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for the children and a book of Tehillim for the adults. Each seat had a bottle of water and either a bag of cookies or pretzels. A feeling of achdus (unity) and the intensity of a gathering to pray, electrified the packed spacious sunlit room. Achiezer President Rabbi Boruch Ber Bender spoke first, acknowledging the

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more than 50 rabbanim seated at the dais. He said that in Sandy’s wake, Shor Yoshuv opened its building to the community even though it had no electricity, serving as a center of the chesed and assistance that flowed to those in need in the nearby flooded and damaged areas. Continued on page 9

Mangano tells OU he backs Sandy shul aid Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said on Monday that he believes the Federal Emergency Management Agency should assist houses of worship damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Republican Mangano, seeking reelection next Tuesday, addressed a crowd of Jewish community, synagogue and day school lay leaders at the Orthodox Union’s Manhattan offices. During the OU Advocacy-NY-sponsored forum, Mangano discussed issues of importance to the Jewish community, including cutting the deficit, job creation, expanded housing options, and other ways Nassau County residents can alleviate the damage incurred by Hurricane Sandy. Last week, OU Advocacy hosted Mangano’s Democratic rival, former Nassau County Executive candidate Tom Suozzi, who also supported Sandy aid for shuls. On Wednesday, Nassau County’s largest community newspaper group offered kind words for Suozzi’s vision but endorsed Mangano. “If we felt Suozzi was capable of delivering on his grand vision in any

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With more than 275 vendors displaying their wares at this week’s KosherFest in the Meadowlands, there were plenty of tasty takeaways. But one vendor, instead of marketing a food item or service, was drawing a jocular crowd with “kosher” diapers, a product just now breaking into kosher supermarkets and convenience stores in frum neighborhoods. “It’s as good as Huggies and Pampers but cheaper, like Luvs,” boasted Premium Kosher Diapers’ representative Yechiel Kohn. The diapers rely on Velcro rather than tape to stay tightly closed, avoiding a potential Shabbos violation, explained diaper man Terry Goldin. The diapers, which have been available by mail order for some time, have been stocked by Kosher World in Far Rockaway for a few week. “There is a demand for it [but] I don’t think (people) know too much about it,” store manager <HFKLHO .RKQ SURPRWHV ³NRVKHU´ Benny Blackman told GLDSHUVDW.RVKHU)HVWJewish Star The Jewish Star. Blackman recalled that “some rabbanim in Boro Park mentioned that it was a good thing but I don’t remember if it was a chumrah (stringency) or halacha (Jewish law).” “An ehrlicha yid (a Jew with integrity) wants to do something special for Shabbos,” he said. “It’s a good idea; it could pick up a lot.” “People are makpid (careful) on this,” he said, but added, “I don’t think there is an issue with the other ones. I don’t make halacha.” “I myself don’t use it,” he said. Among other campy highlights on the show’s first day: The unveiling by Empire Kosher Poultry of the world’s largest chicken nugget, weighting over 45 pounds and measuring 3.25 feet long by 2 feet wide. More KosherFest photos on page 13.

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better able to build consensus and get things done in a Republican-dominated county.” “Mangano has a better shot at getting Nassau moving forward again.” Another OU photo is on page 9.

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By Malka Eisenberg Yeshiva Shor Yoshuv in Lawrence, a hub of aid after Sandy to those devastated by the hurricane, filled with an overflow crowd of more than 2,000 men, women and children this past Sunday for a Tehillim (psalms) rally to thank G-d for surviving the storm. “The power of Tefila (prayer) from tinokos shel bais Raban (Torah-learning children) is very special,” explained Achiezer’s Eli Weiss, who organized the event. “The schools and shuls did a tremendous job of promoting and encouraging attendance and involvement and we owe them a great debt of gratitude for contributing to the success that B’H it was.” Men and women, seated separately since it was a prayer rally, and many children filled the cavernous rooms on the main floor of Shor Yoshuv, 1 Cedarlawn Ave. Lawrence, with the crowd spilling into the entrance hall where video screens were set up to enable the crowd to see the speakers and read along as chapters of Tehillim were displayed. As people entered for the hour-long event, they were handed colored markers


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because it illustrates that when we attract someone of this stature, it beneďŹ ts not just our campus or Yeshivaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, it contributes to the overall vibrancy of New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s extraordinary intellectual community and reafďŹ rms New Yorkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stature as one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s great idea capitals.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;The voice, the philosophy and the spirit of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks has been a gift to the United Kingdom and beyond for many years, said Richard M. Joel, president and Bravmann Family University Professor at YU. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has long been our desire to welcome him into this next stage of his life by having him work at Yeshiva University to both inspire the next generation of Jewish leadership and to be a voice to the Jewish people and world for our timeless values. I join with the extraordinary John Sexton in celebrating yet another way for two great universities to work together to advance an agenda that matters.â&#x20AC;? In addition to his duties as professor, Rabbi Lord Sacks will be an integral part of extracurricular life at YU and NYU. His role at the universities is made possible by generous support from the Rennert and Kressel families. In recognition of his work, Rabbi Lord Sacks has won several international awards, including the Jerusalem Prize in 1995 for his contribution to Diaspora Jewish life and The Ladislaus Laszt Ecumenical and Social Concern Award from Ben Gurion University in Israel in 2011. He has been a visiting professor at several universities in Britain, the United States and Israel, and holds 16 honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Divinity conferred to mark his ďŹ rst ten years in ofďŹ ce as Chief Rabbi, by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey.

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‘Stolen’ blessings in Toldot: Not as simple as we thought M y best teachers taught that when a question bothers you, seek from everywhere you can until you find a satisfactory answer. This is one of the reasons why I have found real Chumash questions to be much better answered when learning what all the commentaries say, rather than just reading Rashi or Ramban. One of my rebbeim used to mock the idea that there could PARSHA OF be a class on “Ramban THE WEEK Al HaTorah,” as if to suggest that one commentary is the end-all in studying Chumash. Please don’t misunderstand. Every commentary has an approach, and every commentary can only write so much. This is more of a reminder to look beyond a small Rabbi Avi Billet circle of learning and try to glean the full picture, and perhaps even come up with a novel interpretation — a chiddush! An objective observer can’t help feeling sorry for Eisav, standing and then perhaps falling to his knees before his father after being informed that his brother Yaakov has already come and taken the coveted blessings of the firstborn. It’s a sad, almost pathetic scene, in which a grown man, age 63, is weeping before his 123 year old father, screaming, crying, throwing the biggest fit,

before resorting to threats to kill his brother when the old man dies. Was Yaakov a thief and, therefore, in the wrong? Was Eisav wronged? Or, perhaps, are we going about this the wrong way? (Disclaimer: Ramban disagrees with most of what follows!) The Hadar Zekeinim anthology notes that the way the Torah is transcribed makes the events seem consecutive, as opposed to simultaneous. In fact, at the same time that Yitzchak was lamenting his own flaws, trying to figure out how he could be duped into blessing his younger son, Eisav was thinking aloud, saying, “He took my birthright.” “Who took your birthright?” Yitzchak asked. Eisav answered, telling the story. Yitzchak now understood, and admitted that things panned out the way they were supposed to, adding, “He, too, should be blessed.” This supports the notion that even without “tricking” his father, Yaakov was destined to receive those blessings (Rashi quoting Midrash), which Yitzchak upholds for a few reasons: Because he’s my son; because I said that whoever curses him is cursed and whoever blesses him is blessed; because he still had the taste of the food in his mouth (or perhaps a piece of meat loosened from between his teeth). How inappropriate is it to curse someone while you are still enjoying the food they gave you (Rabbi Chaim Paltiel)? Perhaps that is a hint to Eisav not to curse Yaakov, a hint that goes right over his head. Rashbam suggests Yitzchak realized the whole affair was Rivkah’s idea, since she

knew that Yaakov was more worthy to receive the blessings. Yitzchak even explains to Eisav, “I gave him the blessing before you arrived,” indicating that it was Heaven’s decree that you should be delayed just long enough. Radak even paints Yitzchak as an accessory

