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By Juda Engelmayer We get excited over our sports teams, don’t we? We go to games and scalp tickets to get great seats. We buy hot dogs, peanuts and beer, and spend ridiculous amounts at the stadiums. We wear the jerseys; hang the pennants on our walls, and get custom license plates on to demonstrate our pride. We call in to radio shows or write in blogs opining over a player’s action or a referee’s call. We are loud, boisterous and passionate. There is little we won’t do, and few expenses we won’t incur. Yet, that is all we do, because we have no real say in how a team is managed, or which players are traded. For many Jews and Christian Zionists in America, Israel is the team we love. We rush to visit, bring planeloads of people, like a busload of children arriving at Yankee Stadium; if they’re from an influential school, they may even step onto the field to shake Derek Jeter’s hand. Zion-seekers with the right organization might get to the Knesset floor or be welcomed at the home of Israel’s president. We buy Israeli products, hang flags on our homes, and get passionate about her politics. Some write about it; others hold dinners to declare their solidarity and profess their beliefs — whether it is Peace Now or the One Israel Fund. Yet, unlike sports, where the outcome does not truly change lives, we are in a position to effect policies that impact the lives of the people who live in Israel. Whether AIPAC lobbys the Hill for money or support, or the former American Jewish Congress helps draft a proposed constitution for Israel, Americans are more than committed fans. They are pseudo-citizens, influencing events inside the country itself. In almost every case, for practically every western nation, their expats, or American-born kin feel some attachment to their native lands, but they do not get actively involved in the internal politics of those countries. Israel, however, carries a different set of rules; but is it right? I wrote a piece questioning whether Israel was worth our blood, sweat and tears, and one comment it engendered hit me hard. It wasn’t about the article’s overall point, it questioned my use of the term, “our.” An Israeli pointed out that it was indeed, neither my blood, nor my sweat, but allowed me the tears of empathy. Well taken, it left me unsettled. My brother, visiting from his home in Modi’in, Israel, told me that there are increasing feelings among Israelis that Americans interfere with what should be internal policies, like interlopers doing more harm than

By Karen C. Green Rory Lancman is convinced he can make a difference in Washington. The New York State Assemblyman has thrown his hat in the ring for the seat being vacated by Rep. Gary Ackerman in the Sixth Congressional District. “I’ve been instrumental in producing legislation in Albany on issues that are directly translatable to Congress, ” asserts the Queens

Democrat — issues such as homeland security , economic opportunities, tax fairness, reining in public college tuition and leveling the playing field between banks and homeowners in foreclosure proceedings. Lancman is quick to point out that his steadfast record of Israel advocacy bolsters his strength as a candidate in a newly drawn district that has strong Jewish roots and affiliation. He is proud to mention

that he facilitated a forum with the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Queensborough Community College concerning the anti-Semitic roots of the delegitimization movement and its use of boycotts, divestment, lawfare (using lawsuits to stifle pro-Israel debate) and sanctions. The Libel Terrorism Protection Act that he was instrumental Continued on page 3

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Artists 4 Israel’s Graffiti Banner was the backdrop for One Israel Fund’s Annual Dinner held March 14, at Bridgewaters at the South Street Seaport. Photos and stories on page 16.

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Rooting for the home team Continued from page 1 good, because we demand what we are not in a position to fight for. Americans send a lot of money to Israel. American Friends of “This or That� raises money and sends portions to the paired organization in Israel. Trees get planted, schools are built, and we buy emergency kits for use in Judea and Samaria. Rabbis raise money from Christians to feed poor Jews; pastors raise money for churches and feed hungry Jews – it’s a wonderful mosaic of diversified aid for the people on the Land of the Book. Also, many Israeli politicians come to the United States seeking money for political ambitions. They come to sell the books they just authored about how great it is to be them while they were in power, or to generate capital for their newly formed non profits. All of that aid and fundraising comes with a price – participation. American Zionists are not mere spectators, we want to be involved – we need to be involved. The debate as to whether Israel is just a country or a nation of people throughout the world is at the heart of the issue. Long before Israel was reborn Jews longed for Israel and called it home even though they would never step foot on its sands. At the end of the Passover seder Jews proclaim, “Next Year in Jerusalem,� yet they can all go if they wanted. Alas, the cry is not for a plane ticket, but for the rebuilding of the biblical Temple and the restoration of the nation heralded by the coming of the Messiah; and that is where the issue lies. For the residents of modern Israel, the decision made by its government, its taxation and social welfare policies, as well as its deployment of the military are less about rebuilding the Temple than about getting through the days, the weeks, and years. It’s about life, as in any other country. When a transportation strikes occurs, Israelis cannot get to work, but Americans can read about it from our desks at work. If conflicts arise between religious and secular communities, it becomes a sermon in synagogues across the Five Towns and Teaneck, but it is an impediment to basic life for those living with it. Yet, it is those very sermons that help keep the passion and motivation alive in Diaspora; something Israel and its citizens cannot afford to lose. It is a delicate balance. Israel is a calling for Zionists in America as it is for many living in Israel too, but it is also real life for them. The rhetoric over striking Iran is heating up, yet many Israelis feel that it is they who will pay the heavy price of a wrong move. American Zionists must understand that their actions in trying to shift the tide of internal policies within the country does more than serve an esoteric longing for a mighty Jewish nation, it radically impacts the lives of the actual people living there every day. Likewise, Israelis must appreciate that their neighborhoods, backyards, streets, sands and air are parts of the fundamentals of Jewish hope, continuity and strength. As we continue our collective struggle for lasting peace and harmonious Israel, American Jews will remain strong fans of Israel, but it is nothing like a football team, for they will always be actively involved. More like a rotisserie baseball team, Zionists can plan, strategize and build the best theoretical country they can imagine. Then it should make those recommendations, but allow Israelis to choose what’s best for them. Juda Engelmayer is an executive with the New York PR agency, 5W Public Relations.

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Continued from page 1 in drafting and sponsoring in the Assembly was designed to protect American journalists from being intimidated by libel suits in Great Britain where they don’t have First Amendment protection. Congress later enacted a similar law. Lancman even got traction in the United Kingdom. When he keynoted a conference on “How Britain’s Libel laws are undermining free speech in the U.S.” Parliament responded by opening a study to revisit and review libel His bio is truly a Queens story. Born in Bayside and raised in Kew Garden Hills in a rent stabilized apartment, Lancman attended Hillcrest High School and Queens College— where he met his wife. He earned a law degree from Columbia University and currently resides in Hillcrest. Members of Hillcrest Jewish Center, he and his wife are parents of a 14-year-old boy, a 12-year-old girl and a 10-year-old girl. He’s Ashkenazi, she’s a Sephardic woman of Persian descent. Their household, Lancman believes, is representative of the blending

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Assemblyman Rory Lancman (DQueens) looks ahead to primary on June 26. amongst Jews of many cultures in the district. His current Assembly district encompasses about two thirds of the new Congressional District, so he is confident that he’s ready to face City Councilwoman Liz Crowley, (Ridgewood) and State Assemblywoman Grace

Meng, (Flushing), in a Democratic primary on June 26. Meng, who received the endorsement of the Queens County Democrats, would be the first Asian-American Representative from New York. The district is 38 percent AsianAmerican. But the Orthodox community in the District has also seen steady growth, especially a surge among Bucharan Jews. Lancman emphasizes the need for an additional strong supporter of Israel from the New York delegation who will echo the priorities of a strong Jewish constituency that includes Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Kew Gardens Hills, Hillcrest, Fresh Meadows, Hollis Hills, Briarwood, Maspeth and Middle Village. Lancman’s role as chair of the New York State Assembly Workplace Safety Subcommittee has showcased his commitment to the needs of the middle class and the working class, he says, resulting in a victory for the Retail and Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), which endorsed Lancman on Wednesday, the first crucial labor endorsement in the campaign.

