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Dear Readers, the whole year. It’s amazing to have this special day of Purim integrated into the Jewish calendar so that we can take a step back, reflect and be joyful for the miracles that happened, and all the miracles that continuously happen for the Jews and the State of Israel.

Purim mornings are always busy, and even though I get to go to a later megillah reading, between preparing last minute Mishloach Manot, getting the kids ready in their costumes, and loading up the car things can get a bit hectic. Oh wait, did anyone eat breakfast yet? We forgot about that. Let’s all sit down and try to eat without getting Rice Krispies on our costumes. Not always so easy with all the fun accessories and face paint...

Enjoy Purim -- the fun, the excitement, the costumes, the music, the parties and the treats -- and take some time out for yourself to connect as you harness the power of this momentous day.

Purim is about fun and excitement. It’s hard not to get swept away in the joy of the day. I love seeing the children -- and adults -- all dressed up in their costumes. And delivering Mishloach Manot means we get to see people we don’t get to see every day, but who really mean a lot to us. I haven’t seen some of my neighbors and friends in weeks, but on Purim we’ll get to connect personally for a few minutes while the children play and show off their costumes, it’s always so much fun!

Wishing you and your family a very joyful and Happy Purim, Dina


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Corruption Around the Globe

No country is immune to scandal and corruption but some countries tolerate it better. It is common for those in control to use their powers to their advantage to some extent, but in some countries they may abuse their power in order to benefit their private interests. Approximately two-thirds of all countries have been “diagnosed” with the corruption “disease,” including the United States and other major economic powers globally. According to researchers, that places around 6 billion people under the leadership or control of corrupt governments. Recently, Transparency International’s 2016 Corruptions Perceptions Index ranked the world’s most corrupt countries. The global average score on the index is 43 out of 100; any score below 50 means the government is failing to address the country’s endemic public sector corruption. Most of the countries on the “corruption” list – like Somalia, the most corrupt country in the world – are rather unsurprising. Commonalities amongst those countries include violent conflicts, high dependency on foreign aid, income inequality and rampant poverty, as well as heavy oil dependence. Almost all of the countries that made the list are suffering economically. Of the 11 most corrupt countries, the World Bank publishes GDP per capita data of eight. Of those eight countries, GDP per capita exceeds $5,000 in just three. By contrast, U.S. GDP per capita is $56,084, 11th highest of the countries reviewed. The U.S. scored a 74 out of 100 and was ranked the 18th least corrupt country. Israel scored 64 out of 100 and was ranked 28th least corrupt nation in the world. The most corrupt countries around the world are: Somalia South Sudan North Korea Syria

Sudan Yemen Libya Afghanistan Guinea-Bissau Iraq Venezuela The least corrupt countries around the globe are: Denmark (tied) New Zealand (tied) Finland Sweden Switzerland Norway Singapore Netherlands Canada Germany

N. Korea Uses Chemical Weapons to Kill

North Korea has been seen as a threat for over half a century but recent events reveal that their ethical boundary is farther than first believed and that their thirst violence is worse than assumed. This month, the North Korean government used one of the world’s deadliest known toxins to carry out a high-profile assassination in Malaysia against Kim Jong Un’s brother. Many political experts are viewing this as a message from the Hermit Kingdom to the world that they have weapons of mass destruction readily available and are ready and willing to use them. “The point was made,” said Raymond Zilinskas, director of the chemical and biological nonproliferation program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in California. “The point being that not only do they have one type of weapons of mass destruction, which are nuclear, but they also have a second type, which is the chemical.” Their assassination target was Kim Jong Nam, the outcast half-brother of leader Kim Jong Un. Malaysia’s inspector general of police, Khalid Abu Bakar, confirmed last Friday that the chemical agent VX was found on swabs from the eyes and face of Nam after his demise. As he was heading to his home in Macau, two women assaulted Kim in broad daylight in Kuala Lumpur’s airport on February 13. He died from the chemical just 20 minutes

later. The United Nations categorizes VX, which English scientists discovered in 1955, as a chemical weapon of mass destruction and banned its use under a 1993 treaty. The chemical is tasteless and odorless but has an amber-like color and has the consistency of motor oil. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls it “the most potent of all nerve agents” and says victims can die within minutes from convulsions and respiratory failure. In the aftermath of the assassination, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons called any use of VX “deeply disturbing” and said it “stands ready to provide expertise” to Malaysia if need be. Teams swept the airport last Sunday for any remaining toxic chemicals. One of the two attackers suspected in the attack, Indonesian Siti Aishah, told an Indonesian diplomat that she was paid the equivalent of $90 but said she didn’t know she was applying poison to Kim’s face. Her accomplice, a Vietnamese woman, Doan Thi Huong, is also in custody. One of the woman involved in the attack did get moderately sick after the hit but officials are not sure how the assailants handled the toxin without it having fatal repercussions for them. Experts are saying that if either of them got the toxin on their skin, they would have died within a few minutes. In a separate but related incident, according to South Korean officials, Kim Jong Un recently executed five security officials with an anti-aircraft gun due to “false statements” which were given to Kim and caused him to be enraged. The security officials were members of recently purged state security chief Kim Won Hong. He was fired due to reports of corruption and torture in his agency. The Seoul government has called recent events in North Korea a “reign of terror.”

6 Months for Holocaust Property Claims

The Warsaw Municipality has released a list of 50 assets that belonged to Jews before the Holocaust and were stolen by either Nazi or Communist forces. The Polish municipality is asking the rightful owners of the items to come forward and submit claims for the items. But those who own

these items need to work fast. If they are not claimed within the next six months, the items will be turned over to the Polish government. The 50 items listed are the first of 2,613 open property claim cases. The previous list did not include the names of the claimants and had not been made public until a September 2016 law required the list to be released publicly to allow for Holocaust survivors and their heirs to appear and submit claims to the city of Warsaw again. After making a claim, the claimant has an additional three months to prove their rights to the property. Poland officially fell to the Germany in October 1939 – a little more than 77 years ago. The six months given to claim property seems to be a little too brief. The World Jewish Restitution Organization has petitioned to extend the short deadline. It has also updated their Warsaw database to make filing a claim easier. “It’s critical that authorities in Poland make every effort to identify and notify potential petitioners of the list’s publication,” said WJRO Operations Committee Chairperson Gideon Taylor. “We call on Poland to extend the extremely short deadline. This isn’t fair to the petitioner, particularly those living outside of Poland, who will lose the last chance to reconnect to their past due to the administrative complexity of this law.”  Taylor added that Poland “is the only country in Europe not to legislate a national law to return private property from the time of the Holocaust. We demand that the Polish government immediately deal with this problem, so Holocaust survivors and their heirs, as well as Jewish and non-Jewish property owners, will be given a pittance of justice.”

You Will be Living Longer A new study that analyzed mortality and longevity patterns from 35 industrialized nations has found that the average life expectancy will increase across the globe by 2030. An uptick in both maternal and child health, as well as overall improved adult health, will see expectancy ages increase at birth and at the age of 65. South Koreans will lead the way, with their citizens expected to live the longest. According to the World Health Organization, the average life expectancy at birth in 2015 was 71.4 years. The life expectancy for women is higher than men due to the general unhealthier lifestyles of men, including smoking and drinking alcohol. According to the report, the average woman born in 2030 will live to 85-years-old, and in South Korea the average women is predicted to live to 90.8 years of age! Men in South Korea who are born in 2030 will live 84.1 years.


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In Europe, women in France and Switzerland will have the highest life expectancy. Among high-income nations that were analyzed, America had a lower life expectancy with an average of 83.3 years for women and only 79.5 years for men. These rates are similar to Mexico and Croatia. The explanation for the low predicted lifespans in some countries are the “high rates of young- and middle-age mortality,” according to Majid Ezzati, professor of global environmental health at Imperial College London. In countries with low life expectancy, “people have a relatively high risk of dying in their 40s or 50s.” Deaths at this age are due in part to greater obesity rates and their associated health risks as well as homicides and road accidents. Ezzati believes that South Koreans’ longevity is due to the country’s investment in childhood nutrition, education, and technology, as well as low blood pressure, low levels of smoking and good access to health care. “What South Korea has done goes completely against some Western countries ... against the prosperity agenda,” Ezzati said, adding that we need to think about “social care, planning and pensions in an aging population.”

Iran to Buy More Uranium for “Civil Reactors” Iran has requested to buy 950 tons of uranium concentrate from Kazakhstan over the next three years. According to the Iranian regime, the uranium is needed to help develop the country’s civil reactor program.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, made the request through the body that oversees the nuclear deal signed by Iran and world powers in 2015. “650 tons will enter the country in two consignments and 300 tons will enter

Iran in the third year,” Salehi said. The final shipment of concentrate, also known as “yellow cake,” will be converted into uranium hexafluoride gas and sold back to Kazakhstan. The country has the right to enrich uranium to a level of 3.5 percent and sell it internationally. Nuclear weapons require an enrichment level of 80% or more. Since the nuclear deal was signed, Iran has received over 382 tons of yellow cake, mostly from Russia.

Holocaust Survivor Receives Fitting Farewell

Lawmaker: Problem for France if Jews Can’t Live There

The Interior Minister of France expressed his “indignation” over recent attacks on two Jewish brothers in Brondy, a suburb of Paris. Bruno Le Roux said that he will engage all the means at his disposal to find the attackers. While driving in a car, the 29- and 17-year-old brothers were confronted by a father and son who were in a car next to theirs. The pair yelled, “I will kill you, you dirty Jew.” The Jewish brothers were forced to pull the car over outside of a bar, where five or six others emerged and joined in on the anti-Semitic attack. Both brothers were beaten up and one was cut on the hand with a saw. When the attackers finally fled the scene, the brothers were taken to the hospital. Armand Azoulay, the father of the two victims and a leader in the local Jewish community, said that “this has been an anti-Semitic attack by all means. Seeing the boys with the kippah in the car, they started driving in front of them and forcing them to slow down. They tried to force them to the side of the road in order to get them to go off over the shoulder.” Meyer Habib, a French lawmaker, has come out against the heinous attack. “It comes from hatred of the West and everything to do with the West,” Habib explained, “and the Jews are always in the frontline. If French Jews cannot live in France anymore, it is not a problem for the Jews, but a problem for France. There is a new racism against Jews and against white people,” Habib said, coming from a minority of Muslims in France who were “turning to jihadism.”

They didn’t know her but they knew her story. Over 200 Israelis attended the funeral of a Holocaust survivor from the Canary Islands who wished to be buried in Israel alongside her mother. Hilde Nathan didn’t have a husband and children and died alone two weeks ago at the age of 90. Knowing of her wishes, the Canary Island Jewish community in Spain, which num-

bers about 20, raised the money to fly her body to Israel for burial. The community put out a call through the Israeli media for mourners at her funeral, which was held Monday morning. “Nathan always lived alone, but today it seems that the entire People of Israel has come to say goodbye,” an Israeli Holocaust survivor, the only person at the funeral who knew her, told the United with Israel website. “She lived alone, but did not leave alone.” Hilde, a native of Germany, was one of the few to survive the Theresienstadt concentration camp. She managed to avoid being sent to the Treblinka and Auschwitz extermination camps like many of the other Jews imprisoned at Theresienstadt by the Nazis. She was freed from the camp after it was liberated by the Soviet army on May 8, 1945. Hilde’s father died shortly after the war and was buried in Germany, and she and her mother moved to the Canary Islands. Her mother died several years ago and was buried in Israel. Moving to the Land of Israel had long been a dream of the Nathans. Before the outbreak of World War II, the family sought to immigrate to the then British Mandate of Palestine, but were unable to acquire visas in order to leave Germany, according to United with Israel. After the war started, the family made



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numerous attempts to flee Germany and were almost successful, but, despite their efforts, they were sent to Theresiendstadt in 1942, where tens of thousands of Jewish prisoners were killed. “During childhood, she was humiliated. She had no name, only a number. Today, thanks to many anonymous people who helped make it happen, she had the dignified burial that she deserved,” United with Israel said.

it lacked credibility and would allow human rights violators to join. President Obama reversed this position in 2009.

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U.S. May Leave UN Security Council

America may be leaving the United Nations Human Rights Council in protest of their treatment of Israel. Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, called out the council for their “breathtaking double standards” and “outrageously biased resolutions” against Israel. Haley blasted the UN for failing to discuss important issues such as Hezbollah’s weapons build-up courtesy of Iran, anti-ISIS strategies, and the actions of Bashar al-Assad in Syria. “Instead,” Haley told reporters, the UN focuses “on criticizing Israel – the one true democracy in the Middle East. I am new around here, but I understand that’s how the council has operated month after month for decades.” She added, “I’m here to emphasize – the United States will stand up to the UN’s anti-Israel bias. Instead, we will push for action on the real threats we face in the Middle East.” A former official has also been quoted as saying that there has been a “series of requests coming from the secretary of state’s office that suggests that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is questioning the value of the U.S. belonging to the Human Rights Council.” There are other problems with the Security Council that may lead to a U.S. withdrawal. Most notably, there are countries that have shown gross human rights violations that sit on the 47-county council. Saudi Arabia, China, Russia and Cuba all were members of the council from 2013 to 2016. All of these countries have had accusations of human rights violations made against them. The Trump administration would not be the first to opt out of a UN security group. When the UNHRC was created in 2006, after the UN Human Rights Commission was discredited, President Bush refused to join the group, believing that

of these planets are positioned perfectly for the possibility of water to exist.

According to leaked documents from the Israeli security cabinet, Hamas, the Gaza-based terror group, has at least 15 tunnels leading into Israel. The leaked information came two days before a highly critical state comptroller report of the 2014 Gaza war. The report is said to be highly critical of the army for their failure to prepare a counterattack on the Hamas tunnels. Known as Operation Protective Edge, the 2014 conflict started as an aerial campaign in response to Gaza rocket attacks. The fight was quickly taken underground after it was discovered that Hamas had a network of “terror tunnels” leading into Israel. Leaders of the campaign are not taking the scathing report lying down. “In the next week, you’re going to hear a lot about Protective Edge,” former defense minister Moshe Ya’alon wrote on his Facebook page. “They’ll say that we didn’t know, that we didn’t tell them, that we didn’t report to them. And the biggest lie of all? That we weren’t prepared and we lost. That’s nonsense.” Benny Gantz, who was the IDF chief of staff during the war, came to the operation’s defense this week. “During Protective Edge, there was intelligence that was excellent, terrific, accessible, but not always perfect. I am ready to go to the next campaign with the same intelligence that we had in the last one,” Gantz said at a press conference.

7 New Planets NASA has announced the discovery of a system of seven planets revolving around a star called TRAPPIST-1 that’s about 40 light years from planet Earth. The existence of planets surrounding a star is not very unique, unless you consider that three

“The news is wonderful, and has been since last year, when the first three planets in this system were discovered,” said Dimitar Sasselov, a professor of astronomy at Harvard University. “This just confirms what we started theorizing already in the past two years: [which] is that our galaxy, our universe, is just full of places which could sustain life and where life could emerge.” The seven planets surround a red dwarf star. Compared to our sun, it is small, dim and cool. The three planets that scientists hope contain water are all a favorable distance from the star they orbit. In order to have water, a planet must have rocky surface. While there is no evidence right now that these planets do have a rocky terrain, the odds of one of the three having such a surface are pretty good. In 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will be launched which will allow scientists to better study the system.

