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The company developed a range of bold and striking acrylic plaques that individuals can present to their favorite Loimed at their Siyum Hashas, in true Jplak style. There are a number of beautiful designs and options available, including their Sha’ar Vilna option which brings the iconic design to life as a lasting memory of the Mesayem’s dedication to Torah learning over the past 7 ½ years. Another popular option is the line of plaques featuring photos of Rabbi Meir Shapiro Z”L, The Chofetz Chaim Z"L, or other eye-catching images related to Daf Yomi learning. Jplak is also offering the option to purchase a plaque with a personal photo of the learner or his shiur; an image which will speak more than a thousand words for years and decades to come. The list of available styles extends beyond just plaques. The company is also making available acrylic Birchas Hamazon holders and tablets, table clocks and more.
Is it just a better gift idea? In our conversations with Mr. Braun, a common theme emerged. It appears that buyers are not looking at these plaques as mere gifts but rather as a commemorative item which will serve as a testament to the sacrifice made by the Torah learner and the tremendous accomplishment of making it to the finish line. A woman who ordered a large plaque shares her feelings thusly: “My husband indeed did all the learning but the sacrifice was the entire family’s!” she continues, “I can’t even count how many nights I was overwhelmed and truly needed help, but I was proud to hold down the fort myself because I valued having a Torah’dig home. My children love to spend time with their busy father, but they knew that when it’s time for Tatty to run to his shiur, that took first priority.“It would make little sense to buy him a
The Acrylic Limerick There was a man who stayed on track And finished Shas with no setback His wife racked her brain And searched in vain ‘Till she found acrylic at Jplak Torah Admiration Eternalized With only days to go before Daf Yomi finishes Shas and kicks off a festive month of Siyumim around the world, Jplak is being inundated with online order requests from eager family members, friends, colleagues, shiur members and others who wish to get their orders ready before their big day. The team work tirelessly to provide every customer with that magnificent signature Jplak touch. As we get ready to leave the Jplak plant, a member of our group comments that it feels strange to sense such a Torah atmosphere in a busy manufacturing plant. Mr. Braun pauses a moment and responds, “Well, isn’t that what Daf Yomi is all about?” I nod. Indeed it is. Indeed.
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PA RS H A S VAY I GA S H Râ€™ Elimelech Biderman, shlitâ€?a, told a story of a man from Eretz Yisroel whom weâ€™ll call Reuven. Reuvenâ€™s first child had become engaged, but he did not have the money to cover the expenses of the chasunah. So Reuven approached his rebbe for advice, and the rebbe advised him to travel to America to collect money. However, the man had never done any fundraising before, and he did not know how to proceed. â€œRebbe, I would not know where to begin,â€? replied Reuven. â€œI have never before engaged in fundraising.â€? â€œYou must do your hishtadlus,â€? the rebbe informed him. â€œTraveling to America to raise the money is your hishtadlus. You do not need to know the exact way that Hashem will help you.â€? And so, Reuven set out for America, placing his trust in Hashem. He arrived in a frum community and went straight to a beis midrash with his luggage in hand. Right away, a man, whom weâ€™ll call Shimon, came over to greet Reuven and inquired as to the purpose of his visit to America. Reuven told Shimon that he had come to raise money to marry off his child. Shimon asked Reuven how much money he needed to raise, and Reuven told him
the amount. Shimon then asked if Reuven had a place to stay while he was in America, and Reuven told him that he had only just arrived; he did not yet have a place to stay, and neither did he know anybody. Shimon then extended an invitation to Reuven to stay with him, and Reuven was grateful to accept the generous offer. After a few days, Shimon handed Reuven an envelope. Reuven was astounded to see that the envelope contained the entire amount of money that he needed to raise! Reuven had done his hishtadlus and placed his trust in Hashem, and Hashem had helped him more speedily than he could have dreamed, and in a way he could not have imagined. Râ€™ Biderman points out that this is in fulfillment of the teachings of the Rebbe Râ€™ Pinchas of Koritz, who taught: â€œWhen a person trusts in Hashem, Hashem helps in ways never imagined.â€? A year or two passed, and Reuvenâ€™s second child became engaged. Reuven was not worried â€” he still had Shimonâ€™s address. Reuven boarded a plane to America, content in his assumption that Shimon would donate the funds that Reuven needed to marry off this child, just as Shimon had done with the previous
Reuven was astounded to see that envelope contained the entire amount of money that he needed to raise! child. Reuven indeed found Shimon, and he explained the reason for his visit. When Shimon handed Reuven eighteen dollars, a far cry from his previous donation, Reuven was shocked. Why would Shimon give only eighteen dollars, when he had previously given him tens of thousands of dollars? Shimon explained to Reuven that he was not a wealthy man, and had not been wealthy when heâ€™d paid for the chasunah for Reuvenâ€™s child. However, one of Shimonâ€™s close relatives had
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fallen gravely ill, so Shimon had made a kabbalah that he would supply all the needs of the very first needy person he’d encounter. That person had been Reuven. Since Shimon was not wealthy, he’d hosted Reuven for several days while he sold off assets to raise the entire sum. Shimon had davened that his tzedakah be a zechus for a refuah sheleimah, and baruch Hashem, Shimon’s relative completely recovered. However, Shimon explained to Reuven that he could not make such a donation again. Instead, he would donate eighteen dollars, as was his usual custom whenever a meshulach came to ask for a donation, which was already a stretch for him financially. R’ Biderman explains that the difference in Reuven’s two trips was that the first time Reuven traveled to America, he placed his trust in Hashem, whereas the second time he traveled to America, he placed his trust in Shimon. Not surprisingly, the outcomes of the two trips were quite different. It says in this week’s parsha that Yosef Hatzaddik supported his father and brothers in Mitzrayim “l’fi hataf — according to the children.” Rashi explains that Yosef supported each family based on how many children it had. The word Yosef is a known allusion to Hashem, and the word taf can mean “looking.” The Sfas Emes explains that we are sustained according to how much we look to Hashem and place our trust in Hashem, as it says in Tehillim, “The eyes of all look to You with hope, and You give them their food in its time” (Tehillim 145:15). May we all turn our eyes with hope and trust to the One Who sustains us all.
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land County jail on $5 million bail. Elected officials worldwide have been quick to step up in the wake of the attack that has shaken the Monsey community to the core. President Donald Trump described the incident as “horrific,” saying, “We must all come together to fight, confront and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism. Melania and I wish the victims a quick and full recovery.” A statement released by Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed zero tolerance against anti-Semitism and hate crimes. “In New York we will always stand up and say with one voice to anyone who wishes to divide and spread fear: You do not represent New York, and your actions will not go unpunished,” said Cuomo. Cuomo described the situation as an act of domestic terrorism, and he paid a personal visit to Rabbi Rottenberg’s house on Sunday morning. Not mincing any words, Sheriff Louis Falco criticized Cuomo as he stood next to him during a Sunday morning press conference for his recently passed criminal justice reforms that limit cash bail in certain hate crimes. In a statement released by Naftali Silberberg, secretary of Congregation Netzach Yisroel, Rabbi Rottenberg extended his gratitude, first and foremost to Hakadosh Baruch Hu for a modern-day Chanukah miracle, acknowledging that many more could have been injured in the attack. Rabbi Rottenberg also credited Chief Brad Weidel of the Ramapo Police Department and his officers, Rockland County Sheriff Louis Falco, the New York State Police, the FBI, Ramapo Town Supervisor Michael Specht, District Attorney–Elect Tom Walsh, County Legislator Aron Wieder, Senator David Carlucci, the NYPD, and members of Hatzolah and Chaverim for their assistance. Rabbi Rottenberg also noted that the community’s hearts and tefillos are with an elderly member of the shul who remains in critical condition. “I thank Hashem for the open miracles we saw last night,” said Rabbi Rottenberg. “Though we must take all the precautions that have unfortunately become basic security necessities — locking our shul and school doors and having an emergency preparedness plan — we will forge forward in faith and thanks that we continue under G-d’s ultimate protections.” Sunday morning davening at Rabbi Rottenberg’s shul featured singing and dancing during Hallel, as well as the recitation of Birkas Hagomel. And just
hours after Forshay Road was filled with police cars and ambulances racing to the scene of the violent attack, the street was jammed yet again, this time with approximately 300 celebrants who took part in a hachnasas Sefer Torah at Congregation Ohr Chaim. While the original procession was supposed to stop at the shul, located at 18 Forshay Road, the crowd danced its way north amid joyous music, stopping at Rabbi Rottenberg’s house before making its way back to Ohr Chaim, escorting the Sefer Torah to its new home at what is known locally as “Scheiner’s shul.” A message released Sunday morning by Ohr Chaim’s Rabbi Aron Lankry and Rabbi Daniel Coren invited the Forshay community to join the hachnasas Sefer Torah, using the joyous procession as an opportunity for chizuk. “There is one proven method that Chazal have taught us, and that has always been our strongest defense: unity and achdus,” said the statement. “Today we have the opportunity to gather together for a simcha, the greatest simcha, a simcha of renewal and of new beginnings, the simcha of a new Sefer Torah being brought to life.”
