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Dear Readers, Directory. Whether you’d like to expand your palate or hang out with family and friends, this guide showcases South Florida’s finest kosher dining. We are also honored to have a special column written by Elan Kornblum of Great Kosher Restaurants reviewing Five of Miami Beach’s Kosher restaurants…be sure to check them out- those pictures look delicious! Wherever or however you and you and your family spend the next few days, the key is to enjoy it! Whether it’s in a sunny spot or bundled up against the cold, time spend together is time well spent!

Dear Readers, As Winter Vacation approaches, most children will be off from school making it a perfect time to spend some quality time with the family. Days spent together give children something to look forward to and something to look back on as they recall the memories of those times. When I was young, many of my mid-winter vacations were spent in North Carolina. When the time came, we each grabbed a pillow for the car ride and hopped into the car to make the long trek to spend the week over there. We had an enjoyable time hiking mountains, fishing and going white water rafting. It was these great times that leaves me with fond vacation memories, and I hope to share similar ones with my children.  Nevertheless, I am a firm believer that we don’t need to travel with our children to keep them happy over vacation. A family trip is a wonderful thing to do, but you can also enjoy time together at the library, bowling, at home baking, or even watching home videos on the couch with some popcorn. Spending time with your family can be enjoyable, regardless of the setting. In honor of this week’s Winter Break Edition, we have composed a South Florida Restaurant

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The Week In News

Vienna’s Homeless Show off Their City – Good and Bad

Austria’s capital, Vienna, was home to many famous residents including Mozart, Beethoven and Sigmund Freud. Its glorious palaces make it a tourist destination, and its excellent social security system makes it one of the highest ranked cities for living. However, there has been a recent campaign to shed light on the growing homeless epidemic in the area. According to official data, each year 4,300 people move into the streets – although people are claiming the number to be much higher. Last year a company called Shades Tours launched a program in an effort to address the problem. The social start-up is part of a growing European trend that hires the needy as city tour guides as a way to help them reintegrate. As part of the tours they visit night shelters and soup kitchens to inform tourists of the growing problem. Interested in seeing the “other side” of the city? One destination that tourists visit is the Vienna central station, which is a “hotspot” for the homeless because it is always open, heated, and you can wander around mostly unnoticed. “I wanted [the tours] to be more educational,” explained Shades Tours creator Perrine Schober, a 33-year-old tourism management graduate. “We [see] homelessness on a daily basis but we have no idea what it is actually about, so I guess that’s the reason people look away instead of trying to help.” Originally the tours were intended for fellow Austrians. The tours cost about 15 euros ($16) for several hours and draw in throngs of local school-aged children, social workers and companies. They are interactive, and visitors have an opportunity to ask questions to the homeless, who are usually eager to share their stories. “Our guides are in a unique position

to explain Vienna’s complex social system and its challenges. They provide children with an emotional lesson they can’t get in a classroom,” Schober explained. Since its inception, the organization has helped two of its three full-time guides move out of their shelters and into private housing. Due to its success, Schober recently extended the program to include tours conducted in English for international tourists. Vienna, with a population of 1.7 million, has a network of public institutions and not-for-profit organizations helping those in need but it still doesn’t take care of all the needy. P7, the government branch that runs Vienna’s homeless registry and provides sleeping quarters, offers only 300 beds all year round and 700 beds in the winter, a small amount compared to the high demand. VinziPort is another shelter that offers a roof, food, a shower, and internet access to men only at a rate of just two euros ($2.12) a day.

A Pendant Bears Witness

Recently, an archaeological dig at Sobibor, a death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, uncovered several personal items believed to belong to victims of the Nazi carnage. Archaeologists surmise that the items were dropped by their owners as they were forced to undress before being sent off to the gas chambers. Polish archaeologist Wojciech Mazurek, Israel Antiquities Authority archaeologist Yoram Haimi, and their Dutch associate, archaeologist Ivar Schute, led the excavations. Among the items discovered is a pendant with the date of birth and hometown of the victim engraved. According to the birthdate inscribed, the girl who was wearing the necklace would have been a teenager at the time. The description of the jewelry correlates with the age and birthplace, Frankfurt, Germany, of famous Holocaust diarist Anne Frank. She was murdered by the Germans at the Bergen-Belsen concentration in Germany in early 1945 at the age of 15. However, the birthdates do not match up. The pendant has the inscription “Mazel Tov” in Hebrew with the date July 3, 1929 on one side, and on the other, the Hebrew letter hey for Hashem accompanied by three Magen David stars. Frank was born on June 12, 1929. A Star of David necklace, a woman’s

watch, and a metal charm covered in glass with an etching of the biblical figure Moses holding the Ten Commandments were also discovered at the site. On the reverse side of the charm is the inscription of the essential Jewish prayer “Shema,” a Yad Vashem statement said. After extensive research of a database of Holocaust victims, researchers concluded that the pendant may have belonged to a girl by the name of Karoline Cohn, who was born on July 3, 1929 in Frankfurt. She was deported to the Minsk ghetto on November 11, 1941, the last known location of the teenager. The pendant is believed to have reached Sobibor sometime between November 1941 and September 1943, when the ghetto was shut down and the 2,000 Jewish prisoners inside were sent to the death camp. Researchers speculate that if Cohn, 14 at the time, had survived until that point and managed to hold onto the pendant, it must have been that she reached the Sobibor camp and dropped it there. “This pendant demonstrates once again the importance of archaeological research of former Nazi death camp sites,” Haimi said. “The moving story of Karoline Cohn is symbolic of the shared fate of the Jews murdered in the camp. It is important to tell the story, so that we never forget.” As both Frank and Cohn were born in Frankfurt, researchers are now looking for relatives who may be able to shed light on any connection between the girls. “Relatives of Karoline Cohn, or any member of the public who can assist with details regarding her family or Sophie Kollmann, who filled out Pages of Testimony in April 1978 for Richard Else Cohn and Karoline Cohn, are requested to contact Yoram Haimi via email at yoramhi@,” Yad Vashem said in the statement.

Twitter Sued for ISIS Support Twitter is being sued by three American families who were victims of ISIS terror attacks in Belgium and France. The lawsuit is being brought based on Twitter failing to keep members of ISIS off of the social media platform. The lawsuit, which was filed in New York, blames Twitter for playing a “a uniquely essential role in the development of ISIS’s image, its success in recruiting members from around the world, and its ability to carry out attacks and intimidate its enemies.” Lawyers for the terror victims’ families argue that the extremely popular Twitter violated the Anti-Terrorism Act, and they are asking for “compensatory damages in amounts to be determined at trial.” Twitter has been sued in the past on

similar charges. A lawsuit accusing Twitter of supporting ISIS was dismissed by a California judge last summer. The social media giant is also facing a lawsuit by family members of the victims killed in a Orlando nightclub in June 2016.

Twitter has been blamed for not being able to keep terrorists off of its network for many years. The company has responded by suspending 350,000 ISIS-related accounts since August 2015. Even with this response, the newest lawsuit alleges that Twitter has “continued to provide these resources and services to ISIS and its affiliates, refusing to actively identify ISIS Twitter accounts, and only reviewing accounts reported by other Twitter users.” It added, “Simply put, ISIS uses Twitter as a tool and a weapon of terrorism,” the suit argues.

Nazi-era Euthanasia Camps

Though not all too surprising considering the Nazis killed over 6 million Jews, researchers at Germany’s Max Planck Society are researching an additional 200,000 people who were wiped out by the Nazi regime during WWII. In the spring of 1939, the Third Reich began taking patients from mental hospitals and others whom they deemed “life unworthy of life,” lebensunwertes Leben, and transported them to euthanasia camps spread across Germany and Poland. The bodies of the victims were cremated or used for research, and fake death certificates were issued to the victims’ families. Researchers are now pouring over Nazi records to find out more about who these victims were and what was done to them. “We want to find out who the victims were, uncover their biographies and their fates, and as such give them part of their human dignity back and find an appropriate way of remembrance,” said Heinz Wässle, an emeritus director of

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the neuroanatomy department at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt, Germany. It is well-documented that the Nazis began a program of death in the spring of 1939, which began with disabled children and then grew to include adults as well. When the war broke out, Hitler signed documents implementing the “T-4” program. “T-4” was designed to protect those that were assigned the killing of so-called “lower” people. The program asked public health officials, public and private hospitals, nursing homes and mental institutions to determine if their inhabitants could work as laborers in the war effort. Those deemed mentally unfit for work were then taken to one of six different euthanasia camps. “The directors of many of these mental hospitals would exaggerate the incapacity for work on their patients because they wanted to spare them from labor groups,” explained Michael Bryant, a professor of history and legal studies at Bryant University. “But in fact they were consigning these patients to death. It’s rightfully so that we focus on the horrors perpetrated against the Jews, the Poles and the Soviets by the Nazis during the war,” Bryant said. “But we frequently lose sight of the first victims of the Nazis’ systematic murders.”

Hamas’ Newest Weapon: Social Media

Hamas, the bloodthirsty Palestinian terror organization, has been using social media to lure Israeli soldiers into online chat rooms that may compromise their personal security. The IDF has admitted that Hamas militants got the better of some of their soldiers by stealing pictures, creating fake social media profiles and then asking IDF soldiers to download an app that turns their smartphone into an espionage tool. The IDF has come up with a video in which it teaches its soldiers to avoid such traps. Although no major secrets were un-

covered, Hamas was able to gather information on Israeli army maneuvers in the Gaza area. “We found tens of undercover figures that operated to get classified info from IDF soldiers,” an army representative admitted. “These figures successfully fooled soldiers and led them to speak about confidential issues [and] managed to install viruses in dozens of cell phones.” This is not the first time that Palestinians have used the internet to lure young Israelis. In 2001, a 16-year-old Israeli was convinced to enter the West Bank by a Palestinian gunman who shot him. The shooter posed as an American tourist. An IDF presentation on the subject summed up the issue: “The ease with which it is possible to set up an internet offensive infrastructure, the culture of sharing information and the insufficient awareness to the security threat online creates vulnerability,” it said.

Iran and Syria Sued for Sponsoring Hamas

Iran and Syria are being forced to pay out $178 million in compensation for their role in a terror attack that took place in Jerusalem in 2014. Parents of a 3-month-old baby that was killed by Abed Abdelrahman Shaludeh, a Palestinian from Silwan in East Jerusalem, have sued the two countries in an American court. The lawsuit was brought on the grounds that Iran and Syria finance the terror organization Hamas, which claimed responsibility for the attack. The child was an American citizen so the case was able to be brought in the United States. A 22-year-old Ecuadorian who had moved to Israel to convert to Judaism was also killed in the attack. The parents were represented by the Nitsan Darshan-Leitner. The famous lawyer also manages the Shurat HaDin Israeli Law Center, which seeks to combat terror around the world through the justice system. “This ruling sends a clear message that the heavy price will be imposed on anyone who finances terror and spills the blood of innocents,” Darshan-Leitner said. “We will continue to constantly pursue Syria and Iran through any legal means at our disposal to ensure that the victims of terror have justice.”

UK Opts Out of Middle East Conference

Taking a different route than participants from 70 other countries, the United Kingdom criticized the Middle East peace conference that was held in Paris last week. The country argued that the conference may harden the parties’ negotiating positions and refused to sign the joint statement that called for a negotiated twostate solution. The U.K.’s Foreign Office released a statement that said London had “particular reservations” about the meeting taking place without Israeli or Palestinian representation, especially when a new U.S. administration is being sworn in later this week. The spokesman noted that the conference took place against Israel’s explicit wishes and “just days before the transition to a new American president when the U.S. will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement. There are risks, therefore, that this conference hardens positions at a time when we need to be encouraging the conditions for peace.” Britain merely attended the conference as an observer and refused to participate. “We will continue to support efforts to improve conditions on the ground to enable negotiations to resume and look forward to working with the parties, the new U.S. Administration and other countries represented in this conference to make progress in 2017 and beyond,” the spokesperson added. Benjamin Netanyahu has been very clear on how he feels about the Paris talks.  “The conference convening in Paris today is a useless conference,” Netanyahu said. “Its goal is to try and force terms on Israel that conflict with our national needs. Of course it pushes peace further away because it hardens the Palestinian positions and it also pushes them away from direct negotiations without preconditions.” Thirty five countries sent their foreign ministers to Paris for the event including the U.S., Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Norway, Sweden and Egypt.

UK’s PM “Blindsided” by UN Resolution

Before last month’s passing of United Nations Resolution 2334, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who was instrumental in drafting the resolution. According to a spokesperson at the prime minister’s office, though, he did not speak with British Prime Minister Theresa May, who appears to have not known about the content and may have been willing to abstain or even veto the motion. Any permanent member of the UN Security Council – which includes Britain, Russia, China, France and the U.S. – has the option to veto a resolution. According to members of May’s Conservative Party, the UK leader was “blindsided” by the Foreign Office’s support for the resolution. The UK prime minister is reportedly seeking to make reforms to ensure that she is not in that situation again. “We do not believe that the way to negotiate peace is by focusing on only one issue – in this case the construction of settlements – when clearly the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is so deeply complex,” a spokesperson for May said. “And we do not believe that it is appropriate to attack the composition of the democratically elected government of an ally.” Ten days before the vote, May gave a speech in which she praised and pledged her support for Israel. The prime minister hailed the Jewish state as “a remarkable country” and “a beacon of tolerance.” She also promised to raise the bilateral trade agreement between the UK and Israel to new heights and called the Balfour Declaration “one of the most important letters in history.” In response to the passing of the resolution, Israel took diplomatic action against many of the countries that supported the measure, including the UK. Included in his diplomatic response was the cancellation of a meeting with May at the annual World Economic Forum that is coming up next week.



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Children are Adorable, but Really Expensive

Children are a blessing, with a hefty price tag. According to a recent study, it costs $233,620 to raise a child born in 2015 into a middle-income household. The report, released by the Department of Agriculture last week, claims that caregivers spend between $12,350 and $14,000 a year per child. This number does not include saving for their college fund (or bar mitzvah, wedding, or seminary year); it just covers the costs from birth through age 17. Of course, the average Orthodox household needs to adjust that number for private school tuitions, kosher food, and other expenses within our community. According to the study, housing, in the form of an extra bedroom per child, was the single biggest expense for middle-income families, accounting for almost 30% of the total cost of raising a child. After that the second largest cost is food, especially for those whose children enjoy sushi more than pizza. Parents of teenagers can expect to put out an annual average of $2,709 to feed a 15- to 17-year-old, which is 22% more than the cost of feeding a child between the ages of 6 and 8. Child care was the next biggest expense, which, according to the government, costs parents an average $37,378, which sounds kind of costly. In the younger years parents have higher expenses for child care and education (and diapers!) but those expenses generally disappear as children enter public school programs for longer hours. However, the cost of transportation, food, clothing, and health care generally rise as children get older. Add in yearly tuition bills and the costs rise even more. Not all children “cost” the

same. The price of raising a child varies by family income level. Lower-income families are estimated to spend an average of $174,690, while wealthier households generally spend $372,210 per child. The price of child rearing also fluctuates by region: middle-income families in cities in the Northeast incur the highest cost with an average of $253,770. In cities in the Western region of the country, the typical cost is about $235,140. Looking to save money? The cheapest region to raise kids is in rural areas where the cost is an average of $193,020 across the nation. For families with more than one child, the cost per child gets more complex since siblings reduce some budgetary pressure due to shared housing and other shared expenses. Married-couple households that had three or more children spent 24% less on average per child compared to those with two kids. “There are significant economies of scale, with regards to children, sometimes referred to as the ‘cheaper by the dozen effect,’” explains Mark Lino, author of the report and economist at the Department of Agriculture. “As families increase in size, children may share a bedroom, clothing and toys can be reused, and food can be purchased in larger, more economical packages.” Better keep feeding that savings account.

A bad reputation can spread like wildfire on the internet. Recently, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a range of information, including customer survey results from the American Customer Satisfaction Index, employee reviews on Glassdoor, as well as their own annual customer satisfaction survey on companies throughout the nation. They compiled a list of 12 of the most hated companies in the country – and they were really disliked. The companies were hated by customers, employees, and the general public. Most Hated Companies in the Nation: 1. Comcast 2. Bank of America 3. Mylan 4. McDonald’s 5. Wells Fargo Bank 6. Facebook 7. Spirit Air 8. DISH Network 9. Sears 10. Sprint Wireless 11. Wal-Mart 12. Charter Communications (TV)

New York and Chicago in Terrible Financial Shape

Companies We Love to Hate

As consumers in a capitalist economy we have the power to choose where we do business. Luckily for us competition drives companies to offer a better product and improved customer service. However, it seems some companies just didn’t get the memo that a bad reputation can really hurt business. For example, last year Time Warner Cable merged with Charter Communications and they changed their name to Spectrum. For many customers both companies brought out frustrated feelings for their notoriously horrible customer service.