First Latino to Lead DNC

The Democratic National party had something to smile about over the weekend. They appointed Thomas Perez as their new leader in a closely contested second-ballot vote. Perez, 55, Obama’s secretary of labor, is the first Latino to lead the DNC. He beat out Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress. Perez won 235 votes to Ellison’s 200. On the first ballot, Perez seized 213.5 votes – U.S. territories are allocated half votes – which was not enough for him to score the position due to a majority threshold. Perez was endorsed by Vice President Joe Biden, former Attorney General Eric Holder and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe. In his nominating speech, Perez promised a restored DNC that will devote more efforts to activism and local races. “We have to face the facts. We are suffering from a crisis of confidence, a crisis

of relevance,” he said of the current state of the committee. “You will always have my ear. And I will always have your back. You will not be under-utilized. You will have input in everything we do. The most important question you will hear from me is, ‘What do you think?’” Essentially the role as head of the DNC is a spokesperson for the party, their public mouthpiece. You can be sure to hear Perez challenge the policies of Trump. He will also be responsible for fundraising and rebuilding the party’s organizational and technological foundations. “Someday, they’re going to study this era of American history,” Perez said after his win. “They’re going to ask the question of all of us: Where were you in 2017 when we had the worst president in the history of the United States? We will be able to say that the Democratic Party led the resistance and made sure this was a one-term president.” On Saturday evening, POTUS Donald Trump took to social media to congratulate the nominee. “Congratulations to Thomas Perez, who has just been named Chairman of the DNC. I could not be happier for him, or the Republican Party!”

100 Jewish Tombstones Vandalized In an anti-Semitic incident eerily echoing last week’s assault on a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, more than 100 headstones were vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in Philadelphia this week. The vandalism was discovered by a man visiting the cemetery on Sunday morning. He told police that three of his relatives’ headstones had been knocked to the ground and damaged. Authorities then discovered over 100 other headstones that were knocked over. A rabbi at the cemetery said that more than 400 had been toppled.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney said authorities were doing everything possible to find those “who desecrated this final resting place.” He said, “My heart breaks for the families who found their loved ones’ headstones toppled,” he said in a statement. “Hate is not permissible in Philadelphia. I encourage Philadelphians to stand with our Jewish brothers and sis-

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ters and to show them that we are the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection.” The Anti-Defamation League is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. The Fraternal Order of Police is also offering a $3,000 reward, bringing the total to $13,000. “In my time this is the worst that we have seen as far as anti-Semitism,” said Nancy Baron-Baer of the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia. “We need to be more united and not so divided.” Last week vandals damaged 154 headstones at a Jewish cemetery in University City, Missouri. The incident sparked national outrage and a crowdfunding campaign that has now raised more than $130,000. Some of that money will go toward the Mount Carmel cemetery as well. More than 10 Jewish Community Centers across the country were also evacuated last week due to bomb threats. On Monday, another wave of bomb threats threatened 16 Jewish centers and schools in 11 states.

The No HW School

Every kid’s dream (and probably many parents’ dream too) is to never have homework, and kids at Orchard School in Vermont had their dream come true when principal Mark Trifilio banned homework a few months ago. After much analysis, Trifilio reasoned that homework has not been proven to actually help students learn better. His main proof was that across the same grade students had different homework loads, depending on the teacher, and yet there didn’t seem to be any academic results showing that they were any more successful academically. The only at-home activity that Trifilio found really resulted in better success was after-school reading. After suggesting the idea of eliminating homework for grades one through five to a team of 40 of his colleagues, they all agreed to experiment with the idea of only requiring at-home reading and no other homework. “All 40 voted yes,” he said, “and not just yes, but a passionate yes. When do you get 40 people to agree on something?” According to the school website the fol-

lowing policy was instituted in September of 2016. Student’s daily home assignments include four things: “Read just-right books every night – (and have your parents read to you too); Get outside and play – that does not mean more screen time; Eat dinner with your family – and help out with setting and cleaning up; Get a good night’s sleep.” Now, six months later, Trifilio has observed the results of the no-homework experiment, and he is claiming that it has been wildly successful. According to him, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that students have fallen back academically. He counters that in a lot of ways they are probably doing better since they now have “time to be creative thinkers at home and follow their passions.” As a follow-up to the policy the principal asked the families of the 400 students to answer a survey of how the policy was affecting home life. The majority supported the program and said their children were indeed reading more independently. He did admit that a small number of respondents expressed their concern that their children may be missing out on learning opportunities due to a lack of homework and are concerned that it could possibly affect them when they move onto middle school. Trifilio does not required students to fill out reading logs but rather relies on them to adhere to the policy. He said he finds logs pointless because all too often they are made up or fudged. Don’t be surprised if your children band together and plan a protest using the above stated findings and persuasions. They may also name Principal Mark Trifilio their favorite person ever.

Is Trump Merely Following in Obama’s Footsteps?

migration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from the year 2009 to 2016 reported that 2,749,706 illegal aliens were deported back to their native countries – that’s an average of 343,713 deportees each year while Obama was in the White House. In fiscal year 2016 alone, Obama’s ICE kicked out 240,255 aliens, including 136,669 criminal convicts. According to a document titled “FY 2016 ICE Immigration Removals,” “101,586 aliens removed...had no criminal conviction.” Furthermore, “the leading countries of origin for removals were Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.” Obama’s disproportionately Hispanic deportees included 2,057 “suspected or confirmed gang members.” “ICE also continues to focus on criminal aliens,” the report explains, “as 58 percent of overall ICE removals, including 92 percent of ICE removals initiated in the interior of the country, were of convicted criminals.”  Because of so many deportations during the Obama years, some have taken to call him the “deporter-in-chief.” President Trump expressed a similar plan during a campaign rally on August 31. He said, “Our enforcement priorities will include removing criminals, gang members, and security threats.” Now that he is in office, he continues to deport those in the country illegally who have been following criminal ways. The media, though, has expressed outrage at Trump for the same thing that Obama did before him. America isn’t the only country that has a habit of booting illegals. Mexico deported some 173,000 Central Americans in 2015, according to Mexico’s National Migration Institute. Canada is also guilty as charged. According to the Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA), they deported 148,057 people between 2004 and 2014. In the U.K., 40,896 were removed in 2015.

Jail: A Wish Come True Immigration has become one of the major talking points of the Trump administration. Anti-Trump protestors have called his actions “unconstitutional” and “evil.” But Trump supporters are claiming that during the Obama administration there were mass deportations and nobody (i.e. the media) didn’t seem to care. An official report from the U.S. Im-

Last week, police in the Netherlands

arrested Annie. It made headlines when it became known that Annie is 99-years-old. No, authorities there are not heartless. Annie begged to be arrested as she wanted to “experience a police cell from within.” Aiming to help the nonagenarian to complete her bucket list, police worked with her niece to get her arrested. Officers drove Annie to the police station, cuffed her and put her in a cell. She couldn’t have been happier.

The Stone Man Abraham Poincheval is taking meditation way too seriously. In an effort to commence an “inner journey to find out what the world is,” Abraham will be spending a week stuffed in a hole inside a 12-ton boulder.

The huge rock is located at the Palais de Tokyo modern art museum in Paris. Abraham’s exhibit, titled “Stone,” has air holes so he can breathe, along with a space to hold water, soup and dried meat. He will be monitored by cables to observe his heartrate and to provide him with an emergency video feed. “The purpose is to feel the aging stone inside the rock,” Abraham said. “There is my own breathing, and then the rock which lives, still humid because it was extracted not so long ago from the quarry. So there is that flow, that coming and going, between myself and the stone.” Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place. When Abraham emerges from the boulder he will begin a second performance, titled “Egg,” in which he will sit on a dozen eggs for four weeks until they hatch. The artist, who previously spent two weeks inside of a stuffed bear, said once the eggs hatch the chicks “will go and live with my parents.” If he’s looking for places to sit for a while, I’d like to go shopping on Central Avenue. I’ll be happy to have him sit in my car so I don’t have to find a spot. That could take weeks.

Beware the Blow Dryer

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tween back gardens rather than cross the dangerous straightaway. They’ll do anything to ensure their children’s safety. Police say they are aware of the problem. Hopefully they’ll be able to help out soon – the frizz on people’s heads is starting to get out of control. See that cop with his radar gun hanging out the window? Time to slowly ease your foot off the gas pedal. Residents in the village of Hopeman in Scotland are trying to get motorists to slow down, and they’re using blow dryers to help them in this endeavor. Wearing reflective vests and holding the blow dryers, they stand on the road, compelling drivers to slow down. “It’s very dangerous, the speed that the traffic is doing through Hopeman is quite serious, especially when the kids are going to school in the morning – it’s quite alarming,” Moray councilor Dennis Slater told the BBC. “This is why some of the residents have resorted to taking out hairdryers and putting on hi-vis vests to try to slow the traffic down.” Blow dryers aren’t the only instrument being used in the traffic safety plan. Residents have been propping up ladders against walls to allow children to pass be-

Rachel McQuade said she was stuck on the road and saw people going past her with a to-go box of food. She then went over to the truck and ordered two steak and two chicken tacos for herself and husband. El Tajin owner Thomas Lopez said that he and his employees “are ready to serve food, everywhere.” Now how about a bathroom?

Lunch on the Go Charging? They’ll Charge You Sitting on Rockaway Turnpike for a while? Hungry for supper? We understand; we’ve been there too. Recently, a taco truck was amongst many vehicles that were stuck in a massive Seattle traffic jam. A tanker truck had rolled over on the interstate, and roads were closed for around eight hours. But Tacos El Tajin came to the rescue. While drivers were stranded, the truck opened up its doors and started serving the desperate drivers.

Looking for a place to recharge – physically and electronically? Don’t head to Terrassencafe im Hundertwasserhaus, a café in Vienna.


Here tourists can enjoy a warm slice of apple strudel and a steaming cup of coffee. But if you’re going to be charging your phone on the café’s dime, it’s going to cost you. Recently, café owner Galina Pokorny introduced a 1 euro fee to patrons who plug in their phone into café outlets for too long. “Tourists – always electricity, electricity, electricity. Sorry but who is going to pay me for it?” said Pokorny. Charging for your phone up to 15 minutes is gratis, but more than that will find you with an extra line on your bill. “I run a cafe, not an internet cafe,” she said, adding that she knew of no other cafes that levy a similar charge. “It’s getting more and more extreme. People come and think everything is accessible and free... You don’t even open your eyes in the morning for free.” The fee also applies to laptops and tablets, and for those using more than one outlet the surcharge is multiplied by the number of devices plugged in. Disgruntled customers can take some comfort from the fact that wireless internet access is still free. Where is a Starbucks when you need one?


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Community Young Israel of Greater Miami to Host 57th Gala Dinner Anniversary on March 15th, 2017 Bikur Choim has served the needs of many in this community. Medical equipment is only a phone call away and meals, rides to Doctor’s appointments, hospital visits, even help with house cleaning has been arranged through Bikur Cholim. They have touched everyone in our community. Brian and Mimi Sosnow represent this incredible organization. The spectrum of life is served by Yerucham (Jeff) Kopelman. From simcha to sadness he always adds his personal touch

which makes a simcha more leibedick and, G-d forbid, the passing of a loved one, easier to bear. Judy and Jeff Kopelman are mavericks involved in Chesed shel Emet of the Chevra Kadisha and on a happier note, with Tekiah Orchestra. The Sosnow and Kopelman families have never asked for kavod. Their way is modesty and they shun the limelight. As a service to our shul they have agreed to lend their names and their efforts to support the Young Israel. Our Shul is open 7

days a week with daily davening and shiurim. Please show your hakarat hatov to these wonderful people who have done so much for this community. By placing an ad in our 57th annual dinner journal you show your appreciation to these families and continue to sustain our Shul. We look forward to celebrating with you at the Shul dinner on March 15th, 2017 at Aventura Turnberry. Young Israel of Greater Miami is a

advertorial cornerstone of the North Miami Beach Jewish Community and is led by the illustrious Rabbi David and Rebbetzin Miriam Lehrfield. To place a Journal Ad for the upcoming 57th Gala Dinner Anniversary please call Clara at the Young Israel of Greater Miami or visit YIGM at 990 NE 171 Street North Miami Beach, FL  33162

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anniversary Gala Dinner


Yerucham and Judy Kopelman

Brian and Mimi Sosnow

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 z’’ga, rst z"h Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center 20400 Northeast 30th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33180

Cocktails 6:00 pm

C Dinner 6:30 pm C Couvert $100 per person

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Giving Back To The Community Chesed is rooted in KHDS’s curriculum and core values. The Samaritans 365 after-school voluntary chesed program exposes middle school students to new organizations each month including Sharsheret, Gift of Life Marrow Registry, Personal Ponies, JAFCO and the Timoun Lakay Foundation. Students volunteer for the Friendship Circle helping those with special needs. The KAR2E (Kindness Always, Respect & Responsibility Everywhere) program provides students many projects including packing and delivering Mischlach Manot for JARC and Menorah House residents. A visit from Yachad gave students a first-hand experience of what it’s like to have a disability. Students participate in the Ruth & Norman Rales JFS

Jacobson Family Food Pantry drive collection and packing. The Middle School Electives program offers projects including visits to JARC. Drives for Tomchei Shabbas and the Friendship Circle ensure gifts for the needy. A class trip to the CROS Ministries offers a volunteer opportunity for “gleaning” fields (collecting leftover produce) which is donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank and distributed to various food pantries. Teddy & Linda Struhl Elementary School students visit Menorah House and Sinai Residences to perform during holidays and practice daily acts of chesed through the EMET program (Excellent Midot Every Time).

KHDS students give JARC residents manicures during one of their visits.

JCC Association of North America Outraged by New Rash of Bomb Threats In light of a new rash of bomb threats called into Jewish community centers and Jewish day schools today, a statement from David Posner, director of strategic performance at JCC Association of North America, follows. All JCCs and Jewish day schools affected today have received the all clear from local law enforcement. “Anti-Semitism of this nature should not and must not be allowed to endure in our communities. The Justice Department, Homeland Security, the FBI, and the White House, alongside Congress and local officials, must speak out – and speak out forcefully – against this scourge of anti-Semitism impacting communities across the country.

