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BY RABBI PESACH SCHMERLING Director, Chabad Lubavitch of Far Rockaway




ext week, the quaint, upscale, and internationally renowned Village of Lawrence will for the first time feature a competitive election for mayor between two likeminded Orthodox Jewish residents of the community. This is relevant to all of us regardless of where we reside because our reality is that we live under a microscope, always analyzed and scrutinized, no matter what it is we are involved in. Full disclosure requires that I say right up front that I am friendly with the incumbent mayor, businessman and philanthropist Alex Edelman, and with his challenger, the political Continued on Page 13

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The Rebbe’s Perspective his Shabbos, the third of Tammuz, marks the 24th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, zt’l. A Jew who learned in a yeshiva in his youth unfortunately left the path of Torah and became a judge in the Israeli Supreme Court. He was an outspoken opponent of Yiddishkeit, and wrote articles against Torah and mitzvos. Despite being a kohen, he married a divorcée as an open affront to Torah. Once, on Simchas Torah, while in New York, he decided to join Israeli government officials who visited the Rebbe’s shul at 770 Eastern Parkway for hakafos. The Rebbe Continued on Page 17

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he passing of Harvey Kaylie two weeks ago was a difficult loss for his wife, Gloria, his family, and of course for the overall Jewish community, on so many levels. Outside of his family, though, it may be that few people knew Harvey Kaylie better than Rabbi Marc Schneier of the Hampton Synagogue in Westhampton Beach, New York. “He was a very dear and close friend, he was a partner to us here at the Hampton Synagogue, and I am particularly proud that the shul was the platform from which many of Harvey’s philanthropic endeavors were launched.” Harvey Kaylie was a successful entrepreneur and a generous benefactor, in his own understated way, of numerous institutions here in the U.S. and in Israel. “Harvey would refer to the Hampton Synagogue as ‘the pebble’ that for him created a ripple effect that was seen and felt by thousands over many years,” the rabbi said. Harvey and Gloria Kaylie endowed and produced the funding for what would become known as the Kaylie Center, located across the promenade

Harvey and Gloria Kaylie with Rabbi Marc Schneier in 2014

from the shul, where years and years of lectures, dinners, and social programs have been held, serving to enlighten shul members, visiting guests, and, indeed, the overall Jewish community. One of the most outstanding projects and institutions created by Harvey and Gloria is a summer camp that is known simply by their name—Camp Kaylie in Wurtsboro, New York, in the Catskills. How the association between the Kaylies and Ohel came about is a beautiful, classic story about how the ideas of people like Harvey and Gloria, who have a burning desire to do good and

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help the less fortunate, actually evolve and come to fruition. And all of these philanthropic endeavors can be traced back to the inimitable Hampton Synagogue and the dynamic engine that makes it all happen out there, Rabbi Marc Schneier. The Camp Kaylie story truly starts out in Westhampton some years ago, when Harvey and Gloria expressed interest in funding the purchase of toys for Chanukah for children in special circumstances, said David Mandel, the chief executive officer of Ohel. “At that point, Elaine and Bernie Schickman were Ohel foster parents for a number of years,” explained David. “They suggested that the Kaylies look into undertaking this kind of project with children of Ohel.” Mr. Mandel said that he traveled to Westhampton with Ohel president Moishe Hellman, and that is where the illustrious friendship was forged between Harvey and Gloria Kaylie and Ohel. Rabbi Schneier, who is the rabbi to more than just a few of the leading philanthropists in New York and around the world, said that Harvey Kaylie’s sense of communal responsibility was unmatched in that world. “For Harvey and Gloria,” the rabbi noted, “giving was a rewarding experience and something that they just could not get enough of.” So who was this man, this unsung hero of sorts? Harvey Kaylie founded Mini-Circuits, Inc. in 1969 and served as its president. Before that, he was an electronics manager of Alborn Industrial Laboratories, located in Deer Park, NY, from 1964 to 1968. He also served as an engineer of Dumont Laboratories in Clifton, NJ. From 1961 to 1964, he was employed by Amperex Electronics Corporation, and by ITT in Nutley, NJ, from 1960 to 1961. He received a master’s degree in electronic engineering from New York University in 1964. He held a BEE degree from City College of New York. Harvey was erudite and deeply committed to the things he believed in—mainly, reaching out and assisting those in need. The idea behind a summer camp the likes of Camp Kaylie was devised and developed over time in a series of meetings within the group as well as with Harvey and Gloria. “We did not just want a camp with facilities for children with disabilities,” explained David Mandel on the phone earlier this week. The board of Ohel and the Kaylies want-

tions in the Catskills but each time, after reviewing each site, Harvey would say that the potential facilities they had seen were just not on the level of the original Camp Kaylie in Wurtsboro. “He could not deal with the possibility that one of the camps—either the one for the boys or the girls—would not be on the same level,” Gloria said. “That was not acceptable to him.” And to reflect now in retrospect on the life of a quiet and understated philanthropist, so much good had its genesis inside the walls of the Hampton Synagogue, and always in consultation with Rabbi Schneier. Whether it was Ohel or his commitment to UJA or AIPAC, everything was run by the rabbi, seeking his endorsement. While I have personally known Gloria Kaylie for almost four decades, I did not have the opportunity to sit and talk with Harvey until last summer when he was at a table with us at seudah shelishis at the Hampton shul. He was sitting next to Gloria and across from my wife and me. I wasn’t expecting him, but there we were, as darkness set in on a Shabbos evening, dining in a typical late-Shabbos-afternoon fashion while waiting for Ma’ariv and then Havdallah. I thought that this was a unique opportunity, so I asked Harvey directly, “How do you decide what your philanthropic priorities are?” That launched a half-hour discourse about how he analyzes a cause and how he wants his donor dollars to be a catalyst and a motivation for others to get involved and give as well. I thought about that special experience the other day when I was talking with David Mandel and he said that he had learned so much from being in the presence of Harvey Kaylie. “Mostly,” he said, “I learned to listen.” „ Read more of Larry Gordon’s articles at 5TJT. com. Follow 5 Towns Jewish Times on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and live videos. Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome at and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

FROM THE EDITOR Continued from Front Cover strategist and consultant as well as 10year veteran of the Lawrence Board of Trustees, Michael Fragin. That said, there is a complicated dynamic at play here. No one I’ve spoken to about the matter is completely at peace or pleased with the facts and details of the forthcoming election.

sentatives serve on a volunteer basis, is that the incumbent mayor is extended the courtesy of running unopposed. Call it undemocratic or unfair—that matters very little and that is just the way it is and has always been. To that end, Mr. Edelman, like all the mayors who have served before him dating back to the creation of the village in 1897, and as an expression of appreciation for his service and the fact that he

Mayor Alex Edelman with Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, LCFD Chief Dave Campbell, Assemblywoman Melissa Miller, Councilman Bruce Blakeman, and Rabbi Kenneth Hain

And herein is one of the intractable problems that, plainly and simply, the voters and residents of the village will have to decide on during Election Day, June 19. The historical tradition here in Lawrence, where our elected repre-

has performed his duties in an exemplary fashion, deserves our vote on June 19. While Mr. Fragin has served the village well and is looking forward to doing even

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ed to take the effort to the next level. The idea evolved into setting up a camp where everyday children would enjoy the summer-camp experience together with kids with challenges, Mandel explained. “The children would play and swim together, they would live in the same bunks, and it would be one very happy and productive place,” he said. On his annual visit to the camp, Harvey would always address the campers with an inspiring and deeply emotional message. Over the last many years, Harvey dealt with a series of health challenges that resulted in his becoming a double amputee two years ago. But not only did that not hold him back; these things that looked like obstacles from the outside are what spurred him and his family to do even more. David Mandel explained that prior to addressing the 600+ people in Camp Kaylie, Harvey would elevate his wheelchair to the point that he was at eye level with just about everyone else in attendance and then he would say: “I may have a disability right now, but in reality I’m no different than anyone else here.” Today, in addition to being a stateof-the-art camping facility, Camp Kaylie also features a respite center; over the summer, as many as seven couples who have children with disabilities can come up and enjoy the beautiful surroundings while absorbing the extraordinary atmosphere that is Camp Kaylie. I heard it from both Gloria Kaylie at the shivah house last week and again from David Mandel this week that Camp Kaylie was Harvey’s pride and joy. Of all the various charitable endeavors that he was involved in, they both said, it was clear that Ohel and the camp were indeed his favorite. In fact, Gloria Kaylie retold the story of the idea to purchase a second camp facility so that instead of the boys and girls attending for half a summer each, they could each enjoy a full summer at Camp Kaylie. Gloria explained that they toured a number of possible loca-

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FROM THE EDITOR Continued from Page 13 more to benefit the community in the future, he feels that his time to serve as mayor of Lawrence has arrived. The reality, he feels, is that as the longest-serving trustee on the village board, he should have been allowed to step up and be elected as mayor without opposition in the 2016 election. A backroom deal, however, brokered back then elicited an arrangement for Mr. Fragin to defer to Mr. Edelman, who was then also serving as a trustee, with the understanding that Mr. Edelman would serve just one term as mayor and then make way electorally for Mr. Fragin. So amongst the issues at play here and the things that the voters have to consider on Election Day are two interconnected matters. The first is the unwritten rule that allows an incum-

bent mayor to seek reelection without it being contested. That is a quasi-right that Mr. Edelman is rightfully seeking to exercise. The other matter is the idea that there was at least a verbal agreement that the way would be cleared for Mr. Fragin to take his turn to serve as mayor. For his part, Mayor Edelman says that he is in the midst of overseeing several important projects that will benefit the village and its residents. The details of the projects might bore the voters, but needless to say they are revenue-generating ventures that will enhance the attractiveness of the village, amongst other things. While those are the main differences—that is, how to interpret or implement whatever understandings may have been agreed to by the parties—it is the idea that there has to be an electoral faceoff that seems to be troubling many. Even the candi-

Deputy Mayor of Lawrence Michael Fragin at the embassy opening with Mayor of Efrat Oded Revivi, OJCC Chair Duvi Honig, and YESHA Director of External Affairs Elie Pieprz

dates themselves have said that in terms of policy and vision of the future, they probably agree on 95% of all issues that can present themselves in a relatively small geographical area like Lawrence. To learn more about the candidates, you are encouraged to attend the Lawrence Association “Meet the Candidates Night” on June 14, 8:00 p.m., at the Lawrence Country Club. From another perspective, the fundamental difference between the two candidates is style more than substance. Alex Edelman is a businessman and Michael Fragin has spent most of his career in politics and working inside political systems. Democratic elections are

a wonderful thing, a symbol of our civilized society. But it seems that sometimes people are placed in a position where they have to go to the polls and vote even though they would prefer not to. As we go to press this week, there are more than just a few who have stated that they wish that some kind of deal or arrangement can be struck where the community would not have to be split in this fashion. But let’s make it clear—Alex Edelman has the closest thing to a right to run unopposed for mayor and to serve another term—or even two terms—as mayor if he so desires and if he continues to do the excellent job that he has been doing these last

two years. Michael Fragin may have a legitimate gripe and even a valid complaint about it being his turn to assume the office of mayor of Lawrence, but that is the nature of political realities as they have just about always existed. Part of the sense of political continuity is the ability to allow an elected official to see the projects he or she has overseen be implemented and come to fruition. Changing personnel at the top every two years would not properly serve any community, and that is certainly true here in the Village of Lawrence. It is nice when there is a cordial process that gives each person who wants to serve his or her community an opportunity to do so, but that is not always possible, as is the case this time around. For those who do not mind getting involved in the technical details, the two main issues where there are differences between the candidates are on the matter of the former sewage plan at the bottom of Rock Hall Road near Route 878 and the matter of building an aquatic center on part of the Lawrence golf course. Over the last year, the debate has been what to do with the 4.6-acre property that used to house the sewage plant. Trustee Uri Kaufman, who is also up for reelection in next

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s a Republican executive leader, I’ve been involved in elections for decades. Ordinarily, my involvement was in support of other people, and I’ve been pretty successful in making certain that our area, including our Village of Lawrence, has been represented by good people who have done the right thing. In all those elections combined, there was less mud slung than the mud that has been thrown my way in our local race for Lawrence Village trustee, which will be decided on June 19. I’ve been a resident of Lawrence since 1977. I grew up in Cedarhurst. I got involved in this race because I thought that there were people such as Uri Kaufman who wanted to take our village in the wrong direction. My former colleague on the Lawrence school board, Uri Kaufman, recently wrote an article in which he praised my “intellect” and characterized me as a man of “integrity.” He also said that we were friends. True enough. Unfortunately, that article, exceeding 1,500 words, was devoted to diverting the public’s attention from Uri’s failure to accomplish anything of significance in his two years as Lawrence Village trustee. To divert that attention, Uri claimed to have reviewed my record on the Lawrence School Board (an office that I am not seeking) in an attempt to divide the community into those he terms as frum and non-frum. In the process, he apparently believed it was necessary to misstate, mischaracterize, twist, and distort my record of public service in order to deceive the electorate. I ran for the Lawrence school board, won, and served three years (July 2005 through June 2008). School board elections then were not just elections; they

were an art form, or, more precisely, warfare as a form of art. But, having been elected to the school board, I took seriously the fact that you run to perform the people’s work. You must be guided by the law, whether you are in the majority or the minority. The law requires nothing less. You may be in the majority, but you don’t get to do what you want to do just because you believe you are right. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t always vote the way Uri thought I should. But that’s what elections are about. I didn’t get elected as part of Uri’s team. I got elected on my own. I certainly didn’t get elected to do any group’s bidding. So before every vote, I asked legal counsel what the law allowed me as a board member to do. I followed that direction—without heed to the consequences. It is my understanding that when you do the right thing, some people may not like it, but at least they will respect it. Now understand, I’m running to be a trustee in the Village of Lawrence. If I’m lucky enough to win, I expect to represent all of the people of Lawrence. There are no frum or non-frum issues that divide us. But there are issues that have to be addressed, the first of which is Uri Kaufman’s lack of performance as a Lawrence Village trustee. In the article he wrote in last week’s Five Towns Jewish Times, Uri could not point to a single accomplishment of his that required his reelection. He was critical of my actions of over a decade ago, most of which I will not dignify by addressing. However, sometimes the lie gets so big that one has to confront it. Uri’s lie has to do with the last contract the Lawrence Public School teachers ever got in 2006 when I was a member of the Lawrence School Board. Uri described it as a “budget-busting teacher’s contract that cost taxpayers millions of dollars” that we “will be paying for… many years to come.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. A quick review shows the following: A six-year deal was made with the Lawrence teachers. It offered no raise in the first year. Each succeeding year in the five remaining years of the contract provided for raises of 2% or less. How this could be considered “budget busting” is beyond me. But the contract had some enormously significant visionary provisions—revolutionary provisions. First, it required that class size be limited so that teachers could effectively teach what was increasingly becoming a population that spoke English as a second language. Second, by the end of the contract, Lawrence teachers (and thereafter every other bargaining unit) were required to pay 22% of their health-insurance premiums. This had never been done before in New York State—certainly not to the extent that the Lawrence teachers agreed to share the burden of healthcare costs. Third, at the urging of the private-school parents, the yeshivas were no longer required to be staffed by Lawrence public-school teachers and were free to employ special-education teachers of their choice. As a result, 16 or 17 Lawrence school teachers lost their jobs, but the yeshivas were allowed to run their own operation and provide state-mandated special-education services at a cost they could afford. This provision was also revolutionary. Uri Kaufman wants me to run away from this contract. I can’t and I won’t. I believe that it was a contract that had something in it for everyone in the community—not just one faction. It had fiscal austerity. It protected the students in the public-school system while allowing the private-school system to flourish without being strangled by increasingly high teacher costs. None of this was mentioned in Uri’s article. It is appalling that Uri has open-

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week’s vote, had advocated for the building of a hotel on the site but has more recently revised that plan and has been calling for an assisted-living center at the location. For his part, Alex Edelman says that the residents in the adjacent area that he has met with are adamantly opposed to any kind of commercial entity on the site. In response to an e-mail from the 5TJT, Mr. Kaufman said, “Houses are definitely a possibility— though how many houses is something we’d need to study. A park is also possible, but we would need to figure out how to pay for it.” Kaufman added that he is at this point opposed to the building of a hotel on the former site of the sewage plant. Also running for a seat as a village board trustee is former school board member and local attorney Stanley Kopilow. Mr. Kopilow would add an interesting mix to the dynamic of the trustee board, but for those who follow these things it is difficult to forget how critical Mr. Kopilow was of the Orthodox Jewish community and our educational institutions when he was a sitting member of the school board. But that was then and this is now. Mr. Edelman is urging voters not only to vote for him as mayor but also for Mr. Kopilow to replace Mr. Kaufman on the trustee board and to reelect Syma Diamond who seems to get along with all board members. I say that because Mr. Fragin, while promoting his own candidacy, is touting a ticket that includes Mr. Kaufman and Ms. Diamond. Life here in Lawrence is good and peaceful and will in all likelihood remain that way regardless of who is the mayor. For now, however, we should honor the tradition of the incumbent having the prerogative of running unopposed. That is why it is important that you vote this year for Alex Edelman for mayor. Michael Fragin is a diligent public servant, and his day will come as well.„

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BEFORE YOU VOTE Continued from Page 15 ly and unjustifiably used this contract to seek the votes of the “frum” community, claiming that I have an agenda other than that of serving the entire public. This is “religious baiting” at its extreme. It is something that long since should have been put to bed. There are no “frum” issues—or any other divisive issues—in Lawrence that require a vote along religious lines. I just received a telephone call from my friend, Cindy Grosz, who, after being informed of the content of Uri’s article, had this to say: “As one of the Five Towns' leading Jewish activists, and an Orthodox Jew, I can share firsthand knowledge and experience that Stanley Kopilow is a friend to the entire Orthodox Jewish community. The tactics of his opponent, as published in a recent article, is tasteless, classless, and smells of lashon ha’ra, or lying gossip. Stanley and I work to bring all Jewish and non-Jewish issues together in a productive way. “Stanley has worked with me on one important issue his opponents have ignored—bringing all Jewish people together in our community, regardless of shul or religious affiliation.” Here are the issues that we do face. In the first instance, Uri Kaufman is a selfstyled expert real-estate developer. He said that he has been a real-estate developer for 24 years, and yet, for months he demanded that the village consider building a hotel on the old sewer plant property where Rock Hall Road meets 878. He said at the time, “Rely on my ex-

pertise. I’m a real-estate developer. The village can make millions.” Now, when you get elected as a trustee, as the title clearly states, the people have the right to trust what you tell them. You don’t get to fly by the seat of your pants and champion ideas that you haven’t completely and thoroughly thought out. Unfortunately, my friend Uri Kaufman did just that. After championing the idea of bringing a hotel to the village of Lawrence, a commercial enterprise in a residential village, he suddenly decided that was not a good idea. As he said in his article, “…fortunately after much careful study, I concluded the project made no sense. If the idea came before us, I’d vote against it.” Uri, if you had thoroughly thought this idea out in the beginning, you would never have campaigned for it. That’s your current position. But either you didn’t think out your initial position before you asked the public to accept it and to trust you, or now you don’t have the good grace to admit that you changed your position when the public said, “We don’t want a hotel.” I’m not sure what careful study you have now made, Uri, but it certainly was not made when you were pushing that the Village Board vote in favor of it. Second, Lawrence is the only village in the Five Towns to have its own recreational facility. Uri admitted he doesn’t use the facility. He doesn’t play golf, he doesn’t play tennis, and he doesn’t have a boat. That doesn’t make our recreational facility any less of a jewel that has to be protected and nurtured. Uri said that we should give over the management of the facility to

a company which would pay the village a guarantee of $120,000 a year, notwithstanding the fact that last year, the recreational facility contributed over $200,000 to the village coffers. On top of this, Uri, the real-estate developer and the trustee, just found out that there were a million dollars lying around somewhere in the recreational facility that has now been paid over to the village. He said he was informed of this by “the village administration.” Uri, aren’t you a part of the village administration? Again, this is a lack of attention by a man who was elected to protect us and to protect our investment. Finally, Lawrence has a stake in how the property formerly owned by the Woodmere Club should be used—or not used. I am firmly against building houses on that land. Anybody who lives in the area knows that the former Woodmere Club is serviced by a two-lane road (Broadway). You can’t get in and out of Lawrence on a good day now. Additional houses on that tract of land will make it impossible. There are those who say that we must compromise; there are those who say that we can’t win. To those people, I say, “Look at what happened on the Cerro Wire facility. Twelve years ago they wanted to build a shopping center. The public fought it. They have not put down one foot of concrete as of this date.” I can only say this. If I am lucky enough to be elected as a Lawrence Village trustee, I intend to serve all the people—without consideration as to whether or not they are frum. I take my lead from Larry Gordon, the publisher/

editor of the Five Towns Jewish Times, who, in his lead editorial in the June 8 edition, decried public displays “of criticism by Jews of other Jews.” Mr. Gordon and members of the public: I am a Jew and I know of no law or rule or regulation that says that because I am not “frum,” I am any less capable of serving the entire Lawrence community. We’ve come a long way in the last 15 years. People who use scare tactics and who practice the politics of division as Uri Kaufman has should be removed from office. We must all enter a new age in which those who show accomplishment should be reelected, and those who can’t should be voted out of office. Vote your conscience. But before you vote, know the truth. „

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much deeper happening there. When the Rebbe’s name is mentioned, people usually associate him with the thousands of Chabad Houses and Chabad educational institutions all over the world, as well as the hundreds of thousands of Jews who have taken on Torah and mitzvos, each on their level, as a direct result of the Rebbe’s holy work.

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drew him close, even instructing he should be given a sefer Torah for a hakafah. The sefer Torah was a large, heavy one, and being that the shul was packed with thousands of chassidim, he struggled to carry it. Someone realizing this offered to take the sefer Torah from him. The Rebbe saw that interaction and intervened, saying: “A Jew wants to accept upon himself the yoke of Torah!” He then added, facing the judge: “The yoke of Torah with joy!” Although this happened many years before social media, the news of what the Lubavitcher Rebbe did at hakafos “went viral.” As expected there were those who questioned, and even some who condemned, the Rebbe’s holy actions. Then there were those who defended the Rebbe. The defense typically was that one never knows what can cause a person to turn around his life, and the Rebbe was just trying to bring him back to his roots. While it is certainly true that the Rebbe was doing that, there was something

The Rebbe’s intense—I daresay infinite—love for every Jew is legendary. Human beings have a tendency to view others, and the world in general, through their own prism, and they have difficulty imagining something that truly transcends that view. When people hear anecdotes about the Rebbe’s love for another Jew, they oftentimes think that this was the Rebbe’s “tactic” to draw them to Torah and mitzvos. The truth runs much deeper. The Rebbe drew them to Torah and mitzvos, as this was the ultimate expression of his deep love that he felt for every Jew. If I love someone, I want the best for him. Torah and mitzvos are the best for a Jew, more important than all other things. When the Rebbe looked at anyone, he viewed him at his core. The soul is one with G-d. At the core, every Jew is pure and wants to fulfill Hashem’s will at all times. There is a famous halachah in Rambam which states that deep down every Jew wants to keep mitzvos, and when he claims the contrary, it is merely his evil inclination controlling him.

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THE REBBE’S PERSPECTIVE Continued from Page 17

Every Jew is a pure soul. The Rebbe was not naïve. He was very aware of all the shortcomings, perversions, and evil deeds committed by a person. The Rebbe was faced with these realities all the time, and helped thousands deal with myriad life situations resulting from these problems. Yet at no time did the Rebbe lose sight of the core person. All these issues, in the Rebbe’s eyes, are not what defines a Jew. A Jew is truly one with Hashem at all times. A Jew truly wants to keep Torah and mitzvos. The other “stuff ” is not what defines him; they somehow got attached to him, but they are not him. The Rebbe had the holy eyes to see

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POLITICAL ROUNDUP Senate Passes Bill To Ensure All NY Children Are Taught About The Holocaust The New York State Senate passed a measure that requires the State Education Department to review specific school districts’ teaching guidelines and compliance with existing state law to offer age-appropriate instruction on the Holocaust. The bill (S5530), sponsored by Senator Elaine Phillips (R-C, Manhasset), would also authorize the state education commissioner to develop

any regulations necessary to ensure school districts are providing such instruction so that future generations of New Yorkers will never forget the millions of innocent Jews and other persecuted groups that were murdered in the genocide. Senator Phillips said, “Society has an obligation to remember and continue to condemn one of the worst atrocities in human history. Providing our children with a comprehensive history of the world, which

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Many learned Jews are familiar with this halachah, but the Rebbe truly saw this when he looked at a Jew, and he related to the Jew accordingly.

through a person all the way to his very core, never allowing the other stuff to block his vision. Did that judge become a complete ba’al teshuvah that night? Not exactly, but the Rebbe caused major turmoil in his inner struggles, and at the end of his life he left a will requesting to be brought to kever Yisrael (Jewish burial). For a person of his standing that was an unbelievable public step of teshuvah. More important, however, than the outcome of that anecdote is what the Rebbe’s perspective means for us. The obvious lesson is how we ought to look at another Jew, no matter how far removed from Torah and mitzvos he may seem from our obscured perspective. However, there is also a lesson here about how we ought to view ourselves. We have to view ourselves, and every other Jew, as the Rebbe did. Every Jew is a pure soul regardless of all surrounding “stuff,” and we must never lose sight of this truth. To truly appreciate this perspective, imagine what an impact this can have if we instill this pure truth in our youth. No matter the twists and turns, even turbulence and downfalls, children or adolescents may experience, they will never lose sight of their true essence, identifying that this core is what defines them. „

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POLITICAL ROUNDUP Continued from Page 21 includes teaching the Holocaust in a responsible manner, is crucial in preventing history from repeating itself. With hate-driven crimes in the headlines almost every day, this lesson is more important than ever. I applaud my colleagues in the Senate for passing this bill and call on the Assembly and Governor Cuomo to take action on the measure immediately.” Senator Todd Kaminsky, who cosponsored the bill, voted in favor of it Tuesday, and spoke on the floor about its merits. “We as a nation have an obligation to remember and honor the lives of those murdered and to prevent one of the worst calamities in the history of mankind from happening again,” said Senator Kaminsky. “I’m pleased the Senate passed this crucial measure today to ensure that every child in New York State is taught about the horrendous atrocities of the Holocaust, while ensuring that the six million Jews who were murdered are never forgotten.”

A recent study found that there are significant illiteracies in America regarding awareness of established facts and detailed knowledge of the Holocaust. One finding shows that nearly half of all surveyed people ages 18 to 34 could not name a single concentration camp or ghetto out of nearly 40,000 in Europe during the Holocaust. Despite this, one encouraging note in the survey is that 93 percent agree that all students should learn about the Holocaust in school. This legislation would help keep the Holocaust at the forefront of education—something more important than ever as the number of living Holocaust survivors decrease. The state education commissioner would also be required to deliver a report on findings to the legislature and the governor so that all stakeholders can better understand statewide school districts’ aptitude for teaching this type of curriculum. In March 2017, a New York school gained media attention when a highschool teacher gave an assignment to

his students requiring some of them to make an argument in favor of the Holocaust. Many students were reportedly disturbed by the assignment that wanted students to see things from the point of view of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia responded a few days later promising the assignment would not be given again at the particular school in question. The bill will be sent to the Assembly. „

Endorsement For Michael Fragin By Ed Klar, Trustee, Village of Lawrence 2004-2012, and Joel Mael, Deputy Mayor and Trustee, Village of Lawrence 2003-2013 As recent trustees of the Village of Lawrence, we feel well qualified to comment on the upcoming elections in our village. We have spent hundreds if not thousands of hours over 8–10 years working on village matters and have had the opportunity to work with many of the elected officials and village employees.

