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Dear Readers, Pesach is full of tradition. There are so many Pesach customs that we can’t question or explain. Some people eat rice and beans, some don’t eat sugar, others don’t eat chicken, some don’t eat fish, and there are others who only eat peeled fruits and vegetable. Every family has their own way of making sure it’s a “Chag Kasher v’Sameach” according to their family’s tradition. Pesach is also a Yom Tov of “telling your children” what happened in Egypt. It is our responsibility to teach our children about our history, what happened in Egypt, the miracle of our Exodus, and our special relationship with the Almighty. But, besides for relating our history as a nation, it is also the perfect time to tell our children about their family--their grandparents, great grandparents, and great great grandparents--and how they celebrated Yom Tov and kept their Jewish traditions alive throughout the generations. Children love stories. And although they may nod and say “I already know this and this happened in Egypt...” they never tire from hearing anecdotes from their family tree over the years. It helps them envision that they are part of a long chain stretching many years back; it gives them extra pride in their history and in their people. As I write this, there is still a week before Pesach, and there is so much that still needs to get done. When I think of all that is left on my list, I remember my teacher telling me “We all sit down to the Seder at the same time”. She’s right-we’ll all be hearing the Ma Nishtana on Pesach night, sitting with our families, friends, neighbor’s and guests elegantly sharing in our nation’s history.


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Putin “Wins” Big

The news was no surprise to any. In fact, it was predicted with utmost certainty. This week, on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin was reelected to another six years as Russia’s president, garnering a whopping 76 percent of the vote. Putin told cheering supporters in a brief speech that lasted a mere two minutes that “we are bound for success.” This was Putin’s fourth electoral contest, but no one thought he would lose. He faced seven minor candidates and had his most prominent possible contender, Alexei Navalny, blocked from the ballot. Widespread ballot-box stuffing and forced voting – citizens being told they need to vote at a certain time and show proof of their vote – were reported, but claims to that effect will undoubtedly be swept under the rug. We are, after all, dealing with the longest-serving leader in the nation since Josef Stalin. And we know what happened to those who opposed him. Since he took the helm in Russia on New Year’s Eve 1999 after Boris Yeltsin’s surprise resignation, Putin’s electoral power has centered on stability, a quality cherished by Russians after the chaotic breakup of the Soviet Union and the “wild capitalism” of the Yeltsin years. Stability, though, comes at a price. Any dissent or opposition is crushed. Putin ran in the 2000, 2004 and 2012 elections. He did not run in 2008 because of term limits but was appointed

prime minister instead – a different title, although he essentially maintained the same role. The election came amid escalating tensions with the West, with reports that Moscow was behind the nerve-agent poisoning this month of a former Russian double agent in Britain and that its internet trolls had waged an extensive campaign to undermine the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Britain and Russia last week announced expulsions of diplomats over the spy case and the U.S. issued new sanctions. The election also took place on the fourth anniversary of the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, one of the most dramatic manifestations of Putin’s drive to reassert Russia’s power. The next six years will likely see Putin flexing more of his muscles – literally and figuratively. Just a few weeks ago, he announced that Russia had developed advanced nuclear weapons capable of evading missile defenses. The Russian military campaign that bolsters the Syrian government is clearly aimed at strengthening Moscow’s foothold in the Middle East, and Russia eagerly eyes any reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula as an economic opportunity.

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demand here is for the change of politics of which Mr. Fico is a symbol and the frontrunner,” said Martin Poliacik, a member of parliament with the new Progressive Slovakia. Regional elections are scheduled for November and presidential elections will take place in 2019 unless a reform is made before then.

Luxury Vehicles Crushed in Philippines

In the Philippines, in efforts to crack down on the illegal import of vehicles, the Philippine government strictly enforces those laws – with crushing results. Last week, a photo circulated of Philippine officials crushing an entire parking lot full of imported vehicles in Port Irena, Cagatan. The demolition, which was carried out by an excavator and a bulldozer, was overseen by President Rodrigo Duterte. The luxury cars, sports cars, and classic cars are said to have been in storage for years. The fleet included eight Mercedes-Benz models, a Porsche 911 GT3 and a rare Renault 5 Turbo from the 1980s. Now, these cars that were worth thousands are only good to be sold for scrap metal. Last week’s demolitions are just the beginning; there are another 800 vehicles that are set to be destroyed. “The destruction of these contraband luxury vehicles signifies our strong resolve to restore good governance, preserve our nation’s dignity, and safeguard our people’s welfare,” Duterte said at the event, which was broadcast on Facebook. The vehicles involved in this project were intentionally abandoned at the port without paying customs so that an importer could purchase them later from a government auction at a lower price. In 2013, a court ruling made this type of scheme illegal.

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American Faces 35 Years in Turkish Jail Andrew Brunson, an American pastor, is being accused by Turkey of working with U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen’s network and outlaws Kurdish rebels to stir chaos in Turkey and to divide the country. He is now facing up to 35 years in prison in Turkey on charges of links to terror groups and espionage. Brunson is originally from North Carolina but has been living in Turkey for more than 20 years. He was arrested soon after the July 2016 coup attempt and has been held since then. It is not clear when his trial will begin. The U.S. has demanded that Brunson, who denies the accusations, be freed. Gulen, who lives in Pennsylvania, has denied involvement in the coup. Turkey is seeking his extradition.

Flurry of Expulsions in Aftermath of Poisoning An escalating volley took place last

week between Russia and Great Britain. Two weeks ago, former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were found unconscious on a bench outside a shopping center in the city of Salisbury. They have since been hospitalized and are in critical condition along with the police officer that found them, whose condition is listed as serious but stable. Forensic reports have found that the pair were exposed to Novichok, an extremely toxic Russian nerve agent. The military-grade nerve agent suggests that the Russian government was linked to the poisoning. In response to the findings, the U.K. hit Russia with sanctions they called were “calibrated, calm and fair.” Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 of the 58 accredited Russian diplomats working in Britain.  Russia’s ambassador, Alexander Yakovenko, was allowed to remain. In response to the British sanctions, Russia expelled 23 British diplomats from Moscow and also shut down activities of the British Council, which fosters cultural links between the two countries, and Britain’s consulate-general in St. Petersburg. The British diplomats were given one week to leave the country. The move is being seen by many as an over-reaction. It was done on the eve of Russia’s presidential elections. Russia’s Foreign Ministry’s office said the retaliation was in response to Britain’s “provocative actions and groundless accusations.” It warned London it stood ready to take further measures in the event of more “unfriendly steps.” London and Moscow’s relations are now the lowest they have been since the end of the Cold War. The attack in Salisbury is the first offensive use of a nerve agent in Europe since World War II. 

Father of 4 Stabbed to Death Adiel Kolman struggled with his attacker as he was being stabbed to death in the Old City of Jerusalem on Sunday. The 32-year-old father of four from the Kochav Hashachar settlement in the West Bank was fatally stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist who had been issued a temporary permit to seek work in the capital. The killer, who was killed by police at the scene, was identified as 28-year-old Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, a father of two from the village of Aqraba, near the West Bank city of Nablus. At least eight Arabs were arrested after the attack for witnessing the stabbing and ignoring it. Kolman’s mother, Yael Kolman, told the Hadashot TV news channel that her son, who was employed at an archaeological dig, was not afraid of working in the

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Old City’s Muslim Quarter, despite the dangers. “Even though he worked in a dangerous place, he did not express fear or concern,” she said. She said that although Adiel was trained in special education, he had worked at excavations the Old City for the past five years. “Recently, he spoke with us a lot, as though he knew that he was going to leave,” she added.

The bereaved mother recalled how when she first heard of the stabbing on the radio she turned it off, because she knows other terror victims and found it too upsetting to listen to the news reports. It was only later in the day that her husband informed her that it was their son who had been stabbed. “He was a great soul; we called him ‘the jewel,” she continued. “He was a social person, loving and embracing. G-d plucks the flowers.” Yael Kolman said that she drew inspiration from Miriam Peretz, a prominent educator who was declared winner of the Israel Prize on Monday. Peretz lost two of her sons in combat during separate incidents when they were serving in the IDF. At the funeral Yael sobbed, “We would like more. Everything good we want more. To enjoy your pleasantness – more. But no. G-d gives and G-d takes away. This was your time,” she said. “But the children will miss you,” she added. “The children!” his bereaved mother screamed a second time, breaking down into tears along with many in the crowd. Speaking to Army Radio, Meir Kolman, brother of the victim, said that the stabbing was a reminder of Israel’s broader security situation. “This is here an incident that tells our story as a people, they came and killed a lovely man – we must not forget that we are at war with them,” he said.

2 Soldiers Murdered in Car Ramming Two IDF soldiers were murdered in the West Bank last Friday by a terrorist who drove a car into them. 26-year-old Ala Qabha rammed his car into a group of soldiers outside a military post near the Mevo Dotan settlement, killing Sgt. Netanel Kahalani, 20, and Capt. Ziv Daos, 21. Thousands attended the funeral of Kahalani, which took place in his hometown

“I have not yet processed this and I don’t know if I can go on,” said his father, Danny Kahalani, at the funeral. “I loved you so much, and I lost you in a second. Twenty years is nothing, but I am thankful for them.”

“Netanel was a gift,” said his mother, Naomi, before the funeral. “I thank G-d for giving me this child. He had a heart of gold, a pure soul. He was an incredible child. Everyone loved him, he helped everyone, always smiling,” she said. “He never held a grudge against anyone.” The Shin Bet security agency apprehended Qabha. After initially claiming the incident was an accident, the terrorist eventually confessed to carrying out the attack, saying it was deliberate and that he intended to murder soldiers. Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, who heads COGAT, the Israeli liaison for Palestinian civilian affairs in the West Bank, ordered in response to the attack “an immediate and broad suspension” of permits for employment in Israel “for the entire family of the assailant.” The terrorist’s brother and uncle are suspected of having helped him carry out the attack. Qabha’s home has been slated for demolition, and the village he is from has been searched for illegal weapons. Qabha had been in Israeli prison for 17 months for security offenses. He had been released in April. Hamas welcomed the attack. The terrorist organization put out a statement saying that the attack “proves our people’s readiness to continue the Jerusalem intifada.” The group also “commended” the attack and urged “further attacks against the Zionist occupation,” saying it was 100 days since President Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

his knowledge to the Syrians, and Israel knew all about it. Tel Aviv repeatedly tried to warn Moscow about it, but according to a report by Israeli journalist and author Ronen Bergman, “It was believed that [Russian president Boris] Yeltsin either could not, or did not want, to intervene.” It is not known if the Syrian government developed chemical weapons based on information provided by Kuntsevich, however, the country has used chemical weapons since then. Syria agreed to give up its chemical arsenal in 2013 when President Barack Obama threatened missile strikes in retaliation for a chemical attack on a rebel-held suburb of Damascus that killed more than 1,000 people. Obama never attacked Syria, although they have been accused of using chlorine gas in attacks multiple times since then. On April 3, 2002, Kuntsevich died mysteriously on a plane. Although no one has ever taken responsibility for the death, it is widely thought that the Mossad was behind the assassination.

Shapira said that although the IDF acted “in good faith and with a sincere desire to … arrive at the truth,” the “fact-finding assessments” were not always completed in a timely manner or as efficiently as possible. The 169-page report was published for the first time in both Hebrew and English. In response to the document, the IDF said that “most of the specific suggestions regarding these mechanisms have already been fixed and addressed.”

IDF Gets High Score for Protecting Civilians

In response to a bomb exploding on the southern Israel-Gaza border, the Israeli Air Force carried out airstrikes on a Hamas target in the central Gaza Strip over the weekend. There were no casualties in the bombing, and Israeli tanks were quick to destroy the Hamas post from which the bomb is thought to have originated. Hamas, the terror group that controls the Strip, is being held responsible for the bombing by the Israeli army. The blast is the latest in a series of attempted bomb attacks on Israeli troops, although thankfully there were no soldiers in the blast zone at the time of the explosion. A day earlier, two improvised explosive devices were detonated near a security fence as a military patrol vehicle drove by. Israel retaliated against terror targets with tank fire in response. No injuries were reported in the IED attack. Israel’s military liaison put out a warning to Hamas: “The provocations by Hamas and other terrorist organizations could lead to an escalation” of violence along the Gaza border. Improvised explosive devices are a major concern for the IDF as they are transported easily and can be set off remotely. The army has instituted a number of protocols in light of the recent uptick in IEDs so that the explosives can either be disarmed or destroyed in a controlled explosion. An IED injured four IDF soldiers last month when it was set off along the southern Gaza fence. During a protest, the Palestinian Popular Resistance Committee placed a Palestinian flag on the border fence. When Golani Brigade troops and the Combat Engineering Corps approached the fence the following day to take the flag down, an IED exploded and wounded the soldiers; two of the wounded were said to be in serious condition.

Although a state comptroller review of the Israeli army’s handling of the 2014 Gaza war found some flaws, overall the military received a passing grade. Among the highlights of the report was the high grade given for the IDF’s extensive efforts to avoid civilian casualties during the conflict. The report focused heavily on Israel’s effort to keep civilians safe. “The IDF does its utmost and examines every target before attacking it in order to distance civilians from it,” State Comptroller Yosef Shapira wrote. The issue of civilian casualties was discussed during security cabinet meetings repeatedly throughout the war.

Israel Knew of Developer of Chemical Agent Israel was suspicious of Anatoly Kuntsevich, the soviet general behind the development of a deadly nerve agent suspected of being used in a poisoning attack last week in the UK, back in the 1990s. The leading chemical weapons expert had led the development of Novichok, a highly potent, Soviet-designed nerve agent which was used on former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter on March 4. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, Kuntsevich began trying to sell


Still, Shapira called on the National Security Council and the IDF to take international law and civilian casualties more seriously during a future military action. He noted that there is room for improvement. For example, the army’s internal system of reviewing potential breaches of international law could be more thorough. There were 464 such “exceptional incidents” that were reported in the 2014 war.

