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By Ed Weintrob Ben Brafman, the tough-as-nails criminal defense attorney, addressed a public love letter to his brother, Rabbi Aaron Brafman zt”l, during a tribute dinner at the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway/Yeshiva Derech Ayson on motzei Shabbos. More than 1,000 people attended. Brafman, a resident of Lawrence, was presented with the first Rabbi Aaron Brafman Memorial Tribute award, six months after the loss of Rabbi Brafman, a builder of the yeshiva and its longtime menahel. “You were my inspiration, Aaron,” Brafman said. “You taught me

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the importance of advocacy, the importance of speaking for Klal Yisroel and eretz Yisroel.” Brafman, whose law clients have included such scandal magnets as filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, Mafia boss Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano, Michael Jackson and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs, said that his notoriety on the pages of the New

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York Times and New York Post was unimportant compared to what he cherished most — “my claim to fame in our world of chinuch and tzedaka and being a mench — and being your brother.” “For my professional advocacy, Aaron, I received many awards, public recognition and approval — but See Brafman on page 31

At 99, LIer is oldest former congressman By Ben Sales, JTA Long Island’s Lester Wolff, who turned 99 in January, served eight terms in the House of Representatives, which is slightly above average for lawmakers.

But the resident of Muttontown, a village in the North Shore town of Oyster Bay, has a distinction few of his colleagues share: He was targeted for death five times. See Wolff on page 14

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By Jeff Bessen Herald Community News Rabbi Dr. Gilbert Klaperman zt”l, an early builder of the Five Towns Jewish community, was niftar on Tuesday. Services were set for 10 am on Wednesday morning at his shul, Congregation Beth Shalom in Lawrence. “He was a builder,” his wife, Susan Alter, a former Brooklyn councilwoman, said on Tuesday. “It says in the Bible that there is a plan for everything under the sun. And it’s now time to mourn a builder who built not only a synagogue, but an entire Jewish community where there was none. … No matter where he was in the world his congregation was the dearest thing to his heart.” Rabbi Klaperman 96. When he arrived in Lawrence in

1950, “it was a nice little goyish town,” he told in 2011. “We were the first and only synagogue. Today there’s a shteeble on every corner.” “He was essential in the development and growth of the Five Towns Jewish community over the last 70 years, helped establish not only the first Orthodox synagogue in our community but in Nassau County,” said Rabbi Kenneth Hain, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Sholom. “He also helped create the important infrastructure — such as the Hillel (now HAFTR) school, the establishment of the eruv to enhance Sabbath observance, and he was a founder of the Five Towns Vaad Hakashrut.” “He was a man of great intellect and vision who will be deeply missed by our See Klaperman on page 14

Israel, Iran, Syria trade blows. Does it mean war? Analysis by Ben Sales, JTA Israel and Iran have been clashing for years. But on Saturday, their war of words briefly became an actual fight. In short succession, Iran sent a drone into Israel, Israel shot it down and took out the drone launcher in Syria, Iranian-allied Syria downed an Israeli plane, and Israel bombed Syrian bases. Are Israel and Iran at war? Will Israel be intervening more in Syria’s civil war? How will this affect Israel’s dormant but never-ending conflict with Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group and Iranian proxy? Here’s a rundown of what happened, where it’s all coming from and what — if anything — it means for the future of Israel and its neighbors to the north. Israel, Iran and Syria clashed. On Saturday morning, Iran sent a drone into Israeli airspace and Israel shot it down. While Iran sponsors groups and countries that have attacked Israel, this appears to be the first time it has directly violated Israeli territory. In response, Israel bombed the drone launcher, which was in central Syria, near the city of Palmyra. Syria, an ally of Iran, retaliated by downing one of the Israeli F-16 jets that had struck the drone launcher. The Israeli pilots managed to eject over Israeli territory, evading capture. One has been released from the hospital and the other is recovering. Israel responded to the downed jet by bombing a dozen Iranian and Syrian military targets in Syria. On Monday, Israeli military officials estimated that the strikes had wiped out about half of Syria’s air force. Since then, there have been no further clashes among Iran, Syria and Israel. Israel has long been at odds with Iran and Syria. It isn’t news that Iran and Israel are at each other’s throats. Iranian leaders have called for

Israeli soldiers taking positions near the border with Syria on Feb. 10.

the destruction of Israel and bankroll militant groups that have been attacking Israel for decades — primarily Hamas in Gaza and Hezbollah in Lebanon. Threats by Iran to wipe Israel off the map have fueled Jerusalem’s blanket opposition to Iran’s nuclear program. Iran is also a major sponsor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Syria has been technically at war with Israel since their last conflict in 1973. Iran provides Assad’s regime with funding, and Hezbollah has been fighting on Assad’s side in his civil war against a range of opposition groups. Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made opposing Iran the singular focus of his administration since he returned to office in 2009. He has focused most of his fire on the 2015 deal to curb Iran’s nuclear program, and has warned repeatedly that allowing Iran to obtain nuclear weapons threatens Israel’s existence. But Netanyahu has also criticized Iran’s regional aggression, its human rights record and

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its role in Syria’s civil war. His opposition to Shiite Iran has drawn him closer to Sunni Arab states like Saudi Arabia, which are also wary of Iran becoming too powerful. And while Israel as a policy tries to stay out of the Syrian civil war, it has bombed weapons shipments between Syria and Hezbollah. The concern is that Hezbollah will use those weapons to attack Israel. An Israeli Air Force official said that Israel has conducted thousands of missions in Syria just in the past year. But Iran’s drone suggests that it’s getting more assertive. Since Syria’s civil war began in 2011, Iran and its proxies have been focused mostly on helping Assad fight opposition forces. But now that Assad looks like he’s going to win, Iran may be looking to set up bases on Syria’s border with Israel. Using those bases, either Iran or Hezbollah could attack Israel, opening up another front in their conflict. “As the Assad regime gains the upper hand, Hezbollah probes the southwest and Iran seeks

to augment its partners’ military capacities, Israel has grown fearful that Syria is becoming an Iranian base,” read a report by the International Crisis Group that was released days before the drone flight. “A broader war could be one miscalculation away.” Netanyahu, in condemning the attack, said the Iranian drone validates his warnings about Iran’s aggression. He said Israel “will continue to do whatever is necessary to protect our sovereignty and our security.” “Iran seeks to use Syrian territory to attack Israel for its professed goal of destroying Israel,” Netanyahu said in a statement Saturday. “This morning Iran brazenly violated Israel’s sovereignty. They dispatched an Iranian drone from Syrian territory into Israel. And this demonstrates that our warnings were 100 percent correct.” Will this mean (another) war? The Israel-Syria border quieted down after Saturday’s conflict, and Israel and Hezbollah haven’t meaningfully fought each other since 2006. But were this weekend’s strikes the opening shots of another war? Both the International Crisis Group and Naomi Chazan, a left-wing former Israeli lawmaker, called on Israel to take diplomatic steps to reduce the chance of a war on the Lebanese and Syrian borders. Hazan wrote in The Times of Israel that a war with Hezbollah could draw in Hamas, who control Gaza, leading Israel to fight a war on multiple fronts at the same time. “The danger of military escalation on several fronts simultaneously increases exponentially,” she wrote. “If [Israel] is to be a major player — and not just a spoiler — it has to consider striking diplomatic, economic and political alliances throughout the region.” But Emily Landau, a senior research fellow at Israel’s Institute for National Security Studies See Syria on page 31

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By JTA The Israel Police on Tuesday night recommended that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu be indicted on bribery and breach of trust charges in two alleged corruption cases. The recommendation comes after yearlong investigations into the two alleged corruption cases. State prosecutors must now decide whether or not to file indictments. Netanyahu in an address to the nation Tuesday night maintained his innocence, saying the recommendations “cast a dark shadow” and “have no place in a democratic state.” “I will keep working for the good of the country, not for cigars from a friend and not for better media coverage,” he said in reference to the accusations. During his tenure as prime minister, some 15 investigations have been opened against Netanyahu to “topple me from power,” he said. The prime minister said he is sure he will be re-elected in the next national elections, which are scheduled for November 2019. Netanyahu has maintained his innocence over

the course of the investigations, saying on more than one occasion, “There will be nothing because there is nothing.” In December, Netanyahu told Likud party supporters at a convention that “there will be recommendations, so what? Here’s a fact you probably don’t know: Over 60 percent of police recommendations are thrown out and never result in indictments.” Netanyahu is at the center of two probes. In one, known as Case 1000, he allegedly received expensive gifts from supporters in return for advancing their interests, including expensive cigars and champagne from the Israeli-born Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. In the other, Case 2000, Netanyahu is alleged to have conspired with Arnon Mozes, the owner of the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot, to advance legislation hobbling the free and pro-Netanyahu tabloid Israel Hayom bankrolled by American billionaire Sheldon Adelson. Milchan and Mozes also would be charged. Police reportedly said that Yair Lapid, head of the opposition Yesh Atid party, was a central witness in the Milchan case.

Rabbi Glatt’s doctorly advice: Get shot, stay home if sick By Tyler Marco, Herald Community News About 52,500 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza across New York were reported of Feb. 3, the most recent data available, according to the state Department of Health. More than 15,000 cases were identified just in the week ending on Feb. 3, a record for the most confirmed cases in one week since the state began reporting numbers in 2004. I“There have been too many tragic stories from across the state and the country of both children and adults not surviving after becoming ill,” said County Executive Laura Curran. The flu poses the most danger to young chil-

dren, the elderly, and those with other underlying medical conditions, such as heart or lung disease, according to Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt, chairman of medicine at South Nassau Communities Hospital and assistant rabbi at the Young Israel of Woodmere. For this reason, he said, it’s important for people in these categories to go to the doctor if they believe they may have the flu. “When in doubt, go,” he said. Rabbi Dr. Glatt emphasized the importance of prevention when it comes to the flu. This includes practicing good hygiene, avoiding handshakes ,and staying home when symptoms start to prevent spreading it.

Getting vaccinated might not save you from the flu entirely, but it should help, Rabbi Dr. Glatt said. “Your likelihood of a severe illness is much lower with the vaccine,” he explained. “If you do still get it, it’s likely to be more mild and less contagious.” Besides the importance of vaccinating, Rabbi Dr. Glatt stressed the importance of not exposing others to your flu. “A lot of people don’t realize they shouldn’t be going into work,” he said, “or they’re under financial pressure to go even if they might know it’s wrong. You should still try to stay home.”

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Contrary to Schumer’s assertion, major Orthodox groups spoke firmly against President Trump’s equivocation over the Nazi march in Charlottesville.

By Ron Kampeas, JTA WASHINGTON — An otherwise congenial meeting between officials of Jewish organizations and Democratic senators apparently turned testy when New York Senator Charles Schumer, the minority leader, said Orthodox Jews should do more to call out President Donald Trump for failing to confront hate in the United States. Schumer, who often refers to himself as “Shomer” Schumer for his watchful eye on the community’s interests, decried what he depicted as a tepid reaction to Trump’s equivocation following the neo-Nazi and white supremacist march in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August. Members of the Orthodox Union who were present at the meeting last Wednesday responded by saying that it and other groups had expressed concerns about Trump’s remarks in a timely fashion after the demonstration, participants told JTA.

