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Dear Readers, Purim day is such a fun, busy time. I usually go to a later Megillah reading, and between getting the kids ready in their costumes, last minute touches on the Mishloach Manot, and loading up the car, things are a bit hectic. And don’t underestimate the job of giving everyone breakfast when they’re already dressed up in their costumes with accessories and have their make up on.

Shabbos Zmanim Candle Lighting Parshat Vayikra: 7:08 Parshat Tsav: 7:11 Shabbos Ends Parshat Vayikra: 8:08 Parshat Tsav: 8:11

Purim is about fun and excitement. It’s so easy to get swept away in the joy of the day. I love seeing children -- and adults -- all dressed up in their costumes. While delivering Mishloach Manot we get to see people we don’t get to see every day. I can go weeks without seeing some neighbors and friends, but on Purim we get to see everyone and connect personally for a few minutes while the children play and show off their costumes. Despite the busyness of the day, I find there’s usually a little bit of down time in the afternoon, before the Purim Seuda. This is a great time to introspect and be thankful for all the happiness we’ve enjoyed throughout the whole year -- because Purim is about joy, happiness and everyday miracles. Its amazing to have this special day of Purim integrated into the Jewish calendar so that we can take a step back, reflect, and be joyful for the miracles that have happened for us in the times of Purim, and all the miracles that continuously happen for the Jews and the State of Israel now. Enjoy the Purim Experience: the fun, the excitement, the costumes, the music, the parties, and the treats -- and take some time out for yourself to connect as you harness the power of this momentous day. Wishing you and your family a very joyful and Happy Purim, Dina

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“A Happy and Sad Day”

Mellanox Technologies made headlines this week when U.S. gaming and computer graphics giant Nvidia Corp. announced that it will acquire the Israeli chip maker for $6.9 billion. The deal was Israeli’s second-largest tech deal ever. “I have mixed feelings about this day. It is a happy and sad day,” Mellanox Technologies founder and CEO, Eyal Waldman, said. As part of the deal, the U.S. firm will acquire the Israeli company, which makes

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chips and high-speed servers and storage switching solutions, for $125 a share in cash, representing a 14 percent premium to the market value of the Mellanox shares. This is Nvidia’s largest acquisition to-date, and it paves the way for the U.S. firm to get a better foothold in the growing market for data center components. Mellanox technology helps transfer information within and between computers faster and more efficiently. Waldman, a kite border and a scuba diver who studied electrical engineering at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, set up Mellanox in 1999. Mellanox could have continued to survive as an independent firm, Waldman said at the press conference, even as the $470 billion semiconductor industry has seen a large amount consolidation over the past five years. Under the circumstances, though, he said, the sale to Nvidia “was the right thing to do,” for the best interests of the shareholders, the company, its workers, and Nvidia. “As a public company we owed it to the shareholders,” he said. “We are already at it for 20 years. It is not something that can continue eternally.” Mellanox will remain as a semi-autonomous entity within Nvidia, Waldman said, and the plan is not to cut back on workers in Israel but to enlarge the team to speed up development of plans. The company employs some 2,000 workers in Israel and

1,000 abroad. The company also employs workers in Gaza and in the West Bank cities of Rawabi, Nablus, and Hebron. When asked in a 2017 interview with The Times of Israel whether he would move onto another project after Mellanox, Waldman said: “I would not want to set up another startup. It is just so hard to set up something new and to succeed.” The Mellanox name comes from combining a Xerox-sounding name with Millennium, because the firm was founded in 1999, and Ella, the name of his former wife.

New Lungs for Mrs. Rivlin

On Monday, Nechama Rivlin, wife of President Reuven Rivlin, underwent a lung transplant when an Israeli youth who died in

a diving accident in Eilat was found to be a suitable donor. Rivlin, 73, suffers from pulmonary fibrosis, a condition in which scar tissue accumulates in the lungs and makes it difficult to breathe. She has usually been seen in public with a portable oxygen tank. A donor lung became available after Yair Yehezkel Halabli, 19, from Ramat Gan drowned on Friday while diving in Eilat. The complex operation took several hours and was performed by Prof. Dan Aravot, director of cardiothoracic surgery at Beilinson, assisted by Rivlin’s personal physician, Prof. Mordechai Kremer, himself a lung specialist at the hospital.

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dent Mahmoud Abbas appointed longtime ally Mohammad Shtayyeh as prime minister, in a move seen as part of efforts to further isolate Hamas. Abbas had asked Shtayyeh, a member of the central committee of the Palestinian president’s Fatah party, to form a new government. Shtayyeh, a British-educated economist, is a top official in Abbas’s Fatah movement. He is a former peace negotiator and a strong proponent of a two-state solution with Israel. He also is a strong critic of the Islamist terror group Hamas, which seized control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces in 2007. The Hamas takeover has left the Palestinians torn between rival governments in Gaza and the West Bank, where Abbas’s Palestinian Authority administers autonomous areas. Repeated attempts at reconciliation have failed. Shtayyeh will succeed Rami Hamdallah, who had overseen a unity government formed nearly five years ago with the goal of reaching a reconciliation deal with Hamas. Those attempts made little headway and collapsed a year ago when Hamdallah’s motorcade was almost struck by a roadside bomb in Gaza. On Sunday, Hamas said the appointment of Shtayyeh reflected “Abbas’s unilateralism and monopoly of power.”

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“Hamas stresses that it does not recognize this separatist government because it was formed without national consensus,” the terrorist organization’s spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement. Hamdallah announced his resignation in January after years of failure in reconciliation efforts. Shtayyeh is now expected to appoint a new cabinet of Fatah supporters. Shtayyeh, born in 1958, has a PhD in economic development from the University of Sussex, according to his website. He has held a number of senior positions, including Public Works minister and as a past peace negotiator with Israel. He currently is head of the Palestinian Economic Council for Development and Reconstruction, a body that works with international donors on economic development projects in the Palestinian areas.

Brothers in Arms Arms sales around the world have risen by almost 8% in the past five years, with the United States holding tight to its position as the leading arms exporter. The Israeli arms industry ranks eighth among exporters, with a market share of more than 3% of the total world exports. According to the annual report of the

Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), which tracks arms inspections worldwide, the total number of global arms transactions between 2014 and 2018 was 7.8% higher than the previous five years and 23% higher than the number sold between 2004 to 2008. The five largest exporters in the past five years have been the U.S., Russia, France, Germany and China, which together accounted for 75% of total weapon’s exports. The report showed that the Israeli arms industry has kept its international standing and ranks as eighth among the 67 exporting countries with a market share of 3.1%, a 60% increase between 2009 to 2013. Israel’s leading customers are India with 46% of its deals, Azerbaijan with 17%, and Vietnam with 8.5%. At the same time, Israel ranks 15th out of the world’s 40 leading arms importers with 2% of the total arms trade over the past five years, up 354% from the previous five years. Some 64% of Israel’s arms deals were with the U.S., with 27% of the transactions being with Germany and another 8.9% with Italy. Saudi Arabia is the world’s leading arms importer with a market share of 12%, a sharp rise of 192%. According to the data, the United States recorded a 29% increase in arms deals, mainly due to increased demand from countries in the Middle East, and

its market share rose from 30% to 36%, while Russia saw a 17% decrease because of less imports from two major customers – India and Venezuela. Now its market share stands at 21% compared to 27%, five years prior.

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Community An Amazing “Amazing Race” with Rosh Chodesh and Pre-Purim Celebration at Katz Hillel Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton begins pre-Purim festivities and celebrates Rosh Chodesh Adar. What better way to celebrate Rosh Chodesh Adar, the happiest month on the Jewish calendar, than with an afternoon of fun and pre-Purim festivities? Middle

school students at Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton recently competed in a variety of different challenges, “Amazing Race-style.” There were twenty-three exciting stations to choose from, offering something for everyone. The race culminated with each team spelling the word

“Adar” with their bodies as the formation was judged from above by KHDS faculty! The students had a fantastic time and it certainly brought the joy of Adar to the Milton B. Katz campus.

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 561-4705000 or visit the website at www.hilleldayschool.org.

Former Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren Speaks to DKJA Students Former Israeli ambassador to the United States and current Knesset member Michael Oren spoke to eight through 12th graders at Donna Klein Jewish Academy earlier this month. Oren, born Michael Bornstein, grew up in New Jersey and made Aliyah in the late 1970s. He went onto serve in the IDF and eventually in the government as ambassador to the United States (2009-13) and in the Knesset

as a member of the Kulanu party. He spoke to students on a range of topics dealing with Israel, it’s relationship with the U.S. and his journey from a young Jewish boy in the Diaspora to one of the most influential Jews in America. After his initial remarks, seniors Olivia Gallel and Rebecca Wirtschafter led a question and answer session with students and faculty in attendance.

Hadar High School for Girls Hosts 3rd Annual Schwarzman Family Gala Event Hadar High School for Girls located in Boca Raton hosted its third annual Schwarzman Family Gala Event on Sunday evening, March 3rd. Two hundred seventy supporters filled the shuk themed tent to honor three well deserving honorees while being entertained throughout the night by Simcha Leiner. This year’s honorees included Mr. Arthur Solomon in recognition of a lifetime supporting Jewish education along with the establishment of the Francine Solomon Scholarship Fund at Hadar in memory of his late wife. Eli and Chanah Freiden

and Dr. Yechiel and Margo Rosman were both recipients of the annual Oz V’Hadar award recognizing their efforts as founding board members of the school and for creating and co-chairing the ever popular Fired Up South Florida Kosher BBQ Competition and Festival held on New Year’s Day in support of Hadar. Head of School, Rabbi Moshe Schochet, shared a beautiful dvar Torah emphasizing the opportunities Hadar students receive to lead, grow and be inspired through the various programs that the school offers both inside and outside of the classroom.

Board President, Mr. Donny Cohen, announced that the school has been gifted land to build a permanent home and plans will commence in the near future. Hadar High School opened in August 2016 and is currently in its third year. It is housed at the Boca Raton Synagogue under the leadership of Rabbi Moshe and Mrs. Michal Schochet. Further information regarding the school can be found at www.HadarHS.org.


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Purim Cards for a Cause by Leket Israel Food Bank Leket Israel, Israel’s National Food Bank and largest food rescue network, is selling printed and online Purim cards. Printed Purim cards are available for purchase at the following prices (free ship-

ping included): $36 for 18 cards and envelopes, $70 for 36, $90 for 54, and $170 for 108. Unlimited Purim e-cards, picture cards and video cards are available online for $18 through March 13; Price increases

to $36 on March 14. To order, call Elena at (201) 331-0070, ext. 2 or visit Leket’s Purim website at purim.leket.org. Leket Israel rescues and redistributes 40 million pounds of healthy, surplus food

annually that would have gone to waste, and delivers it to those in need.

RASG Hebrew Academy Miami Teachers Win Most Prestigious Prize in Jewish Education Three Hebrew Academy teachers, Meirav Kravetz, Maria Angie Lopez, and Javier Gonzalez won the renowned Kohelet Prize for Interdisciplinary Integration. The Kohelet Prize is a $36,000 unrestricted cash prize that celebrates extraordinary accomplishment, stimulates breakthroughs and enriches the field of Jewish day school education by catalyzing educators to share their innovations, successes and instructive failures with us and with each other on a national scale. Hebrew Academy teachers were specifically awarded for excellence in integrating multiple disciplines in a single multi-week unit. Preference was given to units which incorporated Judaic Studies and General Studies and involve multiple faculty members.

Their project involving Middle School students was called, “From Landfill to Life Filled”, an exemplary interdisciplinary project that includes the synthesis of distinct subjects and fosters 21st Century fluencies. In terms of subjects, the project integrated Hebrew, Math, Environmental Science, Technology and Entrepreneur-

ship. In terms of 21st century fluencies, students were charged to solve complex problems, navigate and curate information, design solutions using modern media, collaborate as peers, and expand their environmental stewardship across the globe. The learning expanded beyond the classroom and strict subject matter as students traveled to a local waste recovery facility, conducted experiments and learned essential entrepreneurial skills including how to make a business plan. They used a variety of media to communicate globally, research, design, and present an environmental rehabilitation project that is based on one of the biggest ecological masterpieces in the world, Ariel Sharon Park in Israel.

The teachers modeled innovative pedagogy combining their expertise in Project-Based Learning (having been trained by the Buck Institute of Education through Jblend Miami), entrepreneurship education (Entrepreneurship for Kids program), and Personalized and Blended learning (JBlend Miami). In addition to the three teachers who led the project, the project also had a significant impact in teaching and learning throughout the Middle School at Hebrew Academy. Other teachers refined and/ or introduced their own interdisciplinary units and project-based learning. Throughout the project, the teachers modeled the collaboration, risk-taking, adaptation, and experimentation that we aim to foster in our students.

