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VOL 11, NO 13 ■ MARCH 30, 2012 / 7 NISSAN 5772

How Free is Free?

Reflections on Toulouse, Sanford and Israel By Juda Engelmayer Next weekend the holiday of Passover begins. For Jews, it is a celebration of freedom from bondage, the acceptance of God’s law and the beginning of the reign of the nation of Israel. It is one of the happy holidays where wine and song mark the weeklong festivities. Yet, set to the backdrop of the murders in Toulouse, France last week, and the barrage of bombs falling from Gaza into Israel, as the four cups are drunk and the passage, “We were slaves to Pharaoh, now we are free” (Avadim Hayinu), is read, Jews should stop and reflect about how free they really are. Freedom from the bondage of servitude, but not so free that children can attend school feeling safe. When the Islamic radical Mohamed Merah shot those children and a rabbi at school, he not only snuffed out precious lives, but he instilled fear in every Jewish child that it could easily be them. Schools as far away from France as New York and California were holding seminars for parents to explain the measures they would take to keep their children safe from harm. Freedom? Two days before the freedom is celebrated on Passover this year, on April 4 everyone in this country should take a moment to reflect on the anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., killed in 1964 for believing in freedom, fighting for equality and challenging the fearful to embrace change. It is significant that these events fall out so close to one another, but almost fitting as we are all suffering the tragedy of the death of a young black man in Florida in what may have been a racially induced confrontation. We cannot yet know what happened that day in Sanford, Florida, last February, but we can safely say that Treyvon Martin, the 17 year old boy, stirred an emotional reaction within George Zimmerman, his killer. Whether Mr. Martin did something to incite, or Mr. Zimmerman over reacted to the apContinued on page 2


Supreme Court: birthplace not political By Malka Eisenberg Yesterday’s 8-1 U.S. Supreme Court decision determined that having Jerusalem, Israel on a citizen’s passport could be decided in federal court. The opinion in Zivotofsky vs. Clinton, lauded by the Orthodox Union and the World Jewish Congress, overturned an earlier lower court statement that courts could not decide the case citing it as a political issue involving a foreign policy disagreement between Congress and the President. NY-6 Congressional candidate Rory Lancman, Rabbi David Algaze and local Jewish leaders gathered in front of Congregation Havurat Yisrael in Forest Hills to call on the State Department to abandon its policy of pretending that Jerusalem isn’t a part of Israel. In light of the Supreme Court’s rejection of the State Department’s argument, Lancman, Algaze

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From left, Yaniv Meirov,Judy Rosen, Rabbi David Algaze of Congregation Havurat Yisrael, Assemblyman Rory Lancman, Jan Fenster Queens Representative for Americans for a Safe Israel and Rabbi Yossi Mendelson of Congregation Machane Chodosh. and other leaders called on the federal government to simply comply with the law and allow parents to include Israel as the

place of birth for American children born in Jerusalem. Jerusalem was divided between Israel and Jordan in

1947 and reunited and annexed by Israel following the Continued on page 21

Walking flotilla is “scare of the month” By Malka Eisenberg The same anti-Israel agitators who brought the flotillas and forced border crossings into Israel are now pushing for a “global march to Jerusalem” on March 30th. Their goal is to have a million people marching on Israel’s borders from the surrounding countries, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, in an attempt to reach Jerusalem and holding demonstrations in Arab areas in Israel as well as by Israeli embassies around the world. According to CIF Watch and Hadar Sela, an Anglo-Israeli writer living in Israel who

worked with CIF Watch reporting on the GMJ, its organizers include members of Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, far-left extremist groups and received backing from the Iranian government. The CIF Watch fact sheet states the “official statement of the organizers of GMJ attempt to portray the movement as a peaceful protest aimed at highlighting the so-called “Judaization of Jerusalem.” “A great deal of time energy, publicity and money has been invested in the GMJ project by its organizers,” said Sela via email, “too much for them to allow it to fade away without anything happening.” The Muslim Broth-

erhood backers are looking for “results,” he said, meaning, “blood, intense world-wide media coverage and some sort of international condemnation a la Goldstone Report.” He also noted that it would be in the interest of Bashir Assad, Iran and Hizbollah to have this distraction turn world eyes on Israel. Sela predicts that Egypt will contain protesters in Cairo, Jordan will allow some agitation. Syria had government sponsored demonstrations and border breach attempts last May. Sela anticipates trouble on the Lebanese border from Hizbollah and Moslem foreigners. Their goal is to create a violent

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questions just how free they are as well. Just as the Jewish parents in Toulouse are nervous for their kids walking to school, black parents will wonder if their kids can get from a store back home without incident. The world has certainly come far, yet we still have a significant way to go. The death of Treyvon Martin is certainly unsettling for so many reasons. The ostensibly poorly designed “Stand your Ground” legislation which may have made it too easy to kill someone who frightens you is certainly a place to start. How many of us feel scared by people we see on the streets from time to time? The Florida law may have helped Mr. Zimmerman yield reason to capriciousness. The incident began because Mr. Martin struck the neighborhood watchman as suspicious because of his skin color and choice of clothes – prompting the Reverend Al Sharpton to coin the catchy phrase, “Hoodies, Not Hoodlums.” Jews relate to being viewed with suspicion and targeted for who they are; the murders in France are the most recent examples. The rockets in Gaza, the threats from Iran and the inability of the Palestinians to step up for peace with Israel all further drive the point that Jews recognize that there are people who see their presence as a threat or a nuisance. There is yet another familiar tone to the death of Mr. Martin. It is one that Israelis know all too well, and that is the massive force building up against the man who pulled the trigger. If accounts of the events according to Mr. Zimmerman’s attorney are factual, than Mr. Zimmerman acted within the law. Following a brief investigation, the police chose not to charge him with a crime. That is not stopping those who feel an injustice occurred from building a nationwide movement devoted to seeing Mr. Zimmerman charged with a crime. When the United Nations human rights committee accuse Israel of mistreatment of women and intentionally ignore the real abuse of women in the very Arab countries that voted against Israel, we see a steamroller flattening any chance of reasonable debate. Israelis know all too well the phenomenon of being accused of crimes not just absent fact, but purposely ignorant of such. When terrorists launch attacks from among crowds of women and children, Israelis are blamed for wantonly targeting innocents and liberal media and Israel’s opponent beat the drum for prejudiced justice, disregarding the undeniable facts. It was not long ago that international rallies convened in condemnation of Israel for an invented massacre in Jenin. Then, media, activists, and world leaders all declared Israelis murderers, and used it as the pretext for Israeli concessions and punishment. Israelis felt helpless and alone, and nothing they said or did mattered. The narrative was spun, the hoards passed judgment anchored in emotion and bias, and when an investigation finally exposed the fraud, the story was buried in the papers and the rallying cries never turned to apology. The incidents are not the same, and the facts will hopefully reveal the truth, yet the anger and frustrations will linger no matter what. The lessons from Florida, Toulouse and Israel for Jews and black communities have correlations of uneasy freedoms, anxious enemies and long roads still to travel. As Passover approaches, maybe Jews can appreciate that while they may be alone in their ageless battle for freedom from persecution; they are not alone in the quest for elusive freedom. It remains a worthy challenge, and a noble fight. Juda Engelmayer is an executive at the NY PR Agency, 5W Public Relations