As the economy continues to recover from the recession, economists are taking a closer look at the fiscal strength of big cities across the U.S. According to a recent ranking, both Chicago and New York rank at the bottom of the barrel based on data from 2015 financial reports submitted by the cities themselves. The analysis includes the ranking of 116 U.S. cities with populations greater than 200,000. Chicago has been very vocal about its dismal economy. They have faced financial mismanagement and suffered a series of ratings downgrades in recent years in municipal finance. Their reserves are low, their debts are high, and their

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pension plans are grossly unfunded. Perhaps more surprising is New York’s weak ranking. New York is thought to be full of opportunity and the center of finance. An extended bull market and ever-increasing real estate prices have pumped money into the city’s coffers. However, the Big Apple is spending the money just as fast as it comes in. The city’s general fund reserves – which is likened to a city’s checking account – stood at just .67 percent of its expenditures at the end of 2015. That number is well below the Government Finance Officers Association’s recommendation of 16.67 percent (equivalent to two months of spending). New York City also carries a huge debt burden. According to City Comptroller Scott Stringer, New York’s per capita debt greatly exceeds that of all other large U.S. cities and is even 50 percent higher than that of Chicago. On the other end of the golden rainbow is Irvine, California. With its sprawling mountains and perfect weather it has an economy to match those sunny skies. Rising revenues have ensured a series of budget surpluses that have bulked up the city’s reserves. In 2015, the city reported over $700 million of cash and investments – that’s enough to fuel two rainy years of government spending. The next two highest ranked cities on the fiscal scale are also in California: Fontana and Moreno Valley. Both cities have modest debt loads and large general fund reserves.

Great Americans Day

Luther King, Jr. To include other men the name of the day was amended to Great Americans Day. According to the Sun Herald newspaper, Biloxi designated in an ordinance in 1985 that the third Monday in January will “honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as well as other great Americans who have made important contributions to the birth, growth and evolution of this country.” Biloxi spokesman Vincent Creel said that the city instantly became victims of harassment after the honest mistake, despite its annual MLK celebration and great respect for the national hero. “We’re being called racist. That’s not the people

The Circus is Not Coming to Town The circus was once a childhood staple and Ringling Brothers promised the “Greatest Show on Earth.” But now, the fat lady has sung, and the circus is saying sayonara. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus announced on Saturday that it will conduct its final show in May. This will be the grand finale of the 146year run.



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Monday marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the U.S. but one Mississippi city accidently celebrated “Great Americans Day” instead. Prior to the legal holiday on Sunday evening, Biloxi’s Twitter and Facebook accounts generated a post that read, “Non-emergency municipal offices in Biloxi will be closed on Monday in observance of Great Americans Day.” The post was criticized by many who claimed that it did not mention Martin Luther King, Jr. who deserves to be honored on this day. The posts were later edited to include MLK Day. Mississippi is one of three states that recognizes Robert E. Lee on the third Monday in January in addition to Martin

of Biloxi, that is not the mayor, or the city council of Biloxi,” Creel said. “It’s just unfortunate that we’re now being painted with that brush.” “It was an honest error. I think they just pulled the verbiage from it and posted it on the tweet, and when there was a reaction to it, there’s no cover up,” said Councilman Kenny Glavan. “You know, we’re all looking at it and saying, ‘Hey, we need to change it.’” Biloxi is home to just 44,000 people.

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bucket list, now is the time to reserve your tickets. The final show will be on May 21, 20017 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

The Ferguson Effect When the show was piloted, there were no cars, planes, or movies, and Ulysses S. Grant was serving as the president of the United States. It was way before the technological boom. However, the show withstood the test of time and still delivered a great spectacle. Since the turn of the century, though, children have been bombarded by computers, TVs, video games, and smartphones. They are offered intense stimulation at their fingertips and on demand and suddenly the “Greatest Show on Earth” isn’t all that exciting. “It’s been through world wars, and it’s been through every kind of economic cycle and it’s been through a lot of change,” said Kenneth Feld, chairman and CEO of Feld Entertainment, owner of the Ringling Bros. “In the past decade there’s been more change in the world than in the 50 or 75 years prior to that. And I think it isn’t relevant to people in the same way.” Many are speculating that another reason for the closure is the expensive court cases initiated by animal rights activists that have been making headlines in recent years. Feld Entertainment won the $25.2 million suit and received settlements from human rights groups after they were able to prove that they treated the elephants well. Groups, including the Humane Society of the United States, had engaged Feld Entertainment in a 14-year legal battle over allegations that circus employees mistreated elephants. However, last year, the pressure of animal rights concerns led to removing the elephant acts regardless of the result of the suit. All 40 elephants were sent to Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. Many circus fans protested that a circus without elephants is not really a circus and tickets sales plummeted. The Felds claim they explored every option in order to keep the circus alive. They considered an interactive phone app, ice skaters in the show, and adding motorcycle stunts, but nothing boosted the dwindling number of circus-goers. Famous author Ernest Hemingway once wrote in a three-page essay for the Ringling Bros. program in 1953, “The circus is the only ageless delight that you can buy for money. It is the only spectacle I know, that, while you watch it, gives the quality of a truly happy dream.” Oh, how times and dreams have changed! If the circus has been on your

We rely on our local police to keep us safe but there is growing problem for the men and women in blue. After recent high profile cases denigrating police officers, they have become admittedly more reluctant to enforce some safety measures. A new study published by Pew Research Center last Wednesday details that more than 75% of U.S. law enforcement officers admit that they are reluctant to use force when necessary. Additionally, 72% confessed that they are more hesitant to stop and question suspicious looking individuals due to recent police scrutiny. Many officials have dubbed these practices “the Ferguson Effect,” referring to instances when officers become less proactive in their policing due to a constant fear that their actions will be questioned by their superiors and the public. The broad national survey conducted between May 19 and August 14 includes feedback from 8,000 officers and sheriff’s deputies across 54 departments. More than eight in 10 officers claim that police work is more difficult today as a result of the high-profile incidents. The majority of the surveys were completed prior to the fatal shooting of five officers in Dallas in July and the murder of three officers in Baton Rouge just two weeks later. The survey illustrated the parallels in thinking between white officers and their Hispanic colleagues. Twenty-seven percent of white officers and 26% of Hispanic officers say highly publicized deaths of African-Americans during police encounters are indicative of a broader problem between police and African-Americans. Meanwhile, 57% of black officers say that the incidents are evidence of a broader problem. According to the research, 67% of police officers believe the public has a positive view of police. The nation desperately needs the

protection of our police departments. In Chicago, Indianapolis, Memphis, and San Antonio there was a surge in murder rates last year. FBI Director James Comey has suggested that the increase in violent crime in some cities may be a result of a less-aggressive law enforcement approach. In an op-ed in the Chicago SunTimes published last Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said it was crucial that the city have an “engaged, proactive police department” as the city tries to curb the crime that has surged in low-income, predominantly African-American and Latino neighborhoods. “If the reforms we must, and will, make are seen as demonizing the police, the police will naturally become reactive,” Emanuel wrote. “They’re only human. The clarity, certainty and standards they need to do their jobs will be lost, and the result will be more violence. That is not a recipe for success in our communities. The only winners in that case are the gangbangers and drug dealers.” In 2014 and 2015 there were no guilty convictions handed out to officials for murder charges while on-duty, but there were many high profile cases. There was also intense protesting across the nation and much violence as a result. 42 police officers were shot and killed in 2015. Four percent more law enforcement officers at the federal state, territorial and local levels died in the line of duty in 2015 than in 2014, according to a preliminary report from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

No Income Tax? No Problem

Is income tax eating away at your paycheck? Residents of Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington and Wyoming are happily shaking their head no, but everyone else is shouting YES! Now lawmakers in the state of Michigan are attempting to join the lucky few states that get to keep more of their hard earned money. Michigan Senate Republicans began discussing a proposal last week to repeal the state’s 4.25% income tax. They argue that if they allow residents to keep more

of their money it will attract an influx of residents and business dollars. “Michigan is still a tough place to do business and I think the more jobs you create, it sends off a more positive image of our state,” State Sen. Jack Brandenburg said to the Detroit Free Press. “It’s simple: the more jobs you create, the more people spend. The more people spend, the more jobs are created and there is more tax revenue for our state.” “This is the people’s money, not ours,” House Speaker Tom Leonard echoed in a press release supporting the bill. “Michigan has turned a corner, our economy is booming, and there is even a budget surplus. I’m excited to join my colleagues, offer the best way forward, undo the mistakes of the past, and return hundreds of millions of dollars back to the people who earned them in the first place.” The official bill hasn’t been introduced yet, and its final details are still being ironed out. If the bill passes it wouldn’t totally eliminate income tax immediately. It would knock it down to 3.9% from 4.25%, a significant number by 2018, and then the proposed bill would continue to shave the number by a tenth of a percent each year after that until it is fully eliminated in about 40 years. Hey, that’s slow-but-steady economics. The proposal sounds wonderful and idealistic, but unfortunately there have been many campaigns to lessen or eliminate income tax over the years that failed to be approved. In 2013, the governor of Louisiana proposed a drop in state income tax that was never approved. More recently, politicians in Arizona, Ohio, and Wisconsin have all pushed for slashes in state income tax but their proposals didn’t get much traction. Critics of lowering income tax argue that the drastic budget cut is bad for residents since it leaves much less money for improving infrastructure like building roads and offering scholarships to college students. Generally it also causes an increase in sales tax. “Taxes are one of the few things we’ve been told are socially acceptable to hate – except that the idea that we could or should completely eliminate the income tax is not only nonsense, it is dangerous nonsense,” Michigan Radio senior political analyst Jack Lessenberry said of the new bill in his state, which would see $9 billion in tax revenues disappear. “The state would literally not be able to function if the income tax were eliminated, and any major income tax cuts would make things worse for the majority of our citizens.” For those who leave all the work to their accountants, here’s a little math lesson for you. In New York State, a married couple earning $150,000 collectively would need to pay 6.45% in state

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tax alone (there are also federal taxes, social security, and local taxes depending on where you live). That would be almost $8,000 just in state taxes, which could buy you a very nice vacation for the whole family, a new roof, cover a nice portion of one of your children’s tuitions, or well, you fill in the blank.

Nazi Boots?

Conal International Trading Inc. was forced to pull their Polar Fox boots this week when it was revealed by a customer that the sole of the boot was stamped with swastikas. After the image was posted by a Reddit user on Monday, the red-faced California-based company issued an apology. “We would like to issue our sincerest apologies to our customers and to anyone who was offended by the swastika imprint the boots left behind,” the company said in a statement. “The design was not intentional and was a mistake made by our manufacturers in China.” It added that it “does not promote hate or discrimination of any kind.” The man behind the picture posted on Reddit wrote in a caption, “There was an angle I didn’t get to see when ordering my new work boots.” His photo, viewed more than three million times, prompted a flurry of snarky comments.

“Very comfortable. Nein out of ten,” one person wrote. Another person wrote: “I love them too, they really put me in mein kampfort zone.” Another person posted: “Heily recommended.” “Good for marching into Poland,” one person quipped. The military combat boots were sold on Amazon, which removed the listing on Thursday. The Jewish Anti-Defamation League said in a statement it had contacted the footwear company after learning about the boots and was informed that they were manufactured in Asia, “a culture which views the swastika as a Buddhist symbol.” In the ancient Sanskrit language, the swastika means “wellbeing” and was used as a symbol of good fortune before it was adopted by the Nazis. “The League reiterated to the company that the swastika serves as the most significant symbol of white supremacy and

anti-Semitism, and whether intentional or not, the use of the symbol on the boot is deeply offensive,” the statement said.

The Best Jobs in the Country

Hopefully you love your job and it pays the bills, but if you are looking for a new career that promises to be lucrative and rewarding, consider pursuing a job in healthcare. According to US News & World’s annual report of 2017 Best Jobs rankings, the medical field is the highest-paying sector across the country. The report is based on median salary, employment rate, growth, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, each job in the medical field on the “best jobs” list earns a national average salary well over $100,000 a year. All of the top ten jobs are in the medical field and another three in the top 20 are as well. It is important to note that all of the jobs in the medical field require extensive and expensive schooling. Most likely professionals in these positions are paying back hundreds of thousands of dollars in school loans during their first few years of employment. Looking for a great career? Here are the best jobs in the nation along with their average annual salary: 1. Anesthesiologist (Average annual salary: 258,100$) 2. Surgeon ($247,520) 3. Oral and maxillofacial surgeon ($233,900) 4. Obstetrician and gynecologist ($222,400) 5. Orthodontist ($221,390) 6. Physician ($196,520) 7. Psychiatrist ($193,680) 8. Pediatrician ($183,180) 9. Dentist ($172,350) 10. Prosthodontist ($161,020) 11. Nurse anesthetist ($160,250) 12. Petroleum engineer ($149,590) 13. Information-technology manager ($141,000) 14. Marketing manager ($140,660) 15. Lawyer ($136,260) 16. Podiatrist ($136,180) 17. Financial manager 18. Sales manager ($130,400) 19. Business-operations manager ($119,460) 20. Pharmacist ($119,270)

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anon, Virginia, DMV. It seems that he had to file a Freedom of Information Act request for a direct number to the DMV and then later sued the state because he says he was also denied direct phone numbers to other DMV offices in his area.

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday December 18 is a happy day in the Gardner home. The air is filled with the chocolatey aroma of birthday cake, there are presents strewn around the floor, and balloons are bumping against the ceiling. You see, that day is really fun. It’s mom Hillary’s birthday. Oh, and it’s also dad Luke’s birthday too. And wait, their son, Cade Lee, was also born that day, exactly 27 years after his parents. What a day! The odds of that happening are about one in 133,000, statisticians say. And that’s a lot less likely than getting hit by lightning sometime in your lifetime, which some put at roughly one in 12,000. Cade Lee wasn’t due officially until December 19. But knowing that a December 18 birthday would made things extra cool at home, the young couple “went walking” to try to speed things along. Baby Cade Lee got the hint and was born on December 18, 2016 at 10:01am. “Hillary is exactly six hours older than me,” Luke said. She was born at 8:10 a.m. and her husband at 2:10 p.m. on Dec. 18, 1989. They learned about their shared birthday before they started dating, while just part of a group of friends who hung out together. “I saw it on a Facebook page first and asked about it,” Gardner said. “I couldn’t really believe it when I saw it. I had to confirm it with her.” The chance of meeting someone born the same day as you is one in 365, explained Tumulesh Solanky, chair of the math department at the University of New Orleans. He said the chance of two people being born on the same day and having a baby on their birthday is about 1/365 times 1/365. “That comes out to .0000000751 — seven zeros and then 751,” or about 7.5 in a million, he said, which comes to about one in 133,000. Statisticians note that this ignores such factors as leap years and the fact that births are not evenly spaced throughout the year. What are the chances the next baby Gardner will be born on that day too? I don’t even want to know.

Worth Every Penny Watch out, DMV. Here comes Nick Stafford – and he’s armed with pennies. Nick has an axe to grind with the Leb-

Armed with five wheelbarrows, Nick delivered 300,000 pennies to the DMV to pay sales tax on two cars that he purchased. The coins weighed a whopping 1,600 pounds. Stafford said he paid in coins to “inconvenience” the DMV. He also ended up filing three lawsuits, which were summarily dismissed. Hey, we can’t fault him for trying to get them to change.

Bald Head, Heart of Gold

help. Fortunately for Jackson, Mr. Hadley has some pretty harebrained schemes. “We take the issue of bullying seriously,” Hadley said, “but I thought if you believe in something, you have to find a way to stand up and literally show your support. So I was lying in bed and I thought maybe I will get a hold of his mom and ask her to send those clippers in.” At 9am on Tuesday Principal Hadley gathered the entire middle school together. The event? Jackson shaving Hadley’s head. “I thought I could have a one-time conversation with a couple of kids or I could impact a generation,” he said. “I think a leader is someone who knows, someone who goes and someone who shows, and I needed to show the way.” After the major haircut, the students came through in a major way. Kids from every grade were offering Jackson words of support and high-fives. They were also sharing their experiences with cancer or with other difficulties. And the public hair-cutting seemed to have done the trick. “Some of the kids who said something Monday found out that it upset Jackson through this event and apologized,” Hadley said. “I never addressed any of them individually, they chose to apologize.” “One of the last things I told the kids at the assembly was you never know what someone else is going through,” he said. “What they have may look so perfect on Facebook and Instagram, but inside they could be broken, so before you make a comment and pass that judgment, stop and think about what might be behind the obvious.” Their heads may be a bit more cold, but their hearts are made of gold.

Librarian for the Day Just a few weeks ago Jackson Johnston sported a shaggy head of hair. But last Sunday, the 11-year-old shaved off his long locks. The hair-change was difficult for Jackson, but he was brave about it: he had shaved his head in solidarity with his grandfather, Papa Rick, who had recently lost his hair to Mantle cell lymphoma. “Jackson shaving his head for Papa was letting him know that, ‘I can’t do much to help you, Papa, I am only 11, but you won’t be alone,’” Jackson’s mother said. But when Jackson went to school on Monday, not everyone shared in his bravery. Some students taunted him: “Hey Baldy!” they yelled. Jackson’s school has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying and Jackson approached the principal, Tim Hadley, for

She’s only four-years-old, and she’s already read more than 1,000 books. Last

week, she became the Librarian for the Day at the nation’s Library of Congress. Daliyah Marie Arana of Gainesville, Georgia, has a voracious appetite for reading. She devours towering piles of tomes. Last Wednesday, Daliyah visited the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and was named “Librarian for the Day.” 

The four-year-old roamed the hallways with Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, who tweeted photos of Daliyah sitting in her desk. Daliyah wore her best outfit: a bubble pink peplum dress, her bouncy curls held back with a matching bow, and her cute glasses. Daliyah’s mother told The Gainesville Times that her daughter joined Georgia’s “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” almost two years ago and started paving her way through books.  “She was about 2 ½ when we signed her up for it,” Haleema Arana said. “Most of the kids she graduated the program with were a little bit older.” Daliyah started recognizing words when she was just 18-months-old and read her first book on her own when she was 2-years-and-11months-old. Haleema told the Washington Post that her daughter was invited to spend the day with Hayden after she reached out to see if there was any way to enhance Daliyah’s experience at the library.  “She just kept saying how the Library of Congress is her most favorite, favorite, favorite library in the whole wide world,” Haleema said after Daliyah’s visit. She sounds like the cutest bookworm ever.

