Malcolm Hoenlein’s Israel update Page 3 Kosher bookworm: Rabbi Avi Shafran’s essays Page5 Who’s in the kitchen: cauliflower pizza Page 7 Juda Engelmayer offers holiday greetings Page 13
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4TH PCT SHOMRIM MEMBER RECEIVES TOP COP AWARD
Office Shevach (Shevy) Berkovits, originally of Brooklyn, was awarded a top cop honor at the Nassau County PBA gala on Tuesday. He was one of three officers who was confronted with an armed and extremely dangerous individual. This subject had committed an armed home invasion and was attempting to stab the officers with a knife. The officers reacted valiantly in stopping this life threatening attack.
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Lawrence Middle School hosted The Hebrew Academy of Long Beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
HALB, guest of LMS, returns to Long Beach By Malka Eisenberg
HAFTR’s full court advantage By Karen C. Green With Chanukah as a backdrop, the timing was extremely apropos of the event, as HAFTR was illuminated with excitement on Tuesday night for the ribbon cutting of the brand new state of the art Neil Steuer gym, dedicated by Sherry and Joel Weiner. “This represents a renaissance of the school. This is the fulfillment of a dream for over 20 years,” expressed Reuben Maron, HAFTR Executive Director, who has been involved with the school for over 40 years and whos family represents three generations of the HAFTR/HILI-Hillel legacy. “This sends a message to the community that we are a vibrant school. This project, which took place Continued on page 3
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President Dr. Adam Lish, Executive Director Reuben Marons, Building Committee co-chairman Yaron Kornblum and Joey Hoenig
After the destruction and havoc of hurricane Sandy, HALB’s first and second grades, displaced from their Long Beach home, were welcomed into Lawrence Middle School in a heart warming demonstration of community harmony. Those two grades have just returned to Long Beach on the fourth day of Chanukah, an apt time for a Chanukat Habayit, a rededication of the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach’s beach-side home. The week after the storm, Gary Schall, Lawrence Public Schools’ Superintendent, spoke with Richard Hagler, HALB’s Executive Director, reaching out to help the students and schools. “They used alternative multiple locations,” said Schall and noted that the district had been considering using portable classrooms at the number six school field. Initially, LMS set up classroom space in the gym but then various rooms were put into use for classroom space for the young guests, clad in
uniform white shirts and dark blue pants for boys and dark blue skirts for girls. Assistant superintendent offices and the occupational and physical therapy room were made into temporary classrooms. “We could allocate the space,” said Schall. “It has no impact on public school operations; it’s very workable.” The first and second graders had gym in a fully padded room on the main floor. Schall joked that this was “one thing that we get along with” with the teacher’s union. He introduced some HALB staff members, “We touch base periodically on details of the operation, parking, custodial. Having two schools at once is easier than two separate schools. The parents are happy. It’s phenomenal to get the logistics to work.” A large white banner proclaiming “Lawrence Middle School Welcomes Our Friends From The Hebrew Academy of Long Beach” hung from the stately columns at the front of the majestic colonial building on Broadway in Lawrence. Inside the stained glass internal
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HAFTR WELCOMED SIX TORAH SCROLLS HAFTR Lower School students welcomed six Torah scrolls into their home with song, dance and prayers. Rabbi Gedaliah Oppen, HAFTR High School Judaic Studies Principal, and several HAFTR High School Students brought six sifrei Torah to be temporarily housed in the Lower School Beit Midrash. Each of the scrolls was recovered from a local synagogue after Hurricane Sandy. One of the six Torah Scrolls was recovered for the second time, as it originally came from Prague and was rescued during the Holocaust. All of the scrolls will eventually be returned to the appropriate synagogues once the synagogues rebuild their facilities.
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The UN vote, cease-fire, E1 By Malka Eisenberg Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, assessed the UN vote on the Palestinian Authority, the cease-fire between Israel and Gaza, and Israel’s connection with the international community in a phone interview with The Jewish Star last week. The non-member status vote in the United Nations, said Hoenlein, “doesn’t affect Israel, the U.S. or the Palestinians. It’s a propaganda move; it changes nothing on the ground.” But, he added, “It could be a platform for further mischief.” He said that if the PA turns to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to bring charges against Israel or becomes a member in other agencies, it could “trigger a withdrawal of funding” by the U.S. as with UNESCO. “There has to be consequences to the PA; there is no disincentive not to continue.” He cited the need for “pressure” against the PA such as a bill by Senator Charles Schumer and “other measures in Congress,” including closing the PA office, and cutting off aid to the PA, if they go to the ICC. He did point out that the vote in the UN was “not a great victory for the PA,” with nine votes against, 41 abstentions and four or five absent. The PA cannot be granted status or membership in the UN without nine Security Council votes so they went to the general assembly, a violation of Oslo and other accords that they signed. He said that it was important to “praise and thank the countries that voted against and stood in stark relief” to the other members. “Nobody thinks this is a good thing,” he added. Hoenlein pointed out that he had just returned from a solidarity mission with 30 people to the south of Israel and that the cease-fire is a “relief on the part of the people. There were kids who were bar mitzvah who never slept outside of a bunker.” He said the people were frustrated that the army didn’t go in but noted that there would have been “great” casualties and that the presence of the army on the border was to exert pressure on
Hamas. He stressed that the Israeli air force destroyed most of Hamas’ government buildings and launching sites, and fifty percent of the Iranian-made Fajr missiles. He was also concerned that eliminating Hamas would just make room for another jihadist group. He emphasized the “tremendous precision and outstanding intelligence” that led to an “optimum result with minimal casualties. The objective was to get as much done and not put the IDF in harms way unnecessarily.” After the cease-fire, Egypt has to ensure that Hamas is not restocking its weapons and that after celebrating, Hamas will see the devastation from the counter strikes of the IDF, the costs of rebuilding and would “try to reign in those who shoot the rockets,” he said, hopefully. The “international community jumps on the settlements,” stated Hoenlein. “They have no clue. It’s presented as a punishment for the PA—it is not. Israel is paying the price without the result, without the change on the ground. In this case the world is wrong— they (Israel) are moving ahead on the zoning, not construction. It should have been built 18 years ago when (Yitzchak) Rabin pushed for it and even (Ehud) Olmert (supported it).” The E1 area, also known as Mevaseret Adumim, is 12 kilometers of undeveloped land between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim. In 1994, then PM Rabin attached Mevaseret Adumim to Maaleh Adumim. The PA claims that construction on this land “prevents contiguity of a PA state,” said Hoenlein, “but this is not true.” He said it is a “flashpoint” but is “a really critical area.” Israel has plans to build there for “18 years as a suburb of Jerusalem. They are going through the zoning process, permits and permission.” The goal is to build a residential community to connect Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim. He explained that, “Israel cares because Israel lives in the international community and they depend on their good will. But Israel has to make decisions based on their security interests.”