Lancman tirelessly advocated for fair and proper treatment of workers in their struggle against Walmart, scrutinizing the corporate giant’s record on health and safety, job creation, and the negative impact on communities and small businesseses. “I’ve dedicated my career in public life to fighting for the things that matter to working New Yorkers… together we can take back Congress from those who have been tilting the economic playing field away from the middle-class and working people for years,” said Lancman. With the dynamic of several Conservative congregations closing or merging, Lancman spearheaded a plan to make a “shidduch” between Briarwood Jewish Center — with dwindling membership on the brink of closing — and a growing Bucharan community with a need for space. He stepped in, providing a capital grant to Ohr Natan, a Bucharan community service organization that enabled the Bucharan congregation to have a new home In the former Briarwood Jewish Center. What was destined to be a condominium, remained a shul through Rory Lancman’s efforts.

Terrorism in Toulouse hits home By Michael Sosnick This past Monday, an event rocked the Jewish world and the world in general, as a lone gunman shot and killed three children and a Rabbi at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France. We mourn a horrifying loss that will strike fear into the hearts of many young children. The gunman rode onto the school grounds on his motorbike, took out two pistols, and chased everyone into the school while simultaneously shooting haphazardly through the air. In the end, he killed four innocent civilians while seriously injuring others. I walked into the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway that day wholly ignorant of the catastrophe, but found out about it when a Rabbi explained what happened to a group of students. It struck chords of shock within me. I didn’t think something so sickening could take place in a democratic nation not so different from our own. Although we at HAFTR said Tehillim, a prayer for the sick and dead, I still could not get over the image imprinted in my mind. While I pondered the atrocity of this act, my mind registered my only tangible connection between Judaism and France: Haim Assaraf. Haim is a transfer student at HAFTR from France. Since he is a French Jew, I wanted to gain his perspective on this horrendous event. He told me that he lived in Paris, France, up until four years ago when he moved with his two parents and three siblings to America. They moved because his father got a job here, and because of the continued anti-Semitism that his family felt in France. He said it was a fun, good place to live except for the anti-Semitism. I asked Haim if he had experienced anti-Semitism personally and he answered, “My cousin – he was coming home from school and he got out of the subway — two people held him and a third beat him up.” The scariest part of our conversation was his relaxed tone that only comes from experience. I asked him about the event that took place that day. While I made the obvious connection that Haim is both French and Jewish, what I found out next astounded me. Haim was related to the father and two children that perished. They were his father’s niece’s husband and two children. The family had

Victims of Toulouse terrorist attack (clockwise from top left) Arieh Sandler, Gabriel Sandler, Miriam Monsenego, and Rabbi Sandler. Photo by HAFTR

Haim Assaraf, HAFTR student from France, a relative of the Sandler family. moved from Israel to France years ago. He said that it was all just shocking, scary. When asked what it all means, his only answer was that he honestly doesn’t know. Should we be scared? Could it happen here? Well, Haim says “Yeah, it can happen anywhere.” The next question is, “What does this all imply?” It’s understandable for one to feel scared in Israel, where we are directly targeted by terrorists who want to destroy the Jewish state, but should one feel that way in France, a democratic nation? And, even more so, can one feel that way in America, the greatest nation in the world? The question that permeates all of this is: where can we feel safe? We can only pray and work together to engender tolerance and acceptance, instead of breeding hate and bigotry in the minds of children.

Terrorist cornered, France waits By Malka Eisenberg

As of press time, the suspected killer of three Jewish school children, one Rabbi and three paratroopers in Toulouse, France was holed up in his fifth floor apartment. The building and surrounding buildings have been evacuated and the area is surrounded by police. The suspect, Mohammed Merah, 23, a French citizen of Algerian descent, is said to be heavily armed and had planned more killings. The standoff

has dragged on for over 12 hours. There are reports that Merah was trained by al Qaeda in Pakistan and had visited Afghanistan twice, possibly jailed for planting bombs in 2007 and escaping from prison in 2008. He reportedly has 18 acts of violence on his criminal record in France. The victims of the Otzar HaTorah shooting were buried in Jerusalem today. They are Rabbi Jonathan Sandler, his sons Arieh, 5, and Gabriel, 3, and Miriam Monsenego, 8

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Opinion Can you judge a President by his anti-Semitic associates? Note: Some of the posts on Jeff Dunetz’ site, The Lid, are picked up by the Breitbart family of web sites. He was not involved, nor did he have advanced knowledge of the release of the video of the President praising and hugging Derrick Bell, which appeared in the news last week.


he release of the Barack Obama/Derrick Bell Harvard video by the Breitbart site was insignificant by itself. Those who were looking for some major smoking gun were very disappointed. My friends at the site tell me, it was never intended to be a big anything but another example of the President’s long history of associating with radicals. They also inform POLITICO me that there is more TO GO coming, not only of the President, but also of the eventual GOP nominee. My interpretation of the video differs from my Breitbart friends. When the future President urged people to open up their hearts and minds to Bell it was one more case of him “cozying” up to Jeff Dunetz an anti-Semite. Understand we are not talking about people who are anti-Israel (although there is a huge crossover of the two) but people who regularly use anti-Semitic stereotypes or more direct derogatory comments about Jews. Here are some examples: Derrick Bell: Bell was a teacher of Critical Race Theory (CRT), which focuses on the intersection of race, law and power. Bell, a lifelong friend of the President appears on the White House logs as visiting the President as late as 2010, just before Bell passed away. In their book Beyond All Reason authors Daniel A. Farber and Suzanna Sherry explain that CRT believes: that Jews and Asians enjoy an unfair share of wealth and status. Thus, the necessary normative implication of the radical theory is that steps should be taken to redress the balance more in favor of white gentiles. In addition, the radicals cannot easily explain Jewish and Asian success. Although benign explanations for this success are available, they are logically inconsistent with radical

multiculturalism; consequently, the radicals would be forced to explain Jewish and Asian success by deploying theories that parallel historic forms of anti-Semitism. Jews, they believe, have an ulterior motive for everything. For example, in his novel “The Space Traders” Bell argued that Jews help blacks so they themselves won’t become the target of bigotry, and called Anne Frank “the symbol of Jewish hypocrisy.” Merrill A. McPeak: Co-Chair of Obama’s 2008 Campaign, McPeak is a believer in that old “Jews control the government” meme. In one interview he suggested U.S. politicians are afraid of Jewish voters in Miami and New York City and that American Jews are the "problem" impeding a solution to the IsraeliPalestinian conflict. Chuck Hagel: When Obama was first elected, Hagel, a Senate friend, was believed to be the President’s first choice for Defense Secretary. Another believer in the nefarious “world wide Jewish conspiracy,” Hagel was once quoted as saying: "The political reality is that... the Jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people up here." Sorry Chuck, but the only Jewish Lobby I know of is in my house, and my wife says it needs a paint job. Khalid al-Mansour, the Nation of Islam and Saudi Arabia: Louis Farrakhan’s attorney Percy Sutton, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal (the guy who’s ten million Giuliani refused to accept because he blamed 9/11 on Israel), and anti-Semitic Black Muslim Khalid al-Mansour were instrumental in getting the future President into Harvard. Sutton, a famous New York politician, wrote Obama a recommendation letter at the urging of bin Talal and al-Mansour. Zbigniew Brzezinski: The President once called Brzezinski “someone I have learned an immense amount from,” and "one of our most outstanding scholars and thinkers.” Back in 2007, Brzezinski schooled the future president on foreign policy. The former National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter is a conspiracy theorist who believes the Jews control U.S. foreign policy and Congress. He reiterated this opinion in an interview with Salon just last month. Al Sharpton: According to the Wall Street Journal, the President turned to Sharpton to answer public criticism in the black community over his economic policy. Sharpton helped fan the flames of the Crown Heights Pogrom and was a leader of the anti-Jewish protest that lead to the firebombing of the