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Community KYHS Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy In contrast to most schools, students at Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida (KYHS) filed into the building last Monday, January 16, as if it were any other day. But Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and school, offices, and government buildings throughout all fifty states were closed in observance of the meaningful national holiday. So why does KYHS choose to hold school on such a monumental day? The answers lie in the school’s philosophy about education––students learn much more in school about the importance of days such as MLK Day than they do at home. Mrs. Ora Lee Kanner, principal of KYHS, explained, “We believe MLK Day should be a day of praying together to God for peace in this world and the opportunity to further learn about civil rights. We

value MLK Day as an opportunity to dedicate our learning to the values of our Torah such as Tikkun Olam––rather than a day of sleeping late and shopping at the malls.” On this MLK Day, KYHS invited Rabbi Jack Riemer, a former aide to President Bill Clinton and an active participant in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, to address the entire student body. Rabbi Riemer began his address by speaking about Moses and how his distinguishing characteristic was his inability to “mind his own business.” Wherever Moses went he always interjected himself if he witnessed injustice, such as when he killed an Egyptian man for beating an Israelite or defended the daughters of Jethro. Rabbi Riemer went on to describe how two of the most formative figures in his life––Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.––also shared shared Moses’ inclination to insert him-

self into other people’s affairs when he deemed it necessary. Rabbi Riemer shared

how despite King and Heschel’s starkly different backgrounds, King being the son of pastor from Alabama and Heschel a Jewish immigrant from Poland, they formed an unlikely kinship on the issue of justice. Riemer recounted that despite the tremendous amount of work each man had to do in his own community, both of them always made time to help further each other’s cause. Specifically, Rabbi Heschel joined Dr. King on some of his marches, including the iconic Selma March, and King advocated on behalf of Soviet Jewry. Rabbi Riemer stressed that concern for all people, instead of worrying only about one’s own group, is vital to improving the world. Rabbi Reimer’s presentation was not the only event KYHS planned in anticipation of MLK Day. The previous week, Rabbi Avi Weiss, the leader of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale in the Bronx, New York, spoke to the senior Jewish History class about his advocacy for a multitude of Jewish causes. Rabbi Weiss shared stories with us about how he immediately travelled to Buenos Aires, after the 1994 bombing of the city’s Jewish Center, and how he journeyed to Auschwitz to oppose the establishment of covenant on the site of the extermination camp. Weiss explained that the purpose of telling these stories is to demonstrate the importance of activism. He said that while he is too old to run around the world like he used to, he is ready to cede the mantle of justice to a new generation and encouraged the entire class to pursue justice in every realm. Aaron Senfeld, a senior at KYHS, was particularly moved by Rabbi Weiss’s speech, saying that the speech, “inspired me to pursue social justice in everyday life, and not stand idly by while innocent people are marginalized and oppressed.” Matthew A. Samilow, also a senior, summed it aptly when he said “days like today remind me of how important the legacy of Dr. King is and how much work we still have in forming a ‘more perfect union’, both as citizens of the human race, the United States and members of the Jewish People.” Thanks to both of these meaningful presentations, it is safe to say that MLK Day was no ordinary school day at KYHS. Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida -- – (561)-4177422

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The Life and Work of Norman Rockwell and the Saturday Evening Post On Sunday, January 22nd there will be a Norman Rockwell Slideshow & Presentation by Museum Co-founders Dr Donald & Phyllis Stolz. This stimulating, humorous and educational talk combined with a slide show is sure to bring laughs, memories and an unforgettable experience. If you enjoy art or if you remember the Norman Rockwell cover art of the Saturday Evening Post, this presentation is for you! Dr Stolz co-founded the Curtis Center Museum of Norman Rockewell Art in Philadelphia. This presentation is open to the public and is part of the Jewish Retiree Club run by Rabbi Menachem Smith who arranges numerous fascinating and enjoyable events for older adults bringing them increased vitality, happiness, excitement and good health. Event begins at 1:30pm with an intriguing Torah Class then an intermission and at 2:30pm begins the Norman Rockwell Presentation. This takes place at the Waterways Shoppes 3575 NE 207th St

on the first floor storefront, next door to the ice cream shop. There is a Suggested donation of $10. Parking is available free of charge. Space is limited. Please reserve by calling (305) 770-4540 or by emailing  The Jewish Retiree Club has events every Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 PM During the winter months. Other featured presentations are: Israel Archaeological Exploration Seminar, Challah Baking, Interactive workshops, Educational films and Inspirational Speakers such as Channel 7’s news reporter, Rosh Lowe. The Jewish Retiree Club is part of United Jewish Generations, a Chabad organization for older adults. Special thanks to our sponsors: Adult Day of Aventura and Hampton Court Nursing Home and Rehab.  For more information, please email or call 305-770-4540. Find out about our other events at

Inside Kosher Food and Wine Miami 2016 1,200 attendees. 350 kosher wines. 25 kosher restaurants and caterers. 2016’s Kosher Food and Wine Miami surpassed all expectations and greatly benefited WIZO. Kosher Food and Wine Miami was a resounding success! The Diplomat Beach Resort hosted the 4th Annual sold out event on December 14, 2016. Over 1,200 attendees enjoyed the outstanding cuisine, trendy music by DJ Kaisa Kerwin, and overall fun energy of the evening. Dignitaries such as the new Consul General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico, Lior Haiat, and Gabriel Groisman, Mayor of Bal Harbour, among many other distinguished guests. Gift baskets with products made in Israel were donated to the guests, in support of Groisman’s strong

fight against the BDS movement (Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions). The event has been growing exponentially since its premiere 4 years ago and the expectation is that it will continue to expand every year. “WIZO wanted to bring exposure to fine kosher wines and delicious kosher food and the Kosher Food & Wine event is a fabulous collaboration and great opportunity to do that”, said Sandra Dunn, WIZO Volunteer and KFWM Chairperson. “KFW Miami melds together an array of talented caterers and wineries, creating an amazing palatable experience in more ways than one! Our event draws together a diverse group of individuals, which attest to its mass appeal and it gets better and better every year!” Without a doubt, it was an exciting

night where people had an amazing time and contributed to a noble and philanthropic purpose: helping WIZO nurture children, support at-risk youth, empower women and educate the next generation of Israel’s leaders. But that is not all! Every year, the night before the big event, an exclusive VIP dinner is held in a luxurious location. This year, 70 guests enjoyed a very special selection of wines and the exquisite cuisine of renowned Israeli Chef Marcos Gershkowitz at the home of Rhoda and Kenneth Israel, one of the most outstanding mansions of Golden Beach. A successful wine auction of exclusive magnum bottles was also held, and all the raised funds went to WIZO. Stay tuned for next year’s Kosher Food

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Englanders Honored For A “Decade Of Dedication” Who would have imagined the impact that Rabbi Adam and Shira Englander would have on the community when they first arrived in Boca Raton? In only 10 short years, the Englanders have left an indelible mark on Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton (KHDS) in numerous ways. Through Rabbi Englander’s vision, energy and wisdom, KHDS has grown both in enrollment as well as in the quality of the educational and extra-curricular programs. The Englanders embody the values that KHDS holds so dear, namely, a deep commitment to the love and study of Torah and Mitzvot within a warm, inclusive environment. And so it was fitting that they be the honorees for the Katz Hillel Day School of Boca Raton Annual Journal Dinner, which was held at B’nai Torah Congregation on Monday evening, December 12, 2016. The Englander family moved from New York in 2006, and Rabbi Englander began his KHDS journey as the Upper School Principal. In 2014, he became Head of School and his leadership has provided optimal conditions for the faculty and students to flourish. Rabbi Englander’s warm and caring personality is evident in all that he does. Shira, an employee of Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida for the past 9 years, is also dedicated to Jewish education. She is always willing to help many causes and volunteers her time on a regular basis. Shira is routinely involved in many KHDS programs as well as the Katz Hillel PTA, Boca Raton Synagogue and in the community at large. The Englanders have opened their home

to hundreds of students over the years and exemplify all that KHDS represents. They are giving of their time and are role models for our children as well as the community. They are commended for their dedication to the school and community, and their passion in striving for excellence in education day after day. The Englanders have four children, Gabi (Class of 2014), and current KHDS students Tani, Rivka and Meir. The fundraiser, co-chaired by KHDS parents Dr. Joshua & Stephanie Stern and Uri and Rachel Yudewitz, kicked off the evening as guests enjoyed cocktails and delicious hors d’eouvres while being serenaded by The Y-Studs. Additionally, KHDS parent attendees were pleasantly surprised to receive a photo of their own child(ren) accompanying their table seat-

ing card thanks to the efforts of faculty members Veeta Abramchik and Leonardo Moran. The tribute program opened with a wonderful rendition of The Star Spangled Banner and Hatikvah performed by Shimmie Kaminetsky (KHDS parent) and The Y-Studs, followed by a hysterical video, compliments of the creative co-chairs, and produced by Zachary Cohen. Also honored were Faculty Dedication Award recipients Leslie Firestone, Beth Janock and Beth Kaminetsky, who received their awards for 13 years of service to the school following a montage video. Presenting the awards were administrators Rabbi Adam Englander, Chayim Dimont and Hadassah Smolarcik. A tribute video to Rabbi Adam and Shira Englander for “A Decade of Dedi-

cation” highlighted the couple’s accomplishments, followed by remarks from Board President Daniel J. Katz. Rabbi Englander’s acceptance speech focused on the core questions that we must ask ourselves each day to ensure the success and growth of our children and our school for the future. Following the program, guests entered the ballroom for a top-notch dinner, prepared by Rose Caterers, a Kosher Division of VIP of Boca, and were entertained by The Y-Studs. Guests received a copy of the composition book-themed Ad Journal, of which proceeds benefit the KHDS Scholarship Fund. This is the major fundraiser for the school, which provides over $1.5 million in scholarship assistance.

Kristallnacht Torah Comes To Florida Seventy-eight years ago, a Torah scroll was sentenced to death along with the Jewish people. Now it will be in Northern California, as part of a whirlwind tour that will include hundreds of Jewish communities all across the globe. On Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass” when more than 1,400 synagogues were torched and 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed across Germany, fourteenyear-old Isaac Schwartz of Hamburg knew he had to act. Seeing a pyre of Torah scrolls and other Jewish sacred items left unattended, he bravely doused the flames and attempted to recover the holy objects. His heroic efforts yielded a single Torah scroll. A Torah scroll, which contains the Five Books of Moses, is the most sacred object in Judaism. An authentic handwritten parchment scroll can take up to a year to craft at the deft hands of a sofer (trained scribe). It is then stored in the ark in the front of the synagogue and read during

services. As the situation continued to deteriorate rapidly, Schwartz had the scroll buried in the ground along with a number of other sacred items. There it lay for the duration of the Holocaust until it was retrieved by Schwartz and his family. But the trauma had taken its toll, and much of the scroll had been rendered unusable. Recently, the relic was purchased from the Schwartz family by philanthropist Leonard Wien and donated to the Jewish Learning Institute, which operates hundreds of adult educational franchises at Chabad Centers across the globe. Over a period of 18 months, a sofer painstakingly rewrote the faded letters and replaced parts of parchment that were beyond repair. Having been finally completed last year, the newly refurbished Torah has been sent on a historic mission, hopping from community to community, in a spiritual gesture of unity that spans continents, cul-

across the globe. “[During] th[e] holiday of Chanukah, it is deeply poignant that we turn darkness into light” says Rabbi Moishe Kievman, who codirects Chabad Chayil with his wife Layah, “plus we will be united in such a meaningful way with Jews all over the globe, our past, and our future.” The historic scroll was recently present at the Family Shul Aventura Chabad where it was read from and used for the Sabbath services. The many participants, who came to carry, kiss and read from its ancient letters, were honored to be in the midst of such a special Torah, known as the ‘Hakhel Torah,’ that carries with it a nation’s history and a teenager’s heroic triumph. tures, and generations. The scroll travels in an attractive blue cloth covering inscribed with a dedication from Wien to those who died in the Holocaust and in celebration of the revival of Jewish life and Torah study

For more information, or for a detailed schedule of the Torah’s trip, please call Chabad at (305) 770-1919 or visit www. 

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Miami Beach Hosts Tefillin And Mezuzah Project The Miami Beach community and condominium owners will be having the incredible opportunity to host a FREE Tefillin project. The world renowned Tefillin Awareness Project has assisted tens of thousands of men and boys throughout the United States. This program has the encouragement from Rabbis across the United States & Israel. According to its founder, Mr. Schachter, “most people need adjustments to their Tefillin, many being serious adjustments.” He also points out very sharply, “Mitzvas Tefillin is performed 300 times ANNUALLY, compared to other important mitzvos such as Matzah, Shofar, Succah, Lulav, etc. - which are basically once annually. You therefore want to be 100% sure that every single aspect of this most vital mitzvah is done properly. Many external issues are checked and corrected on the spot such as: Both of the Kesharim (knots), Placement, Reebuah (squareness), Tefiros (stitching), Retzuous (straps). These are just some of the areas that are examined and corrected - All Free of Charge. In addition, the 3 expert Sofrim from New York will be available to check Mezuzot. There is a nominal fee for the checking. People will also have the option of having a Sofer come to their home/ condo, to have the Mezuza removed and reinstalled later that evening, after being checked. The Mezuzah & Tefillin campaign will be offered for four days; all locals and visitors are welcome. If you would like to have your Mezuza checked, we strongly urge you to please call Rabbi Lebowitz at 718-666-9327 or email for more information and appointments. The following are the Miami Beach locations: Tefillin Awareness will be available 20 minutes before the first minyan and 1 hour after each Shachris minyan at the following shuls. February 5th, Beth Israel February 6th, Tower 41 Shul February 7th, Carriage Club North & South February 8th, Miami Beach Community Kollel This Miami Beach Project is sponsored L’iluy Nishmas Gedalia Ben Shalom Halevi A”H And L’iluy Nishmas Toiba Feiga Bas Zelig A”H. To bring this program to your community, please email shelrosh@



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Southern NCSY Leads Shuval TJJ When people are asked to describe the purpose of a “Charity Marathon” most people answer the same way. A charity run is a great way to raise some money for an organization. When Southern NCSY first considered having a Charity Marathon, they too considered it as merely a way of raising money. However, it wasn’t until planning got underway that an unintended and more powerful impact was identified. Over the last couple of years Southern NCSY has had the opportunity to lead groups of teens to Israel in a program called Shuval TJJ (The Jerusalem Journey). The goal of Shuval TJJ is to inspire, excite and educate public school teenagers through an adventurous and life changing 6 week trip through Israel.

“TJJ has made things clearer for me in my life when it comes to Israel and who I am as a Jew” – Orelle Peretz Though the trip to Israel is embedded with a rich education about the history of Israel and our heritage as Jews, the greatest education these teens receive is the ability to confront those that challenge their identity as Jews. All too often Jewish children reach college (and often in high school)

and they are confronted with other people that shout anti Israel rhetoric. Most students’ reactions are unfortunately silence. Despite the fact that students may disagree with what they’re hearing, they don’t often have the knowledge to speak up for what they know to be true. Shuval TJJ gives the students the knowledge they need in order to speak up for Israel in a way that everyone can appreciate. An Israel trip for teens is exciting but

that excitement often dies down when teens return from Israel. Lifelong friends are made but the excitement can’t continue. Southern NCSY took this trip and made it a high school journey. Once returning back from Israel, the teens communicate on a regular basis with advisors with whom they built relationships with while in Israel. They gather together on a monthly basis as a unit to talk about Israel, Judaism, and life. This is where Team South Florida NCSY was born. Tapping into the inspiration that these students gained while in Israel, Southern NCSY decided to materialize the inspiration that these teens came back with and use it to perpetuate the good that Shuval TJJ offers. Jason Segelbaum, the Director of the NCSY Charity run reached out to Avi Warman, one of the Directors for Southern NCSY’s Shuval TJJ trip and asked if TJJ and the charity marathon could work together. Together, Team South Florida NCSY was born. Several decisions were made early on that set the framework for the marathon: Teens and adults have the chance to do either a 5K or a half marathon. The Miami Beach Ultra Marathon was chosen so both options would be available. The amount of money raised by the teens had to be achievable in order for them to feel that sense of accomplishment

($613 for high school students and $1026 for post high school students) Teens need to be empowered to help their peers so it was decided that of the $613 raised by the teens, $300 would go directly towards another teen to be able to take part in Shuval TJJ.

“NCSY has had such a positive impact on many peoples lives. Running in the Marathon is my chance to give back to an organization that has given me so much.” – Keren Bitton, Southern NCSY Regional Board The response to this program was immediate. The teens gravitated towards reaching this goal almost immediately. Those who had taken part in this experience of a lifetime wanted nothing more than others to experience what they had. Only three words remain… Ready, Set, Run… For further information on Team South Florida NCSY or Shuval TJJ don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call Southern NCSY at 886-887-5788 or visit our websites at or teamsoflncsy. com.