RASG Hebrew Academy 5th Grader Tova Bossewitch Wins 1st Place at 4th Annual Code Art Competition Congratulations to Hebrew Academy (RASG) Fifth Grade student Tova Bossewitch for winning first place on her interactive coding project submitted to Code/ Art Miami (a local all-girls coding competition). Tova was chosen first out of 50 participants in her age category! Competitors were from area private and charter schools. Hebrew Academy was the only Jewish day school competitor. Tova learned how to code through her enrollment in Zaniac, Hebrew Academy’s STEM enrichment program. Congratulations goes out to the following students who submitted their

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KYHS’s Mary Poppins Musical “[It] was practically perfect in every way!” This is the ideal way to describe the phenomenal production of Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida girls’ musical Mary Poppins. Twenty-two KYHS girls ranging from freshmen to seniors dedicated six months of their busy lives preparing and participating for this musical. Under the guidance of director Jill Lustig, students attended practices three times a week, working hard to ensure an amazing production. All of the cast’shard work definitely paid off, evident on February 5, the night of the musical. From their authentic British accents to hitting all the notes on key to the amazing choreography, every scene was impeccable. The show starring Shirel Garzon as Mary Poppins, Galia Palmer as Bert, Ariella Greenberg as Mr. Banks, Nili Herman as Mrs. Banks, Denise Mann as Jane Banks, and Aliza Billet as Michael Banks, ran smoothly and displayed the talented KYHS students. The audience, comprised of hundreds of KYHS students, parents, teachers, friends, and other community members enjoyed watching every minute of the play, specifically enjoying listening to the catchy songs from Mary Poppins such as “A Spoonful of Sugar”, “Let’s Go Fly a Kite”, and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Due to Katz Yeshiva High School’s large student body with over 350 students, one might think it would be difficult to form relationships with students in other grades. Participating in the play fostered inter-grade relationships and unified all cast members into one large Mary Poppins family. In fact, freshman Denise Mann, excitedly states, “The play was the best experience ever! It was so beyond fun, and I made so many new friends with people I didn’t even know existed.” Besides showcasing the talented actresses, the musical also provides the opportunity for students to work backstage and contribute to the overall execution of the musical. Junior Tehilla Zaghi “absolutely loved working backstage!” She added, “I had such a blast hanging out with the cast and crew and it’s really crazy seeing how much work goes into the play.” Many other students were able to help create scenery, costumes, and props--really allowing students with unique talents to shine. All of these components truly transformed the theater and made the audience feel as if they were apart of Mary Poppins magical world. Senior Shirel Garzon sums up her experience, expressing, “Being part of Mary Poppins was incredibly rewarding, and I’m so proud of all my cast mates for their hard work and dedication that made our show possible.” As a Modern Orthodox high school, Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida prides itself in providing its students

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with a stellar secular and Judaic education as well as offering students enriching extracurriculars. This amazing musical would not have been possible without the incredible dedication of all the KYHS students who acted and contributed to the musical, Jill Lustig’s leadership, and the support of the administration. Thank you to all these people who ensured a fantastic experience!

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The Friendship Circle of North Broward & South Palm Beach: Providing Programming for Children, Teens & Adults 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 and adults with special needs and their families. The Friendship Circle programs run throughout the year, and includes an array of social and skill programs such as Friends at Home, Holiday Programs, Sunday Circle and a Volunteer Club. This free program has been met with incredible success, and includes families with special needs and volunteers from our local schools spanning across North Broward to South Palm Beach. The program successfully forms a circle of friendship between the children with special needs and their teenage mentors. One of the most popular programs has been the friends at home program, the teenage volunteers visit the homes of a special needs child once a week and establish a bond and friendship through interaction, whether it be with crafts, computer games, sports, or music. The weekly visits are eagerly awaited and create a beautiful friendship that lasts a lifetime. One Friendship circle parent expressed

her gratitude for the program, “Bless you for this program. There is nothing more special to me and dear to my heart than to see my child’s face at the window waiting for his special friend.” Over the past few months, The Friendship Circle has hosted various programs for all ages. One of our popular programs is known as The Friendship Bakery, which occurs monthly. The Friendship Bakery aims to empower individuals with special needs by encouraging them to take on the responsibilities of creating and baking delicious baked goods. Participants receive the opportunity to meaningfully contribute to the community in a safe and supervised environment.  The Friendship Bakery equips them with valuable skills for employment. Most importantly, it builds independence and self-esteem giving each individual a sense of purpose and ownership for their work.  Our vision is to transition this into an employment opportunity for teens and young adults with special needs. At our most recent Friendship Bakery our Friendship Circle Teens and Young Adults packaged Shabbat bags. The pack-

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age included, a Friendship Bakery Challah, two candles, and a bottle of grape juice, and was then distributed on February 14th, at The Chabad Of Parkland “Turning Darkness Into Light Event.” For more information about The Friendship Bakery or to place an order, email floridafriendshipcircle@gmail. com or visit floridafriendshipcircle.com Another opportunity at The Friendship Circle is The Friendship Cafe. The Friendship Cafe is a branch of our life skills training program which helps to strengthen independence, social skills, and social cues. Once a month participants of The Friendship Circle get together at Mozart Cafe to seat customers, take orders, and serve food. Once a month on Sunday, families of The Friendship Circle get together at Bnei Torah Congregation for a variety of sensory activities and fun, interactive entertainment. Our past few Sunday Circles have included a magic show, drum circle, and animal show. Teen Scene is another top hit at The Friendship Circle. Twice a month Teens and Young Adults of the Friendship Circle get together for a fun, social evening. Our Teen Scene programs include , Pizza

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Outings, Monsters Mini Golf, Art lessons, movie nights and so much more. At The Friendship Circle we aim to support the whole family. This past week we held a Moms Night out for the Supermoms of our Friendship Circle. We got together at Board and Brush where each Mom designed a wood board to take home. It was a relaxing, enjoyable evening, as one Mom expressed, “The Moms night out was spectacular, I needed it.”  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. 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 floridafriendshipcircle@gmail. com or visit us online at www.floridafriendshipcircle.com.


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Record Number of Scheck Hillel Band Students Earn Highest Marks in District Solo & Ensemble Adjudication A record 22 Scheck Hillel Community School students received a Superior rating - the highest possible - for solos performed in the 2019 District 20 Solo & Ensemble adjudication on January 31, 2019. In all, 32 Scheck Hillel students earned a Superior, Excellent or Good rating in the adjudication. Scheck Hillel hosted the event for its own members of the Band program as well as peers from Miami Country Day School. As part of this nationwide program, student instrumentalists select and prepare pieces from an approved list of works, performing their solos with piano accompaniment before a State-certified adjudicator. “It is amazing to see the passion and drive that these students show every year,” said Matt Villa, Scheck Hillel’s band director. “More than doubling from 2018’s 15 participants to this year’s 32 is an amazing representation of the students motivating each other to grow Scheck Hillel’s arts program. These ratings show student determination; nothing comes between them and their development as musicians and as individuals.” Since 2013, Scheck Hillel has hosted District 20’s Thursday Solo & Ensemble adjudication to create an opportunity for South Florida’s student-musicians to participate in the adjudication and uphold their observance of Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath). This opportunity is made possi-

ble thanks to the joint efforts of the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA) and Scheck Hillel Community School. Arts education is a core component of Scheck Hillel Community School’s curriculum, from early childhood through high school. Instruction is offered through a framework of educational standards in a variety of disciplines, including music, theater and the visual arts. Scheck Hillel arts educators are highly-trained, nationally recognized instructors who spark a lasting appreciation for artistic expression. As students make personal choices for their creative outlets, they are able to deepen and continually improve their practice. Research has shown that an arts education enhances academic achievement and school engagement, and enriches campus life. Students make personal choices for their creative outlets while gaining respect and understanding for all fine and performing art forms. Whether a student’s passion is learning to play the violin or painting a masterpiece, there is a place for everyone in Scheck Hillel’s Jordan Alexander Ressler Arts Program.


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This Purim, At the Tombs of Esther and Mordechai “Michael” kisses his son on the forehead, and closes the bedroom door behind him. “Finally, the kids are all asleep,” he thinks. A heavy silence rings through the apartment, as the young father faces another night alone. Since his wife’s passing, he has spent most evenings in silence, processing his grief. A babysitter comes to watch the sleeping children and he heads out to work. Someone has to pay the rent. And right now, he’s the only someone his kids have. This Purim, nothing could bring this young family more simcha, than a little bit of help. And when a shaliach from Vaad HaRabbanim comes knocking on their yearly matanos l’evyonim event, that’s ex-

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actly what they’ll get. Hundreds of families in Israel currently suffer in poverty, and rely on the help of organizations like Vaad HaRabbanim to pay their most basic expenses. This year, as part of a massive matanos l’evyonim campaign, Vaad HaRabbanim has begun to collect funds to be distributed to many of the poorest families in Israel. In keeping with the strictest observance of the mitzvah, the money will be distributed on the day of Purim. Messengers will operate through the cities of Bnei Brak, Jerusalem, and more, handing out cash to those who need it most. Recipients are determined before the date by a rabbinical council who reviews their details. The

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need it, on one of the holiest days of the year. Please, when you are preparing for Purim this year, do not forget those who struggle through hunger and debt to find a spark of ‘simcha.’ Donations can be sent to: 221 Regent Drive Lakewood NJ 08701 Write checks to Vaad HaRabbanim L’inyanei Tzedukah Online: www.vaadharabbanim.com Tax ID: 37-1456890 Fax: 1 (877) 584-8835 International Toll Free Number: 188836-36-248 All donations are tax deductible. Please make donations to Vaad Harabanim.


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KYHS Robotics Team Qualifies for the State Championship Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida sent three robotics teams to compete in a regional VEX Robotics Competition. Students from these teams spent the past six months designing, testing, and perfecting their robots after school under the guidance of STEM Director Dr. Yosef Wolf and Robotics Coach, Mr. Sean Rath. Leading up to this highly anticipated competition, students ensured that their robots were fast, reliable, and able to perform the required tasks. “This has been a very long journey. We have put in hundreds of hours into this robot, working Sundays, and weeknights, as late as 11 pm. We have argued and compromised, hit walls and problem-solved, and made many sacrifices. But in the end it was all worth it, as we grew as a team and gained many new skills that we will use for the rest of our lives,” remarked one member of a KYHS varsity robotics team, Yaakov Eisenman. This was the first year Katz Yeshiva High School had robotics teams competing in the Regional VEX Robotics Competition. Thirty-seven teams competed for

two spots to qualify for the state competition. Each robot was randomly paired with another team, called an “alliance,” and there were nine matches of one alliance versus another. After the qualifying rounds, sixteen alliances remained so then teams picked a teammate depending on their seeds. One of the three KYHS teams ranked 2nd seed after the preliminary rounds. With their teammate, the KYHS robotics team continued on to win all the elimination rounds until they were 11-0, only losing to the first seed team. The Katz Yeshiva High School was invited to compete in the state championship--a huge accomplishment for their first time compet-

ing. This qualified team consisted of Josh Bernten (20’), Tani Gross (21’), Yehuda Marcus (21’), and Yaakov Eisenmann (20’). Unfortunately, the state competition is being held on Shabbat, so the KYHS robotics team is unable to advance any further this year. Team member, Josh Bernten reflects, “Qualifying for states was the greatest accomplishment yet for Storm Robotics. Even though the state competition falls on Shabbat, we are so proud of our robot, aptly named the “Jew-gernaut,” and the other KYHS teams. We look forward to growing our multiple Storm Robotics teams and going even further next year. Thank you, Dr. Wolf and Mr. Rath, let’s

go Storm!” “In just one year, we went from being the new kids on the block to serious competitors in our region. We certainly didn’t start off the year thinking we’d have a team that would qualify for states but I think those students just set the bar for our program”, faculty advisor, Mr. Rath proudly remarked. Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida is impressed with all of its students who devoted so much of their time and energy towards perfecting their robots and excelling in the competition. KYHS is already looking forward to seeing what it’s students will accomplish in the future!

Torah Academy of Boca Raton to Celebrate 20th Anniversary Journal Dinner Torah Academy of Boca Raton will soon be marking a major milestone, as preparations are underway to celebrate the yeshiva’s 20th Anniversary Journal Dinner on Wednesday, April 3rd. The evening is dedicated to paying special tribute to three couples for their commendable involvement: Mr. and Mrs. Tomer and Sandrine Cohen, Mr. and Mrs. Hal and Ayelet Matheson, and Rabbi and Mrs. Dovid and Ayelet May, while showing deep appreciation for Torah Academy’s educators, staff, and many friends and supporters as well. The Cohens and Mathesons, as TABR parents, have each made their indelible mark on the yeshiva through their willingness to contribute both ideas and actions. Rabbi May, through his role as Director of Development, has dedicated himself on a daily basis to growing the yeshiva, and “Morah May” is a long-time mainstay of the kindergarten who has guided and nur-

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tured multitudes of children in her classroom. As an opportunity to reflect on two decades of history and growth, this year’s dinner is poised to be particularly meaningful and poignant. “We must always be looking ahead to anticipate our goals and needs for the future, but looking back at

how far we’ve come provides powerful inspiration to continue moving forward on an upward trajectory,” commented TABR Dean Rabbi Reuven Feinberg. He continued, “It is always a memorable moment when I can look around a banquet full of people who are all committed to supporting Torah Academy’s mission, who know

the impact of the individual and of the collective in providing an optimal education for our community’s children.” For more information, to make dinner reservations, and to place ads in this year’s Torah Academy dinner journal, please visit www.torahacademybr.org/ dinner or call 561-465-2200.

