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What happened 2 weeks ago over Shabbos in Pittsburgh shook me, my family, and the entire Jewish Nation in many ways. It struck a nerve

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in the deepest sense that as descendants of Holocaust survivors, we have subconsciously kept hidden in our minds that we were okay, protected, that this wouldn’t happen here. It is no coincidence the anniversary of Kristallnacht falls out November 9. We’ve all heard stories of our grandparents and great-grandparents being taunted for the sole reason of being Jewish. Now, just 80 years later, we all feel comfortable in the United States, but deep down we know and are now painfully reminded that the hatred still exists in every generation, in every country. The massacre in Pittsburgh, in which eleven of our brothers and sisters were murdered because they were part of the Jewish nation, shattered any notion that we were past the Jew hatred that we’ve been subjected to. Those eleven people who came to pray on Shabbos represented us all.

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So what do we do now? How do we fight for justice for those eleven Jews who were cut down abruptly? We are taught to fight evil with kindness. We light candles to pierce the darkness of hate. We show them that we are a better people. We show them that we are proud of being the Chosen Nation and we won’t ever feel ashamed. We grieve, we cry, and we unite as one. Nothing will make it easier to wrap our head around what happened, both from a spiritual perspective and from an “anti-Semitism is alive and well in

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America” perspective. Spiritually, our leaders have been able to uplift us after seeing this devastation, but we know that any answers we come up with are mere glimpses of the true answers that only G-d knows -- but we will hopefully be able to see and understand very soon. May G-d bring the families of the eleven people who were slaughtered al kiddush Hashem true comfort, and may we heed the opportunity to unite ourselves and bring light to the world in the shadow of darkness. Wishing you a peaceful week up ahead, Dina

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May Their Memories Be Blessing Yehi Zichram Boruch Eleven of our brothers and sisters were killed al kiddush Hashem on Shabbos.

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Irving Younger was 69 years old when his life was cut short last week. He was charismatic, and would greet friends and visitors to the synagogue with a big smile and handshake. He would be the first person greeting those who entered the synagogue, showing them where the prayer books were and helping them find a seat. In fact, when he wasn’t in the synagogue, Irving would spend time at a sidewalk table at one of the local coffee shops, where he would greet the regular customers. He also spent time coaching Little League. For Melvin Wax, his religion was one of his greatest passions. The 88-year-old loved his grandson and the Pittsburgh Pirates. His sister said that he was “always in a good mood, always full of jokes.” Melvin was the first to arrive on Friday night and Saturday morning for services. He was leading services on that fateful day. His family would joke with him that he should have been a rabbi instead of an accountant. Rose Mallinger loved her family. At

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97 years old, she was spry and vibrant. Rose would attend Tree of Life with her daughter, Andrea, regularly. Andrea was injured in the massacre. “To Bubbe, family was everything. She knew her children, her grandchildren and her great-grandchild better than they knew themselves. She retained her sharp wit, humor and intelligence until the very last day,” her family said in a statement. Rose had three children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchildren. She still cooked meals for the family during the high holidays. Everyone expected her to live until at least 100. More than 60 years ago, Bernice and Sylvan Simon were married in Tree of Life. Last week, they both were killed in the massacre. Neighbors said that Bernice, 84, and Sylvan, 86, were the “sweetest people you could imagine.” Their front door had three stickers on it: “Support Our Troops,” “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful.” Dr. Jerry Rabinowitz was a caring physician who touched many lives

through the decades of caring for the community. The 66-year-old wore bow ties to make his patients laugh, enlivening a room. During the shooting, he ran out to save others, endangering his own life. Two years ago, Joyce Fienberg lost her husband, Stephen. Joyce, 75, was a research specialist at the University of Pittsburgh for 25 years. She opened up her home for Stephen’s PhD students, treating them like family. She would send cards to them long after they left Carnegie Mellon. Joyce had two sons and six grandchildren, with whom she was extremely close. Dr. Richard Gottfried was a beloved dentist whose patients called him “Dr. Rich.” He would volunteer at clinics to help those who didn’t have money to pay for dental care. Dr. Gottfried, 65, was the only boy in a family of four. His youngest sister, Carol, was in the building that fateful morning. She survived the massacre. Just seven months ago, Daniel Stein

the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz, an anti-regime organization, who were residing in Denmark.

that they would not “comment further on the ongoing investigation.” Reportedly, a Norwegian national of Iranian origin was arrested by Danish security services earlier this month. Afterward, the Danish ambassador to Iran was called home. “I have decided to recall Denmark’s ambassador in Tehran for consultations… Denmark can in no way accept that people with ties to Iran’s intelligence service plot attacks against people in Denmark,” Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said. He went on to call the planned operation “totally unacceptable” and said that he was speaking with his “partners and allies” in the EU about possible sanctions. Finn Borch Andersen, the head of the PET, said that his agency believed that Iran was “planning an attack in Denmark” against the three Iranian opposition figures. The United States has thrown their sup-

Mossad Helps Denmark Foil Iran Assassination Plot The Danish intelligence service relied on Mossad information to stop an Iranian assassination plot in the Scandinavian country. According to Israeli senior officials, the Mossad gave Denmark information on an Iranian plot to kill three Iranians that were suspected of belonging to

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Israelis have acknowledged that the Mossad provides intelligence all over the globe to countries that may be targeted for terror attacks. The PET, also known as the Danish Security and Intelligence Service, did not confirm the Israelis’ claim, saying

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became a grandfather. He would pick up his grandson from daycare every day. Now his grandson, Henry Frederico Stein, will never know his grandfather. The 71-year-old was known to be fun, with a dry sense of humor. He was kind, always giving to others. Brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal were known to be inseparable. The special adults were kind, with a gentle spirit. They looked out for one another. Laura Berman said that Cecil was “the kindest soul you would ever meet. A smiling face. He was one of those embodiments of the community. Just open, warm, smiling, wanting to help and just in his beautiful simplicity. That’s who he was.” The brothers would sit in the back of the synagogue and greet people as they came into the room. Cecil, 59, was the older brother who had a more gregarious personality. His younger brother, David, was 54 when he was killed.

port behind Denmark. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted, “We congratulate the government of Denmark on its arrest of an Iranian regime assassin. For nearly 40 years, Europe has been the target of Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks. We call on our allies and partners to confront the full range of Iran’s threats to peace and security.” Iran has denied any allegations that have been made against it.

Pilot’s Remains Found 56 Years Later The Israeli military recently discovered the remains of a pilot, Lt. Yakir Naveh, who

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has been missing since his plane crashed into the Sea of Galilee 56 years ago, the army said on Tuesday. The remains were discovered on October 25 on the bottom of the Sea of Galilee, along with pieces of the aircraft. Naveh’s funeral is scheduled to take place on November 13.

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and newly married at the time of the accident. The Sea of Galilee is relatively small but visibility in the lake is obscured. Divers can also only remain in the water for a short amount of time because of the depths. “It’s complete darkness, complete darkness,” the head of an IDF dive team searching for Naveh told The Times of Israel in 2016. “And it’s cold. We’re talking about 57 degrees Fahrenheit.” Hypothermia can set in at water temperatures of 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Illegal Diamond Crackdown On May 6, 1962, Naveh was training a cadet on a Fouga Magister when their plane got too low over the water and the engine cut out. The nose of the plane hit the water, sending them into a fierce spin, wing over wing. A year later, a search team found the body of the cadet who had been flying the plane, Oded Kouton, but no trace of Naveh. In 2000, the Israel Defense Forces renewed its searches for the pilot. On October 16, the military began its 12th round of searches for the pilot’s remains. Until now, Naveh had been considered a soldier who is confirmed dead, but whose burial place is unknown. His watch, pistol and pieces of his chair were found previously. Naveh was born in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Gan in 1939. He was 23 years old

Six suspects have been arrested on suspicion of being part of an illegal diamond smuggling ring. A police statement was released this week saying that the suspects “conspired, planned, and operated for a number of years smuggling diamonds into the State of Israel worth hundreds of millions of shekels in violation of the law and without reporting to the competent authorities.” Among those arrested were Lev’s brother, Moshe, and his son, Zvulun. The three others detained are former and current employees, including Hananya Issachar, Reuven Shmuelov and Asher Yechieli, who was the former manager of Leviev’s plant in Russia. Yehuda Asor, the sixth suspect, is accused of serving as a courier and smuggling diamonds into Israel.

The charges being brought against the six detainees include diamond smuggling, money laundering, tax offenses and conspiracy to commit a crime, filing false business reports and other offenses. The Lahav 433 national crime unit is in charge of the investigation. They found an Israeli citizen who was living abroad had entered the country six years ago with diamonds hidden in his luggage. They then discovered that he had sold the diamonds without reporting the transactions to tax authorities. The suspect worked in a Russian factory owned by diamond billionaire and philanthropist Lev Leviev.

The case was cracked when one of the suspects turned state witness after being caught at the airport with a diamond worth $270,000. Though many of the details have been placed under a gag order by the authorities, it has been released that police seized luxury cars from a city only identified as being “near the Tel Aviv area” during their raids on the suspects’ homes. Leviev’s company, LLD Diamonds, released a statement saying that they had no information about the arrests. “The company knows nothing of the events reported in the media,” the statement said.

“Mr. Leviev and the companies he owns operate according to the appropriate norms, and in compliance with the law. We hope that the matter will quickly be clarified and that the suspicions will turn out to be baseless.”

New Israeli Police Chief Nominated Moshe Edri, the director general of the Public Security Ministry, will be Israel’s new police commissioner. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan announced the appointment last week. Erdan said that Edri’s “impressive and proven command abilities” made him the best choice to fill the position. He went on to praise his “many years of experience in a variety of roles in the Israel Police and his expertise regarding the challenges facing the police in the coming years.” The 51-year-old Edri is a former commander of Israel Police’s Tel Aviv and Jerusalem districts. He beat out Jerusalem police chief Yoram Halevi, who was considered the frontrunner for the position, and current Tel Aviv police chief David Bitan for the top spot. Edri retired from the police in February 2018 after 28 years in the force, during which he served in a number of key positions, with the most recent being the head of the Police Traffic Department, the commander of the Jerusalem District and later the commander of the Tel Aviv

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Israel: U.S. “Courageous” for Instituting Iran Sanctions Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heaped praise on President Donald Trump this week for his “courageous, determined and important decision” to reinstate all U.S. sanctions on Iran that were done away with in the nuclear deal of 2015. Bibi was also very careful to give himself a lot of the credit for the reversal. “For many years I have devoted my time and energy to the war against the Iranian threat. On this issue, I went up almost against the whole world. Today we see the results of this long and ongoing struggle,” Netanyahu at a meeting in the Knesset. “This day is a historic day,” he added. ”I would like to again thank

President Donald Trump again for a courageous, determined and important decision. I think this contributes to stability, security, and peace.” The sanctions he is referring to are the second set that the Trump administration has imposed against the Islamic Republic since the United States pulled out of the nuclear deal earlier this year. Iran is no longer seeing the billions of dollars of sanctions relief that they enjoyed under the Obama administration in exchange for some curbing of their nuclear program.

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the U.S. sanctions as “an important step in curbing the regime’s aggression. They should be enforced by all governments that aim to promote stability and prevent terrorism in the Middle East and beyond.” Education Minister Naftali Bennett also thanked Trump, saying the sanctions “send a loud message that terror does not pay.” “Thank you for making the ayatollahs afraid again,” Bennett tweeted.

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Netanyahu went on a worldwide campaign lobbying against the deal since it was signed in 2015. When the U.S. pulled out, Netanyahu said that “this is a very big day for the State of Israel. This is a great day for the people of Israel. This is a great day for the future of Israel.” He asserted that targeting Iran’s banking sector would put “Iran’s terrorist regime in a large choke hold.” Israel’s Foreign Ministry also hailed


On Friday, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that $145 million has been earmarked for the construction of six miles of border wall in Texas in Rio Grande Valley Sector. The project, called RGV-01, is expected to begin in February. It will include the building “of tactical infrastructure,” which includes “a reinforced concrete levee wall to the height of the existing levee, 18 feet tall steel bollards installed on top of the concrete wall, and vegetation removal along a 150 foot enforcement zone throughout the approximately six miles of levee wall system,” the news release said.


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The billionaire philanthropist, whose Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation spent $200 million over seven years funding sanitation research, showcased some 20 novel toilet and sludge-processing designs that eliminate harmful pathogens and convert bodily waste into clean water and fertilizer this week. “The technologies you’ll see here are the most significant advances in sanitation in nearly 200 years,” Gates, 63, told the Reinvented Toilet Expo in Beijing on Tuesday. Gates explained that new technologies can sterilize human waste, which could end almost 500,000 infant deaths in parts of the world and save $233 billion annually in costs linked to diarrhea, cholera and other diseases caused by poor water, sanitation and hygiene. One approach from the California Institute of Technology that Gates said he finds “super interesting” integrates an electrochemical reactor to break down water and human waste into fertilizer and hydrogen, which can be stored in hydrogen fuel cells as energy.

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The initial demand for the reinvented toilet will be in places like schools, apartment buildings, and community bathroom facilities. As adoption of these multi-unit toilets increases, and costs decline, a new category of reinvented household toilets will become available, the Gates Foundation said.

and clean water it produces, he said. Gates, who with wife Melinda has given more than $35.8 billion to the foundation since 1994, said he became interested in sanitation about a decade ago after he stopped working full time at Microsoft. “I never imagined that I’d know so much about poop,” Gates said in remarks prepared for the Beijing event. “And I definitely never thought that Melinda would have to tell me to stop talking about toilets and fecal sludge at the dinner table.”