OU Holds Biennial Resolutions Convention On Sunday, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, at its 118th Anniversary convention at Citi Field in Queens, adopted Resolutions expressing the positions of the largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization on a range of critical issues.  The Resolutions, which also serve to guide the OU’s programs and policies over the next two years, included the following: 50th Anniversary of the Reunification of Jerusalem  This year – 5777/2017 – marks the 50th anniversary of the miraculous events of the “Six Day War.” During Israel’s war of self-defense, with G-d’s help, the Jewish people fought for and returned to the ancient cradle of our nation. Jerusalem must forever remain the spiritual, cultural and political center of the Jewish people and the State of Israel. The Orthodox Union is mandated to undertake all efforts necessary to secure and maintain Jerusalem as the eternal and undivided capital of the State of Israel, including pushing for the United States’ Embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

UN Security Council Resolution 2334 The Orthodox Union repudiates United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 adopted on Dec. 23, 2016, which, among other things, refers to Jerusalem and parts of the Biblical homeland as occupied Palestinian territory. The Orthodox Union will strenuously advocate for revocation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334. The Upsurge of Anti-Semitism in the United States   The Orthodox Union is gravely concerned by the dramatic upsurge of anti-Semitism in North America and around the world. We have seen marked increases in physical and verbal anti-Semitic assaults, which, regrettably, are enabled and legitimized by the internet and social media. The Orthodox Union shall explore initiatives through which the organization can provide appropriate support and leadership to the greater Jewish community in North America and throughout the world in battling this latest manifestation of the world’s oldest form of hatred. Combating Anti-Israel “BDS” on

Campuses   The OU resolved to continue to combat anti-Semitism on college campuses by speaking out against the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions against Israel movement. This has been a growing issue on college campuses across the country, and the Orthodox Union shall continue to raise awareness and address anti-Semitism in academia and on campus. The OU also calls upon all professional academic associations, as well as all institutions of higher learning, to publicly and explicitly reject boycotts, divestment and sanctions. Supporting our Synagogues  The synagogue is a central component of Jewish communal life. Historically, the OU has been a synagogue-based organization, premised on the belief that the synagogue is a gateway to a meaningful and fulfilling spiritual life for the individual and that it can be an epicenter of communal activism. The Orthodox Union shall strengthen its relationship with Jewish communities and synagogues throughout North America by providing shared resources, shared programming ideas, and shared solutions

to some of the complex challenges facing Orthodox Jewish communities today. The Importance of Jewish unity The Orthodox Union recognizes the primacy of achieving Achdut amongst the Jewish people and that we must take affirmative steps to mold communal behavior and uproot any negative traits or beliefs that may lead some to respond or act in manners that are inappropriate. The Orthodox Union shall act as a leader within the Jewish community by fostering relationships across the spectrum and convene gatherings that reinforce the notion that, as Orthodox Jews, we have far more in common that unites us than divides us. The Orthodox Union is the nation’s largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization; the OU Advocacy Center is the non-partisan public policy arm of the OU and leads its advocacy efforts in Washington, DC and state capitals. For more information contact the OU Advocacy Center at or 202-513-6489.

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Around the Community

Three New Jewish Eagle Scouts Boy Scout Troop 18, charted to Young Israel of Hollywood, held its first Eagle Scout Court of Honor, an event celebrating the highest rank achievement a youth can earn in Scouting. The Court of Honor was held on Sunday, December 11 at Beth Moshe synagogue in North Miami.  Three scouts were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout:  Joshua Gerstenfeld, age 16 of Pembroke Pines, Steven Kay, age 18 of Golden Beach, and Meir Shifrin, age 18 of North Miami Beach. Stan Hoff of the Jewish Committee on Scouting was the master of ceremony.  Nearly 200 members of the community were in attendance. To earn the rank of Eagle, a scout must become proficient in first aid, camping, pioneering, orienteering and many other skills. He must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges and demonstrate leadership in his troop and community as well as design, organize, and lead a significant service project benefiting the community. Gerstenfeld, a junior at American Heritage, built, stocked and installed a Dr. Who/ TARDIS-themed book swap at the David

Posnack Jewish Community Center for his service project. Kay, a senior at University high school, built a floating dock at the hydroponics garden of the non-profit organization Together We Stand.  Shifrin, a senior at Scheck Hillel, built and installed bat houses at Tradewinds Park to provide

wildlife habitat and a non-chemical method of controlling mosquitoes. Founded in 2009, Troop 18 provides a shomer shabbat, shomer kashrut path through the Boy Scouts of America program. Young Israel of Hollywood is also

home to a Cub Scout Pack and a Girl Scout Troop. Parents of a child interested in Jewish Scouting can contact them through their Facebook page:  Jewish Boy Scouts Pack 18, Troop 18.



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Parsha Perceptions

Parshat Shemot By Rabbi Berel Wein

There are crises that develop slowly and gradually while there are others that are sudden, surprising and unexpected. We see that in Jewish history both types of difficulties abound. The fall of the northern kingdom of Israel – that of the ten tribes – was sudden and unexpected. Only a short time before the northern kingdom of Israel had been one of the major military powers in the area. The destruction of the First Temple in Jerusalem and of the kingdom of Judah more than a century later was a long drawn out affair completely predictable and predicted. In perfect hindsight, a strong case can be made that based on the history of anti-Semitism in Europe and especially its virulence in the period between the two world wars of the twentieth century, the occurrence of a Holocaust, though perhaps not its magnitude, could also have been foreseen.

The enslavement of the Jewish people in Egyptian bondage was certainly something that was unexpected and unforeseen. Even though the Jewish people had a tradition from their forefather Abraham that they would be enslaved in a strange country for a considerable period of time, they apparently did not feel that Egypt was that country and that this would be that time. After all, Joseph was the savior of Egypt and the Jews felt comfortable living in Egypt and, to a certain extent, even integrating themselves into the general Egyptian society. All of this would be to no avail for there would arise a Pharaoh who chose not to acknowledge Joseph and the past and turned his unjustified wrath against the Jewish population of Egypt. And this all happened rapidly and almost without warning. There are conflicting opinions in Midrash regarding the spiritual standards of

the Jewish people before and during their enslavement there. There is an opinion that they were traditional, G-d-fearing and stubborn. They retained their language, mode of dress and moral behavior. There is another almost opposite opinion that they too had become pagans, worshiped idols, and were not very different than the other members of Egyptian society at that time. One can easily say that both opinions are correct because they are referencing different groups within the Jewish people. The tribe of Levi remained loyal to the tenets of the house of Jacob and to the monotheistic tradition, which made it unique amongst all nations of that ancient world. However, undoubtedly there were many others, perhaps even the vast majority of the Jewish people, who assimilated completely into Egyptian society. They were the victims of an anti-Jew-

ish decree that they never understood. After all, they were good Egyptians, so why were they singled out for enslavement? The Midrash also teaches us that a vast number of these Jews never made it out of Egypt when the eventual redemption occurred. This perhaps was even voluntary on their part for we see that throughout the years in the desert of Sinai, there was a constant call from some of the Jews to return to Egypt even if that meant slavery and hardship. The original exile of the Jews in Egypt serves as a paradigm for all later exiles and persecutions, no matter if they come on suddenly or gradually. This makes this Torah reading extremely relevant to our current Jewish world. Shabbat shalom.

Psychology Today

Enabling or Disabling? Dr. Yaakov Siegel

Drive around the Tri-State area and witness beautiful homes, attractive cars, designer clothing, and gourmet foods – everything a child could need or want. According to Baylor University professor, Dr. Matthew Andersson, all of this material growth is a positive sign because wellheeled children develop healthy habits and material comfort can ensure their physical wellbeing for decades. In a recent article, Dr. Andersson reported findings that high socioeconomic status correlates with better nutrition, sleep, quality of life, opportunities for exercise and social development. But he qualified: even more important than material wealth is a strong emotional parent-child bond. Regardless of the material comforts we provide our children, a lack of warm parental involvement and attention can offset any advantage. Psychologist Rick Nauert, PhD, explains why this so – he cites an example of neglectful or strained parental relationship where children are more likely to forgo well-balanced meals for sugary or high-fat food. The same holds true when it comes to social development; absent, overwhelmed or distracted parenting can reverse any social advantage an affluent

child would otherwise enjoy. Andersson asserts that, regardless of economic status, without dedicated and attached parenting sleep routines, activity and interactions can become irregular, thereby keeping children from developing healthy social and emotional skills necessary for successful development as they mature. This reminds me of the woman who came in this week reporting that she plans to renovate her home to include a designer kitchen, added bedrooms for each of her children and guestrooms so that nobody should have to share or give up a bed. Being prone to anxiety, she was stressing over what to call the third large living space: a sun room, sitting room or breakfast nook. This insightful mother took a step back to express her dilemma in words: “I am doing this only to enable my children to enjoy their childhood, thrive and live happy, well-adjusted lives,” she said, “but I am beginning to wonder if so much comfort would actually disable them.” “Right now they know how to share a bathroom, have to cooperate and tolerate roommates and handle not having the most fancy, up-to-date house. My children are learning that their worth is not dependent on the square footage of their home or the generation of their toys. They might lose all of that once construction is done,” she rationalized. I do not know the answer to her question but do find it extraordinary and outstanding that she took the time to think this through. Whatever her final decision, the fact

that she is considering her direction without losing sight of the end-goal (to raise adjusted, capable and happy children) is praiseworthy in itself. Especially considering how natural it is to be swept after the trend without stopping to judge the costs versus benefits. In a related study, researcher Karen Melton PhD, reports that leisure time spent at home is the most important contributing factor to family happiness. She writes that “the best predictor of happiness for families may be spending quality time together in familiar activities inside the home.” For us, this might include Shabbos seudos, avos u’bonim learning and even homework routine. It is the time and attention that we gift our children – above and beyond material comfort – that makes the greatest impact. Children want us; our attention, eye contact, and a good word more than any prize or gadget in the world. This is not news but it bears repeating in an ever frenetic, fast-paced and distracting world. The greatest gift we can give our families is our time and attention. More than anything else. Dr. Siegel is a licensed psychologist in private practice. He has held positions in Federal and State institutions providing clinical services and psychological assessment.  He also served as clinical coordinator at an addiction center where he supervised and trained staff.   He can be reached at 732-806-1513 or drsiegel@

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In The K


By Naomi Nachman

This past week we lost a foodie friend, neighbor, baal chesed, and a true anav. Robbie Schonfeld of Ossie’s Fish was such an amazing person. Robbie was always there for anyone who needed anything. His loss will be felt across the world.

Miso Glazed Sea Bass Can also use salmon, flounder, or tilapia

Ossie’s Fish, under Robbie’s leadership, was the first company to hire me for recipe development and to do cooking demos. I developed many fish recipes, which helped grow both our brands. I am dedicating this fish round-up as a tribute to him.

frigerate at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours. Preheat broiler. Remove fish from marinade. With broiler door slightly open, broil fish 6 inches from heat source until just opaque in center, about 6 minutes. Garnish with scallions and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Ingredients 1/3 cup sake 1/3 cup mirin 1/3 cup light yellow miso ¼ cup toasted sesame oil 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce 4 6oz. sea bass fillets (each about 3/4 inch thick) 2 tablespoons scallions 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds

Ragin’ Cajun Tilapia Ingredients ½ cup cornstarch 2 tablespoons Cajun creole seasoning Salt and pepper 1 tablespoon canola oil 4 6oz. pieces of tilapia, flounder or bronzini

Preparation Place cornstarch and seasoning in a small bowl and mix together. Coat fish in the cornstarch mixture and set aside. Heat a sauté pan on medium heat and add oil. When the oil is hot add the fish and cook the fish until it is flakey in the center. Serve with store-bought sweet salsa such as peach or mango.

Crunchy Honey Mustard Salmon Ingredients 2 lb. side salmon fillet 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 2 teaspoons soy sauce 1 teaspoon oil 1 tablespoon honey 3 cubes frozen garlic 1 cup terra chip sticks


Preparation Mix first six ingredients in shallow glass baking dish. Add fish and turn to coat. Cover and re-

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place side of salmon on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. In a small bowl, mix first five ingredients together and pour over salmon. Press the terra chips on top of the sauce so they stick. Bake for 20-25 minutes until cooked through.

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


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You gotta be

Centerfold kidding

Jimbo and Mary Ann saved up for years (their combined WaWa salaries) to take their kids on a fishing trip. They rented all the equipment – the reels, the rods, the wading suits, the rowboat, the car, and even a cabin in the woods. They spared no expense. The first day they go fishing, but they don’t catch anything. The same thing happens on the second and third day. Finally, on the last day of their vacation, Jimbo catches a fish. As they’re driving home, they’re really depressed. Jimbo says to Mary Ann, “Do you realize that this one lousy fish we caught cost us fifteen hundred bucks?” Mary Ann says in astonishment, “Wow! Then it’s a good thing we didn’t catch any more!”

Vacational Speaking What these vacation terms really mean

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No extra fees = No extras. Period.

Old world charm = Shared bathrooms

Centrally located = Right under a highway overpass (Enjoy the balcony!)

Explore on your own = Pay for it yourself

Knowledgeable trip hosts = They know how to point at a star on a map and say, “You are here”

Tropical = Rainy

Live music = Some lonely local convinced the hotel to let him play bad guitar in the lobby on Tuesday evenings between 7:00 and 8:30

Majestic setting = A long way from town

Options galore = Nothing is included in the itinerary

Secluded hideaway = Impossible to find or get


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Parking available = We will valet your car for a small fee of $47 a day

Game room on premises = There is an old bacteria-carrying arcade game in a dusty hole in the wall…It will keep your kids entertained for hours

Pre-registered rooms = Already occupied

Newly renovated rooms = Sure, we have some, but they are all booked. Enjoy your ¼ star rated room!

Family atmosphere = If we are short on towels, be prepared to share

#1 hotel for Nascar fans = “Y’aall sayyid yaall want toofffpaste? Whuut’s thayat?”

Answer to riddle: He drives his car in reverse.


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Vacation Trivia

1. How did the Disney park called Epcot get its name? a. It is the Latin word for “universal” b. It is an acronym for “Eat, Play, Create, Observe and Transform” c. It was the name of Walt Disney’s childhood dog d. It is an acronym for “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow” 2. How many Smithsonian museums and galleries are there in Washington, D.C.? a. 10 b. 13 c. 17 d. 19 3. Which country attracts the most yearly tourists? a. France b. U.S. c. Italy d. Japan


4. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, which of the following airlines has the worst on-time percentage? a. Delta b. JetBlue c. United d. US Airways 5. Which national park gets the most yearly visitors? a. Great Smoky Mountains b. Grand Canyon National Park c. Yosemite National Park d. Yellowstone National Park 6. Which hotel chain has the largest presence in the U.S.? a. Marriott b. Hilton c. Wyndham d. Starwood 7. Which state has the most ski areas in the U.S.?

Riddle me this?

a. b. c. d. e.

Vermont Utah Colorado Wyoming New York

Answers 1. D 2. C 3. A 4. B- Would you believe it? We all love JetBlue, but in 2015 21.7% of their flights were late; only 13.45% of flights on Delta were late; US Airways was 18.5%; and United was 20.5%. Enjoy the Blue Chips while you wait. 5. A- Great Smoky Mountains Park, located in Tennessee and North Carolina, draws more than nine million visitors a year, twice the number of any other national park. 6. B- Hilton has 3,382 hotels and 506,455 rooms

in the U.S. (Don’t ask me how many bars of disgusting smelling soap that is.) 7. E- New York’s 52 ski areas are the most in the U.S. Wisdom key 6-7 correct: You really know a lot about vacations, you must be Tom Bodett! Thanks for leaving the lights on for me. 3-5 correct: You know a little about vacation. Read the TJH Vacation Guide to brush up. 0-2 correct: You really are off the mark when it comes to vacation. It seems like you must have sustained some vacation trauma along the way. What happened, were you once arrested for stealing shampoo from the chambermaid’s cart or something like that?

The Schwartz family is on vacation and trying to find the hotel that they booked. They stop and ask someone for directions and he says that the hotel is one mile south of their location. This story takes place in New Jersey where it is practically impossible to turn around with all those concrete barriers separating the opposite lanes of traffic. The kids are hungry and tired and want to get to the hotel. Mr. Schwartz tells his kids that he is a magician (because he’s got to entertain them before they reach the breaking point). He says to them, “OK kids, I will point this car north, drive it for one mile, and without turning around we will end up at our hotel.” How does he do it? See answer on opposite page

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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”

“Fake news” as a term is busted. It was like the first time you heard your dad say “fo shizzle” and immediately thought, “Well, that’s over.” - Seth Meyers

In light of the votes at the UN and the Kerry speech and everything else, there’s this major uproar with having him part of the club, and a significant portion of the club has opposed offering him membership. – A member of the exclusive Woodmont Country Club in Maryland, which has many Jewish members, explaining to the New York Post why President Obama, who was expected to get free membership, will likely now be rejected from the club

Let’s wait and see what happens. Don’t let’s jump ahead of ourselves… He won’t be worse than Obama, that’s all I dare say. Obama has left the world plagued by terrorism. In Latin America, he will be remembered for three coups. - Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, when asked about Trump, at a press conference

CNN is reporting that the Russians have disgusting and damaging information about Donald Trump. Apparently, the Russian report on Trump contains “everything we already know.” – Conan O’Brien

First I want to address my concerns about being made to testify at the end of the witness panels. To have a senator, a House member, and living civil rights legend testify at the end of all of this is the equivalent of being made to go to the back of the bus.