Lawrence MS hosts HALB Continued from front page doors were two security desks, one for LMS and one for HALB. Schall noted that the age gap between the two groups, HALB’s 1st and 2nd graders and LMS’s 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders, was “good.” He said that the middle school students were “on their best behavior,” seeing themselves as “role models.” The harmonious sounds of a class of young voices singing Chanukah songs filled the cavernous auditorium. “Everything is good,” said one HALB staff member. “A lot of the middle school students are saying ‘boker tov’ (good morning) and ‘shalom’ to me. The big kids are so enamored by the little guys. It’s great.” He recounted how one of the HALB students was lost in the building and a LMS student said, “I know where he goes—can I take him?” The staff member let him, watching their progress to the destination. A HALB school nurse, Wendy Weiss, worked from a table in one of the hallways, explaining that it was a “good presence in the hallway,” reporting only minor cuts and scrapes, “nothing unusual in younger kids,” she said. “The school has handled it so well, it’s organized, the children are learning even though they are not in their regular class-
rooms. They are not misbehaving, they have a routine, and have what they need. It’s very good, the kids are happy.” “It’s like going on a visit,” said Schall. “It shows that the wide (age) gap is a benefit, as long as it’s supervised.” The school offices were decorated for the December holidays. The younger uniform clad students dutifully following their teachers, the older informally clad students going about their business through the halls. “I think it’s nice that we are helping them out,” said one eighth grader. “It’s nice having them around. We say ‘hi!’” she continued, demonstrating a low hand wave. “I like it because we don’t get to see a lot of little kids, so it’s nice.” “These are life lessons taught here,” emphasized Schall. “In times of difficulty, we can adapt and be resilient, to work as close to normal as possible. It’s an education, a tremendous example that if you face a problem you can always find a solution to the problem. You may think that losing a school is a very sad thing; people deal with it. We all made new friends, and when they are ready to go back, they had a tremendous experience and we have as well.”
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Grand opening ribbons adorn the doors to the new state of the art gym at HAFTR
Full court advantage Continued from front page over four to five years was completed without a raise in tuition, without a building fund, without taking out a mortgage. This was all made possible by the generosity of parents’ donations. It is a true testament to the parent body.” Parents, students, grandparents, faculty and administration enjoyed a festive Chanukah dinner prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony. HAFTR parent, grandparent and long standing Board of Trustees/Finance Committee member Lee Wallach, was among the packed room of 650 celebrants. “I’m very happy to see the completion of this project. Although it wasn’t finished for my children or two of my grandchildren, one of my grandchildren, a HAFTR high school junior will enjoy it for one year and the rest of my grandchildren bezrat Hashem will certainly enjoy a beautiful gym for years to come.” HAFTR President Dr. Adam Lish proudly expressed how the gym reflects a growing buzz among the parent body and the community at large. “We have experienced a surge in the number of applications because of the excitement and the quality of our programs run by our team of first class educational professionals. This is the last step of a whole transformation of not just the physical plant but of the beis medrash, and the attitude and the feeling of the parent body. We are a proud centrist/modern Orthodox yeshiva. This is a testament to what a community can do when they come together. As a lay leader, our job as community leaders is to identify the
educational and administration professionals, entrust them with the running of the school and allow them to shine. Enormous credit has to be given to Reuben Marons, an extraordinary Executive Director and especially to Chairmen of the building committee Yaron Kornblum, Joey Hoenig and Neil Weiner. Not only were they the ones who sweated every detail but they were so efficient with their numbers that they were able to come in under budget and build a glass enclosed corridor connecting all of the divisions.” Joey Hoenig, co-chairman of the building committee, has been involved in HAFTR sports since 1987. “We’ve envisioned this project ever since. We look forward to our opening game on Saturday night, December 15th, when the boys JV and Varsity host North Shore Hebrew academy.” Co-chairman Yaron Kornblum, a parent for 13 years, is thrilled that the dream became a reality. “We wanted to give the HAFTR teams a home court advantage. We wanted to create a space where the whole school can meet, not just for sports but for educational gatherings. I’m very happy that this gym provides the school with a venue to do so. The state of the art technology that we brought in gives the school the competitive edge. We envision shiurim taking place here. Joey and myself were very careful to come in under budget and appreciate the trust that the parent body and school put into us. I must make mention of John Capobianco, architect, and Bobby DeRose, HAFTR’s Director of facilities and security.
HAFTR hawks have a new home court advantage thanks to the generosity of parents donations.