Militia Members at the Border “Our goal is to be at 5 cents a day of cost,” Gates said. Small-scale waste treatment plants, called omni-processors, may be suited for uses beyond human waste management – such as for managing effluent from intensive livestock production – because of its low marginal running costs relative to the value of the fertilizer

As the Central American migrant caravan gets closer and closer to the United States, gun wielding civilian groups are preparing to get involved. President Trump has been vocal about the threat that the caravan poses to American security, asserting that criminals are among the thousands of men, women, and children heading toward

the border. Gun-carrying civilian groups and border vigilantes have heard the call to arms in President Trump’s warnings about threats to American security. They’re packing coolers and tents, oiling rifles and tuning up aerial drones, with plans to form caravans of their own and trail American troops to the border. “We’ll observe and report, and offer aid in any way we can,” said Shannon McGauley, the president of the Texas Minutemen. According to McGauley, the Texas Minutemen have 100 volunteers en route to the Rio Grande who are prepared to help stop the caravan from entering the U.S. “We’ve proved ourselves before, and we’ll prove ourselves again,” McGauley said. When questioned whether his group intends to deploy their weapons, McGauley laughed, “This is Texas, man.” McGauley said his group is equipped with weapons, camping gear, night-vision goggles, aerial drones, and thermal sensing equipment. He explained that if the group notices any suspicious activity they

Mixed Bag in the Midterms


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for won their races. On the House side, things will be trickier for the President and the Republicans. The issue is not that there will be legislative gridlock – Congress never accomplished much of anything anyways pears to be a skilled politician who was – but the chairmanship of important and able to pull off what neither Bill Clinton powerful committees which will now be nor Barack Obama were able to when in Democrats’ hands. That will undoubtthey faced their first midterms. edly lead to multiple investigations and  As of Wednesday morning, of the pestering of the Trump administration. decided races in this year’s midterm elec- Although Democrat leaders have urged tions, President Trump’s Republican Par- their caucuses not to scare off the electorty lost 27 seats in the House and gained 3 ate by talking about impeachment before seats in the Senate.  the elections, some members of their cauIn 1994, after his first two years in of- cus have been unable to resist the urge to fice, President Clinton’s Democrat Party resist. “Impeach 45!” has become the relost 54 House seats and 8 Senate seats.  frain of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), who In 2010, after his first two years in office, will now control the Financial Services President Obama’s Democratic Party lost Committee. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) 63 seats in the House and 6 seats in the will control the Intelligence Committee, Senate. Both went on to handedly win and Rep. Jerold Nadler will control the their reelection bids two year later.  Judiciary Committee. All three have inAlthough both sides will spin their dicated that they will live by Waters’ retales of victory, these midterms were a frain of “a 24/7 impeachment hearing.” mixed-bag.  Perhaps the trifecta met their match On the Senate side, not only did the in President Trump, who tweeted on Republicans pick up enough seats to Wednesday morning, “If the Democrats give them a comfortable cushion when think they are going to waste Taxpayit comes to the all-important task of con- er Money investigating us at the House firming judges to federal courts, but they level, then we will likewise be forced to also shed several anti-Trump Republi- consider investigating them for all of the cans, such as Jeff Flake and Bob Corker. leaks of Classified Information, and much If there is one or more Supreme Court va- else, at the Senate level. Two can play that cancies over the next two years, President game!”  Trump will further cement his legacy on Although House Minority Leader the Supreme Court for decades to come. Nancy Pelosi is the best bet to be voted It is perhaps for that reason that over the by her party as Speaker of the House, she past several weeks Trump held more than may face opposition by the left flank of 30 rallies across the country for Senate the party who see her as too moderate and Republicans. Most of those who he rallied by those who think that the party needs a night’s midterm elections, it is that Trump is not the toxic monster that Democrats made him out to be and that he’s not the political Houdini Republicans hoped he would be. Rather, Trump ap-

fresher face. Although she may face opposition in her bid for House leadership President Trump has thrown his support behind her, perhaps “trollingly,” when he tweeted on Wednesday morning, “In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats,” he wrote. “If they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!” On a local level, New York State has showed that it is more blue than the Blue Man Group. Governor Andrew Cuomo handily defeated opponent Marc Molinaro, 59% to 36.8%. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been moving more and more to the left with her eyes on the White House, defeated Chele Farley, 66.6% to 33.4%. Cuomo is also looking to occupy the Oval Office in a few years’ time. This year’s results are sure to help them both garner both money and support for their fight in 2020. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took a whopping 78% of the vote in New York’s 14th Congressional District. She

will be the youngest woman ever in Congress. The Democratic-Socialist knocked out Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary earlier this year; Crowley was seen as potential speaker one day. Perhaps voters shot themselves in the foot by electing a vocal, left-winger over someone more seasoned. Time will tell. Ocasio-Cortez wasted no time decrying the “human rights violations being committed by ICE” after her victory on Tuesday night. In our area, many seats turned to or stayed blue. In the Five Towns, incumbent State Senator Todd Kaminsky smoothly defeated Francis Becker, 59.9 to 35. Congresswoman Kathleen Rice garnered 59 percent over opponent Ameer Benno’s 34. Republican Assemblywoman Melissa Miller barely held onto her seat in the fight between her and Juan Vides. She won the election 48 percent to 45 percent. It is only the third time since World War II that Democrats have taken control of New York State Senate, flipping as many as four seats on Long Island.

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will report it to authorities and would heed any instructions from Border Patrol agents or military personnel. Trump has called the walking caravan of several thousand “an invasion.” He has claimed that the “unknown Middle Easterners” are “very tough fighters.” The White House is prepared to face those heading toward the United States with Border Patrol agents, police officers and U.S. troops. Around 200 militia members are expected to join them.

Trump Reinstates Iran Sanctions

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The United States has restored sanctions against Iran that were done away with under the Obama administration after signing the 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic regime. The Trump administration has put exemptions in to allow for eight countries to import oil from Iran without facing penalties. The sanctions cover Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors. These are the second round of sanctions to be put back into place since President Trump withdrew from the accord in May. The 2015 deal, which was hailed as one of President Barack Obama’s biggest achievements, gave Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. Many believed – and still do – that Iran was using their nuclear program to develop atomic weapons. President Trump has repeatedly denounced the nuclear deal as the “worst

ever” as it gives Iran to much in return for very little. Supporters of the bill, including Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union, have defended it and are working on saving it without the participation of the United States. The announcement of the sanctions came just a few days before the midterm elections. The move, which was very popular among Republican candidates, has been heavily supported by Republicans in Congress. U.S. allies, such as Turkey, Italy, India, Japan and South Korea, had made efforts to eliminate their imports but could not complete the task in time and were given a six month waiver to buy Iranian oil. However, the oil must be put in an escrow account and Iran can only spend the money from the sales on humanitarian items.


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Spectators at Yellowstone’s Ear Spring geyser who watched it erupt on September 15 had a little surprise. Ear Spring is normally a docile hot pool, but last month, during its rare eruption, the geyser blasted water, rocks and trash upwards of 20 feet, according to the United States Geological Survey. After the eruption, employees found a collection of trash near the vent of the geyser. Grizzly bear warning signs, cigarette butts and a 1930s pacifier were among the items discovered. Colleen Curry, Yellowstone’s museum curator, said that the recognizable items will be cataloged and stored in the museum collections. “Stuff like this that can tell us a story and the history of how people were unfortunately using the spring while they were visiting. It will definitely be added to the collections,” Curry said. Although some of Yellowstone’s staff were excited to take a trip back in time, they made sure to remind visitors not to throw things into any geysers or springs. “When the vent becomes completely plugged, as it has in several springs in the park, then the spring can actually plug up to the point where it’s not a hot spring anymore and it’ll go dormant or it’ll die,” park ranger Rebecca Roland warned. This happened at other sites in the park, like Handkerchief Pool. The pool was able to clean items, specifically handkerchiefs. But eventually the vent got clogged with garbage and shut off. “Foreign objects can damage hot springs and geysers. The next time Ear Spring erupts, we hope it’s nothing but natural rocks and water,” Yellowstone National Park wrote on Facebook. “You can help by never throwing anything into Yellowstone’s thermal features!”

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Community The Great Big Challah Bake of North Miami Beach 2018

For the fourth year , as part of the Shabbes Project, many local challah bake events took place. South African Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein initiated the idea of all Jews keeping one Shabbat together and hence the Shabbes Project was born. On Thursday night, October 25th, a record number of 500 women from the North Miami Beach area gathered at Beth Torah Beny Rock Campus to experience the process of baking challah together. The room was beautifully decorated and each participant had all the necessary ingredients and preparation materials to walk out with two braided loafs ready to bake! In collaboration with the Shabbat Project, the team of North Miami Beach was under the magnificent leadership of Mrs. Anat Garzon and her volunteer committee which included: Mrs. Jessica Z Lerner Stephanie Ghitelman, Ori Serfaty, Galit Weisinger, Dana Tangir, Dominique Bacal, Sharon Benmergui, Stephanie Susi

and Chava Mann; all worked together with many local sponsors to make the event a success. The committee trained a group 50 volunteer table captains the week before the event. The group went over the recipe, the mitzvah of the separation of the challah (Hafrashat Challah) was explained and the role of the Jewish woman in their home was emphasized with beautiful words of Torah, from Adina Stilerman, who also took charge as the MC of the big night. The team carefully planned all the details to allow their guests to feel the power of baking together. The evening was formally started by the Adina Stilerman who shared personal stories of inspiration for the women gathered and together with the committee put together a progressive guide for the ladies to follow the recipe together; there was of course Jewish music, dance and the unique yachdus (unity) of Jewish women which were all brought

to surface by the wonderful DJ Mrs. Estee Moskowitz. The dancing, energy and spirt of the night added a touch of warmth which allowed each lady’s dough to proof and become ready to braid. The mitzvah of Hafrashat Challah was carefully explained and step-by-step performed by Mrs. Stilerman. It was followed by a beautiful prayer in which everyone expressed their needs to their neighbors and people prayed for each other and the sick in our community. First time bakers were acknowledged on stage and received a present to decorate their Shabbat table. The night was full of laughter and friendly reunions. The power of 500 women baking together was a fantastic experience. The energy of the Jewish woman, her strength and guidance in our Jewish homes is the fundamental ingredient to Jewish continuity. It is the desire of the North Miami Beach Challah Bake Committee to ex-

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press our deepest appreciation and hakarat hatov to the many people and institutions who made this event a success. To our local sponsors who year after year demonstrate their commitment to us, as well as the many helping hands that stopped by and offered their assistance! And to the biggest beneficiaries of our Great Big Challah Bake, our amazing 500 participants, young and old, thank you! Many of our remaining ingredients will be used at an upcoming challah bake with seniors and cash earnings will be donated to Yesod Haolam (a not-for-profit that brings free Kosher meals and all that is needed for Shabbat to patients and their families at local area hospitals). May Hashem continue to bless the power of all Jewish women in our community and may challot continue to rise in every Jewish home week after week! See you next year and remember to book your tickets early because we always sell out!!

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Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida Goes Pink With breast cancer being the second most frequent cause of cancer-related deaths in America and with 1 of every 8 women developing breast cancer in their lifetime, Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida feels it is essential to instill support for this important cause throughout its entire student body.  Because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this past month at KYHS there have been a multitude of programs to raise funds and to teach about this disease. Holding its annual Pink Day, Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida encouraged all students and faculty to come to school wearing pink. Pink doughnuts were sold during breakfast and all the profits were donated to Sharsheret: a national organization that provides support to women diagnosed with breast cancer. KYHS student, Justin Issacs provides his perspective on Pink Day. “As someone who has had family and friends affected by breast cancer, seeing everyone come together to stand against breast cancer means so much to me.” In line with the theme of Breast Cancer Awareness month, also in October, two Katz Yeshiva High School seniors, Chana Bock and Tehila Zaghi launched their new club; Teens of Pink Ribbon. “Cancer is unfortunately  prevalent so I feel strongly

in ensuring that kids are aware and educated, in order to have the ability to take action and make a difference through this club”, explained Chana Bock. At the first meeting, the founder of the Teens of Pink Ribbon, Boca resident Fern Duberman, spoke to KYHS students, explaining what motivated her to establish this club and the goals of it. Tragically losing her best friend and father to cancer, Fern felt empowered to reach out to high school students to increase their strength, knowledge, and awareness of breast cancer, while raising money for breast cancer research and treatments. Fern educated interested students, explaining that certain triggers-- too much exposure to sunlight, smoking, excessive drinking, genetics, and diet-- may cause cancerous cells to form tumors. Stressing the importance of taking care of their bodies, Fern repeated-

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ly highlighted to students the significant impact that a positive attitude has in combating cancer. The Teens of Pink Ribbon club also meets at various other local high schools including: Spanish River High School, Boca High, Olympic Heights High School, Donna Klein Jewish Academy, St. Andrews High School, and Pinecrest High School. While each school meets individually and plans their own events, Teens of Pink Ribbon also holds joint monthly events throughout the year-- a great opportunity for students to branch out, share programming ideas, and forming new friendships outside of school. On the first sunday in October, KYHS students joined the other schools in a cycle and yoga event. Kayla Bensmihen, member of the TOPR club and attendee of the spin and yoga class for pink, exclaims,” It

was so much fun to meet new kids and to get a great workout in.” KYHS students eagerly await the next joint event in November, called “What’s Best for Stress”, which includes meditation and de-stressing tips from special guest Dr. Joe. All the money raised from these events as well as through purchasing Teens of Pink Ribbon apparel is donated to the Lynn Cancer Institute of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida prides itself in its students’ numerous and meaningful volunteer work and in October, specifically on their initiatives to contribute to raising awareness of breast cancer. Looking forward to the future of the Teens of Pink Ribbon club, KYHS can’t wait to see all their accomplishments and incredible impact!

New MATMIDOT Initiative from OTS’s Midreshet Lindenbaum Midreshet Lindenbaum College for Women, part of the Ohr Torah Stone network of educational institutions, announces its MATMIDOT initiative for students interested in further advancing their learning, chesed opportunities and leadership skills. “Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Overseas Program provides extraordinary opportunities to all students for acquiring learning and leadership skills, spiritual growth and Israel immersion,” says its Rosh Midrasha, Rabbanit Sally Mayer. “We initiated the MATMIDOT endeavor to allow select students to take their learning and growth to the next level, to guide and support their development as scholars and leaders on their campuses and in their communities.” Rabbi Kenneth Brander, President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone: “Midreshet Lindenbaum has always been a pioneer in the world of women’s seminary studies, both in terms of Torah scholarship and in terms of Torah leadership. The MATMIDOT program is taking this to the natural next level, with the goal of preparing a new generation of women who can serve as scholars, writers and

leaders throughout the world Jewish community,” he says. MATMIDOT will devote extra hours to Torah learning in Midreshet Lindenbaum’s world-renowned beit midrash and participate in a number of existing enrichment programs. The programs that Matmidot will select from include: “Torah Seminar,” a tour-de-force of textual analysis and extensive examination of Chumash given by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag with an eye toward religious implications; Rabbanit Sally Mayer’s Daf Yomi, a fastpaced opportunity to hone Gemara skills, gain exposure to the world of halakha, and discover the rich teachings of Chazal; “Tochnit Ora,” a one-of-a-kind program which gives students a glimpse into the minds of local Torah scholars, intellectuals, leaders and visionaries through learning sessions in their homes; and “Tochnit Tamar,” featuring extraordinary learning opportunities with students in Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Israeli sister program. Over the course of their year at Midreshet Lindenbaum, MATMIDOT will research and write Torah articles on topics of their choice for publication in Torah journals, under the guidance of a personal

faculty advisor. They will also exemplify the ideal combination of Torah and chesed through active involvement with Midreshet Lindenbaum’s Darkaynu program for young women with special needs, and attend weekly MATMIDOT meetings where they will acquire skills in public speaking, writing, team building, leadership, and conflict resolution. Thanks to a generous donation earmarked toward expanding women’s advanced Torah scholarship and leadership, each MATMIDOT scholar will receive a tuition subsidy of up to $10,000. Alumnae of Midreshet Lindenbaum’s overseas program acknowledge the tremendous impact it has had upon their development. “Being surrounded by people who want to become the best version of themselves pushed me to want to become the best version of myself,” says Elyana Schwartz of Silver Spring, MD. Michal Mizrachi of Teaneck, NJ, relates: “Judaism is all about taking dayto-day events and elevating them through Torah and mitzvot. These are the things that increased my connection to Hashem and make life so much more meaningful.”

