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(Re: The Secrets of the Kokosh Saga, Issue 246) First, a huge shoutout to your absolutely amazing magazine! We make sure to leave no major work for Wednesday so that we should have enough time to read The Monsey View from cover to cover, and recently, when we traveled overseas on a Thursday, we saved your magazine for our ten-hour-long plane ride. Thank you! Last week, I read the article about the kokosh cake saga and right then and there decided to bake a batch (even though we did not have all the ingredients in the house). Later my sister read the article. When she finished, she said, “Can you give me a slice of babka? That article made me crave one!” She wasn’t dismayed by the results; it was absolutely delicious! She was very disappointed, though, when she wanted another slice (not saying what number slice...). There was simply nothing left. Babka-Loving Sisters
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(Re: Basic Family-Size Cakes, Issue 246) Thank you so much for the great cake recipes. Being a non-baker — or at least, so I thought — I haven’t tried my hand at baking cakes in several years. And then along came COVID-19, and with the lockdown, I decided to try making your cinnamon marble cake. It came out amazing! It’s a total no-fail recipe that I’ll be saving for years to come. Thank you, B.F. P.S. I didn’t have any large-size pans in the house, so I split the recipe between a 9x13 and a small square pan. They both came out
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LOVELY LINEUP (Re: Issue 246: At Home in the Kitchen) The superbly written articles in this past week’s issue were a delightful treat! I especially enjoyed the articles about cooking with a Yiddishe kop and the kokosh cake feature. Would love to see more of those. Thanks again! M.B.
NOT A TIME FOR CAMP (Re: Corona Diaries) “Camp Corona” would be a wonderful idea if only there weren’t (so, so many) Yiddishe karbanos; families suddenly losing dear parents and grandparents; the loss of (too many) chashuve rabbanim and marbitzei Torah; and so many families who have been challenged financially… A schedule is definitely a must for kids. It can even include a slot for singing (kumzitz), exercise/dancing (so kids get to move), playing (a game or building toy) with a parent, baking, etc. However, I don’t think that it’s appropriate that parents ensure that their children have a “wonderful” time to look back at. Even the writer wrote that it didn’t feel right. There’s a difference between having a good time, and having a grand time. As Yidden we need to make sure that both ourselves and our children grow from this situation. This is a time to develop ahavas Yisroel, being nosei b’ohl, letting go of our selfcenteredness, and not taking life for
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granted. (My husband is not adding sugar to his coffee these days.) Although there’s usually a lot of humor and laughter in our home, I told my children that we should laugh less because there are so many Yidden suffering. Whenever we do get into a laughing mode, we remind each other that we should stop. (By the way, there’s a halacha not to laugh with an open mouth l’zecher the churban Beis Hamikdash.) We also have a slot in our daily routine when we thank Hashem, writing down some things we’re thankful for. After Pesach I cut back on cleaning help throughout the week so the children are much busier and can chap arein more kibbud av v’eim… This might work for some families. You may also consider adding a family contest. Some ideas are: Saying Asher Yatzar; saying brachos aloud so someone answers amen; speaking lashon tov; saying something kind about a sibling (or any other Yid — Hashem loves to hear how good His children are); completing Tehillim daily/weekly/ monthly, depending on size and ages of family members. We know Hashem is tachlis hatov, so what is the point of the virus (or any other tzarah for that matter)? So that we grow into better people! May we be zoche to have the proper perspective on how to view and grow from this matzav. Sincerely, S. G. Weiss
MAY HASHEM COMFORT AND STRENGTHEN (Re: Your Voice, Issue 245) First of all, I have to share how I await The Monsey View every week. I love to play the Boggle game (even if I
don’t win), especially now, when it is a welcome distraction. I read the letter from the Friedrich family. Kol hakavod. We all look up to them. May Hashem keep them strong and help them continue with their daily lives. And I daven that Hashem should give koach to all those who are suffering, and may we be zoche to Moshiach very soon, please. A Moved Monseyite
PRETTY IN PINK (Re: Capture the Spring, Issue 245) The feature on cherry blossoms and the accompanying photos provided such a breather for me at this hectic time; I kept turning back to the photos to feast my eyes on them. I almost felt like I went on a mini vacation. Thank you. Additionally, the hands-on, easy-to-follow tips on photographing kids alongside cherry blossoms had me scouring the neighborhood for cherry blossom trees. I was so surprised to see one across the street and one next door. I’d never even noticed them. I followed the tips, with spectacular results — of course, because my kids are gorgeous. Thanks so much for the inspiration. H.M.
WORTH THE WAIT (Re: Babka Goes Elegant, Issue 237) In the Purim issue you featured a babka recipe, which I saved, knowing I’d like to try it after Pesach. It was a hit! In the past, I kept trying different recipes, looking for the perfect one, but now my search has finally ended! This is by far the best recipe I’ve ever tried. The dough
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2) Sefer Pele Yoetz (Erech Kibbud Av) — this source is also brought in the sefer V’Higadita (Shemos, p. 385) by Rav Yaakov Galintzky, zt”l, who lists an additional source as well. M.Z.
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A MERIT FOR THE NESHAMAH For those who are unable to say Kaddish, it may be a chizuk for them to be made aware of the following: Rav Michel Stern, shlit”a, in his sefer Otzer HaYedios (Vol. 2, p. 373) quotes the Yosef Ometz (p. 331), which says that limud haTorah helps for the neshamah of the niftar seven times more than Kaddish and davening. The zechus of the Torah learned in the merit of the niftar helps bring him into Gan Eden. The Yosef Ometz was an early Acharon and is quoted by the Bach in Even Ha’ezer (siman 145, si’if katan 6). For other sources (for the merit of a son’s learning as a zechus for a parent) see: 1) Sefer Shemiras Halashon (Shaar HaTorah, 9th perek)
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WHAT YOU CAN DO We are currently in an eis tzarah, and we are all davening for it to end. Many of us are feeling helpless in the area of hishtadlus in regard to loved ones in the hospitals. While we all know what is going on in many of the hospitals here in New York, many of us aren’t aware of the extent of it, and the fact that there are other options. It doesn’t have to end this way. Don’t feel helpless. Here’s what you can do: 1. If there is no alternative but to have your loved one taken to the hospital, do your research, and have them taken to a hospital where they’ll be cared for properly, and a hospital where you’ll be able to closely monitor what’s going on. Governor Coumo has issued a statement, saying that “Health care providers are relieved of recordkeeping requirements to the extent necessary, including maintenance of medical records. Any person acting reasonably and in good faith under this provision shall be afforded absolute immunity from liability.” You don’t want that for your loved one! There are hospitals, and there are hospitals. Do your research. This is a matter of life and death! A friend of mine insisted her mother be taken to a hospital in Connecticut, where they have one nurse per patient. The nurses there are providing constant updates and are truly doing everything to help the patients recover — unlike what’s happening at
some other hospitals. Not all hospitals are as overcrowded and neglectful. 2. If you currently have a loved one suffering neglect in one of the hospitals, insist on a transfer. Insist on it because their life depends on it. Do whatever you can. Don’t allow yourselves to be silenced. The world is unrecognizable, but things haven’t, in fact, changed this much in just a matter of weeks. Other hospitals did not close down; transfers should still be possible! Here’s what you can do to help others, and to prevent further suffering: 1. If you are aware of severe neglect in the case of someone you know/knew, speak up! Get it out there! If we have thousands of people rallying for a cause, we can effect change! There are things that can be done. We are not without alternative options. 2. We need to insist on allowing people at their loved ones’ sides. Just one person per patient can make all the difference. Hospital protocol aside, this doesn’t make sense. You have already been exposed to the virus. Many of us are in quarantine anyway. If they so insist, agree not to leave the hospital until this passes. We can save lives this way! By allowing ourselves to be shut out of the hospitals, the medical staff is free to do whatever they want. You wouldn’t have allowed a loved one alone in the hospital a mere two months ago, and you definitely wouldn’t allow this to happen now, when someone by the patient’s side is all the more crucial! We can’t afford to be silent. Allowing loved ones by patients’ sides can save lives! While this virus is terribly contagious, it shouldn’t have to be as fatal for so many of us. May Hashem have rachmanus on all of us and remove this terrible mageifah from our midst, and may he bring Moshiach soon. Concerned for Safety