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Opinion The fiscal cliff and theater of the absurd
hile earning my B.A. at SUNY Albany, I learned that Theatre of the Absurd is a style of Drama, which expresses the belief that human existence is meaningless, and, therefore, all communication breaks down. Logical plot construction and argument gives way to irrational and illogical speech and actions and an ultimate conclusion, which is silence. Like Theatre of the Absurd, both side’s actions in the fiscal cliff debate defies all logic. Communication is breaking down and is primed to give way to the silence of the Republican Party and POLITICO maybe for good. Allow TO GO me to explain: A tax increase is a tax increase: I don’t know anyone who will walk into an auto dealership and proclaim, I want to buy a new car...and I demand to pay the sticker price! But that’s how the GOP began negotiations. The day after the elecJeff Dunetz tion, Speaker Boehner announced he would give in to raising taxes on the successful. He doesn’t want to raise the actual rates but wants to close loopholes (which will have the same effect). It might look prettier to some in his party, but it’s still a tax increase. A tax increase is NOT a tax increase: Last year, the President called for closing loopholes to increase revenue from the rich. At the time, he said it would raise $1.1 trillion dollars (the GOP plan claims to raise only $800 billion this way). Today, Obama is saying he will veto any bill that does not increase the actual percentage of taxes paid by the wealthy (families making more than $250,000). Rejecting the idea he put forth last year indicates that he doesn’t really care about raising revenue, he simply wishes to punish the GOP. SHHHH, It’s not just the rich: Former DNC Chair, Governor John Dean said last week that it will not be just the rich who
will be taxed, everybody needs to pay higher taxes.
work with. What is he going to do when he needs those votes to pass a bill?
A tax increase doesn’t help: Our annual deficit is over a trillion dollars. Our national public debt is over $16 trillion dollars. Both the President’s and the GOP’s versions of the tax increase will raise approximately $80 billion a year for 10 years. The CBO projects the debt will be almost $25 trillion in ten years. The total $800 billion raised will cut only 3% of the debt (and then only if it is applied to the debt).
Why Won’t Boehner Kill Obamacare? It’s nice that the GOP keeps passing bills to repeal Obamacare, but the Democrats will not pass such a bill and the President will never sign it. According to the constitution, it is the House that controls spending. If Boehner really wants to kill Obamacare, he can refuse to fund it. It’s like what the good witch says at the end of the Wizard of Oz, “You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.” Well Mr. Speaker, you have always had the power to kill Obamacare. Many of the fiscal cliff tax increases we will face in 2013 have nothing to do with the Bush tax cuts, they were passed as part of Obamacare and will hurt people of all income brackets. Those tax increases are scheduled to take place no matter what happens with the Bush tax cuts. Yet no one is talking about those taxes.
“Theatre of the Absurd is a style of Drama, which expresses the belief that human existence is meaningless, and therefore all communication breaks down.”
But he wants more spending: The Obama plan eliminates the Bush tax cuts (now a decade old) plus he wants another $800 billion for a total of a $1.6 trillion tax increase, and then he wants to spend most of it. According to Pete Sessions, with the increased spending, the deficit will cut only $400 billion from the increase in debt. “If we end up with $1.6 trillion in tax increases over 10 years, we can expect that the [10-year] deficit would go up $8.6 trillion, instead of [the] $9 trillion” expected under the current 10-year plan.” So the Obama plan doesn’t cut spending it only slows down the increase. But you said.....? Last year the President said we should not raise taxes because the economy was slow. The economy is still slow but now he has changed his mind.
The Republican Civil War: What is it with John Boehner? At a time where he will need every vote, he purges the ranks, takes away people’s committee chairmanships. It had been reported that they were purged because of their conservative philosophy, but a congressional source of mine reports they were purged because they were difficult to
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Why Won’t Boehner Cut Spending? (see above)..Well then, why won’t the GOP congressmen cut spending? Constitutionally, they can block appropriations for almost anything except for interest payments on the debt and payment/benefits to federal workers once the work has been done (but they can cut future payments causing layoffs). The Let it Burn Option? Many conservatives, including some of those in Congress, suggest they should pass the tax increase. Some even say to give Obama his entire plan. They suggest that GOP members should vote present and allow it to pass with only Democratic Party votes so their hands will be clean when the economy burns. The problem with this option is their constitutional fiduciary
responsibilities. There is a reason the House received the power of the purse. They are supposed to be the part of the national government that is closest to the people (they need to submit to their electoral will every other year). Many of those Republicans in the House were elected precisely because their districts wanted them to blunt federal spending...the “let it burn” option ignores the representatives’ obligations to their districts. Coming in January--The Debt Ceiling Debate: Here’s the “fun” part. Even if the parties agree on a tax hike, once the new Congress gets seated, the debate will turn to raising the debt ceiling. We will be going through the same thing all over again. America is about to go over a “fiscal” cliff. It will not be caused by lack of revenue, but by too much spending. Our economy is being crushed by the debt, and the new taxes scheduled to begin in January 2013, will slow down the economy and increase the debt. Theater of the Absurd shows how irrational and illogical speech and actions will lead to an ultimate conclusion---silence. The major players in this fiscal cliff argument are “playing” an absurd game. The President’s claims are irrational lies. And by acting like a politician instead of a patriot the Speaker of the House is acting irrationally; not doing the things he has the power to do like reduce spending and cutting the legs out from under his potential allies. Will we be going over the cliff? As of this writing, the two sides are no closer to a deal than they were three weeks ago, but deals like this usually happen last minute. If you turn on the news this Sunday, and don’t hear that the parties are close to a solution, I would recommend fastening your seat belts because, just like Thelma and Louise, we will be driving off the cliff. And that, more than anything, will be absurd. Jeff Dunetz is the Editor/Publisher of the political blog “The Lid” (www.jeffdunetz.com). Jeff contributes to some of the largest political sites on the internet including American Thinker, Big Government, Big Journalism, NewsReal and Pajama’s Media, and has been a guest on national radio shows including G. Gordon Liddy, Tammy Bruce and Glenn Beck. Jeff lives in Long Island.