Chaya Herszberg of Melbourne, Australia adds, “I am humbled to be a part of such a strong, intelligent, sensitive and growth-oriented group of girls.” Young women who have applied to Midreshet Lindenbaum and wish to apply for the MATMIDOT program and scholarship must fill out the separate MATMIDOT application by December 9. Midreshet Lindenbaum is part of Ohr Torah Stone (OTS), a Modern Orthodox network of 27 institutions which are transforming Jewish living, learning and leadership worldwide. OTS is energized by new President and Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander, who is building and expanding upon the unique vision of OTS founder, Chancellor Emeritus and Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin. For more information about the MATMIDOT scholarships, call 972-2-6710043, write to lindenbaum.matmidot@ or go to

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Bnos Agudas Yisroel Expands Across South Florida Bnos Agudas Yisroel has been in existence for 100 years. Created in conjunction with the Bais Yaakov Movement, Bnos offers young girls a place to get together, learn and have fun with their friends on Shabbos afternoons. While most major cities have a Bnos program, South Florida is unique in that it is run exclusively by

Bais Yaakov of Miami. Bais Yaakov High School students work together with the National Bnos Agudas Yisroel organization to create a dynamic program for girls in grades 1-5. Due to the growing needs of the South Florida community, Bnos has expanded beyond its original branches in North Mi-

ami Beach and Miami Beach to now include Hollywood, Aventura and Boca! This year’s theme is the world was created with ‘HUE’ in mind, combining art and a multitude of colors to remind the girls that even though we are all different, together we make a rainbow. Girls in grades 1-5 in each neighbor-

hood get together with their local leaders on Shabbos afternoons. After playing games, reviewing the parsha, singing songs and davening mincha, delicious snacks are enjoyed by everyone. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Bais Yaakov office at (305) 957-1670

Café Chai: New Jewish Social Club for Retirees & Seniors Opens in Hallandale/Aventura Social interaction is beneficial for one’s health in many ways. It boosts feelings of well-being and can reduce various physical challenges. Café Chai is a Jewish social club that enables retirees and seniors to enjoy a delicious and invigorating luncheon amongst friends. Chai is life.

Café Chai aims to increase vitality and joy through its inspirational and entertaining program. Meet new people and listen to fascinating talks that are sure to uplift all that attend. The Café Chai Winter Series will take place every month from Novem-

ber through April, on the second Thursday.  Exact dates are: Nov 8, Dec 13, Jan 10, Feb 14, Mar 14 and Apr 11. It will begin at 12:30 PM at the Hallandale Cultural Community Center – 410 SE 3rd St. Admission is free, donations are welcome. Café Chai is a project of

United Jewish Generations. For more information visit our website: cafechai. Reservations required, email or call 305-770-4540.

DKJA Board President Recognized for Volunteering Efforts Donna Klein Jewish Academy Board of Trustees President Shelley Gold has been honored by the Junior League of Boca Raton, as she was named a nominee for the 2018 Woman Volunteer of the Year. Gold, who is entering her second year as Board President, will be

recognized at the organization’s annual awards luncheon to take place, Friday, Nov. 16 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club. The luncheon includes a cocktail reception and state of the art Fashion Show presented by Saks Fifth Ave Boca Raton. Every nominee will be recognized and

a winner will be selected, then announced by Awards Sponsor, Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute.







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“Come Together” for Our Jewish Community at THE Opening EVENT From across the vibrant local Jewish community, adults of all ages who support the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will gather once again for a terrific time celebrating all the good they do together. This year, nearly 700 strong are expected at THE OPENING EVENT at Boca West Country Club on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. The festivities for this annual season kickoff will start at 6:00 pm with unlimited cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, food stations and warmest connections among friends and colleagues old and new. The program will begin at 7:00 pm, featuring Mark Wilf, new Jewish Federations of North America Chair and owner/president of the Minnesota Vikings. Guests will also get a moving, multimedia look at the powerful difference they make for those in need. And they’ll rock to the music from the Beatlemaniacs. “It’s time to “Come Together” and get inspired by the work of our Federation and its partner agencies and synagogues,”

said Eric Lebersfeld, who is co-chairing the evening with his wife, Susan, and with Melinda and David Friedman. “This is a night for all of us who care about this community and our people, from longtimers to newcomers and everyone in between, to enjoy great fun, food and music as we kick the community’s energy into high gear to do even more together this season.” “There is so much to celebrate about our vital work, from right down the street in our community to across the globe in Israel and over 70 other countries,” said David Friedman. “Together, we provide lifesaving programs and services, engage and educate the next generation and enhance our Jewish heritage as we build, shape, strengthen and protect Jewish life. We succeed because so many of our neighbors share their compassion, generosity and unique gifts. Join us at THE OPENING EVENT to feel the joy and strength of our community, and be part of that difference for those who need us.”

Mark Wilf, the brand new Chair of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), has long been involved in efforts locally, nationally, and globally, to ensure the welfare and vitality of the Jewish community. As the son of Holocaust survivors, he has drawn upon his parents’ experienc-

es to become an unwavering advocate for needs of the Jewish people, wherever they may be. JFNA represents 147 Jewish Federations and over 300 Network communities that raise and distribute more than $2 billion annually and through planned giving and endowment programs to support social welfare, social services and educational needs. THE OPENING EVENT will offer a night of great food (dietary laws observed), entertainment and company for a couvert of $95 per person. A minimum household contribution of $500 to the 2019 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign is required to attend. Boca West Country Club is located at 20583 Boca West Drive in Boca Raton. Valet parking will be provided. Early registration is recommended for this popular event! Online registration is available at For more information, call 561.852.6058 or email

Hebrew Academy (RASG) Students Practice Kindness During “Start With Hello” Week Kindness is a hot topic in Science and Psychology today. Various studies have shown that being kind and compassionate has benefits for the recipient and giver alike! The Hebrew Academy Elementary School in Miami Beach has embarked on a Kindness Adventure for the 2018-2019 school year. Back in October, Elementary School students participated in a nationwide program called “Start With Hello” Week. Students learned three simple steps: 1) See Someone Alone 2) Reach Out and Help 3) Start With Hello. Each day included a fun and engaging activity to promote kindness and inclusion: Monday: “Say Hey” Day- each student was given a name tag with a goal of learning names of students that he/she did not know and to say “Hello” to at least 3 new people. Tuesday: “Secret Kindness Agent

Day” - select students acted as Secret Kindness Agents to spot students who are acted with kindness! Students were given a secret mission with special accessories (sunglasses and a special badge). Kindness Cards were distributed to students who were caught in an act of kindness. Wednesday: “Mix it Up at Lunch Day” - students sat at tables based on color instead of sitting with usual friends. Conversation prompts were provided on each table to encourage conversations with new friends. Thursday- “Compliments Day” - Students and teachers filled out compliment cards that were placed on a kindness bulletin board. Friday- An interclass kindness activity followed our Shabbat Assembly. Students decorated bracelets with themes of inclusivity. Older students helped younger students create and design posters related to

theme of the week. Kindness does not end with the school day! Here are some things that you can do at home to make “Start With Hello” part of your family culture. ● Make an intentional effort to greet each other with hello and ask questions about each other’s day. ● Practice active listening. During car rides or at dinner challenge each other to truly listen. ● Model best practices for your child. Say hello to others on the street and make conversations at stores or restaurants. ● Share your story. Tell your child a story about a time that you reached out to someone who was alone and in need. What happened? How did you feel afterwards? ● Be there for your child. Talk about what your child can do if they ever

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feel lonely. Remind your child that you are always there for them if they need someone to talk to. Talk about good and bad kinds of being alone. When does being alone feel good? Fostering inclusion and community is an important life skill and with guidance and encouragement, it is simple to do every day. There is no age limit for reaching out and helping others, so model these important skills for your children. By: Reena Rabovsky Hebrew Academy Elementary School Psychologist ABOUT THE HEBREW ACADEMY Through the light of Torah and academic excellence, Hebrew Academy inspires each and every student to improve the world. Hebrew Academy is a Modern Orthodox, Jewish, college and yeshiva preparatory, school serving students from birth through Grade 12. For more information, please visit

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Torah Academy of Boca Raton Hosts 12th Annual Golf Tournament & Fundraiser

Carmi Gross, Barry David, Dane Cianelli, Daniel Abrams, Yoni Abrams with Rabbi Reuven Feinberg

A relaxed afternoon of golf with friends took on additional meaning this past Monday, as Torah Academy of Boca Raton held its 12th Annual Golf Tournament, one of its biggest fundraisers of the year and a community highlight. The rolling greens of the immaculate Deer Creek Golf Club combined with ideal weather to provide attendees with a made-to-order afternoon of camaraderie and light-hearted competition. The event reached capacity at 130 golfers, while close to 250 attended the gala barbecue dinner that capped off the event. “The event has a beauty to it beyond the afternoon of leisure,” commented Rabbi Chaim Glazer, school administrator and one of the organizers of the tournament. “Professionals from all walks of life gather together for an afternoon of great food and great golf for a great cause.” Indeed, a look at the lengthy sponsorship list shows an array of participants whose connection to Torah Academy spans the personal – parents of current students – to business partners of the school, to philanthropic community members, all who believe in

Dr. Yechiel Rosman and TABR Administrator Rabbi Chaim Glazer

the importance of Jewish education and ensuring that it remains vibrant in Boca Raton. The tournament was expertly spearheaded by Rabbi Dr. Brian Galbut, Dr. Yechiel Rosman, Dr. Boruch Ringelheim, Avi Zwelling, and Carmi Gross, a highly dedicated group of Torah Academy parents who elevated every detail. The main golfing competition was kept fresh and engaging with a variety of smaller features, including a chipping contest, a shot at a million-dollar annuity, and a “shotgun start” that had each golf team starting at a different hole. Participants were gifted with sponsored golf balls, shirts, bags, rain suits, and hats, and were treated to a special Adidas tent providing golf shoes and personal fittings. Of course, the mouth-watering barbecue was again a main attraction of the event, as Torah Academy parent Dr. Boruch Ringelheim topped himself in catering a gourmet buffet lunch and sit-down dinner. Straight off his travelling grills, Dr. B’s Rib Shack offered steak, brisket, burgers, hot dogs, and succulent ribs, with the ribs made avail-

able at the ninth hole for a little “snack” on the green. Gourmet pareve ice cream from The Frieze complemented the afternoon’s menu. In the evening, the dinner program featured a trophy presentation to tournament winners, and a raffle of prizes to further extend the fun and fundraising success of the event. This year was especially poignant because of the celebration of a siyum during dinner in memory of Dr. Ringelheim’s father, Mr. Avi Ringelheim ob”m. Dr. Rosman noted that Mr. Ringelheim had been a regular part of the success of past tournaments, ensuring they were well-organized and focused on their fundraising goal. In speaking about his father, Dr. Ringelheim emphasized how central the value of giving was in his father’s life, and in the legacy he passed onto his children. Adding significantly to the success of this year, Torah Academy’s Director of Development Rabbi Dovid May ran an innovative concurrent event which brought together real estate professionals from all over Florida and New York. Real estate investors, attorneys, property managers,

Philip Brazil, Steve Cohen, Wayne Kotzer, Jason Cury with Rabbi Reuven Feinberg

mortgage brokers, and insurance agents enjoyed an afternoon of networking, sharing their areas of expertise, and collectively encouraging each other’s support of Torah Academy. Sponsored by Meridian Capital, the event’s success was ensured by its enthusiastic attendees, particularly Torah Academy parents Mr. Donny Cohen and Mr. Dovid Goldwasser, as well as supporter Mr. Dan Kaskel. This event alone added thirty golfers to the tournament’s roster! In a beautiful demonstration of Jewish learning, community ties, and the far-ranging effects of combined giving, the golf tournament succeeded way above par. Torah Academy is an Orthodox yeshiva located in east Boca Raton educating nearly 450 students, with an Early Childhood Center (ages 2-5), Elementary division (Grades 1-5) and Girls’ and Boys’ Middle School divisions (Grades 6-8). Any interested parties are warmly welcome to contact the school office at 561-465-2200 or visit www.torahacademybr. org for more information.