Jewish-owned Freddy’s Fashion Mart. Sharpton called Freddy's Fashion Mart's Jewish owners "bloodsuckers" and "white interlopers," leading protesters to shout, "We're going to burn and loot the Jews." Just a short time later they got their wish, the store was firebombed and eight people were dead. Jeremiah Wright: Shortly after Obama took office, the man who’s church the President sat in for 20 years complained about his lack of access to the Oval Office: “Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me. I told my baby daughter that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck or in eight years when he’s out of office. They will not let him talk to somebody who calls a spade what it is. I said that from the beginning. He’s a politician; I’m a pastor. He’s got to do what politicians do.” And there are plenty more where that came from, including the chairman of his transition committee, John Podesta who is now head of the Center for American Progress (CAP). Both CAP and its “child” organization MMFA have been cited by the Simon Wiesenthal Center for promoting the anti-Semitic meme that Jews are not loyal to America; or Samantha Power who is on Obama’s National Security Counsel who once complained about critics of the President’s foreign policy by saying, “So much of it is about is it going to be good for the Jews.” Many critics of this analysis will call the above, “guilt by association,” at least that’s what they did to similar stories in 2008. Please understand clearly that it is not my contention that the President of the United States is an anti-Semite; I have seen no evidence to that fact. I do contend that he has a nasty habit of associating with Jew-haters. Why does Barack Obama seem to gravitate to Jew-haters? Here is a man who called a Georgetown student because she was smeared by an insensitive misogynistic attack by a radio host, but he accepts, associates with and hires anti-Semites showing a clear lack of sensitivity to bias against Jews. Jeff Dunetz is the Editor/Publisher of the political blog “The Lid” ( Jeff contributes to some of the largest political sites on the internet including American Thinker, Big Government, Big Journalism, NewsReal and Pajama’s Media, and has been a guest on national radio shows including G. Gordon Liddy, Tammy Bruce and Glenn Beck. Jeff lives in Long Island.


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Letter to the editor Obama, AIPAC and Iran To the Editor: It is tiring to read the right wing drivel that is Jeff Dunetz's weekly column. This week's column is another example of partisan whining that ignores reality. The President's record of supporting Israel is solid. When the Palestinians attempted to force a vote for Palestinian statehood, the President and his ambassador, Susan Rice, could not have been more steadfast in opposing it at the UN. Neither could the President have done much more than refuse to attend Durban III, a marked improvement over the Bush Administration, who attended the original 2001 conference (Durban I), only leaving in middle when the anti-Semitic rhetoric became unbearable. The Bush Administration did nothing to combat the plethora of anti-Israel resolutions that resulted from the planning meetings for that conference. If Jeff Dunetz knew anything about these planning conferences, he would know that the United States has no power to influence the resolutions passed at them. Perhaps Jeff can educate us on what he expected of the administration, particularly since he seems to have no criticism of the Republican administrations before this one. Jeff also criticizes Susan Rice for noting that the US opposed Israeli settlement policy after vetoing a Security Counsel resolution condemning that activity in February 2011. Rather than criticizing her for stating what has been US policy for over four decades, we should be praising her for continuing to insist, as she did just last week at AIPAC, that settlements were a final status issue that must be resolved by direct negotiation. That's what important, and it is no different from Bush administration policy in any way, shape or form. Finally, in what can only be described as a display of Jeff's marked refusal to say anything good about Obama, he blames the President for committing the United States to support an Israeli attack should an Iranian nuclear weapon become imminent. Much as Israel may have wanted the Obama administration to stay out of its way, the idea that it would is folly. Iran is not just Israel's problem. It is a strategic problem for the United States. Thus, it is perfectly reasonable for the President to say that all options are on the table and that he would use force if necessary. There is nothing especially unusual about that kind of commitment from an American President under these circumstances, except that the President uttering it is a Democrat instead of a Republican, so he has earned Jeff's approbation. Why is it that so many on the right can find nothing good to say about this President, to the point of presenting a wholly distorted picture of his record and placing Israel on the altar of domestic partisan politics? Such irresponsibility helps no one, and only encourages the President, should he be re-elected to a second term, to be less receptive to pro-Israel concerns. Michael Brenner Woodmere

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Parshat Vayikra


he third book of the Torah begins with Moshe being called by God from the Ohel Moed (Tent of Meeting, a.k.a the Mishkan/Tabernacle). While for us readers it is not unique for Moshe to be called, there is something strikingly odd about Moshe being the only one who is called. Were there no other prophets? Were there no other people worthy of being present in the Ohel Moed? Why is Moshe alone the one who is called? The Midrash (Vayikra Rabba 1:1,3) seeks to create an image for us of who this man Moshe is and why his unique experience is different from everyone else. In the Torah and in the Exodus narrative, there are a number of times when Moshe is Rabbi Avi Billet compared to an angel. When God referred to the angel who took the Jews out of Egypt in Bamidbar 20, for example, the reference is obviously to Moshe. Rabbi Tanchum is quoted in the Midrash as saying "It is the way of the world that a burden which is difficult for one person to carry can be more easily carried by two; one which is difficult for two people will be much easier for four people, and so on. Or perhaps, a burden that is difficult for 600,000 adult males would be very easy for one. This is indeed the case because the people said in Devarim 5:22 that "should we continue to hear

A Name Reflects Character His voice, we will die." Whereas Moshe had no such problem. Who is this man Moshe? What about him, aside from his appointment as leader, makes us understand him to be a naturally special person? In this time of year, pre Pesach, there is a lot of talk and focus on the beginning of the story of the Exodus – particularly from the birth of the baby we call Moshe. But the funny thing is, he was never "baby Moshe!" The name "Moshe" was given to him only upon his return to Pharaoh's daughter, who had found him and spared his life when she found the basket he occupied, after having spent his "nursing years" with his real mother. So what was his name until he became known as Moshe? The Midrash on our parsha continues its narrative listing all of Moshe's names, and the qualities each name either exhibited or represented in the personality of the person who became the model leader of Israel of all time. He had ten names: Yered, Chever, Yekutiel, Avigdor, Avi Socho, Avi Zanoach, Toviah, Shmaya ben Netanel, Hasofer, Halevi. Each name is derived from a different verse in the Bible or just a summary of his experience (see the midrash). "Yered" (Divrei Hayamim I 4:18) comes from the word to bring down, and it was either his name because he brought the Torah down from Sinai, or because he brought the divine presence down to rest amongst the people. Rabbi Simone says the word "Yered" refers to the act of ruling (based on Kings I:4). It also comes from the word meaning

to "rebel." His adopted mother allowed him to survive because she rebelled against her father's wishes. "Avigdor" – because the Israelite nation had many shepherds, and he was the 'father' of them all. "Chever" – because he linked ('chiber') the children to their father in heaven. "Avi Socho" – because he was the father of the prophets ('soch' means to delve in prophesy). "Yekutiel" – he made the sons yearn for their father in heaven (kaveh) "Avi Zanoach" – he was the father of those who discouraged the pursuit of idolatry. "Toviah" – because when he was born, they saw he was good (Tov). "Shmaya" because God heard his prayers. "Ben Netanel" – he was the son who re-

ceived the Torah from God, from hand to hand. "Hasofer" – because he was the scribe (or "counter") of Israel. "Halevi" – because he was a Levite Our parsha begins with God "Calling Moshe" because God said, "Of all your names, I will call you by the name the daughter of Pharaoh gave you." In a fitting tribute, the midrash says, God told Pharaoh's daughter, "Moshe was not your son, and yet you considered him your son. So too, you are not My daughter, and yet you are called Batya – My daughter [lit. "daughter of God"]." Every person carries different names, nicknames, roles, and titles in our lifetimes. Son, Father, Grandfather, Daughter, Mother, Grandmother, Brother, Sister, Employee, Boss, Neighbor, Friend.