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Shafran literary quality in review Torah community with honor. In his introduction Rabbi Shafran hints at this perspective, and eloquently notes the following: “Mundane or profound, most subjects seem to evoke as many opinions as there are minds to conceive them. “That is a wonder pithily expressed by Chazal in the Midrash with their teaching that ‘just as people’s faces differ, so do their opinions.’ And thereby we are charged with recognizing that others’ points of view are not inferior to our own, only different.” This observation is the hallmark of Rabbi Shafran’s literary legacy and the foundational basis to his success. I would like to share with you a few Chanukah observations from Rabbi Shafran, to demonstrate his keen intellectual prowess for your edification and appreciation. The first is from his essay, “The Original Spin on Chanukah.” The author first makes the following telling and justifiably sharp observation: “Chanukah has been appropriated by a host of Jewish leaders and pundits for their own, often partisan purposes….. “Chanukah, however, isn’t celebratory Silly Putty. It has a long, deep, and clear tradition in classical Jewish texts, from the Gemara through the mystical works based on the Arizal, to those of the Chassidic masters.” Delving into the historical and theological meaning of Chanukah, Rabbi Shafran
observes:“For the rededication of the Beis Hamikdosh, from which the holiday takes its name, and the military victory over the Seleucid King Antiochus that preceded it were unmistakable expressions of resistance to assimilation. “The real enemy at the time of the Maccabees was not the Greek Seleucid empire as an occupation force, but rather what Seleucid society represented: a cultural colonialism that sought to erode the beliefs and observances of the Jewish religious tradition, and to replace them with the glorification of the physical and the embrace of much that Judaism considers immoral. The Seleucids sought to acculturate the Jewish people, to force them to adopt a ‘superior,’ ‘sophisticated,’ wholly secular philosophy. And thus the Jewish victory, when it came, was a triumph over assimilation. The Maccabees succeeded, in other words, in preserving Jewish tradition, in drawing lines.” This is pretty sharp stuff from so sensitive a writer, who so accurately seeks to debunk the liberal theological and left-wing political bent that others give this sacred holiday. In another holiday themed essay, “Soulless,” Rabbi Shafran demonstrates his knowledge of Hellenic culture and the dichotomy with Jewish belief. “Hellenism, focused as it was on reason and inquiry, produced unprecedented cel-
FOR FURTHER STUDY I would like you to note a new book on Torah-oriented psychology, “The Jewish Art of Self Discovery” [Urim Publications,2013] Lakewood ordained, Rabbi Benjamin Rapaport. of Great Neck. Woodmere’s Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, rabbi of Aish Kodesh, writes,”The more I read this remarkable sefer, the more convinced I am that its time has arrived……His ability to capture the essence of avodat Hashem in such a clear and elegant way has given birth to a new masterpiece in the growing world of English Torah literature. Faith is, in fact, a skill, an art that was programmed by the Creator into each and every one of us. The difficulty lies in uncovering, in discovering that burning fire of faith simmering within.”
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ith the Chanukah still very much on our minds this week, it has been my want to check out some recent and not so recent writings concerning this loved and popular holiday. Among those most recent anthologies received lately is one containing some of the most incisive writings on Jewish related topics by one of the most astute observers of the contemporary scene, Rabbi Avi Shafran. Entitled, “It’s All in the Angle: Contemporary Issues Through A Torah Lens” [Torah Temimah Publications, 2012] this anthology is divided into five sections dealing with such diverse topics as hashkafah and mesorah, morality and humanity, science, anti-Semitism, and Yom Tov. Each section contains some twenty short essays bravely touching upon some of the most controversial issues of recent times with sober and informed observaAlan Jay Gerber tions by Rabbi Shafran reflecting his take, in a most respectful style, absent the rancor and rants of others. Rabbi Shafran has proven, as demonstrated time and time again in this volume, that showing respect for an opposing point of view in no way diminishes one’s beliefs and convictions. Further, one’s religious observances and beliefs are clearly not compromised by admitting to error or the acceptance of modern scholarship that serves the
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ebration of the physical world. Hundreds of years before the Common Era, Eratosthenes calculated the earth’s circumference to within 1%; Euclid conceived and developed geometry; Aristarchus proposed a heliocentric theory of the solar system. And the early Greeks’ investigation of the physical world included as well, and prominently, the human being – but only as a physical specimen, essentially an animal……And so it followed almost logically that the culture that was Yavan saw the Jewish focus on the Divine as an affront. “Shabbat denied the unstopping of the physical world; brit milah implied that the body is imperfect; Kiddush hachodesh imparted holiness where there is only mundane periodicity; and modesty or any sort of limit on indulgence in physical pleasure was simply unnatural.” All the above points to a special and very deeply appreciated method of writing that makes Rabbi Shafran’s writings so special, to thus recommend this work for your intellectual and spiritual edification.