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By Karen C. Green Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) is committed to providing the men and women who serve in the Israel Defense Forces — as well as the families of fallen soldiers — with love, support and care. Now there’s a new local effort to support the organization. Lawrence resident Jay Spector is spearheading the drive to give it a presence in the Five Towns and the greater South Shore area. He sees the endeavor as a common denominator across the entire Jewish community. Several Five Towners, including Dr. Rubin Brecher, began organizing parlor meetings that led to an ever-growing event committee and widespread Rabbinical support for launching the inaugural community dinner and tribute. It is scheduled for May 23 at The Sephardic Temple, with Ben Brafman as Master of Ceremonies. “As someone deeply committed to the security of the State of Israel, it is very hard for me to even imagine a cause more worthy than supporting soldiers in the IDF who put their lives on the line each day.” said Brafman. “Their job is to look after Israel. Ours is to Look After Them,” FIDF’s tagline, struck an

ily in Israel; a program for widows and orphans emotional chord with Spector. “Who can argue with that, it really says it of fallen soldiers helping them rebuild their all,” says Spector, who gets choked up from families and mark their bnei mitzvot; “Adopt a Batallion” sponsoring sports and recreation; the words. Inspired by his in-laws, the Lefkovits and the “Spirit” program which focuses on the mental wellbeing of combat family, he and his wife, soldiers who endure intense Malky, began attending and life-threatening milithe National FIDF gala at tary service. the Waldorf Astoria ev- Five Towners have there is ery year, most recently on organized an all-inclusive a Currently, Long Island Chapter, March 13. which pledged $800,000 FIDF was founded in gala, scheduled for at the National gala. But 1981 by a group of Hothis chapter is primarlocaust survivors to pro- May 23, to rally South ily comprised of North vide for the wellbeing of Shore residents without the men and women who Shore support for the much representation from serve in the Israel Defense the Five Towns. Forces (IDF), as well as the Friends of the Israel Spector aims to change families of fallen soldiers. that. He is excited about It eases the burden the Defense Forces. having an all inclusive IDF carries on behalf of the worldwide Jewish community by sponsoring a community event that is united for the solbroad range of services including educational diers. The event will feature a special tribute to programs that broaden soldiers’ horizons and give them a chance to explore their Jewish lone soldiers from our community who have identity; scholarships for soldiers of disadvan- volunteered for Tzhal. “It’s a tribute to their noble efforts, their taged socioeconomic backgrounds; a program helping 1,900 soldiers in financial distress — families, and to our community that has including lone soldiers with no immediate fam- raised them,” noted Spector.

Area rabbis, including Rabbi Heshie Billet, Rabbi Kenneth Hain , Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg, Rabbi Andrew Warmflash, Rabbi Samuel Klibanoff, Rabbi Yehuda Septimus, Rabbi Heshie Blumstein, Rabbi Simcha Lefkowitz, Rabbi Arnold Marans, Rabbi Yehuda Kelemer, Rabbi Zev Friedman, Rabbi Ariel Rackovsky, Rabbi Sholom Stern and Rabbi Elliot Skiddell are very excited to be a part of this effort to raise much needed funds for the FIDF , in addition to strengthening the element of achdus (unity) in our community. “It is the least we can do to bring an added measure of support and comfort to the soldiers who protect the priceless lives of our beloved people in the holyland, ” stressed Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum. In an effort to attract a large response to the upcoming inaugral event, the organizing committee made every effort to keep the couvert affordable with a special rate for young leadership. The event committee is strongly appealing to the community for sponsorships to bolster its ability to raise significant needed funds for the soldiers. For more information or to make a reservation, call Rebecca Feld at (646) 274-9649 or e-mail

Shalhevet H.S. protests bias at UN By Malka Eisenberg A protest to bring attention to the recent slanderous tweet of a UN employee will be the focus of a rally at the UN to be held this Thursday by Shalhevet High School for Girls. Khulood Badawi, the national officer in Jerusalem for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) posted a photo of a limp and bloody girl in a man’s arms with the caption “Palestine is bleeding. Another child killed by Israel. Another father carrying his child to a grave in Gaza.” The message claimed that the girl died in an Israeli airstrike the day before but Israel discovered that the photo was taken and published in 2006 by Reuters who reported then that the girl had died in an accident. OCHA claims to be unbiased but hired Badawi in spite of her known pro-Palestinian record. Her account login is “Long live Palestine.” She is an Arab with Israeli citizenship. Israel’s UN ambassador Ron Prosor called on OCHA to fire Badawi for her anti-Israel activity, noting that she violated articles 100 and 101 of the UN Charter. He explained that she demonized Israel, a UN member, and her message inflames and adds “conflict” and “ultimately, violence.” “We are calling on the UN to fire her!” said Rambam’s Rosh Mesivta Rabbi Zev Friedman, in an email. Shalhevet, the sister school of Rambam Mesivta, is located in North Woodmere. Both schools are activist schools often initiating and participating in pro-Israel rallies and anti-Nazi rallies. This rally will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 29th at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza at the UN. “It is being organized by the school and it is mainly for Shalhevet students, though anyone who is interested is welcome to join us,” said Mrs. Esther Eisenman, principal of Shalhevet.

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Rambam students rally by the Cuban Mission to the UN for the release of U.S. citizen Alan Gross from Cuban prison.

Rambam calls for pidyon shevuim Approximately 200 students and staff members of the Rambam Mesivta High School held a rally outside the Cuban Mission to the United Nations in an attempt to help Alan Gross gain his release. According to rally organizer and Rosh Mesivta of Rambam, Rabbi Zev Friedman, “This is clearly a case of Pidyon Shevuim: a Jew is being held in jail in a non-democratic, totalitarian regime on what may very well be nothing more than political gamesmanship. It is our obligation to do whatever we can to secure his release." Alan Gross is a Jewish contractor who has travelled to Cuba numerous times on behalf of his company. On more than one occasion his bags were checked at the airport and he was required to pay tax on the electronic devices he was transporting. On his last visit, in 2009, Alan was arrested and held by the Cuban authorities for close to two years without knowing what the charges were. In 2011 Alan found out that he was being charged with "Acts against the independence and territorial integrity of the state," and was to receive a 15 year sentence. American authorities, including Secretary

of State Hillary Clinton, called Alan’s detention “deplorable” and said that he “deserves to come home.” Numerous members of the House and Senate have lobbied on behalf of Alan's release and many of them were successful in visiting him in Cuba. According to Senator Patrick Leahy, Democrat of Vermont, after he and a congressional delegation met with Cuban authorities, the authorities said quote, “That they do not consider Gross a spy.” Many have speculated that the Cubans are in fact interested in a prisoner exchange for the “Havana Five” and would release Alan if they were able to secure the release of some or all of the Cubans currently being held in the United States on charges of espionage. Just last week, a district court judge in Miami granted one of them, René Gonzalez, a temporary release from prison and permission to visit his ailing brother in Cuba. Emphasizing the fact that Alan's mother is currently 90 years old and suffering from inoperable lung cancer, students chanted “Let Alan see his mom” in an attempt to focus on the humanitarian reasons for why Alan should be reunited with his family. In fact, his mother’s dying wish is that she be able to see her

son one last time before it is too late. Compounding Alan’s personal situation is the fact that his daughter was recently diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery and that Alan himself is not well and has lost close to 100 pounds since his incarceration two years ago. According to Assistant Principal Mr. Hillel Goldman, who stressed at the rally that he was there, “Not to talk politics, but to talk people,” this rally represents the hashkafa of the Mesivta. “One of the goals of Rambam is to cultivate the complete person and to inspire each talmid to be a mensch who is responsive to the needs of others and is not afraid to speak out in the name of achdus.” “Social activism for Torah-based causes is a mitzvah and an effective tool in terms of teaching students today to be the leaders of tomorrow,” expressed Rabbi Friedman noting that, “Rallies like this also help talmidim recognize how fortunate they are to live in a democratic country which allows them to learn Torah and do mitzvos without fear of discrimination.” Students clearly got the message as they thanked members of the NYPD and chanted “God Bless America” at the conclusion of the rally.

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Their job? Look after Israel. Ours? Look after them

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isten closely. Do you hear that faint singing? No, it’s not the neighborhood Chazzan practicing his favorite holiday nusach in preparation for Pesach. Listen closer, what you hear is the proverbial fat lady signaling that Mitt Romney will be the Republican candidate for president. Though they can no longer win the nomination, Santorum and Gingrich are unlikely to concede the race before early June (to put that in perspective, in 2008 Hillary Clinton dropped out on June 7th). The fact remains that it is impossible for either Gingrich or Santorum to gain the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination, and almost no chance for POLITICO an open convention. TO GO Santorum’s campaign has privately admitted that he cannot win the nomination outright. In a strategy memo, Santorum advisor John Yob argued that the only way he could win is a contested convention. The problem with that strategy is it’s hard to Jeff Dunetz see any scenario that ends with a brokered convention. If one objectively looks at the remaining contests, the former Massachusetts Governor will probably have the nomination wrapped up by the end of May at the latest. Romney has won 568 delegates so far, 55% of those chosen. He needs only 46% of the remaining delegates to cinch the nomination. The former Pennsylvania Senator needs 70% of the remaining delegates for 1,144. Gingrich needs 80%, meaning the only way for him to win is if Romney and Santorum are caught in bed with a prostitute--and each other. With the Louisiana primary last weekend, the action moves north to the Mid-Atlantic, New England, and Western States, all areas where Romney will do well. Many of those remaining primaries are winner-take-all contests with many delegates. Next Tuesday, three of those winner-take all primaries, DC, Maryland and Wisconsin, take place. Polls show Romney