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PA RS H A S EMOR Râ€™ Elya Lopian, ztâ€?l, presents an interesting mashul. Two men in Russia were arrested. One of the men, who had been found with thousands of counterfeit bills in his possession, was sentenced to one year in prison. The other man, who was found in possession of a printing press designed for printing counterfeit bills, was sentenced to seven years in prison. Upon hearing of the discrepancy in sentencing, the second man protested, claiming that it was unfair that he should receive seven times the sentence of the first man. He pointed out that the first man had thousands of counterfeit bills in his possession, whereas he himself had none. The judge explained that having the printing press for counterfeit bills was a far greater crime, for the owner of the press could print an unlimited
amount of counterfeit money, while the first person would eventually run out of counterfeit bills. Râ€™ Lopian explains this mashul as follows. A person who has bad middos is in a worse position than a person who has aveiros on their hands, because bad middos are like the printing press, whereas the aveiros themselves are like the counterfeit bills. The person with bad middos has unlimited potential for doing aveiros, chas vâ€™shalom. A practical example of this would be a person with an anger problem. Unless he corrects his anger problem, it is likely that he will continue to hurt other people for years and years to come through his angry words and actions. Having the middah of kaâ€™as is worse than having spoken in anger a few times, for kaâ€™as is the source of the sin. Similarly, Râ€™ Elimelech Biderman, shlitâ€?a, cites the Rambam that just as a person must do teshuvah for his sins, so too must a person do teshuvah for his bad middos, such as anger or hatred. This weekâ€™s parsha contains the mitzvah of counting sefirah, as it says, â€œUsâ€™fartem lachem mimacharas haShabbos miyom haviyachem es omerâ€Śâ€? (Vayikra 23:15). The Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh notes that the mitzvah regarding sefirah â€” usâ€™fartem (you shall count) â€” has the same shoresh as the word sapir (sapphire stone). The second luchos were made of sapphire stone (Vayikra Rabbah 32:2). The Ohr HaChaim explains that our neshamos can be compared to sapphire stone, which loses its shine when it becomes dirty. Similarly, when a person commits aveiros, their neshamah loses its shine. When we count sefirah, we have the ability to polish our neshamos until they are ready for Kabbalas HaTorah. With so many people home together all at once for so many hours each day during the pandemic, the opportunities to work on our middos abound. Many of us know exactly which middos we need to work on, but if not, vatranus (giving in) is a good one to start with. Râ€™ Biderman points out that being mevater increases peace and is mesugal for yeshuos.
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He brings a source from the pasuk, “If you see the donkey of your enemy buckled under its load, would you refrain from helping him? You shall surely help along with him” (Shemos 23:5). Onkelus translates the words “azov ta’azov” (you shall surely help) as, “Remove from your heart everything you have against him, and help him unload the donkey.” The Bris Menuchah explains this to mean that if a person puts aside any negative feelings against another person, then Hashem will remove all sins and troubles from him, and bring him yeshuos. The period of Sefiras Ha’Omer is a particularly auspicious time for refining and elevating ourselves. The Omer offering, is waved before Hashem. The Omer offering is barley, which Chazal explain is used as food for animals. In contrast, the offering on Shavuos is bread, which is the food of humans. Contrasting these two offerings, we see that the period of Sefiras Ha’Omer is a time when we can move beyond our base animalistic nature to reveal our higher, spiritual selves. The Nesivos Shalom explains that when we wave the Omer offering it involves shaking, which symbolizes our shaking off our more physical nature. Rabbi Abba Wagensberg, shlit”a, explains that there is a hint to this in this week’s parsha, which mentions “waving” seven times. The seven wavings correspond to the seven weeks between Pesach and Shavuos, and each week of sefirah, in turn, corresponds to one of the seven days of the creation of the physical world. In these difficult times, we surely need yeshuos. May we use the auspicious time of sefirah to work on our middos and be zoche to the ultimate yeshuah, bimheira b’yameinu.
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Rockland Parks Reopen as Coronavirus Cases Dip News that Rockland County parks are once again open to visitors came as good news to some, but not to all. After a three-week-long closure, Rockland reopened all but one of its county parks on May 1. County officials called on visitors to continue social distancing practices and to wear masks, and noted that parking spaces are being restricted in an effort to prevent overcrowding. County parks were opened to walkers only, with playgrounds, restrooms, pavilions, lawn areas, park benches and picnic tables remaining off limits, at least for now. The official announcement from County Executive Ed Day said that Rockland’s towns and villages would also be opening their parks, but Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoemann said that he was keeping his town’s parks shut until data emerged showing that reopening them to the public posed no safety risks. Walking trails and open spaces in Ramapo parks opened last weekend. While town playgrounds and basketball courts
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“Hello? Hello?” The woman on the other end sounded impatient. “Yes, hello, I hear you.” Elisheva replied. “Good, good. Is this the Potolsky residence?” “Yes, it is.” “Are you the ones from the sefer Torah?” “I’m sorry?” Not that Elisheva didn’t know what she was referring to, but the sentence was worded so strangely, and the tone was so accusing, as though she was asking, “Are you the ones from the famous robbery?” or something like that. “Well, ‘sorry’ might be a very good thing for you to say, but we’re not up to there yet. Let’s start at the beginning: Are you the donors of the sefer Torah?” Her syntax had improved somewhat, but the tone was the same — somewhat aggressive. “May I ask who’s calling?” Elisheva asked as she leaned back in her chair. The caller was silent for a moment. “Why?” she asked. “Because something about this call sounds strange to me, so I’d like to conduct it in a normal way, step by step.” Again there was silence. “You’re right,” the woman said, the slightest bit contrite now. “I
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am very angry, but it’s possible that you’re not the one I’m angry at. So, my name is Blumi Hartstein. I want to know if you’re donating a sefer Torah to the Yotzei Eretz Chanichei Hayeshivos community in Romema?” “Yotzei Eretz?” “It’s actually an acronym for Aram Tzova. You know, the Halabi community.” “Oh, yes. That’s us.” Elisheva stood up and went over to the railing. “How did you get to me?” “Dweck, their gabbai, gave my husband your name.” “I see. So, how can I help you, Mrs. Hartstein?” “Do you have a son, a yeshivah bachur, about twenty or twentyone years old?” “No.” “No?” “I have an eighteenyear-old son.” “Eighteen? Um… could be. Does he learn mishnayos for niftarim at night?” “What?!” “Does he learn mishnayos for deceased people at night? You know, when the levayah only takes place the next morning.” “Not at all.” This phone call was getting more bizarre by the second. “No?” The singular syllable was enough to indicate to Elisheva that the woman’s voice had faltered somewhat. “No…?” Until now, Elisheva had felt under attack, without knowing why. But now she suddenly sensed something weak and fragile about the caller. “No,” she repeated in a gentle tone. “I’m sorry.” “You’re sorry? What about?” “That I can’t help you.” “Well, maybe you can still help me, even if it’s not your son.” “Who is not my son?” There was clearly something not right with this woman. “The bachur whom I gave the
envelope to.” “Envelope?” “Yes. You don’t know anything about it?” Elisheva tried to remember. “No,” she said calmly. The woman’s voice sharpened again. “Then how did our silver yad ‘mysteriously’ make its way to you, Mrs. Potolsky?” ***** “One mystery has been resolved, but only partially, in my opinion.” Elisheva leaned on the couch and sorted men’s shirts for ironing. “So it seems that one of our old neighbors’ sons got the envelope from this woman, and his younger brother or sister must have found it and then came down to our apartment to
“He must have lost it.” “So how did he not try to search for it? How come he didn’t get back to Mrs. Hartstein, at least to apologize? Let her know? Why did he just disappear?” “As long as we don’t know what happened, how can we judge him? The main thing is that the yad was now found. She gave you some signs?” Elisheva smiled. “Yes, but she’d already seen the picture of it.” “One small, blurred picture. But you said that she knew the exact size, and that it’s smaller than the standard yad.” “Right.” Elisheva became thoughtful. “This story is so strange.” She placed one of Binyamin’s shirts in the pile. “I’m trying to think who from our old building could have done it. There are three bachurim of the right age, but it’s certainly not Brody’s son. His parents wouldn’t let him do such a thing.” “Which thing?” “To go learn for niftarim in the middle of the night…” “He’s twenty-three already, isn’t he?” “Still. I don’t think it’s a place for a yeshivah bachur, and I’m sure that Chaya Brody agrees with me about that. Their home is one with a very strong chinuch. Not that I mean to say anything about the others…” “So do you want to call the other two families?” “Why? The yad will be returned to its owner.” “And we’ve found one solution to one of these recent mysteries…” He chuckled and stood up. “You know, it’s likely that the other things are as simple as they seem, and there’s nothing mysterious about them.” She looked at him questioningly. “Are you sure?” “Sure? I can’t be sure about something I don’t know. But I imagine so.”
