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ORA fights for divorce By Sergey Kadinsky Kurt Flascher once marched with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. aiming to promote civil rights in the South. So when a Jewish organization called him about a protest rally in Borough Park on March 27, he offered them milk and cookies. But it was in jest, because the rally was outside his first-floor window, and the subject of the rally was Flascher himself. Initially emerging from his apartment to observe the crowd, as it grew to 40 people, Flascher, 83, cursed at them and ran back inside. The protest was organized by Organization for the Resolution of Agunot (ORA), a nonprofit that seeks to resolve longstanding cases where a husband refuses to give his wife a get, the document of religious divorce. “You’re a civil rights hypocrite. We’ve sent you letters and you’ve ignored them. The beit din has summoned you and we cannot stand by while a Jewish woman is being abused,” said ORA Executive Director Rabbi Jeremy Stern. Flascher’s ex-wife Sara Ain, 64, requested her get from Kurt in 2000, and two years later, the Beit Din of Elizabeth issued a seContinued on page 2
Faster than a speeding Billet Running to a Mitzvah By Rabbi Hershel Billet In 1992 I approached Elisha Peleg, the sanitation Commissioner of Jerusalem, to help clean a Palestinian garbage dump on an obscure part of the Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives. He enthusiastically consented and gave my colleagues and me, one thousand garbage bags, a steam shovel, a sanitation truck,
and a platoon of soldiers to protect us. He said that it was a unique opportunity to realize a Zionist dream with trash. Indeed, it was just that. We mobilized some 120 American students studying in Israeli Yeshivot that year and uncovered some 300 neglected Jewish graves hundreds of years old. Last week, I discovered another unusual way to express my pride in Zion. I joined with more than 10,000 runners from 40 countries who ran, either, 42, 21, 10, or 4 kilometers — all parts of the first Jerusalem marathon. I ran 10K and felt a special connection to the verse in Psalm 122: “Omdot hayu ragleinu b’shearayich, Yerushalayim,” “Our legs stood within your gates, O Jerusalem,” “Yerushalayim habenuyah k’ir shechubra la yachdav;” “The built-up city of Jerusalem is like a city that is united;” The run included West Jerusalem, the Old City, and Mount Scopus--all neighborhoods of the united indivisible capital of the Jewish State. Many of us felt that we were running through almost 5000 years of history and making a strong statement to the world about the importance of Jerusalem to the Jewish people. Even though the tradition of a marathon comes from Mount Olympus, on this day Mount Zion and our Holy Continued on page 3 Photo byDavid Nesenoff
Rabbi Hershel Billet, of Young Israel of Woodmere, ran in the Jerusalem marathon to help Israel.
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Agunah Edna Shifteh, at ORA rally outside her estranged husband’s home in Brooklyn.
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ORA protests husband for get Continued from page 1 ruv against him for not responding to the beit din. The rally attracted a few people in similar situations, including two women currently in the midst of their own agunah cases. “It makes me want to question my faith that nothing can be done to resolve this,” said one mother of three, who declined to provide her name. “I think the community is too timid, because we cannot lay a finger on these men,” said Borough Park resident Shulamit Hawtof, a former agunah herself. A modern Orthodox resident in a largely Hasidic neighborhood, Hawtof lamented about the absence of Hasidim at the rally. “They only look after their own, but when you’ve been an agunah for 9 years, the experience touches you and you want to help.” Although New York state law mandates that a plaintiff must remove all barriers to the spouse’s remarriage, the same burden is not placed on the defendant. “The defendant is not looking for a divorce, it’s the plaintiff who is asking for it,” said Asher White, an attorney who handles divorce cases in the Orthodox community. Thus, when a husband sues for divorce, he must remove his wife’s barrier to remarriage by providing the get, but when a wife sues for divorce, the husband is not obligated to provide the get under state law. Sara Ain was the plaintiff in her case, but some cases in the community are left out of the courts altogether. In 1990, Farhad Gholian married Edna Shifteh, a recent immigrant from Iran at a religious ceremony, but without a wedding license. Physically separated from his wife since 2006, they nevertheless share their Midwood house, with separate entrances and floors. “We run into each other once in a while, I heard him walking down the stairs,” said Shifteh. When Shifteh married Gholian, she was in the country for only two months. “I wanted to marry legally, but I did not know the rules,” said Shifteh. Founded in 2002, ORA recently celebrated the resolution of its 150th case, where a husband fled to Israel to avoid the civil process. ORA representatives befriended the husband, and after lengthy talks he agreed to give the get. But protests have also proven affective for some cases. ORA supporter Beth Posner Greenberg described one such case from the 1980s, where a son of a Brooklyn furniture storeowner refused to give his wife a get. “We protested in front of this store every Sunday for weeks,” Greenberg wrote on ORA’s Facebook page. “The son finally saw how his parents’ business was suffering and he relented. Protests can work!” (See thejewishstar.com for editorial.)
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DRS students score YU scholarships A “chai” number of DRS students are expected to attend the Honors College of Yeshiva University at a low price. A record 18 students were accepted into the honors program, securing a total of $1.6 million in combined scholarship money from the university. Seven of the students will be receiving full scholarships. DRS menahel Rabbi
Yisroel Kaminetsky credits the success to the school’s close philosophical ties to the university. “Much of the philosophy of education that I learned and have implemented at DRS came from my years there,” Rabbi Kaminetzky said. “Most of our Jewish studies faculty was educated at YU. It is no wonder
then that DRS and SKA are among the largest feeder schools in the world to YU.” The scholarship recipients pictured are, left to right, lan Portnoy, Shalom Rosenbuam, Shalom Wilner, Dovid Freilich, Yechiel Auman, David Silber, Benjy Kantowitz, Adam Moisa, Judah Max Abbitan, Yehuda Isaacs, and David Weitz.
