In order to address the rising demand for senior companions, JFS, through their Career & Employment Services and in partnership with JFS at Home, an independent home health care agency affiliated with JFS, is offering free seminars, March 29th at 2 P.M. and April 4th at 10 A.M at their offices located at 21300 Ruth & Baron Coleman Boulevard (on the campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County) in Boca Raton. The Workshop will cover important topics including understanding the role that the companion plays according to the senior as well as the senior’s family, confidentiality requirements, an overview of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and appropriate client boundaries. Participants in the training will be presented with the opportunity to be considered for companion positions with JFS at Home. Although the Workshop is free, registration is required as space is limited. Please contact 561.852.5057 or email CES@rales-

jfs.org to register or for additional information. Mental Health First Aid Training A Conversation That Can Change a Life Someone you know could be experiencing mental illness or a mental health crisis. You can help them. Learn how at Mental Health First Aid Training which is taking place March 27th & 28th from 1 P.M. – 5 P.M. You are more likely to encounter someone — friend, family member, coworker, neighbor, or member of the community — in an emotional or mental crisis than someone having a heart attack. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to people with the signs and symptoms of a mental illness or in a crisis, and connect them with the appropriate professional, peer, social, or self-help care. Anyone can take the 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course — first responders, students, teachers, leaders of Faith communities, human resources professionals, and caring citizens.

This FREE program will take place at the Weisman Delray Community Center located at 7091 W. Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33445. To register or for further information, contact Jaclyn Tureff, LCSW, JFS Community Outreach Coordinator at 561.852.3151 or by emailing jaclynt@ralesjfs.org/ Mental Health First Aid is made possible through a partnership between Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services and Alpert Jewish Family & Children’s Services and with funding support through Boca Raton’s Promise, Palm Healthcare Foundation, Town of Palm Beach United Way, and Lesser Lesser Landy & Smith, PLLC.

Client with her Senior Companion enjoying lunch

Rabbi Nathaniel Steinberg, Past President, Remembered by Young Israel of Deerfield Beach at Memorial Brunch          More than 400 persons gathered at the Young Israel of Deerfield Beach Sunday morning, March 5, to pay tribute to their distinguished Past President, Rabbi Nathaniel Steinberg, who passed away last August.  The occasion was the 4th Annual Zayin Adar program of the synagogue’s Jack and Rhoda Neustadter Chevra Kadisha.  Zayin Adar, the 7th day of the Hebrew month of Adar, is the date of both the birth and death of the preeminent Jewish Leader and teacher, Moses.  It also is the traditional date of programs to support the Chevra Kadisha, (lit. Holy Society) at the Young Israel of Deerfield Beach, the group, that organizes home prayer services and provides meals for mourners. Before spending 16 retirement years in Deerfield Beach, Rabbi Steinberg, who would have celebrated his 90th birthday Sunday, had a long and distinguished career as the spiritual leader of the Jewish Center of Dix Hills, Long Island, and

was president of the synagogue in Vacation Village, a summer community in the Catskills.  In Deerfield Beach, Rabbi Steinberg served as President of the synagogue from 2011-12 and, at the time of his death, was Chairman of the Ritual Committee.  In 2009, Rabbi Steinberg and his wife, Grace, were co-honorees of the congregation’s Annual Dinner, along with the author and her husband, Joel. Irving Waxman, a long-time family friend, delivered a stirring tribute to Rabbi Steinberg, and two plaques were presented to Mrs. Steinberg in tribute to her departed husband. A highlight of the program was the chanting of the Kel Male Rachamim (Memorial Prayer for the deceased) by Cantor Yossi Lowy, during which the names of departed relatives of members of the congregation were intoned. Musical entertainment was provided by the Torah Academy of Boca Raton Boys Choir. 

Grace Steinberg (left) and Michael Teplitsky (right)

Michael Teplitsky, chairman of the Chevra Kadisha, served as Master of Ceremonies. The Young Israel of Deerfield Beach

is located at 202 Century Boulevard Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442 and can be reached at 954-571-3904


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Jewish Recovery Center to Host 6th Annual Retreat & Shabbaton Its lunch time. You’re taking a break from your busy day grabbing a quick bite at your favorite eatery; on the counter right in front of you lies a copy of the latest edition of The Florida Jewish Home. You notice an ad for a Jewish Recovery Retreat in Florida, and your curiosity is piqued. Your read, you then take a quick look at Jewishrecovery.com;  you read some more; you watch a few videos and you pause…for a moment you think to yourself, “It’s true that....”, and, “I know that...”,  but does that mean that this kind of event is meant for me (and my family)? You begin musing.. who are all these people with no inhibitions, who can just show up for a Recovery Weekend?  Aren’t they concerned that.....someone might find out, and besides how could it help me in with my circumstance?  My problems are more complex than anyone can even imagine.  It’s doubtful that these people could even begin to understand how dysfunctional and out of control my family/ spouse/child is….no one can. After much thought and consideration,

you‘ve decided to avoid looking at Ad again, but you will not forget the moment you briefly considered the possibility that there may be a gathering of people sharing the same pain that you struggle with and finding respite and healing. You file the Retreat ad in your mind, and then life goes on.  Unfortunately, that life includes the isolation that one experiences when faced with a Substance Use Disorder and related disorders within a family. At the JRC, we would like to help you with your deliberations as to whether there are others that truly understand and can offer hope. The Retreat is a great opportunity for a person or family to make a reset.   So what is the JRC Weekend Retreat & Shabbaton and who is it meant for? The JRC Retreat & Shabbaton offers the Jewish Recovery Community an opportunity to connect in an uplifting and supportive environment. Participants enjoy fellowship, along with the opportunity to spend quality time with educators, professionals, therapists, and spiritual leaders in the Recovery field. The Retreat includes

many inspirational speakers, informative sessions and workshops, along with great food & accommodations. The keynote speaker at The JRC Retreat and Shabbaton this year will be Rabbi Shais Taub, author of the book, G-d of Our Understanding, -If you participate in any 12 step program and would like to get together with other Jews from around the world for a weekend of inspiration and strength, this Retreat is meant for you. -If you are the parent/parents of someone in active addiction of any kind, and you need support guidance and strength to help you through this difficult time in your life, this retreat is meant for you. -If you are the parent/parents of a son or daughter currently in treatment, participating in a 12 step program, and you want to enrich your understanding of what he or she is going through in order to know what the most helpful course is, this retreat is meant for you. -If you your spouse is in active addiction of any kind, and you are seeking support and strength that our participants have had and want to share, this retreat is

meant for you. -If your spouse is currently in treatment or participating in a 12 step program and you want to enrich your understanding of what he or she is going through, so you may have a meaningful, positive and constructive relationship, this retreat is meant for you. While we acknowledge how difficult it can be for some to take that first step and attend a Retreat like this, we would like you to know that the difficulty dissipates within minutes of your arrival, as you are welcomed by so many who understand your pain. You can take solace in the fact that for the last 5 years, hundreds of people just like you took this courageous step and experienced a transformational and life changing weekend which continues to impact their lives years later. This event happens only once a year and we hope that anyone who might be helped, we can help. Please attend the Jewish Recovery Center Retreat and Shabbaton and experience the joy of Recovery.

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Comedy For Koby: The Silver Lining of Show Business By Avi Liberman Show business is an extremely difficult thing to go into and not the easiest way to live. Believe it or not, even folks that have been very successful and made a lot of money often get down on themselves. There’s a constant struggle to stay relevant and prove yourself, to yourself and others. I’ve even heard colleagues of mine after bumping into someone famous, feeling sorry for the person because they haven’t seen them in anything lately. That doesn’t happen in most jobs. I’ve never heard anyone say to an architect, “So you still do that building thing? You build anything lately? Ever think about quitting and getting into something where you have a steady paycheck every month?” Such is the life though, and even with all of its instabilities there are some advantages when it comes to travel, time to yourself, etc. All of that though doesn’t change the fact that you can feel pretty down if you just base your self worth on how well you are doing in the entertainment industry. As my career has developed, other than the enjoyment of making people smile and bringing them laughter, there’s one thing that makes it all worthwhile and keeps me grounded in values that are important. For the past decade, I have devoted myself to the success of Comedy for Koby, a biannual tour that brings top comedians to Israel to provide laughter to Israelis who are often living through difficult times.