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Community Hadar Travels to the AIPAC Policy Conference I had the privilege, along with eight other Hadar High school students, to attend the AIPAC Policy Conference this year. As part of the delegation, we had the opportunity to hear many powerful speeches which strengthened our pride for the state of Israel and our understanding of the importance of the American - Israeli relationship. We were fortunate to hear from Israeli innovators, leaders, and advocates who inspired us to be ambitious, passionate and hardworking. Israeli inventors, such as Sivan Borowitch, Yotam Polizer, and Avi Jorich explained how their work helps people around the world. Sivan Borowitch utilizes Israeli technology to power schools, hospitals, and pump water in Africa. Yotam Polizer, part of the Israeli team that aids countries after disaster, discussed the use of Israeli life detector technology to find survivors after the earthquake in Nepal. We also heard from Israeli political leaders, including Israeli Ambassador David Freedman, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. They spoke about what Israel stands for: peace, democracy, helping others, introducing new technologies, and making the world a better place. The United States advocates for Israel, including Vice President Mike Pence, UN ambassador Nikki Haley, and

Senator Marco Rubio stressed the significance of the American - Israeli relationship. They explained the importance of a bipartisan relationship, where each party puts aside their differences and are unified in their support of  Israel. Creating a unified group is what AIPAC is all about. More than 18,000 people from all different political and religious backgrounds put aside their disparate views to come together and express their support. Being a part of this delegation and rec-

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ognizing the magnitude of the event was incredible and unforgettable. One of the most memorable things that I took away from AIPAC was the miracle of Israel itself. Israel is one of the smallest countries in the world, surrounded by countries who want to destroy her. Israel and her supporters are constantly fighting anti-Semitism and anti-Israel movements like BDS.

Nevertheless, Israel continues to lead the way with cutting edge innovations and advanced technologies used around the world. The remarkable three-day AIPAC Policy Conference has left a lasting impression on all the delegates from Hadar High School for Girls and left us with unparalleled unity, love, and pride for our state of Israel.

Yeshiva Tiferes Torah of Boca Raton Features Thrilling Basketball Tournament On Thursday night, March 8th the Grandview Prep School gymnasium was being utilized for a purpose it never had before. Sure there were the usual basketballs being dribbled, some impressive shots and lay-ups being made by some first rate and highly competitive players. These players, spanning from 18 years old to more than double that age however, were not only playing for the thrill of winning, but for the exuberance of doing it for the great cause of supporting the Tiferes Torah Boca Raton Yeshiva. If you accidentally walked into that gym, at first glance it would seem to be basketball as usual,

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Chesed Trips at KYHS Juniors and sophomores at Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida participated in gleaning this past week at a local field in Delray and Boynton Beach, and Freshman will also have the opportunity to glean later this month. Prior to gleaning, students studied in their Judaic classes the Torah sources for the mitzvah of gleaning. Students learned that there are three separate mitzvot involved in harvesting crops which include, Leket, Peah, and Shichecha.  We learned about the Mitzvot of Shichecha, forgotten bundles that were left in the field that are left for the poor, and Leket, unharvested stalks of wheat that can be collected by the poor.  Although these mitzvot are applicable only in Israel, we modeled ourselves after these values and did the same here in South Florida. “It was amazing to have the ability to learn about the actual sources for this mitzvah and then be able to go out in a field and see how the mitzvah would be performed,” remarked KYHS junior, Dovid Zak. This past friday the juniors went to Delray Beach, to pick peppers and on Monday the sophomore class went to Boynton Beach to pick tomatoes.  The

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owner of the fields donated their second harvest to charity and opened their field up to the public to pick the extra vegetables and contribute to the mitzvah. This was an incredible opportunity as students had a chance to learn outside the classroom. Students were truly inspired by the kindness of the field owners and the altruistic volunteers. They also felt an overwhelming sense of accomplishment knowing that they will be putting food on the tables of hundreds of people in need. Junior, Jackie Zimmerman expresses her feelings on performing chesed. “It was nice to know that such a simple task was impacting the lives of so many people in need.” Students sincerely cherished their time spent pick-

ing vegetables and are already anticipating their next chesed event. Nina Mamrout (19’) exclaims, “it really felt good to be able to have the opportunity to help the poor, starving people of the community and to know that with every pepper I picked we were getting closer and closer to ending hunger!” Furthermore, gleaning was a great way for both the junior and sophomore classes to bond with their classmates in a meaningful way. With large grades of students, it is often too difficult for every student to become friendly with everyone in the grade in a normal school setting. Gleaning, however, in a more relaxed setting, provided an environment conducive to de-

veloping friendships. Liora Mayer (18’) states, “while picking tomatoes, I enjoyed having time to connect with classmates that I wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to spend time with.” Overall this gleaning chesed trip proved to be highly successful! Sophomore, Chani Kaminesky sums up this amazing chesed outing.  “Going gleaning was more than just a fun bonding experience for the entire class to take part in. The tomatoes that we picked will be donated to those who are less fortunate which made us feel proud of what we had accomplished and also gave us a sense of gratitude for all that we have.”

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JFS Hosts Over 250 Guests at Annual Model Seder Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) recently hosted over 250 clients at their Annual Model Seder held at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton. Guests are seniors who typically would not have had the opportunity to experience at Passover Seder. This year’s event was even more special as it was led by Samy & Illana Cohen Dwek, who with the help of students

they recruited from FAU Hillel, Israeli American Council (IAC)’s Mishelanu program and Donna Klein Jewish Academy, provided the guests with an extraordinary Passover Seder experience. The event would not have been possible without the generosity of event benefactors – Debbie & Howard Belford, Suzanne & Jack Jacobson and the Boca West Federation Committee.

Chaya Aydel Seminary Registration for 2018-2019 Chaya Aydel Seminary is a Lubavitch Girls’ Seminary located in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Chaya Aydel Seminary has attracted over the years over 400 students from all over the world. Girls come to study at Chaya Aydel Seminary because of its diverse learning program, because of its unique Shlichus program, and it’s

warm, Chassidishe environment. Young women not only register from Lubavitch High Schools, but over the years, the Chaya Aydel Seminary has attracted girls from Bais Yaakov, other Chassidishe High Schools, and Modern Orthodox High Schools. The program is geared to a frum

girl who is motivated, excited and eager to experience a year of learning and growth. There are classes open to Jewish women who live in South Florida but are not enrolled full time in Seminary. The dormitory houses boast beautiful full kitchens, laundry facilities, and spacious backyards. Hallandale Beach is centrally located and

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Donna Klein Jewish Academy Celebrates Israel’s 70Th With Travel Themed Gala Donna Klein Jewish Academy gave a tip of the cap to Israel earlier this month as the K-12 Jewish Day School in Boca Raton commemorated Israel’s upcoming 70th birthday with their annual gala at the Boca Marriott. Tabbed as a ‘Come Fly with Me’ event, some attendees sported flight crew styled

attire, complete with hats, scarfs and shirts while others chose to wear traditional clothing from where their ancestors lived before Israel’s creation in 1948. Along with dinner, drinks, dessert and dancing, DKJA honored long-time faculty member Dr. Yoram Dahav (of blessed memory) with the Linda R. Kami-

now Visionary Leadership Award, in addition to its class of graduating seniors from the Claire and Emmanuel G. Rosenblatt High School. Along with the awards and recognitions, the event doubled as a fundraiser for a number of important school initiatives, including athletic uniforms, more robots

for the engineering/robotics programs and new headsets and microphones for the drama department. A special music fund to expand the school’s orchestra in memory of Marjory Stoneman Douglas victim Alex Schachter was also established.


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JFS Facilitates Workshops Focused on How to Care for Those Suffering from Trauma Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) had the privilege of hosting Dr. Irit Felsen, an expert in providing care for those suffering with trauma. Dr. Felsen is a clinical specialist and member of Yale Trauma Study Group: Genocide Studies Program. During her time in the community, Dr. Felsen conducted two workshops, one for JFS staff and one that was open to members of the community. Her programs were highly educational and provided JFS staff with additional tools to assist in providing care for our Holocaust survivors. During the evening session, Dr. Felsen spoke about second generation Holocaust survivors, specifically about their unique traumas and needs. This session provided these survivors with a deeper understanding of their aging parents. Dr. Felsen concluded her visit by moderating a focus group for local Holocaust survivors. She honed in on the ways that Holocaust survivors feel about the professionals that help care for them on a day-

to-day basis and how they could improve and be more sensitive to their needs. Dr. Felsen’s visit and workshops were part of JFS’ Personal Centered Trauma Informed (PCTI) Care Program which is funded through a grant from Jewish Federations of North America Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care. The Person Centered Trauma Informed (PCTI) Care program educates professionals and community members who may provide services to Holocaust survivors. PCTI training teaches professionals to be more aware of survivors’ past trauma focusing on recognizing triggers that can influence re-traumatization.To learn more about PCTI or to schedule a workshop, please contact Avital Meirzon, MSL, CCTP, Holocaust Survivor Person Centered Trauma Informed Care Program Director by calling 561.852.3350, emailing For additional information, visit

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Hebrew Academy Students Win Miami Cadena Initiative Social Entrepreneurship Competition On Wednesday, March 14, three Middle School teams from the Hebrew Academy (RASG) in Miami Beach competed in the 2nd Annual Cadena Initiative Social Entrepreneurship Competition, at Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus, against teams from other local Jewish Day Schools. Their objective was to come up with an idea that could be used before, during, or after a natural disaster in an underprivileged community. Students researched different disasters and areas they are likely to occur. With the guidance of Middle School Science Teacher, Mr. Gonzalez, three teams were selected by the Cadena Foundation representatives to compete last night: Netanel Bixon, Owen Ebner, Spencer Lehmann; Shiraz Bachar, Chana Lieberman; Akiva Itzkowitz and Jonathan Acevedo. Hebrew Academy 8th graders Akiva Itzkowitz and Jonathan Acevedo won first place in the competition. They created “The Innovation Land Pole” which is a solar powered warning system for an oncoming mudslide. As first place winners for South Florida, they will now move on to the international competition in Mexi-

co City in May. If their idea wins, Cadena will invest in their concept, bring it to life, and install it in the communities around the world that would benefit from the warning system to help save lives. Honorable mentions went to Middle Schoolers: Spencer Lehmann, Owen Ebner and Netanel Bixon (Grade 7), and Shiraz Bachar and Chana Lieberman (Grade 8). “It is terrific to see how a students imagination can go from a simple rough idea and be polished into something amazing. Our kids are capable of wonderful things they might not even be aware

of,” said Middle School Science Teacher Mr. Gonzalez. “That is where we as teachers, parents administrators and community play a huge role. We guide them into becoming more than they even think they can be. From that point, we hope we opened the doors for them to keep thriving. I suppose energy drinks are not the only things that ‘give you wings’ teachers do also.” The Cadena Initiative is a humanitarian non-profit organization committed to providing aid, hand in hand, to people affected by natural disasters around the world. The foundation develops long-last-

ing, cost-efficient solutions that enhance the quality of living for vulnerable communities around the world. The Cadena Foundation is an ambassador to the United Nations, serving as an official spokesperson in resilience strategies, and an active participant in the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit. Cadena is the only Jewish Latin American member of the START Network, the largest humanitarian group of leading NGO’s. For more information about the Hebrew Academy (RASG), head over to

DKJA First Graders Take Part in Mobile Matzah Making Bakery In preparation for Passover, first graders at Donna Klein Jewish Academy were able to create their own Shmura or handmade Matzahs during a special mobile bakery, brought to them by the Chabad Youth Network of Florida. Students were able to have a truly hands-on experience from picking their wheat stalks, to mixing the flour and water and even kneading the dough before putting their tiny creations

into the mobile brick oven that was brought into their classroom for the occasion. Complete with special baker hats, aprons and rolling pins the mini-workshop got students ready for Pesach, while having the ability to learn more about the holiday and its importance to the Jewish people. The workshop ended with sips of grape juice acting as the four cups of wine.

Boca Raton Synagogue Hosts Annual Journal Dinner On March 11th, Boca Raton Synagogue (BRS) honored Hinda and Arnold Bramnick and Drs. Seema and Joey Loskove at its Annual Journal Dinner. In addition to paying tribute to these two outstanding couples, BRS presented U.S. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen with the Synagogue’s first-ever Defender of Israel Award.   During his introductory remarks, Representative Ted Deutch, Ros-Lehtenin’s friend and Congressional colleague, highlighted her major accomplishments during the course of her many years of public service.  Congressman Deutch remarked, “The Congresswoman has always stood up for the underprivileged, and has always been one of the most outspoken and articulate advocates of a strong US-Israel relationship. She has been a shining example of working across the aisle in a bipartisan way, particularly when it comes to Israel’s

safety and security.” When introducing the Bramnicks, Rabbi Efrem Goldberg, BRS Senior Rabbi, highlighted the leadership role they have taken in the Synagogue from the moment they moved to the community. “Hinda and Arnold speak loudly through their actions and generosity,” Rabbi Goldberg stated. The rise in BRS involvement and membership in AIPAC (American-Israel Public Affairs Committee) events, including its annual conference, is directly attributable to the efforts of Seema and Joey Loskove. As Rabbi Goldberg noted, “They don’t wait for others to lead; they step up without even being asked. Performing chesed (acts of kindness) is second nature for the Loskoves, as they ensure that the needs of vulnerable community members are met.” Boca Raton Synagogue is a vibrant, multi-generational, Modern Orthodox Synagogue serving the spiritual, educa-

tional and social needs of its diverse members. BRS provides multiple minyanim, comprehensive Torah learning opportunities, an extensive chesed infrastructure, and rich teen and youth programming. The largest orthodox Synagogue in the Southeast United States, BRS is also actively engaged in Outreach, Israel Advocacy, Multi-Level Adult Education, and more. More than just a Synagogue, BRS is a community seeking to inspire individuals and families of all ages, backgrounds, levels of education and observance. Please join them for a Shabbos, a service or an educational or social program. They are confident that you will find a warm and welcoming home.  For more information about BRS: Call 561.394.0394, Email or visit www.