The students will attend the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program within Yeshiva College, scheduled for an intense curriculum focusing on extensive writing, research, and analysis, with opportunities for courses abroad, research positions, and internships.
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Rambam pair wins science fair A science project submitted by two 9th graders from Rambam Mesivta, on the topic of energy and transportation, won them a flight to Los Angeles as they joined a prestigious group of student researchers from around the world. Seniors Nathan Akhavan and Benjamin Goldman demonstrated their use of graphene and graphene oxide to demonstrate energy capability in travel at the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair, winning them the first prize. Competing against 24 local teams, theirs was the only entry from a yeshiva school. They also took home the Air Force Award, the Material Science Award, and the Professional Award. “We are so proud of how they truly exemplify such wonderful midos and of their recognition that discoveries in science give us a glimpse into the world that Hashem created,” Rambam principal Rabbi Zev
Friedman said. In Los Angeles, the pair will compete in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) on the week of May 8-13. The fair annually draws more than 1,600 high school students from nearly 60 countries, regions, and territories. Twenty-four projects were chosen from the almost 150 final round participants to attend ISEF. Nathan and Benjamin are following in the footsteps of previous Rambam LISEF winners: Mordechai Bronner (Class of 2002) and Michael Hagler (Class of 2007). Mordechai won the Grand Award in the Engineering category and Michael won first place in the Medicine and Health section. Following graduation, Nathan and Benjamin plan on spending a year learning in Israel at Sha’alvim and Gush, respectively.
Continued from page 1 City were the real winners. This was especially poignant coming just two days after a terrorist bombing in Jerusalem killed a woman and seriously hurt almost ten people. The weather was cool and cloudy, perfect for the difficult hilly run that makes up the topography of Jerusalem. Delicious free Mai Aden water from the Golan Heights was distributed all along the route. The runners included members of the Young Israel of Woodmere, a number of children of our members and other Five Towns people who made aliya and live in Israel with their families. It was inspiring to see so many of them. I ran for Jerusalem and for another cause as well. After the Carmel fires, I surveyed the fire fighting capacity of Israel. Regretfully, Israel’s equipment is ancient and its capacity to fight a major fire is very limited. Unfortunately, today, Israel is threatened by missiles from many of its powerful hostile regional neighbors. If G-d forbid there is another war, each missile fired at Israel can potentially start a major fire. Israel needs new, sophisticated fire fighting equipment. A new fully equipped fire truck costs a half million dollars. If I raise $250,000 through the JNF USA, the govern-
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Rabbi Billet is raising $250,000 for a ﬁre truck in Israel. ment will match the funds and Israel will have a new, state of the art, fully equipped fire truck. I am still way short of my goal. But when you run to do a mitzvah, sometimes help miraculously comes with an assist from Above. If anyone wishes to help from below, please contact me at hbillet@ gmail.com
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Opinion Ahmed and Mahmed have a little problem
ello Ahmed, this is Mahmed. Sorry to call on your cell phone number but it’s important; we have a little problem, do you have a moment?” Mahmed answers Ahmed. “Sure habibi tell me what’s going on.” Ahmed explains, “I’m proceeding with the boycott campaign against the Jews and Israel just like we planned.” Ahmed interrupts. “Very good, how is the Facebook page coming along?” Mahmed says, “Well that’s the problem. DAVID’S HARP Facebook was created by a Jew, Zuckerberg, and we have to boycott it.” Ahmed sighs. “Okay you’re right. Let’s just instant message everyone.” Mahmed replies, “Apparently instant messaging was invented in Israel.” Ahmed thinks for a moment. “Then we’ll just have to leave a voicemail for everyone.” Mahmed hesitates and then responds. “Voicemail technology is from Israel.” Ahmed is getting angry. David F. Nesenoff “Okay, so call everyone and if they don’t pick up then don’t leave a message.” Mahmed responds cautiously, “Well my friend that would be a really good idea, but Israel created the cell phone in its Motorola development office. Ahmed yells. “Then just take all the boycott information and put it on a flash drive and hand it to everyone.” Mahmed clears his throat. “Ahem, well, I don’t want to upset you but Israel invented the USB flash drive and actually Israel invented the Pentium Intel computer chip and the Windows operating system.” Ahmed is fed up and suggests, “Let’s just all meet in person, we’ll all get together and talk.” Mahmed asks, “Where should we meet?” Ahmed says, “I don’t care, how about Starbucks?” Mahmed says, “They’re on the boycott list.” Ahmed says, “Okay, okay, McDonalds!” Mahmed says, “They’re also on the boycott list.” Ahmed says, “Disney?” Mahmed
“Ahmed explains, “I’m proceeding with the boycott campaign against the Jews and Israel just like we planned.” says, “Boycott list.” Ahmed is beside himself. “Are you telling me there is no way to boycott Israel, its people, its products, its supporters and its technology without using their products, their supporters and their technology? Mahmed thinks for a moment and then offers a solution. “Maybe we could stand on the mountain top and blow a ram’s horn to alert everyone.” Ahmed replies, “Are you stupid, that was invented by the Jews too. Just hang up the phone and fly out to meet me.” Mahmed explains, “Well I read in the paper that every plane has a part manufactured by Iscar the Israeli metal company.” Ahmed has reached his limit. “So I’ll walk and you’ll walk, we’ll walk and meet. We can still use our feet can’t we?” Mahmed interjects. “To tell you the truth, the word for the heal of one’s foot is Ekev which is the root of the name Yaakov, a patriarch of the Jewish people. I think we have to boycott our feet.” Ahmed says, “We can’t even use our own feet? Then tell all our brotherhood to chop off all our feet immediately.” Mahmed responds, “That’s a great idea Ahmed, but we have absolutely no way of communicating with our brotherhood.” Ahmed asks, “Didn’t we ever invent anything?” Mahmed answers, “Yes, yes, we invented coffee and tea.” Ahmed is finally satisfied. “Okay then, I’ll just sit here with my chopped off feet and have a cup of coffee and tea.” Mahmed informs Ahmed about just one more little problem. “But you’ll have to have it black; Israel is the land of milk and honey.”