The annual meeting is an off-the-record forum for Democrats and Jewish leaders to exchange notes on topics of concern. JTA spoke to a number of participants who would not go on the record. The perceived intensification of antiSemitism was one of several topics. Others included the Trump administration and Israel, and Democratic efforts to protect illegal immigrants who arrived in the United States as children. The meeting, which ran over an hour and was chaired by Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., attracted 24 Democratic senators, with many of them dropping in for several minutes. That was the case with Schumer, according to participants. OU representatives delivered their reply after Schumer left. The Charlottesville march turned deadly when a white supremacist rammed his car into a crowd of counterdemonstrators, killing

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Kehillas Bais Yehuda Tzvi of Cedarhurst honored Harav Yaakov and Rebbetzin Feitman at its sixteenth annual dinner on Feb. 8. The shul noted the rov’s “chai” anniversary with the shul and 45 years of harbotzas Torah. Pictured from left: Dinner chairs Daniel Burg and Michael Greenfield; former president Tuli Tepfer; Harav Feitman; dinner co-chair Eli Moskowitz, and president Ari Hahn.

one and injuring at least 20. On the day of the march, Aug. 12, Trump blamed “both sides” for the violence, prompting outrage from Democrats and some Republicans, as well as Jewish groups. Over subsequent days, Trump appeared to walk back his equivocation, condemning the neo-Nazis, and then again insisting there were “fine people” on both sides. Orthodox groups condemned both the march, which occurred on a Shabbat, and Trump’s equivocation in real time. “I don’t know if [President Trump] meant to give these groups legitimacy, but that is certainly how [the groups] are taking it, which is a problem,” Rabbi Moshe Bane, the Orthodox

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Kosofsky, 56, of Chabad of Longmeadow, Mass. “Yet since her passing, she has become more and more alive for me.” In the 34 years Kosofsky has served as an emissary, she has attended the Kinus about 20 times. “Inspiration comes in different ways,” she said. “It comes on a bus ride or in conversation … there’s just this kinship that’s so strong.” “It’s a very empowering time,” agreed Mushkie Gurary, 23, co-director of Chabad of Lake Balboa in Van Nuys, Calif., who became an emissary last May. Regarding the gala in particular, Gurary — one of the Rebbetzin’s many namesakes — stated, “It’s a day of strength for all the Mushkas.” This kind of camaraderie is what brought Shachar Banin, co-director of Chabad of Venice, Italy, with her husband, Rabbi Ramy Banin, to the conference this year. (That, and the fact that Rabbi Avi and Mushky Feldman and their children will Chabad her 12-year-old daughter wanted to go.) move to Reykjavík, Iceland, later this year. By attending, she is reminded — even Kotlarsky spoke about the responsibilities of after 28 years as an emissary — of the women emissaries, and their constant emphasis strong connection among these Jewish women. “Even when you’re literally on an island,” on the drive to educate every person who walks which Venice is, she pointed out, “you’re not by into their homes. But while they work yearyourself. It’s encouraging to know that you’re round to inspire others, the conference represents a time when they are invigorated as well. never alone.” Krinsky echoed that sentiment, saying he Chana Nisilevitch of Beth Habad Kehilat Chné-Or in Aubervilliers, France, just north of heard from many women during the four-day Paris, attended the Kinus Hashluchos for the conference that they will return home recharged, first time this year. She admitted that with two refreshed and ready to go. He went on to note that Chabad emissarchildren under 18-months-old and work piled up, she felt she couldn’t possibly go. So she ap- ies are “forging ahead on all fronts around the proached her mashpia for validation to stay back, globe. With every passing week and month, new young couples are off to new destinations, and and instead got the opposite response. She was reminded that “the Rebbe wanted, the Jewish world watches in awe with admirainsisted, that women come, even if it’s hard. You tion and respect and gratitude.” To that end, the gala’s annual roll call of emjust come,” said the 27-year-old. issaries was read aloud by four young women ‘Forging ahead’ Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, vice chairman of filling the role for the first time: Chani Silver Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm (Curaçao), Sheera Bluming (Bahamas), Chani of Chabad-Lubavitch, and Rabbi Yehuda Krin- Edelkopf (Montenegro) and Mushky Feldman sky, chairman of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch, ad- (Iceland). The roll call began with Chabad of Angola and ended with Chabad of Zanzibar. dressed the group as they do every year.






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By Carin Smilk, JNS For the more than 3,000 women who filled each table—every inch of the ballroom at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel—it came as no surprise that such significant news would be announced the same night they honored one of the most significant people in their lives: the Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson. At a gala banquet Sunday marking the 30th anniversary of her passing and the closing event of the annual conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Women Emissaries (Kinus Hashluchos), it was revealed that a young couple will soon be moving to Reykjavik to open Chabad of Iceland—the last major European capital without a Chabad center. The center in Iceland, headed by Rabbi Avi and Mushky Feldman, will be the country’s first institutional Jewish presence; Feldman will be the country’s first permanent rabbi; and aside from congregations formed by British and American troops during World War II, theirs will be the first synagogue in the country’s more than 1,000 years of history. While perhaps 100 Jews have participated in community functions in one way or another, the year-round Jewish population, including university students and staff, is likely closer to 250. Along with the burgeoning tourist industry, which has exploded in the last decade and currently contributes to 10 percent of Iceland’s GDP, those numbers are likely to increase. While Chabad’s forward movement was cheered, challenges faced by the emissaries were


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Trump, in wide-ranging Israel Hayom interview, says Palestinians are not looking to make peace In an interview with Israel Hayom Editor-inChief Boaz Bismuth, President Trump said: •“I have achieved more than I had promised” in year one. •“Israel has to be careful with settlements.” •Israelis and Palestinians would be “foolish” not to make a peace deal. •“I expect to be here a long time,” Trump said when asked him whether the ayatollah regime would still be in place in Iran when he leaves office. “We will see.” By Boaz Bizmuth, Israel Hayom via JNS I interviewed President Trump before Israel clashed with Syrian and Iranian forces at the Syrian border on Saturday. But even then, it was painfully clear that Syria and Iran were testing the U.S., checking how far they can push the Americans (including reports of chemical attacks and hospital bombings in recent days). When I asked Trump if Israel is free to operate in Syria and in Lebanon against Iranian targets, he adopted an air of uncharacteristic ambiguity. But the message was clear — when it comes to Iran, it is best to let actions do the talking. The U.S. is keeping its cards close to its chest. Q: Is it possible to prevent Iran from establishing permanent military bases in Syria and in Lebanon? “You are going to see.” Q: Do you think Israel has a right to defend itself if such bases are in fact established in Syria and Lebanon? “I don’t want to comment on that right now. It is too soon.” Unlike President Obama, Trump realizes that actions are far more powerful than speeches (actions like bombing Syria or relocating the

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started entering Syria in 2015. Q: Do you feel at home in Washington, now, after a year in office? “I do, I really do. I feel very much at home, we have had great success and a great first year. ” Q: Do you think your presidency has achieved most of what you had hoped to achieve in your first year in office? “I think, actually, that I have achieved more than I had promised, in a certain sense. We got certain things done that I am not sure anyone thought were possible, including the biggest tax relief ever, and ANWR [drilling permits], and the [scrapping of] the individual mandate [under Obamacare], and regulation cutting like there has never been. So we have done very well. Beyond expectations.” Q: What was the highlight of your first year, what was the highest point? “I think Jerusalem was a very big point. And I think it was a very important point. The capital, having Jerusalem be your great capital was a very important thing to a lot of people. I have been thanked and in some cases not thanked, to be 100% honest about it. But it was a very important pledge that I made and I fulfilled my pledge.” Q: I think the entire nation of Israel says one big thank you, sir. Was the decision on Jerusalem one of your goals for your first year in office? “That’s right. I said that I would like to be able to do it in the first year. I can understand why many other presidents bailed on their promise, because tremendous pressure was put on them not to do it. The other presidents, all of them have failed in the promise even though they made it as a campaign promise but I understand it because I will tell you, the lobbying against it was tremendous.” Q: What did you mean when you said recently in Davos that Jerusalem was off the table because of your decision? “By taking Jerusalem off the table I wanted to make it clear that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and as for specific boundaries, I would support what both sides agreed to.” Q: Will Israel have to give something in return for the decision on Jerusalem? “I think both sides will have to make hard compromises to reach a peace agreement.” Q: Obviously there is suspense in Israel about the imminent peace plan. When will the U.S. unveil its peace plan? “We are going to see what goes on. Right now, I would say the Palestinians are not looking to make peace, they are not looking to make peace. And I am not necessarily sure that Israel is looking to make peace. So we are just going to have to see what happens.” Q: Will settlements be part of the plan?

“We will be talking about settlements. The settlements are something that very much complicates and always have complicated making peace, so I think Israel has to be very careful with the settlements.” Q: How do you see the future relationship between Gulf countries, including Saudi Arabia, and Israel? “They are getting much better. I think they respect me and they accepted what I did [on Jerusalem]. But the Gulf countries, I have had very good relationship with many of them, but I think time, when people look at all of the death and destruction … years of death, destruction, wealth gone and dissipated, massive amounts of wealth dissipated. I think people are tired of it. That is why making peace is so smart for Israel and for the Palestinians, and it can lead to more than that. But I think Saudi Arabia and other countries have come a long way.” Q: I’m guessing that Egypt and Cairo are supposed to play a key role in the peace plan. Are they willing to play that role? “I think they will, I mean at the right time. I am right now interested in the Palestinians and Israel. I don’t know frankly if we are going to even have talks, we will see what happens, but I think it is very foolish for the Palestinians and I also think it would be very foolish for the Israelis if they don’t make a deal. It’s our only opportunity and it will never happen after this.” Q: Are you willing to cut off support for countries that boycott Israel and to come out against the BDS movement? “I don’t want to say that because you know, some countries maybe and some countries not. I just don’t want to talk about that.” Q: What are your thoughts about U.S.Israel relations right now? “I think they are great. I think Bibi [the popular nickname for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu is a terrific person, a terrific leader, I think the relationships are good, but I think they will be a lot better if they ever get to making a peace deal.” Q: Will Vice President Mike Pence also play a role in this relationship? “Yeah. He is going to play a very important role. He has played an important role.” Q: Would you say that our nations are closer than ever? “I think we are probably closer than ever before. But I feel much better if we can actually make a deal in terms of peace. I mean you certainly weren’t very close with Obama, he gave you the Iran deal, which basically is a deal that says let’s ultimately do bad things to Israel. Obama was terrible. He was absolutely terrible for Israel. I think our relationships are very good. I think they are probably as good as they have ever been.” Q: We in Israel think the 2015 Iran deal effectively recognized the Iranian revolution. “The Iranian deal for Israel is catastrophic. Nothing less. I think it is catastrophic for Israel, in how it was done, how it was allowed to be done, how it was signed, how it was agreed to, it is rather incredible to me. It is a terrible deal for many parties, but I think in particular it is bad, really, for Israel.” Q: But having inherited Obama’s reality, can Iran be contained now? “Absolutely, sure. You see what is going on, they are having riots in the streets.” Q: Are you worried about the political climate in Washington and inside law-enforcement agencies? “I think we have learned a lot over the last three or four weeks. We are learning a lot and we are continuing to learn a lot. I think it will end up very well.” Q: Have you noticed any change in Iran’s behavior since you put them on notice? “I have noticed very much a change in their behavior. But I am not going to comment as to what the change is. But there has definitely been a change.”







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Midreshet Shalhevet girls consider tefillah

A train trip to Manhattan by ten Midreshet Shalhevet students with Menahelet Esther Eisenman may have forever changed the way they daven and speak to Hashem. The girls were invited to participate in a Yom Iyun hosted by the OU, designed to educate and inspire teenage girls to learn about tefillah. The girls heard such speakers as Debbie Stone, Dr. Rona Novick, and Adina Shmidman, who discussed why we daven. They then broke off into groups to discuss such topics as what makes a davening setting special, how to stay focused while praying, and finding meaning in the words. Finally, the girls spoke with each other, and Mrs. Eisenman, about what they learned and how they bring can bring it back to school with them and implement changes. “I learned that tefillah can work in more than one way; it can evoke emotion in someone and help find inspiration in that way and it can also be an outlet for one’s emotions,” shared junior Eliana Hirsch. Junior Rivkie Elman said, “One of the best things is that it was not just a bunch of lectures. All of us were given the chance to voice our opinions on what we were discussing.”

DRS art and writing winners

DRS seniors received Scholastic Art and Writing Competition awards. Robin Schick, who oversaw each student’s application, is pictured with Jake Weinstock (honorable mention, fashion), Jacob Appel (silver key, script writing) and Sruli Fruchter (honorable mention, drawings and illustrations).

Rav Schachter, YU rosh yeshiva, back at Rambam

Rabbi Hershel Schachter, Rosh Yeshiva at RIETS, visited Rambam to faher the talmidim in Rabbi Yosef Ziskind’s afternoon Double Bais Medrash Shiur and spoke to the entire Mesivta as well. The 12 boys in the shiur have spent the year learning various sugyos in Meseches Chulin and presented their topics. Rav Schachter asked each group questions on what they said and frequently nodded his head in approval of their presentations. Overall, it was clear that the talmidim knew their Sugya well and had a deep understanding of the various Shitos/opinions dealing with the topic. Addressing the whole mesivta, Rav Schachter said that all Jews have kedusha because the Torah is infused in each of us.

Tu B’Shvat at SKA

Tables laden with fresh and dried fruit filled the hallway at the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls in honor of Tu B’shevat, the Rosh Hashanah for fruit trees. In a more in-depth celebration, the 12th graders enjoyed a Tu B’shevat seder at which they explored new insights about the month of Shevat and the holiday. The seder evolved among kabbalists who settled in Tzefat following the Spanish expulsion; by eating the fruits of eretz Yisroel, they felt a heightened sense of connection to the land is felt. In the SKA seder, the seniors began with grape juice, making brachot on the juice and on the sheva minim and subsequent fruits they ate while discussing the significance of each. The seder was a reminder of our yearning to return to the land of Israel and an opportunity to reflect on our connection to Hashem.

Sofer visits Shulamith

Shulamith School for Girls second graders were evisited by a sofer, Rabbi Yehuda Clapman, who gave each talmidah some hands on experience with her very own quill and ink. Pictured from left: Rina Miller, Maya Avitzedek, Rabbi Clapman, and Maya Klein.

Kulanu Shabbaton

During February, Jewish Disabilities Awareness and Inclusion month, Kulanu offers its annual community awareness Shabbaton, with 40 Kulanu students, volunteers and faculty getting together in Lawrence and Far Rockaway. Rabbi Feiner of the White Shul arranged a special Kabbalas Shabbos program and delivered a passionate drasha welcoming the participants. On Shabbat morning, Kulanu students davened at Shaaray Tefila. Pictured: JJ Goldstein, Rabbi Duvie Zeidel, and Jordan Scharf.