President Obama today awarded Vice President Joe Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom With Distinction, which is an honor only three other people have been given over the last 30 years. Then Biden gave Obama his highest honor, double finger guns with a wink. – Seth Myers

As you know I’m not on SnapFace and all those and I’m not too worried what they put on InstantChat. – New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick when asked about derogatory comments made about his team on Facebook by the Pittsburgh Steelers

- Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) slamming the Senate Judiciary Committee for have three black members of Congress testify at the end of Sen. Jeff Sessions’ (R-Ala.) confirmation hearing for attorney general


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For those of you so quick to jump to conclusions, we had a death in the family and the funeral was yesterday. Absolutely nothing political. - Tweet by Cubs pitcher John Lester after he was noticeably absent when the Cubs visited the White House this week

I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president. I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton. - Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), on Meet the Press

I don’t plan to attend the inauguration. It will be the first one that I miss since I’ve been in Congress. – Ibid., who conveniently “forgot” that he also boycotted George W. Bush’s inauguration

Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to...... mention crime infested) rather than falsely complaining about the election results. All talk, talk, talk - no action or results. Sad! - Tweet by Trump in response to Rep. Lewis’ statements

After past accusations of racism, attorney general nominee Senator Jeff Sessions said today, “I abhor the Klan and its hateful ideology,” though he refused to answer the follow-up question, “Ku Klux or Wu Tang?” - Seth Myers

Don’t be rude…No, I’m not gonna give you a question. I’m not gonna give you a question. You are fake news. – President-elect Trump’s response to CNN’s Jim Acosta repeatedly trying to ask a question at last week’s press conference

John Lewis said about my inauguration, “It will be the first one that I’ve missed.” WRONG (or lie)! …He boycotted Bush 43 also because he “thought it would be hypocritical to attend Bush’s swearing-in….he doesn’t believe Bush is the true elected president.” Sound familiar!

Jared is such a good lad, he will secure an Israel deal which no one else has managed to get. You know, he’s a natural talent, he is the top, he is a natural talent. You know what I’m talking about—a natural talent. He has an innate ability to make deals, everyone likes him.

– Ibid.

- Trump in a joint interview with The Times of London and the German newspaper Bild

I do appreciate him being a civil rights icon, but I would also say that that doesn’t make us immune from criticism or debate… John Lewis is a partisan. I have a great deal of respect for him, but he’s a partisan and I disagree with him on issues. I should be able to honestly disagree with him and not have it all come back to I have no appreciation for a civil rights icon because of this. – Sen. Rand Paul

President Obama gave his farewell address tonight in Chicago and thousands of people waited outside in freezing temperatures to get tickets. Now those people have a week to get over their pneumonia before they lose their health insurance. – Jimmy Fallon

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GRILL TIME (ORB) 16145 Biscayne Blvd N Miami Beach, FL , 33160 (786) 274-8935 BLAZE BBQ (KM) 2520 NE 186th Street North Miami Beach, FL, (305) 914-4644 SOHO (KM) 19004 NE 29th Ave Aventura, FL, 33180 (305) 466-5656 PITA HUT (KM) 18450 W Dixie Hwy North Miami Beach, FL, 33160 (305) 792-0821 SHALOM HAIFA (KM) 18533 W Dixie Hwy Aventura, FL, 33180 (305) 945-2884 CHAI WOK (KM) 1688 NE 164th St North Miami Beach, FL, 33162 (305) 705-2110 SEVENTEEN RESTAURANT (KM) 1129 NE 163rd Street North Miami Beach, FL 33162 (305) 454-9100 FUEGO BY MANA (KM) 3585 NE 207th Street, (The Waterways) Aventura, FL, 33180 (786) 520-4082 CHINA BISTRO (KM) 3565 NE 207th Street, (The Waterways) Aventura, FL, 33180 (305) 936-0755 ACQUA TRATTORIA (KM) 3565 NE 207th Street, (The Waterways) Aventura, FL 33180 (305) 690-7103

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FOOZO (KM) 18798 West Dixie Highway North Miami Beach, FL 33180 (305) 682-9692

GRAND CAFÉ (ORB) 2905 Stirling Road Hollywood, FL 33312 (954) 986-6860

FRESKO (KM) 19048 NE 29th Avenue Aventura, FL 33180 (786) 272-3737

MIZRACHI'S PIZZA KITCHEN (ORB) 5650 Stirling Road Hollywood, FL 33021 (954) 505-3190

HOLY BAGELS & PIZZERIA (KM) 15903 Biscayne Blvd N Miami Beach, FL 33162 (305) 940-4402

MOZART CAFÉ (ORB) 4433 Stirling Road Hollywood, FL 33314 (954) 584-5171

JERUSALEM PIZZA (KM) 761 NE 167th Street N Miami Beach, FL 33162 (305) 653-6662

SARA’S PIZZA (ORB) 3944 N 46th Avenue Hollywood , FL 33021 (954) 986-1770

UNCLE NOODLES PIZZERIA (KM) 2530 NE Miami Gardens Dr N Miami Beach, FL 33180 (305) 918-8998

YUM BERRY (ORB) 4009 Oakwood Blvd Hollywood, FL 33020 (954) 922-7876

**AMAZING SAVINGS KOSHER 1850 NE 164th Street North Miami Beach, Florida 33162 (305) 945-2626 **SOUTH FLORIDA KOSHER MEATS 1324 NE 163rd ST North Miami Beach, Florida 33162 (305) 949-6068 **WINN DIXIE (ORB Deli & Bakery) 20417 Biscayne Blvd Aventura, FL 33180 **KOSHER KINGDOM 3017 Aventura Blvd Aventura, FL 33180 (305) 792-7988 **SARAH’S TENT Waterways Shopping Center 3565 NE 207th Street Aventura, FL 33180 (305) 933-2888


CAFÉ EMUNAH (ORB) 3558 N Ocean Drive Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308 (954) 561-6411

CINNABON (ORB) Sawgrass Mills Mall 12801 Sunrise Blvd Sunrise , FL 33323 (954) 835-9015 DUNKIN DONUTS (ORB) 3951 Stirling Rd Hollywood, FL 33314 (954) 842-3719 BIG APPLE PIZZA (ORB) 4251 N State Rd 7 Hollywood, FL 33021 (754) 800-1986 BON AMI GRILL (ORB) 2445 Stirling Rd Ft Lauderdale, FL 33312 (754) 400-8870 L'CHAIM ASIAN CUISINE& STEAK HOUSE (ORB) 4000 N 46th Ave Hollywood, FL 33021 (954) 362-0777 LEVY'S KOSHER (ORB) 3369 Sheridan Street Hollywood, FL 33021 (954) 983-2825 PITA STAR (ORB) 5800 Stirling Rd Hollywood, FL 33021 (954) 981-7710 RAMI'S PITA & GRILL (ORB) 3000 Stirling Rd Suite 116 Hollywood, FL 33021 (954) 251-1799

**KOSHER CENTRAL MARKET & CATERING 5650 Stirling Road Hollywood, FL 33021 (954) 963-1313 **AROMA KOSHER MARKET 8819 Stirling Rd, Cooper City, FL 33328 (954) 252-2600 **SYLVIAS KOSHER PLACE 3294 Stirling Rd Hollywood, FL 33021 (954) 986-7949


BAKETORY (ORB) 7160 Beracasa Way Boca Raton, FL 33433 (561) 672-7606 ASIA (ORB) 7600 W Camino Real Boca Raton, FL 33433 (561) 544-8100 SU-THAI (ORB) 2201 N Federal Hwy Boca Raton, FL 33431 (561) 338-5882 BOCA GRILL (R’ David Golowinski) 8903 Glades Road Suite G9 Boca Raton, FL 33434 (561) 419-8434 BUTCHER BLOCK (ORB) 7000 W Camino Real Boca Raton, FL 33433 (561) 409-3035

PITA 'N GO (ORB) 22767 State Road 7 Boca Raton , FL 33428 (561) 477-0633 BOCA KOSHER BAGEL (ORB) 21065 Powerline Rd Boca Raton , FL 33433 (561) 245-8363 JON’S PLACE (ORB) 22191 Powerline Road Boca Raton , FL 33433 (561) 338-0008 MOZART CAFÉ (ORB) 7300 W Camino Real Boca Raton , FL 33433 (561) 367-3412 YOGURT RENDEZVOUS (ORB) 7150 Beracasa Way Boca Raton, FL 33433 (561) 392-8384 **WINN DIXIE (ORB Deli & Bakery) 7024 Beracasa Way Boca Raton, FL 33433 **THE GROVE - KOSHER MARKETPLACE 22191 Powerline Road Boca Raton, FL 33433 (561) 391-3318

**GLICK’S KOSHER MARKET 7351 West Atlantic Ave Delray Beach, FL 33446 (561) 637-1717

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KOSHA (ORB) 11395 W Palmetto Park Rd, Boca Raton, FL 33428 (561) 826-7224 CENTURY GRILL (ORB) 9060 Kimberly Blvd Boca Raton, FL 33434 (561) 571-6144 ORCHID’S GARDEN (ORB) 9045 La Fontana Blvd Boca Raton , FL 33434 (561) 482-3831




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Torah Thought Jewish Community Awareness About End-of-Life Decisions Rabbi Efrem Goldberg

The National Association for Chevra Kadisha (NASCK) had dedicated last Shabbos toward generating awareness and educating the Jewish community about end-of-life decisions. Cremation in the Jewish community is growing at disturbing rates, with advertisements appearing in Jewish newspapers promoting it as a legitimate post-death option, including in some cases, shockingly, endorsements by rabbis. The prohibitive cost of traditional burial is often given as a reason for this trend, but it undoubtedly is the result of ignorance as well. It is not just the secular and unaffiliated that are uneducated about the Jewish approach to death and dying. Most people don’t learn about death until they encounter it with the loss of a family member or good friend. Questions like what happens at death, where does the soul go, how do we prepare the body, and what is the afterlife like remain mysterious and unknown. Historically the Chevra Kadisha has always been a modest society who does its work without attention, fanfare or even credit. Those that serve on it do so privately and quietly. But that doesn’t mean that the work it does or the why and how it does it should remain a secret. Educating about the Jewish view of death doesn’t only prepare people and bring comfort and solace in a painful time that everyone will inevitably face, but in my experience, it also inspires living a more meaningful and rich life. This week, to the great credit of Rabbi Jonathan Kroll, Head of School, senior girls at Katz Yeshiva High School  began an eight-session course titled “The Final Journey: How Judaism Dignifies the Passage.” This pioneering project, a brainchild of Rochel Berman, author “Dignity Beyond Death: The Jewish Preparation for Burial,” of is designed to expose students to both the philosophy of what happens at death as well as the practical procedures of the Chevra Kadisha. The course includes a field trip to a funeral home to see the tahara room, tachrichin, and a halachikly appropriate casket. I had the privilege of teaching the introductory class, in which I attempted to

put death in the context of life. At the core of every answer to the myriad of questions revolving around death is the following critical statement: We don’t have a soul; we are a soul. A lifetime of caring for our bodies, pampering ourselves, and seeking physical pleasure often leaves us confused and with the mistaken notion that we are a body and we have a soul. Judaism teaches that in fact, it is the opposite. Our soul has existed since creation itself and as an extension and expression of the Almighty, it will continue to exist eternally. Our soul is housed in a vessel called the body for what in the span of eternity is a very short period of time: seventy, eighty, or even one hundred and twenty years.   Our rabbis don’t refer to what happens at the end of life as death. They call it yetzias ha’neshama, the extraction of the soul from the body because in truth people don’t die, bodies die and people aren’t buried, bodies are buried. How does the soul experience its tran-

However, when it happens, our greatest leaders are described as experiencing a kiss of death, a moment of bliss, when their soul was liberated from the shackles of the body. Rav Nachman of Breslov wrote (Sichos Ha’Ran #179), “I can’t wait to divest myself of this garment that is my body…” To the righteous, removing the body from the soul is as painless and indeed pleasurable as taking off ones suit and tie at the end of a difficult day. The average person who identified with his or her body throughout life and who invested in nurturing and nourishing the body while neglecting the soul, experiences its extraction very differently. Our tradition teaches that the soul hovers over the body when it is first removed, pained by the startling realization that the body they looked at in the mirror and saw as themselves all those years was only a vessel, a vehicle for the soul. The soul is confused and anxious by the sudden awareness that in fact, we are a soul and only had a body, not the other way around. The primary responsibility of the Chevra Kadisha is to comfort that soul through its journey and transition. The Shulchan Aruch (Y.D. 33) tells us that it is forbidden to leave a dying person alone. The least we can do is provide that soul with companionship and love during its difficult time. We have a shomer with that soul all the way until the body is buried at which time the soul can begin to ascend on high. If the body is just a temporary vessel,

“The core of every answer to the myriad of questions revolving around death is the following critical statement: We don’t have a soul; we are a soul.”

sition from the body? Is it painful or pleasurable? The answer is it depends on how that soul lived life when it was housed in the body. The righteous person who throughout his or her life always identified themselves as a soul that had a body and while caring about the body truly invested in nourishing and nurturing the soul, experiences its extraction as a moment of bliss and great joy. The righteous see the body as a burden, a source of temptation and distraction that holds back the soul. Of course, they recognize that only with the body can the soul express free will and therefore shape and mold it. They, therefore, don’t pray for death or welcome it.

a source of ephemeral pleasure, why do we treat it with such respect, dignity and affection before placing it in the ground? If what matters is the soul, why not discard the body by any means? The soul of the average person which sees itself as inextricably connected to the body endures pain by the separation. After all, they lived together for a lifetime, engaged the world as one, made choices and experienced events, people and places together. Shlomo Ha’Melech taught (Kohelles 12:7) “The dust returns to the earth as it was and the spirit returns to God Who gave it.” The soul finds solace and returns to God only after seeing its body return to the earth with dignity and respect.   Every-

thing about the tahara, the burial preparation, is designed to allow the soul to observe us treat its formal body with great respect. We carefully wash the body from head to toe, we clean under the fingernails, in the ears, and we remove all tubes, lines and catheters. We purify the body by immersing it in a mikvah or pouring 9 kabim of water of it. And then we dress the body in shrouds that are both simple and majestic. We don’t talk about extraneous things in the tahara room, we have a candle lit to represent the neshama, and we don’t pass things over the body treating it like an object or piece of furniture. When performing a tahara there is an acute awareness that the neshama of the individual is palpably present in the room, watching, observing and grieving.   I have walked away from every tahara I have been privileged to participate in with a greater consciousness of my soul, a greater drive to nourish it, and a renewed mindfulness that in fact, I don’t have a soul; I am a soul that has a body. Imagine the pain of the soul that, rather than witness its body treated with love, affection and dignity, sees it incinerated and cremated into a pile of ash. From our perspective cremation may not seem that different than placing a body in the ground, but from the perspective of the soul in the world of truth, it can be the difference between comfort and grief, consolation or profound pain. I would like to believe that Hashem Has a way of providing comfort for those that choose cremation or a mausoleum rather than traditional burial out of a lack of Jewish education or experience. However, it is our responsibility to educate as widely as possible on the beauty and deep meaning of the authentic Jewish view of death and mourning. I concluded my class by encouraging the students to get involved in the holy work of the Chevra Kadisha. There are few things more satisfying and fulfilling than participating in chesed shel emes, lovingness that cannot be repaid. Contact with death inspires greater meaning in life and provides contact with our souls in a way few other things can. There are so many ways to get involved not only in the tahara room, but serving as shomrim, setting up shiva homes, helping make shiva minyanim, stocking supplies, making meals and more. I am grateful to Rochel Berman and Katz Yeshiva High School for piloting this program and I hope it will be emulated all over, not only for students but adults as well. Rabbi Goldberg is the Senior Rabbi of Boca Raton Synagogue.

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Top Miami Beach Restaurants Elan Kornblum

Beyond by Shemtov’s

514 West 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-538-2123

Located in Miami Beach, Florida, Beyond by Shemtov’s offers a large variety of pastas, salads, pizzas and breakfast items. Shemtov’s has been transformed in the past couple of years with the birth of Beyond by Shemtov’s and can now accommodate, the quick, the casual and the more formal diners within the restaurant. This family café has gone a long way since it opened in 2005, as restaurant owner Baruch Sandhaus invites a whole new generation for every meal of the day.

Bagel Time Café

3915 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-538-0300

Fully renovated in the Summer of 2014, Bagel Time Café is a modern dairy restaurant in Miami Beach under new ownership. Walking into the café, it feels more like South Beach, than Miami Beach. The bright green décor is clean, modern and inviting.

Carlos and Gabby’s

740 West 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140 786-276-1212

Being close to the Miami Airport and beaches, it has been attracting and satisfying many hungry customers since November of 2015. With its comfortable booths, Mexican- American cuisine, and large and reasonably priced menu, this place is a perfect fit for all. Owners Aaron and Rachel visited the Carlos & Gabby’s of New York and fell in love with the idea of a Mexican themed restaurant. They then headed home and bought into the successful franchise.

Capri Kosher Miami 726 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-534-0551

House of Dog: Miami Beach

Instead of traveling all the way to the island of Capri in Italy, get the Italian cuisine you love right at Capri of Miami Beach. Your vacation begins when you step into this contemporary candle-lit restaurant that offers sushi, pizzas, soups, pastas, and much more for the entire family.

456 41st Street, Miami Beach, FL 33140 305-397-8733

Turning heads in the world of kosher cuisine is Miami Beach’s House of Dog, and it only takes a short peek inside the restaurant to see why. It definitely does not look like a kosher restaurant from the outside, or the inside for that matter. “This takes kosher to a whole new level” says Zalmy Silver from Brooklyn, “where else can you listen to classic rock, eat a glatt kosher dog, and have a Russian Stout”. They have about a dozen types of hot dogs and sausages including their house special ‘beer infused’ dog and their beef dog marinated in Jack Daniels Old No. 27 Whiskey.