“You’re right,” the woman said, the slightest bit contrite now. “I am very angry, but it’s possible that you’re not the one I’m angry at.”
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play with it one afternoon. You know, we often hosted lots of kids in the afternoons…” “Yes,” Eliyahu said, listening attentively. “And it’s possible that the bachur did not see our ads about the yad that we found, because he’s in yeshivah. And his parents didn’t know about it. And the little boy or girl doesn’t know how to read.” “Okay.” Eliyahu shook his head slowly from side to side. “But it’s also possible that the bachur himself read the ads, but just didn’t know what was in the envelope that he had been given.” “But he should know that he hadn’t returned the envelope to its owner, no?”
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“Maybe you’re right.” Through the glass doors to the balcony, she could see an inky black sky; from this angle, Elisheva could see twinkling lights across the city. She imagined they were mostly streetlights, because how many houses had the lights on at a quarter past two in the morning? “Did you talk to the girls this evening?” “To Tzippy, yes, but I didn’t get to Miri. I’ll call her from work tomorrow, when the babies are sleeping.” ***** At exactly 1:45 p.m., when the second of the Dvir twins finally joined his sleeping friends, Miri called her. “What’s doing, Mommy?” she asked, sounding a bit breathless. “I just came home. I picked up Shmuely from the babysitter, and now I’m warming up some lunch.” “How was your morning at work?” “Baruch Hashem. The girls in this kindergarten are really cute.” “Were you also there yesterday? We didn’t end up speaking.” “No, I have this class only on Wednesday. I guess it was just a busy day for both of us yesterday. What’s doing at home?” “We might have solved the mystery of the silver yad!” Elisheva said, sounding a tiny bit triumphant. “I
mean, the mystery isn’t really solved, but now we know who it belongs to.” “Really?! Who?” “A woman from London named Blumi Hartstein. She’s originally from Bnei Brak, I think, or maybe that’s where her brothers live now… I’m not sure exactly.” “How did you get to her?” Miri asked, mashing the potatoes she had cooked the day before. “She got to me.” Elisheva walked carefully around the room, checking the cribs of each of the sleeping babies, before getting ready to eat something. Gitty, her coworker, was already sitting at the table with some cookies, throwing expectant glances at her every few seconds. Elisheva knew that Gitty was expecting her to join, as she usually did at this hour. But she could not keep this strange story bottled up anymore. “She saw the picture of the yad in the newsletter of the Halabi community. They wrote about the sefer Torah and asked us for a picture of it and of the silver yad. The yad belonged to this woman’s father.” “But how did it land under our fridge?” Although more than a year and a half had passed since her marriage, Miri still called the refrigerator in her parents’ home “our fridge.” “Do you know her, Mommy? Has she ever visited?” “No, I don’t know her. I’m not sure how it ended up in our house. This
Mrs. Hartstein told me that she gave the yad in a closed envelope to a bachur who came to learn mishnayos at her parents’ house the night before her father’s levayah. The bachur later disappeared, without her knowing who he is or how to get hold of him.” “Nu?” Miri suddenly sounded tense, strained. Strange. “It was funny — the first thing she asked me was if I have a son who learns mishnayos at night for dead people.” Elisheva smiled to herself as she mentally replayed the call, which had started off so badly but ended with good wishes on both sides. “She was very disappointed to learn that I do not, but was encouraged when she realized that it doesn’t change the fact that the yad is apparently the same one we found. How it got to us? That’s a question we still can’t answer.” “But you do have one, Mommy.” Miri’s voice sounded even stranger. “What do I have? An answer?” Elisheva took out her container of cut-up vegetables from her bag, hoping that Gitty would pick up on the movement from a distance and realize she was on her way to sit down next to her. “No,” Miri said. Standing in her kitchen, she tightened her grip on the potato masher. “You do have a son who learns at night for niftarim.” To be continued...
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NJ Governor Murphy Praises Trump Administration Response to COVID-19 THE PULSE: Democratic New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy praised President Trump
and the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At a visit to the Oval Office hosted by the president, Governor Murphy said, “I thank you for the enormous help in our darkest hour of need,” and “Now I think we’re going to be in a very good place, thanks to you and your team.” New Jersey is one of the states hardest hit by the pandemic and has benefited from the administration’s actions in securing ventilators and personal protective equipment. THE IMPACT: Much of the news cycle has focused on the political squabbling between the
president and state governors. Much of the quarreling pits Democratic governors against the Republican president. The public praise of the administration’s actions by a prominent Democratic governor is good news for the president. It helps to highlight some of the good work that the administration is doing that often gets lost in the noise of partisan bickering.
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Joe Biden Announces Vice Presidential Search Committee THE PULSE: Joe Biden announced the formation of
a committee that will help him choose his vice presidential nominee. Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester, and former Senate Counsel Cynthia Hogan are the four co-chairs of the committee. THE IMPACT: The committee is said to be consider-
ing more than a dozen different candidates. Biden said that the most important factor would be to choose someone who is “simpatico” with his views. Biden also said that former President Obama advised him that what worked for him was to pick someone who “has capacities, [and] has strengths, where I have weaknesses.” Biden’s search committee is limited to considering female candidates, as Biden has publicly committed to choosing a female running mate. If Biden carries through with his pledge, it would be only the third time in American history that a woman runs as a vice presidential candidate. Geraldine Ferraro ran at the bottom of the 1984 Democratic ticket that featured Walter Mondale as the Democratic presidential candidate, and Sarah Palin ran with John McCain in the 2008 election. Both of these tickets went down to defeat.
Representative Justin Amash Announces Presidential Bid THE PULSE: Michigan Representative Justin Amash
announced his intention to seek the Libertarian party’s presidential nomination and to mount a third-party challenge to President Trump. Amash was elected to Congress as a Republican. He was one of the founding members of the Conservative Freedom Caucus and was a darling of the Tea Party movement. Amash is a longtime critic of President Trump. He was the lone Republican to publicly state that the Mueller report established that the president “has engaged in impeachable conduct.” He eventually quit the Republican party and chose to identify as an independent. Amash joined with congressional Democrats and voted to impeach the president over his actions in the Ukraine affair. His political philosophy has always been libertarian; he is a staunch opponent of big government spending and is often described as a political maverick. THE IMPACT: Amash’s candidacy will likely draw more votes away from Joe Biden than Donald Trump.