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Rice at HANC Juniors and seniors at HANC High School heard Rep. Kathleen Rice discuss her positions — including her concrete pro-Israel agenda — and her involvement as a woman in politics. She emphasized the importance of getting involved in politics at a young age even through the simple act of registering to vote. Rice believes that Israel is America’s greatest friend and ally, and the relationship between the two countries cannot be broken. She explained the importance of separating partisan ties in politics from the ideas and agendas of both politicians and their constituents

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Continued from page 1 •Two Palestinian terror groups, upset at his support for Israel, tried to kill him, he says — one by hijacking a plane he was supposed to be on. •A Burmese militia of 5,000 spread out across that country to shoot down his helicopter in order to stop his efforts to curb the Burma narcotics trade. •A Thai assassin, foiled by intelligence, had the same goal. •And the father of a soldier who died in Vietnam sent a death threat to Wolff, angry about his opposition to the war. The threats earned him a nickname from a local newspaper columnist: “The 007 of Congress.” “I carried a weapon, which was meaningless,” Wolff told JTA in an interview in his Muttontown home. “Then I had a bodyguard assigned to me. This bodyguard said to me, ‘I want you to know, if someone is trying to kill you, I can’t stop them. But you can be happy in knowing that I got the man who killed you.’ That’s hardly compensation.” But Wolff survived all of them, and plenty else, too. Now he’s the oldest living former congressman. And he isn’t slowing down. More than three decades after he left the chamber, he is writing three books at once, runs a website and collects Asian art. And he tweets @RepWolff. “I live, basically, for the future,” he said. “I am working on projects that are five years out in front. You have to have some sense of G-d being with you. That protected me.” Wolff was 44 years old and a successful businessman and television host when President Kennedy convinced him to run for Congress against a conservative Republican. Wolff won the election in 1964, following Kennedy’s assassination, which swept a wave of Democrats into office. Along the way, he worked and sparred with the names that define the politics of the 1960s. The walls in his office are crowded with photos: Wolff talking with JFK, pinning a campaign button on Robert Kennedy, having an intimate conversation with President Lyndon Johnson in the Oval Office, meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. A campaign sign from Kennedy’s election is leaning in one corner, still attached to a stick. “They were just people,” he says of the political leaders he knew. “People get a different view of these individuals in bolded positions … but the fact is they’re just people, and if you get to them in terms of their interests, they open up and become someone you’re talking to in ordinary conversation.” One of Wolff’s fiercest fights was against Johnson, a fellow Democrat. In 1967, ahead of what would become the SixDay War, Wolff sought to add an amendment to a military spending bill that would provide Israel with Phantom jets. Support for Israel was not nearly as widespread in Congress as it is now, and the president opposed the measure. But Wolff managed to push it through by working with a Republican congressman from an adjacent district. He later met with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat as part of the effort to reach a peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. “I am not overly religious, but I wonder why I ended up in the Congress, and that’s one of the things that came to me — because of my relationship with Israel,” he said. “That stands out in my memory as one of the occasions because it was kind of a political fight to get it done.” Wolff laments how rare that kind of bipartisanship is now. He recalled that as a committee chairman, he appointed Republicans as heads of subcommittees. But today, he said, the opposing parties infrequently find common ground. And while his era saw its share of polarizing politicians, Wolff reserved special opprobrium for President Donald Trump, whom he called “unAmerican” and regularly tweets about at @RepWolff. He said that unlike the antiwar movement of the 1960s and 1970s, the marches happening now do not seem to be gaining traction. “I think they’re great, but there must be something that goes beyond that,” he said of the anti-

Trump protests. You can’t just be against Trump, but you have to be for something. There is a lack of focus upon the part of those people who oppose Trump.” Wolff’s memory remains sharp, and his house is like a museum of memorabilia that goes far beyond political swag. His open foyer is ringed with Asian art that he has collected on numerous trips to the region. A corner of his basement displays an exhibit of stone fragments from the Egyptian pyramids, the Parthenon in Athens, the Arch of Titus in Rome and Jerusalem. On the opposite wall is a blown-up photo of him with former Chinese Premier Deng Xiaoping, whom he worked with to formalize relations between the United States and China. But Wolff isn’t living in the past. He credits his longevity to G-d, genes and a serving of lox on a bagel (sans cream cheese) every morning. He has two children, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. And his work goes on. There’s the Twitter account, as well as a website,, that lists contact information for every parliamentarian worldwide. In 2014, he was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. And then there are his three books: One is on the secret to long life. The second is on his role in U.S.-China relations. And the third is on all those death threats. But he isn’t worried for his life anymore. “Look, I’m 99,” he said. “They tried to shorten that period. I don’t think they’re after me anymore.”

I am not overly religious, but wonder [if] I ended up in the Congress because of my relationship with Israel.

Klaperman... Continued from page 1 synagogue and many thought the world,” Rabbi Hain said. Rabbi Klaperman met his first wife, Libby Mindlir, at 16. He said that the most formative time in his life was when he was student at Yeshiva University and studied under Rabbis Samuel Belkin and Joseph Soloveitchik. There is a Libby M. Klaperman chair at YU. Rabbi Klaperman served the Lawrence congregation until 1988, and has since been rabbi emeritus. Before coming to the Five Towns, he held pulpits in Charleston, SC; West New York, NJ; Kingston, and Ontario, Canada. In retirement, he was an officer and general counsel of Rapitech Systems, a computer software firm; assistant district attorney in Kings County, general counsel of the city’s Department of Business Services, and a member of the Law Department of the Housing Authority. “He was a very strong person, but a very nice person … a major Jewish leader with great fortitude,” said Alan Gerber, The Jewish Star’s “Kosher Bookworm” columnist and a resident of Cedarhurst. Rabbi Klaperman was chair of the New York Conference on Soviet Jewry during the time of the Leningrad trials and their near tragic outcomes, holding a steady hand during conference proceedings and leading the delegation to Washington to receive assurances of U.S. government support for those being victimized by Communist anti-Semitism, Gerber recalled. As a result, the prisoners were ultimately released and settled in Israel, he said. Among his survivors are Susan Alter; children Joel Klaperman, Frieda Klaperman and Carol Morrow; stepchildren Beth Alter and Shira Alter, and sister Sylvia Tuchman. The family will be sitting shiva at the Klaperman residence, 64 Muriel Ave., Lawrence, until Tuesday morning, Feb. 20. The minyan schedule posted by Beth Sholom is: Shacharit (including Rosh Chodesh) 7 am; Mincha/ Maariv 5:20 pm. No visits after 9 pm. Carol Morrow will continue sitting shiva in Manhattan on Saturday night, Sunday afternoon and evening, and all day Monday. The Jewish Star and Tyler Marko contributed to this report.

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Muffins: Everything you always wanted to know JONI SCHOCKETT KOSHER KITCHEN


uffin. The word may elicit visions of a huge chocolate chip filled sweet confection, or a flat disc-shaped yeast-risen dough that must be toasted before eating. Both have interesting histories. The sweeter version may come from the German word, “muffen,” meaning “little cake.” I have heard stories about these cakes from the parents of some of my friends who came from Germany and escaped the Holocaust. They talked about the fancy and delicious almond or chocolate cakes that were the pride of bakeries throughout Berlin and beyond. Today, if we see those cakes in bakeries, they are more commonly referred to as tarts and are often filled with pastry cream and fruit. The English muffin has a different origin and comes from the Old French word, “mouflette,” meaning “little, soft bread” and may go back to the 10th or 11th century. This muffin has not changed much since it was created centuries ago. Thomas Jefferson had a recipe for such a muffin, and Sir Thomas created his famous English muffin in the mid-19th century, then brought it to America several years later. That iconic muffin has not changed much since then. In 18th century England, muffins were sold by salesmen who walked the streets hawking their fresh, warm treats in baskets on their heads. They showed up during the afternoon in time for high tea. These muffins were often of the English variety and some were more like crumpets and scones with nuts and fruits. Muffins made their way across the ocean and into the hearts of all immigrants in the early 19th century. Muffins were adopted into Jewish cuisine in America early on. In fact, Mrs. Esther Levy’s Jewish Cookery Book published in 1871, had several recipes for muffins in it. One recipe was for a traditional English yeast muffin, but she also offered something called “ring cakes” which directed that cake batters be put into the same rings used for English muffins. The result was more of the current muffin-like pastry we know today. The muffins we know today are strictly American, but are beloved by all. In fact, in my email this week, I received several muffin recipes from strictly kosher web hosts. In addition, a recent

food magazine offered a muffin for every month of the year. Kosher bakeries offer all kinds of muffins and they are really part of our eating culture. A warm, homemade muffin is perfect with a cup of tea or coffee on a cold winter morning or while the snow is flying, and they are also fairly easy for children to make. Mini muffins are a treat in lunchboxes for children and adults alike. Raspberry (or Cherry) Almond Muffins (Dairy or Pareve)

These are my favorite flavors, almonds and cherries or raspberries, combined. I often use a bit more almond paste but you can use as much or little as you like. 1-1/2 cups unbleached flour 1/2 cup finely ground almond flour 1/3 cup sugar 2 tsp. baking powder 2 large eggs 1 cup whole or unsweetened almond milk 1-3/4 sticks butter or trans-fat-free pareve margarine, melted 1/3 cup almond paste, crumbled into small pieces 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. pure almond extract 1 cup chopped, pitted fresh or thawed cherries OR 3/4 cup fresh raspberries, cut in half 1/2 to 3/4 cup demerara sugar (raw sugar) 1/2 to 3/4 cup sliced almonds Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12cup muffin tin with paper liners. Place the flour, almond flour, sugar and baking powder in a bowl and whisk to blend. Place the eggs, milk, butter, extracts and crumbled almond paste in a large bowl and whisk until well-blended. It is OK if there are lumps of almond paste. Add the flour to the liquid and mix until blended. Do not overmix. Add the fruit, mix, and

spoon into the prepared tin. Sprinkle with the raw sugar and the sliced almonds. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 12 muffins. Maple Corn Muffins (Dairy)

Corn Muffins are the state muffin of Massachusetts. 2 cups yellow cornmeal, divided 1 cup unbleached flour 2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1 stick plus 2 tbsp. butter, melted and cooled slightly 1-1/4 cups whole milk 1 cup sour cream 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract 1/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, dark amber Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line a 12cup muffin tin with paper liners. Set aside. Place 1-1/2 cups of cornmeal in a large bowl with the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to blend. Set aside. Combine the remaining 1/2 cup cornmeal and the milk and cook over medium low heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 2-4 minutes. It should be thick enough to leave a line when you draw your finger over the back of a spoon. Scrape into a large bowl and let cool. Whisk the melted butter, milk and sour cream into the cooked cornmeal. Whisk to blend and then add the vanilla, sugar and maple syrup. Whisk to blend. Add the eggs and mix until thoroughly blended. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until completely blended. The batter will thicken as you mix. Spoon into the prepared tin — the cups will be full — and bake for 13 to 18 minutes, until golden. Rotate the tin once halfway through baking. Serve warm. Makes 12 muffins.

Cinnamon Apple Muffins with Walnut Streusel (Dairy)

Apple muffins are the state muffin of New York. You can use any kind of apples you like. I prefer Cortland for a soft, moist muffin, but Granny Smith are delicious, also. 2-1/4 cups apples, chopped, mixed with 2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cups unbleached flour 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar OR 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, dark amber 1/2 tsp. salt 2 tsp. baking soda 2 tsp. cinnamon 3 large eggs 1 stick butter, melted 4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract Streusel Topping: 2/3 cup finely chopped walnuts 1/2 cup dark brown sugar 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar 1/4 cup unbleached flour 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon 3 Tbsp. butter, melted Place paper liners in 2, 12-cup muffin tins. Set aside Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Chop the apples and toss with lemon juice. Set aside or refrigerate. Combine flour, sugars, salt, baking soda and cinnamon in a large bowl and whisk to blend. Place the eggs, cream cheese and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer and mix until smooth. Add the butter and mix a bit to blend. Remove the bowl from the stand, scrape down the sides and add the flour. Mix by hand until blended. Add the apples (leave any lemon juice in the bowl) and mix to combine. Spoon into the prepared tin about 2/3 full. Mix the streusel ingredients together and place a spoon on top of each muffin, pressing in gently. Bake for 20 to 28 minutes until golden. Makes 12 to 18 muffins.

Different kind of hamantaschen: Guava and cheese By Sandy Leibowitz, The Nosher via JTA Guava, or guayaba in Spanish, is native to tropical areas such as Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Because of its proximity and availability, the fruit is a part of many Latino cuisines. Guavas have a strong tropical fragrance and floral taste notes similar to papaya and grape. They can be prepared a variety of ways (think smoothies, cocktails, glazed over grilled meats, and even fish), but is especially wonderful mixed with cheese, such as queso fresco, because it provides the sweet and salty element that is so irresistible. If you cannot find queso fresco, you can also use a mild feta (try soaking it in water to remove some of the saltiness). Another option is ricotta cheese supplemented with a nice pinch of salt. Guavas can be found fresh from early spring through the winter, but in this recipe, I used a guava paste, which can be found year-round and is much easier to work with, as the many seeds have been removed.