39th Annual South Florida Chanukah Festival at Gulfstream with Avraham Fried & 8th Day By Chaim Lehrer The 39th Annual South Florida Chassidic Chanukah Festival, the World’s Largest Annual Chanukah Festival, is set for the second night of Chanukah, Monday, December 3, at 7PM, at Gulfstream Park and Casino in Hallandale Beach. The Festival features this year, the King of Jewish Music, Avraham Fried, Live In Concert, and the most popular Jewish musical team, 8th Day. Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, Chabad’s Executive Vice President, reminds everyone that: Admission to the Festival, as always, is FREE! Ever since the Festival moved to Gulfstream in 2007, crowds of 10,000 people and more have participated in the South Florida Chanukah Festival. Looking at the events today, you start to wonder. The story of a little candle pushing away the monster of frightening darkness, of human sensibility overcoming terror and brute force, of life and growth overcom-

ing destruction - the battle is very much alive within each of us, and in the world outside of us. It reoccurs at every winter solstice, at every dawn of each day, with every photon of sunlight that breaks through the earth’s atmosphere bringing with it warmth and life-nurturing energy. With every breath of life, every cry of a newborn child, every blade of grass that breaks out from under the soil, every decision to do good in the face of evil, to be kind where there is cruelty, to build where others destroy, to move humanity forward when others pull us toward chaos. And that is Chanukah. Chanukah is an eight-day spiritual journey. Many people know the story of Chanukah, but only as a historical pretext to give gifts and eat latkes. We can call that the body of Chanukah. The soul of Chanukah is its meditation, joy, warmth and light. Not only in our homes with our loved ones, but with the entire world. Our

hope is that by igniting our souls, everybody will follow and light the world, one candle at a time. Indeed, the lights of the Chanukah Menorah are a symbol of freedom from oppression, freedom from tyranny, and freedom of religion. It’s a reminder to people of all backgrounds, that a little bit of light removes much darkness.   Chabad of South Broward Headquarters holds the distinction of hosting and sponsoring the World’s Largest Annual Chanukah Festival for the past 39 years. Tens of thousands of people, from all walks of life, have participated at these Mega Chanukah Festivals, broadcast live around the world via  In addition, thanks to Chabad of South Broward’s initiative at a Miami Dolphins Football game back in 1987, this trailblazing event has brought the Chanukah Menorah and message of Freedom to millions of people around the world, at

Football, Basketball, Hockey and Soccer games. When you think of Global Chanukah Outreach, you think Chabad of South Broward Headquarters. The Chanukah Festival will also feature Cantor Rabbi Yossy Lebovics, lighting Florida’s Largest Menorah with scores of community dignitaries and leaders, real Chanukah Gelt and gift packages to thousands of children in attendance, Kosher food at a nominal fee, and VIP seats @ $180 per seats. 

Sponsors of $1,000 or more will have an opportunity to display their business ads on the huge screens at Gulfstream, sponsors of $1,800 and up will have food delivered (at no cost) to their VIP seats, sponsors of $5,000 and $10,000 and higher, will participate in the passing of the torch of light ceremony before the Menorah Lighting. For more information about the Chanukah Festival, to buy VIP seats, and/or to help sponsor the Chanukah Festival, please log on to  

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WIZO Presents Annual Eat for Israel Day on Thursday November 15th Please join WIZO at these delicious participating restaurants on Thursday November 15th and they will generously donate 10% of proceeds to the WIZO Centers in Israel where food and supplies are distributed to disadvantage women and children all year round. Come out to support local businesses and Feed Israel’s women and children! Partnering locations throughout South Florida: Miami Beach Bagel Time 305.427.0300 3915 Alton Rd

Surfside/ Bay Harbor Cine Citta Caffe 305.866.8688 9544 Harding Ave

China Beach 305.534.3034 3919 Alton Rd.

26 Sushi and Tapas 305.570.2626 9477 Harding Ave

Lenny’s Pizza 305.397.8395 544 Arthur Godfrey Road

Harbour Grill Steak and Sushi 305.861.0787 9415 Harding Avenue

Miami Beach Chocolates 305.532.4949 456 W 41st St. Sage Market 305.733.5678 540 41st St. Tasty Beach Café 305.673.5483 4041 Royal Palm Ave. North Miami Beach/ Aventura Aqua Trattoria 305.690.7103 3565 NE 207th St.

Kosh Sushi and Grill 305.763.8601 9477 Harding Ave Rustiko Artisan Bistro 305.560.5650 9476 Harding Ave Serendipity Ice Cream 305.865.1506 9457 Harding Ave The Backyard BBQ and Brew 305.763.8818 9460 Harding Ave

Fozoo Artisan Pizza 305.985.3668 2520 NE 186th St

The Carrot 786.216.7355 9519 Harding Ave

Fresko 786.272.3737 18798 W Dixie Hwy

BON Chocolatier 305.397.8159 100 Kane Concourse

Fuego by Mana 786.520.4082 3585 NE 207th Street

Downtown Miami

Delicia Empanadas Kosher 305.370.2610 2599 NE 191 St. So Heavenly 786.999.8432 2228 NE 123rd Le Chocolatier 305.944.3020 1840 NE 164th St.

projects in Israel. In the United States, WIZO aims to strengthen the bond between Israel and American Jewry by promoting

Jewish identity and education.


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Kosherland Market 305.866.6993 9467 Harding Ave 305.503.3838 18671 W Dixie Hwy

Krudo 786.440.5483 17092 W Dixie Hwy

girls in distress, and services for the elderly. WIZO USA was established in 1982 and its primary focus is supporting its WIZO

Brickell Kosher Deli 305.853.8582 35 SE 9th St.

Eat in Miami, Feed in Israel. 10% of your bill goes directly to feed Women and Children in Israel.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018 Please join WIZO Florida at these delicious participating restaurants on Thursday, November 15, 2018. They will generously donate 10% of your bill to Wizo centers where we will feed disadvantaged women and children in Israel. Come out and support our local businesses AND feed Israel's neediest at the same time!

Miami, Fl. 33131 WIZO, the Women’s International Zionist Organization, founded in 1920, is an international organization of volunteers working together to improve the lives of women, children and the elderly living in Israel. WZO’s members work to support over 800 WIZO programs in Israel, including child care centers, schools, shelters for battered women and



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The Friendship Circle: Together We Can Perform Miracles Programming in the community for children, adults and teens with Special Needs

The Friendship Circle of North Broward & South Palm Beach is a meaningful

organization that reaches out and extends warmth and friendship to children, teens

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lucky enough to have coral springs fire fighter, Daniel Chavez, speak to us about special needs awareness during fire and safety rescue situations. Just 4 days later on Sunday October 14th the volunteers were able to put into practice their tips and tools that they had acquired at their training, by volunteering at The Friendship Circle family kick off. The kick off was a sensory sensation as well as a magical experience. The special needs children walked into the kickoff event, which was a carnival, and were met by their special friends (volunteers) who assisted them with buying tickets for their snacks and magic show. They also helped them make their very own art and enjoy the face painting and sensory tables. Last week the special needs children will enjoy a fun filled day at the beach with surfing, kayaking and body boarding. The volunteers were on hand to help in the water and to enjoy the day. This amazing program was in collaboration with the Best Day Foundation. Many teenagers have discovered the joys of volunteering and have formed a unique bond with their special friend. As said one friendship circle volunteer, “There is nothing more rewarding for me than seeing my special friend smile and enjoy my company. Knowing that I have brought joy to his day, makes my whole week so much more meaningful.” To find out more information about the Friendship Circle, call 954-970-9551 or email or visit us online at

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Lubavitch Educational Center Puts Together a Chessed Project Like No Other

A chessed project like no other! Over the Sukkos holiday, 500 students experienced amazing success and it was both an inreach and outreach program like no other. Reaching out everywhere to the Jewish community—on the street, in hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, malls—wherever Jewish people  could be found,  the

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Lubavitch Educational Center students united in helping over 26,000 people do the mitzvah of the arba minim and eating in the sukka.  ALL PREVIOUS RECORDS SMASHED!   A feat that was once unimaginable has now become the standard for our hard working students. A website was setup for students to chart their successes.  LECFL.COM/LULAV has loads

of reports, stories and pictures to be viewed. With hundreds and hundreds of emails and pictures pouring in - the stories and moments shared are truly memorable. For the 10th year in a row, Lubavitch Education Center students has helped more people over Yom Tov perform the

receiving it in English and Portuguese. Rabbi Packouz was born in Portland, where he attended Beth Israel, a reform Temple which has given him a sensitivity to Jews from all backgrounds. He was the co-founder of Aish HaTorah’s first branch in St. Louis, Missouri.  In 1980 Rabbi Packouz founded the Aish HaTorah Jewish Computer Dating Service, perhaps the world’s first Jewish digital dating service, leading to an appearance on the Today Show.  He is also the creator of, Aish HaTorah’s webcam on the Western Wall – where you can see the Kotel live in real-time -- and even send a note to be placed in the Wall!  To date it has received over 37 million visitors.  The Shabbat Shalom Weekly excites and brings Jews of all ages and backgrounds closer to their heritage and 3,000 years of wisdom.  Rabbi Packouz’s caring for his readers -- along with his delightful

sense of humor and great story telling -have earned him a devoted following for many near and far. Writes Abby, “Your Shabbat Shalom Weekly has helped me shape my Jewish identity.” Rick shares, “The Shabbat Shalom Weekly has connected me to my Jewish heritage, faith and belief. You cannot image how much I value your weekly letters.” Comments Rabbi Packouz, “I am thrilled and humbled that I have been

able to touch so many lives, and with the new Hebrew and Spanish E-mails, I look forward to the opportunity of connecting even more Jews to the Almighty, their heritage and Israel. I am both touched and saddened when readers write that the Shabbat Shalom Weekly is their only connection to anything Jewish in their lives. ”  To see the current week’s English, Hebrew or Spanish edition or to subscribe, go to

TABR students design mezuzah cases

TABR students design mezuzah cases

mitzva than any other school worldwide. Students gave up on the fun in the sun, and instead said “how can I help?” – and for that the Lubavitch Educational Center cannot be more proud of their students for the amazing accomplishments and for teaching the rest of the world how it’s done.

Local Rabbi Goes Global After 27 years of delighting and uplifting the world with stories, humor and insights into life, personal growth and Torah, Rabbi Kalman Packouz is now making available his renown Shabbat Shalom Weekly email in Hebrew and Spanish! It all started with 50 faxes in 1992. After moving to South Florida to head the local Aish HaTorah branch, Rabbi Kalman Packouz was fascinated with the latest technology, a fax modem.  So he found a way to put it to good use, by sending out a one-page “dot-matrix” fax about the weekly Torah portion to 50 people.From 50 people, it has grown to over 100,000 subscribers world-wide for both the Fax and Email editions. To this day, tens of thousands still receive the Shabbat Shalom Fax -- “The Fax of Life.” Meanwhile, the online version has grown to become one of the world’s most popular Jewish E-mails, with hundreds of thousands of readers worldwide

The Meaning Encased in a Mezuzah Moving beyond simply kissing a mezuzah when entering a room, Torah Academy of Boca Raton’s fourth and fifth grade girls delved into the significance and details of the mitzvah of mezuzah this past week. As part of a special art workshop, TABR administrator Rabbi Avi Wealcatch presented various halachos about how mezuzahs are written and what a sofer checks for when making sure a mezuzah is kosher. The girls then had the opportunity to design mezuzah cases under the direction of their art teacher, Morah Cynthia Dejtiar, adding a further dimension of meaning to their creative expression. Rabbi Avi Wealcatch teaches TABR students about the kashrus of mezuzahs

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Boys Flag Football Team Brings Home First-Ever Championship Trophy The Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton Boys Varsity Flag Football Team recently won its first championship game in school history. The middle school team, coached by Shawn Kerzer and Steve Nazaire, went undefeated in the regular season, beating each of the five schools in their division. Being undefeated gave them the home field advantage in the single elimination playoff game against Renaissance Pembroke Pines. The Katz Hillel Lions won by a score of 26-7, which sent them to the championship game on Tuesday, October 23. The team, along with some dedicated fans, traveled to Tequesta Park (hosted by Weston Christian Academy) and played St. Marks for the championship trophy. With adrenaline

flowing and the determination to win, the Lions won the championship with a score of 27-0; the first-ever in this sport for the school. Co-Coaches Shawn Kerzer and Steve Nazaire worked together complimenting each other in leading both offensive and defensive strategy and skills. The coaches encouraged team spirit, positive attitude and the will to succeed and never give-up. The 6th through 8th grade boys were taught skills that will benefit them in situations both on and off the field. Any spectator could see how these players communicated and exhibited teamwork. A team is only as good as the sum of its parts however this team had a number of outstanding players who shined through-

out the season. Quarterback Mendel Kahn was a fantastic team leader keeping his composure during stressful points of play, and was a key player in leading this team to victory. Noam Rindsberg’s speed, fast reflexes, determination, and inner strength helped the team along the road to victo-

ry. Also to be commended were Sammy Schulman, for his amazing interception, Nathan Sered and Josh Silkin’s defensive play, and Naftali Kieffer’s awesome catches. It was an exciting and wonderful season with great support and Lion Pride from the parent body, as well as fellow students cheering on the team. These wonderful memories will be long-lasting for the team and school. Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton is a modern Orthodox Zionist day school, educating over 500 students from age 2 through 8th grade. For more information call 561-470-5000 or visit the website at

Kosherica’s Luxury Passover Collection: It’s an All-Star Year! The way things are turning out, the 2019 Passover holiday with Kosherica will be one of the most luxurious and exciting Passover years to date. Kosherica will have sought after Passover resorts and programs all over the country. The magnificent lineup will start at the beautiful Bonaventure Resort & Spa in South Florida. This stunning program will feature culinary masterpieces from Foremost-Ram Caterers and the best entertainment and scholars in the country. The Bonaventure starts at $3560 which makes this program the most affordable and value added program. The Bonaventure will sell out. The next star in the lineup is the AAA Four Diamond award winning JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Desert Ridge, Arizona. Kosherica will also thrill guests at the most sought after family adventure resort, Atlantis, in the Bahamas. Last but not least, Kosherica will return to the gorgeous PGA Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The Bonaventure is back and better than ever! (Starting at $3560. Pricing will go up and the program will sell out!) This magnificent and affordable program will sell out early. This is the hottest and most talked about program around. Foremost-Ram Caterers and superstar chef David Benrey will provide 5 star meals, lavish tearooms, daily BBQs, and daily culinary surprises. The entire property will be Kosher for Passover and the ORB will provide the hashgacha. Gad Elbaz will daven the first days and Mordechai Shapiro will daven the second days. Both stars will also give concerts. Avi liberman,Mio, Hypnosists alongside with other first rate entertainers will amaze you.  In addition, Dr. Pelcovitz (acclaimed author and psychologist), M. Gary Neuman (Oprah Show), Rabbi Mordechai