will win all three and add 98 delegates to his total. He will also take the winner-take-all primaries in the liberal leaning states of California and New Jersey (where Governor Christie is a strong supporter) and the heavily Mormon Utah bringing Romney to within 216 of his goal and needing only 22% of the remaining delegates. The former Massachusetts Governor will also do well in the end of April primaries where 236 delegates will be committed from Delaware (winner-take-all), Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York and Santorum’s home state of Pennsylvania. In this group Santorum’s best chance at a victory is his home state. But a win on his home turf is not a given as Santorum is more conservative than Pennsylvania’s voter base (Obama won the state by 11% and Santorum lost his 2006 re-election bid by 18%). Romney will be within 100 delegates by the end of April, and proportional primaries In May should put him over the top by the end of the month. Even if he is still a bit short, the super delegates will rally behind the leader, just as they did in the 2008 Democratic campaign, putting him over the top. National polls of GOP voters show Romney’s lead surging over recent days. Gallup reports Romney building his lead to 14% over Santorum, a ten-point jump in one week. Over the past week or so, conservatives have begun to coalesce behind the front-runner, most notably former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and the leader of conservative Republicans in the Senate, Jim DeMint. Freedomworks, one of the few national tea party organizations, dropped its objection to Romney and suggested that Republicans rally around Romney (not an endorsement but a major step), and the leader of the Senate Tea Party caucus Mike Lee (Utah) announced his endorsement of the Governor this past Monday. While not endorsing Romney on this week’s Sunday morning news shows, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham all said they believed that Romney will be the nominee and it was time for GOP voters to rally around Romney. This movement will continue. And a


gaffe Santorum made last week may even accelerate the process. Santorum’s gaffe was not simply a mistake but showed him too immature to be President of the United States. He said that he former Massachusetts governor is not conservative enough to offer voters a clear choice in the fall election and that only he can provide that contrast. If he had stopped there all would have been fine but he went on to imply that if he wasn’t the nominee, people might as well vote for the incumbent. "You win by giving people a choice," Santorum said during a campaign stop in Texas. "You win by giving people the opportunity to see a different vision for our country, not someone who's just going to be a little different than the person in there." Santorum added: "If they're going to be a little different, we might as well stay with what we have instead of taking a risk of what may be the Etch A Sketch candidate for the future." Santorum did try and walk back on his statement but instead of admitting it he went over the line and denied the meaning of his quote. Especially to party leadership, Rick Santorum committed the ultimate sin for a 2012 GOP candidate--saying Barack Obama would be preferred over his opponents. The effect of this gaffe will be to motivate more party leaders to rally around Romney perhaps sooner than they might have to prevent the party from being fractured, and to turn attention to what they see as their real task: the defeat of President Obama. Despite what you may hear from the mainstream media, when the time comes to support a nominee, Republican voters will enthusiastically support their party’s standard-bearer. By the looks of it that nominee will be Mitt Romney. Jeff Dunetz is the Editor/Publisher of the political blog “The Lid” (www.jeffdunetz. com). 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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Letters to the editor Is that solid support? To the Editor: This responds to the letter of Michael Brenner entitled “Obama, AIPAC and Iran” which was published in the March 23rd edition of The Jewish Star. In the letter, it is contended that President Obama solidly supports Israel. I disagree, and believe that support is nothing but a mirage. In 2008, candidate Obama assured the American Jewish community that he was committed to an undivided Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However, in 2009, President Obama publicly condemned Israel for building new residential housing in East Jerusalem, and demanded that it be immediately halted. Is that solid support? In 2009, when Hillary Clinton became President Obama’s Secretary of State (and didn’t have to stand for re-election in New York anymore), she demanded that Israel unilaterally stop all new West Bank residential housing settlements, including stoppage of all new units to accommodate natural population growth in existing residential communities. Mr. Obama immediately endorsed her statement. Is that solid support? In December of 2010, it was confirmed that White House Middle East Envoy Dennis Ross was pressuring Israel to hand over most of the Golan Heights to its bitter enemy Syria, in exchange only for Bashar al-Assad’s promise to distance himself from his ally, Iran (no need to recognize Israel’s right to exist). Is that solid support? In 2011, when the Turkish “freedom flotilla” filled with terrorists tried to break the Gaza blockade and then ambushed boarding Israeli naval inspectors, President Obama publicly demanded that Israel apologize to Turkey over the incident. Is that solid support? In 2011, President Obama advanced and legitimized the popular revolution in Egypt by publicly calling on Israel’s committed peace partner Hosni Mubarak to step down, even though he knew or should have known that the Muslim Brotherhood was waiting in the wings to fill the power vacuum. Contrast that with 2009, when Obama essentially slept through the popular uprising against the psychotic leaders of Israel’s mortal enemy, Iran. Is that solid support? In 2011, when the US vetoed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel for settlements in its own capital city of Jerusalem, President Obama’s UN Ambassador Susan Rice made sure the Muslim world understood that the US was in substantive agreement with the resolution, and the veto was on technical grounds. She stated that the Obama Administration rejects “in the strongest terms the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity,” adding that “Continued settlement activity violates Israel’s international commitments, devastates trust between the parties, and threatens the prospects for peace…[W]e agree with our fellow Council members – and indeed, with the wider world – about the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity.” Is that solid support? Earlier this month, President Obama got a big round of applause when he told AIPAC that he has Israel’s back. But then, to Israel’s extreme detriment, he clarified at a later press conference that he didn’t mean militarily. Is that solid support? Have we ever witnessed a US President publicly clarifying that he won’t provide Israel with military support? President Obama pays lip service to Israel when it suits his political goals. But by their words, actions and inactions, he and his regime are as averse to ensuring Israel’s security as their radicalized roots compel. Indeed, his support is as solid as a mirage. Charles Kovit Hewlett


A Pesach Tribute To Rav Scheinberg This past week marked the passing of one of the greatest sages of our era, HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, zt”l. In his memory I will begin this week’s essay with a dvar Torah written by him and published some years ago. “The Torah Way of Life - Shemos” [Jerusalem Publications, 2005] contains some of Rav Scheinberg’s most notable teachings. With the festival of Pesach next week please consider the following excerpt from Parshat Bo: “Always Remember Miracles” “Every one of the Ten Plagues, each in its own unique manner, proved that the universe has a Creator who is directing it, that G-d is its sole Master, and that He is our G-d. Everyone in Egypt saw, experienced, and Alan Jay Gerber knew this. According to what the Ramban is teaching us, these great open miracles gave us the means to understand fully the infinite miracles that occur in daily life, all the wonders that are hidden behind the façade of what we call nature. This is the important lesson behind all the magnificent marvels that G-d did for us at the time of our redemption.” Further on Rav Scheinberg teaches us the following: “The Ten Plagues were lessons for our people, everlasting demonstrations of the

power, majesty, and supremacy of our Creator. All was perfectly clear, an experience of truth that we are commanded never to forget. The greatest civilization of that time was in ruins, and Klal Yisrael were on their way to accept the Torah at Sinai.” “Obedience to G-d’s mitzvos saved us. G-d took special notice of our compliance with his will. The blood on the doorways was the sign for us to know then – and to remember always – that on that night of Pesach we obeyed His will, and so G-d did miracles for us and redeemed us. “G-d’s miracles are constant and infinite. They may be hidden, but through obeying His will, they become revealed and obvious to those of us sensitive enough to perceive them.” The above is just a small sample of the printed teachings of Rav Scheinberg, zt”l. Hopefully, you will have the opportunity to acquire this work and learn more fully from his wise words, teachings and observations, especially at this time and season. Hopefully, in the years to come, and based upon past literary experience, Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, a grandson through marriage, will find the opportunity and appropriate publishing venue to collect and publish more of the teachings of Rav Scheinberg, zt”l, for all to learn and benefit from.

FURTHER PESACH RELATED WRITINGS This past year witnessed the publication of a very interesting and learned work on American constitutional law entitled, “Constitutional Redemption” [Harvard University Press, 2011] by Yale University law professor Jack Balkin.

Subtitled, “Political faith in an unjust world,” this book gives a faith based narrative to an otherwise faithless discipline of study. What caught my attention in this text were several rather interesting references concerning Pesach that I wish to cite for your attention. While my personal opinions are at variance with this author’s liberal political predispositions, his referencing of Pesach as an example of how the past should influence our legal decision making processes and be of interest to all who hold in high regard the sacred nature of our nation’s constitution.