Comedy for Koby also benefits the Koby Mandell Foundation which provides therapeutic healing programs for women and children who have lost a loved one due to terror or other tragedy. I have seen the kids and this makes everything worthwhile, and drives me harder to make our shows always more successful. I hope you’ll join me but first let me tell you a little about how I got where I am. Before I was doing comedy full time, I was an elementary school teaching assistant, and rarely if ever did I see any of the teachers question their happiness based on how much money they were making that particular month. They knew what they were going to make, and they were fine with it. The same is true in many jobs. In show business, it takes years to learn and really accept that there will always be someone who is more successful than you, makes more money than you, and yes, you may never achieve his or her heights. But -- and here’s the big but -- it doesn’t matter. I could give you some sappy “the race is only with yourself” line, and while that may be true, I think it doesn’t matter for another reason. It doesn’t matter because no matter how successful you get and no matter what award you receive, it will very quickly be yesterday’s news. Now that may initially sound like kind of a downer, it’s really not. It puts into perspective what is really important as far as entertainment goes, and that’s where finding that “something

else” outside of entertainment comes in. I’m lucky in that I found it in being to blend what I do as a comic and incorporate it with Israel advocacy, and fundraising to help kids who have been victims of terror and tragedy. The short term gratification of this is only surpassed by the long term benefits. When I started going to Israel over ten years ago, bringing other comedians with me to help brighten people’s mood while violence and suicide bombings were all too normal, I never imagined that this idea would turn into my new part time job, becoming part of my identity, and that I’d be known as “the guy who brings comics to Israel.” It excites me to be introduced on national TV as having just coming back from “a very successful charity tour of Israel” because even if that is all that comes of it, it makes Israel come across normal and counteracts the negative image of Israel in the media. If you would have asked me when I first started, I’m sure I would have said I would rather be known as the guy who’s on that sitcom, or the guy who’s in that movie, but now, I’m honestly not so sure. The sitcom is going to come to end, and the movie will eventually stop playing in theaters, and may be a bust anyway. Israel will be there forever (no matter how much that may upset certain groups of people) and it’s not getting canceled. So, when I get down on myself about my

career, it’s not another part I’ve booked, or another appearance that’s brought me out of the dumps. It’s that I have a bond to Israelis who can have it pretty tough sometimes, and it’s my responsibility to make sure they have a good time even if it’s just twice a year. It’s my responsibility, but it’s also my privilege. So now, please join me. If there’s a bereaved kid in a summer camp who lost a parent and who is able to be there because of the money raised from Comedy for Koby which pays for him or her to be there in the first place, I will sleep well at night, regardless of parts I get or shows I book. So yeah, I may not ever win the Emmy, the Academy Award or any other accolade for that matter, but in a way, I think I’ve still found some success. And I found it where a Jew in Hollywood should, in Israel, at a camp for kids who I may never meet. Avi Liberman is a Standup comedian, actor and writer who organizes the bi-annual Comedy for Koby tour in Israel. He will be hosting the inaugural Comedy For Koby USA which has a show in Miami on March 30th at The Shul Bal Harbor and a show in Boca Raton on April 2nd . For more info go to www.comedyforkobyusa.com or email comedyforkobyusa@kobymandell.org


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Torah Thought Inspiration and Priority: The Act of Giving Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

Milton Friedman, the great Nobel Prize-winning economist and professor at the University of Chicago, had a very simple suggestion for how to identify a person or institution’s priorities. Many people eloquently describe their beliefs, values, and principles and talk about what is most important to them. Friedman advised to ignore what they say. If you want to truly know what someone’s priorities are it is simple – Look at someone’s budget and you know what is important to him. See how someone prioritizes their money and you will know her priorities. Parshat Terumah begins with the capital campaign for the Mishkan that follows Parshas Mishpatim, which ends with the famous words “na’aseh v’nishma.” Isn’t it a bit anticlimactic to go from the high of na’aseh v’nishma immediately to an appeal? The Ba’al Shem Tov explains that not only is it not strange, it is absolutely critical. Whenever a person is spiritually awakened, whenever we have a moment that our neshama is alive and aroused, we must concretize the inspiration in a practical action or deed. We must help that fleeting feeling find tangible expression and physical manifestation. Being moved and inspired by Matan Torah to say na’aseh v’nishma is nice, it is impressive, and it is commendable, but it is only meaningful and lasting when it is immediately followed by a yikchu li terumah. As Milton Friedman taught, Hashem heard about our priorities and values with our lips, but immediately put to the test whether our actions and our budget would match. V’yikchu li terumah. Are you ready to put your money where your mouth is? The Beis HaLevi like so many others asks the famous question: Why does it say v’yikchu, they should take, when it should say v’yitnu, they should give? He explains that when you buy something material, when you make a purchase, you may appreciate what you bought or it may have

been a complete waste. Sometimes the money we expend adds value to our lives and sometimes we don’t truly get anything for it in return and it is gone forever. What applies to money we spend on ourselves is completely inapplicable to money we spend for others or on others. When we give for others, or to others, we not only don’t lose, but we gain much more in return. The pasuk in Tehillim 49 that we say in a shiva home says, ki lo b’moso yikach ha’kol, for in death you cannot take it all.” The Malbim asks,

satisfaction and profound gratification of helping others.

measured their blood pressure before and after.

At the end of Hilchos Megillah (2:17), the Rambam makes an incredible comment. He asks, if a person has limited funds and has to choose between having a more lavish and luxurious Purim meal, or more extravagant and impressive mishloach manos, or giving more matanos l’evyonim, money to the poor, what should he do and why?

Every week, the participants got a pill bottle fitted with a special cap that recorded the date and time it was opened. Inside each bottle were two $20 bills. The bottles came labeled with instructions about how to spend the money. Some participants always got bottles telling them to spend the money on themselves, while the remaining participants were required to spend the money on others.

The Rambam codifies that the resources should be dedicated to helping the indigent and poor because Purim is about simcha and there is no greater happiness than bringing joy to others, especially the underprivileged. If your meal is smaller, or your mishloach manos less elaborate, because you’ve appropriated some of that money for helping poor people, you have fulfilled the mitzvah of simchas Purim to the fullest. The words of the Rambam remain pro-

“When we give to others, we not only don’t lose, but we gain much more in return… because by giving, we are truly getting.”

cannot take it all?! Implying you can take some of it with you? Isn’t the reason that a kittel doesn’t have pockets is to emphasize that you can’t take any with you? The Malbim explains that in fact, there is something you can take with you. The money that you give to tzedaka and the money you use to help others remains with you and you take it and its impact with you forever. This insight is familiar to most of us. We have been taught that by giving, we are truly getting. But, science has now shown that not only do we receive spiritually when we give, but we receive physical benefits as well. In their book “Happy Money,” researchers Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton summarize the research on the science of spending, explaining how spending money on others enhances one’s own happiness. Happiness does not result from a focus inward, but it results from the deep

foundly appropriate for us this year. How can we spend significant funds to create a theme for each mishloach manos package or make dozens of packages with expensive items when there are people around us who literally don’t have food to eat for Purim or Pesach? It is in the context of the above stated halacha that I appeal to you and strongly encourage you to do the following: In lieu of mishloach manos, contribute to your local Tomchei Shabbos program. There are dozens of people who are fed weekly by this discreet, confidential program. Not only does being generous with others with your time and money bring you happiness, it brings you greater health. A team at the University of British Columbia recruited adults ages 65 to 85 who had high blood pressure, the leading risk factor for death worldwide. They gave each person a total of 120 Canadian dollars to spend over the course of three weeks, and

Those who spent the cash on themselves purchased anything from wool sweaters and massages to tickets. Meanwhile, people in the spending group bought muffins for firefighters, cookies for neighbors, and toys and clothing for their grandchildren. When participants reported back to the lab, nearly all of them said they liked getting bottles of money. Using a device that automatically measured their blood pressure, researchers saw a clear difference between the spending groups. People who spent money on themselves showed no change whatsoever, whereas people assigned to use the money in generous ways showed a significant reduction in blood pressure. The researchers found to their astonishment that this change was similar in magnitude to what is typically observed when people start engaging in regular aerobic exercise. But it is even easier than that. Recent findings by the psychologists Tristen Inagaki and Naomi Eisenberger show that simply writing a supportive note to a friend can lower blood pressure. The Vilna Gaon famously comments that the word venasnu, and they shall give, is a palindrome, it is spelled the same way forwards and backwards. The act of giving is intrinsically linked with receiving benefits. We are now into the month of Adar and rapidly approaching Pesach. If we want to attain simcha, happiness, lower our blood pressure and receive great spiritual fulfillment, it is time to put our actions where are words are. The more we give of our time, energy and resources, the more we will in fact receive in return. Rabbi Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue.

