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Dear Readers, The Jewish world lost a true scholar last week, someone that everyone benefits from his work but many of us may not realize it. In trying to describe Artscroll’s perennial leader, R’ Meir Zlotowitz z’l the words humble, revolutionary, awe-inspiring come to mind. His work at Artscroll has affected every type of Jew (and believe it or not non-Jews as well), whether it be with the numerous siddurim or the famed Stone chumash to the multi-language English, Hebrew, Spanish, French seforim, such as the Talmud and other ancillary materials. ArtScroll Publications, under R’ Zlotowitz’s guidance, has published close to 2,000 books and seforim in its over four decades of existence so far. But the number 2,000 is deceiving; it’s re-
ferring to the number of titles per each book that has been published, not referencing to the sheer volume of the individual books that must be in the tens of thousands by now. This once-in-a-generation humble leader, who forever changed the face of Jewish learning, will be remembered for a long time to come for the special impression he has left on our generation. May his memory be blessing - yhi z’chro baruch. May we share in good news, Oded
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ince of theirs that broke away. Lastly, China was labeled as one of the worst offenders in the annual State Department report on human trafficking.
Brazil Blocked 16K Jewish Visas during Holocaust Trump Expects China to Pressure Pyongyang
Senior White House officials have revealed that President Trump is pressuring China to turn up the heat on North Korea. Trump has told China’s President Xi Jinping that if he is unwilling to give an ultimatum to Pyongyang, Trump will act on his own in order to curb Kim Jong Un’s aggressive activity. The conversation between the two leaders took place over the phone the day after the U.S. threatened trade sanctions, branded China for human trafficking, and sold weapons to Taiwan. The reportedly cordial but blunt phone call made it clear that the honeymoon between the two world leaders was over but that they could still work together on international issues. Experts on the matter have said that China is reluctant to be overly harsh with its neighbors in North Korea because they fear upheaval in an already unstable environment. The Chinese are less concerned about North Korea’s nuclear capabilities and are therefore less incentivized to act. President Trump, according to senior officials, is not optimistic that China will change its stance. Trump spoke with Xi before heading off to a G20 meeting in Germany. At the meeting the American president will be talking to leaders of Japan and South Korea for additional help in solving the North Korea problem. Trump is concerned that without the full weight of China behind his threats, Kim Jong Un will be unlikely to cave to his pressure. China has rolled back some of the warm relations it has shared with North Korea, but has not done so on a meaningful scale. China has a long history of not buckling to outside influences when it comes to dealing with the Hermit Regime. They were caught off-guard last week when the White House came out harshly against them by imposing sanctions on a Chinese bank, a Chinese company, and two private Chinese citizens. The U.S. then sold $1.4 billion in weapons to Taiwan, which China regards as a prov-
New research has revealed that the government in Brazil denied visas to over 16,000 European Jews who were looking to escape the Nazi regime. The newly revealed numbers were published by Brazil’s Virtual Archives on Holocaust and Antisemitism Institute, or Arqshoah. The number of denied visa was determined by combining the monthly reports of Brazilian diplomats working in Germany and other Nazi-controlled territories. There were 26 secret memos from the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs that forbade the granting of visas between 1937 and 1950. “I believe the number could be much higher, since I researched only part of the documentation. Even after the news about the Holocaust was released, the Brazilian government continued to deny visas to survivors who, in many cases, obtained visas as Catholics,” said Holocaust expert Maria Luiza Tucci Carneiro. “Both the Vargas and Dutra governments were intolerant, with political actions marked by xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and nationalist sentiments that had serious consequences for Jews seeking a host country,” she noted.
The research, which was backed by the prestigious Sao Paulo University, will be presented in a book to the Shoah Memorial in Paris.
Schneerson Collection to be Available Online
The sixth Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson, zt”l, lived in the Soviet Union in pre-war Europe. In 1922, he petitioned the Russian govern-
ment to return 35 crates of books they had seized from his family years earlier. The seforim had been passed down to his father, Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber Schneerson, by his grandfather and had belonged collectively to generations of Lubavitch chassidim going back to Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liady, who began the collection in the 18th century. The collection includes an illustrated Haggadah, published in 1712 in Amsterdam. It is said that the pages are stained by wine that was spilled at sedarim hundreds of years ago. There is also a sefer printed in 1552 in Venice, just after the printing press was invented. A Torah from 1631, with comments in Latin written in pencil by Christian scholars who had studied it, is also in the collection. Despite the petitioning, the Soviet government refused to return the collection, and for the last century the books have remained on the shelves of the Lenin Public Library in Moscow. In recent months the Russian State Library has embarked on a project to scan and put the entire collection online. It is expected to be completed this month, and more than 4,500 books from the Schneerson Collection will become available. “We have about 10 to 20 books left to scan. They’ll be on the site in a month,” said Svetlana Khvostova, the Russian State Library employee in charge of the Schneerson Collection at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow. The books are kept in special cardboard boxes — microorganisms can’t survive in this acid-free cardboard, Khvostova said — in a temperature-controlled room with a gas-operated fire extinguishing system that ensures that the precious volumes wouldn’t be damaged even in case of a fire. In Russia these books don’t get many customers since they are all in lashon hakodesh. “One time, a family came from America with five kids; they came here directly from the airport to see Schneerson’s books. They didn’t even go to the hotel,” Khvostova said. “Hasidic people who come here are not interested when we tell them that the books are scanned. They want to hold the books in their hands.”
Iran yet again in the United Nations for “repeatedly and deliberately” violating a UN resolution that endorsed the country’s famous 2015 nuclear deal. U.S. Ambassador NIkki Haley also showed how the Security Council has failed to respond to Iran’s outright violations. Haley spoke of Iran’s “repeated ballistic missile launches, proven arms smuggling,” purchases of missile technology, and violations by Iranian military officials of their travel ban to prove that Iran has not upheld their end of the bargain. “The Security Council has failed to take even minimal steps to respond to these violations,” Haley told a council meeting called to discuss Iran. “These measures are here for a reason. This council should be here to enforce them.” Resolution 2231 was adopted by the UN Security Council two years ago as an agreement between six world powers and Iran that lifted economic sanctions against the Persian regime in exchange for the curbing of Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran is not allowed to run tests of ballistic missiles capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, and an arms embargo was placed. But in January 2017 the country tested a medium-range missile, and an arms shipment was intercepted by France in the Indian Ocean with weapons of Iranian origin onboard. European Union Ambassador Joao Vale de Almeida called the deal a “pillar of the international non-proliferation agenda” that “needs to be preserved and fully implemented.”
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Throwing coins into fountains and making a wish is an age-old tradition that began years ago. Water is vital to sustain human life. In the developed world, drinkable water is easily accessible but that wasn’t always the case. When drinking water wasn’t easy to come by, many early European tribes believed that areas blessed with water were a gift from the gods and therefore considered them locations that offer blessing. One of the most famous fountains today is in Rome. The Trevi Fountain gets millions of visitors each year, which also means millions of coins tossed into it. In
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fact, workers clear out the fountain’s floor nightly to collect the loot. In 2016, they collected $1.5 million, which went directly to Caritas, a Catholic nonprofit that supports causes around the world related to health, disaster relief, poverty, and migration. The coins used to get stolen from the fountain daily until Rome’s city council passed a law deeming it illegal to take the copper and silver coins littering the bottom of the fountain. As a result of the legislation, a Caritas representative said, the charity saw a 20% to 30% increase in the money it received from 2010 to 2012. The architectural structure took around 30 years to build. It was completed in 1762 by Giuseppe Pannini and measures 85 feet high and 165 feet wide. Just recently the fountain was renovated. The $2.2 million makeover was funded by the Italian fashion brand Fendi and took 18 months to complete. LED lighting was added, and the marble was restored.
ist prisoners receive PA salaries amounting to 486 million shekels ($135 million) per year. A member of the Fatah Central Committee, Jamal Muhaisen, also quoted Abbas’ promise to never halt the terrorists’ payments and emphasized that the payment of salaries to terrorist prisoners and “Martyrs” is not an issue of money, but rather is about the “Palestinian historical narrative.” “Regarding the salaries (rawatib) of the Martyrs and prisoners, Dr. Muhaisen emphasized that this is not a financial matter, but rather a matter that is connected to the Palestinian historical narrative, according to which the prisoners and Martyrs represent our Palestinian people’s struggle. He praised the position of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas, who responded to the American administration: ‘Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary of a Martyr or a prisoner,’” the Wattan independent Arab news agency wrote on Sunday.
State Sues Terrorist’s Family for Compensation Abbas: I’ll Always Pay Terrorists’ Salaries
Lawsuits are being launched against the families of terrorists with the goal of recouping some of the costs of the terror attacks incurred by their relatives.
This week, Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas vowed to never halt the PA’s payments to terrorists in Israeli prisons, even if his refusal to do so cost him his position as the leader of the Palestinians, Palestinian Media Watch reported. Abbas’ Fatah movement posted the pledge on its official Facebook page on Sunday.
“‘Even if I will have to leave my position, I will not compromise on the salary (rawatib) of a Martyr (Shahid) or a prisoner, as I am the president of the entire Palestinian people, including the prisoners, the Martyrs, the injured, the expelled, and the uprooted,” Abbas was quoted as saying. According to the 2016 PA budget, the PA currently pays 26,800 families of “Martyrs” a total of 660 million shekels ($183 million) per year, and 6,500 terror-
Last month, the Jerusalem District Court saw a lawsuit filed against the family of Fadi al-Qunbar seeking 8 million NIS. Qunbar, a resident of East Jerusalem’s Jabel Mukaber neighborhood, rammed his truck into a large group of soldiers last January, killing four of them. The attack took place as the troops were getting off of a bus at the Armon Hanatziv tourist site. The terrorist was shot and killed by soldiers at the scene. The state is now seeking compensation from Qunbar’s family for the payments to the mourning families, the costs of the burials, and for “the loss of earnings for the lost years, loss of pension and pension rights, shortening life expectancy” and “compensation for [the] pain and suffering that reflects the cruelty of the acts and the great suffering of all the murder victims.” Coming to the lawsuit’s defense, the State Prosecutor’s Office said that seek-
ing damages from the families of terrorists would help deter would-be attackers. “This suit, based on a terror incident in which soldiers were killed, was intended to reimburse to the state’s coffers the expenses connected with events like these and to convey a clear and unequivocal message that the state will [also] settle accounts from a civil perspective with perpetrators of evil acts,” the prosecutor’s office has been quoted as saying. Israel has also revoked the residency permits of 10 of Qunbar’s relatives and sealed off the family’s home.
Israel’s Schools Get Good Grades Hebrew University has come in a very impressive eleventh place in the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in the field of mathematics. The Jerusalem-based school saw a significant jump from its spot on the list last year, when it fell between 51 and 75. Other Israeli universities to crack the top 100 in math include the Technion, Tel Aviv University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science. Weizmann also had an impressive ranking of 10 in computer sciences and 50 in chemistry. In the physics department, only the Technion was among the top 500 in the world, being ranked 151-200.
tico at Philadelphia’s Temple University, contributes to a number of studies which have shown that the Mediterranean diet’s heavy olive oil content has multiple health benefits. In Israel, where olive oil is a staple that is used in all areas of cooking, the study’s findings are particularly welcome. The golden liquid has been shown to help prevent the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain, which are two of the most important markers for Alzheimer’s disease. “The thinking is that extra-virgin olive oil is better than fruits and vegetables alone, and as a monounsaturated vegetable fat it is healthier than saturated animal fats,” Pratico explained. The current study was conducted on six-month-old mice. The next round of studies will be done on one-year-old mice, which show greater signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s. “Usually when a patient sees a doctor for suspected symptoms of dementia, the disease is already present,” he said. “We want to know whether olive oil added at a later point in the diet can stop or reverse the disease.” In America, there are an estimated 5.5 million people living with Alzheimer’s dementia. 5.2 million are over 65, with another 200,000 suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s. One in ten people over the age of 65 suffers from the disease.
IDF Tears Down Terrorist’s Memorial
Hebrew University ranked 46 in economics. The University of Haifa fell between 101 and 150 in education, and Bar-Ilan University ranked 151-200 in the same category. Along with the London-based Times Higher Education, the ARWU out of Shanghai is the most prominent university ranking in the world.
Olive Oil to Prevent Alzheimer’s? Extra-virgin olive oil has been found to help preserve memory in people with Alzheimer’s and to improve one’s learning capacity in general. The new research, which was conducted by Domenico Pra-
The memorial that was built to honor terrorist Khalid Nazzal has been destroyed by the IDF. Nazzal was a leader of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP), the terror group behind a murderous attack in Ma’alot in 1974. Nazzal was killed in 1986. Palestinians believe that he was killed in retaliation for the Ma’alot attack, but Israel has never commented on his killing. Last month, the Palestinian Authority erected a memorial in his memory and renamed a public square after him. At the unveiling of the memorial, Jenin Deputy Mahmoud Abu Mwais told participants that “our leadership and our people will continue on the path of the martyrs.” Recently, the IDF destroyed the me-
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morial. They were shot at by one Palestinian but no injuries were reported. The attack in Ma’alot is one of the deadliest terror events in Israel’s history. Three Palestinians snuck into Israel via Lebanon and took 115 Israelis hostage. Most of the hostages were high school students visiting from Tsfat on a school field trip. The terrorists demanded the release of 23 terrorists from Israeli prisons and promised to kill the hostages if their demands were not met. After two days, the IDF Golani Brigade stormed the building and 25 hostages were killed in the rescue. 22 of them were children. 68 others were injured during the attack.
and communications from three Facebook users. According to Facebook, the gag order poses a threat to freedom of speech. The company wants to give the users an opportunity to object to the warrants, according to a filing in a Washington, D.C., appeals court.
FB vs. U.S. Facebook is challenging a gag order imposed by a U.S. court that prevents the company from talking about three government search warrants that seek information
“We believe there are important First
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Amendment concerns with this case, including the government’s refusal to let us notify three people of broad requests for their account information in connection with public events,” Facebook said in a statement on Monday. The precise nature of the government’s investigation is not known. One document in the case said the timing of proceedings coincides with charges against people who protested President Donald Trump’s inauguration in January. More than 200 people were arrested in Washington the day Trump was sworn in. Masked activists threw rocks at police, and multiple vehicles were set on fire. Tech firms comply with thousands of requests for user data annually made by governments around the world, but in extraordinary circumstances companies such as Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) have challenged government secrecy orders. Facebook recently fought a secrecy order related to a disability fraud investigation, losing in April in New York State’s highest court. Companies and privacy advocates argue that gag orders rely on outdated laws and are applied too often, sometimes indefinitely, to bar them from notifying customers about government requests for their private online data. Facebook says about half of U.S. requests are accompanied by a non-disclosure order prohibiting it from notifying affected users. The District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which is the highest court in Washington for local matters, is scheduled to hear the case in September.