Eisav thought it was purely a financial windfall — getting the double portion. He thought his father might die penniless, so he sold the birthright for little money, thinking it was better to cash in, not realizing that the birthright also included blessings! to the plot when he explains Yitzchak’s trembling not as a fearful regret, but as a show for Eisav, an indication that he was upset, so Eisav would not perceive that his father was really in on the plot. Kli Yakar notes that it is only Eisav who accuses Yaakov of stealing (Yitzchak calls it

“cunning”). However, did he not sell it willingly? How is Eisav’s moment of weakness denigration of the birthright Yaakov’s fault? When Yaakov was asked, “Who are you?” He never could have said, “I am Eisav your firstborn” had he not made the purchase. Eisav is blaming Yaakov, suggesting that the birthright sale was a Mekach Taus (a transaction made with faulty information). Eisav had originally thought it was purely a financial windfall — getting the double portion. Eisav thought at the time that his father might die penniless, so he sold the birthright for little money, thinking it was better to cash in at that time, not realizing that the birthright also included blessings! Yaakov said, “I am Eisav your firstborn” instead of just, “I am Eisav” because it is only on account of the birthright that these blessings were coming to him, and that is why he was able to take them. Ktav V’Hakabalah blames Eisav for accusing Yaakov of “taking” the birthright, when the truth was that they had a legitimate transaction. It was his own fault for denigrating and essentially making the birthright worthless, leaving it open for Yaakov to claim as his own. Some view this as rewriting history, and some say, “Look at the whole picture.” Far be it from us to lay the blame squarely on Yaakov, or even Rivkah who sets him up, when Eisav was as much to blame for all that transpired the moment he indicated the birthright meant nothing to him. Rabbi Avi Billet, formerly of Woodmere, is a rabbi and mohel based in Florida.

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any of these new wells previous to Yitzchak’s arrival. If anything, one might have expected the Philistines to recognize that Yitzchak was making an important contribution to the area, with an influx of wealth and new wells, something that could clearly be of benefit to the entire community. But hatred and enmity need not make a whole lot of sense; they never have and never will. Sometimes it is important to recognize when our enemies are not arguing to get something, but rather are more interested in getting rid of something: us. Again and again, Yitzchak does not argue and moves without any fight, until finally a new well is discovered and they call it Rechovot, from the root Rachav, or broad, because: “Now, G-d has made broad space for us, and we can be fruitful in the land” (26:22). What is going on here? What happened to the power and greatness of the family of Avraham? Is Yitzchak afraid? Did not his father, who fought and defeated no less than five kings and the mightiest army the world had ever seen up to that point succeed in teaching his son that you have to be willing to fight for what is right? Indeed, when Avimelech, the Philistine King travels with an entourage from Gerar to see Yitzchak, without any debate or demands (26:30-31), Yitzchak proceeds to make them a party (in Oslo?) and, acquiescing, seems to

repeat the same mistake his father Avraham made, signing a treaty with the Philistines, and sending them off in peace. Why would Yitzchak sign a treaty with the Philistines, when it had just been made abundantly clear to him that the treaty wasn’t even worth the paper it was signed on? After all, these were the same Philistines who just blocked up all of the wells guaranteed Avraham in the treaty he signed with them a generation earlier? We need to understand who Yitzchak really was, and what differentiated his purpose and mission, from that of his father, Avraham. The difference between Yitzchak and Avraham may be very simple: Avraham was the first; the beginning; Yitzchak was the one who had to follow up; he was the continuation; these are two entirely different roles. Avraham arrives on the world scene as a lone voice in a very lonely desert; the world is a morass of pagan idolatry, which believes in many gods, and worships the world of nature. Avraham’s mission is to introduce to the world the idea that there is One G-d; he is the beginning. Yitzchak, on the other hand, inherits the challenging task of ensuring that this idea does not die. He is not the creator of a new idea, but he is nonetheless its bearer. This concept lies at the heart of the human experience. Rav Eliyahu Dessler sug-

Rav Eliyahu Dessler suggests that every human endeavor and experience contains three parts, represented by the three forefathers of the Jewish people.

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he beginning, represented by Avraham, is always a powerful moment, full of energy and excitement. But it always needs to be followed by the long hard work of Yitzchak. In fact, this is how life itself is created. A man and a woman come together, and in an enormous burst of energy, full of passion and excitement, she becomes pregnant. But life is far from being born; now the woman, through a long period of gestation, must carry that seed to term, allowing it to grow and develop, until it is ready to be born. At that point, the original seed, combined with the long hard months of pregnancy, come together in an intense experience of labor (represented by Yaakov), and the baby is born. It is interesting to note that often, just before the end, things seem to get worse, even ready to fall apart. But just when it looks like it is all over, when the woman is screaming in labor, and you cannot imagine anything good could possibly come out of this ordeal, the baby, in one last push, is born, and darkness and pain are transformed into joy and light. Avraham represents the idea of beginning. But the Jewish people is not yet ready to be born, because with the death of Avraham, begins the long hard journey of Yitzchak. Indeed, this is why Avraham’s life is so active, and Yitzchak’s is so passive. Avraham journeys far from home to a new land and a new Continued on page 10

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his week’s portion, Toldot, leaves us wondering about the wisdom of Yitzchak’s behavior in one of the more challenging series of events in his life. There is, again, a famine in Canaan (Israel), and Yitzchak journeys to the coastal region of Gerar (probably today’s Gaza strip), to the king Avimelech. Yitzchak, despite the famine, was very successful, with crops yielding 100 fold the normal yield, and he becomes a very wealthy man (26:13-14) which, of course, makes the local Philistines very jealous. So the king FROM THE HEART tells Yitzchak he has OF JERUSALEM become too wealthy and powerful, and essentially demands that he leave town (26:16). Surprisingly, Yitzchak offers no argument and promptly moves to Nachal Gerar, in the valley below (26:17). Now, all of the wells his father Avraham had dug in this area had been stopped up and Rabbi Binny filled with earth by the Freedman local Philistines (in an attempt, perhaps, to later ‘discover’ and thus lay claim to them) as soon as Avraham died (26:15). Yitzchak re-claims these wells by digging them up anew (26:18). But every time Yitzchak digs up his father’s wells or finds fresh water springs, the Philistine shepherds of Gerar demand the water as theirs. One begins to wonder whether the argument here is really over water, as the people of Gerar had clearly been managing without

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Saudi woes play well for Israel Ah, Saudi Arabia! The country that spawned 15 of the 19 terrorists that executed the atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001. The country we in America are told is an ally, even though, when it comes to values, we have virtually nothing in common with the reactionary oil billionaires running the place. The country whose oil supplies us, for the VIEWPOINT moment, with about 13 per cent of our annual energy needs. The country with one of the most abysmal human rights records in the world, which bans any religion other than Islam, which imports slave labor from the Indian subcontinent, and which subjects women to what can only be Ben Cohen, JNS described as gender apartheid. That’s why it’s hard to feel any sympathy with the Saudis when it comes to their current spat with the Obama Administration. Sadly, however, the continued threat posed by Iran and its Syrian and Hezbollah allies, and the absence of any coherent Middle East strategy on Washington’s part, compels us to hold our noses and pay due attention to the Saudi complaints. Earlier this month, the Saudis refused to take up one of the ten seats on the U.N. Security Council reserved for non-permanent members. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi intelligence chief, said that frustration with the U.S., and not the U.N., was the reason for the Saudi decision. Two justifications were given: firstly, the tiresome ritual objection that the Palestinian question remains unresolved, something the Saudis feel duty-bound to cite in order to underline their Arab credentials. Secondly — and now we’re getting somewhere — a profound frustration with Obama’s Syria policy, which the Saudis correctly feel will simply empower the Iranians at a time when our Administration is being seduced by the overtures of Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani. Ultimately, there is nothing remotely attractive about either the Saudi or Iranian models of Islamic government. The Saudis