Elan Kornblum started the Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine 13 years and ever since has expanded his network to the #1 ranked kosher restaurant website in the world, an award-winning bi monthly newsletter, the largest kosher food group on Facebook with 27,000 members, a very popular Instagram page of nearly 15,000 followers as well as an app with every kosher restaurant in the country. He has eaten at over 500 kosher restaurants on 4 continents (how does he stay in shape), and is sort of a restaurant encyclopedia. He has launched numerous social projects including a Facebook group which volunteers at funerals for a minyan, the #foodieforward project that has helped special needs children enjoy their time at restaurants, and his latest endeavor #foodiefitness, to get more people to be active all the while enjoying their dining experiences. Elan can be reached at (718) 336-4201 or visit him at,,, Great Kosher App, or on Instagram @GreatKosherRestaurants.


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Dating Dialogue

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

Dear Navidaters,

Our son recently got engaged to a young woman who seems nice enough, though we really haven’t gotten a chance to know her that well yet. Before he started dating her, however, we did hear good things about her and her family and allowed our son to start dating her.

Last week we got together with our future mechutanim in order to meet each other and also talk about the future, the upcoming vort, wedding, finances, etc. My husband and I left the meeting both feeling as though we were run over by a Mack truck! I wouldn’t describe myself or my husband as particularly humble people – but we are on the quieter side and try to be unassuming. We talk to people, not at them. We felt as though this couple came to the meeting with an agenda about where the wedding would be (very close to where they live and very far from us), where the children should look for an apartment (very close to their home and far from us). It gets worse. They walked in like accountants, telling us how much they expected us to pay for everything. We are so shocked that we sat there speechless. Now, we’re wondering whether we should try to break off the engagement. Besides how put upon we feel, we worry about our son getting into such a controlling family, where I would imagine he’ll be told how to live his life in every possible way. My husband says it’s not fair to our son to encourage him to break it off. I feel we would be doing him a big favor in the short run and, more so, in the long run. What are your thoughts on this situation?

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

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Faigie Horowitz, M.S.

Sarah Schwartz Schreiber, P.A.



ou find yourself in a situation that is not uncommon. Negotiating with mechutanim is not simple. The topics are financial and very costly. They reflect different values, bank accounts and self-perception. What’s at stake, however, is important and more costly than FLOPS and per couple catering charges. Your son’s future is what is of utmost importance and your reaction is unfair and inappropriate. Urging him to break off his relationship when you have already agreed to it because you could not work things out with the mechutanim is not right. It’s up to you to handle things. Usually, with careful communication and an approach to try to negotiate for the sake of the couple, wedding planning can be accomplished. It’s normal to feel some internal stress and to feel like you are “giving in” and agreeing to more than you would have liked. But an effort to talk and resolve matters has to come first. Even if the girl’s parents came to the table like accountants, you have to take some responsibility. Did you do your homework beforehand to find out how they handled previous simchas? Did you find out about their character? What was your attitude at the meeting itself? How did you react? Did you set up the meeting for failure? Did you expect to figure everything out right away? How did you respond to their talk about where the couple will live? Did you mention that it’s the children’s decision? Besides for soul searching, get some coaching and guidance from a rabbi or professional. Make sure you don’t vent to your son. And do your homework.

his may be your first experience as mechutanim or maybe you’ve been lucky in the past but, believe it or not, these first meetings often turn into diplomatic disasters. You describe your son’s future in-laws as coming on like “accountants”; you felt yourselves rammed by a Mack truck. Many have depicted the “other side” as adversaries in a boxing ring – “in this corner, the Friedmans…on the opposite side, the Cohens. Touch gloves; fight clean. May the best side win!” While I certainly do not condone rude and obnoxious behavior, I rationalize their “guns blazing” approach to the fact that they do not know you, the polite and reasonable mechutanim. As parents of the kallah, they may have been warned about demanding in-laws; rather than engage in a courteous, respectful give-and take conversation, they chose to stake their territory with a pre-emptive strike. Not an auspicious way to kick off a lifelong relationship! And yet not a reason to break an engagement! Talk to your trusted friends or relatives, your rabbi or the shadchan (if she or he is experienced) regarding the reasonable and customary financial expectations of the respective chosson and kallah (e.g. FLOP, wedding venue, first apartment). Then, prepared with information, call another meeting with the mechutanim. Take the high road; start off by saying, “After our first meeting, I realize we have different perspectives regarding the details of the wedding. The one thing we do agree on is that our children’s shalom bayis is paramount. What better way to maximize their happiness than by showing how we, as mechutanim, conduct our-

selves in a friendly, cooperative and respectful manner. In this spirit, I would like to re-open the discussion of wedding plans; I am confident, considering all the wonderful information we have heard about you, that we can arrive at decisions we can all feel good about.”

The Dating Mentor Rochel Chafetz Educator/Mentor es, these things sound scary and, yes, sometimes they can trickle down to the couple. You have to


No one said you would be best friends with your mechutanim. And that is OK.

find out from your son what the relationship between her and her parents is like and if he ever noticed her opinion not being valued or heard or whether the father is overly opinionated. You can tell your son about your concerns, but don’t go too far with this conversation. Just explain



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that you’d like him to watch and take note. Does she talk about her parents being the only ones in the world to the exclusion of anyone else? When talking about her parents, does she always says things like “my dad tells me this,” and “my mom tells me I have to do that.” I’m more concerned about how their behavior affects your son’s kallah rather than their behavior per se. Is she an independent thinker or is it all about her parents? Maybe it would help if your son went there for a Shabbos and observed. She should also come to you for a Shabbos and give you the opportunity to observe her. I would even take her out for lunch and listen to how she talks. As far as they are concerned, you have to tell them very nicely that you are all in this together and you feel as parents it’s important for a young couple to make a decision about where they want to live, etc., and that there has to be a balanced agreement on finances. If you still be-

lieve that they are belligerent, call their rav and speak to him. Maybe he can intervene somehow, though it does not sound so simple. Ask your son if she values his values or does she always talk about her father’s values and customs? Ask him if he feels respected or does Dad always come first. These are things that can get in the way. Has Dad ever said things to him which go against what he stands for – like, “Oh, we do it this way” or “We don’t do it that way,” because if she is totally under their control, she will have a hard time acclimating to anything that has to do with your family. That is my major concern. Good luck.

The Single Tova Wein he situation you describe is probably more common than you might believe. But that doesn’t


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


he panel really nailed it. They provided you with wonderfully constructive advice and practical guidance. The panel also gave you some food for thought with regard to reframing the mechautanim’s behavior. Working with “difficult” mechautanim (in-laws) is not pleasant, but as Rachel Chafetz so poignantly mentioned, it is the kallah’s behavior, affect and disposition that should be of more importance to you and your son. Does the kallah behave like her parents? Is she completely docile … or is she healthy with

regard to her own needs and the needs of those around her? I’ve worked with parents of engaged children before and here are some guidelines that have been helpful to others in your shoes before. I make no promises, as every situation is different and there can be no guarantees. 1. When working with in-laws, live by the following motto: The children come first. Or, we will manage our relationship with the in-laws

mean that you shouldn’t take an active role in nipping some of this lopsided behavior at the start! First of all, since it seems as though you and your husband were blindsided and had no idea what you were walking into during your first meeting, you should, sooner rather than later, call for another meeting. Simply tell the kallah’s parents that you were caught off guard by their strong opinions and felt you didn’t get a chance to voice your own feelings during the first meeting. Explain to them that you are fair people who expect to be working with like-minded fair people and that you expect all decisions to be compromises. From the location of the wedding hall, to the expectations about where the married couple should live – though ultimately it is up to the young couple – every decision must work equally for both sides. Be nice but be firm. From the beginning, it’s important to present yourselves as people who will not be pushed around and treated like wimps. Hopefully they’ll get the message

loud and clear and back down. As far as your concerns about your son entering a family that is totally controlling, I think that is something worth exploring with him. You can tell you son that you found his future in-laws to be quite strongminded and urge him to be aware of their behavior and also to discuss with his kallah upfront about the fact that he anticipates a wonderful relationship with her parents but that he has no intention of being told how to live his life, and furthermore, that he expects his future wife to put his needs before her parents’ needs. Both you and your husband and your son will take note how these conversations go. Hopefully, the kallah’s parents will back down and understand that none of you are people who will go along with being bullied. If the kallah or her parents respond by upping their game and expressing their intention of being in control of everything and everyone – I would proceed with extreme caution. I have learned during my life that when people demonstrate and tell you who they are – believe them!

according to the best interest of our child and his/her relationship with the fiancé. In your case, this means that you do not tell your son the horrifying details about your meeting with the kallah’s parents – just yet. Do not speak poorly of them. What is he supposed to do with that information? He will either argue with you or argue with his kallah. If he asks, “What happened? How’d it go?” or if he comes back to you with a retelling of the meeting from his kallah’s parents point of view, bite your tongue and say something along the lines of, “We met and it went well overall. There were some logistical differences, but these things happen. We’ll work it out.”

2. Second impressions are most important. Yes, I know, first impressions make the most impact. It behooves you to give these people a second chance and truly be dan l’kaf z’chus. Maybe they were nervous. Maybe they are being guided by a misguided person who told them to approach you with a no-nonsense attitude. Maybe they approach their children’s wedding as they would any business dealing. Maybe they were simply making their first offer and they are awaiting your counter-offer. Then, there are those people who become unhinged around a child’s engagement because of their own personal issues or neuroses. 3. You don’t have to like them, but you do have to fake liking them… forever. For your son, for the sake of his relationship with his kallah, for the sake of their shalom bayis, for your relationship with the couple,



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and for the sake of your future grandchildren. No one said you would be best friends with your mechutanim. And that is OK. 4. Invite the mechutanim out for coffee or to your home. Create a casual, comfortable, warm atmosphere where you will take responsibility to set the tone for a better outcome. When one is being run over by a Mack truck, it can feel impossible to take the reins or even get to your agenda. Be positive. Validate their wants, express your own, and tell them you are hopeful that you will all be great compromisers for the sake of the young couple. 5. If your warmth and positivity go unnoticed and you get run over by that Mack truck yet again (insisting on where the couple will live and where the wedding will be, etc.) then it becomes crystal clear that you are dealing with bullies. Grown up bul-

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lies don’t understand emotions or feelings. They understand and often respect “pushback.” You will have to have very firm boundaries with her parents and learn how to engage with them in a way that is most comfortable for you. I would bring their behavior to your son’s attention, only because you will have been backed into a corner. They will have created a situation that he needs to be made aware of. (This is completely on them. Do not feel guilty for one minute about this!) Create a dialogue rather than tell him what to do. Ask him what he thinks about the way they have spoken to you and your husband. Ask him what his thoughts are about being told where to live. And most importantly, encourage him (if he hasn’t done so already) to speak to his kallah. It is the young couple that need to figure out the place

her parents will have in their lives. What does the kallah think about being told where to live? What role does the kallah expect her parents to have in her married life? And how does your son feel about her views? If your son and his kallah need help with these meaningful and necessary conversations, encourage and even insist upon premarital counseling. It is so wonderful to lay all your cards out on the table, create meaningful dialogue and work through potential issues before they arise. If the kallah turns out to be controlling like her parents, of course you can express your concerns to your son. Of course! I think that is what any loving and concerned parent should do … especially if they are a young couple and/or your son simply isn’t mature enough to recognize the signs of control, manipulation or abuse.

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One step at a time. Make a second meeting with a positive, cheerful, collaborative spirit. Deep breaths. Let me know how it goes after the meeting. Sincerely, Jennifer

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The Obama Years The Good. The Mediocre. The Bad. The Ugly. It’s been eight years since President Obama took office and a lot has happened in those two terms. Here are the big events that we think will determine the legacy upon which his time as president will be judged.

THE GOOD Killing Bin Laden Although many argue that Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts would never have been discovered if not for intelligence conducted during the Bush years and it was a no-brainer to go after him once they located him, President Obama authorized the raid into Pakistan, a sovereign nation with a precarious relationship with the U.S. Bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad was located 1,000 yards from a Pakistan Military Academy. The mission was high risk and could have resulted in disaster. President Obama made the call to take down the terrorist. He gets the credit for taking him out.


Let’s Move First lady Michelle Obama led a valiant effort to bring awareness to childhood obesity issues during her time in the White House. Whether it was focusing on what children eat in schools or hula hooping on the White House lawn, the First Lady spent eight years highlighting the importance of healthy nutrition and exercise. Let’s move, America!

2009 Auto Industry Bailout At the time, the thought of the government pumping billions of dollars into Detroit’s failing auto companies was highly unpopular. Many saw this as an attempt to nationalize America’s auto industry, but it actually rescued the industry and hundreds of thousands of jobs. Between the end of 2008, when George W. Bush began the bailout of the auto industry, and the beginning of 2009, when President Obama continued it, the federal government invested a total of $80 billion into Chrysler, GM and Ford (which received a $9 billion loan but was not temporarily taken over by the government). By 2014, the federal government sold its remaining shares in the auto industry. The total loss on investment was $9.2 billion, which is a small price to pay to rescue the auto industry.

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THE MEDIOCRE The Obama Economy On July 29, 2011, as the U.S. economy was sputtering along in a low-grade recession and the president faced reelection, The New York Times chief financial correspondent Floyd Norris noted that it would be unfair to blame the economy on President Obama. “There is an element of unfairness in attributing economic growth to a president, of course. The government has limited influence on the economy, and the president can have limited influence on government policy,” he wrote. Even so, presidents get the blame for economic downturns and the credit for economic upticks. President Obama’s economic legacy will be debated for years, but he is not waiting for others to consider his successes and failures and has already begun making the case for himself, by himself. Just last week he declared, “I took an economy that was about to go into a Great Depression, and we’ve now had a little over six years of straight economic job growth, an unemployment rate that’s below 5 percent, and incomes that have gone up and poverty that has gone down...” But it is really not so simple. As Bloomberg’s Richard Carrol notes, “President Obama might be a savior of the economy or have one of the worst records ever, depending on your viewpoint.” In sizing up the Obama economy, one of his primary defenders, The Washington Post, acknowledged that it is “far from perfect” but is “far better than he found it.” (This is the at-least-he-is-not-George-W-Bush argument which will go a long way for Obama’s legacy.) Investors Business Daily, on the other, summed up the Obama economy in one word: “Lackluster.”

Actual Jobs Created The unemployment rate is down. That’s great! Isn’t it?

When considering jobs created, it is important to remember

When Obama took office the unemployment rate was 9.3%. Today it is

that the American economy is

4.6%. Doesn’t that say it all? Well, actually it does not tell us anything.

larger today that it was 35 years

The unemployment rate that is reported monthly is a useless and

ago when Ronald Reagan was

misleading number. Firstly, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, which

president. The population has

releases the monthly unemployment rate, does not consider people

also grown. Therefore, as time

who have not looked for a job in the past 30 days as part of that rate

goes by, it is expected that more

as they are deemed to be totally out of the job market. Therefore,

jobs should be created.

many times the unemployment rate goes down not because jobs are


created but because people give up looking for jobs. Another Bureau of Labor and Statistics rate that is not given much attention is the U6 rate which includes those who are not working and those who are only working part-time because they can’t find work. That rate currently stands at 9.2%. But even more important than both of these rates, perhaps, is the workforce participation rate (see related box).


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Ironically, those on Wall Street – whom Obama and the Democrats demonize for creating inequality – are the ones who thrived the most during the Obama years. (Did the Federal Reserve keeping interest rates at nothing create a stock bubble? We will find out as they begin to raise them.) But Main Street did not do as well as Wall Street during the Obama years as poverty rose. Many of the millions of jobs that Obama claims to have created are only part-time jobs. Debt has gone up. The amount of people on food stamps has gone up. Homeownership has gone down. And the amount of people in the workforce has gone down. These factors may be why although most people agree that there has been some sort of economic recovery, it has been an anemic one.

P 26.5 million...

Number of Americans on food stamps when Obama took office

P 44.5 million... Number of Americans on food stamps today

Workforce Participation Rate The workforce participation rate refers to the number of people who are either employed or are actively looking for work. During an economic recession, many workers often get discouraged and stop looking for employment, resulting in a decrease in the participation rate. Workforce participate rate increase/decrease percentages of past five presidents:

Q Carter – 2% increase Q Reagan – 2.2% increase Q Bush I – 0.2% decrease Q Clinton – 0.8% increase Q Bush II – 1.4% decrease Q Obama – 3% decrease

P $10.626 trillion... National debt on the day Obama took office

P $19.95 trillion... Current national debt

Real GDP

Real GDP (growth domestic product) is an inflation-adjusted measure that reflects the value of all goods and services produced by an economy in a given year. It is one of the primary indicators used to weigh the health of a country’s economy. The U.S. economy historically has grown about 3.3% a year. Average annual GDP growth rate during the past five presidents: Carter




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Going the extra mile!