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When it comes to finances, there are two main types of people: the spenders and the savers. Surprisingly, nearly half of Americans admit to spending their entire paychecks or more. According to a new study from the Center for Financial Services Innovation, the trend is particularly common amongst those between the ages of 18 to 25, where 54% are spenders. “Half of America has no financial cushion,” notes Jennifer Tescher, president and CEO of CFSI, which released the study. “They are living really close to the edge.” Additionally, 25% of people say that they have debt, and 96% of those people are stressed about their debts, as they should be. Naturally, stress can lead to health problems.
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With these statistics, that means that one out of every two people you know is either in debt or living month-to-month. “It’s your co-workers, the receptionist, the guy mowing your lawn, the woman who takes care of your kids,” Tescher explained. Or maybe it is you and it’s consuming you and your family. “People are spending a shockingly large amount of income on housing. They have to pay for transportation to get to a job. These costs are going up while their wages stay the same,” the authors explained. The housing issue definitely holds true within many major Orthodox communities. The study explains that a big chunk of spenders do not receive the same compensation week by week. Nearly 40% of those who spend as much or more than their paychecks have volatile income, which means it fluctuates from day to day, week to week, or month to month. According to Bloomberg.com, by the end of 2016 household credit card debt amounted to $747 billion nationwide.
FL Stand Your Ground Not OK On Monday, a Miami judge ruled that Florida’s updated “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law is unconstitutional. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Milton Hirsch ruled that lawmakers overstepped their authority in creating the law this year that forces prosecutors to disprove a defendant’s self-defense claim at a pre-trial hearing. He said that the change should have been crafted by the Supreme Court of the state and not the Legislature. “As a matter of constitutional separation of powers, that procedure cannot be legislatively modified,” Hirsch wrote in a 14-page order. The ruling is a victory for prosecutors who have firmly opposed the law they believe makes it easier for defendants to get away with murder and other violent
crimes. The law, an update to the already controversial “Stand Your Ground” statute passed over a decade ago, was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott last month. First passed in 2005, Florida’s self-defense law has been criticized for fostering a shoot-first mentality. The law eliminated a citizen’s duty to retreat before using deadly force to counter an apparent threat. More problematic for prosecutors, the law made it easier for judges — before ever getting to a jury — to dismiss criminal
charges if they deem someone acted in self-defense. The updated law passed the burden to the prosecutors for disproving a defendant’s self-defense claim. State attorneys contended that it essentially forces them to try the case twice, making it easier for criminals to skate on violent charges. Under the law, prosecutors must prove by “clear and convincing” evidence that a defendant was not acting in self-defense.
Texting? You’ll Walk Funny Can you spot the people texting while they’re walking? You’ll notice that their gait isn’t right. A new study has shown
that when people text or browse their phone while walking they end up walking funny. Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University put a mobile eye tracker and motion analysis sensors on participants who walked and crossed an obstacle on the ground while writing or reading a text or talking on the phone. According to results, phone users spend up to 61 percent less time watching out for the obstacle and
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bring their foot up “higher and slower” over the obstacle as they walked, adopting a “cautious and exaggerated stepping strategy” to minimize the risk of tripping. This tendency is observed most in users writing a text on their phones. “We found that using a phone means we look less frequently, and for less time, at the ground, but we adapt our visual search behavior and our style of walking so we’re able to negotiate static obstacles in a safe manner,” said Dr Matthew Timmis, lead author and senior lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science. “This results in phone users adopting a slow and exaggerated stepping action.
“Accidents are likely to be the result of objects suddenly appearing that phone users were not aware of, for example other pedestrians or vehicles.” Smombies (smartphone zombies, an actual term) are becoming a road hazard in cities around the world. Efforts have been put in place to keep them (and others) safe, including installing traffic lights onto the ground to alert phone users when they can cross and testing separate lanes for phone and non-phone users in Belgium, China, Thailand and Washington (for a documentary). Last year, a proposal was made in New Jersey to slap a fine upon smombies who text as they walk.
Mayor Marries Croc
During this wedding ceremony the bride cried crocodile tears – and we mean real crocodile tears. Last weekend, Mayor Victor Aguilar of the town of San Pedro Huamelula married a crocodile. The reptile bride paraded around town in white with a flower crown on her head before the ceremony. It’s not that the mayor of the town wasn’t able to find a less scaly woman to marry. The nuptials is a town tradition that dates back hundreds of years. The ceremony symbolizes the union of two indigenous groups, the Chontales and the Huaves (also known as the Mareños). The two lived in conflict in pre-Hispanic times, when the Huaves arrived to the land where the Chontales lived on the Pacific coast. They both claimed to have the power to bring good luck to the harvest. According to the legend, conflict between the groups ended when the son of the king of the Chontales and the daughter of the king of the Huales married. To continue the tradition, the mayor of the town – who represents the prince of the Chontales – weds a crocodile, which represents the princess of the Huale people. After the ceremony, the town was treated to music and dancing, including a dance between Mr. & Mrs. Croc. All we can say is con-gator-ations.
The Bald Bandit
Last month a thief stole from a Walgreen’s in Michigan – but police are sure they’ll be able to catch him next time. In fact, they are certain there will be a next time since the robber pilfered seven boxes of Rogaine off the grocery shelves. According to police, the bald-headed man will strike again “as 12-14 months of consistent use [of Rogaine] is needed to see results.” “While this is not the most hair-raising crime, we must protect our retailers as these crimes drive up the retail costs for honest consumers,” Police Chief Ronald Haddad said. Police posted on Facebook images from a surveillance video showing the shoplifter in the store wearing an “Air Force Dad” t-shirt. Seems like someone was having a bad
Sign of the Times
For the past ten years, signs have been disappearing from the streets of Avon, Ohio. Finally, last week, police found the culprit: John Hoelzl. The 62-year-old had been stealing signs plastered on city-owned lawns at the side of roads. They had been put up with the proper permits and generally advertised local businesses or events. According to Hoelzl, he had been pilfering the signs because he thought they would be distracting to drivers. “I never thought I’d get arrested for it. I wasn’t really arrested. They came and asked me and I said, ‘Yeah, I got ‘em’ ... I gave them all my signs – it was over 500 of them,” Hoelzl said. Police say the signs were worth around $5,500. “There was nothing on the sign saying this sign is allowed to be here. I probably shouldn’t have done it because, you know, I’m in trouble now,” said Hoelzl. “I’m not taking them no more,” he added. It’s about sign – I mean, time – this guy was arrested.
A man in India set a new world record by balancing a spinning basketball on a toothbrush in his mouth for nearly a min-
ute. Sandeep Singh from Punjab broke the Guinness World Record for “longest duration spinning a basketball on a toothbrush” by balancing the ball on the brush for 53 seconds. “It was my dream to break a world record,” the 25-year-old said. He performed the attempt in front of a crowd in his hometown, where he began by spinning the ball on his finger before transferring it to the toothbrush. Once the ball was on the toothbrush he leaned his head to the side and placed the bristles in his mouth as the ball continued to spin. The ball began to wobble and eventually fell after almost a minute, but Singh’s attempt was almost nine times longer than the previous record of 6.84 seconds. If he would have balanced it on his finger, would we have been able to call him a digit spinner?
Stash of Cash
We sure hope this suitcase stuffed with cash isn’t yours because if it is, the police really want to chat with you. On Monday, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) posted a tongue-incheek Facebook post that asked if anyone was the owner of a lost suitcase filled with 1.6$ million in cash. Officers were investigating a suspected drug heist in New South Wales when they found the suspicious suitcase. “We’ve kicked off a court process to have it listed as unclaimed cash – but if you reckon this cash is yours, we’d be very keen to speak with you,” the Facebook post read. “And by speak with you, we definitely mean to ask where you got a suitcase full of cash from. We have a sneaking suspicion this isn’t your average pay pack.” If no one claims the cash, the money goes into an account managed by the Australian Financial Security Authority. Those funds can then be used for local crime prevention, law enforcement, drug treatment, and other such programs. Australian police have a great sense of humor. The department ended off the Facebook post with the hashtag #MoMoneyMoProblems.
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Community Orloff CAJE Celebrates Jewish Education in Broward County By Recognizing Community Leaders and Teachers A group of community leaders and educators who have dedicated their lives to Jewish learning and teaching were honored by Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education (CAJE) during a celebratory dinner on June 4 at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center. Deerfield Beach dentist Dr. Frank Gober and his wife Debbie were recognized as “Advocates for Jewish Education” for their outstanding work as leaders for Jewish education and for building Jewish life. Three teachers, Chaya Minsky, Jennifer Schatz-Young and Gigi (Glenda) McIntire, also were honored during the event. Minsky received the Dr. Abraham J. and Shulamit Gittelson/ Grinspoon Educator Award. Schatz-Young received the Dr. Sidney and Rose Esterson Award for Synagogue School Education. McIntire received the Pola and Ludwig Brodzki Family Award for Holocaust Education in the Public Schools. “Those who we have recognized do not seek honor or public recognition. They are quality teachers and represent Orloff CAJE’s vison: A community in which the greatest possible number of its members engage in quality, lifelong Jewish learning,” said Orloff CAJE Executive Director Rabbi Arnold Samlan. Dr. and Mrs. Frank Gober: Dr. Gober is founder of Inverrary Chabad. He, and his wife, both served as president of David Posnack Hebrew Day School (DPHDS), which their three daughters attended. The Gobers also were involved in the creation of the elementary, middle, and high school of DPHDS. “Jewish education builds a Jewish future and ensures a community based on Jewish values such as tikkun olom,” said Debbie Gober.”
Dr. Gober served as President of Orloff CAJE and was co-chair of the Jewish Identity Strategic Impact team of Jewish Federation of Broward County. The Gobers also are long-time supporters of Orloff CAJE’s March of the Living program, in which each has participated. They also are involved with Goodman Jewish Family Services, Kolot, and Soref JCC, where Debbie Gober is vice president. “Frank and Debbie are people who do the right things and build Jewish education and Jewish community not for the kavod (honor), but for the inherent goodness of what it means to create a Jewish community of learning and of taking care of those in need,” said Samlan. Chaya Minsky: Minsky is in her sixth year of teaching at the Hebrew Academy Community School. She graduated from the Rohr Bais Chaya High School and the Machon Alta Chaya Mushka Teacher Seminary in Tzfat, Israel. Minsky has co-authored a middle school curriculum on Holocaust studies to compliment the state curriculum. She was recognized for her ability and willingness to go above and beyond, by assuming a peer mentoring role and effectively communicating instructional processes and methodologies, so they can be used by other educators. The award was dedicated in honor of
the Gittelsons by Dr. Laurence and Carole Skolnik in memory of their parents. Jennifer Schatz Young: Young is assistant director of Mercaz Limud Religious School at Temple Beth Emet. She is a life-long member of the temple and started her teaching career as Religious School Coordinator. She has held several positions at the temple over the years and is widely respected for excellence in her work and for the encouragement she gives to all students and youth in its programs. Schatz Young received the Dr. Sidney and Rose Esterson Award for Synagogue School education. The award is endowed by Dr. Joseph and Joan Esterson in memory of his parents who were well-known educators in Baltimore. Dr. Sidney Esterson served as a synagogue school principal and Rose as an educator. Gigi (Glenda) McIntire: McIntire is a school counselor at Mirror Lake Elementary School in Plantation and has been an elementary school teacher and counselor for 36 years. She led a school team to help focus staff on topics of diversity, and Mirror Lake was designated as a “Welcoming School of Excellence” in 2014 and one of 10 in the nation. It has been named a “No Place for Hate” school by the Anti-Defamation League for the past four years. “Teaching units on the Holocaust and sharing lessons about human rights is tru-
ly a passion of mine. To be able to share social emotional topics with children in public school is really why I became a school counselor,” McIntire said. “This award gives me the chance to share my experiences as an American Jew and a human being with children from every background who might not otherwise learn ‘Never Again!” McIntire has participated in training and field studies through Florida Atlantic University’s Center for Holocaust and Human Rights, which included visits to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Eastern Europe. McIntire received the Pola and Ludwig Brodzki Family Award for Holocaust Education in the Public Schools. The Brodzkis were Holocaust survivors and prominent leaders of our community. The award is presented to an educator who exhibits excellence in the teaching of the Holocaust in the public school system. Orloff CAJE: The Orloff Central Agency for Jewish Education, a beneficiary of Jewish Federation of Broward County, aims to build a community of lifelong Jewish learners who connect with all aspects of Jewish heritage, communal life and future, using the most engaging methods available. For more information, visit orloffcaje.org
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Rales Jewish Family Services Welcomes New board Members Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) is pleased to announce its 2017-2018 Board of Directors. The installation took place at the Agency’s Annual Meeting which was held in late April. Ron Reshefsky was elected as the new Chair of the Board taking over for Judi Donoff, whose 2 year term as Chair concluded. Ron is a longtime resident of South Florida. Since January of 2013 Ron has been the Chairman of Century Risk Advisors, JFS’ Premier Agency Sponsor.
Additionally, he is a Director of Besso Holdings, a Lloyd’s of London Broker. His positions in the insurance industry date back to 1972 when he began his training with Travelers Insurance Company. Judi Donoff remains on the Board as Immediate Past Chair and will be joined by new JFS Board Members: Isabel Friedman, Elizabeth Maschler, Lynny Ravitz, Robin Rubin, Olivia Shapiro, Jeﬀ Spero, and Lorraine Udwin. Loretta Litten joins
JFS’ Honorary Board. JFS is a leading human service agency providing help, hope and humanity through our comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health services, career and employment services, family & children’s services and many volunteer
Judi Donor (L) passes the torch to incoming JFS Board Chair, Ron Reshefsky (R)
opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individual donations. For more information about the services JFS provides, volunteer opportunities and ways to donate, please contact 561-852-3333 or www.ralesjfs.org .
JFS’ Addresses Potential “Senior Tsunami” By Offering Free Senior Companion Training Workshop July 19th & 20th With nearly 5 million residents aged 60 or older, Florida currently ranks first in the nation and Palm Beach County ranks second in the state, in the percentage of seniors in this age bracket. As a result, there is a rising demand for home health care, particularly senior companions, to help seniors remain living at home safely and with dignity. As a result of this growing demand, JFS, through their Career & Employment Services and in partnership with JFS at Home, an independent home health care agency affiliated with JFS, is offering a free, two-day seminar. The Senior Companion Training Workshop will be held July 19th & 20th at their offices located at 21300 Ruth & Baron Coleman Boulevard (on the campus of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County) in Boca Raton. The Workshop will cover important topics including understanding the role that the companion plays for the senior client and their family, confidentiality requirements, an overview of Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and appropriate client boundaries. Participants in the training will be pre-
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CES@ralesjfs.org to register or for additional information. Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services (JFS) provides help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services which support
people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, career & employment services, counseling and mental health services and many
volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who reach thousands in need each year. For more information call 561-852-3333 or www.ralesjfs.org.