So it is to be war between us. But this time, my clever friend, the disaster will be yours. — The Phantom, Phantom of the Opera

impose the fanatical Islamist doctrines of Wahhabism, while the Shi’a Islamist revolution of the Iranians has been a recipe for domestic oppression and regional aggression, carried out by the Assad regime in Damascus and Hezbollah. Yet it is too easy to say, “a plague on both their houses.” In the icy moral universe of geostrategic considerations, there is a clear advantage for Israel built into these Saudi objections. Nearly all the Arab states live in perpetual fear of an Iranian nuclear bomb. Like the Israelis, they don’t trust Rouhani or Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. But if Arab governments are the ones nagging the U.S. about Iran’s malicious intentions, it takes the spotlight off Israel and reminds the world that the Iranian threat is a real, ongoing concern for Iran’s immediate neighbors. Additionally, the current situation forces the Arabs to acknowledge that they have common interests with Israel, which has always been the case — Israel’s decision to strike Iraq’s nuclear reactor in 1981 resulted in private praise and public condemnation in Arab capitals. Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has hinted in the Knesset that secret talks have been taking place between the Israelis and the conservative Arab regimes. What’s telling is that the assumption that Israel and these Arab regimes would eventually realize their common purpose under American auspices has been exploded. Incredibly, it now looks as if Israel and its Arab neighbors could come together over Iran not just without the U.S., but in spite of it! All the same, let’s not count the Americans out just yet. Obama hasn’t reached a deal with the Iranians, and chances are that the current round of making nice with Tehran will go the same way as his previous overtures in in 2010, because any agreement would likely collapse through Iranian reluctance to accept a strict monitoring arrangement of their nuclear facilities. The democratization of the Middle East, and the acceptance of Israel as part of the region, remains a long way off. Absent that outcome, hardheaded calculations based on immediate interests will rule the day. That’s why it’s helpful that a chorus of Arab voices, led by the Saudis, are telling Obama that Iran under its current regime was, is, and remains the greatest threat to this part of the world. Ben Cohen is the Shillman Analyst for JNS.

uring the 16-day government shutdown, the press was full of reports of the battle going on within the Republican Party. Those reports may be understated. Jeff Dunetz The centrist and the liberal Republicans want revenge. Even as the Obamacare website, and the broken promise of being able to keep ones healthcare, is threatening to give the GOP everything they lost in the shutdown and more, even though it was the tea party activists who gave the GOP its house majority, the “establishment” money men of the Republican Party are preparing to attack conservative lawmakers “from sea to shining sea.” This will not be a coordinated operation. It will be a messy, ugly, down in the gutter type of attack--prone to backfiring. And if the “establishment” rainmakers win, it will be in fits and starts, most likely culminating in the selection of a Presidential nominee in 2016. As Nation Magazine Reported: “Hopefully we’ll go into eight to 10 races and beat the snot out of them,” said former Rep. Steve LaTourette of Ohio, whose new political group, Defending Main Street, aims to raise $8 million to fend off tea-party challenges against more mainstream Republican incumbents. “We’re going to be very aggressive and we’re going to get in their faces.” “This is a battle we have to fight,” said GOP consultant John Feehery, who has advised top Republican leaders on Capitol Hill. “We can’t just lie down and let this happen.”

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FreedomWorks who target Republican incumbents with “less than pure” conservative credentials. It was Heritage Action which sabotaged a deal in the House of Representatives that could have ended the shutdown a day before the eventual Senate deal. LaTourette’s Defending Main Street group has identified its first project: defending Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho. The Club for Growth threw its support to a tea-party challenger, Bryan Smith, because Simpson backed the $700 million Wall Street bailout, raising the debt ceiling, and a budget deal that staved off the fiscal cliff. Defending Main Street also is keeping an eye on other House Republicans who have drawn the wrath of the Club for Growth, including Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia, who is running for the Senate. But there are many more races drawing the attention of the Republican establishment who fear the tea party — and the public’s growing distaste for the movement—is jeopardizing GOP control of the House and a potential Senate takeover. Consider: •A Nov. 5 special congressional election in Alabama, where former state Senator Bradley Byrne is competing in the Republican runoff primary against Dean Young, a tea-party candidate who declared at a candidate forum, “We are witnessing the end of a Western Christian empire.” •A crowded Republican primary field facing a top Democratic recruit, Michelle Nunn, for the Senate being vacated by Saxby Chambliss in Georgia. One GOP operative described two of the candidates vying for the nomination, Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey, as “ticking time bombs.” Broun has condemned the theory of evolution, questioned President Obama’s citizenship and religion, and advocated abolishing the Federal Reserve and returning to the gold standard. Gingrey defended former Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, who said victims of “legitimate rape” could avoid pregnancy. Another group targeting the Tea Party will be Karl Rove’s Conservative Victory Project, an arm of the Crossroads super PAC. They plan to vet GOP primary candidates with the goal of sending the most viable conservative to the general election.


rorism. Five appendixes, in great detail, delineate Heinrich Mullerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s orders to the Gestapo, the text of Reinhard Heydrichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s instructions to his goon squads, and a partial list of synagogues that were destroyed. Another work for next weekendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s observance is â&#x20AC;&#x153;Small Miracles of the Holocaustâ&#x20AC;? by Yitta Halberstam and Judith Leventhal. It contains more than 50 touching and remarkable stories, each ending with an uplifting theme. I quote in full one story, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Convertedâ&#x20AC;? : As a 50 year veteran of the pulpit, Rabbi Berel Wein knows that everybody has a story, every human being is a story, and that some stories are stranger than others. He thought he had heard them all. But Jerusalem, a city with a different slant of light, a magnet for mystics, saints, penitents, holy beggars, prophets, never fails to surprise. It was ďŹ rst here that he met an Orthodox Jewish man who conďŹ ded that he was a convert to Judaism, and that his father had been a Nazi during the war. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I was in my early twenties,â&#x20AC;? the man told Rabbi Wein as they walked home from synagogue one Shabbos afternoon, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I learned my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s secret. He had been an SS man during the war, and had participated in many massacres of Jews. I was so angry at him, so devastated, that I immediately ďŹ&#x201A;ed my home, never to return. I turned my back on my family, completely severing my ties and renouncing them fully. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Of all places, I decided to travel to Israel to gain some perspective on the people whom Hitler hated so much and whom my father

had killed. I fell in love with the country and decided to pursue graduate studies in microbiology at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As my stay lengthened, I became increasingly interested in the Jewish religion. Eventually, I converted to Judaism. I married another German convert â&#x20AC;&#x201D; with a similar background to mine â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and we had three children, all boys. They studied in Jerusalem yeshivas where they received an excellent Jewish education, and we raised them as Orthodox Jews. Although they were blond and blueeyed, they looked and acted exactly like their peers in all other respects â&#x20AC;&#x201D; cute little yeshiva boys with yarmulkes perched on their heads and tzizit dangling from beneath their shirts. No one would ever have guessed their genetic heritage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many years passed, and my resolve not to communicate, ever, with my family only hardened over time. But one day I was startled to ďŹ nd in my mailbox a note from my father telling me that he was dying, and pleading to see his grandchildren just once before he died. I consulted with a venerable rabbi in Jerusalem and asked him what to do. He instructed me to fulďŹ ll my fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dying wish, to allow him to see his grandchildren before he died. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was thunderstruck that a former Nazi, who had tortured and killed Jewish children himself, would ever want to encounter grandchildren who looked like yeshiva boys who resembled his past victims. Our meeting was difďŹ cult. My father, gaunt and ghostlike,