Chaya Aydel Seminary is Open in Hallandale Beach Chaya Aydel Seminary is a Lubavitch Girls’ Seminary located in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Chaya Aydel Seminary has attracted over the years over 430 students from all over the world. Hallandale Beach is one of the fastest growing Jewish communities today in South Florida.Girls come to study at Chaya Aydel Seminary because of its diverse learning program, because of its unique Shlichus program, and it’s warm, Chassidishe envi-

ronment. Young women not only register from Lubavitch High Schools, but over the years, the Chaya Aydel Seminary has attracted girls from Bais Yaakov, other Chassidishe High Schools, and Modern Orthodox High Schools. The program is geared to a frum girl who is motivated, excited and eager to experience a year of learning and growth. There are classes open to Jewish women who live in South Florida but

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Multi-Sensory Experience for Early Childhood Students at Annual Sensory Day Students in the Rosalind Henwood Early Childhood Learning Center at Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton enjoyed a multi-sensory experience during Sensory Day on March 5. This annual program offers children ages 2 through Kindergarten an opportunity to experience smells, sights, tastes, sounds and textures. Students rotated through seven different sensory stations that incorporated music, science, art, physical education, health and nutrition. “The stations we developed incorporated the use of the children’s hands, feet, mouths and whole bodies,” explained

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with her co-faculty Sensory Team members, Abby Kerzhner and Frumie Cohen, planned and coordinated the program. The foam experience included bubbles galore while the science explosion gave

the children an opportunity to see the “explosive” reactions as they mixed diet soda and mentos, and also experimented with elephant toothpaste. Ice pools created a polar experience, drum painting provided students a musical and “messy” artistic experience, and an obstacle course offered physical activity. The food experience allowed children to make their own fruit smoothies by hand and sprinkler fun took place at Aunt Jessie’s Playground where the children enjoyed water toys and other water fun.

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Blending the Past with the Present at DKJA Donna Klein Jewish Academy Judaics Studies teacher Lynda Kazinec has invited students in her class to bring in and share with their classmates a special Jewish ritual or family heirloom that is important to them for their L’dor V’dor project. Throughout the year, each of her 55 students does this and it was no different when third grader

Hebrew Academy Community School Margate Hosts Successful Father Daughter Robotics Day

Jordyn Weiss recently brought in bottles of Schapiro’s Kosher Wine. Jordyn’s GreatGreat Grandfather founded Schapiro‘s Kosher winery in 1899. The store was located on the lower east side of Manhattan, but sadly, the winery closed its

doors in 2005. Nonetheless, it is still a very important part of the Weiss’ family’s story. Jordyn also shared a couple of Schapiro’s Winery Haggadah’s (which were printed in 1934), in addition to a Kiddush Cup from Jordyn’s mother, Robyn’s Bat Mitzvah. Other items that students have brought in and shared throughout the year have included a 107-year old Chanukiah, 60-year old candlesticks from Iraq and even a Kiddush cup that survived a Nazi invasion of Austria.


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Artificial Intelligence & Robotics For Israel’s Security Gal Kaminka’s Robotics Lab at Bar-Ilan University is Keeping Israel Safe In the spring of 2013, a team of robots programmed by Bar-Ilan University professor, Gal Kaminka reached the RoboCup world soccer championship game. This is the robotic version of the World Cup final. Although team Israel has never advanced to the playoff stage of FIFA’s international human soccer tournament, their robotic counterparts are consistently ranked as a world power. Prof. Kaminka uses social psychology theories in designing robotic teamwork, along with the best microchips and circuitry Israel has to offer. It is just one of many extraordinary high-tech projects in which he oversees. Prof. Gal Kaminka works his high-tech magic in the robotics and artificial intelligence lab at the Department of Computer Science at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan. His technology is keeping Israel safe and on the cusp of new scientific breakthroughs. Some of his robotic programming is employed by the IDF in patrolling the dangerous borders and tunnels of the Gaza strip. It’s an invaluable, high-tech alternative that keeps Israeli soldiers from harm’s way. Since July of 2017, the IDF has deployed fully automated self-driving military vehicles, developed in Kaminka’s lab, aimed to keeping terrorists from crossing over into Israel, or deploying explosives. Next in the IDF’s plans is to equip the vehicles with weapons such as machine guns and deploy them in stages to Israel’s frontiers with Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. “My research focuses on social intelligence, specifically the transition from a single mind to many,” says Kaminka. “Such understanding can lead to building robots and virtual humans that are able to collaborate, coordinate, manipulate, and reason.” His recent work has focused on techniques for plan recognition (allowing robots to understand others by observing their behavior), for general teamwork in robots, and for simulating human crowds. Prof. Kaminka’s educational roots can be traced back to the US. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California and was a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University. He has won an IBM Faculty Award, the 2014 Landau Award for Arts & Sciences, and served as the chair or co-chair of several international

conferences. He is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, the International Foundation for Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, and of course, the RoboCup Federation. In 2012, Prof. Kaminka participated in a fellowship program at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. His mission: to create a battle plan for ridding the world of “autistic” robots. “Almost all robots are autistic: they generally do not behave correctly in social settings, whether with humans or with other robots,” Kaminka explains. “I believe that we must create socially capable robots by building general social intelligence into them. That means using knowledge from computer science, neuroscience, psychology, and cognitive science.” Prof. Kaminka feels that the main goal of his research is to always improve and enhance his knowledge, rather than achieving a specific task.  “When the Americans wanted to put a man on the moon, their main objective wasn’t necessarily the symbolic ability to stick their flag on the land of the moon. Reaching the moon was, in fact, a means to an end, which made them enhance and perfect existing knowledge and develop new technologies, to enable this trip as well as many other great uses.” Currently, Bar-Ilan is in the process of building a brand new Computer Science Center which will house such top departments as Cyber-Security, Natural Language Processing, plus a remarkable, multi-story drone and robotics lab for Prof. Kaminka’s high-tech inventions. “Only he who sees the invisible can do the impossible,” says Kaminka. “It’s the only way to break boundaries and make new discoveries.” Gal Kaminka lives in Kfar Saba with his wife and three kids. He admits that robots are his main interest, both at work and at home. “I’m the happiest man alive, for being able to work at a job that is both my profession and my hobby. Outside my family, robots are my life. I just can’t believe I’m being paid to do exactly what I love.” For more information on how to help contribute to Prof. Gal Kaminka’s vital research, please contact American Friends Of Bar-Ilan University at 954 987-7887, or on the web at AFBIU.Org.


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You gotta be kidding A man goes into a bar and seats himself on a stool. The bartender looks at him and says, “What’ll it be, buddy?” The man says, “Set me up with seven whiskey shots and make them doubles.” The bartender does this and watches the man slug one down, then the next, then the next, and so on until all seven are gone almost as quickly as they were served. Staring in disbelief, the bartender asks why he’s doing all this drinking. “You’d drink them this fast too if you had what I have,” the man tells him.

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The bartender hastily asks, “What do you have, pal?” The man smirks, “I have a dollar.”

Riddle me this? After a bus driver came back with less money than he should have, his supervisor decided to figure out how many people had been on the bus from the beginning to the end of the route. Due to technology and record keeping, he knows that at the first stop six passengers got on.  The bus then proceeded a few blocks and stopped.  Two passengers got off and five got on.  At the next stop, three people got off and seven came on.  It continued for a few blocks and then stopped again. Four people got on and four people got off.   It proceeded on its route and at the next stop, five people got on. At the next stop, 14 got on and no one got off.  How many stops did the bus make? a.  21

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“Money is the best deodorant.” – Elizabeth Taylor “If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments.” – Earl Wilson “Inflation is when you pay fifteen dollars for the ten-dollar haircut you used to get for five dollars when you had hair.” — Sam Ewing “Always live within your income, even if you have to borrow money to do so.” – Josh Billings “Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Smith “Someone stole all my credit cards, but I won’t be reporting it. The thief spends less than my wife did.” — Henny Youngman “I’m so poor I can’t even pay attention.” — Ron Kittle “G-d shows his contempt for wealth by the kind of person he selects to receive it.” — Austin O’Malley “All I ask is the chance to prove that money can’t make me happy.” — Spike Milligan


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Megilla Trivia The following is based on various medrashim found in the book titled, “Let My Nation Live,” by Yosef Deutsch

d. Prime minister

c. 75 years old

e. god

d. 80 years old

b. Vessels from the Bais Hamikdash

d. Kaf Shevat

a. Pesach b. Lag B’Omer c. Purim d. Aseres Yimei Teshuva 4. How old, according to

6. How did Bigsan and Seresh attempt to kill Achashveirosh? a. They sprinkled dried mold on his pillow so he would breathe it in when he slept

a. Av

a. 1

b. Tishrei

b. 10

c. Nissan

c. 18

d. Adar

d. 365

9. When the word got out

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b. They ground up glass and put it into his food c. They extracted venom from a snake and put it in his cup d. They poured oil on

You gotta be kidding A man went to see his doctor because he was suffering from a miserable cold. His doctor prescribed some pills, but they didn’t help. On his next visit the doctor gave him a shot, but that didn’t do any good, either. On his third visit the doctor told the man to go home and take a hot bath. As soon as he was finished bathing he was to throw open window. “But doc,” protested the patient, “if I do that, I’ll get pneumonia.” “I know,” said his physician. “I can cure pneumonia.”

seems simpler.

3. At what time of year did the Jews of Shushan join in Achashveirosh’s feast?

8. The original Taanis Esther took place in what month?

10. How many people did Haman consult with about what to do with Mordechai?

7) C

d. Music

d. The people of Shushan

8) C. Think about breaking your fast on matzah and cream cheese and hardboiled eggs…yikes!

c. Flowing wine

b. 1 year d. 21 years

b. Shabbos c. Taanis Esther

c. Bigsan

c. 5 years

a. Yom Kippur

a. Gold beds

a. 3 months

9) D. Hashem made those drawing water from wells in Shushan drown and those drying clothing on roofs fall and die

2. What did Achashveirosh not have at his feast?

5. On what day was Vashti killed?

b. Hagai

4) B, C, and D

g. Uber driver

a. Vayzusa

10) D

f. Army chief

7. After Bigsan and Seresh were killed, how much time did it take Haman to rise to power?

1) G. Nor did he work for Lyft

c. Slave

b. 40 years old

2) D. Reason? He wanted everyone to be present and enjoy. Sometimes music get annoying…Think of the guy singing “Mishe... mishe…mishe…mishe” in your ear for five hours straight.

a. 3 years old

3) D

b. Barber

about Haman’s evil decree, the Jews of Shushan began to cry. Who else was crying at that time as well?

the marble floor of his bedroom so he would slip and be killed

5) A and B

a. Bath attendant

some, was Esther when she married Achashveirosh?

6) C. A book depository

1. What title did Haman NOT have?

 Wisdom Key 8-10 correct: Charvona? 4-7 correct: You are right in the middle...good thing you are not one of Haman's kids. 0-3 correct: You give new meaning to "Ad deloh yadah!"

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Lineage Liability By Jon Kranz

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egillat Esther ends with the Purim antagonist, Haman, hanging from the gallows. Haman, however, does not die alone, for his tens sons also are slain: “And Parshandatha and Dalphon and Aspatha, and Poratha and Adalia and Aridatha, and Parmashta and Arisai and Aridai and Vaizatha: The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the adversary of the Jews, they slew…” The Megillah itself does not expressly tell us exactly why Haman’s sons effectively deserved the same or equal punishment as their father but some scholars note that the sons were actively involved or passively complicit in Haman’s plot to destroy the Jewish People. Other scholars contend that even if the sons were not co-conspirators in Haman’s initial foiled plot, they nevertheless intended and/or attempted to destroy the Jews as part of the same or a related campaign. Suffice it to say, most scholars agree that for one reason or another, Haman’s sons were guilty and deserving of retribution. Let’s put aside the question of whether and exactly how Haman’s sons were involved in the father’s scheme. Instead, let’s ask a broader question as to whether a child should be held accountable for the sins of a parent. Conversely, should parh ents be held responsible for the dastardly deeds of their descendants? These are important legal, halachic,

ethical and philosophical questions, the answers to which cannot and should not be formulated without careful consideration and nuanced deliberation. Even assuming that parents should be liable for their progeny and vice versa, one might wonder exactly how far such familial liability should extend. When does the relationship between two relatives become so re-

respect for grammar or punctuation, writes an offensively long run-on word string and as a result receives a life “sentence,” should you meet the same fate? 3. If on Purim your aunt dresses up as your uncle and then is arrested for “male” fraud, should you also have to answer for her conduct? 4. If on Chanukah your gift-giving uncles conspire to hand out infe-

If on Purim your aunt dresses up as your uncle and then is arrested for "male" fraud, should you also have to answer for her conduct?

mote that one should not be blamed for the acts of the other? Here are some hypotheticals to consider, all of which involve fake crimes that we hope no person would ever commit: 1. If your niece cares way too much about minor details that are of little significance and thus she is charged with “petty” crime, should you suffer the same consequence? 2. If your nephew, who has no

rior tennis gear and thus are charged with “racqueteering,” should you get lumped in with them? 5. If your carnivorous brother overindulges on fast food and is charged with “burgerlary,” should you be held accountable too? 6. If your poorly-behaved sister with an attitude problem is referred to by police as “Ms. Demeanor,” should you also receive an unflattering label?