New High School Provides Education Solution For Potential Olim By Charlotte Stein The dream of making Aliyah is becoming more realistic for families with teenagers as new educational programs help teens overcome cultural and language difficulties. Finding the right education for kids is a challenge for Jews who want to make Aliyah. Language barriers aside, the cultural and educational differences are often an impediment for families with teens wanting to make Aliyah. Jenny and Velvel Druxman, from St. Louis, MO, have strongly considered Aliyah for a few years. However, with two teenage kids, ages 14 and 17, they are concerned about the adjustment. “Our kids love their school, have healthy relationships with their peers, and are doing well in their homes and communities,” Jenny said. “The advice that we got was that it would be a mistake to pick up and move across the world in the middle of high school.” There are a number of programs that are trying to fill this need, and enable families to feel more comfortable moving to Israel with their teens. American-style schools in heavily Anglo neighborhoods and semester programs go some of the way to fill the gap in the Israeli education system for olim, but there is still a need for more diverse and full-service options that help teens make the transition smoothly. “The primary need for teens is independence, so a multi-faceted school that offers real leadership opportunity can aid in their development,” Ahuva Moses, L.C.S.W, who has worked with teens in NY for over 10 years and now is in private practice in Israel, explained. “After infancy, adolescent years are the most dramatic growth spurt for the brain,” Moses said. “Teens don’t need their parent’s protection in the same way as a young child, but as the brain develops, they still need guidance within a framework that is growth-promoting.” Many families are turning to Naale Elite Academy to enable their children to make a smooth transition into Israeli society. A project of the Ministry of Education and the Jewish Agency, Naale is a network of over 25 free high school programs around Israel with separate tracks
for varying levels of religious observance. Students take intensive Hebrew Ulpan and study in separate classes until their level of Hebrew reaches the point that they can study in Hebrew and take the Israeli matriculations. This gives students the educational support that they need, and a group of peers, to help adjust to Israeli culture. Naale is open to all Jewish teens, not just whose families are making Alyiah and has recently expanded its options to include Dror High School. Many teens will find Dror a game changer as a co-ed modern orthodox high school. Up until now, the observant tracks of Naale have all been separate gender schools. The new Dror program offers an American-style co-ed education, including the latest technology in and personal tablets. Both boys and girls learn Talmud, take part in prayer services, and their ‘Social Beit Midrash’ is a space for students to collaborate on social activist projects and meaningfully contribute to the surrounding community. Though the school is situated in Kiryat Moshe, Naale students at Dror board at the Ein Carmit Boarding School in Jerusalem’s picturesque Ein Karem neighborhood. Dror is an existing Israeli school, but Naale is creating a program within the school for students from around the world. Jonathan Rosner, originally from Montreal, lives in Maale Adumim and sends his son to Dror because he found something unique in the school. “The Rav of the school has a very positive and proactive attitude towards modern halachic issues,” Rosner explained. “For example, the school believes that it’s better for boys and girls to be in a co-ed school and learn how to relate to each other now, while in a religious framework, rather than waiting until they get to the army.” Naale’s expertise is creating comprehensive and competitive high school programs in Israel for teens from around the world. With tuition abroad skyrocketing, a free high school - including room and board - that is also designed to help acclimate and integrate teens to Israeli society and culture, makes it ideal for teens whose families are planning Aliyah. “Adolescents move past being chil-
dren, where their parents are no longer ‘managing’ their decisions and directing them in order to keep them safe,” Moses said, “but rather where parents help teens make their own decisions and choices, so that they will know for themselves what is safe.” For Rosner, providing his son with an open environment was a top priority. “Dror’s ethos is open to the world,” Rosman said. “They want their students to pursue their passions.” Rosman’s son wants to be a videographer, so in 7th grade he was paired with a boy in 11th grade to work together on a video project. The video they made is shown at introductory evenings for prospective students.
One of the additional aspects that Naale provides students with is the structure and support from their network of teachers, counselors, educational professionals, communal Shabbatot and being matched with a ‘host family’ where they can spend Shabbat, holidays or just go for a visit. “The key to raising successful teens is to allow for separation and independence but in a healthy and nurturing way.” Moses summed up. “The goal is for parents to help their teens foster within themselves the values and behaviors that will enable them to lead healthy, productive, and independent lives.
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Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s Community-Wide “Create a Jewish Legacy” Campaign Draws Investments in Jewish Future More than 130 lay and professional leaders, rabbis and legacy donors from eleven South Palm Beach County Jewish agencies, schools, synagogues and Federation were feted at a warm, elegant evening event on May 9. Together, they celebrated their remarkable individual and collective successes as part of the local Create a Jewish Legacy (CJL) program with a reception, live music, a keynote speaker, photo and video booths, and awards in Zinman Hall on the Federation’s west Boca Raton campus. As Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County President & CEO Matthew C. Levin announced, as of April 30, they have raised more than $57 million in 497 legacy commitments from 375 local donors over the past two years for their own and the entire Jewish community’s future. “Every one of those commitments came from people who understand the importance of ensuring our future now,” said Levin. “Thank you for leading our Jewish organizations to a place of firmer footing so they may continue to positively impact Jewish life now and for future generations.”
Administered by the Federation’s Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation (JJCF), the local CJL is part of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s LIFE & LEGACYTM initiative. For a second year in a row, according to the Grinspoon Foundation, the local CJL initiative has received the highest dollar amount in commitments among all of its LIFE & LEGACYTM participating communities. “Create a Jewish Legacy has been extraordinarily successful over the past two years,” said Cathrine Fischer Schwartz, Senior Vice President of the JJCF. “It has created a culture of planned giving within our Jewish community in which an increasing number of people understand the value of planned giving to both their cherished organizations and their own financial goals. The program pays great dividends for all the organizations and brings us together to envision and sustain our community’s future.” “The Grinspoon Foundation’s Life & Legacy program provides our community with training, support and incentive grants of up to $10,000 to participating organizations,” continued Schwartz. “For many
Create a Jewish Legacy
From Katz Yeshiva High School - Shimmie Kaminetsky, Rabbi Jonathan Kroll
Matthew C. Levin with, from Ruth & Norman Rales JFS - Beth Levine, Ron Reshefsky, Danielle Hartman
ation of South Palm Beach County and Temple Beth El so we would continue to have impact on causes important to us,” said Podolsky, who is just completing his term as the temple’s president. “We want to be role models for our family, and establishing various bequests shows them the importance of giving.” Janet Elinoff, a longtime supporter, leader and advocate for local special needs causes, also explained her commitment. “My son, Evan, has autism and now lives in a Jewish Association for Residential Care (JARC) group home,” she said. “Over time, I realized I was planning for two lifetimes and had to incorporate Evan’s life expectancy as well as mine. I created a legacy of love for the benefit of JARC. I actively encourage others to do the same.” A local resident for many decades, Helen Cohan shared her long term perspective. “While we’re still not as established as some of the northern Jewish communities with large endowments, we have a golden opportunity here in South Palm Beach County,” she said. “We have far more resources than we had just a few decades ago. And we are blessed with energetic, highly motivated young leaders as well as seasoned, passionate older leaders who brought with them skills, life experiences and knowledge from many communities.”
Representatives from Create a Jewish Legacy organizations were recognized for their participation in the LIFE & LEGACY™ program
synagogues, schools and agencies, this has provided the ideal opportunity to launch a conversation about planned giving.” “So many families here can now say that they are committed to making a difference in the lives of our Jewish people now and in the future, to ensure that our Federation, synagogues, agencies and schools continue to thrive,” said Anne Jacobson in her welcome. Jacobson chairs the Federation Board and, with her husband Norman, Elyssa Kupferberg and Mark Schaum, cochairs the local CJL. Among the celebration’s attendees who have made and encouraged those commitments was Barry Podolsky. “My wife Susan and I established bequests or ‘after life giving’ at Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, Jewish Feder-
“Our community has a great opportunity and a tremendous responsibility to make sure no one is shortchanged,” said Helen Cohan, whose philanthropic role models were her parents who survived the Holocaust. “That’s why my husband, Mark, and I have created a legacy to invest in our community and its children, to date through the Federation, Katz Hillel Day School, Boca Raton Synagogue, and the March of the Living. There will be more.” In his keynote address, Rabbi Daniel Cohen, author of What Will They Say About You When You Are Gone? Creating a Life of Legacy, urged the audience to consider not only what others will say about them, but how they want to look back on their lives.
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“On the Go” with Machane Miami 2017 Machane Miami is “On the Go” for Summer 2017! With three divisions, under the leadership of Rabbi Noach and Reena Rabovsky, the campers are enjoying fantastic shows, trips, specialty activities, and more! Machane Miami Division Heads, Rabbi Ruvain Becker, Mrs. Mimi Serle, and Mrs. Chaya Weiner are bringing top notch programming to each and every day of camp. With wonderful staff and exciting activities, the campers love every action packed day! So far, the Boys and Girls Divisions
have taken trips to Funderdome, Ninja Lounge, and Uncle Bernie’s Amusement Park. They have seen a Magic Show, Reptile Show, and participated in Let’s Make a Deal! ‘Kids in the Kitchen’ has been a great success! Campers participated in Salad Making, Cookie Decorating, and Fruit Smoothie Making too. Every Friday, campers enjoy Kiddush ‘n Kokosh, a time to sing, enjoy delicious snacks, and get ready for Shabbos. Specialty Activities for the Boys Division include AIM Sports Training, Karate,
JEWISH MUSIC REVIEW by Roni Unconventional. That word sums up Chassidic music Singer Nathan Baldinger, who goes by the professional name, Nachas. The linear path of a musician in the Jewish music world was: prove to have a confident and consistent voice, perform at countless weddings and simchas, write (or buy) potentially marketable songs, hire a known producer to work on an album of ten to twelve compositions, and record the songs using a pool of studio musicians who appear on numerous albums featuring other singers.
The next steps would be to release the CD through one of the few Jewish music producers in the New York area. Follow up the release with several concert performances, and then wait… Wait to see if the album can compete with the dozen or so best-selling Jewish music artists and sell in Judaica stores across the country. Or not sell.
Nachas took no chances. He took matters into his own hands a couple of years ago with his first, self-titled album, and released one song at a time online and via iTunes, hoping to build a core of followers, one at a time, to propel him slowly to famedom. Now that he is better known, he capitalized on his developing fame and teamed up with the skilled DJ/producer Sruli Broncher to craft one of the most unconventional albums to be released in several years. With the help of a little (okay, more than a little) auto-tune, Nachas hits us with his follow-up album, the electric Emes. On this hot-off-the-press recording, Nachas combines Hip Hop, Rap and contemporary Jewish music. A compilation of 13 new tracks featuring compositions by Ari Goldwag, Mordechai Brezel, Doni Gross, Eli Scharf, Sruli Broncher and original songs by the Brooklyn-based Nachas himself. The mix of Chassidic and Israeli-style songs, the catchy lyrics and unconventional musical hooks, coupled with a new, fresh voice in Jewish music make this new album a must-have. Emes, climbing up the iTunes dance chart, is a unique album that would serve as the ideal summer road-trip companion. The kids will love the thumping beats, catchy tunes and contemporary feel. Roni is the host of Jewish radio show “Shalom South Florida,” airing every Sunday from 9:00-11:30 AM on WSBR (740AM) and www.WSBRradio.com. He can be reached at email@example.com
Art and Wilderness Adventure! Machane Miami Girls Division Specialties include Art, Gymnastics, Aerobics and Dance and more. Preschool Division specialties include Kidokinetics, Music and Movement, Machane Miami Market, Drum Circle, and Art. We can’t wait to see what the second session has in store for Machane Miami Summer 2017.
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Gov. Rick Scott Visits Florida Jewish Schools to Tout Teach Florida Security Bill Governor Rick Scott visited Brauser Maimonides Academy in Ft. Lauderdale and Orland Torah Academy today to talk about his 2017-2018 budget, including security funding for nonpublic Jewish schools. Teach Florida, a project of the Orthodox Union, helped draft and advocated for the passage of the security funding, which allocates $654,000 to enhance security at nonpublic schools in the face of increased anti-Semitic incidents. The governor also expressed a desire to expand the funding to other nonpublic schools, including learning facilities at mosques. Gov. Scott was welcomed at Brauser Maimonides Academy by Teach Florida’s Dr. Allan Jacob, Steven Jacoby, Daniel Adler and Mimi Jankovits, and Rabbi Yossi Kastan, head of school, and Danielle
Lustman, director of communications. He personally greeted every child lined up to meet him and held a press conference for the staff, members of the school board, and students in the third to seventh grade. “They’re all our kids, whether you go to a traditional public school, whether you go to a charter school, whether you go to a private school,” Gov. Scott said. “They are all our kids and every child ought to be safe. Every child ought to go to the school of their choice.” “This is just the beginning. I will work for all our children to be safe, public or nonpublic. If anybody is the subject of threats, we should look into how to protect them. We have to work on keeping everyone safe.” “We are so grateful to Gov. Rick Scott for taking the time to visit the Jewish
Gov. Scott greets students at Brauser Maimonides Academy
Gov. Scott greets students at Orlando Torah Academy
Yeshiva Tiferes Torah of Boca Raton’s 3rd Annual Journal Reception On June 12th, over 250 community members joined together to celebrate Yeshiva Tiferes Torah of Boca Raton’s (TTB) 3rd annual Journal Reception. Located at the Town Center Marriot and catered by the talented chefs at Ditmas Grill, the reception was an overwhelming success. The tasteful décor was set up by multiple volunteers and greatly enriched the ambiance of the reception. Looking around the venue and seeing so many community members from varied circles of Boca Raton and beyond, it was hard to believe that TTB only began three short years ago. With close to eighty students expected to attend the High School and Bais Medrash programs in the coming year, TTB offers the Boca Raton community an authentic Yeshiva experience with uncompromising General Studies and exciting extra-curricular activities. After everyone had a chance to socialize and enjoy the buffet reception, the program moved into a separate room for the main event. Rabbi Yigal Abramchik, one of TTB’s Roshei Yeshiva, delivered an eloquent welcom-
ing speech which included important updates regarding the tremendous growth of TTB and exciting plans for the construction of the Yeshiva’s new building. This was followed by words of Divrei Torah and Hakaras Hatov delivered by Rabbi Shaul Opoczynski, Rosh Yeshiva. Dovid Meir Miller, one of the founding Beis Medrash bochurim, delivered a heartfelt and moving speech thanking the Yeshiva and the Rabbeim for everything they have done for him and his fellow students. He expressed the deep gratitude that he and the other bochurim have for Rabbi Opoczynski, Rabbi Schloss and Rabbi Abramchik for the sincere, warm and growth oriented atmosphere that has become the standard at TTB. Rabbi Yehoshua Schloss, one of TTB’s Roshei Yeshiva, finished off with a brief D’var Torah and then invited all the inaugural Bais Medrash bochurim, their fathers and grandfathers to come up to the front. Rabbi Sruli Perkal represented all the parents in thanks and Hakaras Hatov to the Roshei Yeshiva and Boca Raton community for welcoming their sons and helping them reach
such great heights. Then they surprised Rabbi Opoczynski by joining together to dedicate his new office/study that will be an integral part of the new Yeshiva building. The program finished off with a moving video presentation featuring the Beis Medrash and high school students expressing their thoughts and feeling about TTB. As the event concluded the atmosphere in the room was filled with pride and Hakaras Hatov for the pioneering boys and their families and it was clear to see the strong bonds that the Yeshiva has developed with the Boca Raton community. The staff and students at Yeshiva Tiferes Torah would like to thank everyone who participated in this special event. Without the support of the Boca Raton community and friends from all over the world, TTB would not be where it is today. Yeshiva Tiferes Torah of Boca Raton ~ www.ttboca. org ~ 561-750-7151 ~ info@ ttboca.org
community today and for supporting this important security funding,” said Dr. Allan Jacob, chair of Teach Florida. “Seventy-five years ago last week, my mother arrived in Auschwitz. Today, the Jewish community is thriving in Florida, even in the face of new threats. We are thankful to people like Gov. Rick Scott who make sure we have the resources to protect our community.” “Security in school is a public good that merits public support,” said Mimi Jankovits, executive director of Teach Florida. “We commend Gov. Scott and the Florida legislature for this funding, and for this important first step to providing safe schools for all Florida’s students.”