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Yosef’s strategy: family, not dreams T
here are many ways to analyze Yosef’s strategy with his brothers--what was his intent, his plan, and his goal in having them go through all the “tzurres” he gave them over their younger brother and their father. The superlatives run from “cruel” to “brilliant” and from “vindictive” to “well thought out.” Ramban justifies all the suffering Yosef causes his father, saying Binyamin needed to come without Yaakov for the first dream Rabbi Avi Billet to be fulfilled. But I don’t understand the need for it at all. Yosef had two dreams--the first that “We were working in a field” when their bundles bowed to Yosef’s bundle. He did not specify how many bundles bowed. The second dream was that the sun, moon and eleven stars bowed to Yosef. As soon as his ten brothers come in, they bow. Yosef sees them and recognizes them. (42:6-7) It seems to me that the first dream has been fulfilled! There was never any indication that Binyamin’s bowing is a necessity for the fulfillment of the dream! Furthermore, if the dream was like a prophesy, why would Yosef need to do anything to align things to happen the way he saw in his dream? G-d will take care of it! If he wants to find out if his father and brother are alive--fine! Then he should ask that, reveal himself, and tell them to bring the family down because there will be a few more years of famine. But he doesn’t even do that! He accuses them of being spies! Their response is that they are the sons of one man --therefore, not spies. He repeats an accusation that “You’ve come to find where the land is exposed!” Rabbi Chaim Paltiel explains Yosef’s comment, adding, “If you were brothers you might have left someone home! Since you all came, it indicates you plan to attack us!” And their response is that, “We are 12 brothers, the youngest is with our father today, and the other one is missing.” And Yosef confirms, “This is what I was saying--you are spies!” He never asked about Binyamin--they offered the information to prove their innocence. If dream number one is fulfilled, all that’s needed is for the family to know that Yosef is alive and well, and that he is ruling in Egypt, and that he will take care of them as long as there is a famine--as long as they come down to Egypt. This takes place in 45:26-28. When they all come down, the sun, moon
and eleven stars will bow, and Yosef’s second dream will be fulfilled. Three chapters in the Torah don’t need to happen! There is a possibility that Yosef wanted to see how his brothers care for Binyamin. Does it really matter? By the time it’s all over, Yosef says to his brothers “You did not send me here. G-d did…” (45:8) This indicates that Yosef is at peace with what happened, because it was meant to happen--it was the only way his dreams could be fulfilled--and he bears no ill will to his brothers. And if they have any problems with Binyamin, who has survived until now (to allow fulfillment of his second dream), they’ll have no way to harm him because Yosef will protect him. I think that all of Yosef’s actions have nothing to do with the dreams. Sure, he remembers them, but they are from a bygone era, when he had a different life, when he was a young punk, with no experience, who had dreams of grandeur because of how he was favored by his father. But those days are long gone. Ramban points out that Yosef never wrote a letter to his father, though he surely could have, and Rav Yoel Bin Nun and Rav Yaakov Medan have debated in the pages of Megadim (periodicals of Herzog College in Israel) why Yosef chose the “non-communication” route. Yosef wanted Binyamin: innocent Binyamin, his only full brother he felt he could trust. That was his end goal. When he says in the last verse of the parsha that Binyamin would stay while the rest could “go in peace to your father,” he meant every word. How could he know what was coming next--Yehuda’s appeal (the longest in the Torah) that made the entire ordeal about Yaakov? When the brothers told Yosef, “We are twelve: one is home and one is missing” they used the word “Ei-neh-nu” to describe Yosef’s status. It could mean missing, gone, or dead (see 5:24). Yosef understood it to mean “missing,” which indicates no one cared about him in all the years he was gone. But the term, as used (see 37:30, 42:13,32,36, and then in 44:30-34) indicates a deep caring for one who is missing. What changes for Yosef is 44:28, when he hears for the first time that his father thinks he is dead. Was he vindictive? Was he justified? Everyone in the story learns a very profound lesson. The only way to treat family members is through living life with no regrets (42:2122). Only when the family unit is 100% supportive of one another, and no individual or group ever makes rash decisions or gangs up on another, does a family have a chance to survive, thrive, and move mountains. May we be blessed to have extensive, unified families who do everything to build one another up, with, most importantly, the right emotional support.
Chanukah - Celebrating Jewish Sovereignty The Rambam saw the fact that, as a result of the Maccabean revolt, Jewish sovereignty was returned to Israel for more than 200 years, as a main factor in the holiday. He must have known, of course, that some of these kings were Alexander Yannai, Herod ... certainly not paradigms of Jewish virtue, to say the least. Apparently, Jewish sovereignty in Israel, even if the government isn`t perfect, is something to celebrate. The ramifications for us today are clear….
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Low-fat, gluten free cauliflower pizza understand me when I just speak five times slower (I have friends who replay my messages on slow speed.) So I started speaking much slower. I figured if I could get my husband Jerry to understand me I could teach Siri. When we were first married, Jerry called from the supermarket and asked if I needed anything. I rattled off a list of five items. He came home with three. I asked him if they were out of the other two. He replied, â€œYou spoke so quickly, I was only able to make out three items.â€? Within a week of getting my new phone, I thought I had the hang of it, but I found myself tapping my computer screen and wondering why it wasnâ€™t responding, and when on my husbandâ€™s blackberry the other night I started talking into it to dictate a text. Jerry looked at me and said, â€œWho are you talking to and why are you speaking so slowly?â€? At that point, I thought if I could talk to a cell phone computer named Siri, tap on a screen and basically make it come to life, I might as well try cauliflower pizza. I was shocked to learn there were dozens of cauliflower crust pizza recipes. Gluten-free, it seems, has gone viral. When researching, I learned that only a small percentage, 1% of the 15% that stock up on gluten free food, actually have gluten intolerance. Over the last few years, gluten-free product sales soared to $2.64 billion. General Millsâ€™ Chex cereals are now gluten-free and many other brands have followed suit.
