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You’re familiar with the cheerful red-andyellow arched storefront on Route 59. But do you know the whole story? Step inside Monsey Glatt, and meet the family behind the food. If you would have taken a drive down Route 59 in the early 1950s, you’d have breezed through a rural enclave that was becoming increasingly settled. The Palisades Parkway and Tappan Zee Bridge had just been built, welcoming the first major population influx to Monsey’s green countryside. Against this backdrop entered Reb Moshe Yitzchok Mendlowitz and his family. They moved out of the city, but not out of their Williamsburg butcher shop. Each day, Reb Moshe Yitzchok commuted to the city to run his store. When he’d return in the evening to Monsey, his back seat would be crammed with meat for a fledgling
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Jewish community, which now had the luxury of fresh kosher meat delivered to their town. But the story of Monsey Glatt really began further back, with a Torah personality you may have heard of. Rav Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, zt”l, was a visionary. He established a network of yeshivos across the country, planting the seeds for flourishing Torah communities. He was also Reb Moshe Yitzchok’s father. In the 1930s, he had instructed his son to
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open his Williamsburg butcher shop “so that Yidden in America should have kosher meat.” In 1944, when Monsey was an unknown village, home to farms and guesthouses, Rav Shraga Feivel pioneered the establishment of Bais Medrash Elyon. That one spot of light would eventually generate an entire community, and from there, a full galaxy of yeshivos. And so Reb Moshe Yitzchok made Monsey his home, bringing the first selection of kosher meat to town. In 1960, Reb Shimon Mendlowitz followed in his father’s footsteps, opening the first kosher butcher store in Monsey at 24 Main Street. He named it Monsey Glatt. Smiling and serene, Reb Shimon has been at the heart of the community for 60 years. Now serving second- and third-generation customers, he’s a household name to thousands of Monsey families. While Monsey today boasts an impressive tapestry of shuls and mosdos, and is serviced by a vast array of kosher shopping opportunities, Monsey Glatt and the Mendlowitz family have stayed right at the center of the industry. Today Monsey Glatt is an expansive, full-service supermarket — and you can still meet Reb Shimon salting in the meat room along with his sons. From 24 Main Street, Monsey Glatt moved to 42 Main Street. Then, in the mid-1980s, it relocated to 84 Route 59 (where A&B Fish and Monsey Housewares are today). The current spacious location on Route 59 has been its home since 1993. It was the first — and at the time, the only — kosher supermarket in the entire New York area with everything under one roof. It was fully stocked with meat and groceries, plus a fresh fish department, deli, takeout and on-site bakery. Today, Monsey Glatt is still a onestop shop. Of particular note are the famous Sruly’s Bakery and Yanay Deli,
whose fresh, delectable specialties consistently garner rave reviews. Throughout the years, the warmth of the family brand has been drawing customers to Monsey Glatt. “Over forty years ago, we were moving to Monsey from Washington Heights,” shares Mrs. Lehmann, “and I came in with a cleaning lady to prepare my house. While I was driving her to the Spring Valley bus station to catch the last bus home, I suddenly realized I had no cash for her ticket, only a checkbook! If I’d go back to get cash, the cleaning lady would miss the bus. “I looked around, flustered. Passing a small strip mall on Route 306, I noticed a sign that said ‘Kosher Butcher.’ I pulled up, ran in, and explained my predicament. I asked the proprietor if he could give me cash, and I’d write a check for the same amount. “Mr. Mendlowitz took out some bills. ‘If you write a check, you will miss the bus. Just take the money and go,’ he said. “I was new to town; he didn’t know me, and I didn’t know him. He might never have gotten that money back, but that didn’t stop Mr. Mendlowitz from helping me. I thanked him and ran to make the bus. “I’ve never forgotten that story. It’s forty years later, and I’m still a devoted Monsey Glatt customer.”
“I was new to town; he didn’t know me, and I didn’t know him. He might never have gotten that money back, but that didn’t stop Mr. Mendlowitz from helping me. I thanked him and ran to make the bus. “I’ve never forgotten that story. It’s forty years later, and I’m still a devoted Monsey Glatt customer.”
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Meat Meivinim At the heart of the supermarket is the Monsey Glatt meat department, where you can order incredibly fresh meat and poultry of the highest quality, cut and prepared to your exact specifications. The meat room is always open, so customers can observe the preparations — from salting to slicing. Everything is sourced locally from premium Black Angus beef, with its finely
marbled cuts. Kashrus agencies all over the U.S. have been beating a path to the door of Monsey Glatt for the past 40 years, seeking Mr. Mendlowitz’s expertise. Yet Shimon, as he humbly reminds us, is neither a rav nor a shochet. Following in the footsteps of his father, Reb Shimon immersed himself in mastering the halachos of kashrus
in meat, doing a tremendous amount of research. He became not only Monsey’s favorite butcher, but an extremely knowledgeable menaker. He has been called to share his expertise and deliver training in Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland and all over the tri-state area. All kashering happens there on site. Rabbanim, kollel avreichim who are in the sugya, cheder boys, and menakrim-in-training visit Monsey Glatt to observe the masters in action. Right there in Monsey Glatt, classes on kashrus of meat are given to high schoolers from Bais Rochel, Pupa, Bais Yaakov of Monsey, Bais Yaakov of Ramapo, Lubavitch and others. Why buy elsewhere
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CHAPTER FIFTY Recap: Blumi, back in Eretz Yisroel for Pesach, cannot move past her having lost the yad. She berates herself for her foolishness over and over again. “Should we walk around a little, before we go back to our apartment?” Blumi asked late the next afternoon, after they had paid a chol hamoed visit to her brother Beri. She looked at Gideon, who had taken out his keys and was about to open the door to his car. “I don’t think I really want a full meal right now after all they prepared for us.” “Good idea.” He stuck his keys back into his jacket pocket. “Yerushalayim is just so beautiful… I could never get enough of walking around here. What about you, Batsheva?” “Sure! I like walking with my parents,” the sixteen-year-old declared. “It doesn’t happen often.” Blumi smiled at her. It was a somewhat transparent smile, the type that Batsheva had learned to recognize. It was a smile that meant her mother was wrapped up in her thoughts and didn’t really mean to smile at her, like a compliment that one gives without even seeing what they’re complimenting. Most of Mummy’s smiles recently, since Zeidy Katz had been niftar, had been of this variety. And Suri could say what she wanted, but something was definitely bothering Mummy. Not all the time — sometimes she acted normal — but often she was like this… just a bit strange.
Suri had said that perhaps it had to do with her grief over Zeidy’s passing, but something about it was odd. Mummy didn’t look like she was mourning; she seemed preoccupied, a bit tense. Maybe she was wallowing in memories… It was hard to define what it was exactly, but the situation was pretty clear. And Suri was not a good judge here; she didn’t live at home with Mummy, like Batsheva did, so of course she could not know the nuances of Mummy’s strange behavior these days. “Oh, are you going in here?” Mummy asked Tatty, when he stopped in front of a small door in the wall of a building. The sign read: “Beit Knesset Chanichei Hayeshivot Yotzei Halab.” Her father studied the door. “I donate regularly to the Beit Knesset of the Halabim,” he said with interest. “But I never heard that they had a minyan here as well.” “So are you going in?” Batsheva wrinkled her nose. She wanted to walk, not stand on a street waiting endlessly. “Yes, for a few minutes,” Gideon said. “I wonder what this is, and who the gabbaim are.” “Come, Batsheva, we’ll sit at that bus stop across the street,” Blumi said. She nodded at Gideon, who had already turned the doorknob. “We’ll chat while
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we wait for you.” “What about?” Batsheva asked tersely. “Whatever you want.” Batsheva studied the empty bus shelter. Aside from one woman who was busy with five children of various ages, all in matching clothes, there was no one around. “Nothing really comes to mind,” she said listlessly. It was one thing if she would have been able to say, “I want to talk to you about you, Mummy,” and ask what was bothering her mother recently. But other than that? What did she have to talk about with Mummy? The stories about her friends and her social life bored Mummy lately, a conclusion she had reached sometime around Purim. School? She was managing somehow, and her mother was aware of it, but why talk about school when she was on vacation? So what could they talk about? Her sweet baby nephew whom they had left behind in England? The weather? About Kobi, his wife and two cute children who had come with them to Eretz Yisroel for yom tov and would be coming to their area tomorrow and staying until after Acharon Shel Pesach? Blumi felt discomfiting, cold tremors pass through her hands as she looked at her youngest child. Although her brothers claimed that she had become spoiled and didn’t know how to lift a finger, it always appeared to her that at least regarding her relationships with her children, she was quite competent. She had always been a good mother. True, her Kobi had a rather introverted nature, and it was hard for her to know what was on his mind, and the girls confided more to one another than to her, but still, she’d always felt on pretty solid ground in this area. Only recently had she begun to notice that things were creaking a bit. Why shouldn’t a sixteen-year-old girl have anything to talk to her mother about? If she wasn’t mistaken, when Suri had been this age, they had spoken more. “I thought you’d be happy to walk with us,” she said. “To walk, yes, but not to sit and wait here until who-knows-when.” And walking means together with Tatty, not only with you, Blumi completed the sentence in her mind. Out loud she said lightly, “Why? Because of some calories that you want to burn?” “No, because it’s boring to sit and do nothing. When we walk, at least we pass interesting scenery.”