Shifman, Dr. Mendy Ganchrow will stimulate our minds with thought provoking lectures, workshops and daf yomi sessions. The AAA Four Diamond Award Winning Hotel and Resort (Space is already limited) The JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is one of the most sought after hotels in the country. The sprawling oasis is home to five sparkling pools, a lazy river and water slides, a wildfire Golf Club with its Palmer signature course and Faldo Championship Course. This is the one of most sought after resorts in Arizona and the premier Passover option for the West coast. Drew Rosen of Nes Events will provide exquisite Passover Kosher food, tearooms, BBQ, and exceptional world class culinary delights. Gad Elbaz will headline this program alongside with the magnificent Mio, mentalists, magicians, casino nights and nonstop entertainment. Rabbi Steven Weil (OU) will be our acclaimed speaker. This is the perfect destination for those who love to be pampered in pure luxury. It’s not a coincidence that this resort is listed as one of the best hotels in the US and one of the best spas in the world. Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas (The Best Passover Family Program Ever!) Get lost in the unbelievable paradise of Atlantis Paradise Island. It’s the Caribbean’s top resort, home to the largest openair marine habitat in the world, water parks, thrilling ocean adventures, dolphin parks, one of the most luxurious spas in the area, the largest casino in the islands, a par 72 championship golf course, night-

clubs, tennis courts, shopping, theater, pottery studio, speedway and delightful excursions. This stunning resort is the ultimate getaways for those that want to relish in the Caribbean sun while constantly having an adventure. The 141 acre water parks (Aquaventure) , aquariums, and non-stop Kosherica entertainment are all included in the price. Atlantis’ Coral Tower just had a 25 million dollar renovation. This Passover resort and Spa always sells out. Book early. It’s a Passover escape of the best kind. Mort Klein (Zionist Organization of America) will be our scholar. PGA National Resort & Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (Sold Out 10 Years in a Row) In collaboration with Leisure Time Tours, Kosherica will be back again at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The entire AAA 4-Diamond world-class resort will be Kosher for Passover under the ORB. Foremost-Ram Caterers will provide incredible meals, tearooms and BBQs. Fabulous Food Speaking of fresh, just wait until you sit down to a meal at Kosherica’s gourmet

Kosher for Passover experience. Kosherica’s world class culinary teams will be heading up the Kosher production culinary extravaganza, whether in the dining room, at the tea room, or at a poolside barbecue. The lavish Kosher food spreads at Kosherica’s programs are matched only by the strict level of kosher for Passover supervision, under the exacting eye of Kosher mashgichim and Rabbinical authorities. This year on Passover, feast on more than you could ever cook up yourself and realize that Kosher for Passover food will become your favorite type of food. Best in Class Entertainment/ Services and Scholars See why Kosherica is famous for nonstop over-the-top programming. Live it up with top-talent performers and experiences, from music and comedy to sensational theme nights. And don’t forget to absorb the meaning and freedom of Passover with insightful lectures and warm, inspiring services. Need a break from the kids? We gotchu. Hide out at the spa or on the golf course; we’ll keep your kids and infants well taken care of with the absolute best caring staff. Your teens will enjoy special programming, too, so be prepared for the rare silence of nobody saying, “I’m bored.” Whatever your favorite pastime, we’ve got you covered. For more information about your Passover 2019 hotel experience, please call 877-724-5567, 305-695-2700 or email



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t is no exaggeration to state that it would take many hundreds of pages to properly describe the unique character of HaRav Doctor Moshe Rothschild, founder and president of the Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center and the Marbeh Daas Mental Health Center, who was niftar this past Chol Hamoed Sukkos. Stories and personal accounts flowed from all sides, each describing another aspect that yet fitted smoothly into the greater whole: a man who was resolute, an expert in his field, revolutionary in his methods, and a true talmid chacham and yirei Shamayim. He never wasted a moment and managed to accomplish on his own what dozens of people, working together, would find difficult to do. “He who walks with integrity is righteous.” (Mishlei 20:7) This article can only draw the broadest strokes of a rich, fulfilling life.

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In 1929, a baby was born in Zurich, Switzerland, who would bring relief and healing to tens of thousands of Jews, both body and soul. Moshe Rothschild, who would become the famous, illustrious doctor, was the son of R’ Yosef Rothschild, a leader of the Jewish community of Germany. The family had moved to neighboring Switzerland, where Moshe’s maternal grandfather, Rav Ernest Weil, was one of the leaders of the Swiss Jewish community. The move proved life-saving as the Holocaust devoured European Jewry; miraculously, the entire Rothschild family – Moshe’s parents as well as his nine brothers and sister – all survived the war. During those terrible years, R’ Yosef closed the metal factory that was the family’s source of comfortable income to focus on assisting his fellow Jews.. “We must help our brother and sisters now,” he told his chil-

dren. Even after the war years, the family did not rest on their laurels. They accompanied the Rav of Ponovezh, Maran Hagaon Rav Yosef Kehaneman zt”l, making the rounds of the monasteries and churches to rescue the innocent Jewish children who had been hidden there during the Holocaust. The young Moshe studied in the yeshivah of Monterey, a city near Geneva in Switzerland, learning under the auspices of two of the gedolei hador of that time, whose names because known world-wide: Maran Hagaon Rav Moshe Soloveitchik zt”l and Maran Hagaon Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman zt”l. He later pursued studies in medicine, learning for one year in Zurich and another year in France, but he never stopped his activities on behalf of his fellow Jews, both in public affairs and the dissemination of Torah. During his medical studies in Paris, he actually

In conversation with medical askan, Harav Elimelech Firer shlita

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With the Sadigur Rebbe and Mayor of Bnei Brak at the inauguration of the Catheterization Unit

At the cornerstone setting event of the mental health center with head of the Halachic board, Harav Wozner zt”l

took Rabbi Monk’s place as lecturer for a period of three months. Upon first earning his license to practice medicine, Dr. Rothschild sought to further pursue his specialty under the auspices of one of the greatest pediatric doctors of the time, Professor Guido Fanconi. Upon his acceptance, Fanconi confronted his Jewish intern and told him, “I understand that you do not work on your Shabbos, but I want you to change those rules while you’re with me.” Dr. Rothschild refused. Fanconi urged him to ask for a special dispensation from his rabbis, but Dr. Rothschild replied, “I know that I have been tremendously fortunate that you agreed to mentor me. Nevertheless, I am ready to give up a thousand opportunities like this one, rather than give up on a single Shabbos!” Stunned, Fanconi could only say, “Stay. You’re accepted.” It once happened that Fanconi was making the rounds of the pediatric ward, closely followed by his interns. He diagnosed one case as hopeless and turned to Dr. Rothschild. “Disconnect the patient from life-support,” he instructed. Dr. Rothschild was not willing to give up on the child’s life. “Perhaps you should do it yourself,” he said. Fanconi turned red and abruptly left the room. The other interns were amazed, sure that Dr. Rothschild would be summarily ejected from the course. After a few minutes, however, they were even more astonished to see Fanconi rejoin his interns and apologize! This was Dr. Rothschild’s invariable approach that would characterize him for all his life: uncompromising of halacha, an unwavering moral compass, a firm com-

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In 1960, Dr. Rothschild married Reitz Lang, a native of his own city. He continued to work as a pediatrician in Zurich, where he was considered one of the top doctors in his field and was the pediatrician of choice, both for Jews and non-Jews. He labored ceaselessly to help his patients and save lives. His life took a sharp turn when Rav Kehaneman came to Europe for a fundraising trip on behalf of the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, and Dr. Rothschild was asked to accompany him on his journey. He closed the doors of the pediatric clinic that he had established and spent a month traveling with Rav Kehaneman and assisting him. This time in the great tzaddik’s company had a tremendous influence on him. In 1966, Dr. Rothschild came to Eretz Yisrael to participate in the Yarchei Kallah. The great mashgiach, Rav Yechezkel Levenstein zt”l. urged him to change his lifestyle and immigrate to Eretz Yisrael. In later years, Dr. Rothschild recounted, “I didn’t really feel like there was something missing in my life in Zurich, but I listened to him anyway. My wife and I, and our seven children, moved to the Holy Land.” The Rothschild family came to Eretz Yisrael in 1970, where they settled in Bnei Brak. It was still a small settlement at the time, although it was rapidly growing; there wasn’t even a health clinic in the town! Each day, Dr. Rothschild traveled from the Torah-filled streets of Bnei Brak to the holy city of Yerushalayim, where he worked at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital. Notwithstanding his full schedule, he also performed thousands of brissim and, on his return to his apartment on Elisha Street in Bnei Brak, he devoted countless hours to offering medical treatment and advice to the men, women, and children who came to his home. Even on Shabbos and Yom Tov, he continued to assist the hundreds of people who needed his medical help, and there were times when he walked from one end of the city to the other in order to

help those in need. Everyone in Bnei Brak knew that Dr. Rothschild didn’t charge for his medical services. He kept a tzedakah box in one corner of the room, and if someone offered to pay for his treatment, Dr. Rothschild told the patient to put the money in the tzedakah box instead, where it would go towards the building of a medical center in the city. To most, it seemed an impossible dream; but when the money had been raised to purchase a plot of land at one end of the city and even make a deposit, Dr. Rothschild received an official letter from the City Engineer. “If you want to build a hospital in Bnei Brak, put your money where your mouth is!” In Kislev of 5739 (1978), the foundation stone for the hospital was laid and the fundraising accelerated. The supposedly impossible dream became reality in the summer of 1990, and since that day,

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the foundations of Bnei Brak’s hospital have continued to grow and strengthen, with more wings and departments added as demand increased. At the recommendation of the Lubavitcher Rebbe zt”l, who personally contributed to the costs of the building, Mayanei Hayeshua was called a “medical center” rather than a “hospital.” Three years ago, in his 80s but still active, Dr. Rothschild was able to witness the realization of another of his dreams: The Marbeh Daas Mental Health Medical Center, with both departments and out-patient clinics for men, women, and teenagers. Just a few days before his passing, Marbeh Daas officially opened the new unit for which he had labored most in the last months of his life: the Day Care section of the Eating Disorders Unit, for treating eating disorders in children and adults. Dr. Rothschild leaves us with a


rich, enduring legacy: his wife and seventeen children, all following the derech Hashem; the thousands of dedicated workers who administer to the sick in Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center; and the hundreds of thousands of patients who are treated every year in the eighteen departments and dozens of outpatient clinics of Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center. Dr. Rothschild dedicated his entire life to the service of the community. He never spared a moment for himself, and he paved the way for all of us to reach the heights. It is our sacred duty to preserve his unceasing efforts to develop, to nurture, to improve, and to perfect; to administer care and to heal in the spirit of Yiddishkeit, with both professionalism and compassion. By following in his footsteps, may we be comforted for our great loss.

With Harav Chaim Kanievsky shlita and the Viznitz Rebbe shlita at the event

At the cornerstone setting event with Harav Shteinman zt”l

At the cornerstone setting event with Hagaon, Harav Michel Lefkowitz zt”l

With Harav Gershon Edelstein shlita, Ponevez Rosh Yeshiva

Visiting the construction site with the halachic board, Harav Wozner zt”l, Rav Nissim Karelitz shlita, and Rav Yitzchok Zilberstein shlita

With Harav Shteinman zt”l and Harav Chaim Kanievsky shlita, while hospitalized at Mayanei Hayeshua Hospital

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Happy 90th, Mickey! Based on his size in the cartoons, Mickey is estimated to be 2 feet, 3 inches tall and to weigh approximately 23 lbs. On his 50th anniversary, in 1978, Mickey Mouse became the first cartoon character to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame under the Motion Pictures Category. Although they never married on-screen, Walt Disney confirmed that Mickey & Minnie are married in private life. When Walt Disney was first deciding on names for his amusement park, he had considered naming it “Mickey Mouse Village.” The two people who gave the voiceovers for Mickey & Minnie were actually married in real life. In a 1936 Japanese animated propaganda film, Mickey Mouse’s image was used to represent the West invading Japan. Mickey Mouse was featured in eight silent films be-

Riddle me this? In the supermarket, the aisles are numbered from one to six from the entrance. Dishwashing liquid is next to bottles, and it is not the first item you see when you come into the store. You will see the meat aisle before the bread aisle. Tins are two aisles before bottles and meat is four aisles after fruit. A. What is the last aisle (aisle six)? B. In which aisle can bottles be found? C. What is in the first aisle? D. In which aisle can tins be found? See answer to the right

fore his ninth film, which was released in 1929. In that film, “The Karnival Kid,” the first words Mickey said were “hot dogs”! Walt Disney had earlier named his mouse creation Mortimer. But his wife told him that Mickey would work better. Mickey has a sister named Amelia Fieldmouse. Mickey was only given four fingers because Walt Disney wanted to save time and money. A 6.5 minute short film needed around 45,000 drawings. In total, that comes to a lot of fingers not being drawn. Mickey’s full name is Michael Theodore Mouse. Before Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse, he made Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. But in a dispute with a business partner, Disney lost the rights to Oswald. The loss of his first character inspired the birth of the Mouse.

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Yankel and Rosa were out for dinner. Yankel seemed a little distracted so Rosa turned to him and said, “Yankel, you’re not listening to a word that I’m saying, are you?!” Yankel was taken aback. “Rosa, that’s an odd way to start a conversation.”

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Congressional Elections Trivia 1. The closest election in Senate history was decided on September 16, 1975 when Democrat John Durkin was declared the winner of the New Hampshire race, defeating Republican Louis Wyman by a slight margin of how many votes? a. 2 b. 78 c. 195

fused with Sen. Charles Schumer) declared on the Senate floor in 1856 that Democratic Senator Douglas of Illinois was a “noise-some, squat, and nameless animal…not a proper model for an American senator”? a. He put forth a bill proposing rules of etiquette for all those delivering speeches from the podium b. He proposed a bill to impeach Sen. Sumner

d. 734 2. Two U.S. presidents have returned to Congress after leaving the presidency. One was Andrew Johnson. Who was the other one? a. John F. Kennedy b. Abraham Lincoln c. John Quincy Adams d. James A. Garfield 3. How did South Carolina Congressman Preston Brooks react after Senator Charles Sumner (R-MA, not to be con-

c. He challenged Sen. Sumner to a duel d. He snuck up behind him and hit him with a metal cane until he was unconscious 4. The word “senator” is derived from the Latin word “senex,” which means what? a. Leader b. Listener c. Lover of mankind d. Old man

5. The mid-term elections features races (in some locales) for which of the following offices? a. Drain commissioner b. Tree warden c. Fence viewers d. Prothonotary 6. In order to be eligible to serve in the House of Representatives, what of the following three qualifications must one meet? a. You must be at least twenty-five years old; b. Have been a citizen of the United States for the past seven years; c. Be an inhabitant of the state you represent. d. Be able to show up to work for a maximum 1/3 of the year, love to hear yourself talk, think you are the best thing since sliced bread, be self-depreciating enough for

people to think you are so normal but not too much that people lose respect for you, speak out of both sides of your mouth, promise that you are going to change Washington, get embroiled in good financial scandals, make laws that drive people crazy, etc. (Do I sound cynical? OK, let me clean that up. Note: obviously, this does not apply to everyone…just most of them.) 7. In 1994, the Republicans took control of the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years. Who led the so-called “Republican Revolution” and became Speaker of the House as a result of that victory? a. Tip O’Neal b. Newt Gingrich c. Tom Foley d. Dennis Hastart

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6-7 correct: You are a political junkie! (How many books did you read about “the recount”?) 3-5 correct: You know enough to do OK at a cocktail party (because why not talk about something that is guaranteed to offend somebody?) 0-2 correct: Please tell me that you answered Question #2 correctly. If not, oy vey.