A gluten-free diet can have its merits, I have learned. People feel less bloated and say their digestive system works better when not eating as much gluten. I guess that is why after Pesach, all those gluten free cake mixes, pastas and snacks do not end up on sale for a tenth of their original price, as they used to years back. So I decided to try my hand at making this new pizza alternative. Why go through the hassle of making it before I even knew if I liked it? Simple--I always say, â€œwhy spend a fortune when you can make it yourself for less.â€? One year, when my daughter was 14, she handed me a motherâ€™s day gift with a handmade card that read, â€œI was going to order those fancy inscribed customized M & Mâ€™s for you, mom. Then I thought, what would my mom say? She would say,â€?Why spend $40 when you can make them yourself for $5.â€? I smiled and then broke into laughter when I opened the box. Inside were dozens of M & Mâ€™s all inscribed with â€œI love you mom,â€? â€œlove Jordanaâ€? or â€œbest mom ever.â€? Every last one printed with a sharpie marker, by Jordana. Six years later, I still have them in a bowl, sealed in plastic in my kitchen. Sometimes she does listen when I speak.
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Directions Remove stem and leaves from cauliflower. Chop florets into chunks. Place chunks into a food processor and pulse until the cauliflower looks like grain. Make sure not to over pulse, as you donâ€™t want to puree it. Cauliflower can be grated if you do not have a food processor. One head of cabbage yields about 4 cups. Preheat the oven to 450Â°, and spray 2 half sheet pans, or pizza pans generously with non stick spray, as these crusts tend to stick. Using paper towels, squeeze the excess water out of the cauliflower. Place the cauliflower in a mixing bowl and combine with eggs, mozzarella, oregano, garlic powder, and salt. Mix until well combined. Place the â€œdoughâ€? on the baking sheets or pans and press each into a 10-inch round crust. Lightly spray the crust with nonstick spray and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the crusts from the oven and turn the heat to broil. Spread the sauce on top of the crusts, leaving a 3/4 inch border around the edge. Sprinkle mozzarella and your choice of toppings. Return pizzas to the oven and broil for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Cut each pie into 6 slices and serve hot. I experimented and froze one pie once it was cooled. It heated up very well the next day.
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While in a supermarket in Brooklyn the other day, I spotted a package of â€œcauliflower pizza.â€? Not sure which was more eye catching, pizza made of cauliflower or the price, $24. Granted, there were four pieces in the package, but they were thin and about 3â€? x 5â€?; I could have eaten all four by myself. Of course, wasnâ€™t sure I would actually want to. Do not get me wrong, I love cauliflower and I love pizza, but not sure why I would want cauliflower crust pizza. I am sure it was probably less caloric than regular pizza and of course gluten free, but so is cauliflower, steamed or stir fried with some chicken or fish. Still, there must actually be a market for it, I thought; otherwise, it would not be in stores. So that night, there I was on my trusty Judy Joszef 12-year-old desktop googling cauliflower pizza crust. Yes, I know, I should enter the 21st century as my daughter Jordana always tells me, and use a laptop, but hey, I am a creature of habit. I do not like change. I am still traumatized from giving up my blackberry and switching to an iPhone. I must admit I liked the idea of speaking into the phone and having â€œSiriâ€? type out my texts. That was until I realized I had to speak ten times slower than normal so that she would understand me. Most people
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Zoe Staschnow and Toni Busso enjoy Chanukah on ice at Grant Park.
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NSHA high school fights for life By Anna Hardcastle The students of NSHAHS are always seeking new and unique ways to fight for causes, but this past week, they really outdid themselves. Several students, each with a parent or relative who has battled with some form of cancer, came together and decided to stand up to a plague that has impacted so many lives. In order to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, representatives from each grade, under the supervision of Mrs. Debra Gold, created a unique competition between the classes. The winning grade was promised a pizza party sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. On Monday, December 3, the representatives set up bins in the NSHAHS lunchroom and collected pennies from each grade. On Tuesday, all silver coins were collected. Students brought in bills and checks the next day and dollar coins on Thursday. The campaign wrapped up on Friday, when all forms of money were accepted. In addition to the donations made by students, the grade representatives sold â€œFight for Lifeâ€? bracelets in a different color for each grade. Among the vast amount of American currency that was collected, several students even donated Israeli Shekels and Canadian coins. Check amounts as large as $1,800 were also offered. Several students came into school with bags of coins, eager to get rid of their unused change in a meaningful way. Beyond their desire for a grade-wide pizza party, the students of NSHAHS united and
NSHA high school students Romi Elias, Sarah Silverstein, Talia Hakimi, Michael Golpanian, Max Goldman, and Jacob Hakimi are the grade representatives, each personally committed to the cause. contributed to an astounding atmosphere in the high school throughout the week. Sarah Silverstein, a representative for the junior class said, â€œAs amazing as it is to have collected so much money for such an important cause, the really gratifying part was watching each grade come together.â€? On Monday
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A memorable Chanuka lighting with modern day Maccabim
“Mah’ Ha’ba’ayah? Atah Lo Rotzeh’ Chag Sameach?”