Note: In this particular recipe, you want to make sure to use guava paste and not jelly, as jelly can ooze out too much. Ingredients: 14 ounces guava paste 1 cup of water 1 roll store-bought phyllo dough, thawed 1/2 cup (1 stick), melted butter 1 cup (approximately) queso fresco (or feta cheese or ricotta, as noted above) Directions: 1. Preheat your oven to 350 F. 2. In a saucepan over low heat, mix the guava paste and 1/2 cup water with a whisk until the mixture comes together and there are no lumps. Add the rest of the water if needed. Continue to add water and whisk thoroughly until you achieve the desired consistency. When it is the right consistency it should coat the back of a spoon, like a thick sauce. Set aside and allow to cool. 3. When working with the phyllo dough, it’s very important to gently roll it out flat and im-

mediately cover it with a damp towel. This ensures that it doesn’t dry out while you are working with it. 4. Take approximately 3-4 sheets at a time and use a cookie cutter or a cup with a diameter of approximately 2 1/2 inches, and make circles

as close together as you can (to maximize the amount you can make on one stack of sheets). I recommend scoring the dough around the cutter or cup with the tip of a sharp paring knife. 5. Work quickly to fold up the edges of the circles and pinch on 3 corners to create a triangle. Brush them with a generous amount of melted butter to hold the edges together. 6. After you have made all your triangles, fill each one with a little bit of crumbled queso fresco and top with approximately 1-2 teaspoons of the guava “sauce.” Take care not to fill too much or the guava will melt a bit and ooze out of the triangle. Bake on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper about 15-20 minutes, until golden brown. 7. When the hamantaschen are done, allow them to cool on a rack a few minutes before eating them. Note: They are best enjoyed soon after they come out of the oven, but you can also reheat them in a 350 F. oven for a few minutes until warm and enjoy the next day. Makes 2 dozen hamantaschen.

By Ariel Kahana, Makor Rishon via JNS Following a recent Pew Research Center poll that revealed only 27 percent of Democrats sympathize with Israel more than with the Palestinians, while 79 percent of Republicans side with Israel, ominous headlines flooded Israeli and American media, describing an “unprecedented low point” in Democratic support for Israel and the Democrats “abandoning” the Jewish state. But is the presumed partisan crisis on Israel as stark as the headlines suggest? Former American and Israeli ambassadors disagree on the extent of the problem, but agree that the issue should be addressed. In a joint article for The Atlantic, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and Middle East policy expert Tamara Cofman Wittes of the Brookings Institution recently wrote, “Based on the findings, some Israeli pundits and politicians, and many on the American right, have been arguing that Israel and its supporters should give up on the Democratic Party and its elected representatives as supporters of Israel. Support for Israel is, in fact, becoming a politicized issue in the United States, and partisan divides on policy toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are indeed getting wider. But the wrong response risks making Israel’s real problems in American public opinion worse.” Shapiro told Makor Rishon in a subsequent interview that he is “not in a panic” about the Democratic Party’s support for Israel. “The Democrats have not been lost, the story is by no means over. From Israel’s side we are faced with a challenge, but it’s not too late to deal with it,” he said. ‘Identity politics’ “American culture and the Democratic Party are undergoing historic changes, without regard to Israel,” said Israeli Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office Michael Oren (Kulanu), a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. “The tendency towards ‘identity politics’ has become prevalent in the United States. Blacks, women, transgender and LGBT individuals — a Democratic candidate has to have an answer for each group. They’re not concerned with national identities like Israel’s situation, they’re interested in practical individual rights. That’s why you see movements like Black Lives Matter which connect to proPalestinian groups. In the Women’s March against [President Donald] Trump, I saw BDS posters with my own eyes.” “On the other hand, in pro-Israel marches, you’ll never see

Former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro (left) and former Israeli ambassador to U.S. Michael Oren. Shapiro by Andrew Tobin; Oren official photo

Black Lives Matter placards,” Oren told Makor Rishon. Oren said another problem for Israel is its image. “Despite Israel being more liberal and more Democratic than the U.S. in many ways, there are things that occur here that will never happen there. People’s picture of Israel is as a non-liberal state,” he said. “This, too, has to be dealt with.” Oren is worried about the changes taking place in the Democratic Party, especially among its younger members. He thinks the problem is worse than Shapiro and Cofman Wittes believe. “I see many polls where we (Israelis) are below the red line,” he said. “We must fight back. One day the Democrats will return to power, and you have to assume that [President Barack] Obama will place on their map as a centrist, not a liberal extremist. “The New York Times recently surveyed the six potential Democratic candidates for the presidency in 2020. Every one of them stand to the left of Bernie Sanders. Nonetheless, we have to make the effort. We’ve dedicated 130 million shekels ($37 million) to fight BDS, but BDS grows and flourishes in this anti-Israeli culture. This is a strategic issue and has to be fought separately.”

Israel has become a controversial issue Shapiro and Cofman Wittes wrote in The Atlantic that Israel “is caught up in a process where it is entangled in controversy.” “It is becoming more difficult to preserve broad support, and Israel must act with great caution,” Shapiro said in the followup interview. Disagreements between Israel and the U.S. were prevalent during the Obama administration over Israeli settlement construction and the Iranian nuclear agreement. The Obama-era tension has made its way into more liberal American Jewish circles, which have vocally stated their opposition to many Israeli policies. “We’ve reached a situation where even the recognition of Jerusalem, which should have been completely within the consensus of the Jewish community, was received with mixed reactions,” according to a senior Israeli official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “Our working assumption is that there is no alternative to our partnership with the United States, and we must make every effort to preserve bipartisan support,” said the official, who maintains that an effort has been underway for years, from the lowest levels of the Israeli government up through the prime minister, to preserve Democratic support. Repairing the relationship According to Shapiro, Israel can take steps that will bring back support from Democrats and the liberal American Jewish community. “There are things which it is able to do, first and foremost preserving the two-state vision, limiting construction in the settlements and improving conditions for the Palestinians, even when there isn’t yet a partner on the other side who is interested in ending the conflict. Without causing damage to the partnership with Trump, Israeli leaders also need to express sensitivity to the liberal side,” Shapiro said. “Israel still enjoys bipartisan support, is nearly part of the [political] consensus, and benefits from strong [U.S.] support for Israel and her security,” Shapiro added. “It’s true that there are contrary voices within the Democratic Party, but they’re in the minority. Opposing them are people like me, who will continue to promote the partnership between Israel and the United States.” Ariel Kahana is diplomatic correspondent for Makor Rishon.

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bidder(s) to engage in any bidding strategy that will result in a rotational award of tax certificates. 2. The tax certificate(s) the Bidder will bid upon, and the interest rate(s) bid, will be arrived at independently and without direct or indirect consultation, communication or agreement with any other bidder and that the tax certificate(s) the Bidder will bid upon, and the interest rate(s) to be bid, have not been disclosed, directly or indirectly, to any other bidder, and will not be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to any other bidder prior to the close of bidding. No attempt has been made or will be made to, directly or indirectly, induce any other bidder to refrain from bidding on any tax certificate, to submit complementary bids, or to submit bids at specific interest rates. 3. The bids to be placed by the Bidder will be made in good faith and not pursuant to any direct or indirect, agreement or discussion with, or inducement from, any other bidder to submit a complementary or other noncompetitive bid. 4. If it is determined that the bidder(s) have violated any of these bid requirements then their bid shall be voided and if they were the successful bidder the lien and any deposits made, in connection with, said bid shall be forfeited. This list includes only tax liens on real estate located in Town of North Hempstead, Town of Hempstead. Such other tax liens on real estate are advertised as follows: Town of Hempstead Dist 1001 HEMPSTEAD/UNIONDALE TIMES NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEW YORK TREND NEWSDAY UNIONDALE BEACON Dist 1002 HEMPSTEAD/UNIONDALE TIMES NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY UNIONDALE BEACON Dist 1003 EAST MEADOW BEACON EAST MEADOW HERALD NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEIGHBOR NEWSPAPERS NEWSDAY Dist 1004 BELLMORE HERALD MERRICK/BELLMORE TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEIGHBOR NEWSPAPERS NEWSDAY Dist 1005 HICKSVILLE ILLUSTRATED NEWS LEVITTOWN TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEIGHBOR NEWSPAPERS NEWSDAY Dist 1006 NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY SEAFORD HERALD CITIZEN WANTAGH HERALD CITIZEN Dist 1007 BELLMORE HERALD MERRICK/BELLMORE TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY Dist 1008 BALDWIN HERALD BALDWIN/FREEPORT TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY Dist 1009 BALDWIN/FREEPORT TRIBUNE FREEPORT BALDWIN LEADER NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY Dist 1010 BALDWIN HERALD BALDWIN/FREEPORT TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY Dist 1011 NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY OCEANSIDE TRIBUNE OCEANSIDE/ISLAND PARK HERALD Dist 1012 MALVERNE/WEST HEMPSTEAD HERALD NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY VALLEY STREAM/MALVERN TRIBUNE Dist 1013 NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY VALLEY STREAM HERALD VALLEY STREAM/MALVERN TRIBUNE Dist 1014 FIVE TOWNS TRIBUNE NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NASSAU HERALD (FIVE TOWNS) NEWSDAY Dist 1015 FIVE TOWNS JEWISH TIMES FIVE TOWNS TRIBUNE JEWISH STAR NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY Dist 1016 FRANKLIN SQ/ELMONT HERALD FRANKLIN SQUARE BULLETIN NASSAU COUNTY WEBSITE NEWSDAY





















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By Sarah Seltzer for MJHS via JTA It’s a bitterly cold winter morning in Brooklyn, but Brenda, a 101-year-old woman in a Jewish hospice facility suffering from severe short-term memory loss, has a special group of visitors show up in her warm room. Joelle Missry, a creative arts therapy intern, arrives with her guitar slung over her back and with her licensed music therapy supervisor by her side. She sits beside Brenda’s bed. For the next 20 minutes, Missry holds Brenda’s hand and sings a combination of old Yiddish songs with help from her team and Brenda’s home health aide, who has learned some of the songs. But Brenda is largely sleepy and unresponsive, despite Joelle’s best efforts. After going through a songbook that ranges from “You are My Sunshine” to the Yiddish favorite “Tumbalalaika,” the group gets up to leave. Just as they’re about to exit, however, Brenda’s eyes pop open. Suddenly fully alert, she begins to croon the Yiddish standard “Bai Mir Bist Du Shoen,” looking straight at Missry. She goes through the song a few times, tapping her feet and looking very pleased. This is the kind of moment for which the music therapy program at MJHS Health System, a Jewish health care service provider in New York, was designed. Hospice care, which is playing an increasingly central role in end-of-life arrangements, isn’t just about administering palliative medical care and making sure loved ones are comfortable. It’s also about relieving patients’ pain through meaningful interactions and experiences. Proponents of music therapy say singing has medical benefits while also enhancing patients’ social and emotional health. “Music therapy programs brings human dignity back into the picture,” Missry says. Music therapy is considered so important that MJHS Hospice now employs five full-time music therapists, as well as interns and part-time workers, all trained in a songbook that covers many of the languages and cultures in New York’s five boroughs. For aging Jews, that means the Yiddish and Hebrew songs that bring back warm memories. The MJHS songbook ranges from American standards like “What a Wonderful World” to Hebrew songs like “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav” and “Hatikvah.” The therapy itself is considered an “integrative therapeutic intervention” — non-medical treatment that can have therapeutic results. Studies show that a joyful singing experience can ameliorate pain and a patient’s symptom burden without the use of

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drugs. It has an exercise component, encouraging healthy physical movement, such as feet-tapping and hand-waving. Hospice workers say it also can help relax patients before treatments, like a blood draw or IV infusion, that might cause agitation or anxiety. “We’ve found compelling evidence that musical interventions can play a health care role in settings ranging from operating rooms to family clinics,” Daniel Levitin, author of the recent book “This is Your Brain on Music,” told the American Psychological Association recently. “This is one reason why music is associated with relaxation.” For Alzheimer’s patients specifically, a program called Music and Memory, featured in the documentary film “Alive Inside,” shows that music therapy can decrease medication usage in patients. The theory is that music can trigger a kind of deep rightbrain response, something beyond the reach of linear memory, so that even a patient who can’t string a sentence together might be able to remember or at least respond to lyrics from a song. For some of the elderly Jewish patients under the hospice care, there’s an extra benefit to the treatment. “Often with Holocaust survivors there is a reticence on the part of patient and on the part of family members to allow pain medication,” said Toby Weiss, director of cultural sensitivity and Jewish programming for MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care. “There is a

lack of trust and there is a prior history of trauma when it comes to medical issues and health care interventions. So when a patient is experiencing pain, as an example, if a music therapist starts to play a Yiddish song or a lullaby or something else from the patient’s childhood, the vital signs change, their affect changes.” “I’ve done some of the Yiddish songs with the families present, and the family didn’t know the person knew this song,” said Meredith Ferrel, creative arts therapy Team leader at MJHS Hospice. “You have that chance to have the family connecting or singing together. It’s an added gift that the loved one is giving the family Yiddish-language songs at the end of life and sharing songs with their grandchildren. There is a celebration of culture.” Music therapy often offers family members a chance to see a side of the patient that might long have been in retreat. Ferrel recalled how one woman invited all her neighbors into a music therapy session to “meet” her husband with dementia — the music unexpectedly had brought out a glimmer of his former personality. Charla Burton, a music therapist with MJHS Hospice, said the music sometimes induces primal emotions, catharsis and joy that makes the experience especially meaningful for patients and their families. “Some people will respond to hearing ‘Hava Nagila’ as if they’re at a bar mitzvah or wedding!” she said.