The naked truth about Helen Thomas in Playboy The April Issue of Playboy features Helen Thomas. I assure you that Thomas’ appearance is this month’s Playboy interview is offensive and obscene without any pictorials involved. Thomas’ interview is disgusting. It’s totally clear that the former dean of the White House press corps does not understand why she’s become a pariah, and that her hurtful words are not just anti-Israel but anti-Semitic. Last year Thomas chose Jewish Heritage Day at the White House to tell, the now Jewish Star Publisher, David Nesenoff, “tell them [Jews in Israel] to go back to Germany and Poland.” Rabbi Nesenoff was interviewing Thomas on POLITICO camera and the resulting video was soon dominating TO GO the Internet and mainstream media resulting in her forced “retirement.” Not widely publicized, since that spring afternoon at the White House, is the spewed venom that makes her statements to Rabbi Nesenoff seem almost tame. In December, she spoke at a Muslim tolerance conference in Michigan and said: “Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is…We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way.” It was as if Thomas was reading directly from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, which preaches that rich Jews control the world. In the Playboy interview, she Jeff Dunetz was just as vile as she was in Dearborn, when asked if she had personal antipathy toward Jews: “They’ve always had the heart for others but not for Arabs, for some reason. I’m not anti-Jewish; I’m anti-Zionist. I am anti-Israel taking what doesn’t belong to it. If you have a home and you’re kicked out of that home, you don’t come and kick someone else out. Anti-Semite? The Israelis are not even Semites! They’re Europeans, and they’ve come from somewhere else. But even if they were Semites, they would still have no right to usurp Continued on page 5
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Continued from page 4 other people’s land.” Along with claiming that as a people Jews have always hated Arabs, she ignores that Jews have lived in the Holy Land without interruption since Joshua won that little skirmish in Jericho almost 3,600 years ago. Thomas also repeats the anti-Semitic meme of Louis Farrakhan that today’s Jews are not the real Jews, but rather they are descended from Europeans who converted to Judaism centuries ago. “Why do they think they’re so deserving?” Thomas continued. “The slaughter of Jews stopped with World War II..... But they were liberated since then. And yet they carry on the victimization. American people do not know that the Israeli lobbyists have intimidated them into believing every Jew is a persecuted victim forever—while they are victimizing Palestinians.” Make no mistake about it, like most haters, when Thomas says Israeli lobbyists, she means Jews. She believes that those whiny Jews are still “kvetching” about the Holocaust. And as for victimization, one only need to look at the plight of the persecuted Soviet Jews, or 63 years of Arab terrorist attacks against Israeli Jews. Jews have never asked
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to be victims, as Tevya said in Fiddler on the Roof following the pogrom, which destroyed his daughter’s wedding, “Lord I know we are the chosen people, but once in a while, chose someone else.” Later in the interview Thomas goes back to the “Protocols” script when the interviewer asked if Thomas believed there is a secret Jewish conspiracy at work in this country. “Not a secret. It’s very open…Power over the White House, power over Congress…Everybody is in the pocket of the Israeli lobbies, which are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There’s total control.” The Playboy interview reminds us that its time for the media to strip Thomas down for what she is. She was not fired for anti-Israel comments. Helen Thomas is filled with the world’s oldest hatred, anti-Semitism.
“Why do they think they’re so deserving?” Thomas continued. “The slaughter of Jews stopped with World War II....”
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Much lies in truth Aharon would, at times, tell a lie in order to bring about peace between individuals who were fighting. an altercation that the other party wanted to make peace. And he would do it in a manner so that when they met again, they did make peace. One day, in conversation, they’ll figure out Aharon’s rouse. But they would have already made peace. The person who speaks lashon hara, on the other hand, truthful as he or she may be, needs to come to Aharon himself to learn that peace is more important than some truths. That achieving an amiable solution is more desirable than fomenting strife and discord between peoples. This is a challenge that many of us, in particular Jewish newspapers struggle with. We are trained to think, “The truth must be told.” But sometimes the truth need not be told, out of respect for the privacy of those involved, and out of concern for the longer- term repercussions. It is not true that “All publicity is good publicity,” as much as society or individuals selling books would like you to think. Let us take care to protect those about whom we know secrets so that we are doing our parts, like Aharon the Kohen, in promoting peace between friends and neighbors.
