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VOL. 18 NO. 14

‫פרשת ויחי‬

11 TEVES 5778

Protecting The Homeland

DECEMBER 29, 2017 FROM THE EDITOR BY LARRY GORDON

Analyzing Rubashkin Gershon Elinson/Flash90

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See Page 27 A security group from Kibbutz Migdal Oz performed a standard drill at the yeshiva in Gush Etzion on Tuesday.

Just Hold On

Our last-minute headline in the past week’s issue used the word “euphoria” to describe the emotion that swept through the Jewish and right-thinking communities as news emerged and was quickly disseminated that Sholom Mordechai Continued on Page 82

HEARD IN THE BAGEL STORE BY LARRY GORDON

See Page 15

BY RABBI ARYEH Z. GINZBERG

Say It Ain’t So, Sal

The incomprehensible series of events of the last few days has caused me to reflect on something very unsettling that I heard from a prominent Chassidic speaker many years ago. He shared the following Chassidic tale that he himself heard from an elderly

After 47 years of cutting hair on Central Avenue in Lawrence, Sal Brancaccio is giving it up, retiring, moving to Florida. No, the shop is not closing but rather was sold to Boris Rubinov who will be taking over the barbershop hub

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SAVING OUR SACRED PAST

MISSION TO PRESERVE HAR HAZEITIM

Sal Brancaccio

MASTERING THE GAME From The Other Side Of The Bench

BY CHARLES MILLER

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December 29 - 4:18 PM January 5 - 4:24 PM See Luach, Page 10

Features Index, See Page 8

L-R: Menachem and Avraham Lubinsky, David Urbach, and Charles Miller are members of the committee overseeing the restoration and fortification of Har HaZeitim in Jerusalem. See story at right.

The Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem, Har HaZeitim, is the national cemetery of the Jewish people. As the final resting place for an estimated 150,000 Jews, much of the glorious history Continued on Page 4

BY DAVID J. SEIDEMANN, ESQ. The Palestinian Arabs and their leader are upset with the president of the United States. They have a right to be, but their anger is directed at the Continued on Page 16

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HAR HAZEITIM Continued from Front Cover of world Jewry can be found amongst its sacred kevarim. From Biblical times until today, Jews from all over the world have been buried on this sacred mountain, located just east of Har Habayit and the Old City of Jerusalem.

destruction and pray for the rebuilding of Jerusalem in all its glory. The graves of the prophets Zechariah, Malachi, and Chagai are found on the mountain, as are those of great rabbinical, political, and national figures in Jewish history. The Ohr HaChaim, Ben Ish Chai, the Ramban, the Bartenura, as well as more contemporary

Reception with the chief rabbis of Israel, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau and Rishon L’Tzion Yitzhak Yosef

Har HaZeitim view of Old City

Israeli police leadership briefing

Prime Minister Netanyahu greeting ICHH mission at his office

Har HaZeitim is referenced throughout Tanach, including in Ezekiel (11:23), “And the glory of the Lord went up from the midst of the city, and stood upon the mountain which is on the east side of the city,” and specifically in Zechariah (14:4), where it references the apocalyptic prophecy of the end of days. After the destruction of the second Temple, Har HaZeitim also became a traditional place to lament the Temple’s

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rabbinic figures such as Rav Abraham Isaac Kook, Rav Shlomo Goren, Rav Yitzchak Hutner, and many others, are buried there. The founder of Hadassah, Henrietta Szold, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin chose to be buried on Har HaZeitim, and the graves of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, the victims of the recent Mumbai terror attack, are also found on the mountain.

Rabbi of the Kotel Shmuel Rabinovich greeting the mission

In 2010, Israel’s state comptroller, Micha Lindenstrauss, issued a report detailing the terrible state of affairs at the holy site and criticized the Israeli government for its neglect of the situation there. This report triggered outrage from world Jewry and spurred a movement to change the dynamic on Har HaZeitim. The International Committee for Har HaZeitim (ICHH) was quickly organized to deal with this national disgrace. Formed by those who have loved ones buried on the mountain, the committee galvanized to make our voices heard by the Israeli government and world Jewry. In June 2010, esteemed committee member Malcolm Hoenlein and ICHH

chair Menachem Lubinsky met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to explain our deep concerns about the deteriorating situation and to demand government action to protect and develop this sacred site for the Jewish people. Seven years since its inception, ICHH has worked in tandem with the Israeli government, the Jerusalem municipality, and members of Knesset to dramatically change the dynamic on the mountain. Hundreds of surveillance cameras have been installed on the mountain, a permanent police station has been built and manned, thousands of graves have been restored, new fencing and lighting have been implemented, and new legisla-

tion has been passed to punish those who desecrate the site or who threaten mourners visiting there. We’ve also overseen the groundbreaking for a visitor center, which will promote tourism to this historical site and be a repository of the Jewish history contained on the mountain.

ICHH aims to assure that Har HaZeitim, one of Judaism’s holiest sites, remains a place of dignity and respect for those buried there and for those loved ones who visit. Our efforts culminated in early December with the inau-

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Malcolm Hoenlein and MK Isaac Herzog at the Knesset Caucus for Har HaZeitim

At the time of Israel’s founding in 1948, Jerusalem was to be internationalized, with an armistice agreement allowing for “free access to the holy sites and cultural institutions and the use of the cemetery on the Mount of Olives.” After Israel’s War of Independence, Jordan occupied East Jerusalem, including the Old City, Har HaBayit, the Kotel, and Har HaZeitim. From 1948–1967, contrary to international guarantees, Jews were forbidden access to their holy places, including burials on the mountain. Jordan destroyed all vestiges of Jewish life in the Old City, uprooting synagogues in the Jewish Quarter, displacing all Jewish inhabitants of the area, and destroying thousands of tombstones on Har HaZeitim. King Hussein, the ruler of Jordan at the time, utilized Jewish tombstones for latrines, roads, and various other desecrations. The Six Day War of 1967 returned the Jewish people to our holy places, including the Old City and Har HaZeitim. The rebuilding of Jerusalem began and continues to this very day. Despite the reunification of Jerusalem, the desecration of Jewish graves and threats to Jews visiting there persisted. Hostile elements within the Arab community, including several Arab villages and schools that border the mountain, have contributed to the problems there. They have been a source of violence and mayhem for years.

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tional speech extolling the unity of Jerusalem and the eternity of the Jewish people. Upon leaving the Knesset, we traveled to meet Prime Minister Netanyahu at the Office of the Prime Minister. Recalling with great fondness his initial meeting with our committee in 2010, the prime minister thanked us for our steadfast support for Israel, the Jewish people, and for the preservation of Har HaZeitim. He offered his full support for our efforts. In a reference to the events that would occur the next day, the prime minister told those of us assembled that we would be witness to a great day in Jewish history

Continued from Page 5 guration of the Knesset caucus for Har HaZeitim, the largest caucus in the history of the State of Israel. With over 70 members of Knesset representing individuals from every political party in Israel’s parliament aside from the Arab parties, Har HaZeitim is a cause that has galvanized both Israel and world Jewry. Our committee’s meetings in Israel were aimed at thanking the leadership of Israel for their support in this endeavor and to stress the importance of this project for the future of Har HaZeitim and for the unity of Jerusalem. During our three-day mission, which incredibly coincided with President Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel, we had the opportunity to meet with the distinguished rabbinic and political leadership of Israel. We had arrived in Israel at a historic moment. Our first event was a reception with the chief rabbis of Israel, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, and Rishon L’Tzion Yitzhak Yosef. Both rabbis blessed our efforts and spoke of the spiritual importance of Har HaZeitim for the Jewish people. A festive dinner at the Waldorf Astoria followed, with speeches of support from Minister of Housing and Construction Yoav Galant and former Health Minister Rabbi Yitzhak Litzman. Knesset Caucus Chair Rabbi Yoav Ben-Tzur of the Shas party welcomed us to Israel and detailed the nature of his work on behalf of our cause. Our next day began with a security briefing on top of Har HaZeitim. We were briefed by senior members of the Israeli police force and they explained to us the dramatic changes that have taken root on the holy site. We toured the new police station and were briefed on the various security measures put into place since our committee’s inception. Next, we were hosted for lunch by Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich, the rabbi of the Kotel, in the Kotel Tunnels. Rabbi Rabinovich spoke about the holiness of Jerusalem and the fulfillment of the prophecy regarding the return of the Jewish people to Eretz Yisrael and to our holy places. From the Old City, we gathered in the Knesset to hear from members of the caucus, including Speaker of Knesset Yuli Edelstein and Isaac Herzog, head of Israel’s opposition Labor Party. Malcom Hoenlein delivered an emo-

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin greeting the mission at Beit HaNasi

Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat meets with ICHH members at City Hall

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HAR HAZEITIM Continued from Page 7 with the anticipated declaration from the president of the United States. The last day of our mission began at Beit HaNasi, the official residence of the president of Israel. President Reuven Rivlin, an eighth-generation Israeli,

been a partner in projects to develop the area. With President Trump’s declaration only hours away, Mayor Barkat had major international media waiting for him as he spent time with us detailing his plans for the mountain. Besides the visitor center, the mayor discussed with us the plans to install a cable-car system to transport tourists from other

ICHH aims to assure that Har HaZeitim remains a place of dignity. welcomed us to Israel and praised the work of ICHH. We then davened Minchah at the shul on the grounds of his residence. Our last stop was at City Hall of Jerusalem for a meeting with Mayor Nir Barkat, mayor of Jerusalem. From ICHH’s inception, Mayor Barkat has championed our work and has

parts of the city to both the Kotel and to Har HaZeitim. Mayor Barkat told us that he routinely takes distinguished visitors to the city up to Har HaZeitim, where they can witness all of Jerusalem. It is truly a miraculous time in Jewish history. We are privileged to be a

part of the rebuilding of the Jewish commonwealth after 2,000 years of dispersion and persecution. The Jewish people’s return to Eretz Yisrael is a tremendous blessing. ICHH is proud to do its part to uphold the dignity of our people, the unity of Jerusalem, and the sacredness of our holy places.  Charles Miller is an attorney and resides with his wife and four children in Woodmere, New York. His brother-in-law is buried on Har HaZeitim and he has been a member of ICHH since its inception.

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BAGEL STORE Continued from Front Cover in Lawrence after Pesach in April 2018. Until then, as you drive or pass by almost daily, you can still see Sal and his friend and assistant, Mel, doing their thing, gingerly and deliberately moseying around their respective barber chairs that resemble business-class seats in the old El Al 747 planes. Sal insists that there is no one around in this area today who has his experience or expertise when it comes to cutting hair, which he has been doing for most of his adult life. He is well-acquainted with just about

Sal Brancaccio and Mel Laragina

all his customers and rarely does he ever have to ask anyone

how he wants his hair cut this time or, for that matter, any-

time. He just knows. Mothers and fathers come in to Your Haircutters on Central Avenue and don’t have to say anything other than hello—and their child’s hair gets cut to perfection. Over the years, I have found it particularly fascinating how Sal schedules his vacations around the times of the year that Orthodox Jews do not usually cut their hair. To that end, he is sometimes closed for a good part of Sefirah which takes place after Pesach and gives him the opportunity to spend some time with family members in western Florida. Then there is the period of the Three Weeks prior to Tishah

B’Av, usually around the end of July and into August, which gives Sal and his wife a chance to go visit the old country— that is, Naples, Italy. Once there, he says, he relaxes and enjoys the sea, the great restaurants, and spending time with family members who never left the old country the way his parents did with him when he was a young child. After two or three weeks, the shop opens again, and Sal is back along with Mel. He assumes his usual position, which means he is casually but with some earnestness revolving once again around that

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BAGEL STORE Continued from Page 11 chair that he knows and loves, snipping away and delivering yet another perfect cut. Unlike many other types of haircutting spots in our neighborhood, you do not just walk in to Sal’s place and wait your turn. At Your Haircutters, you do not enter without an appointment, and if you do you can get this look like, “Can I help you?” or “What are you doing here?” Another thing I enjoy about getting my haircut at Sal’s is either stopping in when I’m walking by or just calling him on the phone and trying to make an appointment. It’s rare, but sometimes I’m standing there, having run an errand

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nearby, and I watch him looking up and down the columns in his appointment book until he starts shaking his head in the negative and says, “There’s nothing; I don’t have anything.” At that point, I tend to look at him with some surreal disbelief and say, “Sal, I don’t need a root canal, just a haircut—a simple, ten-minutes-maximum haircut.” It’s usually at that point that he stares down at the book a bit more intently before issuing his verdict: “OK, tomorrow at 11:45.” Now, while I am grateful that he squeezed me into his tight schedule, midmorning on a weekday is a difficult time for a haircut. So a few years ago on a whim I tried the following approach in order to arrange

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what at some point is a necessary haircut. One day I just unthinkingly blurted out, “What time are you opening tomorrow; I mean,

early in the morning on my way to shul or somewhere. Often I noticed Sal just standing at the side of his barber chair, sometimes with his hands on his

“How can he leave us? What are we going to do?” what time is your first appointment?” The first time I did this he said that his first appointment the next day was at 7:00 a.m. “OK,” I said, “In that case I will be here at 6:45.” Surprisingly, at the time he did not say no. I have driven by the storefront numerous times

hips, looking out of the storefront window. At those times I thought to myself, “Well, hey, there’s Sal, standing there; not a bad time for a haircut.” So the sunrise barbershop appointment was created. All of us grew up getting regular haircuts and found our

parents, or ourselves at times, painstakingly trying to explain to the barber about the Jewish law requirement of payos. That is not shaving or cutting the hair past a certain point on the side of your face about parallel to the middle of the ear. “Don’t cut below here; don’t cut above there…” With Sal, no explanation along those (hair) lines is required. The people I have spoken to about Sal retiring and moving down south at first react by saying that it just cannot be so. Sal is an institution on Central Avenue in Lawrence. Some ask, “How can he leave us? What are we going to do?” So I have to say this about that. Just like many of the readers, I have been taking regular haircuts for a long time. Usually you are just in and out in a few minutes. Most of the time you sit there silently, glancing up at yourself in these wall-to-wall mirrors, sometimes even taking a moment to use the mirroraround-the-room décor to take one of those rare peeks at what is going on in the back of your head. You know, how long your hair is back there, whether you have lost more hair since the last time you were there, and so on. I don’t know if it is something that comes along with being a professional haircutter, but it seems to me that it is helpful if you are engaging, talkative, and a conversationalist like Sal. For me, anyway, sitting for those ten or fifteen minutes every few weeks in Sal’s chair is not just about being well-groomed, but it is also frequently an enlightening experience. The good thing is that we share many conservative political opinions about many of the issues of the day. I cannot imagine what it is like if you are sitting in that chair and admit that you vote Democrat or harbor some of those philosophies. I mean, I’m sure it is fine but I am also assuming that in those circumstances there is more silence and a bit more glancing up at yourself in the mirror. When Sal first told me that he was selling the shop and moving to Florida, I was a little stunned. I asked him how in good conscience he can do that to us after all these years, but I was only being partially serious. And I had to admit here that our conversation was an emotional one. If you think that this change or adjustment is going to be difficult for us, the customers, I can tell you that it is an even more emotional and difficult move for Sal. He has been helping us prepare for Shabbos and yom tov for almost five decades, trimming and cutting so that we look and feel our best as we

head into our special days. Often when I’m in his chair in the early morning, the phone rings and I can only hear Sal’s side of the conversation that goes like this: “Yes, rabbi, anytime rabbi, look forward to seeing you,” and so on. When I ask Sal which rabbi was on the phone, time and again it is one of the most prominent rabbinical leaders in the community who trusts and knows Sal, and because he can get an appointment, he knows that there won’t be a number of students or congregants sitting there watching the rabbi get his haircut. One of those rabbis, Rabbi Yaakov Bender of Yeshiva Darchei Torah, said, “When I moved to town many years ago, I heard about the barbershop that makes appointments! To a kid who grew up in Williamsburg, this was very funny. You make appointments to go to the doctor, not the barber. After waiting and waiting and waiting by the local barbers in town, it was time to try this fancy barbershop. And you know what? I have not left Sal since. I have no idea why he is leaving me. He is a class act and a real mensch. He knows the world and understands the world. But most of all, he cares about all humankind. We will miss him bigtime.” Alex Werczberger manages Seasons which is directly across the street from Your Haircutters. “Sal is a good friend and a wonderful man,” he said. “What is not known about him is that he is very committed to our community and quietly does some important charitable work,” Alex says. Sal, we wish it weren’t so, but we respect your decision though we hate to see you go. I suggested to Sal last week that perhaps he would consider coming back to New York once a month or so to give haircuts. We both laughed at the suggestion. But I wasn’t really kidding; maybe there is something to talk about. Sal, good luck. We are going to miss you.  Comments for Larry Gordon are welcome at [email protected]

JUST HOLD ON Continued from Front Cover Chassidic Yid upon his arrival in this country after the war. The Ruzhiner Rebbe was once sitting with some of his Chassidim and he went into a trance. It was clear that he was visualizing something beyond the confines of his room. Later he related to them that there will be a time just before Mashiach arrives when the bilbul, the confusion and turmoil, will be so strong that it will take extraordinary strength to remain an ehrliche Yid. People will have to climb the bare walls and hold on with their fingernails just to remain true to the Torah and steadfast in their emunah. For the first time in many years, I feel that the Rebbe’s unsettling predictions could be referring to our time in general and to these last few days in particular. First, after decades of promises and assurances from every U.S. president—only to be disappointed again and again—all of a sudden, one of the most unpredictable presidents to ever assume that position quickly, and without focusing on the ramifications, proclaims to the entire hostile world that Yerushalayim belongs to us. The euphoria did not last very long in our machaneh when the numbing news spread that the gadol ha’dor and z’kan rosh yeshiva, Rav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman, zt’l, was no longer here to lead us through these troubling times. One of the leading gedolei roshei yeshiva of our day confided to me in the days after the petirah that he hasn’t felt so personally devastated since the loss of his own rebbe, Rav Aharon Kotler, zt’l, decades ago. He explained why he felt so lost. Over the last decades, when each gadol ha’dor passed away, the Hashgachah Elyonah orchestrated it so that for a period before they died, due to their age or infirmity, they slowly phased out of their position as navi of the dor for Klal Yisrael. This allowed for the person that Hakadosh Baruch

Hu chose to lead Klal Yisrael next to be firmly in place before the previous gadol ha’dor was finally taken from us. And as painful as the loss was for Klal Yisrael years ago with the passing of the Ponovezher Rosh Yeshiva, Rav Shach, zt’l, due to his infirmity in his last few years, when he was taken from us, Rav Elyashiv, zt’l, was firmly in place and Klal Yisrael had a direction where to turn. The same was after the passing of Rav Elyashiv, zt’l. Rav Aharon Leib, zt’l, was firmly in place. However, despite Rav Shteinman’s frailty the last few months, and his public access greatly limited, the rosh yeshiva continued to lead and guide the dor from his humble abode. Then, all of a sudden, he was taken from us, without clarity as to whom the Hashgachah Elyonah will direct us. Thus, this rosh

yeshiva explained, it makes the colossal loss that much more painful for us. Even before we were able to start getting used to a new world without the rosh yeshiva, zt’l, Klal Yisrael faced another devastatingly painful loss, one too painful to even comprehend, with the deaths of several members of the Azan family in a horrific fire. I happened to find myself the next morning in Sloan Kettering hospital visiting a dear friend who is in desperate need of a refuah. As I walked past the waiting room for visitors I saw a frum woman sitting by herself and crying uncontrollably. I felt I had to do something so I approached her softly and asked if there was anything that I could do for her. She responded that