“Actions speak louder than words. Members of our community must see swift and concerted action from federal officials to identify and capture the perpetrator or perpetrators who are trying to instill anxiety and fear in our communities. “We remain grateful to local law enforcement who continue to serve our communities and ensure that our JCCs and schools remain safe and open for business as the vital community institutions they are.” On February 27, there were 31 incidents of bomb threats called into 23 JCCs and eight Jewish day schools in Alabama, Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina,

Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Washington state, and Calgary (Canada). All affected institutions have been declared clear and have returned to regular operations. Today’s wave of threats brings the total of called in bomb threats over five waves in January and February to 100 incidents at 81 locations (inclusive of JCCs and Jewish day schools) in 33 states and 2 Canadian provinces. ABOUT JCC ASSOCIATION OF NORTH AMERICA: JCC Association of North America strengthens and leads JCCs, YM-YWHAs and camps throughout North America. As the convening organization, JCC Association partners with JCCs to bring togeth-

er the collective power and knowledge of the JCC Movement. JCC Association offers services and resources to increase the effectiveness of JCCs as they provide community engagement and educational, cultural, social, recreational, and Jewish identity building programs to enhance Jewish life throughout North America. By supporting the 25,000 Jewish communal professionals who connect with two million JCC participants each year—JCC Association encourages engaged lives of purpose and meaning. Learn more at jcca. org, on Facebook and on Twitter at @ JCCA

Katz Yeshiva Students Learn Valuable Lessons From Dr. Berenbaum On Monday, February 13, 2017, students at the Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida had the privilege of hearing from Dr. Michael Berenbaum, a foremost expert on the Holocaust. Dr. Berenbaum, currently a professor at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles and the director of the Sigi Ziering Institute: Exploring the Ethical and Religious Implications of the Holocaust, was instrumental in the establishment of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, has written tirelessly on the Holocaust, and has influenced many Holocaust films, as well. He came to south Florida as part of the newly created Suzanne R. and Dr. Lawrence M. Fishman Scholar-in-Residence program at Florida International University,

which this year partnered with KYHS in an effort to enhance Holocaust education in Jewish high schools. His visit was especially timely and meaningful for KYHS seniors, who recently completed a trimester-long Holocaust class, during which they studied the

period from 1933 to 1945 and explored anti-Semitism, resistance, and both Jewish and non-Jewish Holocaust victims with their teacher Mrs. Sharona Kay. Senior Jonah Rose remarked, “Hearing from Dr. Berenbaum was extra special having heard from him almost immediately after finishing our Holocaust studies course. Since my classmates and I were already well-informed about the Holocaust, Dr. Berenbaum was able to present us with high-level ideas about religious practice during the Holocaust and real ethical dilemmas faced by the victims. This was a privilege and a rare opportunity to hear about aspects of the Holocaust rarely discussed in mainstream education.” Dr. Berenbaum spoke about obser-

vance of Jewish law during the Holocaust, and how the atrocity changed ritual and daily practices. His talk integrated the subjects of Jewish history and Jewish law, providing students with a new perspective on these subjects. When the Nazis rose to power, Jews added lines into their prayers as a means of communicating without Nazi understanding, and also used these words as a form of internal protest against the Third Reich. Even in concentration camps, victims would ask their rabbis questions about how to perform what had formerly been simple commandments. One such question was whether to put a mezuzah, an encased piece of parchment inscribed with the prayer “shema yisrael,” in the doorway of the barrack. A me-


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caust victims. Senior Rebeca Salpeter related that it was “interesting to hear about the halachic questions that people had during the Holocaust. It amazed me that despite what these people were going through, they maintained a belief in God and a strong desire to follow halacha and preserve their Jewish identities.” When asked how he had chosen to

become an expert in Holocaust studies, Dr. Berenbaum told students that he had wanted to answer the question of how, unlike other major civilizations in history who disappeared, the Jewish people has survived, even after continuous persecution. He had begun to study ancient history in hopes of finding an answer, but eventually turned to the Holocaust to an-

alyze the survival of the Jewish people. Senior Lana Rosenthal noted, “Holocaust victims were persecuted simply for being Jews, and many chose to remain practicing Jews, observing the details of Jewish law despite horrible conditions and atrocities. There’s a triumphant irony in that, and I think it’s the ultimate answer to Dr. Berenbaum’s original question on Jewish survival. The Jewish people have survived because throughout history, even in terrible times, we have held tight to our practices and beliefs.” Dr. Berenbaum called on the students to derive inspiration from the Holocaust victims. As the next generation of Jewish leaders, they must ensure the continuity and legacy of the Jewish people.

New Sefardic School Opens in Ft. Lauderdale Or Yechezkel is a brand-new Sephardic talmud torah, with a vision to serve the rapidly expanding Sephardic community in South Florida. Under the ownership of Rabbi Avichai Levy, Rabbi of Netive Ezra in Highland Lakes and his son-in-law, Rabbi Yossef Harrai-Raful, the school aims to provide an orthodox yeshiva with Sephardic teachings and mesorah, coupled with an excellent general studies education. Rabbi Avichai has been a Sephardic rabbi in the South Florida community for the last 14 years. While his own children went to local Ashkenazi yeshivot, Rabbi Avichai’s dream was always to build a yeshiva that would serve the Sefardic community and ensure that the next generation of Sephardic children learned the minhagim of their ancestors. Through generous donations, he was able to purchase a campus on Davie Boulevard. in Ft. Lauderdale. The campus is centrally located right off the I-95, making it easy to reach for families from Aventura as well as Boca Raton. The school hired Mrs. Tzippy Richmond as principal. Mrs. Richmond has many years of experience in the building, development, and structuring of new schools. The school opened its doors this August with close to 50 students in early childhood and kindergarten and is planning to add a first grade class this coming school year. Or Yechezkel will providing transportation from Aventura and Boca Raton in their privately owned licensed school vans. Special tuition prices will be available for new families with children entering 1st grade and Kindergarten. For more information or to schedule a tour, contact Tzippy. Office #: 754-2293089, Cell #: 516-567-2777,


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‫‪bring Happiness to Thousands of‬‬ ‫‪People and will save their families‬‬

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Comedy for Koby: Fighting Terror with Laughter

Sometimes we sow seeds in life and don’t get to appreciate the harvest. This year, I had the privilege to experience the result of my sowing seeds a decade ago, and seeing the impact of the harvest today. In what seems like a lifetime ago, I had connected with Avi Liberman, a well-known comedian whose career was (and is still) taking off. During the beginning of the second intifada, Avi resolved that his response was to fight terror with laughter. He planned and implemented a comedy tour in Israel, bringing three other comedians with him. This gave Israelis an opportunity to get out and laugh, experiencing levity during a period that was scary, marked with terrorists blowing up buses or other public places almost every other day. It was a time of fear, thousands of victims, and not much to be happy or laugh about. If Avi couldn’t stop the terrorism (he would if he could have), at least he’d change the mood. His comedy tours benefited an Israeli organization that helped at risk youth at a time that all Israelis were at risk. The shows were a welcome and necessary respite. It became an event to which we looked forward every year. One day, we ended up on the same flight to NY and, at baggage claim, Avi expressed that the tour had become so popular, with so much more potential, that he felt it had outgrown the smaller non-profit he had been working with. He was looking for a new partner and beneficiary. He asked me if the organization I was working with would be interested. I jumped on it enthusiastically and promised him an answer shortly. To me, it was a no-brainer. However, the organi-

zation’s leaders didn’t get it, didn’t understand the need for Israelis to have a respite and go out and laugh, and didn’t understand the unique potential. Despite Avi’s years of success in building an event that

'Comedy for Koby' Spring 2016

Comedian 'Sarge'

Jerusalem crowd enjoys Comedy for Koby Show

had become a highlight of Israel’s cultural calendar, and in a way that’s so illogical that it could be the punch line of one of Avi’s jokes, they declined and said “What if nobody comes to the shows?” I had already committed to help Avi. I wasn’t going to let him down as my word is as good as his delivery. So I quickly called my friend Rabbi Seth Mandell whose son, Koby, had been one of the early victims of the second intifada. This brutal murder of an American teen in Israel struck the hearts of millions, Avi included, and was part of the reason for his determination to bring a comedy tour to Israel. In Koby’s memory, his parents established The Koby Mandell Foundation to provide therapeutic services for families of victims of terror, particularly widows, mothers, and orphans. Seth got it and made a decision in record time that was the catalyst for what’s become “Comedy for Koby,” a now twice-a-year comedy tour throughout Israel attracting thousands. Avi might have better things to do than organize a comedy tour throughout Israel, but he’s all in. It’s his profession, and it’s his passion. Unfortunately, adding to his commitment is the reality that rarely a year goes by without some war or wave of terror which traumatizes all Israelis, and creates higher level of fear and insecurity particularly among families of those who have already lost a loved one. As a benefit for The Koby Mandell Foundation, www., Avi has been able to attract dozens of top comedians to come to Israel, most for the first time. The impact of coming to Israel and entertaining thousands, while helping families of terror victims, leaves an indelible impact on the comedians. It’s expressed sincerely, effusively, and repeatedly. And the impact of the comedians on Israelis is also indelible. Thousands attend each

tour. Sometimes people miss a tour and express how they really regret it. That’s not ever the case with someone missing a typical fund raising event. They may feel guilty, but not actual regret. And the Israelis who attend Comedy for Koby religiously are so impacted that we talk about past shows and comedians as if we were little kids comparing stats on the back of baseball cards of our favorite players. Now, Comedy for Koby is the latest export from Israel to the US. The same way Intel Israel innovates technology, Comedy for Koby innovates fund raising, providing tangible healing for families who have lost loved ones to terror and other tragedies. Plans are being finalized for two shows (March 30 in Miami, and April 2 in Boca Raton). Our outstanding lineup of comedians is set. The committee is in formation. Other communities have heard about it and asked when they can host a show. For information on sponsorship opportunities, to join the team to make this a success, or to order tickets, please be in touch at, or at I’ve always been proud to have been the shadchan that connected Avi with The Koby Mandell Foundation, and proud that Comedy for Koby was a success. Laughter is therapeutic and, as a show that benefits families of terror victims through an array of therapeutic programs, Comedy for Koby sustains this, and brings healing full circle to those in need. In the wake of summer programs that have seen a record demand for children to participate in Camp Koby, and a Women’s Healing Retreat best summed up by one bereaved mother who said, “I found the me that I thought no longer existed,” the marriage between the need, the program, and the opportunity will mean that Comedy for Koby’s Florida tour will be a huge success. Hopefully it will be the springboard for many more shows, in Florida and around the country. May we continue to have the opportunity to laugh through Comedy for Koby, but perhaps a little less reason to need to do so. Jonathan Feldstein is Vice President of the Koby Mandell Foundation. He lives in Israel and is the proud father of six, husband of one, and has great satisfaction in helping heal bereaved Israelis’ invisible scars.

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By Jonathan Feldstein

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The OU Supports Legislation by Sen. Lindsey Graham to Stop U.S. Funds Supporting Palestinian Terrorism The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America welcomes Tuesday’s introduction of legislation by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) that would suspend U.S. financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) until it stops using American dollars to pay stipends to the families of terrorists who kill Israeli citizens. The Taylor Force Act, named for the Vanderbilt University graduate student and former U.S. Army officer stabbed to

death in Jaffa by a Palestinian terrorist last year, would make future U.S. financial aid to the Palestinian Authority contingent on the PA ending its policy of paying lifelong stipends to terrorists and their surviving family members. Mark Bane, president of the Orthodox Union stated: “We are thankful to Sen. Graham for addressing this critical issue. His leadership is greatly appreciated.” Nathan Diament, executive director

for public policy for the Orthodox Union stated: “It is outrageous that the Palestinian Authority uses U.S. financial assistance to reward Palestinian terrorists and their families for murdering Israelis, and the United States must stop being an unwitting party to this practice. We commend Sen. Graham and the bill’s co-sponsors for taking a stand against violence and terrorism and for supporting Israel, America’s closest ally in the Middle East.”

Since the mid-1990s, the United States has contributed more than $5 billion in security assistance to the Palestinians. However, the Palestinian Authority uses a portion of these tax dollars to pay stipends terrorists and their families in perpetuity.  According to a 2014 study by the Israeli government, based on internal PA documents, these prisoners and their families received more than $75 million in ‘reward’ money in a single year.

JCRC of South Palm Beach County Hosts Beneficiary Briefings at Legislative Sendoff As part of its ongoing advocacy efforts on behalf of the community and the Jewish people, the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County invited State Senators, Representatives and their staff to meet with Jewish community leaders in advance of this year’s legislative session in Tallahassee. They gathered on January 31 at the Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center for the JCRC’s annual Legislative Sendoff to learn about needs of vulnerable local residents and funding priorities of some Jewish agencies that serve them. Joining the legislators were professional and lay leaders from the Federation, JCRC and beneficiary agencies. Matthew Kutcher, JCRC Chair, greeted the guests, stressing the vital role the legislators continue to play in the growing partnerships among state government, the Federation and its beneficiary agencies. Federation Board Chair Anne Jacobson further explained the legislators’ importance to the community, “For many decades a principal mission of our Federation has been to develop the financial resources needed to support programs for the elderly, for the hungry, for Holocaust survivors, and for those with special needs. We refer to these programs as Safety Net Services, a top priority of our fundraising efforts. Unfortunately, the needs of our residents exceed the resources we can develop on our own. Your support and the support of your colleagues in the Florida State Senate and House are critical to the welfare and survival of our elderly and infirm citizens and their families.” Bernie Friedman, Esq., who has lobbied in Tallahassee for the Florida Association of Jewish Federations for more than 25 years, pointed to several successes of the past session. These included one-time funding for Holocaust survivors assistance; and employment training for those

Nancy Freiwald, Andrea Kalkstein, Danielle Hartman, Senator Kevin Rader, Rep. Emily Slossberg, Matthew Kutcher, Rep. Lori Berman, Rep. David Silvers, Anne Jacobson, Stuart Silver

with intellectual disabilities; as well as the passage of strong anti-BDS and additional Iran sanctions legislation. Of concern this year is a smaller projected state budget, and further diminished state resources are anticipated in the following two years. Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) President & CEO, Danielle Hartman welcomed the guests to the Weisman Center, which receives 6,000 senior visits each month, or 350 per day. She thanked the legislators for their help with one-time supplemental Holocaust survivor funding last year and expressed the dire need to sustain the recurring funds JFS has been receiving. With 40% of local survivors in their 80s and 47% in their 90s, their needs are rapidly rising. Hartman also discussed the importance of addressing local hunger and mental health issues, as Florida continues to rank 49th in spending for mental health needs and many people go without needed care. Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC) Director of Program Services, Nancy Freiwald, thanked the legislators for their help in launching the new Community Works program, through which JARC clients are placed in supported employment in the community. Placements have been made at eight partnering local businesses, and several JARC clients have gone on to permanent employment at one of the sites. “With a 72% unemploy-

Rep. David Silvers, Bernie Friedman, Rep. Lori Berman

Bill Schwartz, Rep. Emily Slosberg

Alan Hurst, Joe Mishkin

Chet Kay, Matthew Kutcher

ment rate for disabled persons in Palm Beach County,” Freiwald said, “Community Works is an important step in the right direction.” Andrea Kalkstein, an Associate Vice President at Federation, spoke about Federation Transportation Services (FTS), which provides door-to-door service that enables primarily very low-income seniors and persons with disabilities to get to medical appointments, hot kosher communal meals, shopping and other life-sustaining activities. FTS provides more than 55,000 trips a year to over 350 clients, but funding has continued to fluctuate while there are growing needs for this lifeline. Kalkstein stressed the importance of government partnership at different levels, highlighting the vital 5310 program through which FTS is able to maintain a growing and safe fleet of vehicles; the program allows vehicles to be purchased at 10% the actual cost. The group then heard from State Senator Kevin Rader, and State Representa-

tives Lori Berman, David Silvers and Emily Slosberg, who pledged their efforts to pursue and maintain funding for the agencies’ vital services. Also represented at the event were staff members from the offices of Congressman Ted Deutch, State Senator Bobby Powell, and State Representatives Joseph Abruzzo, Bill Hager and Matt Willhite, as well as Christine Shaw, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation office. In closing, JCRC Vice Chair Chet Kay and JCRC Director Stuart Silver, Esq. recognized the officials and their staff for their instrumental work on behalf of the community and the Jewish people. “You are vital partners in our efforts,” said Kay. “The public should understand and appreciate what you do for those who need us.” The JCRC will lead a visit to officials in Tallahassee as part of its ongoing advocacy efforts throughout the legislative session.