While finding my bashert has its own share of “bashert episodes,” I point to the very first incident as the most influential; that I picked up the phone for Kollel Chatzos’s robo call – the start of the chain of events leading to my simcha. Mazel tov! I just got engaged to a wonderful boy from a wonderful family. A.B. Monsey


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THE BAD Obamacare After Obamacare passed in the House – when Democrats used a procedural gimmick called “reconciliation,” thus bypassing the need for even one Republican to vote for the bill – the president signed the bill into law on March 23, 2010. But by design the most damaging parts of the bill – which would cause healthcare costs to rise – were not put into effect until after the 2012 presidential elections. Despite President Obama’s repeated pledges (over 35 times) “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan” and “You will be able to keep your doctor,” millions of Americans were forced to change healthcare plans and doctors because of Obamacare. The death spiral of Obamacare has already begun as health insurance companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare and Aetna are pulling out of Obamacare exchanges. Premiums for 2017 also rose by an average of 25%. Furthermore, Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion has been a massive burden on states. Most importantly, the underlying problems with America’s healthcare system are not adequately addressed by Obamacare. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that the number of uninsured will increase to 26-28 million over the next ten years as more employers opt to stop offering insurance plans.

q “If you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you

have, you can keep your doctor, too.” - President Obama, 6/6/09


“No matter how we reform healthcare, I intend to keep this promise: If you like your doctor, you’ll be able to keep your doctor; if you like your healthcare plan, you’ll be able to keep your healthcare plan.” - President Obama, town hall in Green Bay, Wis., 6/11/09

q “If you like your plan and you like your doctor, you won’t have to do

a thing. You keep your plan. You keep your doctor.” - Presidential press conference, 6/23/09

q “If you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctor, you like your plan —

you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.” – President Obama at a political rally, 7/16/09


“Michelle and I don’t want anyone telling us who our family’s doctor should be – and no one should decide that for you either. Under our proposals, if you like your doctor, you keep your doctor. If you like your current insurance, you keep that insurance. Period, end of story.” - President Obama at presidential weekly address, 7/18/09

q “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you

can keep your doctor. Because I can tell you that as the father of two young girls, I wouldn’t want any plan that interferes with the relationship between a family and their doctor.” – President Obama, press conference, 3/3/10


“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan. If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor.” - President Obama, St. Charles, Mo., 3/10/10

Syrian Red Line As the Syrian civil war raged, in August 2012, Obama declared that Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his opponents would constitute a “red line” that Assad could not cross without suffering serious international consequences. On several occasions over the next several months, the president reiterated this “red line.” One year later, it was disclosed that Assad used chemical weapons in an attack on neighborhoods outside Damascus, causing the deaths of an estimated 1,429 Syrians. Obama condemned the use of chemical force and said: “We cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale.” But he backed out of his threat of military intervention. “Backing away from reacting once the red line was crossed impacted American credibility not just in the Middle East, but I think it was being watching in Moscow and Tehran and Beijing and Pyongyang and elsewhere,” said former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who had worked under Obama until 2011, to the Business Insider. “The rest of the world must know that when the president of the United States draws a red line, that it is dangerous, if not fatal, to cross it,” he said. Americans rightfully do not want our soldiers getting involved in any more Middle Eastern tribal wars. The mistake was not that Obama did not engage militarily once he found out about Assad’s use of chemical weapons. It was that he declared that there was a “red line” without understanding that down the road – when Assad would cross that crimson stripe – America would have two horrible courses of action: military intervention or exposure as a “paper tiger.” Guess how America is viewed now?



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Creation of ISIS In December 2011, President Obama pulled all remaining troops out of Iraq after he was unable to negotiate a status of forces agreement with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Such an agreement would have enabled thousands of American soldiers to remain in Iraq in an advisory role to assist the burgeoning Iraqi army and police to take control of their country. When the U.S. forces hastily departed, there was a power vacuum which was immediately filled by the al-Qaeda-backed insurgency, which quickly morphed into ISIS. As Retired Army Gen. Jack Keane, who was a key architect of the Iraq troop surge, explained to The Washington Times: “[J] just think of this: We had all our intelligence capability there. We knew where the enemy was. We were flying drones. We’re tracking them. We have signals intelligence pouring in, eavesdropping on phone conversations and the rest of it. We’re using our counterterrorism forces to bang against these guys. We’re passing that to the Iraqis so their commandos can do the same. On a given day in 2011, that screen went blank. The Iraqis went from a significant amount of intelligence on what was taking place, and the screen just went blank.” Even after ISIS was created, Obama failed to realize the gravity of the situation and famously said in early 2014, as ISIS was taking control of large swaths of Iraq, “If a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant.” In an interview with NBC News, Obama’s former Defense Secre-

Iran Goes Nuclear In July 2015, after years of negotiations, the Obama administration was outfoxed by Iran and agreed to a lopsided and dangerous nuclear deal which all but assured that Iran would become a nuclear superpower. In exchange for Iran rolling back its nuclear program – while it was allowed to maintain its nuclear infrastructure – sanctions against Iran were lifted. Shortly after implementation, Iran gained $150 billion in revenue, some of which, by Obama administration officials’ own admissions, would likely be used on terrorist activities. The U.S. itself has returned $400 million in Iranian funds it seized in 1979, plus $1.3 billion in interest. (This took place on the same day that four U.S. hostages were “released” from Iran.) Under the terms of the deal, when the International Atomic En-

tary Leon Panetta stated, “I think when we stepped out of Iraq, in many ways, we created this vacuum in which not a lot of attention was paid to what was happening in Iraq or what was happening in Syria with the extremists who were developing a base of operations there. That combination, plus obviously not getting all of the intelligence that we should’ve had on it, I think is what produced the ISIS that we’re confronting today.”

ergy Agency (IAEA) wants to inspect any site for banned nuclear activity, Iran must be given 24 days to prepare for the inspections. Furthermore, no Americans are allowed to be part of the IAEA team. The most harmful aspect of the deal is that it essentially ends after 10 years, at which time Iran will be allowed to expand its uranium enrichment program, thus gaining nuclear weapons. In a candid interview with Obama-friendly New York Times Magazine after the deal was complete, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes disclosed that much manipulation was used to push the deal through. He gloated that the Obama administration was able to get inexperienced journalists to carry their message. “We created an echo chamber… They were saying things that validated what we had given them to say,” he explained. Rhodes is proud of how the Obama administration lied to the American people in order to sell the Iran deal.

“The way in which most Americans have heard the story of the Iran deal presented — that the Obama administration began seriously engaging with Iranian officials in 2013 in order to take advantage of a new political reality in Iran, which came about because of elections that brought moderates to power in that country — was largely manufactured for the purpose for selling the deal,” notes the New York Times Magazine article. Proud liars.


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Drunken Middle East Policy

it is “up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leaders will be.”

In June 2009, after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was announced the winner of contested presidential elections in Iran, millions of protestors took to the streets, calling themselves the Green Revolution, and demanded freedom and democracy. They claimed that the mullahs and Ahmadinejad stole the election. Facing a violent crackdown, the protestors sought the support of the freshest and most popular face on the world stage at the time: President Obama. However, he remained silent. When he finally did address the protestors he poured cold water on the Green Revolution by saying that it is “up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leaders will be.” He added, “We respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran.” Obama’s failure to support peaceful protestors who were being quashed by a brutal regime is believed to be because he didn’t want to sabotage his secret outreach to Iran to make a nuclear deal. According to Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon, who wrote The Iran Wars, Obama overruled advisers who wanted to do what America had done with similar transitions from dictatorship to democracy and signal America’s support. Solomon reports that Obama ordered the CIA to sever contacts it had with the Green Movement’s supporters. Obama’s failure to support the Green Revolution may have resulted in the mullahs retaining control over Iran in 2009. Fast forward to the “Arab Spring” in 2011.

In January 2011, when protests broke out in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and demanded the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, President Obama waded deeply into the struggle. He declared that Mubarak must leave office immediately. He expressly supported the protestors and declared, “I want to be very clear in calling upon the Egyptian authorities to refrain from any violence against peaceful protestors. The people of Egypt have rights that are universal. That includes the right to peaceful assembly and association, the right to free speech, and the ability to determine their own destiny. These are human rights. And the United States will stand up for them everywhere. I also call upon the Egyptian government to reverse the actions that they’ve taken to interfere with access to the Internet, to cellphone service, and to social networks that do so much to connect people in the twenty-first century…. This moment of volatility has to be turned into a moment of promise…” Well, it turned out that the protests were stoked by the Muslim Brotherhood, a radical Islamist organization which seeks an Islamic caliphate throughout the world. When elections were held in early 2012, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi became Egypt’s president. (Morsi was eventually removed in a military coup in 2013.) Next stop: Libya. In March 2011, President Obama responded to “Arab Spring” protestors in Libya by spearheading a NATO effort of military intervention – no fly zone and air sorties – against Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi. Eight months later al-Qaddafi was killed on the street in Sirte, Libya. Obama took to the Rose Garden to declare, “Without putting a single U.S. service member on the ground, we achieved our objectives.” However, things have not worked out in Libya as Obama thought they would. Instead of a democracy taking hold in Libya, the country has descended into chaos and a haven for radical Islamists. At the same time that Obama used NATO to intervene in Libya, he did not intervene in Syria, which was undergoing the same “Arab Spring” demonstrations. Unlike Libya where Obama marshalled the power of NATO, in Syria he refused to get involved even after Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad used chemical warfare on men, women and children. (See the section on the Syrian red line.) After all of these years, one would think that Obama would appreciate the one true democracy in the Middle East – the small state of Israel. But, of course, he has sought to delegitimize Israel by allowing last month’s UN resolution demanding that Israel return to its 1967 borders.

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THE UGLY Fast & Furious Fast and Furious was a Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “gunrunning” operation in 2009, orchestrated by the Justice Department and the ATF, which allowed guns to be sold to Mexican drug cartels in the hope that the weapons would be recovered at crime scenes, leading to the arrest of criminals. On December 14, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed during a gunfight by a gun which was allowed into the murderer’s hands because of the Fast & Furious operation. In 2011, when Congress began investigating Fast & Furious, the Obama administration used the executive privilege in an attempt to halt emails related to the case, and Attorney General Eric Holder withheld important documents relating to the operation, resulting in him being held in contempt of Congress.

Benghazi… The Big Lie On September 11, 2012, Islamic militant terrorists attacked the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya, killing U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. government employees. The Obama administration immediately said that the attack was part of a “spontaneous riot” which was caused by an offensive YouTube video that an American made which insulted Islam. However, it was later revealed that Obama administration officials knew immediately that the attack was a preplanned assault carried out by an al-Qaeda affiliated organization but, because Election Day 2012 was 56 days away and they didn’t want their opponent to say that there was a “terrorist attack” under their watch, they created false talking points and completely made up the narrative that the attack was caused by a YouTube video insulting Islam.

President Obama on the “Late Show With David Letterman” one week after the attack: LETTERMAN: Now, I don’t understand, um, the ambassador to Libya killed in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi. Is this an act of war? Are we at war now? What happens here?

Obsession with Guantanamo Bay In his first 100 days in office, President Obama ordered the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility where the worst al- Qaeda terrorists have been detained since the September 11 attacks. Although Congressional roadblocks prevented Obama from fully carrying out his promise, he did release hundreds of terrorists from that facility. Many of them made their way back into the battlefield. Pentagon official Paul Lewis, who oversees Guantanamo issues at the Defense Department, admitted during a Congressional hearing that at least twelve of the detainees who were released from Guantanamo were directly involved in killing American citizens after their release. What is the value of an innocent human life? Certainly more than Obama’s liberal dream of closing Guantanamo.

OBAMA: Here’s what happened. ... You had a video that was released by somebody who lives here, sort of a shadowy character who – who made an extremely offensive video directed at – at Mohammed and Islam – LETTERMAN: Making fun of the Prophet Mohammed. OBAMA: Making fun of the Prophet Mohammed. And so, this caused great offense in much of the Muslim world. But what also happened, extremists and terrorists used this as an excuse to attack a variety of our embassies, including the one, the consulate in Libya… As offensive as this video was – and obviously, we denounced it, the United States government had nothing to do with it – that’s never an excuse for violence.



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IRS Scandal In 2013, it was revealed that for several years IRS employees broke the law by unfairly singling out conservative political groups for extra scrutiny, including delaying the processing of their applications and requesting unnecessary information. Non-profits with terms such as “tea party” or “patriot” in their name were placed on a spreadsheet and given the “special treatment.” A Congressional report also disclosed that donors to Tea Party causes were ten times more likely than everyone else to be audited by the IRS. At a Congressional hearing into the matter, IRS Director of Exempt Organizations, Lois Lerner, invoked her Fifth Amendment right and refused to testify. In response to a subpoena by the Congressional House Oversight Committee, the IRS in 2014 informed Congress that it was unable to recover Lerner’s e-mails from January 2009 to April 2011 because of a computer crash. Lerner was eventually put on administrative leave by the IRS, which means she still got her pay and benefits but didn’t have to work. (Hmm…not a bad arrangement.) When asked about the IRS scandal by Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly in 2014, President Obama declared that there was “not even a smidgen of corruption” and that “these kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them.”

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The War on Police Although the war on police is by no means the fault of President Obama, his actions have not been supportive of the men and women in blue and at times he seems to have even stoked animosity between police officers and the African-American community. In June 2009, shortly after taking office, Obama waded into matters of police and race when he stated that a Cambridge, Massachusetts, police officer “acted stupidly” when he arrested black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. The officer, Sgt. James Crowley – who was a decorated officer and taught a class on how to make sure officers don’t engage in racial profiling – said his actions were in no way motivated by racism and refused to apologize. Officers verified that Gates flew into a rage when officers asked him for identification while investigating a report of a break-in at his home and they had no choice but to arrest him. Cambridge police commissioner Robert Haas said that he was “deeply pained” by the president’s remarks. In response, President Obama held a “beer summit” with Professor Gates and Sgt. Crowley. In 2014, the president jumped to conclusions in a much larger matter when he concluded that the August 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson exposed the racial divide in the American justice system that “stains the heart of black children.” Three Obama administration officials attended Brown’s funeral. Although it was initially claimed that Brown had his hands up when he was shot (“hands up, don’t shoot”) no charges were brought against the police officer as the evidence revealed that Brown had robbed a store, assaulted the storeowner, assaulted the policeman and was trying to grab his gun when he was shot. After the shooting Ferguson was ablaze with riots for months, giving birth to the Black Lives Matter movement. In their two years in existence, members of Black Lives Matter have frequented the White House for visits with the president. After five police officers were killed in Dallas by a gunman who declared that he wanted to kill white police officers, the executive director of the National Association of Police Organizations, William Johnson, said on Fox News, “I think [the Obama administration] continued appeasements at the federal level with the Department of Justice, their appeasement of violent criminals, their refusal to condemn movements like Black Lives Matter, actively calling for the death of police officers, that type of thing, all the while blaming police for the problems in this country has led directly to the climate that has made Dallas possible.”

Refusal to Recognize Radical Islam as a Threat When Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad shot and killed Army Pvt. William Andrew Long and injured another, Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula, at a military recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas, on July 1, 2009, President Obama refused to recognize that the sick ideology of radical Islam played a role. When Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot up a military base in Fort Hood and murdered 14 people while screaming “Allahu Akbar!” on November 5, 2009, President Obama refused to recognize that the sick ideology of radical Islam played a role. When Tamerlan and Dhozkar Tsarnaev set off two bombs at the 2013 Boston marathon on April 15, 2013, they placed the bomb near the feet of a 9-year-old boy who was eating ice cream, killing him and two others and injuring over 260 people. While on the lam they shot and murdered Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer Sean Collier. The Tsarnaev brothers were self-radicalized through online jihadist propaganda and through a mosque with ties to al-Qaeda. Yet President Obama refused to recognize that the sick ideology of radical Islam played a role. When Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four marines and a sailor at a military base in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on July 16, 2015, President Obama refused to recognize that the sick ideology of radical Islam played a role. When Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik shot and murdered 14 people and injured 22 others at the St. Bernardino office holiday party on December 14, 2015, President Obama refused to recognize that the sick ideology of radical Islam played a role. When Omar Mateen opened fire in an Orlando nightclub, killing 49 people and injuring 53 others on June 12, 2016, President Obama refused to recognize that the sick ideology of radical Islam played a role. These are some of the more publicized terrorist attacks which took place on American soil during Obama’s presidency. The lesser-known attacks are those that were thankfully not as successful. Each of these attacks were perpetuated by radical Islamists. And after each attack America looked to its president, hoping that he would recognize the evil force which is at war with us because we all know that there is no way to defeat an enemy which you refuse to even recognize exists.




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Studying Sm rt

Law and Order Assessing the State of Law Schools in 2017 By Chaim Homnick


aw, alongside medicine, has long been considered a promising career option for perspicacious, articulate college students. However, the well-documented struggles of law graduates in the last 5-10 years has led many to reconsider whether law is a viable career option. Here then is an analysis of the current state of law school and the job prospects for law school graduates as we enter 2017.

Background Law school admission numbers have been dropping precipitously for a decade. In 2004, 100,000 prospective students applied to law school. Now, only 50,000 students apply annually. The number of yearly LSAT test takers has demonstrated the new reality as well; a record 170,000 students took the LSAT in 2009 yet only 100,000 took it last year.

The Problems The key issues are rising law school tuitions (and thus debt) and diminishing job prospects. Law schools have become increasingly more expensive over the years. Additionally, the legal job market has stagnated along with the economy as large corporations look to cut costs and often seek ways to lower their legal bills. Ft Luderdale Flyer 4.pdf



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Consequently, a brutal cycle has ensued. A surplus of graduates relative to available law jobs resulted in too many new lawyers. That, paired with rising tuition, scared off more potential law students which cut down the number of applicants and incoming students. That killed profit margins and caused major losses for many schools which led to higher tuition but there are still too many law graduates each year. Ironically, this is likely the best time in decades for a student to apply to law school and get in; the issue is that it is a horrific time to graduate from one. There are two new lawyers each year for every one job opening. In fact, things have gotten so bad that several law schools have been sued in class action lawsuits by their own graduates. These suits allege that students were misled during the admissions process and that figures like the percentage of students employed after graduation were grossly exaggerated.