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The People On The Bridge Dr. Yaakov Siegel We have all seen or imagined the tragic scene. A man feels despondent, depressed, and desperate and is teetering on the edge. He feels hopeless, thinks he has nothing going for him and has lost the will to go on. A call is made and the authorities rush in to help. An expert from the crisis team approaches, megaphone in hand. He switches on the device and says “I want you to know how terrible you are! What is wrong with you that you are doing such an awful thing? You need serious help – can’t imagine where you went wrong!” That is not what actually happens. Rather, they encourage the man to live. They remind him of his strengths, of his family and friends, his support. They explain that whatever mess he is in, there is a way out and that they are here to help. They promise that things will get better and that nobody will forsake him until the problems are resolved. There are some in our community who, similar to the man on the bridge, feel marginalized and distressed. They choose to actively surrender their life every single day. Theirs is a slow death by a thousand cuts at the hands of

addiction and self destructive behavior. Too often, as mentors, family and friends, we send well-intentioned but counterproductive messages. We tell the addict how pitiful his or her life has become and how dangerous their behavior is. We point out their mistakes. “You are killing your family” we might say. This is an understandable and natural response when seeing someone who is hurting them self. However, a deeper understanding of the addict’s experience would elicit a different, sometimes counterintuitive, response. Nobody – not even an addict - wants to hurt him or herself. People do not set out in life to fail – all they want is to feel good, to see success and to belong. And, to some, this seems to be the only way that ever worked. Think of a child entering preschool full of promise. He or she expects to make friends, to master the lessons and to enjoy. Unfortunately, for a few, somewhere along the way things go wrong. It may be in childhood, adolescence, or even adulthood, but somehow they get the message that they are no good, do not belong and are not up to the task. Even worst, some children are victims of

bullying, mistreatment or abuse. That is not the life they want to live. The “failing” child quickly, yet erroneously, concludes that the conventional approach to life will not work for them – hard work and discipline only spell pain and rejection in their view – they don’t see the reward. Dejected and discouraged, they turn to something that gives immediate satisfaction – drugs, alcohol, self defeating behavior. The addict knows that he or she is hurting. They know that they are checking out of life, they do not need us to remind them of that. What they do not admit is that there is a more pleasant way; that they can succeed if they only commit. The addict needs to hear that there is relief from their pain; a solution to their problem. Funds can be raised to cover debt. Education programs and hard work can help them keep a job and earn financial rewards. Community is ready to welcome them in and they will find a place to belong. They need hope in order to take the first step. Life is not always pleasant and easy, but it can be made worthwhile and rewarding. Let them know. Dr. Siegel is a licensed psychologist in private practice. He has held positions in Federal and State institutions providing clinical services and psychological assessment.  He also served as clinical coordinator at an addiction center where he supervised and trained staff.   Dr. Siegel can be reached at 732-806-1513 or drsiegel@siegelpsychological.com

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Health & F tness

National Nutrition Month By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN

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t’s that month again: National Nutrition Month! National Nutrition Month couldn’t fall out at a better time. With winter wrapping up (hopefully), and Pesach right around the corner, now is a better time than ever to lose that winter weight and improve our diets. For this year’s National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics stresses, “ Eat Right for Your Lifestyle.” There’s no one diet that is right for everyone, therefore, everyone should follow a healthful eating plan consisting of healthy, yet tasty, foods that keeps your unique lifestyle in mind. For the working individual who is always eating on the go: if you eat most of your meals on the run, keep nutritious foods close by. Grab a smoothie for a quick meal on the go. You can throw in an assortment of fruits, vegetables, seeds, oatmeal, wheat germ and yogurt or milk for the protein. You can switch it up so you don’t get bored of the same combination each day. Whole wheat sandwiches with peanut butter, hummus, tuna fish, eggs, or grilled chicken make a balanced meal of protein and whole grains. Always carry cut up veggies as a side dish or a snack. Fruits are an ideal snack on the go. A banana, an apple, or orange are probably the easiest to take along with you since they don’t require any prep time. All other fruits can be cleaned and stored properly ahead of time and enjoyable anywhere. Athletes, give your body the fuel it

needs with low fat yogurt or cottage cheese with fresh fruit, whole grain crackers with peanut butter, or cereal with skim milk. Post workout meals should consist of a lean protein, a carbohydrate, heart healthy fats, and fluids. Here’s why: your muscles rely on carbohydrate foods like breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fruits, and vegetables for quick energy and to

equate amounts of protein, calcium, and other important nutrients like vitamin B12, vitamin D, iron, and zinc. Choose a variety of foods, including whole grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds, and, if eaten, eggs, soy and dairy products. For those of you lucky enough to prepare and eat all your meals at home,

Experiment with recipes that offer a balanced, nutritious meal. replenish your muscle glycogen. You need protein for your muscles and blood cells, which bring nutrients and oxygen to your muscles. You also need fluids to rehydrate your body after the workout. For those who buy meals: make sure to take advantage of healthy options like fish, chicken, low fat meats, salads, and fruit. Stay away from fried foods or foods with heavy sauces. Choose the foods that look the most natural. The best choice would be a salad with lean meat, fish, or beans as a protein source. Be sure to choose a low fat dressing, as we previously discussed. The ideal salad dressing would be vinaigrette with an olive oil base. Vegetarians, be sure you consume ad-

you’re at an advantage. Be brave, courageous, and creative. Experiment with recipes that offer a balanced, nutritious meal. Cook in bulk if possible to save leftovers for a hectic time or for when you’re just feeling lazy. Be organized with menu planning and shopping so the cooking can be as easy and enjoyable as possible. Here’s to the moms who always have challenging mealtimes. Getting your kids to eat anything at all can be enough of a battle – forget about getting them to eat healthy. Eating fruits and vegetables, or just about anything, can be a daunting task for kids. Eating healthy is usually more fun for kids when they are involved in the process. If possible, take your kids

shopping with you and let them choose the foods they prefer while also introducing them to new ones. Once you buy the foods that they choose, involve the kids in the preparation process. You can also make eating healthy into a fun activity. One quick, easy, fun way to prepare fruits and vegetables is to chop them up into cubes and slide the cubes onto skewers to make fruit and vegetable kabobs. Another fun idea is to cut up the fruits and vegetables and make them into shapes desired by the kids such as flowers, trees, rainbows, or, if very talented, animals! Fruits and vegetables can also be blended to make smoothies and can be frozen to become popsicles. Eating healthy is not one diet set in stone. There are many ways to fit nutritious meals into your busy day. Pick the way that suits you best and be healthy every month – not just National Nutrition Month!

Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at CindyWeinberger1@gmail.com.

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Torah Thought

Parshas Ki Sisa By Rabbi Berel Wein

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ne of the most important, albeit only subtly presented, messages in this week’s Torah reading is that of the enormous influence that current culture fads and beliefs have upon the society of its time. I do not believe that there is any other way for us to review the events of the creation and the worship of the Golden Calf by the Jewish people. Amazing in its brazenness and brainlessness, a people witness to a plethora of miracles and Godly revelation itself, in a moment of crisis, reverts back to paganism and idolatry. The whole idea of worshiping images and statues as though they had life and powers is completely foreign to our society. It is not part of our current culture and by simply applying basic logic, we are able to see it for the empty falsehood that it is. However, were we to live in a culture of paganism and idolatry as did our an-

cestors when they left Egypt there is no doubt that the Golden Calf could and would speak to us and enlist our thought-

rabbi who lived many centuries after the death of the king as to how he could believe and worship statues and idols responded: “Had you lived in my generation you also would have raised your garment in order to run more quickly to worship those statues and idols.” Menashe was a creature of his times and a captive of its prevailing culture. The rabbi who questioned him had other cultural challenges but could no longer relate to the culture that prevailed when Menashe was the king of Judah.

“Had you lived in my generation you also would have raised your garment in order to run more quickly to worship those statues and idols.” ful consideration, if not even our allegiance. The Talmud tells us that Menashe, a king of Judah in First Temple times, when in a dream, was questioned by a leading

We see many cultural battles on challenges that are present in today’s current Jewish world. These cultural battles raise passionate feelings on both sides of the questions that they raise. Nevertheless, I

feel that even a few generations from now our descendants will look back at these cultural challenges and battles in amazement and wonder. They will say about us what we say about the generation that created the Golden Calf –“How could they have been so wrong?” The answer to that lies in the recognition of the enormous influence that the prevailing culture plays in our lives and thoughts. The culture of liberalism, tolerance for wickedness and basically immoral behavior has so corroded our judgment and our view of the purpose of our lives that we see everything through a distorted mirror. Jewish survival, moral growth and the preservation of the Jewish people and the Jewish State are the actions that should dominate our thoughts and behavior. Passing fads, which so occupy our current media, will be obsolete as we move on to newer fads and a different type of culture. The Torah attempted and attempts to raise us above temporary, passing fads. Only a traditional lifestyle based on Jewish core values and Torah principles will save us from the mockery of later generations. Shabbat shalom.