Putting Years of Speculation to Rest, Proposed Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge Tolls Hikes Announced After years of worrying if tolls on the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge would rise to rates similar to those at the George Washington Bridge once a state-mandated moratorium ended in 2020, the New York State Thruway Authority has unveiled a proposed schedule of relatively modest hikes that could begin to go into effect in 2021. Under the plan announced by the Thruway Authority’s board of directors on December 19, passenger rates on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge would rise incrementally over a two-year period, with E-ZPass users paying $5.25 in 2021 and $5.75 as of January 1, 2022. Those who are eligible for the Thruway’s commuter plan will receive a 40% discount on their tolls, while a new resident E-ZPass option would allow Westchester and Rockland County residents to continue paying the existing toll, $4.75, through the end of 2022. Those who pay their tolls through the mail will be paying more to cross the bridge, their tolls rising to $6.83 in 2021 and $7.48 in 2022. A $2 administrative surcharge will also be added each month on all Thruway Tolls-by-Mail statements. The Thruway Authority has held its toll rates steady since 2010. Agency executive director Matthew Driscoll proudly pointed to numerous projects funded by toll revenues that have been performed over the last decade, including replacing and rehabilitating 116 bridges, resurfacing 2,000 miles of highway, and spending more than $6.6 million on capital projects, the largest of which was the new Tappan Zee Bridge, whose twin
spans came with a $4 billion price tag. “Given that these groundbreaking projects are transforming travel on the Thruway and ushering in a new era of a modern transportation network for motorists in New York, this is the right time both operationally and financially for us to begin this process,” said Driscoll. “The feedback from motorists about a potential toll adjustment has been essential in this process. We are committed to keeping tolls affordable, while providing the Thruway the necessary revenue for our capital needs.” The Thruway Authority defended the rate hike by comparing the $5.75 Standard NY EZ-Pass rate with other local crossings including the Goethals, Verrazano, RFK, Whitestone, Throgs Neck and George Washington bridges, and the Holland and Lincoln Tunnels. The new toll at the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge came in at 53% to 58% lower, with rates at the other crossings hovering between $12.24 and $12.50. The Thruway’s proposal is subject to the State Administrative Procedure Act, the Public Authorities Law and the State Environmental Quality Review Act, with public hearings to be held on the rate hikes in 2020.
Tartikov Wins Big as Appeals Court Upholds Discrimination Ruling Against Pomona After years of legal wrangling, things are looking up for Congregation Rabbinical College of Tartkiov, with a federal appeals court upholding portions of a 2017 decision that found the Village of Pomona guilty of religious discrimination. The Journal News reported that the decision paves the way for Tartikov to file site plans and seek variances that will allow it to build a yeshivah, a dormitory and family housing on the 130-acre site located at the intersection of Routes 202 and 306. The 104-page decision handed down by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal said that two out of four new zoning amendments instituted by Pomona after learning of the yeshivah’s planned construction project were motivated by religious discrimination. In addition to opening the door for Tartikov to take the next steps toward construction, the decision also paves the way for Tartikov to seek reimbursement for the $5.2 million it has paid out in legal fees. Pomona has already spent more than $5 million in legal fees trying to derail the project, nearly double its annual 2018 budget of $2.8 million. Judge Lewis Kaplan noted in the decision that the case has been particularly difficult with the court trying to balance local land use rights with those of religious institutions, which are accorded special protections under the law. Tartikov’s attorney, Joseph Churgin, described the decision as a clear victory for Tartikov, which bought the land in Pomona in 2004.
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Recap: Blumi decides to wait for the mystery bachur, to whom she’d given the yad, to contact her about it, rather than embarrass herself by asking her brothers who he was. Binyamin is filled with anxiety over the missing envelope, since he had been trusted to hold on to it. It was Motzei Shabbos. Tzippy packed up their things while Peretz’s mother busied herself in the kitchen filling containers for them. “I don’t have you over every Shabbos,” she’d said after Havdalah, “so when you do come, I like to give you the leftover food.” Out of the corner of her eye, Tzippy saw her placing chicken, meat, soup and fish into containers. She didn’t especially like any one of these foods. She wasn’t used to the sharp taste of the Hungarian type of soup, and certainly not to the fish that was generously spiced with black and white pepper. The chicken and meat were decent, though nothing more than that. But who cared? They had enough food here for a whole week! Peretz came to help her pack up. After all, he was an expert at packing, what with all of his years away at yeshivah. “My mother just gave me 100 shekels,” he reported. “So tell her thank you when we leave, okay?” “Sure,” she replied. Interestingly, her mother had given them 200 shekels two weeks ago, and told them that they couldn’t always help out, but when they could, they were so happy to, especially because she was still in school and couldn’t look for a serious job yet.
Tzippy wasn’t going to start comparing, and they certainly had no right to complain, but when she looked at the two families and saw the differences in their means, and the standards of their daily fare, she did feel some resentment. Couldn’t Peretz’s mother spare them a bit more than 100 shekels? She hadn’t spent anything on the wedding. And they knew how to spend; that had been evident throughout the wedding preparations. What had happened? Peretz’s mother was generous only when it was on Korman’s account, but not when it came to her personal wallet? Tzippy blushed. She bent down to fiddle with the zipper on the suitcase so Peretz wouldn’t notice the flush on her cheeks. Shame, shame, shame. Her parents would be mortified if they knew the nature of her thoughts. You’d think that she had been raised in a home where there was always an abundance of what they needed. Mommy always tried, and there was good food. But when tomatoes and peppers were too expensive, they didn’t buy them, and sufficed with cucumbers or radishes or whatever was cheap. She didn’t remember that bothering her as a girl. Now, though, it suddenly did. She
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wanted more! Sometimes she felt like ambling down the grocery aisles and just buying whatever she wanted. Had the wedding preparations habituated her to a higher standard, by which she expected to live for the rest of her life? Or had she become used to receiving, and that’s why such demanding thoughts dared creep into her mind? If Mommy would know that she had called the lawyer to ask for help from Mr. Korman… She hadn’t even told Peretz. She couldn’t bring herself to do it. What had happened to her? Had she developed this tendency to beg in just three short months? Where was her self-respect? The feeling of shame quickly overpowered the resentment she’d felt just a few minutes earlier; the latter now bowed its head like an obedient child and didn’t raise it at all again when she parted from Peretz’s parents. She made sure to thank her in-laws warmly for the money they’d given them. After all, she could take that 100-shekel bill to the grocery and choose plenty of fruits and vegetables and a few other items that she would normally never allow herself to even look at. How much did yellow cheese cost? She could prepare little pizza wheels for Peretz for supper, the ones that Avigail Auerbach — what was her name now? — had been telling her about when they’d met last week at the grocery. It had been a strange encounter, indeed. It was almost her turn to pay, and she had put down bread, milk, four lebens, three onions, six potatoes and a package of wafers at the register. Avigail, right behind her, had been pushing a cart piled to the top, and Tzippy had been embarrassed to even look at it. But a quick glance let her know that there was a box of cereal, a package of chocolate puddings, a bottle of chocolate milk and a triple pack of frozen pizza in there, among other things. And Avigail had envied her! “These pizzas are really great,” she’d said, “but I always add yellow cheese to them. When I have time to prepare little pizza wheels myself, from flaky dough, it’s even better, though flaky dough probably isn’t the best choice either.... A different dough would probably be best, but I don’t have a mixer, and I have no patience to start kneading dough by hand. You probably have a great mixer.” “Right,” Tzippy affirmed. A mixer that swung up with a whoosh on its special shelf and didn’t even have to be plugged in because it remained permanently plugged into the outlet designated for it in the cabinet. “My mother-in-law bought me a Magimix food processor for the engagement instead of a flower arrangement, which is such a waste. That’s also very useful, but I’d prefer a mixer…” Avigail had sighed. “I would try and save up for something good, but with our mortgage, it’s not possible right now. I thought of buying some tickets in a Chinese
auction; who knows? Maybe I’ll win a mixer there, and even if I don’t win, the money will be from ma’aser, which we give anyway.” Then Tzippy asked if she worked; Avigail answered that she did, in the afternoons, as a substitute for a secretary in a cheder. With a shy smile, Tzippy had asked if they needed a graphic designer, and Avigail had responded that if she’d hear about something, she’d try to recommend her. They’d chatted for a bit longer about model lessons that were coming up, and then they’d parted. Tzippy felt a sour taste in her mouth. She envied Avigail for her job and for the kollel her husband was in, which paid every month, on time. She, Tzippy, was left without work, and Peretz’s kollel had not paid them even once yet, even though he’d been there for almost two months so far. And Avigail envied her. For her apartment, its size, furniture and location. And Miri was also jealous. B’ezras Hashem, they would manage. They had money from wedding gifts, which was what they were living off for now. Hopefully she would find work, and Peretz’s kollel would eventually pay. But in the meantime… Maybe she should put fifty shekels of this money from her in-laws aside, and start saving a bit? Tzippy stared out of the bus window. It was hard to believe how heavy life could feel, and she’d only just started out.