“So I suggested that we chat,” Blumi said, a bit frustrated. “Fine, so let’s chat.” Batsheva glanced toward the building in which the shul was housed. “What about?” Blumi took a deep breath and went back to the beginning of the conversation. “About whatever you want,” she said. Most of her friends complained about rocky relationships with their teenage daughters, and she had always been so proud that things were fine with her on this front. Well, now it was happening to her, too. Enough. In a few more seconds she’d somehow figure out a way to tie this to the lost yad also. So, had her mother been right when she’d claimed that the yad was cursed? Or perhaps her brothers had been right when they claimed that the money had changed her. Once, one of them — she couldn’t recall which one — had described her as “strange.” Really! As if they were starving for a piece of bread! As if they had not grown up in an affluent home! Of all of them, Gavriel had the smallest income today, and indeed, he was the least condescending toward her. She pursed her lips and looked at Batsheva who was sitting to her left — and whose gaze was fixed on the end of the street. It had actually been so nice at Beri’s house. And now again, she felt her thoughts careening around inside her, not knowing which way to go to get out… Enough! She was getting more entangled by the minute. All she needed was to start screaming now, in the middle of the street. Batsheva would panic and run away, and she’d never want to speak to her again. Gideon would hurry worriedly out of the shul, because they would summon him urgently to deal with his wife; something had happened to her, but they couldn’t say what. And Beri would also come really fast, and would call Shmulik and Gavriel and Shlomo Aryeh to come as well. They would all cluck their tongues and sigh, and say, “Oy, the money, the money… The money that drives a person out of their minds. Just like we’ve been saying all these years…” So they could dream that she would tell them about how the yad had disappeared. Batsheva, who was leaning on the wall of the bus stop with closed eyes, suddenly opened them and looked at her mother. Mummy was just sitting there, in silence, silence, and more silence. “Well,” the girl said, in a slightly softer tone, “I want you to tell me about Bubby Hartstein.” “What should I tell you about her?”
It was a smile that meant her mother was wrapped up in her thoughts and didn’t really mean to smile at her, like a compliment that one gives without even seeing what they’re complimenting.
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â€œAbout her and you, I mean. Isnâ€™t it funny that you get along so well?â€? â€œFunny? Why?â€? â€œBecause she was this rich Halabi lady, part of the Syrian community in London, and suddenly she got this real Hungarian daughter-in-law, with this cute Hungarian-Israeli accent, whose English was limited to what she had learned in school.â€? â€œYouâ€™re forgetting that Zeidy Hartstein was also of Hungarian descent.â€? â€œBut he was born in England, and she emigrated there when she was just four; they had something in common.â€? â€œAnd we also have lots of things in common.â€? â€œLike what?â€? â€œWe both like cream cakes,â€? Blumi said tiredly. Batsheva giggled. â€œAnd we both like each other, and we both like when the house is clean, and we both embroider well.â€? She suddenly envisioned the embroidered Birchas Habayis that she had brought for her motherin-law the first Shabbos she had visited after the engagement. â€œAnd in general, sheâ€™s a very talented woman. Donâ€™t forget that she also knows a bit of Hungarian, from her husband. Tatty also learned that language from his father. And I learned from her how to prepare delicious Hungarian kaposzta, which she had learned to make from her mother-in-law â€” because my motherâ€™s recipe just never worked for me.â€? â€œBut she didnâ€™t teach you how to make Easternstyle food.â€? â€œBecause she hardly cooked it herself. Zeidy Hartstein was such an authentic Hungarian, and he never got used to any other style of cooking.â€? She smiled wistfully. â€œToday Bubby hardly cooks, but I remember her kaposzta very well.â€? â€œI also vaguely remember the flavor,â€? Batsheva murmured. â€œOr maybe Iâ€™m mixing it up with yours. You also hardly cook anymore. And Miss Evelyn doesnâ€™t really know which side to open the cabbage from in order to stuff it.â€? â€œI can make some for you, if you want,â€? Blumi said impulsively, surprising them both. â€œI didnâ€™t remem-
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ber that you liked it so much.â€? â€œI donâ€™t know if I like it so much, but just thinking about it now makes me want to taste it again.â€? â€œThatâ€™s good to know,â€? her mother remarked. When theyâ€™d get home after yom tov, she would make stuffed cabbage for Batsheva using her mother-inlawâ€™s triedâ€“and-true recipe. Gideon crossed the street in front of them, accompanied by a bearded young man. When they reached the sidewalk, they spoke for a few more seconds, shook hands, and then parted. The man went back to the shul while Gideon came over to his wife and daughter. â€œItâ€™s quite a serious shul,â€? he said admiringly. â€œI mean, serious young men. I came just at the end of the Daf Yomi shiur, and they also have a kollel bein hazmanim. I saw them learning, and â€”â€? â€œHow much?â€? Batsheva asked mischievously. â€œHow many people were learning?â€? Her father turned to her. â€œThere must have been about ten or eleven. And remember, itâ€™s chol hamoed!â€? â€œI meant, how much did you pledge to give them?â€? â€œBatsheva!â€? her mother chided. â€œI donâ€™t like that attitude!â€? Her father sufficed with a withering glare. â€œSorry,â€? she said sheepishly. Her parents began conversing in Hungarian with each other, with a sprinkling of English words. â€œI gave him my number to call me after yom tov. Iâ€™ll give them something.â€? â€œI see you were quite impressed,â€? Blumi said. â€œVery. Itâ€™s a new minyan, but they made a really serious impression on me.â€? â€œDo they want to build?â€? â€œI donâ€™t think theyâ€™re up to that point yet. They donâ€™t have land; they arenâ€™t even working on getting permits from the municipality. They have nothing. Theyâ€™re really just starting out. But still, they look quite serious.â€? When Gideon called somebody â€œseriousâ€? four times in less than four minutes, it meant that these individuals truly were serious, and that he was going to gain from it.
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Biden campaign because, without exposure, Biden fades into oblivion. The Biden campaign needs to keep their candidate in the limelight. Biden will also draw support from Super PACs that intend to make advertising buys to support him in crucial markets. The president has the advantage that his prominent role in the unfolding crisis will keep him in the national spotlight. However, the Trump campaign still intends to spend handsomely on ad buys to get their message out to potential voters.
Trump and Biden to Talk About Coronavirus THE PULSE: At a recent press conference, President
Trump said that he would "love" to talk to former Vice President Joe Biden and hear his ideas for tackling the coronavirus. Trump said that while he did not know Biden all that well, he always found him to be "a nice guy" and would "gladly take his call." Aides for Joe Biden announced that they would work to set up a call so that both leaders could discuss strategy on how to best help the county in this time of need. THE IMPACT: The change of political tone is indicative of the impact that the coronavirus emergency is having on political discourse in the country. While many differences of opinion still exist, the ability to work together across party lines for the benefit of the country is promising. This dynamic was at work when Congress passed the massive coronavirus stimulus and relief bills, and a similar dynamic appears to be at work here as well. Hopefully, this portends a change for the better in the political dialogue of our country.
Governors Spar With Trump Over Coronavirus Assistance THE PULSE: Governors of states that are hotspots
of the coronavirus outbreak have criticized the administration for the slow pace of attaining medical supplies that are necessary for hospitals, doctors and
patients. Democratic Governors Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, Jay Inslee of Washington, J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, and Andrew Cuomo of New York have all criticized the administration's response. President Trump hit back by saying that the federal government has sent massive amounts of supplies to these states and that some of these governors appear to have insatiable appetites and are never satisfied. THE IMPACT: These governors are facing over-
whelming challenges in their states and are desperate for federal assistance. However, Trump received a boost from an unlikely source. Progressive Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom made a point of publicly thanking President Trump for helping his state. During an interview with CNN, he told the news anchor that "Iâ€™d be lying to you to say that he (Trump) hasnâ€™t been responsive to our needs. He has, (and) I have to acknowledge that publicly."
Politics and Coronavirus OPINION: The coronavirus has hit this great country with a vengeance. The impossible has become the norm. The unbelievable has become a reality. Our current state of fear and uncertainty makes the recent past appear as a quaint utopia. We struggle with illness, gyrating stock markets and financial insecurity. Our political and social lives are in upheaval. One must stop and wonder: Why all that political rage when things were simple and seemingly good? For most of our very recent history, our country has experienced years of economic growth and wealth, free of plague, famine and war. Our communities have experienced unparalleled growth in terms of population, wealth and availability of goods. Yet the rhetoric that has gripped the political discourse throughout the Clinton, Bush, Obama and Trump administrations would lead a casual observer to believe that America was amid one of the worst declines in its history. Depending on who your favorite candidate and political party were, the other guy and his party were destroying the country. The Obama and Trump administrations were periods of record employment and wealth. Under President Obama, the stock market gained 148%, and unemployment reduced, from its peak of 10% to 4.7%. Yet his political opponents claimed that the economy was terrible. President Trump smashed economic records, lowering unemployment and overseeing impressive growth in the stock market. Yet these gains were dismissed as a mirage by his opponents, who never stopped warning of impending doom.
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America was at peace and enjoyed unparalleled prosperity, but it was at war with itself. Government ceased to be about governing and instead became all about winning. Scoring political points and fending off primary challenges became the new focus, and getting things done fell to the wayside. Politicians who refused to compromise and sought to grandstand by shutting down government became the new heroes, hailed as ideological purists. Yelling "you lie" during a presidential address and ripping up a president's speech became the new heroic acts of defiance. Politicians with the courage to reach across the aisle to effectively legislate were denounced as "RINOs" and turncoats. Perhaps this disaster has a silver lining. Through our pain, we have become aware of the blessings of life in America. We recognize that our years of prosperity are a historical anomaly and that success and plenty should not be taken for granted. Real problems have turned the fabricated ones obsolete. The national media and its reporters, often disparaged as evil, are now turned to for pertinent information. Politicians have begun to put partisan bickering aside and have overcome ideological differences to aid the country in its time of need. We have started to work together. Political arguments will remain. Many valid reasons exist for heated disagreements on government policy. Yet perhaps this crisis can trigger a political reset. Maybe it can usher in a period of reflective perspective and a lowering of the flames of enraged passion and bombastic rhetoric. Clear and levelheaded debate is essential to democracy. It is vital and necessary to discuss the pros and cons of issues, but let us cease attributing nebulous motives to those with whom we disagree. This week Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom went out of his way to publicly thank President Trump. Nancy Pelosi worked effectively with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Joe Biden and President Trump plan to speak and discuss how best to address the crisis. The crisis is raging, but maybe our politics has taken a turn for the better.