Most Republican supporters of Donald Trump are solidly in his corner and fully committed to voting for him. Amash will likely appeal to Never Trump Conservatives who are looking for an alternative to the president. He may succeed in pulling some of these disenchanted voters away from Joe Biden. Third-party candidates face enormous hurdles and have rarely been capable of mounting serious challenges to the candidates of the two mainstream parties. In most instances, third-party candidates have played the role of spoiler and have often inadvertently helped their ideological opponents. Many blame Ralph Nader’s thirdparty candidacy in 2000 for pulling votes away from Al Gore, and Jill Stein’s Green Party candidacy in 2016 for siphoning votes from Hillary Clinton. The most successful third-party bid of the modern era was the 1992 campaign of Ross Perot, which succeeded in capturing close to 19% of the popular vote but failed to win even one vote in the electoral college.
Leadership in Times of Crisis OPINION: President Trump has undoubtedly been dealt a bad hand. A few months away from a presidential election, the economy was humming, the stock market was at record highs, and unemployment was at record lows. Then along came COVID-19 and changed all that. However, a national crisis does not in itself spell doom for a political leader. A crisis is an opportunity. In times of crisis, people feel vulnerable; they require effective leadership and look to their leaders to provide it, and then they reward these leaders accordingly. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the voice of strength and guidance for a generation rocked by the Great Depression and World War II. President Clinton turned his fortunes around with his response to the Oklahoma City bombing, and President George W. Bush saw his favorability numbers skyrocket in the aftermath of 9/11. Today, many state governors have experienced a rise in their poll numbers. They have favorability ratings that are higher than they have ever been. Despite the suffering and economic uncertainty that has been wrought by COVID-19, the electorate is supporting them. Yet President Trump has seen his poll numbers slide and his favorability numbers decline. The administration has taken strong action to help prop up the economy and has worked hard to secure ventilators and PPEs. This past week the administration announced the formation of “Operation Warp Speed” to rush the development of a vaccine. Yet these valiant efforts to combat the virus do not appear to be earning Trump the support of the electorate. The key to this enigma may lie in Trump’s style of
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communication. Leadership in times of national distress requires empathy and compassion. To date, President Trump has publicly hosted many business and political leaders to discuss the response to COVID-19. However, his interactions with families of the deceased and the suffering have been notably limited. Additionally, in times of distress, people yearn for national camaraderie, yet Trump’s comments tend to veer to the political. Trump’s stylistic preference is to project an image of strength. Emotional encounters are not his forte. Yet projections of strength must also be grounded in realism. In his effort to project American greatness, Trump has failed to prepare the citizens of the country for the reality that they now face. He overplayed the country’s testing capacity. He unrealistically announced that he was expecting packed crowds to return to America by mid-April. He touted the benefits of hydroxychloroquine as a “game-changer” before establishing its efficacy. He continues to insist that the economy will quickly rebound. As Americans settle into their new reality, they question whether they can rely on the president’s pronouncements for a realistic assessment of the current situation. The president has created his own leadership void. This past week, former President George W. Bush addressed the nation. “Let us remember how small our differences are in the face of this shared threat,” Bush said. “In the final analysis, we are not partisan combatants. We are human beings equally vulnerable and equally wonderful in the sight of God. We rise or fall together, and we are determined to rise.” President Trump would be wise to listen and take a page out of the playbook of a president who was dealt a crisis and won a second term.
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Schools are shut down. Life is at a standstill. Everything is so different. Yet some things are still the same. Lag Baâ€™omer is still coming up, and many of us have upsherins to plan. So whether youâ€™re preparing a simple event just for family or hoping for a big bash to be possible somewhere in the near future, enjoy the hints and tips and good cheer that define this upsherin spread. And as always, enjoy the simcha and nachas regardless of the length of your guest list.
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I went with a rustic garden vibe. Here’s how I achieved that look. Use any of these ideas as inspiration for your next party. I used wood wall panels as a tabletop. (Source: The Home Depot — they need to be cut to size.)
An extra-large leaf makes an unusual and simply beautiful placemat. Call your florist and inquire about bulk pricing if you need a lot.
Green leaf fillers from your florist make for a great finishing touch. I attached it to the napkins with a piece of white ribbon.
Just a few bunches of tulips brighten up any space. Arrange each color in different teapots, mini vases, rustic watering cans or whatever you have at home. (Craft and bargain stores are great for such finds.)
Bunches of baby’s breath are pretty affordable, look pretty showy and give the tablescape a garden feel.
A cake makes for a great centerpiece, and it allows you to get away with less flowers. Leave the cake unadorned, and top with some fresh flowers. A good hack for a centerpiece cake is to use a box cake mix — no one will know the difference.
Fruit-infused water also looks super attractive on the table.
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Since the party is all about the upsherin boy, I like to set an exciting, kid-friendly (candy-plenty!) table in addition to the pretty table decor for adults. I used a grass runner to create a fresh spring vibe.
Multicolored, striped scrapbook paper make great placemats. Choose one that matches your theme. (Cut to size if necessary.)
Dip the rim of the cups into a combination of water and lemon juice, and immediately dip into sugar crystals for a fun accent.
For that customized look, you can create your own coloring book. It gives a personalized touch, and as an added bonus, it keeps the kids occupied. • I used the Crayola Color Camera App to convert photos into coloring book pages. (I asked the printer to lay out the photos accordion style.) Alternatively, you can use upsherin-themed clip art. • Add a mini pack of crayons or colored pencils, include some stickers, and wrap them with a piece of scrapbook paper or a ribbon.
I like to prepare pekelach that the kids are excited to give — colorful with visible nosh. Candied popcorn in a color matching your theme makes a great filler.
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Ingredients 3 cups flour ¼ cup sugar ½ tsp. salt 1 oz. yeast ½ stick margarine 1 whole egg
/3 cup water
Directions 1. Prepare all ingredients in your mixer. Mix for 8 minutes. 2. Divide the dough into three balls. 3. Roll out each ball of dough and form small balls with your hands. Place on a cookie sheet. 4. Prepare an egg wash and brush over rolls. Sprinkle with topping of your choice, such as sesame seeds, poppy seeds or everything spice. 5. Bake at 400° for 20 minutes.
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Swiss Buttercream Frosting This recipe holds up beautifully.
Ingredients 5 egg whites, at room temperature 1Â˝ cups sugar 4 sticks butter or margarine 1 tsp. vanilla Food coloring of your choice, optional
Directions 1. Separate eggs in a bowl. Add sugar and whisk in a double boiler until silky smooth (or until it reaches 160Â° F). 2. Pour into a mixer and mix on high speed until stiff peaks form. 3. Gradually add butter or margarine. Add vanilla. Add food coloring, if using. 4. Place the cream in a piping bag and pipe onto cupcakes. 5. Decorate with topping of your choice.
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Yields 2 quarts
Ingredients 6½ cups water
¼ cup lime juice
¾ cup lemon juice
1 cup sugar
Approximately 24 large fresh mint leaves (use more if leaves are small) 6 oz. gin, optional (available at your local liquor store)
Directions 1. Mix water, lemon, lime and sugar well, until sugar is dissolved. 2. Take off 1 to 2 cups of the mixture, and pour into a blender. Add mint leaves and blend until leaves are mostly shredded. 3. Pour the mixture back into the lemonade. 4. Add gin if desired. (This recipe is low alcohol. You can add more to taste.) Optional: Garnish with a slice of fresh lemon or lime.
Cranberry Cocktail Ingredients 8 cups cranberry juice (I prefer Ocean Breeze) 4½ oz. triple sec (available at your local liquor store) 9 oz. vodka ½ bag frozen cranberries
Directions 1. Combine cranberry juice, triple sec and vodka in a pitcher. Mix and add frozen cranberries on top. 2. Freeze for a few hours until slightly slushy.
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Below are some suggestions to help you create your own taco bar. • Use your favorite pulled beef recipe. You can refer back to the pulled beef posted in Issue 245 of The Monsey View. • I used Del Campo taco shells. (Cheap taco stands can be found on AliExpress.) • I also set up mini slider buns as another option.