Not that she was pinning lots of hopes on it. If the U’shemartem Chinese auction organizers hadn’t called last night, then she probably hadn’t won anything — not a mixer, not kitchen cabinets, and not the electric screwdriver for her husband. But maybe they had tried her late, after they’d already turned off the phone for the night? She tossed the spoon she’d used to stir the rice into the sink, wiped her hands, and studied the kitchen. Yes, it looked neat and clean. It wasn’t easy to be a homemaker when you were busy in school, taking tests, preparing model lessons, and working, but she tried very hard not to neglect any of her
to include a furnished penthouse apartment as one of its prizes, then it surely had enough money for repeated advertisements. She scanned the ads quickly, seeking out prize number sixtyone. A mixer. Ugh. But it was to be expected. In fact, had she seen the name “Avigail Lev, Bnei Brak” on the page, she probably would have been stunned. She didn’t know anyone who had ever won a prize in one of these huge Chinese auctions. Actually, their neighbors had once won an expensive doll carriage, but that was a much smaller campaign than this. It had been a high school auction, or something like that. Avigail wondered if she knew any of the winners this time. She went back to the beginning of the spread — and suddenly stopped, gaping at the blue letters announcing the winner of the grand prize. And after two whole minutes of her sitting in this exact position, her husband came home and found her there — along with the odor of burned rice. “Hello, Avigail!” he called out, as he put his hat down on the plastic chair near the kitchen door. “Hello!” he repeated. “I don’t believe it…” was her response. “What, that it’s lunchtime already?” he joked, and turned toward the oven to figure out where the scorched smell was coming from. “I don’t believe this.” Avigail was still staring, dumbfounded, at the paper. “You don’t believe what it says? I’m happy to check whether I see the same thing!” He turned the gas off under the rice and came over to the table. “Here, I’ll read it: Furnished penthouse apartment, eight rooms: Eliyahu and Elisheva Potolsky, Bnei Brak.”
She wanted more! Sometimes she felt like ambling down the grocery aisles and just buying whatever she wanted.
***** Avigail Lev, nee Auerbach, returned from seminary to her cozy little apartment and her kitchenware. The morning’s paper was resting on a chair, but she didn’t touch it. First she had to set the table and warm up the food. When all that would be ready, she would finally be able to look at the page that interested her so much.
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obligations. Her husband would be home soon, and he’d find a clean kitchen smelling of good food for lunch. Avigail sat down at the table and opened the newspaper, leafing through the pages. So, had she won a mixer or not? How did everyone say it? “I’m not the winning type.” But someone had to win that mixer and the set of pots that came along with it. So maybe it was her? Where was that page? U’shemartem was supposed to publish the names of the winners today, weren’t they? Yes. Here it was, on the last two pages: a huge spread with the familiar logo, and photos of all the prizes that had been advertised so heavily over the past few weeks. The American organization had distributed an unbelievable amount of picket signs, newspaper ads, booklets and other publicity materials to get people to buy tickets for this Chinese auction. If U’shemartem had enough money
To be continued...
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gious discrimination. This is because many universities are part of religious organizations that inherently discriminate against other religions. The executive order issued by President Trump seeks to accomplish two things. One, it aims to codify existing Obama-era guidance in the form of an executive action that classifies particular anti-Jewish rhetoric as racial discrimination instead of religious discrimination, thereby affording Title VI protections to Jewish students. Two, it instructs government agencies to consider the International Holocaust Remembrance Agencyâ€™s (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism when deciding if a Title VI violation took place. The IHRA definition is broad and considers some criticisms of Israel as anti-Semitic. Both points are controversial. In the week following the signing of the ex-
ecutive order, a discrimination claim was filed against Columbia University for tolerating a hostile anti-Israel environment. The actions of the Trump administration regarding Title VI stand in contrast to the administration’s approach regarding policing online hate speech. In the wake of the New Zealand Mosque attack earlier this year, the Trump administration publicly opposed the proposal drafted by the governments of France and New Zealand and multiple tech companies. The plan was meant as a commitment to work to remove hate from the internet. The Trump administration refused to join the initiative based on free speech concerns. Yet concerning Title VI, the administration prioritized the fears of racial hatred over the misgivings of limiting free speech. THE IMPACT: The impact of the executive action is
yet to be seen. It will largely depend on how it is acted upon and enforced. Many secular Jewish commentators expressed concerns about its designation of Jews as a race. However, a careful reading of the executive order summary appears to indicate that those concerns are misplaced. Free speech advocates are concerned that the guidance on the IHRA definition will be problematic, but in reality, it is only guidance and is not binding. The executive action will likely have a positive impact on Jewish campus groups and students as it will serve to protect them from hostile proPalestinian and pro-BDS advocates. It may also help in getting university administrators to take the discrimination concerns of Jewish students more seriously.
Murkowski Expresses Discomfort With McConnell’s Approach to Impeachment Trial THE PULSE: Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) expressed her concern with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) approach to the impeachment trial. She said that she found it troubling that McConnell would commit to “total coordination” with the White House on impeachment, and that de-
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Trump Reveals Identity of Whistleblower THE PULSE: In successive acts of apparent frustration, President Trump put out links to the name of the alleged whistleblower and resent a message where the alleged whistleblower is named. He then apparently deleted the message that he sent. THE IMPACT: It is questionable whether it is legal for the president to expose the name of a whistleblower. Mainstream media outlets have not published the name out of concern for the whistleblower and for the protection of his identity. There exists strong bipartisan support for the protection of the whistleblower’s identity. Many are concerned that if he is outed and harassed, it will dissuade individuals from coming forward and reporting wrongdoings in this or any future administration. Even if it is legal to out the name of the whistleblower, it does not mean that it is prudent to do so. Furthermore, threats or acts of retaliation against a whistleblower are illegal, and he is afforded protection under whistleblower protection statutes.
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Prepare a homey welcome from the frigid outdoors with a pot of simmering soup. A steaming, nutritious bowlful prepared with love will warm your family from within.
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Turkey Onion Soup Rich turkey flavor adds depth to this family favorite. If you prefer more meat, replace the bones with turkey thighs or drumsticks.
INGREDIENTS 2½ lb. dark turkey bones 8 large onions 1 parsley root 1 small knob celery ¼ cup brown sugar 3 T. salt ½ tsp. dried basil 3 T. oil ⅓ cup flour
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INGREDIENTS 2 loose carrots
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DIRECTIONS 1. Finely shred first three ingredients. Place in an 8-quart pot with oil, whole onion and garlic. Saute. 2. Cut turnips into ½-inch cubes and add to pot. Saute for approximately 15 minutes. 3. Add boiling water and salt to pot. Simmer on low flame for 45 minutes.
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It’s peaceful out there. A blanket of fresh snow covers lawns and driveways across town. The trees are dressed in shimmering white, their branches swaying softly, shaking powder-like flakes to the ground. There’s something about snowfall that brings smiles to people’s faces. Perhaps it is the purity, cleanliness and calm that the untainted whiteness exudes. It might also be a response to subconscious childish memories of happy snow days. In Monsey, we are typically treated to such glistening glamour a number of times each winter. And until the edges of the streets and sidewalks turn a slushy gray-black, we get to delight in a marvelous winter wonderland.
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GETTING AROUND, WINTER STYLE Inside it is warm and cozy. Venturing out on the streets and maintaining “business as usual” poses a greater challenge, though. “I was shocked,” Chava says, laughing as she recalls the unexpected sight. “A big snow plow truck was beeping at the end of my driveway, waiting for me to get in!” Not long before, Mrs. Hammer, an acquaintance, had called to say she would come pick up Chava so she could help her with a project. But with the snow piling up thick, Chava didn’t take her seriously. “Yet there was my white-gloved chauffeur!” Chava continues. “With no cars on the street, Mrs. Hammer asked the snow plow driver for a favor.” Soon, Chava was sitting high up on the truck beside Mrs. Hammer for a memorable ride down Route 59. Talk about determination… There is good reason for empty roads when snow is around, though. “I think it was the storm of 2010, and the snow was coming down thick,” Chaya Suri says. “As we were driving, I noticed that we practically had the streets to ourselves. It seemed everyone else realized that driving in this weather wasn’t a very good idea… But my husband was sure he could manage. “We were on our way up Blauvelt Road when we realized it was a bad idea. We’d almost made it to the top, but as we got to the last hump, the car began losing traction. “Suddenly, we were rolling backwards — down the hill. We couldn’t get the car to stop! It was so frightening!” Chaya Suri jumped out, and miraculously, they got the car to come to a stop in someone’s driveway. Eventually the stranded couple was able to hitch a ride home with a driver of a four-wheel-drive vehicle, but the experience sure taught them a thing or two about outsmarting the roads. NO SCHOOL? Most days, a snowstorm in the forecast is bound to have schoolkids grinning, but the Purim storm of 2017 may have been an exception. Coming on the heels of a
cold, snowy winter, it was barely cause for celebration. As the snow came down heavy on Purim day, there was spirit on the streets, albeit on a smaller scale than usual. With the roads still difficult to navigate, East Ramapo School District kept the schools closed for two consecutive days afterward. “My kids got an extended Purim vacation,” one mother recalls. “They were home from Thursday to Thursday!” The storm was possibly the biggest one since the Blizzard of ‘96, plunking approximately two feet of snow on our town. BLIZZARD OF ‘96 Old-time Monsey residents simply cannot forget that storm. “We put the shovel in the snow,” Sarah shares, “and when we took it out, we had a ready igloo!” The snow was that high. Another woman recalls being locked inside their home with snow piles leaning against the door, making it impossible to open. The storm put a halt to normal life. Paralyzing the East Coast with as high as four feet of snow in some parts, the blizzard caused millions of dollars in damages. It isn’t the amount of snow that categorizes snowfall as a blizzard; it is the strong winds that accompany the snow that do so, blowing white all around and causing low visibility. Thus, though we’ve had storms that dumped greater amounts of snow
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since then, with the swirling winds and snow drifts that nearly made it impossible to measure the snowfall’s depth, the Blizzard of ‘96 still stands out as an iconic memory. SAVED BY THE SNOW It was Chanukah 1996, shortly before the great blizzard, and there was snow on the ground. “The menorah was lit on a kitchen chair,” Genendel recalls. “We were all sitting around when, suddenly, the vinyl backing of the chair caught fire. “Everyone panicked. But with quick thinking, my father grabbed the chair, holding it by its legs and ran through the hallway, down the stairs and out to the snow-covered grass in front of our house. He flung the chair onto the snow, and we watched as the fire crackled to a stop.” “I was also saved by the snow,” Shani chimes in with a chuckle. “I was too lazy to study for our Chumash midterm — and was delighted to wake up to a white world and no school!” IS THE SIMCHA ON? “There were rows and rows of boots lining the hallway leading to the dance hall,” Mrs. Fried reminisces. She got to Viznitz chasunah hall after a treacherous drive, thinking it was worth the extra ef-
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fort in light of heavy snowfall. “I imagined the hall would be empty. It looked like many others thought the same, though…” Leah remembers her father bravely transforming his big, clunky 15-seater into a “minibus,” picking up her friends so they could take part in their classmate’s chasunah during the storm of 2003. After all, “someone” had to be there to dance! They all got there in one piece, thanks to a brave father and determined classmates. Making it abroad to family occasions could be challenged by the snow, too.