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JUST HOLD ON Continued from Page 13 she had just heard about the fire in Midwood and the tragic loss of life of “this beautiful family.” She was totally broken at what happened. I asked her if she knew them personally and she responded, “No, I do not know them, but even so I just can’t stop crying for them.” Then, even before our collective tears could be dried, came the incredible news of the release of Reb Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin after so many years of suffering for him and his family. Spontaneous celebration broke out all over the Yiddishe world. People were dancing in the streets and sharing the wonderful news with everyone they knew. This, despite the embers at the Azan house still smoldering. From aveilus to euphoric celebration and then back again—what is going on? What message is Hakadosh Baruch Hu sending us? Who will be here to guide us through all of this with the rosh yeshiva, zt’l, no longer here to

explain with clarity the ratzon Hashem and what the message is for us? Is this what the Ruzhiner Rebbe meant when he foretold that just before Mashiach comes, the bilbul will be so great that we will have to hold on strong and tight to get through it? Are these the days that he saw in his vision years ago?

law, Rabbi Yudi Jeger, shared a few-minute dvar Torah on hilchos Shabbos. This time he concluded his dvar Torah by suggesting that before we make Kiddush, we should take a brief moment to think of Reb Sholom Mordechai, who for the first time in eight years will be saying Kiddush with his wife and children by his side, and we can only imag-

Each one of us is dealing with dual emotions. Each one of us on our own level is dealing with dual emotions—deep, heartfelt pain mixed with euphoria and extreme joy—with events that have so deeply affected different families in the community of Klal Yisrael. This past Friday night, right before making Kiddush, I shared a profound thought with my wife that I had just heard in shul. Between Kabbalas Shabbos and Maariv in my shul, my son-in-

ine the incredible simcha that he is experiencing tonight. We should think for a moment that we do so every Friday night in the presence of our families, and maybe we take for granted what a chesed it is for us to be able to do so. We should tap into his simcha tonight and feel some of that simcha ourselves. My wife, whose sensitive soul is light years ahead of mine, responded in kind. She said, “Actually, I am thinking

right now about a different family. I am thinking about the Azan family. How last Friday night the husband/father made Kiddush for his beautiful family sitting around the Shabbos table, and that would be the last time that this family would ever do so again. That’s what I am thinking about now.” We were both quiet for a few moments. I proceeded to make Kiddush with the images of both the Rubashkin and Azan families in my mind at the very same time, hoping that the tranquility and atmosphere of kedushas Shabbos would provide some clarity to these opposing emotions and thoughts. The only thing, however, that is abundantly clear is that Hakadosh Baruch Hu controls everything in this world and we control absolutely nothing, though on some deep level we think that we do. I once read an insightful comment from the Pittsburgher Rebbe, zt’l. The Rebbe often came to the States to raise money for his yeshivos in Eretz Yisrael. He would often hire a taxi to drive him to his appointments while in town. Once the regular driver was not available and sent a replacement. When the Rebbe entered the taxi he was surprised to see that there were two steering wheels in the front of the car on each side. The Rebbe asked the driver to explain this very strange anomaly. The driver explained to the Rebbe that he has a young son who is very boisterous and every time he comes into the car, he doesn’t sit still and wants to drive. So the driver installed a steering wheel on the passenger side— which of course is not connected to anything—so when his son sits in the car, he plays with the wheel and thinks he is really driving. The Rebbe later commented that this was an important mussar haskel for us. How many of us think we have our hands on the steering wheel and we control in which direction we are going? But in actuality, the wheel is not even connected; it’s totally meaningless and we are not really “driving” at all. This is a metaphor for life. Only Hakadosh Baruch Hu is at the steering wheel despite the fact that we may think we are. We are living in very trying times, and we need to just hang on. Chazal describe the confusing way that Hakadosh Baruch Hu runs the world. The direction is clear, but the roadblocks are confusing. When it comes to story of Yosef and his brothers, we find the brothers busy selling Yosef, Yosef busy mourning his fate, and Reuven busy mourning his inability to save Yosef; Yaakov was busy mourning for Yosef, Yehuda was busy with Tamar, and Hakadosh Baruch Hu was busy creating the light of Mashiach. And so despite our confusion and mixed emotions from one extreme to the other these last few days, we can know full well that the goal and ultimate direction is vividly clear—we are getting ready for the great light of Mashiach in the coming days. We just need to hold on for a little bit longer.  This article is written l’zecher nishmas Sara Chaya bas R’ Aryeh Zev HaLevi.

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Ohel Trauma On Call Post Brooklyn Fire A tragedy took place on the morning of December 18 in Brooklyn where four members of a family died in a fire and three survivors are in critical condition. Ohel is providing the information below for families and the communities which may be helpful to you and your children and offer support. Please feel free to call Ohel at 1-800-603-OHEL with any questions. When tragedy touches our community, it affects all of us. It can make both children and adults feel vulnerable and confused by events that are so devastating and impossible to understand. It may trigger memories of other tragic situations that similarly affected the community or losses that people may have experienced in the past. Everyone reacts differently to a trauma, and there is no right or wrong way to react. Individual reactions will vary and are based on a variety of factors, including relative exposure to the event, relationship to the people most profoundly affected, personality, characteristics, past exposure to trauma, and level of support available. Here are some guidelines below to help both children and adults cope in the aftermath of this tragedy. • All feelings are legitimate. There is no right or wrong way to react to hearing such painful news. Some people will feel increased agitation and other people may withdraw emotionally. Common reactions are fear, sadness, and anxiety.

• Most people manage to overcome these feelings without outside professional assistance. Putting feelings into words is therapeutic. Parents can express their own feelings of sadness and grief and encourage children to share their feelings with them in turn. • Children’s coping will especially be correlated to the coping of the adults around them. Therefore, it is important for parents and teachers to

children’s fears may emerge. Allow children to sleep in your bed, or preferably a parent should stay in their room, but do so with a pre-established time limit. • When reassuring children, be particularly cognizant of your voice, tone, and body language which is often more attended to at this age than your words. • Preschool children may demonstrate distress through play and fantasy and sometimes may develop medical complaints or misconduct as a result. Pay attention to children’s play and

There is no right or wrong way to react to hearing such painful news. pay attention to their own reactions. Young children are reading your voice, tone, and body language even more than your words. Be sure you know what you want to tell them.

Preschool Reactions • Parents need to speak in concrete terms with preschool-age children. They do not grasp the concept of “rare occurrences” and may need reassurance that a similar tragedy will not happen to them. Parents should show increased affection and assurance to young children during this time. • Young children may require extra reassurance at bedtime, a time when

give them room to work through their feelings through the safety of the play. • Maintain typical routines and schedules to the extent possible as this promotes a feeling of safety and security.

School-Age Reactions • Parents should tell children the truth about what occurred, using age-appropriate and concrete language. It is difficult to hide or distort information since children have access to information and feel entitled to know. Elementary-school-age children are often interested in facts, especially boys.

• Parents should assess the need to give more information and don’t answer more than what was asked by the child. Parents can also answer questions by saying, “I don’t know.” • Elementary-school-age children understand the concepts of a “rare occurrence” and understand death. The message you want to give them is that what happened is rare. • Limit your child’s exposure to media around the tragedy. • Don’t worry if your child does not seem to be having a reaction. Everyone reacts differently and it doesn’t mean your child doesn’t care. • Elementary-school-age children are responsive to themes of hereafter, neshamah, olam ha’ba, and techiyas ha’meisim in discussing the tragedy. • Parents may want to use this opportunity to rehearse safety measures—i.e., fire-safety plans—as a concrete way of reassuring children they are safe. • Focus on the helpers—the people who have come to rescue and respond to this tragedy: the firemen, policemen, Hatzalah, first-responders, and community members who are helping the survivors. Give children opportunities for actionable responses such as saying Tehillim, making a get-well card, taking on mitzvot for zechuyot, or giving tzedakah.

Adolescent Reactions • In addition to the above, themes of “why do bad things happen to good

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Trauma Guide Continued from Page 15 people” may emerge, especially with adolescents. The right to have these questions should be validated and adults can agree that we don’t understand G-d’s ways. • Adolescents may empathize with the suffering of the victims, and may do so especially in groups of peers. They may also have a contagious response that may need to be contained.

Levayah, Shivah, And Accompanying Rituals • It is generally felt that children eight and older can go to a funeral. For ages 6–8 it depends on maturity and closeness. • One should prepare children for what they will see—especially caskets and outpourings of grief. The child should be accompanied by a “dispensable adult” at a funeral—one who is not himself a mourner, is totally focused on the needs and reactions of the child, and who can leave with the child if necessary.

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• Prepare children for the meaning of shivah. • Tell parents who are sitting shivah for their child stories about their child. • Don’t run away from mourners or treat them differently if you meet them on the street. Greet them normally and warmly. The relationship post trauma should be commensurate with the relationship before the trauma. • It is especially important to continue to talk about children who passed away, because a parent’s greatest fear is that their child/children will be forgotten. The coming days, weeks, and months ahead will be difficult ones for family, friends, and community members affected by this tragedy. Take good care of yourself—by eating a balanced diet, maintaining a proper sleep schedule, and soliciting support from family and friends. Ohel’s trained trauma-team professionals are available to assist you—to answer questions, support you and/or your children, or provide a listening ear. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at 1-800-603-OHEL. 

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OTHER SIDE OF THE BENCH Continued from Front Cover wrong president. Their anger should be directed at former president Obama and not Mr. Trump. The former president, at least for the moment, has singlehandedly done more to quash the Arab dream of yet another Arab state within biblical Israel than any other American.

things, labeled Israel an occupying power in Jerusalem and the West Bank and further stated that any development in those areas is a flagrant violation of international law. The resolution did not acknowledge that those areas might be disputed territory. Instead it prejudged the outcome of any future agreement and proclaimed those areas to be Jew-free.

Obama’s decision to tie Trump’s hands has tied Abbas’s hands. In October 2016, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted a resolution effectively stripping Jerusalem—and specifically the Kotel and its surrounding area—of any connection to the Jewish people. Two months later, the United Nations Security Council adopted resolution 2334 which, among other

Then President Obama instructed the U.S. ambassador to the UN to abstain, allowing for the resolution to pass. Of note is that a similar resolution was vetoed in 2011 by the United States. The December 2016 goodbye present from Obama was a parting shot at Benjamin Netanyahu, who called the president out on the Iran deal, a travesty that we are learning more about every day. Obama sent a message to the world that the Arab position of denying Jews and Jerusalem was legitimate. Fueled by such momentum, in July 2017, UNESCO passed another resolution declaring Hebron and the Cave of the Patriarchs a Muslim holy site. There was no mention of any Jewish connection to the site. Those three resolutions, passed when Obama was in office, are what rewrote history. To claim that Trump has rewritten history is a rewriting in and of itself. President Trump merely corrected the falsehood that was allowed to spread worldwide during the Obama administration. President Trump’s December 6, 2017 declaration and the veto of the December 18, 2017 security-council resolution was the natural reaction, the market correction, to Obama’s blunders in 2016. Those missteps empowered UNESCO and the security council and the general assembly to act in furtherance of the big lie. Obama forced Trump’s hand and now, in a brilliant move, Trump has forced Abbas’s hand. A number of realities emerge from the latest high-stakes match. Firstly, Trump has moved the goal posts in terms of what is negotiable and what is not. The Palestinian leadership, though they deny it, is in panic mode. Is Jerusalem off the table? What is next? Trump declaring all of Israel, even post-1967 territory, a Jewish state, something Abadi still has not done? What then is left to negotiate? The hypocrisy of the UN is glaring. The UN, a world body, can pass multiple resolutions defining what they believe are the respective rights to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Hebron, but if the United States makes a sovereign decision as to where they place their embassy that is prejudging the outcome? Secondly, without a brutal intifada—which was predicted but thankfully never took place—Abbas seems

powerless to respond to Trump’s move. The Arab on the street has not signed up for the promised intifada, and the other Arab states do not seem willing, other than through bellicose rhetoric, to punish either Israel or the United States. Thirdly, and most importantly, Trump’s move has forced Abbas to save face and “reject” all future participation by the United States in peace negotiations. The problem with that is that only the United States has any power of influence over Israel in terms of pressuring Israel to make any meaningful concessions with Abbas. Does Abbas really think Israel will respond to a plan put forward by Germany, France, Great Britain, Turkey, or the European Union? Any such plan would be more biased than what Abbas claims a U.S. plan would be. Trump’s move was based on history. A peace plan emerging from any of the aforementioned countries would be as tainted as the multitude of resolutions cascading from the halls of the UN. Those other nations that Abbas wants to move to the forefront have their own radical Muslim issues on their streets and would probably shy away from offering any plan whose details grant Israel anything. The fear of upsetting their new citizens is just too great. Any such plan would be one of appeasement to their population and would be summarily rejected by Israel. Abbas has sent Trump to the corner, but now there is no one left to talk to. I believe that is precisely what the plan was all along. For those on the left who pray for Bibi’s downfall, be careful. He is a master at this chess game and I don’t see anyone who can play it as well. I fear the day when a successor who is less committed to Eretz Yisrael HaShleimah is in charge. I fear the day when a novice is asked to play a game against chess masters. The world nations, despite their anti-Israel, anti-Semitic rhetoric, might finally be realizing that Abbas is running out of time. He did not sit down to play chess before the embassy-move decision was made. He has not sat down after. In the meantime, the pieces are being moved without him. It’s a bit ironic that Trump gets credit for moving the pieces on a board set up by Obama. Obama’s decision to tie Trump’s hands has in reality tied Abbas’s hands. Good work, Mr. Obama. Checkmate.  David Seidemann is a partner with the law firm of Seidemann and Mermelstein and serves as a professor of business law at Touro College. He can be reached at 718-692-1013 or [email protected]ficesm.com.

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Misunderstanding Senator Schumer BY EZRA FRIEDLANDER In the aftermath of the release of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, we’ve seen much jubilation. But that was followed quickly by speculation from members of our community regarding the role or lack thereof of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer in the advocacy pertaining to the president’s commutation of Rubashkin’s sentence. In the blogosphere especially, there have been efforts urging people to contact Senator Schumer’s office to express their

for a commutation of Mr. Rubashkin’s sentence. And yet, Chuck Schumer, who calls himself the “shomer Yisrael,” refused to write a letter. I’m always amazed at how we manage to shoot ourselves in the foot and display our community’s political immaturity to the world. Perhaps the right verbiage here might be “political suicide.” There’s an apt expression: “Those who know, don’t speak. And those who speak don’t know.”

When you declare someone your enemy, that is what he will come to be. “outrage” and calling him out on this issue. These recommendations were generally accompanied by lots of chest pounding and inflammatory language. There have been those who suggested that even Nancy Pelosi, the non-Jewish woman who represents California’s 12th Congressional District, expressed her written consent

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Dear readers, do you think for one moment that Nancy Pelosi, the House Democratic leader, is not in contact with Schumer, Democratic leader of the Senate, on a daily basis? Do you think they don’t work together to formulate the official policy of the Democratic caucus? Wouldn’t you think that Schumer had given her the green light of approval before

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she decided to write a letter as sensitive as this to President Trump? Are we really so immature not to realize this? In my opinion, this proves that those who are writing these opinions have zero understanding of the governmental process. Some may counter by asking why Schumer didn’t see fit to write his own letter as well. Honestly, I don’t have the answer to that question. Sometimes there are questions that beg for an answer, yet the answers remain unknown. But I can assure you of one thing. Nancy Pelosi would never write a letter of advocacy for Rubashkin without Senator Schumer’s advance notification and tacit approval. Let me reiterate that I am not privy to inside information on this issue.

I am just surmising what must have occurred based on my understanding of the political process. As a consultant who has been in similar situations in the past, this is my conclusion. The Rubashkin case was very important to our community and I was as outraged as everyone else about the travesty of justice as I was elated at the news of his commuted sentence. We all have tremendous hakaras ha’tov to President Trump and appreciate this commutation. But we need to understand that there is also a tomorrow. There was also a yesterday. And that yesterday included Senator Schumer coming out against the Iran deal. It’s never a good idea to try to convince an elected official that he is not our friend. I’m not just addressing the Schumer issue on this. It’s something we have to realize when it comes to other officials as well. Because guess what happens? When you declare someone as your enemy, that is eventually what he will come to be. Once we write him off, this is how he will come to be perceived. And that is not responsible politics for our Jewish community. The community must internalize that Chuck Schumer is as powerful as they come. In his capacity as Senate Democratic leader, there are myriads of issues about which the community approaches him for support. And in many cases he responds positively. The day might come when he will be even more powerful as Senate

majority leader. Is it really in the best interests of our community to be in a situation where he views us as confrontational? We need to conduct ourselves more pragmatically. For example, I personally supported Hilary Clinton for president. Yet the moment that Donald Trump was elected, I accepted him as my president and work with the White House accordingly. I treat the office of the presidency with the respect and honor that it deserves, and I’ve publicly condemned anyone who did otherwise. There is a time, a place, and a season for everything. As a community, we need to internalize the larger picture. Yes, we are a vibrant and growing community, baruch Hashem, and we have much to be proud of. But our numbers are minuscule in the grand scheme of things. And we tend to shoot blanks. We sometimes declare war on an elected official, and when that happens outside of our local districts, we become marginalized. Elected officials at the highest level will pass us over and won’t even invite us to sit down at the table with them because of the immaturity with which we conduct our political and governmental relationships. While I understand the community’s frustration, we need to compel ourselves not to communicate our feelings in a way that damages our credibility or effectiveness. I say this as someone who is professionally engaged as the CEO of a public-affairs consulting firm. I am in no way a community leader. But I see the handwriting on the wall and I feel it’s time for us to take stock of our actions and add real value to all of our political interactions and relationships. As far as the wonderful news of the president’s commutation of Mr. Rubashkin’s sentence is concerned—that’s something we can all be proud of! Ezra Friedlander is CEO of the Friedlander Group, a public-policy consulting firm based in NYC and Washington, DC. He can be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter at @EzraFriedlander.

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Legislature Unanimously Approves “Good Government” Reforms The Nassau County Legislature unanimously voted to establish an office of Inspector General, ensuring governmental transparency to Nassau County residents. The Inspector General will have the authority to investigate corruption, waste, and fraud in Nassau County government operations. The position will also have the power to subpoena witnesses during the course of any investigations. “Creating the position of Inspector General is a way for the County to move forward,” said Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves. “There was debate and discussion over the past two years over the

issue that unfortunately led to many vital projects being held up.” Deputy Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello stated, “Passing this legislation has cleared the way to implementing many road upgrades, sewer repairs, and other capital projects that will improve local infrastructure in many communities throughout Nassau County.” In addition to creating the Inspector General position, the Legislature also passed a law limiting the amount of time an “acting commissioner” can serve as the head of a department. Currently, a commissioner may be appointed by the County Executive with a temporary “acting” title. The use of “acting” title interfered with the oversight obligation of the Legislature.

Under the new law, the County Executive must forward the appointment of a commissioner to the County Legislature within six months of the appointment for a confirmation vote, absent some extenuating circumstances. “These initiatives are the latest in a series of measures passed by the Legislature to ensure that Nassau County government is the most transparent and accountable in New York State,” said Deputy Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello. Inviting members of the public to recognize Nassau County Legislature’s commitment to integrity, efficiency, and accountability in government, Alternate Deputy Presiding Officer Legislator Howard J. Kopel stated, “Nassau’s residents are entitled to expect no less from their elected officials.”