Based on our experience as your elected officials, we endorse Michael Fragin’s election as village mayor without reservation. Michael brings significant expertise, at multiple levels of government, to a small village. Michael comes to every meeting prepared, and examines and studies all issues that come before the board. He is responsive to resident inquiries. Additionally, Michael has been creative and anticipatory of issues affecting our community and has been proactive in trying to solve them. Michael is honest and a consensus builder who will recognize and respect opposing points of view. Michael, as a longtime member of Hatzalah and as a volunteer in other various community programs, has spent a significant amount of time helping others in the greater community. It is critical for the well-being of our village to have Michael elected as mayor. His perspective is a needed one, and his experience and energy, with a strong financial focus, are real assets to the board and the village as a whole. Michael can always be counted on to ask the tough questions on expenditures and the myriad of proposals that come before the mayor and board. With his extensive government knowledge, he will continue to make sure that the village is complying with laws and requirements. For the long-term health of our village, please vote for Michael Fragin, village mayor, on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.„

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And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up (Bamidbar 16:32) Rabbah bar Bar Chana said: I was proceeding on my travels, when an Arab said to me: “Come, and I will show you where the men of Korach were swallowed up.” I went and saw two cracks in the earth from which issued smoke. Thereupon he took a piece of clipped wool, soaked it in water, attached it to the point of his spear, and passed it over there, and it was singed. Said I to him: “Listen to what you are about to hear.” And I heard them saying thus: “Moshe and his Torah are true, and they [Korach’s company] are liars.” (Talmud, Sanhedrin 110a)

And all their goods (Bamidbar 16:32) Rabbi Levi said: The keys to Korach’s treasure houses were a load for three hundred white mules, though all the keys and locks were of leather. Rabbi Chama son of Rabbi Chanina said: Three treasures did Yosef hide in Egypt: one was discovered by Korach; one by Antoninus the son of Severus, and the third is stored away for the righteous in the World to Come. (Midrash)


R’ Yaakov Shapiro’s The Empty Wagon is one of the most controversial books to hit the Orthodox world in decades. Its 1,373 pages of text deal with the reaction to the Zionist movement within the Orthodox Jewish world, as well as attempt to debunk much of what the Torah community believes about Israel’s modern history. For example, Rabbi Shapiro claims throughout the book that the Six Day War was not “miraculous” at all and involved no nissim whatsoever. Rabbi Shapiro attempts to back this up through Internet searches, citations of a few U.S intelligence reports, and some quotes of the Satmar Rebbe, zt’l. My personal preference, however, is to believe in the view of Rav Chaim Shmulevitz, zt’l, the Mirrer rosh yeshiva. In Az Yashir we read the reaction of the nations in the aftermath of the exodus from Egypt: “Then the chieftains of Edom were startled; as for the powerful men of Moab, trembling seized them.” Rav Chaim Shmulevitz, zt’l, notes that this pasuk seems to be revealing some great chiddush or insight. Yet is it not obvious that when faced with open miracles people are startled and tremble (Hagaddah of the Roshei Yeshiva of Mir, p. 226)? Rav Chaim Shmulevitz answers that it is not. It is the nature of people not to change themselves even after seeing open miracles. “This explains why people around us now are not changing after seeing the open miracles of the Six Day War,” adds Rav Shmulevitz. This shmuess was delivered in June 1967 in the Mirrer Yeshiva in Yerushalayim. The Mir experienced an open miracle when a bomb that crashed through the ceiling did not explode. So there we have it. Rav Chaim Shmulevitz, zt’l, says straight out that there were open miracles. He also explains to us exactly why Rabbi Shapiro refuses to recognize the open miracles of the Six Day War. So who do we go with—Rav Chaim Shmulevitz, zt’l, or the author of this book? Reb Dan Waldman, who fought in 1967, recollects the following: “We had 200 planes. They had three entire air forces. Rabim b’yad me’atim— we had 2.5 million Jews; they had four entire nations. There were numerous miracles. “There was no feeling like it in the world. I remember soldiers saying that they will not liberate Yerushalayim from Shaar HaAshpa; they went in through the Lions’ Gate. Everyone realized that these were open miracles—chareidim in Bnei Brak and even the most secular people. “Hashem won us this war not in six days but in six hours. There were such nissim. The Jordanians knew that our

planes were bombing those of the Egyptians. They sent a message to Egypt. Hashem made it that they changed the codes the previous day and did not inform the Jordanians. This was Yad Hashem. The complete destruction of the Egyptian Air Force in hours. This was Yad Hashem.” On a personal note, my entire family and I were in Yerushalayim at the time, and my parents, aleihem ha’shalom, never stopped talking about what happened in Yerushalayim that week. My mother and uncle had both been hit by shrapnel on their way to the bunker that we stayed in while being shelled. There

to Torah-true Judaism and came from the Sitra Achra. This category was the position espoused mostly by rabbis in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is associated with both the Neturei Karta and Satmar, although many in this movement have tempered this position. The second category was also an anti-Zionist position, but not to the extent of category one. This position rather reflects a “hold our nose and deal with them” attitude. Primarily, the espousers of this category belonged to the Agudath Israel camp in its earlier stages. After the Holocaust and the rise of the state of Israel, many in this group modified their prewar, pre-state stance. A third category comprises people who identify with categories #1 and #2 socially, but look at Zionism and the State of Israel much as Orthodox religious Jews look at a hospital or a volunteer ambulance company. Many observant Jews in the United States identify with this third category. They bear no ill will toward the State of Israel and often show a desire to help it. They also have

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were nissim and niflaos that the entire nation, religious and irreligious, experienced and were completely recognized by all—from the soldiers who liberated the Kosel to the Jewish families within the bunkers. Thus, the author’s abnegation of the opinions of gedolei olam, the bomb in the Mir miraculously not exploding, the experiences of soldiers and run-of-themill citizens, and my parents’ personal experience, leaves me with an unpleasant aftertaste. Throughout the book, the author attempts to demonstrate a premise which, in this reviewer’s opinion, is fundamentally flawed. His premise is that the strongly anti-Zionistic view of the Satmar Rebbe, zt’l, was the exact same view of the gedolim of the past and of the yeshiva world. To say that this premise is grossly inaccurate is a serious understatement. There were, historically, five major reactions to Zionism, which we can label as categories, in the observant Jewish world. There was the reaction of the Satmar Rebbe, zt’l, that Zionism was essentially a movement that ran counter

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THE EMPTY WAGON a sense of appreciation toward it. Many gedolim and roshei yeshiva hold this view but only voice it to their close talmidim. Category four is composed of people who are chareidi in their halachic observance and Torah study, but identify with something called religious Zionism. They look at the development of the State of Israel as part of G-d’s Divine plan of redemption. The year 1948 played a key role in G-d’s master plan of redemption. Category five’s subscribers are people who are religious but markedly more secular and modern in their observance. They are more likely to have television sets and partake in cultural activities of secular society. Their outlook on the State of Israel is also that it is part of a Divine plan of redemption. Rabbi Shapiro runs roughshod through the subtle and nuanced views of gedolei Torah and misrepresents those views as being in full agreement with that of the Satmar Rebbe. They are decidedly not. Rav Yosef Kahaneman, the Ponevezher Rav, told Rabbi Berel Wein that he flew the Israeli flag from the roof of the Ponevezh Yeshivah building in Bnei Brak on Yom HaAtzmaut. When faced with complaints, Rav Kahaneman responded, “I flew the Lithuanian flag on the roof of my yeshiva in Ponevezh on Lithuanian Independence Day. My friends, it is no worse here.” Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky, zt’l, attested to his talmidim that his father,

Kol Koreh

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Rav Yaakov, zt’l, recited the Shehecheyanu blessing when the UN adopted Resolution 181 on November 29, 1947. Rav Aharon Kotler, zt’l, when told of the passing of Resolution 181, said, “Baruch Hashem.” Let us also not forget that Agudath Israel signed Israel’s Declaration of Independence. It is disingenuous and deceptive to lump these divergent views together in one category. Yet this is what the author does throughout the book. Let us also recall that both Rav Elyashiv, zt’l, and Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, zt’l—among numerous other gedolim—signed a Kol Koreh that stated: “Nodeh L’Hashem al she’zachinu b’rov rachamav v’chasadav lir’os es ha’nitzagim ha’rishonim shel kibbutz galiyos im hakamasah shel medinas Yisrael … k’dei she’artzeinu u’medinasainu tivneh v’tischonen al taharas ha’kodesh.” It is inconceivable that our gedolei Torah would write such things if they shared the Satmar Rebbe’s position on Zionism. Rather, it is clear that these gedolim were in the second or third category, or perhaps somewhere in between. The book is filled with fascinating information and vignettes of leading gedolim. Much of the material is accurately researched. The material, however, is combined with conjecture as to the motivations of people in an entire movement. Yes, many Zionists were atheists and tried to replace Torah-true Judaism with nationalism. But it is inaccurate and deceptive to claim that all Zionists shared this agenda.

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It is disingenuous to lump these divergent views together in one category. There are also errors of attribution in the book (p. 539). The Chofetz Chaim never said the words “Kook Shmook”—no matter what Rabbi Shapiro says. (Someone else said this and the author’s source confused the two.) Rav Hutner, zt’l, was also a talmid of Rav Kook, and for a former student of Chaim Berlin to deal with Rav Kook in such a disparaging manner is unnerving. The author’s attack on Rav Teichtal, zt’l, the author of Eim HaBanim Semei'chah, and his disparagement of him, is also most unbecoming. Rav Teichtal’s sefer has a haskamah from Rav Zalman Nechemya Goldberg, shlita, that states: “I was happy to hear from my dear friend, R’ Chaim Menachem Teichtal, shlita, that the wonderful book written by his brilliant, righteous, and saintly father, R’ Yissachar Shlomo Teichtal, ztvk’l … author of Responsa Mishneh Sachir, [was being published in English]. This book, which is completely holy, arouses the hearts of Israel to their Father in Heaven and inspires them to cherish the great mitzvah of settling the Land of Israel. “For some time now, this book, Eim HaBanim Semeichah, has been renowned throughout the Jewish world. Recently, R’ Moshe Lichtman, shlita, took the initiative to translate this book into English, so that the Jewish masses who do not understand the Holy Tongue (Hebrew) can benefit [from it]. The translator has expertise in this field and, undoubtedly, will produce a proper work for the benefit of Klal Yisrael.” Rav Teichtal, zt’l, was murdered in the Holocaust. He had an extraordinary reputation—even greater than that of the Satmar Rebbe, zt’l, when they were both in Europe. His responsa are world-class teshuvos. This book has haskamos, but two of those who wrote it do not read English and it is almost certain that the third did not read the work in its entirety. There is no question that there were and still are numerous secular Zionists who can be characterized as anti-Torah, but is it not better to adopt the attitude of those who hope to bring them around to a Torah lifestyle rather than to harp on the negative issues of long ago? The author felt close to the Satmar Rebbe and felt the need to bring out his thoughts to the world. There is no question that the Satmar Rebbe was a tzaddik who built a broken nation after the war. But let’s not forget that the Satmar Rebbe himself did not want his views on the matter espoused to the gentile world in

ening that this book is being sold in yeshivos; even putting aside the sinas chinam that the book will engender, what about all the bitul Torah that it is causing? „ The reviewer can be reached at [email protected]


PHOTO PROSE By Gary Rabenko



he “Original Rabenko.” I am often asked about this, which appears in my ads, cards, and promotional materials. Are you the father? No. Are there two Rabenko photographers? No. It’s more important than that! Successful photo shoots are rarely accidents. A single photo or two can easily be an accident. But usually you won’t be happy with relying on a lucky accident for even a single shot like a headshot. Your satisfaction with any photo shoot for the most part will involve or be directly related to how both the photographer and you have approached the shoot. And this really is a case of it being all in the mind—in fact two minds—yours and the photographer’s.

Your photographer’s mind should be vibrant, energetic, curious, and creative. It must wander to consider the multitude of possibilities, still all the while retaining focus on you and your priorities. That mind must be adroit at imagining what might be. In other words, how things would look from various perspectives and alternate treatments with eager playfulness that should never wane nor waver, even towards the end. And it should grow and evolve with every shoot. Each subject would be considered by that mind as a pallet of emotions in the lexicon of expressions. Your

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Shockingly, the author deals with great gedolim in a disrespectful manner. Rav Kook, zt’l, was one of the leading gedolim of Klal Yisrael. Rav Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, zt’l, took a trip around Eretz Yisrael with him to spread Torah.

English. The author should have spent the four years he took to write this book to spread the brilliance of the Satmar Rebbe’s other Torah instead. One’s time and effort should be placed upon building Torah and Klal Yisrael through chesed, more Torah, and genuine ahavas Yisrael, rather than sowing further discord in Klal Yisrael. It is disheart-

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PHOTO PROSE Continued from Page 27 photographer’s mind should delight in what could be. Its goal must never be just to create something different nor would it ever be satisfied just to do what is expected at each event. For each is different and each moment can be so much more. Of course you cannot read a photographer’s mind nor can that mind read your mind. So the more layers of confusion that each mind must wade through, the more likelihood that much of the potential to do magic will melt down to mediocrity. My aim is always to let myself become inspired along the path of doing what is right for each client. That is a whole lot easier said than done. And in many ways that now can needlessly be made more difficult than ever. Since I started doing photography, the goal seemed to be to do what is right for the client and for the subject. Yet if the bride is going to Google photo styles and distill from the results the kind of photos that she

wants, then suddenly the photographer’s mind has little choice but to go reeling while trying to navigate the many misleading miles between what the bride really will want and the superficiality she shares in the photos she has found of others that she knows and cares little about. Her search cannot consider the conditions and all the unknown circumstances involved in the making of those photos, which rarely are at all obvious to the bride doing the search. Do an online search of photographic styles and you will quickly see that multiple listings enumerate different styles while omitting others. You will also find that many photos fail at making obvious examples of the very style they are meant to illustrate. Multiple brides will find the same photo listed under different styles and share that photo—often from totally unrelated subject types, situations, and circumstances to that which would exist at their own weddings. Some sites list a dozen styles and others list five or six. The same photo

can, for example, appear on one site under “dramatic style,” but on another site as “illustrative style,” and yet as an “artistic style” by a third. If those writing about styles cannot agree, then surely it is confusing and a poor way to communicate to your photographer, who then would have to wade through what you are showing and try to glean what you really are wanting. Many photographers have limitations. Others have limited skill. Still others are out of practice or illequipped to implement a photo under certain circumstances. However, any of them might be very dramatic, very artistic, or very photojournalistic under other circumstances. I have learned from 43 years as a pro that very few photographers can work by feel in the moment. If you put a label on what you want or if you show examples of photos, then please understand that it can create many layers of isolation and confusion to someone just doing a job. That photographer’s mind must find a way to process what it’s hear-

ing and seeing to calculate what you really will value, appreciate, or love when it is of you. They will make a quick assessment, and often will be wrong. Consider that for the photographer, who is adept at working by feel, you are probably best answering a question I often ask: “What would you like the photos to say?” Another question that can be helpful is: “Would you like a photo session that is fast and spontaneous, or would you rather have one that is more controlled, measured, and precise?” If a person considers the photographer to be just a button- pusher, that person won’t believe there would be anything occurring in the photographer’s mind. When people think this way, it leads them to think for the photographer. This will make it difficult for even a good photographer to get them to stop thinking about the photos and enjoy what’s happening all around them. I often start doing photography in some way that people don’t expect until they realize, “Hey, we’re being photographed!” Sometimes I do have to start by getting people’s attention and by somehow controlling the situation, even in a loose way; otherwise, it could be total chaos rather than the controlled creative chaos that can be so productive. From my first start as a photographer I was drawn to people’s emotions and felt my job in creating any portrait was to bring out some emotion. That was my original goal then and it is always first in my mind now. So many things have changed since then in lifestyle and technology to ease life. Yet in many ways my original goal of emotion can be more difficult than ever to understand and achieve now. Not difficult to achieve technically; the difficulty lies in getting the subject to feel rather than to think. How does a bride, caught up in the measuring, evaluating, and shopping of styles and packaging, totally free herself of those considerations when in front of the camera to be able to interact naturally? Similarly, the photographer must forget about all the technological options and all the expected styles, that in the moment are neither natural nor appropriate or flattering, in order to work most effectively and be inspired by what is happening in the moment, and which ultimately can have both photographer and subject looking best later. So many things can be done, but first the photographer’s mind should exclude those approaches which either technically or artistically have little likelihood of success in producing imagery that will mean most later to you. I can speak from years of experience that rarely are the most prized results anything like the expectations or attempts at copying others. This was my original goal—to bring out emotion in all persons— and it still should be. „ Rabenko Photography & Video Arts is located at 1053 Broadway in Woodmere. To learn more, contact [email protected], 1-888-RABENKO, 888-722-3656, or visit

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s I sit down to write this article, I am just days away from attending my first significant graduation as a father. True, it is an elementary-school graduation and not a high-school one, but those milestone moments at any age prompt parents to think about the words of wisdom they want to offer their kids at this crucial juncture in their lives. So I come to you today, not wearing my Amudim hat, but as a dad, albeit one who knows more than most about the challenges teens face today. As you get ready to don your cap and gown (or maybe just a suit and tie) you are no doubt excitedly looking towards the opportunities that lie ahead. For many of you, that means leaving home for the first time as you write the next chapter of your educational career and, quite possibly for the first time ever, being responsible for yourselves. Some of the decisions that lie ahead may be as simple as where to spend Shabbos or whether to go out for dinner with your friends, while others may involve far more serious matters that can have devastating consequences. And with your parents many, many miles away, this time you will be the one determining what your next move will be. As with so many other challenges in life, it helps to be prepared so when you hit one of those inevitable bumps in the road—and I promise you, you will—you know how to deal with it. Whether you are heading off to yeshiva, seminary, or some other institute of higher learning, there will be moments when you will wish you were back home, surrounded by your family. There will be times when you will be stressed out because you had a tough day, you are missing a simcha back home, you are dealing with unresolved issues that have been tucked away in the back corners of your mind for years, or you are trying to find your place in an unfamiliar social scene and wondering why on earth you ever thought spending a year away from home would be a good idea. At moments like that, when you are feeling lost and vulnerable, escaping reality by getting drunk or high might seem like an excellent idea. Or consider this scenario. You are away in school and have really clicked with your new friends. They are fun, they really get you, and now that they are far away from their parents’ watchful eyes, they know how to party like nobody’s business. While you are undoubtedly mature enough to realize that they are clearly overindulging, you really want to fit in and be one of the gang and you may find

yourself wondering if bingeing on alcohol, smoking some weed, or experimenting with pills is really such a big deal. I am telling you right now that it is. Going down any of those roads could potentially set you on an extremely dangerous path, one that could have devastating consequences. Addiction can have lifelong consequences. Fatal ones, too. Finding yourself as you are now, on the cusp of adulthood, it’s time to realize that life is full of unexpected surprises, and not all of them are pleasant. There are times when the going is going to be way more than tough and you just don’t know how you are going to get through the day. Turning to drugs or alcohol to numb the pain might seem like a good idea, but nothing could be further from the truth. Whether you are 18 or 81, numbing the pain doesn’t solve anything. It is a temporary escape, and once your poison of choice wears off, the pain is still going to be there. Worse yet, you will have created an even larger problem for yourself, because when future difficulties crop up, drugs or alcohol will seem like the easy answer, and before you know it, you can get caught up in the vicious cycle of addiction, one that has taken all too many young lives in recent years. And while we are discussing sensitive subjects, there is one more issue I need to address. Individuals who were abused as children are often afraid to speak up while they are living at home for a variety of reasons, and over the past few years we have seen many young adults who go away for a year finally seeking the help they need now that they are in a safe environment. If you have an incident in your past that needs to be addressed, or there is something going on in your school or in your life right now that sets off alarm bells, seek out someone you trust and tell them that you need their help or call Amudim’s Israel office which was created to deal with exactly these situations. Know that far from feeling embarrassment or shame for things that may have taken place that were beyond your control, dealing with them head on is an act of incredible bravery. I cannot emphasize enough just how important it is to deal with unresolved issues like these now, before you choose a spouse and start a family of your own, because, as with so many other situations in life, burying serious problems is a recipe for disaster as they only come back to

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Pereg Natural Foods offers a variety of new breadcrumb and panko flavors including new Whole Wheat and Thai Sweet Chili Panko.


hat do you get when you combine extra crispy bread crumbs with crazy flavors? New options for every dish and more ways to crunch than ever before. Pereg’s seasoned bread crumb collection just got even bigger with the introduction of three delicious new styles: Thai Sweet Chili Panko Crumbs, Whole Wheat Panko, and Golden Crisp Bread Crumbs. They join a crunchy family that includes Classic, American, Viennese, Mexican, and Italian Fine Bread Crumbs and their Japanese cousins Spicy Panko, Coarse Panko, and Fine Panko.

Like all Pereg bread crumbs, these new varieties are made from freshbaked loaves, not recycled from stale old bread. They are then combined with the top-quality spices that are the bread and butter, so to speak, of Pereg’s extensive line of all-natural seasonings from around the world. These flavors aren’t the only thing that’s new about Pereg ’s line of seasoned bread crumbs. Look for the new stay-fresh package with a resealable zip top—a little smaller to fit neatly

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PEREG BREAD CRUMBS Continued from Page 34 on your shelf but containing the same amount of product as before. All Pereg bread crumbs and panko products are all-natural, vegan, certified non-GMO, and OU and CRC kosher-pareve, so you can enjoy them with any meal (MSRP: $4.85 for a 9 oz. bag). Use them to add crunch and flavor to chicken, fish, pasta, and vegetables in recipes like these:

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en in the crumb or panko coating again. Place on baking pan. 4. Bake at 350°F for about one hour or until golden brown. Recipe courtesy of The Set Table, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

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About Pereg Natural Foods Pereg was established in 1906, and is based in Clifton, NJ. It first became known for its vast variety of pure and natural spices and spice blends, more than 60 in all, from traditional favor-

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And On the son of Peles (Bamidbar 16:1) Said Rav: On the son of Peles was saved by his wife. She said to him: “What matters it to you? Whether the one remains leader or the other becomes leader, you will be but a follower.” Said he: “But what can I do? I have taken part in their counsel, and they have sworn me to be with them.” She said: “Sit here, and I will save you.” She gave him wine to drink, intoxicated him, and laid him down within [the tent]. Then she sat down at the entrance and loosened her hair. Whoever came [to summon him] saw her and retreated. Meanwhile, Korach’s wife joined in and said to him: “See what Moshe has done! He himself has become king; his brother he appointed High Priest; his brother’s sons he has made the vice High Priests. If terumah is brought, he decrees: Let it be for the priest. If the tithe is brought, which belongs to you [i.e., to the Levite], he orders: Give a tenth part thereof to the priest. Moreover, he has had your hair cut off (cf. Bamidbar 8:7) and makes sport of you as though you were dirt . . . ; for he was jealous of your hair.” Said he to her: “But he has done likewise!” She replied: “Since all the greatness was his, he said also: ‘Let me die with the Philistines’ . . .” Thus it is written: “A wise woman builds her house” (Mishlei, 14:1)— this refers to the wife of On the son of Peles; “but the foolish woman destroys it with her hands”—this refers to Korach’s wife. (Talmud, Sanhedrin 109b)



t’s summertime, aka vodka and tonic time! Vodka is a timeless spirit that plays an intriguing role in mixology. While it’s flavorless and odorless by definition, it’s the backbone of some of the most popular cocktails under the summer sun. And because vodka and ice are BFFs, it’s definitely worth keeping some on hand when you want to keep your cool during the hot months. To kick off V&T season, Royal Wine Corp., importer of LVOV Vodka, wants everyone to know about this indispensable summer spirit. Read on for some fun vodka facts. Vodka is versatile. It’s the invisible star of countless cocktail classics, from Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, and Moscow mules to white and black Russians, cosmos, and Long Island iced teas. Vodka can be distilled from, well…just about anything. Most are made from fermented grains like rye, rice, barley, corn, oats, and wheat. Russian and Polish distillers make use of the abundance of potatoes that grow there. Lately, producers have been crafting interesting vodkas from beets, fruits, quinoa, and even milk! Even the water makes a difference. Mineral water, glacial water, and chalky water all impart certain characteristics to the finished product, as does the way the water is filtered. It can be drawn through charcoal or bedrock, lava, meteorites, or quartz. Some producers go so far as to filter through diamond dust and black pearls. Vodka has that certain je ne sais quoi. Yes, it’s odorless and flavorless, but different ingredients and production methods lend discernible characteristics to different vodkas. LVOV Vodka, for example, is made from potatoes, distilled four times, and then filtered four times through an activated carbon and candle process. The result has a mellow, slightly herbal, slightly sweet aroma with a touch of minerality and a creamy finish—a perfect foil for refreshing favorites like vodka tonics, the zesty LVOV Smash (recipe follows), and the classic vodka martini and all its delicious variations, like appletinis and chocotinis. Store it in the freezer! Because home freezers don’t get cold enough to freeze spirits, many people like to stash their vodka on ice (BFFs, remember?) for ready-to-go refreshment value. How do you pronounce LVOV? Impress your retailer and ask for “Luhvoff.” That’s how they say it in LVOV’s namesake Polish town. Good news for gluten watchers. Vodkas made from fruits and vegetables are gluten-free, so people with grain sensitivities can indulge. Plus, 100% pota-

to-based LVOV is not only gluten free, but it’s OU kosher certified, too. LVOV Vodka recently received an excellent 92-point rating by Tasting Panel and offers tremendous quality for its price point (MSRP: $9.99 750 ML., available gift boxed). So, get ready to kick off summer with these spirited cocktails and more.

LVOV Smash Turn heads with this spicy summer sipper. Ingredients: 2 ounces LVOV Vodka

LVOV Sparkling Sea Breeze This cool classic is a breeze to make.

Ingredients: 1½ ounces LVOV Vodka 1½ ounces cranberry juice 1½ ounces grapefruit juice 1½ cups ice cubes 1½ ounces sparkling water Garnish: 1 lime wedge Directions: 1. Fill a cocktail shaker with vodka, juices, and ice cubes. Cover and shake. 2. Fill a glass with sparkling water. Strain vodka mixture into spar-

kling water and garnish with lime wedge.

LVOV Lemon Drop Martini A sweet-and-sour treat may just become your signature cocktail. Ingredients: 1½ ounces LVOV Vodka ¾ ounces lemon juice ¼ ounces simple syrup 1½ cup ice cubes Garnish: Lemon twist Directions: 1. Fill a shaker with ice. Pour in vodka, lemon juice, and simple syrup and shake well. 2. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon peel.

Pasta a la Vodka A garlicky vegetarian spin on an Italian favorite. Ingredients: 1 (35-ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes ¼ cup olive oil 8 garlic cloves, crushed

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5 grapes 1 slice serrano pepper 1 sugar cube Dash orange bitters Garnish: serrano pepper and lime wedge Directions: • Muddle all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. • Shake well and pour everything into a cocktail glass. • Garnish with remaining serrano pepper and lime wedge.

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LVOV Continued from Page 37 6. ¼ cup LVOV Vodka Salt and pepper, to taste Crushed red pepper, to taste 1 pound penne pasta ½ cup heavy cream Chopped parsley, to taste About ¾ cup Italian-style cheese, plus extra to taste Directions: 1. Process tomatoes and their liquid in a food processor until just finely chopped. 2. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add crushed garlic and brown gently. 3. Slowly add tomatoes and vodka to skillet and bring to a simmer. Add salt and crushed red pepper. 4. Meanwhile, cook pasta al dente according to directions. Just before pasta is ready, add cream to the sauce. Drain and stir in the pasta. 5. Add salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste. Add chopped parsley and simmer, stirring,

until sauce thickens and all the pasta is coated. Stir in grated cheese and serve, topping with extra cheese if desired.

About Royal Wine/Kedem Founded in 1848, Royal Wine Corp. has been owned and operated in the United States by the Herzog family,

Vodka has that certain je ne sais quoi. LVOV Vodka is the essential summer spirit. It makes a great gift for Father’s Day, graduation and engagement parties and is perfect with summer outdoor grilling.

whose winemaking roots go back eight generations to its origin in Czechoslovakia. Today, Royal Wine’s portfolio of domestic and international wines range

from traditional wine producing regions of France, Italy, and Spain, as well as Israel, New Zealand, and Argentina. Additionally, Royal Wine Corp.’s spirit and liqueur portfolio offers some of the most sought-after scotches, bourbons, tequilas, and vodkas as well as hard to find specialty items such as flavored brandies and liqueurs. The company owns and operates the Kedem Winery in upstate New York, as well as Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California, a state-of-the-art-facility featuring guided wine tours, a fully staffed modern tasting room, gift shop, and catering facilities. Additionally, the winery houses the award-winning restaurant Tierra Sur, serving the finest, Mediterranean-inspired, contemporary Californian Cuisine. Follow on social media: @royalwinecorp and Facebook. com/RoyalWineCorp/. „

It brought forth blossoms, produced budding fruit, and bore ripe almonds (Bamidbar 17:23) Ness, the Hebrew word for miracle, means “elevation.” The purpose of a miracle is to elevate those who experience it to a higher consciousness, to a recognition of the Divine reality which underlies the natural reality we encounter in our everyday lives. There are two types of miracles: a) miracles which utterly disregard the laws of nature; b) miracles which, though they may be no less “impossible” by the standard norms and no less obvious a display of the hand of G-d, nevertheless occur by natural means, employing natural phenomena and processes to achieve their ends. At first glance, it might seem that the second miracle’s “need” to resort to natural processes makes it less of a miracle. In truth, however, a miracle that operates through nature is more elevating—hence, more “miraculous”—than a miracle that supersedes it. A sudden, shattering change has not transformed nature—it has only gone beyond it. But when a miracle is integrated into the workings of nature, nature itself is elevated. Otherwise stated: a supra-natural miracle liberates the person who experiences it from the natural order; a natural miracle liberates the natural order itself. The bearing of fruit by a dry stick of wood would surely have sufficed as a Divine sign of Aharon’s chosenness. But G-d did not simply make almonds appear on Aharon's staff. Rather, He stimulated in it the full natural process of budding, blossoming, and the emergence and the ripening of the fruit. Aharon’s staff defied natures laws and restrictions, yet it conformed to the phases of growth that the almond naturally undergoes. It transcended nature, but did so on nature’s own terms. (The Chassidic Masters)

By Esther Rapaport

Chapter 10 Part III “Wow.” “It must have been seriously traumatic for you.” Shifra’s arms were folded. “Yes. I was very confused.” Yoel was still standing near the counter, his cup of coffee resting near him. “Not to mention for Abba and Ima…” “Yes. Abba was broken by the fact that for years, they had allowed a gentile to live in their house without knowing. The wine, the bishul akum, you know… And besides that, Ima was also broken by the betrayal.” “True, but she wouldn’t have wanted Anna to stay with them once the truth had come out, right?” “Right.” Chaiky didn’t like Shifra’s cold analysis. “But this bombshell was still really painful for her. She wanted that Anna would not have given up so fast on all the beautiful things she had learned from them over the years. That she should have argued with her aunt and uncle, and tried to find proof that they were lying, to insist that she really was a Jew… That she shouldn’t have just gotten up and walked out like that.” “Why should they lie about this?” Shifra was asking such annoying questions. “Because if they suddenly took an interest in her and wanted her to get a higher education and whatever else she said, the simplest way to bring her back to them without any war with Abba and Ima would be to say that she was a gentile, and that would be it.” “So why did they give her to them in the first place?” Now it was Yoel asking. “Because when she was a little girl, it was very convenient for them that someone else should be busy with the exhausting job of raising her, right? And when she was big and could be more independent, then what was

the problem?” A depressing silence descended on the kitchen. Yoel silently finished his coffee and put the empty cup back on the counter. “In any case, Chaiky, let’s move on,” he said, passing his hand over his forehead. “The fact that a non-Jew lived in Abba and Ima’s house for seven years, and that it was very painful, doesn’t mean that anyone who comes to live in another person’s house for whatever reason will suddenly be revealed as a nonJew.” “Of course,” Chaiky agreed. “So as far as you are concerned, you can think about the idea of someone coming to live here with you and the children?” “In theory, yes. We just need to check out who it is.” At night, Chaiky dreamed of herself hanging a huge notice on the door of her office: “Seeking someone to live with me.” A moment later, Elka entered, dragging Noa and laughing gleefully. “Here!” she announced. “We found your person, Chaiky! Noa will be very happy to live with you!” Elka cackling in her dreams woke Chaiky up, and she needed a few minutes to shake off the strange dream. Where did Noa live, come to think of it? Since she’d become more observant, she’d left her parents’ home, she’d related. This girl’s entire background was very murky, including details of her family and her current address. Apparently only Elka knew everything about her. But as for the dream, she could relax. It was not going to come true. Noa wouldn’t want to come live with her, and she didn’t want Noa. Having Noa at the community center was by far enough for her. „ Esther Rapaport is a prolific author whose novels include Diamond in the Rough, Divided Attention, Behind the Scenes, Without a Trace, Dance of the Puppet, Blood Brothers, and The Kenya Conspiracy. She resides in Israel. Stay tuned for the next installment in next week’s Five Towns Jewish Times or visit for more.

“The entire community is holy and G-d is amongst them; why do you raise yourselves above the congregation of G-d?” (Bamidbar 16:3) Korach said to them: All heard at Sinai the commandment, “I am the L-rd your G-d”! If you alone had heard it while they had not, you could have claimed superiority. But now that they have all heard it, “Why do you raise yourselves above the congregation of G-d?” (Rashi; Midrash Rabbah)

Korach took 250 magistrates, most of them from the tribe of Reuven his neighbors, and dressed them in garments that were wholly of blue wool. They came and stood before Moshe and asked him: “If a garment is made entirely of blue wool, what is the law as regards it being exempted from the obligation of tzitzis?” Moshe answered them: “It is subject to the obligation of tzitzis.” They began to laugh at him, saying: “If a garment of another sort is absolved by a single thread of blue wool, this garment, composed wholly of blue wool, cannot absolve itself?” Korach further challenged Moshe: “If a house is full of Torah scrolls, what is the law? Does it need a mezuzah on its doorpost or not?’’ Replied Moshe, “It is obligated.” Said Korach: “The entire Torah, consisting of 275 chapters, does not absolve this house, and the [two] chapters in the mezuzah absolve it? G-d did not command you these laws—you have invented them yourself.” (Rashi; Midrash Rabbah)

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ome arguments are petty affairs between small people who aren’t big enough, so they need to stand up for their perceived honor or imaginary status. Other arguments are classic differences of opinion between people of stature, where each has an opinion worthy of consideration. We need to be able to discern the subtleties beneath the surface of any debate before formulating our own view. This week’s parashah tells the story of the mutiny of Korach, a cousin of Moshe, who challenged Moshe’s authority. In

the end, Korach and his henchmen were swallowed by the earth in a Divine display of rather unearthly justice. The Midrash reveals some of the behind-the-scenes dialogue and debate between these men. Remember, Korach was no pushover. Besides being of noble lineage, he was clever, wealthy, and charismatic. One of the questions Korach put to Moshe was this: Does a house full of holy books still require a mezuzah? Moshe answered that it did. Korach scoffed at the idea, ridiculing Moshe. The little mezuzah contains

but two chapters of Torah, the Shema Yisrael. A whole houseful of books with the entire Torah won’t do the trick and a little mezuzah will? It doesn’t make any sense, argued Korach. Why was Moshe’s answer correct? What indeed is the significance of a small parchment on the doorpost in relation to a library inside? The Lubavitcher Rebbe explained that it all depends on location. The books are inside; the mezuzah is outside. When there are Jewish texts inside our study and living rooms, this indicates that the home is a Jewish home. This is good and as it should be. But what happens when we leave the comfortable confines of our home? Do we cease to be Jewish? The mezuzah is at the threshold of our homes, at the juncture and crossover between our inner lives and outer lives. As we make the transition from private person to public citizen, we desperately need to be reminded of who we are and that we take our identity with us wherever we may go. There is only One G-d, says the little scroll, whether in our private domain or in the big, wide world outside. One of the many works by wellknown author Herman Wouk is an autobiographical novel called Inside, Outside, in which he portrays his own inner struggles straddling two conflicting worlds. His pious Talmudist zayde (grandfather) had a profound influence on him, but so did Hollywood and Broadway. It took him a long time to find his way and settle into an observant Jewish lifestyle while still writing bestsellers. Being Jewish “Inside” is relatively easy.