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Yeshiva Toldos Tzvi: Founded to Inspire ​​Talmidim to Distinction in Learning & Personal Growth Yeshiva Toldos Tzvi is in the midst of opening a unique yeshiva based in ​ Yerushalayim for first year beis medrash bochurim. With an esteemed hanhala​h​ , led by Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Aharon Yosef Sklar, shlita, ​the yeshiva is now interviewing talmidim for ​its ​inaugural ​zman, beginning Elul 5777.   Yeshi va Toldo s Tzvi is aimed at hig hl y mot ivated p ost high school yeshiva students, who wish to

spend inspiring year s of gr owth in Eretz Yisroel. The yeshiva ’s lear ning is predicated on creating a un ique environ ment, whereby the Rebbeim will focus on each bochur achieving his maximum potential. Rav Sklar who has been active in chinuch for over 30 yea rs , alo ng with Rav Naftali Schuster, th e Maggi d Shiur and Rav Aryeh Lichtman, th e Men ahel, ar e dedicating themselves to creating shiurim

RASG Hebrew Academy Rebrands and Launches New Website

The Hebre w Academy (RASG) in Miami Bea ch is thrilled to introduce its new websi te and fresh logo to the community. The revamped site offers parents, students, faculty and the community at large a w ebsite that is functional with a modern look. The revamped site features an update d look with enhanced features, including easier navigation, important school ne ws, photos, social media posts and more to make sure you get the most up-­to-­date information. “Being th e first Modern Orthodox Jewish Da y School south of Baltimore, we are co nstantly thinking of ways to evolve and that begins with how we present ourselves,” said Head of School, Rabbi Zvi Kahn. “Our new website and logo reflect our commitment to our community to be engaged and hold ourselves up to a higher standard.” Some of the new website features include: ● Responsive Design. The site adjusts its layout and feel based upon the type of device used to view it, creating an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of devices from mobile phones to desktops. ● Site-Wide Alerts. Whether school has been cancelled due to a hurricane or an emergency notification needs to be

designed to help bring the Gemarah to life and master the sugyos. The Rosh Yeshiva will be involved with personal one-on-one meetings with each t​a lmid​; ​The consultations will be used to focus on concepts and development unique t o each ind ividu al. There will be a strong connection to the experienced members of the kollel as well, who will share the beis medrash with the yeshiva.​Yeshiva Toldos Tzvi will feature

full service, quality accommodations, including meals for Shabbos and Yom Tov. If you wish to learn at a high level in a warm environment and form strong connections to your Rosh Yeshiva and Rebbeim, Yeshiva Toldos Tzvi beckons.   To make a n appointme n t with Ra v Sklar call: 646-331-5361 or email: info@

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made, a site-wide alert can immediately notify visitors of important information. ● PlusPortals Integration. Parents can now easily sign in to their PlusPortals account from nearly any page on the new website through a one-click secure login form. ● News Bar. The new site has a photo-oriented news bar that features the latest information from the school. ● Logo. The brand colors of rich blues and orange hues were chosen to be fresh, vibrant, youthful and stand for the continued excellence in secular education and Torah learning. Check out the website yourself at ABOUT THE HEBREW ACADEMY: Through the light of Torah and academic excellence, Hebrew Academy inspires each and every student to improve the world. Hebrew Academy is a Modern Orthodox Jewish college and yeshiva preparatory school serving students from birth through grade 12. For more information, please visit www.hebrewacademymiami. org.

5th Grade Boys Visiting the Rosh HaYeshiva of Chaim Berlin, HaRav Aharon Shechter Shlita

Comedian featured at Purim Event South Florida residents will be treated to a hilarious stand-up comedy show in honor of Purim. United Jewish Generations has been putting on a Purim comedy show for nearly 10 years, but this year is believed to be a major highlight with internationally renowned Comedian Avi Liberman. "We expect to have participants rolling in the aisles,” says Rabbi Smith who started United Jewish Generations almost 15 years ago in order to bring happiness to the older adult population and enhance their quality of life spiritually and physically. This comedy show will bring much laughter to all that attend and “laughter is the best medicine.” Event takes place at the Shul of Bal

Harbour, 9540 Collins Ave on Purim Day, Sunday, March 12th. Brunch begins at 11:30 AM and the comedy show begins at approximately noon time. Admission is $30. Senior citizen $18. Reservations required. To reserve, please call (305) 770-4540 or email


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Purim Fest 1946 By Avi Heiligman

Hermann Goring at the trial


fter the horrors of the Holocaust and World War II, the Allied nations decided that the only way to bring the Nazi criminals to justice was by a joint military tribunal. Judges from the U.S., Great Britain, France and Russia would hear testimony in the first ever trial of its kind in history. The trials were to take place in the Palace of Justice in Nuremberg, Germany. Called the Nuremberg Trials, eleven Nazis were to be put to death in proceedings that have many correlations to the Purim story. Way before the war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945 the Allied powers decided that there would be some sort of formal trial for Germans accused of war crimes. There were several trials including a doctors’ trial and a judges’ trial. On the other side of the world there were trials for Japanese war criminals. Noticeably absent at these trials were the three heads of state who started the war. Benito Mussolini was executed by his own people after Italy capitulated to the Allies in 1943. Emperor Hirohito of Japan was not tried for very complicated reasons (there was speculation that he wasn’t entirely responsible for the war crimes), although Prime Minister Hideki Tojo was tried, convicted and hanged.

Nazi leaders listening to their verdict

Hitler ym”sh had committed suicide on April 10, 1945. As you may recall from the Purim story, Haman was hanged right away and his ten sons weren’t killed until much later. Another correlation to Purim was that after Hitler was pronounced dead, most of his supporters that were loyal to him were relieved that the madman was gone. These ten sons, descendents of Amalak, represent the ten Nazis hanged after the Nuremberg Trials had sentenced them to death. The city of Nuremburg was picked for two reasons. One was because the Palace of Justice, where the trials were to take place, was undamaged in the Allied bombings of heartland Europe. It also had a large prison complex that was easily accessible to the courtroom. The second reason was that Nuremburg was the place where big Nazi propaganda rallies were held promoting the hate of Jews and capitalism. It would be the nail on the coffin for the Nazi bigwigs. On May 7, 1945, Alfred Jodl unconditionally surrendered the entire German army to the Allies. The war was over but now the German leaders would have to be dealt with. Five days earlier, President Truman had asked Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson to represent the U.S. pros-

ecution team. General “Wild Bill” Donovan, head of the O.S.S., the U.S. spy agency and precursor to the CIA, was asked to join the team. Donovan, who had been a very successful Wall Street lawyer before the war, and Jackson had differences of opinion on how the U.S. should present their case. Jackson wanted to prove the guilt of the criminals by logical reasoning. On the other hand, Donovan felt that showing pictures and videos of Nazi atrocities and presenting eyewitnesses to the tragedy would make the judges angrily sentence all of the Nazis to death. Jackson would not hear of it, and Donovan resigned from the prosecution team. In the end, not one Holocaust survivor testified during the entire eleven months of the trial, although pictures and videos were shown during the proceedings. Each of the Allies would be able to pick one judge and one alternate.

Major General Iona Nikitchenko would represent the USSR and Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Volchkov

was his alternate. The British main judge was Colonel Sir Geoffrey Lawrence and his backup was Sir Norman Birkett. The French picked Professor Henri Donnedieu de Vabres and Robert Flaco was his alternate. Former attorney general

Francis Biddle was the main American judge backed up by John J. Parker. The British judge, Lawrence, was selected as the president and would be conducting the trials. They would be under the banner of the International Military Tribunal (IMT). Defending the Germans were mainly German lawyers. On trial were twenty four Germans as well as seven Nazi organizations. The trials took eleven months. The most prominent figure on the defense stand was Hermann Goring Reichsmarschall of the Third Reich and the commander of the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe. When Hitler came to power he was the head of the Gestapo but by the end of the war had fallen from Hitler’s graces. It was Hermann Göring who was the leader among the defendants and had an evasive answer to all of the questions asked. He tried making it seem that he was a peacemaker but had no real answer when strong evidence was brought of his cruel actions. The court sentenced him to death and refused Göring’s request to be killed by firing squad. The French judge wanted to use the firing squad instead of hanging but the other judges overruled him. The firing squad was a more dignified way of execution and after what these criminals had done,

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they did not deserve that “privilege.” It was unusual to hang political prisoners, which makes it another correlation to hanging of Haman’s sons. The night before he was to be hanged, Göring committed suicide by swallowing a cyanide pill that was smuggled into his cell. Eleven other Nazis were sentenced to death by the court. Alfred Jodl was the general who signed the surrender agreement and was hanged for signing execution orders of Allied officers. Ernest Kaltenbrunner was convicted of ordering the execution of millions of Jews while head of the Gestapo. Among those killed by Kaltenbrunner’s ruthlessness was Harav Hagoan Elchanon Wasserman Hy”d. Law leader Hans Frank, Minister of the Interior Wilhelm Frank, top General Wilhelm Keitel, Joachim Von Ribbentrop, Alfred Rosenberg, Fritz Saukel and Arthur Seyss-Inquart were also sentenced to be hanged. Nazi Party Secretary Martin Bormann was sentenced to death in absentia and was later discovered to have been killed days before Germany surrendered. Robert Ley committed suicide in his cell before the trials began. The last Nazi to be sentenced to death was Julius Streicher. Streicher formed the German Socialist Party which was taken over by Hitler’s Nazi Party in 1922. Streicher remained a member of the Nazi Party until its collapse in 1945 and founded the anti-Semitic newspaper Der Sturmer. He had a part in the destruction of a shul in Nuremberg during Kristallnacht. For his role during the Holocaust, he was found guilty of crimes against humanity. The ten remaining Nazis who were sentenced to be hanged were executed on October 16, 1946 which also was Hoshana Rabba (this yom tov is a day of judgment in which our verdict from Yom Kippur is finalized). The executioners were Americans Master Sergeant John C. Woods and his assistant Joseph Malta. For some reason – we call it siyata d’shmaya – the lengths of the ropes were too short and the many of the condemned suffered prolonged

deaths. In addition, the trapdoors were too small and as the prisoners fell through, many hit their heads on the planking and received bloody head wounds. There was an American eyewitness to the executions. Kingsbury Smith of the International News Service gives his account on how the seventh Nazi, Julius Streicher, was killed. “Julius Streicher made his melodramatic appearance at 2:12 a.m.… As the guards stopped him at the bottom of the steps for identification formality, he uttered his piercing scream: ‘Heil Hitler!’… He was pushed the last two steps to the mortal spot beneath the hangman’s rope. The rope was being held back against a wooden rail by the hangman. Streicher was swung suddenly to face the witnesses and glared at them. Suddenly he screamed, ‘Purim Fest 1946.’… At that instant, the trap opened with a loud bang. He went down kicking. When the rope snapped taut with the body swinging wildly, groans could be heard from within the concealed interior of the scaffold.” The Nazi suffered in death, just as he made millions of other people suffer. Midda k’neged midda. There a few curiosities in the megillah when it comes to the part of hanging Haman’s sons. Why is the word V’es before the name of each son enlarged? The word V’es is used in Tanach to refer to a duplication of some sort. In this case, the ten Nazis were a duplicate of Haman’s ten sons. In addition, the mystery of the three small letters in the Megilla, a taf, a shin and a zayin, can also be explained. The Hebrew year for 1946, 5707, is taf shin zayin, which would also explain Stretcher’s “Purim Fest 1946” comment. Haman’s name is mentioned 54 times in the megillah. The 42nd time it is mentioned, Haman was killed. There were many attempts on Hitler’s life before he committed suicide. 42 to be exact.

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A spoonerism is an error in speech or deliberate play on words in which corresponding consonants, vowels, or morphemes are switched. It is named after William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930), Warden of New College, Oxford, who was notoriously prone to this tendency. Can you figure out what the real sayings are for the following spoonerisms?

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Matanos L'evyoniM h Kupat ha'ir g u o r h t

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Harav Chaim Kanievsky Shlit"a: "I have the custom to give matanos le'evyonim to Kupat Ha'ir immediately after krias hamegillah

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Esther’s Hidden Strength


by Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller


he holiday of Purim represents the best of times. It emerged, however, from the worst of times. We were never closer to obliteration, both spiritually and physically. The hedonism of the prevailing Persian culture was part of the air that we breathed. It dulled our senses to the point that when King Achashverosh appeared in the garments of the High Priest of Jerusalem, presenting the treasure that had been robbed from the Holy Temple with the detachment of a museum curator, there was no protest. We too had reached the point of being able to say, “How beautiful, how fascinating,” when we once said, “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand be forgotten.” We were desensitized to ourselves and to G-d. G-d is the hidden character of the Book of Esther. His name is never mentioned. As the events were played out in real time, few were able to see His hidden presence. One of the few was Esther. Somehow she had escaped the desensitization. From Loneliness to Strength Let us look at Esther in order to find the place within ourselves that can help us always see – like she did – beyond the exterior facade that calls itself “reality.” Her father had died while her mother was still pregnant with Esther; her mother died at her birth. Thus, she came into this world with the gaping wound of belonging to no one. Her uncle, Mordechai, who later became her spiritual guide and ultimately her husband, took her in. The Maharal of Prague (16th century) tells us that the circumstances of her birth were no coincidence. Alienation and loneliness are tools like any others and are given to us to enable us to become who we can be. It was from that place of emptiness that Esther’s profound attachment to G-d blossomed. The root of the Hebrew word ester is saiter, meaning “concealment.” Her name articulated her very essence – the ability to pierce the walls of concealment and find G-d where others could not. We often are deceived by the opaque nature of our interactions with G-d. He seemingly does not react when we go off the path. We are not stricken down by lightning when we make bad choices. Similarly, we do not find ourselves suddenly richer or necessarily in better physical health when we choose to open our vistas to what is profound and eternal within ourselves. The wicked seem to prosper and the righteous seems to exist with the same constraints as all the rest. This is how it seems, of course, if we don’t commit ourselves to penetrating the surface. Esther was a master at breaking through the walls that surround

us. This was her weapon that she had taught herself in her years of solitude and yearning. Esther had learned to see G-d wherever she looked. She saw Him as her only parent and she let His presence be her guide. We all have our empty places. Rather than allowing them to lead us towards embitterment, let us use them as a ladder. Like a Myrtle Esther had an additional name – Hadassah. The Hebrew word Hadassah means “myrtle,” and it is one of the four species that we use on Succot. The etrog (citron) is shaped like and symbolizes the heart, the lulav (palm branch), the spine, the aravah (willow), the lips, and the hadassah are the eyes. Esther’s eyes could see inner reality as clearly as our eyes see external reality. Her name was not random, but rather it was the ultimate description of her strongest quality. Let us look into the nature of the hadassah more

It was from that place of emptiness that Esther’s profound attachment to G-d blossomed. closely to gain insight into Esther’s nature, and ultimately into our own. The leaves of the myrtle are uniform and green. If I were to name a child after a plant (which is highly unlikely), I would gravitate more to Rose, Lily – or at worst, Daisy – long before I would call anyone Myrtle or Hadassah. It is almost a command to aspire to inconspicuous mediocrity! But the Maharal points out that her modest image embodied an internal strength. The image that Esther projected was one in which the superficial separations that polarize us played no part. The greater our focus on the uniqueness of our external identities (age, appearance, culture) the more separate we are from the unity and commonality of

our internal identities (the need to love, the yearning for meaning and genuine achievement, fear of rejection and inner chaos). We become the children of one Father when we let ourselves see beyond the façade of superficial identity. It is our quiet commonality that bonds our hearts and minds. The Talmud gives us a concrete example: Esther was given seven maidservants, as was the court-custom. In order to remember when it was Shabbat she named them after the days of the week. In a society as stratified as ancient Persia, she could have easily dehumanized them by calling them Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, etc. Nothing could be a greater insult to their human value. So, instead, she named them after G-d’s order of creation. One was Light, the other Transcendence, etc. They all ultimately converted to Judaism, even though that was far from Esther’s intent. By becoming more aware of whom they really were, they were able to set their sights towards who they wanted to be. She succeeded in bringing them to a genuine awareness of their inner essence. Coolness and Warmth The Talmud rather cryptically tells us that Esther, like the Hadassah, was “green.” This does not mean that one would mistake her for Robin Hood or Lyle the Crocodile. Rather, her essence was symbolized by the color green. Green is a color that is made up of two primary components – blue and yellow. Blue symbolizes coolness and yellow symbolizes warmth. Esther’s inner light was a composite of two forces as well – fiery sun-like passion and the cooling nurture of water. Because she had developed her own spiritual nature so completely, she could reach out to anyone and find within her the capacity to connect. Her “greenness” was the spiritual symbol of humility, responsiveness and sensitivity. When we are able to peel away the layers of nonsense and glitz that are today’s remnants of Achashverosh’s palace, we will find the part of us that – like Esther – can pierce through any armor, even our own. And then we will see G-d where we never believed He could be found – in our hearts, in those of others, in the day-to-day events that form the tapestry of our lives.  Reprinted with permission from


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Psychology Today

Increasing Happiness: What Psychology Has To Say Dr. Yaakov Siegel Purim is in the air and this means our focus is on being happy. As it says in Shulchan Aruch “MiShenichnas Adar Marbim BSimcha” - we are obligated to increase our happiness and joy during this month. Increasing happiness may be even more important than making impressive shalach manos baskets, developing the best costume theme, or the most innovative Haman noise (!) What do psychologists have to say about how we can increase good humor and cheer? One revealing study was conducted by Dr. Daniel Gilbert, winner of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award and Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. He and his research team examined the feeling and behaviors of 2250 individuals to determine what makes people happy. He found that distraction, worry and daydreaming detract from joy and that people feel most content when they are in-the-moment. He suggests that we focus more on our immediate experience and let go of extraneous and distracting thoughts. Just pay attention to what is going on around you. Stop thinking about things that are irrelevant or far away. Marsha Linehan, founder of the ever-popular system

of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, calls this skill “Mindfulness.” Mindful people live in the present; they are aware of their feelings, thoughts and behaviors without prejudice and without trying to change things. They are mere observers of their own reality. By focusing on becoming aware – instead of in control – of the moment, we become mindful, and according to Dr. Gilbert, our contentment expands. Another study, conducted by Professor Norbert Schwartz from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, found that one extra hour of sleep produced more happiness than earning an extra $60,000 a year. Maybe Adar is the month where we finally gift ourselves that much needed sleep. Instead of staying awake late into the night – and the wee hours of morning – schedule some time to get longer and more restful sleep. Even one more hour of respite can bring many hours of joy. Other proven techniques for increasing happiness are smiling (so much has been written about this), spending time with happy, upbeat people (yes, happiness is contagious) and picking good, positive and supportive friends.