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story is told of a man who stopped attending his usual synagogue and was now frequenting another minyan. One day he happened to meet the rabbi of his previous synagogue, and the rabbi asked him where he was praying these days. The man answered: “I am praying at a small minyan led by Rabbi Cohen.” The rabbi was stunned. “Why would you want to pray there with that rabbi. I am a much better orator, I am more famous, I have a much larger following.” The man replied: “Yes, but in my new synagogue the rabbi has taught me to read minds.” The rabbi was surprised. “Alright, then, read my mind.” The man said: “You are thinking of the verse in Psalms, ‘I have set the Lord before me at all times’.” “You are wrong,” said the rabbi, “I was not thinking about that verse at all.” The man replied: “Yes, I knew that, and that’s why I’ve moved to the other synagogue. The rabbi there is always thinking of this verse.” Indeed, an authentically religious person is always thinking of this verse, either directly or in the back of his mind. Such an individual lives in the presence of G-d, conducts himself

with modesty and propriety. The Rabbi Cohen of the story was genuine; he was a spiritual person seeking to live a godly life. The other rabbi in the story was “successful.” He had a large congregation and external signs of prestige. But he lacked the essential ingredient of being authentically religious: he did not have the Lord before him at all times. He was busy trying to make himself popular, get his name into the newspapers, rub elbows with celebrities. Even when he prayed, his mind was not on G-d, but on how he could advance himself in the world. his week’s parashah begins with G-d’s commandment to Moshe: “Speak unto the children of Israel that they take for Me an offering—veyikhu li terumah. Rashi comments that the word li implies li lishmi—that the offering must be given with pure intentions for the sake of G-d. One might think that donating to the construction of the Mishkan sanctuary was in itself a sign of piety. Rashi’s comment reminds us: It is possible to show external piety while lacking true piety. It is possible to appear to be religious, but not conduct oneself with a religious heart and mind. A kabbalistic teaching has it that we come closer to G-d through the power of giving


— giving love, charity, kindness. A truly religious person is characterized by an overwhelming desire to share with others, to act selflessly with purity of heart. This is the essence of real religion. On the other hand, we become more distant from G-d through the power of taking — trying to amass as much as possible for ourselves — more material goods, more honor, more egotistical satisfaction. We cannot exist without the power of taking, since we must fulfill our basic material needs. But when we exert this power excessively, we drift further and further from G-d. This is a sign of fake religion. e all know individuals who are characterized by the power of giving. These are loving people who can be trusted, who are generous, compassionate and loyal. When we meet such individuals, we can sense the image of G-d in them. They genuinely want to help, to share, to be of service, to contribute. They are humble, and ask for nothing in return for their kindness. We all also know individuals who are selfish and self-serving. They may act friendly and smile broadly, but we sense that their friendship is as counterfeit as their smile. They may pretend to be loyal and giving — but they are simply

For the Mishkan, G-d only wants contributions from those with generous hearts.


interested in advancing themselves. They try to take credit for work performed by others. They are seldom there when work has to be done, but are always there for photo-ops. They ingratiate themselves with those in power, and calculate how they can take the most for themselves while giving the least of themselves. They pass themselves off as generous and kind, but they are only putting on an act. Their real goal is to take, not to give. Such people may fool some of the people some of the time, and even most of the people most of the time: but they never fool G-d. In His command to the Israelites to contribute to the Mishkan, G-d specifies that He only wants contributions from those with generous hearts. He doesn’t want contributions from those who are stingy; or who give in order to advance their own reputations and honor; or who give reluctantly or grudgingly. The Israelites were to build a sanctuary to the Lord — but it had to be constructed with “the power of giving,” with selflessness and generosity of spirit. The house of G-d must be built with the finest, most idealistic human qualities. The aspiration of a truly religious person must be to develop the power of giving; to be genuine, honest and kind. If we are to make our contributions to G-d’s sanctuary — and to society — we must do so with purity of heart, selflessness and humility. We must aspire to real religion. Rabbi Angel is interim spiritual leader of the Lido Beach Synagogue and rabbi emeritus of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in New York.

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ne of the more destructive qualities of any leader, teacher, mentor is being hypocritical. Anyone who looks up to someone else can easily be disenfranchised when they catch the person they admire engaged in hypocritical activity. For example, a preacher who preaches of morality and ethics who commits adultery would be laughed out of town. A cardiologist who tells all his patients not to smoke, while he is a smoker, would seem to embody hypocrisy. A teacher of Judaism who teaches specific aspects of halakha in great detail, but is not observant of them him/herself would seem to be a bit of a phony. One who talks about the evils of lashon hora, and yet engages in it all the time, ought to look in the mirror and drop the “do as I say and not as I do” speech. So what are we to make of the G-d who commands “don’t make any images, etc” who also commands to put Keruvim on top of the Ark, and Keruvim embroidered in the curtains of the Mishkan? In Jewish Action Fall 2015, my colleague Rabbi Akiva Males wrote an article addressing the eagles on top of American flagpoles and the images of lions that artfully adorn many synagogues, noting that when you live in a world in which animals are not worshipped, these images are not forbidden. The lions are typically two dimensional – in painting or in

carving – which also makes it less “real.” Eagles, as noted by Rav Moshe Feinstein, are not zodiac symbols and therefore don’t present a problem. My shul has both an American flag with an eagle atop the pole, and an Israeli flag, with a star of David atop its pole. There have been individuals who have objected to these flags, the former arguing that an American flag doesn’t belong in a sanctuary, the latter being a chassid who objects the flag of Israel, but by and large most people don’t pay any attention to the flags. Certainly the argument that “I don’t want to daven to a flag” is easily rebuffed with “so don’t direct your prayers toward the flag!” But in the Mishkan we still have the challenge. Even though it is possible to “direct all services heavenward,” the fact remains that these images are there, and by divine command! Rabbi Males’ points (which he attributed to admittedly greater scholars such as Rabbi Herzon, Rabbi Feinstein and Chatam Sofer) would easily address the Keruvim woven into the curtains. In this case, they’re more likely one-dimensional, so their existence shouldn’t raise any flags. Adornment is simply adornment. But the Keruvim on top of the Mishkan are a different story! They were certainly three dimensional. And while they had the body of

an angel and the face of a child, they were graven images made out of gold! Chizkuni explains that the Keruvim are not made to be bowed to — they are for G-d’s domicile, an adornment at most. Further, the fact that there are two of them, and that they face downward towards the Ark and the Torah within it, plus the fact that they were only seen by the High Priest on Yom Kippur, all serve to indicate these are not the graven images G-d forbade. Chizkuni also notes the seeming contradiction in some areas of Jewish life. For example, we are forbidden from doing contructive work on the Sabbath, and yet the Torah permitted the bringing of the Mussaf offering, the daily offering, and performing Brit Milah on the day of Rest. One may not have relations with one’s brother’s wife, but may if he does Yibum (levirate marriage after his brother dies childless). We are forbidden from wearing Shatnez (a weaving of wool and linen/flax), but are permitted to have Shatnez in tzitzit. hese examples are reminiscent of the statement Yalta made to Rav Nachman in Chullin 109b — “Whatever G-d forbade, He also permitted to us a corresponding item: Forbade blood, permitted liver; forbade ‘niddah,’ permitted ‘blood of purity;’ forbade cheilev (fats) of domesticated animals, per-

Graven images in our shuls? Eagles are not zodiac symbols and therefore don’t present a problem.


mitted cheilev of wild (kosher) animals; forbade pork, permitted brains of shibuta (a kosher fish that tastes like pork); forbade girusa (a non kosher bird), permitted fish tongue; forbade a married woman, but allowed marrying a divorcee whose first husband is still alive; forbade a brother’s wife, permitted a yevamah; forbade a Cuthite, permitted the woman captured in war.” he then asked to taste something that tasted like milk cooked with meat, upon which Rav Nachman ordered to prepare an utter from a freshly slaughtered cow through roasting. The milk still in the utter is considered permissible, and will thus be “cooked” into the meat of the utter. Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi compared the making of a golden image to the making of medicine. In the hands of a pharmacist, making medicine is a safe practice. In the hands of a non-pharmacist, those same life-saving medicines could be life-taking poisons. Similarly, when the gold images are made under G-d’s orders, they can be viewed as spiritual medicine, whereas when made by humans without G-d’s instruction, it is a rejection of G-d. While I won’t make the stretch to suggest that decorations in our synagogues are directed by G-d, I don’t think it’s farfetched to take Yalta’s designation to one more example: Those who would like to have graven images can find them placed, in a decorative and permissive fashion, in our places of worship. And while such images are meant to be decorative, as long as no one is taking them the wrong way, and as long as we are properly directing all prayers to our Father in Heaven, we are doing just fine.


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mong the wisest takes on the very nature of the Purim holiday was that by Rabbi Zechariah Fendel of blessed memory who stated in the introduction to his book, “Purim: Season of Miracles” the following: “Because of the boisterous and jocular nature of Purim, and because of the levity with which the day is celebrated, we often tend to forget that it is a Yom Tov which contains a wealth of hashkafah insights for the Jewish People of all generations. “This is particularly true of our generation, when the Purim message is one of high priority, and even a sense of urgency, beset as we are with high tension and trepidation concerning the ever growing anti-Semitic tendency in today’s world.” This observation by one of the previous generation’s historians can now be found in a follow up book by one of our current generation’s most perceptive theologians, Rabbi Immanuel Bernstein. Titled, “Purim: Removing The Mask” (Mosaica Press, 2018), Rabbi Bernstein explores the seriousness of the lessons taught through the observance of Purim. Rabbi Bernstein teaches us the following: “Before I began to write this book, I pondered the question: Is there a need for a book on Purim? I posed this question to a number of people, and the consistent response was, ‘We are sure there must be more to the day than dressing up, drinking, and merrymaking, but we don’t know what it is or how to find out.’ This indicated clearly that there is a need for such a volume. Indeed, in many respects, the

day of Purim itself can be said to wear a mask, and it is removing that mask and uncovering the face that lies behind it that makes the day infinitely more meaningful. “It is true that much has been written on Purim in the form of commentary on the Book of Esther itself, a story that is filled with drama, suspense, and political intrigue (known in Purim conspiracy circles as ‘Cloak and Gragger’). However, while these works undoubtedly enhance our appreciation of the miracle that took place at the time, which is a central part of the day, they do not always constitute takeaway lessons for us in later generations. The goal of this book is to try and uncover some of these lessons.” abbi Bernstein continues: “When considering the goal of the festival of Purim, one could say that it is twofold, for Purim is a day that faces both backwards and forwards. “On the one hand, Purim commemorates and celebrates the miracle that Hashem performed for the Jewish People at the time. In this retrospective sense, it ‘faces backwards’.” “However, it also ‘faces forwards’ in the sense that it provides a vision toward the future. It contains many messages that reveal extremely profound concepts and fundamental truths, such as the idea of Hashem’s relationship with the natural world, the essential nature of the Jewish people, and much more. Purim is a day when these ideas can be encountered, accessed, and absorbed anew.” Rabbi Bernstein goes on to explain his thesis: “In truth, these two different directions do not conflict with each other, for the day of Purim not only marks a historical event; it is an ongoing presence in the Jewish calendar and in the national experience of the Jewish People.