Sen. Kaminsky Urges LIRR To Honor DisabledCommuter Tickets On December 14, 2017, State Senator Todd Kaminsky wrote a letter to LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski call-

ing on the agency to honor reducedfare tickets for the legally disabled at all times after the Senator’s commuters were being denied access to the discounted disability rate during the morning rush hour. “Providing all Long Islanders with the proper access to mass transportation is the least riders should expect,” said Senator Todd Kaminsky. “That is why I am urging the Long Island Rail Road to allow their legally disabled commuters to utilize their reduced-fare tickets during weekday peak hours into New York City and to address this issue immediately.” 

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On Monday, Akiva and I went to our office as usual. I appreciate the legal holidays when I can park in front of the office and not feed the meters, although parking on Main Street was almost impossible. I also get things done in the office without the usual interruptions. I checked my e-mails, placed a few ads, and worked on a project. Around 11:00 a.m. Akiva had to step out and by noon he called to ask if I wanted to go out for lunch. I thought we would go somewhere local, but he had something else in mind. He wanted to go to Gottlieb’s for a pastrami sandwich. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Gottlieb’s, it is a small, old-fash-

ioned Jewish kosher deli right in the heart of Williamsburg. This is where Akiva grew up and he remembers when Gottlieb’s opened. He picked me up and we drove with little traffic to Williamsburg, found a parking space right in front, and went in. Usually the customers are comprised mainly of the locals, chassidim from the neighborhood. This time Akiva was surprised that except for one or two men, the other patrons weren’t recognizably Jewish. There were two Asian women at one table, a young family at another, and a group of young adults at another table, all bare-headed. I got analytical and said that to unaffiliated Jews, what they consider

Chazaq boys’ teens division (Jwave) celebrates Chanukah with a special meal along with music and dancing in Forest Hills, Queens.

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kosher cuisine are the heimish dishes they remember wafting through their bubbies’ kitchens. And I guess that could be what these diners craved. Jews who keep kosher and are religious don’t get as nostalgic over pastrami on rye, although we may like it. We kosher foodies want gourmet, upscale cuisine or any other ethnic cuisine except our own. Give us Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Mexican, and others. Gefilte fish and kneidlach don’t tempt our palates when we go out. We can eat those at home. We want to eat “outside the box.” To the cultural Jew, food is their Jewish connection. So we ordered our deli on rye with pickles on the side and I had a slice of Yerushalmi kugel, which I love, a little nod to Israeli cuisine, and we were good to go. Going back to the home turf on a quiet day at the office was like a mini vacation. Next time we’ll go out for gourmet! We join with Klal Yisrael in celebrating the news of the release of Sholom Rubashkin from prison on the eighth day of Chanukah by President Trump. We also are happy to hear that no one was hurt in the fire that broke out in Rabbi Arieli’s shul and that the shul has been cleaned up and is open again.

As the lively Chanukah music blared, the crowd broke out in song and dance, together with the help of the yeshiva bochrim from YTTL Queens.

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YCQ fourth-graders enjoyed visiting the Lower East Side Tenement Museum

Past Events Fun And Fire Safety In Queens The much anticipated annual “Chanukah in the Park” attracts young and old from around Queens to celebrate Chanukah with their families. Revelers throughout Queens love the excitement and each year return to Wallenberg Square in Kew Gardens to celebrate their Jewish pride and reminisce of the miracle of Chanukah long ago. After completing Chanukah crafts and feasting on warm latkes and doughnuts oozing with jelly, eyes were glued to balloon entertainer Yossi Serebryanski. Throughout the show, parents and kids alike laughed and cheered and were amazed to see a large dreidel balloon created in front of their eyes. Partygoers listened closely as Joe from the FDNY fire safety unit shared with the crowd important fire safety tips especially relevant to the festival of Chanukah. Each child was then presented with an FDNY fire safety coloring book. After a children’s rally with the 12 pesukim, chocolate coins came raining down from on top of a huge FDNY ladder truck. The crowd was then addressed by Rabbi Shmuel Tuvel followed by the giant menorah lighting.

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NEWS FROM THE HILLS Continued from Page 23 they had adjusting to a new home. This visit to the museum coincided with what they have been learning, bringing to life the struggles of people coming to a new land, with different cultures and languages, and often little or no money. The students were introduced to two families who resided in a tenement through visual aids. According to Racheli Simanowitz and Racheli Glaser, the first family consisted of five family members living in a one-room apartment with one bed. Plumbing did not exist in the tenements at that time and the mother had to carry water from outside up and down stairs numerous times a day. Initially there were no bathrooms indoors and they had to use an outhouse regardless of the weather. To survive in their new home, the parents sewed clothing, both at home and in factories. The second family was the last to move out of the tenement. By this time they were

privy to both indoor plumbing and electricity. The students also saw how the children kept occupied by playing simple games like marbles, very different than all the electronics they use today. One of the most interesting parts was how when a wall was cracked, it was not repaired, rather wallpaper was used to cover it, leaving remnants of layers and layers of

wall covering over the years. Racheli Glaser found this trip very interesting, “We had a chance to learn about people from the ‘olden’ days. It made them come alive; it made immigrants more real.” It is hard to picture what people went through in the past. Visiting the museum gave the students an opportunity to truly experience what it was like before plumbing and electricity, what it was like

to be in a foreign land where you did not understand the language, and the suffering that many went through in overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions. Racheli Simanowitz said, “It was so good to have a chance to get to know how people really lived in such hard times. This helps me understand better.” By having students visit museums and participate in activities that go along with their current curriculum, their knowledge base is enhanced and their love for learning is encouraged.

Reba Linker, Author Of ‘Compost Heroes,’ Engages BYQ Third-Graders Bais Yaakov of Queens third graders learned about the benefits of composting. Their firsthand experience was engaging, to say the least, as Reba Linker, author of Compost Heroes, had a conversation with the young environmentalists on the benefits of composting. The girls learned about the combination of brown and green compost and were amazed to learn that shredded news-

Third-graders at Bais Yaakov of Queens learn about composting

paper, wood chips, and dry leaves are ideal for the brown compost and kitchen waste and grass clippings are perfect for the green compost. The students also observed firsthand how worms play an important role in the recycling process. After many oohs and ahhhs, the girls examined the worms up close! The visit concluded with a book signing by the author.

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Shevach Students Inspired at Shabbaton at the Lakehouse Hotel On Friday, December 8, excitement filled the air in Shevach High School, in anticipation of what promised to be an amazing weekend. Though the annual shabbaton is always full of inspiration and fun, many agreed that this year’s shabbaton proved to be in a league of its own. The theme of V’ayrastich li B’emunah was incorporated into every aspect, from the speeches, the teachers’ panel, the choir, the video, the skit, and the games. Seniors Chavi Davidowitz and Meira Fendrich even composed a special shabbaton song describing this special connection between us and Hashem. Upon arrival to the hotel, each student was given a beautiful booklet containing uplifting articles on emunah, tips for strengthening our faith, and a message on the theme from Shevach principal Rebbetzen Rochelle Hirtz. They also received a creative magnet with an acrostic using the word emunah, which described the essence of belief in Hashem. As an opening to the shabbaton, on erev Shabbos the seniors performed an original theme song written and headed by Tali Feldstein and Perel Schwartz. The song described how emunah gives us clarity, enabling us to help bring Mashiach. A video made by Menucha Avruch and Zahava Millstein was then presented which helped introduce the theme of the shabbaton. Shabbos was brought in with opening words by Rebbetzin Hirtz, who welcomed faculty and students to the shabbaton. To introduce the theme of V’ayrastich li B’emunah, she began by defining the term of emunah, based on the teaching of Rav Shamshon Rafael Hirsch, as placing one’s full confidence, guidance, and strength in Hakodosh Baruch Hu. When one answers amen to a beracha, in effect we are not only declaring the statement to be true but we are additionally giving up ourselves to the truth expressed in the statement. Rebbetzin Hirtz then brought various pesukim that illustrated this concept of emunah from Shir HaShirim and Shemos. After providing ideas of how one can become a baalas emunah, Rebbetzin Hirtz explained that when we encounter trying times, as baalei emunah, we need to recognize that those challenges are part and parcel of the yeshuah and this awareness creates our confidence in Hakodosh Baruch Hu, subjugating ourselves to His will.

After a beautiful kabbalas Shabbos, sung together by all the girls, Shevach students were privileged to hear words of inspiration from the renowned speaker, Rabbi Paysach Krohn, who based much of what he said on the writings of Rav Sholom Arush and Rabbi Ashear on emunah. Rabbi Krohn stressed that the essence of emunah is the knowledge that in spite of all our own efforts, Hashem controls the world. One way to become aware of emunah is to seek out stories of hashgachah pratis. Seeing how wondrous things happen, often unexpectedly,

proves repeatedly that Hashem directs all eventualities. The fact that we daven to Hashem every day is a manifestation of our emunah, as we pour out our hearts and put our trust in the fact that Hashem can and does supply all our needs. Rabbi Krohn explained how we can make a connection to Hashem, while sprinkling his talk with his style of stories that bring out this point. The students were visibly moved, with one girl saying to a teacher afterwards, “My questions have all been answered.”

The student body then went to enjoy the first Seudas Shabbos, and were greeted by tables that were set with beautiful theme-based center pieces, designed and made by Miriam Aminov, Pnina Aranov, and Elisheva Niknam. The flowers in the centerpieces were donated by Lilac Florists. After the seudah, the evening was enhanced by zemiros, a dvar Torah given by senior Esther Amsel, an eleventh grade choir performance

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NEWS FROM THE HILLS Continued from Page 25 headed by Tikva Ney, and skits on emunah presented by both the seniors and the freshmen. The students then attended workshops led by Shevach teachers, all of which further clarified the concept of emunah, and how it is applicable to our lives. Special thanks to Faigy Heller and Baila Neuman for the exciting workshop game that followed. On Shabbos morning, after Musaf, the girls were fortunate to be addressed by Rabbi Akiva Grunblatt, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. Rabbi Grunblatt quoted the Chovos Halvovos

saying that a prerequisite to true bitachon is the realization that Hashem loves us even if we are not so deserving. Rabbi Grunblatt cited the midrash that gives proof of this point from Sarah Imeinu, as when Pharaoh took her for one day, he was afflicted. This proof seems difficult. After all, Sarah was such a great and righteous person so obviously Hashem protected her. Why does it follow that this would apply to every ordinary Jew? Rabbi Grunblatt explained this with a mashal that was said by Rav Izaak Sher, zt’l. Two men were arguing over who was richer. One said, “I have $2 billion worth of stocks and bonds.” The other said,

“I have five mansions, two private jets, and a yacht.” The other said, “So do I.” The first man reached into his pocket and pulled out a quarter. The other reached into his pocket but came up empty. Could the first man gloat and say I am richer because of that quarter? It is insignificant! Similarly, Hashem’s love is so intense and so great that the differences between Sarah Imeinu and us are insignificant. After citing more examples of Hashem’s tremendous love for Klal Yisrael, Rabbi Grunblatt concluded that appreciating this love makes it so much easier to deal with the problems of life. Rav Henoch Leibowitz,

zt’l explained that if a person has just won the lottery he would be so happy, that nothing would bother him. So too, if we realize Hashem’s love we would be so happy that we would be able to cope with all our problems with joy. Following the second Shabbos seudah, sophomore Faiga Rabvogel delivered a dvar Torah which led into a teachers’ panel presenting questions written by Tamar Harooni and Gila Siyanov. The panel was an opportunity for the Shevach students to hear inspiring stories and thoughts of how emunah helped their teachers in their own personal lives. The girls then enjoyed

optional workshops with their mechanchos. After shalosh seudos, the students enjoyed hearing from Rabbi Yonoson Hirtz, Rav of Utopia Jewish Center, who explained that the goal of emunah is to recognize and be cognizant of the constant presence of Hashem. How do we achieve that goal? It is a three-pronged process: To realize that Hashem is always watching, to realize that Hashem is always listening, and to realize that Hashem only wants the best for us. Rabbi Hirtz then illustrated each point with relevant and pertinent examples. Each of the stories had unexpected endings. This demonstrated to the girls that although we may not necessarily comprehend the course of events in our lives, ultimately, with the proper emunah, Hashem only has our best interests in mind. As Shabbos concluded, the girls heard a dvar Torah from junior Tikvah Ney and enjoyed a freshman choir performance, followed by the entire school singing heartfelt zmiros. On motzaei Shabbos the high spirits continued as all enjoyed grade presentations, beginning with an “I Love Shevach Song” composed by sophomores Bryndel Wurem, Tova Halberstam, and Chana Deitsch. The juniors then presented a takeoff of Mordechai Schapiro’s Kulam song composed by Gitty Wurem, Malka Chanales, and Bracha Rosenberg, followed by a senior dance headed by Bisi Schottenfeld and Zarine Shamilzadeh. Ahuva Portnoy and Rivka Kikov then presented an artistic banner they had created depicting the Beis Hamikdash, which we hope to rebuild in the zechus of our emunah. There was also a competitive game of Deal or No Deal run by the GO, followed by energetic dancing. As always, the program did not disappoint. The students boarded the buses Sunday morning feeling inspired from the “unbelievable” shabbaton. They took home with them the desire to continue growing in their emunah. To facilitate this endeavor they were each given a spiral bound Ani Maamin booklet with lessons on each Ani Maamin. Such an inspiring shabbaton could not have happened without the dedicated organizing and attention to detail of Shevach staff mem-

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Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin What’s next?

Like wildfire, news spread from one to the other, one community to the other, one network to the other. Rubashkin is out. Yidden all over were shocked, elated, inspired and touched when Rabbi Sholom Mordechai was released from Otisville. Not many believed that this moment will actually happen.

do when he is released. Will he eat his favorite food, spend time with the family or perhaps visit a secret spot? Now people wonder, what will R’ Sholom Mordechai do first now that he has his freedom. He is giving back. When R’ Sholom breathed his first breath outside the prison walls, he committed to do something for the fellow Yidden he left behind. R’ Sholom wants them to know that he still cares for them, that he will do whatever it takes to keep their hope alive. At the melave malka, R’ Sholom Mordechai announced his pioneering project in conjunction with Dror. R’ Sholom is inviting all of Klal Yisroel to join him in writing a Sefer Torah for the prison shul.

As R’ Sholom greeted the masses who have rallied and prayed for him, his heart was full with gratitude for Hashem, the Jewish nation and the thousands of prayers on his behalf. It all came to a head at a private Seudas Hoda’ah on Motzei Shabbos, hosted by Dror. At the event, the Rubashkin family celebrated this incredible moment along with a handful of askanim who have supported the family throughout this nightmarish ordeal. Words of inspiration and gratitude were delivered by the Rubashkin family, Dror founder Rabbi Ephraim Stein, R’ Yoel Labin, and R’ Lipa Brenen among other esteemed community members.

help those who are not free yet! As one, let’s write a Sefer Torah to encourage and empower those who are looking for that shred of hope to hold on to.” Right then and there, at the Seudahs Hoda’ah, R’ Sholom inscribed the very first word in the Sefer Torah. His children followed suit, each writing one word, followed by the askanim who have stood by the Rubashkin family throughout all these years.

R’ Sholom explained that there’s a dearth of Sifrei Torah among prisons. “My incarceration has united Klal Yisroel. Now I want to drive that unity to

Dror was founded over 9 years ago, to help prisoners and their families with emotional, legal and financial support. Today, Dror, also educates teens, business owners and the Jewish community about legal pitfalls and crime prevention. Together with R’ Sholom, Dror is leading the Sefer Torah project. Klal Yisroel is invited to donate and write a word in the Sefer Torah for only $10! The donations will fund the writing of the Sefer Torah and will also help fund the many services that Dror provides for prisoners and their families. Bring hope through Torah. Give these prisoners your word. Join at www.torahope.com. Contact 1-833-TORAHOPE or [email protected]

People often wonder what will be the first thing a prisoner will

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NEWS FROM THE HILLS Continued from Page 26 bers, Mrs. Debbie Meltzer, a beloved teacher and mentor to the students of Shevach High School, who created the theme and all that were related to it, and educational administrator, Mrs. Devorah Kovitz, who oversaw the endless technical aspects of the shabbaton. The two spent many hours ensuring that excellence was achieved in every aspect of the Shabbos. And indeed they were very successful. A yasher koach also to the senior shabbaton heads Rivka Adler, Esti Hagler, and Adina Rennert who helped make this shabbaton possible.

Upcoming Events Special Friday night dinner. December 29 at Havurat Yisrael, 10620 70th Avenue, Forest Hills. Featuring Rabbi Daniel Travis speaking on “From Bronx HS of Science to Rosh Kollel via Havurat Yisrael.” Davening begins at 4:30 p.m., dinner at

5:30. $25 per person, members; $30 per person, non-members. Children under 12, $10. For more information, call 718-261-5500 or e-mail [email protected] Our Jewish Children. On December 30, hear Rabbi Paysach Krohn share inspiring stories and support our

who would otherwise be enrolled in public school this year. For more information, contact the Garbers at OurJewishChildren.com. Annual Bnos of KGH Melaveh Malkah. December 30, Motzaei Shabbos in Shevach High School from 7:00–9:00 p.m., featuring the Small

We join with Klal Yisrael in celebrating the news of the release of Sholom Rubashkin from prison on the eighth day of Chanukah. community’s efforts to enroll public school students in yeshiva. Motzaei Shabbos at the Garber Home, 147-37 70th Avenue, Kew Gardens Hills. 9:15 p.m. Sponsored by Our Jewish Children, an affiliate of Chazaq, working to bring every Jewish child to yeshiva. Our Jewish Children is helping to fund 80 children in yeshiva

Wonder Puppet Theater. Girls in grades pre 1A–Grade 5 are invited. Join your friends for pizza, nosh, songs, and fun! $12 members, $15 non-members. For more information or to volunteer or to be a sponsor of the melaveh malkah, call Charna Crystal 646-206-7131 (no texts please) or e-mail [email protected]

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located at 6635 108th Street, Flushing. For more information, call 718285-9132, e-mail [email protected] or visit Chazaq.org. Family-friendly Melaveh Malkah. January 6, 7:00 p.m. There will be fun for all—a magic show and a hot dairy buffet—at the Queens Jewish Center, 66-05 108th Street in Forest Hills. Admission: $10 per person, kids are free. RSVP deadline, Monday, January 1. Call the office, 718-459-8432, e-mail [email protected], or register at MyQJC.org.  Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage in Kew Gardens Hills, serving the entire Queens vicinity. For all your real-estate needs, call her at 718-263-4500 or e-mail [email protected]

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A Night of Inspiration with Rabbi Paysach Krohn and Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser presented by Chazaq and Beth Gavriel. Sunday night December 31. Light buffet at 8:00 p.m. sponsored by Soy Sauce and lecture at 8:30 p.m. Admission free; men and women welcome. Beth Gavriel is

I know that there is resentment in your heart to me over this. But know that it was by Divine command that I buried her there, so that she should be a help for her children when Nevuzaradan (commander-in-chief of Nevuchadnetzar’s army; II Melachim 25) will exile them and they will pass by there. Then Rochel will come out upon her grave and weep and plead for mercy for them, as it is written (Yirmiyah 31:14): “A voice is heard in Ramah [the heights], lamentation and bitter weeping; Rochel is weeping for her children . . .”; and G-d will answer her, “There is reward for your toil . . . The children shall return to their own borders” (ibid., v. 15–16). (Rashi)

Ohel Warms Up A Cold Chanukah For Hundreds This Winter For Ohel individuals, Chanukah at Ohel is a warm, inviting, and festive time of the year. From toy drives and Chanukah parties to cookies for public-service workers, Ohel staff and individuals of all backgrounds and abilities come together during the Festival of Lights to warm up the lives of hundreds. This year saw over 65 schools, shuls, and other organizations participate in Ohel’s annual Chanukah Gift Drive, collecting hundreds of toys, games, puzzles, and gifts for hundreds of Ohel children in need—whether for children in domestic-violence shelters or foster homes or adults challenged by dis-

ability in Ohel Bais Ezra’s many residential homes. Jennifer Gruenfeld, Ohel coordinator of volunteer services, remarks, “Each year we are enamored by the number of people in the community who show their support and step forward to help the most vulnerable amongst us.” Ohel foster children enjoyed a warm, happy, and fun-filled annual Chanukah Foster Family Party with the best food, door prizes, and presents raised through Ohel’s Annual Chanukah Gift Drive! Over 60 children and more than 40 foster parents, together with Ohel foster-care staff and their own children, Ohel supporters at Chanukah party

Happy faces at Ohel Chanukah celebration

enjoyed the wonderful evening. It was particularly poignant to see some reunifications between the biological children of foster families with former foster children who had previously been in their foster care. We heard over and over again from foster parents how much their own children and their foster children look forward the whole year to this annual Chanukah party event. This Chanukah party would not be possible without the money raised through Ohel’s Simcha Fund, which provides funding for foster children and children with disabilities to enjoy holidays and lifecycle events like bar or bat mitzvahs—just like everyone else in the community! Throughout Ohel’s many Ohel Mental Health and Ohel Bais Ezra residences,

hundreds of Ohel individuals warmly lit Chanukah candles and celebrated festivities with staff, community members, and family members. Chanukah festivities culminate each year during the annual Ohel Chanukah Party, generously sponsored by Sammy and Lea Trencher, at The Palace in Brooklyn. Hundreds of Ohel individuals from a multitude of programs joined staff, volunteers, board members, and elected officials in celebrating Chanukah together. While Ohel board member Shloime Dachs and his orchestra played lively music, everyone enjoyed delicious food, watched clowns on stilts, made balloon animals, and sang Chanukah songs. Ohel was also pleased to wel-

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325-Year-Old Torah Shield Sells For $62,500 In Cedarhurst

Ohel Warms Continued from Page 29 come Councilman David Greenfield and Councilman-elect Kalman Yeger, who shared warm words of inspiration and gratitude to the crowd, many of whom are their constituents. Throughout the night there was also enthusiastic dancing with staff and ever engaging and passionate Ohel board members leading the way. A noteworthy highlight of the evening was Sammy Trencher lighting the Chanukah candles together with Naftali, an Ohel individual who happily led everyone in the berachos. Ohel thanks everyone who helped make this evening such a success and looks forward to continuing this beautiful tradition for years to come. 