7. If your half-sister intentionally stains the upper portion of a bleached dress shirt and thus is charged with “white collar” crime, should you also be taken to task? 8. If your half-brother overly seasons food with excessive amounts of sodium chloride, intentionally serves it to the CEO of Duracell and then is charged with “a salt and battery,” should you face the same penalty? 9. If your third cousin egregiously lacks confidence and thus is charged with “insecurities” violations, should you share the blame? Does it matter that you have never met your third cousin, you do not live on the same continent as your third cousin, and you wouldn’t be able to pick out your third cousin if he or she was the only suspect in a police lineup? 10. If your mechutanim (in-laws) deliberately avoid using metals pins to post things on their bulletin board and thus are sent to jail for “tacks” evasion, should you pay the same price? Would the punishment be far worse if you were forced to share a prison cell with them? Final thought: never detonate a nuclear family.

Jon Kranz is an attorney living in Englewood, New Jersey. Send any comments, questions or insults to jkranz285@gmail. com.


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Torah Thought Purim: The Jewish Holiday Beyond All Holidays Rabbi Berel Wein

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he book of Esther promised us that the days of Purim would not pass from the Jewish people for all of its generations. The rabbis of the Talmud even stated that all of the holidays of the Jewish year would not necessarily be celebrated in the messianic era but that the holiday of Purim would remain eternally. At first glance, this seems to be a very strange observation. Purim ostensibly symbolizes the miraculous survival of the Jewish people throughout ages of persecution and genocide. In the messianic era such cruelties will no longer exist, for nations will not bear swords against one another nor shall they continue to teach and train for war. In such an idyllic situation, why should we continually be reminded of past difficulties and tragedies? Even if we should recall our deliverance and salvation, recalling what we were saved from also forces us to remember the dangers that we were in and the terrible challenges that we had to face. Recalling deliverance always means recalling what we were delivered from. As such these types of memories are at best bittersweet and at worst still frightening and damaging to our psyche. It seems obvious that the rabbis intended to remind us that even when danger is past and deliverance is constantly at hand, we should

never forget what our experiences in history have been. Even in the messianic era the Jewish people will be shaped by the experience of the exile and its burdensome effect on Jewish tradition and spirit. Many times in life it is not the destination that we reach that is as important as the journey that we took to reach it. No messianic era can be appreciated without recalling the process and story as to how it was achieved. Without such recall and

memory the messianic era would be quite bland and dull. Purim is exciting and joyous for us because of our near escape from annihilation and destruction. I remember, as I am sure many of you do as well especially if you are of my generation, the joy and relief that was experienced by the Jewish people at the successful and what was then seen as miraculous victory of Israel over mighty Arab forces in the Six-Day War of 1967. It was the fear and trepidation, the danger of annihilation that gripped the Jewish

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perience and history. It certainly cannot be placed into context and truly understood and contemplated by humanity if what led to it is ignored or unknown. Purim remains as the eternal reminder, the necessary preface to understand and appreciate deliverance and messianic blessing. Until the full arrival of the messianic era, Purim serves to remind us as to the precarious nature of the world that we live in. During the Passover Seder night we will remind ourselves of the bitter fact that in every generation there are enemies who seek our destruction and that it is only

through Divine intervention that we have survived till this day. This is a reinforcement of part of the Purim message to us. Haman is not a one-time phenomenon and so many times in history these plans have been foiled and all of the Hamans themselves meet a bitter end. There always arises someone else to take his place and to follow his murderous policies. It is beyond my ability to explain this or to understand it, yet it is one of the clearest and most repeated facets of human history on record. There are many reasons given both in the Jewish and general world for the persistence of anti-Semitism, the most ancient of all diseases in society. None of them are rational on their own but that has nothing to do with facts or reason. As such it is unlikely to expect that in the pre-messianic world that we live in, anti-Semitism will disappear of its own accord. But we Jews can take heart from the story of Purim that all will be well at the end and that the joy of Purim will never depart from us and our descendants. Shabbat shalom & Purim sameach.

the experiences of life and the maturity of physical growth, they should begin their Jewish education by studying this part of the Torah. The small miniature letter at the end of the word signifies that this section of the Torah has a special connection to young children beginning their education and their understanding of life. Holiness is not subject to human logic and understanding. It is removed from our sphere of rationality. The holy is not ordinarily found in the everyday world and mundane activities of human society. Holiness is an atmosphere created by goodness and devotion to the Al-mighty and to its value system. Holiness is something that human beings must create. It is ephemeral and intangible, difficult to define and yet it can be glimpsed and experienced. The fact that it is so inexplicable makes its pursuit in this world so difficult. All the sacrificial laws that appear in this book of Vayikra – laws that are so difficult to understand and far removed from our world

and society – are tools to be used in the pursuit of holiness. Children have the gift of imagination and are not yet stifled by the realities that surround us. They can imagine and see things that we sophisticated but jaded adults are no longer able to envision. To children, nothing is strange, and nothing is impossible, and imagination and reality operate in the same sphere of their personality and understanding. To children, legends are real and imaginary characters are their friends. These laws that aim to direct us to holiness, to reach for the stars so to speak, have meaning and reality. Later in life, when childhood curiosity and imagination have been rubbed away by the harshness of reality, these laws will become more difficult to understand and appreciate, and the pursuit of holiness will become far more difficult. A small letter at the end of the word comes to remind us of this truth. Shabbat shalom.

“Purim serves to remind us as to the precarious nature of the world that we live in.”

Torah Thought Parshas Vayikra

s all of you are aware that the first word in this week’s Torah reading is written in a different fashion in the scroll of the Torah itself. The word “vayikra” is written with a small “alef” at the end of the word. This has been discussed widely over the ages by the great commentators and thinkers of Israel, who have derived many important lessons from this unusual writing of the word. I find a connection between this small letter and another idea that the rabbis advance regarding this third book of the Bible. It was somehow traditional amongst

people for the weeks before the war that made the Israeli victory so meaningful and memorable to those of us were fortunate enough to be alive at that time. The same thing will undoubtedly be true of the messianic era. People take everything for granted and rarely stop to think about the events and the consequences of our behavior. The messianic era cannot occur in a vacuum. It is a process built upon past ex-

many communities in Jewish society that this book of Vayikra should be the first book that children study when they begin their biblical education. The words of the rabbis to describe this educational advice were that “let those that are completely pure study the laws of holiness and purity.” In other words, the laws and rituals regarding the service of the priests and of the Temple and of the sacrifices that were to be brought, either as donations or as atonement for sins or omissions, are the core holy sections of the Torah. And since young children are still not tarnished by


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Parshas Zachor Arab Terrorism Amalek Today By Rav Moshe Weinberger Adapted for publication by Binyomin Wolf

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ow do we fulfill the mitzvah to destroy Amalek today? The Netziv, zt”l, in Emek Davar (Shmos 17:17) asks: Why did Chazal establish the mitzvah to remember [the destruction of Amalek] for all generations when this wicked kingdom has already been eliminated from the world? And even if there are a few people from the seed of this nation left in the world, why does this make it worthwhile [to establish the mitzvah to remember Amalek for all generations just for the sake of these few people]? And if the purpose is that its name and remembrance should be forgotten, this is impossible because the Torah is eternal and it mentions [Amalek]! Similarly, Rav Shimshon Refael Hirsch, zt”l, says in the sefer Maagalei Shana (2:189): It cannot be that the purpose [of the mitzvah to destroy Amalek] was only for one specific battle in which the Jewish people were commanded [at one time in history]… Rather, there is no doubt that this is an ongoing war of G-d’s justice against Amalek… And this does not only refer to the same Amalek and its descendants. Rather, it refers to those nations and kingdoms… who follow in the spirit and ways of Amalek… In the language of chassidus, this idea is expressed as follows (Sfas Emes Zachor 5648): “The wicked Amalek opposes every rectification which the Jewish people make in the world…. There is a unique war against this

[force as it appears] in every generation.” Based on this understanding, the Netziv explains that we fulfill the mitzvah to destroy Amalek in each generation by working to defeat Amalek’s mission and objective according to its unique manifestation in each generation. We understand from these sources that there are two aspects to the mitzvah to destroy Amalek. There is the mitzvah to destroy (i) the physical nation of Amalek and (ii) the philosophy, ideology, and methodology of Amalek. Anyone or anything that acts as an ideological or methodological heir of Amalek is an aspect of Amalek. That is why the seforim discuss the ideology of Amalek and how to combat it. The pasuk (Devarim 25:18) says regarding Amalek, “He happened upon you.” Some seforim teach that because the word for “happened upon, karkicha,” has the same root as the word for cold, kar, that coldness in one’s Yiddishkeit and faith is rooted in the ideology of Amalek. Others teach that because Amalek attacked us when we were in Refidim (Shmos 7:7-8), and “Refidim” comes from the root word meaning “weak,” that the nature of Amalek is related to a weakness in Torah study. Yet others teach that the essence of Amalek is having doubts about faith because the numerical value of the word Amalek is the same as the word for “doubt.” Indeed, Amalek attacked immediately after the Jewish people said (ibid.), “Is Hashem among us or not?” We must fight against whatever form of Amalek-like thinking is most prevalent in each generation.

Amalek’s Methodological Heir Let us study five strategies used by Amalek in its attempts to physically destroy the Jewish people as they left Egypt and we will see how, if we care about the world, we must combat Arab terrorists today because they are this generation’s manifestation of Amalek. First, the Torah (Devarim 25:17-18) emphasizes that Amalek attacked “on the way, when you went out of Egypt” and “he happened upon you on the way…” Amalek’s modus operandi is to attack when we are traveling and vulnerable. Arab terrorists too lie in wait like snakes by the road, preparing to strike when their prey passes by. They attack people while they are away at malls, on highways, at intersections, on busses, in alleys, and on airplanes. Millions of people wait millions of hours every single year at airports going through security because of these people. Second, the pasuk (ibid. 25:18) says Amalek “happened upon you…” They took us by surprise by ambushing us when we least expected it. The descendants of Yishmael do the same thing today. They attack a man when he is walking on the road by springing upon him suddenly with a knife. They sneak into a family’s home on a peaceful Yishuv and slit the throats of a man, his wife, their children, and baby. They attack young children playing at home and friends enjoying a hike or some hisbodedus, personal prayer, in the hills. They blow up innocent people sitting in cafes and restaurants. They sneak into yeshivos where young men

are studying Torah and ambush hotel guests enjoying a Pesach seder. They latch onto their methodological mentors’ affinity for taking their victims completely by surprise. Third, just like Amalek, about whom the pasuk (Devarim 18:18) says, “Cut off all the stragglers at your rear,” Arab terrorists today prey on the weakest among us – the elderly, women, and children. These people have no role in war, yet Amalek attached them first just like their spiritual heirs today. Fourth, Arab terrorists today induce us to let down our defenses and give them more opportunities to attack us by wearing us down. The pasuk (ibid) says that Amalek attacked “when you were tired and weary.” They continued attacking even the few weary survivors of the Holocaust. After two thousand years of exile, we have grown weary of the pogroms, the wars, the holocausts, the attacks. They attempt to take advantage of our physical war-weariness. But they also prey on our lack of moral resolve as we are worn down by our conflict with them. We are sick and tired of fighting with them and, in our desire to leave war behind, allow them to seduce us into believing they will honor a peaceful resolution of our conflict with them. Not only that, but many Israeli soldiers today no longer believe in the righteousness of our cause. Some Jews have become so estranged from their essence due to war-weariness that they agree with our enemies and see their own people as foreign conquerors in our enemies’ land. They have been worn down by the conflict and lack any


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idealism or vision. Even the political leadership has largely lost its belief in the Jewish people. Whereas even the secular leadership in Eretz Yisroel used to (Devarim 23:24) “rise like a lioness and raise itself like a lion,” it now purrs like a cat eager to please our enemies. Politicians today spend more time fighting like cats over the allocation of a few shekels to their own parochial causes than they do planning how we should finally defeat our enemies. Finally, the pasuk (Devarim 18:18) says, “And he did not fear G-d.” There is a dispute whether this refers to the Jewish people or Amalek, but the simple explanation of the pasuk is that it refers to Amalek. Arab terrorists today invoke the name of G-d in everything they do. They proclaim G-d’s greatness with every drop of blood they spill. Millions of them drop to the floor in prayer whenever the call to prayer is sounded from the minarets of Ramallah, London, or Paris. They destroy the whole world in the name of G-d. Yet the pasuk testifies that, in truth, “he does not fear G-d.” Everything they do is motivated by hatred and not the honor of Heaven.