“The idea of the yearly cycle in Judaism means that when we reach a certain calendar date, we are reunited with the original day itself. We are, in a sense, revisiting a ‘place in time.’ That is what we Rabbi Immanuel Bernstein refer to in the ‘Al Hanissim’ prayer when we describe the miracles of Purim as occurring ‘In those days, at this time’.” “Purim is a day like no other in the Jewish year, but, if engaged meaningfully, can affect and elevate every other day of the year.” These perceptive observations and teachings are but just a hint as to what you will gain from Rabbi Bernstein. This book is his fourth work, the previous two also keyed to Jewish holiday observances — “Teshuvah” and “Destiny: The Haggadah Experience.” I conclude this week’s essay noting a work published 18 years ago written by Rav Yitzchak Sender, zt”l, who recently passed away leaving a rich, religious literary legacy that will live on forever. “The Commentators’ Al Hanissim: Insights of the Sages on Purim” (Feldheim) continues to be one of the finest holiday anthologies themed to Purim ever written in the English language. And, as if this is not enough, do consider that Rav Sender, zt”l, has left us the unique literary legacy of four English commentaries on the Pesach Haggadah for your edification as you prepare yourselves for the upcoming seders. No other scholar in history

‘They shall make me a sanctuary’ rAbbi dAvid etenGoff


he most celebrated pasuk in our parasha, Terumah, is, “And they shall make Me a sanctuary (Mikdash) and I will dwell in their midst” (Shemot 25:8). It is followed by a great many verses that specify every possible detail of the construction and constitutive elements of the Mishkan (portable desert Mikdash). Yet, as the Mechilta d’Rabbi Yishmael notes, the very act of constructing a Mikdash for Hashem is quite problematic: “And they shall make Me a sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst.” Why was this ever stated? After all, was it not already said (Yirmiyahu 23:24), “Behold I fill the heavens and the earth? [And, therefore, how can any dwelling contain Hashem?]” The Mechilta d’Rabbi Yishmael teaches us that the idea of building a Mikdash for Hashem seemingly makes no sense. On the surface, at least, this appears to be the intent of Isaiah’s famous declaration: “So says the L-rd, ‘the heavens are My throne, and the earth is My footstool; which is the house that you will build for Me, and which is the place of My rest?” (Yeshayahu 66:1) The great Lithuanian Torah sage, Rav Chaim of Volozhin, was acutely aware of the conceptual challenges posed by the mitzvah to build a Mikdash for Hashem. He addressed them by emphasizing the later part of our pasuk wherein it states, “and I will dwell in their midst,” and suggested the following revolutionary interpretation: “Behold, there is no doubt whatsoever, that the very idea of the holy (hakodesh), the sanc-

tuary (hamikdash) and the in-dwelling (shriyat shechinato) of the Holy One blessed be He refers to man, himself. [This is the case,] for if he sanctifies himself in the proper manner through the fulfillment of all the mitzvoth … then he, himself, will be the sanctuary of Hashem (hu atzmo hamikdash mammash) and within him will be Hashem, may His Name be blessed. (Nefesh HaChaim, I:4).” he power of Rav Chaim’s extraordinary chiddush (novel idea) cannot be overestimated: If we sanctify ourselves through the performance of the mitzvot, then we will be the ultimate Mikdash of Hashem. Rav Chaim bases his reasoning upon a verse from Jeremiah, and a well-known statement of our Sages, as found in the Midrash Aggadah: “[As proof for what I have suggested,] we have the text from Sefer Yirmiyahu: ‘The Temple of the L-rd, the Temple of the L-rd, the Temple of the L-rd are they.’ (7:4) This is similar in kind to the utterance of our Sages, may their memory be blessed, ‘and I will dwell in their midst’ — ‘It does not say, “in it” [the physical Mikdash,] rather it says, ‘in their midst’ [literally within them.]” At this juncture in Rav Chaim’s presentation, it appears as if the physical structure of the Mikdash, or even of the Beit Hamikdash, is well-nigh superfluous, since it is superseded by the Jewish people, themselves. A careful reading of Rav Chaim’s next words seem to support precisely this approach: “In addition, according to our manner of


explanation, one should not think that the essential purpose of My [G-d’s] intention [regarding the commandment to construct the Mikdash] is the creation of the physical Mikdash itself (hamikdash hachitzoni). “ What, then, is the rationale inherent in the construction of the Mikdash? For Rav Chaim, it is nothing less than the creation of the greatest heuristic device the world has ever known: “But you should know that My [Hashem’s] overarching purpose and desire regarding the Mikdash’s construction and all its vessels, is solely to indicate to you [the Jewish people individually, and as a people,] that you should model yourselves after these physical entities and reconstruct yourselves and all of your actions, so that they will be as proper to Me as the building of the Mikdash and all its [sanctified] vessels. [For in truth,] all of you are holy, fitting and prepared (kedoshim, re’uyim u’muchanim) for My holy presence to literally dwell within you (lehashrot shechinati b’tochchachem mammash). This, then, is the true meaning of, ‘And they shall make Me a sanctuary (Mikdash) and I will dwell in their midst’.” Rav Chaim’s message is unbelievably inspiring: We, the Jewish people, are holy and fitting for the Schechinah to dwell amongst us, for in truth, we are His Mikdash. With Hashem’s help, may we rededicate ourselves to His holy Torah and the heart-felt fulfillment of His mitzvot, so that we will be ready to be His Mikdash soon and in our days. V’chane yihi ratzon.

The sanctuary of the Holy One blessed be He sanctifies man through the fulfillment of mitzoth.


RABBI IMMANUEL BERNSTEIN has ever written four English Haggadah commentaries. Please keep in mind that these books by Rav Sender are currently out of print. However, a persistent reader just may be able to find a few available. Hopefully, a smart publisher will one day soon make Rav Sender’s work available for us again. And lastly, for Purim, we have Rabbi David Fohrman’s “The Queen You Thought You Knew.” This is a must. Taken together with Rabbi Bernstein’s work, you will be well prepared for Purim as never before. With Pesach just around the corner, the Young Israel of Woodmere will be sponsoring a series of Pesach-themed by Rabbi Fohrman. Please watch for the announcements of the dates for this series.


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Israel versus Iran, Hezbollah and Syria Jeff Dunetz politics to go


t started just before dawn Jerusalem time on Saturday when the Israel Defense Forces detected an Iranian drone coming from Syrian territory and allowed it to enter Israeli airspace for approximately 90 seconds before shooting it down. They allowed it to enter Israeli airspace so they could examine the wreckage and see what they were dealing with. The structure and technology of the drone were similar to that of the American unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or drone) that Iran seized in 2011, including a “low signature” aimed at avoiding detection. There were reports, but no confirmation, that the drone was armed. Some look at the attack coming from Iran,

Members of the Hezbollah movement in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatieh on Nov. 8, 2017. Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images

but that’s only part of the story. Threatening Israel from the north are Iran as well as its satellites — Syria, Lebanon, and Hezbollah. Iran’s economy was near collapse before the nuclear deal; the billions of dollars the rogue regime received as part of the deal, as

well as the “pallets of cash” received as part of the ransom payments made by the Obama administration, has enabled Iran to arm and to fund violence from its satellites. Israel’s retaliation for the drone incursion was quick: eight Israeli F-16 planes swept into Syria carrying out strikes deep inside Syria, blowing up the truck that controlled he drone and hitting a Syrian airbase used by Iran. Although not confirmed by the IDF, the Israeli plane that was downed was likely hit by an anti-aircraft missile. One of the pilots was severely injured, the second only mildly hurt. On one hand Israel was protecting her airspace, on the other the response was a bit strange, after all this was not the first incursion of a drone into Israel airspace. But the Iran-backed Hezbollah is becoming a more formidable opponent every day, and Israel may have decided it was time to put her foot down. n January 2015, former Israeli National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Yaakov Amidror, outlined the threats to the Jew-


ish state from non-state entities in a report released by the Begin Center for Strategic Studies. The most serious existential threat to the Jewish State by non-state entities is the terrorist group Hezbollah, with 150,000 missiles which, according to the general, is a “rare and substantial firepower apparently even exceeded the firepower possessed by most of the European states combined. After having been accustomed to a situation in which large regular armies with armor, artillery, hundreds of aircraft and thousands of troops were arrayed on Israel’s borders, there can be no doubt that Israel has moved into a different world. Drones are becoming a more important part of the Iranian/Hezbollah military force. In 2012, Hezbollah threatened to use suicide drones to target Israeli civilian nuclear infrastructure. Iran subsequently developed and distributed suicide drones to Hezbollah, according to the U.S. Army, and to the Houthis, and according to the EU. By 2015 Hezbollah had See Israel on page 27

Amb. Friedman is unfairly attacked, again stephen M. flatow


nce again, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman has spoken simple words of truth, and once again he’s under attack from the Palestinian Authority and the Jewish left. It seems that having a thick skin is one of the most important qualifications for serving as America’s ambassador to Israel. Following a Palestinian terrorist’s fatal stabbing of Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal—a father of four young children—Friedman tweeted, “20 years ago I gave an ambulance to Har Bracha hoping it would be used to deliver healthy babies. Instead, a man from Har Bracha was just murdered by a terrorist, leaving behind a wife and four children. Palestinian ‘leaders’ have praised the killer.” The news that Friedman donated an ambulance to Har Bracha infuriated Gideon Levy, a veteran columnist for the left-wing Israeli newspaper Haaretz, who wrote an article mockingly (if awkwardly) titled, “U.S. Ambassador to Israel’s Ambulance.” When, you might wonder, can donating an ambulance be problematic? The answer, apparently, is when the recipient is an Israeli community that is situated beyond the 1949 armistice

line. Levy accused Friedman of “funding war crimes,” believe it or not. The Haaretz columnist believes that the very existence of a Jewish community beyond the old lines is a war crime. Gideon Levy was not the only one who unfairly mocked the ambassador. he Jewish Telegraphic Agency used this headline for its article about the attack: “US Ambassador Accused Palestinian Leaders of Praising Deadly Stabbing Attack. But He Didn’t Cite Any.” Yet at the time JTA published its story, a number of Palestinian leaders had indeed praised the attack, just as the ambassador had noted. Hamas had issued a statement praising the murder as a “heroic act.” Hamas spokesman Abdel Latif Qanu urged the “forces of the resistance” to carry out more attacks. Hamas political bureau member Husam Badran hailed the stabbing as “the new heroism.” Hamas obviously represents a significant portion of the Palestinian leadership. It rules Gaza, where approximately 2 million Palestinians reside. In the last Palestinian parliamentary election, Hamas won 74 of the 132 seats; it took 44 percent of the vote, as compared to the 41 percent received by Fatah, headed by P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas. It seems that somebody at JTA wants to pretend that leaders of Hamas somehow don’t count as “Palestinian leaders”—even though more residents of Gaza democratically chose Hamas than


sacre, as “a heroic commander.” They praised arch-terrorist Abu Jihad (murderer of at least 125 Israelis) as one of the “great personalities of those who have given and are giving so much to the homeland.” And they described Ahmed Jarrar—who recently murdered Rabbi Raziel Shevach, a father of six—as “a young lion.” id anybody believe that the killer of Rabbi Itamar Ben Gal would be the only Palestinian terrorist in history whom the P.A. and Fatah for some reason will not praise? Sure enough, the very next day, P.A. spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh announced that the stabbing of Ben Gal was due to “the Israeli occupation and the settlement policy.” Which is to say, the stabbing was justified and right and good, since it was a response to “occupation” and “settlements.” And just for good measure, the P.A. spokesman threw in the anti-Semitic canard of dual loyalty, asking, “Does [Ambassador Friedman] represent the U.S. or Israel?” Friedman need not lose sleep over such barbs. After all, if he’s being mocked by extremeleft columnists, biased editors and anti-Semitic Palestinian officials, he’s obviously doing something right. Stephen M. Flatow, a vice president of the Religious Zionists of America, is an attorney in New Jersey. He is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in an Iranian-sponsored Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.