Some topping ideas: • Guacamole: Combine finely chopped tomatoes, mashed avocados (slightly chunky), and onions (optional). Season with lime juice, salt and pepper. • Pico de gallo (a traditional topping for tacos): Combine finely chopped tomatoes, onions, fresh jalapenos, cilantro, and lime juice and salt to taste. • Crispy beef fry (facon): Place in a hot pan for a few minutes until crispy. • Charred corn: Cook corn according to package instructions and char over an open flame. Then slice off with a knife. • Fresh arugula • Pickled onions • Sliced jalapenos (canned or from a jar) • Top with dressings such as caesar, spicy mayo, truffle mayo, or any of your favorite dressings. To make truffle mayo, combine ½ cup mayonnaise, 1½ T. truffle oil and finely chopped chives.
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Ingredients 1 package romaine lettuce 1 package iceberg lettuce 1 package purple cabbage 3 peppers: 1 red, 1 green and 1 yellow, thinly sliced Â˝ red onion, thinly sliced 3 avocados, cubed 2 cartons cherry tomatoes, halved
Dressing 1 cup mild salsa sauce Â˝ cup mayo Barbecue tortilla chips
Directions 1. Mix together dressing. 2. Toss all ingredients. Top with crushed barbecue tortilla chips.
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What is your earliest childhood memory? For many men and boys, the earliest memory they can conjure up is the day of their upsherin and the exciting ceremony that came along with it. Not only is this one of the first major moments they experience in life, but it is also a turning point when they transition from being a baby into becoming a child with individuality, one who is the star of the show, celebrated for his achievements and set on the path toward learning and growing. Among the most memorable parts of this big day is when the little upsherin boy is taken to cheder for the first time, and a rebbi learns the alef-beis with him in front of all the relatively big boys, proud and very
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grown up at five years old. To hear more about how it all goes down, we spoke with Rabbi Naftali Nitzlich, a popular first-grade rebbi in Monsey’s Beis Dovid yeshivah. In talking to Rabbi Nitzlich it instantly becomes clear that he doesn’t see these visits as just part of the job. “I consider this a tremendous zechus,” Rabbi Nitzlich says. “I am tasked with formally introducing Torah to these young neshamos, an achrayus that some seforim liken to Moshe Rabbeinu’s lofty responsibility on Har Sinai.” Rabbi Nitzlich hosts around twenty boys every year, and he has instilled this same sense of pride and responsibility in his students, whom he prepares
and motivates before every visit. The boys clearly cherish these opportunities — so much so, that during the current lockdown, one of his students shared that this is the part he misses most about not being at cheder! The devoted Menahel Rabbi Mashinsky has established a rotation where each rebbi sees an equal number of upsherin boys every year. Most of the boys visiting the cheder are siblings of Beis Dovid students, and oftentimes fathers will choose to visit specifically with the rebbi of their older sons. “Sometimes these same boys return as students two years later, and they tell me with a smile that they remember the joyous moments they experienced in my classroom on their third birthday.” When asked about the specific minhagim he implements in his
classroom, Rabbi Nitzlich says that “the process is designed to plant the first seeds of chinuch and mesorah. It is only fitting for me to do everything the same way I saw it done by the legendary R’ Gruner of Beis Dovid, who was a rebbi for 50 years.” The ceremony begins when the young man of the hour is brought to cheder wrapped in a tallis. He then sits down near the rebbi while the class sings a mazel tov song. Rabbi Nitzlich then gives the young boy a toy school bus (with lights and sirens, to up the excitement factor!) and tells him how exciting it’ll be when he’ll soon go to cheder to learn Torah. The boy then says the alefbeis, with the rebbi making an emphasis to focus on the letters yud and tzaddik. Honey is then placed on the letter alef, and after the boy takes a lick, the rebbi asks if it’s sweet before following with honey on the letters mem and saf. After that, the entire class sings the famous Moshe Emes song. Rabbi Nitzlich personalizes these alef-beis sheets for each peyos yingele, and after the honey is licked, he slips a hard plastic over the sheet for a memento that these yingelach cherish. The rebbi then recites the pesukim
of Torah tzivah, Shema beni, Torah tehei emunasi, and the first pasuk of Parshas Vayikra, focusing on the little alef, which represents the young child. He then proceeds to talk to the boy about his new tzitzis, before reciting Krias Shema with him and helping him put tzedakah into the pushka. Then comes the fun part where the boys in the class come to the front of the room, and the guest of honor distributes the pekelach! There are beaming faces all around as each child wishes him “Shkoach, mazel tov!” The entire class then joins in dance, the upsherin boy often perched on his father’s shoulders, as they sing songs celebrating the special joy of being a Yid, along with songs of Lag Ba’Omer, a day that has become synonymous with upsherins. Then the cake is brought out, and l’chaim is celebrated, and the boys together with the rebbi express their heartfelt wishes to the upsherin boy. The event generally takes about 45 minutes and is designed to instill in the impressionable young mind an appreciation and love for Torah learning. Many families have specific minhagim for the big day, and Rabbi
Nitzlich accommodates everyone with respect. Among the more popular minhagim is bringing along a honey cake with a pasuk written on it, as well as a minhag Eretz Yisroel of bringing an egg that has words about Torah imprinted onto it. In his years, Rabbi Nitzlich has seen families incorporating various other customs; there was one grandfather who tossed coins to excite the child, and another family who brought along cheese, milk and other foods that are symbolic of the Torah. Some boys are naturals at this, but others are understandably frightened by the overstimulation and focused attention. Being a teacher of five-year-old boys for fifteen years, Rabbi Nitzlich boasts an entire toolbox of tricks to get the boys to loosen up — as well as a great selection of prizes, rewarded as each line of alef-beis is read. For some boys he uses a gentle form of reverse psychology where he tells them that they don’t need to say the alef-beis if they don’t want to. He will then point to an alef and ask if it’s an alef, and the boy will generally shake his head to affirm that it’s so. Then he’ll point to the beis and ask if it’s a gim-
“I consider this a tremendous zechus,” Rabbi Nitzlich says. “I am tasked with formally introducing Torah to these young neshamos, an achrayus that some seforim liken to Moshe Rabbeinu’s lofty responsibility on Har Sinai.”
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AS WE WRAP UP OUR CONVERSATION, it is easy to see why Rabbi Nitzlich is a favorite with so many children and parents. While the prizes and candies are great, his infectious energy helps introduce young Yiddishe boys to the joys of limud haTorah, and after all, isn’t that what the upsherin day is all about?
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מיט טיפע געפילן פון שמחה וואונטשען מיר א ווארעמע הארציגן "מזל טוב" פאר אונזער איבערגעגעבענע אדמיניסטרעטאר ,וואס גיבט זיך אוועק מיט זיין גאנצן הארץ פאר די הצלחה פון אונזער מוסד ,אז יעדע פרט און פרט פון אונזער מוסד זאל כסדר געקרוינט ווערן מיט א שטארקע הצלחה ,ה"ה
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מנכ"ל פון אונזער תלמוד תורה לרגל די געבורט פון זיין טאכטער למזל טוב יוחי!! מיר אלע פילן א געוואלדיגע הכרת הטוב פאר די אלע כוחות וואס די לייגסט אריין איון די מוסד מיט אזא איבערגעגעבנקייט זאל דער אויבערשטער העלפן אז די זאלסט זוכה זיין צו זעהן אסאך נחת ביי אלע דיינע קינדער געזונטערהייט ,אין זוכה זיין צו הרחבת הדעת צו קענען ווייטער ממשיך זיין דיין הייליגע ארבעט עד ביאת גוא"צ בב"א אמן. ווי עס וואונטשט דיינע מיטארבעטער אין אונזער מוסד וועלכע פרייען זיך מיט דיין שמחה: יחזקאל שרגא ווייס ,עזריאל מנחם ליכטמאן ,יצחק אייזיק בערקאוויטש ,נתנאל לורינץ, שמחה יואל פעלדמאן ,אפרים פישל ריינער ,אלימלך אונגער ,יקותיאל יהודה שפוטץ, יעקב יוסף מלמד ,חיים מאיר פאגעל ,ראובן גרייפמאן ,מיכל שטערן ,נתן ליכטמאן, דוד שלמה זילבערמאן ,מתתי' קארפ ,יושע גרינבוים ,ישעי' פראנק ,שלמה יצחק ערפס, מרדכי קוגלמאן ,משה אפרים פאגעל ,מרדכי ראבינאוויטש גדול העונה יותר מהמברך :יעקב יחזקי' אבערלאנדער-מנהל ,יחזקאל שאמועל-מנהל לימודי חול, חיים זלמן שבח מאריס-סגן מנהל
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מיט די ריכטיגע שמירה אנטקעגן עין הרע ,וועט ער בעז"ה שיינען און בליען אין זיין גרויסן טאג ,און איר וועט זיך פרייען בשלימות אינאיינעם מיט די גאנצע משפחה.