Zechor! The Torah tells us (ibid. 18:19), “Do not forget!” Do not forget their cruelty and how they terrorize the people of the world into conceding to their depraved will. Do not forget who Arafat really was. Do not forget who Abbas really is. They attempt to make us forget. While Yasser Arafat never wore a tie, Mahmud Abbas wears a suit and tie. He wants us to forget who he is and what he is attempting to do to the Jewish nation. There are Jews still alive today who will never forget what the Amalek of the previous generation did to the Jews of Europe. They will never forget the humiliation and screams caused by that incarnation of Amalek. Yet there are Jews today, delicate souls, who cannot bring themselves to condemn and fight the Arab terrorist Amalek of this generation. They fancy themselves as merciful. But are they truly merciful by having pity and compassion on murderers? The whole world suffers because of the Arab terrorists of this generation. But instead of having compassion on the whole world, they have compassion on the Palestinians and the Iranian regime. They wish to engage in

dialogue with them and judge them favorably. Because they have forgotten, because they are weary, because they want to believe they are negotiating with people who know what it means to behave with humanity, they are willing to slice and dice Eretz Yisroel and Yerushalayim and distribute it to terrorists and murderers. They endanger Jews’ lives because of they did not heed the Torah’s command, “Do not forget!” The exhortation “Do not forget” reminds us that we must continually awaken in our hearts a hatred for those who try to destroy us in this generation. In order to remember that, we must first remember who we are as a people. We must believe in ourselves and walk upright with the confidence in our mission in this world (from Aleinu), “to remove idolatry from the world and to utterly cut off the idols to repair the world with the kingdom of

and degraded the world would be without this “cruelty” of ours just like we cannot fathom how evil and abominable the world would be without the pure illumination of the light of Hashem and its way of life which we have illuminated [by living] our path throughout history. Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, zt”l, also addressed our sacred obligation to utterly defeat those who attempt to destroy us and how we should not be afraid or lose confidence because of the hypocrisy of the nations of the world who question our right to defend ourselves. He wrote (The Voice of My Beloved Knocks): For the first time in the history of our exile, divine providence has surprised our enemies with the sensational discovery that Jewish blood is not free for the taking, it is not hefker! If anti-Semites wish

Agag may have gone to a Western university, read modern literature, obtained a PhD, and worn a suit and tie.

G-d…” Hashem tells us (Yeshaya 43:21), “I created this nation for Myself, they will relate my praises.” We are commanded to be (Shmos 19:6) “a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.” If we believe in ourselves and our mission on earth, we will have the confidence and moral courage to have mercy on the world rather than on terrorists. Rav Kook, zy”a, already taught us (Maamarei Haraya 508) as follows regarding the wars Hashem commanded us to wage in the Torah to conquer Eretz Yisroel: We must not be embarrassed in the least regarding those wars which we waged in establishing ourselves and the enmity we awakened within our hearts against those who rose up against us to obliterate the establishment [of our nation before it was even fully formed]… You, my precious [brother] ask, “Why do we relate to them with cruelty?” We cannot imagine how dark

to describe this phenomenon as “an eye for an eye,” so be it; we will agree with them. If we wish to heroically defend our national-historical existence, we must, at times, interpret the verse “an eye for an eye” (Exodus 21:24) literally. How many eyes did we lose during the course of our bitter exile because we did not return blow for blow. The time has come for us to fulfill the law of “an eye for an eye” in its plain, simple sense. I am certain that everyone who knows me knows that I am a believer in the Oral Law and, consequently, that I do not doubt that the verse refers to monetary compensation, in accordance with the halachic interpretation. However, with regard to Nasser or the Mufti I would demand that we interpret the phrase “an eye for an eye” in a strictly literal sense – as referring to the removal of the concrete, actual eye. Pay no attention to the fine phrases

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of well-known Jewish assimilationists or socialists, who continue to adhere to their outworn ideologies and think that they are living in the Bialystok, Minsk, or Brisk of 1905, and who publicly declaim that it is forbidden for Jews to take revenge at any time, any place, and under all circumstances. Vanity of vanities! Revenge is forbidden when it serves no purpose. However, if by taking revenge we raise ourselves up to the plane of self-defense, then it becomes the elementary right of man qua man to avenge the wrongs inflicted upon him. King Shaul, as great of a tzaddik as he was, did not heed the Torah’s command, “Do not forget!” He forgot the cruelty of Amalek and instead of having mercy on the world, the pasuk (Shmuel I 15:9) says, “And Shaul and the people had mercy on Agag [the king of Amalek]…” Agag was not an outwardly vicious person. The pasuk (ibid. 15:32) says, “And Agag walked to him in a refined manner.” He was a gentleman. Just like some of the advocates for various Arab terrorist regimes and parties, he may have gone to a Western university, read modern literature, obtained a PhD, and worn a suit and tie. But what was the result of Shaul’s “mercy” on Agag? His descendants attempted to annihilate our people again and again. Shmuel, on the other hand, knew that Haman and Hitler were hiding within this “gentleman.” He therefore fulfilled Hashem’s command (ibid. 15:33) by cutting Agag into four pieces, one for each of the four letters of Hashem’s name that the nation of Amalek attempts to conceal. May Hashem help us and our leaders have the moral courage to believe in ourselves and embody the Jewish trait of compassion – but not compassion on those who are cruel. Rather, may we have compassion on the world by obliterating those who attempt to destroy the world. And may we see the fulfillment of our prayers on Rosh Hashana that Hashem “remove the malevolent kingdom from the earth” soon in our days!

Rav Moshe Weinberger, shlita, is the founding Morah d’Asrah of Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, NY, and serves as leader of the new mechina Emek HaMelech.


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Reading the Megillah in the Land of Paras U’Madai The kever of Mordechai and Esther in Hamadan, Iran

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ach year on Purim, as Jews around the world gather to retell the tale of the heroic Mordechai and brave Queen Esther saving the Jewish people from annihilation, we recall an ancient story of our ancestors in an ancient town. As we celebrate the victory over our enemies in a far-off land, we may forget that for many Jewish people observing Purim today these stories hit much closer to home. For some, these stories took place in their own homelands; for others, in the very same land they are living in today. The story of Purim takes place in the town of Shushan, in Persia, the ancient name of the country now known as Iran. According to Megillat Esther, Queen Esther and Mordechai Ha’tzaddik heroically saved the Jews of the 127 provinces under King Achashveirosh’s rule from a decree dictating their destruction devised by the king’s chancellor, Haman.

An Ancient Jewish Community The Jewish community in Iran dates back 2,500 years, to late biblical times; Jews preceded the Muslims in Iran by more than 1,000 years. The Megillah relates that at the time of the story of Purim, a Jewish presence existed in every province under Achashveirosh’s rule. Unfortunately, the Purim victory didn’t guarantee any long-term

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peace for the Jews; they faced many other threats and other enemies throughout the years. Iranian Jews trace their history to the reign of Persia’s King Cyrus during the 5th century BCE. They first arrived in the region during the Achaemenid period, after King Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem and Judea, expelling hundreds of thousands of Jews and sending them to exile lands all across the east, including Persia. Patterns of relative calm that were followed by intense anti-Semitism continued for hundreds of years; intolerance always resurfaced. The Jews of Persia learned to adjust and adapt to the environment to survive, like many other Jews throughout history in other lands. Hatred and evil seemed to intermittently rear their ugly heads. The most recent history of the Persian Jews relates to the Iranian Islamic Revolution of 1979. Prior to the revolution, Jews in Iran enjoyed a relatively free and prosperous life under the secular Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. They were well-represented among Iran’s business elite, holding key posts in industry, banking, and law. While most of the Jews in neighboring Muslim countries fled to Israel in the 1950’s and ‘60s, Iran’s Jews remained. Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took control in December 1979, becoming Supreme Leader of the

country and bringing conservative Islamic values and new tensions for the Jews there. While officially there was a fatwa, an order, that granted a level of protection for the Jews along with the Christians, most Jews did not believe they would be able to continue to succeed professionally and worship freely under Khomeini. As such, the revolution sparked the largest wave of immigration of Jews from Iran, with Persian Jews of all types seeking refuge outside the country. As increased anti-Israel sentiment swept through Iran during the revolution, there were extensive confiscations of private wealth from the Jewish community, which propelled thousands of the more affluent Jews living there to flee to the United States or Israel. Depending on the year and the situation, some Jewish families were forced to escape through the desert, while others were able to leave with less difficulty, keeping some of their money. More than two-thirds of Iran’s Jews immigrated to the United States in the thirty years after the 1979 revolution. Those who landed in America settled largely in New York and California, predominantly in Great Neck and Beverly Hills. Persian communities sprouted as well in Brooklyn, Queens, Chicago, and Baltimore. Though most Persian Jews came to the U.S. with nothing, many


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Jews originally from Mashhad in Jerusalem, 1920

Jewish members of the Shiraz community at a bris, 1933

Torah reading in a shul in Iran

successfully restarted their businesses and established flourishing tightknit communities, amassing notable wealth and comfort in their new country. Persian communities throughout the U.S. and Israel are committed to holding strong to their heritage, establishing roots and extending branches within the larger Jewish community. Israel hosts the largest population of Iranian Jews in towns such as Kfar Saba, considered a center for Persian Jewry, as well as in Jerusalem, Netanya and Tel Aviv. Many of the Persian Jews who settled in Brooklyn hail from Shiraz. The Persian community there lives side-by-side with Brooklyn’s Syrian community, sending their children to the Syrian Jewish schools. The Iranian American Jewish Federation of New York was established 16 years ago to celebrate the success of the Iranian community in New York and to use its resources to make a difference in the lives of people in Israel, as well as members of their own community. While Persian Jews in America originate from cities and towns across Iran, two of the main groups are identified as Mashhadi or Tehrani. The Mashhadis are from the namesake city of Mashhad, one of the largest cities in Iran. Tehrani refers to those from Tehran, although it is also commonly used as the generic term for Persians who are considered non-Mashhadi. The history of the Mashhadi Jews in Iran is complex. For a period of 86 years, after the Shiites attacked the large Jewish community of Mashhad in 1839, storming the synagogues and killing dozens of people, many Mashhadi Jews chose to “convert” while keeping their Jewish faith and observances secretly. Though they outwardly practiced Islam, the Mashhadis made a pact to preserve their heritage and religion, maintaining the appearance of being Muslim while still risking their lives to continue to practice Judaism within their own homes. Though Mashhadi Jews were officially able to begin practicing their religion openly again in 1925, another wave of anti-Semitism in the 1940s and ‘50s caused many Mashhadi Jews to finally leave Mashhad for Tehran. Some made their way to Israel and the United States during this time.

Along with clinging tightly to their Persian culture, Persian Jews have remarkably remained adherent to Jewish rituals. They observe the mandates of Purim, including fasting on Taanit Esther even if they are not traditionally religious. Despite

bly able to still maintain a Jewish lifestyle. Tehran alone has 11 functioning synagogues, many of them with Hebrew schools. There are five kosher restaurants, a Jewish hospital, an old-age home, and a cemetery. Jews living in Iran are able to observe Purim as well as other holidays and rituals in relative peace and safety. Although alcohol is prohibited in the Muslim country, small amounts are allowed for religious purposes, and Jews are able to have wine available for the holidays without much concern. Though in some ways the Jews still have a protected minority status in Iran, they are always under scrutiny. While they are officially allowed to be culturally and religiously Jewish, any contact with or support of Israel is strictly prohibited. Any suspicion brings the risk of the most serious criminal charges. Iran’s Jewish community is the largest in the Middle East outside Israel. It is a curiosity that one of the most openly anti-Israel countries hosts the largest Jewish population of any Muslim country by far. While the Jewish communities of countries like Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Egypt and Morocco have largely dissipated, the Jews in Iran are holding tight to both their homeland and their heritage. Over the years, more and more families have started keeping kosher, attending synagogue, and observing halacha more strictly.

Though they outwardly practiced Islam, the Mashhadis made a pact to preserve their heritage and religion, maintaining the appearance of being Muslim while still risking their lives to continue to practice Judaism within their own homes.

A Festive but Reserved Purim the scarcity of available Torah learning or great rabbinic leaders in Iran, Persian Jews avoided assimilation for many years.