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Kitchen Sink Vegetable Soup pareve – yields 16 servings – freezer friendly I made this soup for the first time because I had a whole bunch of vegetables that were about to go bad, so I decided to put them all into a soup. A chef I once worked with taught me the this trick for making a homemade soup base: blending the simmered vegetables and then using that stock to make an amazingly rich soup with the diced veggies.

INGREDIENTS Broth 3 medium carrots 1 large parsnip, peeled 1 large tomato 1 turnip, peeled 8 cups water 4-5 stalks celery ½ cup fresh parsley leaves 2 medium zucchini, with peel ½ Tablespoon kosher salt 3 large onions Diced Vegetables 2 onions 4 stalks celery, peeled 1 small parsnip, peeled 3 medium carrots, peeled 1 Tablespoon kosher salt 2 medium zucchini, with peel METHOD

1 Prepare the broth: Cut parsnip, turnip, celery, zucchini, onions, carrots, and tomato into large chunks. Place into a large (10-quart) pot; add water, parsley, and salt.

2 Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are soft, approximately 1 hour.

3 Use an immersion blender to process soup for a full 3 minutes, until smooth. Reheat to a boil.

4 Complete the soup: Cut the remaining vegetables into small dice. Add to pureed soup; lower heat. Simmer for approximately 2 hours, until the vegetables are soft enough to your taste. Add salt; adjust to taste.

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A man stumbles up to the only other patron in a bar and asks if he could buy him a drink. “Why, of course,” comes the reply. The first man then asks, “Where are you from?” “I’m from Nebraska,” replies the second man. The first man responds: “You don’t say. I’m from Nebraska too! Let’s have another round to Nebraska.” “Of course,” says the second. Curious, the first asks: “Where in Nebraska?” “Omaha,” comes the reply. “I can’t believe it, me too! Let’s have another round of drinks to Omaha.” “Of course.” The second man can’t help himself so he asks, “What school did you go to?” “Omaha Tech,” replies the first man. “I graduated in ’62.” “This is becoming unbelievable!”

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say in union. About that time, in comes one of the regulars and sits down at the bar. “What’s up?” he asks the bartender. “Nothing much,” replies the bartender. “The Johnson twins are drunk again.”

David is flying to Florida with his dog. As he is about to get on the plane the flight attendant tells him, “Dogs are not allowed on this plane, but it can stay under the plane.” He reluctantly agrees to let his dog go under the plane. Shortly into the trip the plane experiences trouble and lands in Virginia, where everybody switches planes. As they are removing the contents from the storage compartment the flight attendants are horrified to discover that David’s dog is dead. They know how attached David is to his dog and anticipate a rather large lawsuit. Acting quickly they summon a dog seller who is able to sell them a dog that looks exactly like David’s dog. He guarantees the flight attendants that there is no way that David would be able to tell that this is a replacement dog. Once they land in Florida the flight attendants bring the barking dog to David. The second David sees the dog he panics and says, “Liars! This is not my dog. You replaced her with another one.” David knows this despite the fact that the dog is an exact replica of his dog. How does David know she is not his dog? See answer below

when he saw the dog barking he knew she was not his. Answer to Riddle: David’s dog was dead the whole time. He was bringing her to Florida to be buried, so


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a. 38 inches

SNOW TRIVIA

b. 54 inches c. 76 inches

a. 10 inches

4. What causes a snowstorm to be defined as a blizzard?

b. 1 inch c. 5 inches d. A foot 2. Which state’s license plates have the slogan “Greatest Snow on Earth”? a. Vermont b. Utah c. Montana d. Colorado 3. What is the record for the most snowfall on the U.S. mainland over a 24-hour period?

1. A 2. B 3. C-On April 14, 1921, in Silver Lake, Colorado, it snowed 76 inches over 24 hours. The storm raged for a total of 32.5 hours straight and ultimately left 95 inches (8 feet) of snow, which is the record for one continuous

d. Sustained wind of 35 miles an hour winds and falling snow which causes visibility to be reduced to less than ½ of a mile.

d. 101 inches

1. On the average, one inch of rain is equivalent to how many inches of snow?

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humidity which results in surface saturation causing whiteout conditions.

a. It’s an instinct. When people go to the store and buy ice cream, donuts, chips and any junk food they can find because “tomorrow is an off day,” that’s when you know a blizzard is coming.

5. What color snow fell over an area of 580 sq. miles in Siberia on Feb 2, 2007? a. Orange b. Black c. Pink d. Yellow

b. When 12 or more inches of snow falls in a 24 hour period. c. Snowfall which is caused by an offshore front combined with a downward air mass (usually coming from Canada or the north) which causes a vortex followed by an arctic blast which causes atmospheric pressure wind system and cloud depression thereby creating inflow

snowfall. Silver Lake is at 10,220 feet and about 40 miles west of Denver. 4. D 5. A- The 2007 Siberian orange snow was oily to the touch and reported to contain four times the normal level of iron. Although an official cause for this phenomenon was never

6. What is the average yearly snowfall in the New York City area? a. 9 inches b. 17 inches c. 34 inches d. 55 inches

determined, it is believed that it was caused by a heavy sandstorm in neighboring Kazakhstan.

3-4 correct: You are OK…a bit of brain freeze, but that’s understandable, considering the weather.

6. B

0-2 correct: When are you going to realize that these deep conversations you have with your snowman are not going to make you any smarter?

Weather Report: 5-6 correct: WCBS 880’s weatherman Craig Allen better watch out for you!

It’s So Cold everywhere but florida That…. They have to stop eating with metal cutlery. Hitchhikers are holding up pictures of thumbs. Roosters are rushing into Kentucky Fried Chicken and begging to use the pressure cooker. Even the “tough guy” is wearing a coat. The 911 emergency phone line has a recorded message that says to phone back in the spring. They go into the freezer to warm up. The optician is giving away free ice scrapers with every new pair of eyeglasses. UN weapons inspectors suddenly decided that chemical weapons might be hidden in Hawaii. Pickpockets are sticking their hands in strangers’ pockets just to keep them warm. Congress’ hot air is freezing over. Lawyers are actually sticking their hands in their own pockets for a change.

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Professor Alan M. Dershowitz is a Brooklyn native who has been called “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer” and one of its “most distinguished defenders of individual rights,” “the best-known criminal lawyer in the world,” “the top lawyer of last resort.” He has been named America’s most “public Jewish Defender,” -- He is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Emeritus, at Harvard Law School. Dershowitz, a graduate of Brooklyn College and Yale Law School, joined the Harvard Law School faculty at age 25 – the youngest in the school’s history -- and became an Emeritus professor after 50 years of teaching and 10,000 students. Dershowitz has been called the “winningest” criminal lawyer in modern history and has argued hundreds of appeals in courts throughout the nation. He has never lost a client to the death penalty. He continues to devote half of his practice to pro bono cases and causes. Dershowitz has also published more than 1000 articles in magazines, newspapers, journals and blogs. These include the New Y ork Times, The News of the Week in Review, The W all Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, Jerusalem Post, Ha’aretz, and Algemeiner. Professor Dershowitz is the author of 35 fiction and non-fiction works with a worldwide audience, including the New York Times #1 bestseller. In addition to his numerous law review articles and books about criminal and constitutional law, he has written, taught and lectured about history, philosophy, psychology, literature, mathematics, theology, music, sports – and even delicatessens. More than a million of his books—translated in many languages -- have been sold worldwide. He has also been the recipient of numerous honorary doctor degrees and academic awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on human rights, a fellowship at The Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences and several Dean’s Awards for his books. In 1983, the Anti-Defamation League of the B’nai B’rith presented him with the William O. Douglas First Amendment Award for his “compassionate eloquent leadership and persistent advocacy in the struggle for civil and human rights.” In presenting the award, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel said: “If there had been a few people like Alan Dershowitz during the 1930s and 1940s, the history of European Jewry might have been different.” A Sandwich at Fenway Park has been named after him—pastrami, of course. He is married to Carolyn Cohen, a Ph.D. psychologist. He has three children, and two grandchildren.