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“Oh, it’s a three-day yom tov?” This realization might have been stress-inducing for harried mothers any other year, but it’s clear that Klal Yisroel can use a few days off from following the heartbreaking news cycles. While many things will surely be different, even more will stay the same as our nation collects itself to welcome Zman Cheiruseinu. Treatment of COVID-19 Patients Raises Red Flags In the world of medical ethics and medical halacha, some of the heaviest topics involve whether and when doctors can choose to assist a younger patient at the expense of an older one. It is a testament to the incredible times we are living through — that in the 21st century, in one of the most advanced cities in the world, our well-connected community is grappling with these issues as hospitals and health officials implement policies fundamentally at odds with our most sacred values. In recent days, major hospitals like NYU Langone Health in Manhattan have told emergency room doctors that they have sole discretion to place patients on respirators and that the institution will back them if they withhold “futile ventilation.” It appears that they have already determined that those over the age of 80 will not be intubated for the time being. These heartbreaking policies have not yet been implemented at all hospitals, but the concern that this will become more widespread in the coming weeks is clearly growing. Many hospitals are also struggling with whether to provide CPR to patients who have “coded” or gone into cardiopulmonary arrest. When such a code blue is activated, a large group of doctors and nurses immediately rush to the scene, and the lifesaving efforts required to save the individual put them at great risk of becoming infected themselves. In such a time, when medical personnel and their protective gear are already at a premium, doctors and medical centers have to carefully consider their response options. For the families for whom one patient is their entire world, it is terrifying to think that hospitals might no longer do everything in their power to attempt to save their loved one’s life. Closer to home, Hatzolah had the foresight to
raise funds for a number of ventilators, which were lent to Maimonides Medical Center in Boro Park for use during the impending crisis. However, a growing number of patients and their families have begun raising the alarm that the staff at Maimonides seemed overwhelmed at times, and advised people to avoid the hospital. While many of the hair-raising messages sent around in the community were undoubtedly exaggerated, the growing chorus of complaints received validation when over the previous weekend (Parshas Vayikra), Hatzolah of Boro Park began directing patients to hospitals like Mt. Sinai and Lenox Hill, where the staffs are not as overwhelmed, and as this article is being written, the hospitals have so far not needed to establish a policy of choosing who gets to survive. The troubling situations at local hospitals have surely been exacerbated by lack of proper communication and the policies that don’t allow family mem-
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nies can’t find truckers and delivery men willing to help them ship items to stores. While his store has run out of Poland Spring bottled water, they have been able to receive enough shipments from Jewish distributors like Be’er Mayim and Mayim Chayim to keep this vital item in stock. In a way, the staff shortages mirror the decrease in active shoppers as people observe the social distancing rules. On a recent evening, a number of registers were closed because of a lack of staff, but the lines weren’t long at the open lanes. Mr. Fried cheers up those around him by suggesting that the registers are closed because he wants full six feet between individuals, but it’s clear that tremendous efforts had to be invested to bolster the store’s ability to operate smoothly.
Nothing about this year’s Pesach preparation is “normal,” but life must go on. bers of patients to be present in order to prevent the further spreading of infections. Not only does this mean that families can’t ensure proper care, but as anyone who has ever waited for news from a surgery or for a Motzei Shabbos hospital update, this wait can be agonizing and add to the suffering of patients and their families.
Pesach Prep Amidst the Pain While Klal Yisroel’s focus is on the coronavirus victims and their families, the calendar seems oblivious to what is transpiring and is sending us Pesach at the height of this crisis. Nothing about this year’s Pesach preparation is “normal,” but life must go on. Most retail shops were deemed nonessential by the authorities and have been ordered closed in recent weeks, but for those providing the community with yom tov necessities, the challenges have required plenty of improvisation and adjusting on the fly. To get an inside view of how a major supermarket is handling this unprecedented situation, I reached out to Mr. Maier Fried, the popular and vivacious manager at Rockland Kosher in Monsey, to hear how things have been going. With our conversation interrupted by a steady stream of shoppers with more pressing questions, I got the picture of a supermarket making due with what they can — just like the rest of us at home. “Look, I’ve been missing up to 70% of my staff at times,” said Mr. Fried. “I’ve had a deli guy work the fish counter, the fish guy stocking shelves and the shelf guy at the cash register.” Before I could figure out if he was kidding, he quipped and said, “I’ve taken the only job I’m good at; I’ve become the ba’al machshir myself.” Jokes aside, the staff shortages appear to be a big concern for businesses that have remained open. Mr. Fried told me that the main reason for the shortages of certain items is that the compa-
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1,235,478 UNITED STATES: 321,107
67,195 UNITED STATES: 9,128
255,589 UNITED STATES: 16,553 *These numbers only ref lect those tested for COVID-19
Despite less foot traffic than other years, the number of people doing a Seder at home for the first time has led to a large increase in the sales of items like burners, sink inserts, pots and utensils. The deli department, on the other hand, is seeing less business than a typical pre-Pesach season, and despite missing five out of seven regular employees, Rockland Kosher is keeping the counter open, in part to serve the dedicated members of Hatzolah who’ve been offered free meals by the popular deli. Among important Pesach items, I learned that matzos are seeing the most serious shortages of all. The reasons for this are accumulative. First, with many of the matzah bakeries closed to the public, those who are used to baking with a chaburah are this year forced to buy from the stores. Second, a number of Israeli workers rushed home early this year as the lockdowns and quarantines were getting more serious, leaving their employers understaffed. Third, many more people are hosting their own Sedarim, which led to an increase in the number of buyers. Fourth, as with many other items, people have been buying more than they need due to a fear that we’ll be facing an eventual shortage. Mr. Fried made sure to point out that he and his staff are doing everything in their power to try and keep things as normal as possible, considering the circumstances. He commended the community for following the advisories not to bring children under the age of sixteen into the store, to have only one family member at a time do the shopping and to practice social distancing while in the store. Pesach shopping isn’t just about food, though. Eichler’s in Boro Park has long been a pre-Pesach shopping destination for thousands of families in Brooklyn and the surrounding areas. This year, with the retail location being
closed, the orders have been taking place over the phone and on the shopeichlers.com website. I spoke with Bentzi Reifer, who leads their online operations team, and he told me that the website has seen a near-tenfold increase in traffic in recent days. Eichlers has been offering free shipping on orders over $35, and this service has proven very popular with shoppers holed up at home. Mr. Reifer shared that unlike in previous years when customers would often buy expensive leather machzorim and other Seder-table items, this year has seen many shoppers order just the basics required for yom tov at home. He noted that the seforim and books on how to lead a Seder have been selling particularly well. Eichler’s at 13th Avenue and 51st Street in Boro Park was transformed from a retail location to more of a fulfillment center in recent weeks. For those in Jewish neighborhoods in the tri-state area, Eichler’s has committed to delivering every item the same day or the very next day. Implementing this required a dedicated logistics team overseeing the group of bachurim off from yeshivah who were hired to help with the packaging and shipping of the orders. In addition to the Pesach items, many of those calling in orders have been rebbis and teachers sending yom tov items to students, grandparents in isolation sending gifts to their precious grandchildren, and parents who can’t host their married children ordering Pesach items to help the younger generation with their first Pesach at home. The store has also seen a large increase in the sales of books, toys and other activities for kids during this extended school break. According to Mr. Reifer, Eichler’s wanted to do their part and help local communities fight the coronavirus. To that end, they’ve announced that those placing orders will also be able to purchase a bottle of Purell at cost price. After all, taking care of our health is a mitzvah and it’s only fitting for a Judaica store to be offering hand sanitizer during this time. * * * * *
In the Shiras Hayam we will say on Pesach, the Torah tells us, “Az yashir Moshe — Then Moshe will sing,” instead of “az shar Moshe — then Moshe sang.” Many explanations have been suggested for this peculiar phrasing, but one stands out in this difficult time: Sometimes we have to say shirah in advance, before the yeshuah appears. As we recite Hallel and shirah this Pesach, let’s keep our eyes on the short future when this terrible disease will, b’ezras Hashem, be behind us.
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Answering Some More Corona-Related Questions on the Minds of Many Is it true that COVID-19 affects people of distinct blood types in different ways? There is a report out of China showing that those with blood type A are more susceptible to becoming infected and those with blood type O are less likely to contract the virus. However, the study wasn’t peer-reviewed, does not have a huge sample size, and even if accurate, still doesn’t mean that those with blood type O are safe; they just have a slightly lower chance of getting sick. It should also be noted that there has been no proposed explanation for these supposed differences.
If I recover from the coronavirus, can I catch it again? Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, responded to this question by saying, “I would be willing to bet on my experience .... that you would have lasting immunity; you’re not going to get reinfected.” If someone fully recovers from any virus, the body develops antibodies that provide immunity. This is also how vaccines work. A more fair question is how long you will be immune since viruses can mutate and not all antibodies are of equal strength. To answer this, further studying will be needed, but it will certainly last the rest of the season and probably for a number of years, if not more.
What is the latest on using blood from recovered patients to help treat those still fighting the coronavirus? The treatment, called convalescent plasma therapy, has shown some effectiveness in fighting other diseases. As mentioned above, when patients recover (or “convalesce”) they produce antibodies that can then theoretically be transferred to struggling patients via plasma transfusions. A number of large hospitals have put out calls for those who’ve recovered to please donate blood for trials. Doctors themselves don’t really know what to expect, but they’re hopeful that this might at least help boost the immune systems of those desperately
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fighting this virus.
Why are so many coronavirus patients on respirators? In some severe corona cases, the virus causes damage to the lungs. When the body's immune system detects this, it goes into overdrive, expanding blood vessels so that more immune cells enter. This process can also cause fluid and other debris to enter the lungs, leading to difficulty breathing. There is no available direct treatment, so a patient’s breathing is then taken over by machines in order to buy time for the body to fight off the infection and recover.
Have any countries been successful at containing this outbreak? While China claims to have beaten back the viruses, there is reason to doubt the veracity of these boasts. Other Asian governments like Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea have indeed done a great job in minimizing cases while keeping society open. They’ve implemented some combination of tracking infected individuals and their contacts, mandatory quarantines for the sick, and taking people’s temperature before entering public spaces. It should be noted that these areas lived through the SARS outbreak of 2002-2003. This has helped their institutions prepare for such an outbreak, and the local population has experience with practicing proper distancing and personal hygiene.
Is there any inkling as to when local schools will reopen? As of now, the schools are closed statewide through at least April 15 (second-to-last day of Pesach). Governor Cuomo said that he will revisit this decision on a bi-weekly basis. With the federal government announcing that national lockdown measures will stay in place until April 30, and with New York being among the worst affected areas in the world right now, it is hard to imagine the governor reopening schools anytime soon.