J. Greenstein and Co., dealers of fine antique Judaica and modern Jewish art, hosted their annual Chanukah auction on December 21. A number of items fetched impressive hammer prices, including a 325-year-old Torah shield that was sold for $62,500, as well as a Venetian ketubah that fetched $23,700. Jonathan Greenstein, president and expert-in-charge at J. Greenstein and Co., was recently featured on Good Day New York with his $1M collection of rare menorahs from Eastern Europe and Israel. He said in a comment, “I’ve Ohel Chanukah party menorah ceremony

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auctioned items from the collections of Michael Steinhardt, Sammy Davis Jr, and Alan Dershowitz. I’ve seen some incredibly expensive examples of Jewish art pass through my auction house, but every year it never seems to get old. These objects fascinate me. It’s an honor to find their next home, whether in a museum in New York or with a private collector on the other side of the globe.” A Rare and Important Parcel Gilt Torah Shield. Germany, c. 1690/1720. Hand-cut lattice work laid on gilded

expert Jonathan Greenstein. For over 30 years, since the age of 14, Jonathan has been the “go-to guy” when it comes to authenticating antique Judaica. The gallery holds a number of Judaica auctions each year and has collectors, museums,

background. Decorated with double-headed eagle, portion plaque holder, and a crown. Marked F.H. (maker) 10.4” tall. Provenance: Parke-Bernet, February 14, 1957, lot 129, the collection of Tullio Castelbolognesi and then Sotheby’s, October 10, 1974 lot 25. $62,500. An Early and Large Illuminated Ketubah. Venice, 1711. The border richly decorated with scrolling designs, birds, flowers, the mazalot, Jonah and the whale, and other period designs. Portion on upper left and smaller portion on upper right now missing. 21.3” x 31.5.” $23,700.

“It’s an honor to find their next home.”

Torah finials

a five-ribbed crown enclosing a bell, topped by bud. Engraved with a number 11 and marked with import mark. 7.4” tall. $37,500. J. Greenstein & Company, Inc. was founded in 2004 by antique Judaica

and other institutions that purchase these ritual objects to build their collections of Jewish art. J. Greenstein & Company, Inc. Auction house is exceptionally well-respected as experts in antique Judaica and Jewish Art. Greenstein is the founder, president, and expert-in-charge at J. Greenstein and Company, Inc. in Cedarhurst, New York. It is a boutique auction house that only sells antique Jewish ritual objects also known as Judaica, as well as Jewish-themed art.

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Seder Plate

A Massive Sterling Silver Passover Compendium by Carmel Shabi. Jerusalem, 1994. Octagonal with the order of the Seder cut out along sides. With gilded removable dishes for the insertion of the Passover foods. 16” wide. $15,000.

Megillah Case

A Rare and Important Gilded Silver Filigree Megillah Case with Original Megillah. Ottoman Empire, 19th century. The body is made of finely spun gilded filigree wire work. The megillah section encased in original removable cover. Topped by a crown-shaped upper portion and coral finial. 15” long. Handwritten megillah with exceptional writing and floral decorations. $16,250. A Pair of Important Gilded Silver Torah Finials. Probably Germany, c. 1800. The base of each is round. Chased with c-scrolls and floral design. Engraved with former owner’s name, Yisroel Fine. Upper portion consists of

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Night Flower BY ESTHER RAPAPORT

Chapter 2 Part II “What’s doing, Menachem?” “Baruch Hashem. Ima, have you been in touch with Abba?” Dina Struk switched the phone to her other ear. “Not since yesterday afternoon. I think you were the last one to speak to him.” “Yes, after his meeting with that Russian lawyer, nu, what’s his name . . . the one the Jewish community there recommended?” “Morchov.” “Right. Since then I don’t have any updates.”

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“No, then I don’t either.” She looked behind her to make sure that her youngest children, the twins, were not standing in the kitchen doorway. “Menachem, have you been in touch with Chaiky over the past few days?” “She keeps sending the kids to answer the phone when I call, or no one picks up. Goldie actually suggested again that we invite them for Shabbos, but there was no answer when she called. When I called and inquired gently about Shab-

bos, Dovi said that his mother didn’t know yet where they would be. Do you think we have to beg?” “No, but I do think that you and Goldie need to continue to offer.” “We’ve been offering and inviting for two months already.” “And she agreed once.” “Right, out of eight times, she said yes once. It frustrates Goldie; you have to understand her, Ima.” “I do.” “How much do we have to ask?” His mother was silent. She herself could hardly speak with her daughter-in-law, so she really had no right to say anything on the subject.

“I wanted to do some shopping for them also, and Goldie even suggested that we send them some food for Shabbos if that’s what they’d prefer. But Chaiky sent a message through Dovi that they don’t need anything. So what more can I do, Ima?” Yaakov and Yisrael, the tenyear-old twins, entered the kitchen at that moment. “Ima, Dovi didn’t come to cheder today,” they said in unison. “One minute, Menachem,” she said into the phone. “What do you mean, Dovi didn’t come?” she asked the twins worriedly. “We went to visit him during recess, and his friends said he didn’t come today at all,” Yisrael said.

“A week and a half ago, he was also absent once,” Yaakov pointed out. She looked at the two devoted uncles. “Listen, boys,” she said with a sigh. “Dovi is allowed to be absent once in a while. You don’t have to keep such a close eye on him, alright?” “Yes, but when he didn’t come a week and a half ago, he said the next day that it was because he was too tired. For no other reason—he was just too tired,” Yisrael murmured. Dina Struk sighed again. “Did you hear, Menachem?” she spoke into the phone again to her oldest. “Yes, I did.” His sigh was as deep as hers. “But there isn’t much we can do about this. We’re not going to send a social worker to the house to see if it’s functioning, or anything like that. Do you want to call and ask delicately how Dovi is doing?” “That’s all I need, that she should think I’m sending the kids to keep tabs on them. As it is, we hardly speak. You know, she hasn’t told me this clearly, but she blames us for what happened, and I’m not so sure she’s not absolutely right.” Yoel called on Sunday morning, half an hour after she’d sent the children off to school. They had been late, which was recently happening quite often, but it was still better than Friday, when she’d been unable to get up on time after her sleepless night, and both children had ended up staying home. Something unpleasant rippled through her when she saw Yoel’s number, but she knew she’d pick up nonetheless. She only had one younger brother. She only had one brother at all. “Chaiky, how are you? Everything OK?” “Baruch Hashem, fine.” “How was Shabbos?” “Nice, thanks.” She couldn’t suppress the coolness in her words. The taste of their argument last Monday was still there—bitter, sour, and irritating. “I thought of popping in to visit you today.” “Yes?” “The question is if you want me to.” “You know I’m always happy when you visit, but…” Again Chaiky found herself in the corner of the sofa, near the round cushion. “But?” “Not like last time,” she whispered. “Was it so embarrassing?” She didn’t know if he was being cynical or not, so she answered simply, “Yes.”

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Night Flower Continued from Page 34 “Well, if you prefer I don’t come, then I won’t,” he said. She didn’t know if she was imagining the trace of satisfaction in his voice, or if it was really there. It was likely that his visit to her last week had left him with some unpleasant feelings as well. It wasn’t only her. And it wasn’t because the trip from Haifa to Yokne’am took longer than five minutes. But what could she do? She felt so frustrated. His lack of understanding was astounding. He was no fool, her younger brother, so what had been so hard for him to understand? It was Monday, and she didn’t know he was planning to come. He’d driven up by surprise a short time after the cleaning lady had left. Even before seeing him, she heard the voices outside. She had been trying to take a nap, but Rabbi Pesserman’s children had been playing outside, and the noise had disturbed her rest—another one of the drawbacks of living on the ground floor. Suddenly she heard a car stop, and one of the little Pessermans asking, “Are you the mailman?” “No,” a familiar voice replied with a laugh, and she had leaped out of bed. Yoel had come? Without telling her in advance? “So who are you?” “I’m the Struk kids’ uncle.” “How can you be their uncle if you have that shirt and a knapsack like the mailman?” The Pesserman child suddenly fell silent. Apparently his older sister who had been watching him sud-

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denly realized what was happening and pulled him over to her—and she was standing right underneath Chaiky’s window. “Yoni! We don’t speak to strangers!” she’d chided her brother. “He’s not a stranger! It’s Dovi’s uncle! Even though he looks like the mailman with that green shirt, and he almost doesn’t have a beard, he has a yarmulke! I saw it!” “So what?” his sister cut him off. “We don’t talk to people we don’t know, and now, come play nicely in the backyard.” Chaiky heaved a sigh. Too bad they hadn’t thought of the backyard an hour earlier. There would have been a double gain from that: She would have been able to rest a little, and they wouldn’t have met Yoel, her brother who looked so different from what was accepted in this community. She had watched him cross the entrance path to the house, his large canvas satchel hanging over one shoulder, and just then Rabbi Pesserman himself, the rosh yeshivah who was also her neighbor, walked out of his home. He nodded slightly at Yoel and continued on his way to yeshiva. Chaiky knew she had to go over to the door now, and welcome her brother with a smile, and marvel at his surprise—but she didn’t feel able to do it.  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.

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Five Steps To Choosing Your Career T Z V I P I R U T I N S K Y, P h D Choosing the right career can be a difficult and anxiety-provoking process. Will I enjoy it? Will I be good at it? Will it provide adequate parnassah? This is also an exciting opportunity to actively explore and discover more about yourself and the world. Since everyone has different skills, interests, experiences, and goals, there is no one career that is best for everyone. So how do you choose the career that is best for you? Here are five steps to guide you through this process: 1. Put it in context. While it is an important decision with long-term implications, many people spend too much time gathering information, asking for advice, and worrying about their choices—all of which make this process painful and ineffective. Research suggests that people are terrible at choosing jobs. According to economist Neil Howe, only 5% of people pick the “right” job on the first try and those who do tend to make less creative and innovative choices. In addition, job instability and career volatility steadily increased over the past few decades. In 2016, the average number of years on the job was 4.2 and 33% of people reported that they had been at their current job for 12 months or less (National Bureau of Labor Statistics). So you can expect to switch jobs and careers several times throughout your life, particularly at the start of your career.

If you are committing a large amount of time and money pursuing a professional degree, you need to be more careful. There are several ways you can test out your interest in these fields before fully committing, such as by taking prerequisite courses, accruing observation hours, obtaining lower-level work experience, and volunteering in a setting that employs these professionals. While it is important to spend time thinking things through and taking your best guess, don’t overdo it! 2. Think about your interests. You probably want a job that you will enjoy. Besides being happier, you will be more motivated, dedicated, and likely more successful. How can you tell if you will like a job? Consider your ideal dream job; think about your hobbies, volunteer or summer work, part-time experience, and even academic classes. Which did you enjoy and what are the themes that characterize these different situations? Do you prefer tasks that involve working with people and creativity (e.g., school play or arts-and-crafts counselor at camp)? Do you like organizing things and paying attention to details? Do you like working with your hands but also enjoy science? It is important to note that individuals often have two to three different interests, and many careers will involve various tasks. You want to find something that includes your unique combination of interests. Psychological testing, when conducted by a qualified career counselor, can also help determine what careers

you might like. However, sometimes you just need to take your best guess and try something. You may not be able to try out being a nurse without committing to a few years of school, but you can take a single anatomy class and find a part-time job as a nursing assistant. Any job, class, volunteer opportunity, book, home project, etc., can be an opportunity to learn more about which career you might enjoy. Finally, it is important to remember that people are not the best prognosticators of what makes them happy. Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert studies this extensively and found that people generally misjudge the impact of all sorts of decisions and events. For example, a lottery winner might be happy for a couple of months or weeks but will soon return to his or her baseline. Surprisingly, paraplegics (those paralyzed completely from the neck down) are on average just as happy as everyone else. So take your best guess and try something. 3. Think about your skills and abilities. You don’t necessarily need to be the best at your job, but you don’t want to choose a career that isn’t a match for your skills. Think about what you excelled in at school. Many of the ideas discussed above about assessing your interests are useful here too. Think about hobbies, jobs, and projects. Are you good at computers? Fixing things? Math? Choosing colors? All of these can be translated into different careers. Besides technical skills, it is also important to consider your “soft” skills, which are personal attributes that enhance an individual’s interactions and job performance and are shared between many jobs. For example, are you timely and hard-working or like to do things at your own pace? Do you work better when you are following or giving orders? Do you like specific instructions or are you comfortable defining your own goals and methods? Think about your communication skills, your ability to quickly establish positive relationships, and your ability to make others comfortable around you. Can you be aggressive and decisive? Can you motivate and direct others? Different careers require different sets of soft skills and these are often more important than technical ability. For example, a business manager needs to be more aggressive, decisive, and good at directing others, while a social worker needs to be more patient and understanding. Sometimes it’s hard for us to see where we excel. Ask your parents, other family members, friends, or teachers what they think. Their ideas might surprise you! Finally, there are some circumstances in which accurately assessing ability is important. If you have strug-

gled significantly in past jobs or classes and are unsure what your strengths and weakness are, or if you have significant cognitive, sensory, attentional, or mental-health needs, find a competent career professional who can help you maximize your chance of succeeding. 4. Don‘t neglect the practical. After all this work, you may have finally found the perfect career. You are interested, excited, and confident that you have the skills and will succeed. One problem—the career is in camel husbandry and the only jobs available are in Sudan. Practical considerations are important and often require compromise. Every career has downsides and upsides. If you focus only on the downsides, you can cross everything off your list for a legitimate reason. Nothing is perfect or even close to perfect. You need to balance the pluses and minuses and consider the practical implications of your choice. Talk to several people in the field with various levels of experience and find out: What is the training or schooling like? How easy is it to find a job?

What do people get paid at entrylevel? What are typical hours and work conditions? What kind of advancement is possible? What do you wish you would have known before you started? Also, think about personal practical details. Can you afford to spend that much time in school? Will your family be willing to sacrifice for it? Are you willing to commute? Will you be happy with that kind of pay? Do you have connections in the field? Addressing these practical concerns can make or break your career choice. But remember, as you will most likely be switching jobs at some point, the most important factor in the beginning is personal growth. If a job provides great training or experience, it will set you up for a more productive and enjoyable career in the long-term. 5. Discover your strengths and interests. Career-seeking can be stressful, but is also an opportunity for self-discovery and growth. While it is an important decision, do not spend years figuring

this out. Career choice is not a one-time event, but rather a lengthy and unfolding process. You can and will adjust things as you go along, so the most important thing is to get started. You need to assess your interests, skills, and practical considerations. Look at your past experiences, consult with others, consider professional testing or counseling, but, most importantly, gather more data by trying things. Teach yourself a new skill, take an interesting course, shadow someone at work, volunteer, and look for a part-time or entry-level job in the field. Finally, keep in mind that your interests and skills are dynamic characteristics that largely reflect your past experience. Just like other areas of life, the fastest way to develop career interests and skills is by deliberately committing to a career and working hard on developing them. Good luck!  Tzvi Pirutinsky, PhD, professor at Touro College Graduate School of Social Work, is an experienced career counselor, assessment professional, and psychotherapist. He frequently publishes in professional journals such as the Journal of Career Assessment, Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, and more.

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Living In The Present Advice From YidParenting BY RABBI YITZIE ROSS Q: Now that Chanukah is over, my wife and I want to vent. What is going on with this world? Why do kids need presents and parties all day? Chanukah is a special yom tov during which we celebrate miracles that happened. If I don’t buy my kids any presents, they will resent it. If I do, I’m giving in to the new-age

mentality. Aren’t we supposed to stay away from presents? How can we stop this downward spiral? Chaim Kew Gardens A: I’ve received a few e-mails similar to yours over the past few weeks, although most people didn’t wait until after Chanukah to e-mail. I have a feel-

ing that this will be one of the shortest responses I’ve ever written. One of the hardest parts of growing up these days is that children don’t get to be children. We expect them to act like adults, and because they are so “in the know,” we forget that they are in fact still children. I once heard a mother tell her child in pre-1A, “You’re acting like a five-year-old!” When I pointed out that

(and, dare I say, siblings), and it’s fun. I asked a few boys what their favorite yomim tovim were, and I got Purim, Pesach, Shavuos, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkos, and Chanukah. Each one has a spiritual part that the kids love, and a material part, too. Purim? Kids love dressing up and going to hear megillah. They also love hamentaschen and getting mishloach manos.