looked shriveled as he leaned toward us, his shrunken eyes studying my childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s faces most carefully. The atmosphere was strained and pensive. He coughed intermittently and his voice was raspy. He hugged my children tightly, planted tender kisses on their cheeks, and wept. The room smelled of decay and death. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I knew it would not be long. And I knew that whatever he had to say to me that day could only be the truth. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I want to tell you something,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; he said. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I think you will appreciate it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153;My father went on to tell me this story: â&#x20AC;&#x153; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;One day, during the war, in a small village near the Eastern Front, my comrades and I were rounding up all the Jewish residents and throwing them into trucks bound for the gas chambers. Before we left, we made one last tour of the village to make sure we had caught every single one. It was during this last round of inspection that I saw them: three sets of round eyes, frightened eyes peering out at me from underneath one of the trucks. Their eyes locked with mine as I made my triumphant discovery. I was about to call out to my cohorts, to tell them of my ďŹ nd, when something stopped me. Those eyes implored me. For the ďŹ rst and only time in my Nazi career, my heart was touched. I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it. Those eyes bore into me. I walked away from the truck and shouted to the others, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re done here. No one left. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I will never forget them,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; my father told me. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;They were three little Jewish boys with sweet faces and innocent eyes. Just like yours.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153; â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;You know,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; my father mused, a sudden light glinting in his cloudy eyes, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I am sure that if there had been four of them hiding underneath the truck that day, I would have four grandchildren, not three.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x153; Alan Jay Gerber is a resident of the Five Towns.

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Don’t bite off more than you can chew us or if she had fainted. She taught us to flick our fingers on the back or shoulders of the child and scream, “Baby, baby, can you hear me?” over and over. The baby would respond to being jarred by hearing the loud voice and feeling the fingers against their skin, if she was conscious. All of us excelled when asked to perform that task on the plastic baby. A few weeks later, I was at Janet’s home waiting for our other girlfriends to arrive as we were going to play Mahjongg. All of a sudden Ira started to choke, and the color drained from his face. Janet and I sprung into action doing the only thing we remembered from the course. We ran over to him and kept flicking our fingers on his back, and shouting “Ira, Ira can you hear me?” over and over again. Just as he was turning blue he managed to do the Heimlich maneuver on himself and dislodged the piece of food stuck in his airway. Once he was able to speak again, Ira turned toward us and said, “Are you two kidding me? Did you not just take the CPR course for adults as well as kids three weeks ago? How is it possible that all you remember is flicking me and shouting on the top of your lungs if I hear you? Of course I heard you, I was standing up and pointing to my throat!” Fast forward 21 years later on a Friday night. I made these beautiful double cut veal chops and my husband Jerry, not having eaten all day, was starving. All of a sudden he stands up and looks strange. He points to his throat and I scream, “Oh my G-d, are you choking?” I ran over and starting flicking him “Can you hear me Jerry?” I shouted

Pearls (can be found at Gourmet Glatt , and kudos to Yaakov Lipshitz, whom I called and did me the favor of running over to the toppings aisle to find the exact name of the pearls. Place pearls in a very small bowl. White lollipop sticks White tulle ribbon or ribbon of your choice Cookie sheets or half sheet pans covered in parchment or waxed paper.

over and over. Thankfully, Jerry knew the Heimlich maneuver and didn’t have to count on us. Once he was ok, we were able to joke about it. My son asked, “Why in the world would you ask him if he was choking? Was it not obvious to you? If he wasn’t choking he would be talking, and talking and talking…” It’s definitely time for a refresher course. How in the world can I relate choking to this week’s recipe? Simple: ”Choke”olate covered marshmallows.

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Directions: Melt the Candy Melts in the microwave or double boiler being careful not to overheat, as the chocolate will become burnt in certain parts and you will have to throw the whole batch out. I usually heat in the microwave for 75 seconds per 12 ounces, remove and stir, then replace and heat at 15 second intervals. Dip each marshmallow in melted chocolate covering all sides except for bottom. I hold the marshmallow by pinching it in the middle and dipping it in. Immediately place marshmallow in dish with pearls to cover and then place “naked” side down on waxed paper. When all marshmallows are done, dip a lollipop stick in chocolate to cover about half inch on the bottom and stick it into top of marshmallow. Tie a ribbon around the stick near the marshmallow. Once dry the stick will remain in place when marshmallows are removed from waxed paper. Store lying them down in air tight container till served. This recipe be made up to a month in advance.

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eing way past deadline (as usual) for this week’s column, I was frustrated as not only was I late, I couldn’t come up with a topic to write about. Total writer’s block. And as hard as it is to come up with ideas for my column, it’s even harder to correlate them to the recipe, as you have probably noticed in the past, or you will certainly notice this week. So last night, while sitting at my computer, which by the way is from the Dark Ages, or so my kids tell me, I was close to callWHO’S IN THE ing my editor and adKITCHEN mitting defeat, when while eating the fifth snack in the span of 20 minutes, I started to choke. Seems the almond I swallowed had different plans than the norm. Being home alone, I panicked a bit, but all ended well. I was a little shaken, but I had an idea for this week’s column. Judy Joszef Let me take you back to 1992. I was pregnant with my youngest child and a group of my friends decided to take a CPR course. We all met at my friend, Janet Grosser’s home. Being that I was pregnant and many of us had toddlers, we added an infant course as well. The instructor explained that when dealing with an infant or child that doesn’t speak or understand yet, there had to be a way to determine if the child could hear

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Tehillim said by childrenâ&#x20AC;Ś Continued from page 1 The rooms that offered warm meals to those who had none and racks and tables and boxes of clothing for those who had lost so much now held rows of grateful attendees saying Tehillim. Rabbi Bender said that the gathering was spearheaded by women â&#x20AC;&#x153;with the idea that one year post Sandy we wanted to collectively express our Hakaros Hatov (gratitude) to Hashem that, despite everything we as a community went through â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and for many, continue to go through â&#x20AC;&#x201D; there was, incredibly, no loss of life within our community.â&#x20AC;? He recalled a meeting with Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder and community activists, â&#x20AC;&#x153;huddled to come up with the best plan of action, facing an epic tragedy, overcome with fear and trepidation. Chasdei (mercies of) Hashem, there was no loss of life. At the peak of the storm, Hatzalah, the Shomrim, and other volunteers helped and so many were miraculously saved that night. That is why we are here, to thank Hakodosh Baruch Hu (G-d) for saving us and keeping us alive and the koach (strength) and achdus.â&#x20AC;? At the rally, rabbis from across the communities â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from Bayswater, Far Rockaway, Long Beach, Lawrence, Inwood, Belle Harborâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; were called upon to recite a chapter of Tehillim. The audience listened attentively to noted speaker and author Rabbi Fischel Schachter explain that our lives are in Hashemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands. He recounted the story of a woman who survived a terrorist attack, the Divine Providence in her actions and the occurrences that day. At the moment when she thought