Consider the following: “In the Passover seder, Jews living today tell themselves that they were slaves in Egypt, that G-d brought them forth from the house of bondage with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, with signs and wonders.”

Further on in the text, Balkin states the following: “The whole point of the seder, after all is, to encourage people – especially young and impressionable children – to identify with people long dead and to commitments and promises made long ago, and equally important, to get them to identify with the present religious community in which they live….. “The lesson of the seder text is that it is a bad thing to fail to identify with the past, and with those persons who lived before us. The reason is obvious. The point of the service is to renew association and connection to a religious tradition that stretches over many years. Doing so keeps the tradition going….. The service calls upon parents to reinforce the idea of narrative identification with a collective subject: what happened in Egypt happened to the Jews as a people, and thus to the parents [and to their children] as well.” The author goes on to apply this Pesach

model to both the legal and political scene in the United States, a unique and rather novel approach to the teaching and modeling of law study for our times. Much can be learned from this, and the use of the Pesach observance is surprising in both its application as well as in its description. It hardly reflects a traditional mode and theological image but it does point to how our religious experiences and observances can be applied to secular disciplines and to other people’s lives in a positive manner.

FOR FURTHER STUDY I am pleased to note the forthcoming publication of Rav Avraham Davis’ “Sifsei Chachomim – Vayikra” in English, continuing the series just in time for the annual readings from Vayikra. Also, for your learning pleasure, please check out “Nissim V’Niflos-Halachic Perspectives on Pesach,” also in English, based upon the teachings of Rav Don Blumberg.

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Parshat Tzav

In Vayikra 7:20-21, the Torah presents some of the rules related to how individuals would go about eating the peace offerings they had brought. "But if any person eats the flesh of a peace sacrifice to G-d while still in a state of spiritual impurity, his soul will be cut off from his people. Any person who comes in contact with human (spiritual) impurity, or with an impure mammal or other impure creature, and then eats the flesh of a peace offering to G-d, shall have his soul cut off from his people." The concepts of spiritual impurity and purity (tumah and taharah) are largely monitored by each individual. I know when I am tameh because I know where I have been and what I have done. You know when you are tameh for your own reasons. This status is something others "might" be aware of, but it does not have to be something that becomes public knowledge. Obviously nothing is beyond G-d, so as He is the one who imposes the "karet," He is the one keeping tabs on our personal status. I wonder if a person would really push the envelope. Knowing of one's own "tumah status," was there a person who said, "I don't care about karet. I want to partake of the meat of the peace offering?" Could such a decision transpire and be acted upon? In these days when people are preparing for the holiday of Pesach (Passover), I marvel over how many people pay so much attention to the karet concerns of this holiday. Shmot 12:15,19 speaks of how those who eat chametz during the holiday will get karet – they are opting out of being a

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here are moments in time one needs to forget. And yet, so often, these same moments, we really need to remember. Such a moment came into my life on August 9th (the twentieth of Av) 2001. An innocent, beautiful afternoon in the heart of Jerusalem surrounded by the music of children’s laughter. Lives full of promise captured in a mother’s hug, or a young soldier’s grin. The fulfillFROM THE HEART ment of years of toil OF JERUSALEM viewed through the contented sigh of an old man, leaning on his walking stick as he watches his grandchildren enjoying the treat of an ice cream on a hot summer’s day. All of this magic, ripped apart by the nuts and bolts, explosives and hatred of a suicide bomber in a pizzeria. It was one of those Rabbi Binny moments you try not Freedman to think about, that you decide to put behind you. And yet, such moments, one can never really forget. This week, when I heard the news from Toulouse, France, I went back there again, for a few moments, and was caught up again in the pain and the agony, the tears and the screams; all the sounds I thought I had let go of. For me, it is relatively simple to let go of such moments. I hug our children a little tighter, and find enormous strength in every smile and cuddle… But for many, it is not so simple. There





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will be many empty places at the Passover Seder this year, making the challenge of remembering that which we wish to forget, and never forgetting that which we must always remember, all the more difficult. What is the balance between remembrance and letting go; between dreaming of tomorrow, and learning from yesterday? The central theme of the Seder night, indeed the entire festival of Pesach (Passover), is all about remembrance. “Vayomer Moshe El Ha’Am, Zachor Et HaYom HaZeh…” “And Moshe said to the Nation (of Israel): Remember this day…” (Exodus 13:3) On this night, we are commanded to remember the story of our Exodus from Egypt 3200 years ago. However, there is something unique about the way in which we remember the story on the night of Pesach. Maimonides, in his Sefer HaMitzvoth (Positive Commandment 157) tells us that the Mitzvah to remember the Exodus from Egypt on the 15th night of Nissan (Pesach) is based on the verse “Ve’Higadita Le’bincha” “And you shall tell your son (children) on that day…” (Exodus 13:8). Yet this same obligation to remember the story of Egypt exists every day, and indeed is mentioned in the Shema we recite three times daily for precisely this reason. Indeed, our Hagaddah makes mention of this very fact, when Rabbi Eliezer Ben Azariah explains how he learned that the mitzvah to recall the Exodus from Egypt applies not only every day, but every night as well. What then, is different about our mitzvah to remember the story on the night of Pesach? Rav Chaim Brisker explains that all year round we recall, but this night we actually re-

How and why do I ask myself the Seder questions if I am alone? In Judaism, I am never alone. Not only because my relationship with G-d means I always have a silent partner, but also because I am together with four thousand years of Jewish history. On the night of the Seder I am sitting at the table with Moses and Aaron, and every Jew that ever was willing to put his or own blood on the door, and identify with the Jewish people. I am sitting with every Jew who sang when the Red Sea split, as well with every Jew who cried when another Jewish child was thrown in the Nile. We sit with all the Jews of Babylon, dreaming of their beloved homes burned to the ground by Nebuchadnezzar and his hordes, as well as every Jew who stood on the train platforms of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and finally understood… And this year, we sit as well with the families of those killed by a fanatical hate-filled Muslim gunman in France, and by the Hamas rockets that rained down on South of Israel…. The theme of the Seder table is all about the Jewish family, and by re-experiencing the story of our birth as a nation; we connect, in the deepest sense with the rest of our family, past, present, and future. Indeed, we rediscover, yet again, who we really are. May Hashem bless us soon to partake in a Jerusalem filled only with the sounds of peace, together, as one family, at one magnificent Seder table. Wishing you all a Chag kasher ve’Sameach, A happy Pesach full of growth, joy, and peace, 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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Remembering by reliving

tell the story. And the difference between the two is that one can recall an event on one’s own, but to tell the story, requires a listener. A beautiful thought, but for one fact: The Talmud (Pesachim 116a) points out that at a certain point in the Hagaddah, the child asks the parent, and if the child is not clever (or old) enough, or there are no children, then the husband and wife exchange the questions, and if a person is alone, he asks himself…! Here then, is a new bent to the Seder evening; the issue is not just to teach, but also to re-tell the story, even if one already knows it! Most fascinating, although the focus is still the re-telling of the story to the next generation, if one has no one to ask, and no one to teach, one should ask one-self! What can possibly be the point of asking myself questions I already know the answer to? Especially if, as Rav Chaim points out, the Seder night re-telling is meant to be an interactive dialogue? Maimonides, in his Hilchot Chametz U’matzah (7:3) adds a dimension, which may serve to unlock this puzzle. Explaining the reasoning for a person being obligated to re-tell this story even to himself, he adds that this is just as the Torah tells me: “Remember the Sabbath day” (“Zachor Et Yom HaShabbat”). What does remembering Egypt have to do with remembering Shabbat? The Talmud (Pesachim 106a) points out that the fulfillment of remembering Shabbat, as expressed in the Ten Commandments, is when I make Kiddush on Friday night. In fact, it is precisely on Shabbat that I learn that the Jewish concept of remembering is not passive, but rather active. I do not remember that original gift of Shabbat, given us so long ago, by what I think but rather by what I do. In Judaism, to remember is to relive, to re-experience.