These days, children don’t get to be children. he was indeed only five, she responded, “But he’s much more mature than a typical five-year-old boy.” If we don’t let children act like kids when they’re little, they’ll act immature when they’re older. Let me tell you something that children love—yomim tovim. Look at it from their perspective. No school, they get to spend time with their parents

Chanukah? Kids love lighting the menorah. They also love making latkes, playing dreidel, and, yes, getting presents. Now I’m not advocating giving kids eight days of handouts, but what’s wrong with thoughtful gifts? Let them enjoy a new toy, book, or MP3 player. I wouldn’t make the focus of Chanukah the presents, but if that’s what excites your kids, so be it. My younger kids were so excited for their presents that they asked to look at them before Chanukah. They just wanted to see them. My older kids, who were the same way years ago, didn’t even ask for presents. As they matured, they became more excited for Chanukah itself and forgot about the presents. In regard to your comment that we’re supposed to stay away from presents, I don’t think you’re correct in this situation. When you buy your wife flowers for Shabbos, does she refuse them? How about jewelry? If your wife bought you a new watch, would you tell her to send it back? Don’t tell me it’s different, because to a child a new toy is just as appealing as a necklace is to one’s wife. The one thing I would insist upon is that if they got a present from a grandparent, they need to write a thank-you letter. If the present is from you, they should thank both parents before they open it. Rabbi Yitzie Ross is a well-known rebbe and parenting adviser. To sign up for the weekly e-mails and read the comments, visit www.yidparenting.com.

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Question Why do guys say one thing and mean something else? Why do they ask women out on dates and then get away with canceling last minute? If a woman would do that, she would get dumped, and no guy would ever ask her out again. Also, we always have to be available for dates when guys want. And why do they use the word “love” and don’t mean it? Why do guys say mean things when they get angry? Why are they so selfish? Why don’t they have a heart when it comes to a woman who really cares about them? This keeps happening to me all the time—even in the relationship I’m in now. I find that the not-so-good-looking men are nicer. My mother also tells me to marry a nerdy guy, and that they make the best husbands. I’m starting to wonder if it’s true. I just want a man to be genuine and nice to me. But I am only attracted to the good-looking ones!

Response What you are describing sounds like the profile of a self-absorbed, cruel man who lives to satisfy his need of the moment, caring little else if anyone gets hurt in the process. This type of person will step on anyone he can to get what he needs. This type of person might have a human body, but that is the only human aspect he possesses. Based on your experience, you seem to think that such behavior is common to the male gender. The answer is no. Most men are not like that. There are plenty of gentle and kind men in society in this day and age—even good-looking ones. You seem to think that bad etiquette and conduct are reserved only for attractive people. I assure you that there are quite a few non-handsome men who can also benefit from a lesson on manners and how to build good character traits. It’s just that if a man behaves like an ogre and also possesses good looks, those who are smitten with him might allow him to get away with contemptible behavior. There are women who continuously forgive mistreatment by the handsome men who show them some attention. However, that is exactly what not only empowers these men but further encourages bad behavior. The women encourage them to carry on their negative ways! My concern where your emotional welfare is at stake is why you are attracting offensive men. You seem to blame an entire gender for your treatment. Surely, you must have met men who are kind at some point in your life. And if not, perhaps that might be the reason you are attracting negative people who have such an impact on you. You will first need to do some serious soul-searching to discover who has previously hurt you, and who has shown you gentle consideration. So from the little you are sharing, let’s try to figure out a bit of what’s going on. Just as I

mentioned earlier that there are kind and gentle men who are also good-looking, there is another myth that needs debunking. And that is your misconception that “nerds” make the best husbands. As one is more apt to be more forgiving to those who are attractive, similarly, people will cut less slack to those with less-than-average looks when they mess up. There is another aspect to your mistaken beliefs. And it might stem from what some women consider to be the “caveman” protective type of man. Back in the day, such men were endearing to their women because they protected them from harm. They were tough and certainly not known for gentleness. But when a woman felt protected by her caveman, it proved to her that he loved

her, even if he hollered hurtful words. In particular cases, it is not much different today. Women who have witnessed or grown up around tough men who every once in a while demonstrated a tiny speck of kindness will oftentimes exaggerate their degree of goodwill. So even though these types of men were difficult to live with or be around, their presence added a sense of security. As bizarre as it might sound, when they are not treated right, these women sometimes falsely believe that the men care about them and are chastising them for their own good. Human beings are creatures of habit to a great extent, especially when it comes to choosing people with whom to have a relationship. It is therefore not uncommon for a woman to find herself running from bad relationship to bad relationship—and the only difference is who the person is, rather than any dissimilarity in personalities. It’s not just in romantic liaisons. It is not unusual for a woman who is accustomed to being mistreated to find herself being victimized by almost every

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person she builds a relationship with— friends, boss, spouse, other relatives, etc. It is what she knows and what she feels most comfortable with. It would take a savvy and highly skilled therapist to help this client shed such unhealthy notions and patterns. If you feel that you fit the bill of continuously choosing people unwisely, I strongly recommend that you take the therapy route for yourself. It might also be a good idea to find out if you are attracting narcissistic types of personalities and how to recognize the signs early on. The guy you are now dating needs to be let go from your life. Not today or tomorrow. Yesterday. However, even if he becomes a thing of the past to you, I fear that you may meet another handsome fellow and history will repeat itself all over again. You need clarity to ascertain the true soul of any man you are dating. That needs to be in place from the beginning of any relationship. Waiting until you develop feelings to discover serious character flaws is too late in the game.

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DATING FORUM Continued from Page 39 So how can you tell if a man you meet is a sincere person? For starters, if you encounter a person who overstates and embellishes his compliments to you, you need to perk up your senses. Such people are the sort who, when you get to know them, will say one thing and mean another. And this goes for any type of relationship. This is not to be confused with sincere praising. Praise, when stated in sincerity and when the occasion lends itself to it, should be appreciated. There are men who unfortunately toy with the emotions of women and will tell them they love her when in fact they don’t. This should not be confused with the person who ends a relationship with the woman he thought he loved but with whom things took a sour turn. Why would someone deliberately play with someone’s heart? A heartless person has no conscience. And heartless people will cancel a date that someone looked forward to and feel no regret. They will also hurl insults if they feel slighted. Interestingly, such people can dish out maltreatment, but they cannot handle a dose of their own medicine. So, I agree with you that the man who cancels dates at the last minute might also expect the woman to drop everything and come running when he asks her for something. The woman in this type of relationship feels that she has to be extra-careful and walk on eggshells to preserve any peace. But that is shortlived.

Selfishness is a whole other topic that sometimes needs to be addressed on a case-by-case basis. People who are notorious for being selfish are typically insecure cowards who are afraid to give of their time or themselves. It is as though if they give, they feel that they will lose a major part of themselves, never to be replaced. There exist those who are selfish because they don’t know any other way. They may have been brought up in an “every man for himself” type of environment. Selfishness is a trait that can be changed if one is made aware of this trait. There are people who appear to be overly preoccupied with their own personal needs while single, yet when they get married and have children they can turn out to be selfless spouses and parents. But not always. When you meet a man, for the first few times, focus on what he says when he talks about others. How one interacts with family members and friends and the manner in which one speaks about them is usually indicative of the type of person you are now dealing with. How people relate to strangers is another indication. There are many subtle yet evident clues that one can pick up on if he or she is so inclined. If you do not allow your vision to become clouded by a handsome face, his true image will become crystal-clear to you. Baila Sebrow is president of Neshoma Advocates, communications and recruitment liaison for Sovri-Beth Israel, executive director of Teach Our Children, and a shadchanis. She can be reached at [email protected] Questions and comments for the Dating Forum can be submitted to [email protected]

Shopping For More Dear Esther, My wife, Tzippy, and I have been married for over 20 years. I can still recall when we were dating and I was struck by how disciplined she was. At the time she told me she hadn’t had a piece of cake since she was a teenager and that she tried to work out five times a week. I always saw myself as pretty disciplined in certain areas, like areas related to work and general achievement, but I can’t say that I didn’t struggle with weight and also finding time to exercise. So I was totally impressed with her level of structure. Obviously, there were many other reasons why we went on to get married, and I still think highly of Tzippy. But something weird happened recently and I’m not sure what to make of it. Thank G-d, I’ve been successful and money is not an issue with us. I know that Tzippy is friendly with women who, like herself, take good care of themselves and dress beautifully. I’m not into women’s fashion and honestly don’t notice if Tzippy is wearing something new or something that she’s already worn several times. I also wouldn’t know if her dress cost $50 or $1,500. I know that when we’re out together, she always gets lots of com-

pliments from her peers. I’m not the type of guy to closely look at our bills and figure out how much Tzippy is spending on clothing. I enjoy being generous and easygoing. I know she’s also shopping for our children and I don’t know which stores sell stuff for her and which stores sell clothing for children and teenagers—and, to tell you the truth, I don’t really care. I’m happy that I’m able to give Tzippy this freedom to do her thing without feeling any pressure from me. Last week, for some reason—I don’t know what possessed me—I walked into Tzippy’s walk-in closet. The door was left open and it almost seemed like it had a “welcome” sign on it. I’ve never walked into it before. I started looking around. First, it shocked me to see so many dresses, blouses, skirts, and rows upon rows of shoes. It was pretty mind-boggling. But what got to me was the fact that I saw many price tags on things that clearly were never worn. If I had noticed one or two, I probably wouldn’t have thought anything of it. But I’m talking about way more than a dozen items. And when I dared myself to look at the prices on the price tags, I was blown away. I’ve been in total denial about how

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much Tzippy’s been spending on herself. Mind you, it’s not like we don’t give generously to tzedakah; we do. But when I started to think about the amount of money Tzippy was spending on herself, I started feeling upset and embarrassed. I thought about how many needy people could be helped if she bought even a quarter less; it would be quite significant. And the cherry on the top is the fact that so much of it has never even been worn! I want to approach Tzippy about her shopping and spending but I want to do it the right way. I generally think things through carefully before I make a move and so I want to handle this properly. Something about the scene I witnessed made me think that maybe there is something “not normal” going on here. Could she be an addict? Is that even possible? She’s so disciplined in so many ways; could it be that this is the one area in which she abandons all thought and is totally out of control, no different than any other type of addict? What do you think is happening here and what do you suggest I do about it? Worried Dear Worried, First I’ll discuss what it means to be a “shopping addict,” which goes by the clinical name of

“omniomania” and is probably one of the most “acceptable” addictions around. If you’re into labels and it’s important for you to know whether Tzippy is suffering from this behavioral addiction, let’s look at what’s involved in this behavior. While some people eat their feelings away, gamble their feelings away, or smoke their feelings away, people who are shopping addicts have an irresistible desire to purchase. It temporarily helps them cover up bad moods, stress, fear, frustration, loneliness, anger, or whatever emotions might be causing them pain. Though they often buy things they don’t even need, it gives them a much-needed pick-me-up and even an actual “rush.” Some people like to joke around and use the expression “retail therapy,” implying that you can get the same benefits from buying yourself something as you would from engaging in therapy. Obviously, this is not correct. Like any addiction that distracts one from his or her true feelings, the fix is temporary and one quickly needs to indulge in it yet again in order to keep the hurtful feelings at bay. Another feature of addictions is that most often, they have serious detrimental effects on one’s life. Has there been any downside to her over-the-top spending aside from the sheer

wastefulness of it all and the knowledge that so much of that money could have been used in more important ways? Does the shoe (or rows of shoes) fit? Or could it be that Tzippy shops so much simply because she can, since you’ve never really attempted to rein her in on any level and there are no consequences, financial or otherwise? Also, in a community such as ours, where consumerism has sadly become a measure of one’s social worth in certain circles, there is that reality to consider. Taking into account all of the above information, take a closer look at Tzippy. You probably know her better than anyone else. What’s going on beneath the couture clothing and stiletto heels? Are you looking at a happy woman? A fulfilled woman? Someone who feels she’s good enough—without the outer trappings? Or have you been missing something that might have been addressed a long time ago? Is she yearning for something that she believes shopping will fill up, while something more serious is going on that needs to be addressed through therapy or a more meaningful connection to you? Either way, an important conversation needs to take place between the two of you. And yes, in the same way one

might address a loved one when observing an overindulgence in drinking or any other unhealthy behavior, you need to address Tzippy’s excessive and wasteful shopping and decide together on a realistic bottom line. Spending limits should be established, because any behavior without limits can leave one ultimately feeling nauseated, wasteful, ridiculous, and—hopefully— guilty. And as I mentioned, the true story gets covered up. If through honest dialogue it becomes clear that Tzippy is shopping when she is feeling

down and her shopping reflects more than just her seeking a little distraction, you should encourage her to do the work she needs to do in order to figure out what is really missing from her life and how she can work toward achieving true fulfillment. 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.

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Smile, Please One who wishes to become a dental hygienist must attend school for that purpose. The curriculum is fairly standard. Dental hygienists learn how to administer anesthesia and apply sealants and fluoride treatments. They are taught to advise patients about the impact of nutrition on dental health. And they learn that a good hygienist should be adaptable and cheerful as well as compassionate, since many patients are anxious when they are seated in a dentist’s chair. I will refer to these students as female, only because I have never met a male dental hygienist nor have I ever heard of one—neither of which mean that there aren’t any. Nevertheless, I will continue to refer to hygienists as female. A hygienist needs dexterity. She needs to learn how to take blood pressure, how to process dental X-ray films, and how to screen for oral cancers. She is taught to do testing as well as to recommend dental-hygiene products for the office. The dental hygienist must be able to convey to the patient the benefits

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of accepting treatment and be able to communicate all patient information to the dentist. She has to learn digital radiology and to work quickly. She is taught to clean and polish teeth and much more. Her duties are many.

being spoken to and being unable to respond. The patient must sit still, mouth open wide to accommodate untold numbers of instruments that have been thrust into his mouth, and listen to somebody talk to him. While in a dentist’s chair, most people don’t care all that much about the weather and, therefore, a patient feels no obligation to respond to a mindless comment about the weather. So he will have no objections to a brief mention of the weather—but nothing more. Listening to soft music— also known as elevator music—has a calming effect, but conversation does not, since the patient can’t talk. Not many people like a one-way con-

Why ask a question of someone who is clearly unable to answer? The list of what these students need to know is a long one. And in addition to the many technical aspects of all that they need to learn, there is the art of conversation. I respectfully disagree about that last subject. In my opinion, every dental-hygienist wannabe should be taught to talk as little as possible. They might be better off if they learned to smile, explain to the patient what they will be doing, and then keep quiet. Why does the hygienist need to talk? Nothing is more irritating than

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versation . . . unless they are the ones who are doing the talking. A talking hygienist is irritating, but the worst offender by far is the hygienist who asks questions. Why ask a question of someone who is clearly unable to answer? The hygienist should know that her patient is unable to communicate because his mouth is wide open and full of instruments. She should know it because she put them there! Not only is the patient unable to speak but he is also unable to shake his head to indicate

a “yes” or “no” response. Head-shaking, however, would be meaningless since the average hygienist rarely asks a question that requires a simple “yes” or “no” response. Argh and unnh are the only sounds that ever emanate from the mouth of the poor soul sitting in the chair. That concept should not be difficult to grasp. Even the most non-communicative among us feels the need to respond when spoken to or when asked a direct question. When confronted by a chatty hygienist, in addition to the likelihood of physical discomfort, the patient has to put up with emotional discomfort. Instead of having to learn the art of cheerful conversation, the students would be better served if the school would teach them the art of remaining silent. What comes to mind is “Whistle While You Work.” If it is difficult for the hygienists to be silent, a gentle whistle would be preferable. Humming, which may be annoying to some, is another possible option. Anything is better than a one-way conversation! There is usually only one thing I want to say to a hygienist who is yakking up a storm while working on me: “Please, I beg of you, kindly stop talking.” That might sound harsh, but at least I would use the words please and kindly. In any case, that’s just the way it is. Hannah Berman lives in Woodmere and gives private small-group lessons in mahjongg and canasta. She can be reached at [email protected] or 516-902-3733.

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Dropping The Five-Second Rule BY MORDECHAI SCHMUTTER Drop everything! Unless it’s food, because scientists have recently discovered that the “five-second rule” is not backed by science. Thanks a lot. We already knew that. In case you have standards, I should explain that the five-second rule is a mesorah handed down through the generations—not from parent to child, obviously, but from older brother to younger brother to younger brother’s friend to friend’s younger brother—that if you drop food on the floor, it’s OK to eat, provided that: 1. It’s been on the floor for fewer than five seconds. 2. Sometimes these five seconds are counted from the time you realized it fell. 3. The food has to be really good. Bacteria wait five seconds before attacking good food, but if the food isn’t great, they come right away. Also, if you claim you don’t know what the five-second rule is, you’re lying. According to a 2003 survey, 70% of women and 56% of men are familiar with the rule. And before all my male readers say that we’re better than women, they should realize that unfamiliarity with the rule doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t eat any food that touches the floor; it means that you don’t care about limiting it to five seconds. But according to a recent study, the five-second rule is too generous. It’s more like a second, like before anyone sees. Once someone else sees that you dropped food, it’s too late. At that point, it devolves into an argument between the person who made it and accidentally dropped it, and the person who did no work at all and just happened to see it fall. The underlying idea is, “I made the food; you don’t know how hard I worked. We’re eating this. If you would know what’s on my hands, the floor wouldn’t bother you so much. Also, I accidentally dipped my oven mitt into it when I pulled it out. I sweep the floor every day, but I haven’t washed my oven mitts in 15 years, ever since I shrunk a pair. So keep telling me that the floor is a problem.” No one really believed the rule anyway. There’s no logic to it. There’s no reason that bacteria should be any different from any other dirt on the floor, meaning that if you drop the food directly onto the bacteria, you can assume it’s automatically stuck on, and if you don’t, five seconds shouldn’t be enough for the bacteria to sprint across the room and leap onto it. Those things are tiny, and they don’t even have legs. And how come it only works for food? If you drop your tefillin, chas v’shalom, can you yell, “Five-second rule!” and you don’t have to fast? If you drop your small electronic device in the bathroom, can you yell, “Five-second rule!” and then you don’t have to slowly rebuild

your life? Actually now, come to think of it, maybe you’re supposed to yell “Five-second rule!” for food, so the bacteria know that they have to give you a chance to pick it up. Otherwise it doesn’t work. But now, according to reports, it’s been scientifically proven that it doesn’t work anyway. According to the researchers at the Rutgers University of Bubble Bursting and Killjoys, bacteria contaminate food instantly, provided that you, as the scientists did, make sure to slather the surfaces you’re dropping it onto beforehand with some kind of bacterium. (Bacterium is the singular form of bacteria. If you didn’t know this, it’s because there’s no such thing as one bacterium. It’s like having one parenthesis. To verify this, researchers spent two years dropping food onto various surfaces—ceramic tiles, wood,

carpet, and stainless steel. (Though I can’t help but notice that this list doesn’t include grass, concrete, sand, puddles, or the back seat of a car.) Who has stainless-steel floors? They tested four foods—bread, buttered bread, gummy candy, and watermelon. (So you could tell this was done at a college. Those are the food groups.) All of the items were dropped several times from a height of five inches. I’m not sure why the precise height mattered, except as far as bounce. They then left the foods on the floor for various contact times— less than one second, five seconds, thirty seconds, and five minutes. Any more than five minutes would have gotten one of the researchers’ mothers to walk in and pick up the food and say, “I have to do everything around here!” and then throw it in the garbage. Here’s what they found: • There was no crazy significant difference between less than one second and five seconds. The type of food and the type of surface is more

important. (For example, there’s no five-second rule for soup on a carpet.) • The candy picked up the fewest bacteria, which is great news for people who find a jelly bean under the couch while cleaning for Pesach. It’s like a little reward for cleaning. But if you’re cleaning for Pesach and find a slice of watermelon under your couch, you probably should leave it. For next year. • The more moisture an item has, the more bacteria it picks up. Scientists got this from the fact that the watermelon had it the worst and the gummy candy was still pretty safe. They did not consider that maybe it’s because bacteria prefer to eat healthy. So in other words, when people say that a certain food is healthier, that’s only until it hits the ground. After that, the whole spectrum turns around. • The bread always landed buttered-side down, even though they were dropping it from five inches up.