These are all useful, scientifically proven strategies to improve our health and happiness. But we cannot forget what chazal teach about being marbeh bsimcha - how to increase happiness and joy. It starts with remembering what this month and season are all about. In Adar we begin to increase our Simcha and it continues throughout the Pesach season into the month of Nissan. Rashi explains that our increased happiness is related to the miracles that occurred during these days. Adar and Purim represent the hidden miracles, the way that Hashem coordinates and orchestrates our “natural” lives; how He is behind the happenings of our days. Pesach and Nissan embody open miracles: the Ten Plagues, HaShem breaking the boundaries and limitations of nature to affect open salvation. The joy, happiness and contentment of these weeks directly relate to the miracles that occurred during this time. No matter how difficult our lives can be, regardless of our challenges, and even in the face of hopelessness, during Adar and Nissan we find inner peace and increase our joy. Because it is a time of miracles; a time of salvation and a time to remind ourselves that there is always hope and that we are in Good Hands. Miracles happened then and miracles occur for us every moment of every day. This awareness is the main ingredient in our Adar joy. 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


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Purim Kreplach By Naomi Nachman

Adapted from Alex Witchel

INGREDIENTS For the filling: 2 tablespoons vegetable oil ½ cup minced onion 1 small clove garlic, minced ½ pound ground beef chuck 1/8 cup chopped liver Salt and freshly ground black pepper For the dough: 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour 2 extra large eggs Salt Vegetable oil, for frying

PREPARATION For the filling: In a small skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté until well browned, 6 to 8 minutes. Toward end of cooking, add garlic and stir well. Add beef, breaking it up well with the side of a wooden spoon. Sauté until it has lost its raw color. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper, and sauté another 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. For the dough: Mound flour on a wooden board (or in a large mixing bowl). Make a well in center. Break the eggs into well, then add 2 tablespoons lukewarm water. With a fork,

beat eggs and water together, incorporating a bit of the flour. As liquids blend, continue to push flour into well. Drizzle in 2 more tablespoons water, one at a time, or as needed to make a cohesive dough. When dough is well blended, mix it by hand, then begin to knead it on a flat surface. With a bench scraper, turn dough and press it with your fingertips, then knead a few strokes again. The dough should remain slightly sticky but become smooth and elastic; if dough is very sticky, lightly sprinkle work surface with flour. Form dough into a ball and let rest on the board, covered with

a bowl or a piece of plastic wrap for 30 minutes. Using half the dough at a time and keeping other half covered, roll it out very thinly on floured board. You may need to stretch it as you roll. Alternately, use a crank-handled pasta machine on the thinnest or near thinnest setting. To fill and shape kreplach, cut rolled dough into 3-inch squares. Put 1 rounded teaspoon of filling in the center of each square. With a brush or a finger, moisten edges of squares with water. Fold dough from corner to corner, forming a triangle, and seal carefully.

To cook kreplach, bring a large pot of well-salted water to a boil over high heat. Working in batches, if necessary, add kreplach – do not crowd pot – and boil until dough is cooked and tender to taste, 6 to 8 minutes. Drain and cool. (Kreplach can be frozen at this point. To use, thaw in refrigerator or at room temperature.) Place a large skillet over medium-high heat and add about 1/8inch vegetable oil. When oil is shimmering, add boiled kreplach and fry until well browned and crispy on both sides. Serve in hot chicken soup.

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

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Bobker on Purim

A Geshmake un Gezunta Hatred

How’s this for irony!


sophisticated man slanders Jews for keeping Jewish holidays. He then rolls the dice of hate so badly that he becomes responsible for adding another Jewish festival to the very calendar that he so despises; in fact, he singlehandedly creates Purim, the zaniest festival of them all, a lively and boisterous day of prayer and parody, law and levity. Destruction, deliverance, conspiracies, palace intrigue, assassination attempts, surprise endings, villains, heroes and a beautiful heroine: Megillas

Esther has it all – what more could a Hollywood director ask for? Megillas Esther describes a tale unfolding in Shushan, capital of Persia, ba’yamim hahem, “in the distant past.” Haman is the epitome of the Hebrew definition of rasha, a man whose life’s ambition is to wear “royal clothes and ride the king’s horse.” He belongs to a long line of wickedness extending back to the dreaded Agag, cunning king of the Amalekites, a nation so evil that the Torah makes it a positive command to forever remember “that which Amalek did to thee (Zachor es asher asa lecha Amalek).”

Haman shares more than just amoral billing with his boss Ahasuerus, whose pedigree is similarly sinister. His father? Cyrus, the menacing Persian king, a man who elevated anti-Semitism into an acceptable social ideology. His wife Vashti’s zeida? None other than the notorious Nebuchadnezzer, a man who knew more about destroying Jews than anyone else. And like most deceivers and opportunists, Haman was true to form: his family tree was no more Persian (he was an Agagite, son of Hamdata) than Adolf Hitler’s was German (he was an Austrian) or Yasser Arafat’s “Palestinian” (he was

Egyptian). What prompts Haman to resort to mass murder? He finds certain “laws and customs” of the Jews troubling. Rava, a fourth-century Sage, specifies that these were kashrus (“they do not eat of our food”), non-assimilation (“they do not marry our women”), and Jewish holidays, a different calendar. Haman thus alerts the king that “there exists one nation whose laws and customs are different from those of all nations, and who do not adhere to the king’s customs.” Jewish history is littered with such terminally corrupt Esau-stereotypes as

Balaam (“they dwell alone, not to be reckoned among the nations”); Joseph Stalin (“they are passportless wanderers”); Bernard Shaw (“they are enormously arrogant”); Charles de Gaulle (they are un peuple d’élite, sûr de lui-même et dominateur, “an elite people, sure of itself and dominating”); Voltaire (“What was the Jews’ crime? None, other than being born!”); and, of course, Adolf Hitler, the inventor and master of State-sponsored genocide (“they are of a different race with a different smell”). “People hate Jews because of envy,” sighs R’ Solomon Ibn Verga, sixContinued on page S6

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teenth-century Spanish historian, physician, and author of Shevet Yehudah, and “for envy there is no cure.” He who starts with the complaint that some Jews are anti-social irritants inevitably ends with a much more serious charge: that all Jews are disloyal Hofjude-type citizens. For example: Even though the Jews tried to out-Egyptian the Egyptians in their patriotism, Pharaoh also considered them dual loyalists and a security risk. Not that we weren’t forewarned. In three short verses, the Torah, in one of the most important readings of the year, Parshas Zachor, makes it a positive command to forever remember Amalek as the persona of all evil; in fact, the only one whose nefarious memory Jews must “wipe out.” The question is obvious: Who is Amalek? Mentioned three times in the Torah and several times in Tanach, Amalek is an actual person. His mother was Timna, an aristocratic royal princess and the concubine of Eliphaz; his grandfather was Esau, Jacob’s twin brother. He was raised in the tents of his angry grandfather in an atmosphere of constant rage at the children of Jacob after his birthright was “snatched away” by Jacob. Not surprisingly, this constant exposure to hatred produced an angry young man. Amalek became a clan leader of nomadic slave traders from “the land of Edom [Eastern Idumea]” and then the chief of an obscure nation in the southern part of Canaan. These folk were sinister and menacing; their descendants are known as Amalekites. After the might and influence of Pharaoh’s Egypt was

shattered by the ten plagues and their military forces destroyed at the Red Sea, the Amalekites easily conquered the country. Egyptian history calls them the Hyksos, which means “foreign, shepherd kings.” The news of firstborn deaths, Seas splitting and entire armies drowned gripped many nations with fear of the G-d of the Jews. As the Jews fled Egypt the new Egyptian occupiers chased and attacked them in the desert, determined to destroy the notion of a Jewish G-d and prove to the world that “they feared [Him] not.” The audacious Amalek nation had no faith in the Egyptian system (where multiple gods ruled) nor in Abraham’s revolutionary concept of Monotheism (where One G-d rules). As the influential nineteenth-century chassidic Rabbi Tzaddok HaKohen of Lublin (Pri Tzadik) put it: they believed in nothing: i.e.: atheism; and to prove it, they tried (unsuccessfully) to destroy the Jews in the desert. After nearly a century of terrorizing, the Hyksos-Amalekites fled a local insurrection and were thrown out of the Nile Valley where they were confronted by King Saul who waged Jewish history’s first war to wipe out Amalek and crush them. Does he? With an army of 200,000 Jewish soldiers, Saul defeats and kills the Amalekite enemy – but, despite a direct order from G-d, lets their leader Agag live. Saul finds his reign cut short as a consequence. The king of Israel’s failure to obey motivates the future rabbis of the Talmud to warn all Jews who wish to become Jewish leaders: beware of misplaced compassion, “Be not overly righ-

teous like Saul [who] had mercy on the wicked [Amalek].” Samuel, Saul’s successor, the last and the greatest of the fifteen Judges, finally tracks the leader of Amalek to Gilgal and kills him “in front of G-d.” But it was too late. Six hundred years later, a powerful descendant, Haman, appears on the world stage. Unable to control the immoral genes of Amalek in his DNA he decides to annihilate all the Jewish communities in the 127 provinces of the Persian Empire. His effort fails. In an act of historic irony, the Jews are saved by Saul’s

teenth-century posek who expresses it as sina k’vuah b’ lev, not just hatred but a geshmake un gezunta – a “healthy and feel-good” – hatred; or as Koheles puts it, Eis lisno, an “appropriate hate!” In Rabbi Meir Yaakov Soloveitchik’s famous essay titled, “The Virtue of Hate,” that appeared in First Things in February 2003, he unabashedly writes, “When hate is appropriate, then it is not only virtuous but essential for Jewish well-being!” The most common last will-and-testament from the victims of the Holocaust was the cry for eternity, Gedenk


have an unambiguous list of post-Haman candidates ranging from Adolf to Arafat to Hamas to Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and top ISIS thug, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi. Rabbi Chaim Solovietchik, the Brisker Rav, was willing to apply the label of Amalek to any Jew-hater on the basis that a non-genetic Amalekite descendent can become an “Amalakite” because the resume of bigotry can be applied to anyone of any background at any time and place to one who harbors an irrational, unconditional hatred of the Jewish people. Consider: In the 1920s,

And like most deceivers and opportunists, Haman was true to form: his family tree was no more Persian (he was an Agagite, son of Hamdata) than Adolf Hitler’s was German (he was an Austrian) or Yasser Arafat’s “Palestinian” (he was Egyptian).

descendants, Mordechai and Esther, and from that moment on the chosen folk are called Yehudim, from the root hoda’a (“acknowledgment”). The struggle of Israel and Amalek now becomes the eternal struggle of good versus evil. But wait! Is it OK to hate? R’ Eliezar compares a hater to a murderer. “To hate another is to hate his Creator,” warns Pesichta Zutarti. Hatred upsets the social order, adds R’ Simeon ben Eleazar. Don’t be misled by phony compassion is the healthy advice of Rabbi Avraham Danzig (Chayei Adam), a late eigh-

vos es hot geton mit dayn folk der daytshisher Nazi Amalek, “Remember – and avenge – what the German Nazi Amalek did to your people!” These were wholesome cries of hatred, Biblical in their nature. Was Hitler an Amalekite? Let’s ask the Rambam. The Rambam, who made “obliterating Amalek’s memory a halacha l’maaseh, “a positive commandment [that is still] actively binding upon the entire Jewish community,” interprets Amalekism as a way of being and not a predisposed generic racial trait. If the “way of being” is the definition, of a sadistic, immoral barbarism, then we

before Hitler rudely interrupted Jewish and world history, two top Agudas Yisroel leaders from Germany, Rabbi Phinehas Kohn and R’ Dr. Emanuel Carlebach, approached Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter, the powerful Rebbe of Ger, and asked him to support one of their institutions. The Gerrer Rebbe refused. He didn’t want to help anything “German”. And he was blunt, “I believe that the Germans are descendants of the Amalekites.” As early as 1933 Rabbi Aharon Rokeach, the saintly Belzer Rebbe, defined the rise of Hitler as “the sitra achra [evil side]” and con-


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cluded he was “worse than Amalek!” Shushan, Spain, France, Berlin, Damascus, Baghdad, Tehran, Damascus: The

yemei haPurim lo nivtalim. That is, even though tradition states that all Jewish festivals will no longer be observed after the Messiah’s arrival, Purim will still

is subtle, but important. It emphasizes that Purim represents all the days of exile that are central to the formation of Jewish identity. In the times of the Messiah,

“People hate Jews because of envy,” sighs R’ Solomon Ibn Verga, sixteenth-century Spanish historian, physician, and author of Shevet Yehudah, and “for envy there is no cure.”

names may change but the lesson remains the same. The spiritual significance of Purim is illustrated in an addition to its Shacharis morning service: V’im kol hamo’adim yihiyu beteilim,

be celebrated. This honor is surely peculiar: Why Purim? The answer lies in the careful choice of words. The Torah does not refer to “Purim” but to “the days of Purim.” The difference

as a striking contrast to the then-idyllic existence of the Jewish people, Purim will serve as a reminder of “all those days” of exile, including the early twenty-first century when Jews were

still under constant threat of attack and annihilation by Amalek wannabes. In modern times, we may not know exactly who the Amalekite people are since genealogies and nations have all been confused. But open any paper or listen to any news broadcast and it is obvious who the committed enemies of the Jewish people are today. They are easily identified as the spiritual heirs of Haman. What is more dangerous are those in the political arena of this administration and in this campaign who pretend to be friends of the Jews but in fact harbor sinister feelings towards them. The mental Amalekites of our time. “I was wounded,” laments Zecharia, “in the house of my friends!” By

now, the Jews have learned their lesson from the laboratory of Hamanic history. Some friends are like a sundial. Useless when the sun sets, or as the Yiddishists from Eastern Europe put it so succinctly: False friends are like birds, they migrate in the cold weather. Chag Purim sameach!