Miriam’s musings

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hinking about Passover, the holiday which celebrates our freedom from slavery, reminds me of my parents’ and my exodus from Cuba’s tyranny in 1962. Each Pesach we recite “In every generation a person is obligated to view himself as if he were the one who went out from Egypt.” MIRIAM’S MUSINGS I can almost imagine that I escaped, since I’ve fully internalized the Haggadah readings. Although I actually did flee Cuba with my parents in 1962 at age thirteen months, arriving here as a refugee, I can’t honestly say I remember a thing. However, having that colorful adventure ingrained in me by my Miriam Bradman parents’ retellings, the Abrahams visuals are imprinted in my brain so that I can personally recall them. When I was younger I didn’t pay enough attention to the stories my parents told about their past. I thought I had it all down pat and could easily recount their history. As an adult I find myself craving a thorough retelling of their immigrant story including forgotten details from my earliest years until my own memory kicks in. As a kid I rolled my eyes when my parents and their contemporaries cracked up at their funny reminiscences and got serious about the sadder parts. Now that my parents are older

I plead with them to let me interview them, to fill me in on the minutest pieces of their stories so I can record it all for my children. They’re not always in the mood to discuss it. Sometimes they don’t remember the specific thing I want to know. They have told me that the piece of information I’m seeking isn’t relevant to the important points. So what are these main ideas? Here is what I’ve gathered: That life in Cuba was wonderful until it wasn’t. That my family and others had to make a decision whether to take a chance and stay in the place they knew and hope for the best or to take a risk and leave to a new place with one suitcase and face definite hardships. That Jews should always keep their passports updated, safe and ready to go. That our generation and our children’s are incredibly fortunate to live here in America - the land of the free. That Americans should feel patriotic and must always exercise our right to vote. That my parents relate to the ideas of exile and freedom in a visceral way. At our seder each year, my dad, John Bradman, makes a short, impassioned, introductory speech. He welcomes everyone and expresses his personal Shehecheyanu, gratitude for all of us who are present at the table. He explains that besides himself, my mom, my aunt and their cousin, who all fled Cuba after Castro’s takeover, none of us younger folk “gets” what it means to be free. He says “freedom is a precious commodity that is not easily appreciated or understood until it is lost, whether it is religious, political or economic freedom. When that freedom is recovered in another setting, it comes with a

My mom Pola Bradman is standing, with Ben Gefen the first shaliach to Cuba from Hanoar Hazioni, and Batia Gambach, organizer of the 60th anniversary reunion. deep understanding of its importance. That’s how I experienced it and why I value freedom in a way that someone who never lost it cannot comprehend.” My mom, Pola, says, “In the United States I feel free to study, read, speak, write, work, shop, and travel. Life has no boundaries here. You can dream and fulfill your dream. Pesaj is a summary of all freedoms.” My aunt, Ana Fitter, says, “freedom is living in the U.S. The ability to express my feelings and opinions whether political, religious or of any other nature without any fears, as well as making personal decisions without any government intervention, makes this a great country.” She said I should quote her since this is her freedom of expression! Cousin Aida says, “I left Cuba when everything of monetary value was taken away by the government. Last year, I visited Cuba for the first time in 50 years, a week before Pesach. It was heart wrenching to see that Cubans still can’t make any move without someone looking over their shoulders. I felt

bad for Jews who have nothing with which to celebrate the holiday except for the aid they have been sent by Canadian Jews for 30 years. They were awaiting containers of food shipped from Canada to El Patronato, the main Jewish community center in Havana, where a free seder dinner is offered to the community; about 200 participants were expected. I am grateful to be able to live however I want here.” My cousin Eduardo left his parents in Cuba fourteen years ago to make Aliyah to an absorption center. He recently moved his wife and children to a house he built on a kibbutz near Sderot. “I really think that freedom is a divine gift. It makes me feel much better here despite the security risks and the daily life’s stress.” My parents and aunt just returned from Miami where they enjoyed the 60th anniversary reunion of Hanoar Hazioni’s Cuban Jewish Zionist youth group. About sixty ex-patriot Cubans met for dinners, Shabbat services, speeches, laughter and tears. The event was hosted by their old friends living in Miami and attendees gathered from all over the U.S., Puerto Rico, Israel, Spain and Venezuela. The movement promoted Jewish identity and Aliyah and the keynote speaker was Ben Gefen, their former Mexican shaliach to Cuba. We Jews are all emigrants and immigrants if you go back only a generation or two. There are many reasons to leave home, beginning from Adam and Eve’s expulsion from their Garden, to Avraham’s trek to Canaan, to Joseph going down to Egypt, to the Israelites Exodus from that same land, and on and on through so many varied places until wherever we are today. We each have our own fascinating story to tell, but we can each incorporate the Haggadah as a beginning chapter in our continuing saga. B’shana Haba’a B’Yerushalyim! Chag Sameach!

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make homemade chrain? After all, we spend countless hours cooking for the Seder. Eons are spent getting the brisket just right and making homemade gefilta fish so why would you want the condiment spread on your hard labor to be a massproduced hot mess (no pun intended)? Making your own chrain is quite literally the easiest thing you will make all Passover. The first step is to understand the primary ingredient you are working with. Horseradish is a root in the brassicacea family which proves how deeply flavor is connected to aroma. Whole horseradish has little to no scent at all but when cut enzymes are released that breakdown a chemical in the root called sinigrin causing the root to create mustard oil. This is what’s responsible for the eye watering and nose running. The problem is that if you allow the sinigrin to breakdown too much you are left with a brown mess that is bitter but not flavorful. So the trick to making good chrain is arresting the progression of enzymatic breakdown at the right moment to maximize flavor To make homemade horseradish you will need one horseradish root (about a cup of horseradish), three fourths a cup of white vinegar, one lemon and one fourth a teaspoon of salt. First cut the horseradish up into manageable chunks and place it in your food processor and blend until smooth. This is not the most crucial part of making your horseradish because the longer you let the horseradish sit the hotter it gets until you reach a point of diminishing return and are left with a brown bitter mess. I usually like to let it sit six minutes for optimal hotness. Once you have let the horseradish rest for a few minutes, carefully remove the top of your food processor. Make sure your kitchen is well ventilated because if you are not cautious you will literally end up maceing yourself. Once you have taken the lid off your processor, add the vinegar and squeeze half of the lemon onto the horseradish. This will stop the singrin from breaking down and help the horseradish keep its flavor. Add the salt, cover and blend until smooth. What you will be left with is a spicy and perfect horseradish that makes an excellent Maror and an even better accompaniment to meat, fish and matzah. Just remember to warn your Seder guests that this year the bitter herb may have more heat than usual. Zechariah Mehler is a widely published food writer and expert in social marketing. Follow him on Twitter @thekoshercritic

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Homemade horseradisheasy and perfect or me, the most mournful part of cleaning for Passover is the process of throwing out all of my condiments. After all, I spend almost all year collecting an assortment of mustards, srirachas, barbecue sauces, and relishes. Some of these condiments get used up and replaced, but THE KOSHER no matter how much CRITIC I used them over the course of the year there is always half a bottle or jar of something that I find myself needing to toss. While this does serve as a refrigerated catharsis, it also stands to remind me of all the wonderful chametz-based condiments that I will be unable to use over the Zechariah Mehler Passover holiday. I would normally not have a problem going eight days without a good whole grain mustard but the fact that I have just faced the harsh reality of throwing one away makes me long to slather it on the copious amounts of brisket I will inevitably be eating at the Seder. Luckily for me there is a condiment that is tasty, versatile and quintessentially Passover. It is so quintessentially Passover that it even has a prominent place right on the Seder plate. I am talking, of course, about horseradish. While there are many Jews out there who use various alternative items for Maror like romaine lettuce or endive most people still use horseradish as their bitter herb of choice. But though many people still use horseradish for their Maror many choose to use watery reddish mush that tastes more like beets then horseradish and for me that will simply not do. Heck, if I wanted to eat a sweet chrain I could just put mushed up beets on my food. In my mind the best horseradish is spicy and flavorful, not sweet. Now there are plenty of good options in terms of chrain, some of which even use beet juice to help cut down the natural heat of the horseradish. Of those options I tend to like Goldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because I find the heat in their product is consistent where many other brands tend to vary by batch. However, horseradish is one of those items that we all buy despite how easily we can make it ourselves and why not