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DROPPING THE FIVE-SECOND RULE Continued from Page 47 • There weren’t significantly more bacteria on the buttered bread than on the plain bread, but there was more hair. This totally puzzled the scientists, who had definitely cleaned all the hair off the surface beforehand, and they were left scratching their heads about how this happened. • Also, the scientists did not yell, “Five-second rule!” every one of the 2,560 times they dropped something. That probably made a difference. • In 2,560 drops, the test subjects they fed these foods to never once asked what had happened to the foods beforehand. The truth is that before this study, most people never actually believed the rule anyway. It’s more about being a social fiction that we all have to believe is true in order to eat food that we were really looking forward to without it, say, affecting shidduchim. We all know it doesn’t work, but the second we admit that it doesn’t work, the whole thing falls apart. So thanks a lot, scientists. But according to the researchers, their experiment was not a total waste of time. “If we do get sick from a food, we tend to think about what we ate that may have made us sick, not the place we ate it from.” No one realizes the danger, because no one’s ever died while still eating the watermelon.

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So if the rule doesn’t work, where did it come from? It’s not in the Torah. So I looked it up, and near as I can tell, it can be traced back to the time of the barbarians. And you know what they say: If the barbarians came up with a rule about dropped food being OK to eat, it must be true. According to legend, barbarian leader Genghis Khan declared that food could be on the ground for 12 hours and still be safe to eat. So in his day, if someone dropped food, they’d yell, “Twelve-hour rule!” and then they’d take a nap. Or go invade a country.

making you look like you can’t read Hebrew? But even if the rule has a source, where did the five-second timeframe come from? Did they just make that up, or did they experiment with various times? Like maybe in the 13th century, it was a 12-hour rule, and people were still dying, so they decided to shorten it to ten hours, and so on. So my guess is that the entire rule has more to do with making sure that the person picking it up is the one who saw it fall and knows for a fact that no one stepped on it. If polite society gave you longer than

I sweep the floor every day, but I haven’t washed my oven mitts in 15 years. Though maybe the rule is in the Torah. Maybe it dates back to manna in the Midbar, which had a 24-hour rule. Of course, you can’t really compare the Divine protection that Hashem provided in the desert with the normal things that go on every day. We don’t really understand the manna, and we have a lot of questions about it, like why is it spelled manna? Is it because “man” is a person? Why is there no good way to spell manna in English without

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five seconds, you’d probably run to get a knife and fork, and while you’re gone, a herd of elephants will come through your kitchen. So it’s not about how fast it takes bacteria to get to it; it’s more about people. And livestock. We also didn’t want someone just coming along and saying, “Hey! Free food!” If it was even slightly longer, the other people who saw it fall would start darting across the room, knocking over furniture, and maybe

even more food. The idea is that if you’re the one who just dropped it, you’re the one standing there. Unless you drop it off a roof. 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]

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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. Common solutions to last week’s Spelling Bee: Melachim, Mechila. Chacham, chachamim, challah, chemical, chili, cliché, chime, halacha, halachic, halal, Hallel, l’chaim, leech, lichee, machal

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Dishing Out Gifts And More

real estate & mortgage financing By Anessa V. Cohen

Remembering The Good Times Last week, I happened to read an obituary of an Israeli hero named Eli Gil who passed away at the age of 82. The obituary spoke of his being in the 1st Elite Commando Unit in Israel and what a great man he was. Since I had never heard his name spoken before, I decided to ask my husband, Haim, if he remembered him. Haim told me that he not only knew who he was and what a hero he was considered, but that there was another side of Eli Gil that only kids growing up in Jerusalem in the 1950s and 60s would recall. Dish It Out New York, a giftware and tabletop boutique owned by Robin Kessler and her daughter, Ilana Buchsbayew, is celebrating its six-month anniversary! They are very grateful to the community for such a great start.

The boutique is located at 339 Central Avenue in Lawrence and is open six days a week. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram @DishItOutNY, or call 516-374-0845 for more information.

“I figured that all Americans were cowboys or Indians based on these movies!” Kids growing up in Jerusalem in those years experienced the daily overall struggle of Israeli life. Times were tough and extras were rare. For kids, the ability to go out and see a movie was a major event and expense. Eli Gil would come to the neighborhood ma’adon (community center) every Thursday afternoon with two metal canisters of movie film and a separate machine for subtitles. The subtitle machine would show the Hebrew subtitles to the left of the movie screen, independent of the actual movie being shown. Many times, you didn’t know what to watch first—the movie or the

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subtitles! All of this would cost each kid 25 grush (pennies). The guy in charge of running the subtitles was Yitzchak Mevorach, who was the closest they had to someone with a passing knowledge of English. The movie of the week was run in the ma’adon—a small one-room building in the middle of the square of the shechunah (neighborhood) about the size of a 20 x 20 area. Everyone needed to bring their own chairs to line up to see the movie. You would see kids from all corners of the shechunah bringing chairs from their houses for the big event. Some men

could be seen with their kids in tow, carrying recliner chairs for them to the ma’adon so they could see the movie as well. Those with recliners took up the space of two chairs instead of one! There were no movie screens to be erected for seeing the movies; who had a portable movie screen? The movie was projected directly on one of the walls inside the room. The room was packed wall to wall with excited moviegoers! The movie would start and Yitzchak Mevorach would first have to figure out what

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Real Clear Daf: Q & A Review

REAL ESTATE Continued from Page 56 the movie was saying in English and then post the appropriate place where the subtitles should begin, so many times you would see a cowboy threatening to shoot someone and kill them in the Hebrew subtitles, but when you looked on the actual movie screen, the guy who was threatened was already dead on the ground minutes before. For some reason, every week, around midway through the movie, Yitzchak Mevorach would fall asleep. A commotion would break out because the movie would suddenly be running with no accompanying Hebrew subtitles on the left. Everyone would start yelling at him so they could figure out what was happening in the movie. “Most of the movies Eli brought each week were cowboy movies. I figured that all Americans were cowboys or Indians based on these movies! As a kid growing up back then,” Haim said, “Eli Gil was bigger than life—for his army role, and especially for those Thursday afternoons which were a highlight of the week for so many in those difficult years.” In memory of Eli Gil and Yitzchak Mevorach.  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]

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A review of some of this week’s daf yomi key concepts (Parashas Vayechi – Shevuos)

BY RABBI SHMUEL WISE Q. What is the difference between shevuos and nedarim? A. We learned about this on 25a. The beraisa there first mentions that only nedarim can go into effect on mitzvah objects. For example, if one made a neder that his sukkah should become prohibited to him, that would work and he wouldn’t be allowed to dwell in the sukkah. However, if one made a shevuah not to live in the sukkah, the oath would not go into effect. Another difference between shevuos and nedarim

is his quest for lomdus and a more profound understanding of the discussions of Shas—the classic “the person vs. the object” split. That is, the concept of a neder is one that applies to the object whereas a shevuah pertains to the actions of the person. It is therefore quite

These great scholars achieved their brilliance by allowing the Talmud to guide them. is where the person attempts to create a prohibition on something intangible (e.g. he seeks to prohibit himself from throwing a rock into the sea). A shevuah can accomplish this whereas a neder cannot. The underlying logic for these differences is a distinction that every yeshiva student has encountered many times

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understandable why someone cannot create a shevuah with respect to the mitzvah of sukkah; for what he seeks to do is swear not to fulfill an action (person) that the Torah obligated him to do, surely an impossibility. However, it is entirely possible to make a neder here since the neder strictly creates a prohibition on the object, the sukkah, and therefore is not

creating a prohibition that directly contravenes a mitzvah. This distinction also explains the issue of making a shevuah or neder on the act of throwing a rock into the sea. A neder cannot accomplish this simply because it only has the capacity to create prohibitions on actual objects. Prohibiting such an action would strictly be the domain of a shevuah. Although this “object–person” split is found frequently in the commentaries of the great roshei yeshivos (especially in the works of R’ Chaim of Brisk and that of his illustrious student, R’ Boruch Ber), it is actually found in the Gemara itself on Nedarim 16b. This serves as a reminder that these great Talmudic scholars achieved their brilliance by allowing the Talmud to guide them, rather than by imposing their own thoughts on the Talmud. Q. How does it work if someone makes multiple oaths restricting the same thing? A. We learned about this on 27b. The Mishnah there rules that if someone swore three times not to eat a loaf of bread and later ate the bread, he would only be liable for that first oath. The reason is that once he already prohibited himself from the bread through the first shevuah, the subsequent shevuos are redundant and therefore do not create any additional prohibitions. The Gemara there wonders: seemingly, the Mishnah could have made its point with a case of two shevuos, so why did it add a third one? The Gemara explains that by adding another shevuah, the Mishnah is teaching us that although these additional

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Real Clear Daf Continued from Page 58 oaths do not have any practical relevance now, they can become relevant later. How so? Rava explains that if this person were to ask a sage to annul shevuah #1, the bread would remain prohibited to him based on shevuah #2, because upon the annulment of #1, “room has been made” for #2 (and the same if he were to have #2 annulled). Rashi explains the mechanics of this further by pointing out that when a sage annuls an oath or vow, legally it’s as if that oath was never made. In retrospect, therefore, shevuah #2 was really the first shevuah and therefore it does go into effect. The Gemara attempts to lend support to the notion that the additional shevuos are still “in the air” from a beraisa that discusses a person who accepted two terms of nezirus upon himself. The result of such an acceptance would be an obligation to observe two nezirus terms with the requisite offering brought at the end of each term in order to be able to resume a non-nazir life. But what if upon observing the first term but before beginning the second, this person had a sage annul his acceptance of the first term? The beraisa says that in such a case that first period of observance would be considered an observance of the second term which now “goes in place” of that period originally assigned to the first term. We see from the beraisa that although in real time the second term did not have any practical impact, it was still “waiting in the wings” to replace that first term in the event of an annulment—seemingly the same idea that Rava suggested. The Gemara deflects the proof by pointing out that Rava is actually going further than the beraisa with this idea. For in the nezirus case, the second nezirus term will eventually become relevant whether the first term is annulled or not. Hence, is it pretty reasonable to say that the second term stands by, waiting to become relevant, throughout the first, as opposed to in Rava’s case, where at the moment when the second shevuah is introduced it serves no apparent purpose. To say, as Rava suggests, that the second shevuah still waits around in case things might change to make it relevant is a novel idea that cannot be proven from this beraisa. ••• I’d like to turn from this Talmudic discussion to share an exciting project I am privileged to be at the helm of: Tehillim Together. It is a mobile application to facilitate prayer campaigns for fellow Jews in need of prayers, and comes complete with a built-in sefer Tehillim, beautifully laid out and translated. I urge you all to download this free app and join us to pray for acheinu Beis Yisrael and all of their many tzrachim. May the Al-mighty continuously help us to gain clarity on all of the topics of Shas, and answer all of our tefillos. Rabbi Wise is maggid shiur of Real Clear Daf (realcleardaf.com), 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 (tehillimtogether.com), 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).

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DAF YOMI INSIGHTS By Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow

Courtly Appearances The Gemara (Shevuos 31a) discusses a situation where two litigants appear before a judge. One is wearing expensive clothing valued at 100 maneh, and one is wearing something akin to rags. The judge is directed to tell the wealthy litigant: “Either you change into cheap threads or rent a tuxedo for your adversary.” The Ben Yehoyada writes that this is true even if the pauper initiated the court case. The wealthy litigant must bear the cost of improving the appearance of the claimant. However, the Ben Yehoyada writes that we would prefer if the wealthy litigant dressed down to regular clothing. Apparently, clothing worth 100 maneh is so out of the ordinary that the Raavan writes that in his time this halachah was not relevant; no party to a din Torah in the time of the Raavan ever showed up with such expensive clothing. It is possible that we suspect the wealthy litigant in the times of the Gemara of purposely showing up in expensive clothing to bias the judges in his favor. This is in line with the reasoning offered by the Gemara— the judges must distance themselves

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from falsehood. They may rule incorrectly because of the way the litigants are dressed. Rav Yehuda Leib Chasman, zt’l, remarked that the lesson from this Gemara is outstanding. Only the most righteous tzaddikim were chosen as judges, especially in the times of the Gemara. Is it conceivable that they

is wealthy no matter what he is wearing, yet we assume the righteous judge will not be affected by that knowledge. However, if the judge sees that one party is dressed in fancy clothes, it becomes difficult for him not to be subtly biased and have his judgment somewhat affected. The problem isn’t the intellectual knowledge but the visual cues. The solution is just to remove that visual stimulus from being displayed in front of the judge. Otherwise, the Gemara reasons, it is virtually impossible for the judge not to be biased in favor of the well-dressed litigant. We see this lesson—that people can make irrational decisions based on what they see in front of them—elsewhere.

They may rule incorrectly because of the way the litigants are dressed. would pervert Torah law just because of the way one litigant was dressed? Furthermore, if the way he dresses demonstrates that he is wealthy, then what point is there in having him change his clothes? The judge already found out that he is wealthy! Rav Chasman, zt’l, says that we see from here that a judge can be uncannily affected by what he sees. Intellectually, he knows that he should not favor the wealthy party. And ultimately, he knows that the litigant

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When the angels were sent to overturn Sedom, they were directed to rescue Lot. The angels told Lot to gather his family because Sedom will be overturned shortly. His daughters dutifully escaped with their father but their husbands refused to come. The midrash says that Lot’s sons-in-law remarked, “Sedom is in a joyous state; is it possible it will be overturned?” According to one opinion, there was some type of county fair occurring. They did not argue with

the fact that Hashem is all-powerful and capable of overturning Sedom. They did not question why Hashem would overturn Sedom. Rather, their sole argument was that it is not possible that Sedom is being overturned because they saw no hint of that destruction in what they were witnessing. To make a judgment call based on what they were seeing was illogical. And that fateful error cost them their lives. Rav Chasman, zt’l, said that unfortunately we all make these judgment calls based on appearances. When someone new walks into shul, how do we greet him? Do we greet the sharply dressed visitor in the same manner as the one with a shabby appearance? Do we rush to give the poor visitor an aliyah? To a certain extent, we can’t be faulted. After all, the Gemara says that even the most righteous judges fall prey to this insidious snap judgment. Yet, the more we are aware of the problem, the better positioned we will be to correct it. Rabbi Sebrow leads a daf yomi chaburah at Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park in West Hempstead. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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HANC Girls’ Chanukah Celebration BY ELIYAH BIVAS Chanukah is a happy time when people celebrate, so the seventh-grade girls had a party at Rebecca Boord’s house. At the party, we played so many Chanukah versions of Taboo, Charades, Hedbanz, and more! We also heard a dvar Torah from Shira Rothbort, who read beautifully. After that, we got cookies, and we had 15 minutes to decorate

them with frosting, sprinkles, candy, pretzels, and more! We had to decorate it with something that has to do with Chanukah; for example, some people made a menorah or dreidel. The judges—Mrs. Morey and Rabbi Hecht— chose three winners: Aviva, Madeline, and Rebecca. Everyone had an amazing time! Thank-you to Morah Klein for coordinating the party! We hope to have another one next year! 

HANC Boys Celebrate Chanukah BY ORI BAER On Wednesday, December 13, the second night of Chanukah, the eighthgrade boys traveled from all across the storied land of Long Island to the Chanukah party hosted by our very own Rabbi Olshan. As 7:30 neared, most of the students were there and the excitement in the room was almost palpable (probably because we were promised food). And as promised, the food was delivered and welcomed with a deafening cheer. Once the boys had their fill of pizza, fries, soda, and doughnuts, everyone took their seat while the entertainer was preparing for his performance. The persistent buzz of whispers

halted when Rabbi called for quiet, and the entertainer, David Jaison, was ready to perform. Excited to find out what his act was, the room was silent, as if everyone was holding their breath. His act began and it soon became evident that he was a mentalist, a good one. He performed a series of acts that continued to amaze, some so complex that even I started to believe he had special powers. Finishing with a stunning grand finale and an enthusiastic round of applause, the boys began to say their goodbyes and slowly return home. So overall, due to the legendary unification of friends, food, and entertainment, it was a fun party and I strongly recommend it to any future eighth-graders. 

Can-Do Attitude BY HANNAH RUBENSOHN On Friday, December 15, HANC seventh- and eighth-grade girls had a Menorah Competition. Both grades were to bring in cans, which are being donated to Tomchei Shabbos, and build their most creative meno-

rah. The winner would get to snack on doughnuts and coffee. Both grades had a ton of fun and enjoyed the achdut. We ended the exciting event with a kumzits. In the end, the eighth-grade girls won. 

“The chief symptom of adolescence is a state of expectation, a tendency towards creative work, and a need for the strengthening of self-confidence. Suddenly, the child becomes very sensitive to the rudeness and humiliations which he had previously suffered with patient indifference.” HANC Chanukah Party

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Amazing Menorah Race BY ABIGAIL MOTTAHEDEH AND RENA HACKEL The most well-known symbol of Chanukah is the menorah and its bright lights. In our attempt to make lighting the menorah all the more fun, the stu-

dent council purchased items for the students to make their very own menorahs. This activity forced the students to use their imagination and embrace the

light of Chanukah. The middle-school students were broken into different groups and given different themes to work on. They were required to use all of the items and were also given a time limit of 30 minutes. The themes were bathroom items, food, birthday items, sports, games, music, school supplies, etc. Along with an amazing assortment of items, the students were also given access to a fully stocked pantry. The teachers judged based on creativity, accuracy, and achdut. The winners were awarded with free food! The girls’ winning team was “birthday.” Their base consisted of birthday-themed wrapping paper; as their shamash they used two birthday hats, and for their eight candles they used noisemakers. The boys’ winning team was the “bathroom.” As their base they used a bucket, tissue boxes, toilet paper, and brushes. To accessorize, they added some adorable rubber ducks. We would like to thank Rabbi Hecht, Mrs. Morey, Morah Hakiman, and the student council for the parts they all played in this spectacular event. 

“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light.” —Helen Keller “Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” HANC Menorah Competition

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Surprise Trip…Dave & Buster’s! BY KAYLA BLOCK AND ABIGAIL MOTTAHEDEH

HANC students at Dave & Buster’s

The HANC Middle Schoolers celebrated Zot Chanukah with an exciting and lively trip to Dave & Buster’s. The students first went bowling. They even got to learn from Mrs. Wasser’s amazing bowling skills. They also had lots of fun cruising around the arcade room and enjoying all the games—even the “Dance Dance Revolution” game. The trip was a great opportunity for friends to bond and to strengthen new friendships. It gave students a nice and relaxing break. We would like to thank Mrs. Morey and Rabbi Hecht for planning and organizing the trip. 

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The deep dark water surrounds me. My conscience is dry. Who knows what creatures lay here to be Why should I open my eyes? But I’ve heard of a legend of the wonders below, Each color frozen in place; Each fish and crab will surely show. I take a breath and count to three, And open my eyes to the wonders of the see. My focus disappears on what I view The fish surrounding me with coral, pink, and blue I feel a shadow behind me so I look around to see A huge, hungry shark is staring at me. I’m frightened, I’m nervous, I don’t know what to do. But once, a wise one told me the truth. He said, “When you’re scared, it’s like you have powers.” “You run faster, become stronger, one should not cower.” So I start swimming and swimming faster and faster. I hear the short intense breath of the shark behind me. I hear it clench its teeth and open its mouth. I feel the sunlight above the water. I’m so close, but so far and then……..silence. I see no more coral. I don’t hear the shark.