The storm put a halt to normal life. Paralyzing the East Coast with as high as four feet of snow in some parts, the blizzard caused millions of dollars in damages. Back in 1996, as the unforgettable blizzard that paralyzed Monsey and its environs with a waist-deep dumping of white softness was being forecasted, Mr. Feldman had plans to get to a simcha in Eretz Yisroel. Hearing the predictions, he decided to travel on Sunday, one day earlier than planned, to make it out before the airports closed. He boarded the plane and sat, seatbelted, as the plane taxied on the runway. But then, there was an announcement. They were returning to the gate. The runway had been closed just before their turn to take off! The airline bussed the passengers to an airport hotel and promised that their flight would be the first to take off once conditions improved. “For two days, my husband was stuck in the hotel, unable to travel to Eretz Yisroel and unable
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SNOW FACTS Rockland County sees an average of 29 inches of snow per year, one inch more than the national U.S. average. February is the month of highest snowfall. February 2010 saw 36.9 inches of snow in total, making it the month with the most snow. Perhaps there is typically less snow in January, yet it holds the record for coldest month in New York. Snow season in Spring Valley officially lasts from November 9 through April 11. Parking in Ramapo is not permitted between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m. from November 1 through April 1 to assist with ice and snow removal operations. Some major snowstorms of recent years: • 27.5” – January 23–24, 2016 • 20.9” – February 25–26, 2010 • 20.2” – January 7–8, 1996 • 20.0” – December 26–27, 2010 • 19.8” – February 16–17, 2003 • 19.0” – January 26–27, 2011
to come home!” Mrs. Feldman relates. Their El Al flight was indeed the first to take off once the airport opened its doors again. INTERESTING ACTIVITIES Ah! The warmth of hot cocoa slipping down our throats as we sat, pink-nosed, cherry-cheeked, our hands wrapped around the hot mug. Wet shawls, gloves and boots scattered at the front door were evidence of the great time we had playing in the white drifts — after we finished shoveling a path on the driveway, of course. Other than classic snowmen and snowball fights, we turned creative with our snow play. We had fun lying on our backs in the snow, waving our arms and legs back and forth to create a butterfly-like imprint in the snow. Esther reminisces over the red-colored water her mother put inside a soap squirt bottle. “We wrote ‘We miss you!’ in large letters across a tall pile of snow, and then posed near our message. Then we sent a copy of the picture to an elderly aunt who lived across the country.” FUNNY FORECASTS While it may be that meteorologists sometimes take a shot in the dark or resort to guesswork, their predictions usually do have basis. Hashem simply shows us Who is in fact in charge, changing the course of the skies even after the meteorologists get the whole area keyed up. Henny recalls driving to the city and passing a parking lot filled with Department of Sanitation snow plows and salt trucks, all revved up for a storm. East Ramapo had even cancelled school for the following day. But morning
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Winter has long been touted as a villain in the fight against sniffles and sneezes. It seems that every time we turn around, another ailment is making the rounds. The indoor seclusion that naturally results as man seeks to escape cold has had many fingers pointed at it, the rationale being that germs become contained within an enclosed space, unable to freely disperse. That, coupled with our being in close proximity to other warmth-seekers, seems to create the perfect method for transmission of communicable illnesses. But is there another factor at play? In the last decade, multiple studies have begun to indicate another culprit that’s been flying under our radars: indoor heating. Let’s be clear: Heating itself is not the cause for concern; humans do require protection from the cold. It’s the impact of heating on air quality that we worry about. Poor air quality is listed as one of the top environmental health threats, and while that usually conjures images of haze-filled, polluted skies, cleanliness is only one of the aspects that contributes to air quality. Properly maintained levels of humidity, which is water vapor in the air, is now making itself known as a vital aspect of illness prevention. One study conducted by the CDC in 2013 examined the ability of flu particles to survive in environments of varying humidity. Mannequins were placed in a room with low humidity of 23%, and they were programmed to “cough,” releasing flu virus particles into the air. An hour after the simulated cough, more than 70% of the particles were still capable of causing infection in a human being. When the humidity levels were raised to a healthy 43%, however, only 14% of the virus particles were active enough to cause infection one hour later. Most of the particles became inactive within 15 minutes of the “cough.” As researcher John Noti put it, “The virus just falls apart.” In a more recent study conducted
in April 2019, researchers at Yale asked a different question: What happens to the host (in this case, mice) when there are variants in humidity levels during exposure to the Influenza A virus? The mice the researchers infected with the virus had been genetically modified to resist viral infections in the same manner as humans. They were placed in chambers that were set at the same temperature, but had different levels of humidity. Specimens kept at humidity levels of 10% to 20% developed a significantly worse viral load than their counterparts housed in 50% humidity. Upon examination, it was discovered that the immune response of the mice from the low humidity chambers had been compromised in several ways: The defense mechanism of the lungs (mucociliary clearance) had been impaired; the process of tissue repair had been hindered; and the induction of interferon (signaling proteins that activate nearby cells to up their defenses) had been blocked. What does this mean for us twoleggers? As Akiko Iwasaki, head of the Yale research team, said, "It's well known that where humidity drops, a spike in flu incidence and mortality occurs. If our findings in mice hold up in humans, our study provides a possible mechanism underlying this seasonal nature of flu disease." But even if the spread of flu can be hampered with humidity, there are a host of other issues caused by low air vapor, ranging from drastically exacerbated skin issues such as eczema or steroid-damage, to disrupted balance of natural moisture in the nose and eyes — both of which are vital for antimicrobial defense, as well as simple comfort. Annoying static electricity can also be lessened by upping the humidity. The good news is that adding moisture to dried-out air is often as simple as plugging in a cord and poking a button. To that end, let’s demystify the mist-makers.
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LET THE HUMIDIFIER HUNT BEGIN! Small-Space Humidifiers
For small spaces and tight budgets, there are very affordable humidifiers that can be found at any local pharmacy or in stores like Walmart or Target. These typically run in the $15 range, and insurance will often cover the cost if your doctor sends in a prescription. Asthmatics, those with skin issues and those who are suffering from a cough or nasal congestion can easily be prescribed a humidifier. These budget versions come in both hot (vaporizers) and cold (cool mist) versions. Vaporizers emit hot steam, which can be a hazard for young children. Cool mist versions are safer in regard to burns. They do, however, require more frequent cleaning to prevent dangerous bacteria buildup. The downside of both of these versions is that they only provide humidity for a few short hours, which means that by Shabbos morning, the steam will be drying out the air once again...
With a bit of an investment, you can find humidifiers that have longer run times. For several years I used the Honeywell HCM350 Germ-Free humidifier in each room of the house. A major benefit of this machine is that you don’t have to frequently scrub down the insides as it has a filter that prevents bacteria from entering the air. It can run for quite a few hours before needing a refill, depending on how high the heat is and how high the machine is set to run. The main drawback is that the filter needs to be replaced often. This machine runs at about $60.
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Though it’s sometimes necessary for a humidifier to accompany a child to school, it’s not fair to burden a teacher with a difficult-to-use humidifier. For my daughter with skin issues, I purchased this easy-to-use TaoTronics humidifier that has three simple steps: fill up, plug in, turn on. It costs about $50 and has a run time of up to 60 hours, though I doubt it actually lasts that long with standard use. I have my older daughter bring it home every week or so for me to sanitize.