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ith the shadow of Passover looming on the horizon, it’s time to discuss alcoholic beverage options. While there are plenty of options when it comes to potato vodkas or fruit brandies, I feel that Passover is an excellent opportunity to indulge in an often unnoticed libation that is both affordable and decadent. I am talking, of course, about Port. Port, like chamTHE KOSHER pagne, refers to a CRITIC regionally produced fortified wine from Portugal but a number of winemakers in various countries produce some excellent Port style wines. Traditionally Port is made by making wine and then fortifying that wine with a second grape-based spirit with a higher alcohol content. Most Zechariah Mehler commonly the spirit used is called aguardiente and mostly resembles brandy or grappa. The aguardiente arrests the fermentation process which results in the wine having additional sugar and a greater concentration of alcohol. What makes port really interesting is that, due to the higher level of alcohol, Port is able to stay fresh after being uncorked for quite some time. Corked Port can last virtually

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Port wine: affordable and decadent forever, which is best illustrated by the fact that recent auctions have featured drinkable bottles of Port owned by Thomas Jefferson. Sipping a good Port is a really lavish experience and when paired with a meal, desert or ,my personal favorite, a cigar. It is just so classic a feeling that it calls to mind images of old English aristocracy sitting around a lush room festooned with velvet drapes, Persian carpets and leather chairs. I managed to sample a number of kosher Ports and Port style wines and I can recommend the following for your Passover aperitif (digestif if you want to nitpick about it). Porto Cordovero Ruby Port: Made in Portugal. Porto Cordovero is the most commonly available kosher Port. It is traditionally made from grapes grown in the Douro Valley and is matured in wooden casks. It is exceptionally rich and fruity with a strong nose and a full body. The flavors are of dark berries and spices have a very subtle honey flavor on the finish. Porto Cordovero also makes a Reserve Port which is much like its younger brother but has a much deeper and more layered flavor profile.

Shiloh Fort Dessert Red: Shiloh (one of my favorite wine manufacturers) made their own Port style wine from a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Syrah and Merlot. The grapes are late harvest which gives the wine extra sweetness and the wine is matured in oak giving it a nice woody flavor that helps to punctuate the wine’s other flavors. The wine has flavors of plum and currant with citrusy overtones and a caramel aroma. This makes for an excellent addition to any dessert or dairy meal. Psagot Prat: I love Psagot wines and so when they released their Prat I was eager to try it. Winner of the Terravino Silver Medal, the Prat is a Port style wine that showcases the breadth of Psagot’s high-quality grapes. Aged for sixteen months in oak barrels, the Prat is rich and layered excellently. It has flavors of pomegranate and spices as well as a subtle chocolate finish that is velvety on the palate. It is easily one of the most unique Port style wines I have ever drunk and is now a staple in my home. Fabregen Shtark: Ok so no one is going to win any medals for this wine but that doesn’t detract from the wine’s overall

Corked Port can last virtually forever, which is best illustrated by the fact that recent auctions have featured drinkable bottles of Port owned by Thomas Jefferson.

jaunty personality. While I would describe the flavors as simply sweet and fruity and maybe even a little clumsy I still enjoyed it immensly. Shtark isn’t trying to be a high end Port style wine; it’s simply a fun, spirited little wine with a low price tag and high alcohol content. So this year as you stock your homes for Passover I would highly recommend that you consider adding a Port to your collection. Just remember, Port wines usually have an alcohol content of about twenty percent which makes it forty proof. That being the case, I wouldn’t recommend you use Port for your four cups.

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The Kosher Bookworm

The Mitzvoth of the Month of Nissan


ne of the most unique and informative books ever published explaining the whys and wherefores of mitzvoth is a comprehensive and in-depth guide entitled, ”The Encyclopedia of the Taryag Mitzvot” edited by Rabbi Dovid Wax. Organized according to the order of their appearance in the Torah, the mitzvoth are each elucidated individually under eight categories, each dealing with a different component of the mitzvah. First there is the basic mitzvah, then an expanded treatment. Further on, we have a broader treatment of the laws involved, situations in Halachah, and the blessings involved. Illuminations of the mitzvah involves suggested reasons and insights as well as stories, parables and reflections as seen through Alan Jay Gerber the eyes of the sages and, lastly, the count of the mitzvah that lead us to the numerical figure of 613. Among the primary sources utilized in this work are the classic Sefer HaChinuch, and the Rambam’s Sefer HaMitzvoth. The prologue consists of 65 pages of detailed explanations as to the very basis of our faith’s beliefs concerning the rationale and reasoning behind the study of mitzvoth. It cites in detail the works of the Rambam’s Mishnah Torah, the Saadiah Gaon, the Ma-

haral, the Kuzari, the Ramban and many others, thus giving the reader a comprehensive appreciation of the vast spectrum of the foundations of our faith. The first volume under review contains 24 mitzvoth. Of these, 18 relate directly to the observance of Pesach, beginning with Mitzvah Four: To Sanctify the New Month. This mitzvah is most relevant to us this coming Shabbat. In addition to observing Shabbat itself, we also observe Rosh Chodesh Nissan, the month of Pesach, and the annual observance of the special maftir for Shabbat Hachodesh with the reading of this mitzvah from a third Sefer Torah. This observance heralds the formal recognition of the coming of the Pesach holiday season. “This month shall be for you the first of months” {Exodus 12:2} “This mitzvah,” according to the author of this guide,” “imposes two obligations upon beis din: to determine when the new moon became visible and to sanctify that day as Rosh Chodesh, and to add an extra month to the lunar calendar if necessary, thus rendering it a leap year.” This mitzvah sets the tone for the heart of the observances and prayers for this coming

Shabbat. The Bible text is a commandment given directly from G-d to Moses just prior to the Exodus experience. It is the lead in to the 17 mitzvoth to follow that detail the early divine commandments that serve as the observances of the Pesach rituals both in Egypt and for the many years to follow. This includes the Pesach offering, the elimination of chometz, the eating of matzah and the obligation to recount the story of the Exodus experience. One fascinating aspect that is detailed in the count of the mitzvah as it relates to this week’s Shabbat HaChodesh theme deals with the intricacies of counting and calculating the months so as to assure that they will conform seasonally with Pesach to fall in the spring and Succoth to fall in the autumn. Also, it is noted further on in this work, that some authorities count as a separate mitzvah the calculations of the seasons and constellations, that being, to engage in the detailed and learned study of astronomy. Most authorities, however, do not view this as a separate mitzvah. Nevertheless, the discussions on this and related matters makes for fascinating reading and discussion. Among those cited in this work who

helped to assist in its publication are some names that many of you might recognize: Rabbi Oscar Ehrenreich, Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, Rabbi Herschel Billet, Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, Rabbi Yaakov Bender, Heshy Muehlgay, Elazar Fingerer, and Lloyd Kielson. This volume goes a long way to help all of us to better appreciate the details and rationale behind the seasonal liturgical observances that are ahead of us. Hopefully, you will have an opportunity in the months to come to familiarize yourselves with the other three volumes in this series, especially the one dealing with the Ten Commandments.