L-R Arnold and Hinda Bramnick, Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Seema and Joey Loskove

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Bais Yaakov of Miami’s “Witness To Witness” Luncheon Over one hundred eyes were riveted, over one hundred hearts broken, over one hundred souls empowered as they all listened to the haunting melody that filled the room. The words were significant, but the message and the emotion spoke louder than any speech ever given, filling the hearts of all those present. In the front of the room stood a small man in his late nineties, but before everyone’s eyes, he became a giant. Mr.Yitzchak Friedman, a survivor and a conqueror of the most horrific of tragedies, conveyed through his song an eternal message of hope, victory, and devastating loss. Mr. Yitzchak Friedman delivered his message in the language of souls at a recent event appropriately called “Witness to Witness” in Bais Yaakov of Miami. The senior class worked to prepare a beautiful luncheon for over 25 survivors. In the months prior to the luncheon, the girls had expended much time and energy in learning about Churban Europe and conducting an in-person interview with a survivor. The girls learned about the Holocaust from an historical point of view and then experienced its horrors vicariously through the survivors they interviewed. Each girl was left with an indelible understanding of what these people went through, the tragic loss of over 6 million of our people, and the resultant survival and rebirth of a persecuted nation. Mrs. Chanie Mandel, the twelfth grade teacher and coordinator of the event, took on the task of connecting the next link in the chain of history with unsurpassed expertise and passion. As part of her program, she teaches a comprehensive course

on World War II through the lens of Torah, heroism, and hope for the future. To use her words, “The triumph of human spirit comes at the lowest moments.” In her address to those attending the luncheon, Mrs. Mandel spoke of a survivor named Mr. Joseph Friedenson. When he was working in the Hermann Goering factory, a Nazi guard walked in just as a fellow inmate was singing a song describing the might of the Jews and their G-d. The incredulous Nazi commented on this strong belief of the Jews saying, “You Jews are unbelievable! I fear Hitler will have trouble with you people.” Indeed, sitting in our Bais Yaakov auditorium with about 25 survivors and dozens of students and their families, we experienced the truth of that Nazi guard’s remark. The Jewish people truly are “unbelievable.” In a poignant speech, Rabbi Ephraim Leizerson, the principal of the school, spoke about the benefit of just being around survivors and the unique opportunity the girls had to absorb their message of the triumph of the Jewish people over an indescribable evil. This eternal message of triumph truly came full circle when seniors in the class who had conducted interviews with their own grandparents or great-grandparents got up to speak about what they learned from their ancestors. One student, Riki Grossbard, introduced her grandmother, Mrs. Erica Shulman, to address the guests. In the finishing words of her address, Mrs. Shulman impressed upon the audience the concept of responsibility with the message of “What I do matters.” She went on to say that she survived such hardships and

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therefore her every action has much significance, just as the actions of all Jews, who have survived much persecution, “matters.” In a beautiful audio-visual compilation of all the interviews the seniors conducted, many meaningful messages impacted the girls. One survivor, Mrs. Rachel Steinberger, taught us to appreciate what we have. She described having asked a fellow inmate where her parents were. The inmate answered, “See that smoke? There are your parents.” The audience further learned about giving from Mrs. Elsa Rubinstein who described rampant hunger in the camps. The inmates all set aside a small piece of their exceedingly meager portion of bread and shared it with one little girl who was clearly suffering more than the rest. They learned about perseverance from Mrs. Rochel Lipskar, who described how as a 15-year-old girl, she pleaded with her father to keep moving in the freezing cold so they could cross a small bridge to get to the hospital for treatment. Her father refused, saying he was too weak. She begged, “Pa! We must keep

moving! If you sit, I sit with you and we will both freeze to death.” When her father continued to refuse, the weak 15-year-old girl lifted her father and carried him across the bridge. The last speech was given by Shayna Berkowitz who had interviewed her great- grandmother and her sister, Shayna’s great-great aunt. Her words were a true culmination of the event and the entire Witness-to-Witness program. In her address, she described the difference between one who survives and one who lives. A survivor barely manages; he’s satisfied with just existing. One who lives, on the other hand, is growing, achieving and living life to the fullest despite the challenges faced. At the end of the event when all the survivors stood up to be recognized, history was redefined. The courageous people who stood there, proud and strong, weren’t just survivors in the truest sense of the word. They didn’t just achieve existence; they grew from their experiences and rebuilt their lives. They lived!

The Shmuz Electrifies North Miami Beach Community Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier of the Shmuz joined the North Miami Beach community for an unforgettable weekend on March 9th-10th. He began his stay by speaking to the students of Yeshiva Toras Chaim Toras Emes on Friday. His best-selling book “Stop Surviving, Start Living” was given out to each student as they listened and appreciated Rabbi Shafier’s message to them. On Shabbos morning, Rabbi Shafier addressed a full house of members and guests of the Young Israel of Greater Miami on the topic of Emunah and Bitachon, the four levels to Emunah. Through illustrating some of the miracles shown in Mitzrayim, Rabbi Shafier brought the crowd to a new understanding of what causes a person to believe. “Everyone loved Rabbi Shafier! He kept gaining popularity throughout Shabbos” expressed Damon and Amy Salzman, Presidents of the Young Israel. “People came up to us from local schools asking if Rabbi Shafier had any extra time while there! He was more than inspirational, he left our entire neighborhood energized!”

On Shabbos afternoon, Rabbi Shafier joined Congregation Shaaray Tefilah for a lecture before Mincha for men and a gala Shalosh Seudos where he addressed both men and women that had an exceptional showing. The message he gave over from his lecture titled “Bitachon and Histadlus, Finding the Balance” was how honest effort combined with trust in Hashem is an unbeatable formula for success. The Young Israel sponsored a beautiful Melava Malka which was open to the whole community in honor of Rabbi Shafier. Many different types of people of all ages attended and purchased his books after being inspired. “We are better now than before Rabbi Shafier came. He more than surpassed our expectations!” “I look forward to reading his books and listening to his shmuzim and keep the inspiration going!” The Shmuz is a Torah lecture that offers a worldview on major life issues ranging from working on our middos to learning to be a better spouse, from understanding the meaning of our davening to what our purpose is in

this world. Rabbi Ben Tzion Shafier is direct, daring, and downright funny, providing audiences with essential Torah principles packaged in an enticing, enjoyable way. The Shmuz has expanded its reach by launching a new Shmuz website. Originally designed for post-yeshiva working guys, The Shmuz now influences thousands of Jewish people around the world

through Rabbi Shafier’s online videos, articles and live webinars. All of the Shmuzin are available free of charge at or on the Shmuz App for iphone or Android. Simply text the word “TheShmuz” to the number 313131 and a link will be sent to your phone to download the App.

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Largest Ever Shabbat Meal at UCF Attracts 550 Students to Honor Parkland Victims & Celebrate Shabbat Together 550 students, faculty and community members partook in the largest Shabbat dinner ever held at UCF. The event was called “Shabbat of Champions,” - a nod to the undefeated UCF Knights - and took place at the Pegasus Ballroom on Friday, February 23rd. With many Douglas High School alumni in attendance, the event was also a moving tribute to the victims of the tragic Parkland High School shooting which had taken place just one week prior to Shabbat of Champions. 

To honor the victims, the co-Director of Chabad at UCF, Rivkie Lipskier, called the Douglas High School alumni in attendance to the stage. They observed a moment of silence and then lit Shabbat candles in the memory of the 17 killed. As Rivkie explained, “a candle represents a person’s connection to the divine. The wick represents the body, and the flame represents the m/divine soul. While the bodies can be destroyed the soul can not.” Rivkie urged those in attendance to tap

into our their souls and the 17 beautiful souls of the departed as they light their Shabbat candles. And to take on a mitzvah (good deed) in their memory. Rabbi Chaim Lipskier, who directs Chabad with his wife Rivkie then spoke about how moved he was to see the dozens of students from many organization who had dedicated hundreds of hours to make the event possible. Becca Coven, President of the Chabad Jewish Student Group then took the stage.

“Growing up in a Jewish home, Shabbat is something that I got to look forward to every week, a time to gather around the table with your family and friends and just enjoy the end of your week, and the beginning of your weekend. Looking out at all of you here tonight I couldn’t be more proud of the work Chabad has done to put this event together,” she said before introducing Dr. Terri Susan Fine, a professor of political science at UCF and Chabad’s faculty advisor.  Dr. Fine contrasted the UCF Knights - who’s Kicker Nader Golshahr was in attendance - to Chabad, “unlike the champion Knights, Chabad at UCF is NOT oncein-a-lifetime. Chabad at UCF is here for all of UCF’s Jewish students all the time and they are not going anywhere,” said FIne.  Following the traditional prayers over wine and bread, a catered kosher meal that included Shabbat staples like challah, gefilte fish, and chicken was served.  “Shabbat is one of the centerpieces of Jewish life, and has been so since the infancy of our nation,” said Rabbi Lipskier. “Shabbat of Champions was a chance for Jews from across campus to connect with each other in a meaningful way.” Shabbat of Champions was co-sponsored by Student Government Association, Judaic Studies at UCF, UCF Hillel, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Zeta Beta Tau, Gamma Phi Beta, Knights for Israel, ICC, ZOA, Camera and Stand With Us. For more information about Chabad at UCF please visit


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180 Volunteers Call & Connect with Community to Raise $584,578 on Super Sunday On March 11, 180 volunteers made sure the phones rang out once again from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County throughout the Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach areas. By the end of the amazing day of high community spirits, they had raised $584,578 from 511 donors – dollars that will help our Jewish family from down the street to Israel and across the globe, wherever our community is needed. From first-timers to seasoned veterans with decades of Super Sunday experience, callers from across the full vibrant diversity of Jewish South Palm Beach County

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reached out from morning to evening in two shifts. Local agencies and day schools, country clubs and other areas were represented on the phones, along with individuals, couples and families from all across the Jewish community. Groups from AEPi Fraternity at FAU, and high school students from both public and day schools with NCSY boosted the energy for all - as did Congressman

Ted Deutch, himself a former Super Sunday chair. Raffle prizes, breakfast, snacks, great camaraderie, and festive decorations in Zinman Hall on the Federation’s campus west of Boca Raton helped keep things moving quickly in an overwhelmingly positive atmosphere. “Call. Connect. Community” was a terrific theme for this year’s Super Sunday – a day of engaging our neighbors in conversation, educating them about our Federation’s critical work, and giving them the opportunity to make a difference,” said Jeff Shavitz, who co-chaired Super Sunday as well as the season’s two earlier phone-a-thons with his wife, Jill, and with Susan and Eric Lebersfeld. “And with 165 new and over 200 increased gifts, we saw many of them double through a $25,000 match from the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation.” “Each year, Super Sunday is a way for everyone to make a difference,” said Jill Shavitz. “From volunteering to giving at any level, however one is able help is important and deeply appreciated. This year, as always, so many of our neighbors from teens to seniors came forward to make calls and contribute. Together, we feed, protect, teach, inspire, save and comfort so many who need us.” “The third phone-a-thon in this season’s Federation Impact Days, Super Sunday is our single largest fund raising day of the year,” said Eric Lebersfeld. “There’s nothing like the feeling of individuals, couples, families and groups coming together from country clubs, agencies, synagogues and all across this Jewish community. This is what makes it possible for us to do all the good we do for our Jewish family.” “We make sure everyone we call realizes how fortunate they are to live in a community that does so much good and that they, by simply making and fulfilling a pledge, can so easily be part of this great effort,” said Susan Lebersfeld. “If you missed your call, it’s not too late to join your Jewish community in making a difference! Just visit or contact 561-852-3169 or marcf@” Super Sunday was generously sponsored by Hotwire Communications. InKind Sponsors were Atlas Event Rental, FLIK Independent School Dining, and Zebedee Event Production. Many of the 100 telephones in Zinman Hall were sponsored by community members.

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Florida Passover Events to Offer Huge Discounts and Unlimited Fun

Xtreme Action Park, Miami Marlins & Miami Seaquarium to host special Pesach Events South Florida is gearing up for a very exciting Chol Hamoed Pesach with three local venues offering amazing events with huge discounts and kosher for Passover food. On Monday, April 2, XTREME ACTION PARK in Ft. Lauderdale will be offering up to a 70% on all its attractions which include: Go-Karting, a High Ropes Course, Roller Skating, Bazooka Blast, XD Theater and video games. A trampoline park and Escape Room are available for an additional discounted cost.   On Tuesday, April 3, the Miami Marlins will be hosting “Passover at the Park” at Marlins Park (501 Marlins Way in Miami).  Festivities will start at 4 p.m. and will feature the sensational a cappella group, Maccabeats. Just prior to Marlins taking on the Boston Red Sox, the Maccabeats will dazzle the crown with a special pre game concert. They will also be performing during the game including singing of the National Anthem. The Maccabeats have entertained and

inspired hundreds of audiences worldwide, from Alabama to (New)  Zealand and everywhere in between. Using nothing more than the unadulterated human voice, a clean-cut presentation, and a little Jewish humor, this unique group of singers is able to connect with fans of all backgrounds and ages. Jewish baseball fans celebrating Passover will receive a souvenir shirt and have the opportunity to enjoy a Kosher for Passover BBQ certified by Chabad. Chabad’s Rabbi Getzy Fellig said, “We’re trying to make the evening not just about baseball, but about Passover as well.” Finally, on Wednesday, April 4, a special discount has been arranged for Miami Seaquarium, a family fun world-class marine-life entertainment park located on the island of Virginia Key in Biscayne Bay. The 38-acre tropical paradise with spectacular skyline views, features dolphins, sea lions, endangered sea turtles and manatees and is sure to delight children of all ages. Guests can enjoy a vari-

ety of marine animal shows and fun things to do. Miami Seaquarium® is a place of inspiration, education - and fun! Kosher food will only be available at each attraction on the above dates. No outside food will be permitted. Other restrictions may apply for each location and event. Please see websites for details. All of the events are being organized by Chabad of Florida

Rabbi Pinny Andrusier, who is co-organizing the events, added, “This a great opportunity for families spending Passover in South Florida to enjoy the holiday. We are happy to offer these three wonderful events at huge discounts and make Glatt Kosher for Passover food available.” To take advantage of these great savings, please visit passoveratthepark. com or call 305-504-8440.