Jews in Iran, Today Prior to the revolution in 1979, Iran had close to 100,000 Jews living across the country in places like Mashhad, Shiraz and Yazd. An estimated 20,000 Jews now reside in Iran, mainly concentrated in Tehran, with smaller numbers remaining in Shiraz and Eshfahan. Jews are a recognized minority and are even allocated a seat in parliament. While so many Persian Jews left the Middle Eastern country due to religious persecution over the years, those who remain today are ostensi-

Rabbi Yosef Shemtov is very familiar with the Jewish communities in Iran today. He came to the U.S. with his family in the year 2000 at the age of 17, settling in Los Angeles. He studied at the Ner Israel yeshiva in Baltimore before marrying in 2009 and moving to Great Neck. His family remains in L.A., where Rabbi Shemtov says the Persian Jewish community is even more segregated from the general American Jewish community than other Persian Jewish communities in the U.S. Rabbi Shemtov recalls the culture shock of celebrating his first few Purims in the States. With such reverence given to authority in Iranian and Persian Jewish culture, the mocking found in Purim spiels, even in good nature, was a complete-


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Boys in a Jewish school in Iran

Young Jewish boys in Iran. Note their tallesim

ly foreign concept initially. Over the years he has acclimated to the “Americanized” celebrations of Purim. Rabbi Shemtov’s family feels intrinsically connected to the Purim story. His father was born in the town of Hamadan, the location of the tomb of Esther and Mordechai. Rabbi Shemtov’s grandfather was caretaker of the shrine for many years, which for some time housed a shul as well. There is also a surrounding Jewish cemetery, where Hamadan’s most prominent Jewish families are buried. For many centuries, Persian Jews marked the holiday of Purim by traveling to the shrine in Hamadan, often joined by Christian and Muslims as it was a considered universally holy site and day. The presence of the tomb and the surrounding bustle angered many people in Iran. Citing the concept that the celebration of Purim involved the destruction of so many Persians, the Purim story came to be publicized as a Jewish massacre of Iranians. After Islamic protests in late 2010, the tomb of Esther and Mordechai lost its official status as a religious pilgrimage site in 2011. Though there had been subsequent talks of demolishing the gravesite, it remains standing to this day, albeit in some disrepair and less conspicuously. While there are only 10 Jews currently residing in the town of Hamadan, Jews and other groups still make pilgrimages to visit the tomb of the biblical heroes. Rabbi Shemtov keeps very strong ties to the Jewish community in Iran. He is dedicated to keeping traditional Torah alive and thriving in Iran, hoping to infuse a deeper level of Torah learning. He supports a kollel program and assists in maintaining kosher food and other resources necessary for Jewish life in Iran. Rabbi Shemtov has been instrumental in providing semicha and training rabbis to lead the Jewish communities in Iran, aiming to have a representative at each of the 50 remaining synagogues. “The current government is very open, friendly and supportive of Jewish activities,” says Rabbi Shemtov. “I feel as welcome as any other Iranian citizen visiting back home.” He explains that while the Purim observances in Iran are intrinsically the same in the very coun-

try that witnessed the story firsthand, the atmosphere is somewhat different. The Megillah is read aloud in synagogues large and small, gifts are exchanged between friends, and charity is distributed to the poor – but there are no costumes and no public drinking. Some will make the very special pilgrimage to the holy burial site of Mordechai and

the horrors of the Holocaust hadn’t reached the Persian Jews. Many Persian men came to Germany at that time, eventually joined by their wives. Soon one of the women began kashering chickens, providing the first kosher meat for the Persian Jews in Hamburg. A shul ran by a Holocaust survivor became a center for both the Persian and European Jews. All the while, the Persian Jews preserved their distinctive foods and culture. Today, Anita’s family’s Purim celebrations include Persian desserts such as gushvill, a paper-thin fried triangle with powdered sugar, and a rice-based dessert called halvah. Hamantashen are not part of the Persian culture at all. She explains that the foods served on Jewish holidays are simply considered Persian and not necessarily unique to the Jews. Distinctions in cuisine and customs, however, can vary between Persian Jews originating from different towns in Iran.

While they are officially allowed to be culturally and religiously Jewish, any contact with or support of Israel is strictly prohibited.

A Stew at the Seudah Esther. Purim is celebrated with a festive yet relatively reserved atmosphere.

Halvah & Gushvill Anita Koren’s family began to leave Iran in the 1950s, her grandfather traveling first to Germany to find work. She believes that it is the Persian Jews’ strong sense of faith in G-d that has helped them survive the turmoil throughout their history. “Even though they didn’t have talmud Torah for many years they didn’t assimilate,” she says. “Even though we lost that oral transmission, we still were connected because of strong emunah – if you believe in Hashem you can’t take it away.” She shares that the Persian Jews accepted their fate as G-d’s ways. “It was never easy to live there – there were always pogroms. They never left the Purim story.” Anita shares her family’s particular journey out of Iran. When her grandfather landed in postWorld War II Germany, he had no knowledge of the Holocaust that had just occurred there and throughout Europe. Iran had kept its people so segregated from the rest of the world that news of

Whereas the largest Mashhadi Jewish population in the world outside of Israel is in New York, the largest Tehrani Jewish population is in California. Unlike the groups of Eastern European Jews in America, whose traditions may have become somewhat diluted over time, the Iranian community remains unique in its adherence to its distinct flavors, language, and overall culture. Perhaps it is due to their clandestine history that the Mashhadi Jewish community in particular has preserved their strong Mashhadi heritage and sense of pride over the years. The community of Great Neck alone has several synagogues supporting a thriving and predominantly Mashhadi Persian community. Farnoosh Zarnighian lives with her husband and children in Great Neck. Farnoosh’s family came over during the wave of immigration in 1979 after the revolution, as did her husband’s. Her family settled first in Queens, moving to Great Neck when Farnoosh was a teenager. She explains that her family celebrates Purim much like the greater American Jewish community, observing the laws of the holiday and most of the


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Rabbi Shemtov about to shecht chickens in Esfahan

Rabbi Shemtov giving a Torah class in Iran

same customs. Though the Persian community is considered quite insular, her children attend local largely Ashkenazi Jewish day schools. They celebrate Purim by dressing up, exchanging mishloach manot, and socializing with friends from all Jewish backgrounds. Farnoosh appreciates the closeness of the Great Neck Persian community. Her mother would always make a Persian bread called noon taftoon on Purim to put in the mishloach manot. Foods at her Purim seudah are common Persian foods like rice stews with meat such as ghormeh sabzi – a green

stew with a variety of sautéed herbs, including dried fenugreek to give it its unique flavor – and lapeh, a red stew with yellow split peas and tomato paste. Farnoosh has no close family remaining in Iran and neither she nor her immediate family has ever returned, though she does have one uncle who still feels a strong attachment to Iran and goes back to visit, feeling safe. With Persian Jews having such a long history and such an intense identity with their homeland, it’s not completely surprising that some Jews today still choose to visit Iran and that many others have never left.

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Learning Torah in Iran today

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hough the occasional anti-Semitic flare-ups in Iran remind the Jewish community there to always remain vigilant, Jewish life, as they have known it for centuries, continues on. It is a puzzling enigma that even in a country that is at odds with Israel, Judaism is still alive and thriving. This Purim, as Jews in Iran celebrate Purim with joy and with reverence, they will recall the hidden miracle of the Jews’ rescue in the land of Persia 2,000 years ago and can passionately declare that the miracles took place “ba’yamim ha’heim ba’zman – u’b’makom – ha’zeh.”

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Israel, the words “prime minister” and “Benjamin Netanyahu” have become virtually synonymous. Netanyahu has led the Jewish State since 2009, the longest consecutive term of any prime minister in Israel’s history. For many Israelis, it’s difficult to imagine or remember anyone else serving as their highest elected official. During this period, Netanyahu has led a slew of initiatives that transformed him into one of the world’s most recognizable statemen, despite leading a small country of only 8 million people. Netanyahu has continually prevented the establishment of a Palestinian State, solidified Israel’s covert relations with ostensibly hostile Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, and headed the opposition to President Obama’s signing of the Iran nuclear deal in 2015. Netanyahu also deftly navigated Israel through the brutal civil war in neighboring Syria. Since 2010, Netanyahu has ensured that Israel’s interests in the region are secured while avoiding any entanglement in the horrific violence raging on Israel’s border. Key to this effort was maintaining strong relations with both Russia and the U.S. Even as a known ally of the U.S., Israel was able to maintain good terms with Russia, despite the increasingly adversarial relations between the two superpowers. This was particularly noticeable this past May, when Netanyahu was brought as Putin’s honored guest to a Moscow parade just a day after Israeli warplanes had bombed Damascus. In addition, Netanyahu’s economic reforms jumpstarted Israel’s economy and played a substantial role in turning the Jewish State into the techno-

logical powerhouse that it is today. Israel is currently experiencing its lowest unemployment rate, highest GDP, and highest average salary since the country was founded 70 years ago. All these accomplishments have enabled Netanyahu to successfully fend off political challengers during his ongoing 11-year reign.

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Netanyahu’s unprecedented term may soon be coming to an end, as he was indicted on Thursday by Israel’s Attorney General for bribery, breach of trust, and fraud. With elections approaching in just over a month, Netanyahu finds himself fighting for his political domain as well as his freedom, while he faces a popular new opposition party headed by three former commanders of Israel’s military. In the corruption probe nicknamed Case 1000, Netanyahu is accused of accepting lavish gifts from billionaires Arnon Milchan and James Packer. Police say that the gifts, which included expensive champagne, jewelry, and cigars, constituted bribery in exchange for Netanyahu promoting legislation favorable to their interests. Netanyahu denies the charges and insists that the expensive gifts were strictly personal gestures, pointing to the fact that he started receiving the jewelry and cigars in 2006, three years before returning to the Prime Minister’s Residence on Jerusalem’s Balfour Street. The remaining two indictments deal with Netanyahu’s attempts to influence Israel’s media coverage of himself. In Case 2000, authorities say that he

attempted to strike an illicit deal with the publisher of the major newspaper Yediot Aharonot, in which Netanyahu promised to shutter competing daily Yisrael Hayom in exchange for glowing media coverage in the former paper. The most incriminating evidence police possess are two recordings in which Netanyahu and the Yediot Aharonot publisher Arnon “Noni” Mosez can be heard openly discussing the terms of the corrupt deal. Meanwhile, Case 4000 revolves around allegations that Netanyahu promoted regulatory moves that provided a financial windfall for the owner of Israel’s Bezeq telecommunications in exchange for positive media coverage on the popular “Walla!” website also owned by the same individual. Case 4000 is seen as the most serious of all of Netanyahu’s legal troubles. The facts are undeniable; dozens of employees of the news and lifestyle website Walla, including its former editor-in-chief, testified that Bezeq owner Shaul Elovitch ordered them to scrap anti-Netanyahu stories during the 2015 elections. When the journalists pushed back, senior Walla management told them that the fawning coverage was needed to “ensure the future merger between Bezeq and [TV company] Yes is approved.” Admissions by former Netanyahu spokesperson Nir Hefetz, who turned State’s Witness, paint the premier as a petty and paranoid leader who constantly leaned on Walla to besmirch his political rivals. According to the indictment, Netanyahu saved his ugliest vitriol for President Reuven Rivlin and “New Right” party leader Naftali Bennett. Among the stories Netanyahu promoted was a


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piece highlighting the fact that Bennett’s wife Gilat, who is not religious, worked as a pastry chef in a non-kosher restaurant. As Bennett had previously headed a national-religious party, the story was meant to undermine Bennett’s credibility in the eyes of potential voters. In another particularly ugly incident, Netanyahu reportedly pushed a conspiracy-laced story alleging that Bennett’s father, Jim, had attempted to harm former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin prior to Rabin’s death at the hands of a religious Jewish extremist in 1995. “Netanyahu’s a big picture guy, a statesman with geopolitical grasp. Reading the evidence [of] how easy it was for a businessman to get him, for cigars/ champagne to pick up the phone to John Kerry, or how much energy went in to getting minor stories into Walla is almost beyond belief,” wrote senior Haaretz journalist Anshel Phefer. “It’s also the pettiness of some of his demands to Elovitch,” added Phefer. “The silly pieces in Walla aimed at his right-wing enemies [President Reuven] Rivlin, Bennett, [Kulanu leader Mosher] Kahlon, even though they never really threatened him. All for what? This wasn’t about a fairer or more rightwing media. Just personal vendettas.” Netanyahu denied the charges during an angry press conference following his indictment. Alleging that his legal troubles are an attempt by the Left to seize power, Netanyahu decried the “witch hunt” that “dragged my family through the seven circles of hell.” “The Left knows it cannot beat us at the polling

the “partY of the generaLs” has no cLear IdeoLogY that unItes them other than the common refraIn of “anYone But BIBI.”

booth, so for the past three years they have been carrying out an unprecedented witch hunt which has one aim: to topple the right-wing government which I lead,” said Netanyahu. The prime minister also repeated his claim that his actions in Case 4000 were not illegal. “There’s no precedent in history which determines that positive

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The Kahol Lavan Party. One goal: defeating Netanyahu

coverage is a bribe,” Netanyahu said. “Walla was and remains an extreme left website that is hostile to me.” Netanyahu now becomes the first ever Israeli leader to remain in office despite being indicted. In the past, government ministers would step down upon receiving an indictment, something which ended the career of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in 2008. However, the law requiring ministers to resign post-indictment is unclear. The exact wording speaks only about regular ministers and does not explicitly refer to a serving prime minister.