she would die, she said that she â&#x20AC;&#x153;never had such menuchas hanefesh (inner peace)â&#x20AC;? as she had then, how all her daily worries faded away and she thought, â&#x20AC;&#x153;my life is in Hashemâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hands. I felt a certain peace not only then but for the rest of my life.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our entire life is now on a different level,â&#x20AC;? said Rabbi Schachter, and he thanked the gathering for â&#x20AC;&#x153;giving me the zechut (merit) to be with you today.â&#x20AC;? Gavriel Weberman, a boy from Far Rockaway, spoke of his familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ordeal and his gratitude to Achiezer and other volunteers. He recounted that his house ďŹ lled with two feet of water and they lived by his relatives, how the â&#x20AC;&#x153;plumbers worked 24/6â&#x20AC;? and he received â&#x20AC;&#x153;toys and presents from so many people and organizations.â&#x20AC;? He said that his father and his siblings now volunteer for Achiezer. Three more Tehilllim were recited, line by line, and singers Boruch Levine on the piano and Eitan Katz on the guitar accompanied by a violinist sang songs of gratitude, a song with a stanza composed for the rally, Katzâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lmaancha and vzakaini. That was followed by Rav Shlomo Carlebachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tov Lehodos and other lively tunes that brought the rabbis at the dais to their feet, holding hands and dancing in place and culminating in a rousing Bshana haba Biyerushaliyim Habnuyah. After the rally, Adina Weberman, mother of the boy who spoke, told The Jewish Star that they live on â&#x20AC;&#x153;one of the streets that was hit worst in Far Rockaway. We were ďŹ&#x201A;ooded and without power for two weeks. I came to show Hakaras Hatov to Hakodosh Baruch Hu â&#x20AC;&#x201D; weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve built back and better than before. We have a lot to be grateful for boruch Hashem.â&#x20AC;?

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Rep. Reichert visits ‘Purchase of a Lifetime” in Eretz Israel 30,000 people relived the “Purchase of A Lifetime,” on Shabbat Chaye Sara, at Meorat HaMachpela, Cave of the Patriarchs, in Hevron, this past Shabbat. Tens of thousands converge yearly on Hevron to commemorate the purchase of Meorat HaMachpela (Cave of the Patriarchs) cave by Avraham more than 3,500 years ago, in a transaction detailed in last Shabbat’s parsha. Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash), fourth from left, recently visited the cave during his first trip to Israel, with Dr. Joseph Frager and Dr. Paul Brody, chairman and vice president, respectively, of the International Committee

for the Land of Israel, standing to the congressman’s immediate left. The dramatic visit to Hebron and to the cave, including Isaac’s Tomb (Kever Yitzchok), normally available to non-Muslims only 10 days a year, was orchestrated by Hebron spokesman David Wilder (second from left). Ruthie Lieberman of Jaffe Strategies (at left), a licensed tour guide, pointed out the development of significant locales on the way to Hevron. Six first-line responders of Homeland Security from various parts of the U.S. accompanied Rep. Reichert to Israel, to be trained in Israeli security measures. (Photo by Itsik Nissim.)

Jerusalem… Continued from page 5 time; Yitzchak never leaves the land of Israel. Avraham has to offer his son up on the altar, but Yitzchak is the passive sacrifice. Avraham digs wells and signs treaties, but Yitzchak simply (for the most part) re-digs the wells his father has already dug, because that is the entire point: Yitzchak’s mission is essentially to continue to cultivate the fields his father had planted. And this is perhaps the most difficult part of the journey; it is neither the departure, which holds with it the excitement of embarking on a new path for points unknown, nor is it the fulfillment of arrival, with the knowledge that the long hard journey has been worthwhile. Only when Avraham and Yitzchak have fulfilled their missions, are we ready for Yaakov. Yaakov is the synthesis of the beginning of Avraham, and the long hard journey, the months of pregnancy of Yitzchak. Yaakov is the birth of the Jewish people.

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very experience in life carries these three components. In fact, if one of them is missing, then most often that means something is wrong. If you write a book, and you know you experienced an ‘Avraham,’ and feel you arrived at a ‘Yaakov’ with a book ready to be published, you have to ask whether you really experienced a ‘Yitzchak’; did you really put in the work? The same is true of our relationships. If you meet someone and experience the excitement of Avraham, before you are ready to allow a marriage (Yaakov), ask yourself whether you have experienced Yitzchak; have you put in the work necessary to ensure that this will be a healthy relationship? Which brings us back to our story: Yitzchak names the town he settles in Be’er Sheva; but he is really re-naming it since Avraham named it Be’er Sheva many years earlier! And it is precisely because Yitzchak, in the second generation, re-names it Be’er Sheva, that it continues to be called Be’er Sheva until this very day. The long hard work of Yitzchak is the important component necessary for the dream to become a reality. And perhaps this is why Yitzchak is not fighting Avimelech, because that is not what Yitzchak is about. His job is to perpetuate the dream of Avraham, by demonstrating that he is not there by virtue of his mighty army, but by virtue of the fact that his father dug the wells. His goal is not to have the wells in this generation; his goal is to perpetuate the claim of the Jewish people to those wells, in the land of Israel forever. We would do well in our challenging times, to learn carefully the messages of the life of Yitzchak. Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem, Binny Freedman Rav Binny Freedman, Rosh Yeshivat Orayta, lives in Efrat.


By Nathan Jeffay, JNS.org Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s easy to imagine that if the ancient Israelites had been familiar with the cocoa bean, G-d might have promised them a land ďŹ&#x201A;owing with milk and chocolate. He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, but such a land does exist. In Birmingham, England, a 90-minute train ride from London, Cadbury, the company that popularized modern British milk chocolate, welcomes half a million visitors a year who come to pay homage to Cadbury World. And if you are kosher observant and accustomed to foodie attractions where you can look but canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t taste, you should rejoiceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the London Beth Din regards almost all products made by Cadbury as kosher. Non-Brits may not grasp just how big Cadbury is as a cultural institution as well as a brand. But youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll quickly get the hang of it at their huge visitor center. In addition to the main exhibition, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an outdoor chil-

drenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s play area with climbing zones, tube slides and tunnels, a separate area at a lower level for the under-5s, and a multimedia show. The two ďŹ ve-minute features acquaints you with the earnest Quakers who set up the company in 1824, after which you get to create your own chocolate, with melted chocolate and ďŹ llings. A visit to Cadbury World can take up to three hours, but it is so well choreographed that time ďŹ&#x201A;ies by. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t an â&#x20AC;&#x153;exhibitionâ&#x20AC;? in the conventional sense, but rather a mixture of displays, acted sketches, 3D multimedia presentations, demonstrations of the production process, and of course, tastings. Yet you do learn a lotâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;in fact, Cadbury World was one of the ďŹ rst institutions in the UK to be awarded the Learning Outside the Classroom Quality Badge, recognizing it as a provider of quality, safely managed educational experiences for young people. As you go past various junctures, such as

the shows, in batches of around 50 people, you are constantly synchronized with your party. The various components of the experience hold the attention of the very young while stimulating the grown ups. There was a 70-year age span in my family group, and both granddad and toddler daughter loved every minute. The exhibition begins with a series of 3D stages where miniature ďŹ gures give you short snippets of the history of chocolate. You ďŹ nd out about â&#x20AC;&#x153;chocolate housesâ&#x20AC;? where grown men (women and children were barred) used to gather to drink hot chocolate and gamble, and you meet an actress who recreates the atmosphere of these dens of sugary indul-

gence.Then an actor introduces the members of the Cadbury family who established the company and made it great. They tell their story of how their chocolate is made through a series of presentations, one of them featuring seats that move as the cocoa breaks are shaken. You ďŹ nd out how speciďŹ c Cadbury lines are made, and you make your way through a packaging plant to an area where you can watch the production of one of the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s premium handmade products. While most products distributed at Cadbury World are kosher, some are not. The London Beth Dinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s listing of kosher Cadbury products can be found at www.kosher.org.

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Soup kitchen and blessing The trip for HAFTR’s eighth grade boys began with a chesed activity at the Masbiah Soup kitchen where they packed food packages to be delivered in communities around Brooklyn and Queens. After lunch, they had the privilege of meeting with the Munkatcher Rebbe who gave each boy an individual beracha. He wished them much beracha and hatzlacha in their graduation year and beyond. The boys returned to school inspired by their meaningful day.