It’s when we hit the “Outside” that we encounter temptation and turmoil. The challenge every Jew must face is to remain proudly Jewish even in the face of conflicting cultures, curious looks, and often hostile attitudes. In the German-Jewish community of old, there was a slogan that has long been discredited. “Yehudi b’veitecha v’ish b’tzeitecha,” “Be a Jew in your home and a man outside.” The Nazis did not distinguish between Jews who looked Jewish and those who had removed any visible identifying marks. Today, traditional dress reflecting a national character is common, accepted, and respected—from Scottish kilts to Arab kaffiyehs. The outlandish hairstyles of sportsmen and celebrities are not only accepted, but mimicked by millions of mindless wannabes. Is it too much to expect a Jew to assert his Jewishness in unfamiliar corporate territory or to keep the yarmulke on his head even when he walks out of shul? Moshe rejected Korach’s argument with good reason. The mezuzah does not replace the need for Jewish libraries, but it serves as a perennial reminder on our doorways. As we step out of our home to enter the outside world, it beckons us to take our G-d and our Torah, our values, and our traditions along with us. „ Rabbi Yossy Goldman was born in Brooklyn and was sent in 1976 by the Lubavitcher Rebbe as an emissary to serve the Jewish community of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is Senior Rabbi of the Sydenham Shul and president of the South African Rabbinical Association. His sefer “From Where I Stand: Life Messages from the Weekly Torah Reading” was published by Ktav and is available at Jewish book shops or online at

By Rabbi Shmuel Wise

A review of some of this week’s daf yomi key concepts (Parashas Korach – Zevachim) Q. Are there times when we can use a double-hekish in the laws of sacrifices? A. We explored this question on 57a–57b in the daf this week. The Gemara there is discussing the timeframe for eating the meat of a Korban Bechor. R’ Akiva there explains that this halachah is derived from the fact that the Torah compares Bechor to “the breast and thigh portions.” Which breast/thigh portions? That of Korban Shelamim (which are waved and given to the kohen), and thus the Torah indicates that just as a Shelamim has an eating timeframe of two days, so does a Korban Bechor. However, the fiery scholar R’ Yose HaGalili (who really got off to a great start here on his first official day of joining the High Court) points out that we could just as easily understand the above comparison to be referring to the breast/thigh of Korban Todah. Since Todah has a timeframe of only one day, this would teach us that a Bechor, too, only gets one day (and it’s more reasonable to understand it this way given the rule of “Don’t grab too much,” which states that when faced with a choice in Scriptural interpretation, we go with the reading that yields the smaller number). R’ Akiva responds by making an additional derashah from the verse that indicates that the longer timeframe is intended. R’ Yishmael objects that R’ Akiva didn’t need this last derashah since the suggested alternative—that the Torah wants us to compare Bechor to Todah— violates the derashah rule that was established on 49b that we may not use a double-hekish (Scriptural comparison) to derive sacrificial laws. For the very law that the breast/thigh of Todah is given to the kohen is itself only known based on a hekish to Shelamim. So going from Shelamim to Todah (hekish #1), and then from Todah to Bechor (hekish #2) would be an illegal double-hekish! The Gemara then explains that R’ Akiva would respond by pointing out that we are not dealing with a classic double-hekish since each individual hekish isn’t dealing with the same halachah. For hekish #1 is dealing with the basic obligation to give the breast/ thigh to the kohen. Hekish #2, on the other hand, is dealing with the one-day timeframe for eating the sacrifice. That the breast/thigh of Todah has a oneday timeframe is known not based on any hekish but simply based on the fact that the Torah assigns this timeframe to Todah itself. Being that a critical part of the teaching is being derived from only a single hekish, R’ Akiva argues that this does not fall under the scope of the double-hekish rule. The Gemara attempts to refute the opinion of R’ Yishmael from an apparent double-hekish that is made regarding the inner bull and goat of Yom Kip-

pur. The Torah tells us that when inside the Holy of Holies with the blood of the bull, the kohen gadol performs an unspecified number of upward sprinklings and seven downward sprinklings. When teaching the sprinklings of the goat, the Torah indicates that one upward sprinkling is performed but does not specify the number of downward sprinklings. The matter is clarified once the verse compares these two sacrifices (hekish #1). We are thereby taught that one upward sprinkling and seven downward sprinklings are performed by each animal. The Torah then compares the sprinklings performed outside the Holy of Holies to the ones performed inside (hekish #2), which tells us that the same number of sprinklings for each animal is performed outside, too.

mation regarding these sprinkling procedures—even information that is only known through an additional hekish—is to be applied outside as well. By contrast, regarding the double-hekish from Bechor to Todah to Shelamim, without hekish #1 (that established that there is even such a thing as a kohanic breast/thigh portion by Todah) there is zero basis for hekish #2. So since this is a clear-cut chain that begins from one hekish and then continues to another, it is proscribed by the rule on 49b. Thus, the Gemara concludes that no refutation of R’ Yishmael can be drawn from the derashah concerning the Yom Kippur sacrifices.„ Rabbi Wise is maggid shiur of Real Clear Daf (, a website and mobile app that offers free audio shiurim and other resources to assist your journey through Shas. He is also the director of Tehillim Together (, a mobile app (for iOS and Android) that offers a translated sefer Tehillim and facilitates Tehillim groups. To be a sponsor or to reach Rabbi Wise, please write to [email protected] or call 855-ASKRCD-1 (275-7231). Read more of Rabbi Wise’s articles at

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But wait—I thought we’re not allowed to use a double-hekish for sacrificial law! Now R’ Akiva can answer that there’s no problem here since the teaching in question only partially relies on a double-hekish (for the basic sprinkling procedure is described explicitly by each animal; we only needed the first hekish to nail down the exact number of sprinklings). But according to R’ Yishmael this double-hekish should not be allowed! In its second approach, the Gemara suggests the following distinction in defense of R’ Yishmael. By these Yom Kippur sacrifices, the second hekish is clearly intended by the Torah, irrespective of whether or not we make the first hekish. That is because the Torah does explicitly require upward and downward sprinklings by these animals, and thus the comparison between the outside procedure with the inside procedure does at least teach us to perform those procedures outside of the Holy of Holies, too. Once it is clear that the Torah wants us to make this second hekish, it’s reasonable to assume that all known infor-

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n preparation for the 24th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, zt’l, this Shabbos, Gimmel Tammuz, I have dedicated three essays to his teachings and the worldwide organization he inspired. This is the third in the series. Many years ago, one of our Long Island Chabad rabbis became friendly with a Jewish secular high-school student. This student was involved with sports, had good grades, and did all the things teens normally do. Like every Jew, he had a Jewish soul on fire, but he didn’t know it until he met the rabbi. Then, slowly but surely, he became more and more involved with Torah to the point that today he is a

well-respected chassidishe therapist in Jerusalem. Two years ago, I received a call from him, and he mentioned that on his upcoming trip to the States he wanted to visit the ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. I was happy to hear from him and we made a date. While preparing for our visit, I asked him why he wanted to do this, and his answer was sincere. “I just want to give hakaras ha’tov to the Rebbe.” Once we arrived, I gave him basic instructions about what to write and what to do, and told him to take his time. Twenty minutes after going in, he returned to the tent, and I could see he was red-eyed. I asked him how his “conver-

sation” with Hashem went, and he told me his visit was much more powerful than anything he expected. In this stage of his life, he has no ties to Chabad, but he felt such a connection and deep respect for the Rebbe. He told me he realized that if not for the Rebbe, “I would be a regular non-observant Jew living in some suburb like Dix Hills and probably be even further from Torah than the way I grew up.” He wondered what motivated the Rebbe to go out on the limb to transform Chabad and reach out to every Jew in the world. He was filled with a level of gratitude that he rarely felt before in his life. Being in the presence of the Rebbe, even now, gave him a sense of awe and humility, which was very emotional. I was touched by his explanation and wished that I, too, could feel, on a regular basis, the same intense sense of gratitude to the Rebbe for all he has done for me and for my family. It is hard to imagine how one person can accomplish so much and affect so many lives all over the world. This is especially true when we consider that the Rebbe met with strong opposition from many well-respected Chabad families when he be-

gan urging young couples to move out of town to go on shlichus to far corners of the globe. He accomplished what he did with no shortage of opposition from within and without. Many people take for granted the work of Chabad and the accomplishments of the Rebbe. Some people like to stay focused on a bad Chabad experience they once had, or they dislike black hats, or they’ve had a theological disagreement with Chabad. Most of them are not aware of the thousands of growing Chabad institutions, the thriving communities, and the high level of observance that the shluchim have introduced. They have not visited the former USSR, South Africa, the Far East, and Australia to see how vibrant Torah Judaism is there. They don’t know about the hundreds of day schools and thousands of buildings Chabad has built, and have not met the hundreds of thousands of Jews who are now shomer Shabbos because of the Rebbe. They probably have not heard about the young couples—who never even saw the Rebbe—who are now moving to small Jewish enclaves in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Whitefish, Montana, in order to reach out to their fellow Jews. Hopefully, the rest of us will stop to look at the big picture and ask ourselves this question: “Where would world Jewry be today if not for the Rebbe?” While most Brooklyn rabbis in the 1950s and 60s were trying to build their congregations, the Rebbe was trying to send people away to build Judaism around the world. He insisted that the farther away you move, the better it is. The whole world was his playing field. As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks commented, “The Rebbe did not look to create followers; he wanted to create leaders.” We, who live in Queens and on Long Island, and especially in the Five Towns area, have a special merit and opportunity since we are so close to the Rebbe’s ohel in Cambria Heights. The resting place of a tzaddik has always been considered holy ground and a fitting place to deliver our prayers to HaKadosh Baruch Hu. If you have never been to the Rebbe’s ohel, you may be surprised by what you will experience there, as was my Yerushalmi ba’al teshuvah. If you have been there before, Gimmel Tammuz is still as good a time as any to go and thank the Rebbe for all he has done for you, and to thank Hashem for sending such a soul to the world. I look forward to seeing you there! „ Rabbi Tuvia Teldon is the regional director of Chabad Lubavitch of Long Island. He can be reached at [email protected] For more information and inspiration, visit www. or to view his weekly broadcasts. Read more of Rabbi Teldon’s articles and view his videos at

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uthored by Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank, a maggid shiur at Yeshiva University, Illuminating Jewish Thought: Explorations of Free Will, the Afterlife, and the Messianic Era is the first volume in a trilogy that explores the theological foundations of Jewish faith. Launched by Yeshiva University and Koren Publishers Jerusalem, the volume was released by Maggid Books, an imprint of Koren Publishers Jerusalem, last April. With the approach and scope of a master educator, Rabbi Wiederblank brings together a wide array of Jewish texts ranging from philosophical to Kabbalistic, ancient to modern, in a clear and accessible source book. In this first offering, the latest in the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (RIETS) hashkafah series, he illustrates the richness of the Jewish scholastic tradition while examining free will, the afterlife, the Messianic era, and other fundamental religious discussions through the prism of Jewish thought. “I began teaching machshavah while serving as scholar-in-residence at Beth Israel Synagogue in Edmonton, Alberta,” said Rabbi Wiederblank. “Because the congregants were most interested in learning about topics like the afterlife, free will, and the Messianic era, I sought a source book that presented and elucidated the primary sources on these topics, but I was unable to find one. So, I began collecting and organizing sources myself. Many of these ‘source-sheets’ form the root of the Illuminating Jewish Thought series, in addition to modified lecture notes on these topics, which I have taught at YU.” Throughout the three-volume series, primary sources are presented in their original language, with modern English translation, enabling readers to analyze the texts independently, while Rabbi Wiederblank illuminates the complex concepts. Illuminating Jewish Thought reveals the bedrock upon which the nexus of Jewish belief and thought is built. “Rabbi Netanel Wiederblank has authored an outstanding hashkafic work,”

said Rabbi Mordechai Willig, Rabbi Dr. Sol Roth Chair in Talmud and Contemporary Halacha at RIETS. “It is a masterful presentation of the fundamentals of faith, written clearly and annotated thoroughly. His comprehensive contribution is invaluable for sincere students of ikarei emunah.” Erudite and meticulously researched, Illuminating Jewish Thought is an extraordinary guide to understanding some of the most fundamental and profound concepts in Judaism. The philosophical concepts detailed must be un-

derstood to prevent anyone from falling into the intellectual pit of blind faith. Detailed in the book are topics and questions that form the bedrock of Judaism. There are no easy answers to the many difficult and challenging matters that this book deals with. Rabbi Wie-

Rochelle Maruch Miller is a contributing editor for the Five Towns Jewish Times. She is a journalist, creative media consultant, lecturer, and educator, and writes for magazines, newspapers, websites, and private clients. She welcomes your comments at [email protected] Read more of Rochelle Miller’s articles at

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derblank writes that these topics and the underlying texts demand rigorous study. He suggests that, ideally, one should read the texts and analyze them attentively and not trust his interpretation. As Rabbi Wiederblank has so astutely written, the challenge of real faith comes with its challenges of making sense of the many seemingly contradictory ideas we see daily. Through the pages of his work, the author brings the reader along on his journey, offering no answers but in their stead, an abundance of thought-provoking sources. Illuminating Jewish Thought is an exceptional sourcebook dealing with some of the most fundamental and essential topics in Jewish philosophy. For those seeking answers to these questions, it will serve as an indispensable guide. „

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By Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow



ears ago, a Litvishe individual was on his way to Camp Stern berg, a girls’ camp in Narrowsburg, New York. Although there were married men on campus, it was always difficult to find ten men for the minyanim. If they had a minyan for Minchah and Ma’ariv, it would only be close to shkiah time. Since it was already dark, he knew that even if there were a Ma’ariv minyan, he had already missed it. So he

pulled into a Satmar bungalow colony to catch a minyan for Ma’ariv. To his dismay, they were already up to Shemoneh Esreh. He began davening Shemoneh Esrei with them, intending to say Kriyas Shema and the berachos afterward. Lo and behold, in the middle of his silent recitation of Shemoneh Esrei, he hears the chazan begin chazaras ha’Shatz! Everyone knows there is no chazaras ha’Shatz at Ma’ariv! It suddenly dawned on him


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that he was davening Ma’ariv while everyone else was davening Minchah! The debate regarding the proper time to daven Minchah and Ma’ariv is at least 1,000 years old; this unresolved debate still garners discussion. On one extreme is the Chazon Ish. He rules that one should not even begin Minchah unless he can finish his Shemoneh Esrei by sunset. On the opposite extreme are the chassidishe poskim who say you can daven Minchah l’chatchilah even 50 minutes after sunset. The general opinions are sometimes referred to as the Gra and Rabbeinu Tam. The Gra, or the Vilna Gaon, says that only until sunset can one say it is definitely daytime. Rabbeinu Tam in Tosfos (Zevachim 56a) says that definite daytime extends longer. While there is some uncertainty in this regard also, it seems that as originally promulgated, definite daytime according to Rabbeinu Tam extends up until 58 and a half minutes after sunset; 72 minutes after sunset it is definitely nighttime. Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt’l, is of the opinion that if Rabbeinu Tam had lived in New York, he would have said that 50 minutes after sunset is definitely nighttime. This debate exists regarding any issue that is dependent on when the halachic day ends and when the halachic night begins. The most common issue is regarding Shabbos. According to the Vilna Gaon, after sunset on Friday it may already be Shabbos. Whereas, according to Rabbeinu

Tam, one may do melachah at least until 40 minutes after sunset. This created an untenable situation in the New York metro area, where many Litvishe Jews assumed it was already Shabbos after sunset on Friday, and they witnessed chassidim still performing melachah. Rav Aharon Kotler, zt’l, forged an agreement with the chassidic community such that everyone would agree to refrain from melachah beginning at sunset on Friday. In terms of ending Shabbos in New York, virtually no one ends Shabbos using the Vilna Gaon’s earlier time. A common custom in New York is to end Shabbos at 50 minutes past sunset. Still, scrupulous individuals end Shabbos 72 minutes past sunset to comply with Rabbeinu Tam’s original opinion. If you are wondering what the correct time is to end Shabbos, don’t feel bad if you cannot figure it out. Honorable Johnny Lee Baynes, a judge in the Kings County Supreme Court in the 2nd Judicial District of New York, couldn’t really figure it out either. A lawsuit is generally initiated by serving the opposing party a copy of the court papers. New York’s General Business Law §13 requires that defendants not be served during their Sabbath. If a Jewish person is served on Shabbos, that may be grounds for dismissal. A frum Jewish couple was being sued by a corporation. There is no

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WHEN HARAV CHAIM KANIEVSKY, SHLITA, WAS MOVED TO TEARS Dorshei HaDaf Program Launched At Home of Rav Chaim Kanievsky BY CHAIM GOLD


t was an emotional moment at the home of Rav Chaim Kanievsky, shlita. No one was expecting it, but suddenly Rav Chaim was moved to tears. He was visibly emotional and could not contain himself. What caused Rav Chaim to cry? It was a story about remarkable ahavas haTorah told by his chavrusa and close confidant, Rav Elya Mann, shlita. The event was a pesicha event, the day after Shavuos, marking the inauguration of Dorshei HaDaf, a new Dirshu project that will feature a hotline whereby anyone who has a question on that day’s daf can call a number and receive answers from a rotating team of talmidei chachamim who will be charged with answering the phones.

The Question That So Deeply Moved Rav Chaim At that event, Rav Elya Mann related, “Today is 7 Sivan, the yahrzeit of the famous ger tzedek of Vilna, Rav Avrohom ben Avrohom. When Rav Avrohom was taken to be burned al kiddush Hashem for converting to Judaism, he requested from those who came to kill him that they honor his one final request. They agreed. “He asked to be taken to the Vilna Gaon. They brought him, and he asked the Gaon the following question: ‘We know the rule of ‘zerizim makdimim l’mitzvos—one should perform mitzvos with alacrity.’ According to that dictum I should be running to fulfill this mitzvah of dying al kiddush Hashem. On the other hand, the quicker I run, the quicker I will hasten my death, and one must not hasten one’s death. What should I do? Run quickly or not?’” Upon hearing Rav Elya tell over the question, Rav Chaim became extremely emotional and let out a sob. Clearly, the ger tzedek’s love of Torah and mesiras nefesh touched him deeply. Rav Mann continued, “Before the Gaon had a chance to answer his question, the soldiers hustled Rav Avrohom away. The Gaon rushed to the window and shouted after him, ‘Reb Avrohom, quicker!’ Rav Avrohom began to walk quickly…” Rav Mann remarked to Rav Chaim, “How much time did Rav Avrohom merit to learn Torah before he was killed? Still, we see what an exalted level of Torah he was able to reach. That is the power of immersion in Torah.”

Dorshei HaDaf, Another Aid To Torah Learning Dirshu has made it its mission to facilitate and encourage limud haTorah with accountability among all segments of Klal Yisrael and has invested a tremendous amount of resources to empower Yidden the world over to maximize both the quality and the quantity of the Torah that they learn. The latest program, Dorshei HaDaf, is another aid to Torah learning that Dirshu is providing as a service to Klal Yisrael.

Rav Chaim Kanievsky meeting with Hanhalas Dirshu regarding the Dorshei HaDaf program

Rav Dovid Hofstedter greeting Rav Chaim Kanievsky

At the home of Rav Gershon Edelstein, shlita, senior rosh yeshiva of Ponovezh, Rav Boruch Dov Diskin, shlita, rosh yeshiva at Yeshiva Orchos Torah and primary composer of the Dirshu tests, as well as Dirshu’s nasi, Rav Dovid Hofstedter, and Rabbi Avigdor Bernstein, a senior member of Dirshu’s hanhalah, explained to the rosh yeshiva how the new program came about. “Today, those learning the daf ha’yomi often come up with questions that they cannot answer. The nature of daf ha’yomi learning and the amount that must be covered daily often doesn’t allow for a protracted amount of time to research questions. What Dirshu has done is take some of their most capable talmidei chachamim,

those who have been tested cumulatively on the entire Shas with Gemara Rashi, and Tosafos over the past two or three machzorim of the daf ha’yomi, and appoint them to be available on the Dorshei HaDaf hotline to offer learners answers to any questions that they have.”

HaRav Gershon Edelstein, Shlita: The Main Thing Is To Increase Torah Learning Rav Gershon gave his heartfelt berachah, saying that anything that will help improve people’s learning and deepen their understanding of learning is a good and important thing.

Rav Gershon also commented that the main thing is to increase Torah learning, both in quality and quantity, and if testing succeeds in doing this, then it is a vital, positive tool. The rosh yeshiva commented that when large gatherings celebrating the accomplishments of lomdei Torah bring chizuk in learning and result in more people learning Torah, it is a great chizuk.

Kinyan HaShas Graduates Explain How Tests Transformed Their Learning One of the unique aspects of the Dirshu Dorshei HaDaf program is the fact that the hotline is manned by those who

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Meeting at the home of Rav Gershon Edelstein to discuss the new Dorshei HaDaf Program

Rav Dovid Hofstedter greeting Rav Gershon Edelstein

have succeeded in taking and excelling on Dirshu tests on multiple machzorim of Shas. Rav Yaakov Hain, shlita, rosh kollel of Kollel Yissocher B’Ohalecha and a shoel u’meishiv in Yeshiva Orchos Torah, the yeshiva founded and headed by HaRav Aharon Leib Shteinman, zt’l, explained what it was that enabled him to become one of the individuals who will be answering the phones for the Dorshei HaDaf program. He said, “I have a tremendous amount of hakoras ha’tov for Dirshu because it was only through the Dirshu Kinyan HaShas program that I was able to make my way through Shas in a comprehensive manner. “I have two different positions—one as a rosh kollel and the other as a shoel u’meishiv. If I didn’t have the obligation to take the Dirshu tests I would be so busy with just learning the material for my two other responsibilities that I would have neglected learning the rest of Shas. It is only because of the rigorous testing schedule that I was able to complete Shas and retain the material in a verifiable way.” Rav Hain then reminisced about an incident that transpired approximately 13 years ago. “At that time,” he explained, “they asked for a number of test takers to come and meet Rav Dovid

Hofstedter. He wanted to hear about our experiences taking the tests, so that he could hear feedback on how to make the program even more effective. I answered that I had already been tested in programs run by several different organizations and now I am with Dirshu. He asked me, ‘If other organizations are doing this, why is Dirshu necessary?’ I replied that Dirshu is the only organization that has different tracks for Gemara and Rashi and a separate track for Gemara, Rashi, and Tosafos. ‘Why,’ he probed further, ‘is it significant that there is a separate track just for Gemara with Rashi?’ “I answered, ‘When one takes a test with Tosafos, human nature is that he focuses only on Tosafos without investing sufficient time and effort into understand the Gemara and Rashi. If, however, you first go through Shas being tested only on Gemara with Rashi and only then, for the next machzor, do you progress to including Tosafos, the benefits are indescribable!’”

Success Breeds Success Rav Yaakov Menachem Krauss, a distinguished talmid chacham who has been tested on the entire Shas and is now one of the individuals tasked with marking Dirshu’s tests, spoke about

how effective Dirshu’s tests were in enhancing his own learning. “Firstly, of course, taking a test creates a tremendous feeling of obligation to know the material. It is, however, much deeper than that. I think the most powerful effect that Dirshu has had on me is the sipuk, the spiritual satisfaction in learning, that it brings. There is nothing that can describe the rush that one feels when, after the test, you get the answer sheet and determine if what you wrote was correct. When you see that you were matzliach, the pleasure is incomparable! “One reason is because when a person does well on a Dirshu test he knows that he succeeded in really knowing the Gemara. Dirshu doesn’t ask riddles or “Gotcha!” questions but rather asks solid and comprehensive questions that encompass the essence of the sugya. It is mindboggling to contemplate the amount of Torah that Dirshu has caused to be learned. I often say that the night before a Dirshu test, there is a massive infusion of Torah being learned in the world; a z’chus that cannot be properly quantified!”

The ‘Kinyan’ Imperative At the home of Rav Chaim, Rav Eliyahu Mann, sitting next to Rav Chaim, ,was asked to convey Rav Chaim’s message. His remarks were reminiscent of the Gemara’s account of a meturgaman, a translator, who would amplify the words of the rebbe. He said, “How fitting it is that this event of kiddush Hashem [of the launching of Dorshei HaDaf] is transpiring today. “Today is the day after Kabbalas HaTorah—the receiving of the Torah. According to the Magen Avrohom, it isn’t the day after Kabbalas HaTorah but actually the day the Torah was given—51 days after the beginning of Sefiras Ha’Omer. “In order to understand Torah, one must acquire Torah. The Chazon Ish would say, ‘A person cannot acquire anything without the act of a ‘kinyan’, an acquisition. Torah also requires a

What does talmud mean and how is it acquired? The simple answer is that talmud means to sit and learn Torah. It makes no difference what a person’s “job” is— whether he learns all day or engages in parnassah for part of the time. It all depends on what your primary focus is. If your primary focus is Torah, it means that you are a “talmid,” a learner. It makes no difference whether you are engaged in other activities for part of the day. You are a ‘learner;’ that is what defines you! A person must use every free minute to learn and must make sure that he has free minutes to learn. This is especially important when it comes to daf ha’yomi. There are times when a person is busy. He does not have the time to learn, it is difficult for him to learn. Still, if he knows that he is learning the same daf all of Klal Yisrael is learning, he will somehow find the time to keep up; he will engage in ‘talmud’ even when it is difficult. That is the first kinyan of the 48—learning. [Rav Chaim told me another interesting thing, relates Rav Mann.] When a child who is becoming bar mitzvah comes to ask [Rav Chaim] what spiritual undertaking he should accept upon himself in honor of his bar mitzvah, Rav Chaim says, “To learn Shas.” [I ask Rav Chaim, “Shas?!”] [He replies, “Why not?”] That is “learning.” Learning means Shas, but it doesn’t have to be done in one night. When a person learns daf ha’yomi, he learns one daf today and another daf tomorrow, as the Gemara teaches, “The wise person says, ‘Today I will learn one page and tomorrow another.’ The wise person does not say, ‘How am I going to learn so much? How can I finish the entire Shas?’ The way to acquire Shas is by learning one daf after another with consistency.” Throughout the generations it was known that one must learn from others. A rebbe must give over to a talmid and a talmid must learn from a rebbe. Today, the new concept of [the Dorshei HaDaf] hotline is akin to a rebbe– talmid relationship. Whenever a person has a question he has whom to ask. Today, with the establishment of the new [Dorshei HaDaf] Hotline for she'eilos, it will be possible for people all over the world to tap into this rebbi–talmid relationship—even when the rebbe is geographically far away. Rav Mann concluded by quoting Rav Chaim’s opinion with regard to Dirshu. He said, “Tell Dirshu that I am jealous of their z’chusim. In many ways Dirshu has ensured that Torah should not be forgotten among Yisrael. Ashreichem v’ashrei chelkechem—fortunate are you and fortunate is your lot!” „

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kinyan. For every acquisition of material possessions there are Mishnayos that explain how that kinyan takes place. With regard to Torah as well, there is a Mishnah that delineates how to acquire Torah. That Mishnah is the one that enumerates the 48 ways to acquire Torah. The first way to acquire Torah, the Mishnah says, is ‘talmud,’ to learn.’”

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A CLEVER TITLE GOES HERE By Mordechai Schmutter



don’t think most of my younger siblings have home phones. Sure, most of them are still in the apartment phase. But for instance, I have a brother who just bought a home, but he doesn’t have a home phone. If we want to talk, he has a cellphone that’s always on him, his wife has a phone that’s always on her, and their one-year-old . . . is usually unreachable, actually. But we don’t generally need him in emergencies. And they’re not alone. Approximately 50% of families in the U.S. don’t have home phones at this point, nebach. So there’s a pretty good chance

that you are wondering, “Should I get rid of my landline?” Or, for half of you, “Should I have gotten rid of my landline?” My wife and I still have a landline. We use it to find our cellphones. How do you even find your cellphone if that’s all you have? Well, I guess that’s why you get married. This question is a lot like saying, “Everyone in the family has a car, so why do we need a house?” Though it’s not. You’re not having a family get-together in your car. So maybe it’s more like the time I was wondering if it would be financially

worth it to get a motorcycle instead of a second car. It costs less, uses less gas, and traffic is apparently never an issue. We all assume that bikers are scary people, but maybe they’re just financially sensible individuals who happen not to have to wear business suits on their commute. My point is, though, why have one group car that the whole family has to share? Why not get everyone motorcycles? Sure, cellphones are more convenient. For example, one downside to home phones is that you can’t bring them with you wherever you go. Well, technically you can, but it’s not going to help you as much, except as a weapon. On the other hand, cellphones have worse sound quality, though that doesn’t seem to bother the people who exclusively use cellphones. They’re happy t**********ou while you’re ************ther word, and you have no idea what ******** are saying, but they don’t seem to notice, except oops, they have to go because their wife is ************, and their battery is about to--.

Which is one of the downsides of cellphones—that when you are home, you have to charge it, and it’s only in one place in the house, and if you want to use it, you’re tied to a wall. Like an old-timey phone. Whereas when I’m home, which is almost always, I don’t have to have my phone on me, because I have cordless phones scattered all over the house in strategic locations, such as under the couch. That way, if I’m ever cleaning under the couch and the phone rings, I’m right there. Also, speaking of convenience, if your cellphone doesn’t work, you have to take it to the store. Whereas with a home phone, they actually come to your house, which is awesome. They will come between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., on Tuesday. “This Tuesday?” “We don’t know. We just know it’ll be a Tuesday.” I know this because every single time we call the phone company, the representative sends someone over to fix our phone line. We did it four times this month! You can’t put a price on convenience like that. Whenever we have problems with our line, we just call the phone company, and someone picks up and says, in a heavy Indian accent, “Hello, my name is Bob.” (There are a lot of people in India named Bob.) There are people from India in this country, too, but they all have Indian names. But Bob is helpful, for someone who’s not going to come over and fix the line himself. For example, the other week he told my wife, “We’ll send someone to fix it, and then you won’t have no problems with your phone line.” And my wife was like, “Listen Bob, we already don’t have no problems with our phone line. That’s why we’re calling.” And he’s like, “What?” So the guy came and worked on our line, and sure enough, as soon as he left, our phone wasn’t giving us no problems. In that it was giving us problems. So apparently, this is a thing their lawyers make them say in case they can’t fix the issue. The issue, which my wife figured out but couldn’t prove because we can’t legally climb the telephone pole, was that even though the guys kept coming over and playing with the utility box on the street corner, the real problem was that some birds had built a nest on a little covered section of the telephone wire. We’re not phone experts, but we’re pretty sure that’s not great. Especially since, when it rained, the birds all huddled inside the nest, and the phones got worse. But every time we called, they sent out a new guy, who started by doing exactly what the previous guy had done—checking the box. The guys also climbed up the pole, because that’s one of the main perks of the job, but every time they did that, everything looked fine, because the birds weren’t just going to hang out up there with him.