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It’s the final countdown. You don’t know what to give attention to first, but hungry stomachs don’t care much about all the work you have. Keep the atmosphere calm with healthy, filling snacks to satisfy those between-meal hunger pangs.
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Simple Roasted Nuts These nuts are crunchy, tasty and healthy, and take only a few minutes to prepare — snacking that makes sense in every way.
Ingredients 2 cups raw nuts of your choice 1 egg white ½ tsp. coarse salt 1 tsp. sugar, optional
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350°. 2. Beat egg white with a fork. Mix with nuts and spread onto a paper-lined baking sheet. 3. Sprinkle with salt (and sugar, if using) and bake for about 25 minutes. Allow to cool.
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Candied Almond Bark I always loved the idea of caramelized almonds, but not the sugar-coated, impossible-towash pot that comes along with it. Then I tried baking the sugar in the oven, and presto! Almost instant, mess-free candy bark!
Ingredients Â˝ cup sugar Â˝ cup chopped almonds, or nuts of your choice
Directions 1. Preheat oven to 450Â°. Line a long, narrow disposable loaf pan with baking paper. Pour sugar into the pan and bake for 10 minutes. 2. While sugar is baking, spread nuts on the bottom of another baking pan and bake for about 5 minutes. 3. Mix sugar with silicone spatula and bake for 8 to 10 minutes longer, until sugar is just melted and light brown. Do not overbake, as it causes sugar to taste burnt and bitter. 4. Remove both pans from the oven, and quickly pour nuts over sugar, pressing nuts into sugar well using a rubber or silicone spatula. Press down the mixture with a spatula, and spread it as thinly as possible. 5. Allow to cool. Break into chunks. Note: Blend the bark in a food processor, and add to (or sprinkle over) ice cream or cake for a delicious, crunchy flavor.
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Fruit Leather This takes very little time to prepare, but does need to bake for several hours. Try blending the fruit at night, then put it to bake first thing in the morning so that the fruit leather will be done by the time you’ll need the oven.
Ingredients Fruits of your choice Some good choices are pineapples, mangos, kiwis, applesauce and very ripe pears. (Approximately 2–3 mangos, 1 pineapple and 2 cups applesauce would fill one cookie sheet.)
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Directions 1. Peel and chop fruits into large chunks. Blend well in a food processor or blender. Add sugar if desired. (I didn’t add sugar to any of the samples I tried, and they all tasted great.) 2. Line a cookie sheet with baking paper, and pour blended fruit onto the sheet. Spread to a thin layer (⅛” to ¼” thick). Do not spread too thin; the paper should not be seen through the fruit. 3. Bake for 4 to 6 hours at 170°, until fruit is no longer sticky. 4. Allow to cool and peel off paper, or roll up with paper.
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Vegetable Chips Crunchy chips are an all-time favorite snack. But shvitzing over hot oil to fry all those chips is not exactly my favorite activity. These low-calorie chips slowly get baked to crisp perfection for great munching anytime.
Ingredients Root vegetables Good choices include sweet potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, yucca and potatoes
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Directions 1. Peel vegetables. Using a peeler, continue peeling vegetables into long strips. 2. Preheat oven to 350Â°. Line a baking sheet with baking paper, and place veggie slices onto the sheet in a thin layer. 3. Spray vegetables very lightly with oil, and sprinkle with salt if desired. 4. Bake for 10 minutes. Then lower heat to 180Â° and bake for 1 hour. 5. Flip vegetables over and continue baking for 30 minutes to 1 hour, checking occasionally, as some vegetables may be ready before others. Chips are done when dry and crispy.
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Potato Chicken Quiche Snacking may be fun, but when you’re looking for real food on Erev Pesach to keep you going until the zman, this dish fits the bill.
Ingredients 1 onion, diced
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3 medium potatoes, peeled and diced small
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Directions 1. Sauté onion in oil in a large covered frying pan for several minutes. 2. Add shredded carrots and mix. 3. Add potatoes and continue cooking, covered, over low flame until soft, between 30 and 45 minutes. 4. Add chicken and salt to the pan. Mix. 5. Beat eggs, and pour over the contents of the pan. Mix to combine. Cover and cook over low heat until eggs are set, about 20 to 30 minutes.
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Rabbi Avrohom Blumenkrantz, zt”l: Just hear the name, and you’ll agree it’s true. For decades, Rabbi Blumenkrantz’s legendary annual Pesach digest has revolutionized the community with informative guidance that is awaited in homes around the country and across the globe. Since Rabbi Blumenkrantz’s passing in 5767, his sons assumed the responsibility of providing this treasure trove of helpful, thoroughly researched information to the public. 112 / THE MONSEY VIEW
and research, and Rabbi Blumenkrantz meticulously revised the digest annually with new, updated information.
Content and Goal
How It Began It all began back in the 1970s as a small, thin newsletter that Rabbi Blumenkrantz distributed unofficially. Yet the clear, definitive content had people clamoring for more. Before long, Rabbi Blumenkrantz was a sought-after posek in areas of Pesach halacha. He answered multitudes of complex shailos and soon decided to add the details to the newsletter. Pages and pages of informative, well-researched content, which proved helpful in every Yiddishe home where Pesach was welcomed, were appended to the original newsletter. Soon the brief document evolved into a fulllength book. The content took months to prepare
Rabbi Blumenkrantz, zt”l, sought to help people prepare with ease and greet Pesach with joy.
Whether you’re seasoned at Pesach preparations or doing this for the first time, there’s much you can gain from the Pesach digest, this step-bystep, handy guide with its easy-to-follow design. Combining halacha and hashkafah, the digest guides you from A to Z of Pesach prep. Exception-
Natural Remedies Should any ailments come up during Pesach, you can take a look at the list of approved products and medications. Still, there are many who prefer to keep Pesach simple, using only natural, raw ingredients in their homes. As such, Rabbi Blumenkrantz compiled a list of natural remedies that can prove ultra-helpful on Pesach and year-round. For example, did you know that milk can heal a burn? Or that you can resolve many foot issues by soaking your feet in tea? And that onion juice can be a useful tool in treating asthma? For more details and many more remedies, check out the chapter House and Home.
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The Nutritional Value of Matzah The greatest nutritional value that matzah offers is on a spiritual level, of course. Matzah symbolizes our close connection with the Ribbono Shel Olam and kedusha. Still, it is interesting to note that matzah also has great nutritional value. First, matzah has virtually no fat or sodium! Rabbi Blumenkrantz quotes The Jewish Guide to Natural Nutrition by Yaakov Levinson, stating that one ounce of whole-wheat matzah has 40% more carbohydrates than bread, but 73% less fat. Fascinatingly, it is the five grains that have the greatest potential to become chometz that are used to create matzos. Included are barley, wheat, rye, oats and spelt. Wheat flour is most commonly used. Rav Moshe Feinstein was careful to use only white flour, because it has greater chashivus than whole wheat. Also, whole-wheat kernels contain particles and impurities that could cause more shailos during the kneading and baking process. (Conversely, there are those who argue to the contrary, claiming that being less processed leaves the whole-wheat kernels more pure and avoids friction and heat that could cause questions of chometz.)
ally useful are the listings of products and medications that are approved as kosher for Pesach. Rabbi Blumenkrantz’s sons report that their father felt very strongly that “Pesach preparation not be felt as a burden in any way,” and he sought to help people prepare with ease and greet Pesach with joy. A secondary goal was to inhibit manufacturers from allowing the prices
of kosher for Pesach products to skyrocket. Baruch Hashem, he saw substantial success in these efforts. The value of Rabbi Blumenkrantz’s sincere endeavor was deeply appreciated as the digest became an essential tool and household item in Yiddishe Pesach pantries the world over. “I don’t really know how things worked before the digest came out,” Rivky comments. “Ever since I was a kid, I remember turning to the digest to check if the shampoo or Tylenol is okay for Pesach. It’s just part of making yom tov…”
Product Lists “Personally, I depend on Rabbi Blumenkrantz’s digest because I know it’s up-todate,” Gitty says. “It is so wellresearched and gets updated every year.” In fact, the book explicitly states that all previous editions should be disregarded. As soon as a new volume of the guide is released, older versions are considered obsolete — for good reason. It may take you a minute to scan through the listings of products that are approved for Pesach as you try to ascertain the status of your pharmaceuticals. But as you can guess, getting the background details of each one of those listings entails loads of work. And because products and their ingredients could change, this process is completed each year anew. With the cooperation of the OU and Star-K, as well as cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies, months are devoted to this task. Today, the compilation of products and medications is achieved by Rabbi Blumenkrantz’s children. With their father’s vision in mind, they follow his guidelines and level of exactitude. Indeed, the lists are the product of months and months of serious effort and rigorous research, and are relied
The digest became an essential tool and household item in Yiddishe Pesach pantries the world over.
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upon by both poskim and common folk.
The Background of the Book Born in Eretz Yisroel in 1944, Avrohom and his family soon moved to Bogota, Colombia, where his father became rav. As a bachur, Avrohom was sent to New York to learn in the esteemed Mesivta Tiferes Yerushalayim. There, he became close with the Rosh Yeshivah, Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt”l. Gleaning direction from his rosh yeshivah, Avrohom developed into a true talmid chacham and posek. He was meshamesh Rav Moshe, who came to trust his exceptional talmid so much that when Reb Avrohom was 25, Rav Moshe assigned him the task of teaching Yoreh Deah in his yeshivah. Rabbi Blumenkrantz remained an intimate and devoted talmid of Rav Moshe until his passing and followed his direction in halachic rulings. The extreme efforts Rabbi Blumenkrantz invested in The Laws of Pesach crowned him an authority in this area.
During his lifetime and beyond, simply the name “Rabbi Blumenkrantz” evokes the feeling of Pesach. The Laws of Pesach: A Digest by Rabbi Avrohom Blumenkrantz, zt”l, is a recommended tool to ease and guide your Pesach preparations. It can be purchased online or at your local bookstore or supermarket.
A Word of Caution Those in the kashrus industry invest much effort to ensure a purely kosher experience for all consumers.
Another sticky issue is “KP” labeling. Does the “P” stand for Pesach or pareve? Unfortunately, the “P” is not used uniformly by all kashrus organizations.