Rabbi Yerachmiel Yisrael Yitzchak of Alexander, Poland explained the following rabbinic passage in a most creative and instructive manner. The rabbis taught, “[Tzara’at] blemishes come upon a person on account of the sin of lashon hara” (Erachin 15b and other places). The rabbi of Alexander explained that those who speak Lashon Hara are often altruistic in intent. Since they are telling the truth, they’ll argue, they are fulfilling a mitzvah when they do point out the flaws of others. Truth, after all, is most important when trying to achieve an element of G-dliness in one’s actions. This is why the Torah says, “The blemish needed to be brought before Aharon the Priest. (13:2)” Rabbi Avi Billet We bring the so-called “truth teller,” who causes hate and division between people through his “truth,” to Aharon the Kohen. According to the Rabbis, Aharon did the exact opposite. Aharon would, at times, tell a lie in order to bring about peace between individuals who were fighting. From this perspective, it is not just that the Kohen is invoked with the power to declare tzara’at to be the diagnosis or not. It is Aharon himself who is put in this task to show the individual that some values need to take priority. In Aharon’s case, eventually the truth will come out. He would tell individuals who were in
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s with every year, this year being no different, we are witness to the issuance of new commentaries on the Haggadah that serve to help enrich our appreciation of the annual observance of the Pesach Seder. Rabbi David Silber founder and dean of the Drisha Institute in New York has put together an anthology of essays as well as a complete translation and commentary of the Haggadah titled, “Go Forth and Learn” [Jewish Publication Society, 2011] that encompasses some very unusual takes on the content and theology of this home-based liturgical work, a ritual unique to our faith. One essay in particular has caught my attention. “Lot and the Destruction of Sodom: A Prefiguring of Exodus” is a work of thirteen pages dealing with the linguistic and historic relationship between the stories of the destruction of Sodom, the fate of Lot and his family, the Egyptian slavery and the Exodus experience of the Jewish People centuries later. Drawing upon the linguistic similarities between the biblical verses in Genesis and Exodus, Rabbi Silber constructs a unique relationship between the events that lead to Lot’s salvation and the destruction of Sodom to that of the Exodus. According to Silber’s account, “... the manner in which the Sodom narrative prefigures the redemption from Alan Jay Gerber Egypt lends an additional perspective to the Torah’s account of the Exodus. In particular, Lot’s conflicted character, torn between his affinity for Abraham and his alliance with the Sodomites, worthy of salvation but unable to free himself completely from the pull of his adopted home, offers an enlightening glimpse into the soul of the Israelites. They too are caught between their covenantal heritage and an ironic but ingrained identification with their oppressors; and they too seem barely to deserve salvation. Nonetheless, G-d does redeem the Israelites, much as G-d saved Lot, if only to fulfill the promise made in both cases to Abraham.” This entire essay served, through scriptural citation, endeavors to confirm this premise. “It is somewhat inglorious to consider that the People of Israel were unworthy of liberation; but by focusing on the promise G-d forged with Abraham, the Haggadah highlights G-d’s historical commitment to his descendants
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and the eternal efficacy of the covenant between them.” This link, albeit from a different perspective, between the Sodom and Exodus experience is also observed and commented upon in two very engaging essays by two gifted rabbis from Yeshivat Har Etzion. The first is by Rabbi Yoel Bin-Nun and is titled, “Lot’s Pesach and Its Significance.” Bin-Nun cites Rashi’s comment that the events leading to the physical demise of Sodom were timed to Pesach, thus foreshadowing through a series of parallel verses from Bereshis and Shemot events that were yet to come. Of special note is the link between Lot’s hospitality toward the angels and the “hospitality” of the seder night. Rabbi Chanoch Waxman’s essay, “The House of Bondage” further links themes of both the Sodom and Exodus sagas. Subtitled “The Exoduses from Egypt and from Sodom,” Rabbi Waxman weaves together the linguistic rela-tionships between the use of such h words as ‘bayit’ and ‘hotzi,” and d ‘beit avadim’ and ‘yeztiat mitzray-im.’ These words find common usee in both stories. These two and manyy other valuable essays dealing with h the Pesach theme can be found at: t: www.vbm-torah.org The essays, when taken together er with Rabbi David Silber’s gifted writtings, will surely further help enhance ce one’s appreciation of the holiness ss and historic importance of this saacred time of year.
Travail of two cities Seven seconds. You sprint out of the room. Six Seconds. Down the stairs. Four seconds. Down the hall. Two seconds. Into the shelter. Youâ€™re alive, but alive with terror. This was very normal. My yeshiva visited Sderot and a local resident explained how he had become so accustomed to such terrorizing events that the morning after a terrorist attack he would not even remember that he had woken up in the middle of the night and ran to the shelter. It was just that ordinary. Sometimes at the end of the day a friend would ask him where he was during the rocket earlier and he would not even remember that there had been a rocket attack that day. Running to the shelter was like getting a cup of water. It was a basic necessity, a routine, no longer memorable. We saw a childrenâ€™s playground. We saw the jungle-gym, swings, slidesâ€”ordinary playing structures. Near the center there was a long tunnel in the form of a dragon for children to play in and run through. I marveled at its elaborate paintjob, the bright and magnificent colors, and intricate and fantastic detail in each aspect of the dragonâ€™s appear-
ance. I was next struck by the sign at the passagewayâ€™s entrance, it noted, â€œTzeva Adomâ€? (Code Red). Rocket-threat was such a constant and integrated part of life that the shelter became the childrenâ€™s plaything. These friendly tunnels represented an effort to preserve remnants of normality in the civiliansâ€™ chaotic lives. Let the children forget at least for an hour in the park that they arenâ€™t ordinary children. Let them forget that they cannot play like ordinary children. And next door stood the childrenâ€™s classroom now abandoned, sides ripped open by shrapnel. â€œMitukahâ€Śmitukahâ€Ś mitukahâ€ŚSweet, Sweet Sweetâ€Śâ€? The eulogizerâ€™s words, stretched by pain, rang in the ears of the listeners. He repeated the word again, and again, in a wailing, swelling tone, struggling as each word came to an end. His voice trembled. He was describing his family murdered in Itamar, the children stabbed to death, slaughtered. Another Yeshiva â€œfield tripâ€? and one where tens of thousands of Jews gathered at the Fogel burial. It was a lesson and a view into another town. Millions across the world
Moments later youâ€™re wrenched out of sleep by the blasting Code Red. Awoken with a terrifying jolt of panic, you now have fifteen seconds until fatal impact.