FOR FURTHER STUDY Recently Artscroll published in English the first volume of “The Book of Mitzvos: Sefer Hachinuch” briefly detailing the first 65 mitzvoth of the Torah. Its convenient and compact format makes its use in transit as well as in class and home most timely, especially at this time of year. Coupled with the recent publication of English Talmud Yerushalmi for the Tractate of Pesachim, we now have two halachic based classics available in clear English, easy to read and comprehend for all. Last but surely not least is the recent publication of the fifth volume, in Hebrew, of the Dirshu edition of The Mishneh Berurah dealing with the intricate laws of Pesach. Featured in this work is an updated component with contemporary Piskei Halacha from the halachic descisions of our time, each tailored to our practical needs and concerns.

To strive to be more than we are


here is a darkness sometimes that rages within which can overpower our very being… I had a Battalion commander, who took the first watch on the tank after a brutal day in the Lebanon war. It was the third night of fighting, and the men by now were near exhaustion. In the middle of the night, alone with his thoughts, doing everything he could to FROM THE HEART stay awake after three OF JERUSALEM days of warfare and no sleep, Shimon Ben Maimon came face to face with death in the form of a Syrian commando crawling up on to his tank. They were in such close quarters, there was neither the room nor the time to cock and aim his machine gun. So they struggled in the night, hand to hand. Rabbi Binny The loader, sleeping Freedman on the turret next to Ben Maimon, thought his Commander was messing around with one of the guys, as he was wont to do, and went back to sleep. Eventually, Ben Maimon was able to overpower the Syrian Commando, at which point he had to decide what to do with him. There were standing orders that no-one should take prisoners, but letting him go might have put other Israeli soldiers at risk later on, and tying him up and leaving him in the battle-field under the circumstances, was

tantamount to having him killed. So they kept him on the tank for three days before being able to pass him on to the proper authorities. When asked later why he didn’t just shoot him, (after all, here was an enemy soldier who had just tried to kill his entire crew…) Ben Maimon’s response was: ‘because then he would have won…’ “…Adam Ki Yakriv Mi’kem Korban Lahashem, Min HaBakar U’Min HaTzon Takrivu Et Korbanchem” A man from amongst you, who would offer a sacrifice to G-d, from the cattle and the sheep you shall offer your sacrifices.” (Leviticus 1:2) This week ‘s portion, VaYikra, in addition to serving as the beginning of the third book of the Torah, also introduces a new topic, one of the most mentioned topics in the Torah: the sacrifices. Yet one wonders, given that the Torah is meant to be ‘a living Torah,’ applicable in its entirety even now, what relevance do the sacrifices retain in today’s modern world? The Ramban, in his commentary here, points out that the root of the Hebrew word for sacrifice, Korban, is the same root as the word Karov, meaning close. The underlying purpose of the sacrifices, suggests the Ramban, was to serve as a vehicle for bringing man closer to G-d. How on earth did the experience of killing an animal and subsequently burning its flesh, serve as a catalyst for deepening our relationship with G-d? Rabbeinu Bachya Ib’n Pekudei, in his Chovot HaLevavot, points out that G-d gives us many gifts, and we are expected to use these gifts for good purposes in this world.

The only reason G-d gives me a mouth is to use it to spread kindness, and the same is true for all the other parts of our body. Our minds and hearts therefore are also meant to be involved in the mitzvoth that we do. The purpose of any given action is not merely the performance of the action, rather the action was meant to cause us to think, and ultimately to grow, from the experience. What is sacrificing an animal meant to convey? And what does it mean that G-d wants our sacrifices? Does Hashem somehow need these hapless goats and sheep? Instinctively, we know and certainly would like to believe, that we are more than just animals that can walk on two legs, yet the question remains as to how we define that difference. By all appearance we are no different from animals. We have the same needs to eat and sleep, as well as fulfill our desires for physical sustenance and pleasure. And yet, in some ways we defy the normal pattern of animal behavior. Our intelligence can do far more than sustain us, and our desires far exceed our needs, often even undermining that very animal-like goal. How to explain, for example, man’s desire to experience and explore beauty, or to contemplate the mysteries of his existence? Indeed, it is often precisely those pursuits that seem least appropriate to man’s survival that seem to grant him the greatest satisfaction! This then, is the message of the sacrifices, the Korbanot. It is precisely when we allow our animal selves to be in control of who we are, that we need to remember that we can be so much more. When we allow our actions to be dictated by our animal desires,

we are essentially living physical lives akin to the animal world. Any experience that emanates from the physical, animal world is by definition limited. (It is precisely for this reason that Maimonides points out in his Thirteen Principles of Faith that Hashem cannot be physical, as that would mean Hashem was limited.) Sometimes, we get so stuck in our world, and our perspectives, that we limit ourselves, and confine our experiences to the world of the animal. The gift of the sacrifices is to remind us that we can be so much more. So we come to the Temple, the Beit HaMikdash, to an environment that resonates with Kedushah, or Holiness, which essentially is the opportunity to come closer to G-d, and experience unlimited-ness. And in this environment we take that same animal that we have become, and offer it up as a sacrifice, as if to say, I want to remember that I can be so much more than the animal within me. In a world which is becoming all too physical, and in a time when the Jewish people are being called upon to make some very difficult sacrifices, may Hashem bless us that these challenges serve as a merit to us all, so that soon, the only fires in Israel are the burning of the sacrifices in the Temple in Jerusalem. Shabbat Shalom, Binny Freedman Rav Binny Freedman, Rosh Yeshivat Orayta in Jerusalem’s Old City is a Company Commander in the IDF reserves, and lives in Efrat with his wife Doreet and their four children. His weekly Internet ‘Parsha Bytes’ can be found at

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JCC food pantry seeks help in assisting families in need prepare for Passover Increase in demand is straining the JCC food pantry’s ability to serve. Donations of food and funds are needed to help those less fortunate enjoy Passover. Imagine being in the unenviable position of choosing between filling up your car or putting food on your family’s Passover table. For many in the Five Towns community— including senior citizens faced with the decision to buy medicine or food — that it a sad and grim reality. The still-sluggish economy and higher prices for nearly everything, especially gasoline and home heating oil, has forced many of our neighbors to make these difficult choices every day. For 267 Five Towns families faced with these difficulties, the JCC of the Greater Five Towns’ Kol Ditzrich kosher food pantry in Woodmere is providing some welcome relief. A sharp rise in the number of families accessing the food pantry is stretching its ability to serve those in need, and the demand is growing. The pantry, which saw a major increase over last year in the number families accessing the community resource, saw five new families last week looking for help. Many of those recently visiting the pantry at 1012 Central Avenue were looking for the typical items needed for the traditional Passover Seder. “Passover is a family-oriented holiday, a time of togetherness and it’s heartbreaking to know that some of our neighbors may not even be able to afford to buy something as simple as matzot,” said Rina Shkolnik, Execu-

tive Director, of the JCC of the Greater Five Towns. “We are seeing more families and seniors coming to our food pantry for help and their stories are similar and very sad.” Many of those who rely on the pantry for food are not eligible for government assistance such as food stamps. A report by Feeding America and Island Harvest revealed that among 117,000 people in Nassau County identified at risk for hunger, sixty-two percent do not fall within the eligibility guidelines for help from programs such as the SNAP program (formerly food stamps). Ellen Warshall, coordinator of the JCC’s kosher food pantry tells the story of the family of five in which both parents, professionals with college degrees, lost their jobs. While they ended up eventually finding work, their debt had mounted and their new salaries were not nearly what they had been earning, putting them in a tight financial situation. “They told us that the pantry had become not only a lifeline in providing much needed, food for their families, but it was a blessing because of the kindness of the staff and volunteers who helped them cope with their new situation,” said Ms. Warshall. The pantry receives support from UJAFederation of NY and several communitybased organizations like the Five Towns Community Chest, local synagogues and schools, but is largely funded through the generosity of individual donations. As a mitzvah to help those struggling enjoy a warm and blessed Passover holiday, the JCC of the Greater Five Towns is reaching out to the community for monetary gifts or do-

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JCC board members Michael Papilsky, David Kaye, Executive Director Rina Shkolnik, Craig Spatz, Joshua Summers, and JCC supporter Jonathan Katz. nations of non-perishable kosher for Pessach food items to help our less fortunate neighbors during this special time of year. Among the kosher food items gratefully accepted are frozen kosher poultry, kosher for Passover food items. Personal care items, such as diapers, deodorant, toothpaste and shampoo are welcome, too. To drop off food or personal care items call the Kol Ditzrich kosher food pantry at 295-5678. For monetary contributions, please make checks payable to the JCC of the Greater Five Towns Food Pantry, 207 Grove Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY 11516. Working together, your generous donations to the food pantry will allow our less fortunate neighbors enjoy the warmth, happiness and the spirit of Passover. The JCC wishes everyone in the community a Happy Passover and thanks you for your support of

what has become a vital community resource for those facing difficult times.