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4. D- Yep, how predictable 3. D- I guess Washington bickering isn’t a new phenomenon 2. C- The other presidents listed were all killed in office. John Quincy Adams returned to the House of Representatives for eight terms and Andrew Johnson returned to the Senate for 1 year before he died. 1. A

7. B 6. A through C (but D usually fits the bill as well) 5. All 4- The description of each position is pretty much exactly what the title of the position is, except that “prothonotary” is simply – actually, not simply – Pennsylvania’s way of referring to the chief clerk of the courts.


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in these trying klal yisroel needs the now more let's stop making and start making by truly stopping the it's every individuals achrayus don't be selfish and jeopardize may klal yisrael be zoche to the

‫ הוא יברך את כל מי ששומר פיו ולשונו‬,‫דוד ושלמה‬ ‫ ויחולו עליו‬,‫ישמרהו מכל צרה וצוקה ומכל נגע ומחלה‬ ‫ ויזכה לראות בנים חיים‬,‫ספרי הנביאים והכתובים‬ ".‫ויעבוד את ד' אלוקינו תמיד באמת ובתמים ונאמר אמן‬ in order to tap in to the brachos of the tosfos yom tov

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tosfos yom tov's shmira than ever! a chilul hashem, a kiddush hashem talking during davening. to think before they speak! the tefillos of the entire shul! brachos of the tosfos yom tov :

,‫ משה ואהרן‬,‫ אברהם יצחק ויעקב‬,‫"מי שברך אבותינו‬ ‫ הקב"ה‬.‫ וקריאת התורה‬,‫שלא לדבר בעת התפילה‬ ‫כל הברכות הכתובות בספר תורת משה רבינו ובכל‬ ,‫וקימים ויגדלם לתורה לחופה ולמעשים טובים‬ please have this mi shebeirach said in your shul every shabbos



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Op Ed

Pondering Pittsburgh, Seeking Solidarity

Going the extra mile!

By Rabbi Jack Engel




t has been a nightmarish few weeks. Violence in the midst of a tranquil sanctuary is too much to bear. Eleven precious souls celebrating Shabbat, paying the ultimate price for no reason other than that they are Jewish. I revisit these chilling horrors with tears trickling down my face. Our heart goes out to the families of those who perished the injured parishioners, and first responders. We share the pain with the members of the Tree of Life/Or L’simcha congregation and the community of Squirrel Hill; their lives are forever intertwined with the tragedies of Klal Yisrael. A Holocaust survivor holding back his emotions shared these ominous words with me: “I didn’t believe that I would live to see this happen again.” For me, the terrible tragedy happened in Squirrel Hill, for him it happened almost 80 years ago in Hungary and Auschwitz and merely repeated itself last Shabbat. It reignited the fear and anguish in his soul. His remaining years, hoping for peace and tranquility, have been all but shattered. I think we owe it to the victims to use the aftermath of this tragedy for a time of healing and solidarity. I am offended by the myriad of people who are seizing the moment for political posturing. I think now is the time for healing of wounds and not for condemning the others or pointing finger. I think President Trump has said things that many vehemently disagree with, but I don’t think now is the appropriate time to take swipe at him or his party. I think Anti-Semitism is a very real and dangerous threat to world Jewry, but I think we should focus and use every ounce of strength to facilitate and pray for the needs of the victims and their families. Over time we can and should address the issues. Thankfully, we live in a country that gives all citizens the opportunity to do so every few years. It seems as though these days anything can be said, regardless how hurtful or untrue. In a certain way we all share some responsibility. Yet I find it reprehensible to single out a particular political foe in times of national tragedy. I think the polarizing rhetoric is destructive and counterintuitive for a democracy. I think that the barrage of negative ads in electioneering demeans us and will hasten our demise as a superpower. I remember

my mother telling me: if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. I think we are becoming inured to the culture of divisiveness. I worry that this gives way for the most radicalized to feel emboldened to act out on their radical views. However, in the midst of the horrific events I see a signs of hope. People that I have never before met, approached me and offered their comfort and condolences. A GoFundMe page has raised almost a million dollars, funded mostly by non-Jewish people to show solidarity with the Jewish community. A Muslim group has collected over $80,000 to assist the Jewish community. Both political parties have publicly called for restraint and urged people to limit divisive and destructive rhetoric, and hopefully their call will be heeded by them and their followers. To the victims and their families who suffered the enormity of the tragedy I can only share in their pain and sorrow and express my sincere condolences. To the Holocaust survivor that has been shaken to the core and to the residents of Squirrel Hill, I can only say that time not only heals but also yields opportunities that were seemingly unimaginable. A mere 73 years after the Holocaust (Shoah) we have our own country, and our people are stronger than ever. And to those who have not been directly impacted by this tragedy, all I can ask is that they echo the sentiment of Abraham upon being notified of the death of his wife Sarah. The Torah states: Vayavo Avraham lispod l’Sarah v’livcotah – and Abraham came to eulogize his wife and to cry. All I ask is that all Americans join in unison for the sole purpose of eulogizing those who lost their life and cry for what is happening to our country and our people. May the mourners be comforted in Zion. Am Yisrael Chai! Rabbi Jack Engel is the Senior Rabbi of Congregation Anshei Emuna in Delray Beach, Florida. Anshei Emuna Congregation is a warm, caring and compassionate modern orthodox congregation whose doors are open to all Jews seeking a spiritual connection to Judaism. For additional information about Anshei Emuna, visit, call 561-499-9229 or email

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Torah Thought Lessons for Life in the Wake of Tragedy Rabbi Efrem Goldberg


ast weekend, our community lost an incredible woman, a young mother, extraordinary teacher and tremendous example, Dannie Grajower z”l. On the way back from her funeral in NY, I sent this letter to our community reflecting on her loss and the horrific tragedy in Pittsburgh that is on all of our minds. Dear Extended Family, This past weekend was filled with two horrific tragedies, one that shook the Jewish community globally and another that affected our community locally. Before Shabbos was even over, word spread of the tragic murder of eleven innocent people in Pittsburgh who had come to their Synagogue, Tree of Life, simply to pray, celebrate, and experience community.  The ADL characterized this atrocity as the greatest anti-Semitic attack in US history.  The moment Shabbos ended, we got word from Rabbi Josh Grajower that his extraordinary wife Dannie, a treasured member of, and teacher in, our community and a young mother of three, had succumbed to her illness and passed

away. It is only now, on the way back from her funeral, that I have been able to take a moment to gather my thoughts and share them with you. These two events, the loss of many lives due to the act of an evil, anti-Semitic madman, and the loss of one, a victim of a disease that cancer keeps winning despite medicine’s valiant declarations of war, are both incomprehensible and challenge our faith. How does one explain to their children how a person can arm himself with weapons, walk into a holy space and open fire with the intent of murdering as many people as possible?  And how does one answer children when they ask why God would make their beloved teacher suffer from illness and pass away at such a young age? In a remarkable display of courage and conviction, Rabbi Grajower prefaced his eulogy by stating unequivocally that firstly, we work for God, He doesn’t work for us.  And secondly, he assured us it is alright to be filled with so much pain that we can’t feel closeness to Hashem.  Struggling to understand is not the same as strug-

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gling to believe. Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch suggests that it is no coincidence that the words Aveil and aval are closely related.  An Aveil, a mourner, feels a profound sense of aval – “however,” “but,” as if to say things are different and will never again be the same. To a degree, whether it is connecting with the global Jewish community mourning the victims of Pittsburgh, or the family, friends and our local community grieving with the Grajower and Epstein families, we can’t help but feel aval, things are different, they will never be the same. So what will we do about that?  There are few things sadder than tearing keriah on a young boy and watching him say kaddish for the loss of his mother.  If this is a cliché it’s because it is completely true: this week, we need to hug our children a little tighter, love our spouses a little deeper, and generally work to recognize the blessings in our lives with at least a little more gratitude and appreciation. When tragedy strikes, Rabbi Soloveitchik calls us to not ask, lamah, why, but le’mah, for what, what will we do now?  Certainly we pause to grieve, mourn and stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh, but that is not enough.  This atrocity demands a greater response. The brutal murder in Pittsburgh is a harsh wake-up call and reminder that as much as things change, they remain the same.  Anti-Semitism is as old as the Jewish people and while we can be lulled into a false sense of security and acceptance, we must always remain vigilant and proactive in confronting our enemies and defending our people. Historian Robert Wistrich calls anti-Semitism “the longest hatred.”  The recent surge of anti-Semitism hasn’t happened in a vacuum.  It has grown in a climate of rhetoric, vitriol and demonization.  We must all take extreme ownership


over lowering the temperature, being more careful with our words, and holding those filled with hate, discrimination or racism accountable. In the Hagaddah we declare, b’chol dor va’dor omdim aleinu l’chaloseinu, in each generation they rise against us to exterminate us.  We continue, she’lo echad bilvad amad aleiynu l’chaloseinu, which we normally translate as, it is not only one who stands against us.  The Sefas Emes suggests an alternative reading.  She’lo echad bilvad, when we simply are not united, when we are divided ourselves, omdim aleinu, that is enough to fuel our enemies to stand against us and makes us vulnerable to their nefarious plans. This week, we mourn and we grieve, but we also resolve to both fight hatred against our people and to purge hatred from within our people.  We participated in two community-wide events, memorials to the victims, the Jewish martyrs who died al Kiddush Hashem.  We pray that the people of Pittsburgh find the strength to endure, feel the love of the Jewish community, and good people everywhere and that the world’s oldest hatred finally come to an end. The name of the Congregation in which the tragedy occurred is Tree of Life, Eitz Chaim. We are told la’machazikim bah, the Torah is a tree of life for those who grab onto it. Dannie z”l grabbed onto the Torah, Hashem and her faith and it carried her through hard times. We too must grab the Tree of Life, our tradition and the Tree of Life, the congregation, to lift one another during these times.

Rabbi Efrem Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue. He is involved in a number of national organizations and projects including RCA, OU and AIPAC.


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In Tech

An Intro to Home Automation for the Shabbos Consumer By Dov Pavel


he number of home automation products that offer to control our homes is ever expanding. From bulbs to switches, thermostats to appliances and locks to irrigation systems, the myriad products available continues to explode. In this new monthly article, I will review these products, their functionality and services through the unique lens of a shomer Shabbos consumer, and explore the intersection of tradition and cutting-edge home technology. Welcome to the Internet of Things (IoT) for the observant home. The appliance market was early to recognize the need for specialized technology and functionality for the Shabbos observant home. Shabbat-mode refrigerators/ freezers, ovens and warming drawers have all become commonplace in the appliance market. Star-K has created a certification process where they approve specific models that adhere to their standards and provide their trademarked Star-K certification that one would previously only associate

with kosher food products. Recently, my family opted for a warming drawer that had a Star-K certification rather than a significantly less expensive model that had a Shabbat mode but was not certified. The non-Jewish but knowledgeable sales person described the uncertified model to us as “problematic” in the traditional halachic sense. Manufacturers have recognized the buying power of the observant home and have invested in the technologies that accommodate Jewish traditions. Consumers, in turn, have rewarded these manufacturers by purchasing these often higher-priced items. The objective of this series is to create a forum for observant consumers of these new automation products as well as to raise the awareness of the manufacturers to both the needs and the purchasing power of the Shabbos-observant consumer. One can argue that shomer Shabbos families were the early pioneers of home automation. Many of us grew up with timers decades ago. Having timers for light

switches or in-wall air conditioners was common for most of us. For me, part of the Erev Shabbos to-do list always involved programming these switches. One of the challenges faced was re-setting the timer each week as Shabbos times changed. On the first Shabbos after daylight saving time it was rare for our timers to be in sync and we often ate in the dark for at least an extra hour. Each of these switches was also completely independent so changes needed to be made individually for each switch. This was a time-consuming task with a less-than-easy interface. Because of these challenges, many homes limited the number of timers they would use. Instead of having a timer in a bathroom one might opt for a night light, etc. Newly available home automation technology addresses many of these limitations and offers new and improved functionality at ever-improving price points. The shomer Shabbos market is therefore ripe for home automation. At the same time, many manufacturers are building

functionalities that are not easily compatible with observance. Work-arounds or modifications will need to be implemented to make them suitable for the observant home. We will explore these implementations and workarounds each month. I look forward to my first review of a home lighting automation implementation for Shabbos and Yom Tov. Please feel free to submit feedback and questions to and follow TribeTechReview on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Shabbat Shalom! Dov Pavel is a tech enthusiast who reviews personal technology and home automation through the lens of a Shomer Shabbos consumer. He is not affiliated with any of the companies whose products he reviews and the opinions he expresses are solely his own. Dov is not a halachic authority and readers should consult their own rabbi as needed. Previous articles can be found at Follow @TribeTechReview on Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In.