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PUZZLES Crossword: A Clean Finish

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2. Stocking color 3. Quite fancy 4. Downsizing consequences 5. Can. neighbor 6. Guess: Abbr. 7. First of a doubled month 8. Bow-tied basketball analyst Bruce 9. Make do, somehow 10. “Talks” on the computer, for short 11. Ex or current NY bigwig 12. Dovid Hamelech’s oldest brother 13. Dig (into) 18. F. Murray Abraham’s Adal on Homeland 22. Part of a city in an Elvis hit 25. Ronson’s “Uptown” hit 26. Jewish name in Iceland? 27. Some batters, for short 28. Voice of Israel author Abba 29. Square root of shesh esrei 32. Opposite of vert. 33. Astonish 34. “I don’t think so” 36. Spotless 37. Glasgow hillside 38. Maglie and Mineo 41. Parashat ___ Lecha 42. Journalist Logan 45. Sinai beginning 47. His sons are mentioned at a siyum 49. Annoy 50. Bully on The Simpsons 52. “___ fired” (Trump catchphrase) 53. Language of 52-Across 54. Yemen’s capital 55. Kind of change 56. Be a braggart 57. Band aid, briefly 61. Singer Brickell 62. Employee IDs, often 64. Longtime NBC show 66. Chevron alternatives 67. Shred

Jewish Spelling Bee How many common words of 5 or more letters can you spell using the letters in the hive? Every answer must use the center letter at least once. Letters may be reused in a word. At least one word will use all 7 letters and have a direct Jewish connection. Proper names and hyphenated words are not allowed. Score 1 point for each answer, and 3 points for a Jewish-related word that uses all 7 letters. Rating: 1=Good; 15=Excellent; 20=Genius Common solutions to last week’s Spelling Bee: Gribenes. Beers, begger, beggers, begging, begin, beginner, beginners, beginning, beginnings, begins, beige, being, benign, berries, besiege, besieger, besigers, besieges, binge, binges, binging, bribe, briber, bribers, bribing, bring, bringer, bringers, bringing, brings, briss, brisses, ebbing, gibes, ibises, rebbe, ribbing, ribbbings.

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HOLD THE PHONE! Continued from Page 48 So that’s one benefit of cellphones. When you go to the store to get it fixed, you can make sure to always deal with the same guy. That way, you can say something like, “What we did last time didn’t work. Do you want to maybe check if there are birds living in there?” But home phones have other benefits, such as that you have a phone number that you’re actually willing to give out. Sure, I could give out my cellphone number, but I don’t want everyone in the world to be able to reach me when I’m out. When I’m out is not a good time. I’m out. I rarely give my cellphone number to anyone. Especially my students. My students sometimes ask me what their grades are, because if they’re not paying attention in writing class, chances are they’re not paying attention in math either, and I say, “I have them on my computer.” I keep the grades at home, because I don’t want to spend the entire class time haggling. Then I give them my home phone number. Then they ask, “What if you’re not home? What’s your cell?” And I say, “If I’m not home, I can’t look up your grades. You think that even though I don’t bring your grades to school with me, I bring them to the supermarket?” I should, because that’s where I run into the parents. But people who only have cellphones say that this is why they like it—because they’re unlisted.

“I don’t want random people finding my number and calling me.” Yeah, like your kids’ friends. Also, just because we have a public phone number doesn’t mean we have to answer the phone if we don’t feel like it. Are you really safer because stalkers can’t look up your phone number? They can still look up your address. Shouldn’t you worry about that? Maybe living in a car is the best idea. And speaking of kids, my kids’ school forms specifically ask for a

have your wife pick up another extension, so you can not only both hear what the other party is saying, but hear what each other is saying in stereo. And anyway, sometimes people don’t want to call a specific person in your house; they want to call your house in general. “Hey, is anyone home right now? I don’t care who. I need to borrow a cup of sugar.” “Why are you eating that much sugar?” “OK, is your mommy home?”

We still have a landline; we use it to find our cellphones. home phone number. They want to know that when they call you to pick up your kid in the middle of the day because he ran into a wall during recess, or during class time, that you can’t say, “Sorry, I’m at work. Can’t I just pick him up at dismissal in 15 minutes?” They want to be able to say, “No, you’re home. We called your home phone.” “Oh, I brought it with me. I have a mobile home.” And anyway, it’s nice to be able to get on the phone with someone and

Because if all we have are cellphones, there’s no such thing as having your kids screen calls for you. When I was growing up, that’s how we learned to take messages: CALLER: “Hello, can I speak to your father?” CHILD: “He’s having stomach problems.” FATHER (in the background): “Don’t say that! Tell them I’m not available!” And taking messages is an essential skill to teach your kids for when they enter the workforce.

“Sorry, my boss can’t come to the phone. He’s having stomach problems.” So even though most of the people I know who don’t have home phones keep insisting that it’s a generational thing, I think it’s a stage-of-life thing. And they’ll get there. When they get to a point where they’re both out and they want to call the kids and they realize the kids don’t have a phone, then they’ll say, “You know what? We should get a separate cellphone just to keep at home!” That’s definitely how they’ll phrase it. „ Mordechai Schmutter is a weekly humor columnist for Hamodia and is the author of five books, published by Israel Book Shop. He also does freelance writing for hire. You can send any questions, comments, or ideas to [email protected] Read more of Mordechai Schmutter’s articles at

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DATING FORUM By Baila Sebrow

Question It’s getting to that point in my life where I’ll need to do something soon. I’m a 37-year-old guy, and I date a lot. And when I say a lot, I mean I’ve dated a few hundred females of all kinds—never-married, divorced, widowed, Sephardim, Ashkenazim, you name it. And all ages, too—younger, older, and in all shapes and sizes. I usually break things off after a while. I’m afraid of getting divorced; everyone I know is getting divorced. And also, I was married for a short time. Every person I know who got divorced was happy when he or she first got married. Then they hate each other and get divorced. Women love me. When I go on a date, I am always overdoing it, and then I regret it. I take everyone to expensive restaurants, because I know that’s what most women like. So when I break it off, they get angry.

more time into deliberating over a minor purchase than choosing their life partner. However, to play devil’s advocate, it is possible that these men have straightened up their lives, so whatever they may have done wrong in the past has little bearing on their future with respect to marriage. And sometimes, specific personalities bring out the better side of someone, too. That’s why you can often find that a person who has been a bad spouse to one turns out to be a good spouse to another. Your focus with regard to marriage should be only on yourself—not on how other people choose their dates, spouses, or when they decide to get married. You need to do what’s good for you. And that starts with self-analysis. That said, my questions to you are the following: Are you afraid to allow yourself to get seriously involved with

Some people put more time into deliberating over a minor purchase than choosing their life partner. I’m starting to worry, because I see that the good women don’t hang around too long on the dating scene. I’ve noticed that when a good woman becomes single again, some lucky guy always grabs her up! And they are usually not even the good guys. I see how men with terrible reputations get good women to marry them at high speed.

Response To help put your anxiety at ease about good women getting married “at high speed,” you need to know that there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to who “grabs” who first. In fact, there is no grabbing involved! If you want to say that there are persuasive men who will go after a good woman as soon as she is on the shidduch circuit, then, yes, he will usually get a date or two with her, or perhaps a few more. However, when the relationship appears to take a more serious turn, an intelligent woman will do her due diligence to find out all she can about the man before she allows him to put a ring on her finger. You point out that men with “terrible reputations” get the good women when they become newly single, which probably happens because these women may not have done their homework and were trusting of the men by buying into whatever was verbally fed to them. Even in this day and age, there is much naiveté and gullibility where dating is concerned. Some people put

a woman just in case you will end up getting divorced? Are your overindulging tendencies on your dates (which you later regret) a result of the fear of not being liked? Do you feel the need to over-treat your date so that she loves you (as you claim women do) and won’t be the one to reject you? To a certain degree, being afraid of something can actually be a good thing if it means one needs to evaluate the situation thoroughly. Those who think deeply before they act on an important decision are usually less likely to experience failure. And where it relates to marriage, one cannot be too careful, especially when dealing with people who have a history of previous marriage, divorce, and relationships. There are times when all appears to be great within the person’s character that one is dating, but other factors can come into play that will make someone run from a relationship. It can be a fear that you may one day disappoint the person. Meaning, you represent in a manner that makes you attractive to your date. However, that may not be who you really are. You might be able to put on a show for the few hours you spend with her, but you know that there is a different side to you. And if it should ever be exposed, that might frighten or turn her off. Think about that. No one will disagree that the divorce rate is alarmingly high. Most people initially assume that their marriage

gift, you will find yourself with a wrapping that will eventually become insignificant to you. For some men, regardless of age or life status, dating just a few women might be all they need to find the person with whom they feel comfortable sharing their lives. For others, it may mean dating countless women from all walks of life, almost as you describe doing. And even then it might take a long time to finally reach marriage. One should not place a time perimeter on an important life decision such as marriage. I usually recommend that people be open-minded and look outside their own dalet amos to find a spouse. But it sounds like you are going way overboard with such a way of thinking. Please reread all that you describe with reference to the types of women you dated. To me that comes across more like curiosity about various types of women, rather than an intention to date for marriage. Not only that, but you do not offer any tangible reason for why you ended relationships. It sounds more like you develop nagging doubts, or perhaps mixed feelings, about women after you date them for a bit. And instead of figuring it out, you run. That may not have necessarily been the worst thing for you if you are not emotionally ready for marriage. Marriage

is a work in progress for its entire duration. And until one is ready for it, he or she is best off remaining single. You mention that you were married for a short time, and you left it at that. Whatever happened to you in the past might be finding its way into every relationship you are starting. Is it possible that the reason you date so many different types is because you are trying to find someone who is just like your ex-wife—or perhaps someone the complete opposite of her? And when you find resemblances or dissimilarities, does it cause you to break up? Here is what I recommend. If you have not yet made peace with whatever happened to you in the past, it is high time that you do. Whether you seek the assistance of a therapist or someone who understands your psyche, it needs to be taken care of before you date any-

one else and leave her bewildered. After that’s been accomplished, you need to determine what is important to you in a spouse that could hold you stable in a marriage. You can make a mental list or write it down. The point is that you cannot aimlessly go around dating any female just because she is breathing and walking. Not only is that unfair to her, but you need to place yourself in a position to successfully move forward towards a new, productive chapter in life. „ Baila Sebrow is president of Neshoma Advocates, communications and recruitment liaison for Sovri-Beth Israel, executive director of Teach Our Children, and a shadchanis and shidduch consultant. She can be reached at [email protected] Questions and comments for the Dating Forum can be submitted to [email protected] Read more of Baila Sebrow’s articles at

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will work out. When they agree to marry, most couples believe that they are a match made in heaven. Sometimes it is not until they live with each other on a day-to-day basis with no pretenses that they realize they cannot make it work, no matter how hard they try. It could be habits that are intolerable to a spouse, or perhaps one of them may refuse to put up with something. There are times that stressors outside the home can make their way into the marriage, which may also contribute to the fracture of the union—children from a previous marriage, in-laws, other relatives or friends, unforeseen financial obligations, etc. But a great percentage of the cause for divorce early on in a marriage is because people don’t look at the big picture before they head to the chuppah. When it comes to matters of the heart, the most introspective and contemplative person has the capacity to develop tunnel vision. They go for what they see, what they will personally gain from the marriage, and society’s view of the person they are marrying. Oftentimes, the essence of the person’s being and history tends to be overlooked. It’s like the wrapping on a present. If you are so fascinated with the wrapping and do not even care to look inside to see if there is a valuable

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MINDBIZ By Esther Mann

Dear Esther, I recently read an article about FOMO (fear of missing out), and I finally understand what’s wrong with my younger sister. For so much of my life, she has been so annoying, and it bothered me that I felt that

way. Growing up, if she heard I was doing something with a friend, she’d want to come along. Who wants a younger sibling dragging along wherever you’re going with your friends? Sometimes, my mother would force me to take her,

which I resented. But that was all part of our family dynamic. I’m sure many families have similar situations. But now that we’re adults, living in the same neighborhood, I watch her in action and I feel so embarrassed for her— and embarrassed for myself. She behaves badly and I’ve even heard comments made about her. For instance, let’s say someone’s child got engaged, and it’s someone who would never think to invite my sister to the vort, let alone the wedding. My sister will immediately run over with an expensive gift so that they feel compelled to include her, even though they aren’t friends in the least. If there’s a shalom zachor at someone’s home, whether or not she’s been invited, she’ll drop off a cake. On the surface, these generous acts seem nice, but most people see through it and realize it’s a ploy to be invited. It makes her look desperate and also not in touch with her standing with others. I’ve learned long ago never to tell her when I’ve been invited anywhere—whether it’s for a Shabbos lunch or just out for coffee with a friend—because I know she’ll figure out a way to get invited and be part of it. And then it gets uncomfortable for me and I become resentful.

Though I understand now that there’s a name for my sister’s behavior, I don’t understand why she has this issue. She has so much going for her. She’s got a good personality, she’s pretty, and she could be fun. Interestingly, though she knows everyone and is superficially friendly with the world, she doesn’t have any super-close friends with whom she is honest and shares her personal feelings. I, on the other hand, don’t have a lot of superficial friends, don’t get invited to lots of events (which is perfect for me), but I have a handful of dear friends, with whom I’ve been friendly for years. So we’re different socially, and it’s hard for me to understand what motivates her. I realize I don’t have to understand her. She probably doesn’t understand me. But I get embarrassed when I hear stories about how she’s acting, which comes across as inappropriate and even desperate. I want to somehow explain to her that it’s not necessary to be everywhere, and that having a few close but meaningful friendships is all a person needs in that regard. I haven’t figured out how to broach this subject with her. I wonder if you might have some insight about this situation and whether there is a way I

might be able to show her the light. Concerned Sister Dear Concerned Sister, First off, though this is not your question, I think it’s important that you realize you don’t have to take responsibility for your sister’s behaviors. It sounds like you are two different individuals, with different styles and relationships, and you will each be known, and (sadly) judged, on your own merits and lifestyles. So try to disengage emotionally from that burden you’ve been carrying around. It’s not yours to hold. But I understand your concern that your sister is acting in ways that are not becoming, and that you’d like to protect her to some degree. Let’s first drill down a little to understand what exactly is going on with her. Most people who suffer from FOMO exhibit two personality traits that motivate their behavior. One is insecurity, a nagging feeling that they are not enough—they are not loved enough, good enough, thought about enough, desired enough. Being seen at all the right places is a temporary assurance that they matter, and also an opportunity to show others that they are included and therefore worthy.

sister and whether it is as meaningful as it could be. You sound different, but you share DNA and history. I wonder whether that might be enough to bring the two of you closer together. Is it worth investing time and effort to get to know her better and to let her get to know you in a fuller way, so that she can observe firsthand a different approach toward friendships and what it means to live a meaningful

Social media has fanned the flames of FOMO. ond by second, we’re able to see what we are missing out on, as we note the big smiles on everyone’s faces and all the fun everyone else seems to be having. For an insecure person like your sister, this will only cause additional anxiety, stress, and, in the worst possible situations, depression. So you want to know what you can do to fix her. As with so many questions that come my way relating to how we can fix others, the answer remains the same. We can only, with much vigorous work and fortitude, fix ourselves. We can help others if and when they want to be helped and ask for our help. But we’re rarely successful at foisting our opinions onto others if they are not welcome. The only thing you might consider is your own relationship with your

life? Though you would not be “fixing” her, you could certainly model for her a more secure attitude and provide an opportunity for her to observe what it means to be self-aware and comfortable with oneself. Your acceptance of your sister and your ability to embrace her are the tools you’ve got in this regard. If you choose to use them without resentment or judgment, you may stir things up enough to give her reason to pause and examine her own behaviors. And that would be a wonderful thing. Esther Esther Mann, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in Hewlett. Esther works with individuals and couples. Together with Jennifer Mann, she also runs the “Navidaters.” She can be reached at [email protected] or 516-314-2295. Read more of Esther Mann’s articles at


YID PARENTING By Rabbi Yitzie Ross

GUILTY PLEADING Q. My husband tells me that I’m overdoing it with guilt-tripping the kids. It sounds funny, but it’s family tradition. I guilt our children into doing what needs to be done. People might think I’m a horrible parent, but my parents did it to my siblings and me, and we turned out OK. What’s wrong with a little guilt? Esther Brooklyn A. Before I respond to this e-mail, I would like to clarify something. Using the excuse “My parents did it to me” just doesn’t cut it. Can you demonstrate that, because of the way your parents made you feel, you are a better person for it? Perhaps if your parents hadn’t made you feel guilty you would have been even happier or more successful! In any case, your question was, “What’s wrong with a little guilt?” Being a successful and nurturing parent obviously includes several elements. There is what I like to call the physical and spiritual aspects, which includes sending your children to yeshiva, helping them daven, and providing

them with food and clothing. There is also the responsibility aspect. This includes ensuring that your child is safe and well-behaved and treats others with respect. Another aspect is what I call the emotional aspect, which includes nurturing your child’s emotions. One difficult challenge for parents is raising kids without instilling guilt in their psyches. What is guilt? Guilt is a common feeling of emotional distress that signals us when our actions (or inactions) have caused or might cause harm to another person in any way. While there can be situations where guilt is useful, when it comes to children, that’s not usually the case. How do parents make their children feel guilty? Here are some common scenarios. “You know what? I’ll do it myself!” “I work so hard taking care of you, and this is the thanks I get?” “I’m like a slave to my own children. You’re making me so sad!” Comments like these give the par-

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The other typical trait is a lack of self-awareness. There’s an inability to gauge what a satisfying life can look like and, therefore, the need to look toward others, assuming they are probably having more fun, in order to define for themselves what a satisfying life should look like. Social media hasn’t helped people with FOMO in the least. If anything, it fans the flames. Minute by minute, sec-

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YID PARENTING Continued from Page 59 ents some control. One mother told me that the purpose of her guilt trips was not to motivate her children; rather, it made her feel better. I’m not saying I agree with that, but I do understand. It gives her power in the situation. Here are the issues that may arise if you continuously give your kids a guilty conscience. I’m not saying any of these will happen, only that they

can. I’m pretty sure that if you guilttrip them occasionally, they’ll be fine. However, if you continuously load them with guilty feelings, here’s what can happen: 1. Children with guilty feelings can have issues concentrating. They keep reliving these guilty feelings and it can affect their davening, their grades in school, and much more. 2. Children who are made to feel guilty end up more depressed. Not only as adults, but even as children.

3. Children who develop feelings of guilt can have a difficult time creating healthy relationships. 4. When a child is continuously made to feel guilty, he’ll eventually begin to ignore the person who’s piling on the guilt. Therefore, instead of pulling him closer, you’re pushing him away.

In other words, it’s not worth it. In Pirkei Avos there is a phrase, “The gain goes out with the loss.” You might feel a bit better, but it’s just not worth it. Let’s take a hypothetical scenario. You are doing homework with your third-grader and need help watching the baby for a few minutes. You turn

One difficult challenge for parents is raising kids without instilling guilt in their psyches. 5. The reward is only short-term. If you say, “I’ll clean it myself,” it might work now, but it’s less likely to help in the future. 6. Guilty feelings can cause health problems—not only weight gain or loss, but even medical issues.

to your eighth-grade daughter who is frantically texting her classmates, and ask, “Can you please watch the baby for a few minutes?” She replies, “I’m really taking care of something now, and I watch her all the time.” Should you… (A) In a sarcastic voice, reply, “Sure. Because your texting is more important than what I need done. It’s not like I’m your mother or something.” (B) Reply angrily, “Fine. I’ll watch her while doing homework with your brother. Why don’t you just take it easy while I take care of everything, including paying for your camp, clothes, and food. I can’t believe you are saying this to me!” (C) Grab her phone away and yell, “Now can you help?” (D) In a stern voice say, “Let me rephrase my request. Please watch the baby for a few minutes. This isn’t a discussion. Thank you.” Let’s analyze the choices. Option “A” uses sarcasm, which is never a good method of communication. Option “B” is the guilt trip we’ve been talking about. She probably won’t offer to help, and both of you will feel miserable and upset. Option “C” is a risky move, because you’re acting out of anger. Option “D” seems to be the best option. As always, if you feel that you keep reverting to the guilt trip, you might want to consider speaking with someone (a mentor, a therapist, a good friend) for advice. It doesn’t mean you’re a failure or a “horrible parent,” as you wrote. Rather, it’s just making an effort to grow as a parent and develop a new skillset while raising your children.„ Rabbi Yitzie Ross is a well-known rebbe and parenting adviser. To sign up for the weekly e-mails and read the comments, visit Read more of Rabbi Ross’ articles at

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ast week’s installment concluded with the Elek family’s arrival in Dombovar in 1924, as the tides of discrimination were waning. For the most part, the Hungarian-Jewish relationship was an onagain, off-again, love-hate relationship. Jews found a fertile soil for commercial and social opportunities, and interaction with their Hungarian gentile neighbors was pleasant, for the most part. Small towns all over the world tended to share similar experiences in their relationship with the newcomers who never really did assimilate completely into the native society and customs. There were flare-ups of anti-Semitism, fueled by some event that was exploited by virulent anti-Semitic forces, often among the Christian clergy. But soon it was over and life returned to the previous harmonious coexistence. Jews, discussing such flare-ups of anti-Jewish agitation, would assure themselves of the transient nature of their neighbors’ hatred and were sure it would soon pass. And for the most part, it always did. There really was nothing unique in the treatment of the Jews living in Hungary. Although perhaps the clinging of the Jews to Hungarian culture, and the large percentage of assimilationists, may have made the circumstances somewhat unique. Assimilation was a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it allowed Jews to blend into Hungarian society by turning their backs on the customs of their forefathers and adopting the Hungarian culture, lock, stock, and barrel. On the other hand, as the anti-Jewish laws were enacted, many of the assimilated Jews were stuck in a society that didn’t really want them. What to do now? Where to go? While some of their coreligionists were free to explore an exit from Hungary by packing their bags, calling it quits, and moving to greener pastures (the age-old response of Jews to discrimination), what could these newly minted “Hungarians” do? Where could they go? So they were caught in a trap of their own doing. By all accounts, the Elek family and their friends in Dombovar never entertained the idea of emigration. Hungary was their country, their culture. They read Hungarian literature, identified with the fate of the country, and in their heart of hearts thought of themselves as Hungarians. The exception to the rule was someone like Hannah Szenes, who was thoroughly assimilated and yet chose to immigrate to Israel. But people like Hannah were few. The Elek family and their friends thought that the increase in anti-Jewish attitudes would blow over. After all, it always had in the past.

The Anti-Jewish Laws

But toward the latter part of 1930s, everything was changing. Hungarian society began to manifest a new and much more dangerous strain of discrimination, a changing of the guard. This new strain was more deep-seated and demanded a complete divesting of all property, possessions, and wealth of the Jews, transferring it to gentile hands. The new guard demanded an end to any Jewish participation in political, cultural, and economic life in Hungary. In short, they demanded the complete annihilation of all Jewish existence in

In May of 1939, the second anti-Jewish law was announced and enacted. This law broadened the definition of who was a Jew by declaring that anyone who converted but who had one parent or two grandparents who were Jewish would henceforth be considered a Jew and subject to the new rules. According to the 1941 census, in Dombovar, 613 Jews and an additional 56 Christians were now considered Jewish under the new regulations. This new regulation also readjusted the 20% allowance to 6% for Jewish ownership of certain businesses. Voting rights were now also curtailed, as well as participation in local government. Jews were now forbidden to work as doctors or pharmacists. The ownership of farmland was now also forbidden. The second anti-Jewish law guaranteed a sweeping reduction of the civil rights of the Jew. The appearance of these laws was met with great alarm by the Jews of Dombovar. Jews were integrat-

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the country. To be sure, the winds of Hitler’s Nazism were sweeping across the continent. But actually, the rise of Hitler only widened the opening for the Hungarian anti-Semites to emerge and assume a decisive leadership position. In May of 1938, the Hungarian Parliament adopted a regulation aimed at “rebalancing the cultural and economic inequality” among Jews and gentiles in Hungary. Naturally, this law aimed to curtail Jewish prosperity by reducing to 20% Jewish ownership of any business employing over 10 workers. The law, however, had some exemptions. Exempt from this regulation was any wounded war veteran from the First World War, or the widow of one who died in battle and his orphans. Additional exemptions were made for those who had converted to Christianity before 1919 and who were faithfully following their new religion, as well as their descendants, but only if they did not return to the faith of their ancestors. This law was the first salvo in the campaign to curtail Jewish ownership of business, manufacturing, or trade in Hungary.

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With the anti-Jewish laws, assimilated Jews were stuck in a society that didn’t want them. joined the Axis forces (Germany, Italy, Japan), and her entry into the war was now inevitable. By the spring of 1941, Hungarian troops began the recapture of much of the lost territories from Yugoslavia and Transylvania. The people of Hungary enthusiastically applauded and embraced the growing German influence spreading across the nation. In this climate, the popularity of extreme right-wing forces were gaining ground, fanning the flames of extreme Jew hatred. The third of anti-Jewish laws was ushered in, prohibiting intermarriage between gentiles and those defined as Jewish according to the second anti-Jewish law. Intermarriage was, until now, a convenient escape from anti-Semitism. Jews were now also forbidden from service in any unit carrying firearms, but were mandated to enroll in the Hungarian auxiliary units for forced labor. These anti-Semitic regulations had a profound effect on every Jew living in Dombovar. Dr. Josef Riesz had long ago adopted the Christian faith and lived as a practicing church-going Christian. But, suddenly, his valuable services as the town physician were no longer needed. Newspaper articles touted the opening of “Christian-owned” businesses,

The new realities brought with them not only economic hardship but humiliation. For centuries, Jews had fought to prove to their gentile neighbors that they were loyal Hungarians, that they could be trusted to put the welfare of the nation first. They gradually achieved respect from many of their neighbors for their good deeds and accomplishments and their exemplary lifestyles. But the anti-Jewish laws showed the Jews that their neighbors, who now openly turned their backs on them, had never really accepted them. Suddenly, they were faced with derision and contempt where only a short while before they had been held in esteem. No Jew escaped this fate. The synagogue-goer along with the long-ago-converted Christian were treated the same. They were all contemptible Jews. „ Dr. Alex Sternberg authored the forthcoming book “Recipes from Auschwitz–My Parents’ Story of the Murder of Hungarian Jewry.” He is a lifelong student of Jewish history, focusing on development of Zionism and the Holocaust. He is presently teaching graduate studies and is active in several pro-Israel organizations. He is a retired research doctor in children’s pulmonary health and a master karate instructor. Read more of Dr. Sternberg’s articles at

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ed into the town’s life in all areas. Town government had numerous Jews in various positions, both elected and appointed. These regulations cast doubt on their very “Hungarian-ness.” Most Jews met these regulations with disbelief and embarrassment. International events in 1939 also had a profound effect within the country. Germany occupied Poland in September, and the Second World War had broken out. Although Hungary did not participate in the invasion of Poland, she was nevertheless greatly influenced by these events. Ever since the hated Trianon Treaty, Hungary had been hoping that, somehow, there would be some redress of this grievous wrong. And Nazi Germany was sympathetic to the desire of Hungary to reclaim her lost possessions. In 1940, Hungary officially

encouraging the townsfolk to support Christian-owned enterprises to “show these strangers that they are not the only ones who can become successful in the commercial trades.” Strangers? Searching through the newspapers from the late 1930s, one sees the disappearance of the customary advertisements of Jewish businesses and any mention of upcoming Jewish social events. The once integrated community was slowly but surely becoming segregated, as being Jewish was now a stain that could not be scrubbed off. Those who converted years ago found themselves back amongst the same group they sought to escape. Step by step, and much to their bewilderment, the Jews were met with ever-increasing humiliation as they were publicly excluded from all previously held positions. Memberships in clubs and professional organizations were suddenly terminated. The Jews were alone.

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tobiography, My Life in Court, was a bestseller. I don’t know if Louis is pronounced as “Louie,” or if my mom was just being cute about it by referring to him as Louie. But I think of her expression often and I’m occasionally tempted to use it. However, I make sure to say those words only to people of my vintage. My children didn’t know who he

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y mother used many amusing expressions. Some of them I understood and others I did not. One of her favorites was: “Louie Nizer for the defense.” She would mumble those words when I, or anyone else, would attempt to defend the indefensible. If I got a poor mark on a test, I would often make the claim that I was absent from school on the day that the test material had been taught. When I lost a beautiful new pen I had received as a bat mitzvah gift, I said that I didn’t lose it but that one of my classmates must have stolen it. And later, when, as a new driver, I drove

through a stop sign and got a ticket, my somewhat lame explanation was that a tree branch, laden with leaves, extended too far into the street and totally blocked any view of the sign. It was at those times that my mother would go into her Louie Nizer routine. When I was younger I had no idea who the man was—nor did I care. But I was clever enough to understand that this Nizer fellow must have been a defense lawyer. It was a reasonable assumption on my part. Later on, I learned that Louis Nizer was a shrewd and voluble trial lawyer who made a long career of representing famous people in notable cases and whose au-

My updated information wasn’t nearly updated enough. was, and chances are that they still don’t. And fast-forward many years later—whenever I have a conversation with any of my grandchildren, I make every attempt to use expressions that I feel they will understand. I try to mention names I believe they will recognize. But as I recently discov-



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ly disapproving, so they continued trying to convince me by saying that I didn’t know the whole story and by assuring me that there was a reasonable explanation for why their friend had done what he did. I listened, but I didn’t buy any of it. My first impulse was to use the expression I had so often heard my mother use. But I realized that if my own children, the parents of these grandchildren, didn’t know who Nizer was, then surely these two young adults would not know. So I stopped short and instead I came up with the following somewhat snide remark: “Perry Mason for the defense.” I smiled as I said it, and I was proud of myself for so quickly making the switch. But things didn’t exactly go my way. That reference was no better, as the two of them looked at me quizzically and asked, in unison, “Who is Perry Mason?” Oy! I should have known that Perry Mason was every bit as unfamiliar to them as Louis Nizer would have been. My updated information wasn’t nearly updated enough. I should have muttered something like, “Alan Dershowitz for the defense.” That’s a name they would have recognized. From now on, when the occasion arises, that will be my mumble. But in my mind, I still hear my mother’s voice saying, “Louie Nizer for the defense.” That’s the way it is and I realize that it’s the way it will always be.„ Hannah Berman lives in Woodmere and gives private small-group lessons in mahjongg and canasta. She can be reached at [email protected] or 516-295-4435. Read more of Hannah Berman’s articles on

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can no longer count the times the phone rings and a customer on the line asks me if I have any foreclosures to show him. Some perceive a foreclosure to mean the opportunity to purchase a house that they would not be able to afford under ordinary circumstances. In reality, foreclosure does not equal bargain. Many years ago, a foreclosure on the market would mean that buyers were hovering, like vultures flying over their prey, just waiting for the opportunity to swoop in and grab that “free meal.” A lender now stuck with an unwanted house was happy to sell it at a bargain price to a ready and able buyer, just to be able to get the house off the red in its books. There were always real “finds” available for someone with ready cash and the ability to close quickly. For the lenders involved, the key to this way of doing business was that their priority was always to protect their investors by recouping the full mortgage amounts due on those properties. Beyond that, they were disinterested in how much the houses sold for. Today’s foreclosure market has taken a different turn. The lenders holding these properties are not of the same mind and spirit they were in prior years regarding getting these properties off their books as well as selling them for less than their appraised market values. Due to the drop in real-estate values, many lenders today are finding that they have properties on their hands whose values may have dropped below the mortgage amounts currently owed to the lenders, leaving the lenders with a quandary. What are they prepared to accept as offers from buyers interested in those foreclosed properties, as opposed to holding on to those properties until such time as they can recoup the mortgage monies due on them? This new lender dilemma (called a “short sale”) creates a situation whereby lenders have to get the most they can, but, based on current market value, may have to settle for less than the full amount of the mortgage still owed to them from a property. By its very nature, a short-sale situation does not necessarily create the atmosphere for getting a bargain, although a buyer might get a slight reduction in price (at least in the Five Towns area), due to the common conditions that go together with a typical foreclosure process. What do those conditions consist of ? A foreclosed property for sale by the bank is usually offered with no representations made on the property. This can mean a host of things. No representation means that you get what you see—if it works, fine; if it doesn’t, it’s your problem. The bank does not want

to know or be responsible for anything that does not work, is not finished, is broken, etc., on that property. Lenders will not give representation on whether work done on a property by a previous owner was done to code or even properly, nor will they represent if there are any open permits or certificates of completion on any construction. They will not even represent if a certificate of occupancy exists on the property. The foreclosure sale is basically a “buyer beware” situation. I have even been involved in deals with new-construction foreclosures whereby the builder did not follow the architectural plans approved by the building department, and built homes that exceeded the size of the approved plans. The lenders obviously gave no representation, and the buyers who purchased these homes in foreclosure sales either had to apply for variances and file new architectural drawings, or hire builders to demolish the parts of the house that did not comply and rebuild those areas of the houses to conform to code—all very expensive additions to what they paid for those foreclosures. In the end, those became overpaid nightmare foreclosure sales (my own terminology). What is the moral to these foreclosure tales? Unless you are a sophisticated buyer with deep pockets, foreclosure is not for you in this economic environment. It can end up costing you much more in money and aggravation than buying an available home for sale on the regular market. Does this mean that you should avoid foreclosure sales? Not necessarily, but it does mean that you must go in with your eyes wide open and be meticulous about checking everything out before you move ahead.„ Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and a licensed N.Y.S. loan officer (FM Home Loans) with over 20 years of experience offering full-service residential, commercial, and management real-estate services as well as mortgage services. She can be reached at 516569-5007 or via her website, www.AVCrealty. com. Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to [email protected] Read more of Anessa Cohen’s articles at