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A delegation of 65 boys from the Lubavitch Educational Center in Miami, are on their way to represent the school at the international Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos Rambam Competition in Brooklyn, New York. The competition bringing thousands of students from across the globe to compete and represent their hometowns is the largest international Torah learning competition. The 65 boys who traveled from grades 4-6 were the largest delegation of students that flew in from anywhere in the world.  The students spent the entire flight studying for the upcoming competition test and game show and left a strong impression on all those they encountered.  Principal Mrs.  Shevi Sossonko was present at the students embarked on the trip and personally congratulated each contestant.  One stewardess approaching program director - Rabbi Garfinkel remarked - she’s never seen such a large group of young boys who’s manners including please and thank you was so natural.  Airport employees were high fiving the boys as they trekked through both airports and the pilot made a series of remarks congratulating the students and telling them to bring home the gold! Passengers cheered as they got on and off the flights and hometown pride filled the plane.  Accompanying the students is Rabbi Mendy Engel, Rabbi Chaim Schechter, Coach Segev BenSalel, and Rabbi Y.  Garfinkel. We wish the students currently representing the school well and while at the

time of publishing the results are not out we hope to update the community on their successes in the next edition. The Girls elementary and middle school department spanning 4th - 8th grades of LEC participated in the same competition for girls a week earlier and had the largest delegation of flying students worldwide as well. Representing LEC was 91 students.  Yehudis Korf of 8th grade brought home the Silver Trophy. A true nachas to her principal Mrs Chaya Sara Dalfin and the entire school. 

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You gotta be kidding Yankel goes to see his supervisor in the front office. “Boss,” he says, “we’re doing some heavy Pesach cleaning at home tomorrow, and my wife needs me to help with the attic and the garage, moving and hauling stuff.”

“We’re shorthanded, Yankel,” the boss replies. “I can’t give you the day off.” “Thanks, boss,” says Yankel. “I knew I could count on you!”

Things You Learn While Cleaning For Pesach Bleach really does ruin clothing.

Macaroons have no expiration date.

Your knees ain’t what they used to be.

That thing you should have thrown out last year, you should throw out this year, but you’ll throw out next year… yeah right.

Children do eat in the bathroom. If you think the sanitation workers are going to come tomorrow, they won’t.

No, you will never remember how to put the fridge back together again.

You can never have enough old undershirts. So that’s where the matzah from the eruv tavshilin went! You have more shoes than DSW under your bed. Your kids have more sport water bottles than the route at the NYC Marathon. You will never end up using those ketchup packets that you collected “just in case.”

Yes, you will never have enough silver foil. When needed most, you will be unable to tear off a paper towel using just one hand. Despite the three containers full of varied type of nails, you will certainly have to visit the hardware store at least three times before yom tov to get just the right nail for different projects. Those counter covers really are ugly; it’s not your imagination.

The junk drawer will always look like the junk drawer no matter how neat you try to make it.

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A window cleaner is cleaning a window on the 25th floor of a skyscraper. He suddenly slips and falls. He has no

Going away for Pesach is totally not overrated.

safety equipment and nothing to soften his fall, but he is not hurt at all. How did that happen?

Answers: He was cleaning the inside of the window, inside of the building.

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Keeping it Clean Trivia Which of the following is not in Mr. Clean Magic Eraser? a. Melamine b. Formaldehyde c. Sodium Bisulfite d. Mustard


Which two common household products should you never mix together? a. Tired children and house chores b. Bleach and ammonia c. Vinegar and baking soda d. Detergent and fabric softener


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John S. Thurman invented his gasoline powered vacuum cleaner in 1899 and some historians consider it the first motorized vacuum cleaner. He had a horse-drawn door-todoor service vacuum system in St. Louis. How much did he charge per visit? a. Thirty-five cents b. One dollar and twenty cents c. Four dollars d. Twelve dollars


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Despite his immense success, Mr. Clean didn’t receive a first name until 1963. That year, Procter & Gamble staged a “Give Mr. Clean a Name” contest. The winner was offered either $30,000 in cash or a $30,000 fully furnished house. Can you guess Mr. Clean’s winning first name? a. Veritably b. Cornelius c. Major d. Jackson

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into the air by drafts or air currents. A- Veritably (and then he wonders why people call him by his last name all the time?!)


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ime Magazine’s 2017 Person of the Year was “the silence breakers, the voices that launched a movement.” That movement, well known by its hashtag, #metoo, continues to hold accountable violators of abuse and exploitation. The movement is several months old and shows no signs of slowing. Just last week, a South Korean politician once considered a presidential contender resigned after his secretary publicly accused him of repeatedly raping her. Victims, particularly of the powerful and influential have become empowered to speak up with confidence that they will be supported, not derided, for calling out those that have abused their power and acted grossly inappropriately or criminally. This sea change is welcome and represents a major step forward for society. But is it enough? It seems to me that despite real progress with respect to supporting and believing victims and punishing wrongdoers, the #metoo movement has almost exclusively focused on litigating past indiscretions. Discussion of best ways to prevent future problems seems limited to changing workplace harassment policies and making sure young men are taught what should be obvious lessons in how to interact with and treat women. There has been little to no conversation about changes and policies we as a society can employ going forward that address the underlying issues surrounding the protection of people from unwanted advances and abusive interactions. Creating a no-tolerance environment and a culture of listening are excellent steps towards prevention. But it isn’t sufficient to protect victims of aggressive behavior.  Ascribing blame to only the perpetrators ignores the fact that this crisis is also the result of decades of fundamental, societal issues that remain largely unresolved. The few voices who have called

for us, in the wake of this movement, to reexamine some of our society’s norms and mores and to improve our general sense of modesty have been heavily criticized, ridiculed and even demonized. If one dares suggest that we consider the broader culture and its impact on these issues, he or she is unfairly accused of blaming the victims and summarily labeled as defending the perpetrators. Dismissing voices that call for a return to modesty and even worse, painting them as somehow part of the problem and not the solution, amount to nothing more than a deflection and a way to avoid taking a good, hard look in our collective mirror.  Ignoring our increasingly licentious culture means living with a blind spot. To be absolutely clear: We should and we must hold accountable men and women who exploit their positions of power to take advantage. At the same time, if we truly care about improving our society and protecting its vulnerable, we must hold ourselves accountable to better and higher standards. The many celebrities who have been outspoken on this issue have made an important contribution.  But as Torah Jews, should we really concede our standards and practices to, and take direction from, an industry that has profited and thrived off of objectifying women and selling sexuality, and con-

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tinues to do so despite the rise of #metoo? Of course, there is absolutely no behavior that ever excuses or justifies harassment, abuse or exploitation. But, that doesn’t mean adjusting our collective practices and choices going forward can’t be part of a solution. Commitment to a more modest lifestyle should not be labeled prudish or fanatical.  While the world struggles for solutions, we are blessed that our sacred Torah and holy tradition provide timeless guidance and wisdom in this area, as in every other.  Long before Freud, the Torah knew that this impulse is uniquely strong, and that nobody is immune from its impact and influence.  The laws in the area of interpersonal relationships are guided by the principle that ‫תוירעל סופורטופא ןיא‬, there is nobody fully trustworthy when it comes to sexuality (Chullin 11b). How many brilliant, accomplished men and women have we seen fall because of horrifically poor judgment in this area that proved to be self-destructive. Our greatest, most righteous and respected leaders in Judaism expressed their humanity and vulnerability in this area.  Indeed, the only person in Tanach whom we refer to as “haTzadik,” Yosef, earned that appellation

because he exhibited superhuman restraint and discipline against a most formidable seduction. Consider the impact if the world would embrace the principles behind the laws of yichud and negiah alone, let alone many others.  A few years ago, I asked Dr. Ruth Westheimer what she thought were the most important ingredients for a healthy and strong marriage.  I was very surprised when among her answers she said a steadfast commitment to observe the laws of  yichud.  She explained that especially in our world of enticement and access, it is so important to remove temptation and opportunity before they ever arrive by pledging to never be alone with a non-family member of the opposite gender. Considering a peck on the cheek, a hug, or an arm on the shoulder as casual contact with no other significance diminishes the meaning of those acts when undertaken with those with whom they should carry great meaning and pleasure.  Furthermore, we have come to learn that they aren’t always casual, and we don’t always know the intent of all parties.  If someone abstained from these social gestures because they had a germ phobia or a health sensitivity, we would honor their boundaries


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with respect and sensitivity. Why should anyone look those who are strict in this area because Jewish law prohibits it with judgment or disdain?  In a world that has become sensitized to the issue of uninvited and unwanted touch, wouldn’t observing the practice of having no physical contact with the opposite gender create more personal space and a greater sense of security and comfort? Shortly, we will mark Pesach and with it celebrate the exodus from Egypt.  God promises to extract us, to take us out from  sivlos mitzrayim, classically translated as from under the burdens of Egypt.  However, the Imrei Chaim, Rav Chaim Meir of Vizhnitz explains, that tachas sivlos mitzrayim means, I will redeem you from “sivlos”  as in “savlanut,” from being patient and from a willingness to endure the culture of Egypt.  The redemption comes through reaching a place of being disgusted and repulsed by the degradation and defilement of Egypt.  When you no longer have sivlos, savlanut for the culture of mitzrayim, that is when you are on your way to redemption and to kedusha, to holiness. There are many things we must maintain patience for, but let part of our re-


sponse to this new movement be to feel fed up with allowing ourselves and our standards to be defined by pop culture, the fashion industry, advertising agencies, and Hollywood writers. The western world in which we live, a world that has blessed us with extraordinary gifts and opportunities, has also introduced standards and values that should be foreign to us and even repulsive to us.  We believe that God not only created the world, but with His infinite wisdom, He prescribed laws and a system that are designed to create the most moral, safe and holy society. Rav Avraham Yitzchak Ha’Kohen Kook writes (Orot Ha’Kodesh 3:296) of a time when the world will look with admiration at the Jewish people’s quest for sexual purity.  We have given the world great technological advances and medical breakthroughs.  The time has come to lead by example of what it means to participate in and contribute to the world around us, without compromising or conceding our standards.  Doing so will shape the world to not only be holier, but safer as well. Rabbi Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue.

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Political Crossfire

Trump Needs to be Clear about One Thing in Meeting with Kim Jong Un By Marc A. Thiessen


ith the nomination and likely confirmation of Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, President Trump will soon have a trusted adviser who can prepare him for his upcoming summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Pompeo’s first job is to make sure Trump understands one thing going into those talks: North Korea has no plans to give up its nuclear weapons at the negotiating table. Kim knows what happened to Libyan dictator Moammar Gaddafi when, after the capture of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, he handed the entire Libyan nuclear weapons program – the uranium, the centrifuges, the designs to build bombs – over to the United States for secure storage. Seven years later, the Obama administration launched a military intervention in Libya during which Gaddafi was killed by rebel forces. Don’t think Kim has not seen the video of Gaddafi’s gruesome death or concluded that it would never have happened had Gaddafi kept his weapons. Kim is also fully aware of what happened to Ukraine after it gave up the nearly 2,000 nuclear weapons it possessed after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In December 1994, in exchange for denuclearization, Russia signed the Budapest Memorandum of Security Assurances promising to “refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integri-

ty or political independence of Ukraine.” In 2014, Russia invaded a denuclearized Ukraine and annexed Crimea. The idea that Kim is going to look at this history and decide “third time’s a charm!” is absurd. Any promise for com-

sation at the American Enterprise Institute whether Kim actually believes that Trump would pull the trigger on a military strike. “We’re concerned that he may not be getting really good, accurate information,” the CIA director replied. “It is

It may be that only a threat delivered in person can finally convince Kim that Trump means it when he says all options are on the table. plete denuclearization he gives Trump will be a lie – just as his father lied in 1994 when he agreed to abandon his nuclear program. Kim is coming to the table to extort money and get the United States to withdraw forces from the Korean Peninsula so that he can pursue his ultimate goal of unconditional Korean unification under Pyongyang’s rule. So why should Trump even bother to meet with Kim? Because a direct meeting may be the only way to convince the North Korean leader that Trump is serious about taking military action if Kim does not abandon his quest to threaten American cities with nuclear missiles. In January, I asked Pompeo in a conver-

not a healthy thing to be a senior leader and bring bad news to Kim Jong Un.” A face-to-face meeting is a chance for Trump to look Kim in the eye and tell him: You will not be allowed to deploy missiles that can reach U.S. cites. I am not like my predecessors. If you continue on this path, America will have no choice but take military action to destroy your missile and nuclear capabilities. Such strikes will be limited – unless you retaliate, in which case your regime will end. I would prefer it not come to that, but the decision is in your hands. If Kim walks away unconvinced, and continues to pursue nuclear ICBMs, Trump can back up his message with lim-

ited actions. These could be undertaken covertly in order to avoid publicly shaming the North Korean leader. For example, Richard Ellings of the National Bureau of Asian Research recently suggested that North Korean submarines could suddenly start silently disappearing beneath the sea. No one would know except the North Korean leadership. This, along with even more painful sanctions, would send an unmistakable signal to Kim that Trump was serious. If, despite all this, Kim continues to push forward, then the United States must be prepared to take out Kim’s nuclear and missile facilities, as well as the artillery pointed at Seoul. But preventing the need for military action – which risks escalating into all-out war if Kim miscalculates – is why it is important for Trump to meet the North Korean leader. It may be that only a threat delivered in person can finally convince Kim that Trump means it when he says all options are on the table. If Trump succeeds, the result would still be suboptimal: a halt to ballistic missile development, rather than full denuclearization. But this is far better than letting Kim hold American cities hostage or giving him massive concessions for a denuclearization agreement that he has no intention of fulfilling. (c) 2017, Washington Post Writers Group