joined in insufferable mourning. Throughout the crowd, mourners cried in muffled agony. Women, children, and men alike; people with no relation to the Fogels beyond their shared stake in the Jewish people. A teenage girl in the middle of the crowd could not contain her tears and, feeling ashamed to weep in public, moved discreetly through the mass and off to the side. An older woman happened to be standing nearby and followed after her. The woman stood with the girl, wrapped her arms around the girl, rubbed her back and whispered in her ear. The two had never met until that day. People from all walks of life gathered at the burial. Chassidim in black hats, Chilonim in tank tops, Chayalim in uniforms. Together we mourned the horrifying loss our family. And when the eulogizersâ€™ voices would momentarily taper into silence, a low, intense drone of whimpering was heard filling and enveloping the hills of Jerusalem. The maps contain the names of the cities and the roads lead to the towns, but the tears and the voices I witnessed tell me of where I have visited. These are sacred places. Samuel Fisher grew up in Newton, Massachusetts and graduated from Maimonides School in 2010. He is spending the year studying in Yeshivat Orayta in the Old City of Jerusalem after which he will attend Harvard College.
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ou say Shma with your children and tuck them into their beds. After a tiring day of work, you have almost reached your dayâ€™s end as well, and soon you flick off your own light and climb into your warm, inviting bed. House lights are turning out one by one throughout your neighborhood until the whole town is sleeping in undisturbed darkness, peace, and serenity. But outside your town, just three kiloFROM THE HEART meters away, someone OF JERUSALEM else is wide awake. Under a glazing light in Gaza, he works through the night. He is setting up a rocket. And what he wants is to destroy your sleeping neighborhood, to kill your family. Moments later youâ€™re wrenched out of sleep by the blasting Code Red. Awoken with a terrifying jolt of Samuel Fisher panic, you now have fifteen seconds until fatal impact. Your first thought: Where are the children? Twelve seconds. You frantically dash to your childrenâ€™s room where you see them crying under their blankets. Eight seconds. You grab the crying children.
THE JEWISH STAR April 1, 2011 26 Adar II, 5771
Mensch on the street
By Ariel Rosenbloom
What would you say to President Obama? “On behalf of the world of ﬁtness, I would like to thank you and Michelle for your recommendations and contributions towards health and wellness of our youth.”
“What’s going on, Mr. P?”
“It’s hard to survive in business these days, so I’d love it if he could ﬁnd a way to lower the taxes.”
owner of “Martial Arts + Fitness”, Lawrence
manager/chef at “Cravingz”, Lawrence
owner of “Traditions” restaurant, Lawrence
“Please be more concerned about civilians being hurt in Israel if you’re so concerned about lost lives in Libya.”
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HAFTR Hawks defeated California’s Valley Torah Wolfpack to claim third place at the 2011 Red Sarachek Basketball Tournament held last weekend on Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus.
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The championship game MVPs were HAFTR Lady Hawks’ Stephanie Greenberg and Kayla Levinson.
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The HAFTR Lady Hawks defeated SAR, with a score of 39 to 30, in the Yeshiva League Basketball Championship on March 24.
Lions roar, but DRS has pride DRS Boys Hockey Team Wildcats lost against the MTA Lions 2-0. With a 14-0 season it was a disappointing loss for the Wildcats who, with talented goal tender Aaron Orenstein, played a tough game. DRS Athletic Director Rabbi Eli Storch said, “They played with great pride and passion, but unfortunately that was not good enough. I am proud of them, win or lose.”