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After several years of filling up five Honeywell humidifiers every night, I was getting burnt out from shlepping awkwardly-shaped jugs of water up and down stairs. With our move into a new house I said, “Enough! There must be a better way.” Instead of purchasing more Honeywells, I instead looked into large space humidifiers. And I love what I found! My newfound humidity-making friend is the AirCare 831000 Space Saver Whole House Evaporative Humidifier, which claims to be able to moisten the air for up to 2,700 square feet. I can’t vouch for the full footage, but for about 1,600 square feet it works rather well. At only slightly more than $100, it’s a real bargain! I park it in the hallway outside the room of my daughter with skin issues so that she gets the most humidity. Rooms farther away seem to be less moist, but still adequately humid. Bear in mind that closing doors will prevent humidity from entering a room. I fill it up with about 4 gallons of water every night and run it on the second fan setting all day when the steam is on. I keep it set at above 50% humidity, though when the steam is working hard, it never reaches that point.
The downside of this humidifier is that if you have hard water, mineral build-up happens very quickly, necessitating a wick change every couple weeks at a cost of about $17 each. Using bottled water can extend the life of the wick, as can a water-softener system.
Heating and Humidity
Take care to read the manufacturer’s instructions for care. Wet environments are the perfect breeding ground for dangerous bacteria. Some require daily cleaning, some weekly. Some have filters that need to be replaced frequently, and some suggest using vinegar to prevent mold growth.
Each type of heating system affects the humidity levels — and thereby the comfort — in a home somewhat differently. Forced air has a really bad rap for drying out the air, while radiator and baseboard heating are slightly better. The winner when it comes to comfort? Radiant heating, in which the heating system is built under the floor and doesn’t affect the actual air. Even with radiant heating, though, a humidifier is often still necessary.
Bottom line? Know your product!
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On-the-Go Humidifiers So let’s say you’ve humidified your home… What about the car? What about when traveling by plane? Planes are notorious for abnormally dry air. How about simply sitting at a desk in a heated office? There are some great options for humidifying the air even when not at home. I have a small but mighty humidifier for the car that makes such a difference!
USB-ENABLED HUMIDIFIERS These humidifiers are perfect for car or plane travel. Most newer cars feature USB outlets where you can plug these in, and of course, if you are traveling with a device that has a USB port, you can just plug one of these in as well. These run in the $15 to $20 range. There are also slightly larger ones for desktop use.
WATER BOTTLE HUMIDIFIERS These are great for when sleeping away from home. They require an outlet and a water bottle, and are compact for easy packing. The specific one pictured runs at around $40 on Amazon, but there are cheaper ones as well. These models are not intended to be used in large spaces.
Humidify Without Humidifiers I sincerely hope that every family and school will invest in humidifiers for the health and comfort of the people therein, but in the interim, here are some other ways to add at least a little humidity to the air: • Hang up lots of wet clothing in a room, preferably near the heating source • Spray a lot of water into the air using a spray bottle on “mist” setting • Take a hot shower and leave the door open and fan off (doing this too frequently, though, can increase the risk of mold) • Put up a pot of water to boil • Put bowls of water underneath radiators • Set up a slow cooker with water and leave it running • Wet a towel, drape over a fan, and turn the fan on Please note: While these methods will help alleviate the dryness somewhat, none of them will drastically raise humidity levels.
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Whole-House In-Duct Humidifiers
What could be better than having your whole home humidified at once, the moisture being supplied straight through your HVAC system? It does sound great, doesn’t it? The problem with these systems is that it is very easy to damage a house with an in-duct humidifier. If not correctly installed or monitored, or if there are any cracks in the HVAC system, moisture can find its way into nooks and crannies and breed mold. That’s never a good thing! In-duct systems are a risk that I personally would not take.
How Humidity Affects Your Floors and Furniture
Ideal Humidity Levels
Wood is greatly affected by humidity, or the lack of it. If the humidity level dips below 35%, you might notice that wood begins to gap or split. This is caused by the wood shrinking in response to the loss of water, and it can even compromise the finish. It’s particularly important to keep the humidity above 35% because once wood splits, the damage is permanent.
Ideal humidity levels for both health and home fall between 35% to 60%, though around 50% is best. When humidity is too low, it can cause health issues for people, as well as damage to furniture and floors. Too high levels of humidity, though, can lead to mold, mildew and bacterial overgrowth. Signs of abnormally high humidity levels can be condensation on windows, peeling paint, buckling floors, a musty odor, and of course, the growth of mold. A hygrometer is a tool used for measuring humidity levels. You can purchase one for around $10.
On the other hand, high humidity levels can cause wood to buckle and swell. If the humidity is very high, it can trap moisture in wood, causing potential mold problems. Musical instruments also need well-maintained humidity levels or they, too, can become damaged.
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For Monsey kids, who are lucky enough to live in suburbia with its gentle rolling hills, white winter days mean the building of snowpeople and igloos, clearing paths with junior shovels, and good old-fashioned downhill sledding. When school’s out and there’s a solid show of white on the ground, out come the garbage bags, the garbage can lids (if anyone still has those), and the proper sleds (always the safest choice) and off they are in search of an incline to slide down. While some parks in our town seem to have the perfect sledding hills, be advised that the Town of Ramapo parks are closed in the winter and reopen for April; sledding on their premises is not allowed. So if you don’t live on or right near a hill, or there’s simply no snow on the ground, enjoy winter sledding the real way by visiting a mountain for a thrilling snow tubing experience. When there are harsh weather conditions, call in to confirm that they’re open.
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Ten tubing runs for riders 42 inches and up. Advance registration is recommended since they only sell 180 tickets per session.
$24–$28 per two-hour session
51 Old Mount Peter Road, Warwick, NY 10990
Mount Peter is the oldest operating ski area in New York, which was actually founded in 1936 by Macy’s to showcase their winter fashions. Mount Peter accommodates little kids from 36 inches, with their separate Little Tikes Tubing Play Area and tandem tubing for tubers from 36 to 48 inches. Reservations are recommended; sessions are two hours long.
Sunday: 8:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.; Monday to Thursday: 2:00–8:00 p.m.
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Mountain with 30 tubing lanes for tubers from 42 inches and at least 5 years old. Reservations can be made online or by phone.
$24–$30; Little Tikes: $17–$22
$30 per two-hour session
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Friday to Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; Wednesday to Friday: 4:00–8:00 p.m.
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401 Hollow Road, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Six tubing runs with conveyor lifts. Tandem tubes also available for parents to take kids under 46 inches. Tickets are sold only on site on first-come, first-served basis, and sometimes do sell out.
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301 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA 18372
The country’s biggest snow tubing park has 42 lanes, two magic carpet lifts, and both single and double tubes. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, and it is recommended to come at least one hour early. Tubers must be at least 44 inches tall, and those accompanying an adult, at least 33 inches. Call the snow tubing hotline for updates: 570-629-1664, ext. 7.
1 hour 30 minutes
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Modest family-friendly ski resort with a magic carpet lift for easy on and off. Children must be 44 inches tall. Call in to reserve, because limited slots are sold for each session. This is a great spot if you’re up in the mountains for a weekend.
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The largest snow tubing park in New York State has more than 20 lanes that are close to 1,000 feet long, with a lift to get you back up easily. There’s also a mini tubing park, so anyone over the height of 33 inches can have their share of snow fun. Also available in limited quantity on a first-come, first-served basis are double tubes that can accommodate one adult and one child between 33 and 41 inches tall.
1 hour 40 minutes
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Anyone tall enough to get in and out of the tubes can enjoy this 650-foot slope with six lanes and a conveyor lift to make the ride up easy and fun. Tickets are sold on site on a first-come, firstserved basis.
1 hour 50 minutes
The fun never stops at this spot, with 34 1,000-foot-long lanes and three lifts with which to go back up. The young ones can join the fun, as long as they’re over 36 inches tall. Advance reservations are recommended.
$20 per two-hour session; $25 per four-hour session
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SAFE SLEDDING Are you lucky enough to live on or near a hill? Keep in mind these safety tips. • Choose a sled that is able to be steered. Snow tubes spin widely and are responsible for many traumatic brain (and other) injuries, and snow saucers aren’t much better. They are both best avoided. • Choose only a location that is not near water, roadways, trees or other obstacles. Also avoid overcrowded sledding spots. • Do not sled during a storm or in icy conditions. • Wearing a helmet is recommended. • Children should be trained to never stick their hands out of or under the sled. • Overly steep hills should be avoided. • Children should be closely supervised. Make sure there are no aggressive sledders going down along with them or right behind them. • Warm clothing is a must. Water-resistant snow bibs, coats and gloves make for warm winter fun! • Call ahead to make sure the facilities are prepared for sledding.
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Ice Fishing Ice fishing is a popular pastime in places where winter comes harsh and heavy. Once a river is frozen at least 4 inches thick, ice fishers drill holes and cast their rods. Those who ice fish frequently often invest in ice huts, where they are protected from winds. It’s even possible to build a fire inside the hut to make the experience a drop warmer...
Snowshoeing Walking on deep snow doesn’t come naturally to humans; we just sink right in. But it does come naturally to the snowshoe hare, an animal that Hashem designed with feet that are relatively large compared to their body size. Large feet help to disperse their weight, keeping them on top of the snow during long winter months. Humans have adopted this trick and created snowshoes to traverse even deep snow. And while snowshoes do keep a person from sinking all the way into deep snow, many first-time snowshoers are surprised that they don’t just glide along on top. Though they may be able to walk over even 24-inch-deep snow, they may still sink nearly a foot into it.