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legal charges come at a time when Netanyahu is already battling for his political throne. With Israel headed to the polls in April, his Likud party is consistently losing ground to the new Kahol Lavan party, which is headed by three former IDF chief of staffs who banded together to overthrow the Likud’s grasp on power. Despite their competing egos and mutual dislike of each other, former Generals Benny Gantz, Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon and Gabi Ashkenazi teamed up with Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid in an attempt to finally end the Netanyahu era. The “party of the generals” has no clear ideology that unites them other than the common refrain of “anyone but Bibi”; the Kahol Lavan list is riddled with politicians with competing ideologies. For example, it includes Ya’alon, a right-wing security hawk who opposes a Palestinian state, and Gantz, who has said that the lack of a Palestinian state threatens Israel’s future as a Jewish nation. The conflicts spill over to the social and economic realm as well. Kahol Lavan’s candidate for finance minister is Avi Nissenkoren, who heads the powerful Histadrut labor union, and yet the party paradoxically also includes Zvi Hauser, a former senior Likud member who dedicated his career to dismantling the Histadrut.

Yet despite the ideological inconsistency, Kahol Lavan finds itself beating Likud in the polls, as the mega-merger has consolidated the powerful anti-Netanyahu sentiment on the Center-Left. In poll after poll, the Lapid-Gantz-Ya’alon-Ashkenazi alliance leads the Likud with an average of 36 Knesset seats to the Likud’s 30, the first time in recent memory that the Likud is trailing by such a large margin. Yet beating out the Likud on April 9th doesn’t mean that Israelis will soon get used to hearing the words “Prime Minister Benny Gantz.” Due to the many parties that comprise Israel’s political system, what matters is not the number of Knesset seats that a party obtains but the possibility of forming a governing coalition. By law, a governing party needs the support of at least 61 lawmakers to establish a government. A party that nets the highest amount of support at the ballot box will not be able to translate those gains into political power should other parties refuse to join their coalition. Netanyahu is well aware of this fact, as this characteristic of Israeli politics is what reinstalled him into power back in 2009. Following Netanyahu’s decade-long hiatus from the Prime Minister’s Residence, his Likud party earned 27 seats in the 2009 elections, one less than the rival Kadima party. However, then-Kadima leader Tzipi Livni was unable to gain the support of the charedi factions and was forced to watch Netanyahu sweep into power. Currently, an assortment of right-wing parties are averaging between 61 and 65 seats in the polls. Even if the current polls prove accurate and Kahol Lavan outperforms the Likud on April 9th, it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the generals and Lapid to form a government. Such a move would only be possible if it was supported by the anti-Israel Arab factions, as all of the charedi and right-wing parties have declared they oppose any collaboration with Kahol Lavan. Yet the


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Arnon Milchan with Netanyahu in 2005

Arnon Milchan with Netanyahu in 2005

Arab parties have historically refused to join any coalition out of their deep opposition to Zionism and the Jewish State. In fact, senior Israeli Arab lawmaker Ahmed Tibi recently ruled out any coalition with Gantz, whom he blasted for “murdering Arabs in Gaza” during Gantz’s stint commanding the IDF during 2014’s Operation Protective Edge. “I cannot be part of any government taking for example a decision to attack Gaza or to support huge budgets cuts in settlements or to confiscate land or to destroy houses in the Negev,” Tibi declared in Yisrael Hayom in February. Regardless of Tibi’s denials, the Likud has gone on an ad campaign accusing the ex-generals of “joining the Arab parties to form a blocking bloc” after election day that would prevent the Right from getting President Rivlin’s nod to form a coalition. The Likud is hoping to capitalize on the significant anti-Arab sentiment of its electoral base as a get-outthe-vote effort. Netanyahu’s accusations of a Kahol Lavan alliance with the likes of Ahmed Tibi and Hanin Zoabi have been fiercely denied by Kahol Lavan, which has gone to great lengths to avoid being painted as a leftwing party. “Despite what Netanyahu has made up, no bloc is being formed with the Arab parties, period!” Yair Lapid wrote on Twitter. “Bibi created an imaginary story, and everyone is repeating it.” As elections draw nearer, Netanyahu realizes that the key to remaining in power, and perhaps as a free man, lies in the handful of right-wing factions that are barely scraping the electoral threshold. In Israel, a party must earn the support of 3.25% of the public, or four Knesset seats, in order to make it into parliament. The 3.25% threshold, one of the highest in any democracy, was raised in 2015 by Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu party in the hope that it would keep

the Arab factions out of the Knesset. The move has boomeranged, and harms most of all the very same people who had voted for it four years ago. While the Arab factions united into the Joint List and made their best-ever electoral showing in 2015, Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu now hovers around the threshold and is in real danger of not making it into Israel’s 21st Knesset. Avigdor Liberman is not alone. The charedi Shas party, Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu, Moshe Feiglin’s Zehut, Orly Levi-Abeksis’ Gesher party, and former Shas leader Eli Yishai’s Yahad are all hovering around or find themselves below the electoral threshold, posing a real threat to the continuation of the Right’s lock on power. Should any of the aforementioned parties fail to make it over the electoral threshold, all of the votes it received would essentially be for naught. The plurality of parties, more than anything else, is what threatens the Likud, as polls show no less than 8 Knesset seats going to waste that would otherwise go to the right-wing. As such, Netanyahu controversially engineered an alliance between the Religious Zionist Jewish Home and National Union parties with the extreme right-wing Ozma Yisrael, a faction comprised of those supporting the late Rabbi Meir Kahane. Kahane’s Kach party was formally banned by the Supreme Court from running in both 1986 and 1991 due to the racist nature of its ideology. Among the laws Kach proposed were the expulsion of all Arabs from the State of Israel, criminalization of Jewish and non-Jewish relationships, and separate beaches for Jews and non-Jews. Today, Otzma is run by attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir, who represents Jews accused of attacking Arabs, and Baruch Marzel, a Hevron resident who has been arrested dozens of times for anti-Arab violence. Nor-

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mally, a Kahanist party is seen as outside the pale, something anathema to any Israeli politician. Yet Netanyahu’s desperation and fear of wasted votes led him to take previously-unthinkable moves, such as promising to include the Jewish Home-National Union in any future government should it unite with Otzma and enshrining Jewish Home lawmaker Rabbi Eli Ben-Dahan onto the Likud’s slate. While the union indeed went through, boosting the said parties in the polls to eight seats, it resulted in an eruption of criticism from both the Jewish community in the United States and within Israel, including within Israel’s right-wing and the Religious Zionist sector. All across the board, the prime minister’s efforts to form a union with the radical party earned condemnation, from the powerful lobbying group AIPAC to the American Jewish Committee (AJC) and a slew of Religious Zionist rabbis. The criticism wasn’t restricted to left-wing organizations such as the Conservative and Reform movements; even the Orthodox National Council of Young Israel was forced to

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it “hypocritical” that the Left wants Otzma outside the Knesset while refraining from ousting the anti-Israel Arab factions as well. “What hypocrisy and double standards by the Left,” Netanyahu posted on Facebook. “They’re condemning [the formation of] a right-wing majority bloc with right-wing parties, while the Left acted to bring extreme Islamists into the Knesset to create a majority bloc.”

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the movie The Dark Night, Batman says that one either “dies a hero or lives long enough to become a villain.” This quote aptly describes Netanyahu’s current predicament. Despite rebooting Israel’s economy and steering Israel through the changes in the region such as the Arab Spring and the Syrian Civil War, Netanyahu has a real chance of ending up as a villain behind bars. Up to his ears in legal troubles, painted as a racist by large parts of U.S. and Israeli Jewry, and opposed even within his own right-wing camp, Netanyahu is in the fight of his political life. While the odds of staying in power for a record fourth straight term seem daunting, experts say that Netanyahu should never be counted out of the fight until the final bell rings. The end of Netanyahu’s political career has been predicted so many times before that it’s hard to

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anyahu returned as Israel’s leader in 2009. As elections approach, all eyes are on Netanyahu, waiting to see if he can engineer another one of his impossible miracles – remaining out of jail and keeping his seat as leader of the Israeli government.

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whole thing. You can never laugh in the gerous. Republican leaders decided to not face of the mob. criticize them for it. They might get upset. You must always pretend that the peoThis is a system built on deceit and enple yelling at you are somehow your moral forced silence. Hypocrisy is its hallmark. superiors. You have to assume what they Yet in Washington, it’s considered rude to say they are mad about is what they are ask questions about how exactly it works. actually mad about. You have to take them Why are the people who considered Bill at face value. You must pretend this is a Clinton a hero lecturing me about sexism? he following is Tucker Carlson’s plain how the words were spoken in jest or debate about virtue and not about power. How can the party that demands racial monologue from “Tucker Carlson taken out of context, or in any case, bear Your critics are arguing from principle, quotas denounce other people as racist? After a while, you begin to think that may Tonight” on March 11, 2019, a day no resemblance to what you actually think and not from partisanship. By Marc A. Thiessen No matter what they take from you in be their criticisms aren’t sincere. Maybe after a left-wing group unearthed old au- or would want for the country. None of dio of Carlson making politically incorrect that matters. Nobody cares. You know the the end, you must continue to pretend that their moral puffery is a costume. Maybe remarks ten years ago while on a comedic role you’re required to play. You are a sin- these things are true. You are bad, they are the whole conversation is an absurd joke. good. The system is on the level. Maybe we are falling for it. interview with shock jock host Bubba the ner that needs the forgiveness of Twitter. But what if we stopped pretending You sometimes hear modern progresLove Sponge and sought to use those comSo you issue a statement of deep confor a minute? What if we acknowledged sives described as “New Puritans.” That’s ments to start an ads boycott against him trition. You apologize profusely for your what’s actually going on? a slur onOcasio-Cortez colonial Americans. Whatever No, you can’t. Forget the tech workers whom Amacelebrated the tanking he left complains conserAs anyone who has everthat been caught sio-Cortez transgressions. You promise to be a better One side is deadly serious. They betheir flaws, thethat Puritans does not seem to realize New cared about the zon would have employed. Gone are a dealgoing negotiated by her fellow “obsessing” over ofperson in its gearsvatives can tellare you, the great Ameriforward with the guidance of lieve that politics is war. They are not fate of the soul and the York does not have $3 billion in cashmoral regeneration all the unionized construction jobs in which Amazon promcan outrageAlexandria machine is a Ocasio-Cortez. remarkable thing. Democrats your contrition consultants. 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Attempting to Eat Healthy Even on Purim By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN

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urim is a fun-filled, exciting day. However, for those dieting and strictly watching what they eat, Purim can be very stressful. Between the running around and missing meals, to the never-ending junk food calling your name from all the mishaloch manos, to the Purim seudah, eating healthy on Purim can be a daunting task. How does one have control over their diet on Purim? First of all, make sure before you head out to start your mishloach manos deliveries you sit down for a well-balanced breakfast. Like I always say, breakfast is the best way to start the day. Not only does breakfast start you off with the right energy to embrace your day, breakfast is linked to many health benefits including weight control and performance. By eating breakfast, you will feel more satisfied and are less likely to overeat during the day. Don’t think that by skipping breakfast you are saving calories. Nutritious breakfast examples include whole grain cereal with skim milk, eggs, cottage cheese with fruit, whole wheat toast with peanut butter, smoothies, or yogurt. If you really have no time to sit and eat breakfast in between running out for the megillah and getting a head start on the Purim traffic, grab a yogurt or a granola bar with a bottle of water. It’s easy to go a whole day without drinking water while running around. Water is important to maintain hydration and

keeps you full. After you have a nutritious, wellbalanced breakfast, plan your next meal. Don’t rely on the junk you’ll be collecting from your mishloach manos to fill you up throughout the day. Plan and prepare a nutritious lunch. If you won’t be home in time to sit down for a meal, make sure you pack a lunch to take with you on your delivery route. If you don’t have a proper lunch you’ll likely snack on all the goodies you receive throughout the day which will quickly add up to many unwanted calories. If you have time, quickly scout your mishaloch manos that you received already and see if anybody sent you a vegetable platter or salad that you can take along with you. If not, pack yourself a sandwich on whole grain bread. Preferably, put a protein source in your sandwich such as peanut butter, tuna fish, or eggs. Next, add vegetables as fillers to your sandwich. Anyone will admit that adding vegetables always enhances a sandwich. This makes it feel more like a meal, gives an added crunch, and imparts more flavor. The best part is that you’re eating some of your daily servings of vegetables without taking any more time. You’re getting your vitamins and minerals without any extra effort. When you finally do sit down for your Purim seudah, hopefully you’ll have had a proper breakfast and lunch so you will not go out of con-

trol and overdo it at the meal. When choosing foods to fill up your plate, target the salads, fresh fruit, and lowfat foods. In addition, try to fill up on water throughout the seudah so you will have less of a craving for all the other goodies. Steer clear of carbs, fatty foods such as red meats, kugels, anything in puff pastry, and of course the desserts! If necessary, bring your own food to the seudah and only eat the food that you brought with you. Some individuals find it hard to say no to food even when they are not hungry. Bringing your own preplanned healthy meal will decrease the chances of pigging out on all the goodies in front of you. When taking food, use a small plate instead of a big plate to portion out your meal. Most people enter a party with big eyes and want to try everything. Start off with a small portion and then wait 15-20 minutes before refilling. Your stomach needs about 15-20 minutes to get the message to the brain that you are full; otherwise you can overeat until you are about to burst. So, start off with a small portion, wait, and then if you are still hungry, refill wisely. Don’t fall into the trap of the “finish your plate syndrome.” You don’t have to finish everything on your plate. Once you are full, stop eating. If you are hosting the seudah, you are at an advantage because the menu is in your hands. You can cater the menu to your

diet, making it easier to maintain self-control. Once you made it safely through the day and controlled yourself from all the enticing mishloach manos, the hard part is facing it all for the next month. Chances are you now have a nice collection of candy, cakes, snacks, and other “dangerous” foods. The best and most generous technique is to donate the food to the less fortunate. One can also send all the junk food to school with your kids or take it to work to share with your coworkers. You can even make a competition out of it – choose a group of friends; whoever has the biggest bag of food to get rid of wins a prize! Whichever method works best for you, make sure that unwanted food is out of reach and out of the house. Remember: out of sight, out of mind. Don’t forget to focus on the true essence of Purim and use this powerful day to daven for anything you need. I wish you and your family a freilichen Purim! Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at CindyWeinberger1@gmail.com.