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DAF YOMI INSIGHTS Continued from Page 44 question that the business entity was aware that the defendants were religious Jews. The couple moved to dismiss the lawsuit by claiming that they were served the papers on Shabbos. The affidavit of service submitted by the plaintiff stated that the summons and complaint were served at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2016. However, the plaintiff countered by stating that Shabbos was already over at that time—5:21 p.m. was 50 minutes past sunset. By 5:30 p.m., Shabbos was certainly over. (Perhaps the plaintiff should have brought a copy of Igros Moshe to court to prove that 50 minutes after sunset is the correct time to end Shabbos.) Now if you were the defendant, what would you say? The defendants said, “We keep Rabbeinu Tam!” (They might have had to explain that “Tam” here means complete and perfect, as Rabbeinu Tam was a perfect tzaddik, as opposed to the Tom who manufactures organic toothpaste.) Honorable Johnny Lee Baynes had to decide if the lawsuit should be dismissed because the papers were served when it was still Shabbos according to Rabbeinu Tam. What follows is an exact quote from his decision: “Defendants’ sworn statement is that Sabbath ended for them at 5:43 p.m. on November 26, 2016. In support of this position, defendants submit information to show that among

Chasidic communities such as defendants’, it is actually common practice to wait for 72 minutes past sundown to resume post-Sabbath activities. (See Jewish Calendar Nov. 2016, /hebcal /?year=2016.) “The court understands that there is disagreement as to the time at which Sabbath ends among different groups of observant Jews. This court does not believe it would be appropriate for it to determine the manner in which religious custom should be observed by any individual group or require that one particular group’s traditions be adhered to uniformly. The time asserted by defendants is not unreasonable given the conflicting opinions contained in different religious sources. Thus, the court finds that plaintiff was in violation of General Business Law §13 when it served defendants during their Sabbath observance. “Wherefore, it is hereby ordered and adjudged that defendants’ motion for an order pursuant to CPLR 5015 vacating the default judgment herein entered on the 8th day of February, 2017, and dismissing the summons and complaint herein is granted in all respects.” This couple ended Shabbos according to Rabbeinu Tam’s later z’man and they were blessed!„ Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow leads a daf yomi chaburah at Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park in West Hempstead. He can be contacted at [email protected] Read more of Rabbi Sebrow’s articles at

POLITICAL ROUNDUP Teach NYS Applauds Release Of New York State Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes Grant Teach NYS, a nonpartisan organization advocating for government funding in nonpublic schools, is proud to announce the release of New York’s Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes grant funds. Teach NYS helped to create this $25 million competitive grant as part of the 2017 adopted state budget. The Government Maximization Department of Teach NYS, which helps nonpublic schools access a wide range of government programs, worked tirelessly to field questions and visit schools; prequalify member schools on NYS Grants Gateway; write and review the proposals; and file them on the complex E-grants system, resulting in more than $1.5 million awarded 30 Teach NYS member schools alone. Funds may be used for exterior “hardening” of the facility against the threat of attack, physical security enhancement, and/or training. “We are beyond thrilled that this grants program is being released to the institutions that need it most,” said Teach Advocacy Executive Director Maury Litwack. “All New Yorkers can appreciate the intention behind this

bill—the safety and well-being of students in all schools.” Teach NYS has always fought for security in all schools. Beginning in 2013, Teach NYS helped create the first statewide security program in New York, as part of the SAFE ACT. In 2016, Teach NYS led a coalition in New York City to pass the first nonpublic-school security-guard program. In 2017, Teach NYS and its coalition partners worked with Governor Cuomo and the legislature to include this crucial grant program amidst an unsettling uptick in anti-Semitism and threats across the state and country. “Our commitment to schools’ security did not stop with the passage of this legislation. It continued after the budget was finalized and throughout the application process and continues today for schools that are looking for ways to seek out government funding,” said Yosef Kanofsky, the director of government programs at Teach NYS. “We stand ready to assist schools with these important programs.” “We thank Governor Cuomo, Speaker Heastie, Leader Flanagan, and our champions in the state legislature for recognizing the need to secure our schools,” said Jake Adler, policy director for Teach NYS. “It is a sad reality of the current world that this funding is so

State Senator Todd Kaminsky Kicks Off Reelection Campaign With Supporters Senator Todd Kaminsky recently kicked off his campaign for reelection to the New York State Senate in Long Beach, surrounded by supporters. “South Shore residents are sick and tired of paying high taxes and getting corruption, a broken Long Island Rail Road, and failing infrastructure in return,” Sen. Kaminsky said to a crowd of volunteers rallying for his reelection at Bridgeworks in Long Beach. “I have spent my career cleaning up corruption and fighting for Long Island as a federal prosecutor and legislator. Now more than ever we need energetic, effective leadership to deliver for taxpayers—and together we will continue the fight.” Senator Kaminsky has fought tire-

secured huge funding increases for local schools, helped Hurricane Sandy victims, won major infrastructure improvements, and fought for LIRR riders. „

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lessly for taxpayers and led the charge against corruption as both a state senator and assemblyman. Kaminsky won a historic election in 2016 to the Senate, and has delivered for the South Shore since—including a $1 million state grant to revitalize downtown Baldwin, millions of dollars for flood prevention, more than $100 million for road repairs, and more than $16 million for local schools. As a federal prosecutor representing Long Island, Brooklyn, and Queens, and as acting deputy chief of the public integrity section, Todd took down corrupt elected officials who used taxpayer dollars to fund lavish lifestyles, as well as drug kingpins and other major felons. As a legislator, Todd has also led on issues important to Long Islanders, including property-tax relief and cleaning up government corruption. Todd also

The New York State Senate passed legislation cosponsored by Senator Todd Kaminsky in an effort to fight the BDS movement—which seeks to cause harm and isolation to Israel—while protecting America’s closest ally in the Middle East. The bill (S.2492) bans New York State from doing business with and investing in companies that promote or engage in activities to boycott Israel. “Israel is one of our nation’s closest allies and we must do all we can to support and defend the Jewish homeland,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky. “New Yorkers work too hard to see their tax dollars go to delegitimize our allies. The hateful BDS movement and its anti-Semitic underpinnings will not be tolerated in New York, and these two critical bills say that loudly and clearly.” The BDS movement is an orchestrated attempt to delegitimize the Jewish state by causing social, political, and economic isolation and harm to Israel and its citizens. The movement has grown on college campuses throughout America and New York State in recent years, as Jewish students and individuals who support Israel face harassment, intimidation, and violence on a daily basis from BDS activists. Collectively, the movement propagates an extremely in-

flammatory and biased political agenda designed to undermine the legitimacy of the State of Israel and its citizens. On June 5, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed a first-in-the-nation executive order (“EO”) directing the divestment of public funds supporting a BDS campaign against Israel. This legislation, if passed by the state assembly and signed by the governor, would codify his EO and protect it for the future. Specifically, this measure would prohibit New York State from entering into contracts with companies, individuals, and organizations that actively engage in boycotts against Israel and other American allies by amending state finance law with regards to purchasing restrictions. This legislation would also prevent the state from investing public funds in companies that boycott Israel. Kaminsky is a staunch supporter of Israel and sponsored similar legislation last session. In December 2015, he led a group of state lawmakers on a trip to Israel, where they saw firsthand the extreme threat facing the Jewish homeland. Kaminsky also sponsored a measure barring anti-Israel campus groups, such as Students for Justice in Palestine (“SJP”), from receiving tax dollars, as well as another piece of legislation to strengthen New York State’s sanctions on the Iranian regime. “These bills designed to combat the BDS movement send a strong and clear message that New York State and Israel share an unbreakable alliance,” Senator Kaminsky concluded. “I am proud

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crucial. We applaud the governor and legislative leaders as well as the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services for helping ensure all kids are safe at school.” Teach NYS is part of Teach Advocacy Network, a nonpartisan organization advocating for equitable funding in nonpublic schools. Since launching in 2013, Teach NYS has successfully advocated for significant policy breakthroughs to benefit nonpublic schools. Teach Advocacy Network operates in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and California. Teach Advocacy Network is a project of the Orthodox Union. For more information, visit „

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POLITICAL ROUNDUP Continued from Page 69 to sponsor these key measures and will continue to lead the fight to stand up for Israel against those who seek to harm the Jewish homeland.” „

Paving A New Way For New York: Senate Candidate Chele Farley By Michele Justic Who hasn’t looked at their paystub on their way home, riding on the crowded and often-delayed LIRR or driving on the pothole-filled streets, and wondered: “Where does the money go?” Senate candidate Chele Farley would not only like to answer that question for you but would like to propose a solution of a more equitable tax structure for New Yorkers. Can a Republican win the race? Since Chuck Schumer was elected to Al D’Amato’s seat in 1998, New York has had two Democratic senators. The other Senate seat has for a long time belonged to Democrats—most recently, to Hillary Clinton, and since 2010, to Kirsten Gillibrand. It has been a long time since a new voice was heard from New York and an even longer time since that voice was representative of Republican ideas. But as learned with the Trump election surprise, when voters can express themselves in the booths, anything can happen. In a similar fashion, Chele Chiavacci Farley represents the commonsense business person mindset. Her father was a scientist who encouraged her to

study math, science, and engineering. She majored in industrial engineering at Stanford University before serving in the financial services industry. She and her husband, Richard, are raising three sons in New York. Serving as the New York State Republican party’s New York City finance chair, Farley’s financial service experience from UBS Capital, Goldman Sachs, and as partner and managing director of Mistral Capital International, a private equity investment firm specializing in the real estate and energy industries where she executes and oversees principal investments, reinforces her commitment to financial responsibility and limiting spending. Her first goal, as expressed on her campaign website, is “recapturing the $48 billion more that New Yorkers pay in federal taxes each year than the state receives. By addressing the unfair treatment of New York taxpayers, Chele intends to invest in the state’s crumbling roads and bridges and to fix the nation’s largest mass-transportation system. Chele recognizes that these infrastructure improvements will create jobs, promote the state’s long-term economic health, and ease the crushing burden placed on property taxpayers.” During our phone interview, Farley seemed eloquent, committed, and wellversed on the issues while she also related to real New Yorkers. She commented, “Over one million people left New York in the last 10 years. People are upset that their kids no longer live in New York. They need to move out to get jobs.” She believes the main reason for the

exodus is that money is “going in the wrong direction.” She thinks the new tax bill is good but could have been better. Farley cites this as one of many instances in which Gillibrand has not been a strong voice for New York. Capping the property-tax deduction will hurt many New Yorkers who pay the highest property taxes in the country. Meanwhile, local governments often have to pay for infrastructure improvements that should have been paid for by the federal government. Bridges, waterways, and the LIRR continue to fall into disrepair. Congressman Peter King shares this idea and recently endorsed Farley, stating, “I am proud to endorse Chele Farley for the United States Senate. Chele Farley is smart and strong and will fight hard for middle-income New Yorkers who are the backbone of our state. Vote for New York. Vote for Chele Farley.” In response, Chele stated, “Whether it’s fighting for infrastructure projects like the Gateway Project or his tireless efforts on behalf of improving homeland security, Peter King always stands up for New York. I’m honored to accept his endorsement.” Farley prefers not to think of this as a race of Democrat against Republican. When citing Gillibrand’s congressional record, it becomes clear that she sponsored 300 bills—not a single bill was passed into law. Farley views herself as “someone who is actually going to accomplish something for the people of New York.” She admits she was surprised when former Senator Al D’Amato, a longtime friend of Kirsten Gillibrand’s father and

for whom Kirsten Gillibrand served as an intern, reversed his usual course of support for Gillibrand to endorse Farley instead. In his endorsement, D’Amato states, “The Kirsten Gillibrand of today is unrecognizable to the person who interned for me or even the person who served in Congress—she has abandoned New Yorkers in her pursuit of her presidential ambitions.” Perhaps most evident to our community is Farley’s stance on U.S.–Israel relations as opposed to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s. While Gillibrand repeatedly courted the Jewish vote, she has most notably voted in favor of the Iran nuclear deal—even separating from Chuck Schumer on this issue. Considering that the money that went to Iran potentially led to missile development aimed at both the East Coast and Israel, this is a concern to all Americans. Gillibrand voted against the Taylor Force Act, aimed at preventing funding of terrorists. And Gillibrand took her name off the anti-BDS bill, citing free- speech concerns. Farley confirms, “She let the entire pro-Israel community down.” Farley visited Israel in May to celebrate the country’s 70th anniversary with a comprehensive tour, including Hamas terror tunnels, an IDF training base in the Negev, and Mearat HaMachpeilah. She called Mearat HaMachpeilah “incredibly impressive; I cannot believe that King Herod built this 2,000 years ago. It’s absolutely spectacular; it’s a feat of engineering. And as an engineer, that meant quite a bit to me.

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POLITICAL ROUNDUP Continued from Page 70 But it’s very inspiring to go in there and actually be able to pray at the Tomb of Abraham.” Just before the embassy was moved, Farley was honored to have an extended meeting with Ambassador David Friedman. They spoke about the practicality of moving the embassy as seen by a career politician versus a businessperson. She reports he said, “They need more business people there to get something done.” The original plan would have cost over $1 billion and taken over ten years. Ambassador Friedman advised to call the preexisting consulate the embassy and open it right away. And the rest is history. At the recent Celebrate Israel concert, Farley told the enthusiastic crowds, “With a history as old as time, I believe just as strongly in Israel’s future. From extended families to shared values and interconnected economies, there is no state with a greater connection to the Israeli people than New York. As a member of the United States Senate, I can assure you that strengthening this relationship

and keeping our mutual security interests will be my personal priority. This commitment starts with unwavering support for the United States’ recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital . . . And as a member of the United States Senate, I will lead the effort against anyone who suggests otherwise.” While New York’s voting history would seem to give Farley slim odds of success, Farley is a realist and said she “only [undertook this campaign] when I was convinced there is a path to victory.” With Real Clear Politics calling Gillibrand a “safe Democrat,” it is clear Farley needs our community to give her our full support. Visit to sign up for the newsletter, to stay informed of endorsements and statements, and to learn about upcoming campaign events. „

Endorsement of Michael Fragin for Mayor As a locally elected official, it is important to look beyond the boundaries of one’s specific job and try to see what is important for the broader community.

I am writing today in support of Michael Fragin, who has been at the forefront of many worthy community endeavors in our village and neighborhood during his 20-year residency in the village of Lawrence. The list of service to our community includes 20 years as a member of Hatzalah, a firefighter with the LCFD, a founding member of Achiezer, and his decade of service as a Village of Lawrence trustee. He was particularly instrumental in coordinating the restoration of vital services after Superstorm Sandy. Fragin’s political savvy is well-known and he has consistently used his relationships with both Republicans and Democrats for the benefit of our village and local institutions. Fragin is a consensus builder who brings together many viewpoints to achieve results. On the other hand, incumbent Mayor Alex Edelman has pursued a confrontational approach with many inside and outside the village of Lawrence. I believe that his style has not served the village and its residents well. He has routinely employed a strategy of sending summonses as a tool of governing,

including issuing harassing summonses to Hatzalah. But what troubles me most regarding Mayor Edelman is his backing of Stanley Kopilow for village trustee in the upcoming village election. It’s not that Kopilow is not Orthodox, as I do not believe in religious tests as a criterion for holding elected office. Let me be perfectly candid. Stanley Kopilow has long distinguished himself as an adversary of the frum community. He has made his political career by crusading against the rights of the Orthodox community. He has fought against almost everything that has been accomplished communally over the years, including lower property taxes, legally mandated transportation services for private-school students, legally mandated services to Orthodox special-needs students, and usage of public-school facilities by the community at large. Stanley Kopilow made it abundantly clear during his tenure as a District 15 school board member that he would only represent the needs of one segment of the district’s children. He cared not about the needs nor the legally mandated services owed to children who did not attend the public schools. “Let them go to the public school,” he routinely thundered as he voted against every initiative that included services to children who did not attend the public schools. Stanley Kopilow will only foment divisiveness in our village and the community at large. Alex Edelman’s embrace of Stanley Kopilow as well as his divisive style of governance can only be ascribed to poor judgment, a fatal flaw for an elected official. I urge all well-meaning residents of the village of Lawrence to vote on Tuesday, June 19 for the best candidates to lead our village: Michael Fragin for mayor; Syma Diamond for trustee; Uri Kaufman for trustee. Sincerely, Murray Forman President Lawrence (District15) School Board

Alex Edelman Responds: Thank you for the opportunity to respond to the baseless and erroneous assault on my character and my years of effective service to the Village of Lawrence by School Board President Murray Forman. I can recall only two times over the last several years when I have had contact with Mr. Forman and both times were at fundraising dinners or similar social occasions. I suspect that this letter in all likelihood was not written by Mr. Forman but rather by Michael Fragin and Uri Kaufman. I have been committed throughout this campaign to keep it clean, honest, and transparent. So for the purpose of accuracy and openness, let me address several assertions in the letter. Over the years of my tenure as a trustee and the last two years as mayor, we have fostered special and extremely productive relationships with agencies and institutions with whom we work for the benefit of the village. The suggestion that I have pursued “a confrontational approach with many inside and outside the Village of Lawrence” is incorrect, mistaken, and unbecoming of Mr. Forman. As a person who, like myself, is interested in the good of the community, he should know better.

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POLITICAL ROUNDUP Continued from Page 72 Regarding candidate Stanley Kopilow, Mr. Kaufman should know that this race and this forum is not the place, nor is it the time, for him to settle scores with Mr. Kopilow with whom he has had numerous hostile conflicts and skirmishes when they were both members of the Lawrence School Board. The residents of the Village of Lawrence do not have to be collateral damage to long held grudges between two people arguing over old school issues that are no longer relevant. Let me also make it clear that I am seeking reelection as mayor of Lawrence independently. If Mr. Kopilow wins a seat on the board and replaces Mr. Kaufman as a trustee, I believe that will be a big win for all the residents of Lawrence. True, as the Forman letter points out, Stanley Kopilow is not an Orthodox Jew but the issues that the trustee board will be dealing with in the near future have nothing to do with yeshivos, yeshiva education, school bussing, or special education. Mr. Kopilow is a successful defense attorney and a resident of this area for more than 40 years. Not only did I not agree with many of the positions he assumed as an education board member; I also found them quite objectionable and unpleasant. That said, the residents of the village would be better served by electing Mr. Kopilow over Mr. Kaufman. Frankly I wish I did not have to say those words but they are very true. The suggestion that as mayor I issued “harassing summonses” to Hatzalah is just not factual. There was one incident on which Hatzalah erected a banner on Central Avenue without authorization or a permit. Village residents complained and a $100 summons was issued which was eventually vacated and no fine had to be paid. Just another extreme exaggeration by my opponents who are forced to resort to lies and general mistruths to promote their candidacy for office. And finally let it be clear that our local Hatzalah organization has benefited from the tens of thousands of dollars I was pleased to donate to them over the last 20 years to allow our emergency medical responders to function on the high level they do. Finally, I have to apologize to residents of Lawrence who are subjected to low blows and distasteful nonsensical accusations that have no basis on reality. This sets the record straight. I reiterate that for the purpose of continuity and effective governing, please vote for me as mayor on June 19 and let’s not allow personal political ambitiousness by Mr. Fragin and Mr. Kaufman to distract us. Thank You Alex

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Central Valedictorian: Aviva Gonter

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Valedictorian: Aviva Gonter. Aviva has left an indelible impression on Central and its faculty. Aviva is kind, ambitious, organized, and a deep thinker. She has tapped into these traits to achieve the title of valedictorian despite the long commute to school for ninth through eleventh grades. She served as a member of the Model Congress team, Historical Society, and Mathletes, and volunteers as a peer tutor. Aviva will continue her journey at the highly selective Macaulay Honors Program at Brooklyn College.

Central Salutatorian: Hila Karol

Salutatorian: Hila Karol. Hila will always be remembered at Central for her wit, humor, involvement, and commitment to the school community. Hila has been an active member of the Torah Bowl team, captain of the College Bowl team, and one of the editors of this year’s yearbook. Hila was involved in so many different activities in school while simultaneously being dedicated to her studies, all while commuting from Riverdale. Hila often stayed over at classmates’ homes to be closer to school to participate in latenight events and practices. Hila will join the S. Daniel Abraham Stern Honors Program after a year studying in Israel. Keter Shem Tov: Marnie Weingarten. Marnie was chosen by her classmates to


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represent them based on her strength of character and middot tovot. Marnie has been an integral member of the school community, playing on the soccer and basketball teams, and as a member and eventually captain of the Debate Team and Israel Advocacy club. Her dedication to chesed is what makes Marnie stand out and the reason she was nominated by her classmates; Marnie spends time as a respite volunteer through Chai Lifeline, offering parents of sick children a break. She also volunteers on a regular basis for the Searide Therapeutic Riding Academy. Marnie will continue her journey at the S. Daniel Abraham Stern Honors Program after a year learning in Israel. „

This year’s OXC Classic, which took place on Sunday, May 27, was a unique, inclusive mud-run obstacle-course race at the summer camp site of Camp Kaylie in Wurtsboro, NY. The race this year set new records for participants, with 585 runners completing the challenging and exhilarating course. Despite periodic light rain on Memorial Day weekend, hundreds of people, ran, swam, crawled, and climbed their way through 36 obstacles, including a brand-new America Ninja Warrior-style warp wall, across a five or one-and-a-half mile course, all to raise money for Ohel’s children and families. The OXC Classic is a oneof-a-kind mud-run in Camp Kaylie, designed specifically to challenge runners of all abilities in line with Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services's mission of inclusion. This includes two course lengths to appeal to families, children, and people with disabilities, as well as competitive athletes, and obstacle spotters to help everyone conquer the obstacles, all while everyone is

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pushed to their limits working together to beat the course. Said Mendy Schreiber, who ran in the Family Wave, “The OXC Classic was an amazing family day, as we all worked together to complete obstacles and conquer the course, and then enjoyed the well-earned barbecue at the end of the day.” Ohel helps thousands of individuals overcome different personal struggles they may face—from abuse to depression, disability to divorce. The Ohel OXC Classic provides the unique opportunity for participants to challenge their own bodies and test their limits, all while helping others—supporting children and adults with disabilities who face greater challenges every day. This year was also the inaugural OXC Classic Leadership

Shabbaton featuring Mor Sapir, an internationally renowned rock-climber and inspirational speaker. Over 150 people, high-school students, and individuals from Ohel Bais Ezra attended this year, participating in seminars and shiurim, and learning about ways to fight stigma in our communities. Together with hundreds of runners and thousands of donors, Ohel raised over $525,000 from more than 3,000 different donors! Ohel specifically thanks its top individual fundraisers, Rabbi Lewis Wienerkur, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Sarah Segall, and top team fundraisers, Team #Avidstrong, Team Garden State Warriors, and Team Rosco Mud Runners, who all led the way on the course and in fundraising for Ohel!

Inspirational speaker and awardwinning climber Mor Sapir

Said Rachelle Rosenberg, an event co-chair and top fundraiser, “The OXC Classic is a day of giving, to Ohel’s children and to ourselves, as we challenge our bodies to overcome obstacles, mud, and walls and raise money so Ohel’s individuals can conquer their daily obstacles.” In addition to the dozens of runners from Bais Ezra and Camp Kaylie throughout the day, the highlight of the day was the Inclusion Wave where runners from three of Ohel’s residence homes led the way through the OXC course, culminating in a final celebration at the finish line. In total, almost 100 runners with disabilities completed the OXC Classic.

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Continued from Page 79 Ohel is grateful to its many sponsors without whom there would be no OXC Classic, including obstacle-course sponsor Jack Jaffa who successfully completed the race as part of Team Jaffa Xtreme. Other sponsors included: 24 CT Fitness, ABC Communications, ABF Mud Run, The Addison Group, Ambulnz, Atlantic PC, Avid Fitness, Brooklyn Family Pages, Clif Bar, Dependable Abstract., Event Medic Services, Five Towns Jewish Times, Great Kosher Restaurants Foodies, Inflated Creations, Izzy’s Brooklyn Smokehouse, Jack Jaffa & Associates, Jakes Playhouse, in memory Susan Jacobson, z’l, The Jewish Home, Jewish Link of New Jersey, Modell’s Sporting Goods, ReliaTech Network Solutions, Rosenberg & Steinmetz PC, Stein Farkas & Schwartz LLP, Ted Supply, Toby Schwartz Graphic Design, Top Notch Staffing, TriState, and Capital Bank. Ohel also thanks its OXC co-chairs Ben Englander, Aryeh Jacobson, Yehuda Konig, Rachelle Rosenberg, and

Jeffrey Schwartz, and OXC Community coordinator Rabbi Avi Weber for their hard work and vision in making the OXC Classic a success. Ready to join next year? Start training now—put it on your bucket list for you and your family! Be a part of the fifth annual OXC Classic event next year on May 19, 2019. Pre-register at Oheloxc. org. Individuals interested in the many programs and services that Ohel provides should contact Ohel at 800-603OHEL (6435), or visit „

Chicago Couple Celebrates Their 71st Wedding Anniversary By Making Aliyah Chicago natives Devorah ‘Doris’ Levitz (91) and Norman Levitz (93) made aliyah recently at the Nefesh B’Nefesh office in Jerusalem. The couple has one son, Ephraim, living in Israel, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. From the time their son made aliyah 40 years ago, Devorah and Norman have come to visit Israel at least once a year. Now, they have officially decided to call

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Devorah ‘Doris’ Levitz and Norman Levitz

Israel their permanent home. “On each visit to Israel over the last 40 years, Norman kept saying no, we’re not quite ready to make aliyah,” said Devorah Levitz. “However, now was the right time and we finally decided to make Israel our permanent home. We’re finally ready to say yes. It’s such a beautiful country and our aliyah process has been extremely smooth so far.” The Levitz aliyah was made possible by Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Guided Aliyah Program, which works together with the Population and Immigration Authority, the Ministry of Aliyah and Integration, the Jewish Agency, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF-USA. „

Jack Nasielski

Jack Nasielski, 92, from Edison, New Jersey, landed in Ben Gurion Airport recently on a Nefesh B’Nefesh group aliyah flight, in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Aliyah & Integration, the Jewish Agency, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, and JNF-USA, together with another 27 new Israeli citizens. For Jack, this is yet another chapter in his eventful life. Born in Dessau, Germany, Nasielski, a Holocaust survivor, fled the Nazis as a child through Poland, and eventually was captured and shipped to four different camps including Auschwitz and Blachhamer where he was finally liberated in 1945. Jack is fulfilling his aliyah dream almost 71 years to the day since he arrived in New York on a boat as a post-war European immigrant. For almost 20 years now, Jack has lived in Edison, New Jersey, following his daughter Lilly and her husband Bruce. Now he is following his children again as they all make aliyah to Rehovot this summer to join Lilly and Bruce’s four children and Jack’s many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who already live in Israel. “Israel is the Jewish homeland. No one can persecute you for being a Jew in your own country,” explained 92-year-old Shoah and Auschwitz survivor Jack Nasielski upon joining his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren in Israel. “Today I am proud to be an Israeli and a real Jew. Israel is my new home and I love it.” „

Laniado Hospital’s 42nd Annual Dinner, Celebrating Israel’s 70th Anniversary

Rabbi Yitzchok Waldman, executive vice president, American Friends of Laniado Hospital

On Sunday evening, April 29, hundreds of guests enjoyed the 42nd annual dinner of the American Friends of Laniado Hospital in the Grand Ballroom of the Manhattan Center in New York City. The elegance of

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the ballroom was breathtaking, and the buffet dinner was exceptionally delicious. “Master of his craft,” Michael Schick, served the tastiest dishes. The extraordinary dinner was chaired by Neil Goldstein, Esq., who set the tone for the evening with his inspirational remarks, thus leading into the singing of the American and Israeli national anthems by Cantors Levi Cohen and Yoel Hecht, who captivated the audience with their majestic voices. A video presentation followed, showing the heroic work performed daily at Laniado Hospital in Netanya, Israel. The theme of the presentation was: “We are here because you are there,” meaning that Laniado Hospital can only continue its lifesaving work through the support of its friends.

The beautiful dinner journal was published for the evening under the direction of Avi and Mindy Nisanov and Michael Weissbrot, dear and devoted friends of Laniado Hospital. The tribute committee was headed by Phyllis Zyskind, who continues in her parents’ trademark of chesed and support for this special hospital. The keynote speaker, Rabbi Yitzchok Waldman, the indefatigable executive VP of the American Friends of Laniado Hospital, captivated the audience with his presentation. Special recognition was bestowed upon six of Laniado’s veteran loyal supporters who each dedicated a sefer in the new sefer Torah housed in the shul at Laniado Hospital.

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Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology Opens New Office In Elmhurst On Monday, June 11, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, the largest private radiology practice on Long Island, opened its third facility in Queens. The office is located at 88-12 Queens Boulevard, directly across the street from the Queens Place shopping center. It is conveniently located on the Q59 bus line between the Queens Boulevard/55th Avenue and the Queens Boulevard/56th Avenue stops. The E, M, and R subway lines also stop at Woodhaven Boulevard, which is just .2 miles from the new facility. The Elmhurst office joins Zwanger-Pesiri’s two other locations in Laurelton and Ozone Park to offer Queens residents the best radiological care available. In addition to these three Queens locations, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology has one facility in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, and 23 offices on Long

Island. The Elmhurst office provides Vida 3T MRI, open-sided MRI, PET/CT, nuclear medicine, low-dose CT, ultrasound, X-ray, 3-D mammography, and bone density (DEXA) scans. The Vida 3T MRI unit was FDA approved in the summer of 2017 and is the newest MRI machine on the market. Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology prides itself on being a patient-centric practice. Offices are open evenings and weekends to accommodate working patients. They employ over 65 subspecialty-trained radiologists who only read studies within their field of expertise. “This leads to more accurate results,” said Dr. Steven L. Mendelsohn, CEO. The reports and images from exams performed at any Zwanger-Pesiri facility are posted on the patient portal for the patient to access at his or her convenience. Patients can then securely fax or e-mail their information to additional physicians with just a few clicks. “In the past 12 months, we have been able to open three state-of-the-art offices in Queens. The residents here deserve high-quality care and we are dedicated to providing them with that care,” said Dr. Mendelsohn. “We are constantly striving to make the best imaging easily accessible, and our Elmhurst office will enable us to serve another new community.” Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, the largest and most respected radiology practice on Long Island, has been serving the community for over 65 years. To date, there are 27 locations in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, and Brooklyn providing a range of radiological specialties, includ-

ing musculoskeletal imaging, neurologic imaging, oncologic imaging, vascular imaging, and more. With over 65 board-certified radiologists that have multiple subspecialties and offering 28 3T MRI units, 10 1.5T MRI units, four 1.2T open-sided MRI machines, 31 3-D mammography units, eight PET/CT scanners, and the first clinical outpatient MRI/PET system in the country, Zwanger-Pesiri continues to provide the highest quality of care and excellence to all of its patients. Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology strives to provide the most advanced technology available today, with a strong focus on delivering a quality of care unmatched in the industry. Visit for further information. „

Puah’s Annual Jerusalem Conference For Women Draws Overflow Crowd For Day Of Information, Innovation, And Inspiration By Gila Arnold Before Prof. Sheli Mazaki, director of perinatal unit and high-risk pregnancy department at Sheba Medical Center, began his presentation at Puah’s recent annual Jerusalem Conference, he paused to survey the crowd of over 1,400 women filling the large Binyanei HaUma hall and commented, “I’ve been to many different conferences over the years, and I don’t remember any with such a huge attendance!”