“What’s the matter? You don’t want a happy Chanukah?” At which point I must have launched into a long-winded explanation of how depressing it was to be alone on Chanukah, especially since one of the major points of the Chanukah celebration is supposed to be Pirsumah’ de’Nisah’, or publicizing the miracle. At this point, this fellow, if my memory serves me, actually got annoyed with me, and said the only line from this entire experience that I remember with absolute clarity: “Az Efoh Ba’Olam Yesh Makom Yoter Tov Lachgog Et Ha’Nes Ha’Zeh, Me’asher Ha’Makom Ha’Zeh?” “So where else in the world is there a better place than here to celebrate the miracle of Chanukah?” The guys were all starting to leave the tanks and head into the dining hall for dinner, and he grabbed me and told me to follow him, and we walked down to the edge of the line of tanks, where some spent 105mm shell casings were lying on the ground, waiting to be taken out to the ammo dump. He grabbed a couple and gave me one, and started walking to the mess hall. Grabbing a shovel from the emergency fire stand, he started digging a small hole, and then threw me a shovel, and while I did the same, he shoved the empty tank shell casing into the edge of the hole, so I did the same with mine. Then he started shoveling some of the dirt into the shell casing, which was about waist- high, and by this time, I was grinning, having figured it out. When we were done, we had the largest makeshift menorah I had ever lit. We poured gun-oil on top of the dirt that was in each shell casing, and then topped it off with some very flammable benzene (gasoline). And I grabbed a lighter and was about to light when he looked at me with horror, and said: “what are you doing?” I guess, again, he saw the confusion on my face, because he said to me: “Mah’ Karah’ Lecha’? Lech Tikra’ Le’kulam!” “What’s the matter with you? Go call everyone out here!” So I went inside and made what I thought was a fairly weak announcement that we were lighting Chanukah candles outside, and that whoever was interested should come join us. I figured it would actually be nice if a few guys decided to join us, but I never expected what actually happened. The bat-
talion commander got up, looked around the dining hall, and strode outside to join us, at which point the entire base, at least a couple of hundred men, came outside to join us. And then this fellow hands me a stick with a rag, dipped in some benzene he had put together, and says “go ahead and light.” But I refused to take it, feeling this was really his show, and he should absolutely have the incredible privilege of lighting the menorah he had created. So he took the stick in his hand, and when everyone got really quiet, announced in a loud voice: “Lifnei She’nadlik, Bini Yomar Kamah Milim!” “Before we light, Binny will say a couple of words!” So what do you say, to two hundred modern day Maccabees, defending the borders of Israel, after two thousand years of exile, in a modern Jewish state? Words definitely failed me that night, and to be honest, I don’t really recall what I said, which is probably as it should be, because some experiences are not meant to be put into words. I do remember looking over at my newfound friend, whose name, to be honest, I cannot even recall, and watching with some surprise, as he took a Kippah (Jewish head covering) out of his pocket and put it on his head, just before he lit the candles. And I remember being even more surprised as he recited all the blessings of the first night’s candle lighting from memory. And then, I will never forget how someone started singing and a few of the guys started dancing, all by the light of the Chanukah ‘candle’ in a 105mm tank shell casing, in the middle of an Israeli Army tank base, near the Jordanian border. Could you ever have a more meaningful Chanukah candle lighting? And finally, when we were done, I went
over to thank this fellow, who proceeded to thank me with the following explanation: He had been one of the original tank crews on the Suez canal, on the infamous Bar Lev line, when thousands of Egyptian tanks and men crossed the canal into Israeli territory. He made it out of the first wave, and found himself, on the third day of the fighting, with one of the tank units attempting to counterattack and regain lost ground. Deep in the desert, the night turned into day as tanks all around him burst into flames; his unit, he told me, was at the mercy of the newest anti tank missiles being fired by Egyptian Commandos from amongst the dunes. The whole scene seemed to him like candles burning in the night, and, terrified that his tank was next, he found himself thinking of Chanukah and the menorah lights, which he had lit as a kid a good number of years earlier. And he made a deal with G-d, that if he made it out of that inferno, that year, he would light candles with all the blessings and all the bells and whistles. And indeed, he managed to do just that, and had not missed a night of Chanukah candles ever since. Deep down, I will always wonder whether he survived his own personal hell only in order to share with a very lonely battalion, as well as a particularly depressed platoon officer, what was absolutely the most incredible Chanukah lighting I have ever had. One thing I can say with conviction: I have never lit Chanukah candles in quite the same way ever since. Wishing you all a wonderful Chanukah full of light and joy. From Jerusalem, Binny Freedman Rav Binny Freedman, Rosh Yeshivat Orayta in Jerusalem’s Old City is a Company Commander in the IDF reserves, and lives in Efrat with his wife Doreet and their four children.
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To be honest, that year, I wasn’t particularly looking forward to Chanukah, and hadn’t really had much time to think about it. Our armored battalion had recently come down from a few months up in Lebanon and, while I was thankful we would be spending the winter in Israel and not up in the freezing cold mountains of Lebanon, we were still in the process of overhauling the tanks; not a particularly enjoyable task. FROM THE HEART We were so involved OF JERUSALEM with the various procedures, lack of sleep, and greasy filth inherently involved with getting our company’s tanks back on alert status on time, that it was only a few hours before Chanukah when I realized that, having given no thought at all to the holiday, I had no menorah and no candles or oil; not even a dreidel. Rabbi Binny A wave of depresFreedman sion swept over me, as I realized that I would be celebrating Chanukah all alone, surrounded by dirty, exhausted soldiers who didn’t place much stock in the holiday and at best could be expected to enjoy the movie night that week on the base. Worse, I found myself thinking that this year Chanukah was just going to be a big pain; we were on alert status in the Jordan valley, which was not a tense border, but as our tanks were charged with covering that area of the border, I had no hope, as the youngest officer, of getting leave just to get some Chanukah candles, so I knew I would end up having to scrounge around every day for enough candles to light each night. As the sun set, and the mountains of Jordan changed colors, my mood worsened, as I remembered what Chanukah used to feel like, how much I always looked forward to it, and how depressing it was going to be to light a simple white Shabbat candle in a corner of the dining room. It was at this point that a reserve duty soldier who was helping us overhaul the tanks that week, noticed that I obviously had something on my mind, and, to my surprise, wished me a happy Chanukah. I guess he could see the surprise on my face, because he smiled and said:
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A Happy Chanukah or a Happy Holiday? That is the question Sometimes, in today’s media world, equating Jewish rituals and extravagance can evoke stereotypes. He did it with grace. As terriﬁc of an interview that it was, and how natural he seemed to be on camera, by itself would not evoke an article from me on this, but it was his comments nearing the end of the segment that caught my attention. Varney, noticing that Jonathan was wearing his kippah and was very proud of his Jewish heritage and the history of the people who his collection of antiquities once belonged to, asked a personal question. He mentioned that he gave money to the Salvation Army bell ringers who collect donations during this time of year and when he did, the volunteers said, “Happy Holidays!” Not skipping a beat, nor waiting for Varney to ask the question, Jonathan said, “They should be wishing you a merry Christmas.” Varney looked amazed, and said, “Ah, so you would not be offended?” To which Jonathan said, “Absolutely not. That’s the most ridiculous thing on the planet.” Varney explained that he wouldn’t wish a Merry Christmas to Jonathan out of respect, but if he did by mistake, Jonathan said, “Who cares! We all believe in this Guy up there (pointing to the sky); you approach Him differently, I approach Him differently, but we all love Him (pointing and looking up).” Varney replied, “Now that’s pretty good,” and the interviewed ebbed to a commercial break. The whole notion of Happy Holidays seems to run counter to everything that our country stands for. Christmas is a Christian holiday and the faithful deserve to be able to hear and proclaim their faith as much as
Jewish revelers are proud to say Happy Chanukah. Over the years, we have become a nation focused on political correctness to the point where we believe that by erroneously wishing the wrong person a good holiday using the actual name is offensive. Even more, we try so hard not to offend those who are offended by religion entirely, and cancel Christmas or Chanukah celebrations, and we fail to consider that those actions offend those who do believe. Why is the potential offense of one, more accepted than the possible offense of another? One of Jonathan’s points on the show was that America has given Jews opportunities for prosperity that they have not had in centuries living in Europe and the Middle East prior to the 19th and 20th Centuries. For that reason alone, we should appreciate the freedom of religion that has been granted us by allowing others to appreciate their freedom of religion as well. Being fearful of that, or being ashamed of celebrating proudly, defeats what we have been given here, and gives those who want to deny our beliefs greater strength to oppose us. Jonathan’s answer to Varney was refreshing for the TV host to hear, and you saw it on his face and in his voice. But his answer must have been refreshing for Americans to hear as well, knowing that a devoted Jew not only suggested that the dilution of the Christian holiday was wrong, but called it by its name, Christmas, and declared that Varney should have been greeted with a more direct gesture. Just today I had a conversation with a friend of mine who was considering pulling his child out of the yeshiva they are in. He
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asked me, “Does Halloween exist?” I replied, “Every October 31st, and then we get the beneﬁt of discounted candies at the supermarket a day later.” He said that his kid’s school teaches them that Halloween does not exist and they should never mention it. He was outraged by that. He told me that the yeshiva should be teaching that it is not a Jewish holiday or celebration, but that there are those who do observe it. He is right; we do not live here alone. There is a world outside that our children need to be aware of and respect if we are to expect that same respect in return. When a Christian Organization such as the Salvation Army wishes someone a happy holiday rather than a merry Christmas, it is obviously trying to be all things to everyone. Yet, if you give to their bell ringers, most people know that the donation to them is a donation to a Christian cause. Non Jewish friends of mine often wish me a ‘Good Shabbos’; they do it to be kind, and not because they suddenly have an urge to keep the lights off on Saturdays. We can acknowledge their beliefs and holy days the same way. Most often when you hear someone say ‘Merry Christmas’, it is out of warm holiday spirit and not an attempt to make a non-believer a practicing Christian. You can correct them and explain that yours is Chanukah, or you can smile and just say thank you. If you’re daring, wish them the same. Mutual respect is more digniﬁed than willful ignorance. Juda Engelmayer is an executive with the NY PR agency, 5W Public Relations
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omething interesting occurred on Monday when a good friend of mine had the fortune of being interviewed on Fox News about his business. When we were younger, Jonathan Greenstein and I tore up the roads of Sullivan County and had a lot of fun, caused some trouble, and served food to the summer vacationers in the hotels and bungalow communities off Routes 42, 52 and 17. Some tales are better left to memory; others go down better after a few drinks with good friends, but no matter what happened, I always knew that with Jonathan Juda Engelmayer everything would work out. One thing was sure then and still strikes true today, and from his appearance with Stuart Varney this week, anyone who watched it saw it, too; Jonathan is likely among the most pragmatically poised people I have met, and someone who represents the very best of Jews and Judaism. The segment focused on J. Greenstein & Co.’s Judaica collections and auctions, and Jonathan brought with him a $100 thousand dollar menorah to exhibit for a national audience. Varney asked informed questions about the values, both intrinsically and ﬁnancially, and Jonathan came each time with replies that represented Jewish history and faith in a manner that evoked warmth and dignity – the way the menorahs were actually meant to be displayed and looked upon.
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Dec 13 -15 Cedarhurst Grand Menorah Lighting Community leaders and dignitaries light the largest Menorah in town. There will be music, hot latkes and gifts for children Andrew J. Parise Park Nightly at 6:00 pm; Friday at 3:00 pm 516-295-2478 or www.chabad5towns.com
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Just in time for Chanukah “From Our Hearts to Your Home”, a new and exciting cookbook comprised of personal family recipes from board members, family and friends of Shaare Zedek is the “labor of love” of The Women’s Division of Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Bassie Gold, Vice President, Cookbook Chair, spear headed this project with the help of her committee, Pammy Salamon, Norma S. Hamburger, Nicole Wu, Susan Goldsmith, Paula Lev, Debbie Katz, Rose Friedman and Hudi Askowitz. Well written, fun cookbooks are the gift du-jour and this cookbook is no exception. With Chanukah rapidly approaching, these
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