Joe Bobker, alumnus of Yeshivas HaRav Kook in Jerusalem, is the former publisher and editor-in-chief of the Los Angeles Jewish Times, author of the popular Torah With a Twist of Humor series and the 12-volume Historiography of Orthodox Jews and the Holocaust to be published next summer by Gefen Press, Jerusalem. He can be reached at jbobker@ aol. com.



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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

[China], styling itself a big power, is dancing to the tune of the U.S. while defending its mean behavior with such excuses that it was meant not to have a negative impact on the living of the people in [North Korea] but to check its nuclear program. - North Korea’s state-run news agency criticizing China for the suspension of coal imports from North Korea

President Trump today visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture … as part of his ongoing quest to find Barack Obama’s birth certificate. I was being asked to take a picture in a crowded room with the press behind us. I was asked to take a certain angle and was doing exactly that. I certainly meant no disrespect, I didn’t mean to have my feet on the couch. - White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, on Fox News, discussing the viral picture of her sitting with her feet beneath her on the couch in the Oval Office with a camera

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In the context of Fox News, being a nice guy – and a “liberal” nice guy at that – meant being a buffoon and a patsy. Colmes not only played the part to perfection – he defined it. – From an obituary on Alan Colmes, who was a liberal pundit on Fox News, by leftwing Slate writer Isaac Chotiner

I am a proud Latino immigrant here in the United States. My name is Jorge Ramos, and I work at Univision and at the Fusion network. And you know exactly what is going on here in the United States. There are many people who do not want us to be here, and who want to create a wall in order to separate us. But you know what? This is also our country. Let me repeat this: Our country, not theirs. It is our country. And we are not going to leave. - Univision senior anchor Jorge Ramos

A restaurant here in New York has started selling a so-called “New Yorker milkshake” which comes topped with whipped cream and a slice of cheesecake. Which means the next topping you’ll get is a coffin lid. - Seth Myers

Another big story is Trump’s ongoing feud with the media. Especially his tweet where he called the press “the enemy of the American people.” And the American people said, “No, that would still be kale. No one likes kale.” - Jimmy Fallon



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My government will not support one-sided resolutions criticizing Israel of the kind recently adopted by the Security Council and we deplore the boycott campaigns designed to delegitimize the Jewish state. - Op-ed in The Australian by Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on the eve of a visit to Australia by Prime Minister Netanyahu

Trump’s executive orders to deport undocumented immigrants, to punish so-called sanctuary cities for defending the Constitution, to ban people from seven Muslim-majority countries, and to shut the door on refugees all have one thing in common: they are rooted in hate, bigotry and a desire to instill fear rather than promote unity. We call this xenophobia, racism, and Islamophobia. – From a script provided to anti-Trump protesters by a George Soros financed group

Apple is criticizing Trump after he overturned [bathroom laws]. Apple says that regardless of your gender, everyone should be able to drop an iPhone into whichever toilet they want. – Jimmy Fallon

I’m honestly scared that a known racist and anti-Semite will be working just feet from the Oval Office … It is everyone’s business if a man who promoted white supremacy is serving as an adviser to the president. - From a script by Obama’s organization (Organizing For America) telling protesters what to say at Republican town hall meetings

I think he is behind it. - President Trump when asked in a Fox News interview whether he thinks Obama is behind the protests at Republican town hall meetings

If I see another 45-year-old white woman from Williamsburg saying “black lives matter,” I’m going to punch you in the mouth. - Leslie Jones, comedian and writer at “Saturday Night Live”

Scientists are saying people who grow up with cats in their homes are not more likely to develop mental illnesses. No, the mental illness comes first.

Last Thursday was something called “A Day Without Immigrants.” You know about this? I didn’t know; I thought that’s what Trump called it when Melania stays in New York. - Stephen Colbert

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For example, yesterday, Trump was touring the Museum of African American History and Culture and, according to witnesses, he noticed a stone auction block on which slaves would stand and was moved to say, “Boy, that is just not good. That is not good.” I haven’t heard that kind of eloquent enunciation since the Civil War novel The Red Badge of Dang, That Is Messed Up.

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If they can get to the Sweet 16, if there’s only one of them, whoever it is, he or she gets a million dollars a year for the rest of their life. - Warren Buffett disclosing on CNBC that he is offering $1 million to any employee who correctly picks the teams that make it to the Sweet 16 (if there’s more than one winner, they will have to split the money…cheapskate!)

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I’m staying in the party because Ellison was defeated and the Ellison defeat is a victory in the war against bigotry, anti-Semitism, the anti-Israel push of the hard left within the Democratic Party. – Alan Dershowitz, on Fox News, talking about Keith Ellison’s defeat in the race for leader of the Democrat National Committee

Look, the Democrats are marginalizing themselves. They have to understand that we are not a hard-left country. When the Democrats nominated McGovern, when they nominated Dukakis, when they nominated Walter Mondale, the three of them didn’t get enough electoral votes to win one election. You’d think they’d learn the lesson that they have to move to the center. We are a centrist country.

[Trump] is trying to undermine the media, trying to make up his own facts. And it could be that, while unemployment and the economy worsens, he could have undermined the messaging so much that he can actually control exactly what people think. And that is our job. - MSNBC commentator Mika Brzezinski

- Ibid., talking about state of Democratic Party



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Trump 2.0 The president sets his agenda in joint address to Congress BY SUSAN SCHWAMM


resident Trump’s speech to a joint session to Congress should finally silence the critics who claim that he is not intelligent, that he lacks leadership, that he can’t be presidential, and that he can’t stick to the text on the teleprompter. The speech, which lasted 59 minutes, garnered 58 standing ovations, mostly from Republicans. Democrats, for the most part, remained pinned to their seats. Within a few minutes after Trump began his speech, it was apparent that the Trump that Democrats were hoping would show up – “I won bigly” – was replaced by a very presidential leader, and their prepared fake squirming in their seats – at this man’s ignorance – was replaced by the very real squirming of surprise: “what do we do now?” Aside for sporadic boos,

the Democrats mostly remained silent. Perhaps their most glaring protest was the white outfits that over 60 female members of Congress wore to bring attention to women’s rights. But that may have been lost in translation as many Americans probably just thought that the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir was in the House. The president began his address by immediately condemning a recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks around the country. “Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our Nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains,” he said. “Recent threats targeting Jewish Community Centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a Nation divided on policies,

we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.” Mr. Trump – who in a pre-speech interview with Fox & Friends graded his first 40 days in office an “A” for getting things done but a “C or C+” on messaging – quickly turned to the accomplishments of his first five weeks in the White House. “It’s been a little over a month since my inauguration, and I want to take this moment to update the Nation on the progress I’ve made in keeping those promises,” he said. “Since my election, Ford, Fiat-Chrysler, General Motors, Sprint, Softbank, Lockheed, Intel, Walmart, and many others have announced that they will invest billions of dollars in the United States and will create tens of thousands of new American jobs,” he said, highlighting his

efforts in bringing jobs back to the U.S. “The stock market has gained almost three trillion dollars in value since the election on November 8th – a record. We’ve saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars by bringing down the price of the fantastic new F-35 jet fighter and will be saving billions more dollars on contracts all across our Government. We have placed a hiring freeze on non-military and non-essential Federal workers.” In addition to saving government money, Trump spoke about curtailing government corruption. “We have begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a 5 year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials – and a lifetime ban on becoming lobbyists for a foreign government.”

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He added, “We have undertaken a historic effort to massively reduce job‑crushing regulations, creating a deregulation task force inside of every Government agency; imposing a new rule which mandates that for every 1 new regulation, 2 old regulations must be eliminated; and stopping a regulation that threatens the future and livelihoods of our great coal miners.” The Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines, projects that have made headlines for months, were mentioned, as Trump gave approval for the pipelines to finally be completed, creating “tens of thousands of jobs.” The president also mentioned the directive “that new American pipelines be made with American steel.” “We have withdrawn the United States from the job-killing Trans-Pacific Partnership,” he added, referring to the TPP that former President Obama endeavored to form. He spoke about women in business and helping them create busi-

nesses within North America. “With the help of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we have formed a Council with our neighbors in Canada to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams.”

Intelligence, to coordinate an aggressive strategy to dismantle the criminal cartels that have spread across our Nation.” Trump also said he will work on stopping the drugs that pervade our country and “poison our youth.” He mentioned that he will work to help those who have fallen to addiction.

“Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe, once more, in America.” Trump then turned to the issue of crime and safety in the nation. He said that he had directed the Department of Justice to form a Task Force on Reducing Violent Crime. “I have further ordered the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, along with the Department of State and the Director of National

He spoke about terrorism around the world, particularly the terrorists of ISIS, “a network of lawless savages that have slaughtered Muslims and Christians, and men, women, and children of all faiths and beliefs,” and said that he had “directed the Department of Defense to develop a plan to demolish and destroy” the terrorist


group. Trump touched upon the nuclear program of Iran: “I have also imposed new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran’s ballistic missile program.” And he mentioned the State of Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East, “reaffirm[ing] our unbreakable alliance with the State of Israel.” “Finally, I have kept my promise to appoint a Justice to the United States Supreme Court – from my list of 20 judges – who will defend our Constitution,” he said. The president spent a significant portion of his speech on the topic of immigration. He promised that construction on the new border wall will begin shortly and vowed to enforce America’s immigration laws. “We want all Americans to succeed,” he said, “but that can’t happen in an environment of lawless chaos. We must restore integrity and the rule of law to our borders.” Trump mentioned his endeavor to root out criminals who are not in the United States legally.

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Trump challenged Congress by saying, “To any in Congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, I would ask you this question: what would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or a loved one, because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders?” He noted, “We’ve defended the borders of other nations, while leaving our own borders wide open, for anyone to cross – and for drugs to pour in at a now unprecedented rate.” Parting with his predecessor, who tiptoed around the issue of Islamic terrorism, Mr. Trump declared – with great emphasis given to each word – that he will protect the nation from “radical Islamic terrorism.” He alluded to a new executive order to remedy his prior travel order which was overturned in the courts and sought to preempt the arguments against his policy. “According to data provided by the Department of Justice, the vast majority of individuals convicted for terrorism-related offenses since 9/11 came here from outside of our country. We have seen the attacks at home – from Boston to San Bernardino to the Pentagon and yes, even the World Trade Center. We have seen the attacks in France, in Belgium, in Germany and all over the world.” The president continued, “It is not compassionate, but reckless, to allow uncontrolled entry from places where proper vetting cannot occur. Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values. “We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America – we cannot allow our Nation to become a sanctuary for extremists,” he declared. Mr. Trump defended his desire to fix the trade imbalance by invoking the 16th president of the United States, President Abraham Lincoln. “The first Republican President, Abraham Lincoln, warned that the ‘abandonment of the protective policy by the American Government [will] produce want and ruin among our people.’ Lincoln was right – and it is time we heeded his words. I am

not going to let America and its great companies and workers, be taken advantage of anymore.” President Trump addressed one of the biggest monkeys in the room: Obamacare. He weighed in on the debate amongst Republicans whether Obamacare should be fixed or scratched by calling on Congress to “repeal and replace Obamacare.”

old son was killed by an illegal immigrant, and Susan Oliver and Jessica Davis, whose police officer husbands were killed in the line of duty in California. He noted, “Sitting with Susan is her daughter, Jenna. Jenna: I want you to know that your father was a hero, and that tonight you have the love of an entire country supporting you and praying for you.”

“Those given the high honor of admission to the United States should support this country and love its people and its values.” He explained why Obamacare was the wrong solution for America and laid out a framework on which a new health insurance should be based. Trump requested that the new bill insure Americans with pre-existing conditions. He said it should allow for the use of tax credits and expanded Health Savings Accounts; it should give states the flexibility with Medicaid; it should include legal reforms that protect patients and doctors from unnecessary costs that drive up the price of insurance and work to bring down the artificially high price of drugs immediately; and it should allow people to purchase health insurance across state lines. The president had several remarkable guests in the audience and pointed them out, resulting in several emotional moments. His guests included Jamal Shaw, whose 17-year-

Mr. Trump then acknowledged Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens, who was killed in a raid in Yemen several weeks ago. The president implicitly addressed those who are trying to turn the Yemen raid into “Trump’s Benghazi” by stating, “I just spoke to our great General [Jim] Mattis just now who reconfirmed that, and I quote, ‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemy.’” A teary-eyed Carryn Owens, who was seated near Ivanka Trump, repeatedly looked upwards during a two minute, 11 second standing ovation in her husband’s honor. Trump commiserated, “And Ryan is looking down right now. You know that. And he’s very happy, because I think he

just broke a record.” The president ended his speech on an aspirational tone: “On our 100th anniversary in 1876, citizens from across our nation came to Philadelphia to celebrate America’s centennial. At that celebration, the country’s builders and artists and inventors showed off their wonderful creations. Alexander Graham Bell displayed his telephone for the first time. Remington unveiled the first typewriter. An early attempt was made at electric light. Thomas Edison showed an automatic telegraph and an electric pen. Imagine the wonders our country could know in America’s 250th year. “I am asking all citizens to embrace this renewal of the American spirit. I am asking all members of Congress to join me in dreaming big and bold and daring things for our country. I am asking everyone watching tonight to seize this moment. Believe in yourselves. Believe in your future. And believe, once more, in America. “Thank you, G-d bless you, and G-d bless the United States.” The first address from President Trump to the nation of the United States of America was presidential, inspiring and definitive. Americans felt proud of their leader who is bringing back jobs, reforming their healthcare, making their country safer, and uniting people with his message that hate does not belong on American shores. Immediately after Trump’s address, though, it was apparent that political pundits on several left-leaning news stations were unable to use their pre-planned talking points. They were hoping to see a speech full of bluster and rage. Instead they heard a speech full of poetry, unity, and dignity. With confused looks they essentially declared, “Great speech, but we know he is still a racist, misogynist, and xenophobe.” Americans, on the other hand, saw a president who is determined, hopeful, and willing to lead. In fact, the morning after the speech, the Dow jumped 200 points and topped 21,000 for the first time ever. Trump had assured the nation: we are going to be great again.