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Torah Thought Anti-Semitism and Jewish Solidarity Rabbi Berel Wein


ne of the hallmarks of the story of the Jewish people over the millennia of our existence has been the fact that Jews, no matter what their political persuasion or level of religious belief and observance, always seem to care for one another. Though there always were divergent interests and different agendas present in the Jewish world, nevertheless when Jews were in mortal danger the Jewish world somehow rose to attempt to help and defend our brethren who were so threatened. Many times our efforts were too little and too late. That certainly was the case regarding European Jewry during World War II. Till today, there is much controversy and bitterness, academic dispute and political debate regarding what was done and what more could have been done to rescue Jews from the jaws of the Holocaust. It is a topic that gives us no rest and provides no proper solution. I remember how my own family personally anguished over the destruction of my uncles, aunts and cousins. They always asked themselves if more could have been done to somehow extricate them from Lithuania before 1940.    Yet such feelings are purely hypothetical and incapable of being proven correct. Both American and Israeli Jewry are still conscience stricken regarding their rather tepid successes and ineffectiveness in ameliorating the destruction of European Jewry in the last century. So we proclaimed “Never Again” and promised ourselves that if, God forbid, such a situation ever arose once more, we would not allow it to have the same ending. When the cause of the freedom of Soviet Jewry to emigrate from Russia arose in the 1960s and thereafter, it provided an opportunity for Jewish solidarity to express itself. In its early years, many Jewish leaders in Israel and the United States refused to help and sanctioned the acts of those actively fighting for Soviet Jewry’s freedom. By the middle of the 1970s, Jewish solidarity asserted itself in strength and numbers and eventually prevailed over the internally rotting Evil Empire of the Soviet Union. The Jews of the Western world actively cared about and campaigned for the rights and lives of their fellow Jews who were locked behind the Iron Curtain. Rallies throughout the Jewish world illustrated

the wide variety of Jews who were united in this cause and who truly felt the pain and anguish of their brothers in the Soviet Union. It was a heartwarming display of Jewish solidarity that somehow began to ameliorate the feeling of inadequacy caused by the poor response to the impending Holocaust in World War II. It proved somehow, that in spite of all of our superficial differences in Jewish society, Jews still cared deeply about the fate of other Jews and were willing to take action.  Sometimes this action was unpopular and against stated policies of the governments of the countries that they were citizens of - in order to protect and aid their fellow Jews. Now the emergence and success of the State of Israel has greatly complicated the issue of Jewish solidarity. Not every policy or decision of the various governments of the state of Israel over the past seventy years has been worthy of the support of all of the Jewish people throughout the world. However, in times of deep crisis such as the 1967 Six Day War and the subsequent 1973 Yom Kippur War, the Jewish world once again united in solidarity with the preservation of the Jewish state against armed aggression and threats of annihilation. When pushed to the brink, Jewish solidarity emerged, strong, vocal and ultimately with influence and enormous assistance. The test model for Jewish solidarity now is in the midst of the Pittsburgh Massacre and the unprecedented rise of anti-Semitism in the US and in the world. It is not just the State of Israel that is being affected and threatened openly anymore; rather it is that once again millions of Jews are being marked for annihilation. And, painfully, the world is apparently willing to let this threat slide. So now the question arises, what about Jewish solidarity? Much of the world wishes to infuse our rhetoric with divisiveness and angst – direct preventions of solidarity. But the Lord does not allow for that option and therefore the moment of decision and testing is present. A show of solidarity will go a long way in helping us meet the challenges that are clearly before us. May the memory of those perished Al Kiddush Hashem be strength to us all.



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Health & F tness

How to Approach Shabbos in a Healthy Way An Introduction By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN


habbos is a magical time. We don’t have to run to work. We can spend quality time with our families and friends. We aren’t busy answering emails or checking our phones. And, if we’re lucky, we can even rest and catch a good nap. What’s the only difficulty on Shabbos? The endless food. For those watching their waistline, and not to mention their health, Shabbos can be extremely challenging. The fun usually starts on Thursday nights with cholent and kugel tasting. For men, meeting up with friends at their local takeout store is not just a social event – it’s a time to sample the cholent and the array of kugels on display. For women, it’s usually not as social. It’s simply picking off the food you cook to “make sure it tastes good.” But the sampling doesn’t end there. On Friday afternoon many have the minhag to enjoy toiameha, which literally is what it sounds like: a taste test to preview Shabbos. This can range anywhere from herring to meat to cholent and kugel once again. Let me remind you that this is all before Shabbos even starts. Once Shabbos starts and we sit down to the beautifully set table on Friday night, the real fun begins. A five-course meal is expected which includes challah, fish, soup, meat and side dishes, plus dessert.

This meal alone can easily pack in 2,000 calories (one’s daily allotted amount!). Let’s not forget about those who must have their cholent again on Friday night after the meal is finished. Then we go to sleep on a full belly which we know from past articles is a big no-no for weight management. Once we wake up we’re ready to start packing in the food all over again. Those who skip breakfast think they are doing themselves a favor by sparing themselves extra calories, when in reality they are doing themselves a disservice. After davening they feel famished because it’s been a whole 12 hours of “starvation.” When the kiddush is set up in front of them , they once again go all out. Whiskey, rugelach, rainbow cake, kokosh cake, and sponge cake start them off. Then they move along to the crackers and herring, which is based in oil or cream. This is only to get ready for the kiddush cholent which we all know has more oil than anything else ever seen. Leave room on the plate for the kishka, pastrami, ribs, gribben, petcha, liver, and kugel once more. If one can still move after all this food, they make their way home. To do what? Eat another full meal, AGAIN! You can’t say you’re full because your wife will be upset if you don’t eat all the food that she prepared. So, you wash for

challah because you have to. But challah alone isn’t enough, it needs dips, mayonnaise in disguise. Then comes the fish followed by some more cholent and kugel, and probably processed deli. But oh, you can’t forget dessert. By now we really can’t move so we must lay on the couch and get some sleep. After a good snooze, we get up but would you look at the time? It’s time for shalosh seudos. Another meal. By now, the end of Shabbos is near so your body sees light at the end of tunnel. Or so it thinks. Once you make havdalah, something clicks in your brain and all of a sudden, you’re hungry again – for melavah malka. While some look forward to indulging themselves on Shabbos, it definitely should not be this way. For anybody. And especially those who are health conscious and watching their weight. Eating this way not only causes weight gain, it’s extremely unhealthy and even dangerous. All the fried, fatty foods travel to the arteries, building up plaque, hardening the arteries. This makes the arteries more and more narrow, making it harder for the blood to flow. The narrowing can cause blood clots, or even more serious, a piece of plaque can fall off and move to smaller vessels causing a blockage.

The blocked blood vessel is now lacking oxygen and blood, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. In general, eating fatty and fried foods cause high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease. The cakes and sweets are a problem too. A diet high in sugar (and most Shabbos foods are high in sugar in addition to fat) contribute to weight gain, dental cavities, and are especially dangerous for diabetics and prediabetics. And even more, sugar also gets deposited in your arteries, causing them to get tense which damages the heart over time. While you think indulging over Shabbos is benefiting your soul, it’s harming your heart and other parts of your body too. There are plenty of other ways to make Shabbos enjoyable, exciting, and fun while keeping it healthy. Stay tuned for a series on how to approach Shabbos the healthy way.

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


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Diet and Fertility By Aliza Beer MS, RD


t’s no secret that a diet rich in healthy foods generally leads to a better lifestyle. However, most women, and men alike, overlook the fact that diet can directly impact specific functions of the body including our reproductive system. The following tips are adapted from the Fertility Diet, a book written by Harvard doctors and researchers. The book is based on the Nurse’s Health Study which examined diet and fertility in 18,000 women looking to get pregnant. Up until that point, very little research had been conducted on the effects of food and fertility rates in women with only a handful of old wives’ tales circulating. Now, we finally have evidence to suggest that the foods we eat can protect and increase fertility. Getting your body in the right state is essential to a healthy conception and pregnancy. Eating certain nutrient-rich foods can improve the quality of eggs, lower the risk of ovulatory infertility, and balance hormones which, in turn, will increase your chances of getting pregnant. And yes, there may be some ice cream involved. So without further ado, what to eat when you want to get pregnant: 1. Choose Foods with Low Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load: This basically translates to “opt for slow carbs over fast carbs.” The common misconception in today’s day is to avoid the category of the infamous carb altogether. However, eating healthy carbs with lots of fiber and vitamins, like whole grains, fresh fruits, vegetables, and beans, can actually improve

fertility by regulating blood sugar. Avoid rapidly digesting carbs like white flour, soft drinks, and candy. These will spike your blood sugar and thereby spike your insulin level quickly. Instead, try swapping regular pasta for a whole grain variety or adding fiber-rich lentils to a winter veggie soup. 2. Get Good Fat: It’s not necessarily how much fat you’re getting but rather the type and quality of the fat. Studies show that trans-fat intake has been linked to a higher risk of infertility. Donuts, frozen pie crusts, margarines, and most packaged snack foods all contain trans-fats. Try getting more unsaturated fat or “good fat” into your diet. They can help lower inflammation which, in turn, assists in healthy ovulation. Good sources of plant-based fats include avocados (yes, as in avocado toast. Brunch happily, my friend), olive oil, canola oil, nuts, and seeds. 3. Protein Power: For proteins, you want to switch out some of that red meat and chicken for more plant-based options and heart healthy fish. It’s true that animals are great for packing protein and iron but it has been shown that higher animal protein intake is linked with greater risk of infertility. Maintaining a healthy weight is key, and red meat can often contribute to excess fat gain. Instead, try salmon, which is rich in omega-3 and those heart healthy fats discussed above. Some plant-based options include beans, tofu (note, I suggest to only buy organic soy products), and nuts. Eggs are a perfect food, because they are a complete source of high quality protein

with few calories. 4. Keep it Real: Always opt for whole and unprocessed foods, the more natural, the better. Know the ingredients that you are ingesting and limit the stuff you can’t pronounce. If you cannot recognize what you are eating, then you should not be eating it! 5. Remember the Ice Cream? I haven’t forgotten about it, don’t worry. Ice cream is an example of full-fat dairy. Dairy has long been linked to women’s health but recently studies have shown that removing fat content from dairy can affect cycles of ovulation which can result in fertility issues. Consider cottage cheese, full-fat Greek yogurts (note, those probiotics can also improve chances for a healthy baby), whole milk, and yes, as promised, the occasional indulgence of ice cream. Just make sure to adjust your calorie intake to make room for the extra dose of calories you’ll be getting from the full-fat dairy. 6. Limit Alcohol and Coffee Intake: Both alcohol and coffee, in excess, are causes of dehydration. Although indirectly, diuretic drinks can lead to an imbalance of moisture in cervical fluid. Try switching to herbal teas or going to sleep a tiny bit earlier so you’ll need a little less caffeine to beat that afternoon slump. Also, make sure you consume at least 64 oz. of water a day. Seltzer and naturally flavored seltzers are considered water. 7. Take your Vitamins: Prenatal vitamins are not a myth. They increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy. Women should be getting at

least 400 micrograms of folic acid and 40-80 milligrams of iron. Start taking pre-natal vitamins as early as a few months before a potential pregnancy. 8. Replacement Rule: Simply adding healthy foods to an unhealthy diet routine will not yield the results you’re looking for. Drinking a glass of lemon water the morning after a night of piña coladas won’t “reset” your body. Always remember to replace an unhealthy food after you’ve eliminated with a healthy food. This will curb cravings and slowly ease you into a diet that’s both healthy and satisfying. Diet and fertility linkage is incredible with firm evidence pointing to their strong relationship. Doctors have noticed unhealthier embryos in women whose BMIs fall lower than 20 and higher than 25. It’s important to maintain a healthy weight when trying to get pregnant as well as during pregnancy itself. Despite this advice, remember that these foods and diet tips are not meant to replace physician-instructed medical advice to treat diagnosed fertility issues. Rather, they are simple and beneficial ways to increase your chances of a healthy conception and pregnancy. Always consult with a physician when considering changing diet habits before or during pregnancy.

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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Political Crossfire

Our Descent into Vitriol Began Long Before Trump

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fter a deranged Democrat living in his van nearly assassinated Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., firing more than 70 rounds at House Republicans practicing for the Congressional Baseball Game, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., declared it “outrageous” that anyone would blame Democrats’ rhetoric for inspiring the shooter. “How dare they say such a thing!” Pelosi thundered. Never mind that the shooter echoed Democratic vitriol against the president, ranting on Facebook that “Trump is Guilty & Should Go to Prison for Treason” and that “Trump Has Destroyed Our Democracy. It’s Time to Destroy Trump & Co.” Now Democrats are doing exactly what they condemned, blaming President Trump’s divisive rhetoric for the recent spate of mail bomb attacks and the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue. The truth is they ceded the moral high ground years ago. Our descent into vitriol began long before Trump – and Democrats and their allies are as culpable as the president. Recall that, in 2000, the NAACP spent millions on ugly ads accusing George W. Bush of moral equivalence with white supremacists who brutally lynched James Byrd in 1998. “My father was ... beaten, chained, and then dragged three miles to his death, all because he was black,” said Byrd’s daughter, as the screen flashed grainy images of a chain dragging a body behind a pickup truck. “So, when Gov-

ernor George W. Bush refused to support hate-crime legislation, it was like my father was killed all over again.” Barack Obama set the tone for his 2008 campaign against John McCain when he declared, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., answered that call when he compared McCain to segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace and declared that McCain was replicating the climate of “hatred and division” that led to attacks on civil rights

She also compared the GOP to terrorists, declaring, “Now, extreme views on women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups, we expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world, but it’s a little hard to take from Republicans.” And she listed Republicans alongside the Iranians among the “enemies” she was most proud of making. When Trump took office, Democrats abandoned their role as the “opposition” and declared themselves

When you traffic for decades in hateful, violent political rhetoric, you have lost the moral authority to effectively condemn others for doing so.

workers. Four year later, a pro-Obama super PAC ran ads showing GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan pushing an old lady in a wheelchair over the side of a cliff, while another ran false ads blaming Mitt Romney for a woman’s death from cancer. During the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton compared Republicans to Nazis, saying in regard to illegal immigrants they wanted to “round them up” and put them in “boxcars.”

“the resistance.” Look up “resistance” in the Oxford dictionary and you’ll see the definition “the use of force or violence to oppose someone or something.” William E. Scheuerman, professor of political science at Indiana University, notes the word resistance “first surfaces in debates about tyrannicide, the violent removal from power of misbehaving kings who usurp authority not properly belonging to them.” Scalise would have been for-

given for pointing out that his wouldbe assassin took Democrats’ calls to “resistance” literally. More recently, some Democrats were peddling unfounded accusations that Brett M. Kavanaugh participated in gang attacks in an effort to destroy the Supreme Court nominee. Clinton defended smash-mouth tactics, declaring that “you cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for.” None of this excuses Trump’s rhetoric, but it does make his Democratic accusers hypocrites. When you traffic for decades in hateful, violent political rhetoric, you have lost the moral authority to effectively condemn others for doing so. Indeed, Democrats arguably bear much of the blame for creating Trump. One of the reasons voters rallied behind Trump is precisely because, after years of seeing their standard-bearers act like punching bags, Trump presented himself as a counterpuncher who isn’t afraid to fight back and gives as good as he gets. The results are ugly. Trump is wrong to call the media the “enemy of the people” and to celebrate a congressman body-slamming a reporter, and the host of other terrible things he has said. But Democrats were dragging us into the political gutter long before Trump came along. If they think Americans elected a Frankenstein’s monster, they are Dr. Frankenstein. (c) 2018, Washington Post Writers Group

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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

We’ve lived on a very nice block for the past 26 years. It’s a friendly block and most people know each other. To our right are neighbors who are very lovely. Though we’ve never been particularly close to them, as we don’t really have that much in common, we’ve always been polite and neighborly. We’ve watched their children grow up and always felt they were nice kids.