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HAFTR Middle School Flames are now Champions! By Kenny Gluck When I decided to take on the job as coach of the HAFTR Middle School Flames I realized that it was going to take a lot of work, passion and commitment to the great sport of hockey to turn the team around from its 3-6 record from the previous season. To do it right I also knew that the boys on this year’s team would need plenty of practice time and a second coach so that everyone would receive the proper coaching to become part of the best team in the MYJHHL. Coach Jonathan Glaubach was to work with the defense and I was going to work with the offense. It was a tandem the school felt comfortable with, understanding that we are both parents of children attending HAFTR and both understand the meaning of patience and tolerance. My father, Ivan Gluck, was the first coach in HAFTR Flames history and I was a player on his HAFTR Flames Championship team so it was a privilege for me to be able to coach my son the way he coached his. Jonathan and I were thrilled to be able to have this opportunity to turn a group of young middle school boys into self-confident young men and hockey players. It was always our intention as coaches from the beginning of the season to instill a winning attitude and solid work ethic with an emphasis on teamwork this year. We were very confident the team would go deep into the playoffs and hoped to bring the HAFTR Middle School Flames its first ever championship. Yes, a championship. It was a winning attitude that was consistently instilled in the team at every single practice and before and after every game throughout the entire season. In addition, it was explained to the boys that proper midot and sportsmanship were the most important aspects of representing the HAFTR Flames and nothing less than exemplary behavior would be acceptable. We were considered the underdog by league opinion. We faced competitive opponents during the season but our approach and mantra always remained the same: Work hard at practice, prepare mentally for the games, and learn from our mistakes. The season began on a positive note by beating Flatbush at home 7-6, led by our MVP to be, assistant captain Zachary Kramer who scored a hat trick. Our biggest rivalry, of course, was HALB. They were the favorite to win it all. The first game we played against them was one to remember. The HAFTR Flames beat the HALB Lions at HALB 3-0. Not just a win, but a shutout! This was the first time in five years that a team shutout HALB and for our goalie, Ryan Gluck, it was the pinnacle of his three-year career as goalie for the Middle School Flames. From that point on, the team understood that anything was possible. If you beat the best you can beat the rest. Our last game of the season was a commanding 5-0 win over Magen David which propelled us into the playoffs. After all the hard work and perseverance, what an end to an amazing season for the HAFTR Middle School Flames finishing the season with a winning record of 5-4! Now it was on to the playoffs. The road to the championship began with a Quarterfinals 3-2 double overtime win against Flatbush, the game winner scored by Jack Winkler. Then we needed to get past HALB in the Semifinals. We beat them during the regular season in their gym and the confidence level of the team was very high that we could do it again. In fact, the atmosphere at HALB that night felt like a championship game, not the semifinals. You see, this was a rematch for some of the play-

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ers on the team who lost to HALB in double overtime when they were in 6th grade and everyone in attendance realized that a trip to the championship game was on the line. The Flames opened up with a 2-0 lead and finished strong with a 4-2 win; all 4 goals were scored by Zachary Kramer. Next were the Finals where it would take five periods of hockey to decide who was going to be champion. From the first shift of one of the most exciting Championship Games, the Flames knew they would be working hard all night. With the leadership of their captain Yehuda Segelnick, a stellar performance by assistant captain Ryan Gluck; one of the leagues’ top goalies, and the offensive prowess of assistant captain and MVP Zachary Kramer, the Middle School HAFTR FLAMES went on to beat ASHAR 5-4 in double overtime and are now the Metropolitan Yeshiva Junior High Hockey League Champions!!! Justin Lish scored a goal, Zachary Kramer and Jack Winkler who were reunited on the first line several times throughout the game, each had 2 goals. It was a beautiful backhand pass by Zachary Kramer to Jack Winkler in the second overtime period that "iced" the championship for the Flames. The place went wild as the entire team emptied onto the court to tackle the OT hero Jack Winkler and begin celebrating. All of the Flames fans consisting of HAFTR faculty, students and parents ran out to join the team in celebration and for the trophy ceremony. The bus ride home was the best ride these boys ever experienced, filled with excitement and exuberance, knowing they were going straight to a team dinner together to celebrate this spectacular moment in their lives. The entire team contributed towards this unprecedented HAFTR Middle School championship win! This is the first time since the inception of the MYJHHL that the HAFTR Middle School Flames participated in and won a championship game. On Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 p.m. HAFTR is keeping the momentum going by hosting a barbecue kicking off the construction of their new sports complex, with a Q and A session on that, and celebrating the Flames’ and the 7th grade basketball team’s wins. It will take place in the lower school gym.


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esach, ahhh so many memories. I loved helping my mom clean the house, line the cabinets with shelving paper and the counters with contact paper (I'll have you know there was not one air bubble left on the contact paper when I was finished with it!). I helped put away the chametz dishes and unloaded the Passover ones into the cabinets. I helped her shop, cook, bake and set the table for the seders. I can still remember the excitement of buying new shoes and outfits just for Pesach. Seems that my daughter Jordana inherited my excitement for buying the shoes and outfits, but the love of cleaning, cooking and baking seems to have skipped a generation. If I loved helping my mom when I was younger, why is it I find Judy Joszef it a chore now? I promise myself every year that this year I’m going to make it simpler. I try to remind myself that half of what I buy I end up throwing out after the holiday. Yet, when I’m in the store I can’t help but think that I actually might need a kosher for Passover product that I don’t even dream of using as a not kosher for Passover version during the year. There should be a dayenu song version for the women…… If we just had to clean out the cabinets, dayenu (it

would have been sufficient). If we just had to torch our ovens and stove tops, dayenu. If we just had to kosher or cover our counters and sinks, dayenu. If we just had to prepare two seders and countless five-course yom tov meals, dayenu. Things seemed so much simpler when I was a kid. There weren't hundreds of food choices as we have today. We ate matzo with jelly, butter or cream cheese. We had cottage cheese, gefilte fish, tuna fish, matzo brei and just about anything you can possibly do with eggs or potatoes. We had homemade noodles that were actually omelets cut into strips, chicken soup, chicken and roasts. We had chocolate, potato chips, marshmallows and those half moon slices of jelly candy sprinkled with sugar. Today, you can buy cold cereal of your choice, Passover farina and oatmeal, pizza, rolls, sushi, noodles, lasagna, cake mixes, any type of flavored potato chip, pizza wheels, falafel bits and even licorice. All right, so you've, shopped, baked, cooked and set the table for the Seder. You’ve dug into corners of the house you didn't know existed; you've cleaned out, given away, sold or thrown out all the chametz in your house. Or so you think. Better take one more look. And, in Jewish tradition, this is where you get out your hunting-for-chametz tools: Your feather, your candle, spoon and hopefully some little kids, because this is supposed to be fun for them. At this point it’s crunch time…Chametz is burned in the morning, last minute preparations and cooking take place and before you know it, we’re sitting at the Seder with family


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6 -8 matzos 24 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese · 1 lb of fresh mushrooms lightly sautéed in cooking spray 1 1/2 jars pasta sauce (I use Gefen's marinara sauce) 1 cup sautéed onions, drained

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F Spray a 9 x 13 oven proof dish with non-stick spray. Pour about a cup of the marinara sauce on the bottom of the dish. Place 1 1/2 pieces of matzos (or enough to fit your dish) in the sauce and add a bit more sauce so that the matzos are covered in sauce. Spoon 1/4 of the sauteed onions and mushrooms over the matzos. Sprinkle 1/4 of the shredded mozzarella cheese onto the mushroom onion layer. Re-

peat the steps above till all the ingredients are used up. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for about 45 min or until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbly. This dish can be frozen and put directly into the oven. It will just require extra time to heat through. To those of you not cooking and flying off to Florida, Arizona, Israel, Mexico, Las Vegas, or any other exotic location, or those setting sail on a cruise, seriously, I’m happy for you, just try not to lament how difficult it is to pack; it’s kind of hard for me to commiserate with you. Wishing all my readers a happy, kosher Pesach. Here’s to all our wonderful memories of past Seders shared with family and friends and to the new memories we’re still fortunate to make. I’m grateful to be able to have my children, stepchildren, step grandchildren, dear mom and mother in law (who is always a tremendous help) siblings, and wonderful husband Jerry at my Seder table this year. I'm truly blessed!


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and friends. Men are leaning on their cushy pillows and when it’s time to wash the women bring them the washing cup and bowl so that they don’t have to stand to wash. Ok, what’s wrong with this picture? At this point we have scrubbed, koshered, peeled, grated, shopped, cooked and cleaned. Our hands are chapped, our eyes bloodshot from lack of sleep and our feet barely able to hold us up……so why are you leaning and we are bringing you the washing cup? Was it too taxing on you to burn the chametz, go to shul and don your kittel? Since we will have been working so hard leading up to Pesach, I thought I would share an easy delicious recipe for matzo lasagna. My eldest, Daniel, insists that I make it for him when it's not Pesach, on his rare visits home from Pennsylvania where he attends law school. He’s convinced it tastes better than the real version.