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BY TEHILA JANSENSON

I look above the surface of the vast open ocean. No sudden movements; no waves; no motion. Then suddenly, a boat appears in sight. I shout and scream, “Help, I’m here!” in the burning sunlight. They lift me on to their boat Five people on ship They say they’re going across the ocean. Hoping their boat won’t flip. I felt something different inside my soul. I know what I want when my future unfolds. I dive into the water and swim back to the reef. I felt the shark behind me But I didn’t fight; that wasn’t me. The shark disappeared right in midair I felt such happiness inside that I couldn’t bear. I’m here now, great legends, to G-d’s ocean, I’ll go. I’ll find you, one night, in the wonders below. 

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Think Blue And Go Green! SHULAMITH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

My name is Dr. Nechelle Blobfist, And I am a marine biologist. That means that I study the creatures of the sea. I would like to have your attention if you please. The ocean is dying, So we scientists are trying, To fix it so it can strive. And all its wonderful life can survive. One major problem is pollution, And for that there is a simple solution. Reduce, reuse, and recycle, it’s easy to do. The entire ocean is counting on you! All the garbage you dump in the ocean Each candy wrapper, plastic bag, and soda can, they are a murder weapon. The death rates of sea life are higher than it’s been. Why, yesterday I saved a sea turtle from gill netting, Close to death the poor thing was getting. So we freed it and took it to rehabilitation. I can’t begin to explain my frustration. Whenever you go swimming in the sea or relax on the beach, There’s a few things I need to teach. 1. The baby sea turtles may be cute, But by picking them up you are throwing them off route. SO DON’T! YOU ARE KILLING THEM! 2. Your fear of sharks is based on false facts, And I can even prove that. One person is killed every two years by a shark that mistakes swimmers for a snack, 610,000 people are killed each year by a heart attack. 100 million sharks are killed each year by the human being, I hope that we are all agreeing, That if anything, hippos are deadlier. 3. No, I haven’t seen Ariel the mermaid but if I do, I will definitely tell you. 4. The ocean is home to marvelous creatures,

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Each different sizes, colors, with different features. Some like the Blob Sculpin or the Sarcastic Fringehead, No, I’m not making those up—I know what I said. They may look strange, But no matter what they need you to help bring change. 5. Sustainable fish you should buy. Because overfishing is lowering our seafood supply. I could continue on for hours and hours, for days without end. But now it’s time for me to go save our marine friends. If you would like to find our more ways you can help save the ocean, It doesn’t have to be a very big devotion. You can research more ways to help, contact your local marine wildlife station, or even make a small donation. Thank you all for your cooperation. Think blue and go green! You all should know what that means. Farewell, and I hope I raised some awareness to saving the seas. 

insights on THE TORAH Vayechi: Immortality From Where I Stand BY RABBI YOSSY GOLDMAN

‫ויגוע ויאסף אל עמיו‬ He expired and was gathered unto his people. —Bereishis 49:33 A book’s title reflects the theme of the book. Likewise, the titles of our parashiyos should be accurate depictions of the subject matter under discussion. Why, then, does the title of our parashah, “Vayechi”— “and he lived”—go on to describe not Yaakov’s life but the very end of his life and, in fact, his death and funeral? Let me be faithful to Jewish tradition and try to answer one question with another question. Interestingly, the Torah never actually states that Yaakov died. It simply says that “he expired and was gathered unto his people.” This prompted one of the Talmudic sages to expound that “our father Yaakov never died.” Whereupon his colleagues challenged him and asked: Did they then bury Yaakov for no reason? Did they eulogize him in vain? And the Talmud answers—As his descendants live, so does he live (Ta’anis 5b).

Life does not end with the grave. The soul never dies, and the good work that men and women do on earth continues to live on long after their physical passing. More particularly, if there is regeneration, if children emulate the example of their forebears, then their parents and teachers live on through them.

They replied, “Shema Yisrael Hashem Elokeinu Hashem Echad—Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is One.” They were saying that the G-d of Israel their father would always be their G-d too. Yaakov was comforted and responded, “Baruch Shem K’vod Malchuso l’olam va’ed—Blessed be the Name of the Glory of His Kingdom forever and ever”—or in plain language, “Baruch Hashem— Thank G-d!” (Pesachim 56a). When all of Yaakov’s children remained faithful to his tradition, that was not only a tribute to Yaakov’s memory but the ultimate gift of eternal life bestowed upon him. His spirit lives on, his life’s work continues to flourish, and he is still present in this world as his soul lives on in the next. Whenever I have been privileged to attend the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in New York, with thousands of rab-

Ultimately, our children and students make us immortal. When Yaakov was about to breathe his last, he called his children to gather round his bedside. Our parashah recounts what he told each of them. But the Oral Tradition gives us a behind-thescenes account. Apparently, Yaakov was anxious to know whether all his offspring were keeping the faith, and he put this concern to them at that time.

bis and lay leaders in attendance, one of the most special moments for me in an altogether powerful event is when the chairman, Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, does his now-famous global roll call. While I was proud to rise and represent South Africa when our turn came, an even prouder and profoundly moving moment was when the rabbis were

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asked to indicate in which decade they went out to their respective communities as emissaries of the Rebbe on his shlichus. A handful of old men stood for the 1940s, a somewhat larger group of senior rabbis rose for the 1950s, and so it grew by the decade. But when the call was made for those who had gone out to serve communities around the world after 1994—that is, after the passing of the Rebbe—many hundreds of young rabbis rose. At that moment, it was clear to everyone in that huge hall that “Yaakov never died.” Just as his students are alive, carry on his teachings, and still answer his call to go out and change the world, so too does the Rebbe live on. Whether it means moving to Belarus or Bangkok, Sydney or Siberia, Alaska or the bottom of Africa, the Rebbe’s mission is still moving people, literally and spiritually. In following his path, Yaakov’s children immortalized him. Such a parashah is aptly entitled “Vayechi”— “and he lived.” Ultimately, our children make us immortal. And so do our students, our spiritual children. May we each be privileged to raise families and disciples who will be true Children of Israel, faithful to our father Yaakov and the G-d of Israel. Amen.  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 www.ktav.com.

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George Washington And Parashas Vayechi BY RABBI REUVEN MANN This week’s parashah, Vayechi, describes the final days and the death of Yaakov Avinu. In spite of all the setbacks and tragedies, he fulfilled his mission of creating the family which would be transformed into Klal Yisrael. This unique nation entered its next phase under the oppression of Pharaoh, who sought to prevent the emergence of the Jews at their inception. Our parashah depicts the great respect that was shown to Yaakov in death. All Egypt mourned for many days, and a delegation of the country’s most illustrious personalities accompanied the procession all the way to Canaan, no simple trek at the time. The brothers, in accordance with their promise to Pharaoh, returned to resume their residence in Egypt. At that point, something strange and unexpected happened. The brothers were fearful that, with their father gone, Yosef would exact revenge for the evil they had done to him. To us, this appears implausible. Yosef had ample opportunity to “get even” with them, if that was his intention. Instead, he reconciled and forgave them with a full heart. Not only that, but he saved them

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from the remaining years of famine. Relocating them in the choicest place in Egypt, he guaranteed that he would provide their sustenance. A full 17 years had passed, with no hint of animosity from Yosef. What could have prompted this fear, so great that it caused the brothers to concoct a blatant lie? They said that their father had left a message beseeching Yosef not to avenge his brothers for their terrible crime. When they conveyed this to Yosef, he cried. Yosef had been sold 39 years before. He had come a very long way and professed that it was “all for the good” and, moreover, was the express will of Hashem. What caused the brothers to become suddenly fearful and suspicious? Rashi comments that, upon Yaakov’s death, they observed a change in Yosef’s behavior. When Yaakov was alive, Yosef would invite the family over for meals, but now he ceased that practice. If he had sincerely forgiven them, why would he terminate these family gatherings? Apparently, the brothers never truly understood Yosef. As long as Yaakov was alive, his main concern was to fulfill the mitzvah of “Honor thy father and mother.” He knew that

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Yaakov derived much satisfaction from seeing his family together. With his death, the incentive to socialize with his siblings no longer existed. However, we must ask, what about the ordinary desire to enjoy their friendship? The answer I am about to offer may not be popular, but that does not deter me. True forgiveness requires that one yield all feelings of animosity and treat one’s offender with respect and dignity. It does not demand that one have a personal friendship and spend his leisure time with someone who mistreated him and whom he subsequently forgave. Yosef harbored no ill will against his brothers. However, they did not have a history of friendship. In the early days, they could not even “speak peacefully” to him. Yosef spent most of his adult life apart from his family. The key relationships he developed were with his own immediate family and with certain Egyptians. When families are broken apart for a long time, something is lost that may be impossible to restore in later years. It is possible to truly forgive sins, but it’s very difficult to become friends when no foundation for such a relationship exists. I find it appropriate to conclude this essay with a fascinating story. One of history’s greatest leaders was our nation’s first president, George Washington. It can be reasonably asserted that without his steadfast determination and ability to uphold

his troops’ morale in the most trying and hopeless circumstances, this nation would not have come into being. He was a truly modest individual and a regular reader of Scripture. When he was sworn in as president, he placed his hand on a specific section of Genesis that he had selected. The Bible was turned to the fiftieth chapter of Genesis, which tells of the death of the Patriarch Jacob. After his death, Jacob’s sons were afraid of their brother Joseph, whom they had sold into slavery years before. Perhaps now, with their father gone, Joseph would take his revenge. They bowed to Joseph, ready to be his slaves. But Joseph told his brothers, “Do not be afraid. Am I a substitute for G-d?” Like Joseph, Washington knew he was no substitute for G-d. And he would not be a substitute for King George III of England either, whose forces he had fought in the Revolution. He was not swayed by all the fanfare and praise. He would not rule this new nation; he would lead it. (George Washington: An Illustrated Biography, by David A. Adler, p. 8) If only contemporary aspirants for high positions would emulate the example of this nation’s founding father.  Rabbi Reuven Mann has been a Jewish educator and pulpit rabbi for over 40 years. He is the author of the new book, Eternally Yours; G-d’s Greatest Gift To Mankind—Torah’s Enduring Relevance for a Life Of Wisdom (Exodus). The book is available at Amazon.com.

BUSINESS WEEKLY Restoring the Primacy of Choshen Mishpat

By Rabbi Meir Orlian

Repair Refusal When Yisrael opened his garage on Friday morning, Eli was waiting there. “I’m driving to Baltimore for Shabbos,” Eli said, “but funny things have been happening with the car recently. Can you check the battery and brakes?” “Sure,” Yisrael told him. “Come back in two hours.” Yisrael examined the car. The battery and brakes were fine, but there was a problem with the alternator. He tried calling Eli to ask whether to replace the alternator, but Eli was unavailable. “It’s dangerous to drive to Baltimore like this,” Yisrael reasoned, “but if I wait until Eli returns, it will already be too late to order the part and install it.” Yisrael ordered the alternator and began working. As he was finishing, Eli returned. “I’m just about finished,” Yisrael said. “The battery and brakes were fine, but I had to replace the alternator. I tried reaching you, but you were not available.” Eli looked uncomfortable. “Thank you,” he said, “but I didn’t want the alternator replaced!” “But you needed it replaced,” said Yisrael. “It wasn’t safe to drive to Baltimore like this.” “I only asked you to check the battery and brakes,” Eli insisted. “I didn’t ask for any other work and do not want to pay. If you want, you can put the old alternator back in.” Yisrael rolled his eyes. “It’s already been opened and installed,” he said. “It’s not worth my time taking it out. But it’s not fair of you not to pay; the part was faulty and had to be replaced.” “How can you do work without authorization and expect to be paid?” said Eli. “I always ask, and did try reaching you,” Yisrael replied. “You were in such a rush this morning, though, that I was sure you would want me to fix whatever was necessary to get to Baltimore.” “I can’t talk now,” said Eli, “but I’m willing to discuss this with Rabbi Dayan after Shabbos.” “Agreed!” said Yisrael. “We can see him Sunday evening.” The following week, Yisrael and Eli met with Rabbi Dayan. “I replaced a faulty alternator in Eli’s car before I had a chance to contact him,” Yisrael said. “He refuses to pay for the repair.” “This case relates to an intricate topic called ‘yored l’sedei chaveiro she’lo bir’shus,’ one who plants trees in another person’s field without authorization,” said Rabbi Dayan. “The Gemara (B.M. 101a) teaches that the owner has to pay if the work was

beneficial. If the field was intended for trees, the owner has to pay the going rate for such work; if the field was not intended for trees, the owner pays a lesser amount” (C.M. 375:1; SM’A 375:2). “What if the owner of the field says that he did not want the trees planted?” asked Eli. “The Geonim rule that the owner can say that he does not want the trees,” replied Rabbi Dayan. “He can tell the planter to remove them and does not have to pay. There is a dispute, however, whether this applies also to a field intended for trees. The Shulchan Aruch indicates that he can say so even if the field was intended for trees, whereas the opinion of the Rema is unclear (C.M. 375:2,7; SM’A 375:4,14; and GR’A 375:2,17). “The Chazon Ish (B.B. 2:3) explains that, in principle, everyone agrees that the owner does not have to pay if he truly does not want the trees,” continued Rabbi Dayan. “The dispute exists when the owner does not seem to have a valid reason: Is he simply looking for an excuse to evade fair payment for the benefit he received? The Aruch HaShulchan (375:11) suggests a similar rationale to explain the opinion of the Rema; it depends on whether he has a valid reason for not wanting the work.” “But if it was dangerous to drive with the faulty alternator and it needed to be replaced,” asked Yisrael, “shouldn’t Eli have to pay for it?” “The Rema rules that if someone repaired an abandoned house, the owner must pay him for essential repairs,” was the reply. “However, he can refuse to pay for repairs that were not essential and that he doesn’t want (375:7). “Therefore, if the repair was essential for the car, Eli has to pay the going rate even if he did not ask for it to be done,” concluded Rabbi Dayan. “If the repair was not essential, but appropriate, it would be comparable to a field intended for trees, and he can refuse to pay if he offers a valid reason.”

From The BHI Hotline: Breaking A Promise I promised to lend money to my unemployed friend so that he could start a business. I instructed him to have a lawyer draw up the necessary documents. The documents were drawn up, but I am now regretting my pledge, as I realize that I may need the money this year. Q. Can I renege on my commitment? If so, must I reimburse him for the money he paid to have the documents drawn up?

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BUSINESS HALACHA Continued from Page 75 A. The point at which a potential lender may no longer retract his commitment to issue a loan is a fundamental debate. The general principle that a valid kinyan creates a legal obligation applies to this case as well. One approach maintains that the loan document generates a lien on the borrower’s property, and once drawn up with the agreement of the lender, it is the equivalent of a kinyan. Therefore, the lender must follow through with the loan (Tur C.M. 39:19 in the name of Ramban). Others reject the assertion that drawing up a loan document creates an obligation on the potential lender to carry out his commitment, saying that the lender retains the right to renege on his agreement to issue the loan (Tur ibid.). In our case, however, all opinions agree that there was no kinyan to obligate the lender to loan the money. Merely having a loan document drawn up without the parties signing the document does not constitute a kinyan between the borrower and lender that obligates the lender to loan money. On the other hand, since the borrower was instructed by the lender to invest money to obtain the loan, the lender is obligated to reimburse the borrower for those expenses (SM’A 39:46). This is categorized as garmi—a sort of indirect damage for which one is liable. It is comparable to one who places a special order for the manu-

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facture of an object and then decides against purchasing that item. Since the manufacturer invested money to produce that object, the customer is obligated to reimburse him for his loss (Rav Akiva Eiger ibid. referencing C.M. 333:8). If, however, the lender retracts his commitment due to circumstances beyond his control, he is not obligated to reimburse the other party for his loss (Shach C.M. 386:6). An additional factor that the lender must consider is that of tzedakah (charity). If the borrower is poor, one may not retract his pledge

upon him, retracting the agreement may involve a violation of mechusar amanah (lacking trustworthiness), which restricts a person from reneging on an oral commitment to another person (the details of mechusar amanah are beyond the scope of this article).

Money Matters: Borrowing And Lending Q. I lent a neighbor a bag full of quarters, but he lost it before counting the exact amount it contained. How much does he have to pay?

An oral agreement to fulfill the mitzvah to lend a poor person money is considered a vow. to lend him money. An oral agreement to fulfill the mitzvah to lend a poor person money is considered a vow, and one is obligated to follow through on that commitment (Ahavas Chesed 1:11 footnote 18). Accordingly, the right to retract one’s commitment to loan someone money is limited to a wealthy borrower for whom there is no mitzvah to lend money (see Minchas Shlomo 1:91:20, about whether hataras nedarim prevented the vow from taking place). Even if the borrower is wealthy, if the lender knows that the borrower was relying

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A. If both parties admit to the loan, but neither knows or remembers the sum, the borrower must pay the amount that he is certain about. Some say that there remains a moral obligation to compromise with the lender about the remaining sum, whereas most maintain that there is not even a moral obligation to do so (C.M. 75:18; Shach 75:58). On the other hand, if the lender claims a definite amount and the borrower does not remember exactly how much, he is obligated to pay the full amount that the lender claims,

within reason. This is because the borrower admits partially and is therefore obligated in a severe Torah oath, which he is unable to take. This principle is known as “mitoch she’eino yachol lishava meshalem,” since he is unable to swear, he must pay (75:19). The primary exception to this rule of mitoch is when the borrower is willing and able to pay immediately the amount he acknowledges (heilech). In this case, he needs to pay only that amount and is exempt from the remainder (87:1). This article is intended for learning purposes and not to be relied upon halacha l’maaseh. There are also issues of dina d’malchusa to consider in actual cases. Rabbi Meir Orlian is a faculty member of the Business Halacha Institute, which is headed by HaRav Chaim Kohn, shlita, a noted dayan. For questions regarding business halacha issues, or to bring a BHI lecturer to your business or shul, please call the confidential hotline at 877-845-8455 or e-mail [email protected] To receive BHI’s free newsletter, Business Weekly, send an e-mail to [email protected]

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Pesach Of Much Content: A Different Pesach Program BY ROCHELLE MARUCH MILLER Ask any of the many satisfied guests to describe their experiences at A Different Pesach Program and they are likely to wax enthusiastic. Having established a sterling reputation as one of Orlando’s premier Pesach destinations, A Different Pesach Program is often described as being “a five-star hotel program without the hotel,” featuring luxurious private villas, nearby Disney attractions, a world-class Pesach menu, Ashkenazi and Edot Mizrahi minyanim, and a stellar array of amenities on par with those offered at upscale hotels. What makes this program unique is its high quality, consummate professionalism, and the meticulous attention devoted to affording each guest a Pesach of which lifetime memories are made. “The concept for A Different Pesach Program came about because we are a large family, consisting of six siblings,” explained Benjamin Atkin, the congenial founder of the program, who has been key to its success since its launch 14 years ago. “We wanted to celebrate our father’s 80th birthday and were looking for a venue that would be ideal for the occasion and for spending a beautiful and enjoyable yom tov together.” After performing his due diligence, Benjamin discovered Windsor Palms, a beautiful, gated community in Orlando, mere minutes away from Disney and a plethora of attractions. Highly impressed with the community’s properties and amenities, he rented a villa, as did each of his siblings.