Unfortunately, it is impossible for mashgichim and certification organizations to help us avoid every possible blooper. Rabbi Blumenkrantz posits that it is ultimately the responsibility of the consumer to ensure that every product that enters his home is actually kosher for Pesach.
Regrettably, there exist unscrupulous companies that vary their labeling and degree of integrity. Sadly, some have gotten away with mislabeling products using forged symbols to avoid the cost of certifying products as kosher for Pesach. By the time these instances of deception are discovered, it is usually after Pesach — and already too late.
For example, Rabbi Blumenkrantz decries the use of extra stickers stuck upon a product. Rather, the entire packaging should be designed especially for Pesach. Sometimes Pesach labeling is too similar to year-round products, and as a result, store owners, or those stocking the shelves, inadvertently leave chometz versions side by side with their Pesach’dige counterparts. Only foods that are kept apart from chometz products should be purchased, Rabbi Blumenkrantz advises.
Rabbi Blumenkrantz also points out the common occurrence of double hashgachos. Sometimes a product has more than one hashgacha, yet only one of the two provides certification for use on Pesach. If you are relying on just one of them in particular, make sure to check that the kosher for Pesach endorsement comes from the hashgacha you are depending on. See more details and information in the chapter Food Products on Pesach.
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It’s Leil HaSeder. The men are heatedly debating their way through Maggid, the sporadic bang on the table reminding the crowd about chatzos. Mommy runs her fingers gently over the pile on her lap. I don’t have to look up — I am sure there are tears on her cheeks. Tears of thanks, tears of gratitude. It’s been ten years now, though at this moment, the years seem to fade to nothingness. Mommy holds up the remains of Tatty’s tzitzis from that fateful day, bloody and torn, our own “b’dameyich chayi” — our intimation of “Hakadosh Baruch Hu matzileinu.” I’m transported back ten years to that morning, when my senior year and yearbook were all that filled my mind. That was me, Ahuva Levy, seventeen years old, layout editor, and of course, the daughter who was called upon to help out. On March 14, 2010, as the morning sun shone bright, the only issue on my mind was explaining to my classmates why I would be away for the day. Yes, my father was traveling to be with my grandfather pre-surgery. Yes, my mother insisted that he should not travel alone. Yes, I was the only one able to accompany him on the trip. And yes, the yearbook would have to wait one more day. So sorry, fellow seniors! 118 / THE MONSEY VIEW
No. Not a chance. “Ahuva Levy,” I say. “The yearbook is due tomorrow! You cannot just leave!” Ahuva gives a defeated shrug. “I told you, my mother is insistent that my father shouldn’t travel alone, and no one else can go; I’m the only option. Anyway, we are basically ready for print. There’s just a small stack of corrections left. And I’ll be back before you know it!” I wince as I note the “small” stack. But there is not much more to say. AHUVA
Hoodie. Casual skirt. Check. Sweater. Cardigan. Pleated skirt. Check. Siddur. Brush. Toiletries. Check. I know I’m not a light packer. And I know I’m only going for one day. But, just in case… It can’t hurt to pack a little extra — or can it? I hear Tatty calling. He’s prob-
“Bye, Ma! See you later!” “Have a safe trip!” Mommy calls out. “You’re going for a double mitzvah, to be with Zeide and to keep Tatty company during the drive! Thank you, Ahuva!” I hardly hear the last few words. I dash out the door. Tatty is anxious; he’s pressed for time. He’s supposed to take the night shift with Zeide, and it’s a six-hour drive to the hospital.
Tatty starts to make small talk. It’s funny. I can’t remember the last time I had a conversation like this with him. ably ready to leave. “Coming!” I yell and skip down the steps. Mommy motions to the table. She wants me to eat before we leave. I grab a few bites, but Tatty is waiting at the door. There is no time for a drink — I’ll have one later in the car.
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The rented car drives smoothly. I think Tatty said it wasn’t worth putting extra mileage on the van — or maybe the van was needed back at home. I’ve forgotten which. I lean back and buckle up, but the incessant beeping of the “passenger airbag” won’t stop. “Well, Ahuva, I guess you don’t weigh enough if the car doesn’t sense that you’re here,” Tatty says with a chuckle. “Ta!” I roll my eyes and groan. “If anything it’s because I’m too short!”
Neither of us are too concerned that the passenger airbag is not activated. I mean, it’s a rental car. We’re using this for twelve hours, and then it’ll go right back to the shop. An inactive passenger airbag? How seemingly insignificant! Tatty starts to make small talk. It’s funny. I can’t remember the last time I had a conversation like this with him. Between Tatty’s full schedule and all the kids at home, life is pretty busy. Okay, and I guess my friends — and all that my senior year entails — also take a large part of the day. I look around for a drink. Tatty apologizes that we forgot to bring drinks and says we’ll stop after the American border. No big deal. It shouldn’t be more than another twenty minutes. If only! Life is lived with such certainty until the unthinkable happens. And then a simple drink is a lot more than twenty minutes away. We pass a sign marking the last souvenir shop in Canada. We’re approaching the border. “Ahuva, would you mind taking out the passports?” Tatty asks. I bend down to look through the
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bag that Mommy prepared. I notice Tatty is playing with a button on the dashboard. “Everything okay?” I ask. “Wonderful,” says Tatty in his trademark tune — I think “wonderful” is his favorite word. “I’m just switching the kilometers to miles on the dashboard. It should be right over here...” The soft rain pitter-patters on the windshield. A puddle on the highway goes unnoticed. The car, on cruise, slides right over the puddle... and silently hydroplanes to a land of uncertainty. CHAD
My cousin Omar and I live in Gatineau. For the weekend, we decided to go on a shopping trip across the border, an oft expedition. As night fell, we began our trip home. Remarkably, we finished our shopping earlier than expected and chose to use the remaining time to enjoy the scenic, less-traveled route home. The rain was steady, but the drive was smooth. Suddenly, a car on the other side of the highway cat-
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apulted across the median. Before my eyes, it flipped and crashed into a lamppost. It came to a halt on the shoulder, completely smashed, and I gasped. “Did you see what I saw?” I yelled to Omar. “I doubt anyone in there is still alive,” he replied. I’m a hospital orderly. I’ve seen the worst of things. That car did not look promising. AHUVA
The car bumps onto the shoulder. I’m confused. An accident? We were just in an accident? I don’t recall sliding off the road. I guess I’d been looking down… The air feels heavy, as if we are enveloped in a thick fog. I turn to Tatty. “Tatty?” He doesn’t respond. I lift his hand, but it falls back down, limp. I notice blood on his crisp white shirt. The airbag is pressed tightly against Tatty’s chest; he looks like he needs help. I open the car door. As I step out, I take my coat from my lap and place it back on my seat. I stand on
the shoulder, rain dancing around me. I wave my hands to try to stop a passing vehicle. It feels surreal, like I’m in a storybook. But strangely, I’m not scared. Maybe it’s because I don’t know that the car has just spun off the road — either flipped over or spun around in circles (depending on which eyewitness account you follow) — and landed on the shoulder of the oncoming traffic, stopped by the force of a lamppost it collided with. Almost immediately, a car stops. A man runs over. “My father — my father needs help!” I explain. A second man comes out of the vehicle. They tell me to wait near their car. I see them prying Tatty’s door open. It looks like it’s stuck. The first man removes his belt, loops it around the handle, and together they manage to get the door free. They carry Tatty to the wet, soggy grass nearby. They come back to me. Chad speaks first. “I’ve called an ambulance. Do you want to call someone? Your mother, maybe?” I hesitate. My mother would probably panic if she knew we were in an accident. I’d rather wait until we are at the hospital and find out that everything is okay — and then call her. Seventeen-year-old innocence doesn’t leave room for any other option. Obviously everything must be okay… I opt to call my brother Aharon who is taking the shift with Zeide now. He’ll have to make other arrangements since Tatty definitely won’t be able to take over. I dial Aharon’s number and quickly brief him on the situation. He asks to speak to the man whose phone I’m using. Oh, right; Aha-
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ron’s in Hatzolah — he’ll want all the details. I hand the phone back to Chad. Chad steps away to continue the conversation out of my earshot. Another car stops and a man runs toward me. “Ani Yehudi,” he says. “Come sit in my car until the ambulance comes.” It’s dark and raining. I walk over to the maroon Jeep. There’s a woman sitting inside. She tries to make small talk, telling me everything will be okay. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I see leaping flames. Our car! Despite the heavy rain, the fire is out of control; our car is completely consumed! What about Tatty? For the first time that night, panic sets in. Is Tatty far enough from the car? I beg Chad to check again, and to my relief, he and his friend move Tatty farther away from the blaze. My mind races as I make a mental note of the items in the car: coat, suitcase, passports… Tattys tefillin! Should I mention it to them? The fire ravages on... I wonder if we will be able to salvage anything... I’m forced back to the present. “Does anything hurt you?” the woman asks me. I pause and think. “Maybe my neck? My back?” I know I’m bleeding, but I’m not sure where it’s coming from. I’m not in any major pain. I hear sirens. That’s good. The first ambulance takes Tatty. They don’t let me accompany him; they want to check me out separately, on my own. I wait for the second ambulance. I’m pretty sure that I’m fine, but I submit to emergency protocol. During the 40-minute wait, our four Heaven-sent messengers keep coming to check on me — Chad and Omar from the first vehicle, and the Yehudi with his wife. Finally, the second ambulance arrives. The responders strap me onto a stretcher on the hard,
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wet pavement. Chad takes off his sweater and hands it to me. I guess I can’t hide my shivering. The EMT asks me if I’ve been to Six Flags. I’m confused. “It’ll feel a little like a Six Flags’ ride,” he jokes. Oh. With that we’re off. To where? I don’t know. I guess I will find out soon. CHAD
After watching that horrible car crash, we suddenly noticed a girl emerge from the car, waving for help. We parked on the shoulder and ran over to her. She begged us to help her father. Omar is determined by nature. He’d just returned from army service in Afghanistan, having trained among burning tanks and injured soldiers. The blaze under the hood, the jammed door, and the unconscious driver didn’t faze him. We worked quickly, and thank G-d, by a miracle, we were able to beat the fire in the nick of time. We released the Rabbi moments before the fire reached the gas tank — within seconds the car was totally consumed. Omar and I are Muslim. We’re from Egypt and we are not familiar with Jews, but I can tell you, this was an outright miracle. The Rabbi must be a special man. His G-d must love him.
out. I’m not trying to eavesdrop on the Levy family’s conversation downstairs, but I hear a shriek. And another one. Probably a bug, I think. I shrug and go back to typing. We love you. Add a period. Zeidy & Bobby Schwartz. It’s getting louder. Okay, maybe a mouse. But then I hear a sob. Something sounds very wrong. I tiptoe to the banister. The scene below scares me. I don’t know what to think. As fast as my legs can carry me, I run down the steps, behind the Hatzolah men standing in a row at the front door, behind a sobbing Mrs. Levy, and straight down the block to my house. I’m not breathing! I don’t want to think. Just get me home! AHUVA
The ambulance ride is more than bumpy. I can’t even think of a
I stand on the shoulder, rain dancing around me. I wave my hands to try to stop a passing vehicle.