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Congregation Beth Shalom Annual Dinner

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From left, Chacham Lev Awardess were Barry Gurvitch, Helen Friedman and Neil Osrof. They are pictured with Rabbi Kenneth Hain.

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The buzz and excitement in the ballroom at Congregation Beth Shalom in Lawrence on Tuesday night was palpable. The several hundred women that were in attendance to take part in NCSYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Project Frumway was evidence that Fashion and Frum are not mutually exclusive. Sponsored by Junee, and Junee Jr., a local clothing chain that specifically caters to a clientele who want modest high fashion clothes, the well attended event works toward the goal of creating and promoting a positive body image by dressing fashionably and modestly. Following opening remarks by Jackie Bitton, and a high energy fashion show, all in attendance enjoyed a beautiful dessert reception catered by Gourmet Glatt.

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April 2 Chabad of The Five Towns YOUTH ZONE FOR PESACH FOR CHILDREN ages 3-6 . A fun filled hands on hour of activities related to Pesach. Chabad of the Five Towns is located at 74 Maple Avenue, Cedarhurst 5:30-6:30 pm. For more information please call 516-295-2478 or

April 6 Chabad of The Five TownsCommunal Seder 8:00 p.m. JOIN US AT CHABAD of an unforgettable Passover Seder. Experience the deeper meaning of Passover in a warm, inspirational environment complete with a delicious catered traditional Seder dinner, insights, our cups of wine and Matzah galore. Pre paid reservations are required. Limited space please make your reservations early $40 per Adult; $30 per child under 10 year of age Chabad of the Five Towns is located at 74 Maple Avenue, Cedarhurst 8:00 pm. For more information please call 516-295-2478 or

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April 23, 30 , May 7 JCC lecture series DR. ANNETTE LABOVITZ discusses “Leading Builders of Zion- Menachem Begin, Moshe Dayan & Rav Cook. 10:30 a.m. Fee: $30. For more information and to register, please call Sheryl at 569-6733 x 222 or email

Ongoing Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition 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

Calling all Senior Song Birds 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.

Support group THE JCC OF THE GREATER FIVE TOWNS will sponsor a new support group for the economically challenged as a result of the economic downturn. Key themes will include unemployment, financial issues, empowerment and support. Please join us on Thursday mornings at 10:15 a.m. at Temple Israel, 140 Central Ave, Lawrence until January 20th. This group is part of Connect to Care, an initiative funded by UJAFederation of NY. For further information and to pre-register, please contact Talia Rapps, L.M.S.W. at 516-569-6733 x213.

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Membership Drive THE SUBURBAN PARK JEWISH CENTER, located at 400 Old Westbury in East Meadow, is conducting a membership drive. The Jewish Center has the lowest membership dues in the area and membership includes free Hebrew School tuition and free High Holy Days tickets. There is no building fund and special discounts are offered to new members. For more information, call the synagogue at 516-796-8833.

Recession impact group JCC OF THE GREATER FIVE TOWNS is sponsoring a support group for those affected by the recession. The group meets on Thursday mornings at 10:15 a.m. at Temple Israel, located at 140 Central Avenue in Lawrence. This group is part of the UJA-Federation’s Connect to Care initiative. For more information call Talia Rapps at 516-5696733 x213.

THE JCC OF THE GREATER FIVE TOWNS offers “Movement with Mary Moshos,” a class for children with special needs ages 5 and up, designed to enhance interaction with the

DRS VICTORY! Two fantastic teams took the court at Lawrence Middle School on Sunday vying for the coveted MYHSHL Varsity championship: The DRS Wildcats and the SAR Sting. DRS defeated MTA 3-1 in their semi-finals match last Monday and SAR defeated TABC in overtime in their semi-finals match the previous Wednesday. In the championship game, right out of the gates, SAR struck first on a goal by Zev Lindenbaum who put a rebound from Oliver Schawlbie past DRS goalie Efrem Rosenberg. The teams went back and forth throughout the rest of the period to go into the locker rooms with SAR up 1-0. In the beginning of the 2nd period, DRS got on the board with a lucky goal by Meir Cohen, when his centering feed went off the knee of an SAR defenseman and past SAR goalie, Eitan Bar-David. Moments later DRS took the lead for good on a beautiful powerplay goal by Michael Fruchter who ripped a slapshot past Bar-David, top shelf to the long side. The score remained 2-1 heading into the 3rd period. With just over 3 minutes to play, DRS captain Jesse Gordon widened the lead to 3-1 with a beautiful goal. Meir Cohen then added an empty-net goal, his 2nd of the game, to seal the victory 4-1 for DRS,and was named MVP of the game. The seniors on this DRS team had never lost a game besides for the three championship games they played in their first three years, which made this one feels all the more better. The spirit in DRS right now is at an all time high!


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marks, dollars, francs, rubles, zlotys. Rabbi Yisroel had accumulated the money to pay the wheat merchant. After Pesach, Rabbi Yisroel waited for the wheat merchant. Days passed…one month… two months…three months. The merchant did not come. Over the years, Rabbi Yisroel guarded the money that rightfully belonged to the wheat merchant, but he never appeared to collect his money. Rabbi Yisroel realized that he had not much time in this world, so he revealed to his son-in-law the story of how the wheat merchant had saved the Jewish community many years before. He also told him where the money was hidden, and instructed him to guard it and keep it safe for another ten years, in the event that the Bedouin should show up to collect the money that was his due. “If he does not come in another ten years,” said Rabbi Yisroel, “then you may distribute the money to both the Jewish poor in Yerushalayim and the Bedouin poor living in the surrounding area.” The wheat merchant never returned to collect his money.

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to sell you my wagon load of wheat at the fair market price.” Rabbi Yisroel answered: “Yes, we need wheat for our holiday, but we have no money to pay for it.” The Bedouin merchant hesitated for a moment, then spoke gently. “I will wait for the money. I trust you to pay me.” Rabbi Yisroel said: “I will buy the wheat on the condition that you set a date when payment is due.” The merchant answered: “I will return a week after the holiday to collect my money.” He turned to the workers who had been riding on top of his wagonload of wheat and ordered them to unload the wagons in the storehouse located nearby. Soon, Jews ran from all over the neighborhood to help unload the sacks of wheat. As the workers unloaded the wheat, dusk descended over the city. Rabbi Yisroel ran home to fetch some lanterns. When he returned to the warehouse, the sacks of wheat were piled neatly inside, and the Bedouin merchant and his workers had gone. Rabbi Yisroel rejoiced that the Jewish community would have wheat with which to bake matzos for Pesach and leftovers to sustain them afterwards, but he still worried that he would not have the money to pay the Bedouin merchant. So he wrote letters to everyone he knew in the Diaspora, describing the emergency situation and appealing for help. Money began trickling in. Each mail delivery contained

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Included in our daily prayers is a special petition for rain, which wakens the slumbering seeds of the soil to provide food for mankind. “You cause the wind to blow and the rain to fall.” This petition for rain is recited both in Eretz Yisrael and in the Diaspora, for we are conscious of the necessity for rain in the Holy Land during the winter months. The early settlers who returned to rebuild the land at the end of the nineteenth century depended upon rain for their very existence. In the winter of 1915, there was a terrible drought in Eretz Yisrael. It seemed as if the windows of Heaven were shut tight. The earth was parched; instead of the plush golden color of the winter wheat crop, the fallow land lay barren. Fruit on trees shriveled. Branches hung limp. The wind, blowing across the arid land, created a huge dust storm. Little of the previous year’s wheat crop remained, and it was so costly that the ordinary person could hardly afford to purchase it. Famine, hunger, and fear were reflected on the distraught faces of the inhabitants of Yerushalayim. Days turned into weeks, weeks into months. The winter sky dazzled from the glow of the sun, the horizon remained unclouded. Pesach was rapidly approaching. The settlers recalled the joyous ceremo-

ny in previous years of harvesting the wheat, grinding, milling, and finally baking matzos for the holiday. Sadly, this year would be different. The leader of the Jewish community was Rabbi Yisroel. He had guided his people through many difficulties and assisted them in their personal troubles. He suggested solutions to critical community problems, but never had he faced a dilemma of this proportion. He hoped that some financial help would reach Eretz Yisrael from the Diaspora, from Jews who felt obligated to support the Yishuv, the settlers who were rebuilding the land, but as the holiday drew closer, he doubted that any money would reach him in time. He also worried about where he could possibly purchase wheat, even if he did have money. Rabbi Yisroel’s face reflected his pain, his heartache, and his helplessness. Toward evening of one particularly dazzling day, Rabbi Yisroel heard the sound of bells, signaling a wagon approaching his house. Curiously, he stepped to a window and saw a Bedouin leading camels that were pulling a wagon laden with sacks of wheat. In a split second, the Bedouin stood on his doorstep and queried: “Are you the leader of the Jewish community of Yerushalayim? I have a wagon load of wheat to sell at the fair market price. I know that you and your people need wheat for your forthcoming holiday. I am offering