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Psychology Today

Self Image Is Key Dr. Yaakov Siegel


t a recent parlor meeting, one older gentleman got up and reminisced about his elementary school days. He recalled a recurrent argument with his Rebbi over grades. “I used to pay attention in class, do my homework and study hard before tests. I got all the questions right, but Rebbi would give me a 99,” he related, “it was so frustrating, I would push and demand my rightful mark – I had done a complete job, I wanted to be rewarded with a 100%. But Rebbi would not give in. He insisted that the highest mark in his class was 99.” The teacher, now an elderly man, smiled as his talmid told the story. “That’s right,” he said, “you earned a 99. Because nobody is perfect. 100% is only for Hashem. The rest of us get a 99.” But the Rabbi

was not done, “what you didn’t know is that the lowest grade you could earn in my class was 90.” This timeless message is reinforced on Seder night. This is the time of chinuch. Chazal teach us “maschlin bgnus umesaymim bshevach – we start with the negative and end with praise.” The hagaddah begins with “Arami oved avi – that our ancestors began as idol worshippers.” They were not performing well, they were hovering around a 90%. But, the message to the children and adult-children is, that is not a reason to become discouraged or to give up faith in our selves. Pesach holds a message of Redemption,that a person can always grow. By the end of the story, we are uplifted, celebrating our national accomplishments with pride. We tell the children that no matter

where they have been or where they are now, they are heading toward great places. Because perfection is only for Hashem, everybody else falls somewhere between 90 and 99. Rebbe Nachman of Breslov illustrated this theme with a story. One year, a gentile peasant disguised himself as a Jew, knowing that on Seder night, every person is invited into somebody’s home. He sat in the back of the shul, and sure enough, he was invited by the Rabbi to join his family for the Seder feast. As they arrived home, the man was overjoyed at the scent of the delicious food that filled the room. His mouth watered as he took his seat at the lavishly-set table. They started with Kiddush and he tasted some wine. Next, he was given a small piece of celery. Then he endured the long discussion, wondering if his cover had been blown and the crafty Jews were purposely torturing him by withholding the delicacies that were so readily available in the kitchen. He decided that it could only be a matter of time until the repast was served, so he set out to wait. The speeches finally drew to a close and the matza was brought out. In antic-

ipation, the gentleman broke off a piece but it hardly satisfied. He took a generous helping of the next course and the taste of the bitter Marror threw him over the edge. In a rage, he threw back his chair, cursing on his way out. What a poor fool this man was. If he only had the endurance and faith to wait a few moments longer, he would have received his just reward. The feast was about to begin. “This” said Rebbe Nachman “is the message of the Seder.” We have humble beginning, we struggle and fall short.

Self image is key; the way we view our selves is how we relate to others. Nobody is perfect but we are doing well.

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

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Crumbs and Greater Loaves By Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky


rumbs. They epitomize the nothingness of banality, the edible dust of the remnants of earth’s fruitage. Indeed, they are often ignored and desecrated, except for junctures that have occurred at the opposite spectrums of history. The crumbs of the Warsaw Ghetto and of Auschwitz were harvested, cherished for every –or any – tiny bit of nutrition they may have contained. Garbage dumps and bakery refuse were searched and scoured to find the morsel of nourishment that took its form in the tiniest crust of moldy bread. A crumb here, a crumb there, and who knows? Soon one could have a drop of sustenance to place on the tip of the tongue to savor for a second. And then there are the current crumbs of affluence. The remnants of succulent feasts that now linger in the crevices of the pre-Pesach kitchen. They are searched for and sought for annihilation as if they would be the bacteria of evil that could infect the healthiest of bodies. And they can. After all, a crumb of bread that falls into the largest pot of food on Pesach indeed renders it unfit for Jewish consumption. Indeed the crumb that was once pursued and appreciated is now loathed. Ovens and refrigerators entrenched eleven months in their places suddenly become mobile, all in the effort to find the crumb – not to eat, as in Auschwitz, but to destroy. Of course all of you bellowers

of bitul are shaking your heads, “Why would someone who seems so in the realm of normal (at least I hope to be) could worry about a tiny crumb slipping under the 300 pound refrigerator?” Indeed, halacha is a halacha, and, even if the crumb was located in the crevice that would not ever meet your food preparation area, I was raised to have this terrible feeling in knowing that there is actually a crumb of chometz in the house, even if it is physically unreachable and unattainable. And I believe that’s a good feeling.

in our Jewish gut and I don’t know if there is an English word for it. Es gritjidt. There is an awful pit in the stomach so many times in life when there is something gnawing at you, something that you are missing, and something that is just not right. It is utterly amazing how adjectives of strife and agmas nefesh are so often inversely proportional to the item, physical or mental, causing the agita. Indeed, it is utterly amazing to note how so often things that are so much less significant, be it a sartorial imperfection or the lost parking

The tiny grain of mistrust, the fake news and the fallacious lies of BDS grows like a drop of yeast that is only a morsel of leaven, yet rises to a monster of inexplicable madness. Whether or not the halacha would allow for its existence, there is something in the mindset of many of us, knowing that we are living in the realm of chometz. After all, how can one live with himself knowing full well that there is a piece of chometz somewhere in his domain that he was not able to do anything about. There is something somewhere

space or place on line, create feelings of “es gritjidt” tenfold than of a missing piece of chometz under the fridge. There is a spiritual realm to life in which the minutest inconsistency, the tiniest flaw, can render an entire action, as comprehensive as it may be, worthless. The naysayers who quibble,

“Does the Almighty really care if you rip a piece of toilet paper on Shabbos?” “Does He really care if the ink from the kutzo shel yud, the tiny part of the tiny letter, is missing?” “Forget about the realities of the mundane world. Must I really say those three Rabbi Gamliel things after an entire night spewing vertlach from 50 different haggados? “If I don’t say them, am I really not yoitzei? After all I sang my heart out at Dayeinu!” Chazal gave us the guidelines and perspectives of what counts and what does not. And, indeed the items that they define as defining and seminal are just that. In no way can we be flippant with a point of view that comes from our mundane perspectives. Did physics really care that the Space Shuttle Challenger had a hairline crack in an O-ring seal? A hairline fissure. An explosion that rocked the world. Does it really make a difference if you forget a dot, when typing your dot com? Does the transistor care if the microwire does not touch the proper conductor? We are at the precipice of a yom tov that celebrates a huge and greater picture, yet the details are so significant in the highlight the celebration. Indeed the story of the Egyptian exile and the miraculous exodus are replete with detail that clearly an entire night of recounting it would not even touch the surface. Yet the minor detail we may omit does not detract


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from our sense of accomplishment in doing the best we can in relaying the story to the next generation. Life is filled with details and generalities, the crumbs and the loaves. Often when we become obsessed with the irrelevant details of minutia, we can destroy our greater vision. However, when we leave out what may appear to others as nothing merely more than a tiny crumb, we may be losing sight of the greater picture as well. I hearken back a month and think about Haman, the man who had everything. He was not only the wealthiest man in the kingdom, he was the most influential. He had the king’s ear to the effect he was able to get him to agree to wipe out an entire nation without so much as a short conversation – yet there was that elusive crumb. An old Jew who would not kowtow and bow in front of this man led him to lose his perspective and declare, “All that I wave is worthless, every time that I see, Mordechai sitting without any acknowledgement of my presence.” One man, in the entire kingdom, defies Haman and it is enough to

warp his perspective. The small insignificant crumb named Mordechai was no longer meaningless.


he Torah is sketchy about the evolution of the grueling golus that was Egypt. It seems that there were no cataclysmic events that had Pharaoh write his “Mein Kamp” to deal with the “Jewish problem.” The only clue that the Torah tells us about was a meeting of Pharaoh and his advisors when feelings of paranoia entered his mind. “It may just be that the Hebrews, indeed the family of Yosef who had saved this country from imminent doom, who lined its coffers with the wealth and power, may just join against our enemies who may attack us.” Why? What prompted such thoughts? Why would the family of Yosef, who so generously and liberally contributed to the welfare of your country, suddenly join with nations to whom they owe no allegiance, and attack you? The tiny grain of mistrust, the fake news and the fallacious lies of BDS grows like a drop of

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yeast that is only a morsel of leaven yet rises to a monster of inexplicable madness. And that is the question that I pose. When is a morsel of madness the seed of real destruction? When do we just ignore it and rely upon the few words of bitul and of spurn, and when must we seek to eradicate the elusive crumb with destruction and decimation? What morsels of minutia are truly worthy of lifting refrigerators to seek and destroy? Life’s decisions that may seem insignificant for better or worse may have eternal ramifications. The sudden turn into oncoming traffic, the foolish ingestion of one wrong pill or drink or even cigarette. In spiritualty our futures were shaped with the refusal to eradicate just one person and the relentless pursuit to achieve just one dream as well. Who knows how the world would have been different had Shaul not had mercy on Agag? What would have been had a Rochel been obsessive over the fact that she may never have Yaakov to marry? What must be relentlessly pursued and what should be left to ignore in totality? Indeed there are those seemingly insignificant items that need total eradication, just as there are those seemingly giant nuisances that should be ignored as they just may fade away by themselves. Often the minutia of mitzvos or an inkling of what may or may not be a custom can spur tremendous and erratic reactions. In our quest for mitzvos, how often does our own personal feelings take the tiny piece of chometz, the slight imperfection, and exacerbate it? How often do we involve our personal laxities or obsessions in the quest for spirituality? I’d love to say not to worry but unfortunately that does not work for the elusive crumb. It may be out there and, like it or not, we have to find it. The question is, “How?” To what end does our own character reflect in the “search and destroy mission” that we are all tasked with in the days prior to Pesach.


ne of my favorite stories (and there are many) is told of Reb Shraga Feivel Mendelovitz the founder of Yeshiva Torah Vo’daath. I was told that once he stayed in Miami for Shabbos at the

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home of a student. The man escorted the Rebbe home from synagogue, but when he opened the door the young man was shocked and embarrassed. His wife, exhausted from a week’s worth of child rearing and the responsibility of keeping a home, was sprawled on the couch. The Shabbos table was half-set, the dishes placed in a pile next to the kiddush cup and wine. In front of the head seat were two large challos – sitting uncovered. The minhag is to cover the challos when making kiddush. As the blessing over bread normally precedes that of wine it is a somewhat a metaphorical embarrassment to the bread – thus it is covered during the kiddush. The talmid, who was embarrassed at the state of affairs, called out to his wife in a somewhat demeaning manner. “Please let us prepare the table in its entirety.” Turning to his mentor, he exclaimed, “I’m sure that leaving the bread uncovered was an oversight! Everyone knows,” he exclaimed shifting his self-inflicted embarrassment upon his wife, “that we must cover the challah before the kiddush.” Reb Shraga Feivel was annoyed at the man’s self-righteous behavior and turned to him. “Over the years, I have heard many problems that people faced. Students, couples, and adults from all walks of life have entered my office to discuss their personal situations with me. Not once did a challah ever enter my office, suffering an inferiority complex because it was left uncovered during kiddush! Do you know why? Because we are not concerned with the challah! We are concerned with making ourselves cognizant of feelings. We worry about challahs because the goal is to worry about people. How, then, can you embarrass your wife over not covering the challah when the act of covering is supposed to train you in sensitivity?” I often wonder what we are really looking for when we search for those elusive crumbs. Maybe in looking for it, we should also find ourselves.

Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky is the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Toras Chaim at South Shore. This article was adapted with permission from Ami Magazine, where Rabbi Kamenetzky is a weekly columnist.


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Pastrami Meatballs By Naomi Nachman This is one of my most popular recipes from my Pesach cookbook published last year by ArtScroll. I have received hundreds of emails and messages from people who made this dish throughout the year and who told me that their families and guests had thoroughly enjoyed it.  The recipes in my book are mostly gluten-free, easy, and very approachable for all year. Hope you all pick up a copy or two for Pesach and for year-round. 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.


These might look like ordinary meatballs, but they have a secret weapon inside: The finely diced pastrami mixed into the meat mixture doesn’t just add incredible flavor to the meatballs, but it keeps them extremely moist and soft. They’re like no meatballs you’ve ever had before! Ingredients 2 pounds ground beef 6 ounces pastrami, very finely chopped 2 eggs 3 tablespoons ketchup 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon dried oregano Sauce 2 (32 oz.) jars marinara sauce 1 cup water 1 cup sugar Juice of 2 lemons (about ½ cup) 1 tablespoon tomato paste 1 (14 oz.) can whole berry cranberry sauce

Preparation Prepare the meatballs: Mix together all meatball ingredients in a large bowl until combined. Set aside. Prepare the sauce: In a large

saucepan, stir together marinara sauce, water, sugar, lemon juice, tomato paste, and cranberry sauce. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Roll the meat mixture into balls approximately the size of golf balls. Carefully drop balls into boiling sauce. Reduce heat to low; simmer for approximately 1 hour 30 minutes.