Snowball Fights While kids the world over love a good snowball fight, some people take their snowball battles very seriously… In Japan, there is the annual Yukigassen snowball tournament, in which players wear special protective gear and divide themselves into two teams, trying to eliminate each other with a direct hit. But the game is harder than you’d imagine, because the playing field is dotted with snow barricades that one can hide behind.
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Snow Snacks Here’s a fun activity for families. Turn snow into treats! Word to the wise: Only use fresh white snow for these recipes. Avoid yellow at all cost...
SNOW ICE CREAM Mix together 1 cup milk, 4 T. sugar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, and then add 8 cups of snow and mix again. Enjoy! HOT COCOA SNOW-SLUSHIE Melt 3 ounces chocolate in a double boiler. Add 2 tsp. cocoa and 1½ tsp. sugar, stirring until blended. Remove from heat, and mix in a ½ cup of milk un-
til smooth and cool. Once cool, add another 3 cups of milk and then stir in 3 cups of snow. Enjoy! SNOW TAFFY Fill up a sheet pan with snow, packing it in hard. Heat 2 cups of 100% maple syrup until it reaches 240°. Remove from heat and pour syrup in lines onto the snow. Press popsicle stick onto the syrup and roll up. Enjoy!
Building Snowmen It’s not only kids who love to play with snow… Adults in Bethel, Maine, built the snowman who holds the record for being the largest in the world. This gigantic snowman was made using a crane, and stood only about 30 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty!
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1. Gather round the table to play a family game of Boggle, using this Boggle board. 2. Once you have a winner, fill out the form below in its entirety
4. Two winners will be drawn each week, each of whom will win a pastrami sandwich and a can of soda!
PLAYING RULES: Find words on the board containing four letters or more. Letters of a word must be connected in a chain (each letter should be adjacent to the next either vertically, horizontally or diagonally), and each letter can only be used once in a given word. The following are not allowed in Boggle: Adding “s” to a word • Proper nouns • Abbreviations • Contractions • Acronyms
POINTS 4-letter words: 2 points | 5-letter words: 3 points | 6-letter words: 5 points | 7-letter words: 7 points | 8-letter words: 9 points | 9+ letters: 12 points
3. Email the form to comments@ themonseyview.com or fax to 845600-8483 by Sunday at 9:00 p.m.
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I O S J C T E E A Q H
Family name: _________________________________ Phone: __________________ Full mailing address: ____________________________________________________ Name of winner: __________________ Amount of points: ______________ Names of competing players:
List some words only the winner found:
The longest word found on the board: _____________________________ A new word you learned from the board: __________________________ Only complete forms will be entered into the drawing.
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NAMES OF COMPETING PLAYERS: T., B., R., M. SOME WORDS ONLY THE WINNER FOUND: clog, golf, posh, push, ward THE LONGEST WORD FOUND ON THE BOARD: spout A NEW WORD WE LEARNED FROM THE BOARD: posh
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BOOKKEEPER Office in Monsey seeking an individual to fill a part time bookkeeping position. Must be reliable and proficient in numbers. A minimum of 2 years bookkeeping experience required. Email your resume to jobopportunity4400@gmail. com.
Over 30 colors Gutter Guard Installation Cleaning and Repirs F/T SECRETARY NEEDED Looking for a girl to work as a full-time (9-5) secretary. Candidate should be a fast learner, organized, articulate. Needs to be able to communicate in yiddish as well. Enjoyable environment with opportunity for advancement! Great benefits, including paid Yom Tov & holiday. Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org JOB OPPORTUNITY F/T Secretary for a construction office. Must have basic computer knowledge. QuickBooks knowledge a plus. Will Train. 10-6 PM. Please send resume to email@example.com JOB OPPORTUNITY Healthcare Company based in Mahwah, NJ is looking to fill entry level positions. Great work environment. Willing to train the right candidate. Healthcare experience preferred. Please reach out to hr@ procurementsvcs.com
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JOB OPPORTUNITY F/T administrative assistant for a busy office. Must have a basic computer knowledge. Writing, communication and interpersonal skills a plus. Good Pay, Will train. Email Resume/Call: fjosef@ skylinecap.net / 718.705.9800 RECEPTIONIST Looking for a receptionist with a year of experience in basic office work. Prime responsibilities include Taking calls, preparing proposals, and collections. Candidate must have a good verbal and written English, basic computer skills, strong phone skills and great time management skills. Email resume to hr@ opusoperations.com IMMEDIATE OPENINGS Achieve Behavioral Health is seeking additional full time receptionists in our Monsey locations. Also seeking a part time evening receptionist. Applicants should exhibit strong communication,
people, and computer skills, Some experience preferred, Competitive pay commensurate with experience. Interested parties should email their resume to firstname.lastname@example.org HELP WANTED Established Payroll company in Monsey seeking to fill entry level full time position. 9am-5pm a must. Please send resume to info@megapayusa. com or fax to 845-504-2713 COORDINATOR OF VOLUNTEER PROGRAM HOURS 10-5PM. Oversee volunteers, coordinating meal deliveries to the hospitals, outreach to schools and organizations to join in our hospital meals and Shabbos in a box projects. Mature, computer knowledgeable, excellent phone skills, Yiddish required. Heimishe working environment. efeder@ chesed247.org
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BABYSITTING BABYSITTER AVAILABLE Experienced Babysitter available to babysit your baby during the day or overnight. Central location. 845 274 5450 BABYSITTER Experienced babysitter available. Late night (chasuna) Overnight & weekly. Plz call 845-200-4616 PLAYGROUP Teacher Esty playgroup in airmont park ave area got a slot avlible age 2-3 many happy reference pls call 1347786-3473
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DRUM LESSONS by Shmuel Klaver, Monsey’s most experienced Shomer Shabbos drum instructor. Lessons ($45 & up) given in your home or my studio, to boys or girls ages 10-adult, beginners to professional. Call (845) 459-9935 GUITAR LESSONS by Moshe Klaver, for beginners of all ages. Very motivating and patient teacher. References available. (845) 746-0925. Shomer Shabbos KANGEN WATER “Change your Water.. Change your life” Alkaline - AntiOxidant - Super Hydrating Call for FREE supply and feel AMAZING! 917-681-0003 PETTICOATS FOR RENT! Enhance your gown with just the right petticoat! Kids and adults petticoats for rent! In the Bates area. Call or text: 845 200-4326
GREAT OPPORTUNITY wash & sets for $20 haircuts $10. Professionally trained. For appointments call/text Zissy Friedman (845)8370509 TYPING SERVICES ATT: TEACHERS, Melamdim, MECHETUNIM Are you looking for someone to type up your tests, sheets, lists etc. We do english and yiddish. Quick service. Please call and leave a message 845-2746986 HOSTESS PACKAGES/ PEKLECH
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PROFESSIONAL PEARL RESTRINGING Free Pickup & Delivery 845352-5013 MONSEY LASER BOUTIQUE Hair removal & skin care center. Shr - ipl. The world’s most advanced technology. For hair removal & skin care!!! Pain free!!! Aviva goldstein | 845-243-0980 GRAPHOLOGY *Send in your handwriting for a full analysis *Amazing lessons given on graphology. Great for teachers’ gatherings, school programs etc. 845.642.3213 SHELVING & HANDYWORK For all your custom shelving & around the house handy work & more call/text 347522-4872
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ODDS & ENDS SEEKING DONATIONS Of toys, arts & crafts, or supplies, in good condition, for a Heimishe Moised. Call 845.500.3100
MONSEY SUITES MAKING A SIMCHA? Host your guests hassle free! BRAND NEW 1-2 bedroom suites for rent for shabbos/ day/week near Toshnad/ Nikelsburg. 845-425-0335 DIABETIC STRIPS Looking to buy your extra Diabetic Test Strips. Strictly Confidential. 347-871-7574
GEMACHIM BECHER GEMACH Real bechers from our free-loan gemach. 845-377KOS1(5671) KosYeshuos@ gmail.com BED REST? We do the laudry for you. 213-7437 (also looking for volunteers)
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BIKE RACK GEMACH Fits all cars. Holds up to 3 bikes. 845-659-1863. BLUE LIGHT Gemach in monsey, pls call before. 845.425.1919 BEAUTIFUL BENCHERS (not Zemiros) 845-642-0910 BABY GOWNS and 2 pieces. Matching shoes and hair accessories available from 3 months - 2 years. New! Boys line added. 425-3049 LEV DEVORAH Layett gemach (845) 213-3646 BABY GEMACH short term loans of carseats, pack n plays, strollers, pumps and more! 845.397.7724 or visit soralasbabygemach. com. BRIS GEMACH located in Central Monsey. 617-955-3630. poya, pillow case, outfit, blanket.