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first person and to end with a question. Englander says he didn’t remove anything from the Haggadah during his translating. He says it’s dangerous to remove stuff or change the order. He doesn’t feel it’s his right to change text; his obligation is to illuminate the text with no agenda. “We can only recognize to change by seeing what was,” he said. Foer says the text is an ancient conversation and, in a local conversation, each family can decide for themselves what they want to use. Englander grew up in West Hempstead and attended HANC. Although he grew up in an orthodox household, he calls himself “radically secular.” Despite that declaration, he is totally immersed in his Jewishness. In a comment about his latest book of short stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, Englander says “Judaism is not other to me. I can’t think outside of it.” Englander spent three years studying with a havrusa preparing for translating the Haggadah to English. When asked why there’s no transliteration, Foer responds he “doesn’t see any value in it, perhaps except for the blessings, why say words you can’t understand?” He puts emphasis on a rich English translation which is accessible, rather than reading in Hebrew out of a sense of guilt. Foer noted that “it’s never too late to learn a body of knowledge that influences you to live differently.” Having children made him want to look into his Judaism more deeply. “Judaism is an aspirational religion,” he said. “The Haggadah is an aspirational document, ending with Next Year in Jerusalem.” Said Foer “it’s magical to think of millions of people conducting seders at the same time!”


Which book is flying off Five Towns bookstore shelves and is currently #18 on Amazon’s top sellers? Ten points if you guessed The New American Haggadah! At $29.99 list price, this 160 page hardcover is edited by Jonathan Safran Foer and translated by Nathan Englander, both award winning bestselling authors, superstars of today’s Jewish literary world. Foer invited four other brand name thinkers and writers to contribute commentary to his creation. Nathaniel Deutsch, Jeffrey Goldberg, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein and Lemony Snicket are identified Miriam Bradman respectively as House Abrahams of Study, Nation, Library and Playground, and have their insights included in ten places where the reader must turn the book sideways to view them. The book is designed by Oded Ezer, with letterforms depicting what was used during the years of the timeline running across the tops of the pages. The cover is simple, with the names of editor and translator omitted, though they are modestly found on the title page. Foer spoke of “making our best work without it being ours.” Englander says “this is not a small responsibility, translating “words of creation.” Titled simply for its place of origin, as was traditional for many well known Haggadot of the past, this is just one of about 7000 known published versions. I took Rafi, a fan of Foer, to hear him and Englander discuss their new publication at the 92nd Street Y. The two complement each other, Foer, a thoughtful measured speaker, while Englander races through his thoughts so quickly and humorously it’s challenging and rewarding to follow. Foer said the Haggadah represents the universality of the story of freedom and is a best selling book in the Jewish community and beyond. Passover is the holiday most celebrated by the entire spectrum of Jews. Asked what makes it so attractive cross culturally he responds by describing some of the modern day available Haggadot, from the iconic Maxwell House which has over 50 million in print to ArtScroll. The past 34 years of his participation in seders is “always a little disappointing and (I) felt a responsibility as a writer to make it significant literarily.” Foer explains that the Haggadah appears to him as “all ellipses... invitations to converse.” He requested of the commentators only two things: to not use the

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From left, 11th graders David Yedlin, Avery Feit, Justin Merkin at HAFTR’s science fair. Berura, as well as Masechet Pesachim. A large group of HAFTR students are attending Model Congress at the University of Pennsylvania this weekend. Another important event for many of HAFTR’s students is the Science, Math, and Engineering Fair, which is hosted and judged by the science department. Over 60 students prepared for months through experimentation and observation on topics ranging from the efficiency of fuel in certain conditions to psychological characteristics of righties and lefties. Other amazing topics researched by our students included the possibility of using magnets to separate ions from seawater. The projects were judged by HAFTR’s sci-

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As three quarters of the school year has past and students gear up for Advanced Placement exams and finals, pressure to succeed has become even more apparent. Although the end of the academic year is in sight, there are still so many goals to be accomplished. With a change in season, the spring sports, including softball, soccer, volleyball, and tennis, have commenced tryouts as well as competitive matches against other high schools. The soccer team has already defeated the Rambam Mesivta soccer team by a score of eight goals to six. HAFTR’s academic teams have also been very successful. The Junior Varsity college bowl team qualified for the wild card position in the playoffs with an admirable record of 8 wins and 2 losses. With the onset of spring, Pesach is right around the corner, and HAFTR’s Judaic Studies classes have shifted gears to focus on the halachot of the holiday. Classes have begun to learn halachot pertaining to Pesach in the Shulchan Aruch, the Mishna

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Continued from page 1 Six Day War in 1967. Congress passed a law in 1995 that the United States should recognize united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. In 2002, Congress passed a law allowing Americans born in Jerusalem to list Israel as their country of birth. In December 2002, Naomi and Rabbi Ari Zivotofsky, olim from West Hempstead, applied for a U.S. passport for their son, Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky, born in October 2002, and to record his birthplace as Jerusalem, Israel. U.S. diplomats said that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Israelâ&#x20AC;? could not be included with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jerusalem.â&#x20AC;? The Zivotofskys sued the Secretary of State but courts decided that the issue was a political question that could not be decided in court, saying that it would amount to taking sides in the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians. Chief Justice Roberts said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zivotofsky does not ask the courts to determine whether Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. He instead seeks to determine whether he may vindicate his statutory rightâ&#x20AC;Śto choose to have Israel recorded on his passport as his place of birth.â&#x20AC;? He sent it back to the lower courts for opinions on its â&#x20AC;&#x153;merits,â&#x20AC;? but said it was not a political question and thus could be judged in the courts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Jewish connection to Jerusalem and Jerusalemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s place within Israel are both historic and holy,â&#x20AC;? said Nathan Dia-

Continued from page 1 incident, he said, to force a UN ruling or â&#x20AC;&#x153;intervention on Jerusalem and indeed the conflict as a whole.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people are so eager that Israel gives up its land that every few months they create a new scare, sort of the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;flavor of the month,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? said Naftali Bennett, Bibi Netanyahuâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s former chief of staff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last time it was the third intifada and the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;September Tsumani,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;March on Jerusalem.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;I doubt anything will come of this, because the reality on the ground is pretty good for Israelis and Arabs alike. They donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have much of an interest in ruining the great economic growth and progress. But even if there is some action against us, Israel is strong, and can deal with it. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d suggest to the scare mongers to chill out. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here 3800 years and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be here many more millennia.â&#x20AC;? As to what can be done, Sela suggested that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;we must get the information out regarding the terror connections of the organizers prior to the event. In this world of instant communications, whoever dictates the tone of the initial headlines wins the PR battle.â&#x20AC;? He added that it is important to note that â&#x20AC;&#x153;All

ment, Executive Director for Public Policy for the OU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Congress has recognized this through several duly enacted statutes, including the one involved in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s court case. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Ronald S. Lauder, WJC president, noted that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;though these statutes have not been enforced by successive administrations under pressure from Arab countries, the decision clearly recognizes the Congressional policy on Jerusalem.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The State Departmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s refusal to enforce the law not only denies families the proper documentation of their childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthplace, but by extension validates misguided Palestinian claims that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel,â&#x20AC;? Lancman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although the Supreme Court reviewed the constitutional issue and not the merits of the case, this decision presents an important ruling,â&#x20AC;? said Eva Hefter, Esq. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Menachem Zivotofsky, now 9 years old, the case is not over. Since the lower courts never reached the merits of the claim, the case was remanded by the Supreme Court to be decided by the lower courts. That future decision will be an important landmark for children born in Israel to American parents. For international political observers of the ArabIsraeli conflict, any hint of sympathy is likely to be interpreted as support for one side over the other. Nevertheless, the U.S. Supreme Court has spoken. Its decision is bound to have a significant ripple effect.â&#x20AC;?

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