We’re getting there! I lean back in the chair in Ahuva’s room and keep typing. Page 105 done! Now for the ads. I stretch. Ahh! My fingers are cramping and my back is aching from all this typing. This is so not for me! Where, oh, where is Ahuva?! I wish she would’ve stayed to help
way to describe it. My thoughts are racing, We are due to leave for Eretz Yisroel next Sunday to spend Pesach there with family. I wonder if Tatty will be back to himself by then… or will he need a wheelchair to get down the long airport corridors? Ahuva Levy! I suddenly chide myself. What are you thinking? Maybe Tatty is not okay at all! Maybe Tatty is seriously injured…. Or worse. I shudder. The sudden lights are blinding. We are at the hospital. The doors
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I can’t. I can’t think — and I can’t stop thinking! Most of the neighborhood has heard by now. The whole class is calling me to hear what I know... but I don’t know anything! I don’t want to speak to anyone! I’m scared. Ma and Ta ran out as soon as they heard. They’re driving Ahuva’s mother to the hospital. The reports are that Ahuva is stable, but we don’t know anything about Rabbi Levy. Their names are circulating now; everyone’s saying Tehillim… How can it be? They left less than an hour ago! AHUVA
It’s been a long night with X-rays, scans and all. Tatty was rushed to a higher-level trauma center, and Mommy’s with him. Tova’s father has been at my side all night. My sister Rena is here too, to keep me company. I don’t think either of them have slept a wink. I’m not sure I can claim any better. I’ve memorized the ceiling tiles with my head secured tight by this neck brace.
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And the thirst! Oh, the thirst! I’m still waiting for that drink… But as long as there is fear of serious injury, they won’t let me have even a sip of water. Rena rubs ice cubes around my mouth. It helps slightly. I can’t even lift my arms to help myself; I’m strapped down with monitors and IV lines. I am pretty sure that I’m fine, but I guess until they know that, I’m completely incapacitated. We get reports that Tatty is awake. He’s sustained spinal injury — several crushed vertebrae — and he’ll need surgery. It sounds like there are some other injuries too. A broken rib and sternum, trauma to the lungs… But Tatty is up! The doctors are optimistic. Meanwhile, I wonder when I’ll be discharged. A nurse walks in, followed by a doctor. “All the scans came back clear. We can remove the brace, and you can go home.” I’m ecstatic! To move again! The nurse unstraps the brace. But wait. I can’t move. I try again, but I can’t get up. My voice cracks. “ I can’t,” I say, trying to sound strong, or at
least casual about it. The doctor looks undisturbed. “That is perfectly normal. Whiplash can cause that.” I try to smile back, but it isn’t working so well. The nurse sits me up. Slowly they move me to a wheelchair. I’ve never so much appreciated seeing the walls, the doors... anything but the ceiling!
I’m a hospital orderly. I’ve seen the worst of things. That car did not look promising. Rena takes me to change out of my hospital gown. Where are the clothes that I wore yesterday? I quickly find out... Bloody, cut up, disposed of. These things don’t count when the hospital staff is concerned about real issues. She pulls out a sweater and a skirt. Even dressing myself is a feat — I am so weak.
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A neighbor is driving me and Rena back home. Tova’s father is at the other hospital, where Tatty is now — because that’s where he’s needed more. It’s strange. Since when are these neighbors and friends so involved in my family? True, I know them all from around the neighborhood, but since when are they such a focal part of my life? I quickly learn that the concept of “my life” gets redefined when in crisis mode. Suddenly a “family” you never knew existed becomes tightly interwoven in every aspect of your once-quiet existence. Because you never know just how much people care. The 40-minute drive passes quickly. Home at last! To think that less than twenty hours ago I was packing... Before I can even walk in, I’m greeted warmly. No motherly hug or homecoming here — Mommy is at Tatty’s bedside as they wait for the surgery. But there is care. A lot of care. Food and cards are scattered throughout the kitchen; it looks exactly like the Purim mess Mommy has just finished cleaning up. My teacher Mrs. Rosenbaum, a few of Mommy’s friends, and a group of neighbors are in the kitchen, as is my aunt from Lakewood. I’m overwhelmed by the crowd. Mrs. Rosenbaum holds my hands tightly. Strangely, she’s the one to fill Mommy’s shoes until she’ll come home. Regular activities are stressful. “Eat, eat,” Mrs. Rosenbaum says. But I can’t look down. My neck is a rock. It’s almost impossible to eat. And my mouth, swollen and bruised from the impact, only makes it harder. “So lie down,’” she offers. But I’ve done that for too long. Plus, if someone lays me down, I won’t be able to sit back up until they’ll be back. I think I’d rather just sit and pretend to be a regular, independent seventeen-year-old. “Ahuva, someone’s here for you,” I hear someone call. I’m not sure who isn’t here yet that can still be arriving, but I make my way to the door. At first glance, I notice that my visitor isn’t wearing a sheitel, so it may finally be ageappropriate company… Tova!
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Friendship is a funny thing. Best friends, close friends, “plain” friends… Titles are tossed around freely. But it’s at your most vulnerable moments that true friends are there for you in the truest sense. And no one can take their place. *****
A padded envelope falls out from between the mail I’m holding. It’s been a long week, with mostly good news, but we still have a way to go. Tatty’s spinal surgery was successful, baruch Hashem, and he’s starting to get around slowly, with a walker. The family’s been taking shifts, and we’re hoping that he will be discharged by next week. Plans are in full force to mobilize our home with all we’ll need to bring Tatty home. It’s hard to imagine that it’s just a little more than a week until Seder night. Our tickets to Eretz Yisroel were quickly canceled. In retrospect, our planned trip was clearly part of the Master plan. Mommy had cooked all the Pesach food to bring along, and now, while everyone is completely preoccupied
know from Gatineau? I rip the packaging, and a Hallmark card tumbles out. I reach my hand into the padded envelope. Tatty’s wallet! I’d forgotten about it. The card reads: “Wishing the Rabbi a speedy recovery. Chad Khadr.” I open the wallet; it’s not missing a thing. My curiosity is piqued. Who is this Chad with his hard-wired value system? It takes a few days and a couple of phone calls until we are in contact. He and his cousin Omar want to meet Tatty; we are equally interested in meeting them. The date it set: the first day of chol hamoed. AHUVA
I must say this is a sight. I’m sure there are many interesting ways to spend chol hamoed, but sitting at a dining room table across from a fully clothed Muslim woman sure beats them all. It’s not only her; there are six of them: Chad and his family, and Omar and his. I mean, literally, they are from Egypt! Try explaining to them why our house is covered from top to bottom and we’re serving cut-up fruit and gluten-free pastries — because we’re celebrating that your ancestors drowned...? One of their kids doesn’t like our varied smorgasbord, and he runs out to the car and comes back with a muffin! The gasp is audible. It’s amazing to hear their story. There is not a detail that Hashem did not put into place, each event perfectly orchestrated. To believe that the car spun around to the incoming traffic, landing right in the laps of two trained professionals who were able to move Tatty — who had a crushed spine — without causing any dam-
Try explaining why our house is covered from top to bottom and we’re serving cut-up fruit and gluten-free pastries. with Tatty’s recovery, our complete yom tov menu is packaged neatly in our freezer. As an added bonus, we won’t need to compromise on our family mesorah of only eating food from our own home on Pesach. I finger the envelope. It feels bulky. Gatineau? Whom do we
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age. To think that Tatty’s numerous broken ribs were from his airbag, while I did not have a single injury, since mine was never activated — accidentally? Definitely not. And to think that all that remains of the car is the outer shell — the seats and all belongings were burned to ashes — while we emerged in perfect timing? The nissim are countless. Some we have already heard, and I’m sure there are many more to come. The neighbors — who have quietly stepped out of our lives now that Tatty is back home — are quick to come over. They all thank the two gentlemen and their families. “You’ve done a noble deed,” a heimishe rav from down the block explains. “If you save one person, it’s as if you’ve saved a world.” Looking around the room and at the family surrounding Tatty — the children, the einiklach — I think they find the scene hard to believe. And they get untold credit — they saved Tatty’s life. Yet at the seudas hoda’ah celebrated by 200 guests two short weeks later, it’s perfectly clear to all: Hakadosh Baruch Hu matzileinu.
I flip through my yearbook and find my ad. It’s signed casually, Tatty and Mommy. How much has transpired in three short months. How certain life was, how uncertain things became, and now, chasdei Hashem, we’ve unbelievably come full circle. I close the book. In hindsight I can smile easily; I’ve seen how my life is perfectly orchestrated. Now I’m charged with a mission, to go onward with this message: However certain or uncertain my life seems, I’m a pawn in a Master Plan, and I have a Father on High running my life, with care.
esach is a yom tov steeped in tradition, when our proud ties to our past are most pronounced. From our culinary specialties to the way the children ask the Mah Nishtanah, each family has its own distinct Pesach minhagim, passed down for generations. How beautiful it is to watch as families ardently hold on to their past in the meaningful minhagim that live on in homes across the world. One of those that are still kept in many homes revolves around the prepared Pesach water.