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Toras Chaim V’ahavas Chesed Dedications: Torah dedication: Shlomo and Gabriella Goldner, in memory of their son, Pinchas Elimelech, a’h Sefer Bereishis: Dov and Suzi Klein, in memory of her father, R’ Baruch Mappa, a’h Sefer Sh’mos: Moshe and Elaine Rubin, in memory of parents and siblings who perished in the Holocaust, H’yd Sefer Vayikra: Howard and Suzy Freundlich, in memory of his father, R’ Simcha Zimel Freundlich, a’h Sefer Bamidbar: Osnass Shein, in memory of her grandson, Joshua Isaac Shein, a’h Sefer Devarim: Jack and Carole Forgash, in honor of their children and grandchildren, ad meah vesrim shana The eminent author, Fox News Security analyst, and former assistant to President Donald Trump, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, delivered a moving address that held the audience spellbound. Norman Davidowicz, who always attends Laniado Hospital dinners, as well as many other organizations’ dinners, remarked that as much as Laniado is known for its beautiful and elegant dinners, this one topped all the others. Batya Kahane chimed in that this was the warmest dinner she had ever attended. The electricity was palpable. At the conclusion, guests were presented with a special memoir, Plucked from the Fire, written by a Holocaust

survivor, a talmid of the Sanz-Klauzenburger Rebbe, zt’l, dear friend, Mr. Moshe Rubin. As Rabbi Waldman is quoted as saying: “You heard the history; you see the present; please join us for the future challenge.” The funds raised at the dinner will benefit the new birthing and neonatal facility being built in Laniado Hospital. There are still a few dedication opportunities available. Please contact the American Friends of Laniado Hospital office at 212-944-2690 or e-mail [email protected] for more information. „

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COMMUNITY NEWS Continued from Page 83 Professionals working in the field of fertility—doctors, nurses, midwives, doulas, ultrasound technicians, kallah teachers, and more— came from across the country to attend the daylong conference on Sunday, June 3, which featured world experts in the reproductive-medicine field as well as Puah’s own renowned rabbinic experts. Dozens of informational booths and product displays dotted the wide lobby, where women milled about, learning, listening, and talking with each other. But the real show was happening inside the hall, where participants eagerly listened to the world-class lineup of presenters. The cutting-edge topics included: Fetal intrauterine corrective surgery; identifying signs of abnormal development in adolescents; post-trauma (PTSD) after childbirth; how to stop irregular bleeding; identifying genetic abnormalities during pregnancy; coordinating expectations in mar-

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Interview with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Dr. Chana Katan

riage; hormonal therapy for relief of menopausal symptoms; and more. There were two fascinating panel discussions on the topics of “Motherhood at an Older Age” and “Non-Invasive Prenatal Screenings.” Aside from the medical and halachic presentations, Rabbanit Yemi-

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ma Mizrachi spoke on the topic of women’s power to build their homes, and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked addressed the crowd, describing how inspired she was by the strength of women to accomplish whatever they set their minds to do. “And there is no work more important than help-

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ing to bring babies into the world!” she said. Dr. Yuval Gialchinsky’s presentation on developments in the field of fetal intrauterine corrective surgery—the newest frontier in medical technology—really brought the house down. He showed pictures of fetoscopic surgeries performed in utero, in which potentially life-threatening conditions were neutralized and corrected before the baby was born. For example, in one such case, a 30-week ultrasound revealed a growth on one of the fetus’s lungs, which was pushing the heart aside. If left alone, the heart would soon stop working. In the past, the only option would be to induce birth prematurely and quickly operate on the lung, which might save the baby’s life but would leave him without a lung. With this new technology, Dr. Gialchinksky’s team operated on the fetus in utero, removing the growth. After a few weeks, the heart returned to its normal position and the lung also began developing normally. The baby was born healthy. As presenter after presenter expressed—not just the Puah rabbis, but the doctors as well—the human body is a miracle, and our medical technologies are miracles as well, with every discovery and success a gift from Hashem. Rav Menachem Burstein, founder of Puah, expressed his gratitude for the large turnout and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants. “It’s our privilege to provide this opportunity and to serve as the bridge between all of these women eager to learn and all of the new medical information out there.” „

MTA’s Inaugural Scholarship Campaign Culminates At YeshivaWide Seudas Preidah And Siyum More than 400 talmidim, rebbeim, parents, and friends joined MTA on Wednesday, June 6, for its yeshiva-wide seudas preidah and siyum, celebrating the Torah-learning accomplishments of all talmidim and the culmination of its inaugural scholarship campaign, honoring Rabbi Hyman Arbesfeld (‘49). The program was sponsored by MTA alumni Eytan (‘06), Noam (‘08), and Ezra (‘12) Mishkoff, in memory of their father, Meir Mishkoff (BTA ‘75).

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L–R: Yeshiva University President Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, Rabbi Hyman Arbesfeld, MTA Head of School Rabbi Joshua Kahn

The evening was a true celebration of both Torah learning and the entire educational experience, as more than 50% of MTA families participated in its first-ever scholarship campaign, highlighting the importance of supporting Jewish education. “We need to ensure that all of our children are entitled to a Jewish education,” said campaign co-chair Mordy Rothberg. “I’m passionate about the need to support our scholarship campaign because every child should have access to the exceptional educational experience provided by MTA.” The campaign began with a $1 million gift from Rabbi Arbesfeld, given last year, in appreciation of the scholarships he received as a student. “I was fortunate to have my entire Yeshiva University education, from high school at MTA to college, and to semichah at RIETS, supported by scholarships,” said Rabbi Arbesfeld. “I gave this gift in memory of my father. It was his inspiration and love that motivated me to pursue a life of Torah and Maddah. I hope this gift will inspire many others to support this exceptional high school, and that parents will send their sons here, knowing that tuition assistance is available.” The yeshiva-wide seudas preidah and siyum was a fitting way to celebrate the success of the scholarship campaign, as the event itself demonstrated the tremendous impact a Jewish education has on students. More than 125 talmidim made a siyum, celebrating the completion of a masechta they learned this year. “The energy felt throughout the evening, as talmidim danced with their rebbeim, parents, and friends, was amazing and a true tribute to the relationships that have grown throughout the year,” said Head of School Rabbi Joshua Kahn. “The excitement and pure joy on the faces of our talmidim and rebbeim as they celebrated a year of incredible Torah learning accomplishments together was inspiring and a strong indication of the influence our educational experience has on their lives.” The program also included opening remarks from Rabbi Kahn, divrei berachah from Yeshiva University president and MTA alumnus Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, a special presentation to Rabbi Arbesfeld, who shared his personal story as the recipient of a full scholarship to MTA and the importance of paying it forward to ensure that every child has access to the yeshiva’s educational experience, and divrei Torah from Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Michael Taubes and RIETS Rosh Yeshiva Rav Mordechai Willig. „

HIGH-SCHOOL SENIOR Continued from Page 32 haunt you somewhere down the road. So as you finish up your last finals and get ready to close the book on high school, I ask you to take these fatherly thoughts to heart. Choose wisely when it comes to making new friends. Be prepared for the fact that some days are going to be hard, and have solutions prepared to deal with them. Listen to those voices in your head that tell you that indulging in certain behaviors is not a good idea. Know who the trusted adults are in your school and speak to them if you need someone to pick you up when you’re feeling low or have unresolved issues that you need to discuss. And if you find yourself in need of more serious help, know that Amudim is there for you on both sides of the Atlantic and our caseworkers are ready to help 24/7 in Israel at 02-374-0175, 516-6360175, or [email protected], and in the United States at 646-517-0122 or [email protected] Mazal tov on this wonderful accomplishment and hatzlachah rabbah in your future plans. I can’t wait to hear great things from you in the future. „ Zvi Gluck is the director of Amudim, an organization dedicated to helping abuse victims and those suffering with addiction within the Jewish community. He has been involved in crisis intervention and management for the past 18 years. For more information, visit

AROUND THE 5 TOWNS SKA Graduation 2018 Graduation day finally arrived! On Sunday, June 10, the class of 2018 of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls had their commencement exercises at DRS where family members joined the graduates, SKA ad-

and noting the many incredible accomplishments the school has achieved. After the ceremony, the guests and graduates headed outside to the tent for light refreshments and the opportunity to celebrate. Mazal tov to the entire SKA Class of 2018! „

Mrs. Perrin and Akiva Brill

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SKA graduating class of 2018

ministration, and faculty to celebrate this milestone. Valedictorian Ayelet Aharon, salutatorian Shoshana Rockoff, and Keter Shem Tov awardee Aliza Rothman, each addressed the audience beautifully. Mrs. Helen Spirn, SKA head of school, delivered a stirring message to the graduates, reminiscing about the 25 years since SKA’s establishment

Painting For Mrs. Perrin Yeshiva of South Shore fourth-grader Akiva Brill looks forward every day to English class with his teacher, Mrs. Perrin. When he recently became aware that after decades of teaching English, Mrs. Perrin would be retiring, Akiva wanted to give her a gift that she would never forget. He knew that Mrs. Perrin

loved butterflies, and often she would wear a butterfly necklace or a butterfly pin. Akiva also found out that Mrs. Perrin’s favorite flower was a sunflower. Outside of school, Akiva enjoys many things; one of them is painting. He decided to paint a beautiful picture that would include a butterfly and a sunflower. He gave Mrs. Perrin this painting with a card that included the following: “Butterflies give life to flowers. You give life to me. Thank you for being a wonderful teacher.” Mrs. Perrin is a muchloved teacher at Yeshiva of South Shore and will be deeply missed. „

Creating Robots With Cubelets HALB students have been using robotics, which is the science of designing, building, controlling, and operating robots. The excitement was palpable


OU Women’s Initiative Underwrites 16 Synagogue Programs That Support Spiritual, Religious, and Communal Involvement For Women The Orthodox Union (OU), the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American Orthodox Jewish community, will underwrite the cost of 16 innovative programs in 11 states that will support the spiritual, religious, and communal growth of Orthodox women. The programs were selected from a field of 93 applications for its Women’s Initiative Challenge Grant. The Challenge Grant recipients are: • Summer Women’s Beit Midrash: Congregation Keter Torah in Teaneck, NJ • Women’s Professional Men-

HALB Cubelets

in Mrs. Rubel’s technology class as the fifth-grade students created their own robots with the Cubelets to gain an understanding of how they operate. They learned that a robot is a machine that can sense, think, and act on its own. In order for students to form theories about the sense component of their robot, they investigate presenting varying input/stimuli to the Sense Cubelet. In this lesson, students practiced observing behavior and building understanding of stimuli/input and the correlation to reaction/output. Each group of students was eager to name and present their robot to the class. „

Five Towns Premier Hosts Social-Work Seminar

Dr. Sara Gluck at Five Towns Premier

The Five Towns Premier at Woodmere recently hosted an informative educational seminar for close to 100 social workers from local hospitals. The dynamic Dr. Sara Gluck delivered a lecture on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and spoke about different methods for helping patients cope with PTSD. „

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torship Program: Congregation Darchei Noam in Fair Lawn, NJ Women’s Institute of Learning and Leadership: Congregation Shomrei Torah in Fair Lawn, NJ Women’s Center for Inspired Judaism: Suburban Torah in Livingston, NJ Women’s Seder Avodat Yamim Noraim: Young Israel Toco Hills in Atlanta, GA Tools for Life: Keneseth Beth Israel in Richmond, VA Rebbetzin-in-Residence (“R-in-R”): Westwood Kehilla in Los Angeles, CA Learn to Lead: Beth Jacob Congregation of Oakland in Oakland, CA More than Challah and Candlesticks: Women’s Relationship to Judaism in an Orthodox Context:

United Orthodox Synagogues in Houston, TX Transmitting Torah: By Women… For Women: Congregation Agudath Sholom in Stamford, CT YIH Eishet Chayil Initiative: Young Israel of Hollywood-Ft. Lauderdale in Ft. Lauderdale, FL Women’s Torah and Leadership Training Program: Lincoln Square Synagogue, New York, NY M’Dor L’Dor: Cultivating Jewish Female Leadership Across Generations: Young Israel of Oceanside in Oceanside, NY Saturday Night In(side Torah): Learning and Entertainment for the Women of our Community: Young Israel of Greater Cleveland in Cleveland, OH

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Your Voice - Our Community: Young Israel of Southfield in Southfield, MI • Women’s Education Department: Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion Congregation in Baltimore, MD Applications were evaluated based on the creativity of the proposed program, target audience, and whether the project could be replicated in other communities. “The Challenge Grant is an exciting initiative that captures the positive energy of so many communities,” said Rebbetzin

Dr. Adina Shmidman, founding director of the OU’s Department of Women’s Initiatives. “The Women’s Initiative is proudly empowering our communities to develop creative approaches to addressing spiritual and communal needs. Once these programs are piloted, they can be offered widely in other communities so that they, too, can benefit from the wisdom and experience of these successful initiatives.” “Coming on the heels of its extremely successful national Shavuot programming by female scholars, the Women’s Initiative received an impressive response to its Challenge Grant,” said Al-

len Fagin, executive vice president of the Orthodox Union. “We have no doubt that the proposals will prove to be crucial additions to their shul programming and we look forward to sharing them broadly to benefit women in communities throughout North America.” The Challenge Grant is one of many programs the OU Women’s Initiative is launching in its inaugural year. The Women’s Initiative ran a well-received Shavuot speaker series, which created and promoted high-level learning opportunities presented by women on Shavuot in shuls across the country, many of which had not previously hosted women educators in this capacity. Upcoming initiatives include a multi-city mikveh-attendant training program addressing mikveh client medical and mental-health needs; a Leil Hitorerut, an evening of spiritual inspiration between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; and the creation of the Women’s Impact Institute, a leadership training program. “For more than a century the Orthodox Union has addressed the religious and spiritual needs of the American Jewish community. Ever-changing circumstances and challenges, however, compel the ongoing exploration of new approaches to advance our connection to G-d, both as individuals and collectively as a community,” said OU President Moishe Bane.

“We therefore feel particularly privileged to be partnering with women of extraordinary vision and commitment from across the community to pursue exciting and innovative initiatives seeking to enhance the religious and spiritual growth of the contemporary Jewish woman.” „

Holocaust Survivors Visit YOSS Students in Yeshiva South Shore’s Mechina division were fortunate to be visited by two Holocaust survivors, Jack Nayberg and Dora Siegelman. Rabbi Yoni Escovitz, a 7th-grade rebbi at YOSS and the rav of this brother and sister, led an interactive question-and-answer session for the 6th–8th graders. The siblings gave a glimpse of prewar European Jewry and the incredible void that remained after the war. The talmidim heard about their harrowing experiences in the ghettos, the concentration camps, and the death march, and were inspired by their miraculous survival. After the presentation, the students personally greeted and thanked them for sharing their stories. It was then that they were shown the numbers on Mrs. Siegelman’s arm, to be etched forever into their minds. “It is so important for the new generation to have firsthand testimony of the

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Holocaust,” said Rabbi Zev Davidowitz, menahel ha’mechina. “Our talmidim need to be able to tell their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren what they heard with their own ears and saw with their own eyes.” „

An Exhibition Of Talent The annual fourth grade Night of the Arts is a finale event showcasing all that the girls have learned in art, music, and dance. The festivities opened with a music-and-dance performance. Morah Tali

Shulamith artists Miriam Bahn and Ariella Casden

Students at Yeshiva South Shore were visited by two Holocaust survivors

Shulamith musician Naava Schuckman playing the cello with her sister Bailey and mother


Spector taught each class a different dance to Hebrew music, and Morah Rena Greenberg worked with the girls on four songs with an overall theme of hakarat ha’tov to Hashem. Guests were surprised to find the gym and lunchroom transformed into art galleries! Each girl had four pieces of artwork on display that she had created over the course of the year with Mrs. Naomi

Weintraub, inspired by artists Frank Stella and Roy Lichtenstein. They also learned about imprinting and made “leaves of clay” in addition to monochromatic tress. The girls did an excellent job recreating famous pieces of art while infusing their own original creativity and imagination. It was a beautiful evening, an elegant venue for the girls to show their creative talents. „

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AROUND THE 5 TOWNS YFR Annual Siyum Yeshiva of Far Rockaway’s annual siyum was held on Sunday, June 10 (27 Sivan) at the yeshiva campus. Sixty-five bachurim completed the masechta Bava Metzia, 15 boys completed the masechta Kiddushin, and six boys completed the masechta Megillah. The guest speaker was Rabbi Naftali Jaeger, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv. „ BYAM second-graders host publishing party

BYAM SecondGraders Are Published Authors Congratulations to the second-graders at Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam! Throughout the year, they have been work-

ing steadily on their writing skills and most recently wrote their personal narratives. The girls revised and edited them

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Yeshiva of Far Rockaway’s annual siyum

Minyanim in the 5 Towns/Far Rockaway Area Mincha Maariv 1:30

Agudas Achim, Monday- Thursday 333 Pearsall Avenue, Cedarhurst Second floor conference room 1:35 Yeshiva Shor Yashov Kollel Avreichem Rabbi Katz’s Shul (Congregation Shomer Shabbos) Maariv is 15 min. after shkiah 1:45 Agudath Israel of Long Island (Sundays & legal holidays) Yeshiva Gedolah of the 5 Towns 1:50 Yismach Moshe @ The Premier 2:00 5 Towns Judaica 2:15 Yeshiva of Far Rockaway 2:45 Agudath Israel of Long Island Also 15 minutes before shkiah Yeshiva Gedolah of the 5 Towns Young Israel Woodmere (Halacha shiur 15 min. before) 3:00 Judaica Plus 4:15 Adas Yisroel of NY United Hebrew Community of NY

7:30 The Shteebel (Main Bais Medrash) 7:45 Chabad of the 5 Towns 8:00 Shaaray Tefila Also 10 minutes before shkiah

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10:15 10:30 10:40 11:00 During the winter months Young Israel of Woodmere has a marriv minyan every half hour after 6:30, ending with the 11:00 maariv. Boston Beis Midrash of Lawrence has maariv every 20 minutes from 10:40-12

The White Shul Congregation Tifereth Zvi Beis Medrash Heichal Dovid (S-Th) Young Israel of North Woodmere Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst The Shteebel (Downstairs in Simcha Hall) Bais Medrash of Harborview Yismach Moshe @ The Premier Yeshiva of Far Rockaway Agudas Israel of Long Island Young Israel of Woodmere Yeshiva Shor Yoshov Beis Medrash of Woodmere Shaaray Tefila Agudas Israel of Long Island Yeshiva Shor Yoshov Young Israel of Lawrence Cedarhurst The Shteebel (Downstairs in Simcha Hall) Bais Ephraim Yitzchok (M-Th) Bais Medrash Ateres Yisroel (Rabbi Blumenkrantz) Young Israel of Woodmere Beis Medrash Heichal Dovid (S-Th) Yeshiva Shor Yashov Yeshiva Gedolah of the 5 Towns Kehillas Bais Yehuda Tzvi (S-Th) The White Shul Young Israel of Woodmere Agudas Israel of Long Island Yeshiva of Far Rockaway The Shteebel (Main Bais Medrash) Kollel Avreichem Young Israel of Woodmere Agudas Israel of Long Island Yeshiva Gedolah of the 5 Towns Boston Beis Midrash of Lawrence Young Israel of Woodmere Boston Beis Midrash of Lawrence Kehillas Bais Yehuda (Thursdays)

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Rambam Graduation Valedictorian: Michael Akhavan. Michael Akhavan is a true representative of the grade. Michael distinguished himself early on at Rambam and quickly became known as someone with exemplary middos as well as someone eager to contribute to the school culture and to Am Yisrael. As gabbai of the Sephardic Minyan, Michael strove to create an atmosphere of ahavas Hashem and achdus. He shepherded the school’s weekly Torah

Rambam valedictorian Michael Akhavan

publication, Hamasmid, and was a Debate captain. He was a stalwart member of Rambam’s basketball team and Yachad Club. He is a member of the Arista Honor Society and even won Rambam’s CBS Survivor Tzedakah Challenge. Michael is kind, humble, and epitomizes the idea of a ben Torah. He plans on studying at Sha’alvim next year and continuing his Torah learning in the U.S. while attending the Queens College Scholars program. Valedictorian: Akiva Schuck. Conscientiousness, creativity, and a stellar character are the trademarks of Akiva Schuck. Akiva’s academic prowess was recognized from the time he applied to school four years ago and was named a Rambam scholar. Over the course of high school, his achievements earned him membership to the Arista/National Honor Society. Excelling in all of his

Rambam valedictorian Akiva Schuck

academic studies and a budding talmid chacham, Akiva is respected by Rambam’s administration, faculty, and student body. His wonderful middos endear him to everyone who meets him. He is a well-rounded individual who participates in various sports teams, extracurricular activities, was involved in the school’s weekly Torah publication, Hamasmid, and is frequently found in the beis midrash “just to learn.” Akiva plans to attend Yeshiva University after spending time in Israel in Yeshivas Netiv Aryeh.

Rambam salutatorian Doniel Fodiman

Salutatorian: Doniel Fodiman. Doniel Fodiman is always seen walking around with a sefer and a book. His commitment to halachah, intellectual curiosity, and drive for truth set him apart as the quintessential Torah U’Madda man. Doniel was integral to the success of the school’s Torah Bowl, poetry, and tennis teams. He founded the Rambam Medieval Jewish Poetry Club while writing for AIPAC and serving in Lev Leytzan, the Compassionate Clown Society. Doniel plans on learning in Yeshivat Har Etzion (Gush) and then staying in Israel to continue both his kodesh and college studies. Wherever he goes, there is confidence he will have a meaningful thought, a kind word, and a warm smile for everyone he meets. „

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HAFTR third-graders on stage at M’Dor L’Dor event

HAFTR’s early childhood students learn about safrus

Early Childhood Students Learn About Mezuzot Rabbi Akiva from Oppen Scrolls came to HAFTR’s early childhood center to demonstrate what a sofer does and how mezuzot are made. „

HAFTR Third Grade M’Dor L’Dor HAFTR third-grade museum curators opened up their galleries to parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents

at the M’Dor L’Dor: Generation to Generation evening. What a proud moment it was when family members viewed their family artifacts and the stories they told. Students learned that by studying artifacts, you can learn about your history. Artifacts included objects, photographs, and documents. Students learned about the rich history of classmates’ families who came from across the globe. In art, students designed a heri-

Front to back: Jared Pollack, Philip Balsam, Micah Newman, Ethan Muller, Jacob Aron, Zack Maron, Jacob Eisenberg, and Jack Ymar

tage page that featured a photograph of their artifact, a photo of a special family member, and a description in both Hebrew

Front to back: Samantha Haller, Renee Sasson, and Rubye Auerbach

and English. The artists also designed and created a family coat of arms on a metal shield that represented ideas that were important to their families and reflected their varied cultural

backgrounds. Students learned the art of metal embossing and used black paint to make their work appear antique. They in-

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HANC HS Closing Ceremony 2018: A YearIn-Review On Friday, June 8, erev Shabbat, HANC HS students and faculty filled the school’s auditorium for the closing ceremony of 2018. The program opened with remarks from Rabbi Shlomo Adelman, principal, followed by award presentations. The first set of recognitions was a series of honors that were given to students who stand out in areas that are valued at HANC. Rabbi Adelman introduced the awards with a special emphasis on the process of choosing recipients. Faculty members nominated candidates for consideration and collectively selected the recipients. Each award went to one male and one female recipient and was presented by administrators. The name of each recipient of the ten awards will be added to the plaques adorning the second-floor hallway. The students who went above and beyond in their participation in chesed activities were Shirley Ebrani and Rafael Akilov, who received the Rabbi Moshe & Rebbetzin Sandra Gottesman Chesed Award. The Golda Meir Community & School Spirit Award went to Kayla Stern, and the Natan Sharansky Community & School Spirit Award went to Aeton Rabanipour, as students who


nipour, and a nostalgic year-in-review video presentation expertly prepared by the Student Life team. Students watched the presentation while enjoying icecream bars. In addition, a special recognition was given to the hard-working custodial faculty and security. A heartfelt farewell was extended to those faculty members who will not be returning.

HANC High School’s closing ceremony

exemplify “a strong commitment to the HANC community and [work] selflessly in order to foster inclusiveness and strengthen school spirit.” Students were also recognized for their “academic achievement, true intellectual curiosity, and a demonstrated commitment to increasing knowledge in various disciplines.” Jonah Rocheeld received the Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook Passion for Education Award, and Courtney Isler received the Nechame Leibowitz Passion for Education Award. Students with outstanding “determination and diligence and an unwavering commitment to advance academically” received the Rabbi Meyer & Rebbetzin Goldie Fendel Determination and Perseverance Award; Daniella Rothman and Jesse Rothafel were the recipients. The Ateret Shem and Keter Shem Tov recognizes two students who demonstrate distinguished character and a strong commitment to leading a life of high ethical and moral standards consistent with Torah ideals and values. The recipients were Racheli Abginesaz and Matthew Zimmerman. HANC helps build character by ensuring that students perform acts of chesed. Students participate in chesed activities such as community service throughout the school year and into the summer months. Although 15 hours per year are required by HANC, many students choose to continue their participation past their obligation. Chesed Awards were presented to such students by Rabbi Etan Ehrenfeld and Rabbi Daniel Mezei. Silver awards went to students who completed more than 25 chesed hours, gold awards to students who completed over 50 hours, and platinum awards were reserved for students who completed over 100 chesed hours. Congratulations to Susan Deutsch and Yosef Hekmati who went above and beyond and completed over 100 hours of community service. This was followed by an address given by newly elected president Aeton Raba-

Director of College Guidance Ms. Karen Sheff presented a series of awards recognizing students’ accomplishments. These awards were: Bausch and Lomb Honorary Science Award, David Reitano; The Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, Aeton Rabanipour; George Eastman Young Leaders Award, Adena Cohen; Rensse-

laer Polytech Institute Medal Award, Jonah Rocheeld; Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology, Josh Vilkas; The Brandeis Book Award, Gabrielle Schoenberg; Nassau County District Attorney Shield Award, Joseph Haar; and the Yeshiva University Torah U’Madah Book Award, Courtney Isler and Jonah Rocheeld. The ceremony was an incredible success and created a sense of achdut among the students as they cheered for their peers who received awards. The program concluded with a musical performance by juniors Bernie Maslin and Racheli Abginesaz. Mazal tov and thank you for a fantastic year! Wishing everyone much hatzlachah on their Regents exams. Have a fantastic summer! „

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YOSS Grads Show Hakaras HaTov Smiles were in abundance as the pre-1A boys celebrat-

ed their graduation from Yeshiva of South Shore’s Early Childhood Center. The theme of the graduation was hakaras ha’tov, and the boys wanted to thank the people who have

brought them to this point and who will help guide them towards their next milestones. They expressed that they are thankful to Hashem, their parents, grandparents, rebbeim,

YOSS ECC Graduation

and moros. They also showed their gratitude to their yeshiva, and the graduation was dedicated to Rav Binyamin Kamenetzky, zt’l, and the great place he founded for them to learn Torah. The talmidim were proud and are excited for first grade! „

Shulamith Honors

ies, and science. Her dream is to become an engineer, using her love of construction and technology. This year, Aviv won the Shulamith Award for her science fair project, participated in Math Olympiad, was a head of Pi Day, and worked diligently as a layout editor for the yearbook. Aviv will always cherish the friendships she has made in Shulamith and is honored to be part of the graduating class of 2018.

Shulamith Valedictorian: Aviv Amar

Aviv Amar: Valedictorian. Aviv Amar lives in Woodmere with her parents and four siblings. In the four years that Aviv has been a student at Shulamith, she has received a great deal of support and encouragement from her teachers, principals, and peers, which she will always be thankful for. Aviv enjoys art, music, reading, spending time with her friends, and participating in as many chesed opportunities as possible. Aviv has a strong passion for all of her academic subjects, particularly Navi, social stud-

Shulamith Salutatorian: Gabriella Herman

Gabriella Herman: Salutatorian. Gabriella loves to participate in school activities! This year, she invested countless hours of creative effort as a co-editor-in-chief of the yearbook. In both seventh and eighth grades, Gabriella was on the Torah Bowl and Math Olympiad teams, and this year she was also on the Shulamith

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HELP WANTED Help Wanted: Teaching Positions for 2018-19 School Year Jewish Day School in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn is interviewing candidates for Judaic Studies Morahs. Classrooms are Ivrit B’Ivrit. Teaching experience is a must. BA in education preferred. Competitive salary. Warm and collaborative working environment. Applicants should email resume and references to [email protected] PGLI insurance brokers is looking for motivated business people to join our growing team. Interested in becoming an insurance producer? Looking for a new home for your existing book of business? PGLI can help. Now accepting candidates in our P&C and Life health departments. This is an excellent opportunity with generous commission splits available. Please contact Donna McKenna at 516-791-1800, Email [email protected]

HELP WANTED Teachers needed for the coming school year. Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam is seeking experienced, professional teachers interested in working in a growth oriented and warm atmosphere. Please email resume to [email protected] Licensed early childhood teacher position available in Far Rockaway, small classes, great pay. Looking for a warm, loving Morah with experience. Call 718-327-3287 Teacher, JH Math &/or ELA. Far Rockaway boys’ school. M-Th, pm. Warm, supportive environment. Excellent salary. [email protected] Mazel Day School in Brooklyn is seeking certified Middle School Math Teacher (Grades 5-8) for the 2018-19 school year. Salary is competitive. Please email resume to [email protected]

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HELP WANTED Special Ed school in Flatbush seeks: School Psychologist, team player, set up behavioral management programs, work with individual and groups of students. Email: [email protected] Special Ed Director Responsibility: Curriculum Designer both Judaic and secular studies, Individual curriculum as needs, Staff training, Innovative, visionary. Requirement: Masters Special Ed and Education Administration or SLP Backgroup Email Resume: [email protected] Office located in Cedarhurst looking for temp for Bookkeeping position starting in November (30 hours/week for 8 weeks). Computer skills a must. Familiarity with Quickbooks a plus. E-mail resume to [email protected] Secretary — Yeshiva in Queens Computer ,bkkpg, multi task Call 718 644-4048 Boys’ Yeshiva high school in Brooklyn with a legacy of excellence, looking for Teachers in all subjects for upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Please email resume to [email protected] Large, Nassau County Orthodox Shul seeks part time bookkeeper Shul experience, familiarity with Shul Cloud and knowledge of Sage/Peachtree a plus. Please reply to: [email protected] Pugatch Realty Corp., in Woodmere, is looking to hire and train a select group of motivated Realtors. If you are looking to build a career in real estate, or looking to take your existing career to the next level, there is no better place to start than the #1 Real Estate Brokerage in the Five Towns. Call Today 516-295-3000 x 128. All calls kept confidential.