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A Fulfilled L fe

How to Gain More Experience in Less Time By Rabbi Dr. Naphtali Hoff

The only source of knowledge is experience. - Albert Einstein


story is told about a reporter who was interviewing a successful bank president. He wanted to know the secret of the man’s success. “Two words,” he was told, “right decisions.” “And how do you make right decisions?” asked the reporter. The reply: “One word: experience.” The reporter pressed on. “And how do you get experience?” he asked. To which the banker replied, “Two words: wrong decisions.” We all recognize the importance of job and life experience, especially for leaders. Experience gives leaders context for important decisions that they must make and insight into how best to lead, motivate and respond to their people. Experienced leaders have been through the wringer before and can use their past learning and decisions to guide them moving forward. Yet, for many new leaders, experience can be hard to come by. And in today’s fast-changing, competitive environment in which more and more young people are assuming leadership roles, it can be critical for them to find ways to gain experience quickly in order to ensure that they make as few “wrong decisions” as possible – for their own sake as well

as for those that they lead. What can new and aspiring leaders do to gain the benefits of experience when they simply don’t have much on-the-job learning under their belts? 1. Go for training – Identify educational programs that are reputable, respected, and, more importantly, offer cutting-edge instruction

ment where there is less pressure to perform and risk of backlash. 3. Find a mentor/peer group – Mentors can cut down the learning curve significantly by offering of their experiences and sharing their views on how they would handle certain situations. Peer groups for young leaders can fill a similar role and offer the benefit of helping

Experienced leaders have been through the wringer before and can use their past learning and decisions to guide them moving forward.

and hands-on learning that translates well into real-life situations. 2. Volunteer – See if volunteer opportunities exist for such things as such as managing a project for an overworked leader. (If they presently don’t, go ahead and pitch an idea. Someone is bound to take you up on it if they think that you can help.) Use the opportunity to engage in meaningful work as well as reflective conversations about the leadership task. In this way you can learn much about leadership and how to plan for it in a low stakes environ-

people learn and grow together. It also helps new leaders build social networks that can be immensely valuable over time. 4. Read/watch leadership experts – There is much to be gained by reading and/or watching leaders discuss their craft and their experiences. It is so simple to access nowadays and can really help you accelerate your leadership learning curve. Many leadership and selfhelp experts recommend reading for at least 30 minutes a day in order to stay current and deepen your skill-

set and understanding of important issues. 5. Reflect and take notes – As you engage in your leadership tasks take the time to think and reflect. What worked well today and what didn’t? What might have happened had I responded differently to that situation or taken more time to learn about the issue before acting? Sometimes we are inclined to try to put failures out of our memory and focus on moving forward. While that may be useful at times, we must be willing to learn from our experiences if we are to avoid making the same mistakes again. 6. Ask for feedback – Feedback is critical for the reflective process. We may have one perspective on things but we can be almost assured that at least some others see things differently. Confucius once said, “By three methods we may learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” Every new leader would be wise to take the necessary steps to gain as much wisdom as possible without having to endure the bitterness of wrong decisions. Rabbi Naphtali Hoff, PsyD, is President of Impactful Coaching & Consulting. He can be reached at (212) 470-6139 or at



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5 Star Pesach Cuisine in the Comfort of Your Home By Sharon Beck of Kosher Private Chef For many of us, Pesach is a holiday full of delicious foods and decadent desserts. Most resorts offer five course meals, unlimited buffets, round the clock tearooms and poolside dining. For those of us who are not fortunate enough to travel to a deluxe hotel for Pesach, the challenge is creating original and satisfying dishes your family will love, while being able to spend time with your yom tov company. The complaints we hear most often are,

“We feel like the meal is missing something” or “There are only so many ways to cook a potato.” So how do we come up with dishes that excite and satisfy with limited ingredients? For those of you who eat matzoh meal (gebrokts), the ideas are limitless. Finely ground matzoh meal can substitute flour in most dishes. I was once in a friend’s kitchen who was cooking for Pesach and out of her oven came a batch of blueberry muffins, followed

by a heap of pancakes and even hamburger buns! Didn’t taste like Pesach to me. Cooking free of matzoh meal is a whole other story. Potatoes are an extremely versatile food that can be mashed, baked, fried and boiled. But what to do when you’re potatoed out? One of the “hot” new items used on Pesach is quinoa. It actually grows on a plant in soil. (The bracha is ha’adomah.) It has a wonderful chewy, grainy texture and is very

versatile. It can be cooked like a pilaf or served cold in a tasty salad. I like to sauté lots of onions and exotic mushrooms and cook it like farfel or it can be used as a stuffing for poultry and meat. Then there are noodles made out of potato flour available for Pesach. While terrible when eaten plain, with a little creativity you will be shocked at how delicious they taste. Pineapple upside down kugel is a favorite. It’s noodles mixed with lots of brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, vanilla and eggs baked in a pan lined with pineapple slices and cherries. When you flip the kugel, it looks fabulous, as the sugar caramelizes and the pineapple forms a beautiful pattern. I also like sautéed cabbage with onions and bowtie noodles. It tastes even better if you add a little shredded cooked brisket. Believe it or not, we also make Pesach lo mein, made with wide noodles, sliced veal, chicken or beef and sautéed Chinese vegetables. Serve it with a little duck sauce and chopsticks to have Asian-themed night at home, just like at the hotels! Crepes are most popular, because they present beautifully as a plated appetizer or main course. Some nice fillings are: shredded bbq beef, creamed spinach, chopped liver or chicken in cream sauce; serve them with mushroom gravy for that elegant touch. We even make crepes for dessert with sautéed peaches, apples and berries; they are heavenly served with ice cream, whipped cream & chocolate sauce! Other tasty ideas for Pesach include pareve eggplant Parmesan made with fried eggplant dipped in potato starch batter and marinara sauce, “breaded” cauliflower coated in Pesach crumbs, zucchini pancakes or portobellos in balsamic garlic sauce. Pesach will be here before you know it! Time to get in the kitchen and experiment. I hope these ideas will inspire you to broaden your menus and try some new dishes. If just thinking about Pesach overwhelms you, please give us a call. We offer luxury hotel dining…with all the comforts of home—enjoying your family around the table, sleeping in your familiar bed, with none of the hassles of shopping, cooking, and cleaning. You can sit back and enjoy the ultimate yom tov gift to yourself. Enter this Pesach relaxed knowing that the entire yom tov is already cooked and ready! Sharon & Jay Beck are the owners of Kosher Private Chef. Together they have been preparing gourmet Pesach menus for over 20 years. Their menus are prepared with the finest ingredients and a homemade touch. They are also available for dinner parties, travel meals, low fat meal replacement & outstanding Shabbos food. Their designated Pesach kitchen is non-gebrokts and under strict hashgach of the ORB. Kosher Private Chef delivers throughout the Miami & Orlando area. Visit them on the web at:; They can be reached at 917-734-1659 or at References are available upon request.

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Torah Thought

Parshas Terumah By Rabbi Berel Wein


ne of the great deficiencies and dangers that face organized religions, and certainly Judaism as well, is its necessary connection to fundraising. In a perfect world, religion would be completely separate from the necessity to obtain and dispense money – in fact, from any monetary consideration whatsoever. However, since this perfect world has not yet been achieved, the problems and influence of money on religion, both individually and institutionally, are many and powerful. The necessity to raise funds gives birth to all sorts of schemes in which the prevailing attitude oftentimes is that the greatness of supporting Torah and Judaism justifies the use of otherwise questionable means. I need not identify or enumerate the numerous cases that have

led to individual and institutional grief and public shame because of this type of mindset. The building of the Tabernacle/Mishkan, the story of whose construction starts to be told to us in this week’s Torah reading, was accomplished by the voluntary donations of the individual Jews encamped in the desert of Sinai, in response to the call and appeal of Moshe. We do not find that this fundraising effort was in any way sullied by graft, greed, commissions or overhead expenses. Moshe will make a full accounting for all of the donations received and will detail exactly how they were processed and built into the construction of the holy edifice. And when it appeared to Moshe that there was sufficient material and donations to complete the task, he calls a halt

to the fundraising efforts. Moshe’s efforts were blessed by G-d and became the ideal paradigm, never again equaled in Jewish world history, of a completely notable and transparent fundraising campaign. This was not the case in the time of the kings of Judah when funds were required to refurbish the Temple of Solomon. The fundraising dragged on for years in the priestly clan and the public grumbled over the manner in which it was conducted. Finally the king had to acquiesce to some sort of looser arrangement regarding the accounting and spending of the funds that were donated in order to be able to finally complete the project. Moshe and his generation and their ability to transcend the lure of money were no longer present. As the generations have declined since Sinai, that paradigm of Moshe has

tended to recede even further. There is no practical benefit in bemoaning this fact. For religion and religious institutions to survive, expand and become influential, money is necessary. And when money becomes therefore necessary, all of the dangers that money brings with it enter our camp and unfortunately sometimes even seem to dominate it. We should always demand transparency and honesty when dealing with public and charitable funds. Eventually Heaven separates the pure silver from the dross which always seems to encompass it. But we should insist, for our part, that holiness is built by holy means and just and responsible behavior. Shabbat shalom.


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Mi’Shenichnas Adar Marbim B’Calories By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN


urim marks a dangerous time for our diets. After Purim, we’re loaded with all sorts of junk and yet we only have one month to get rid of it all before Pesach! So where does it all end up? Chances are, in our bellies. Purim itself is a dangerous day in terms of dieting. How can we avoid overeating on Purim? First of all, make sure before you head out to start your mishloach manos deliveries, you sit down for a well-balanced breakfast. Like I always mention, breakfast is the best way to start the day. Not only does breakfast start you off with the right energy to embrace your day, breakfast is linked to many health benefits including weight control and performance. By eating breakfast, you will feel more satisfied and are less likely to overeat during the day. Don’t think that by skipping breakfast you are saving calories. Nutritious breakfast examples include whole grain cereal with skim milk, eggs, cottage cheese with fruit, whole wheat toast with

peanut butter, smoothies, or yogurt. After you sit down for a nutritious, well- balanced breakfast, plan your next meal. Don’t rely on the junk you’ll be collecting from your mishloach manos to fill you up throughout the day. Plan and prepare a nutritious lunch. If you won’t be

breakfast and lunch so you will not go out of control and binge by the meal. When choosing foods to fill up your plate, target the salads, fresh fruit, and low fat foods on the table. In addition, try to fill up on water throughout the seudah, so you will have less of a craving for all the other goodies.

ly is the best way to mindfully control what you put into your mouth. Once you made it safely through the day and controlled yourself from all the enticing mishloach manos, the hard part is facing it all for the next month. Chances are you now have a nice collection of candy, cakes,

If you won’t be home in time to sit down for a meal, make sure you pack a lunch to take with you on your delivery route.

home in time to sit down for a meal, make sure you pack a lunch to take with you on your delivery route. If you don’t have a proper lunch you’ll likely snack on all the goodies you receive throughout the day which will quickly add up to many unwanted calories. When you sit down for your Purim seudah, hopefully you’ll have had a proper

In any case, start with small portions and eat slowly. Eating slowly gives your body time to properly digest the food and feel full before taking second portions. A study published in the Journal Pediatric Obesity found that children who waited 30 seconds between each bite lost an average of 3.4% of their body weight over the year-long study. Eating slow-

snacks and other “dangerous” foods. The best and most generous technique is to donate the food to the less fortunate. One can also send all the junk food to school with your kids to distribute to their friends or take it to work to share with your coworkers. You can even make a competition out of it – choose a group of friends and whoever has the biggest

bag of food to donate wins a prize! Whichever method works best for you, make sure that unwanted food is out of reach and out of the house. Remember: out of sight, out of mind. Don’t forget to focus on the true essence of Purim and use this powerful day to daven for anything you need. I wish you and your families a freilichen Purim!

Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. Her Dietetic Internship was completed under Brooklyn College primarily in Ditmas Park Care Center and Boro Park Center where she developed clinical and education skills to treat patients with comprehensive nutrition care. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at CindyWeinberger1@

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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

I am a 28-year-old modern, Young Israel-type of guy, who I know is not the typical person to write in to you, but I’m really confused and am curious to get your individual and collective take on my dilemma.

Several months ago, I went to a singles event with very little hope of meeting anyone special, since I’ve never in the past had any success. However, much to my surprise, early in the evening I met Nina. From the moment we laid eyes on each other and started talking, it felt like “love at first sight.” Suddenly, even though we were in a room filled with hundreds of people, it felt as though we were the only two people there. It was magic!

Anyway, we’ve been dating steadily since then and everything has been perfect, except a week or so into our dating, we got into a political discussion. I’m a staunch Republican and she is a staunch Democratic. When this subject matter came up, we both kind of went wild! Of course I feel my beliefs are as obvious as the sky is blue and anyone who doesn’t see that must be blind. Nina feels the exact same way, except in the opposite direction. When we have these conversations, I want to bolt. I wonder how I could ever live with someone who sees the world, politically speaking, in such an opposite way from me. And I wonder, down the road, how it could impact important family decisions. However, when we stay away from politics, we do have something together that is so great. I would even say spectacular. So, what do I do with this problem? I know the obvious answer would probably be “so just don’t discuss politics.” The problem is that politics is everywhere. We can be sitting in the car listening to the radio and suddenly a discussion comes up that is political, and we’re off and running, like two bulls seeing red. Or we might be out with friends, and someone will start a politically charged discussion – and there we go. I really do love Nina, but can a marriage survive such opposite and extreme beliefs – politically speaking?

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



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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S.


few things trouble me in your query. Your final question is not the only question. You don’t say anything about the substance of your relationship after so many months. Although it may have felt like love at first sight and feels good now, have you examined other things? Are your goals aligned? Are your values in sync? Have you seen each other handle difficult situations? Have you talked out problems at home and at work together? Have you agreed to disagree before? Have you discussed your conflict management styles? Do either of you ever agree to disagree with another person? Do you have insight into each other or do you like this relationship because it feels comfortable? I am sensing that it’s the latter. That’s a bigger issue than the politics. This is a time of strong feelings in this country; the atmosphere is rather combative and is getting worse. I think that your inability to deal with political differences is symptomatic of some weaknesses in your relationship. It’s not the problem itself. Go for help as a pair and begin to deal with some of the issues and questions that I raised. Only exploration of your relationship skills over time will yield an answer to the questions of whether this relationship can lead to a healthy marriage.

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A.


our years ago I would have laughed at your question. Unfortunately, the recent election/circus/spectacle has caused much discord among even the closest of friends. In a recent news report, a couple married 22 years divorced when the wife discovered that

her husband secretly voted for Trump. Explained the wife, “If he lied to me about his vote, what other crucial information is he hiding?” All kidding aside, over the next few years you will have to make some hefty decisions outside the ballot box. First, your life partner. Where do you choose to live? Will you remain in your career? Switch jobs? Which schools will you send your children to? I think you are quite fortunate to have found an amazing “running mate” – “spectacular,” in fact – to help you set up house and deal with future decisions. She is everything you’ve always hope for; I say vote “yes.” What about you being political polar opposites? Decide from the get-go that if either of you bring up anything slightly political, he/she puts $10 in the cookie jar. Even if you end up sparring over party differences, you will be contributing to a nice vacation fund.

The Shadchan Michelle Mond


o, you’ve officially “fallen in love.” I’m sure you are aware that many a book and article have been written about the “magical instant connections,” in which infatuation overshadows true relationship compatibility. It’s all over pop culture and society today. Boy meets girl, they fall instantly for each other, until months go by without having truly examined what was truly compatible about the relationship in the first place. They break up and both are heartbroken and emotionally scarred. Process repeats. Surely, you think to yourself, our relationship is not an example of the above. You try to convince yourself that political views are trivial and that people can get along just fine having completely opposite views politically. Indeed, there are such cases! Howev-

er, when two people are so staunchly set in their ways politically, it is likely that your world views are so disparate that your disagreements may spill over dramatically into everyday life. In today’s politically polarized world, your political disagreements may even dampen and diminish the respect you feel toward each other. Once the fireworks subside after marriage and you’ve settled into daily routine and stresses, your diametrically-opposed outlooks may potentially negatively affect your relationship. Furthermore, future decisions regarding community, family, events, children’s schools, friend and social circles might be centers for disagreement. Therefore, it’s hard for me to say that this marriage would have a

I wonder how I could ever live with someone who sees the world, politically speaking, in such an opposite way from me.

good outcome. Relationships built on love at first sight tend to be the most vulnerable type of relationship – “love at first sight today, divorce tomorrow.” When the right one comes along, it might not be instant magic, but a slow and steady good feeling of comfort with one another, respect for


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each other’s goals and beliefs, and the ability to communicate well.

The Single Tova Wein


our letter doesn’t go into any details about your relationship aside from the political differences you struggle with. However, you’re 28-years-old, probably already dated quite a bit, you’ve been going out for several months, so I’m going to take your word for the fact that the two of you have a beautiful relationship together and share many other values and feelings.