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ur history in Egypt starts with the story in Shemos, the one that we recount year after year following our tradition of passing the story from father to son, from parent to child. The story takes on larger meaning, and “Mitzrayim” functions in the Jewish mind as a metaphor at times for all exiles, for the yetzer hara, for personal pain. In truth, Egypt has a history with our people that spans millennia past krias Yam Suf and our escape from the Egyptian oppression. Manuscripts in the Cairo Geniza, the geniza in the Ben Ezra shul in Old Cairo, date the community back at least 2,000 years. After leaving Spain in 1492, Sephardi Jews (in this case, literally from Spain) came to Egypt. They lived there in prosperity for years; their numbers swelled 400 years later when the Suez Canal opened in 1869 bringing Jews from all over the Ottoman Empire, Italy, and Greece. The community was divided between Karaites and Rabbanites; both groups did not marry each other. Late in the 1800s, Ashkenazi Jews started coming to Cairo’s Darb al-Barabira quarter to escape European pogroms. But in the 1950s all this shifted. The Egyptians, experiencing a wave

of isolationist nationalism, expelled its Jewish population and took Jewish-owned property. As recently as 1948, up to 80,000 Jews lived in Egypt. Today, 57,500 Egyptian Jews live in Israel and only six Egyptian Jews actually live in Egypt, all of them women over the age of 65. What follows is a brief history, and, in their own words, a picture of a vivid and robust life led on the banks of the Nile after 3327.

From Israel to Egypt During the time of Ptolemy, Ptolemy took 120,000 Jewish captives to Egypt. There, the Jews settled and lived in peace; Ptolemy even freed them from slavery when they arrived there, opening the Jews to an era in Egypt of relative peace and wealth. The community even dedicated a shul to him. Once they were in Egypt, they were present for the establishment of Alexandria under Alexander the Great, becoming a large portion of the local population. Alexandrian Jews lived in two out of five districts in the city to ensure that they could follow Jewish customs; the Jews were politically independent. The community, however, was destroyed during the Kitos War, or Jewish re-

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volt, in 115 BCE. When the Emperor Heraclius I drove the Jewish population out of Jerusalem, Egyptians and local Coptic groups took this as permission to hurt local Jews. Together, they massacred Jewish residents throughout Egypt. So when the Arabs invaded Egypt in the middle 600s, the Jews welcomed them and supported them. In fact, the Treaty of Alexandria (641) stipulated that Jewish residents should be allowed to stay in Alexandria and be treated fairly. The new Arab leader reported that there were 40,000 Jews in that city alone.

The Middle Ages: When Egypt Thrived During the Middle Ages, Egyptian Jewry thrived: the Jews founded yeshivas; Jews rose to high positions of the government. But as is the classic story in Jewish history, tolerance is dependent on local governance. During the 24-year reign of caliph al-Hakim, for example, Jews had to wear bells and carry in public the wooden image of a calf. This followed the Pact of Umar, a pact between Muslims and Christians about the rights and restrictions of non-Muslims that became incorporated into the Muslim canon. One street, al-Jawdarriyah, was desig-


nated as Jew street, and, when the caliph learned that Jews had privately mocked him, he burned the Jewish quarter down. By the 12th century, though, a Jew led the Department of Agriculture, and there was a Jewish master of finances. Jews were personal doctors to the caliph. Reports from famous talmidei chachamim of the time, such as Yehuda Halevi, give us an understanding of the local Jewish communities. Cairo had 2,000 Jews, Alexandria had 3,000, and another close to 1,500 Jews collectively lived in other small communities. The apex of this leadership and esteem is with the Rambam, who came to Alexandria in 1166. He was a renowned doctor to Saladin. The Rambam was a Jewish leader and prolific writer of seforim; his Mishneh Torah and Moreh Nevuchim and sheilos and teshuvos are still very much alive in batei medrash all over the world.

Under the Ottoman Empire This cycle of peace and persecution continued through the Ottomans’ rise to power in 1517. Jews had high government positions – Abraham de Castro, for example, headed the Egyptian mint – and their spiritual and Torah life flourished.

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The Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue in Alexandria

Bezeleel Ashkenazi wrote “Shittah Mekubbezet,” and was rebbe to the future Arizal, who was visiting a rich uncle in Egypt. Chaim Vital Aaron ibn Chaim wrote his perush on the Gemara; Menashe ben Yisrael records that a Jew was always at the side of the Egyptian viceroy in the position of “zaraf bashi” or treasurer. By 1840, the Damascus Affair involved the arrest of 13 respected members of the Jewish community of Damascus who were accused of killing a monk for the sake of their Pesach matzos. The Jews were attacked, imprisoned, and tortured by the Ottoman government. The locals attacked the shul and burned sifrei Torah. The violence drew international attention, and negotiations for the prisoners’ release took place in Alexandria for 24 days in August. The nine prisoners who were still alive were released and an edict went out to stop the spread of blood libels and hatred in the Ottoman Empire. With the raised awareness of the Jews in Egypt, famous Jews including Moses Montefiore visited Egypt and founded, with Rabbi Moses Joseph Algazi, schools in Cairo. They noted that “a great spirit of tolerance sustains the majority of our fellow Jews in Egypt, and it would be difficult to find a more liberal population or one more respectful of all religious beliefs.” Unfortunately, in 1844, 1881, and 1902, Egyptian Jews for the first time faced the pain of blood libels.

The Last Hundred Years, the Last of the Jews By 1898, 25,200 Jews lived in Egypt. By 1919, though, under Brit-

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The Jewish Quarter in Alexandria, circia 1898

ish rule and under King Fuad I, most Jews did not have Egyptian nationality. They had either been denied it or did not apply for it. However, they still played key roles in the economy,

The Senator and Chief Rabbi of Cairo, Rav Haim Nahum Effendi, with Egyptian officials at King Fouad’s funeral, Cairo 1934

Muslim families; this was relatively common for Jewish families including the Aghion, Goar, Mosseri, Nahman, Pinto, and Tilche families. Others were actors, musicians, and

. He was taken with other Jewish boys and men to the precinct, where the captain “started his introduction with a reddening slap across our faces.” They were then beaten and eventually branded with a triangle with a number on it.

and their population soared to nearly 80,000, as Egypt accepted Jewish refugees running from European persecution. The community, of course, had its own traditions. On the night of Rosh Chodesh NIssan, for example, they had a special seder in the local shuls, called the Seder El-Tawhid. The seder involved learning, including reading the parsha about the korban Pesach, and Tehillim 136 to honor the Torah and the status of those who learn it. Following that, the chazan sang Seder Hayichud (translation: El-Tawhid) in Arabic, as well as a special tefillah in Arabic asking Hashem to have mercy on His children. Egyptian Jews at the time were well-known and powerful. The Qattawi family, for example, had business relationships with all the major


athletes, who competed for Egypt on a global level, including the Olympics. The Cicurel family originated from Turkey. They owned and ran Cairo’s leading department store, a store they built from a fabric shop in Cairo’s El Mousky district to the department store Au Petit Bazaar to the even larger department store Les Grand Magasins Cicurel. This department store was considered Egypt’s finest. The family founded Banque Misr, a bank owned by Egyptian and Jewish owners who wanted to end foreign countries’ power over the local banking industry. Other Jews, however, limited their business relationships to other Jewish families. The Jews were proudly Egyptian. Rene Qattawi eventually led the Cai-

ro Sephardi community and created in 1935 the Association of Egyptian Jewish Youth. The group’s slogan, “Egypt is our homeland, Arabic is our language,” demonstrated the tight ties the Egyptian Jews felt with their native country. They opposed Zionism and even argued in 1943 against Palestine as a destination for all of Europe’s Jewish refugees. Other Jews functioned as Zionists and Egyptian nationalists, writing poems to “My Homeland Egypt,” while defending the right to a Jewish state. Some were so patriotic that they joined the Egyptian nationalist movement advocating the overthrow of the British mandate in Egypt. Yaqub Sanu even edited nationalist publications, one of the first magazines written in Egyptian Arabic. Henri Curiel founded the Egyptian Movement for National Liberation in 1943, the seed of the Egyptian Communist party. Because they had never truly been granted Egyptian citizenship, Jews prospered even more in the late 1930s, due to an interesting government tax loophole and ruling. The government at that point exempted foreign nationals from taxation. European Jews started using Egyptian banks for transferring money from central Europe, and Jews trading within Egypt had extra advantages, especially since they were not considered full Egyptian citizens. However, with the rise of the clashes between Arabs and Jews in Palestine during the late 1930s, as well as the rise of Nazi Germany, tensions between Egyptian Jews and their Egyptian Arab neighbors increased. Militant nationalist groups came to power and became antag-

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hile World War II raged, pogroms began in Egypt. In 1945, the Jewish quarter in Cairo was severely damaged, and, with the advent of the State of Israel, nationalism and anti-Semitism in Egypt increased. The government required that 75 percent of salaried employees and 90 percent of all workers be Egyptian. As most Jews had been denied citizenship as a rule, Jews were laid off, even in Jewish-owned companies. They had been warned. The Egyptian prime minister had told the British ambassador that “all Jews were potential Zionists...all Zionists were Communists,” and the head of the Egyptian delegation to the General Assembly said that “the lives of a million Jews in Muslim countries would be jeopardized by the establishment of a Jewish state.” They took this not-so-veiled threat one step further, stating that, should a Jewish State be established, or “the UN decide to amputate a part of Palestine” to do so, “Jewish blood will necessarily be shed.” Violence increased following 1948, beyond economic sanctions and oppression. There were bombings in Jewish areas, and riots, and the Cicurel department store was firebombed and eventually nationalized by the Egyptian government. This led 14,000 Jews to immi-


Members of the Sasson family, Cairo, 1939

A group bat mitzvah in Alexandria

onistic toward Jews. The Muslim Brotherhood spread its own version of fake news: Jews were killing Arab women and children, Jews were destroying holy places in Israel. Nazis funded the Muslim Brotherhood and funded its printing presses to disseminate anti-Semitic propaganda.

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grate to Israel; by 1950, 40 percent of the Egyptian Jewish population had left. But until 1952, and the overthrow of King Farouk, Cairo was still known as “Paris on the Nile.” A step inside a cafe, according to Lucetta Lagnedo, who wrote a memoir about her family’s life in pre-1952 Egypt and their forced emigration to Brooklyn, brought not only the aroma of coffee

the Jews and took pains to make statements like “these defendants happen to be Jews who reside in Egypt,” the aftermath was brutal. By 1956, when Israel, Britain, and France invaded Egypt to regain control of the Suez Canal, the Egyptian government issued a new proclamation. Now, “all Jews are Zionists and enemies of the state” and were to be expelled. Half of the community –

“I still remember my last day in Egypt. I still remember looking out the back car window. And I thought, ‘I wonder if I’m ever going to see this place again. I wonder what’s ahead of me. What’s going to be.’”

and pastries, but the sounds of four or five different languages. The upper echelons of Egyptian society included Muslims and Jews who lived together in a relatively tolerant community. With the rise of President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1952, Egypt was to be only for the Egyptians. And Jews were not considered Egyptian. Furthering the situation, Israeli espionage agents, utilizing contacts within the Egyptian Jewish community, tried to secretly overthrow President Nasser to stop negotiations between him and Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Sharett. Though the Egyptian government did not blame

25,000 Jews – upped and left for Israel, Europe, the United States, and South America. They were forced to declare that they were leaving voluntarily and had to agree to government seizure of all their assets. A thousand Jews were thrown into prison. No longer were Jews a resource to the country and economy. They were now enemies of the state, sleeper agents infiltrating the county and ready to undermine its very existence. Those from the most prominent families – the Qattawis, for example – lost their social clout and for the most part left the country, despite their earlier anti-Zionist declarations.


his was devastating to the Egyptian Jewish community. Cairo had been a city that “was particularly alive, very cosmopolitan,” a place that was “very extraordinary,” says Lagnedo. But following the Jews’ mass emigration, hundreds of shuls were emptied. Cemeteries were desecrated. The schools were bereft of students. The charmed life was over. Leon Lagnedo, Lucette’s father, had been fabulously wealthy. He wore custom suits, went out each night, and did business with Arabs and Jews. By 1963, he was forced to leave. He and his family took 26 suitcases with them and were only allowed 200 dollars. And they were told: don’t come back. “My father went from a successful businessman to a stateless refugee,” she says. In America, he was too old to find a job, according to local social workers, who encouraged him to go on welfare. People didn’t like the fact that he would say “G-d is great” when faced with hardship; it was too religious-sounding and discomfiting for their taste. He started spending nine or ten hours a day in the local Sephardi shul in Bensonhurst and sold neckties out of a box on the subway and Brooklyn street corners. He, a descendant of rabbis in Aleppo, was stateless and poor. Still, some Jews remained in Egypt, though not for long. They faced further dangers and persecutions, especially after the Six Day War in 1967. The day the war broke out, all Egyptian men between ages 17 and 60 were expelled from the country or imprisoned and tortured for three years.