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History was made on March 27 when the Ravens, the Rambam Mesivta High School hockey team, played in the Junior Varsity championship game. Although Torah Academy of Bergen County, Storm, won 2-0, Coach
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A moving event By Sergey Kadinsky There is affordable housing and day school tuition breaks, but can South Bend, Indiana, really coax a young Jewish family to leave the comforts of New York? “I thought I’d be living in New York for the rest of my life,” said Moshe Gubin, 34, a former resident of Kew Gardens Hills. “I was visiting my inlaws in South Bend and my wife wanted to live near her parents,” Gubin said. Although the move meant a pay cut and a long commute to Chicago for work, Gubin is not looking back. He attended the Orthodox Union’s Emerging Jewish Communities Fair on March 27 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan. The event was facilitating New York Jews to move across the Hudson River and beyond. “I have a big lawn, a four bedroom home with a two-car garage for only $89,000,” Gubin said. While South Bend does not come close to New York in terms of amenities, the basic Orthodox services such a day school, mikvah, and eruv are a requirement for participation in the fair. “There has to be an infrastructure for the community to grow, and the other requirement is incentives, such as job opportunities and discounts in tuition and housing,” said Frank Buchweitz, OU special projects director. The third annual fair drew 37 communities from Maine to California. Alongside Arizona and Kansas, five Long Island communities attended the fair, with real estate as the focus of their pitch. “These communities said to us that they are also OU members and are trying to grow with the
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Mark Press, formerly of White Plains, promotes Virginia as a home for younger families. same efforts,” Buchweitz said. The five Nassau communities were Long Beach, Merrick, Oceanside, Plainview, and Roslyn. “We are an out of town community that’s only 25 minutes by train from Manhattan,” said Alan Sonnenklar, representing Roslyn Synagogue. With its proximity to established Jewish communities on the North Shore, Sonnenklar said that Roslyn offers a blend of Jewish backgrounds mirroring Long Is-
land. “In our shul, Persian elders talk Torah to young Ashkenazi kids,” Sonnenklar said. Oceanside presented itself as an affordable alternative, promoting the virtues of living in a smaller community. “We are not looking to be the ‘Sixth Town,’ we are looking to be Oceanside,” said David Welner of Young Israel of Oceanside. “There is a certain camaraderie in a 200-member shul that you can’t get with five thousand people. We
encourage leadership and give them a say,” Welner said. In the past year, 35 young families moved into Oceanside, and Welner promises to help along every step. “We hold their hand from their very first Shabbat to their moving day. We saved one family $35,000 on their home by negotiating,” Welner said. Among the estimated 1,100 attendees, Aaron Lapian, 31, spoke of the high cost of living in New York as his reason for moving. “Flatbush has high prices and it’s too fast paced. We’d like to afford a nice yard and a community where people will know you.” The culture shock was evident for actuary Mark Press, who left White Plains five years ago for Richmond, Virginia, where his Christian neighbors greet him on the street daily. “The people are religious and they know what I stand for. When people are nice to you, you ask what’s their angle, but that’s the South,” Press said. The difference in culture was a selling point for Rabbi Uri Topolsky, representing the lone modern Orthodox synagogue in Louisiana, Congregation Beth Israel in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie. The 104-year-old synagogue took on 12 feet of water during Hurricane Katrina, but is seeking to recover with goal-oriented young families. “We have a New York Deli in New Orleans, but where else can you be part of a shul, community, and city rebuilding themselves?” asked Rabbi Topolsky. “We are advertising a mission of rebuilding and making a difference,”
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YESHIVA UNIVERSITY, located at 2495 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, is holding its annual Cholent cook-off contest. The event will begin at 2:45 p.m. at the Weissberg Commons of the Wilf Campus. This year’s judges are Dr. Esther Joel, wife of YU President Richard M. Joel; Josh Friedland of The Food Section blog; Elan Kornblum of Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine; Chef Avram Wiseman, of Center for Kosher Culinary Arts; Jamie Geller of Kosher.com; Alan Riesenburger of Fairway Market; Alana Newhouse of The Tablet magazine; and David Samuels, a noted food writer/critic.
JCC OF THE GREATER FIVE TOWNS is hosting the Come Alive Program at Congregation Sons of Israel at 111 Irving Place in Woodmere. The program holds a variety of social and recreational opportunities for home-bound seniors, with kosher lunch and limited transportation available. The program takes place on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mary Sheffield at 516-569-6733 x219 or Linda Balch at 516-569-6733 x211.
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Athletic Center Dedication CHABAD OF PORT WASHINGTON, located at 80 Shore Road in Port Washington is cutting the ribbon on its new Adam Katz Athletic Center, followed by its 20th Anniversary Dinner honoring Chabad center president Adam Katz. The presentation speech will be given by Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice. The gymnasium will feature facilities for basketball, volleyball, lockers, and offices. Alongisde the high-school size gymnasium, a smaller gym is also being built for pre-school children, scheduled for completion towards the end of spring. For more information, contact Rabbi Shalom Paltiel at 516-767-8672
April 9 A Seder Primer CONGREGATION ANSHEI SHALOM, located at 472 Hempstead Avenue in West Hempstead is holding A Seder Primer, delivered by Rabbi Moshe Meir Weiss, aiming to promote a more meaningful Seder, with step-by-step explanations on the
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CHABAD OF MINEOLA is holding a contest to honor grandparents at the Pesach Seder. The 250-word essay contest is open to all students ages 10 to 18. Contestants must submit an essay describing why their grandparent(s) is deserving of the award, along with a photo of themselves with the grandparent(s). Prizes include $500 for first place and a raffle for an iPad2. The deadline for this contest is April 8. There will be eight categories of awards: 2 grandmothers, 2 grandfathers, 2 couples, and 2 winners for “In Memoriam.” Ceremony honoring the recipient will be held on Sunday June 5 at 2p.m. at the Renee & Jan Burman Chabad Center for The Arts. For more information, contact Rabbi Anchelle Perl 516-739-3636.
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CHABAD OF GREAT NECK, located at 400 East Shore Road in Great Neck, is holding its Model Matzah Bakery, where families will learn about the process of matzah making and make their own matzah. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with an additional date on April 10. The cost is $5 per person and advance reservation is required. For more information, contact Rabbi Osher Kravitsky at 216-570-0289 or Rabbiosher@ yahoo.com.