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A Brisker Minhag Born in the Russian town of Kaminetz (Kamyenyetz), Rav Yehuda Leib Shteinman, zt”l, grew up in Brisk (Brest), a town known for strict adherence to halacha and its abundance of chumros. One of these stringencies was their care not to use water from the faucet throughout Pesach. Instead, they’d fill an oversized basin with the prepared Pesach water, which they would use throughout yom tov for both drinking and cooking. In a bygone era, before the advent of a functioning sink faucet with its readily available water, it used to be relatively mainstream to prepare a huge barrel of “Pesach water.” Still today, many abide by this custom, with the reasoning that since it’s impossible to know where and past what the water may have flowed, so long as the water was in one’s possession prior to yom tov, the Kol Chamira applies to the water, too. (This is also the basis for those who don’t purchase any groceries throughout yom tov — so as not to chalilah acquire chometz during yom tov.)
The Broken Barrel One Pesach, in the midst of her cooking, Rebbetzin Shteinman noticed that their basin had a sizable crack and was steadily losing water. Quickly, she grabbed buckets and tape, but her valiant efforts proved inadequate to salvage anything substantial. The Rebbetzin was distraught! And her distress soon turned to panic. How would she cook on yom tov? What would her family eat? How would she provide for their guest? In a choked voice, she told her saintly husband about the massive
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mishap that had occurred. Rav Shteinman, whose gadlus in limud haTorah may have been surpassed only by his middos tovos, took in his Rebbetzin’s distraught countenance and smiled. “The faucet still works, doesn’t it?” “But what about the minhag you have kept all these years? I’m so sorry to be the one to make you break it!” But Rav Shteinman would have none of that. “Let’s remember that this is not halacha. It’s not even a minhag! At most it’s a chumrah on a minhag, which is based on halacha. In fact, this stringency is so far removed from halacha, there is absolutely no reason at all for our water not to be drawn from the tap.” The Rebbetzin seemed doubtful, but her husband reassured her that he was entirely at peace with the decision. “Now simchas yom tov, that’s halacha. Please don’t be distressed!” The following year, the Rebbetzin was intent on making up for the failed year by purchasing a sturdier barrel, but her husband insisted that she put the issue out of her mind entirely. More than ten years went by, and the Shteinman family used water from the tap every Pesach. In 2002, Rebbetzin Tamar Shteinman, a”h, passed away. As the shopping for the upcoming Pesach commenced, Rav
The saintly rav replied, “And do you really think I would so readily cast aside a minhag that I saw at home?”
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Shteinman directed one of his daughters* to buy a new barrel in which to store the Pesach water. “But did Father not say,” his daughter asked, “that this is a minhag just loosely based on a halacha — so loosely, in fact, that it doesn’t even qualify as a chumrah? That is how unnecessary you said it was.” And the saintly rav replied, “And do you really think I would so readily cast aside a minhag that I saw at home?” He went on to explain, “When it was a matter of your mother’s feelings versus my personal desires, I always did my utmost not to cause her shivrei lev. And had I simply assured her that for that one year it didn’t matter, she’d still feel like she failed me. I needed her to believe that it truly didn’t bother me at all… “But now that she has passed on, it’s time to revive this sacred minhag. Let’s go get a new barrel.” *Some sources say it was a grandchild.
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The first hints of spring. A world scrubbed clean. A gleaming white tablecloth. And suddenly, weâ€™re awash in a world of Pesach memories that have left their indelible mark on our minds. Here, writers go back in time and share nostalgic moments that the first liberating bite of matzah evokes.
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OF BIG PEOPLE AND SMALL CUPS By: Chana Gluck
“I call the grapes!” “Nuh-uh, you had the grapes last year!” “Not true, the flowers!” “But Mommy said you can’t call bechers! Mommeeeeeeee!” Mommy is prepping the Seder plate in the kitchen. She is unavailable to referee the annual becher feud. No matter. We’re old hat at this. Fists support squared chins. Roving eyes top scrunched noses. Viable at first place is Mommy’s huge, flowered becher. The matriarch herself will happily sip from a smaller goblet. The grape- and flower-designed cups come next. Neck to neck, we battle. The rose design is prettier. But the grape becher is a teensy bigger. Various pieces of silver and glass are in the running, and at the bottom of the totem pole, the baby becher. “Borei pri hagafen”’ is beveled on its middle. It is not even a revi’is. Nebach. Negotiations are hefty. Brains duel brawn. Agile minds star with manipulative prowess, but nimble fingers deliver the finest pincer tzip.
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And if fresh heel marks are imprinted on certain white-stockinged feet, Mommy will only notice when she does the post–yom tov laundry. When the dust settles, some are happy. The bigger the becher, the wider the Cheshire grin. A few years pass. We’re back at home base and it’s awesome. It’s where we throw age and stage to the wind and fling open strategic kitchen cabinets. Must get in the java; Shulchan Orech is hours away. Ahhh, to inhale Mommy’s comfort food! In the void that us marrieds have left, Youngest Sister has set the Seder table. We’re free to pick up where we left off at the negotiating table. But, wait. Our offspring have beaten us to it. There they sit in happy cousinship, saucers boasting the various bechers of our tinyhood. We look on with motherly beams and offer them our own towering cups in return. They exult. Then, hands rocking carriages, we negotiate. There is good-natured shoving involved. When the dust settles, we laugh. The biggest chortle comes from the one who cradles first prize: a dainty, glass, one-handed cup. Slightly bigger than the baby becher. How we’ve grown!
Grabbing a Mitzvah By: Riki Goldstein
We sat at the long damask-clad table, a family and our guests, usually of the kol dichfin variety. My father led the Seder with great dignity and distinction. I loved his couch, draped in white. I loved his deep voice, saying the Haggadah loudly in just the perfect cadence, the tune as traditional as my great-grandmother Sarah’s salt-water tureen, which graced the middle of our table. Next to my father, on the lefthand side, sat Anthony, a man just slightly younger than him. Anthony was a fixture in our house who attended many Shabbos and yom tov seudos. His sincerity had brought him closer to Yiddishkeit as a young adult. He had a friendly personality, an inquiring mind and a diagnosis of mild Asperger’s. At Yachatz, my father would make his familiar spiel about not allowing anyone to steal the Afikoman, which we all knew was a joke. Then he would tie the Afikoman bag to his gartel, and we would wait for an opportune moment to grab it. One year, right after Yachatz, Anthony stretched out his hand across the table. His fingers loosened the Afikoman bag, and soon he had the booty. “I never took an Afikoman before in my life,” he remarked, gazing at it. When it was Tzafun, time to bargain for a gift, my father gave him a big smile. “I’ll buy you a book,” he offered. “Go to the Jewish book center to choose whatever you’re interested in, and I’ll pay for it.” Anthony happily gave him back the Afikoman, but a few days after Pesach, he called. “About the Afikoman gift, can you buy me a new pair of dress pants instead?” That year was the start of a new tradition. Each year, Anthony’s Afikoman request varied, from a small toaster oven, to a keyboard, to a new coat. And no child or grandchild in our house would ever take the Afikoman when Anthony was present. Because Seder night for my father was — still is! — a time to take care of the needs of a Yid in an innovative, b’kavodig way.
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Treasures in the Matzah Box By: Pessy Steinberg
Some things never change. There will always be towers of cardboard matzah boxes teetering somewhere really high, where curious little hands can’t possibly reach them. The twine wrapped around each box is generally still part of the picture, but there’s one little detail that’s gone missing. I might be dating myself by bringing that forgotten detail back to life, but way back when, we used to wait for a box of matzos to be emptied so that we could lay claim to the precious strip of paper inside. It was just a piece of parchment paper wrapped loosely around the matzos, but to us children it was a precious commodity. This “tracing paper” laid the world of imagination at our fingertips! I still remember the vociferous arguments that punctuated each chol hamoed morning. “It’s mine! I called first!” I would pout indignantly. “Nuh-uh!” was my sister’s sophisticated counter-argument. “You got the tracing paper yesterday, and now it’s my turn!” Eventually, the argument would be settled to mutual satisfaction. The exact mediation process eludes me, but I remember sitting on the
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floor, carefully positioning the prized paper over a page in the coloring book. If someone so much as breathed near me, I would glower in righteous indignation. “Don’t move the paper!” It was a common refrain in the days and weeks after Pesach, as we made good use of the treasured tracing paper provided by that tower of matzah boxes. It’s strange, but I still feel a tremulous thrill when a matzah box is emptied. There’s that niggling hope that maybe it’s my turn and I’ll be rewarded with the tracing paper this time… Except that most matzah boxes don’t come with the ubiquitous paper anymore, and those that do have mangled the precious paper into a thick, uncooperative, opaque specimen that wouldn’t let you trace anything if you tried. And no one even tries. Because with the plethora of Afikoman catalogs and over-the-top entertainment options, our treasured tracing paper doesn’t even stand a chance. Yet I wonder. Will my children remember their dizzying, dazzling toys with the same nostalgia reserved for that humble sheet of paper?
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A PRICELESS PRIZE By: Ruchy Reese
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“Mommy, what should I ask for?” Her eyes gleaming with the joy she dreams of all year, my daughter whispered in my ear that she was the one who’d stolen Zeidy’s Afikoman. At a Seder with more children than I could even count, this was quite a feat. “Well, what would you like?” I asked her. “Ummm…” came the unsure reply. “I have everything already... I don’t really know.” I shot off a few ideas, and she chewed them over. And then it hit me. She could ask for something priceless. Something precious. Something she would cherish forever. But would my young daughter appreciate the value of my idea? I leaned in and whispered in her ear, not sure that she’d have the confidence to ask for such a gem in front of a crowd of people. But then Zeidy posed the fifth question of the night: “Who has my Afikoman?” he asked. At that moment my daughter decided to forego any childhood fancy and opted instead for something that would last far longer. With a shy but determined step forward, she approached Zeidy, and when asked what she’d like in return for the Afikoman, she shyly answered, “A bracha, Zeidy. I’d like for you to give me a bracha.” And with tears in his eyes, that’s exactly what he did.