About The JCC of the Greater Five Towns The Jewish Community Center of the Greater Five Towns is a vital community-based resource that meets the ever changing needs of a diverse community through a wide range of educational, enrichment and social services programs. The JCC serves over 16,000 people from the very youngest to the senior most citizens in the communities of Cedarhurst, East Rockaway, Far Rockaway, Hewlett, Inwood, Lawrence, Lynbrook, Malverne, Valley Stream, West Hempstead, and Woodmere. Founded in 1980, the JCC is a beneficiary agency of the UJA-Federation of NY. More information can be found at


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You say po-ta-to and I say po-tah-to


ne of my favorite shabbat foods growing up was potato kugel. Not the type that most people make today. I'm talking about hand grated, pan-fried and flipped, crisp on both sides, mouth watering kugel. The type that never fails to rub off part of your knuckles...and if that didn’t bother you, then the hot oil dripping down your wrist as you flipped the kugel over, surely would have done the job. Equally as good, but sans the boiling oil dripping down your wrist is my overnight, hand-grated potato kugel with caramelized onions. Baked before Shabbat and kept tightly covered in an oven at 175 degrees or in a warming drawer till lunch the next day, this is one dish, even most diehard dieters will find hard to resist. I’ll be kind and not name those who have broken their diets in my home Judy Joszef lately. For those of you who have been reading my column, you know that you're about to get a lesson in potatoes, so here you go...... The potato originated in the Andes of Bolivia and Peru. It was there, in 1537, that the Spanish conquistadors discovered the potato. From there it traveled to Europe, then to the U.S. Fashionable potato blossoms used to be the hottest royal fashion accessory. Louis





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XVI and Marie Antoinette were both known to wear potato blossoms to spiff up their outfits. During the 18th century, potatoes were served as a dessert, hot and salted, in a napkin. While ambassador to France, Benjamin Franklin attended a banquet where the fare was nothing but potatoes, prepared in 20 different ways. Thomas Jefferson gets the credit for introducing French fries to America when he served them at a White House dinner. Potatoes can be fried, baked, boiled, mashed, stuffed, au gratin, latkes, french fries, scalloped, home fries, hash browns, and made into a soup, just to name a few. With all those options the root vegetable rarely gets the praise it deserves. The environmentally friendly potato played an important role in our development, but it seems, we rarely give our eco friendly starchy friend its due respect, They're cheap and easy to grow, and good for you, providing you’re not eating them in fried form all the time. This makes them a perfect crop for farmers in the developing world, who can easily grow a nutritious food in adverse conditions. The potato crop is the most important noncereal crop in the world, and fourth most important crop overall. Only corn, wheat, and rice are more important. In the U.S., potato

products are the second most consumed food overall, trailing only dairy products. Potatoes are definitely America's favorite vegetable. Each year, we consume about 140 pounds of potatoes per person. The potato was even grown in space In 1995. Potato plants were taken into space with the space shuttle Columbia. It marked the first time any food was ever grown in space. The U.S. even boasts a potato museum, located in Washington D.C. It contains over 2,000 potato artifacts, including a 1903 Parker Brothers game called "The Potato Race." Hopefully one day the potato kugel will earn it’s rightful spot in the potato museum.

OVERNIGHT DEEP DISH POTATO KUGEL ■ 5 lbs Idaho baking potatoes, peeled ■ 3 large onions, chopped ■ 1 large whole onion peeled ■ 1 tablespoon salt ■ Pepper to taste ■ 7 extra large eggs ■ ½ cup canola oil, heated till it boils,


keep on a low flame till ready to use ■ Non fat cooking spray Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Coat a 3 quart, deep baking dish with non stick spray Fry three of the onions till they are golden brown and caramelized, set aside Grate the potatoes by hand, on either a standing grater or one laid over a bowl Grate the whole onion into the potato mixture Add the eggs, salt, pepper, caramelized onions and boiling oil, being careful not to

splash it on yourself Pour the mixture into the coated dish. The mixture should come close to the top of the dish Place a piece of aluminum foil under the dish, in the oven, so that any oil bubbling over will be caught on the foil, and not on the oven floor, which can start a fire. Bake uncovered for two hours. Kugel can be made earlier in the day and then covered with aluminum foil and put back into the oven right before Shabbat in a 175 degree oven, same degree setting as most warmer drawers. Kugel can also be put in a warming drawer before Shabbat. This kugel can be made ahead of time, frozen and then put in the oven or warming drawer right before Shabbat on the 175 degree setting. It will taste the same as it does when made fresh. You can only do this if you are the heating the kugel at least 10 hours or more. For those who still think of the potato as just a lowly spud, just think of Mr. Potato Head, who was born in 1952 and was introduced to Mrs. Potato Head in 1953. According to Playskool, Inc., the two honeymooned in Boise, Idaho and have 12 children. In 1987, Mr. Potato Head gave up his pipe to set a good example for children. He and the Mrs. are currently at work developing a healthy variation of french fries. Judy Joszef is a pastry and personal chef as well as a party planner. She spent 18 years as a pastry chef at Abigael’s, The Cedar Club, Centro and T42 in the Five Towns, before launching her current business, Soireé. She can be contacted at Judy.soireé

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Project Frumway PRESENTED BY NCSY, aspiring designers who entered the contest will showcase their talents at a fashion show held at Congregation Beth Sholom. Sponsored by Junee and Junee Jr. For more information or to model in the show: www. or call 516-569-6279. Congregation Beth Sholom is located at 390 Broadway in Lawrence.

Mar 28 Passover fun for kids CHABAD OF HEWLETT A Passover Experience for children ages 7 – 10, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. Lots of fun! Passover games! An Incredible

DISCOVERY TIMES SQUARE in partnership with the Israel Antiquities Authority presents an exhibition on the Dead Sea Scrolls. The world premiere of the exhibition, located in New York City at 226 West 44th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, ends April 15. For tickets and more information, please call 866-987-9692 or visit

THE JCC OF THE GREATER FIVE TOWNS, located at 270 Grove Avenue in Cedarhurst, hosts a choir for seniors every Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. for a joyful hour of singing with choir master Zvi Klein. We sing songs in all languages and we perform for local venues. There is a $5.00 optional contribution requested per session. For information please call Sheryl at 516-569-6733 x222.

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Class for special needs One Israel Fund Board members with honorees Howard and Fayge Feder at dinner. Passover craft! Chabad of Hewlett is located at 1160 Broadway, Hewlett. Cost is $10 per person. For more information please visit .