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Why is this panic different Dear Aviva, With Purim now behind us, I am starting to get my usually Post-Purim/Pre-Pesach anxiety attacks. I get so nervous and panicked about having to clean and cook and organize for Pesach, and every time I think, of all that I have to do, I get so overwhelmed. I either don’t do anything at all or take my anxiety out on my family by yelling about some trivial thing. How do I stay calm these next few weeks? I wish I could wiggle my nose and have Pesach get done for me. - Panicked Pesach Planner
Dear Panicked Pesach Planner, First of all, we are changing your name to “Pushy Pesach Planner” because once we take the panic out of you, and you learn the right times to push yourself, things will coast smoothly. We do one step at a time
(one room, one drawer, one closet) and we push ourselves to start. Once we start, the momentum overcomes us and before you know it, you’re more than halfway through. That’s when you have to push yourself to finish the job. When you finish it and you feel like you want to start another drawer/room/ closet, don’t. Instead, go sit down with a nice reward for yourself. A hot drink, a milkshake (my personal panacea for life) a magazine— anything that feels like a treat. Now just sit, breathe and be proud of yourself. Then repeat. Here’s some pushy no-no’s. We do not push ourselves to organize. Save that for after Pesach. We do not push our bodies if we are sick. We do not push our bodies if we are bone tired (unless it is literally Erev Pesach, but you have enough time to get things done before then.) We do not push our spouses or children in a manner that we would never dream of pushing them during any other sea-
son. A woman I know once had a Pre-Pesach experience nightmare. She was planning on having her married children for Yom Tov when one of her daughters suddenly ended up in the ICU with a blood pressure of 60/30 and septic. Aside from the emotional toll this took on the mother, she also had to take in her daughter’s young children while trying to cope and clean. A few days before Pesach, her daughter was conscious and out of the ICU, but still in the hospital with a bag coming out of her kidney. The mother was sitting on her rug at home, playing with her grandchildren with a totally chameitzdik house waiting to become Pesachdik. She kept telling herself a quote from the Lubavitcher Rebbe: “Dirt is not Chameitz and your children are not the Karban Pesach.” Two days before Pesach, the daughter was well enough for the son-in-law to take the grandkids home while the mother cleaned and shopped and cooked. Somehow, it all came together with a focus on the bare
minimum. So, what I’m saying is to keep your eye on the goal: messy and chameitz free. If you feel like you are starting to panic, take that energy and use it productively. We all know there is nothing to fear but fear itself. And there is no better way to discover that than to remove apprehension by turning it into action. And in case you are wondering how that ill young mother is doing, well, it’s two years later and she’s in her home, perfectly healthy, blinking back tears of gratitude for life and for her super-human mother. Thanks again Mom, for saving Pesach. -Aviva Aviva Rizel is a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice who can be reached at AvivaRizel.MFT@gmail.com.
Tapioca bread of afflication?
More limitation, less imitation As the final lines of Megillat Esther were read in shuls across the country, kosher distributors, manufactures and grocery stores did not hear the words “He sought the welfare of his people and spoke peace for all their descendants,” but rather the fusillade report of pistols signaling the official start of THE KOSHER the Passover shopping CRITIC season. Despite the fact that the eight short days of Passover make up for merely 3% of the calendar year it accounts for almost 40% of kosher sales. The result is a rush to produce a motley variety of Passover products that entice consumers to purchase in even greater quantity. My favorite of these Zechariah Mehler Passover items is a “bread” cobbled together out of potato meal and tapioca flour. The result is a “bread” so unflinchingly realistic that Passover programs that served it had to remove it from the tables prior to meals because people who didn’t know any better were washing and saying a hamotzi over it. I eat it with cashew butter, jelly and bananas panfried while savoring the irony that I am not allowed to eat rice, beans or lentils because they are in appearance to similar to chametz. As I stood in that aisle, recently stocked and swollen with brand new chametz dopplegangers, I thought “Dear Lord can I really make it eight days without instant blueberry pancakes?” And as I stood there amidst shoppers scrambling to fill their carts with 40% of their yearly kosher purchases, I thought of a time when I was in yeshiva and came to understand the forced undertaking of the fast of Behab a practice that until now had vexed me to no end. Behab is an antiquated Ashkenazi custom possibly but not conclusively derived from the vague text of Iyov 1:5. It’s name spelled with the Hebrew letters Bet Hey Bet are an al-
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lusion to the Monday, Wednesday and subsequent Monday that following Rosh Chodesh after either Sukkot or Passover. The reason for Behab is to atone for any inadvertent sin or over indulgence we may have commuted over the course of the holiday. Every year as a student I would return to the yeshiva after the Passover holiday break, don my black hat, and on Bet Hey Bet say slichot and think to myself “Wait a minute. I have been eating the bread of affliction for eight solid days and spent a collected 27 hours steeped in prayer. What possible reason could I have for needing to fast and say slichot?” As I stood there gazing at shelves festooned with products like imitation soy sauce, tapioca flour, macaroni, matzoh meal, pancake mix and a yellowish paste claim-