They have a 23-year-old son, Avi, who has been in and out of our house for years, for various reasons. He’s a very nice young man, though he seems a bit aimless to us. He is in college, but still isn’t sure what he wants to do when he graduates and just kind of seems a bit unfocused, though he is sweet. Our 20-year-old daughter, Chedvah, is a bright, wonderful young woman. However, she is extremely shy and introverted. A bit after she came back from Israel, we brought up the subject of putting together a resume and reaching out to shadchanim. Chedvah couldn’t imagine putting herself out there like that and said she wasn’t ready. I don’t think the issue was so much about her not being ready to date as much as her shyness. Recently, Avi and Chedvah announced that they wanted to date and have been dating ever since. It seems to be getting serious. Though we think Avi is nice enough, we also see his limitations and are worried that the only reason Chedvah is dating him is because it’s so easy and she doesn’t have to go out on shidduch dates, the thought of which paralyzes her with anxiety. We feel Chedvah is making a big mistake, getting serious with someone mainly because it’s easy. We don’t see them having all that much in common and worry that if this goes through, it will be a disaster. We’ve spoken to Avi’s parents, and they think this is a great idea! Do we have any options?

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conclusions to any particular question, rather offer areas of exploration for the author and reader. Due to the nature of the column receiving only a short snapshot of an issue, without the benefit of an actual discussion, the panel’s role is to offer a range of possibilities. We hope to open up meaningful dialogue and individual exploration.


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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. t sounds like you feel boxed in by the situation. You are not powerless to influence the matter of your daughter’s interest in someone because of access and comfort level. I think the key is to sit down and deal with the deeper issue of lack of social skills/shyness that has not been addressed heretofore. Perhaps you did broach getting help for her in the past and it wasn’t received well by Chedvah. When a young person approaches the dating age is a time when it will be better received. Since she has been afraid of dating because of her perceived weaknesses, turn that negative into a positive. Offer her a dating coach/ social skills specialist/therapist to help


her “since her first dating experience is going well.” In other words, being strategic and giving positive reinforcement to her “performance” can offer you a route to get her the help she needs. Don’t attack Avi. Don’t respond with logic. Build up Chedvah with the supports she needs. Build her confidence by framing dating as a journey and her ease with Avi as normalizing what was so scary. Compliment her on growth and becoming an adult. At the same time, you can insist that it’s now time to start getting the help that most people use from a dating coach in order to date successfully. She wants to be a good dater and hold the young man’s interest, and at the same time be self-aware and mindful of what she can offer and what he can do for her particular needs, wants, and personality despite awareness of her weaknesses.

Compatibility for marriage may start with fit and comfort but it’s about a lot more than that. Get yourselves help too. You are going to be doing a delicate dance to navigate the immediate situation and the deeper issues of her insecurities and social problems.

The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. eems like while you’ve been choosing fonts for her resume, Chedvah has already chosen her chosson-to-be. It wouldn’t surprise me if, while munching shwarma in the shuk, Chedvah was having online DPC’s (deep, philosophical conversations) with Avi, courtesy of WhatsApp and Verizon. Our kids often surprise us and your Chedvah is no exception. While she seems painfully shy and introverted to you, she’s one smart cookie (in your words: “bright and wonderful”). She’s succeeded in school and spent a year abroad – all with her eyes wide open and without Mommy at her side. She’s even heard your opinion about “aimless Avi” and the “nice enough neighbors.” It’s not likely that Chedvah would sacrifice or sabotage her future because the guy next door landed on her welcome mat. So whether or not you’ve read the memo: Chedvah and Avi may truly like each other. Avi may not be suave or charming in your eyes, still, he may be kind and caring towards Chedvah. He may be sensitive and funny, respectful to your daughter and comfortable to be around – a good foundation for a great marriage. As for his lackluster plans: a loving wife may be just the inspiration Avi needs to buckle down and shine in school and his career. Haven’t we always believed a that good woman makes her man? In short, Mom, rather than perseverate that Chedvah’s taking the easy way out, sit down with her, and in your kindest, least judgmental manner, ask her what makes Avi so special to her. If

The rock might just be the diamond ring and the hard place: coming to terms with the idea of Avi being your future sonin-law.


she’s too shy or unable to articulate her feelings, offer her the services of a dating coach so she (and you) can feel she’s choosing Avi for all the right reasons – a choice she can happily live with for the rest of her life.

The Shadchan Michelle Mond n one hand, you say you have been nudging Chedvah to come up with a resume because you feel she is ready for marriage, and on the other hand you are alluding to having absolutely no faith in her decisions. How can you have tried to push your wonderful daughter into starting to date if you cannot trust her to be ready to make the ultimate decision? You say she is only falling for Avi because it is “easy.” I say, have more faith than that in your own daughter! Remember, this was the daughter you were just encouraging to start dating because you thought she was ready. On this panel we hear this type of question a lot. Parents who are extremely eager for their wonderful children to start dating and, when they make a choice, they suddenly wish to step in and make the decision for them. You are stuck between a rock and a hard place. The rock might just be the



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diamond ring and the hard place: coming to terms with the idea of Avi being your future son-in-law. The bottom line is you do not want to lose your daughter. She and Avi are dating exclusively and it is getting serious. Any attempts from you to push them apart will likely just make her resent you for doing so. You can approach her lovingly with open communication and talk about the many things that should be taken into consideration when choosing a husband. You can do this generally, without pointing fingers or belittling Avi since that only will push her away. You can lovingly

approach thought-provoking topics so she can come to her own conclusions. Be the loving ear for her to talk to and the shoulder to cry on, and she will be more likely to listen to your advice when you give it.

The Single Tova Wein can understand your concern. It does seem very possible that Chedvah started dating Avi because it was so convenient and since she’s


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s parents of adult children, there is a bitter pill often prescribed. It’s a nasty little pill at first, but once it builds up in the system, the results are often a game changer! The name of the pill is MyChildGetstoChoose. The generic name is I’mNoLongerinControlmyGdIHopeIRaisedHerRight. We can present, discuss, shower with love, guide, argue, worry, plead, and punish. Ultimately, the choice is theirs. Always theirs. When adult children feel the judgment of their parents, or feel that their parents are telling them what to do, they often back away. Parents who are overbearing often find their calls aren’t being picked up as often and their children are always busy. At the end of the day, it will be Chedvah’s decision to continue dating Avi or to break up with him, to see a therapist to explore and work on her anxiety, etc. Should you swallow MyChildGetstoChoose, it may allow you your best chance to hold Chedvah’s hand through her relationship with Avi. When our children know that they are ultimately in charge and that we respect and honor their free will and intuition, they are

usually more inclined to turn to their parents as a sounding board and even seek their guidance. This may be the perfect relationship for Chedvah or she may be hiding behind it, using it as a safe place to avoid working through her shyness and anxiety. Without meeting her or having a deeper understanding, I have to be honest and tell you that I have no idea which one it is. I also have to tell you that neither do you. My standard guideline for situations similar to yours is to come alongside your daughter and support her. No, that doesn’t mean going wedding dress shopping and ignoring the elephant in the room. I actually commend you for being so honest about your daughter’s issue and not pretending it isn’t there. It would be so much easier for you to believe that your daughter’s issue is cured or she will work through it in this relationship with Avi or that it will somehow go away. Back to the guideline: 1. Open up the lines of communication. Let her know that you are a safe

probably known him for many, many years, it was an easy and stress-free way for her to start dating. This would not be the first time someone dated and married “the boy next door.” There’s something to be said for the ease with which it occurred. On the other hand, another way to look at it is to say that Chedvah has known Avi her whole life practically and yet they still seem to be pulled toward one another. Their relationship has truly passed the test of time, which says a lot. And even if she is dating him because she is too shy to go out there and be set up, that doesn’t mean that this can’t be a wonderful occurrence. Rather than focusing so much on Chedvah’s shyness and choosing the path of least resistance, why not focus on how the two of them seem together? Do they seem comfortable together? Happy, connected…

person to speak with. 2. Show her your support and faith in her decision making ability. 3. Invite Avi over when the couple is ready. Spend as much time together with them as a couple as you can. Join her in her excitement and welcome him with open arms. 4. In your most loving and compassionate stance, ask Chedvah how she feels around Avi, about her anxiety in her relationship, about how she feels in the relationship. If you have a solid, open relationship, there will be room to discuss your concerns about Chedvah’s shyness and avoidance. If done properly, there is nothing wrong with discussing your concerns. As a matter of fact, if done properly, it’s the absolute right thing to do. Do not make it about Avi. Do not make it about Avi. Do not make it about Avi. 5. You can offer her sessions with a therapist if there is anything she may want to talk about with someone outside the family. 6. This part has nothing to do with Chedvah and her relationship. This part is for you and you alone. This is a major transition in your life as a parent. Your daughter is a young woman now and your relationship with her is

Just because it was easy doesn’t mean it was bad.

on the same page? Spend time with the two of them and observe their chemistry and dynamic. We know that Avi is a very nice young man from a nice family. That alone is meaningful. Talk to Chedvah privately and with loving curiosity about the possible future she sees with Avi. What are her thoughts and possible concerns about his professional future? Maybe the two of them have discussed the future and there is much you don’t know about their plans. Just because it was easy doesn’t mean it was bad. Stay focused on what really matters here and you may find yourself starting to think that Chedvah is one lucky gal!

changing. Dr. Laura (radio talk show host on XM 109) says that when her son became an adult, she became an On Demand Mom. That is, when he asked for her help, she offered it. When he didn’t, she didn’t give her input. She believes that is what allows them to be so close today. I’d like you to think about shifting your focus from Chedvah and Chedvah’s problem and Chedvah’s relationship to “my role, what I can realistically do, my limitations, and am I going to swallow the bitter pill and follow the guidelines.” All the best, Jennifer

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


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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

One of the guys said, “Man up and swim around Britain” and I thought, “Yeah, that’s got a ring to it.” - Ross Edgley, 33, who just completed his 157 day swim around the coast of Britain, talking about what inspired his voyage

Today’s the first day of November. Turkeys were like, “Anyone else have a weird feeling that something bad is about to happen?” - Jimmy Fallon

I shouldn’t say this, because I want to unite. I do eventually want to unite, but the fact is we’re driving them crazy. We’re driving them crazy. They don’t know what to do. They’re going loco. Loco! - President Trump at a campaign rally

The world opposes every decision made by Trump. -Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

I don’t mind when they say things about me like I’m a liberal; I like that. But when they say San Francisco liberal, as if to make it sound like it’s something negative, them’s fightin’ words. Don’t attack my city. Don’t attack my city. But, San Francisco values, that’s what we’re about. – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at a campaign event

If a land is occupied or plundered, it should be liberated from the occupiers and plunderers, even if this leads to the martyrdom of tens of millions of Muslims.

Michael Cohen has become a tool of his new handlers and this is a partisan attack. - President Trump’s friend Roger Stone responding to comments by Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen, who claims that Trump made racist comments to him

Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox who won the World Series last night… It marks the first time that the Red Sox won the World Series since 2013. Today, five-year-olds in Boston were like, “Finally, the curse is broken.” – Jimmy Fallon

- Imam Hasan Sabri of the Islamic Center of South Florida in a recent sermon

I mean, yeah. To me, it’s a no-brainer. This weekend, Hillary didn’t rule out running for president in 2020. The company that is building the Titanic II was like, “That sounds like a bad idea.” - Jimmy Fallon

- Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Democratic-Socialist, Queens) when asked in a recent interview if Democrats will try to impeach Trump


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After an extensive investigation that included the thorough review of all potentially credible evidence submitted and interviews of more than 40 individuals with information relating to the allegations, including classmates and friends of all those involved, Committee investigators found no witness who could provide any verifiable evidence to support any of the allegations brought against Justice Kavanaugh. - Just released conclusion of the Senate Judiciary Committee report regarding the allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh

There was a man caught tasting soup at a buffet directly from a ladle and then putting the ladle back in the soup. But eventually a campaign aide got Bernie Sanders to go back on his campaign bus. – Jimmy Fallon

If you’ve read anything about the rise of the Third Reich and Adolf Hitler, you will see the parallels. - Jane Fonda talking about President Trump at the Women’s Media Awards last week

Death to Israel! Death to America! - Jew-hater Louis Farrakhan, on a recent trip to Iran, leading a chant at University of Tehran law school at the end of speech in which he said, “I understand how the enemies have plotted against the Iranian people and I would like to stay alongside you to stop their plots”

A lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive a lot of times. - President Trump, when asked by a reporter if an immigration ad that he released is offensive

It is obvious that the president of the United States of America is placing a target on my back and he keeps calling my name and lying about me in order to make the target work. So I’m not intimidated by it, but I know what he’s doing. - Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) on MSNBC accusing President Donald Trump of trying to have her harmed

The president says he’s a nationalist. Again, we know where this comes from, and it’s painful, especially to the ears of those who fled and fought the Nazis like the 11 Jewish people massacred this past weekend. This is who Trump is. This is how he is molding the GOP in his image, and that party seems to be sitting by scared or joining in. This is a far cry from where the party ever was. - CNN’s Chris Cuomo

This is heartbreaking. It’s heartbreaking. The hope has been that the antibodies would kick in — that this sort of infestation of hatred and division would draw a response from the American people, really in both parties, to say “no and no more.” That does not seem to be happening tonight. It’s not a blue wave, it’s still a blue war. We’ve got to continue the fight forward. I think that sense of helplessness that has really fueled a lot of this outrage and outpouring tomorrow from Democrats may still be there tomorrow, even if we have the House. – CNN’s Van Jones as hopes of a blue wave faded on election eve

I found myself so sad and heartbroken after the 2016 election. I couldn’t sleep nights, I found myself eating a lot as I tweeted about every time this president said something that wasn’t true. I just had to eat pancakes, and coffee ice cream, and tweet and write (music). - Barbara Streisand, in an interview with Good Morning America

Today Apple announced that their new MacBooks are made from 100% recycled aluminum, which sounds nice until you look closely at your laptop and see the faded words, “Mountain Dew.” - Jimmy Fallon


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