Whipping Up a Memory B y: M a lya B r a u n e r
Spring has arrived in time for Pesach, and the soft breeze flowing in from the Pesach kitchen window is no match for the heat the oven is emitting. With the large attendance we’re expecting for the seudah, there is no choice but to avail ourselves of this most convenient method for rewarming food on yom tov. I shuffle into the kitchen, half-asleep, to see I’m not the first one up from our family’s mandatory nap to rest up from the first Seder and refresh ourselves for the second. “No cake?” my father asks with a wink. He’s looking for something sweet. With the to-the-zman Erev Pesach work, we don’t usually get to churn out any delicacies for Pesach; we’re just grateful to have a kosher l’Pesach home and plenty of “real” food. And many a Pesach afternoon finds us sisters frying potato chips with peeled potato slices. Or freezing lemonade in little cups to be enjoyed late in the afternoon. But cake? If we don’t manage to make one before yom tov, it waits for chol hamoed. My sister joins us as we huddle in the heat of the kitchen in a still-sleepy haze.
“The oven is on,” she whispers to me as soon as my father is out of earshot, bent over a sefer in the dining room. “Should we try?” I look at her as if she’d fallen off the moon. “How will we make a Pesach cake without a mixer?” “We can beat it by hand.” We decide to try. Enlisting the help of all able-bodied forces, we take turns whipping until our arms are numb from the effort. Each of us is massaging her stiff arms, but the bowl makes its rounds again, until, finally, we are pleased with the stiffness of the snow. We carefully add the rest of ingredients, holding our breaths. We pour the mixture into the cake pan. We put the product of our sheer toil into the oven. We wait. My father eyes us disbelievingly as we join him in the dining room a while later, bringing with us the tantalizing smell of fresh Pesach cake. There’s still some time left until Mincha as we put a thick slice before him, beaming. And back in the kitchen, we each help ourselves to a sliver, and hide the rest of this special Pesach cake away. For Tatty.
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Around the Table By: Ch aya G. Bl u m
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I would never be able to graduate my special status as the youngest. Sitting at the far end of a table filled with my older brothers and their yeshivah friends who dormed too far away to go home for Pesach, I was the little sister, just twelve years old. My mother and I sat at the end of the table. The bachurim had silver bechers, while we had crystal glasses to drink our wine from. They had their Haggados with peirushim, new ones they learned from and discussed excitedly, and their neatly written divrei Torah and chiddushim. I had a stack of Artscroll Haggados in front of me and the papers I had filled with notes from school. I had a system arranged with my father. When I wanted to contribute something from my notes, or my knowledge, or ask him a question, I would wave my white napkin. Then he would turn to me, and the entire table would listen as I read aloud some gem from my Artscroll. The Brisker divrei Torah stopped, the navkaminas and havaminas paused, and everyone would nod gravely as I contributed my thoughts to the learned discussion. I have never forgotten the feeling of being a “deiah” in the family discussion, though I was young and (comparatively) ignorant. And it was with that respect that I finally knew that my brothers had grown up into yeshivah bachurim. I have not yet grown out of enjoying that regard — and, most of the time, I have not yet grown out of offering my opinions.
Making Magic By: Esther Schiff
The quaint little house has passed through many hands since my Zeide reluctantly put it up for sale nearly three decades ago. Did any of those buyers tap into the worlds of memories tucked into each little corner and squirreled away between one creaking step and the next? Even now, when I pass that little house with its neat little garden, I have an overwhelming urge to peek inside. Zeide is no longer here, but his larger-than-life presence is surely embedded in the walls for posterity. Seder night in this house, especially, was simply magical. The dining room was small, though to my four-year-old eyes it was big and overwhelming. So many people sat shoulder to shoulder in that little room. Uncles, aunts and cousins crowded around the table, and the singing was something sublime. Who had the time to look at a little girl hiding under the table and counting shoes? The room was awhirl with song as Shulchan Orech began, but Bubby had eyes and ears just for me. “Come,” she whispered. “I have a secret trick for little girls wearing beautiful Pesach
dresses.” “Like mine?” I asked, all childish hope and dreams. “Is my dress good enough?” Bubby looked at me closely, her eyes twinkling, and said, “It’s for girls wearing white and pink dresses. Just like yours!” I twirled merrily in my new dress that had gone unnoticed until then. In the kitchen, a tray of steaming soup bowls sat on the counter. Bubby lifted one bowl and whispered, “Look at this special trick! I’m going to put your bowl into the freezer!” I gaped. Even at four years old, I knew that soup bowls didn’t belong there! “We’ll count to twenty,” Bubby continued, her stage-whisper loud enough to be heard across the house, “and then our magic bowl of soup will be just right. Not too hot and not too cold!” We counted in loud whispers. It was just Bubby and I, in that homey kitchen that always smelled of baked apples. And when I took that first spoonful of perfect little-girl soup, I knew that Bubby was right. It tasted magical.
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Locusts can fly for 15 hours at a time and eat their body weight in food every day. Though some types of grasshoppers and locusts appear to be nearly identical, their behaviors differ. Grasshoppers are considered solitary creatures, whereas locusts are typically solitary but can also exhibit swarm behavior when the conditions are ripe. During periods of famine, locusts begin to forage for food, often bumping into other locusts doing the same thing. When they come into contact with other locusts for at least five seconds out of every hour, for four consecutive hours, the hormone serotonin is released, which triggers a change in locustsâ€™ behavior, causing them to give up the solitary life and swarm together with a group. Locusts with activated swarm behavior are said to be in the gregarious phase. When swarm behavior is activated, locusts undergo physical changes. Their bodies broaden, wings elongate, and their brains become about 30% larger. They also change colors, trading in their subdued greens for striking blacks, browns, and even bright yellows and oranges. Locust swarms can be so large that they can cover more than 400 square miles at once. Or, in the case of Makkas Arbeh, the entire land of Egypt!
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When in the gregarious state, locusts have been known to eat almost anything, even furniture, clothing and other locusts. The Midrash Hagadol says that the locusts also consumed the corpses of the many people who died during Makkas Arbeh. The sounds of a swarm of locusts chomping can be formidable; their powerful jaws can be heard even from a distance! Once a swarm is activated, hardly anything can stop them. For the last several months, a huge swarm of locusts has been attacking multiple countries in East Africa. It is a huge concern for those communities, as foodstuffs are being wiped out at a rapid pace, plunging many into extreme famine.
By: Ruchy Reese
Locusts, like other insects, can cause respiratory difficulties for those who are sensitive. A swarm of locusts can be a trigger for asthma. The Rocky Mountain Locust, the main species of locust in North America, was considered extinct by 1902. Until that point, swarms of locusts ravaged the United States from time to time. Locusts are edible and enjoyed by many around the world, though only four types are kosher. It is forbidden to eat locusts unless one has a clear mesorah describing which ones are permissible to eat… Not that many of us would want to!
Despite suffering the stupendous loss of their entire agriculture system, the Mitzriyim were thrilled that they’d be able to eat the locusts that were plaguing them. To that end, they pickled them by the hundreds, but when Hashem called away the swarm, even the locusts in the barrels disappeared. The Kli Yakar says that the locusts in Mitzrayim were blind, causing them to be insatiable, because as the Gemara teaches, one who is unable to see their food doesn’t find satisfaction. But why were they blind? One answer, provided by the Panim Yafos, states that they were blind because there were simply so many of them that they completely blocked out the sun, preventing them from seeing at all. Mitzrayim had been in an ongoing dispute over borders with the Bnei Cham up until Makkas Arbeh. Once the locusts covered the land of Egypt, however, the dispute was laid to rest, as the locusts only plagued Mitzrayim, stopping at the borders.
The Midrash Tanchuma teaches that Makkos Arbeh was because the Mitzriyim forced the Bnei Yisroel to toil in their fields. Middah k’neged middah, the locusts destroyed all of their crops. Fascinatingly, the Baal Haturim says that the arbeh did not swarm on Shabbos.
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Classifieds FOR SALE FORMULA צו פארקויפן ניאויקעיט $25 קען1 פאר$30 פארמאלע : קעןס און מער רופט10 פאר 845.426.3237 BUSINESS FOR SALE Busy popular and profitable nail and beauty salon for sale in the heart of monsey. This is perfect for someone who is already in the beauty business. Contact Izzy for details and price . Serious buyers only 845-325-6137 BUGABOO/BEES FOR SALE Starting at $295. Trade in your old stroller for something new. Also selling accessories. Brande new bugaboo cameleons for sale. New phone number: 347436-6314. New arrivals daily CHEAP STAMPS Forever stamps at a discounted price. 845-5876553 DRESSER FOR SALE Beautiful 3 door Italian dresser with mirror for sale. High sheen mahogany. Brand new condition. Best offer, pictures available, txt only 8457460486
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FOR SALE 14 Alan Rd Spring Valley. Check out this Great 2Floor Condo townhouse W/ Finished Basement,asking $298k Great location.Call/ Text 347-512-5137. buyers/ brokers are welcome.
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ROOM FOR RENT very large room for rent in Bates area. Suitable for office or playgroup etc. 845 746 7251
JOB OPENING Established Monsey company seeking qualified individual to join an already successful team. Candidate must be organized, diligent and very proficient in Excel. Office experience preferred. Full Time. Excellent pay. Please email resume: email@example.com.
HELP WANTED VOLUNTEERS NEEDED/ AVAILABLE To volunteer to feed the sick or elderly, OR if you are in need of this service, Please call 845-352-1016 LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEER local drivers for chessed. Please call 845-352-1016 ACCOUNTANT Boutique Accounting Practice looking for an experienced accountant to join our team. Email resume to: jobs. firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax resume to (646) 792-3313 F/T SECRETARY NEEDED Property management Company is looking for a f/t secretary. office Experience required. Please email resume to rcmanageoffice@ gmail.com
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FREE ISSUE 244 APRIL 6, 2020
ערב פסח י”ב אדר תש”פ
FROM A LITTLE LEAFLET TO A PESACH LEGACY The backstory of Rabbi Blumenkrantz’s book
CRUNCHIES FOR YOUR MUNCHIES Satisfying snacks to stock your Pesach pantry
Cho metz ! Hun t for Kids hidde n Find the ten pieces of chom etz
SEDER NIGHT NOSTALGIA Writers share their most heartwarming Pesach memories
A MESSENGER FROM MITZRAYIM And a miracle on the road
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