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BABIES LAYETTE GEMACH text 718-551-1732 or email firstname.lastname@example.org BRIS GEMACH Located on Blauvelt Rd. 356-6215 poya, outfit, blanket and hat. BRIS PILLOW GEMACH and benchers with tfilos for bris and pidyon haben: 845213-0602 BRIS GEMACH beautiful bris outfit w hat, poya and pillowcase. Suzzane area 845 425 8359 COAT RACK Coat racks and hangers for your simcha. 845-356-9841 CHUPPA CARDS. call or text after 5pm. 347278-1278 CHUPAH CARDS Lucite cards. 845.222.0456 CHUPPAH TEFILLOS tefillos and tehillim booklets for the chupa time 845-2130602. CARSEATS & BASSINET and pack n play bassinets. 425-1202
DVD/VIDEO GEMACH DVDS and portable players for sick and homebound adults and children.425-2660 EAR-PLUG GEMACH for ba’alei simcha to protect your guests’ hearing. Baby headsets also available. 845202 -0105. FREE MOVING BOXES Standard egg carton boxes (eg. Evergreen boxes). We are located in Chestnut Ridge. Call/text between 8-10:30pm. (845) 641-5536 FREE BOXES for moving (mostly egg carton size). 845-425-6826 or 845-608-7830. Donations of flattened boxes are always welcome! FORMULA GEMACH chani @ 347-267-3640 or Miriam 216-889-3643 ISRAEL GPS No fee. English or Hebrew. Must reserve in advance by email at IsraelGPS@gngroup. com GOWN GEMACH mother and sister gowns size 0-12, by apt only. 845-4267496 or 845-352-3031.
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Remove an Ayin Hara R’ Avraham Lebel 718.977.5459 Price: $50 per name - credit cards accepted - Pls leave a message With the endorsement of Rabbanim of בד”ץ העדה החרדית ירושלים FLORAL BISOMIM for your Simcha - 845-6292785. GPS GEMACH Brand new, updated, with traffic. 845-352-2588 Leave msg. (Minimal fee) GOWN GEMACH. South Monsey Ladies gowns and petticoat gemach.call or text after 5pm. 347-278-1278 NEW GOWN GEMACH sisters of the Kallah/chasson. Adult Size 0-12. 845-517- 8808 HOSPITAL SUPPLIES inc. TPN equipment, feeding pumps, NG tubes, & feeding supplies. donate/receive. 845746-8293. ELEGANT HATS For short term rental 845517-0838. OT WATER URNS H 845-425-9211 HOSPITAL GOWN for maternity or hospitalization Tzniusdige & Comfortable. 845-425-8687 KALLAH ACCESSORY GEMACH Everything you need for the kallah (except for the gown) Crown, veil, shoes, decktich, fur cape 845-426-0767
SIMCHA HAT $25. many styles/ colors. We also accept donations of elegant hats. 347 351 1604 HEATER GEMACH 845 362 8666 BANDS & HATS $10 New ladies bands, all lengths. Also berret hats. 845 290 8319 JWAZE DEVICE 8455965856 leave message טייערע כלה נוצט אויס דעם יום החופה מיט אן אלבום וואס ענטהאלט , שיעורים, הדרכה,השקפה וואכן פאר4 רעזעווירט.תפילות 845-352-2560 די חתונה לעילוי נשמת We can arrange to have the whole ששה סדרי משנה learned לעילוי נשמתyour loved ones! Call /Text (917) 720-6392 / chofetzmishna@ gmail.com MECHITZA’S 30’ - 5 six’ tables, 10 chairs stands and bus-boxes $100 deposit. $18 Donation call 845-445-8015 or email Mitzvah1@gmail.com MATERNITY GEMACH Weekday and shabbos clothing, various sizes. call/ text 845-445-9687
MEZUZOS GEMACH 362.2333 MOVING BOX GEMACH New Hempstead area. text 845-642-5286 to arrange pick up GEMACH מוהלים We are ready to sharpen your knives. 718-384-6214 PACK N PLAY We have New Pack n Plays email@example.com or text 845-216-4885 PHONE GEMACH free of charge for as long as necessary. 845 579 5538 PIDYON HABEN coins,silver tray, lace box, outfit 845-426-1681 845-6427256
SHULERT APP Daven at the perfect Minyan with Shulert! https://www. shulert.com SCHOOL SUPPLIES GEMACH Accepting donations. New or gently used. 862-505-9546 TOY GEMACH Keep all the children busy by your simchas with tons of lego and clicks. 845-578-6513 TABLECLOTHS for your Simchos. (845) 371 2105 TICHEL GEMACH To receive or donate 845-3717504 TICHEL GEMACH Donations welcome. 845548-0014
ROOF CARRIERS For all cars even without bars on roof. 845-659-1863. Monroe: 845-662-7102. South Fallsburg 845-434-3865.
WHITE KALLAH SHOES. Proceeds go to tzedakah. Call\Text 845-200-0211
REFLECTOR GEMACH Hosting guest? Be safe! Wear a reflector. 845-356-0815
WE ACCEPT clothing, shoes and household items in brand new condition. To donate or receive call 347-731-3851.
REFLECTOR GEMACH: having guests or having a simcha and need reflectors 347-977-6816 SHIFRA PUAH DOULA Please call to register in advance. 845-587-1649 SIDDUR GEMACH Sfard: Friedman 845-6087830 Ashkenaz: Shulman845 352 1756 or 845-826-6718 SIDDUR/CHUMASH 558.4774 SOUND SYSTEM GEMACH Speakers, mikes, mixers, cables. 917-382-8809 SUITCASE GEMACH 845-371-9121
WEDDING KIT for Machetunim to take along. 845-425-2036 WEDDING HAIR PIECES for children 3473001679 THE WEDDING KIT All necessities for Kallah/ Chosson’s family for the wedding night. Leili Nishmas: Perel Gela Bas R’ Shloima. 845-371-2947
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SUNDAY PROGRAM 3:00-7:00pm potential candidates must drive and have their own car. Perfect opportunity to earn extra income and have fun at the same time. For inquiries please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 354-3233 ext. 1109.
GOWN FOR RENT
beautiful dark colored gown size 2-4 8455380391 RENT/SALE Black & White Exquisite gown for rent/sale.Text only 845-826-2185 MAGNIFICENT GOWN Exquisite gown for rent size 2-4. White base with mauve & blue embroidered flowers. pls call 845-596-9933 GOWN FOR RENT Champagne & navy gown size 8 avail for rent. Please call/text 845-521-6544 MAGNIFICENT GOWN Stunning one of a kind sister of bride Size 2-4. Green velvet & black. 917-995-5574 TEEN GOWN sz 0. call 845 422 5440
RENT/SALE GOWNS: Beautiful selection for Mechteniste, sister of bride & maternity 845-6598753. We will also take your gowns on consignment and rent/sell it for you.
GOLD GOWN Adorable gold gown by Dassy available to buy or rent. Toddler size 4. Call 422-5596 for more info
FOR SALE Stunning silver/grey mechetainista dress, approx size 16 also beautiful sisterof-bride dress off white and
silver/grey size 6 please call: 845-608-7728 GIRLS B/W GOWNS Set of 3 beautiful black & white children gowns, for rent or sale, call or text 845664-8592 ONE OF A KIND Magnificent cream dress size 0-2 for sale/rent. Please call 845.200.4326 CUSTOM HALBERSTAM Black/white mid-length dress size 8-10 for rent. For more info call 845.425.0924
FOUND small baby gold stud earring lafamilia 7/29. 4261612 Diamond earring in a dressing room in Esti’s World of Fashion, Monsey. Yomim Nora’im/Yom Tov time. Call 201-757-4683. Money on Hopal Lane. 4263273 Bag with used black boots left at my door in W Central. 425-9210 Ladies black velour gloves in Zirs Taxi 2709426 before Pesach on Robert Pitt Drive in Monsey near Ace Flooring gray and white baby blanket. 845-222-1305
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די עלטסטע סגולה פון כלל ישראל
נץ יאר • ג
עש"ק פ' וישב
כ"ב כסלו תש"פ לפ"ק
די אינשורענס האט מּפאני ָ ַ קא ָ באוויליגט ַ
סיטואציע איז נעבעך גענוג ַ די דאס קינד פאר זיך ,מיט ָ ביטער ַ ווייטאג און ָ ראנגלט זיך אין וואס ַ ָ וואס גיכער ראטעווען ָ מ׳מוז אים ַ
טעלעפאן, ָ כאּפט דעם מאמע ַ די ַ פארברענגן מיט ַ נשטאט ָ און ַא די אינשורענס ָאפיסעס און זיך האפנונג ,איז קריגן מיט זיי ָאן ַא ָ פארבינדן מיט די ׳תהלים כולל׳ זי ַ לאגע ָאפיסעס .זי דערציילט די ַ מיט גרויס ָאנגעצויגנקייט ,און פארגעסט נישט צו ערקלערן ַאז זי ַ מאס אמונה און האט די גרעסטע ָ ָ
-קויפט א תהלים-כולל מעמבערשיפ -
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האט זיך גאנצע געזונדל ָ צווישן ַא ַ מיט איין קינד פון דער משּפחה געמאכט ַאן ערנסטע געזונט- ַ באלד מ׳האט ַ ָ מּפליקאציע ,און ַ קא ָ געדארפט דורכפירן ַא זייער ַ וואס היילונגּ-פראצעדור ָ ָ וויכטיגע קאסט ָאּפ ַא הון-תועפות פון ָ לארןָ .אבער דא ַ שווערע טויזנטער ָ די אינשורענס פירמע עקשנ׳ט זיך צאלן נישט בא ָ קלאר ַאז זיי ַ ָ זייער פאל ּפראצעדור ,אין קיין ַ ָ פאר דעם ַ נישט.