U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman visits the Western Wall in May 2017. U.S. embassy

any other Palestinian faction. Of course, anybody who follows Israeli-Palestinian affairs knows that it was only a matter of time before P.A. leaders also chimed in to support the attack. After all, during the past few weeks, the P.A. as well as Fatah have been falling all over themselves in praising Palestinian killers of Jews. They called the late terrorist Raed al-Karmi “a precious martyr” for his role in “the killing of more than 126 Zionists.” They hailed Ali Hassan Salameh, one of the planners of the Munich mas-

The ‘Nazi’ Rorschach test, again view from central park


s it just me, or has the use, or rather misuse, of the word “Nazi” and Nazi implications, or tampering in other ways with memory of the Holocaust, gone off the rails? I can’t seem to read the news without the word or era being invoked, usually irresponsibly. Last week, Poland passed a law rendering it illegal to link the concentration camps to Polish soil. While it’s true that Poland was occupied by German forces, the extent of the Poles’ collaboration is also well documented. Granted, it’s a complex discussion, but when I read this piece of news it served as the straw that broke the camel’s back. It seems these days that every group uses “Nazi”or other Holocaust-related terms, photos or personas, to advance their agandas. The radicalized haredim in Israel scream “Nazi Nazi” at police at anti-draft demonstrations with such fierceness, it’s like they really mean it. A few weeks ago the haredi press, there appeared a story about Mengele and his ghastly ex-

periments on twins during WW II. A photo of a female twin was pixelated in the name of “modesty.” The week before that, leftist Israeli poet Yehonatan Geffen compared Ahed Tamimi, the teenaged Palestinian provocateur who has beat up and spat on IDF soldiers and has since been arrested, to Anne Frank. Anne Frank! Due to the public outcry he has since recanted and issued a public apology. n the generally leftist Israeli media, that same week, African refugees were also being compared to Anne Frank. Israelis who are politically right wing-inclined threw out the Nazi card, often in the form of “kapo,” referring to leftist Israelis with whom they disagree. Some liberals here in the United States have been making obscene comparisons between Trump (who I did not vote for) and Hitler. A few years back a law was proposed in Israel to outlaw the illegitimate use of the word Nazi. At the time, I was hoping the law would not come to pass. I still believe that, but the invoking-theHolocaust hysteria carnival has got to stop. It really cheapens the Holocaust, the memory of those who were murdered in the Holocaust and the survivors, as well as propping up the old saying of “crying wolf.” Bandying about the word “Nazi,” and invoking the fear or association of Nazism and its attendant symbols at every turn caricatures it to the point where it becomes


meaningless — not only meaningless, but disrespectful to those who actually did live under Nazism. he Holocaust was humanity’s defining atrocity and, for our generation immediately following it are the guardians of its memory. We do need to use the lessons of the Holocaust as the compass of our compassions, ethics, morals and guide for how we mold our societies. Remember, Nazism is equal to genocide. That’s what Nazism actually was. Granted, genocide didn’t start in one day. Indeed, there was a gradual narrowing of society which is crucial to understand in order to learn from history. There are times when we must keep the parallels of the Holocaust before us, so as not to be doomed to ever repeat it. Although not on the scale of WW II, there have been genocides in our times: Rwanda, Darfur, Syria — and somehow silence reigns. But when it comes to micro-political maneurverings everyone starts shouting Nazi! It just comes off as so disingenuous. And it is dangerous. We must guard humanity, and especially the Jewish people in Israel and abroad, from the true dangers of Nazism ever replicating themselves again.


Gaza needs to look in the mirror Jonathan S. tobin


aza is broke. As Monday’s front-page New York Times feature explained at length, the conflict between the Gaza Strip’s Hamas overlords and the Fatah party that runs the West Bank has resulted in a cash crunch that has left many of the compact area’s 2 million people without money. Along with Gaza’s inadequate infrastructure, the resulting poverty from this crisis contributes to a general picture of despair. Of course, the notion that everyone in Gaza is starving is an exaggeration. As journalist Tom Gross points out, Gaza’s thriving malls continue to operate, as does its water park, restaurants and hotels, inconvenient facts that are missing from the Times story and most of the coverage of the current crisis. But even if we concede that the talk of a humanitarian crisis in Gaza is probably exaggerated if for no other reason than we’ve been hearing variations on this theme for 25 years, there’s no question that most of the people there are poor and have little hope of improving their plight. This means, as it almost always does, that Israel will be blamed. Since the world considers that Israel is still “occupying” Gaza, and is therefore responsible for the coastal territory’s problems, it is only natural that the worse things get there, the more opprobrium will be directed at the Jewish state in international forums and the press. n 2005, then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon withdrew every Israeli soldier, settler and settlement in an effort to create a de facto separation between Jews and Arabs. The international community cheered when philanthropists purchased the greenhouses built there by Jews in order to give them to the Palestinians. The intent was to allow Gaza to become an incubator of development and peace. But within hours of the withdrawal, the greenhouses were demolished by angry Palestinian mobs determined to erase every trace of the Jewish presence — which goes a long way toward explaining why poverty is endemic in Gaza. It’s true that Israel has blockaded the territory since Hamas seized control of it in a bloody 2007 coup, though it has continued to allow food and medical supplies in and to pay for its electricity. Egypt has also severely restricted entry to Gaza. Both countries were rightly determined to isolate the Islamist terrorist state.


Palestinians protest U.S. aid cuts, at U.N. offices at the Khan Yunis refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on Feb. 11. Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90

That crunch was exacerbated when the P.A. began to squeeze Hamas by cutting off its financial contributions to Gaza in order to force the Islamists to cede power. There have been two sets of public employees in Gaza — one paid by Hamas and the other paid by the P.A. The current money crunch means tens of thousands of people in both groups are now out of cash. But Gaza’s problems go deeper than the question of who pays for Hamas and Fatah patronage jobs, or which of its governing factions is paying the bills for its bureaucracy. If Gaza is poor, it’s because the welfare of the Palestinian people or even the building up of a state that would protect them and their interests has never been the primary goal of either Hamas or Fatah. The United Nations pays for schools and other services via its UNRWA refugee agency, which exists to keep Palestinian refugees in place in order to perpetuate the conflict with Israel. Just as importantly, foreign donors have poured billions into both the West Bank and Gaza in the past two decades. Yet little of that money has been spent on providing a better life for the people of Gaza. The reason is that almost all of the resources that have poured into Gaza for infrastructure have paid for Hamas’s military efforts. Vast sums have been spent on creating enormous underground bunkers for Hamas leaders and fighters, and to store their missiles and other weapons. Each time

Hamas launches a terrorist war against Israel, these structures are rebuilt and enlarged. Just as much has been spent on building an equally vast network of tunnels aimed at the Israeli border. The purpose was to facilitate murder and kidnapping raids into the Jewish state, as we saw during the Israel-Hamas war in 2014. If the focus of Palestinian nationalism had been on state-building and enabling their economy and vital services to thrive, the people of Gaza wouldn’t be in this fix. That’s why the people of Gaza and their rulers need to look in the mirror when they talk about their plight. Blaming Israel or Egypt or the indifference of the world for their situation ignores the fact that the cash crunch and grinding poverty of many Gazans was the inevitable result of their own choices. At every point in the last century, the Palestinians have chosen war instead of peace. They prioritized a war whose goal remains Israel’s destruction over building a state that could live in peace alongside that of the Jews. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t have some sympathy for them or that efforts to ameliorate their plight shouldn’t be undertaken. But those who wish to help must — as the U.S. is belatedly doing — demand that the Palestinians stop spending on terror. Until they do, philanthropic intentions won’t do a thing to change the situation. Jonathan S. Tobin is editor in chief of JNS.

Don’t sink so low as to erase a Holocaust victim in the name of a disturbing radicalized ideology of erasing women from photos. Don’t compare modern-day struggles — and struggles they are — to Anne Frank, the universal visage symbolizing the innocence of millions of children who were murdered just for being Jewish, as an instrument to prop up your leftist political positions. Stop the ad hominem Nazi attacks on people who disagree with your positions, even when you are certain they are dead wrong. Just stop. Poland, I understand you were an occupied land, but you are the other extreme, never seeing any link, never acknowledging the collaboration between yourself and Nazism. It’s two sides of the same coin. We need to take the discourse of WW II back, before it’s too late. It’s out of control. It seems that one only sees Nazis in Rorschach tests — or when they are actually present, see none at all. Copyright Intermountain Jewish News


Continued from page 26 a full-blown advanced drone base operating in Lebanon, in 2017 Iranian allies and proxies fired drones toward U.S.-backed forces in Syria and into Israel The Iranians released footage of one of their drones shadowing American forces the day before that attack. The Times of Israel reported a week ago that Iran was mass-produce offensive drones meant to be loaded with precision bombs. Hezbollah says it has 10,000 fighters ready to attack Israel and to create a single front across all of Israel’s north and northeast. In Lebanon, Hezbollah has transformed hundreds of villages into “military strongholds,” effectively “drafting” the human shields who will become civilian casualties blamed on Israel, according to the New York Times. Their 150,000 rockets and missiles, will allow then to saturation bomb Israeli population centers with 1,500 rockets and missiles per day for over three months, and Hezbollah chief Nasrallah they will use those projectiles against Israel’s civilian nuclear installations and chemical facilities, causing tens of thousands of casualties. Yet the Israeli response was a limited one it was meant to send a message. She confined herself to striking targets under the control of Iran and the Assad regime. The Base the IAF hit was not only the home of the Drone sent over the border, but is run by members of Iran’s al Quids force, a branch of their revolutionary guard. ot wanting the conflict to expand, the IAF didn’t go after the Russian air defense assets that now dominate the air power picture over Syria. The message was to Iran and Syria to lay off, but it was also a message to the Russians, “reign these guys in.” What’s next? Per the Times of Israel, Saturday’s conflict was not the start of a war, but it most probably is the start of an extended period of tension and border conflicts. “I don’t think it’s the last time we’ll see such an event, but for the time being both sides will restrain their responses,” Sima Shine, a career defense official and current senior researcher at Tel Aviv’s Institute for National Security Studies think tank, told reporters on Sunday. It sounds as if Israel is heading toward another war of attrition.


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Couples save lives together, form bonds together By Eliana Rudee, JNS While matchmaking is not a priority in the world of emergency medical services, quite a few volunteer first responders in multi-gender services in Israel have met their bashert on the job and grown closer in their relationships while saving lives together on emergency calls. Dov and Racheli were taking care of a patient when the first met: Racheli as an EMT for her Israel national service at Shaarei Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem and Dov as a paramedic with Magen David Adom. After the couple began to date, they were called to the scene of a bad car accident, where they worked alongside firefighters. Standing over the car, watching while the firefighters cut open the vehicle to extricate the victim, Yossi proposed. “You see,” he said to Racheli, “life can be very short, so maybe we can go marry now?” “That’s the life of a paramedic,” said Dov Maisel, who later co-founded United Hatzalah in 2006 with his best friend, Eli Beer. “At least, it was an original proposal,” he quipped. He’s now married to Racheli, a volunteer EMT for Hatzalah. On contemplating some of the noteworthy situations they’ve shared on the job, Racheli said: “We once delivered a baby together that wasn’t ours. It was a very interesting date night.” Still, the ability for couples to save lives together is no joke. “One of the wonderful things about our model is that it allows our volunteers to maintain their regular lives at work,” explained Beer, who in addition to co-founding United Hatzalah serves as its president. “There is no need for long shifts or extended time given by the volunteers. This allows couples to respond to calls often together without having to worry about an extended period of time away from the home.

Pnina and Yossi Dvir, volunteers with United Hatzalah from Beitar Illit.

Batya and Moshe Jaffe with their Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit K-9 Lucy.

“Many people have taken advantage of this and either convinced their spouses to join the organization or even met people through their volunteering, and created a family based on their mutually shared ideals,” he told JNS. Beer added that while the organization certainly is not a matchmaking service, “we are happy to include spouses, loved ones and couples within our family of first-response volunteers. This is especially true when these couples want to work together to make their communities safer for everyone.” Indeed, working together makes many couples better first responders. “We go back home and talk about the call, and talk about what we

can do better next time,” said Dov. These experiences also strengthen their own relationships and families. According to Racheli, she learns a lot from Dov when they go out on calls together, and it reminds her that she chose a caring and compassionate husband. She told JNS: “Dov encourages me to be independent and go out on calls when he is not there, and this gives me confidence in emergency situations.” Likewise, Dov said that “Racheli has been the biggest support ever, and it makes me really proud to see her in the vest, talking to the patients. It makes me admire her even more.” He also maintained that it bolsters their own family’s values. “Seeing us work together as a team to save lives, even when it is not convenient to do so, offers a great learning opportunity for our children,” said Dov. “One time, we went camping over Passover with the kids and another kid went into anaphylactic shock, and we were able to treat the kid with oxygen and medicine so by the time the ambulance got there, the kid was already breathing normally and sipping a can of Coke. It was truly an amazing moment for the kids to see.

“It gives our kids a whole different skill set of values that you don’t find in other houses. When we leave on a call, we are going to help someone and possibly save a life. The kids understand that sometimes, we need to drop everything and go—[it’s] not only about us, us, us.” Penina and Yossi Dvir of Beitar Illit also go out on calls together with Hatzalah: Yossi as deputy head of the Beitar Illit chapter, and Penina as a psychological first responder for the Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit. Before Penina began such work, she and her husband prepared packages for the family of a first responder who had been in a serious car accident. Although fulfilling the good deed took precious family time during a holiday, Penina said “after we did it, I learned that the more we do for others, the easier it is for our family as well.” Likewise, Moseh and Batya Jaffe, an EMT and EMT Psychotrauma and Crisis Response Unit Responder and in charge of the K-9 unit, respectively, also spoke of the positive impact on their family. Because they have young children, the couple takes turns responding to emergencies, based on what’s needed at any given time. “If we are too tired or had a hard day, we encourage each other to go out and help,” said Moseh. Batya, an immigrant to Israel from Mexico and the only person in the world doing emergency animal-assisted therapy, often takes Lucy, her first-responder dog, out on the emergency calls with her. “When we say all of us are volunteering, it means all of us, including the dog,” Moseh told JNS. “Our kids already understand the importance of sacrificing our convenience to help other people,” he said. “If you can help someone, you have to.”