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HANC students use candies to learn to estimate, tastefully Fourth Grade students in Mrs. Karen Spitalnik’s math class at HANC’s Samuel & Elizabeth Bass Golding Elementary School, in West Hempstead, were treated to a tasty math lesson about estimation! The students read the book, “Great Estimations,” by Bruce Goldstone, and learned about different strategies for estimating. Then they were divided into groups and Mrs. Spitalnik gave each group a box of Mike & Ike candies. Before opening the box, each student had to guess how many candies were in the box; then they spilled out half of the box and after counting how many candies spilled out, the students had the opportunity to adjust their estimates, if necessary. After confirming their estimates, the stu-

dents counted the rest of the candies to see how many were actually in the box. They then determined if they had over or under estimated. At that point, Mrs. Spitalnik took out a HUGE Mike and Ike box and asked the students for not only the number of candies in the box, but to explain the strategy they used to estimate. Some of the children wildly guessed while others tried to see how many small boxes might fit into the large box. Since over and underestimating candies really worked up their appetite, the students finished the class by enjoying some delicious Mike and Ike candies. It was a wonderfully tasty lesson!

Rambam Mesivta is once again proud to congratulate a student who was named a Siemens Semi-Finalist. Senior Jacob Plaut, competing in the Math, Science and Technology category, under the guidance of Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, earned this coveted honor in a year that saw a record number, 2,440 applicants. Jacob worked in electro-spinning, a process of making micro-fibers out of polymer solution. Polymer, dissolved in organic solvent, is loaded into a syringe with a metal needle and the solution is pushed out at 25 to 50 micro-liters per minute. An electrode is attached to the metal needle and another one is attached to an aluminum base one and a half feet away from the needle. This

process evaporates the solvent mid-air, leaving nothing but polymer micro-fiber. The micro-fibers were designed as a trap for bedbugs in an effort to prevent future outbreaks and infestations. The success of his project is, in Jacob’s words, attributed “to all the people who helped make it a success.” He wishes to express his thanks to Dr. Miriam Rafailovich, Timothy Hart, Michael Leibowitz, Dan Rudin, his entire family, Mrs. Imelda Gallagher, and the administration at Rambam. Jacob joins an impressive list of Rambam students who have won Siemens and Intel recognition. Following graduation, he plans to study for a year in Israel and then attend an honors college in pursuit of a degree in either engineering or finance.


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genocide.â&#x20AC;? By contrast, the statements that President Obama has issued each April on Armenian Remembrance Day have never included the g-word. Instead, he has used an Armenian expression â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Meds Yeghern,â&#x20AC;? meaning â&#x20AC;&#x153;the great calamity.â&#x20AC;? Fear of displeasing the Turks appears to be the only plausible motive for that rhetorical sleight-of-hand. Armenian-Americans are not the only ones who should be upset. American Jews should be up in arms, too. Not only because of the sympathy that victims of genocide instinctively feel for one another â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but also because if the White House can permit political considerations to trump recognition of the Armenian genocide, there is a danger that memorialization of the Holocaust could one

day suffer a similar fate. In any event, at least one president did keep his word: Calvin Coolidge proudly displayed the Armenian Orphan Rug in the White House for the rest of his term. After he left ofďŹ ce, Coolidge took the rug to his Massachusetts residence. It was still there in 1939, when former First Lady Grace Coolidge became a leading ďŹ gure in the struggle to rescue a different group of children from a genocidal dictator. Mrs. Coolidge lobbied in support of the Wagner-Rogers bill, which would have admitted 20,000 German Jewish children to the United States. But President Franklin Delano Roosevelt refused to support the legislation, and it was buried in committee.

Ironically, FDRâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relative and predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt, advocated declaring war on Turkey over the Armenian genocide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The failure to deal radically with the Turkish horror means that all talk of guaranteeing the future peace of the world is mischievous nonsense,â&#x20AC;? the then-ex-president asserted in 1918. Teddy Roosevelt was correct to fear that tolerating genocide would pave the way for it to happen again. Indeed, Adolf Hitler reportedly once assured his subordinates that their atrocities would not be remembered, saying, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?â&#x20AC;? The genocide rug eventually made it back to the White House and was in use during at least part of the Clinton administration. But it has not been seen in public since then. If the Obama administration and the Turkish government have their way, it seems, the imprisoned rug may never again see the light of day. In December, Americans will ďŹ&#x201A;ock to a new movie called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Monuments Men.â&#x20AC;? Directed by (and co-starring) George Clooney, it will tell the true story of a handful of U.S. military personnel who risked their lives to rescue famous paintings, monuments, and other precious European cultural artifacts from the Nazis in the waning days of World War II. It seems that it might take a new generation of Monuments Men to rescue the Armenian genocide rug and restore the treasured heirloom to its rightful place â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in a public display. Dr. Rafael Medoff is director of The David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, in Washington, D.C. His latest book is â&#x20AC;&#x153;FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith.â&#x20AC;?

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By Rafael Medoff, JNS.org Ninety-nine years after the Turkish genocide of the Armenians, one of the most poignant symbols of Armenian suffering is being held hostage â&#x20AC;&#x201D; by the White House. The prisoner is an 18-foot long rug. It was woven by 400 Armenian orphan girls living in exile in Lebanon, as a gesture of appreciation for Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assistance to survivors of the genocide. In 1925, they sent the rug to President Calvin Coolidge, who pledged that it would have â&#x20AC;&#x153;a place of honor in the White House, where it will be a daily symbol of goodwill on earth.â&#x20AC;? Unfortunately, the rug is instead becoming a symbol of the unseemly politics of genocide. An Armenian-American dentist, Hagop Martin Deranian, recently authored a book called â&#x20AC;&#x153;President Calvin Coolidge and the Armenian Orphan Rug,â&#x20AC;? and the Smithsonian Institution scheduled an event about Dr. Dernanianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book for Dec. 16. But when the Smithsonian asked the White House to loan it the rug for the event, the request was denied. Reporters who asked the State Department about it this week were referred to the White House. When they asked the White House spokesman, they were curtly told that he had nothing to say except, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not possible to loan it out at this time.â&#x20AC;? Armenian-American leaders believe the Obama administration is responding to pressure from the Turkish government, which denies that genocide took place. And Armenians have good reason to be suspicious. As a presidential candidate in 2008, then-Senator Obama declared, â&#x20AC;&#x153;America deserves a leader who speaks truthfully about the Armenian

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What BRCA mutations mean, and what can I do? By Malka Eisenberg One in every 40 Ashkenazi Jews has the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutation, as compared to one of 350 in the general population. This mutation conveys a risk of 87 percent for breast cancer by age 70. “Patients who test positive for the BRCA 1 or 2 gene are at a significant increased risk for the development of breast and/or ovarian cancer in their lifetime,” said Dr. Susan M. Palleschi, MD, FACS, a breast surgeon affiliated with North Shore University Hospital. The BRCA gene mutation also conveys up to a 64 percent risk of developing a second breast cancer, up to a 44 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer by age 70 and increased risk for other cancers in both men and women. “Mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes account for the vast majority of hereditary breast and ovarian cancers,” explained Monika Zak, MS, CGC, manager of the Genetic Counseling Service at Winthrop-University Hospital in Mineola. “Hereditary cancer occurs when an altered gene is passed down in the family from parent to child. Breast

or ovarian cancer risk isn’t just passed from the mother. A father also can pass it on to a daughter or son. People with hereditary cancers are more likely to have relatives with the same type or a related type of cancer. They may develop more than one cancer and their cancer often occurs at an earlier than average age.” Some criteria for testing for the BRCA mutation includes if the patient was diagnosed with breast cancer under age 50, developed ovarian cancer, had two breast cancers, male breast cancer, two or more relatives with breast cancer, or if there is a known BRCA mutation in the family. Relatives of carriers should be tested as well. “A BRCA gene positive patient has a very important decision to make,” said Dr. Frank Monteleone, a breast surgeon and director of the breast program at Winthrop-University Hospital.