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Sha’arei Bina Girls and Peninsula Senior Citizens appreciate that it has been Better Together! Sha’arei Bina Torah Academy for Girls gratefully acknowledges the Intergenerational Better Together Program which has enabled our students to develop meaningful relationships with the elderly at The Peninsula Assisted Living Facility. Sha’arei Bina partnered with Rabbi Bodkins and his Torah Outreach Program (which provides joy and meaning to senior citizens throughout the South Florida area) to bring bi-monthly projects and interactive events to the residents. Students benefitted tremendously from their participation in the Better Together Program. The girls were quite moved and surprised to discover that they could develop meaningful and stimulating relationships with the seniors at The Peninsula. Girls expressed amazement at discovering commonalities with people older than their own grandparents. One student told me that she felt comfortable asking ‘life questions” to her partner, Lucy, as if she was her own grandmother. The students said they felt no judgement from their elderly partners, only acceptance and gratitude for any time given. They discovered that they could understand more of the problems, issues, and difficulties facing the elderly, and that now they were much more sensitive to them. In addition, the students felt that now they
would be more aware of the needs of others of all ages, and wanted to focus more on a global outlook, rather than a self-centered, inward and selfish view of life. The girls displayed ever growing sensitivity and care toward others, and greater patience toward Seniors. They realized that there is so much to learn from the seniors, and their varied experiences. To celebrate the culmination of a successful first year, we had a beautiful and inspiring luncheon. This closing ceremony of the Better Together Program, on May 8th, was the highlight of the week. Under the able guidance of Mrs. Rivkah Bodkins, and Rebbitzen Naomi Sprung, the girls set up a beautiful banquet, with decorated tables, wonderful food and drinks. Mrs. Tobi Wolf, Principal of SBTAG, opened the ceremony with words of welcome and a D’var Torah. Rabbi Yisroel Bodkins, our facility liaison, and founder of TOP spoke movingly of the powerful impact of the program, on both the seniors and the girls. Mrs. Sprung presented our final art project and the permanent gift to The Peninsula. We were so proud of our girls Rebecca Balgley and Avigail Roth who represented the students, and spoke words of sweetness and inspiration. Each senior was presented with a personal gift from their partners. Keith and
Carol Burney and Sivan Zaig
Grace, who live at The Peninsula, shared words of tribute and gratitude for the wonderful program. Dr. Rochelle Brand, our Head of School, closed the formal part of the ceremony with a warm message of appreciation of the seniors, the students, and the project coordinators. A spirit of joy and accomplishment pervaded the room, as the partners each took stock of the relationships that were forged. Each senior thanked us, and gave a wish to be able to take part in this program with us in the future. The parents who joined us took great pride in their daughters and in our school. The celebration continued at an assembly, where the girls were given silver medals for their participation in the Better Together writing contest. First Prize and the gold medal for Best essay “Growing Stronger Through The Years”, was awarded to Jordana Gelsky. Jordana received a scholarship towards her gap
L to R Mrs. Sprung, Jordie Gelsky, Mrs. Bodkins
year in Israel for this accomplishment. The Second-place prize was given to Chana Jaimovich, for her essay, “A Day In Their Shoes”. The entire student body felt inspired by this presentation, and proud of their peers. We look forward to continuing this project next year!
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Masks and Mirrors: A Glimpse into Drama Therapy Process Faigi Katz
The boys cluster around the front table, scanning the masks, deliberating. The first boy picks one up. He studies the clenched eyebrows and tense features, then hesitates. “Can I do angry?” he asks. “You are Anger,” I tell him as he puts on the mask, permitted to enter this emotional state in a safe context. I watch the next child choose. I know expression and imagination do not come easy for him. In many of our activities, he has a hard time looking beyond himself and experimenting with new roles. I am not surprised when he reaches for a neutral face, with a very slightly upturned mouth. “Who are you?” I ask him. “Happy” he responds. (Over the course of the group, he will find the courage to explore different, less familiar roles.) Another boy is standing over the masks, naming the different expressions. He picks up a mask with wide eyes and pursed lips, and says “Worried” as he puts it on. The last boy picks up a mask with tears falling from swollen eyes and a sagging mouth. “Loneliness” he says, with conviction of one who is familiar with the feeling. The boys are masked and ready to act. I ask them to put the expression of their face into their whole bodies, so that every movement reflects the emotion that they are embodying. I see Loneliness
visibly slump, looking down at the floor. Anger’s body is charged, movements are rapid and hasty. Happiness maintains posture. Worried is not sure what to do with himself and constantly shifts positions. I further encourage the boys to find the part of themselves that does feel that emotion, or to recall the way they normally behave when they are in that particular state. Now we set the scene. Chairs are arranged to mimic a bench at a bus stop. The boys are told that they are each trying to catch the bus, but it is delayed. If they tire of waiting, they can exit the scene as they wish. They enter the scene one at a time. First to enter is Anger. He is energized. Stomping his feet and clenching his hands, he sits down for a moment, before impatiently jumping up and pacing menacingly, while letting out grunts of frustration. Worried stumbles into the scene next. Anger: Watch where you’re going! Worried jumps back, now looking even more unsure of himself. He looks around anxiously, checking, clearly uncomfortable as he waits. Happiness joins next. He walks on, looking calm and collected and sits himself down beside Worried. Worried: Is this the bus going to Aventura? I’m afraid I may be at the wrong stop.
Happiness: Yes, it is. (Checking his watch) It looks like it’s a little late, but I’m sure it will be here soon. Anger: (Interrupting) Soon?!? Do you realize what time it is? Do you have any idea how long I’ve been waiting? At this point Loneliness hesitantly enters, maintaining a distance from the others which doesn’t allow for interaction. He looks around, lost in himself. Anger: (Lets out a frustrated yell) This is crazy!! The bus comes and goes as it pleases, with no consideration of the schedule, no consideration to the fact that I have somewhere that I need to be! And so here I am, stuck in this terrible heat! I’ve had enough!! (He starts stomping off stage.) Happiness: It will probably just be a few more minutes Anger: (turning back around) And your little happy face isn’t going to make it get here any quicker! (exits) Worried: I don’t know? Is it coming? Maybe he’s right. It was a bad idea to try to go by bus in the first place. I should have stayed home. Now what? Maybe it really isn’t coming. The bus could have broken down, we would have no way of knowing. I’m never going to get to the appointment on time. The doctor will be so mad at me. Oh, I always mess everything up, what am I going to do now? (muttering to himself, Worried exits the scene.) Loneliness, who has been watching the scene from a distance, takes a step in closer to Happiness, as if building up the courage to approach and ask what’s going on. But then loses resolve and takes a step back, shaking his head. Looking after the others who have left, he decides to follow, and slowly exits the scene as well. Happiness is left sitting patiently on the bench, when he suddenly jumps up. Happiness: Oh, there’s the bus. I’m glad I waited. The scene described above is based on an actual improvisational scene performed by four
boys in one of my drama therapy groups. Drama therapy is “the intentional and systematic use of drama/theatre processes to achieve psychological growth and change.” The tools are acting and theatre games; the goals are therapeutic. The majority of our scene work is improvisational; the scene is developed on the spot, requiring spontaneity and risk taking on the part of group members. Spontaneity demands departure from rigidity. The drama therapy process encourages novel thought and ideas. This is liberating for children (and adults) who often get “stuck” in their mindset and tend to use “black and white thinking.” (I need my green pen, or I can’t do my work; I want pizza, and if we don’t have any, I’m not eating anything, etc.) Creativity and flexible thinking is the first step in problem solving. Thinking big, and thinking different, enables change. For these four boys, who are looking to improve social skills, the nonthreatening and playful environment of the drama therapy group offers a setting to practice new positive social interactions. There is also opportunity for role-play; the chance to act as someone else in a variety of trueto-life situations. Taking on different roles develops empathy (identifying and experiencing the emotional state of another) and perspective-taking (considering a situation from the point of view of another). For example, in a bullying scene, the boys are able to experience and talk about what it feels like to be the bully, the victim and the bystander. Through dramatic play, trust is developed – trust in one’s own capabilities, trust between group members, and trust in the therapist/director. Drama is a creative, collective art form. Many children who are struggling in a social context suddenly find themselves succeeding in the collaborative environment of drama group. Relationships are built and both individual and group skills are developed. These skills, in turn, promote self-confidence and self-esteem, along with an awareness and appreciation for the qualities of other group members. Feigi Katz, LMSW, offers Drama Therapy Groups in South Florida for children pre-K through grade 8. Groups focus on social skills, assertiveness training and self-awareness. Contact her at 786-6232170 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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Going Green: Brown Bins Dr. Yaakov Siegel
It was late on Friday afternoon, close to Shabbos as we prepared to block the driveway and rush inside, when something jumped out at me. It was the latest addition to the ever-changing Brooklyn landscape: new organics sanitation bins, a brown receptacle crowned with orange latch, that the City now provides for the disposal of food scraps and other organic waste. To remind those Florida and Jersey residents, New York City continues to lead the world in green-legislation and has now asked householders to separate rubbish into four, instead of three, categories: trash, plastic, paper and perishable organics. Despite the President’s recent withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord along with its environment-saving regulations, the City of NY still presses on with it’s mission to save the world (Tikun Olam?) with a remarkably progressive agenda, now legislating the disposal of organic waste and heading toward a comprehensive ban of plastic shopping bags. And this was the topic of conversation after davening on Friday night as disgruntled residents voiced their displeasure and outrage at this latest Big Brother intrusion into private lives with their encroachment on the freedom to express individuality in rubbish removal. Naturally, some supported the idea of organizing to resist; a fledgling “Not My Sanitation Department” movement. One parishioner balked at this idea: “it is not worth the effort,” he said, “just leave me alone, putting the perishables in a separate container is a minor inconvenience but not a battle worth fighting for.” His words stood out in stark contrast to the pettiness and fighting that some of us engage in every day. Could be a spouse, sibling, coworker, neighbor – we are prone to holding on to resentments and stewing
in our anger. We let things get to us. What makes it so difficult to yield and give in? The answer is that once our ego, our self, gets involved, everything takes on new significance. A spouse’s behavior changes from mere inconvenience to a reflection of his or her attitude toward me. A coworker or sibling is not just annoying, but a threat to me. By personalizing, we attach meaning to otherwise inconsequential things and they then become a big deal. It is now that much harder to let go, and things can spiral out to the point that doing self-defeating things. Like that September night in 1986 when the captain of the Admiral Nakhimov, a 17,000 ton, 525-foot ocean liner sailing the Black Sea called to an oncoming cargo ship to steer clear and avoid collision. But the proud skipper of the freighter refused to yield. The two chiefs stood their ground for the next 45 minutes, each one demanding that the other change course. Eventually, the ships crashed, ripping a large gash in the Admiral Nakhimov. She sunk in 15 minutes, leaving 282 missing passengers and 116 lifeless bodies bobbing in the water. Both captains were arrested. These sailors would have done well to take the same stance as the pragmatic congregant in Boro Park: “not worth fighting over.” How a sailor guides a vessel is no more reflective of personal worth than the way he or she disposes of food-waste. Most things are not worth fighting for, if we really think about it. It is often our pride that makes us blind. Next time, let’s take a moment to reframe our thinking and put things in proper perspective. To take ourselves out of the equation; to make it less personal – it is not about me. A lot of it is just garbage, after all.
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You gotta be kidding A major explosion occurred in a fireworks factory and once all the mess was cleared up, an investigation began. “OK, Joe,” says the investigator, “you were near the scene. What happened?” Joe says, “Well, Old Charley was in the mixing room, and I saw him take a cigar out of his pocket and light up.” “He was smoking in the mixing room?” the investigator asks in stunned horror. “How long had he been with the company?” “About 20 years, sir,” says Joe. “20 years in the company, then he goes and strikes a match in the mixing room?! I’d have thought it would have been the last thing he’d have done!” says the astonished investigator. Joe replies, “It was, sir.”