New Options Law schools have had to get creative in their attempts to woo students to both the profession in general and to their school in particular. Not every school can be Harvard Law with a seemingly limitless pool of eager applicants and an endowment fund worth $1.7 billion. To remain competitive, mid-tier and low-level schools are pursuing innovative methods to bolster recruitment. Numerous schools have reduced their JD programs’ length to 24 months (the shortest the American Bar Association allows). Pace Law School in New York determines tuition for out-of-state students based on what their own in-state tuition prices would be if they stayed closer to home. For many other law schools, the solutions have been to increase tuition breaks or simply lower LSAT standards or both. Even Harvard and NYU have adjusted with the new reality and offer a joint JD/MBA program that is intended to appeal to students who hope the interdisciplinary degree improves their job prospects after graduating. Other schools are offering similar joint degree programs.

Who Should Go to Law School Law school can still be a worthwhile option. However, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to justify accumulating mountains of debt for mediocre schools. The average law student graduates with $140,000 in debt, nearly double the amount of debt students averaged 10 years ago. Students are best served either attending a top tier law school that is still a feeder to top firms or attending the best school they can with a scholarship so they can be debt-free or close to it upon graduating. Attending a top law school can still be a lucrative decision. There are still numerous top firms offering first-year compensation packages that exceed $150,000. Of course, such jobs often come with intense hours and expectations. Jobs at the other end of the spectrum (low pay, feel-good jobs, public service law positions, and smaller firms with better hours) generally will only work for students who have managed to avoid incurring overwhelming debt for school.








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Now that law school is not the slam dunk career move that it sometimes appeared to be in the ‘90s, students with weak LSAT’s or who aren’t passionate about law may want to pursue other avenues. For someone not strictly interested in law or who merely wants an advanced degree to pursue a different field or an entrepreneurial venture, an MBA or other master’s degree could be a shorter and cheaper option. A Dean at the University of Michigan explained that the media outcry about the state of law school admissions has actually helped in this regard: “The media has had a function in making people realize law is not just a risk-free pass. You have to want to do it.” That passion is crucial nowadays as many students don’t luck into their dream position right out of law school. Ultimately, law school can still be a viable option for many students. Nonetheless, it is critical that each student truly be interested in law and realistic about their own skillset and admissions options. Finding the right balance of quality of school versus the amount of debt that one accrues is vital. Be smart and introspective and then follow your dreams. It’s time to take the law into your own hands!

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Shemot: Una Historia de Crisis Por Berel Wein Hay crisis que se desarrollan lenta y gradualmente mientras que hay otras que son repentinas, sorprendentes e inesperadas. Vemos que en la historia judía ambos tipos de dificultades abundan. La caída del reino septentrional de Israel -la de las diez tribus- fue repentina e inesperada. Poco tiempo antes de que el reino del norte de Israel fuera una de las principales potencias militares de la zona. La destrucción del Primer Templo en Jerusalén y del reino de Judá, más de un siglo después, fue un asunto largo y completamente predecible y predecible. En una retrospectiva perfecta, puede afirmarse que, basándose en la historia del antisemitismo en Europa y especialmente en su virulencia en el período entre las dos guerras mundiales del siglo XX, la aparición de un Holocausto, aunque tal vez no su magnitud, También podría haberse previsto. La esclavitud del pueblo judío en la esclavitud egipcia era ciertamente algo que era inesperado e imprevisto. A pesar de que el pueblo judío tenía una tradición de su antepasado Abraham que serían esclavos en un país extraño durante un período considerable de tiempo, al parecer no se sentía que Egipto era ese país y que este sería ese tiempo. Después de todo, José era el salvador de Egipto y los judíos se sentían cómodos viviendo en Egipto y, en cierta medida, incluso integrándose en la sociedad general egipcia. Todo esto sería inútil porque surgiría un Faraón que no quisiera reconocer a José y el pasado y volvió su ira injustificada contra la población judía de Egipto. Y todo esto sucedió rápidamente y casi sin previo aviso. Hay opiniones contradictorias en Midrash con respecto a los estándares espirituales del pueblo judío antes y durante su esclavitud allí. Hay una opinión que eran tradicionales, G-d-temerosos y tercos. Conservaban su lenguaje, su modo de vestir y su conducta moral. Hay otra opinión casi opuesta de que ellos también se habían convertido en paganos, adoraban ídolos, y no eran muy diferentes de los otros miembros de la sociedad egipcia en ese momento. Uno puede decir fácilmente que ambas opiniones son correctas porque están haciendo referencia a diferentes grupos dentro del pueblo judío. La tribu de Levi permaneció leal a los principios de la casa de Jacob ya la tradición monoteísta que la hizo única entre todas las naciones de ese mundo antiguo. Sin embargo, sin duda hubo muchos otros, tal vez incluso la gran mayoría del pueblo judío, que se asimilaron completamente a la sociedad egipcia. Ellos fueron víctimas de un decreto antijudío que nunca entendieron. Después de todo, eran buenos egipcios, así

que ¿por qué fueron seleccionados para la esclavitud? El Midrash también nos enseña que un gran número de estos judíos nunca salieron de Egipto cuando ocurrió la redención final. Esto quizás fue incluso voluntario de su parte, ya que vemos que a



lo largo de los años en el desierto de Sinaí, hubo un llamado constante de algunos de los judíos a regresar a Egipto, incluso si eso significaba la esclavitud y las dificultades. El exilio original de los judíos en Egipto sirve como un paradigma para

todos los exiliados y persecuciones posteriores, no importa si vienen de repente o gradualmente. Esto hace que esta lectura de la Torá sea extremadamente relevante para nuestro actual mundo judío.


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Good Hum r

Kosher Comics By Jon Kranz For some food-obsessed Jews, the term “superhero” first brings to mind the image of a massive submarine sandwich or, as I like to call it, a Hebrew Hoagie. For others, the term “superhero” of course refers to Batman, Captain America and other comic-book legends who are pervasive in movies, television shows and Purim costumes. Many of these superheroes are part of official superhero teams like The Avengers and The Justice League. Now, just imagine if there was an official team of Jewish superheroes called The “Jew”stice League. To be clear, I am not talking about a rabbinic super-team of Torah titans who can recite the entire Torah by heart, give a moving speech without preparation, or play “Stairway to Heaven” on the shofar. Granted, such a team of super Jews would be worthy of the highest praise, but I would like to assemble a different kind of Jewish super team, including: Cheavi Starch, a/k/a Ironman, a Jewish dry cleaner who can remove wrinkles

from any suit, dress, tallis or kittel; Ms. Sela Brate, a/k/a Bat-woman, a bat mitzvah party planner who can turn any bat mitzvah into the party of the year, and more importantly, is able to do so under budget. Bat-woman works with a sidekick, Rockin’ Robyn, an overly-aggressive motivational dancer who could convince even your 90-year-old Bubby to do the electric slide; Dr. Sayvin Nickels, a/k/a The In-

Darth Waiter, a server at your local restaurant who never gets your order right, never brings out all of the entrées at the same time, and never brings you a clean fork.

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credible Bulk, a brilliant and extremely frugal shopper who only buys in bulk. If he catches someone not buying in bulk, he becomes enraged, turns green and muscle-y and destroys everything in sight. Bat-woman actually stopped working with The Incredible Bulk on bat mitzvah parties because she was spending most her time consoling inconsolable bat mitzvah girls whose parties were ruined by a giant green miserly monster; Rabbi Fooderman, a/k/a Captain Kosher, the ultimate foodie who will eat anything with a hechsher. Captain Kosher will even eat “p’tcha,” which is (i) Yiddish for pickled calves’ feet (I’m not kidding) and (ii) onomatopoeia for the sound of disgust you make when you watch someone eat pickled calves feet. (p’tcha!); and Mr. Ronny Waters, a/k/a AquaMensch, who, like Moses, can split a sea. An Israeli reporter once asked AquaMensch why he is able to control certain forms of “mayim” (water) but not “geshem” (rain). Aqua-Mensch famously responded: “Your guess is as good as mine or, I should say, your ‘geshem’ is as good as ‘mayim.’” Naturally, for every superhero there is a super-villain, and this holds true even for Jewish superheroes. Our super team of super Jews must do battle with some truly treacherous foes, including: Darth Waiter, a server at your local restaurant who never gets your order right, never brings out all of the entrées at the same time, and never brings you a clean fork. Darth Waiter also refuses to accept orders for white meat

chicken, insisting that every customer eat only the “dark side” of the fowl; Sir Charles Emerson Pent, III, a/k/a, Sir Pent, a slithery, manipulative fruit-stand owner who works at an exclusive kosher food market called the “Garden of Eatin.’” Sir Pent “adam”antly beli“eve”s that everyone should sample his apples. Unfortunately, those who take a bite are banished from the food court for all eternity; Makes-You-Wonder Woman is the annoying lady at the grocery store who is always in front of you at checkout when you are in a rush; who is constantly asking you to watch her kids while she runs to grab “just one more thing”; who always has at least one item with no price tag that requires a ten minute price-check by the store manager; and who always has a credit card that just expired; Mr. Eaton Meels, a/k/a Supper-man, devours dinner like a food processor, has a bottomless stomach and can singlehandedly deplete an all-you-can-eat buffet. Let’s just say that Supper-man is a caterer’s biggest nightmare. In fact, most caterers charge double merely if he is on your guest list; and Chazzan Longservice, a sinister cantor who purposely drags out davening beyond reason and sings unpopular tunes that only he knows. Chazzan Longservice once stretched out a Shabbat morning service so long that the kiddush immediately following was actually a Sunday brunch. The only problem with assembling a team of Jewish superheroes to fight these super-villains, is getting permission from the Jewish mothers. The mothers typically require each superhero to call them before every battle, and every call ends with the same overly-protective motherly plea: “Just promise me that you won’t get hurt!” Thus, it is the ability of these heroes to finesse their mothers without lying to them, which makes them truly super. Bottom-line: If your Jewish mother catches you in a lie, you better have super speed or invisibility to evade her, or enough super strength to endure a super guilt-trippy lecture.


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Health & F tness

Vacation the Right Weigh By Aliza Beer MS, RD


inter vacation is finally upon us and with it comes the highly anticipated relaxed week spent away from home, not a worry in the world. However, do not let that carefree vibe ruin the progress you have been making with your diet! Though being away from home on family vacation can make sticking to a healthy diet regimen more difficult, it is not impossible and can be achieved more easily than one may think. With proper planning ahead of time and maintaining good motivation, you can enjoy your vacation without letting poor nutrition become a central focus. One of the biggest challenges of vacation is that there is more time than usual spent at restaurants. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner all become feasts at various food establishments. Of course, dining out is a luxury that should be enjoyed on vacation but making a proper game plan is essential. Instead of dining out for every meal, try to limit the time spent at restaurants. Planning ahead and purchasing groceries from a local store can allow you to stick to meals that are similar to what you would eat at home. A nutritious salad, yogurt with fruit, high fiber cereal or oatmeal, low-fat peanut butter and rice cakes, and a healthful whole wheat sandwich are all practical options even if you do not have access to a full kitchen. This will help cut back on excess calories inevitably taken in by eating all three meals at a restaurant. Also, by maintaining your usual dietary practices at least for some meals, you will likely be more motivated to stay on track on your diet!

When the time comes for dining out at a restaurant, try to stick to healthier options. This is especially true as it is likely that you will be spending more time eating out than usual. While treating yourself is okay in moderation, you do not want to consider every vacation meal at a restaurant a cheat meal. Cutting back on simple carbohydrates is key to limiting calorie intake and avoiding vacation weight gain. This means skipping the bread with butter at the beginning

making healthful choices as long as there is proper planning and motivation. Another area where vacationers may meet their nutritional downfall tends to be related to snacking. Less structured days and being away from your own healthful pantry can make unhealthful snacking a sore temptation. Ice cream, doughnuts, cookies, chips, and other junk food become regular snacks throughout the day, as they are easily available and often

Ordering meals that are rich in protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates is the key to success.

of the meal, sticking to water as opposed to sugary drinks, avoiding the French fries and mashed potatoes, and omitting dessert. Ordering meals that are rich in protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates is the key to success. This can be a colorful salad topped with fish or a grilled chicken and roasted veggie dish. When your meal offers an option for a side avoid the fatty fries and opt for a side salad, grilled vegetables, or sweet potato. Most restaurants will make substitutions. In pizza stores try the low-carb pizza option or a Greek salad. The portions at restaurants are often too large, so try to share or order an appetizer as a main. One can easily enjoy a delicious meal dining out while still

strategically located for vacationers to frequent. To avoid this temptation, pack some healthy snacks to have on the go when you feel the need for a snack. Individual bags of plain popcorn, organic dried fruit, packages of assorted nuts, or a healthful wholegrain granola bar are great options! These yummy options will keep you energized and feeling full without the unnecessary excess sugar and fat. Additionally, make sure to stay hydrated! Whether on the ski slopes or by the hot beach, you need to keep your body properly hydrated. Often thirst is mistaken for hunger, which can be yet another reason why excess (and often unhealthy) snacking takes place over vacation where one may

not be adequately hydrated. Keeping a large water bottle by your side throughout the day will ensure you stay hydrated and may keep the misjudged “hunger” at bay. Lastly, try to work in physical activity into your vacation plans. If your vacation consists of spending the day on the ski slopes, you probably are getting plenty of exercise. Those enjoying their vacation relaxing on the beach or sitting by the pool may have a more difficult time getting in a nice amount of physical activity. Everyone needs downtime and, while spending a week just relaxing in the sun may sound ideal, it is not the best way to stay in good shape. Making the time to take a walk or run along the beach; swimming, kayaking, biking, or going on a nice hike are just a few ways to have fun while also being active. Winter vacation is an exciting time especially for those going away on family vacations. However, this should not become an occasion to lose focus of the nutrition and health goals you have been working towards! Planning ahead for areas that may cause poor nutrition temptations is key to sticking to a healthy regimen. Of course, vacation is also a time to treat yourself a bit more than usual but as always, in moderation! Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, and enjoyable winter vacation. Aliza Beer is a registered dietician with a master’s degree in nutrition. She has a private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. Patients’ success has been featured on the Dr. Oz show. Aliza can be reached at



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Political Crossfire

What Happened to the Honeymoon? By Charles Krauthammer


he shortest honeymoon on record is officially over. Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in and the honeymoon has already come and gone. Presidents-elect usually lie low during the interregnum. Trump never lies low. He seized the actual presidency from Barack Obama within weeks of his election – cutting ostentatious deals with U.S. manufacturers to keep jobs at home, challenging 40-year-old China policy, getting into a very public fight with the intelligence agencies. By now he has taken over the presidential stage. It is true that we have only one president at a time, and for over a month it’s been Donald Trump. The result is quantifiable. A Quinnipiac poll from Nov. 17-20 – the quiet, hope-and-change phase – showed a decided bump in Trump’s popularity and in general national optimism. It didn’t last long. In the latest Quinnipiac poll, the numbers have essentially returned to Trump’s (historically dismal) pre-election levels. For several reasons. First, the refusal of an unbending left to accept the legitimacy of Trump’s victory. It’s not just the demonstrators chanting “not my president.” It is leading Democrats pushing one line after another to delegitimize the election, as in: he lost the popular vote, it’s James Comey’s fault, the Russians did it.

Second, Trump’s own instincts and inclinations, a thirst for attention that leads to hyperactivity. His need to dominate every news cycle feeds an almost compulsive tweet habit. It has placed him just about continuously at the center of the national conversation and not always to his benefit. Trump simply can’t resist playground pushback. His tweets gave Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes screed priceless publicity. His mocking Arnold Schwarzenegger for bad “Apprentice” ratings – compared with “the ratings machine, DJT” – made Trump look small and Arnold (almost) sympathetic. Nor is this behavior likely to change after the inauguration. It’s part of Trump’s character. Nothing negative goes unanswered because, for Trump, an unanswered slight has the air of concession or surrender. Finally, it’s his chronic indiscipline, his jumping randomly from one subject to another without rhyme, reason or larger strategy. In a week packed with confirmation hearings and Russian hacking allegations, what was he doing meeting with Robert Kennedy Jr., an anti-vaccine activist pushing the thoroughly discredited idea that vaccines cause autism? We know from way back during the Republican debates that Trump himself has dabbled in this dubious territory. One could, however, write it off as one of many campaign oddities that would surely fade away. Not so, apparently. This is not good. The idea that vac-

cines cause autism originally arose in a 1998 paper in the medical journal The Lancet that was later found to be fraudulent and had to be retracted. Indeed, the lead researcher acted so egregiously that he was stripped of his medical license. Kennedy says that Trump asked him to chair a commission about vaccine

the near euphoria – overblown but nonetheless palpable – at the swearing-in of Barack Obama. Not since JFK had any new president enjoyed such genuine goodwill upon accession to office. And yet it turns out that such auspicious beginnings are not at all predictive. We could see it this same week. Tuesday

It is true that we have only one president at a time, and for over a month it’s been Donald Trump.

safety. While denying that, the transition team does say that the commission idea remains open. Either way, the damage is done. The anti-vaccine fanatics seek any validation. This indirect endorsement from Trump is immensely harmful. Vaccination has prevented more childhood suffering and death than any other measure in history. With so many issues pressing, why even go there? The vaccination issue was merely an exclamation point on the scatter-brained randomness of the Trump transition. All of which contributes to the harried, almost wearying feeling that we are already well into the Trump presidency. Compare this to eight years ago and

night, there stood Obama giving a farewell address that only underscored the failure of a presidency so bathed in optimism at its start. The final speech, amazingly, could have been given, nearly unedited, in 2008. Why it even ended with “yes we can.” Is there more powerful evidence of the emptiness of the intervening two terms? When your final statement is a reprise of your first, you have unwittingly confessed to being nothing more than a historical parenthesis. (c) 2017, The Washington Post Writers Group


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