Behind Your Son’s New Look A couple of hours have passed since my little boy fidgeted in his chair while Tatty zoomed the clipper across his head, but I still find myself glancing his way every few seconds. I simply can’t take my eyes off my freshly shorn little yingele! As I gathered his soft blonde curls into a ponytail for the last time the day before, I felt a tiny pang. We’d be saying goodbye to his cute hair for good! But no sooner had we placed the brand-new kappel on his head, which was graced by delicate ringlets at each side, was I enamored. There’s just something special about an innocent three-year-old with a fresh new Yiddishe look. It’s a charm far greater than the physical appearance; it’s the bracha of another little man joining the army of Hashem’s soldiers demonstrating the wish to stand apart from the nations and proclaim their Jewish identity.
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Tzitzis: A New Layer for Your Little One The upsherin is a momentous milestone. Your three-year-old takes on a Yiddishe appearance, and he is on the cusp of beginning to learn the alef-beis, the sacred letters of the Torah. It is at this point that he is ready to wear tzitzis, which are reminiscent of all the mitzvos. Thus, it has become the overwhelming custom of the world at large to be mechanech our boys to begin wearing tzitzis as soon as they reach three years of age. However, while in most circles today tzitzis are part and parcel of the “upsherin experience,” interestingly, there are those who train their sons to wear tzitzis from a much younger age. When Reb Dovid Moshe of Chortkov was a newborn, he cried nonstop. He refused to eat and refused to sleep. His mother, the rebbetzin of Reb Yisroel of Ruzhin, tried everything she could think of, but the baby refused to calm down. Worried that the child was perhaps unwell, she decided to call a doctor, but first checked with her husband, the Rebbe. The Rebbe listened to her tale of woe and commented that surely they had forgotten to wrap the baby in his tzitzis. Indeed, they unwrapped the layers swathed around the baby and found that the tzitzis was missing. The Rebbetzin pulled a tzitzis over the newborn, and he immediately stopped crying. From then on, Reb Dovid Moshe’s brothers called him the “tzitzis yidel.” Apparently, in Ruzhin, boys already donned tzitzis in infanthood. Other sources also call for infants wearing tzitzis from right after the bris milah or from one month of age. Young boys, up until the age of adulthood, are actually not required to wear tzitzis. The reason we do begin to dress our young in tzitzis before bar mitzvah is simply for chinuch, so that it becomes second nature to them. Some say that a boy should wear tzitzis as soon as he can speak and is able to pronounce the bracha on tzitzis. Some begin to observe this mitzvah once the child can walk. Yet other sources point at starting to wear tzitzis from the time a child learns to use the bathroom and remain clean — even
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before reaching the age of three. On the flip side, there were those who maintained that tzitzis should not be donned too soon. The Shefa Chaim of Sanz was specifically careful that babies should not don tzitzis, so the tzitzis strings should not be defiled. The Minchas Elazar of Munkatch, too, wrote that he heard of a holy Yid who actually ripped off the tzitzis strings from the four corners of the garment a child under age three was wearing. “Children under three are considered arelim and are without mitzvos,” that tzaddik said. Once your son begins wearing tzitzis, he should wear it day and night, so long as it remains clean.
Kappel: Goodbye Curls, Hello Yiddishe Yingele! The Gemara in Maseches Shabbos tells the story of a woman who was told by astrologers that her son would be a thief. She decided to cover his head, hoping to instill in him a constant awareness of Hashem’s presence. Once, the boy was sitting in the shade under a fruit tree, and his kappel fell off. Suddenly, he felt a great urge to take fruits, which were not his, from the tree! This episode emphasized the strong effect wearing a head-covering had on the boy, a boy who grew up to be the great Reb Nachman bar Yitzchak. Indeed, a primary reason for covering a boy’s head is to instill in him yiras Shamayim. The very word “yarmulke” is a contraction of two Aramaic words, “yarei Malka — awe of the King.” Rav Huna, the son of Rav Yehoshua, did not move four cubits without his head covered. He attested that the Shechinah was above his head. If so, it would not be appropriate to make a move with his head uncovered. Another name for the head-covering is “kippah,” which comes from the words “kofeh atzmo — bending himself.” Through the kippah, one demonstrates that he is fully submissive to the Ribbono Shel Olam. The Chasam Sofer commented that covering one’s head brings the person to great hachna’ah. The kappel is a symbol of awareness and of sincere submission to a
Making It Special in the Current Matzav About one month before Purim, I met my friend and her nearly threeyear-old. She excitedly told me that she was deep into her upsherin preparations and already had her son’s kappelach in the house. This upsherin was especially major — it is her first boy after four girls! As it turned out, by the time her son’s birthday arrived, the grand party she had prepared was obviously canceled. She was left with dozens of pekelach and intricate confections and goodies. When I called to wish her a remote mazel tov, she gushed, “It worked out better than you could imagine! I would never have been able to focus on the significance of this milestone while pulling off a grand event…” Indeed, when the external trappings are undone, it is so much easier to concentrate on what’s really happening. The Rishonim expound on the greatness of this day. The day a toddler is transformed into a Yiddishe yingele, with his completely new look, ready to begin learning the aleph-beis, contains great power. It is an auspicious day for the father and mother to daven that their child be successful in Torah, yiras Shamayim and maasim tovim. Children have delicate sensors. They can easily detect what’s important to their parents, based on the emphasis placed. If the mother is perfectly comfortable with a toned-down affair and recognizes the potency of this day, it will be transmitted to her little boy. The upsherin yingele will pick up on the significance of his new stage and will feel truly special.
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Keeping the Kappel On
Higher entity. Wearing a yarmulke is not simply righteous behavior, the Turei Zahav ruled. A bare head actually moved to the category of a true prohibition because of “chukas hagoy.” Idol worshippers used to uncover their heads specifically to honor their avodah zarah. A Yid may not stand in a holy place with an uncovered head. The Aruch Hashulchan points out that similarly, the head, which contains the brain — the source of chachmah and yirah – should never be uncovered before Hashem. The yetzer hara strengthens itself inside a bareheaded male, even if he does not sense it, he concludes. Many are careful to cover the head of a little boy when he comes to shul, even if he is younger than age three.