Centerfold Riddle me this? This year’s July 4th parade has a marching band, pairs of dancers, a float of jugglers, a dozen circus clowns, a veterans’ troop, a Boy Scout troop, and a championship football team. Read the description of each group carefully and decide how many are in each group and in what order they marched in the parade. The marching band was not the leader, but their 6 rows of 4 musicians in each row were near the front, just ahead of the veterans’ troop. The football team had 2 fewer marchers than the veterans’ troop, and took their time signing autographs as they marched at the end. The veterans’ troop and the Boy Scouts were separated by the 3 groups of 4 jugglers on the jugglers’ float. The 3 pairs of dancers were between the Boy Scouts and the football team. The Boy Scouts had 5 rows of 3 marchers and the veterans’ troop had twice as many. See answer on next page
Well Said Mr. Franklin Aside for being one of the Founding Fathers of the U.S.A., Benjamin Franklin was also quite witty. The following sayings have been attributed to him: “Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain and most fools do.” “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” “Fish and visitors smell in three days.” “Three may keep a secret, if two are dead.” “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” “A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.” “I didn’t fail the test; I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.” “I wake up every morning at nine and grab for the morning paper. Then I look at the obituary page. If my name is not on it, I get up.” “Most people return small favors, acknowledge medium ones and repay greater ones – with ingratitude.” “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.” “He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.”
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How It All Began Crossword Puzzle
CLUES Down 1. First 10 constitutional amendments 3. Principle author of Declaration of Independence 5. Sponsor of fireworks show 6. He signed and he signed big 7. 2nd president of the U.S. 10. The first Tea Party 12. â€œWe hold these truths to be __________________.â€? Across 2. Colonists who rebelled against the British (and a good NFL team) 4. Those who remained loyal to the King 8. Almanac published yearly by Benjamin Franklin 9. Adopted on September 17, 1787 11. Written by Francis Scott Key during battle of Fort McHenry 13. Led America to victory over the British 14. Number of stripes on the flag 15. The U.S. flag 16. First state to ratify the U.S. Constitution see answers below
ANSWERS To Crossword Down 1. BillofRights 3. Thomas Jefferson 5. Macys 6. JohnHancock 7. JohnAdams 10. BostonTeaParty 12. SelfEvident
Across 2. Patriots 4. Loyalists 8. PoorRichards 9. Constitution 11. StarSpangledBanner 13. GeorgeWashington 14. Thirteen 15. OldGlory
Answer to riddle: Here are the groups in the order that they marched, from first to last: 12 circus clowns 24 musicians in the marching
band 30 veterans 12 jugglers 15 Boy Scouts 6 dancers 28 football players
19 57 25
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Tnuva’s Parmesan Cheese Shaker Adds Zesty Boost to Summer Dishes EXCLUSIVE SUMMER RECIPE USING TNUVA’S PARMESAN CHEESE SHAKER With the summer culinary season in full swing, there’s no simpler way to add that gourmet touch than pulling out Tnuva’s popular Parmesan Cheese Shaker. Liberally sprinkle the contents onto pasta dishes, pizzas, salads, soups, casseroles to make them wow the crowds. The grated cheese in the easy-to-use re-sealable shaker with two openings for convenient dispensing, is made from the finest ingredients highlighted
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5 cups penne pasta 5 quarts water 5 tablespoons salt 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, chopped 2 cans crushed tomatoes 1 ½ teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon sugar ¾ cup Tnuva Quark Creamy Soft Cheese, 95% Fat Free 5 ½ oz Tnuva Shredded Mozzarella 5 ½ oz Tnuva Edam Cheese, shredded 5 ½ oz Tnuva Parmesan, grated 1 tablespoon Tnuva Butter 2 egg whites 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 325 F. Bring the water to a boil with salt. Prepare the pasta according to the directions on the package. The pasta should be “al dente” after about 10 minutes. In a large frying pan, heat up the olive oil and add garlic. Fry until golden. Add the crushed tomatoes and mix well. Gently add all of the Quark Cheese and about half of each of the other cheeses to the sauce and mix well. Grease a baking dish with butter and pour the pasta into the dish. Then add the sauce onto the pasta. Beat the remainder of the cheeses with the heavy cream and the egg whites. Spread this mixture over the pasta. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove the foil and bake uncovered for about 5 minutes on high heat. Serve immediately.
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By Rabbi Berel Wein
Old adversaries return to plague the Jewish people. Bilaam, according to midrash, was one of the advisors to the Egyptian Pharaoh. He was the one who advocated the enslavement and eventual destruction of the Jews in Egypt. His plan was thwarted by the intervention of Heaven. Nevertheless, a substantial number of Jews were destroyed in the centuries of Egyptian bondage and slavery. One would have thought that Bilaam would have taken the hint and relented in his efforts to destroy Israel. But as this week’s Torah reading amply illustrates, he once again intensifies his hatred against the Jewish na-
my. What I have always found difficult to understand is the motivation behind the hatred of Bilaam for the Jewish people. After all, he is a man of great intelligence and gifted with prophetic qualities. The rabbis of the Talmud even allowed him to be equated with our great teacher Moshe in certain of his qualities. He is a man of academia and of the cloth. He has wealth and honor, position and power. So why squander all of this on an irrational hatred of the people that have done him no harm and have not threatened him in any way? This question is not restricted to the ancient Bilaam found in the Torah reading of
Bilaam serves as a prototype for much of what we see and experience in our own time. tion – but now he intends to kill them with kindness. He showers them with compliments and noble rhetoric. He wishes to lull them into believing that he is really their friend and admirer. And by so doing, he will corrupt them with the immorality for which he himself is so justly famous. The Jewish people, like all people, are moved by flattery and compliments. Everyone wants to hear others say nice things about them. In Yiddish there is a famous folk-saying that no one ever received a slap for flattering someone else. Therefore, it is no wonder that the flattering words of Bilaam are remembered and treasured by the Jewish people even until today. We have ignored the sinister hateful message that lay behind these words and merely bask in the nice things that he said about us. But the truth is that thousands of Jews died in the desert because of him and the advice that he rendered to Balak, the Moabites and Midianites. Bilaam was truly a bitter ene-
this week. It is just as valid a question in our time, as to the attitude of certain members of academia and religious leadership. Their preoccupation with demonizing the State of Israel particularly and the Jewish people generally is baffling to any thoughtful observer of current events. The only conclusion that can be drawn is that such hatred is beyond logical explanation and rationale argument. Bilaam serves as a prototype for much of what we see and experience in our own time. On the surface, most of our enemies decry anti-Semitism and claim to be only friendly critics, with our welfare and benefit in mind. They are full of unsolicited advice and remain almost willfully blind to the realities of the situation in which we find ourselves and must operate within. Again, Bilaam is our most insidious and consistent enemy. Shabbat shalom.
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An Alliance of Nations Prime Minister Modi’s Historic Visit to Israel Marks an Invigorated Connection between Israel and India By Brendy J. Siev
his Tuesday, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi landed in Israel, and, even in anticipation of the visit, Israelis called the three-day meeting “successful and historic.” This is, after all, the first visit to Israel by an Indian premier;
Modi has always admired Israel’s technical and military prowess, but, in keeping with tradition of his predecessors, has never visited as prime minister. He hailed this visit as “historic,” and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said that the meeting is a hallmark of a “steadfast friendship.” This visit, Netanyahu told his cabinet, “will deepen cooperation in a wide range of fields – security, agriculture, water, energy – basically in almost every field Israel is involved in.” As Indian Ambassador to Israel Pavan Kapoor said on Sunday, this occasion is a “formal coming out of the relationship” between the countries. He described the visit as “a milestone, by itself.” According to the ambassador, Modi arrived in Israel with a clear message: “We are here to partner with you.” Netanyahu, who referred to Modi as “my friend,” escorted and accompanied Modi on
the visit. “This is not a practice we extended to other dignitaries. It is part of the indication from our perspective indicating the importance we attach with this visit,” noted Yuval Rotem, DG of Israeli foreign ministry. Modi is staying at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. Modi says his visit is “based on the deep centuries-old connection between our two peoples. I share the opinion of many of my people, who see Israel as a beacon of technology, as a country that has managed to survive even though the odds were against it.” While Modi has tried to work with the Palestinians as well, he considers a collaboration with Israel more important and more critical. Modi will not travel to Ramallah as most leaders who want to appear politically balanced do. This has sparked Muslim criticism of the visit and of Modi himself, from those who claim that the visit will “strengthen the occupation.” PA President Mahmoud Abbas visited India this month preemptively. In fact, traditionally India has been wary about partnering with Israel. Despite that 25 years ago India and Israel established full diplomatic ties, India depends greatly on
Arab states and Iran for oil, and the country also has a large Muslim population. Islam is the second largest religion in India, with roughly 172 million followers. India’s leadership has not wanted to alienate this base nor their oil source. Furthermore, India’s leaders have been publicly supportive of the Palestinian cause, though privately they have tried to forge alliances with Israel.
A Welcome with Open Arms On Tuesday, Prime Minister Netanyahu greeted the Indian leader after he touched down at Ben Gurion International Airport at a red carpet ceremony that included an honor guard of IDF soldiers and dozens of Israeli dignitaries. In a welcome speech on the tarmac, Netanyahu told Modi, “Prime Minister, we’ve been waiting for you a long time, 70 years in fact. The connection between us is natural, so natural that we might ask, ‘What took so long?’ “Yours is truly a historic visit,” he continued. “It’s the first time an Indian prime minister is visiting Israel. We receive you with
open arms. We love India. We love your culture, your history, your democracy. We view you as kindred spirits.” When Modi took to the podium, his words were just as effusive. In Hebrew, the Indian leader announced, “Shalom, I am happy to be here.” He then told the audience in English, “It’s my singular honor to be the first ever prime minister of India to undertake this groundbreaking visit to Israel,” and he thanked “my friend Prime Minister Netanyahu for the invitation and for receiving me with so much warmth,” promising to build “a strong and resilient partnership with Israel.” “My visit celebrates the strength of centuries-old links between our societies,” he added. “The people of Israel have built a nation on democratic principles. They have nurtured it with hard work and the spirit of innovation. India applauds your achievements.” The Indian prime minister mentioned Netanyahu’s fallen brother, Yoni, who was killed on July 4, 1976 during a raid to free Israeli hostages being held in Entebbe, Uganda, 41 years ago. “Your heroes are an inspiration for the young-
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er generations,” he said. At the airport ceremony Netanyahu said the two countries are establishing a $40 million innovation fund “as a seed for further innovation” and are working together in “water, agriculture, security, energy, many, many other fields.” “It’s said that in Silicon Valley in California, the two most-heard languages are Hindi and Hebrew,” the Israeli prime minister quipped. “Occasionally one hears native English too.” Before Modi touched down in Israel on Tuesday, both Netanyahu and Modi co-authored an opinion piece hailing the significance of this week’s visit. “The natural partnership between India and Israel, formally elevated 25 years ago to full diplomatic relations, has grown stronger from year to year. The deep connection between our peoples reflects our many similarities in spirit, if not in size,” the two leaders wrote in the piece, which was published in The Times of India and Israel Hayom newspapers. “The Jewish community in India was always welcomed with warmth and respect and never faced any persecution,” Modi and Netanyahu noted. “The Jews of Indian origin in Israel are proud of their heritage and have left an indelible imprint on both societies. Both communities serve as a human bridge between our nations.”
An Innovative Leader Modi is a unique leader for the Indian nation. He was not born a Brahmin; as a child, he sold tea alongside his father in a train station. But Modi has risen through the ranks of Indian leadership with a reputation grounded in change and ability; as prime minister since 2014, Modi has worked on economic growth to the extent that today India’s GDP exceeds that of China. He’s also increased inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) to India. He has generated programmatic reforms of the economy. These reforms are meant to make lasting changes to India’s economic structure, reforms world economic experts have long advised but have never been implemented. The reforms include changing the currency (he hopes to make a cashless economy one day), revising laws on bankruptcy, the introduction of a nationwide sales tax, and permitting foreign investors to participate in construction projects. Modi has the charisma and cunning to push them through. Even in foreign policy, Modi says, he does not believe in “isms”; he focuses on the motto, “Together with all, development for all.” In doing this, Modi has shifted India’s fifty-yearold policy of non-alignment with the world’s military powers. At the same time, Modi has been working to fund essential “public goods,” such as a modern infrastructure network, modern school facilities and welltrained teachers, and state-of-the-art medical facilities even in rural areas. Modi’s charisma, gregariousness, and acumen are underscored by his political perspicacity. For instance, when he met last week
with Donald Trump, Trump was unprepared for the public bear hug from the Indian premier. The administration expected Modi to raise issues regarding the Paris accord, immigration, and H1 visas that control the flow of Indian workers to jobs in the United States. Trump was prepared with responses – but Modi specifically ignored the issues. Modi knows, as Forbes reported, that he and Trump disagree on this and that speaking about it will not shape policy nor shift Trump’s nativist vision. But by not raising these issues, Modi kept the White House on its toes and limited his talks to issues that mattered to India’s economic growth: non-government meetings with U.S. businesses and investors.