He broke down the decision-making steps into categories: If a patient is BRCA positive but has no cancer they can opt for surveillance, prophylactic mastectomy [preventative removal of the breasts] or medical treatment; surveillance involves mammography, ultrasonography, MRI and examinations. “Every organization, including the American Cancer Society, recommends the first baseline mammogram at age 35 and then every year from age 40 on in a regular patient,” stressed Monteleone. For someone who is BRCA positive, he continued, the patient should begin self-exams at age 20 (Zak recommends beginning at age 18) with MRIs and mammograms, alternating every six months from age 25. This way the patient will have an MRI and a mammogram yearly. “Depending on the result, they may need a mammogram and sonogram at the same time,” he said. He recommended

a clinical breast exam by a doctor yearly from age 25; self-exams should be done monthly. He also stressed the need for the patient to maintain a healthy diet and physical activity. The option of medical treatment involves chemoprevention using the drugs Tamoxifen or Evista, also known as Raloxifene. Monteleone pointed out that the preventive drug therapy “works more on BRCA2” since it is estrogen and progestin positive. BRCA1 is more often “triple negative” (estrogen, progestin, HER2neu negative) and will not respond to Tamoxifen. “Oral contraceptives can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer up to 60 percent,” said Zak. Another option is prophylactic surgery. Monteleone noted that removing both ovaries and the tubes reduces the chance of breast cancer by 50 percent, to a risk of 40 percent, and prophylactic bilateral mastectomy reduces the chance of breast cancer by more than 90 percent. “The advantage is the patient has much less anxiety after the mastectomy; they no longer need mammograms or MRIs. The Continued on page 3

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What it is, who gets it, and how do you know? By Malka Eisenberg Reprinted with permission Ami Magazine We are all made of many cells that normally grow, divide and die. Cancer is cells that grow out of control and can invade other tissues and organs. When a malignant or cancerous tumor starts in the cells of the breast it is called breast cancer. It is most often found in women but men can get it, too. Most breast cancers start in the glands or ducts of the breast. Cancerous cells can spread through the lymph system, small groups of cells that fight infections that carry a clear fluid away from the breast. There are different forms of breast cancer, some that stay where it starts, some that spread to the breast, and some that spread to the rest of the body. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States aside from skin cancer and the second cause of death from cancer in women aside from lung cancer. Breast cancer death rates have been de-

creasing but one in eight women runs the risk of invasive breast cancer with one in 35 dying from it. But finding it earlier and having better treatment is helping. There are now two and a half million survivors in the U.S.

nets. For women at high risk for breast cancer, for additional testing of questions from a mammogram, to determine the size of a known cancer. Ultrasound: Uses sound waves to form an image of the body. Used in addition to mammograms for further information. Biopsy: Taking a tissue sample of the area in question, either with a fine or thicker needle for a larger sample, through a tube with vacuum, or taking the whole lump with additional surrounding tissue. There are various types, the only sure way to determine if tissue is benign or cancer. Lab tests: Testing the sample to determine the stage of the cancer or how much or if it spread and the size. Testing to see if the tumor has sites, or receptors, that attach

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States

Here are some basic recommendations for diagnosing breast cancer and definitions of what they are. Mammogram: A breast X-ray. Yearly in women from age 40. Clinical breast exam: Doctor’s exam. Once every three years in women 20 to 30, yearly after 40. Breast self-exam: Women starting at 20: know how you look and feel normally, notice any changes. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): A scan using radio waves and strong mag-

to hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone, in the blood. HER2/neu status, an aggressive indicator but can be treated effectively with a targeted drug. Genetic testing. Here are some of the options for the treatment of breast cancer: Therapy before surgery: To shrink a tumor. Surgery: Either just removing only the tumor and surrounding tissue and some lymph nodes or most of the breast tissue leaving the outer skin and some lymph nodes, or both breasts. Radiation treatment: With high-energy rays to kill cancer cells or shrink tumors Chemotherapy: Drugs given systemically (orally, IV, shot) to kill cancer cells. Hormone therapy: Drugs used to block or lower the effect of certain hormones that “feed” cancer cells. Targeted therapy: Monoclonal antibodies: Lab created proteins that specifically target proteins that increase growth of the tumor thus inhibiting the tumor growth.


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By Tzippy Ellis Reprinted with permission Ami Magazine I am a 38-year-old Orthodox woman, and a mother of seven beautiful children. Three years ago I underwent a double mastectomy, oophorectomy (ovary removal surgery) and a full hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus); I am BRCA1 positive.

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hen I was five years old my mother died of breast cancer. Due to her death, my childhood was difficult and I experienced emotional traumas. As a result, my father couldn’t take care of me anymore and I left my home when I was 12 to try to find a home to live in. I had a very unstable and traumatizing childhood, moving from family to family, trying to find a stable home. As I grew older my biggest fear was having a family and doing the same thing to them. As the saying goes, man plans and G-d laughs, so as fate would have it, at age 18, I met my wonderful, beautiful husband. After a crazy romance for two years, we finally tied the knot and started our married life together. A year later, with the birth of our first son, our family life began. My fears of dying would haunt me at times and get between us because I would talk about how I was going to end up like my mother. My husband did not like me thinking about it or talking about it, so deniability was the path chosen then. However, with each child we had, my fear grew stronger and stronger that I would do the same thing to my family. I kept thinking, how can I have all these children and then die on them? I started to speak to my doctors about this and they suggested a mammogram at the early age of 28, that, thank G-d, came back clean. I was able to relax for the time being; my time had not come yet. Around this time we started to discuss moving and relocating with our four children to Israel. The next five years of my life were filled with moving, getting accustomed to a new country, new language, and, thank G-d, two additional beautiful children. After my sixth child, the doctors strongly suggested another mammogram and genetic testing due to my family history. They were very supportive and felt very strongly about it, but at the time I was still nursing and was unable or unwilling to face anything of what might

Breast Cancer: Special Report happen to me. Before I had a chance for reality to set in, G-d blessed us with number seven; I was pregnant again so a mammogram was not an option. Being pregnant and raising a large family in a foreign country left me little time to worry. One morning, about six months into my pregnancy, I had a very strong premonition pushing me to get the genetic testing done. I called the genetic testing center, explained to them what I was looking for, and booked the first available appointment. A few weeks later a close friend, who spoke Hebrew fluently in case I required a translator, accompanied me to my appointment, so I could determine if I needed to be concerned. The first part of the appointment was a long, in-depth intake interview comprising a full family history. From that it became clear that I was a high-risk cancer candidate. Not only was my mother very young when she died (42 years old), but her sister was also very young when she too passed away from breast cancer. One hour later I was approved and cleared to take the genetic test — a simple blood test. After the blood was drawn, I was told I would be called with the results to determine if I was a carrier or not and what options I had. Now came the hard part, the waiting. Israel is very supportive of genetic testing, so the testing is completely covered if the requirements are met — that the patient is at high-risk. A high percentage of BRCA1 or BRCA2 carriers are found among the Jewish Ashkenazi population. Studies show that BRCA1 and BRCA2 have been linked to the development of hereditary ovarian and breast cancer. In addition, BRCA1 mutations may also increase a woman’s chances of developing uterine, cervical, pancreatic and/or colon cancer. Being told you are positive for the BRCA1 gene means that the chances of getting ovarian cancer is at minimum 70 percent. With a family history of breast cancer like mine, I was five times more likely to get cancer if I was BRCA1 positive. Six weeks later we got the news I guess we somehow expected to get, and this is where my story of how I chose to live begins.