Lag Ba’omer, Meron and Upsherins What is the significance of a yingele’s hair being shorn specifically on Lag Ba’omer? And is this minhag expressly limited to Meron? In Parshas Vayikra (13:33), the word that references cutting the hair, “vehisgalach — and he shall be shorn,” has a large gimmel, pointing to the minhag of a boy being shorn at age three. The word is found in pasuk lamed-gimmel, which indicates a source for performing this custom specifically on Lag Ba’omer. Among other profound reasons for cutting a three-yearold’s hair for the first time on Lag Ba’omer is the fact that hair represents judgment, and Lag Ba’omer is a day of rachamim. For generations, Yidden made the trip to Meron to shear their boys specifically at the holy site on this holy day. The zechus of making an upsherin in Meron is unrivaled, yet it isn’t limited to the physical spot alone. If one envisions a place in his mind, he is considered to be at the location, sources say. Thus, if one pictures himself in Meron, by the tzion of Rav Shimon bar Yochai, it is almost as if he is there! A great idea is to hang a photo of Meron in the room where the upsherin will take place. It’ll serve as a reminder and carry the person emotionally to that special spot, at the very least in his heart and mind…
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If your little boy has a big brother, he’ll probably be delighted to begin wearing his kappel and tzitzis. He’ll suddenly feel like a “real” big boy! Even if he is your first, he might associate the garb with Tatty, and that could also infuse your little one with a sense of excitement. Most boys are indeed enthusiastic about their new look, but sometimes, your little tzaddik might not realize that his kappel fell off, or he might even find it so uncomfortable that he’ll fling it right off his head. How should you react? How important is it to reinforce wearing the kappel? This issue is generally very temporary. It may take a couple of days for a child to get used to his new attire, and then it will become second nature to him. Don’t fret, but do try to ease it back onto his head. One of the reasons most people customarily begin covering the head at age three is to coincide with a child’s first haircut. Wearing the kappel with long hair underneath could get uncomfortable and is often the reason a little boy will toss it off his head. Our gedolim over the last few generations maintained that it is essential to keep a boy’s head covered from the time he reaches three years of age. The Shulchan Hatahor states that the custom is to be mechanech the child not to be bareheaded for even a moment. Ideally, the kappel should be replaced on your child’s head without comment. You might want to remind him once or twice that the kappel must remain on his head at all times. Overfretting or over-discussing the issue might induce more anxiety and more defiance.
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דער ציון הק' פון הרה"ק מריבניץ זי"ע וועלכע ווערט יעדן ל"ג באלאגערט דורך טויזנטער אידן ,וועלכע גיסן זיך אויס דאס הארץ צו פועל'ן א ישועה ,וועט היי-יאר ליידער זיין געשפארט אויף די קלארע פארארדענונג פון די שטאטישע אינסטאנצן. אבער ב"ה אז עס איז אונז געלונגען צו שאפן ערלויבעניש פאר א ענגע מנין ,וועלכע וועלן שטיין ביים ציון הק' ל"ג בעומר און איינרייסן ביום ההילולא פון רבי שמעון בר יוחאי, ביים צדיק פון ריבניץ ,און אראפלייגן אלע הארציגע און רירנדע בקשות ,וואס אידן וועלן אריינשיקן! און עס איז זיכער אז די הייסע תפלות וועלן געענטפערט ווערן מיט ישועות און רפואות ,און אלע גוטע השפעות.
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This week, school has officially begun. If up until now the kids’ teachers left some nonbinding Pesach-related messages on the school line, now they are back to serious learning. And homework. Homework! I mean, what’s the point of having a corona vacation if we can’t at least enjoy the one benefit it gave us? 122 / THE MONSEY VIEW / May 6, 2020 www.themonseyview.com / 845.600.8484
And now all of us regular mothers are home-schooling our children. Two months ago, how much would you have bet on that ever happening? With every day, I tell you, my appreciation for my children’s teachers grows. They don’t have to teach seven children. They stand in front of a classroom of thirty. And they need to insist on silence. And teach for 45 minutes straight. Multiple lessons. They keep all those little people occupied for almost an entire day. My admiration has been skyrocketing, for real. But here’s the thing: There’s one thing they don’t do. They may teach thirty children, not seven, but they’re not teaching seven children of different ages. They also don’t teach while simultaneously rocking a stroller with one foot and stuffing egg salad into a threeyear-old’s mouth and yelling “Get off the couch!” to another. That’s quite a difference. So here we are, every single one of us. Whether we ever considered ourselves “the type” to do this or not — nobody is asking us. We’re meant to just do it. Keep everyone happy. (Er, let’s make do with “relatively happy.”) Even if “everyone” includes an impossible mix of ages, stages and needs. Now let’s face it. What is a family activity anyway? Who is it supposed to be geared for? The two-year-old? The sixteen-year-old? Tatty? The baby? All of them? If it’s going to interest my teen, then how is it going to interest my toddler? And vice versa. From day one, it was important to me that our Camp Corona be a family-wide activity. To be honest, I wasn’t looking to go back to my days as head-counselor. I’m much more of the drink-coffee-in-pure-silence-whilechecking-my-mesages sort of person nowadays. If I was going to invest so much effort, time and thought into
creating a fun experience in my home, it was because I wanted my children to look back at this time and treasure the memories. It was because I wanted this period of time — when we are all forced to spend long days together with only each other as company — to become the most beautiful way for us to spend any time. Together, as a family. Not just to be each other’s only company, but to be each other’s favorite company. It’s a lofty goal, and one which regular life does not generally give much room to work toward, what with everyone’s divergent schedules. But these corona days — difficult and frightening as they may be — are also an incredible opportunity to achieve something like this, totally out of reach at any other time. Hashem threw all of us together with nowhere to go so that we can truly learn to be together and enjoy it — just watch the sixteen-year-old playing alongside the five-year-old (not the baby; that doesn’t count). But that doesn’t happen on its own. For that, I had to figure out a program that would work. No, I don’t spend a huge amount of time creating a program — I have simply been saving all kinds of tidbits that I received from sisters and friends, and then sift through them for some ideas for a short time each night to see what would work for us. But I do try to consider everyone when choosing the following day’s activities. Obviously, no activity will be geared for everyone, but I try to look for the kind of things that can be adapted to multiple levels at the same time. Races that can be made shorter and easier for the younger set and more challenging for the older bunch. Crafts that are interesting for the younger kids and a sensory-kind of fun for the kids I’ll recruit to “help.” Ideally, the best kind of activities are those that are geared for the older kids but that can include the younger kids in some way (because, how surprising — I find that it is easier to make the younger children happy with adaptations than it is the older ones). But realistically, what I found works best is to target the middle group and add and subtract a bit for the others, sometimes calling on the older kids to “help out” and letting them discover the fun on their own!
Nosh Memory Game! This is the classic memory game — with a twist. As in most games, I recruit the older kids to help prepare so that it is not demeaning for them to join. Cover the dining room table with as many disposable bowls as you can fit. (Non-transparent cups can be used, too, to achieve an even more complex game with more options.) Hide a small prize or snack underneath each bowl or cup, making sure to put doubles of each. The nosh do not all have to be super-exciting. You don’t really want your kids eating that much junk. Putting two matching M&M’s will work too.) Just for fun, you can also hide a super-exciting nosh, such as a whole chocolate bar, underneath one of the cups — but don’t pair it up with another one! (Shhh… don’t tell. Let everyone try to find the match for that one, without knowing there isn’t any!) Each player at his turn lifts two of the bowls to reveal the item underneath. If they found a matching pair — they take one and give the other one to Mommy. (These will be distributed later to younger family members who perhaps did not reach as many pieces of nosh or prizes as their siblings.) To make the game more difficult, empty bowls are to be returned to their places. The winner is the player who found the greatest number of matches. At the end of the game, distribute the large nosh/chocolate bar to the entire family.
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Honey? Pekelach? Yarmulke? Check, check, check.
But wait! Despite the excitement and hullabaloo, there’s one thing you just can’t forget! In fact, without this humble household item, you’d have a hard time doing the actual upsherin. Introducing… the humble scissors!
Did you know? You may simply call them “scissors,” but there are actually hundreds of types of scissors around. Below is a partial listing of some of the most unusual and overlooked scissors.