Partnering with the Jewish State So what are Modi’s goals on this historic trip to Israel? Aside from a focus on terrorism and counter-terrorism cooperation, Modi expects to have “in-depth talks with Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu on the full spectrum of our partnership and strengthening it in diverse fields for mutual benefit. We will also have the chance to discuss major common challenges like terrorism.” He also hopes Israel will become a technology partner in India’s “transformation. Israel’s capabilities offer a good match for our flagship schemes like Clean Ganga [the effort to clean the Ganges River] and Smart Cities.” Modi believes in a thriving military and military relationships. He therefore will have three days of talks with Netanyahu in the hope to advance sales and production of missiles, drones, and radar systems under his
in Israel. The two countries see themselves as bulwarks of democracy in a region rife with illiberal leaders,” said CNN New Delhi Bureau Chief Ravi Agrawal. As well as an increased defense relationship, Netanyahu and Modi are expected to announce strategic partnerships in water, agriculture, and space technology. Modi will be speaking about a plan of Israeli help in India’s food security. He wishes to expand 26 agriculture expertise centers that Israel set up in 15 Indian states to increase efficient production of produce, from vegetables to mangoes and pomegranates. Modi is visiting an Israeli farm to see firsthand “precision agriculture” and Israeli agricultural technology at work. Furthermore, he is seeing water management, treatment, and purification plants to learn water management from the Israelis. Modi sees Israel as a country that was once water-deficient, but now sells water to the Jordanians. There is, as his ambassador to Israel noted, “a lot to learn from Israel.” In fact, since 1992, the number of drip irrigation projects launched by Israeli companies in India has grown from $1 million to more than $1 billion. As Amnon Ofen, director of NaanDanJain Irrigation, said about this agro-revolution, “We are giving holistic solutions and this is what the farmer needs.” His company has been focusing on the smallscale farmer, the farmer with less than an acre of land. Israeli companies, that dominate 50 percent of the global drip-irrigation market, dominate 75 percent of the Indian market. In fact, self-motivated farmer groups have been visiting Israel to see how a desert became a center for the most advanced experiments in
“It’s said that in Silicon Valley in California, the two most-heard languages are Hindi and Hebrew,” the Israeli prime minister quipped. “Occasionally one hears native English too.” signature “Make in India” drive. This drive underscores Modi’s vision of a domestic defense industry that relies less on importing arms and more on manufacturing them in India. Modi seeks foreign companies to set up production in India. India and Israel are collaborating on the Barak-8 air defense system, a system built jointly by the two countries. Because India is Israel’s biggest arms market, buying an average of $1 billion in arms a year, Israeli defense firms are adjusting to joint projects with India by collaborating with local factories in India. This past April, the two countries signed an air and missile defense deal worth almost $2 billion, the largest defense contract in Israel’s history. “As India seeks to modernize and grow its defense capabilities, it could find an able ally
agriculture. Israel has helped these agriculturalists, and now 15 million Indian farmers benefit from drip irrigation. However, this is only 3 percent of the overall irrigation in India; other farmers rely on wasteful irrigation methods. Modi, with a more formal government-led partnership, hopes to bring the numbers up from 3 percent to 20 percent over the next ten years. Modi is also visiting Tel Aviv to address 4,000 members of the Indian community of Israel, as well as students of agriculture, chemistry, and biology. Many diamond merchants from Gujarat, a state in Western India, work in Tel Aviv. “I am particularly looking forward to interacting with the large vibrant Indian diaspora in Israel that represents an enduring link between our two peoples,”
Modi wrote on Facebook prior to his visit. About 12,000 non-Jewish Indian nationals currently live and work in Israel, as well as some 80,000 Israeli Jews with at least one parent of Indian origin. Only 5,000 Jews remain in India today. In addition to those from India who live in Israel, the Indian prime minister will be paying respects to Indian soldiers buried in a Haifa cemetery. Professor Joseph Klafter, president of Tel Aviv University, said, “The India-Israel relationship is poised to become broad, inclusive and influential, and ... I am convinced that we can do a great deal more to deepen research ties.... Support is especially vital for shared priority fields such as food security, water, precise agriculture, cyber and IoT, biomed and communications. Joint R&D will help drive innovation and enhance the knowledge economies in both countries.” He added, “Our Indian student population at Tel Aviv University has quadrupled over the last few years and each graduate who goes home to India expands and extends our bilateral friendship in an outstanding ripple effect.” Notably, Modi is meeting with ten-yearold Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents, Gavriel and Rivka, were killed during the November 26, 2008 attacks on the Nariman Chabad House in Mumbai. Modi is visiting Moshe’s grandparents, Rabbi and Mrs. Shimon Rosenberg, as well as Moshe’s Indian nanny, Sandra Samuels, who saved him during the onslaught. “It’s a huge honor and comes as a pleasant surprise. I am deeply touched. It’s a clear indication that the Indian government cares for the victims of 26/11 terror attack,” Sandra Samuels says. She still visits Moshe twice a week and works at ALEH, a home for special children in Israel.
his week, Modi and Netanyahu will not only make history by making a special friendship a public occasion, but they will forge alliances that will benefit both the people of Israel and the people of India. Interviewed by Israel’s Channel 2 prior to this week’s visit Modi – who began the conversation by saying, “Shalom” and ended it with todah rabah (thank you) – hailed Israel’s growth and development “against the odds,” saying the sheer pace of its progress had “prompted everyone to look at it in amazement… When ‘Israel’ is mentioned, people think of innovation, technology, start-ups, space, agriculture, maximal use of resources. That’s Israel’s fingerprint,” said Modi. “All those things are appropriate to the Indian outlook. All those things cause us to work shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel – to widen our horizons together,” he said. “With your potential and our potential, the sky is the limit.” -
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Notable Quotes “Say What?!”
I didn’t. I didn’t get any sun today. - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie when asked by reporters if he got to enjoy the beautiful weather on Sunday, while the NJ government was shut down and state beaches were closed to the public
He did not get any sun. He had a baseball hat on
.- Christie’s spokesman Brian Murray after a Star-Ledger drone captured a picture of Gov. Christie lounging on a vacant state beach with his family at the governor’s vacation home
It’s good to laugh together. Have fun with each other, but don’t make jokes at the expense of the other. - Donald Hart, age 99, to ABC News at his and his wife, Vivian’s, 80th wedding anniversary, giving
What a great bit of journalism by the Star-Ledger. They actually caught a politician being where he said he was going to be with the people he said he was going to be with — his wife and his children and their friends. I’m sure they’re going to get a Pulitzer for this; they caught me. - Gov. Christie on FOX5NY on Monday morning
some marriage tips
Always be sure to put G-d first in your life. - Vivian, age 99, chiming in
That’s the way it goes. Run for governor, and you can have the residence. - Ibid.
Be always willing to help and stay alert to your spouse ... We don’t keep our mind on our troubles. - Ibid.
I saw yesterday Republican senators took coach buses to the White House to meet with Trump about healthcare. You could tell which senators actually read the bill, ‘cuz they were the ones buckling their seatbelts.
Trump’s action could push the Earth over the brink, to become like Venus, with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees and raining sulphuric acid. – Stephen Hawking talking to the BBC about Trump leaving the Paris Climate Agreement
– Jimmy Fallon
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The Democratic establishment has vortexed the party’s narrative energy into hysteria about Russia (a state with a lower GDP than South Korea). It is starkly obvious that were it not for this hysteria insurgent narratives of the type promoted by Bernie Sanders would rapidly dominate the party’s base and its relationship with the public. Without the “We didn’t lose – Russia won” narrative the party’s elite and those who exist under its patronage would be purged for being electorally incompetent and ideologically passé. – Julian Assange
Reading fiction builds empathy. It helps us put ourselves in others’ shoes. – Hillary Clinton speaking at the American Library Conference
Nancy Pelosi was talking about her first meeting with Trump and she said that he served pigs in a blanket and kosher meatballs. It’s good to know that even the president has a bunch of food from Costco that he is trying to get rid of. - Jimmy Fallon
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I’m going to say something that in some ways is sympathetic to Trump. As I traveled across Syria, meeting with Syrian fighters who were trying to take down the regime of Bashar al Assad, every time the name “President Trump” was mentioned, there were cheers from the audience. -Washington Post columnist David Ignatius giving rare praise to President Trump on MSNBC while talking about a recent trip he took to Syria
Here’s what I’m worried about … that Donald Trump is actually not losing. When you talk to people who are like you who are in our studio and the people I hang out with he’s a clown and he’s a loser and the tweets and all that stuff. He had a fundraiser this week – for 2020. He’s not [messing] around. He’s running again already. - Bill Maher on HBO
People [will] only work four hours a day and maybe four days a week. My grandfather worked 16 hours a day in the farmland and [thought he was] very busy. We work eight hours, five days a week and think we are very busy. - Alibaba Group Chairman Jack Ma talking to MSNBC about what life will be like in 30 years
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Yochai Ben-Nun A Hero of the Sea By Avi Heiligman
To become a top military commander servicemen and women usually follow the well-traveled path of going through a war college and studying under other commanders. It takes years of leadership training and understanding tactics to reach this level. Many of the early Israeli commanders weren’t afforded this opportunity as the need for leaders arose in 1948. Soldiers, sailors and airmen were recruited, and many of the leaders had served in prewar units such as the Palmach. One of these young leaders formed a naval commando unit that today is world-renowned. Yochai Ben-Nun had shown tenacity and daring on missions before he founded Shayetet 13 and was able to have them perform mission otherwise thought to have not been feasible. Born in Haifa and raised in Yerushalayim, Yochai Ben-Nun was born in 1924 into a family that had come to Israel during the First Aliyah (1882-1903). As with many young Zionists, Yochai took on a new last name; his parents’ last name was Fishman. In 1942 he joined the Palmach and trained while rising in the ranks. The Palyam, the Palmach’s naval branch, was only set up in 1944, and Ben-Nun joined the ranks of the small seaborne platoon. In an undercover operation two Royal Navy (British) ships were sunk by a small squad of underwater commandos with Ben-Nun leading the way. During this time Ben-Nun studied medicine at Hebrew University. The Palyam specialized in escorting tens of thousands of survivors out of the remains of Churban Europa as well as bringing in vital arms for the rest of the
Palmach. They also trained in underwater sabotage and other seaborne activities. From the outset of the Israeli War of Independence (1948-1949), Ben-Nun was active when the Palyam was formed into the Israeli Navy. Working with little resources and few men the sailors improvised with what they could procure. Only four ships were available to the navy during the war but their main threat was the enemy’s navy. A big target was the Egyptian flagship, the cruiser Emir Farouk. Yochai Bin-Nun commanded the na-
Egyptian sailors aboard were relaxed. The Moaz was the main Israeli ship involved and released five small boats manned by the commandos. Two of the boats were to head straight to the target and Ben-Nun would stand by if a reserve boat was needed. Yaakov Vardi was to attack the minesweeper but in the confusion attacked the Emir Farouk instead. With the two explosive boats hitting the Emir Farouk, she sank in less than five minutes. Ben-Nun saw the mistake and he headed towards the minesweeper. His
With the two explosive boats hitting the Emir Farouk, she sank in less than five minutes. val sabotage unit and had acquired small boats that could be outfitted with explosives. These one-man boats could be aimed at a target while the operator leaped into the water to be picked up by a recue craft (these were not suicide missions like the ones that the Japanese implemented during WWII against American ships). Ben-Nun trained the 20 or so men on the Kineret with these six boats that had arrived from Italy. On October 22, the Emir Farouk and an escorting minesweeper were spotted off the coast of Gaza, and the go-ahead for the mission was given. It was right before the ceasefire and the
ejection seat was stuck and he was headed full speed towards the ship in a boat full of explosives. Finally, he was able to snap off the handle and jump into the water at a mere 40 meters from the target. The boat exploded against the minesweeper and damaged it so badly that the Egyptians never repaired it. The three Israeli commandos were picked up by a rescue boat and headed back to the Moaz. The mission was a success, and the navy finally had its first victory. Ben-Nun became the commander of the explosives unit stationed in Jaffa. At the end of 1949, it was decided to unify the unit of explosive boats com-
manded by Ben-Nun with the diving unit commanded by Yosef Dror. On January 1, 1950, the united unit, the 13th Squadron, was established. Ben-Nun was appointed to its first headquarters, while Dror was appointed its deputy. This special unit that Ben-Nun commanded soon came to be called Shayetet 13. BenNun served as its head until September of that year. He then moved with his wife to the U.S. and graduated with honors from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. When he returned to Israel he was sent to Liverpool, England, to command the newly purchased Destroyer INS Yafo and take her to Israel. He then was appointed again as commander of Shayetet 13. During the Sinai Campaign in 1956 he participated in the capture of an Egyptian destroyer. In 1960 he was appointed as commander of the Israeli Navy and helped them expand their fleet. Ben-Nun retired in 1966 but volunteered for the navy during the Six Day War. He spent the war helping plan operations for his former command. Later he founded Israel’s Institute for Research of Oceans and Lakes, which was a semi-governmental organization. BenNun died in 1994 in New York and was buried in Israel. For his actions during the Israeli War of Independence he was awarded the Hero of Israel decoration. In 1970 his award was replaced with the Medal of Valor – all Heroes of Israel were automatically awarded the new medal. Avi Heiligman is a weekly contributor to The Jewish Home. He welcomes your comments and suggestions for future columns and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Bialy Blues By Jon Kranz
any years ago, when legendary prizefighter Muhammad Ali entered the boxing ring, he typically did so to a chorus of fanatical fans passionately chanting, “Ali, Ali, Ali!” Similarly, many years ago, when hungry Jews entered the average kosher bakery, they would cry out for their favorite yeasty treat by chanting, “Bi-aly, Bialy, Bi-aly!” Nowadays, however, you would be hard-pressed to find people chanting for a bialy. Granted, these days you also are unlikely to find people chanting for other classic edible items like kishke (stuffed intestines), gribenes (chicken skin cracklings), or p’tcha (pickled calves feet). The delicious bialy used to be a fixture in every Jewish bakery but its glory days are a thing of the past. So, the question is, what happened to our beloved bialy? The bialy, which hails from Bialystok, Poland, is a small round roll that is a bit smaller than your average bagel, but the slight size disparity is not what sets the bialy apart. Unlike a bagel, the bialy is baked (not boiled) and has a stuffed center (i.e., no hole). Yes, bialys are sort of like hamantaschen except that the bialy’s exposed filling typically comes in only one classic flavor: diced onions. Thus, you certainly will not find an apricot- or prune-filled bialy. Of course, bialys and hamantaschen have another crucial difference, namely, you will not find a triangular bialy, and if you do, guess what? It’s not a bialy, just like a bagel stick is really not a bagel. Indeed, as in the case of bialys, some things – by definition – must be round, including a (i) wheel, (ii) planet Earth (just ask Pythagoras), (iii) theatre-in-the-
round, and (iv) the table used by King Arthur and his knights. Other items, however, do not have to be round in order to maintain their identity, e.g., a Sicilian pizza is rectangular but it still is considered a pizza and a football technically is a prolate spheroid but it still is considered a ball. The bialy’s sunken core arguably looks like a golfer took a lousy swing and chopped out a divot. Some bakers refer to this indentation as the bialy’s “depression.” That term is most appropriate because it is thoroughly
ure out what to do with all of their large peanut-eating animals: “OK, folks, we literally and figuratively need to address the elephant in the room.”) With respect to the plight of the bialy, the “elephant in the room” is the disgusting disloyalty exhibited by the bialy’s wicked, manipulative and power-hungry step-brother, the now ubiquitous bagel. (Cue Darth Vader/Imperial March music: “Dun, Dun, Dun, Dun-dada, Dun-dada . . .”) The allegedly sinister bagel seems to delight in the bialy’s downfall and
In fact, authorities have accused the bagel of secretly funding a despicable anti-bialy campaign with slogans like “No Hole, No Soul,” “Diced Onions Cause Sadness” and “Bialy: The Dead Bread.”
depressing how the bialy has become an endangered species. In fact, many of today’s youngsters have never even heard of a bialy. Of course, most of today’s youth also have never heard of a typewriter, black and white television set, Atari 2600, DeLorean sports car, phones with cords, Pan Am Airlines, Crocodile Dundee, Hall & Oates or the 1981 hit song “Bette Davis Eyes.” If we are going to discuss the bialy’s demise, we must address the elephant in the room. (As an aside, that is the same expression used when Ringling Brothers recently went out of business and had to fig-
apparently is rooting for the bialy’s extinction. In fact, authorities have accused the bagel of secretly funding a despicable anti-bialy campaign with slogans like “No Hole, No Soul,” “Diced Onions Cause Sadness” and “Bialy: The Dead Bread.” According to Interpol, the bagel’s actual motivation is to increase the popularity of his bashert across the pond, the English muffin. How can the bialy possibly compete with all of those delicious nooks and crannies? Putting aside such conspiracy theories, if you emphasize the “aly” in bialy, it might bring to mind images of the character “Prince Ali”
from Disney’s 1992 animated movie and current Broadway sensation, Aladdin. Prince Ali, of course, was none other than Aladdin in disguise, courtesy of the big blue Genie. For fun (and especially for elementary school children who read this column religiously, even though it is beneath them), let’s imagine a musical about the bialy featuring Aladdin’s show-stopping hit number, “Prince Ali,” but re-titled as “Prince Bi-aly” (please pronounce bialy as bi-ALY): Prince Bi-aly, fabulous he, bialy bonanza He’s the best, cannot contest, definitely! He faced the onion-topped rolls, a hundred bagels with holes He’s baked by the menschiest trolls Yes, it’s Prince Bi-aly. He is always baked to perfection, boiling is just not how he rolls When it comes to exotic-diced onions, he pleases every Jew, I’m telling you The best in the bakery Prince Bi-aly, delicious is he, bialy bonanza That soft crust, it is a must, so powdery So, get on out to the store, buy some and then by some more Get all of them you can score, cause it’s Prince ... Bi-aly! Bottom-Line: To put it in Shakespearean terms, a modern-day Hamlet most certainly would ask: “To bi-aly or not to bi-aly. That is the question.” Jon Kranz is an attorney living in Englewood, New Jersey. Send any comments, questions or insults to jkranz285@ gmail.com.