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What's in a Name? World War II Planes and Their Names By Avi Heiligman

Crew of the Ruptured Duck

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efore a ship is completed, she gets her name and a hull number. This way the ship can be identified and not confused with other seagoing vessels. This is not the case for airplanes. Many are only identified by tail numbers, and that can get really confusing There are some planes that were given names (and artwork drawn by the nose of the plane) by the crews that manned the aircraft. The most famous of these are the Spirit of St. Louis and the Enola Gay that dropped the atomic bomb on Japan. Most of the others have long been forgotten in the annuls of history. Going over their names and stories can provide a glimpse into military life during WWII. Five months after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, the citizens of Japan were getting a good feeling that things were looking up for their empire. That was until April 18, 1942, when they looked up and saw sixteen bombers headed towards Tokyo. Known as the Doolittle Raid, sixteen B-25 Mitchell bombers did little material damage to Tokyo but the mo-

rale booster for the American public was great. One of the bombers was known as the Ruptured Duck and is most well-known of all participating B-25 bombers of the raid. A painting of Donald Duck and a pair of crutches adorned its nose. After dropping its bombs the plane made its way to

The Bockscar, which dropped the bomb on Nagasaki on August 12, 1945

with Japanese troops so they could receive medical help. The entire crew survived the mission, and Thatcher was awarded the Silver Star for his actions. Before the B-24 Liberator became the workhorse of the American Air Corps, the B-17 Flying Fortress was

For some reason it seemed like it was mainly the bombers that had personalities.

the China coast. The Ruptured Duck didn’t make it and had to ditch in the China Sea. With most of the crew badly injured and in a life raft, the youngest of all of the raiders, David Thatcher, swam back to the plane to get the medical kit. They were rescued by Chinese fishermen who were persuaded by Thatcher to carry them over mountainous terrain swarming

the heavy bomber of choice. There was one Flying Fortress in particular that no pilot wanted to fly due to it always returning to base in bad shape; it was considered bad luck among pilots to fly the plane. Still, Captain Jay Zeamer took the risk and took the plane dubbed Old 666 and gave her a fresh life. Zeamer and his crew were considered a bunch of misfits and too

rowdy to be given easy missions so they took missions that no one else wanted. The Old 666 was named for her tail number and the crew of nine had no time to paint nose art on her. Instead, they were busy beefing up her defenses – including changing the guns from .30cal to.50cal – and had a total of 19 guns which was six more than most Flying Fortresses. The most heavily armored bomber in the Pacific theater, over the course of several months Old 666 had some close encounters but always returned to base. On one of the missions she was hit 60 times, had oxygen tanks explode; and was in bad shape. Still, she returned to the American base in New Guinea. On June 16, 1943 the Old 666 had her most harrowing mission of the war. One plane was needed to go on a photoreconnaissance mission over Bougainville, and Zeamer’s crew volunteered. When they neared the target, 17 Japanese planes came out to greet them with hot lead. Old 666 then battled with all she had but was crippled and one of the crewmen was dying. 2nd Lt. Joseph Sarnoski


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The Enola Gay, which dropped the atomic bomb

was hit by a shell that also wounded Zeamer. Instead of looking for medical help, he crawled back to his guns and kept on fighting. The co-pilot was able to fend off the attackers and land the plane safely with the pictures of the island needed for the upcoming invasion. Zeamer was thought to have died on the way back but survived the mission. Later, doctors pulled out 150 pieces of shrapnel from Zeamer’s body as he recovered. Sarnoski wasn’t as lucky and both were awarded the Medal of Honor. The rest of the crew was given the Distinguished Service Cross, making it one of the most highly decorated missions of the war. Old 666 was put out of commission when an ample number of B-24 Liberators became available to take over frontline duties. Before the war was over, Old 666 was in the scrap heap. The Enola Gay (named for the pilot’s mothers) dropped the atomic bomb named Little Boy on Hiroshima. Three days later, another B-29 bomber took off from Tinian with another atomic bomb named Fat Man (this referred to its shape and size). This one was bound for Nagasaki. Her name was the Bockscar. On August 12, 1945, pilot Charles Sweeney took the plane to the Japanese city and wiped out 44% of the population. This bombing mission essentially ended WWII. On August 15, 1945, Japan sent word that they would surrender unconditionally.

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The Eager Beavers: Zeamer and his crew were the most highly decorated combat flight in United States history

The Bockscar is on display after a full restoration at the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. Accompanying the Bockscar on her mission was another B-29 named The Great Artiste. Named for the artistic talents of the plane’s bombardier, The Great Artiste was on both atomic bomb missions. Unlike the other two famous planes from the mission, The Great Artiste was heavily damaged in an accident. In 1949 she was unceremoniously sold for scrap. Two other Superfortresses took part in the missions as camera planes. The Necessary Evil was on the Hiroshima mission and had there been a third bomb dropped would have been selected as the plane to carry the bomb. Big Stink was the B-29 camera plane on the Nagasaki mission accompanying the Bockscar. Another B-29 plane that was on the atomic training missions was aptly named Up An’ Atom. For some reason it seemed like it was mainly the bombers that had personalities. Even though many fighters had harrowing tales of combat it was the bombers that had incredible feats of survival that made the news. Perhaps it was because bomber crews had between 5-10 men, and most fighters were manned by one or two crewmen. Bomber missions were longer and the American versions were built to withstand a ton of punishment. These names and

artwork gave the bombers character and many times the name was a sign of what was to come to the plane and aircrew.

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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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

That’s what America is about. A land of dreams and opportunity. There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, their daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land. - HUD Secretary Ben Carson, in a speech delivered at HUD, referring to slaves as “immigrants,” drawing immense backlash from the media

Let’s hope it’s not going to be as bad as some people are predicting; usually it isn’t. - Pres. Trump on Monday talking about the impending North-East blizzard

To me, he is just a normal guy. He told me, “I would love to come to America to go to a New York Knicks game.” He actually said that to me. Obviously, he can’t come here or he would be dead. – Dennis Rodman, talking to West Point cadets about “his friend” Kim Jong Un, during a seminar on Alternative Tools of Diplomacy

With Trump being involved in the show people have a bad taste and don’t want to participate as a spectator or sponsor or in any other way support the show. It’s a very divisive period right now and I think the show got caught up in all that division. – Arnold Schwarzenegger, explaining the abysmal failure of his first season as the host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” a show that used to be hosted by Trump

A new study reveals Americans are getting fatter and giving up on their diets. The study was conducted by going to a water park for five minutes. - Conan O’Brien

We say it so often, we sometimes forget what it means — we are a nation of immigrants. Unless you are one of the first Americans, a Native American, we are all descended from folks who came from someplace else — whether they arrived on the Mayflower or on a slave ship, whether they came through Ellis Island or crossed the Rio Grande – Barack Obama in 2012, one of the 11 times that he spoke about African-American slaves being immigrants

Donald Trump is making me gain weight. I start the day with liquids, but after the morning news, I eat pancakes smothered in maple syrup! – Tweet by Barbra Streisand

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Work is work. – Mario Burgos, whose father and maternal grandparents immigrated from Ecuador, explaining to CNN why his construction company put in a bid to build the border wall

Last night in New York City, the Statue of Liberty went dark for an hour due to an unplanned power outage… When asked for an official statement, the statue just said that she wanted some me time. - James Corden

Reasons To Vote For Democrats. – Title of the current No. 1 bestselling book on Amazon. The pages are all blank.