Norpro Triple Blade Herb Scissors
Ever started cutting, only to realize your aim was way off? This nifty pair, available on Amazon, features a sharp red laser light that projects the scissor’s path directly onto the paper below. This cuts out the guesswork and results in a perfect cut, time and time again.
These scissors feature a unique tri-level blade that allows the user to mince, chop and cut herbs directly onto a plate. The scissors are designed for quick and ultraprecise cutting — and after all that checking, who would want to waste even a tiny bit of herb? Progressive International Pizza Scissors
Combine a spatula with kitchen shears, and you’ve got a winner! Designed to cut and serve perfect pizza slices with only one hand, the unique shape of these scissors will ensure your toppings stay on your slice as they’re moved from pan to plate.
Easy Shredder Multi-Blade Scissors
Created with bank documents in mind, these scissors protect your personal information by tearing your paperwork to shreds! One snip of this five-blade scissor works as well as any professional-level paper shredder, minus the cost. A must-have for offices and businesses everywhere!
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By: Kayla Safier
Pet Nail Scissors
Would you believe that not only humans trim their toenails? These pet nail scissors are ideal for cats and birds and feature a finger rest for added security. Plus, they can be used by righthanded and left-handed pet owners so that pets everywhere can be perfectly groomed.
Did you know your garden also takes a haircut? Hedge trimmers are typically used to trim bushes. Their size varies depending on the height and width of the hedge being cut. Grass shears are used for cutting grass, but were largely put out of use thanks to their electronic counterpart, the power trimmer!
Then there are also pruning shears, also called loopers — thick and strong scissors used on long branches and thick trees.
HAIRCUTS: • The average person has between 100,000 and 150,000 strands of hair. • Do you ever feel like your hair is falling out? That’s normal. On average, a person sheds up to 150 strands of hair every single day. • Hair grows fast! The only thing in the body that grows faster than hair is bone marrow. Hair grows between 0.3 and 0.5 mm a day, or 0.5 inches a month. That’s 6 inches per year! • Your hair is flexible! Hair can stretch up to 30% of its original length when wet. • A single hair has a five-year lifespan.
• What do your nails and hair have in common? Keratin! That’s a unique substance that can be found both in hair and nails. • About 1% of the population has red hair, and just 2% are blonde. The remainder are either brown or black. • The scientific term for split ends is trichoptilosis. • Whatever can be found in your bloodstream is evident in your hair! For this reason, hair is commonly used by detectives as evidence at a crime scene. • Hair grows faster in warm weather. Heat increases circulation, which causes the hair to grow.
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Hint: Each Boggle board hides a word of nine let ters or more!
Sponsored by Nussy’s Cuisine, your favorite takeout!
4. Two winners will be drawn each week, each of whom will win a pastrami sandwich and a can of soda!
PLAYING RULES: Find words on the board containing four letters or more. Letters of a word must be connected in a chain (each letter should be adjacent to the next either vertically, horizontally or diagonally), and each letter can only be used once in a given word. The following are not allowed in Boggle: Adding “s” to a word • Proper nouns • Abbreviations • Contractions • Acronyms
POINTS 4-letter words: 2 points | 5-letter words: 3 points | 6-letter words: 5 points | 7-letter words: 7 points | 8-letter words: 9 points | 9+ letters: 12 points
3. Email the form to comments@ themonseyview.com or fax to 845600-8483 by Sunday at 9:00 p.m.
Family name: _________________________________ Phone: __________________ Full mailing address: ____________________________________________________ Full name of winner: _________________ Amount of points: __________ Full names of competing players:
List some words only the winner found:
The longest word found on the board: _____________________________ A new word you learned from the board: __________________________ Only complete forms will be entered into the drawing.
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2. Once you have a winner, fill out the form below in its entirety
1. Gather round the table to play a family game of Boggle, using this Boggle board.
HOW TO PLAY:
G I E
N A L D T I L T V M B
ADVANCED BOGGLE WINNERS
WINNER 1 FAMILY NAME: Jampulsky, xxx-4893
1 7 8 5 2 2 3 5
NAME OF WINNER: Shlomo Zev
9 7 1 7 5 1
AMOUNT OF POINTS: 93 NAMES OF COMPETING PLAYERS: Zalmy, Raizel SOME WORDS ONLY THE WINNER FOUND: basic, brow, cigar, grown, tech THE LONGEST WORD FOUND ON THE BOARD: dimple
2 1 7 7 5 4 8 4 8 3 2 1 6 3
A NEW WORD LEARNED FROM THE BOARD: bard
INTERMEDIATE WINNER 2
FAMILY NAME: Weber, xxx-5612 NAME OF WINNER: Shloimy AMOUNT OF POINTS: 75
NAMES OF COMPETING PLAYERS: Gitty
SOME WORDS ONLY THE WINNER FOUND: anew, roil, soil, violent, visor THE LONGEST WORD FOUND ON THE BOARD: violent A NEW WORD LEARNED FROM THE BOARD: piker
9 4 5
7 4 1 2 6 5 8 4 7 7 4 8 2 8 9 4 5 7 3 9
Last weekâ€™s ten-letter word: ingredient
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Classifieds COORDINATOR OF CHESED SERVICES All women’s office environment in Monsey. Looking for enthusiastic, energetic creative Program Coordinator. Mature, strong organizational skills with attention to detail. Keep information up to date on database. Excelllent communication skills both written and oral. Yiddish speaking a plus . Will assist with recruitment volunteers for hospital service programs, and create a warm and caring environment to support the projects of the Chesed Department. Hours: 11-5:00pm.
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ISRAEL GPS No fee. English or Hebrew. Must reserve in advance by email at IsraelGPS@gngroup. com FREE ADVICE with OPWDD/self direction and community classes. call 1201 892 0526 email firstname.lastname@example.org GOWN GEMACH. South Monsey Ladies gowns and petticoat gemach.call or text after 5pm. 347-278-1278 HOSPITAL SUPPLIES inc. TPN equipment, feeding pumps, NG tubes, & feeding supplies. donate/receive. 845746-8293. ELEGANT HATS For short term rental 845517-0838. OT WATER URNS H 845-425-9211 HOSPITAL GOWN for maternity or hospitalization Tzniusdige & Comfortable. 845-425-8687 HEATER GEMACH 845 362 8666 HAIRCUTS & STYLING GEMACH $7 haircuts. $10 styling. call miri after 4:30 426-2561
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KALLAH ACCESSORY GEMACH Everything you need for the kallah (except for the gown) Crown, veil, shoes, decktich, fur cape 845-426-0767
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SIMCHA HAT $25. many styles/ colors. We also accept donations of elegant hats. 347 351 1604
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BANDS & BERETS GEMACH Previous season designer sample leftovers. New ladies berets and bands $10. Sun & Thurs 8-9 pm. Please call before 845-290-8319
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TABLECLOTHS for your Simchos. (845) 371 2105
WHITE KALLAH SHOES. Proceeds go to tzedakah. Call\Text 845-200-0211
TOY GEMACH 3 different sets of exciting toys available for free to help you and your children enjoy your simcha. Call/text Rifki Zimmerman 917-538-3453. UMBRELLA GEMACH For simchas, events etc. 216470-9841 WE ACCEPT clothing, shoes and household items in brand new condition. To donate or receive call 347-731-3851.
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WEDDING KIT for Machetunim to take along. 845-425-2036 WEDDING HAIR PIECES for children 3473001679
TEEN GOWNS Extravagant custom made gowns, with imported lace. Size 14 & 16. 362-6323
THE WEDDING KIT All necessities for Kallah/ Chosson’s family for the wedding night. Leili Nishmas: Perel Gela Bas R’ Shloima. 845-371-2947
DRESSES/GOWNS GOLD GOWN Adorable gold gown by Dassy available to buy or rent. Toddler size 4. Call 422-5596 for more info
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CUSTOM HALBERSTAM Black/white mid-length dress size 8-10 for rent. For more info call 845.425.0924
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