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Israel Bonan had been a student in his final month of college when the Six Day War broke out. His siblings were already in the United States. He just needed to get his diploma; then he and he parents would leave. The day the war broke out, he was at college. Classes were cancelled, and Israel could see the “glee” in his classmates’ eyes as they anticipated being able to work in Tel Aviv post-graduation. Israel walked home, and around 10pm policemen knocked at his door, looking for him. He was taken with other Jewish boys and men to the precinct, where the captain “started his introduction with a reddening slap across our faces.” They were then beaten and eventually branded with a triangle with a number on it. After some time, Bonan shared a cell with a Christian, whose name had been confused with a Jewish name, and a Muslim newspaper reporter, who reported too much of the truth. Because they were not officially Egyptian, despite deep roots in the country, some Jews spent years in prison hoping to get a nationality based on their heritage. Some finally needed to procure Spanish passports, because of a “nationality” that dated back to 1492. Mrs. Simone Wadiche left Egypt in 1967 when she was ten-years-old. Her father’s import-export business had been thriving, and each week found him on a plane to Europe to meet with different contacts. Because Jews were not citizens, despite being born in the country, her father, knowing the political situation, acquired through underground channels an Italian passport. When the Six Day War began, her father was taken to jail and eventually de-

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Egyptian Jews in Alexandria, pre-1967. The choir of Rabbi Moshe Cohen at the Samuel Menashe synagogue

ported to Italy. Her mother, in the meantime, contacted the Italian consulate, where a representative told her that they had a boat leaving in three days to Italy. The family, sans their jailed father, could leave on the boat; afterwards there were no guarantees. Mother, grandmother, and children packed what they could and left, leaving behind a fully-furnished home, money, and the bulk of their jewelry and valuables. Egyptian Jews were wealthy and spoke many languages. Conversationally, they spoke French, like the elite of the Arab world. They were fluent in Italian, German, and English. Because of this, Simone’s parents, when the family reunited in Italy, spoke to the children in English to prepare them for a future in the United States. From Italy, the family went to France and then to the United States. After a brief time in Georgia, Rabbi Halfon Savdia of Ahaba VeAhva, a shul catering to Egyptian Jews in Brooklyn, wrote to her father and convinced him to come to Brooklyn for the sake of his children’s Jewish future. This was the right decision; his children eventually went to Yeshiva of Brooklyn where they were welcomed by the Sephardic community, and Rabbi Mandel, zt”l, personally looked out for their welfare. Today, Simone’s husband, who came to New York from Egypt as a small child, is a rebbe at Yeshivat Sha’arei Torah, and her brothers are rebbeim in different yeshivot as well. Though she speaks matter-of-factly and openly about her experience, she is equally open about how difficult the transition was. While Egyptian Jews follow Syri-

an traditions, traditions shared by most of the Sephardic community in New York, the transition still was “very traumatic,” she says. “I still remember my last day in Egypt. I still remember looking out the back car window. And I thought, ‘I wonder if I’m ever going to see this place again. I wonder what’s ahead of me. What’s going to be.’” During these years, the majority of Jews left the country, including the last Egyptian chief rabbi, Rabbi Haim Moussa Douek. The last Jewish wedding took place in 1984.


y 2007, fewer than 200 Jews lived in Egypt. Less than 40 were still there in 2014. Today, only six women remain, though those numbers may be skewed as marriage restrictions may have motivated some to convert to other religions. Still, despite the almost total absence of Jews in Egypt, anti-Israel feelings are strong in the country and rumors abound that Jews are subverting and weakening the state. The Rambam’s shul still stands, newly renovated in 2010, though it is barely used. Burials take place in the 9th-century cemetery. The head of the community and youngest of the remaining six women, Magda Shehata Haroun, age 63, is the daughter of a famous Egyptian-Jewish lawyer. Her father refused to leave Egypt because he was anti-Zionist, and he suffered for it; Magda refuses to go as well. Her father so loved Egypt that, when her sister was four-years-old and suffering from leukemia, he would not take the child out of the country for medical treatment because the Egyptian government said they would not

let him return. Magda now worries about how to give the last members of the community proper funerals (for her father’s funeral, she invited in a French rabbi). She has given money to the Support Egypt Fund and hopes that the golden years of Cairo as the Paris of Africa will return. She knows the remaining Jews live in fear of people learning that they are Jews “because of the image of Jew being promoted as traitors and spies.” Despite her dedication, Magda has had trouble procuring an ID card. Though she now has it, most people who see it are shocked and assume that the religious designation – Jewish – is a typo. Yet the small community, however eccentric, however fearful, however female, still gathers for Rosh Hashanah in the Shaar Hashamayim shul in downtown Cairo for tefillos led by American volunteers who lead the service in Arabic, English, and Hebrew. They eat apples and honey, as well as pomegranate seeds and dates together. Magda is 63; the other five Egyptian Jewish women are over age 80. Three live in Alexandria. Despite the rumors of their incendiary underground actions, the last of the Jews will not be expelled, the government asserts, perhaps because, after investigation, the Egyptian government has decided that septuagenarian females are not true threats. And so Egypt remains, nearly devoid of Jews, haunted by its past, stirring with unrest and anger, while the Jews who once lived there and their children thrive on all continents, waiting for the last of the exiles to end. Hopefully on this Pesach.

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Passover the Pounds By Aliza Beer MS, RD


esach is in a league of its own. I encounter the largest weight gains of the entire year after Pesach, ranging anywhere from 5 to 14 pounds! This weight gain should not be expected nor deemed normal. Over a span of eight days of eating, a massive weight gain can be likely but very unhealthy. This is the consequence of not just going off one’s diet but taking a vacation from reality. These tremendous weight gains result only when a person eats whatever they want, as much as they want, whenever they want. It happens when all common sense is disregarded. You may be reading this thinking that this only takes place at hotels; however, the largest weight gain I have on record, 14 pounds, happened to a woman who was home for Pesach. However, it is not all doom and gloom. I have had many clients that manage to maintain their weight or suffer a minimal weight gain over Pesach, while enjoying their Pesach and the food they eat. How? Adhere to the following guidelines, whether in a hotel or at home, and you will emerge from this yom tov victorious. • Matzah, Matzah, and More Matzah: Wherever you are spending your Pesach, make sure you have whole wheat matzah. At the sedarim you will eat the required shiurim, and not one extra bite! For the rest of yom tov, be aware that 1/3-1/2 piece of round shmura matzah is considered one carb serving, equal to one slice of bread.

• Grape Juice/Wine: At the sedarim, if you drink wine, dry is preferred since it has less sugar than sweet wine. If you drink grape juice, please purchase or request the light grape juice. It has less than half the sugar of regular grape juice. No fifth kos, please! • Drink Water: Everyone should be consuming 8 cups (64 oz.) of water a day. Drink a full cup of water before each meal; you will go into that meal not as hungry and eat a little bit less. • Minimize the Meat: There are eight yom tov/Shabbos meals over the course of eight days. You cannot eat red meat at all of them! Beef, lamb, and veal are much fattier than poultry. Try to have no more than 3-4 red meat meals; the rest of the meals should be chicken or turkey or fish. • Exercise: Go for walks, weather permitting. On chol hamoed try getting in some real exercise like spinning, running, or Zumba. • Eat your Veggies: Every meal should include some kind of salad and/or vegetable. They are low in calories and high in fiber and will help fill you up. Use cauliflower rice and zoodles as a faux carby side dish. The best carb side dishes are sweet potatoes, much healthier than white, and quinoa, which contains protein as well. • Treat Yourself, Carefully: It is unrealistic to expect anyone to endure eight days of Pesach, including 4 days of yom tov/Shabbos without ever having dessert or a “treat.” After all, this is the holiday of freedom. The best time of day to cheat is the morning because you will burn it off throughout the day. The worst time is at night, especially since the dinners are late

and you are going straight to bed, allowing everything you just ate to stick to you and be converted into fat. Give yourself a treat every day of yom tov/Shabbos – but only one treat and earlier in the day. Keep chol hamoed as clean as possible, avoiding all sugar. • Snacks: The healthiest and most filling snacks are fruit. Beware of dried fruit, eat them sparingly, for they are a more concentrated form of sugar than raw fruit and will spike your blood sugar much faster. For traveling on chol hamoed try an organic no sugar-added fruit leather like Matt’s Munchies or Fruit-a-peel. Seaweed snacks are another low-calorie travel-friendly snack. They are extremely healthy and will help with those salt cravings when your kids break out the chips. Keep chocolate to a minimum and eat only the dark chocolate. Nuts are a big Pesach staple, but they are also very high in fat and calories. Count out no more than 10-12 nuts in a sitting, and avoid candy or sugar coated nuts. • Don’t Be Afraid of the Scale: It is a great idea to get on that scale on chol hamoed and see if/how much damage was done. Ignorance is bliss. It is good for you to see the number, for it will inspire you to take action and seize control of the situation for the second days. Let us now use the above guidelines to formulate a concrete meal plan for Pesach. • Breakfast: Good options include: eggs with veggies; yogurt with fruit; cottage cheese and fruit; kosher l’Pesach almond butter on matzah. • Lunch: Yom tov/Shabbos: Soup; Lean meat, chicken, or fish; salads, vegetables, and healthy carb sides that are not fried. Chol hamoed: Will probably have to be on the go and portable, so bring cut up veggies like cucumbers, peppers, and jicama; tuna, hard boiled eggs or egg salad, cottage or farmer cheese, or string cheese; whole wheat matzah. Matzah brei fried in cooking spray or matzah pizza are other options as well. • Dinner: Yom tov/Shabbos: Will primarily be the same as the lunches. Chol hamoed: This is a good opportunity to get some fish dinners into your diet. Try to eat lighter during the days of chol hamoed because the first and last two days of Pesach are so heavy. Pesach is a challenge, but one that can be met successfully with proper planning and a little self-control. As frum Jews we are accustomed to laws and barriers,

and know that we cannot eat, wear, and do anything, anywhere, or anytime we feel like it. We must apply this concept to our relationship with food, especially on yom tov and Shabbos. Just because it’s there, does not mean you have to eat it. If you were served a lobster, you would never eat it. Just because they are having a midnight madness buffet does not mean you must attend it. Why are you going into the tea room every day?! A recovering alcoholic would never hang out in a bar and will attempt to remove himself as much as possible from temptation. Maintaining your weight or minimizing the gain over this yom tov will take work and will

not happen easily. Most achievements in life are realized by people who put tremendous effort and self sacrifice into them. If you stay focused, and think positive, your goal will be actualized. Wishing all of my readers and clients a zissen yom tov! Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz show. Aliza can be reached at


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

Dear Navidaters,

I just got engaged to an amazing guy. I know this should be a very happy time in my life but, instead, from the moment that our parents got together to start discussing the wedding plans, I’ve been miserable. As much as my chosson Josh and I have in common and get along so beautifully, my parents and his parents could not be more different from one another. They live in different communities, have very different lifestyles and values, and can’t seem to agree on anything.

It’s gotten to the point where they actually yell at one another! I’ve walked into my house and seen my mother on the phone, her face as red as a beet, yelling into the phone. Turns out, she’s on the phone with Josh’s mother. My parents are not necessarily the easiest-going people in the world, but they are reasonable and I’ve never seen my mother yelling at anyone – aside from her children! Every decision they have to agree on seems insurmountable. They have totally opposite visions for everything related to the wedding, related to where Josh and I will live, related to how much or how little each of them is willing to help us out with... it’s a nightmare. I am seriously considering breaking off the engagement. I can’t imagine a lifetime of fighting parents and in-laws any time some kind of agreement has to be made. It’s just too much. Josh is also aware of the problem, but he doesn’t seem to be as affected by all of it as I am. I suspect that he’s used to his parents being very different and I think he’s able to tune most of the fighting out. Am I being ridiculous to think that marrying into such a family would be a terrible mistake and that as much as I feel very strongly for Josh, our love might not be enough to compensate for combative parents?

The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. t’s not marrying into Josh’s family which is the question. It’s not the issue of battling mechutanim that is the issue; families frequently have strong disagreements which turn unpleasant when it comes to wedding planning. The real question in your mind seems to be can Josh and I handle conflict, now and in the future. You grew up with difficult people with whom it is not easy to get along and you are wondering what that bodes for your future. You are framing it as marrying into his problematic family and that is not the right question. Before you know it, both you and Josh,


both separately and together, will be pulled into the war between the families. Although you may not be feeling it now, you will soon be pressured and pulled into the fray. You seem to be unsure of how to deal with conflict in general. What to do? If you want a good marriage, invest in it before the wedding. Make sure that you have acquired the skills and the tools for healthy communication and conflict management. Together sign up for the Shalom Workshops offered by the Shalom Taskforce which offers several hours of an award winning training in marital skills that has been customized for the observant community. Together you will learn to hear one another, validate one another, and how to share feelings of different kinds in a wholesome

way. A rabbi or trusted party can mediate the conflict of the parents before the wedding and endeavor to get them to focus on you and Josh and not themselves. You and Josh, however, are more important than the parents at this juncture. Learn, grow, and equip yourselves so that your relationship is strengthened to withstand external and internal conflict.

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. everal years ago, before my children were married, I attended my friend’s daughter’s Shabbos sheva brochos. At the


end of the seudah, the chosson’s father approached his new mechutan and declared loudly and ceremoniously, “Thank you for a beautiful simcha. Bye-bye for now, we’ll see you at the bris!” My reaction then: “How crass!” My reaction now: “How true!” Full disclosure: I love all my mechutanim and have enjoyed amicable relationships with each. Truth be told, the engagement period, with its ongoing discussion over narishkeit – wedding colors, flowers, seating protocols, minhagim – can be destabilizing for an engaged couple. Not to mention, the nitty-gritty negotiations over support and living arrangements. One irate mother-in-law threatened to break up an engagement when her son rented an apartment five blocks closer to the in-laws

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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than to her. Talk about Mars and Venus colliding! I’m sorry that your families are on different wavelengths and the fur is flying; I can assure you this happens more than you know (see above). Wake up from your nightmare; stop dreaming about the idealized engagement and tune out the static! Concentrate on this: from the moment Josh asked for your hand, you and he committed to becoming a couple. You pledged your loyalty to each other despite differences in your respective “communities, lifestyles and values.” Going forward, conversations regarding choice of neighborhood and means of support (ideally, self-support) should be handled calmly and peacefully between the two of you. If, after discussing your financials, you think you’ll need monetary help, I suggest you and Josh approach each set of parents discreetly and respectfully (i.e., no demands, ultimatums, or pressure). The decision to “help” (via gift or loan) should be based on what they are willing or able to spend; parental support should never be a reaction or retaliation offered in response to “what the other side is giving.” To avoid potential conflict, what each side decides to contribute is a private matter between them and the couple. Still, if you feel the mechutanim madness is complicating an already stressful period and may negatively impact your

marriage, get thee to pre-marital couples counseling to help you with strategies on dealing with difficult in-laws. Bear in mind: the engagement will soon be over; your marriage must last a lifetime.