For the second time, RadioShack has filed for bankruptcy. Experts say if RadioShack goes bankrupt one more time, it can officially run for president – Conan O’Brien

This week, Wisconsin is hosting the U.S. Cheese Championship. Once again, the winner is expected to be “Heart Disease.” - Conan O’Brien

You’re stuck with me for about another six and a half years. – FBI Director James Comey at a cybersecurity conference in Boston, vowing to serve out the remainder of his term

Look at the policy, forget the tweets. - JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon on Bloomberg TV, talking about Trump’s pro-growth policies

Not staged. – A Florida lawyer, whose suit caught fire in court when e-cig batteries in his pocket overheated. (He was defending someone accused of arson)

No, I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact. So no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. But we don’t know that yet. We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis. – EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, when asked on CNBC if he agrees that CO2 – carbon dioxide – is the primary cause of global warming

Thank you for your congratulations on the upcoming Purim holiday. In ancient Persia, an attempt was made to destroy the Jewish people 2,500 years ago, and it failed. This is what this holiday celebrates. Today, ancient Persia’s successor, Iran, continues attempts to destroy the Jewish state. They speak of this openly and write this in black and white in their newspapers. - Prime Minister Netanyahu at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin

We now live in a different world. Let us talk about that now - Vladimir Putin in response

To sell bigoted lies against a nation which has saved Jews 3 times, Netanyahu resorting to fake history & falsifying Torah. Force of habit. - Tweet by Iran’s foreign minister, responding to Netanyahu’s statement about Iran and ancient Persia

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I basically have zero contact with him at this point. - Donald Trump Jr., in a speech at a GOP fundraiser in Dallas talking about his relationship with his father now that he took over the Trump business

I have a special way I like to scratch tickets. - Sylvia Silverance, of upstate NY, talking about winning the $10 million scratch-off cash lottery prize last week

In honor of International Women’s Day, Snapchat added famous women to their selfie lenses. Snapchat called it the perfect way to honor the enduring contributions of women for 10 seconds. - Conan O’Brien

They need to be channeled back into our democratic society. - Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy Alice Bah Kuhnke talking about Swedish ISIS fighters returning from the battlefield in the Middle East

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Everyone’s OK, but over the weekend off the coast of Florida, a Carnival Cruise ship almost hit two jet skiers. Today, the captain of the ship apologized and said, “I’ll get them next time." - Conan O’Brien

How do you feel about destroying our country, Sean? How do you feel about that? Do you feel good about the decisions you’re making? How does it feel to work for a fascist? - Questions from a nagging “snowflake” to White House Press Secretary when she ran into him in an Apple store and was unable to control her Trump Derangement Syndrome

I hate to bring anybody down but I have a little pin to put in our collective balloon. U.S. News and World Report released their annual ranking of the best countries in the world, and the United States — you know how we always say we’re No. 1? — turns out we’re not No. 1. That honor goes to Switzerland. Switzerland was named the best country in the world, based on several factors including power, quality of life, economic influence, and tiny little army knife production. – Jimmy Kimmel

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

Dear Navidaters,

My husband is a wonderful man and I admire him greatly. I’m sure many other people do as well. He is very disciplined, hardworking and motivated. Despite what and where he comes from, he’s made a very impressive life for himself, in every way. The only downside to his tremendous success both professionally and in terms of Yiddishkeit is that now that our son is about to start dating his attitude is very disturbing to me. It’s almost like he thinks he is king and his son deserves nothing less than the daughter of another king. At least that’s the way I see it.

He is rejecting resumes left and right. He will not consider some of the most wonderful girls because of some imperfection he sees and the imperfection could be found not with the girl, but with her parents or even grandparents! What’s really the most troubling thing about this is that he comes from a background that is less than what many would say is terrific. His parents were divorced, his sister has chosen a path completely different than his and they haven’t spoken in over ten years. I could go on. Yes, he decided and determined what his life would look like and what he wants for his children. I do admire where he’s at, particularly in light of where he comes from. But his judgment of others in such an unsympathetic way, leaving no room for real life, makes me very angry. Obviously, his word is the only one that matters when it comes to shidduchim. He’s in charge and my opinion doesn’t really matter. If it did, I would have OK’d many resumes that seemed to be so lovely. I’m embarrassed at his elitist attitude and fear that he will keep rejecting resumes and our dear son will miss the boat altogether. How do I get through to my husband?

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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here seems to be deeper roots to your communication issue. It’s not just about shidduchim. There seem to be control aspects here. You also say that your husband has accomplished a lot and you admire him for it. You say he is acting like a king and rejecting resumes for potential dates in an unrealistic manner. He may seem to want to prove himself by his son marrying well and that’s why he rejects girls whose families are less than perfect. There seem to be unresolved issues in your own marriage; communication and a solid partnership don’t seem to be there. The two of you are not in it together. It actually should be three of you. And, as I mentioned, there may be control issues too, not just compensation or public image involved. Professional help is probably not going to be accepted by your husband. I suggest that you enlist his rabbi and his best friend(s) to talk to him. This will be a process. They can open the topic with friendly questions like “how is it going with shidduchim?” They know him for many years and therefore might be heard. He needs to be encouraged to take them into his confidence. The objective is not to tell him what to do in general. Parents don’t respond well to general guidance about shidduchim. It is much more strategic to give one’s opinion in the context of specific shidduchim that are suggested. Encourage your husband to enlist the help of his rav and his trusted friends in the information gathering; this will facilitate more communication. A key point that might be made to him gently and tactfully is to open up the process to include your son. Your husband can be apprised

of the fact that if parents don’t work with their child, he may want to move ahead with shidduchim without them and go to his mentors/friends for help. Your husband won’t want to be left out of the shidduch process. You will need some long term professional help to become part of a team in your marriage. Start now. You may not be able to change your spouse but you can change your own reactions and communications. Good luck.

vention. If your son chooses to get engaged to a girl who eluded your husband’s radar, your rav will serve as mediator – between your son and his father. Final thought: wouldn’t it be ironic if your husband chose a girl from the A-list family and they rejected your son because of his humble grandparents?

The Shadchan Michelle Mond

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A.

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he shidduch process is difficult enough; your husband is complicating the task by seeking not a mate for his son, but a “merger” with a family that would enhance his social standing. By his criteria, Avraham Avinu, the son of an idol merchant, would not be a suitable mechutan. I am impressed by the way you describe your husband – with respect, reverence and admiration. In your words, he is the King. That would be wonderful if he treated you as the Queen. Instead, judging by the tone of your letter, you come across as the Subservient Wife. His word is law; all must obey. Scarier still, your son’s feelings and preferences are considered irrelevant. So we agree that your husband’s approach to shidduchim is skewed and elitist. More vexing is his disregard of your and your son’s input in this critical area. If your husband refuses to listen to reason, consult with a competent rav. Your rav may advise you to take charge of your son’s shidduchim and give you practical advice on how to proceed without your husband’s inter-

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rom the introduction in your letter, your husband sounds like a successful and well-respected man whom you admire. From your question, it sounds like your shidduch-age son has put his parents in charge of finding perspective matches for him. Here’s an anecdote I remember from a few years back: a former teacher of mine mentioned that her “alleh maylos” brother-in-law would be starting shidduchim soon. “Mark my words,” she said, “he will marry the first girl he goes out with.” His parents were super-picky in choosing prospects, but lo and behold – two months later her brother-in-law was indeed engaged to the first girl he met! I’d suggest a different approach; one that I admit might take a lot of effort from your part. While you don’t describe your son in great detail, it sounds like he’s a high-quality bochur from a good family with many suggestions coming his way. Your husband would love for your son to marry into a stable family who shares your values and ways. So at this point, with a plethora of amazing suggestions coming his way, why shouldn’t be aim for a shidduch as ideal as possible? Perhaps your husband perceives that your son is the type to get serous

By his criteria, Avraham Avinu, the son of an idol merchant, would not be a suitable mechutan.

with the first girl he meets, just like the brother-in-law in my story. Therefore, he is trying to limit his prospects at the outset to ideas which seem as much on-target as possible. After all, he only needs to find that one! Your husband does, however, sound like he needs to learn a new approach in the communication department. For now, I would suggest changing your mindset to realize that your husband merely wants what’s best for your (in the plural sense) son. Perhaps the two of you should communicate better with each other as a team, rather than as divided individual parties – if not for your sake, then for the sake of the rest of your family. Perhaps you could discuss a Plan B, implying that in case his approach yields no positive outcome after a specific time period, you will re-evaluate a broader approach to filtering prospective shidduchim. Meet together with a therapist or a rav, if your own efforts are unsuccessful. I wish you hatzlacha in finding the right one for your son, as well as reconciling your hidden conflict with your husband.

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thinking about him in terms of setting him up with their daughters (or nieces, or cousins, etc.). So I’m not so worried about him. He’ll probably do just fine. It’s you I’m worried about! And for that matter, your husband as well. Your husband sounds to me, from the limited information I have, like he’s trying to prove something to himself and the world. Finding a proper match for your son should not be based on his rigid checklist that satisfies his needs. Has he even considered where your

son fits into this equation? And besides, we all know that behind closed doors no one and no family is perfect. So who does he think he’s fooling? His lineage is far from perfect and that’s fine. But he needs to get real and try to understand what is making him behave in such an elitist, unbending, insensitive way. Now back to you, my dear. When exactly did you lose your voice in this marriage? Is it natural in your marriage for your opinion to hold absolutely no weight? How did things get to the point

where your husband has all the say and you have to sit back, feel angry, and yet still have no say in the matter? If your husband calls all the shots on shidduchim, my guess is that he’s calling all the shots in many other areas of your marriage as well. How’s that working for you? Sounds like the two of you would benefit tremendously from some couple therapy. Marriages are about teamwork, equality, respect and mutual say in all matters. I get the feeling that does not describe your marriage. I feel that if the two of you get on the same page,

If your husband calls all the shots on shidduchim, my guess is that he’s calling all the shots in many other areas of your marriage as well.

your shidduch question will no longer be relevant.