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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

My husband and I have always been extremely close to our grandchildren. In fact, there were times (without going into detail), when we have played very major roles in raising them. Till this day, we talk to each of our grandchildren several times a week, take them out to dinner often, and feel that they often feel more comfortable talking to us and asking for advice from us than they do from their own parents. We are very close.

Two of our grandchildren are starting to date. Again, without going into detail, my husband and I have very different ideas about how to approach this stage of their lives, what they should be looking for in a spouse, what they should avoid, etc. Their parents (we have a married son and a divorced daughter) are filling their heads with ideas that we find shocking and potentially unhelpful and even troubling for their futures. My husband and I would both love to share with our grandchildren some words of wisdom that we feel they need to hear at this point. We know that if we put in our two cents, our children will be furious with us for butting in and trying to take over their parental roles. They messed up a lot during their lives and, without actually saying that to them, we want our grandchildren to do better. Do we have any rights in this regard, and if so, how do we approach our children and discuss our desires, so that they allow us to be involved in this “parsha”?

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The Panel The Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Faigie Horowitz, M.S. orry to break it to you but grandparents do not have rights. Period. We do not parent; we do not guide grandchildren; we do not go to PTA. We clap at the Chumash parties and sports events. Our role is provider of love and support within a context of quality time. Chagim, school breaks and Sundays provide wonderful opportunities to spend time, connect, share skills and impart values indirectly. We may also give small and large treats that are age-appropriate. But we do not give them things that parents frown upon – be they candy, entertainment, or technology that the parents do not approve of. The parents of your grandchildren are the parents Hashem gave them and we mustn’t overstep our roles. It is the responsibility of parents to raise, guide, and educate their children. We grandparents may be a resource, however, if we are consulted by the younger generations. We have wisdom and experience to impart but they should only be shared when asked for and even then, with great tact and delicacy. If your relationship with your grandchildren is as good as you describe it, they will surely consult you and bring you along the journey in the parsha. Meanwhile, invest in some prayer. That is within your role as a grandparent.

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The Mother Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A. hy do you need permission? You are a bubby! Every gray hair on your head, every tear staining your Tehillim, every furrow in your worried brow have earned you the right to counsel the next generations(s)! You’ve been there, done that; your seniority in the family coupled

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with your love for your progeny qualifies (and entitles) you to advise them on how to proceed in the parsha and avoid certain pitfalls (you called them “messes”) they may encounter. Your dilemma is a clear-cut case of “Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell.” You needn’t ask your children for guidelines on how to properly grandparent; judging from your grandchildren’s eagerness to spend time with you, you’ve done a great job! And you needn’t report (to the parents) the details of your conversations; that would be a violation of their kids’ privacy. Now that your grandkids are dating, they are adults; they have autonomy and they make choices. Their choices are informed by many factors: life experience, peer pressure, and guidance from people they trust and respect – parents, teachers, and yes, their savvy, beloved, world-wise grandparents. So keep the phone lines open, keep those restaurant invitations coming; be generous with your valuable advice, your unlimited time, and your unconditional love. And – shhh – rest assured, your secret is safe with me…Bubby’s honor!

The Shadchan Michelle Mond our question is extremely tricky for a mere panelist with no direct knowledge of your situation to answer. With that being said, based on your letter, this is what I am picking up on. There is clearly a gap in the care and chinuch your grandchildren receive from you compared to what your own children received. It seems like you recognize mistakes you made as parents and are now trying to rectify it by being the perfect grandparents. Rather than mending the relationships with your own children (a much harder task) you are trying to do it over again by trying to give proper chinuch and direction to their children. It is a lot easier to be the good guy as a grandparent than as a parent.

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As a parent, your responsibility is the whole package; as grandparents, you get to pick and choose. While I am sure you have very altruistic intentions, your children see through that and are resentful. I am in no way in a position to advise you on the detailed steps to take going forward but I can advise the following: Mend your relationships in a very deep and real way with your son and daughter. This is probably the best thing you can do for the entire family, including the grandchildren. If you do not, they will be thrown into the dating world with the mixed-up messages such as: “My parents told me this but my grandparents told me that – everybody is fighting and it’s all my fault.” Whether it be therapy, or very deep acceptance, apologies, TLC, and dates with your grown children, get to the point where you have a genuine,

It is the responsibility of parents to raise, guide, and educate their children.

strong relationship with them. Only then will your opinions and advice actually help their children in a way that will not cause more friction and drama with their parents. This might not be a quick fix, but I can guarantee that this method of focusing on shalom bayis will help the grandchildren form more stable, quality homes of their own iy”H.


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The Single Tova Wein t sounds to me like you and your husband are very well positioned to be (and probably continue to be) strong influences in the lives of your grandchildren. The fact that you both have always played such a major role in their lives and spent so much time with them, they have been able to see for themselves what you are all about, what you believe in, how you choose to live your lives, and what you believe is important.

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Children generally model themselves after role models that they relate to. Not every idea has to be spoon-fed to someone else – especially when you’re dealing with young adults who are starting to date and can figure a lot of things out for themselves. They are observers and watch both your lifestyle and that of your children and will decide on their own what is true for them. I don’t think you have to make any big announcements about your rights as grandparents. Continue to stay connected, loving and honest with your grandchildren. Hopefully, your children will not view you as people trying

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to interfere with their own agenda but rather you just you being you. After that, it’s really up to your grandchildren to decide what resonates with them as a backdrop for the lives they hope to personally pursue.

Reader's Response Carolyn Lieberman want to start off by saying how special it is that you took such an active role in your grandchildren’s lives. Not many grandparents are willing to step up to the plate to fill the void. I’m going to get right to the point. If your grandchildren are old enough to date then they are adults, adults that can make their

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It is a lot easier to be the good guy as a grandparent than as a parent.

own decisions on how to proceed, on which path they choose, on how to date and who to date. That being said, I don’t feel you need to ask permission of your children to give advice to their adult children. You have already cultivated a very deep beautiful relationship with these grandchildren and have certainly earned the right to “discuss your desires” and impart any advice. As adults they can choose to take this advice and go in that direction. Hope this helps shed some light on the situation.

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hank you for writing in. I think your question will speak to a lot of our readers: grandparents, parents and (grand)children. Family dynamics can be very complicated. Families have all sorts of unwritten rules and ways of interacting. Either both your son and daughter are tyrannical/unreachable/ unapproachable, etc. or there is something about you and your husband that they are responding to…or maybe a combination of both. You’ve raised your grandkids in the past but your children don’t want you speaking with them about dating and marriage. This is a delicate situation. You asked about your rights as grandparents. Your grandchildren are no longer minors, so this isn’t a matter of grandparents’ rights. They get to decide who they speak with, whose advice they heed, etc. You don’t have to tell your kids a thing about speaking with them. You mentioned that you are very close with these grandchildren. Your children know this, as you have stepped in and taken on a very active role at different points in time. I may be wrong, but I sense you are afraid of your kids or of disrupting the status

quo (and maybe for good reason. I don’t know). I sense the long and complicated history you and your children share. As long as you are sharing truly healthy ideas about relationships and marriage, have at it. Please do consider the following advice. When speaking with your delightful grandkids, do not mention their parents. Don’t ask them what their parents have told them. Don’t mention their parents’ marriages. Don’t talk about their parents’ mistakes. A child’s allegiance is always to his parents. Hashem wired us this way. If you speak poorly of the parents (as right as you may be!), you will be hurting your grandchildren. Anyone who speaks poorly of a parent (with the exception of validating a child’s hurt inflicted by the parent) puts a child in a terrible position, evoking all sorts of painful emotions, no matter how dysfunctional or toxic that parent may be. If the grandchildren open up to you about their parents, then you can listen and validate their experiences. Make it a casual, fun, exciting,

educational, collaborative conversation. Build upon their strengths. Ask them thought-provoking questions about relationships. If they are open to including you in this “parsha,” great! If they aren’t, don’t push. They know that you are there for them, as you have been throughout their lives. I wish you and your husband a lifetime of closeness with these grandchildren. 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 www.thenavidaters.com for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email thenavidaters@gmail.com. You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.

Dear Readers, Have you ever read our column and thought, “She forgot to mention...” or “I completely disagree!?” Well, now it’s your turn to respond! Once a month we will have our “Reader’s Respond” section. You can be a panelist! Email thenavidaters@gmail.com to let us know that you would like to participate. We will forward you the entry we receive and you will be printed in the What Would You Do If? column alongside our regular panelists. Anonymous entries are welcome. Content is subject to the discretion of The Navidaters and The Jewish Home. We encourage you to be honest while maintaining sensitivity to the author of the entry. We can’t wait to hear from you! Esther and Jennifer


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He’s not appealing to me all of a sudden because he has this money. - Eileen Murray, to the New York Post, after her exhusband won a $273 million jackpot, shortly after she divorced him after 15 years of marriage, during which she worked and he was unemployed

I’m not going after anything. I have morals. I know what I’ve worked for and it’s everything that I have. - Ibid.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is so concerned about his own personal safety that he had a panic shoot installed in one of the conference rooms at Facebook headquarters... making this the first time that Facebook ever cared about someone’s security. - James Corden

We don’t have a society structured around fairness right now. The problem is that there’s a systematic favoring of people who have accumulated an enormous amount of wealth. - Abigail Disney, the wealthy granddaughter of Walt Disney, condemning wage inequality

It’s ridiculous to say that. My measly few hundred million dollars will do nothing to address the roads, infrastructure, schools, hospitals. - Ibid., when asked why she doesn’t write a check to help alleviate the inequality

Mr. President, through thick and thin – you know there’s been a lot of thicks and there’s been a lot of thins – I support you. - Jay Barrett, of Connecticut, who is terminally ill, while on the phone with President Trump (talking to Trump was on his bucket list and his sister was able to arrange the call)

You’re my kind of man, Jay.... I’m very proud of you. I’ll talk to you again, Jay, OK? You keep that fight going. We both fight. – President Trump to Barrett

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Ilhan Omar is NOW the most important Member of the US Congress! - David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, tweeting his support of Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN) after her most recent anti-Semitic tweets

Today is historic on many fronts. It’s the first time we have voted on a resolution condemning AntiMuslim bigotry in our nation’s history. Anti-Muslim crimes have increased 99% from 20142016 and are still on the rise. We are tremendously proud to be part of a body that has put forth a condemnation of all forms of bigotry including anti-Semitism, racism, and white supremacy. - Joint statement by Rep Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MN), and Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) after the Democrats passed a watered-down resolution that was originally intended to condemn Rep. Omar’s vicious anti-Semitic comments but failed to do that

There are people who tell me, “Well, my parents are Holocaust survivors,” “My parents did this.” It’s more personal with her. - Rep. James Clyburn (D- SC) defending Rep. Ilhan Omar’s vicious comments by saying that her experience living in Somalia was “more personal” than Jews whose parents survived the Holocaust

Budweiser just released a new line of meat products infused with beer. It sounds good until you get pulled over and say, “I swear officer, I only ate three ribs. OK, maybe four.” -Jimmy Fallon

This is news. I’m going to give you some news right now because I haven’t said this to any press person before. But since you asked, and I’ve been thinking about this: impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it. – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in an interview with the Washington Post

Anyone who follows the prattle of Jason Greenblatt, President Trump’s envoy in the matter of the deal of the century, sees that his condition is very similar to Down syndrome... Anyone who looks at the American envoy [Greenblatt] discovers that he has external and inner characteristics similar to those suffering from Down syndrome: He is short, his eyes are similar to Mongoloid eyes, he prattles unrestrainedly, and is politically retarded. – From a recent op-ed in the official Palestinian Authority daily newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida

Daylight savings time started this Sunday when we moved our clocks forward an hour. So now Bernie Sanders is eating dinner – technically – at 2pm.

Obviously he realized I was not what he wanted to eat so he spat me out again. - Rainer Schimpf, 51, who was snorkeling off the coast of South Africa and was engulfed headfirst by a Byrd’s whale (which can weigh 90,000 pounds and grow to 55 feet long) which then spit him out, talking about his Jonah-like experience

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