Pesach Shiurim CONGREGATION SHAARAY TEFILA Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, shlita, discusses Hilchos Pesach, essentials halachos of the Seder, cleaning and koshering, medications and toiletries. 8:00 p.m. Congregation Shaaray Tefila is located at the intersection of Central and Lord Avenues in Lawrence. Man and women are encouraged to attend.

Maccabeats Concert, 7 p.m. YESHIVA UNIVERSITY LAMPORT AUDITORIUM The group released its first album, Voices from the Heights, in March 2010. In November, they released "Candlelight", a Hanukkah-themed single. The song garnered international attention and

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Mar 29 Congregation Shaaray Tefilah HAGGADAH INSIGHTS Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, shlita, offers Haggadah insights at his Shiur at 8:00 p.m. Congregation Shaaray Tefila is located at the intersection of Central and Lord Avenues in Lawrence. Men and women are encouraged to attend.

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hy does pre-Pesach preparation put me in as bad a mood as a doctor’s appointment? Why does this beautiful holiday give me a headache? Why does this festival require such great expense and effort? Why does the 15 of Nissan always come MIRIAM’S MUSINGS too early or too late? These are just four of my questions as I get real about the upcoming holiday which I call the P word, as I like to euphemize it. The initial “P” obviously doesn’t refer to the holiday which we recently celebrated which is mostly fun and light hearted and Miriam Bradman delicious. It refers of Abrahams course to the festival which celebrates freedom, yet enslaves us to the kitchen for grueling hours of back-breaking eye-straining cleanup. This is followed by exorbitantly priced shopping for highly supervised and restricted food products, retrieving heavy boxes of kitchenware stored in the basement for eleven months, engaging in multiple hours of cooking, setting up tables and chairs for crowds, and finally, finally sitting down to enjoy the fruits of our labor. At the end of the day, I do believe this huge effort is worthwhile.

Once we take our assigned places around the gleaming white covered tables, open up our Haggadot and bless and drink the first glass of wine, I know I will relax and smile again. My view from one corner of the room to the other takes in our nearest and dearest. We have all rushed and prepared to get here and are hungry and eager to begin. All are poised to reenact this age old ritual with its myriad rules and traditions, but which also allows for new insights, interpretations and tunes. Each year we anticipate tasting the crunchy, burnt shmura matzot, the freshly grated horseradish and my mom’s incredible gefilte fish. The first part of the readings sounded endless when we were kids but seems to fly by now. Last year, our sons assumed the responsibility of running one seder and this has injected delightful new life into the evening’s program. Everyone still participates in his or her unique way by reading in various languages or discussing a recently learned idea. Each family member enhances the telling of the tale by bringing his or her individual personality to the telling of the story. I remember my paternal grandfather, Yechezkiel (Abuelo Julio) running the seder in his apartment in Crown Heights in the late 1960s. His seder was a monologue, read at break-neck speed in Yiddishinfle-cted Hebrew. Later on, in Midwood, my maternal grandfather Leipke (Abuelo Leon) helped along. They stopped only for us kids to nervously sing MaNishtana, to gorge on the abundant meal and then finally to end the seder with a joyous version of Had Gadya. The actual

Haggadah recitation involved a long litany of guttural sounds, which I can only guess was reminiscent of the way they had heard and experienced it so long ago in Poland and Russia. We kids couldn’t wait for permission to dig into the festive meal, prepared solely by my grandmother. When that generation passed on, my father reluctantly took up the responsibilities of the seders. He feared filling those Eastern European shoes, but then beautifully brought his own sensibilities and understanding to the holiday, including each attendant’s participation. For many years, my mom single-handedly created the delicious feast. When our family grew, expanding beyond the confines of their small Brooklyn dining room, my dad happily handed the seder baton down the line to his daughters and sons-in-law. We each took one night, and our tradition evolved to encourage sharing the cooking duties, dividing that awesome task between my mom, my sister and me. We continue having a leader but increased the involvement of the kids. With more room in the suburbs, we added guests, extended family and our kids’ friends. Now our children are leading the first night seder with the help of everyone’s input, continuing the natural flow of the generations. Each holiday brings with it blessings, traditions, rituals, but Pesach is imbued with more work, involvement, gravity. Shuls schedule special sessions for discussing minute details about this holiday’s observance, the OU mails us pamphlets listing the acceptable ingredients, brand new Haggadot

are published each year. Reciting prayers as we search for chametz at night and burn it the following morning brings a heightened awareness to the importance of the eight days ahead. Passover is another beginning of the Jewish calendar year. Each March I curse the exhausting work demanded by this holiday which I have only just begun to tackle. Every Nissan new moon brings me a bittersweet feeling, sadness for ending the previous year and wonderment about the year ahead. I feel that we are honoring my grandparents by having our children lead the seder. Somehow this is best expressed by my favorite blessing of this and every Jewish holiday, the Shehecheyanu. As I light the candles I’ll thank G-d for having kept me alive and well and brought me to this day. As I look across my decorated table on Shabbat, April 6, I will take a deep breath and be deeply grateful once again for whom and what I have. Miriam was born in Cuba, raised in Brooklyn and lives in Woodmere. She reviews books for Jewish Book World, organizes author events for Hadassah and teaches private and group yoga. Contact Miriam at


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One Israel Fund Dinner By Karen C. Green “We set out to achieve to get away from the dinner concept and move to a more relaxed cocktail party atmosphere. It lends itself to a very laid back and enjoyable atmosphere. People enjoy coming to the dinner,” says One Israel Fund Executive Vice President Scott Feltman. The ambiance at Bridgewaters at South Street Seaport on Wednesday March 14 was somewhat of a street fair. Art sale, Israeli wine tasting, food stations throughout, and Artists 4 Israel, a grassroots organization featuring graffiti artists who are passionate

(Left to Right) One Israel Fund Executive Vice President Scott Feltman, OIF Board Member Stewart Greenberg, and OIF Director of Security Projects Marc Prowisor showing a life saving medical kit. An appeal was made at the dinner which raised funds for 12 additional kits.

Zionists, created a mural on the spot on the terrace to be used as a backdrop later on in the evening. “Although somewhat of a logistical problem, we were fortunate to have sixty walkups at the dinner, an indication of growing support, “ says Feltman. “John Batchelor, our keynote speaker was well received by the dinner guests and Ben Brafman, who was the evening’s master of ceremonies ,did a fabulous job as always,” Feltman added. Five Towns’ Howard and Fayge Feder, and Jerry and Essie Meyer were recipients of the Keter Shem Tov and Hakarat Hatov awards respectively.

Honorees at the One Israel Fund DInner display their Pesach themed awards at the dinner held at Bridgewaters at the South Street seaport

Filling the gaps is difference between life and death By Malka Eisenberg A small yishuv in the Shomron, in Israel needed two perimeter cameras for security to check for potential infiltrators, to prevent terrorist attacks. Each camera unit cost $80,000 and with funds raised they were able to get one, but some time passed before they were able to get the second. When the second more advanced camera was installed, the surveillance system detected what appeared to be a religious Jew with a kipa lurking by the fence of the yishuv. Security called the IDF who tracked him down hiding near a nearby Arab village with four other potential infiltrators. The Jewish town, said Steve Orlow, president of One Israel Fund, was Itamar. In the time lag between receiving the first and second cameras, he pointed out, terrorists brutally murdered five members of the Fogel family there. “It’s a terrible tragedy,” he recounted, soberly. “Don’t wait to give; it can make a difference between life and death.” One Israel Fund has “one overriding goal for 18 years,” said Steve Orlow, president of OIF, “to prevent the creation of terror victims. Most of our donor dollars go to equipment geared to that goal.” One Israel Fund was founded 18 years ago to assist the 150 towns and 350,000 people in Yehuda (Judea) and Shomron (Samaria) with security as well as “things that make life there more bearable, even attractive,” said Orlow. He noted that the entire spectrum of Judaism is represented on both sides of the equation with those living in these areas ranging from the secular to Haredi, and donors reflecting that diversity as well. The donations make possible armorplated vans, bulletproof vests, communication devices, patrol vehicles, thermal