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

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our husband is doing your son a disservice and I think you know that. What I’m not sure about is whether you realize that he is doing you a disservice as well. As I read your letter, I felt myself getting worked up. It evoked thoughts and feelings like this is so unfair! And how harsh! I also have questions. So many questions for you. How did this happen? How do you define your husband’s behavior? Does your husband care about your opinion in other areas of life, like finances, parenting, leisure time, friendships, etc.? How did it become obvious that his is the only opinion that matters when it comes to shidduchim? I don’t know enough about your relationship to tell you that your husband is controlling and this is unhealthy. It is quite possible that some of this is your perception. Here’s the important part: wheth-

er your husband is controlling or you perceive him as controlling…this marriage needs help. As other panelists wisely suggested, the time is now for couples’ therapy (unless there is active abuse. If there is, G-d forbid, active abuse of any kind and you are uncomfortable speaking about your feelings in front of him for fear of his reaction, then I hope you see an individual therapist to sort through your feelings in a safe environment. No one has to stay in an abusive relationship. No one deserves to be in abusive relationship.) A marriage is a partnership of equals. It is not a relationship of dominance and subservience. No one deserves to have their thoughts and feelings ignored. Everyone deserves an opening to be heard and validated. That includes you. Ul-

timately, whether your husband decides to listen to you and soften his harsh resume filter is his decision. If he has been open to other suggestions of yours in the past, then you can ask him to join you in marital therapy to work through this. If he is closed to the idea of therapy, then you can enlist the help of his rav or good friends. Shidduch aside, my main concern in your letter is you. Of course your opinion about shidduchim matters. You carried this child, you birthed this child, he has half of your genetic material. You’re a VIP. And, P.S., I agree with you. To toss people aside left and right because the Great Zeidy was rumored to have words with Mr. So and So after shul on Shabbos is absurd. We all have stories, we all have histories, we all have skeletons that we are forced to keep in the closet. ALL. OF. US. No exceptions,

not even your husband. If you’re comfortable and he’s amenable, go for marital counseling. If you’re uncomfortable, find your own therapist. Good luck. Sincerely, Jennifer

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

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Travelling like a Pro: How the PEYD Team Traveled This Winter Vacation Using Airline Miles & Credit Card Points Winter break is always a challenging time of year to get hold of affordable airfare and travel packages. Nevertheless, this stood as no deterrent for the PEYD Team in planning their family vacations with members and staff traveling this winter season to California, Israel, Florida, Las Vegas and even Thailand. And we are happy to share our insider tricks, methods and best practices which can help minimize any out of pocket expenses the next

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Parshat Ki Tisa Por R’ Berel Wein Uno de los mensajes más importantes, aunque sólo sutilmente presentados, en la lectura de la Torá de esta semana es el de la enorme influencia que las modas y creencias actuales de la cultura tienen sobre la sociedad de su tiempo. No creo que haya otra manera de revisar los acontecimientos de la creación y el culto del becerro de oro por el pueblo judío. Sorprendente por su descaro y su falta de cerebro, un pueblo testigo de una plétora de milagros y de la revelación divina misma, en un momento de crisis, vuelve al paganismo ya la idolatría. La idea de adorar imágenes y estatuas como si tuvieran vida y poderes es completamente ajena a nuestra sociedad. No es parte de nuestra cultura actual y simplemente aplicando la lógica básica, podemos verla por la falsa falsedad que es. Sin embargo, si viviéramos en una cultura de paganismo e idolatría como lo hicieron nuestros antepasados ​​cuando salieron de Egipto, no hay duda de que el Becerro de Oro podía hablar con n o sotros y alistar nuestra reflexiva consideración, si no incluso nuestra lealtad. El Talmud nos dice que Menashe, un rey de Judá en tiempos del Primer Templo, cuando en un sueño, fue cuestionado por u n rabino líder que vivió muchos siglos después de la muerte del rey sobre cómo podía creer y adorar estatuas e ídolos respondieron: “Si hubieras vivido en mi generación, también habrías levantado vuestra prenda para correr más rápido para adorar esas estatuas e ídolos. “Menashe era una criatura de su tiempo y un cautivo de su cultura predominante. El rabino que le preguntó tenía otros desafíos culturales, pero ya no podía relacionarse con la cultura que prevalecía cuando Menashe era el rey de Judá. Vemos muchas batallas culturales e n desafíos que están presentes en el actual mundo judío. Estas batallas culturales s u scitan sentimientos apasionados en ambos l ados de las preguntas que plantean. S in embargo, siento que incluso unas p o cas generaciones a partir de ahora nue s tros descendientes mirarán hacia atrás en estos desafíos culturales y batallas en asombro y maravilla. Ellos dirán de nosotr o s lo que decimos acerca de la generación que creó el becerro de oro - “¿Cómo podrían haber estado tan equivocados? “La respuesta a esto radica en el reconocimiento de la enorme influencia que la cul t ura dominante juega en nuestras vidas y pensamientos. La cultura del liberalismo, la tolerancia a la maldad y el comportamiento básicamente inmoral han corroído tanto nuestro juicio y nuestra visión del propósito de nuestras vidas que vemos todo a través de un espejo distorsionado. La supervivencia judía, el crecimiento moral y la preservación del pueblo judío y d e l Estado judío son las acciones que deben dominar nuestros

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Republicans Take on Health Care By Sholom Nachtman

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he months following President Trump’s election and inauguration have been a nonstop series of tempests in teapots. Among controversies about crowd sizes, cabinet members, and accusations of wiretapping, it has seemed at times that the regular business of government has come to halt. While the media is eager to latch onto this trend as proof of President Trump’s supposed incompetence and corruption, the president has already delivered serious change to the country. Last week saw both the rollout of the revised executive order on immigration and, more importantly, the first look at the new Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Health care reform was a major issue on the campaign trail for President Trump, but little had been accomplished on that score since the election. On Tuesday, GOP leadership unveiled their new healthcare bill, The American Health Care Act. Some have taken to calling it Trumpcare, but in a news conference on Tuesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price referred to it as “patient care….

This isn’t about politicians, this isn’t about insurance companies, this is about patients.” The new act represents a departure from Obamacare

new health care legislation, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan described the failures of Obamacare. Pointing to skyrocketing premiums and declin-

“That’s the very definition of Obamacare Lite.”

in several key areas, but retains elements of the old bill, leading to harsh criticism from both Republicans and Democrats. American Health Care Act vs. Obamacare Obamacare has been a target of Republican ire for years. GOP politicians and voters alike viewed the bill as President Obama’s far-left fantasy of socialized medicine – a bill rammed through Congress that increased government control and costs at the taxpayers’ expense. During his speech introducing the

ing provider choice, Ryan described Obamacare as a program that had hurt America, and one that the GOP hopes to overhaul. He described the new system as one that would “drive down costs, encourage competition, and give every American access to quality, affordable health insurance… This unified Republican government will deliver relief and peace of mind to the millions of Americans suffering under Obamacare.” More than just another piece of legislation, this bill is the culmination of years of efforts by Republicans to roll back Obamacare, a law they feel to be em-

blematic of the onerous overreach of big government. The new bill addresses two of the most maligned aspects of Obamacare: the individual mandate and the employer mandate. Under Obamacare, all citizens were required to purchase health insurance or pay a $695 annual penalty fee. Businesses with more than 50 employees were required to provide health insurance for their employees. These mandates were seen as a way to expand coverage and attain funding for Obamacare by serving as an incentive for healthy people to buy into the insurance pool. Due to budgetary rules, these mandates cannot be eliminated entirely. Instead, the new bill reduces the penalties to zero, effectively rendering these mandates moot. Rolling back the Obamacare Medicaid expansion is another major aspect of this new bill. Under the previous administration, states were given federal funding to provide Medicaid coverage for all people 138% below the federal poverty level. This was an expansion of Med-