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Rabbis affix mezuzot in new kosher rehab facility The Five Towns Premier Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, the community’s only entirely kosher rehab facility, is now open, at 1050 Central Ave. in Woodmere. Several local rabbis affixed mezuzot and toured the building last Wednesday. Pictured above from left: Center administrator Elie Pollock; Rabbi Yosef Eisen of the Vaad HaKashrus of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway; Rabbi Hershy Blumstein of the Young Israel

of Hewlett; and Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetsky of the Yeshiva of South Shore. Pictured below from left: Rabbi Yaakov Trump of the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst; Rabbi Zalman Wolowik of Chabad of the Five Towns with one of the center’s principals, Ben Philipson; and Rabbi Simcha Lefkowitz of Congregation Anshei Chesed in Hewlett with Rabbi Blumstein. Photos by Riki Gerwirtz for Five Towns Premier, and Ed Weintrob for The Jewish Star

Just one week after passing a controversial law criminalizing phrases indicating Polish responsibility for heinous crimes against Jews during the Holocaust, Poland’s ruling party has sponsored a new bill including a clause that would criminalize kosher meat slaughter. If the law is passed, anyone found guilty of slaughtering animals in accordance with traditional Jewish practice would face a prison sentence of up to 4 years. The restrictions against kosher slaughter are included within a general bill on animal welfare, and includes a ban on exporting kosher meat from Poland. Israel currently imports a portion of its kosher meat from Poland. The law stipulates that animals cannot be slaughtered unless they stand on all their feet. Kosher slaughter typically involves lifting the animal in order to eliminate pressure on the knife which would cause the animal pain, and render the slaughter unkosher. The Polish parliament initially outlawed kosher slaughter in 2013, but Poland’s courts reversed the decision. Poland’s recent decision to pass a law that would punish anyone in the country– including foreigners or visitors–for using terms such as “Polish death camp” with up to three years in jail, was passed over fierce objection from Israel. —JNS

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CAlendar of Events

Send your events to • Deadline noon Friday • Compiled by Zachary Schechter Thursday, February 15 Achiezer Tribute of Decade: It’s Achiezer’s turn to say “thanks” at tonight’s major fund-raising gala. 6:30 pm at The Sands Atlantic Beach, 1395 Beech St, Atlantic Beachb. 516-791-4444 x113. Parsha Shiur: [Weekly] Join Michal Horowitz at the YI of Woodmere for a special shiur on the parsha. 9:30 am. 859 Peninsula Blvd, Woodmere. 516-295-0950. Iyun Tefilah: [Weekly] Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum at the Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst. 9:45 am. 8 Spruce St, Cedarhurst. Yad Batya L’Kallah Auction: Yad Batya L’Kallah 30th annual benefit auction at the home of David and Bilhah Moradi. All day auction viewing 10 am to 5 pm. Evening program begins at 7 pm. 72 Muriel Ave, Lawrence. 929-244-9255. Learn Maseches Brachos: [Weekly] Join Rabbi Eliyahu Wolf at the YI of Woodmere for a shiur on Maseches Brachos. 5:15 pm. 859 Peninsula Blvd, Woodmere. 516-295-0950. Chag Purim: Hidden Delights: CHAZAQ and Cong. Ahavas Yisael presents Rabbi Dovid Hoffman with “Chag Purim: Hidden Delights on this Festive Day.” Free; men and women welcome. 8 pm. 147-02 73rd Av, Flushing. 718-285-9132. Halacha Shiur: [Weekly] Join Rabbi Yoni Levin at Aish Kodesh for a halacha shiur. 9:30 pm. 894 Woodmere Pl, Woodmere.

Friday February 16

Erev Shabbos Kollel: [Weekly] Eruv Shabbos Kollel starting with 6 am Chassidus shiur with Rav Moshe Weinberger and concluding with 9 am Chevrusah Learning session with Rabbi Yoni Levin. 894 Woodmere Pl, Woodmere.

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February 17, 18 & 24

Harmony XII: Kol Rayus presents a song and dance extravaganza for women and girls featuring the N’Shei Zimriah Chorale Dance Troupe and benefiting TOVA. Tickets starting at $25. Motzei Shabbos start time: 8 pm. Sunday night start time: 7 pm. 2 Reilly Rd, Cedarhurst. 888718-4253.

bi Shalom Yona Weis at Aish Kodesh for a shiur for women and high school girls titled “Seeing Things Clearly- Learning to View Our World and Our Lives Through Positive Lenses. 8:45 pm. 894 Woodmere Pl, Woodmere.

Tuesday February 20

Torah 4 Teens: [Weekly] Yeshiva program for high-school age boys & young adults with Rabbi Matis Friedman. 9:15 am-12:30 pm. 410 Hungry Harbor Rd, Valley Stream. Torah4teens5T@

Breakfast Connect: [Weekly] Breakfast Connect is a business and networking group that meets for breakfast at Riesterer’s Bakery and to discuss business and networking opportunities. 7:30-8:30 am. 282 Hempstead Ave, West Hempstead. 516-662-7712. Women’s Shiur: [Weekly] Rebbetzin Weinberger of Aish Kodesh will give a shiur on the “Midah of Seder in our Avodas Hashem.” 11 am. 894 Woodmere Pl, Woodmere. TAG Annual Dinner: The Torah Academy for Girls is having its 55th annual dinner. 6:30 pm. 1395 Beech St. 718-471-8444. Jewish History: [Weekly] Join Rabbi Evan Hoffman at the YI of Woodmere for a talk on Jewish History. 8:15 pm. 859 Peninsula Blvd, Woodmere. 516-295-0950. Halacha Shiur: [Weekly] Join Rabbi Moshe Sokoloff at the YI of Woodmere for a halacha shiur. 8:40 pm. 859 Peninsula Blvd, Woodmere. 516-295-0950. Gemara Shiur: [Weekly] Join Rabbi Dr. Aaron Glatt at the YI of Woodmere for a gemara shiu. 9:15 pm. 859 Peninsula Blvd, Woodmere. 516295-0950.

Monday February 19

Wednesday February 21

Sunday February 18 Timely Torah: [Weekly] Join Rabbi Ya’akov Trump, assistant rabbi of the Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst, for a shiur on relevant Halachic and philosophical topics related to Parsha Moadim and contemporary issues. Coffee and pastries. 8 am. 8 Spruce St, Cedarhurst. Learning Program: [Weekly] At Aish Kodesh led by Rav Moshe Weinberger following 8:15 Shacharis including 9 am breakfast and shiurim on subjects such as halacha, gemara and divrei chizuk. 894 Woodmere Pl, Woodmere. Gemara Shiur: [Weekly] Join Rabbi Moshe Sokoloff at the YI of Woodmere for a gemara shiu.r 9:15 am. 859 Peninsula Blvd, Woodmere. 516-295-0950.

Women’s Shiur: [Weekly] Dr. Anette Labovitz’s women shiur will continue at Aish Kodesh. 10 am. 894 Woodmere Pl, Woodmere. Seeing Things Clearly: [Weekly] Join Rab-

Timely Tanach: [Weekly] Join Rabbi Ya’akov Trump of the Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst for a shiur on Sefer Shoftim. 8 pm. 8 Spruce St, Cedarhurst.

Chumash and Halacha Shiur: [Weekly] Shiur with Rabbi Yosef Richtman at Aish Kodesh. 8 pm. 894 Woodmere Pl, Woodmere. Pre-Purim Program for Women: Join the women of YI of Woodmere for a pre-Purim program titled “Purim Pageant: The Torah’s View of Beauty” at the home of Freda and Scott Englander. 8:15 pm. 890 Green Pl, Woodmere. 516295-0950. Shiur and Tehillim Group: [Weekly] Join the women of YI of Woodmere at the home of Devorah Schochet. 9:15 pm. 559 Saddle Ridge Rd.

Sunday February 25

Bnos Beis Yaakov Dinner: Bnos Bais Yaakov is having its 24th annual dinner. 1395 Beech St. 718-337-6000.

Wednesday February 28

Purim At the Stadium: Chabad of MerrickBellmore-Wantagh is holding a special Purim “At the Stadium” celebration at the Clubhouse at the Merrick Park Golf Course with Megillah reading, carnival games and a concession stand dinner. $12/child, $18/adult. 5 pm. 2550 Clubhouse Rd, Merrick. 516-833-3057.

Saturday March 3

Steak House Purim Party: Don Gaucho Steak House will be having its first annual Purim party. $100 admission. 8 pm. 1230 Broadway, Hewlett. 516-837-0510.

Sunday March 11

Cahal Concert: Cahal presents a special concert featuring Uri Davidi, Lipa Schmeltzer and 8th Day at Lawrence High School. Tickets starting at $36. 2 Reilly Rd, Cedarhurst. 516-295-3666.

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Continued from page 1 winning your approval was most important to me,” Brafman said. “And when in the course of my professional profile I managed once in a while to create a measure of a kiddush Hashem, you, Aaron were the happiest, because you had the vision and the knowledge and the understanding of what it really means. … You lived your entire life as one continuous kiddush Hashem. I had to pick my spots.” “I wanted to make you proud [so you could] point to me with pride when you told people that I was your brother the way I beam with pride when I tell people that Aaron Brafman was my brother,” he said. Brafman was introduced by his son, Rabbi Dovid Brafman, who founded the Bais Torah U’tefilah shul, and more recently a cheider that will be named for his grandfather, in Ramat Eshkol. Dovid spoke of his father’s unbound generosity “with time, money and advice.” He recalled his father wondering why everyone was not like that, exclaiming, “They’re building Torah, how can people not get involved.” For his father, nothing trumped “family, klal Yisroel, and Torah,” Dovid said. Ben Brafman concluded his remarks by speaking of his brother’s wife, Susie, and his own, wife, Lynda, “two very special ladies whose words and vorts and voices did not grace this program but whose devotion to the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway needs to be noted.” Rabbi Avrohom Boruch Brafman, one of Rabbi Aaron Brafman’s children, said that the legacy of his father would be the fact that “at the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway we build talmidim who will be leaders of the next generation.” One of Rabbi Aaron Brafman’s grandchildren, Avraham Braum, said it took a while for him to adjust to the fact that to his fellow talmidim at the Yeshiva of Far Rockaway, his zaidy wasn’t his alone. The school’s menahel was everyone’s zaidy, he said.

The White House on Monday denied Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that he is in talks with the Trump administration on the annexation of Israeli settlements. “Reports that the United States discussed with Israel an annexation plan for the West Bank are false,” White House spokesman Josh Raffel said in a statement. “The United States and Israel have never discussed such a proposal, and the president’s focus remains squarely on his Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative.” Subscribe to The JNS Daily Syndicate by email and never miss our top stories Earlier on Monday, at a Likud party meeting, Netanyahu mentioned talks with the U.S. in his defense of a decision to defer a Knesset bill on Israel annexing West Bank settlements. “I can tell you that for a while now I’ve

been talking about it with the Americans,” Netanyahu said. “I’m guided by two principles in this issue…optimal coordination with the Americans, whose relationship with us is a strategic asset for Israel and the settlement movement, and the fact that it must be a government initiative rather than a private one because it would be a historic move.” The White House’s statement prompted the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office to issue a clarification of Netanyahu’s comments, explaining that the issue of annexation had only been raised as part of a conversation the prime minister had with the Trump administration about legislative initiatives in Israel. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu updated the Americans with regard to legislative initiatives in the Knesset. The U.S. expressed

its unequivocal position that they were committed to advancing U.S. President [Donald] Trump’s peace plan,” stated the Prime Minister’s Office. In a recent interview with Israel Hayom, Trump said that he believes Israeli settlements “are something that very much complicates and always have complicated making peace, so I think Israel has to be very careful with the settlements.” Nevertheless, the Trump administration has been far less critical of Israel’s settlement enterprise than the preceding Obama administration, which regularly lambasted the Jewish state on settlement construction and in its waning days refused to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements. —JNS

Continued from page 2 and an opponent of the Iran deal, said Saturday’s events should make Europe and the United States do more to counter Iran. “Time for Western world to recognize Iran for the regional menace that it is, and Europe must sharply change course — toward Iran’s regional aggression and its nuclear aspirations,” she tweeted Saturday. “Continuing to appease this regime will drag the region to war.” The U.S. supports Israel’s actions — but some say it should do more. As it usually does, the United States is backing Israel’s strikes over the weekend. The White House tweeted a statement of support and Defense Secretary James Mattis said that Israel shouldn’t have to wait until its people are killed to defend itself. “Israel is a staunch ally of the United States,” the White House statement said. “We support its right to defend itself from the Iranian-backed Syrian and militia forces in southern Syria. We call on Iran and its allies to cease provocative actions and work toward regional peace.” But Republican and Democratic former officials are criticizing the administration because Secretary of State Rex Tillerson isn’t visiting Israel on a trip this week to the Middle East. A visit to Israel, wrote former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, could be a chance to both bolster and coordinate with a key ally. “But oddly, Israel does not appear on the itinerary,” Shapiro wrote Monday in Haaretz. “Tillerson’s stops include Amman, Ankara, Cairo, Kuwait City, and Beirut, but not Jerusalem. That made little sense before the Iranian incursion yesterday. It would be malpractice now. The Secretary needs to come to Israel.”



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Brafman... White House denies annexation talks



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