Yes, these days more than ever, the political climate is boiling over with passionate feelings on all sides. Most of us don’t ever remember a time like this where people are triggered so deeply regarding their political beliefs. It would be wonderful if you and Nina were on the same page politically – but you’re not. So the question is where do you go from here. The way I see it, this is a wonderful opportunity for the two of you to learn conflict resolution. If you two eventually get married, there will be many situations down the road where you’ll want to turn right and Nina will want to turn left. And sometimes, these differences will feel earth shattering in terms

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


our question is a good one! I can’t go on social media without seeing tens of political posts. Friendships have been compromised or ended completely in this heavily charged political climate and it has impacted intimate relationships as well. We have some conflicting advice amongst our panelists. On the one hand, there is the belief that in order for a marriage to withstand the test of time, both husband and wife must be in agreement on major life philosophies, politics included. On the other hand, there is the belief that a good marriage can make room for two such polar opposite views and can hold both a staunch Republican and Democrat, such as yourself and Nina. As a rule, both in my private psychotherapy practice and dating/relationship coaching, I never tell people what to do. Any advice I would have

would be based on my own personal experiences and what would or would not work for me. And that has absolutely nothing to do with what would work for you. Rather, I offer areas of exploration for the individual seeking my services. Imagine if I told you to go for it and years later you were in a miserable marriage. Or… what if I told you to break up and years later you were regretting letting go of the love of your life, Nina? Let’s begin our exploration… As mentioned by other panelists, you did not go into great depth about your relationship, but as Tova Wein and Sarah Schwartz Schreiber did, I am going to take you at your word that you and Nina are the real deal. I am interested in learning about what is so intolerable for both you and Nina

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of their importance and reflect even more directly on your personal lives. You and Nina have a wonderful opportunity at this moment to see whether you can respectfully agree to disagree. You don’t have to believe in what the other says, you don’t even have to like what the other says, but you have to be able to learn how to accept, with love and respect, the other person’s right to have very opposing beliefs. If you and Nina are able to learn to do this, not only do I think it’s a “go” (assuming everything else between you checks off), but you two will be way ahead of the game during your future marriage, as you’ve already learned how to mediate and compromise. If you two are unable to learn how to

about having differing political views. And what is it that the two of you do after a political disagreement? Do you need a break from each other? Is there silence, arguing, name calling, insurmountable frustration? What is it about making room for each other’s differences that feels so impossible? I’d like you to do the following “mini exercise” and if Nina would do it too, even better. Fill in the blank. I need him/ her to agree with my political views because… When he/she doesn’t agree with my political views it makes me feel… Veer away from the politics you are debating and continue the conversation talking about your feelings. Try to get to the root of what feels so challenging about these disagreements for each of you. I guess you both need to ask yourselves, Do I require my boyfriend/ girlfriend to agree with my political views in order to move forward? Are politics a deal breaker for me? Of course a marriage can withstand differing political views, as you asked in your email. It’s a matter of wheth-


You don’t have to believe in what the other says, you don’t even have to like what the other says, but you have to be able to learn how to accept, with love and respect, the other person’s right to have very opposing beliefs. respectfully agree to disagree, then I think there is a problem here and you may want to consider couple therapy or rethink this entire relationship.

er you and Nina are willing to accept your differences with respect. Can the two of you (this is not a one-man job) learn to listen to each other, without the need to tear the other one down or convince him/her of your personal views? My suggestion is to visit a couples’ therapist to have that “feelings” conversation I mentioned earlier. You may notice you and Nina becoming more accepting, understanding, and closer during this process, or you may find that your relationship cannot withstand your political differences. I’m rooting for option 1! Best of 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 for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.

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La verdadera alegría de Purim Por Emunah Braverman Durante el mes de Adar, el Talmud nos dice, aumentamos nuestra alegría. Este sentido de celebración culmina con la fiesta de Purim, con trajes, Megillah leyendo, bebiendo, comiendo y el intercambio de regalos de comida. ¿Quién no sonríe a las muchachas vestidas como reinas Esther o Vasti o los niños que actúan como Mardoqueo o Hamán? Un poco de licor, un poco de fiesta - ¿qué podría ser más alegre? Excepto que no es realmente la fuente de la felicidad. No se basa en la frivolidad y la risa. No se basa en comida suntuosa y un buen escocés. Es una alegría fundada en una profunda comprensión del mundo, en una comprensión importante del papel del Todopoderoso en nuestras vidas, en su constante providencia. Cuando bebemos en Purim sólo hay un objetivo (y no es lo que creemos que es) beber lo suficiente para eliminar las barreras que hemos erigido en nuestras mentes y psiques que nos impiden ver la presencia del Todopoderoso en el mundo. Esto es particularmente cierto en situaciones que parecen negativas, desesperadas, dolorosas o desesperanzadas. Esos son los momentos en que somos los más bloqueados, cuando nos retiramos detrás de nuestros bloqueos. Esos son los momentos que más necesitamos para pelar las capas y reconocer que todo es del Todopoderoso y todo está en Sus manos. La verdadera lección de Purim es que todo - lo aparentemente bueno y lo aparentemente malo - es uno; Ambos provienen de nuestro perfecto Creador. Es esta realización la que nos trae alegría. Es el reconocimiento de que todo está exactamente como debe ser, de que no hay otras fuerzas en acción, que nos permita aceptar nuestros desafíos con verdadera alegría. Todos los comentaristas señalan que el nombre del Todopoderoso no se menciona una vez en la historia de Purim. En este momento sombrío en la historia del pueblo judío, está detrás de las escenas, tirando de las cuerdas, convirtiendo la tristeza en gozo, revelando el significado de nuestras tribulaciones individuales y colectivas. Este año, cuando me enfrento a los retos médicos que enfrenta un ser querido, no me he sentido en el estado de ánimo para celebrar Purim. Viendo y experimentando el dolor de una enfermedad aterradora, no he podido acceder a esa alegría. Me siento inclinado a cancelar todo menos el más obligatorio de las actividades de Purim. Pero sé que es un error. Sé que en realidad pierde todo el punto del día. Esta situación, también, es del Todopoderoso. Esta lucha también es parte de Su plan. Aunque las cortinas permanecen cerradas y no podemos mirar por detrás para descubrir el significado último, es un principio fundamental de nuestra creencia de que el Todopoderoso tiene el control, que no hay otros poderes. Necesitamos invertir nuestra experiencia de Purim con un fervor ex-

cepcional en los años en que es más difícil. Es la enseñanza de Purim, es la relación

con el Todopoderoso, es la comprensión profundamente interiorizada que esto también es bueno que nos sustentará a todos

durante nuestras luchas. Y eso es algo para celebrar.






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“It’s Me! Chaim!” By Mordechai Schmutter

Purim around here is crazy. And I’m not just talking about the amount of questions I get.

Dear Mordechai, I’m thinking of dressing up with my kids this Purim. Should I buy a costume, or just rent one? Indecisive Dear Indecisive, Renting sounds nice, because you’re only going to wear the costume once anyway, and by the time you’re done with it, it’s not something anyone else is going to want to wear.

If you do decide to buy, the best time to do that is in November, though you’re mostly going to find creepy ghosty things like corpses and zombies that in general would put a real damper on your 4-year-old’s Purim.

Dear Mordechai, Do I have to get drunk on Purim? Driving All Day

Dear Driving, No. All you really need is to drink a little more than you’re used to. Unless you’re an alcoholic. A safe option – highly recommended by a lot of rabbis – is to drink a little and then nap more than you’re used to. Like if you normally nap for 3 hours a day, you can nap for four.

Dear Mordechai, Who on earth has time to nap on Purim? Driving All Day Dear Driving, That’s a good question. Especially in the old days when they came up with this idea, and they had to make all their mishloach manos by hand and had to walk them to all of their kids’ teachers, some of whom lived in entirely different shtetls.

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Dear Mordechai, My kids want me to dress up and go delivering shalach manos with them, but I don’t really want to. I want to nap. Do you have any creative ideas that will make everyone happy? Already in PJs Dear Already, Yes. Let’s say your name is Chaim. Buy a parrot, and train it to say, “Squawk! It’s me! Chaim!” and send it around town perched on one of your kids’ shoulders –

anis Esther will somehow manage to fall out on the previous Thursday. But Yom Kippur is like Purim: 1. They’re both high holidays, 2. All you think about the entire day is food, 3. You don’t eat right the entire day, 4. You’re wearing a weird combination of clothes you don’t normally wear together, 5. Some of which have wine stains, 6. Your kids are way too jumpy for some reason, 7. You don’t have a chance to lie down, and

“Is that parrot drunk?” “No. It had a little more rum that it was used to, and now it’s sleeping.”

ideally whichever kid is dressed as a pirate. You should also train it not to eat the poppy seeds out of the hamantaschen. Or fly away. I’d seriously consider renting the parrot, though, if this is an option for you. Parrots are not easy to take care of long term. And they don’t die. Ever. (I’m serious. 95 years on average. You have to put it in your will. I don’t know if that’s worth it for one joke.)

Dear Mordechai, I keep hearing people say that Yom Kippur is like Purim. How on earth is Yom Kippur like Purim? Pigging Out Dear Pigging, On the surface, Yom Kippur seems more like Taanis Esther, if anything. Except that Yom Kippur seems to fall out on a Shabbos most of the time, while Taanis Esther, more often than not, falls out on a Thursday. Even if Purim itself is on a Thursday, Ta-

8. At some point, you may find yourself chasing a live bird down the block. “It’s me! Chaim!” the bird will say. Also, on Purim, we give our friends mishloach manos, and before Yom Kippur, we ask forgiveness from those very same people. “Why are you asking me for forgiveness? You gave me mishloach manos!” “No, it was a backup. Someone else gave it to us.” “Well, that explains why it was exactly like the one I got from Seagal.”

Dear Mordechai, Is it “shalach manos” or “mishloach manos”? Sholom (or Mishulem) Dear Mishulem, Well, the Megillah clearly calls it “mishloach manos”. But society has elected to call it “shalach manos” for some reason, possibly because “mishloach” takes too long to say.

“Shalach manos” is one syllable shorter, and you have a busy day because you have to give out 200 shalach manos, or whatever. You can’t hang out at every single house pronouncing the extra syllable. You need your nap. And actually, it’s not just one syllable. “Mishloach manos” is two whole words, whereas “shalachmuniss” is one, like “shalashuddis.” So this is what society has decided is right. You can hold out and call it “mishloach manos,” but then no one will give you shalach manos.

Dear Mordechai, My kids have been accumulating teachers, apparently, between morning and afternoon and computers and getting pulled out of class for special help, and I just realized that between my four kids, we have 46 teachers. How on earth is this possible? And if my kids have special helpers that take them out of class, why am I giving the regular teachers? Running in Circles Dear Running, Your family might have to split up to get to everyone. You can go in one car with some of your kids, and have your parrot go in another. Or have your parrot stay home and answer the door.

Dear Mordechai, I have a friend in town that I don’t talk to so much anymore. How do I get him off my shalach manos list? Trimming the Fat Dear Trimming, Um, you can’t. You’re stuck with him forever. Or for several tough years of him coming to your door and walking way with a dollar until he gets the message. That’s life. We keep accumu-

lating new people in our lives, and there’s no good way to stop giving someone shalach manos. Sure, you can just cross him off the list, but he probably won’t get the memo. If anything, he’ll come by to bring you a basket because the last few years you came to him, and you didn’t show up at his house this year, so he figures he’s saving you the trip. And now you have to give him a backup shalach manos because otherwise he’ll be confused about your relationship and why you suddenly didn’t give him. “What did I do? I barely even spoke to you!” And then he’ll think you made one for him, and he’ll come by again next year. The only way to drop people is to move. Or, when people come to the door, you can just be asleep. The rabbis knew what they were talking about. You can also stop people from giving you by starting to call it “mishloach manos,” but if they’re really your friends, they might muscle past that. So it also helps to be less likeable. I don’t mean to insult you here, but you’re pretty likeable, and that’s got to stop. You’re ruining lives. I don’t know – maybe show up at people’s homes drunk or something. Or send your parrot. Or better yet, a drunk parrot. “Is that parrot drunk?” “No. It had a little more rum that it was used to, and now it’s sleeping.”

Dear Mordechai, Some parrot named Chaim just landed on my windowsill. Have I had enough to drink yet? Name Dear Name, You’re not drunk enough until you don’t know the difference between Yom Kippur and Purim.

Have a question for “You’re Asking Me?” Speak into the parrot.

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Trump and the “Madman Theory” By Charles Krauthammer


t the heart of Donald Trump’s foreign policy team lies a glaring contradiction. On the one hand, it is composed of men of experience, judgment and traditionalism. Meaning, they are all very much within the parameters of mainstream American internationalism as practiced since 1945. Practically every member of the team – the heads of State, Homeland Security, the CIA, and most especially Defense Secretary James Mattis and national security adviser H.R. McMaster – could fit in a Cabinet put together by, say, Hillary Clinton. The commander in chief, on the other hand, is quite the opposite – inexperienced, untraditional, unbounded. His pronouncements on everything from the “one China” policy to the two-state (Arab-Israeli) solution, from NATO obsolescence to the ravages of free trade, continue to confound and, as we say today, disrupt. The obvious question is: Can this arrangement possibly work? The answer thus far, surprisingly, is: perhaps. The sample size is tiny but take, for example, the German excursion. Trump dispatched his grown-ups – Vice President Pence, Defense Secretary Mattis, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson – to various international confabs in Germany to reassure allies with the usual pieties about America’s commitment to European security. They did drop a few hints to Trump’s loud complaints about allied parasitism, in particular shirking their share of the defense burden.

Within days, Germany announced a 20,000-man expansion of its military. Smaller European countries are likely to take note of the new setup. It’s classic good-cop, bad-cop: The secretaries rep-

ican president who has shown that he can be erratic and quite disdainful of Chinese sensibilities. His wavering on the “one China” policy took Beijing by surprise. Trump also

Henry Kissinger, with Nixon’s collaboration, tried more than once to exploit this perception to pressure adversaries. resent foreign policy continuity but their boss preaches America First. Message: shape up. John Hannah of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies suggests that the push-pull effect might work on foes as well as friends. Last Saturday, China announced a cutoff of all coal imports from North Korea for the rest of 2017. Constituting more than one-third of all North Korean exports, this is a major blow to its economy. True, part of the reason could be Chinese ire at the brazen assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, who had been under Chinese protection. Nonetheless, the boycott was declared just days after a provocative North Korean missile launch – and shortly into the term of a new Amer-

strongly denounced Chinese expansion in the South China Sea and conducted an ostentatious love-in with Japan’s prime minister, something guaranteed to rankle the Chinese. Beijing’s boycott of Pyongyang is many things, among them a nod to Washington. This suggests that the peculiar and discordant makeup of the U.S. national security team – traditionalist lieutenants, disruptive boss – might reproduce the old Nixonian “Madman Theory.” That’s when adversaries tread carefully because they suspect the U.S. president of being unpredictable, occasionally reckless and potentially crazy dangerous. Henry Kissinger, with Nixon’s collaboration, tried more than once to exploit this perception to pressure adversaries.

Trump’s people have already shown a delicate touch in dealing with his bouts of loopiness. Trump has gone on for years about how we should have taken Iraq’s oil for ourselves. Sunday in Baghdad, Mattis wryly backed off, telling his hosts that “all of us in America have generally paid for our gas and oil all along, and I am sure we will continue to do so in the future.” Yet sometimes an off-center comment can have its uses. Take Trump’s casual dismissal of a U.S. commitment to a two-state solution in the Middle East. The next day, U.S. policy was brought back in line by his own U.N. ambassador. But this diversion might prove salutary. It’s a message to the Palestinians that their decades of rejectionism may not continue to pay off with an inexorable march toward statehood – that there may actually be a price to pay for making no concessions and simply waiting for the U.S. to deliver them a Palestinian state. To be sure, a two-track, two-policy, two-reality foreign policy is risky, unsettling and has the potential to go totally off the rails. This is not how you would draw it up in advance. It’s unstable and confusing. But the experience of the first month suggests that, with prudence and luck, it can yield the occasional benefit – that the combination of radical rhetoric and conventional policy may induce better behavior both in friend and foe. Alas, there is also a worst-case scenario. It needs no elaboration. (c) 2017, The Washington Post Writers Group

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