Lawrence — New Exclusive — First Show — Beautiful Co-op. Freshly painted, Spacious, 2BR, Kosher Kitchen, Sunk-in LR/DR in beautiful elevator bldg. Parking, prime location, walk all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $225K Call Joan 516-319-4482 Five Town Homes Realty 516-569-5710

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Lawrence — 8BR, 5 Full Bathrooms, Very Large Split Level Home , Prime Location, Lot Size 103x 118, Features Central Air Conditioning, Formal Living Room, Formal Dining Room, Eat in Kitchen, Large Family Room, Den with Fireplace, 2 Car Garage, Freshly Painted, New Doors, Windows & Bathrooms, Approximately 3,800 Sq. Ft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]

Lawrence — Open House By Appt — Beautiful Brick, C/H Colonial, Lg LR With Fireplace, Formal DR, Kosher gourmet EIK, 2 Dens, 5+BR (on 1 level), 3.5Bths, Full fi nished bsmt, in-ground pool, brick patio on beautiful property, great location Priced to Sell . $1.725M Call Joan for details and appointment 516-319-4482 Five Town Homes 516-569-5710 Lawrence — Open House by Appt — Spacious totally renovated 6+BR, 4Bths. Gourmet granite Kosher EIK, formal Dr, Large Lr, Den, on oversized beautiful property , in Prime location (Lawrence Bay Park) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1.7M For Details and appointment Call Joan 516-319-4482 Five Town Homes 516-569-5710 Hewlett — New Construction in SD #14. 4BR’s, 2.5Bths, CAC, Lakeview Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$899,000 Broker 516-887-0677 ext 325, or 330 Kew Garden Hills — Open House, 6/17, Sunday 3-5pm, 140-03—68th Drive. Call Judit 516-445-2256, [email protected] Lawrence — New Listing — Magnificent Studio W/ Sept BR Area In Elevator Bldg, Near All . . . . . . . . $109K, 516-295-3000 Cedarhurst — 5BR, 4Bth Colonial On Quiet Cul-De-Sac Backing The Golf Course, IG-Pool, Fin Bsmt, Large Eat-InKitchen, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1.3M Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Cedarhurst — Legal 3 Family Home with Great Upside Potential, Close To All, 2 One Bedroom Apartments, and One 3 Bedroom Duplex With Basement . . . . . . . . . . . . $679K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]

Hewlett Bay Park — Spectacular Waterfront Colonial On 2+Acres, Bulkhead & Dock Are New, Granite Entryway, Open Layout Including Formal DR, Grand LR, Den W/Fplc, Family Rm W/Wet Bar, Eat-In-Kitchen W/ Gas BBQ, Large Windows Boasts Views Of Grand Lawns W/ Potting Shed, In-Ground Heated Pool, Wood & Marble Floors Throughout, Separate Carriage House W/4 Car Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — 2 Family Home Each Unit has its own Boiler, HW Heater, Gas & Electric Meter, 2 Car Garage, Basement, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $629K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected].com Hewlett — 3BR, 2Bth Totally Renovated Co-op, Gleaming Oak Floors, Kitchen Has Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Countertops, 2 Skylights, Terrace With Ceramic Tile, CAC, New Washer/Dryer, A Must See . . . . . . . . . . $289K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Lawrence — Spacious Studio Apt W/Sunken Living Room, Bright & Sunny, Shabbos Elevator . . . . . . $109K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Lawrence — 2BR, 2 Full Bath Co-op W/Terrace, Many Closets, Bright & Sunny, Close To RR, Shopping & Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $279K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Hewlett — 1BR, 1Bth First Floor Apt, Beautifully Maintained With A Terrace, New Tiles & Kitchen + Bathroom, Track Lighting, New Electric Panel, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $139K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]

Lawrence — 2BR, 1Bth, Freshly Painted, New Top Of The Line, Stainless Steel Appliances, Bright & Sunny, HW Floors, EIK W/Granite Countertops, Loads Of Cabinets, Updated Full Bathroom, High Hats, 2 A/C Units, Washer/ Dryer In The Apt, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $239K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — 5BR, 4Bth Split Level Home, Bright & Sunny, Den W/Fplc & Vaulted Ceilings, Skylights, HW Floors, IG-Pool & Cedar Deck, In Ground Sprinklers, Anderson Windows, Radiant Heat, New Bathrooms, Lot Size 111 x 107, Eat-In-Kitchen W/Sub Zero, Refrigerator & Double Oven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $825K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — Spacious 2BR, 1Bth, Co-op In Desirable Elevator Bldg, Open Floor Plan, High Hats, HW Floors, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $199K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodsburgh — 5BR 6Bth,Renovated CH Colonial Features Formal Dining Room, Butlers’ Pantry, Eat in Kitchen with Granite Countertops, Top of the Line Appliances, Mahogany Library with Separate Entrance Equipped with Telephone and Video Conferencing, Luxurious Master Bedroom Suite and Bathroom, Central Air Conditioning and So Much More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Far Rockaway — Spacious & Bright 2BR, 2 Full Bath Co-op, Elevator Bldg, Doorman, Beautiful Wood Floors Throughout, Updated Kitchen & Bathroo. . . . . . . $359K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]




Lawrence — 5BR, 5Bth, CH Colonial, Totally Updated, features EIK W/4 Sinks, 2 Dishwashers, 3 Ovens + Warming Draw, Subzero Refrigerator, Granite Countertops, FLR W/ Fplc, FDR, Den, Office, Master BR Suite W/Jacuzzi tub & Shower, Deck off Kitchen , Front Porch, Attic, Detached Garage, Circular Driveway, Full Finished Basement, Skylights, Alarm, IG Sprinklers, CAC . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]

Valley Stream — Expanded Cape With Professional Office Including 4 Room & A 3BR Apartment, A Lot Of Possibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $529K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]

Woodmere — 4BR, 2 Full Bath Ranch On 100 x 100 Lot, Prime Location In The Heart Of Woodmere, Eat-InKitchen, LR, Formal DR, Enclosed Terrace, Gas Heat Sale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $775K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]

Hewlett — 3BR Colonial, Spacious Rooms, Full Basement, Quiet Residential Street, Close To All . $699K Open House, Sunday, June 17 11:30-1pm 56 Raymond Pl, Hewlett Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]

Woodmere — Center Hall Colonial in SD#15 features 7BR’s, 3.5Bths, EIK W/High End Appliances, LR & Master Bedroom W/Fireplaces, Den with Built-ins, CAC, Gas Heat IG Sprinklers, Alarm, Full Finished Basement & Attic on Oversized Lot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Lawrence — 1BR, 1Bth 1st Floor Apt, Elevator Bldg, Sunken LR, Gas Stove, 2 Sinks, Microwave, Underground PKG Available. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $159K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] North Woodmere — 4BR, 2.5Bth Spacious Colonial, Prime Location, Cul-De-Sac, Spacious Formal DR, Master BR W/Built-Ins & Master Bath, Den W/Lovely Stone Fireplace, Full Fab Finished Bsmt, Low Taxes, Gas Heat, Water Filtration System, Close To All. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.260M Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Cedarhurst — 1BR, 1Bth, Terrace, Freshly Painted, New Bathroom, New Carpeting, Great Location, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $189K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] North Woodmere —4BR, 3Bth Colonial, Top Of The Line, EIK W/Cherry Wood Cabinets & Granite Countertops, Large Formal LR & DR, Lg Den W/Custom Marble Fireplace, Full Finished Basement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]

Far Rockaway — Jr4 Apt, Just Listed, 24HR Doorman, Shabbos Elevator Bldg, Laundry On 1st Flr, Close To Shopping, RR & Houses Of Worship . . . . . . . . . $199K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — Move Right In, 3BR Split Level Home In SD#15, Features HW Floors, CAC, Alarm, IGS, Vaulted Ceilings, Finished Basement, Close To All . . . . . . . $759K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Lawrence — Exclusive — Back Lawrence Magnificent 6BR, 7Bth Home On 1 Acre In The Back OF Lawrence, Over 6700 SQ.Ft Living Space, Feature HW Floors, Vaulted Ceilings, Gourmet Kitchen W/Custom Cabinets, Granite Countertops, CAC, MBR Suite W/Steam Shower, Custom Closets, Breathtaking Property & So Much More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Hewlett — Spacious 2BR, 1Bth Co-op In Mint Condition, 4 A/C Units, High Hats Throughout, Updated Kitchen, Beautiful Development, Near All. . . . . . . . . . . . . . $139K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Far Rockaway — 2BR, 1Bth Co-op, Shabbos Elevator Bldg, 24HR Doorman, New Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops, Washer/Dryer In Bldg, HW Floors, Bright & Sunny, Close To All, Freshly Painted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $219K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — 1BR, 1Bth Co-op, Bright & Sunny, LG Living Rm/Dining Rm, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . $109K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]

North Woodmere — 4/5BR’s, Mint Condition, New Kitchen W/Granite Countertops, SS Appliances, 2 Zone Heat & CAC, Formal DR, Formal LR, Main Floor Den, Fin Bsmt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $949K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Valley Stream — 4BR, 2 Full Bath, Lot Size 70 x 150, Solar Heated IG-Pool, Lg Master BR W/Full Bathroom, Finished Basement, Lg Deck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $599K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Hewlett — 3BR, 3 Full Bathrooms On Cul-De-Sac In SD#14, Lg Property, Oversized Den W/Fplc, EIK W/Skylight & Sliding Doors To Deck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $595K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — New Exclusive — Renovated 6BR, 4 Full Bath On Cul-De-Sac, New Brickwork, Landscaping, Windows, Roof, Garage Door, Siding & Doors Throughout, Marble Floor Foyer, Intercom System, Hand Painted Walls, LR W/Herring Bone Wood Floors, D/R With Custom Cabinetry, EIK W/High End Appliances, Finished Basement, Sports Court W/Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodsburgh — One Of A Kind Historic Stone Manor Home, Elegant 2 Story Entry, 5BR, 4Bth, House, Formal LR W/Fireplace & Bar, Formal DR, Den W/Beautiful Woodwork, Updated EIK, & Full Summer Kitchen, Upstairs O/S Master Bedroom Suite W/Dramatic Vaulted Ceiling, Lush Ppty W/IG-Pool, Patio & Waterfall . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]

North Woodmere — Exclusive — SD#15, 4BR, 2 Full Baths, 64x109 Lot Size, New CAC & Heating, Approx 2500 SQ Ft. Eat-In-Kitchen, Finished Basement . $699K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Valley Stream — 3BR, 2Bth Condo/Townhouse, All Redone, HW Floors, New Kitchen Appliances, Full Finished Basement, CAC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $479K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Hewlett — Exclusive — 2BR, 1Bth Co-op, Renovated Apartment, Large Rooms, High Ceilings, Dedicated Parking Spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $289K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Lawrence — 1BR, 1.5Bth Co-op, Magnificent Apartment In Luxurious Bldg,, Feature 24HR Doorman, Elevator, IG-Pool, Indoor Parking, Balcony, Laundry Room On Floor, Storage Room, Renovated EIK W/Granite Countertops, 2 Dishwashers, Renovated Bathroom, Central A/C, Close To RR, Shopping Houses Of Worship . $429K Open House Sunday June 17 12-1:30pm 360 Central Ave (The Plaza) Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Cedar Bay Park — Huge Renovated Splanch.4-5BR, 2.5Bths, finished basement, new appliances. All water and golf course views. Cul-de-sac, Underground wiring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $879K No Brokers. Call 516-569-5027 Valley Stream — All Redone Condo/Townhouse, 3BR, New Kitchen Appliances, Fully Finished Basement, Backyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $479K, 516-295-3000

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North Woodmere — New Listing — Lovely, Spacious & Immaculate 4BR Splanch Located On Quiet Street In SD#14, Beautiful New Wood/Granite Eat-InKitchen W/SS Appliances, Formal DR W/Bay Windows, Great Yard, Finished Basement, Near All . . . . . . . . . . . . $949K, 516-295-3000

North Woodmere — Colonial, by Owner 4BR’s, 2.5 Updated, Bths. New wood/granite kit, hardwood flrs, alarm, I/G pool w/cabana & full bth, I/G sprinkler. SD#14. Fin bsmt. Must have preapproved mortgage to schedule showing . Won’t last . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $975K 786-530-6440

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REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Lawrence — Magnificent 1br Apt In Luxurious Bldg W/24hr Doorman, Elevator, Ig-Pool, Indoor Parking, Balcony, EIK, Renovated Bathroom, Central A/C, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $429K, 516-295-3000 LPM the only name you need to know in property management services offering premier amenities like online billing, collection, financial maintenance and more, with particular focus in the Tri-state and surrounding areas of NJ, PA, DE, DC, MD and OH. We are the only Frum property management company covering the entire USA. We look forward to providing you with the modern, convenient and professional standard of care you and your tenants require. Feel free to call us at: 856-964-4809 or email us: [email protected] Cedarhurst — New Listing — Completely Renovated Beautiful 1BR, 1Bth Apt W/SS Appliances In New EIK, Terrace, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $185K, 516-295-3000 Woodsburgh — New Listing — “One Of A Kind” Historic Stone Manor Home, 5BR’s, Updated EIK & Full Summer Kitchen, Lush Property W/IG-Pool, Patio & Waterfall + Cabana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR, 516-295-3000 Hewlett — New Listing — 3BR Colonial In Sd#14, Spacious Rooms, Full Finished Basement, Hw Floors, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $699K, 516-295-3000 East Rockaway — Price Reduced — Lovely 4BR, 2.5Bth Colonial, EIK, Formal DR, Lg Master BR W/Lots Of Closets, 2 Car Garage W/Attic & Storage Rm Plus Large Shed, Close To Train & Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $499K, 516-295-3000

Lawrence — New Listing — Large & Spacious First Floor 3BR, 2Bth Apt W/Dining Area, Lg LR, Enclosed Terrace Facing Central Ave, Washer & Dryer, Storage & Parking Available . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $399K, 516-295-3000 Woodmere — New Price — Updated Ranch Home In SD#15, 4BR, 2 Full Baths, EIK, LR, Formal DR, Enclosed Terrace, Washer/Dryer, Gas Heat, Move Right In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $775K, 516-295-3000 Woodmere — 1BR, 1Bth Co-op, Bright & Sunny, LG Living Rm/Dining Rm, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . $109K, 516-295-3000 Far Rockaway — Price Reduced — Lovely Junior 4 Apartment W/24HR Doorman, Shabbos Elevator Bldg, Laundry In Bldg, Large LR/DR, Close To All . . $219K, 516-295-3000 Island Park — Condo — New Listing — Spacious 3BR, 2.5Bths W/Porch & Terrace In Gated & Exclusive Resort Like Community, 24HR Security, Salt Water Pool, Pier & Boat Slips, 2 Tennis Court & Basket Ball Court, Close TO LIRR & Beaches, Corner Unit W/EIK, Lr W/Fplc, Private Yard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $625K, 516-295-3000 Lawrence — Price Reduced — Luxuriously Built 3+BR Elegant CH Colonial W/3.5 Beautiful Bathrooms, X-Lg Wood & Granite Kitchen, LG Formal DR, X-LG Formal LR, Full Fin Basement, Prime Lawrence Cul-De-Sac . . . . . $POR, 516-295-3000

North Woodmere — New Exclusive Listing — 4BR Split Level Home In SD#15 On A 64x109 Lot Size, Approx 2500SF Of Living Space, New Heating & CAC, 2 Car Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $699K, 516-295-3000

Lawrence — Price Reduced — Magnificent 6BR, 5.5Bth Home On Approx 1 Acre In The Back Of Lawrence, Over 6700 Sq Ft Of Living Space, Basement & Attic, Vaulted Ceilings, Gourmet Kitchen, Master BR Suite W/Steam Shower & Custom Closets, Breathtaking Property Plus So Much More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.875M 516-295-3000

Lawrence — New Listing — 2BR, 2Bth, Hardwood Floors, Screened-In Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $269K, 516-295-3000

North Woodmere — New Listing — Fabulous 4BR, 3Bth Colonial, Large Formal DR & Formal LR, Lg Den W/Custom Marble Fireplace, Top Of The Line Eat-In-Kitchen, Full Fin Basement, Lot Size 65 x 131, Must See$1.449M, 516-295-3000 Far Rockaway — Price Reduced — Spacious & Updated 2BR, 2Bth Apt On 1st Floor W/Terrace In Elevator Bldg, Parking, Doorman & Laundry Room On Premise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $325K, 516-295-3000 Lawrence — New Listing — Updated 5+BR Colonial, 5Bths, EIK W/4 Sinks, Lr W/Fplc, Formal DR, Den, Office & Attic, Full Fin Basement, Master BR Suite W/Jacuzzi Tub & Shower, Detached Garage, Deck Off Kitchen, Front Porch, Circular Driveway, Over 1/2 Acre . . . . . $2.450M Cedarhurst — 3 Family Home, 5BR, 3.5Bth, 2 Car Garage, Great Investment, Close To All. . . . . . $699K, 516-295-3000 Lawrence — New Listing - 2BR, 2 Full Baths, Apt W/ Terrace, 6 Closets, Bright & Sunny, Close To RR, Shopping & Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $279K, 516-295-3000 Woodsburgh — Beautifully Renovated 5BR, 5.5Bths, CH Colonial In Esteemed Village Of Woodsburgh W/Beautiful Formal DR & Butler’s Pantry, EIK W/Granite Counters, Lg Mahogany Library W/Pvt Sept Entrance, Finished Bsmt, SD#14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.350M Call Avigaiel Bernstein For More Details 631-578-7527 Woodmere — Unique 1st Floor Co-op In Pet Friendly Bldg, 2BR, Lr, Formal DR, Near LIRR . . . . . . . . . . . $199K Broker 516-792-6698 Hewlett Bay Park — New Price — Spectacular Waterfront Colonial On 2+Acres, Bulkhead & Dock, 6BR, 6.5Bth, Grand LR, Den W/Fplc, EIK W/Gas BBQ, Formal DR, IG-Heat Pool, Wood & Marble Floors Throughout, Separate Carriage House, 4 Car Garage & Much More . $1.995M, 516-295-3000

Woodmere — New Listing — Renovated 6BR, 4 Full Bath Colonial On Cul-De-Sac, EIK W/Custom Cabinetry, Formal DR, Woods Flrs, CAC, SD#14. Many Upgrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.399M, 516-295-3000

Lawrence — Price Reduced — Beautifully Updated CH Colonial, 6BR, 5 Full Baths, Formal LR & Formal DR, X-LG EIK W/Island & Open Den, Finished Bsmt W/ Playroom, Kitchen & Full Bathroom, Close To All . . . . . . . . . .$1.795M, 516-295-3000

Quality new construction between Peninsula Blvd and West Bway, Classic 5+ BR Colonial with full basement, Huge Kosher Kitchen. South Shore Estates, Call Susan: 516-569-4980

Hewlett — New Listing — Lovely Sunlit Split W/3 Bedrooms, 2.5Bths On Large Property, Gracious LR, Formal DR, Over Sized Den W/Fplc & Sliding Doors To Deck, EIK, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $595K, 516-295-3000

Woodmere — Price Reduced — Move Right In, Lovely 3BR Split In SD#15, EIK, HW Floors, CAC, Vaulted Ceilings, Close To All, SD#15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $759K, 516-295-3000

Multi –family 2 Family house on large lot, 3BR + 3BR, apartments. South Shore Estates Call Susan: 516-569-4980

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Woodmere Waterfront — Absolutely mint 5 level split. 5BR, 3Bth, FLR, oversized FDR, top-of-theline Euro EIK, 2 family rooms, finished basement, lots of storage space. Magnificent waterfront views w/ two decks. Price Reduced, Call for details.Must see! Too much to mention. Call for private viewing, Open House by Appointment. South Shore Estates, Call Susan 516-569-4980 Woodsburgh — Magnificent Totally Renovated 7+ BR Classic Colonial On 1+ Acre. Lush Grounds With Guest House And Pool. Every Amenity. Must See. Walk To IP Minyan. Call For Appointment & Price South Shore Estates, call Susan: 516-569-4980

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FOR RENT Cedarhurst — 1BR, 1Bth Elev Bldg, Freshly Painted, Heat & Water Included, Washer/Dryer Bldg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800/mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Cedarhurst — Spacious 2BR, 2 Full Bath in the Heart of Cedarhurst, 2 Locked Storage Units, Laundry Room on the Floor, Close to All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,650/Mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Cedarhurst — 2BR Apt, Lg EIK, LR/DR, Elevator Bldg, Bright & Sunny, Freshly Painted, Close To RR, Shopping & Houses Of Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,695/mo. Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Lawrence — 1BR, 1Bth Apt, HW Floors, SS Appliances, New Full Bathroom, Close To All, 1st Floor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,800/mo. Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — New Exclusive — Brand New Totally Renovated 1BR Apt, Quartz Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, New Cabinetry, HW Floors, New Windows, Marble & Stone Bathroom, Recessed Lighting, W/D, Close To Railroad & Shopping, Heat & Water Included. Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,895/mo. No Fee & One Month Free Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — New Exclusive — Woodmere Brand New Renovated 1BR Apt In The Heart Of Woodmere, Quartz Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, New Cabinetry, Double Sink, Dishwasher, HW Floors, New Windows, Marble & Stone Bathroom, W/D, Close To Railroad & Shopping, Heat & Water Included . . . . . $1,995/mo. No Fee & One Month Free Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — 4BR, 3Fbth Split Level Home, Freshly Painted, Quiet Residential Street, 2 Sinks in Kitchen, SS Appliances. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $4,300/mo. Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Hewlett — Totally Renovated 1BR Apt In The Heart Of Hewlett, Features EIK W/Stainless Steel Appliances, New Cabinery, Recessed Lighting, HW Floors, Washer/Dryer In Apt, Close To All, Heat & Water Inc . . . . . . .$2,000/Mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Cedarhurst — Spacious 1BR, 1 Full Bathroom, Elevator Bldg, Washer/Dryer In Bldg, Close To All . $1,800/mo. Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — Magnificent 6BR, 5 Full Bath, Lg Rooms, Formal DR, EIK, Formal LR, Den, 5 Bedrooms On One Level, HW Floors, SD#14, IG-Pool, 3 Car Garage, Lot Size 189 x 291 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $7,500/mo. Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]


Hewlett — 2BR, 1 Bth Totally Renovated, Washer/ Dryer In Apt, HW Floors, High Hats, SS Appliances, Quartz Countertops, Close To All, Recessed Lighting, 2 New A/C Units, New Windows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,500/mo. Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]

Cedarhurst — House Rental — Open House by Appt — Spacious, Colonial, with granite EIK, Lr with fireplace, Formal Dr, 2 Dens, 4+ BR’s, basement, in prime location, walking distance to all .$4,200/mo Call Joan for details and appointment 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710

Atlantic Beach — Summer Rental, Memorial Day To Labor Day Or Month To Month, Move Right In, All Renovated IG-Pool, Mini Basketball Court, Outdoor Patio With Wet Bar, Hot Tub, Jacuzzi, Bay Ocean Views, Finished Basement. Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Cedarhurst — 1BR, 1Bth Elevator Bldg, Totally Renovated, Large LR/DR, Eat-In-Kitchen, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,850/mo. Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Atlantic Beach — House Rental – Charming 2BR, Near Beach, EIK, LR/DR, On Lovely Quiet Street, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,595/mo., 516-295-3000 Cedarhurst — 3BR, 1Bth, apartment near Monroe/ Oceanpoint, first floor of private house. Recently renovated, updated everything. Negotiable with lease. . . . . .$2500 Call/txt 917-733-3869 North Miami Beach — House for Rent — Fully furnished, Upgraded 4/2. Marble floors. Stainless appliances, granite tops, Pool Jacuzzi. Available July 4th-October 4th . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1000/week Or. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3750/month Benny 305-761-5234 Cedarhurst — New Listing — Large 1BR In Elevator Bldg, Totally Renovated Lg Lr/Dr, EIK, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,895/Mo, 516-295-3000 Far Rockaway — near TAG, Newly renovated 4BR, 2Bth, new kitchen, walk in master closet, washer dryer in apt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2750 Helene 516-410-5525 Associate broker Milky Forst Realty

Far Rockaway — Apartment in Bldg, — New to market — Totally renovated, Spacious 1BR, LR, DR, Granite Kosher EIK, W/D, Prime location, walk all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,750/mo Includes heat and water. Call Joan for details and appointment 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710 Cedarhurst — New Listing, Sunny & Spacious 1BR Apt, Elevator Bldg, Washer/Dryer In Bldg, Heat & Water Included, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800/mo, 516-295-3000 Far Rockaway — Newly Renovated 3BR, 2Bth, Apartment in a beautifully enclosed complex on Neilson Street. —Move in condition, First Floor—one off Street parking spot—Close to all Shuls—option to add additional rooms with a separate Pesach Kitchen and additional bathroom. Call Yaakov 516-903-0646, Dovid 516-924-1970, Aaron 347-866-6363 Far Rockaway — Newly Renovated office/storage space available in a beautifully enclosed complex on Neilson Street. Call Yaakov 516-903-0646, Dovid 516-924-1970, Aaron 347-866-6363 Far Rockaway — 2 Partially Finished basement storage spaces available, Individually or together. Bathroom in each; each approximately 850 square feet. Call Yaakov 516-903-0646, Dovid 516-924-1970, Aaron 347-866-6363

Woodmere — House Rental — Magnificent 6BR Home W/Formal DR, Eik, Large LR & Den, IG-Pool, 3 Car Attached Garage, Lot Size 189 x 291, 5 Bedrooms On One Level, Hardwood Floors, SD#14 . . . . . . . . . .$7,500/mo, 516-295-3000

Far Rockaway — Brand new fully equipped Shul on Neilson Street, Available Immediately. Seats 75-100 People, Heating/Air conditioning—Sidduirm, Sforim, Gemorrahs. Bima, Aron Kodesh, Tables, chairs, and Shabbos Oven, Refrigerator, and Coffee Station. Separate Men and Womens’ entrances—Mechitza in place—Main Entrance, Weather protected, 2 Bathrooms, Storage Cubbies. Call Yaakov 516-903-0646, Dovid 516-924-1970, Aaron 347-866-6363

Lawrence — House Rental – Charming 4BR House In Meadowmere Park, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,300/mo., 516-295-3000

Far Rockaway — New 2BR, Apartment for Rent, central location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,200 includes utilities & parking space. Call 718-337-2345 and please leave message

Woodmere — No Fee — Totally Renovated 1BR Apt, Quartz Countertops, SS Appliances, New Cabinetry, HW Floors, New Windows, Close To Railroad, Heat & Water Included, 1 Or 2Yr Lease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,895/mo., 516-295-3000

Hewlett — Totally Renovated 1BR Apt In Bldg, Kitchen W/Ss Appliances, Hw Floors, EIK, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,100/Mo., 516-295-3000

Bayswater — New to Market — Upper two family house, modern 3BR, 1.5Bths, LR, FDR, EIK, terrace, in prime location. Heat and water included . . $2,250/mo Call Joan 516-319-4482Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710 Brooklyn — Marine Park area — Ours alone — House rental — Renovated, Beautiful 3BR, 1.5Bths, LR, DR, Kosher Kitchen, parking, prime location on quiet tree lined street, back yard and W/D hookup. Call Joan for details, 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710 Woodmere — House rental — New to market — First Show — Ours Alone — Spacious Colonial in Prime prime location, 5BR, 3Bths, LR, formal dr, huge den, Granite Kosher EIK. Main level has 1BR, suite with bath, full finished basement, freshly painted, great for large family, walking distance to all shuls Call Joan For details 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710

Kew Gardens Hills — 2 Family House 5BR 2.5Bth, For Rent. For Info, Call Eduard @ 917-403-5720 Woodmere — House Rental — Move Right In, 4BR, 2 Full Baths, Washer/Dryer, Garage, Fenced In Property, SD#14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,000/mo Broker 516-792-6698 Cedarhurst — Totally renovated split level. 3 Bedroom, 3.5 New Bath. Euro EIK w/ granite countertops. Walk to all. Absolutely mint, Must See! For rent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,500/Mo Call for details. Available Immediately. South Shore Estates, call Susan: 516-569-4980


Valley Stream — Investor’s Delight!! 6500+/-SF Two-Story Building with Elevator & 18 Car On-Site Private Parking, Beautiful Building with Storage & Loads of Windows, Great Location Near LIRR Station, Major Highways & the City Line. For Sale, Call Ian for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Woodmere — 1,300+/-SF Over 1,300SF + Basement, Free Standing Building, Medical/Office Space, Near LIRR Station, For Sale, Call Ian for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Woodmere — Follow the Leader to Woodmere, Now is the Time to Act!!! No Meters - Free Parking, Various Spaces Available, For Sale/Lease…Call For More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Freeport — Investment Opportunity!! 12,000+/-SF Multi Tenanted Professional Building with 21 Car On-Site Parking, Good Upside Potential, Lot Size 24,570SF, For Sale. Call Alan for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Lynbrook — Perfect for Commercial Use, but Can be Converted Back to a Residential Home. 1,800SF Two Story Building with Basement & 2,000SF Office Building in Rear, Bldg has Kitchenette on 2nd Floor, Full Bath & 2 Half Baths on 1st Floor, 12 Car Parking, Gas Heat, HVAC. For Sale Call Arthur for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Inwood — New to market, Ours Alone, 21,000+SF Property with offices, warehouse/garage and loads of parking, in prime location Call Joan for details 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FOR RENT Cedarhurst — New to market — Commercial Co-op for rent in prime location, good for part time professional, close to all. Call for details. Call Joan 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710 Far Rockaway — Retail For Lease 700 Sq Ft with Full Basement. Steps to A Train and LIRR. Great For Any Business/Medical/Office. Owner 917-359-9776 Hewlett — Various Sized Office Space In Beautiful Suites With Plenty Of On-Site Parking In The Rear Of Building. Available Immediately. Tenant Pays Own Utilities Directly. Can Be Combined For Up To A Total Of 6050Sf, For Lease , Call Ian for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000

COMMERCIAL REAL 103 ESTATE FOR RENT Cedarhurst — 4,600+/-SF Plus Basement, Most High Profile Corner in the Market, Triple Mint Condition, Many Built-in’s, Very Reasonable Rent, For Lease Call Ian for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Cedarhurst —Coming Soon — Don’t Miss This Opportunity!!! High Tech Executive Suites W/Parking & Storage, Various Sizes Available, All New!!! 24 Hour Access, All Utilities Included Plus Many Amenities, For Lease, Call Ian for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 East Rockaway — 1,500+/- SF Professional Suite in Free Standing Bldg W/Full Basement & Parking, Three Private Offices, Conference Room, Bullpen, Reception Area, Close to LIRR, For Lease Call For More Details Broker 516-792-6698 East Rockaway — Various Sized Retail Stores on Corner by Stop Light, High Traffic Location, On-Site Parking, For Lease, Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Far Rockaway — 8,600+/-SF School in Great Condition. Various Classrooms, Offices, Multi-Purpose Room, Kitchenette, Storage, & Bathrooms, Close to Public Transportation For Lease, Call Ian for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Hewlett — 850+/-SF Office Space on 2nd Floor, Great Location, Close to Public Transportation, For Lease, Call for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Hewlett — 600+/- SF Retail Store on Broadway, Great High Traffic Location, Municipal Lot in Rear, Close to Public Transportation & Major Highways, For Lease, Call Ian for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Inwood — Various Sized Spaces Available, Industrial Buildings W/Ample Parking, Near LIRR Station, Overhead Door, 14-20’ Ceilings, Office Space, Bathroom, For Lease, Call Randy for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Island Park — 1400+/-SF Storefront with Office Space and Kitchen in Rear, 3 Parking Spots + Municipal Lot, Great Location, For Lease, Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Lawrence — 985+/-SF Professional Office Suite in Co-Op Building, Good Parking, HVAC, Close to Public Transportation & Major Highways, For Lease, Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Lynbrook — 750SF or 1500SF Retail/Office Spaces, Street Parking in Great Location, For Lease, Call Alan for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000

Inwood — Reasonable prices, Multiple options available: 250 sq ft office space 800 sq ft office space 3650 sq ft beautiful finished office space, parking included in all spaces and Micha Minyan. Call or Text Sam 516-567-0100

Oceanside — Various Sized Warehouses with Ample Parking, Overhead Door, 14’ Ceilings, At Intersection with Traffic Light, For Lease, Call Randy for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000

Cedarhurst — Multiple options available: 3050 sq ft newly renovated, beautiful space with Kitchenette and Conference room and private bathrooms. Call or Text Sam 516-567-0100