perimeter cameras, surveillance and medical equipment, medical stations as well as playgrounds, computers for schools and programs for disabled children. The organization grew from the impetus of Yechiel Leiter, one of the founding families of Hebron and who served in Israel’s Finance and Education ministries and was a spokesman for Yesha. Leiter saw that there was an overall need for an organization that covered all the yishuvim, explained Orlow. “OIF fills the gaps,” pointed out Marc Prowisor, OIF’s director of security projects. “The major organizations don’t go over the “green line.’” Prowisor made Aliyah from the U.S. in 1978 and has lived in Shilo for almost 18 years. He was Chief Army Security Coordinator in the area from 1996 through 2006, unifying military and civilian security involving counter-terrorism defense, emergency response and management. He raised the security bar and aided in terrorist capture. “I work in conjunction with security chiefs, with the people of the communities and the region and the IDF, coordinating to promote security and safety to prevent terrorists from infiltrating.” The goal, he said, is to help “people stay alive and healthy, to be proactive. People don’t act that way, they’re reactive rather than proactive. It’s better to prevent a tragedy than to respond to it. As a parent I prefer to laugh than to cry.” Prowisor stressed that the biggest issue today is security followed by the necessity for continued growth in Israel and the yishuvim. Another issue is the requirement for unity, for the Jews to “work together as a people.” He also cited the need for “proper education. Most people are manipulated and misinformed,” he said. People have to be educated so they can form an opinion, he stressed. Prowisor said that most U.S. kids “don’t

5 Towners Jerry and Jason Meyers enjoy the evening. Jerry and Essie Meyers received the Hakarat Hatov award have an inkling of what’s going on in the world. The people are disappearing here. People don’t see the dangers that they face here, they are so disconnected from out heartland.” When they do go to Israel for the gap year they usually stay in their schools or worse go out drinking or do drugs. He stressed the importance of travelling to Yehuda and Shomron, noting that the concept of a two state solution is to disconnect Jews from their land. He explained that the Tel Shilo project, an archeological dig at the original site of Shilo, the site of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) for 369 years, is “uncovering out history; you see people seeing, learning, touching this land. It’s not a recent fantasy; it goes back, it’s our heritage, it’s who

we are.” He emphasized the need to bring American students to these areas to “connect to their past, to build leaders. Maybe the kids should be getting a little extra; give him a little more than just the Kotel” to come out on trips to Yehuda and Shomron and return to the yeshivot tired so they can sleep at night and not go out to bars. “The most immediate goal is security day in day out,” agreed Scott Feltman, executive vice president of OIF. “It was created to save lives and to provide the needs for the community to grow and thrive.” Some of the projects over the years include community centers, educational scholarships, aiding the mechina program of the IDF pre-military academy, synagogues, mikvaot. Feltman noted that the overwhelming majority of the funds raised goes to projects in Israel. He said they get 20 to 30 project requests a week, but due to limited funding they can’t do them all and choose according to what they feel their donor base would want. They do one out of every four or five projects. The recent building freeze did not affect preventive security and emergency medical projects so OIF continued to provide searchlights, advanced life-saving kits, defibrillators. They recently completed a dining hall and Beit Midrash for the mechina program of Bnei David in Eli. “The dinner has a few purposes,” said Prowisor. “Raise funds, bring people together, show solidarity, show dedication and when readers hear about this dinner it strengthens them.” “Almost all the yishuvim have our stamp,” noted Prowisor. “It’s a bridge. It strengthens our connection and identity with our past, with our history. That’s why I work with One Israel Fund.”


At Risk for Stress concern of the study authors related to the fact that low BMD in younger ages is caused primarily by insufficient physical activity and second by low calcium intake, or not having enough milk in one’s diet. The study also sent ripples of concern throughout Israeli society, which commissioned its own similar study, and in turn, the same results were found. Hareidi adolescents, especially boys, had significantly lower levels of BMD than their less religious and non-religious peers did. Recommendations were made to increase exercise time and encourage students to take better care of their health. After all there is a positive commandment to care for one’s self –Ushmartem es nofshosaichem. In a small study of 67 teenage boys who learned in yeshivas it was found that all had self-reported levels of stress, including mood issues such as depression and anxiety, higher than their peers who attended public high schools. Fully 75% of the respondents were at middle to high risk for developing mental health disorders, peer relationship difficulties, educational and delinquency problems. Levels and type of stress were also correlated with the type of yeshiva attended. Those who attended yeshivas considered more Hareidi had higher levels of emotional stress. Recommendations were again made to increase exercise time and for students to spend more time with emotionally supportive adults. A recent survey of young adults who were

single and wanted to be married also found extremely high levels of stress in some of the respondents. The author of the study concluded “one sub-group, strict women, (i.e. women who identify themselves as being Hareidi) consistently demonstrated associations between more frequent social control and poorer mental health.� As if these findings were not enough, several large epidemiological studies found high correlations between low rates of exercise or physical activity and substance abuse among adolescents. If teens exercised regularly they were less likely to become involved with illicit substances. According to the most recent study of stress in the United States, the American Psychological Association found that younger Americans are more stressed than older individuals are and men are less likely to deal with their stress than women are. Stress is known to be both a precursor to and a factor in exacerbating chronic illness. Moreover, from what we have seen, it is likely that Orthodox adolescent young adult men have even higher rates. Virtually all studies of stress in children and young adults report a strong inverse correlation between stress and exercise. The more an individual exercises the lower their levels of stress, the less the amount of exercise the higher the amount of reported stress. The correlation is so robust and reli-

able that all treatment modalities for anxiety and mood disorders now include in the protocol for care a recommendation for a physical exercise regimen. Exercise of 30 to 40 minutes four to five days a week helps to overcome the effects of stress and may even short circuit the development of severe stress reactions. We are very aware of what we need to do to help our children and teenagers to stay healthy but when it comes to self-care that includes physical activity we still seem to be lacking. While it is true that many yeshivas have access to open gyms after school hours there is some question as to the effect of exercising very late in the day. Most studies of exercise suggest that mornings, afternoons, or early evening are the optimal time. We must do more to teach our children to care for their minds and bodies. Health is an imperative. Dr. Michael Salamon, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, is the founder and director of ADC Psychological Services in New York. He is the author of numerous articles, several psychological tests and books including “The Shidduch Crisis: Causes and Cures� (Urim Publications) and “Every Pot Has a Cover� (University Press of America). His newest book is called “Abuse in the Jewish Community: Religious and Communal Factors that Undermine the Apprehension of Offenders and the Treatment of Victims.�




















It has been more than a decade since the May 2001 issue of the American Pediatrics Association’s journal Pediatrics was published. That particular volume was especially noteworthy for an article, entitled “Reduced Spinal Bone Mineral Density in Adolescents of an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Community in Brooklyn� which was written by five physiIN MY VIEW cians from Maimonides Medical Center, and one from the Byrd Regional Hospital in Louisiana. This relatively small study that examined bone mineral density (BMD) in 30 Haredi boys and 20 Haredi girls ages 15 to 19 found that BMD was “significantly decreased in ultraMichael J. Orthodox Jewish adoSalamon, Ph.D. lescents,� and that the males had “profoundly lower spinal BMD� than the girls. Despite the limited size of the study sample, the results sparked a great deal of concern because low BMD in adolescence can lead to severe osteoporosis much later in life. In fact, the study suggested that some of the subjects studied already had an indication of osteoporosis, a disease found almost exclusively in the elderly. The additional

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