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What Would You Do If… Moderated by Jennifer Mann, LCSW of The Navidaters
My single friends and I often wonder why our married friends and their husbands don’t try harder to help us out in the shidduch department. Clearly their husbands have single friends who may be potentials for us singles, but we find most of them (definitely not all) don’t seem to be all that busy worrying about us. They have their fulfilling lives going on and we single friends aren’t on the top of their “to do” list. We figure most of them who got married pretty soon after returning from Israel never experienced the angst and fear that we are experiencing, not knowing what our futures have in store for us. So, giving them the benefit of the doubt, we figure they are pretty much clueless toward our struggles. But more amazing than that is when friends of mine who got engaged and married a little later on – and these were the very same girls whom I actually previously sat around with and shared our mutual worries with – fall into the same pattern. Friends who themselves made comments like, “Why can’t our married friends set us up?” are suddenly so busy with their own married lives that they too become too busy or uncaring to get involved in our plight. I never want to sound desperate to these married friends but once in a while I force myself to ask them straight out whether their husbands have any friends or acquaintances who might be potential shidduchim for me. Some of the responses I get are really upsetting. One good friend said, “Yossie really feels uncomfortable getting involved in such things.” Or, “Moshe has so much on his plate right now, I really don’t want to bother him with this.” And these comments are from women who know very well what it is like to wait for that next important call. My questions to the panel are the following: First of all, how do I stop myself from getting angry and hurt by these formerly “great” friends who suddenly seem so uncaring and certainly unloving toward me? And secondly, how can I approach them in a productive way that will shift their attitude so that they take more initiative in bringing together their single friends with their husbands’ single friends? I’m guessing there are so many potential shidduchim that could be made if more effort was put into making this happen. Thank you.
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ood for you for being so understanding of your friends who got married at young ages. You are, however, wondering about your friends who married later and how to remind them of the need to be proactive on behalf of their single friends. Instead of being bitter, you are thoughtful and strategic; you want to take the initiative so that your newly married friends and their spouses try to fix you up. I don’t think it is a matter of being unloving and uncaring. I don’t think you do either. But you are trying to understand why and how they haven’t come up with shidduch suggestions. It’s a very legitimate point. One of the Jewish magazines just featured a fictional story about this very situation to make a point; there was no magic fix. But there were things going on behind the scenes; it seemed like no one was helping but the friends were active and trying. I think it’s up to you to come up with some creative solutions. Most people today know they have to suggest shidduchim and if you give them some innovative ideas, they will respond. Here’s one. Why not suggest to one of the older couples you know to have a Melava Malka for “later marrieds” and a normal single friend. These two couples should be people who really care about you and have tried to fix you up. Take this older couple into your confidence but come up with a concrete way for them to help in a new way. Each member of the couple would have to invite two friends of each gender. Keep it smallish; you want an opportunity to really meet people, not party. The older couple should do the inviting but will probably also use the opportunity to remind the newlyweds that they should be actively helping their friends.
n order to answer your question, let’s begin with Bereishit – Parshat Vayeishev, to be exact. We learn of three prisoners, unjustly accused and banished to a dungeon. One, a chief butler, the second, a chief baker, and the third, Yosef HaTzaddik. Each is miserable, bemoaning their present state and fearful for the future. When the chief butler is miraculously released, Yosef entreats him to remember him (after all, didn’t he predict his imminent pardon?) and put in a good word with Pharaoh so that he may also be set free As we learn, the butler gets busy with his own responsibilities and, before long, it’s “Yosef Who?” The Torah, blueprint for life, is demonstrating an important lesson. While you and your friends were single – in the trenches, so to say – you served as a support system for each other. The friendship, the companionship, the caring, the laughs, the sympathy were deep and genuine. With Hashem’s help, one of your cohorts gets married. While she may have the best intentions, her new role as wife justifiably takes precedence over her earlier friendships. As you posit, she may be busy; she may not want to harangue her new husband; her husband may not have friends who are “marriage material.” You’ve already taken the initiative of asking your married friends to “put in a good word.” To no avail. Bottom line: only Hashem will orchestrate your shidduch. The greater purpose of your friends’ getting married is not for them to be your shadchanim; their marriages should strengthen your bitachon that Hashem will not forget you as He has not forgotten them. I urge you to put your energies into forging new connections (through travel, volunteer work or hobbies) and meeting new shadchanim so that you remain upbeat, optimistic and positive during your (hopefully, short) single years.
can completely sympathize with how you are feeling, as I felt the same way when I was single. It is precisely the motor that drove me into making shidduchim in the first place. Rather than spend time theorizing why your friends don’t help, I will use this opportunity to help you understand where they may be coming from and I will give some practical tips here for our readership, describing how to practically go about getting involved. In terms of your feelings toward those friends who seem to have forgotten about you, as hard as it is, try to forgive them. Shana rishona isn’t so easy for everyone and shid-
Though there is one person out there for you, your job is to contact as many people as you can, make connections, and follow through.
duchim can be very time-consuming. What you can practically do is send your married friends a month-
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I encourage everyone reading this column right now to stop and think about one possible shidduch they can work on this very week!
ly email with your updated resume and an update on what you are looking for. End the email with a thank you message for any effort spent on your behalf. Now to the practical concept: Shidduchim for Newbies, for our dear readers. Anybody with good social etiquette, sensitivity and intuition can and should set people up. The biggest excuse newly married women have for not getting involved is that their husbands don’t want to do it. That’s fine! You’ve met your husband’s friends at the wedding, vort and sheva brachos. All you’ll need your husband for is to give you their contact information. Start a conversation as follows. “Hello, Yaakov? My name is
Mrs. -, married to your friend, Yehuda. We were discussing shidduchim over Shabbos and my husband mentioned your name. I thought it would be a good idea to reach out and hear what you’re looking for, since I have many fantastic friends…” From there the conversation should flow and will lead you in the direction of suggesting an idea. Remember, it is all in Hashem’s hands. You can do it! Here is one more way you can get involved in shidduchim, without even suggesting a match. I will try to summarize a point that my grandmother, Mrs. Rivka Langer, put so eloquently. You will often be asked about a shidduch idea for someone you know, “What do you think of this idea? Do you see it?” Many times, people will respond, “Nah, I don’t see it.” Or, “No, she’s not (insert excuse here) enough.” Either, not bubbly enough, quiet enough, loud enough… The list goes on. I urge you to stop playing G-d in these circumstances. There are countless stories of beautiful shidduchim that came together that had been nixed months/years earlier because somebody said a comment along these lines. Don’t be that person! If they are both good people; do everybody a favor and say nice
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see many women in my practice, who like you, cannot understand how their married friends aren’t making more of an effort to set them up. They are frustrated, sometimes angry, but most of all baffled and even shocked that their friends aren’t pounding the phones and calling single guys on their behalf. I always validate their feelings about it. Anyone in
your shoes understands it, and everyone not in your shoes should try to understand it (if they don’t already). With regard to your anger, it is a natural, normal feeling to have in your situation. You’re not going to not feel anger, ever. When my clients talk about this very issue, I get
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can certainly understand and agree with your assessment of what’s been going on (or, sadly not going on), among your friends. Yes, sometimes you have to walk in another person’s shoes to truly understand what it feels like to be them. Your married friends who never had to worry about their marital future truly have no way of really understanding what goes through your mind. Mind you, I’m not so sure I would totally let them off the hook so easily. There is so much written about the “shidduch crisis,” someone would have to be living under a rock to not realize there is a serious prob-
lem going on and that we all must do our part to make a difference. As they say, “It takes a village.” But for your friends who did walk in your shoes and did have conversations with you about your mutual struggles, I don’t blame you in the least for feeling hurt and disappointed in them. Now, my caveat would be that you should not expect much from any newly married couple. Their first year of marriage is a special time, and it’s not realistic to expect them to be busy with time-consuming shidduchim during that time. But after they’ve settled into married life, I think they are shirking their duties as a friend and as a caring human being if they are not putting out efforts toward shidduchim. I’m thrilled that you wrote in this question and that hopefully many, many people out there, who have never really taken the time to help the singles that they know meet someone wonderful, are taking note. Man is not an island. We are all here to help one another in any way that we can. Living in your own private bubble is no way to live. I encourage everyone reading this column right now to stop and think about one possible shidduch they can work on this very week! Imagine what kind of a difference that would make!
angry too! It almost feels like an injustice! Let’s dig a little deeper. Anger is sort of the “cover” for fear. Anger is a secondary emotion that sometimes hides the primary emotion of fear. If I am angry that my friend is not setting me up, I may be fearful she doesn’t truly love me or I may be fearful that I won’t get married (chas v’shalom!). When we honor our feelings and make space for them, they often stop feeling so overwhelming. So, honor your anger and understand that you have good reason for it. That may help
decrease angry feelings. Other panelists have already given you this food for thought, but it is worthy of being highlighted. Even the best shana rishona (first year of marriage) can be stressful. Husband and wife are busy getting to know each other, learning about their quirks…there is much terrain to explore: how do we manage our parents and in-laws, how do we find alone time with busy schedules, managing financial responsibilities, cooking, cleaning, chores, etc. And then, unfortunately, there are those couples that are having a difficult first year filled with strain and tension. Shana rishona aside, I think you have to swallow your embar-
things when you are asked such a question. It’s for the singles themselves to see if they “see it,” not you. So please, dear readers, think before you speak and you could be part of a shidduch being made. Thank you so much for your important question and raising awareness to such a crucial issue. Iy”H you’ll be on the giving end soon and definitely won’t forget your single friends!
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gious affiliation), ask your parents to get on board, your siblings, call your teachers and principal from high school, anyone who you made a connection with in Israel (if you spent the year), enlist good neighbors and good people from shul. Your neighborhood may have a shidduch group that meets monthly to discuss potential shidduchim. Get your name on that. The good people of the world want to help you. You must remember that. They may need a little push because they get busy with their own lives. Send a little thank you note or a follow up thank you phone call. This can feel like a job. It does take a tremendous amount of work. Though there is one person out there for you, your job is to contact as many people as you can, make connections, and follow through. The rest is in G-d’s hands. If you are reading this, I urge you on this woman’s behalf, and on behalf of all singles, to start think-
rassment (validate, then swallow) and go for it. A good friend may get caught up in her own life but if you call her up and suggest a practical idea, she should be on board…unless she is dealing with a serious and/or time-consuming matter. As other panelists suggested, ask a friend to host a casual Shabbos lunch with like- minded men and women. Every man should be able to meet with every woman and have a good amount of time to get to know one another. If lunch is too much for your friend, ask her to do a casual dessert. What do you say? You say, “Hey, it’s me. I’d really love to meet a great guy and I have an idea I’m so excited about. Would you be willing to help me get started?” There is nothing shameful or burdensome about this. While you’re working the friend angle, you can also work with a shadchan, get involved with YU Connects, Saw You at Sinai and JSwipe (depending on your reli-
ing about setting up one person you know. One. There are so many fabulous singles out there and they may be hesitant to approach you. And you may be hesitant to approach them. We all have to get over ourselves and Just. Do. It. Making a shidduch, or trying, is one of the greatest feelings in the entire world. People are always talking about taking on a mitzvah. Make this one yours. What can you commit to? Six Shabbos afternoon mixers a year? Calling your husband’s friends to try to get the ball rolling on behalf of your single girlfriend? Calling your local shul and trying to advocate for more singles activities? If you are on the board or an active member of your shul, how can your shul get involved? The Navidaters would love to hear what you are willing and excited to take on! We’d also love to hear your innovative ideas for making more Shidduchim! Write us (anonymously if you prefer) with your ideas or personal commit-
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ments, and we will publish it in next week’s column! You never know who will be reading about your idea or commitment and the impact it may have on someone’s life. It is my hope and prayer that you find the right one very soon! Sincerely, Jennifer
Esther Mann, LCSW and Jennifer Mann, LCSW are licensed psychotherapists and dating and relationship coaches working with individuals, couples and families in private practice in Hewlett, NY. To set up a consultation or to ask questions, please call 516.224.7779. Press 1 for Esther, 2 for Jennifer. Visit www.thenavidaters.com for more information. If you would like to submit a dating or relationship question to the panel anonymously, please email email@example.com. You can follow The Navidaters on FB and Instagram for dating and relationship advice.
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Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz zt”l A Pioneer in the Torah Revolution By Susan Schwamm
e was a man of the book for the nation of the book. On Shabbos, Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz, zt”l, passed away at the age of 73. Rabbi Zlotowitz was a pioneer, leading the way in disseminating Torah works to the masses. His life-changing mission began in 1975 when his friend, Rabbi Meir Fogel, z”l, a master mechanech in Toras Emes, passed away suddenly in his sleep, leaving no children behind. Shaken by the loss, Rabbi Zlotowitz was propelled to do something to perpetrate his friend’s legacy, and in just 30 days he authored an English translation and commentary on Megillas Esther for Rabbi Fogel’s shloshim. The manuscript, which has graced shuls on Purim throughout the world for over 40 years, was produced in a mere 30 days. En-
deavoring to publish it before Purim – a few months away – he asked Rabbi Nosson Scherman, then the menahel of Yeshivas Karlin Stalin, to edit the piece and to write an introduction, an overview. Rabbi Zlotowitz used his printing and design business – a small company called ArtScroll – to publish the work. “It sold 20,000 [copies], which was unprecedented in 1976,” Rabbi Nosson Scherman said in an interview in 2012. “There had grown up a whole generation who might have learned in yeshivos, but their first language was English. They could learn a pasuk with Rashi but it was difficult for them... Here was something they could pick up, learn at their leisure, get a very good idea of what the pasuk is, what the meforshim were saying,” he recalled about ArtScroll’s early years.