Oceanside —8,000+/-SF Warehouse with Loading Dock & Overhead Door, 15’ Ceilings, Abundant On-Site Parking, For Lease, Call Randy for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000

Cedarhurst — Executive Office Suites furnished and non-furnished starting at . . . . . . . . . . . . . $895 a month and up. Large stizes available. Includes all utilities, internet, conference room, Mincha Minyan and amenities in beautiful buiding. Call or Text Sam 516-567-0100

Oceanside — Up to 4,600SF Retail Space Available with Rear Door & Parking, Former Restaurant. For Lease, Call Alan for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000

Hewlett — Various Sized Suites in the Finest Bldg in the 5 Towns, Medical or Non-Medical Use, 16 Parking Spots, For Lease ,Call Ian for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Rockville Centre — Beautiful Professional Spaces in Historic Building Available, Great Location, Municipal Lot in Rear & Steps from the LIRR Station, For Lease. Call Ian for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000

Cedarhurst — New to market — 1 and 2 Bedroom apartments for Rent, Prime location,Walk all. Call Joan for details 516-319-4482 Five towns Homes 516-569-5710

Lynbrook — Commercial Co-op 750 +/- SF, Professional Use, 5 Chair Waiting Room, 2 Exam Rooms, Ample On-Site Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $75,000 Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]

Far Rockaway — New to market. Renovated Studio, 1, 2, 3 and 4BR rentals, great location. Call Joan for details, 516-319-4482 FiveTowns Homes Realty 516-569-5710

Cedarhurst — Investment Property or Owner/User Legal 3 Family House, Upside Potential, For Sale, Call Randy for More Details, 516-295-3000

Valley Stream — Various Sized Office Space in Professional Building, Elevator, Beautiful Lobby, Ample OnSite Parking Lot, For Lease. Call Arthur for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000

Far Rockaway — New to Market — Open House By Appt — Totally renovated, spacious, beautiful 4BR’s, 2.5Bths, Duplex in Prime location. Call Joan for details, 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710

East Rockaway — Multiple Use Retail Building; Two 1800SF Retail Stores & 1200SF Apartment Attached, High Traffic Corner Location, On-Site Parking, Convenient to All , For Sale, Call Ian for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000

Hewlett — 450+/-SF Office Space in Professional Building, On-Site & Municipal Parking, Heat Included, Electric & A/C Metered Separately, Close to All, For Lease... Call for More Details., 516-295-3000

Valley Stream — 750+/-SF Office Space in Elevator Building with 2 Bathrooms, On-Site Parking & Handicap Accessible, For Lease, Call Randy for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000

Rosedale — 750+/-SF Retail Store W/4 Parking Spots in Rear, 10’ Ceilings, Great High-Traffic Location, For Lease, Call Randy for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Valley Stream — 900+/-SF Retail Space, Busy Shopping Strip with Plenty of Parking. Can be Divided. Great for Any Retail or Professional Office Use. For Lease, Call Ian for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Woodmere —All New!! High Tech Executive Office Suites, Owner Suite Available!!! State of the Art, Conference Room, Kitchenette, & Much More, Utilities Included, Great Location, Near LIRR & Public Transportation, For Lease, Call Ian for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Baldwin — 6,311+-SF Medical Office Bldg. Ground Lease for Sale. Good Condition. 100% occupied. Excellent Parking. Call 516-334-2146 ext. 305 or [email protected] Rockville Centre — Newly Renovated Two Story Retail/Professional Bldg with Elevator, Granite Lobby, & Handicap Ramp, 5000+/- SF Retail W/Full Usable Basement Over 5000+/- SF Office Space. For Sale/Lease…Call for More Details. Broker 516-792-6698

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COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FOR RENT Woodmere — 4,600+/- SF Brand New Office Building With 24 Car Parking For Lease or For Sale. Call for More details. Broker 516-792-6698

MISCELLANEOUS Yeshiva of South Shore has some membership openings in its burial society. By purchasing an individual, couple or family membership, you will be ensured of select plots in one of several New York area cemeteries. For more information on burial society membership, please call 516-374-7363 or e-mail: [email protected]

Woodmere — Price Reduced!! — 750+/-SF Retail Store W/4 Parking Spots in Rear, 10’ Ceilings, Great High-Traffic Location, For Lease Call Randy for More Details, [email protected], 516-295-3000


Cedarhurst — 4,000+/-Sf Retail Store with 2,000SF Mezzanine, Street & Municipal Parking, Great Location, Near LIRR Station, For Lease Call for More Details, [email protected], 516-295-3000

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC, Plaintiff AGAINST Althea Clement; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated March 23, 2018 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on July 19, 2018 at 2:30PM, premises known as 316 East 56th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11203. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of NY, Block 4727 Lot 127 FKA 27. Approximate amount of judgment $1,041,225.49 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 500288/2016. Jack Segal, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 7591835 Dated: April 26, 2018 53932

Hewlett — 1,500+/-SF Retail Store with Parking, Renovated Space with 2 Bathrooms – 1 Handicap, For Lease Call for More Details, [email protected], 516-295-3000 Woodmere — 1,000+/-SF Retail Store in Great Location, Close to LIRR Station, For Lease Call Arthur for More Details, [email protected], 516-295-3000 Hewlett — 2,000+/-SF Retail Space in Great Location, Municipal Parking Lot in Rear, Close to All, For Lease... Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Lynbrook — 500+/- SF Retail Store with Rear Door, Street Parking, Close to All, For Lease Call Alan for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Woodmere — 3600+/-SF Retail Space in Woodmere Shopping Center, Join Gourmet Glatt & Chase Bank, Great On-Site Parking, Rear Loading, Opposite NY Sports Club & Woodmere LIRR, Available Fall 2016. For Lease Call Ian for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Hewlett — 1,100+/-SF Space Available, Modern Professional Bldg, Great parking, Ideal for Medical Professional/General Office Use, Close to All, For Lease Call for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Long Beach — Various Office Spaces Available on 2nd Floor, 525-900+/- SF, Separate Bathrooms, Newly Renovated, For Lease Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Long Beach — 1428+/- SF Professional Space With 5 Offices, 2 W/Water, Waiting Room, Bathrooms, Reception Area. Hvac. 5 Parking Spots. For Lease…Call for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Woodmere — Several office spaces from 500sf to 1000sf. Elevator Building. Central Avenue — Prime Location! Ample Parking. Ideal for Medical/Professional Offices. Call Kate for Details 516-334-2146 Lynbrook — 1251+/- SF Office Space In Free Standing Bldg, Ground Floor, Heat Included, Garage Or Outdoor Parking Spaces (Subject To Availability), Ideal For Professional Or Medical, Great Location, For Lease Call Lenny for More Details. [email protected] 516-295-3000 Lynbrook — 700 +/-Sf Professional Suite, 1 Bth, 1 Parking Spot In The Garage. For Lease... Call for More Details [email protected] 516-295-3000 Oceanside — 2800 +/- SF Space on Long Beach Rd with On-site Parking, Hi Visibility, Good for Professional Use or Retail, For Lease or For Sale…Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Rockville Centre — 3,500 sq. ft., fully wired for Web, partitioned, will divide. Call 516-322-3555

VACATION RENTALS Vacation Rental in Israel — Ramat Eshkol — available from Yom Kippur-Succos. Completely renovated, 4BR’s, 3Bths, Central a/c, sleeps13 people, + Huge Sukkah, 718-554-7918 dsl

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY Lynbrook — For Sale, Convenience Store in great location available. Currently active business, with 8 years lease remaining. Five parking spaces included. Call Joan for details 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710

Notice of formation of Lighthouse International Development LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with NY Secy. of State (SSNY) 5/24/2018. Location: Nassau County. SSNY designated for service of process and shall mail copy of process served against the LLC to Registered Agent: c/o Lighthouse International Devlopment LLC., 145 Finucane Pl. Woodmere, NY 11598. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE, SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR MORGAN STANLEY MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-8AR, Plaintiff AGAINST ITOHAN HOLMES, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated February 07, 2017 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on July 12, 2018 at 2:30PM, premises known as 1181 EAST 92ND STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11236. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK 8200, LOT 35. Approximate amount of judgment $972,998.59 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 4538/13. Jeffrey R. Miller, Esq., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 54343 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County Of Kings Bank of America, N.A., Plaintiff AGAINST Alena Mikhalskaya, et al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 2/10/2017 and entered on 3/24/2017, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on June 21, 2018 at 02:30 PM premises known as 4755 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235-2607. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK: 8785, LOT: 98. Approximate amount of judgment is $523,805.10 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 501849/2014. Sol Needle, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., Plaintiff AGAINST ROBERTO MAYERS, ALBERTO LUIS SMITH and BOVOM STORAGE & PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LLC, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated January 18, 2017 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on June 28, 2018 at 2:30PM, premises known as 364 BARBEY STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11207. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK 3996, LOT 22. Approximate amount of judgment $636,377.25 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment for Index# 501693/2015. Steven Naiman, Esq., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiff 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221 54065



NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT KINGS COUNTY QUEEN’S PARK OVAL ASSET HOLDING TRUST, Plaintiff against THERESA HAWKINS A/K/A THERESA A. HAWKINS, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiff(s) Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP 200 John James Audubon Parkway, Suite 202, Amherst, NY 14228 Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale Entered April 9, 2018 I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on June 28, 2018 at 2:30 PM. Premises known as 1246 Troy Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203. Block 4960 Lot 38. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, and County of Kings, City and State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $537,270.01 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index No 504042/2012. For sale information, please visit or call (800) 280-2832. Dana L Jenkins, Esq., Referee 16-12301

SUPREME COURT - COUNTY OF KINGS CITIMORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff -against- RENEE JONES, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered herein and dated February 5, 2018, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Courthouse 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY on June 28, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. premises situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point on the Westerly side of Powell Street, distant 238.71 feet Southerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the Westerly side of Powell Street with the Southerly side of Newport Street; being a plot 18.00 feet by 100.09 feet by 18.00 feet by 100.09 feet. Section 12 Block 3847 Lot 137. Said premises known as 586 POWELL STREET, BROOKLYN, NY Approximate amount of lien $388,110.10 plus interest & costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment and Terms of Sale. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee’s attorney. Index Number 5031/2014. STEVEN Z. NAIMAN, ESQ., Referee David A. Gallo & Associates LLP Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 99 Powerhouse Road, First Floor, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577 File# 4722.1587

NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU U.S. Bank, National Association as Trustee for NRZ PassThrough Trust VII NPL, Plaintiff AGAINST Charles Baron a/k/a Charles B. Baron; Naomi Baron a/k/a Naomi Baron a/k/a Naomi R. Baron; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated November 29, 2017 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Nassau County Supreme Court, Calendar Control Part (CCP) 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, New York, 11501 on June 26, 2018 at 11:30AM, premises known as 544 Arlington Road, Cedarhurst, NY 11516. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, State of NY, Section 39 Block 309 Lot 304. Approximate amount of judgment $334,276.45 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 16-005085. Michael A. Montesano, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: April 27, 2018

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Continued from Page 96 basketball team. For the past two years, Gabriella represented Shulamith in the annual schoolwide Middle School Science Fair. She also enjoyed participating in all of the chesed activities Shulamith offered. Outside of school, Gabriella loves to rollerblade, swim, bike, read, and spend time with her family and friends. Gabriella has been fortunate to be taught by excellent teachers, who have fostered her love of learning in all subjects, especially Ivrit and math. Gabriella will miss her amazing friends and supportive principals and teachers who have been with her for the past ten years in Shulamith.

Shulamith Keter Shem Tov Award: Shayna Wasser

Shayna Wasser: Keter Shem Tov Award. Shayna Wasser resides in Cedarhurst and has been a student at Shulamith School for Girls since pre1A. She has worked hard to achieve her goals and has excelled academically in her studies. Shayna is a positive person who loves learning new things. Shayna feels fortunate to have been given many opportunities at Shulamith. She served as vice president of G.O in seventh grade and planned many great programs and activities. She was a member of the Torah Bowl team in seventh grade and served as co-captain in eighth grade, leading her team to victory in the divisional championships. She also served as coordinator of Yom HaAtzmaut festivities and is participating in the school play. Shayna enjoys singing, acting, art, and baking. She loves spending time with her friends, both in and out of school. She has a solid focus on her family and enjoys spending time with them as well. Shayna brings a strong sense of enthusiasm, loyalty, and sincerity to everything she does. Shayna has much hakarat ha’tov to her teachers and principals for providing her with a superb education and for instilling within her the right values. She cherishes the wonderful friendships that she has built with her classmates. Shayna is proud to be part of the graduating Class of 2018. „

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AROUND THE 5 TOWNS Governor Cuomo Presents Security Funding To HAFTR On Wednesday morning, June 13, Governor Andrew Cuomo came to the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns & Rockaway to announce over $2 million of security funding for Long Island schools. The governor has been an advocate for the enhancement of security at private schools and other nonpublic institutions on Long Island. Cal Nathan, HAFTR vice president, introduced Cuomo and also highlighted NYS support for STEM programming and innovation in nonpublic schools across the state. Nathan presented Cuomo with a mezuzah created by HAFTR students on a 3D printer, with the help of director of STEM Benny Gross. Cuomo stated that the mezuzah will be placed on the

HAFTR students receive funding for security

front door of the governor’s home in Albany. Cuomo ensured guests that security is of utmost importance, for students and faculty alike to feel a sense of safety

when at school. Cuomo then announced security funding grants to 45 organizations across Long Island.

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Mazal Tov!

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Presenting Governor Cuomo with a 3D mezuzah

Governor Cuomo presents check to HAFTR administrators

Guests of the event included HAFTR Lower School and Middle School students and

faculty, HAFTR lay leaders, HAFTR parents, and local government officials. „

Mazal tov to Larry and Esta Gordon as they shep nachas from the grandchildren. Pictured: Yochanan and Chanie Gordon celebrate with Eli and family at Yeshiva Darchei Torah Siddur Party; Nison Hirsch celebrates his Chumash Bereishis Siyum at Yeshiva of South Shore with Moshe Hirsch and Larry Gordon.

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t has been an exciting week at Yeshiva of Central Queens. With the focus on STEM subjects growing in all areas of academia, YCQ’s STEM Club SET3 visited Luna Park in Coney Island to experience their lessons on how roller coasters work firsthand. The students learned that other than motorized chains that pull a rollercoaster up the first hill, it is nothing more than the build-up of potential energy, the conversion to kinetic energy, the pull of gravity, and finally the law of inertia (keeping the coaster in motion) that make the rollercoaster work, offering the rider the thrill of the ride.

YCQ Wildcats boys’ varsity soccer champions

The eighth grade students then embarked on their yearly trip to Washington, D.C. During their tour of the Capitol, Congresswoman Grace Meng and Donna Iken, a senior legislative assistant, took time out of their busy schedules to meet with the students for a talk and photo opportunity. The students then visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Washington Monument, and the Lincoln Memorial, bringing to life the U.S. history and government they have learned about in the classroom. Back in Queens, the orchestra and band performed their annual spring concert. The performance included Hatikvah , Shalom Aleichem, and other songs played on violin, drums, and trumpet. Research has shown that learning an instrument increases memory skills, improves coordination, increases comprehension in math and reading, creates responsibility, improves listening and social skills, and creates a sense of achievement. The afterschool music program offers students a choice of instruments and weekly group lessons to enforce the skills needed to work towards their goals.

YCQ STEM club members experienced their lessons firsthand at Luna Park in Coney Island.

YCQ band members at their annual spring concert

Finally as the week came to a close, and everyone began to settle down to prepare for finals and graduations, the YCQ Wildcats boys’ varsity soccer team won the

championship game for a second straight year with a 4–3 victory over HALB.

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The children at the Bais Yaakov of Queens Early Childhood Center are enjoying the beautiful weather in their outdoor classroom. It is a wonderful spot to exercise both mind and body, and a whole lot of fun!



nce in a generation—if we’re lucky—do we witness the creation of a project so expansive, so extraordinary, that it revolutionizes Jewish scholarship for hundreds of thousands—perhaps millions—of people, and for future generations. Rabbi

lection of hundreds of guests from different countries, of various ages, and clearly from different landmarks in his journey—spoke to the theme of the evening that kept repeating itself: That the greatest achievement of Rav Adin Steinsaltz has been his ability to be a giant

Yehudit Shabta

Israel Bardugo

Tomas and Aviva Gourney

Toby Klein Greenwald

BYQ Early Childhood Outdoor Classroom

In addition to the daily tending of their garden, the children are busy with other activities in their outdoor classroom. They enjoy spending time in their “nest,” a tree house-like structure that was built just for them. The nest is well stocked with natural materials like pine cones, bark circles, and rocks. The girls enjoy arranging the materials in all sorts of beautiful patterns, mimicking the “land art” of Andy Goldsworthy.

Toby Klein Greenwald

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FROM THE HILLS 108 NEWS Continued from Page 107

Early childhood students enjoying their garden

The spring season kicked off with the planting of a beautiful children’s garden. Under the direction of Morah Gitle, esteemed nature teacher, the children planted gorgeous multicolored begonias, dahlias, geraniums, and marigolds. The kitchen garden is thriving with a variety of herbs and delicious radishes. As the children worked, they learned new vocabulary and scientific concepts in the best way possible—through hands-on experiences. To further expand on the language arts learning, a favorite poem “Seeds” is displayed near the garden. The children love reading the familiar words and chanting the poem. Children can also be found sitting near the garden with pencils and paper, sketching the beautiful flowers. They carefully examine each delicate leaf and petal and try to replicate them on paper. Sketching helps children notice details and learn to pay close attention. It also develops eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. The more children sketch, the better their focus and attention to detail. These skills are foundational for reading, writing, and arithmetic.

The evaporation stations are also quite popular. Young artists enjoy painting with water on fancy framed easels and creating all kinds of beautiful designs. Science comes into play as the children observe what happens when the warm sun hits their watery creations. As the water begins to evaporate and the easels dry up, the youngest students start to understand a complex concept. Hollow blocks are a fabulous tool for children to build life size creations as well as mazes that snake across the entire yard. There is a good deal of mathematical learning as well as physics involved as children calculate weight, distance, and force. The children learn the fundamentals of engineering as they build sturdy foundations and functional structures. Of course, gross motor activities are also available in the outdoor classroom. Bikes, jump ropes, and Chinese jump ropes complement the large climbing toy in the yard and help children exercise their ever-developing muscles. Visitors to the BYQ Early Childhood Center outdoor classroom can practically see the children growing and blooming before their eyes. „

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Rav Steinsaltz, and Rav Mendel Azimov, head shaliach of Chabad in France (and Rabbi Steinsaltz's nephew)

Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz is perhaps best known for his trailblazing Babylonian Talmud, and as the Haggadah song, Dayenu, goes, “That would have been enough for us.” What is equally extraordinary is what was created concurrently with the Steinsaltz Talmud, what followed it, and what new projects are in the works, for he has produced commentaries also on Tanach (Torah, Prophets, and Writings), the Mishna, the Mishneh Torah, and Tanya. All of these are now within the reach of both scholars and lay people, and going forward, they will become even more accessible through an ambitious online initiative, a digitization project that will provide global access to all Steinsaltz commentaries and translations. On Sunday evening, June 10, the Steinsaltz Center hosted a gala dinner at the Orient Hotel in Jerusalem to mark the Rav’s 80th birthday and his pedagogical achievements. The entire evening—the display of his numerous books, the speakers, the eclectic col-

whose intellect could reach the stars, yet who could communicate and interpret the treasures of the Torah to those below who are as numerous as the sands of the earth. I must add a disclosure. Yaakov, my husband (who has contributed to this article) and I both worked for Rav Steinsaltz; Yaakov also studied under him. The benefit of this close contact has given us a rare opportunity to write about the man and his life’s work as observers who knew him when he was much younger, and even then, a visionary and dreamer. More on that later. The dinner included a keynote speech by Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks and a tribute concert by Rabbi Avraham Fried that morphed into a spontaneous farbrengen during the formal part of the concert, and continued again at the evening’s end, with guests and yeshiva students surrounding the Rav’s table in heartfelt song.

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understand. He was only 28 at the time. This is not as surprising as one might expect, because at 24 he had been appointed the youngest school principal in Israel, at a school in the Negev. Though the small yeshiva could not sustain itself beyond the first year, it was a microcosm of things to come. My husband, Yaakov, who was one of the six students, recalls, “The highlight was the seudat shlishith (the third Sabbath meal) that we had at the home of the Rav every week. The singing, his inspirational stories, the atmosphere…this was what made the yeshiva special.” Since then the Rav went on to found a plethora of educational institutions, and that special atmosphere permeates them all.

The Work Of A Lifetime The Rav expected to complete his Talmud project within 13 years. It took 45. The first volume was published less than a year after opening the center. It was followed by 40 ad-

Rav Meni Even-Israel speaking

In 1965 the Rav married his wife Sara, opened a small hesder yeshiva (in which students divided their time between study and army service), and he founded the Israel Institute of Talmudic Publications in Jerusalem in cooperation with the Israeli prime minister’s office and the ministry of education and culture. With that he began his life’s work: translating the Talmud from its original Aramaic into modern Hebrew and adding a commentary that a layperson could

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Joelle Aflalu with Rav

ditional volumes, and the project was completed in the month of Kislev of the Hebrew year 5771 (December 2010). The English version is called The Essential Talmud. In 1991 he changed his last name to Even-Israel under the guidance of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, with whom he became very close. He was awarded the Israel prize in 1988 and many other prestigious prizes. In the course of those 45 years, the Rav published more than 60 books,

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Rabbi Sacks said of the Rav, “He was trained as a scientist but has the soul of a poet. He was brought up by very secular parents. Adin told me that his parents insisted that he learn Gemara because they wanted him to be an apicorus (heretic), not an am ha'aretz (ignoramus)…With his creative genius he has taken the most complex texts and turned them into the most simple messages.” He quoted the pasuk in Isaiah, “Vekol banei'ich limudi Hashem”—“And all your children shall learn of G-d” and noted how there have been attempts in the world to create egalitarianism in wealth and in power, and they have failed, but that Rav Steinsaltz has “dedicated his life to creating something egalitarian by opening the doors of study to everyone.” According to Rabbi Meni Even-Israel, executive director of the Steinsaltz Center, the Rav became Torah observant when he was 16. He studied chemistry and physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. But he spent most of his time on Jewish studies and spent many hours with Rabbi Shmaryahu Sasonkin and the late Rabbi Shlomo Zavin. He also studied for a brief time at the Chabad Yeshiva in Lod, and began to publish essays, lecture, and conduct educational activities for teens.

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numerous essays, recorded video classes, and also taught and lectured throughout the world. Dr. David Rozenson, CEO and executive director of Beit AviChai, spoke passionately about the Rav’s work in Russia, where the Rav established a network of educational institutions for the Jewish community in the former USSR, including the first yeshiva formally acknowledged by the authorities (in 1989, prior to the fall of the Soviet Union), a Jewish university, and a training school for preschool and elementary school teachers. In a video clip at the dinner, he said the Rav was “magical” and “like Peter Pan.” Rav Even-Israel also established other schools that are inspired by his worldview, such as an army yeshiva (Yeshivat Hesder) in Tekoa, Israel, and the Makor Chaim elementary, middle, and high schools in and near Jerusalem. Sadly, the Makor Chaim high school yeshiva in Kfar Etzion became well known when two of the three teenaged boys who were kidnapped and murdered by terrorists, in 2014, were from that yeshiva. (One of them, Naftali Fraenkel, was my student.) But the yeshiva has morphed the tragedy into days of unity, in which it sends students to secular schools in Israel to interact and create dialogue. During the years I taught in Makor Chaim, I discovered it was a high school yeshiva with out-of-thebox thinking and an atmosphere of curiosity, creativity, and joy. By 1976, the Rav had also created the Shefa Institute, consisting of an elite group of students who would study, write pedagogical materials, and teach in educational programs for adults, creating a new dialogue with

Jewish texts. He hired me to help produce Shefa’s adult educational activities. I remember vividly meeting with the Rav in the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, where he also had one of its rare private offices. It is written in Talmud Sukkah 21:2 “Even the prosaic conversations [sihat hulin] of wise men are equal to the entire Torah.” And indeed, even the Rav’s comments on prosaic matters were filled with rich philosophical insights and colorful anecdotes, and it was a privilege to just sit quietly and listen while he expounded on educational issues and Israeli society, as way of introduction to the next project. Since 1965, the Rav has been laboring on his life’s work with the help of a select team, making the “treasure-troves of the Talmud” accessible to all, with unprecedented clarity. The Steinsaltz Hebrew Talmud received endorsements from several great rabbis in our times, including Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the Admor of Erlau, and many more. Yehudit Shabta, editor and translator, has worked for the Rav since 1989. She tells the following story, by way of illustrating the worldview of the Rav. “When our daughter was one year old we brought her to the Rav for a berachah. He said to the child, ‘I bless you that your parents will not get in the way of your growth.’” Rav Yehoshua Schreier, the executive editor of the Koren Talmud Bavli in English, and a translator at the Steinsaltz Center, says, “The breadth of his knowledge and the breadth of the works he has produced is prolific. In virtually all of his works, he introduces a perspective that wasn’t there

Tributes From Around The World The dinner reception featured a display of all 360 titles (including various editions and translations) produced by the Steinsaltz Center, an on-premises book sale by Koren Publishers, that today is the publisher of the Rav’s works, and a multimedia presentation detailing all of the educational institutions, programs, and projects that will directly benefit from the CauseMatch campaign, that continues until mid-July. Those interested in contributing to the campaign can donate via The evening included greetings from member of Knesset Ze’ev Elkin, and video greetings from President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who described some of the learning he had done with the Rav, and Minister of Education Naftali Bennet. There were award presentations to longtime Steinsaltz Center supporters Leo Noe, Israel Klabin, Tomas Gourney, Yitzchak Miralashvili, and the Matanel Foundation, via Joelle Aflalu. The wide geographical span of the Rav’s supporters was represented at the dinner. Tomas Gourney came to America 30 years ago from Poland. His wife, Aviva, came with her family from Iran before the revolution of 1979. They live in Scottsdale, Arizona, and got to know the work of Rav Steinsaltz through their rabbi, Rav Alush. They say that today they have gone from not being observant to being modern Orthodox. Gourney, one of the donors to the Steinsaltz Center, says, “What I love about Rabbi Steinsaltz’s work is that it is timeless and is something that will have an impact on generations to come. He is one of the greatest scholars of all time, similar to Rashi, and has brought the understanding of Judaism to the people's level, so the sources would not just be available to a higher, closed society, but understandable. He is very straightforward, not a typical rabbi, and is knowledgeable about every topic.” Joelle Aflalu was born in Fez, Morocco. She had a child and a husband who died in Morocco, and then she left with her surviving child and today lives in Luxemburg. She became a founding member of the Matanel Foundation ( that she describes as “an educational and social incubator” that also supports the Rav’s work. How did she get involved? Joelle says, “The Rav’s book The Thirteen Petalled Rose spoke to my soul. A

friend wanted to give me a gift, so the gift she gave me was a meeting with Rav Adin. In was in 2004. We spoke for five hours. When Rav Steinsaltz talks to me, he makes me laugh.” Both Tomas Gourney and Joelle Aflalu, on behalf of the Matanel Foundation, received award presentations, as did other longtime Steinsaltz Center supporters Leo Noe, Israel Klabin, and Yitzchak Miralashvili. Special mention was made of the late Thomas Nisell. Matthew Miller, head of Koren Publishers, spoke about what a wonderful shidduch it is between Koren and the Steinsaltz Center. One of the speakers recalled the Rav saying, “If I know myself, it doesn’t matter what others think,” and that among his goals was that he wanted people to feel proud they are Jewish.

What’s Next? “As innovators,” said Rabbi Meni Even-Israel, executive director of the Steinsaltz Center, “our strength lies in our ability to figure out what’s next. This event [the dinner]…will provide

us with an opportunity to honor my father, showcase his seminal works and revel in our past successes, as well as allow us to lay the groundwork for the future of Jewish learning…we hope to illuminate laptops, tablets, and smartphones with new pedagogical possibilities…For a nominal fee, the Steinsaltz Center’s entire expansive library will be accessible from anywhere in the world, and it will be searchable, printable, and shareable, allowing for profound and creative engagement with the texts. This platform is already in development, and the beta version will be launched by the end of 2019. These are exciting times for knowledge seekers everywhere.” In 2014, Professor Susan Handelman (who was also close to the Rebbe) wrote about the Rav’s connection to the Lubavitcher Rebbe in a review of Rav Steinsaltz’s book My Rebbe: “I could see that his [Rav Steinsaltz’s] life projects were a response to the urgent mandate of the Rebbe: to bring Torah to every Jew, no matter who, no matter where, to rebuild

Jewish life after the devastations of the Holocaust in Europe; to reverse the Communist eradication of Judaism in Russia; and to combat widespread assimilation in the West.” And bringing Torah to every Jew is the mission to which Rav Adin Even-Israel and the Steinsaltz Center continue to dedicate their existence. „ The author is an award-winning educational theater director and the editor of

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before. It is truly remarkable.” Anyone who teaches, studies, or works in a Torah-related profession can find books by the Rav that will enrich his endeavors. We too have in our home many books by Rav Steinsaltz that have informed our teaching—on Talmud, Hassidut, Tanach, Jewish mysticism, and more. One of my favorites is a little book that I consult when authoring a new biblical musical—Biblical Images: Men and Women of the Book, which always enchants with refreshing and deep insights on biblical figures central to our nationally shared consciousness.

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On June 5, the HAFTR Middle School girls’ soccer team defeated North Shore Hebrew Academy to capture the girls’ middle school soc-

an amazing job in goal. HAFTR looks forward to raising its first-ever soccer championship banner in its new Scott Satran Arena. Congratulations to the whole team and Coach Harold Hernandez for such an incredible championship season!

5 Towns Flag Football League

to first- through eighth-grade boys in the Five Towns and surrounding areas, had five divisions with over 30 teams. The ability to play competitive flag football in a structured environment makes this league such a great success. Every participant each season also receives a flag football giveaway. Plans are already underway for next

cer championship! The hard-fought game ended in a 5–2 HAFTR victory, with Annaruth Boxer scoring two goals; Abbi Kammerman, Gabby Fuchs, and Emma Pine each scoring one goal; and Shirly Gottlieb doing

HAFTR Middle School girls’ soccer champions

Champions in two divisions of the 5 Towns Flag Football League

Under the leadership of Rabbi Eli Brazil and Mr. Larry Gross, the 5 Towns Flag Football League has just finished the spring 2018 season. Congratulations to the champions in each division. The season and playoffs were beyond amazing, as many of the games were decided in the final seconds. The league, which is open

season, which will hopefully begin in the beginning of September. The organizers would like to thank the league sponsors Gourmet Glatt and S. Adelsberg & Co. Certified Public Accountants. For registration information and to view more pictures, please visit „

Korach the son of Yitzhar, the son of Kehas, the son of Levi (Bamidbar 16:1) What moved him to start a quarrel? He was moved to it by the fact that Elitzafan, the son of his father’s brother, was appointed prince over his family; as it says (Bamidbar 3:30), “And the prince of the fathers house of the families of the Kehasites was Elitzafan the son of Uzziel.” Korach argued: My father was one of four brothers; as it says (Sh’mos 4:18), “And the sons of Kehas: Amram, and Yitzhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel.” As for Amram the firstborn, his son Aharon attained to greatness and Moshe to royalty. Who then should rightly take the next office? Is it not the next in line? Now I, being the son of Yitzhar, should by right be the leader of the Kehasites.Yet Moshe appointed the son of Uzziel! Shall the [son of the] youngest of my father’s brothers be superior to me? Behold, I shall dispute his decision and put to naught all that has been arranged by him . . . (Midrash Rabbah; Rashi)

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Madraigos Annual Breakfast

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The annual breakfast to benefit Madraigos was held at the home of Menash and Mimi Oratz in Cedarhurst on June 10. Together, the community is supporting the organization that “helps our youth step by step.”

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