The Shadchan Michelle Mond hey say that the engagement period is the hardest time and now you have found out why. It is written that finding a shidduch is comparable to Krias Yam Suf. How is this so? During Krias Yam Suf, Hashem defied the pattern of nature and split one body of water into different parts – something seemingly impossible. With a shidduch He does the opposite. It seems absolutely impossible for two individuals from different communities and backgrounds, molded by different experiences, to come together and agree on everything, let alone choosing a marriage partner! So thank you to Hashem for bringing you through step one: finding an amazing guy whom, despite your different backgrounds and upbringings, is interested in marrying you and you, him. First, acknowledge this miracle and realize how lucky you are. Now on to step two: the parents. Suppose you squander a


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


he behavior of all the parents in this situation leaves much to be desired. Regardless of whether or not Josh’s parents are “worse” or more difficult than yours, your parents should be trying to shield you from this stress-inducing drama. But instead, everyone is putting their own egos before their children. You are a grown woman and you don’t have to be babied or coddled, but certainly you should not have to come home to Pink organza!?!?!? Were you raised in a barn? Or, Over my dead body will they moving to Bumblebee, Kentucky! They’re going to live near us. Or, That’s all you can contribute financially? You people are taking us for a ride! Neither side has to be fond of the other, but for the sake of the chil-

dren, both sides should be able to control the screaming and yelling. By exposing you to all the chaos, your parents are acting recklessly. I’m sorry you have to deal with both sets of parents’ immaturity during what should be a very special, joyous time. Believe it or not, more important than your parents’ fighting is how you and Josh handle it as a couple. I’m curious if Josh knows the extent of how you are feeling. Feeling close to breaking your engagement tells a serious story. You mentioned that Josh doesn’t seem as impacted by the parental tension and all-out war, but you don’t mention how the two of you handle this as a couple. Have you told Josh you

relationship with this incredible man for the parents’ inability to agree. You mentioned yourself that your parents are not the most easygoing people. Can you guarantee you won’t repeat this exact scenario with some other man’s parents? While the fighting might not involve financial support, gown colors, or whether to place fresh flowers on every table, some friction will certainly come about somewhere. So, it is up to you to step in and work it out. Emulate Josh’s logical approach of tuning out the noise so you may enjoy your relationship together. Remember: this phase will not last long. Once the wedding is over, there will be no more wedding logistics to figure out and no reason for the parents to hash things out. Mazel tov – you will get through this!

The Single Tova Wein rom what I hear, it’s the exception rather than the rule, for wedding plans to go totally smoothly between two sets of parents. There is so much at stake. First and foremost, the happiness of the young couple getting married. Also, everyone is nervous about planning such a major event. There is always concern about the


are considering breaking off the engagement? If so, what was his reaction? Telling Josh how you are feeling about very important matters (and vice versa) is crucial to a healthy marriage. How Josh reacts to you (and vice versa) is equally as crucial. Marriages will face all sorts of internal and external stressors. Your relationship is under an incredible amount of stress right now. With the right self-expression and the appropriate response (listening, validating and sending the message of We’re going to get through this together), a solid relationship can weather the storm. I want you to think about what it is that Josh could do to help you through this stressful time. Is there something that you need from him? Do you need his support? Do you need him to simply recognize how awful this is for you? Do you need him to speak to his parents and ask them to stop their end of things? Ask him for it. Josh may be an incredibly easygoing guy or he may be avoiding the situation/ or acting passively because he

big decisions that have to be made, affecting large sums of money, different taste levels ... so many areas in which parents can easily disagree. Obviously, some parents are better at holding it together and putting class and politeness above getting their way. Others don’t. Sounds like in your case it’s the latter. What I think is the important lesson to take from this is how well you can handle chaos that goes on around you. Are you able to take Josh’s lead and tune it out? Or do you find yourself always getting pulled into the drama? That’s what you need to work on. Once you get married, your life will only become more and more complicated. You have to learn how to ignore the noise and focus on what is important. In this case, the fact that you found a wonderful man to marry should trump everything else that’s going on. The engagement period will end and the yelling matches should hopefully end as well. If they don’t – it’s none of your business. Mind you, the more independent you and Josh are once you are married, the less your parents and Josh’s parents need to be pulled into anything. Aim for self-reliance. That’s the ticket. But to consider ending this engagement over bickering parents would be something you would always regret. It’s time for you and Josh to be the adults in the room!

doesn’t know how to handle it. Before you make any sudden decisions, you and Josh need to talk heart-to-heart about how the two of you, as a couple, can work together to handle the stress. You two may not be able to stop the feuding parents (though I think it’s perfectly fine to tell both sets of parents, separately or together, that the fighting must stop once and for all… and if you’re reading this Moms and Dads… knock it off!), but you can try to work on your communication now. If you need help learning the tools and skills necessary to communicate and protect your relationship, you can go into premarital therapy now. All the best, Jennifer Mann, LCSW Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed, clinical psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up an appointment, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. To learn more about their services, please visit 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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Food Frenzy


By Jon Kranz


any Jews go away for Passover, traveling to Florida, the Caribbean or other warm leisure locations. These Jews typically spend their time at a hotel or resort as part of an official Passover program that features at least three square meals a day.  (Yes, every meal featuring matzah is a square meal or, in some cases, very round.)   The food frenzy on Passover can be quite a spectacle.  Those attending want to get their money’s worth and since the food is a major cost component, guests tend to treat every meal as though it was their last.  For many, missing a meal simply is not an option:  Jew #1:  Where have you been? Jew #2:  I went for a walk on the boardwalk with some friends. Jew #1:  A walk ... with some friends?!?!? Jew #2: Yeah. What’s the big deal? Jew #1: The big deal is that you missed lunch? Jew #2:  So what? Jew #1:  So, I pay for lunch whether you show up or not. And it’s not cheap! Jew #2:  Oh, well, then I guess I better tell you now that I’m also missing dinner tonight? Jew #1:  Are you kidding me?! They’re serving steak and lamb!   Jew #2: But I’m doing a mitzvah. I’m visiting Bubby because she said she’s too tired to schlep out for dinner. Jew #1:  Listen here, you are not missing dinner and neither is Bubby.  We’re talking about rib eye steak and rack of lamb!  So, if you have to, get a bellhop to strap Bubby to a dolly.  Jew #2:  But I thought Passover is about freedom from bondage. Jew #1:  Not at $5,000 a head. On a Passover program, missing a meal has more than financial implications.  There are social ramifications too: Jew #1:  So, what’s today’s schedule? Jew #2:  7am to 10am is breakfast, 11am to 2pm is lunch, and 6pm to 9pm is dinner. Jew #1:  Well, I need to exercise to work some of that off. It sounds like I have a 4-hour window between lunch and dinner, so that should work. Jew #2: Oh no, I forgot to mention that they serve coffee, tea and snacks from 3pm to 5pm.   Jew #1:  Well, I guess we can work out after dinner.   Jew #2:  No, we can’t. Jew #1: Why not? Jew #2:  Because the snack room re-

opens at 10pm. Jew #1: Can’t we just skip one of the meals or snack time? Jew #2:  No, we absolutely cannot.  It would be social suicide. Jew #1:  How so? Jew #2:  If we skip a meal and then show up to the next one, we’ll be totally out of the loop because everyone else will be talking about the previous meal, how good it was, how bad it was, etc.  That’s what a Passover program is all about. Jew #1:  I can’t believe I’m saying this but ... that actually makes perfect sense. Jews on Passover programs also like to reminisce about their favorite meals from years past: Jew #1:  Isn’t the brisket delicious? Jew #2:  Yeah but last year they had stuffed cabbage which I could not stop stuffing down my throat. Jew #3: And two years ago they served Hungarian goulash that was simply out of this world.  I was ready to move to Budapest. Jew #4: True, but let’s not forget about the veal chops from three years go.  I still dream of that veal meal. Jew #5: Yes, it was excellent but then we also have to pay homage to the spare ribs from four years ago. They actually ran out of spare ribs; there wasn’t a rib to spare. Jew #6:  How do all of you remember what you ate so many years ago? Jew #7:  That’s a good question.  I have 15 grandchildren and I cannot tell you a thing about them but I could write a 10page poem about the London broil from five years ago.    Jew #8:  I suffer from dementia but I distinctly remember every morsel of the lamb chops they served six years ago. Jew #6: Well, that is amazing but perhaps we can talk about something else, besides your favorite meals from the past. Jew #1:  Sure, that’s a perfectly reasonable request. Jew #6:  Thank you. Jew #1: Don’t mention it.  Anyway, switching gears here, has anyone seen the menu for breakfast tomorrow? Jew #1: Oy vey. Bottom line: On Pesach, when the waiter is taking orders, pay attention or else you might get passed over. Jon Kranz is an attorney living in Englewood, New Jersey. Send any comments, questions or insults to

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Sinai Selfie By Jon Kranz


n Passover, a key requirement is that in every generation Jews should view the Exodus as though it is happening to them. For many Jews, that can be an awfully difficult assignment, especially for those attending Pesach programs featuring excellent entertainment, awesome amenities, and, of course, countless meals. If one were to make a movie about such Pesach programs, it would be called Waiting to Inhale because all you do is eat and then wait for the next meal. Making the Passover story relevant today does not mean we should literally re-enact the Exodus. For example and for obvious reasons, we should not (i) put infants in baskets and float them down the Nile River, (ii) build pyramids or (iii) wander through a desert for forty years. That would be taking things a bit too far and, practically speaking, it would be very tough to secure the necessary insurance for such pursuits. Making the Exodus relevant today, however, does mean that we should embrace a “Passover State of Mind,” which, incidentally, was the original title to a famous song, “New York State of Mind.” (The original lyrics went something like this:

“Some Jews like to get away, take a holiday from the neighborhood. Hop a flight to Miami Beach or to Hollywood. But I’m staying in my house, with four cups of Kedem wine. I’m in a Passover State of Mind.”) To put today’s tech-reliant Jews in the proper Passover state of mind, we must make the Passover story technologically relatable. So, the question is: what would the Passover story look like to Jews living in the cellphone generation? Let’s make believe that everyone in the Passover story, from Moshe to Pharaoh and all those in between, communicated via cellphone. For example, imagine that Pharaoh sent out an e-mail to his Hebrew slaves with the subject line, “Hey and Hay”: “Hey Hebrews, I need those pyramids done like yesterday. BTW: To spice things up, no more hay for brick-making. And yes, this is the last straw!:-)” Fast forward to the second plague, frogs, during which Pharaoh (“P”) and Moshe (“M”) exchange the following text messages: P: Reb Moshe, what’s with all of the Kermits? M: I warned you. Let me people go.

P: No can do. After the ninth plague, darkness, they exchange a few more text messages: P: Reb Moshe, who turned the lights out? M: I told you, let my people go. P: No can do. Like my favorite musician, I’ll be dancing in the dark. M: Let my people go! P: O.K. But I may harden my heart again. :) After the tenth plague, Moshe (“M”) sends out a group text to alert the Hebrews (“H”) that their salvation at hand: M: Pharaoh caved. We r out. H: Where r we going? M: Mt. Sinai. H: Address? M: Waze it. H: Just did. There’s a 10 camel pile-up on the Egyptian Expressway. M: Thanks. We’ll take the Tutankhamun Turnpike. One clueless Hebrew replies to Moses separately: H: Can we push back the Exodus a half-hour? I’ve got bread in the oven. M: No, we leave now. H: But I wanted to pack some

sandwiches. M: Just use what you have. H: Do you realize how messy it will be eating sandwiches made out of unleavened bread? M: Yes, I realize. H: But it also will create a trail of crumbs for the Egyptians to follow. M: I’ll take my chances. Now fast forward to the splitting of the Red Sea. Moshe does a Facetime with a frightened Hebrew: M: Trust me, it’s safe to cross. H: But I can’t swim. M: You won’t need to. H: I can’t even tread water. M: You’re not listening to me! H: Do you have a pair of floaties? M: Oy vey iz mir. Bottom line: Aren’t you happy that cellphones weren’t around 3,329 years ago? And yes, matzah corners are sharp so don’t text and eat matzah at the same time. You don’t want to scratch your screen.

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Today, President Trump had a meeting with Bill Gates. At one point, both looked at each other and went, “Wow, what a terrible haircut.” - Jimmy Fallon

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His response was to refer to me as son of a dog. Is that anti-Semitism or political discourse? I leave that up to you. - Ambassador Friedman when asked about Abbas’ comments at the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism conference


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The Russian presidential election was this weekend, and to get people to vote, Russian officials were offering prizes like Apple Watches. It sounds fun — until you open the box with your Apple Watch, and it’s still attached to a hand. - Jimmy Fallon

I made some exaggerations. When you talk about fishing, you can’t help exaggerating. - Vladimir Putin joking during an interview on Russian TV about his conversation with Melania Trump about his outdoor adventures when he was seated near her during an official dinner at the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July

Vladimir Putin has been re-elected to a fourth term as president of Russia. The final vote tally was: 76% Putin, 24% shot this morning. – Conan O’Brien

A spokesperson for House Speaker Paul Ryan said yesterday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be able to do his job. What a brave stance from the spokesperson for the speaker of the House. Why does a speaker have a spokesperson? YOU’RE the speaker. That’s like someone from Geico saying, “The lizard believes he can save you 15 percent on car insurance.” I want to hear itThe from the lizard. 61 Jewish Home | OCTOBER 29, 2015 – Seth Myers

Shabbat is an amazing gift given by G-d to the Jews. Thousands of years ago, no one dreamed that one day a week we should stop all work and rest. - Randy Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, speaking at a recent event in New York City which featured 14 religious Jewish startups

Actress Cynthia Nixon today announced her bid to run for New York governor, and she debuted her campaign slogan, “Nixon 2018: No Relation.” - Seth Myers

They are coming after me because of my city, and they are against…against poor children. That has been my mantra, the poor children of America that I am here to support. Yes, I am a liberal. - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi at her weekly press briefing talking about GOP attacks against her leadership

According to a new study, pandas have a natural ability to neutralize cyanide poison. So we finally found someone to run against Putin in 2024. – Seth Myers

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