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While both parties argue health care, American patients are caught in the middle

icaid eligibility standards, which had previously only covered specific groups such as pregnant women, the disabled, children, and the elderly. Under the new bill, this expanded funding would be rolled back starting in 2020. Funding to states will also be limited based on costs and rates of enrollment, as opposed to the open-ended funding provided by Obamacare. The new bill would also change the way tax credits are issued to help pay for medical coverage. Like Obamacare, it will provide tax benefits to help citizens who do not receive insurance through their employer or the government. However, the criteria for issuing these credits will change dramatically. Whereas Obamacare issued credits based on a citizen’s income level and local insurance costs, the new bill would issue the credits based on age. Older people will receive $4,000 a year, while younger people will receive only half of that number. Location will no longer be factored into the issuance of tax credits. This can help people who are have higher incomes or who live in low premium areas like Washington, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Criticisms of the New Bill President Trump described the new legislation in glowing terms, calling it “our wonderful new healthcare system” and declaring last week that “we’re going to do something that’s great and I’m proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives.” Despite Trump’s endorsement and Ryan’s confidence, some of the most ar-

dently vocal opponents of the GOP’s new healthcare bill have been from within its own ranks. The more conservative wing of the party has come out strongly against the new bill, describing it as Obamacare 2.0. and claiming that the new legislation does little to reintroduce free market dynamics into the health care industry. Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah said that the new bill is “not the Obamacare replacement plan, not the Obamacare repeal plan we’ve been hoping for. This is, instead, a step in the wrong direction.” Also weighing in with criticism was Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, who in the past has proposed a bill that fully repeals Obamacare. “It keeps the Obamacare taxes for a year,” Senator Paul said in a Fox News interview about the new legislation. “Then [it] keeps the Cadillac tax forever; [it] keeps the Obamacare subsidies, but renames them tax credits; [it] keeps the individual mandate, but you don’t pay the government the penalty, you’ve got to pay the insurance company... That’s the very definition of Obamacare Lite.” Paul was referring to the “continuous coverage” portion of the new healthcare bill, which is a 30% insurance rate hike imposed as a penalty for not having coverage. Many critics of the bill have said that the continuous coverage penalty is effectively the same as Obamacare’s individual mandate penalty, paid to the insurance company instead of the government. Three major conservative groups have also strongly criticized the new bill. Club for Growth, Freedomworks, and Heritage Action for

America all made strong statements of opposition last week. Club For Growth President David McIntosh explained that “the problems with this bill are not just what’s in it, but also what’s missing: namely, the critical free-market solution of selling health insurance across state lines.” He added, “Such an injection of competition would lead to hundreds of billions of dollars in savings, nullifying any argument by Congressional Republicans that this provision cannot be included in the current bill.” In addition to the opposition from conservatives, the new bill also faces strong criticism from across the aisle. Democrats say that the new bill would leave millions of Americans without coverage, the exact problem that Obamacare was supposed to solve. They also argue that the bill in its totality will result in tax breaks for wealthy Americans, pointing to the 20 Obama-enacted taxes eliminated under the new bill. As Senator Chuck Schumer put it, “This is a tax cut for the wealthy with some health insurance provisions tacked alongside of it.” Passing the Bill Given the strong bipartisan opposition to this bill, getting it passed will be an imposing challenge. According to Ryan, last week’s rollout was part one of a three step process, which will be followed by executive orders and Senate legislation that will require some Democratic support. From where the bill currently stands, however, it faces a rocky road of political obstacles. House Republicans will need to convince their colleagues and the public that

the new bill is viable and will provide adequate coverage. Public opinion will be turned against them by Democrats who are already accusing Republicans of callously removing coverage for millions of Americans. The cuts to Medicaid may also prove to be very controversial, as it is a program relied on by many for basic coverage. In reference to the new program, Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said, “In Alaska, we’ve got 27,000 people that are now eligible for coverage that didn’t have it before. Really have no place else to turn… So I’m trying to figure out a way that treats these people in a fair and humane manner.” Another factor that may prove to be an obstacle is the president himself. Both during the campaign and since his election, Trump has been very vocal in his opposition to Obamacare, calling it a failure and a disaster. For all his opposition, though, Trump has yet to indicate the precise alternative he prefers for health care in America. His effusive praise of Ryan’s plan is belied by the pragmatic attitude he has towards it, saying that the plan is “out for review and negotiation.” Trump has proven to be a political chameleon, hard to pin down ideologically and prone to holding asymmetrical positions that confound members of both parties. The bill in its current iteration may prove to be too difficult or unpopular for Trump to support. If it loses his backing, Republicans and the country may find themselves back at square one. Whether the new bill can weather the storms that await it remains to be seen.


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Down the Conspiracy Rabbit Hole By Charles Krauthammer

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hen he was Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state, George Shultz was once asked about the CIA’s disavowal of involvement in a mysterious recent bombing in Lebanon. Replied Shultz: “If the CIA denies something, it’s denied.” Has there ever been a more dry, more wry, more ironic verdict on the world of espionage? Within it, there is admission and denial, smoke and mirrors, impenetrable fog and deliberate obfuscation. Truth? Ask the next guy. Which is why my default view of espionage is to never believe anyone because everyone is trained in deception. This is not a value judgment; it’s a job description. We learn, for example, from Tuesday’s spectacular WikiLeaks dump that among the CIA’s various and nefarious cybertools is the capacity to simulate intrusion by a foreign power, the equivalent of planting phony fingerprints on a smoking gun. Who are you going to believe now? I can assure you that some enterprising Trumpite will use this revelation to claim that the whole storyline pointing to Russian interference in the U.S. election was a fabrication. And who was behind that? There is no end to this hall of mirrors. My rule, therefore, is: stay away. Hard to do with Washington caught up in one of its periodic conspiracy frenzies. Actually, two. One, anti-Donald Trump, is that he and his campaign colluded with Russian intelligence. The other, anti-Barack Obama-CIA-“deep state,” is that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower to en-

snare candidate Trump. The odd thing is that, as of today, there is no evidence for either charge. That won’t, of course, stop the launch of multiple all-consuming investigations. 1) Collusion:     James Clapper, Obama’s director of national intelligence, who has been

    The other storyline is simply fantastical. Congressional Republicans have uniformly run away from Trump’s Obama-wiretap accusation. Clapper denies it. FBI Director James Comey denies it. Not a single member of Trump’s own administration is willing to say it’s true. Loopier still is to demand that Con-

Under Obama, did the agencies deliberately abuse the right to listen in on foreigners as a way to listen in, improperly, on Americans?

deeply and publicly at odds with Trump, unequivocally states that he has seen zero evidence of any Trump campaign collusion with Russia. Nor has anyone else. The contrary suspicion arises because it’s hard to explain why Michael Flynn falsely denied discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador and why Jeff Sessions falsely denied having any contacts at all. That suggests concealment. But there was nothing inherently inappropriate with either behavior. So why conceal? Suspicion, nonetheless, is far short of assertion – and a fairly thin basis for a major investigation, let alone for a special prosecutor. To prosecute what exactly? 2) Wiretap:

gress find the truth when the president could just pick up the phone and instruct the FBI, CIA and DNI to declare on the record whether this ever occurred. And if there really was an October 2016 FISA court order to wiretap Trump, the president could unilaterally declassify the information yesterday. The bugging story is less plausible than a zombie invasion. Nevertheless, one could spin a milder – and more plausible – scenario of executive abuse. It goes like this: The intelligence agencies are allowed to listen in on foreigners. But if any Americans are swept up in the conversation, their part of it is supposed to be redact-

ed or concealed to protect their identity. According to The New York Times, however, the Obama administration appears to have gone out of its way to make sure that information picked up about Trump associates’ contacts with Russians was as widely disseminated as possible. Under Obama, did the agencies deliberately abuse the right to listen in on foreigners as a way to listen in, improperly, on Americans? If they did, we will find out. But for now, all of this is mere conjuring. There is no evidence for either the collusion or the wiretap charge. We are headed down a rabbit hole. An enormous amount of heat and energy will be expended, ending – my guess – roughly where we started. What a waste. There is a major national agenda waiting to be debated and enacted. And there is trouble beyond the cozy confines of the capital that needs to be confronted. Self-created crisis can leave us distracted, spent and unprepared when the real thing hits. It’s unquiet out there. North Korea keeps testing missiles as practice for attacking U.S. bases in Japan. Meanwhile, we are scrambling to install an antimissile shield in South Korea as early as next month. Fuses are burning. When the detonations begin, we’d better not be in the rabbit hole.

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