דא ווייל די סכנה איז גרויס .און ָ קאּפ .זעלבסט נאך ַא דאגה אויפ׳ן ָ ָ צאלן די גרויסע עקסּפענסעס בא ָ ַ טראכט, בא ַ דאך נישט אין ַ קומט ָ ּפלאגט זיך ַאזוי אויך ָ טאטע דער ַ וואס טוט מען אויף צום לעבןָ . ווייטער?
בטחון אין גרויסן כח התפלהַ ,אז מ׳קען מיט׳ן תהלימ׳ל אויסבעטן ַא צארטע דאס ַ פאר ָ גרינגע רפואה ַ וואס ליגט נעבעך אין ָ קינד ווארט דורכצוגיין דעם בעט און ַ מ׳האט אויפגעסיינט ַא ָ ּפראצעדור. ָ מעמבערשיּפ און ַארויפגעשטעלט נאמען און געברויך אויף דער דעם ָ וואס די תהלים- ָ הזכרה-ליסטע טאג. דערמאנען יעדן ָ ַ זאגער ָ געהאט ַ האבן מיר ַא צייט שּפעטער ָ מאמען די זכי׳ צו הערן פון דער ַ ערשטהאנטיג ווי וואונדערליך ַ געווארן ב״ה. ָ געהאלפן ָ זי איז טאג ָ געשטאנען ַא ַ מ׳איז שוין האט ָ ּפראצעדור ָ בעפאר די ָ האט פארקומען ,און זי ָ געדארפט ַָ ַ געטראכט פון ָאּפרופן ַ ערנסט די ַאּפוינטמענט ווייל קיין געלט איז נישט געווען .מינוטן דערויף ערהאלט זי ַא רוף פון דער ַ אינשורענס פירמעַ ,אז יעצט אויסנאם׳ און ַ מאכן זיי ַ׳אן איינמאל ַ ָ ּפראצעדור. ָ יא דעם באשטעטיגן ָ ַ אוודאי איז עס דער תהלים!
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DIRSHU ANNOUNCES NEW WORLD SIYUMIM IN EASTERN EUROPE AND CAPE TOWN AS WORLD SIYUM VENUE IN BINYANEI HAUMAH IS SOLD OUT Auxiliary Sites Open in Eretz Yisrael and Manchester BY CHAIM GOLD The frenzy to obtain tickets for the sold-out World Siyum to be led by the Gedolei Hador this Motzoei Shabbos Chanukah in the Binyanei Haumah Convention Center has compelled Dirshu to open five new, remote venues in strategic locations throughout Eretz Yisrael. Participants will be able to watch a livestream of the event and celebrate the simchas haTorah, the accomplishments of the lomdei Torah, who have finished Shas as well as with those who have completed Dirshu’s “Kinyan Chochma,” Mussar learning program. As Dirshu embarks on its remarkable series of World Siyumim in Jewish centers the world-over, Dirshu has answered the call of the myriad lomdei Dirshu in Eastern Europe who have echoed the words of the Bnei Yisrael saying, “Lamah nigorah -Why should we be deprived?” To answer that call, Dirshu will celebrate three World Siyumim in Eastern Europe. PINSK, MINSK, RADIN AND NOW CAPE TOWN! The first will be a Shabbos Convention on Shabbos Parshas Terumah, February 28-March 1, in the city of Pinsk, where there is a thriving frum community with members regularly taking Dirshu tests. On Shabbos Parshas Vayakhel Pikudei, March 2022, there will be a Shabbos Convention in the city of Minsk, where the community’s Torah accomplishments will be celebrated. Who would believe that in the city where such luminaries as HaGaon HaRav Aharon Kotler, zt”l, HaGaon HaRav Yaakov Kamenetzky, zt”l, and HaGaon HaRav Reuven Grozovsky, zt”l, learned in their early youth, in the pre-World War I era before Communism took hold, will now hold a World Siyum celebrating the completion of Shas?! Another community that would perhaps be deemed by some as the ‘end of the world’ that is joining the family of Dirshu World Siyumim is the city of Cape Town, South Africa, where a World Siyum celebration will be held on 19 Teves/January 16 at the Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel and Convention Center. That siyum will be a day after the large World Siyum in Johannesburg at The Deck Convention Center, a large venue that already today is completely sold-out. The contagious simchas haTorah is spreading through the world as Yidden flock to celebrate the Torah accomplishments of the mesaymei haShas. MANCHESTER EVENT CITY SOLD OUT Another example of the tremendous anticipation
in advance of the Dirshu World Siyum is what is transpiring in Manchester, England. Months ago, Dirshu took the bold step of renting ‘Event City’, the largest indoor venue in the entire Greater Manchester area to celebrate the siyum. The site, which holds many thousands of participants, is already completely sold out and Dirshu has opened a nearby, auxiliary location with an additional one thousand seats to accommodate the lomdei Torah and ohavei Torah who deeply want to participate in an event of kavod haTorah, simchas haTorah and chizuk haTorah on a scale never previously seen in Manchester. The Manchester Siyum also shared another very important milestone. It is the only siyum being held on the actual day that the Daf HaYomi completes Shas. That momentous day, 8 Teves/ January 5, 2020, will be a historic day in the history of Manchester Jewry and World Jewry as the myriad members of Klal Yisrael will collectively exclaim, “Hadran Alech Masechta Niddah V’chol Shas Bavli”! YERUSHALAYIM SIYUM IN BINYANEI HAUMAH THIS MOTZOEI SHABBOS As this year’s World Siyumim, beginning with a massive siyum this Motzoei Shabbos Chanukah at Binyanei Haumah, come ever nearer, those who merited attending the pervious siyum HaShas at the same Binyanei Haumah Convention Center, cannot help but be flooded with memories of the colossal kiddush Hashem! At that time, addresses were given by HaGaon HaRav Yitzchok Scheiner shlita, Rosh Yeshiva of the Kamenitz Yeshiva, HaGaon HaRav Boruch Mordechai Ezrachi, shlita, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva Ateres Yisrael, HaGaon HaRav Simcha Kook, shlita, Chief Rabbi of Rechovot, HaGaon Dayan Aharon Dovid Dunner of London and HaGaon HaRav Yosef Sitruk, zt”l, former Chief Rabbi of Paris. The words of Rav Scheiner, the elder Rosh Yeshiva of our time, still ring in the ears as he encapsulated the revolution wrought by Dirshu in the world of Torah learning and the defining role that Dirshu has in the eyes of the Gedolei Yisrael. He said, “When you learn with Dirshu, you're not only mesayem Shas, you sweat through it! I know how Dirshu transforms the lives of those who participate in the program not from hearsay, but rather because I've had the opportunity to see it firsthand, as one of my own grandchildren has just finished the cumulative Dirshu test on the entire Shas! My grandson is now a baki biShas. It's tough, it requires a true commitment – but look how far you can go!” Rav Scheiner concluded, “Dirshu has built an empire of Torah the likes of which I am not sure has ever existed in the his-
tory of Klal Yisrael.” Rav Dunner then encouraged his listeners, exclaiming, “Let’s talk tachlis! We've heard all the wonderful things that Dirshu does, how those who learn with its programs become Shas Yidden, become proficient in halachah. They know that already; they have experienced it. What about those of us who have not yet experienced it? Now, at the beginning of Shas once again, perhaps this is the time to start to learn in a way that will lead to talmudo b'yado? “I do not say,” Rav Dunner explained, “that one must davka join the Daf Yomi program. There are many other programs for accountable Torah learning. The main thing that we all must take home with us today from this special, momentous Siyum HaShas, is to make a serious commitment to our learning; to set aside time that is consecrated for learning without interruption. No picking up cell phones, no other distractions, just learning in a way that will lead a person to ultimately be counted among those about whom it is said, 'Ashrei mi sheba l’kan v’talmudo b'yado'!” THE CLOSING OF A CIRCLE One of the most poignant moments at that event was when Rav Dovid Hofstedter’s father-inlaw, Reb Avrohom Bleeman, a survivor of the Holocaust who endured a host of concentration camps, stood up and said the Kaddish after the siyum. Then, Reb Avrohom stood on the stage and, accompanied by the pure voices of the Shira Chadasha Boys' Choir, sang a song that he had personally heard from Rav Meir Shapiro, founder of the Daf Yomi, when he was a young child and Rav Meir came to the town where he lived in Poland and taught the song to the children of the community. It was a closing of circles. This Holocaust survivor, who had undergone the horrors of Auschwitz and Buchenwald, was now singing at a Siyum HaShas, celebrating the accomplishments of thousands who had been tested on Shas. The Nazis are in the dust heap of history, but netzach Yisrael lo yishaker – nothing can detract from the eternal nature of Klal Yisroel. Reb Avrohom Bleeman, his son-in-law, his children and grandchildren are finishing Shas – and ensuring that thousands of others will, too. This ideal of Netzach Yisrael Lo Yishaker will once again be celebrated this Motzoei Shabbos at Binyanei Haumah and at all of the other World Siyumim where lomdei Dirshu in six continents will celebrate the profound transformation that can be made in one’s life following a true commitment to limud haTorah.
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