With the gedolim of the time’s encouragement – especially Rav Gifter, who was American-born – the two left their positions to start a literary revolution. As Rabbi Scherman noted, their new pursuit was “more than full-time – it was time and a half.” “It is fulfilling a role of quenching the thirst of people for traditional, accurate and un-editorialized Torah literature,” Rabbi Zlotowitz once said about the goal of ArtScroll. In describing the company’s mission he used one word: “precision.”
he publication of the rest of the megillos followed Megillas Esther and Klal Yisroel clamored for more. Throughout the years Rabbi Zlotowitz wrote a six-volume commentary on Sefer Bereishis as well as a sefer on Pirkei
Avos and seforim on the yomim tovim. ArtScroll became synonymous with Torah works, producing thousands of volumes of Tanach, Mishnayos, Shas Bavli and Yerushalmi. It follows us around the year, as we take out its seforim to pray, say Tehillim, learn halacha, and be inspired. Who doesn’t have an ArtScroll Chumash at home? Which shul’s shelves aren’t packed with hundreds of ArtScroll siddurim and sifrei Tehillim? Who hasn’t seen ArtScroll machzorim clutched in mispallelim’s hands on yomim tovim and yomim noraim? Which kosher kitchen doesn’t have a cabinet dedicated to the cookbooks that ArtScroll produces for the kosher cook? This generation has been brought up with ArtScroll in its classrooms, its homes, and its hous-
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es of learning. There are books and seforim for every genre – halacha, machshava, stories of inspiration, and stories connecting this generation to their past. And ArtScroll spans the globe and traverses languages. Its seforim can be found in France for French-speaking Jews and in Mexico for those who speak Spanish. They are used by children, adults, those who are more learned, and those who are just starting out. Thousands have acknowledged that without their ArtScroll seforim they would not have been able to accomplish and master Torah learning.
orn in 1943 in Brooklyn, NY, Rabbi Zlotowitz’s father, Rav Aharon, z”l, led a shul and worked as a mohel and mashgiach. Rabbi Zlotowitz attended RJJ on the Lower East Side and continued on to study at Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem. There, he forged a strong relationship with HaRav Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, and eventually received semicha from the gadol hador. The bond with the Feinstein mishpacha continued after Reb Moshe’s passing; Rabbi Zlotowitz would speak with Rav Dovid Feinstein, shlita, weekly. Indeed, it was Reb Dovid who told the Zlotowitz mishpacha that even though hespedim are generally not given on Rosh Chodesh, brief hespedim should be said by Rabbi Zlotowitz’s children at his levaya out of respect for the Torah that he was responsible in spreading. According to Rabbi Scherman, Rabbi Zlotowitz was the force behind ArtScroll. “He had an iron will and the drive to make sure his ideas became reality. The Mishnay-
os, Shas – he was the one who made them happen,” he said. The goal, Rabbi Zlotowitz once said, “is to write the kind of work that is structured in such a way that both the laymen, the newcomer and the scholar can each glean from it.” One of his biggest joys, he said, was going to Eretz Yisroel and seeing gedolim learning from seforim that ArtScroll produced. Rabbi Zlotowitz was founder, writer, researcher, publisher and fundraiser at ArtScroll. He worked tirelessly to ensure that deadlines were met, especially when it came
ery segment of the community and coalesces them together under the banner of Torah education.” Over the years, with Rabbi Zlotowitz and Rabbi Scherman at the helm, ArtScroll has been able to produce over 2,000 books including seforim, novels, textbooks, children’s books, cookbooks, and history books. Ask an Orthodox Jew which ArtScroll book connects most to him or her, and you’ll undoubtedly get varied responses. Perhaps it’s the sefer Tehillim from which she whispers her daily kapitlach, or perhaps it’s his pocket-sized Mishnayos
“It’s exhilarating to listen to people describe how the various books have impacted their daily life.”
to producing Shas in time with the Daf Yomi cycle. He forged a special relationship with Jerome Schottenstein, z”l, and later with his son, ybl”c, Jay Schottenstein, who became the leading patron of the ArtScroll Talmud Bavli, as well as many other projects. It took 15 years to produce all the volumes in the Shas, and those editions grace the tables around which Daf Yomi participants plumb Gemara depths daily. Without them it is certain that many would not be able to attempt and to succeed at Torah study. “This was the Schottenstein idea,” Rabbi Zlotowitz once explained, “to be involved in various projects that unify and address ev-
that he takes on the train. He may appreciate the “coffee table” sized books on history, and she may enjoy its iconic Hagaddah used year after year, filled with bits of matzah and burgundy-colored dabs of wine. “When you plant an oak tree, it takes many years for it to sprout,” Rabbi Zlotowitz once said. “But on the nachas side, the gratification [with ArtScroll], it’s almost instant gratification. For many years we published volumes of Talmud at an incredible rate of one volume every nine weeks... That’s the kind of pace that one can see the impact.” He added, “It’s exhilarating to listen to people describe how the various books have impacted their
daily life.” The story of ArtScroll began with the encouragement of daas Torah, and its founders remained in constant touch with the gedolim. One of Rabbi Zlotowitz’s sons pointed out at the levaya, “Every decision was with daas Torah. He didn’t take the zechus lightly. The zechus of harbatzas Torah is a gift from the Ribbono Shel Olam and it was not taken lightly.”
espite being involved in extensive projects and pushing towards deadlines, his son recalled that his children always felt that they were the center of his universe. He always had time for them. “Each of us were an only child and the same is true for every grandchild. He took every one of our calls no matter what.” Rabbi Zlotowitz would sit next to his children during davening and quietly explain the tefillos to them. Rabbi Zlotowitz may have been known for his books but he was also a people’s person, connecting and caring for others. He would spend countless hours counseling and advising others. He showed tremendous respect to others and their work. Rabbi Zlotowitz also had a witty sense of humor, with which he connected with others. Rabbi Meir Zlotowitz leaves behind his wife, children, and grandchildren. And there are thousands of seforim that line shelves of Yiddishe homes throughout the world that can attest to his devotion and dedication to limmud and harbatzas haTorah. Yehi zichro baruch.
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Health & F tness
Hydration is the Key to Health By Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN
hen you ask the average person, “What’s a surefire way to lose weight without dieting or exercising?” the most common response is to drink a lot of water. Water is famous for aiding in weight loss. How? Drinking water generally replaces sugary beverages, avoiding all those excess calories. Drinking water also helps your body burn stored fat by flushing out all the byproducts of fat. Drinking water also flushes toxins from your body, preventing constipation and regulating bowel movements. Furthermore, drinking plenty of water fills you up, thus suppressing your appetite so you don’t eat as much. But that’s not the only reason why drinking water is so healthy. Drinking water should not be an added chore in order to lose weight. Drinking water should second nature. It’s extremely important to drink plenty of water daily and here’s why. The brain is composed of 95% water; blood is 82% water; the lungs are nearly 90% water. Not only is water the most abundant nutrient in the body, it’s also the most crucial. Water is also the most critical nutrient for health, growth, and development. It is critical to the balance of all the body’s systems, including the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys and muscles. Sufficient hydration is important in all stages in life, however, it is extremely important during pregnancy. Staying properly hydrated assists with the liver and kidney function
for the mother and the fetus. During pregnancy, drinking plenty of water also helps the mother combat constipation and increases her blood volume as her body expands and the fetus grows. Dehydration can cause preterm labor and miscarriage. A nursing mother also needs proper hydration to have a steady supply of breast milk for her baby. Why is adequate water intake so crucial? Proper hydration is required
can also include a water-deprivation headache, fatigue, weakness, constipation, dry mouth, parched lips, dizziness, dry or flushed skin, rapid heartbeat, and muscle cramps. Out of these, the most common symptom that you have probably felt numerous times is a dehydration headache. How does dehydration cause a headache? If you lose enough water, your blood volume will drop and this will temporarily lead to lower blood and
Not only is water the most abundant nutrient in the body, it’s also the most crucial. for maintaining healthy blood flow, proper kidney function, proper sodium/potassium/electrolyte balance and proper digestive functions. Water is constantly leaving the body through urination, sweat and excreting bodily fluids, so it is vital to continuously take water into the body to replenish what is lost. A 2% drop in body water can cause a small, but critical shrinkage of the brain, which can impair neuromuscular coordination, decrease concentration, and slow thinking. This is the feeling that most people describe as being lightheaded, weak, and dizzy. The initial symptoms of dehydration include thirst and minor discomfort, but
oxygen flow to the brain. When this occurs, blood vessels in the brain will dilate, which can cause some swelling, thus giving the feeling of headache. The key to avoiding dehydration is using preventative measures to remain hydrated. Be sure to maintain an adequate fluid intake. Try to drink between 8-10 cups of water daily. But don’t drink it all at once. Our bodies cannot handle large amounts of water at once. Drinking too much too quickly can lead to a sluggish, bloated feeling. The best is to gradually consume water throughout the day. Keep a water bottle handy on the go, and have drinks on the table during
mealtimes. Make sure you have a means to refill water bottles when you’re out or take enough full bottles. If you cannot tolerate plain water, try a Crystal Lite packet to give it some flavor, or try seltzer, which is simply carbonated water. It’s important to note that not all fluids are equal when it comes to fluid replacement. Coffee and alcohol are bad choices since both act as diuretics, which promote urination and fluid loss, and can cause or exacerbate dehydration and headaches. On these hot summer days, in addition to drinking plenty of water, it’s important to eat foods with a high water content such as fruits and vegetables (and to avoid foods with a high salt content). That’s why a juicy slice of watermelon tastes so good while soaking up the sun. Next time you head to the beach, pack some fresh, juicy fruits and some crunchy vegetables. And, of course, lots and lots of water! Cindy Weinberger MS, RD, CDN, is a Master’s level Registered Dietitian and Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist. She graduated CUNY Brooklyn College receiving a Bachelor’s in Science and Master’s degree in Nutrition and Food Sciences. She is currently a dietitian at Boro Park Center and a private nutrition consultant. She can be reached at CindyWeinberger1@gmail.com.
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The Great Muslim Civil War – and Us By Charles Krauthammer
he U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on? It might appear a mindless mess, but the outlines are clear. The great Muslim civil war, centered in Syria, is approaching its post-Islamic State phase. It’s the end of the beginning. The parties are maneuvering to shape what comes next. It’s Europe, 1945, when the war was still raging against Nazi Germany, but everyone already knew the outcome. The maneuvering was largely between the approaching victors – the Soviet Union and the Western democracies – to determine postwar boundaries and spheres of influence. So it is today in Syria. Everyone knows that the Islamic State is finished. Not that it will disappear as an ideology, insurgency and source of continuing terrorism both in the region and the West. But it will disappear as an independent, organized, territorial entity in the heart of the Middle East. It is being squeezed out of existence. Its hold on Mosul, its last major redoubt in Iraq, is nearly gone. Raqqa, its stronghold in Syria and de facto capital, is next. When it falls – it is already surrounded on three sides – the caliphate dies. Much of the fighting today is about who inherits. Take the Syrian jet the U.S. shot down. It had been
attacking a pro-Western Kurdish and Arab force (the Syrian Democratic Forces) not far from Islamic State territory. Why? Because the Bashar Assad regime, backed by Iran, Hezbollah and Russia, having gained the upper hand on the non-jihadist rebels in the Syrian heartland (most notably in Aleppo), feels secure enough to set its sights on eastern Syria. If it hopes to restore its authority over the whole country, it will need to control Raqqa and surrounding Islamic State ar-
tive was to demonstrate to Saudi Arabia and the other Sunni Arabs the considerable reach of both Iran’s arms and territorial ambitions. For Iran, Syria is the key, the central theater of a Shiite-Sunni war for regional hegemony. Iran (which is non-Arab) leads the Shiite side, attended by its Arab auxiliaries – Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Shiite militias in Iraq and the highly penetrated government of Iraq, and Assad’s Alawite regime. (Alawites being a non-Sunni sect, often associated with Shiism.)
The Iranian-Russian strategy is a nightmare for the entire Sunni Middle East. And for us too.
eas. But the forces near Raqqa are pro-Western and anti-regime. Hence the Syrian fighter-bomber attack. Hence the U.S. shoot-down. We are protecting our friends. Hence the Russian threats to now target U.S. planes. The Russians are protecting their friends. On the same day as the shootdown, Iran launched six surface-to-surface missiles into Syrian territory controlled by the Islamic State. Why? Ostensibly to punish the jihadists for terrorist attacks two weeks ago inside Iran. Perhaps. But one obvious objec-
Taken together, they comprise a vast arc – the Shiite Crescent – stretching from Iran through Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to the Mediterranean. If consolidated, it gives the Persians a Mediterranean reach they have not had in 2,300 years. This alliance operates under the patronage and protection of Russia, which supplies the Iranian-allied side with cash, weapons and, since 2015, air cover from its new bases in Syria. Arrayed on the other side of the great Muslim civil war are the Sunnis, moderate and Western-allied,
led by Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, Egypt and Jordan – with their Great Power patron, the United States, now (post-Obama) back in action. At stake is consolidation of the Shiite Crescent. It’s already underway. As the Islamic State is driven out of Mosul, Iranian-controlled militias are taking over crucial roads and other strategic assets in western Iraq. Next target: eastern Syria (Raqqa and environs). Imagine the scenario: a unified Syria under Assad, the ever more pliant client of Iran and Russia; Hezbollah, tip of the Iranian spear, dominant in Lebanon; Iran, the regional arbiter; and Russia, with its Syrian bases, the outside hegemon. Our preferred outcome is radically different: a loosely federated Syria, partitioned and cantonized, in which Assad might be left in charge of an Alawite rump. The Iranian-Russian strategy is a nightmare for the entire Sunni Middle East. And for us too. The Pentagon seems bent on preventing it. Hence the Tomahawk attack for crossing the chemical red line. Hence the recent fighter-bomber shootdown. A reasonable U.S. strategy, given the alternatives. But not without risk. Which is why we need a national debate before we commit too deeply. Perhaps we might squeeze one in amid the national obsession with every James Comey memo-to-self? (c) 2017, The Washington Post Writers Group