When I would speak to the doctors they would tell me it is not if, but when, I would develop breast cancer, without doing any preventive surgeries. After speaking with my doctors and Orthodox medical rabbis about my options, we decided on an oophorectomy/hysterectomy and a double mastectomy/ reconstruction. We scheduled the oophorectomy/hysterectomy for a few weeks after I would deliver my seventh child and my double mastectomy/reconstruction for five months from then. This was going to be a long, hard year, but my gut told me that what I was doing would be the only way I would be around to see my grandchildren. When my doubts started to overtake me, my doctors would tell me that I was a ticking time bomb and that it was not if, but more of when I would get breast cancer. This helped me reassure myself that I was making and made the right decisions on how to proceed. tried to enjoy the last few months of what would be my last pregnancy. In June my princess was born and in August my reproductive organs were all removed by one of the top oncological/gynecological surgeons in Israel. The recovery was more emotionally trying than physically trying. Knowing I could never have children again was hard and even today can be hard when I think about it. Five months after the first surgery I was in the care of two top surgeons in their field in Israel, my breast and plastic surgeon. The care that they gave to me was impeccable and to this day I am thankful for their kindness and support. My breast surgeon held my hand when I was wheeled into surgery, promising to take care of me, reassuring me that all will be ok and telling me I was doing the right thing. Ten hours later it was all over, I had new breasts and the job was perfect. The next few months of recovery were very hard; I had to rebuild my strength, balance my hormones, and deal with the emotional effects. I healed and got better a little more each day. Every time I doubted myself, G-d would send me a sign that what I did

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was the right decision. One day I had been crying a lot, my hormones were still out of whack from the surgery and I was feeling ugly and scarred when I met a young women with very short hair. I complemented her on her “cool haircut.” She said thank you, but that it was not out of choice. She told me that she was in her early 20s and had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I told her my story and what I had gone through. She said that I am “one lucky woman” and that she wished she had had my choice. I knew that G-d had sent me a message to tell me I made the right decision and that I was indeed one lucky woman. There are many people who thought and still think I overreacted, mutilated my body and went the extreme route. They would ask me why would I voluntarily maim my body if I didn’t have any disease yet, but after I met that woman I knew the decision I made was the right one. I have never doubted myself since then and I am confident what I did was necessary and right. It is now three years since my last surgery, and I am all healed and feel great. I know that what I did was the smartest thing I could do to prevent history from repeating itself and I thank G-d every day for sending me that message to go get tested. Now that I am moving forward in life, I would like to use my experience to help educate, support and speak about what BRCA1 and BRCA2 mean to a woman’s life. I want to share my challenges, questions, outcomes and happiness to show my fellow women how you can go on living a normal, happy and exciting life even after going through major medical surgeries. I want to educate a woman that being positive does NOT mean the end. By doing these surgeries a woman like me lowers the percentage of getting cancer to what the percentages are for any woman on the street getting cancer with no family history of cancer (less than 5 percent). I hope that I can use my story to speak to people everywhere and make a difference in many people’s lives. If I can help someone make that hard decision knowing that there is a light at the end of this tunnel, it will continue to be well worth the journey. Be proactive and with G-d’s help, win instead of reactive and possibly lose everything. Tzippy.ellis@gmail.com

What BRCA mutations mean, and what can I do?… Continued on page 3 disadvantage is that 48 percent feel self-conscious and less sexually attractive. But not everybody feels that way. The options depend on the patient, their comfort. They have to make a choice on what treatment, when is a time to do it, the family’s experience with breast cancer, their history.” He recounted the story of a 46-year-old breast cancer patient whose daughter discovered second stage breast cancer at age 22 and whose sister opted for prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and salpingo-oophorectomy at age 26, freezing her eggs for later use. “It’s not an easy thing,” he said. “It’s complicated. There’s a better survival rate than before.” He pointed out that pregnancy increases the risk of breast cancer in BRCA positive patients because it raises the levels of estrogen. He recommends a bilateral mastectomy but keeping the ovaries until the patient is done having children. He noted that screening tests for breast cancer are not done during pregnancy or nursing, except for ultrasound.

However, if a suspicious nodule is found, mammography may be done even when a woman is nursing. Zak explained that “increased surveillance for ovarian cancer in mutation carriers” involves “transvaginal ultrasound and testing for CA-125 levels in the blood every six months starting at age 35 or five to 10 years earlier than the earliest age of first diagnosis of ovarian cancer in the family.” “Prophylactic surgery in mutation carriers — preventative removal of the breasts — reduces the risk of breast cancer over 90 percent,” she told The Jewish Star. “This is a very personal decision and it depends on the age of the carrier and the level of anxiety the person may be experiencing. It needs to be discussed in detail with the breast surgeon and plastic surgeon, who performs reconstruction, before the decision is reached. “Preventative removal of the ovaries and fallopian tubes (salpingo-oophorectomy) reduces the risk of ovarian cancer 96 percent and may also reduce the risk of breast cancer

up to 68 percent; this is usually indicated at 35 or when the women is finished with reproduction, whichever comes first, because screening for ovarian cancer may not detect it in the early, treatable stages.” Monteleone said that 18 to 40 percent of patients who test positive for BRCA choose prophylactic surgery. “Once they find out they have a hard decision to make.” “For any woman diagnosed with a BRCA gene mutation,” emphasized Palleschi, “strong consideration must be given to undergo prophylactic mastectomies. “Certainly, the decision to undergo prophylactic surgery is often difficult for many women. One must consider the many facets that play a part in making this decision, which include the physical, emotional and psychological impact that undergoing this surgery entails. But with the goal in mind of optimizing one’s health and well being, and reducing the risk of developing a potentially life threatening cancer and the need for aggressive therapy to treat the cancer, prophylactic mastectomy offers the best option of

‘cure’ of this disease even before it arises.” Said Zak, “If cancer occurs frequently in your family, genetic testing may be an important step for you. If a greater than average risk is found, more frequent monitoring can help detect cancer at an earlier, more treatable stage; preventive strategies can be discussed that may reduce your risk of developing cancer. “You and your healthcare provider can make more informed decisions on your treatment options. Genetic counseling is recommended.” “Every story and family is unique,” stressed Rochelle Shoretz, founder and executive director of Sharsheret, an organization founded in 2001 that supports Jewish women and their families facing breast cancer. “Start by understanding your family history. At Sharsheret we are here to tailor guidance to each individual. “Everyone is affected in some way. All knowledge begins with family history. Knowledge and understanding is key to saving lives. Data and guidance will help save lives.”

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6DWXUGD\1RY 2KHOJDOD 44th Ohel gala honors Chani and Jay Kestenbaum. NY Marriott Marquis, 1535 Broadway, Manhattan. Reception, 5 pm. Gala, 6 pm. For tickets and journal ads, call 718-972-9338.

6XQGD\'HF Âś'HODQFH\WR'RXJKQXWV¡ Walking tour of the historic downtown New York neighborhood explores four longtime Lower East Side institutions and the role they each played in shaping the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewish culture. Brzezan. $20 adults, $18 seniors and students. Pre-registration is recommended at lesjc.org/calendar.htm#120113 or by calling 212-374-4100. Tour meets at the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy Kling & Niman Family Visitor Center, 400 Grand St., at 10:45 am.

7XHVGD\'HF 7KH0DWULDUFKV Discussion of our Matriarchs continues with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rachel and Leah: Two Sisters, Two Wives, One Husband,â&#x20AC;? led by speaker Michal Horowitz. An ongoing series at the JCC of the Greater Five Towns, 207 Grove Ave., Cedarhurst. 11:30 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;12:30 pm. $15. Contact, Rachayle Deutsch at (516)569-6733 ext. 222, rachayle.deutsch@ ďŹ vetownsjcc.org.

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