ing to be “mustard,” I finally understood. I should still be celebrating Behab not because I over indulged but because I, and countless others, try everything in our power to make Passover feel like any other day. Perhaps the problem is that many of us forget that absence makes the heart grow fonder and that all the foods from which we must abstain can be made better by virtue of our abstinence from them. As much as I love food, and I do love food, I am never completely satisfied by the plaid imitations of pasta or bagels that come from a box mix on Passover. I eat them without any real joy or verve and simply ingest them to feel like I am not being overly limited by my religious convictions. This year I think I will keep to matzoh and its basic derivatives so that when
I am able to actually eat chametz at the end of eight short days I will have a greater appreciation for them. I will try and remember that it is the bread of affliction which our ancestors ate in the land of Egypt and how the point of the entire holiday is to remember that once we were slaves who never had the gastronomic technology or the necessary ingredients to transform their potatoes into fried cashew butter and banana sandwiches. This epiphany came as I watched a woman put 12 packages of chocolate covered marshmallows in her cart next to a single lonely box of matzoh. Zechariah Mehler is a widely published food writer and expert in social marketing. Follow him on Twitter @thekoshercritic
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Across 1. “Picture of Dorian Gray” director Albert 6. Jewish historian Baron 10. Mark Spitz, e.g. 14. “Standing” silent prayer 15. Sometime leap month 16. Cleveland’s lake 17. One who goes for the gold? 18. Beverly Sills, for example 19. Exodus river 20. Israeli short story writer in his 40s 22. Enlist, as in the army 23. “Wonderful!” 24. “Enchanted” actress Menzel 26. Write illegibly 30. One kind of Bible, these days 32. King and Dershowitz 33. Ralph Fiennes role in “Schindler’s List” 37. You name it 38. Kovner and Eban
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The Jerusalem Post Crossword Puzzle 39. Relative of a rabbit 40. Chanukah has three 42. Gives five stars to 43. Put Dr. Laura on the radio 44. Sight and smell 45. Former Hawaii Gov. Lingle 47. El ___ 48. Negev material 49. Author, “A People’s History of the United States” 56. ___ Park (Obama’s old neighborhood in Chicago) 57. Negev-like 58. “The Twilight Zone,” e.g. 59. Subject of the TV miniseries “A Woman Called Golda” 60. Labyrinth 61. Cantor and Yoffie 62. They’re found in veins 63. Word with car or machine 64. Alternatives to reds and whites
Down 1. Unconvincing 2. Give off 3. “The West ___” (Sorkin series) 4. Einstein output 5. Doesn’t widen 6. Yitzchak of the Palmach 7. ___ Hu 8. Wash ritually 9. Sermons, essentially 10. Producer, “Weeds” (Showtime) 11. His belt is famous 12. Tiny hairs 13. Wail 21. ___ Nidre 25. Plague 26. Without: Fr. 27. Fill to excess 28. Holocaust historian Hilberg
29. Noted advice-giver 30. Put in 31. Anthropologist Franz 33. ___-bodied 34. Noshes 35. “The Giving ___” by Shel Silverstein 36. Proto-Zionist Moses 38. Maslow and Mapu 41. First ___ (Magen David Adom mission) 42. Forest denizen 44. Moses Montefiore, e.g. 45. Part of an archaeological site
46. Film made outside the studio system 47. Space ___ 48. Jerk 50. Word with Torah or hygeine 51. Hadassah alt. 52. He played Tevye 53. Pupil’s place 54. “Good shot!” 55. Dalitz’s nemesis Answers will appear next week
When a terrorist’s bomb changes lives in a second, our response has to be as fast. Rockets launched into southern Israel. A family murdered in Itamar. A bomb detonated in Jerusalem. Acts of terrorism forever alter lives. And even for survivors, there can be catastrophic injuries, debilitating trauma, and ﬁnancial hardship. That’s why UJA-Federation has beneﬁciary agencies and programs already in place, capable of providing aid literally within minutes. This includes the Israel Trauma Coalition, created by UJA-Federation in 2001 to offer psychological counseling to victims, and which has set the standard for trauma counseling worldwide. And resilience centers that are helping Israelis cope with rocket ﬁre from Gaza. Our hearts go out to the victims and the Israeli people in the wake of these devastating attacks. Now, as always, we’re committed to stand with the people of Israel as they resist violence and pursue peace. Learn more about the UJA-Federation-supported Israel Trauma Coalition at www.ujafedny.org/israel-trauma-coalition.
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SALES CONSULTANTS: LEGACY Inﬁniti is seeking full time Sales Consultants f or our luxury auto dealership . Previous Automotive sales e xperience is a plus b ut not required. A good understanding of the local community is impor tant. Must be a team player with impeccab le honesty and integrity. Excellent communication and customer service skills are required. Work for a dealership where the emplo yee and the position they hold is v alued and respected. We are v ery Employee Focused and work hard to be The Employer of Choice in the area and our industry. We offer an excellent compensation and beneﬁ ts package including health insur ance and 401K. No phone calls please. E-mail your resume to jchmela@legacyinﬁniti.com
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DEFECTIVE HIP IMPLANTS Don’t rely on the company who gave you a potentially defective hip implant to advise you on your legal rights! DePuy Orthopaedics, a division of Johnson & Johnson, has issued a worldwide recall of it’s ASRTM Acetabular System for Total Hip Replacement, after determining that these hip implants may fail at an alarming rate. The “metal-on-metal” composition of these implants can release particles into the patient, potentially causing serious and painful reactions — sometimes requiring complete revision surgery. Reportedly, Johnson & Johnson has been seeking medical releases from recipients so that their claims adjustors can speak with you directly and possibly take down statements without your having counsel present – an unwise action for any recipient to do. Having a defective hip implant in your body clearly demands having your own lawyer. You
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