Initially, A Different Pesach Program was a family-oriented experience. “We had fifty people—all family members— during that first year at Windsor Palms,” Benjamin recalls. “But people began hearing that there was another, more affordable option for having a beautiful and relaxing Pesach and they wanted to find out how they could participate in the experience. Several months prior to Pesach the following year, one of my siblings called, asking if one of her neighbors and her family could join us for Pesach that year. I agreed, of course, and another family joined us as well, giving us, that year, a Pesach comprised of ‘the large family,’ ‘the small family,’ and the ‘Atkin family.’” Since its inception, A Different Pesach Program has evolved into a premier Pesach experience, with over 1,000 guests expected to participate this year. “We try to combine the best of the Pesach programs within the privacy of your own private villa.” In the early years, much of the cooking was done by Benjamin himself, a talented amateur chef with a passion for food, who orchestrated delicacies to perfection in the tradition of master chefs. But that was long before A Different Pesach Program became a Pesach tradition, drawing wonderful families from near and far. “We are under the hashgachah of ORB, with a mashgiach temidi on premises,” Benjamin said. “We have a staff of over 30 and we have a fantastic culinary team, headed by Aaron Zelman. Aaron runs every-

thing and keeps things running smoothly. Redefining service to an art, host Kenny Jerome’s signature touch is evident in the seamless orchestration of every detail.” He adds, “We strive to create an environment that is responsive to our guests’ needs by giving a wide array of glatt kosher delicious foods prepared by top chefs.” Unparalleled for fare, quality, and elegance, Five Star Caterers, the program’s catering team, was founded in 1998 by Kenny Yager. Acclaimed throughout Manhattan and the entire tristate area, it is one of the most prestigious and creative caterers, catering at the finest hotels, country clubs, synagogues, and private homes. A gold bar of the industry, the culinary artistry of Five Star Caterers will enhance every meal at A Different Pesach Program. Easily the most affordable and relaxing way to enjoy Pesach in Orlando, A Different Pesach Program affords guests the Pesach of a lifetime at a fraction of the cost of a “conventional” vacation. Celebrate Pesach in the comfort of your own luxury

villa, nestled within a gated community, far from the crowds and devoid of the pressure often associated with hotel stays. Savor your privacy as you wish, enjoy a refreshing swim in your private pool, play tennis or volleyball, enjoy the “lazy river,” or take advantage of the many amenities offered. When you are ready to avail your family of such amazing attractions as Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and more—all just minutes away—the only challenge you face is deciding which to visit first! Simply stated, when planning your Pesach vacation, choose judiciously. A Different Pesach Program is a wise option, offering both quality and value. With both gated communities featuring a selection of luxury villas to accommodate families both large and small, “You get your own home and are not cramped together in one hotel room,” says Benjamin Atkin. As well, meals are delicious and the food is plentiful. Every day, following both minyanim, a sumptuous gala kiddush will

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be served, followed by yom tov lunch. “We are sensitive to the dietary requirements of our guests. We are not a hotel program, but we are going to deliver lots of delicious food every day,” said Aaron Zelman. “We serve fresh salads as an integral part of our menu and everything is prepared fresh every day. We use the highest quality food items exclusively, including Schick’s baked goods and Klein’s ice cream products.” All the stars come out to shine at A Different Pesach Program. Featuring the multitalented performer Eitan Katz and scholars-in-residence Rabbi Lewis Wienerkur and Rabbi Simcha Bunim Berger, Pesach 2018 promises to exceed all expectations. For further information, please refer to the ad on page 80.  Rochelle Maruch Miller is a contributing editor for the Five Towns Jewish Times. She is a journalist, creative media consultant, lecturer, and editor, and writes for magazines, newspapers, websites, and private clients. She welcomes your comments at [email protected]

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Summer 2018 Camp Kaylie Expansion Plans As Rabbi Eli Brazil, Camp Kaylie director, explains, “For a camp that already offers premium facilities and a beautiful camp environment, the Camp Kaylie expansions and upgrades are a testimony to our mission to continue building upon our success, improving both the Camp Kaylie infrastructure and the incredible and dynamic sports and activities only Camp Kaylie offers! Baruch Hashem, Camp Kaylie is growing every summer and we are so excited for these new additions that will enhance our campers’ summer experience.” From major sports field upgrades to new venues and activities, Camp Kaylie at Ohel continues to build upon its success as the destination for a one-of-a-kind, fun and friendship-filled inclusive summer camp that has it all. The New Jakes Playhouse being built is a unique outdoor and indoor theater pavilion which will enable Camp Kaylie to host a diversity of creative programming and other event-type productions—which can all be viewed and enjoyed by the entire camp.

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Camp Kaylie

In just the first few years, Camp Kaylie has already outgrown its original beis midrash. With the increase in Masmidim programs and the numbers of staff and campers, Ohel is building an additional beis midrash that Rabbi Shalom Rosner, educational director and mashgiach ruchani, says “will both accommodate the increasing

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numbers of passionate and committed students, and provide an additional comfortable environment where our staff and campers can grow in their learning!” Likewise, Camp Kaylie has outgrown its art room. The new larger summer 2018 art room will be equipped with many more projects in the new expansive space being

built, enabling multiple bunks to engage in creative art projects in different areas all at the same time. Especially during those few rainsoaked days! In addition, Camp Kaylie is building a new woodworking room. The new expansive space allows for more diverse projects and new woodworking tools, which will allow

campers to engage in far more ambitious and creative woodworking projects to take home! Camp Kaylie is building a brand new culinary area in its state-of-the-art camp kitchen, known for its culinary flair— from homemade breakfast garlic rolls to delicious chocolate and cinnamon rugelach. Camp Kaylie is also ramping up many of its outdoor sports amenities and facilities. The new outdoor hockey court is being completely redone, allowing for the most competitive and professional high-energy games, complete with border patrol floor hockey barriers. They are resurfacing six tennis courts and building three new basketball courts. Last but certainly not least, Camp Kaylie continues to upgrade all its camper bunks in air-conditioning and other comforts. For summer 2018, they are building another new bunk to accommodate the overflowing waiting list of campers who booked late and still hope to have the summer of their lives! The Kaylie crew looks forward to an exciting summer 2018 and to seeing you soon. 

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FROM THE EDITOR Continued from Front Cover Rubashkin’s 27-year-long sentence was being commuted by President Trump to time served. And indeed that was the reaction— joy, elation, and ecstasy upon hearing the news that this 57-year-old man who was imprisoned in a medium-security facility in upstate New York and kept away from his wife and ten children for more than eight years was suddenly free. What an exciting and exhilarating turn of events! In a world shrouded with setbacks, there we were, on a moment’s notice, giddy with a quick sense of Jewish unity and a heretofore rare type of communal surging forward.

Sholom and Leah Rubashkin

Though attorneys and former justice and elected officials joined together to assail the sentence as wildly disproportionate and unfair, there was no desire, it seems, at the higher levels of the justice system, to adjust or correct this colossal wrong.

Mr. Obama granted clemency to more convicted felons than any previous president. The injustice perpetrated against Mr. Rubashkin and by extension against his family is truly unforgiveable and still needs to be dealt with in a legal and proper manner. Yes, there was an unfortunate white-collar crime committed that he was convicted of, but the sentence dispensed by Judge Linda Reade was unprecedented and left Sholom Mordechai staring at 27 years behind bars, a virtual life sentence.

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It is difficult to say and just as tough to write, but it seems that there was an unusually harsh punishment that the court system in Iowa was comfortable with, directing such a punitive punishment at Mr. Rubashkin. And it was just as difficult to delude ourselves into thinking that the harshness of the sentence was not something reserved for Mr. Rubashkin as a Jew—and, in particular, as an Orthodox Jew.

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Professor Alan Dershowitz

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand at AIPAC conference

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While we are in the process of placing this ordeal behind us, there are many aspects of what transpired here that should be dealt with over the weeks and months ahead. First of all, with the approach of 2018, and the advanced times that we live in, how can we as Jews sit idly by while a separate and particularly exacting brand of justice is directed at us as Jews? Granted that this is an onerous accusation to make, but the facts of the situation unfortunately support this contention. Somehow there was a cool detachment to the plight of Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin. And though the cases were starkly different, there were consistent comparisons being made to the case of long-ago-convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard, who was released from federal prison last year after serving a full 30 years. What do the two cases have in common? Both involve Jews who were imprisoned or sentenced to incarceration for far too long for no obvious reason other than it was a twisted way to send a message to Jewish communities around the country and even the world. Let it be clear that I’m not suggesting that Pollard or Rubashkin didn’t commit a crime and were just jailed for no reason. Both indulged in activities that they should not have been involved in. That said, let’s focus on the length of the sentences. In the Pollard case, many arrested and convicted over the years for spying for unfriendly countries were usually released after a relatively short sentence. But time and again, Mr. Pollard was denied parole even after pleading guilty to spying for Israel. The plea agreement included the stipulation that he would not be sentenced to life in prison. In the Rubashkin case, one of his most serious offenses was one that no one in this country had been charged with in almost 100 years—the matter of the timeframe that livestock needed to be paid for after acquisition. It is uncomfortable to state, but it just might be healthier to push the

matter out into the open. Former New York State governor David Paterson said the other day that he had intervened on Mr. Rubashkin’s behalf with former president Barack Obama. Mr. Paterson said on a New York radio station that when he reached out to the Obama administration about the wildly excessive sentence dispensed in this case, the response he received was that the administration was not interested in getting involved. The other day, on our Saturday-night radio broadcast on AM970, famed attorney Alan Dershowitz, who played a pivotal role in the Trump commutation of Rubashkin, said that he had also reached out on several occasions to Mr. Obama about the unfairness of the Rubashkin sentence but there was obviously no interest in acting. And the non-action has to be contrasted with the fact that Mr. Obama granted clemency to more convicted felons than any previous president. What forced him to look the other way on the Rubashkin matter? Well, someday, someone will hopefully ascertain the answer to that question, but it does not look like there is a pleasing or satisfying explanation. Interestingly, the other night on the radio, Mr. Dershowitz said that he had received the same answer when he would attempt to address the matter of Mr. Pollard with former President Clinton in the mid-1990s. Mr. Dershowitz said that when he would approach Clinton at whatever occasion or opportunity, Mr. Clinton would preempt whatever the attorney had to say by stating, “Alan, if you’re talking to me about Pollard, I’m not listening.” Professor Dershowitz responded, “Mr. President, I’m gonna talk. You decide whether to listen. But I’m not gonna not talk about Jonathan Pollard.” It appears that there is quite a dichotomy in the thought process of a seasoned politician versus that of a person who did not previously hold an elected position, like President Trump. Trump saw a tragic situation that he had the ability to change, with-

out considering sending moralizing messages to segments of the U.S. population, in these cases the American Jewish community. Donald Trump apparently does not think that way and we are all fortunate that this is the case. Whether it was the issue of the long-overdue recognition by the U.S. of Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital city or the differing matter of an excessive and unbalanced sentence of a family man, we can say that Mr. Trump possesses a clarity and, yes, a humanity that his more articulate predecessors just did not have. And then there is the matter of the absence of our own New York senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, from Mr. Rubashkin’s case despite widespread interest in the matter from their constituents in the New York Jewish communities. Both senators have a right to their ideas and beliefs no matter how off base they may be. But the defense of Senator Schumer’s silence on the Rubashkin matter is really in and of itself indefensible. I am referring to a widely published piece by my good friend and political consultant Ezra Friedlander, who said that while he does not agree with the Schumer silence on Rubashkin over all these years, we should not be critical of the senator because the community needs him for other things now and in the future. That assertion is as absurd as it is wrong-headed. Others in defense of Mr. Schumer say that Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi signed on to the request to commute the Rubashkin sentence and that Ms. Pelosi does not do anything without getting permission to do so from Minority Leader Schumer. That might be the case, and might even be fine and good on the surface. But that also begs the question: was Schumer invisible here because he did not want to be seen as a political leader who is Jewish advocating for leniency for another Jew? While this event has traces of that kind of dynamic at play, it would be both disappointing and disgraceful if that were the case. The important thing for now is that Mr. Rubashkin is back where he belongs, with his family. He paid his debt to society plus some. Now all we need is an explanation from Senator Schumer explaining his silence throughout the process to right a terrible wrong. 

HAFTR HS Seniors Lead Football Team To Undefeated Regular Season On Sunday, December 24, the HAFTR Hawks football team completed a 9-0 season defeating Mesivta Yam HaTorah (YAM) of Brooklyn. This was a significant milestone for HAFTR, as the football program was started only four years ago. Games are played at the Lawrence High School turf football field, and league opponents are excellent competitors including DRS, MAY, Darchei, and a mix of Brooklyn Jewish high school league teams. A total of 10 teams play Sunday afternoons at 1:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. every Sunday after Sukkot culmi-

nating with the league’s Super Bowl, played before February (dress warmly if you are coming to watch the games). During HAFTR’s inaugural season four years ago, the first-year freshman team (who are now seniors) won 2 games and lost 8, experiencing the growing pains of a new program. Each year HAFTR got a little better, last year advancing in the playoffs to the semifinals. This group of boys, led by the senior standouts, has battled, stuck together, and grown as a team this past year. The defense has held offenses in check with five shut-

outs during the regular season. HAFTR hopes to bring a Hawks banner to the Hawks Nest in its home gym in Lawrence when the playoffs start after January 1 (playoff schedule is still being finalized as of this writing). This year, the offense is led by star seniors Shai Laniado at receiver and William Ness at quarterback. Defense is led by seniors Oren Goldberg at defensive line, Ilan Goldberg at cornerback, and safety Henry Ness who has patrolled the defensive backfield. Offensive and defensive line play by rising 11th grade stars Benny Waxman, Noah Niehrenberg, and Eli Greenberg has been outstanding. Key contributions from seniors Gabe Aspir, Yehuda Blonder, Rani Milberg, and Dan Hazan have resulted in key plays throughout the season. HAFTR Hawks football is building a strong crop of underclassmen and juniors who will step up in future years to keep the program strong, including Natan Goldschlager, James Ness, Doug Mandel, among others.

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SPORTS CENTER Continued from Page 83 We owe a giant hakarat hatov to the One above for watching over the health of the team this year, to HAFTR’s athletic department and administration for their support, and to the par-

game at 64 with another magical threepointer with just seconds remaining. However, this time, Levine hit a threepointer for Frisch with just one second remaining to keep Frisch undefeated in league play. Flatbush Quiets the Thunder for Big Division Win. On the longest night of

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threes with big free throws down the stretch for a 68–59 win at the Falcons nest in Brooklyn. Sammy Salzman gave the Falcons the lead with a lay in five seconds in off the opening tip, and Maurice Mosseri followed with a steal, lay in, and free throw trifecta for the home team. The Falcons looked to be off and running. But impatience and an inability to finish at the rim let YDE pull even at the 3:45 mark, despite Jack Mishaan controlling the boards at both ends. The Flatbush defense was excellent, but the offense shot blanks the last seven minutes of the opening quarter. After one period of play, it was a 5–5 ballgame. Joe Kattan ended the run of Flatbush misses with a corner three-pointer, then buried another on the next possession for an 11–6 lead, prompting a Thunder timeout. It was well used by the visitors, as two minutes later, YDE had their first lead of the game on consecutive threes, 13–11. Reserve forward Kenny Beyda boosted the Falcons back in the

ents of these young men who brought them back and forth to and from practices starting in the heat of the summer. Good luck to all the teams who are excellent this year and to the league for putting a fun league together that is competitive, exciting, and fun to watch.

Yeshiva League Roundup Varsity Game of the Year. In a showdown of two powerhouse teams, DRS and Frisch met at DRS on Saturday night, December 23. DRS took early control of the game with a 16–10 lead after one quarter and then 23–15 at halftime. But Frisch would not let up. They came out in the third quarter with a 10–1 run and after three quarters were winning 32–31. Stepner was hitting three-pointers for Frisch and Velenski was doing it all for DRS—three-pointers and drives. Levine kept hitting shots from the lane for Frisch. The lead went back and forth. Frisch led by three points, but with just seconds to play Velenski

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hoisted up and hit a 3-pointer from half court at the buzzer to send the game into overtime and the capacity crowd into a frenzy. In overtime, Frisch led by three points with under a minute to go. Velenski came down court and tied the

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the year, Thursday, December 21, the Flatbush boys varsity basketball team made it feel exactly like that for the visiting YDE Thunder. The Falcons pulled away in the third quarter and quashed a late barrage of Thunder

lead with a three of his own. The teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter, but it was the lift from Kattan (10 second quarter points) that allowed Flatbush to hold the lead at the half, 22–20. Flatbush had a chance to double its lead off a breakaway at the outset of the second half, but the miss led to a lead-changing Thunder three. Eddie Lincer answered with a three of his own, and when Mishaan came up with a rebound put back, Flatbush again had a two-point lead, 27–25. Lincer had the spark the Falcons were looking for, scoring inside and out (12 points in the quarter), giving Flatbush an eight-point lead at 41–33. Hot shooting from outside kept YDE close, but at the end of the third quarter, Flatbush was up 45–40. After sending Lincer to the line, the lead was back to seven, 57–50. After a big Mishaan rebound on the ensuing possession, Flatbush began to run the clock, and they did so effectively for 45 seconds, with Lincer eventually being sent to the line where he converted another pair. After a YDE three, Lincer again was sent to the line for the final one-and-one opportunity; he made both for a 61–53 lead with 1:07 minutes to play. It looked like the game was all

The 7th grade Flatbush Falcons basketball team faced off in MDY on Sunday, December 24 in a battle of the undefeated. This was a tough, defensive game with Flatbush opening up an early 10-6 lead. MDY came back and the score was tied at 14 at the half. In the second half the lead kept changing hands until Flatbush finally opened up a 5 point lead in the final minute and held on for a 30–26 victory. Flatbush is now 4–0 and in

but over, except no one told the Thunder. They kept shooting from deep, and connected again on an outside three. This time Mosseri hit only one free throw for the Falcons; it was now 62–56 Flatbush with 45.6 seconds to play. Flatbush came up with a stop, and had a six-point lead with 37.4 seconds remaining. Another late YDE three cut the lead to four, but Flatbush was looking good as it was Lincer who was again the one on the line, and he made both. Beyda came up with a nice block on defense to seal the deal.

first place. Flatbush was led by Danny Hanan with 14 points, Sammy Benun with seven points, and Joey Levy who hit three clutch free throws. Ben Falack contributed with tremendous defense and hustle and rebounding.

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Seventh Grade Update On Wednesday night, December 20, the Flatbush Falcons’ 7th Grade basketball team brought their 2–0 record into YDE for the first game of a four-game road trip. Flatbush opened up an early 14–1 lead after one quarter. They extended the lead to 19–5 at halftime. In the second half, YDE got going but still trailed after three quarters 33–18. Flatbush was able to close out the game and secure a 41–24 victory. Leading a balanced attack for Flatbush was Sammy Benun and Abraham Tawil with eight points apiece, and Joey Levy and Saul Ancona with six points each.

ing back to Long Island at Belmont Park. Kaminsky recounts, “Some of my earliest memories of Isles games involve sitting on my dad’s lap in his one seat and him teaching me the game—so this is incredibly special for me personally and for all the fans who have waited patiently. As a Senator, it is my job to get the most economic potential out of the site and also ensure that the surrounding communities share in the success of the project. I understand the concerns of impacted residents and want them to know that this is just the beginning, and not the end of the process. There are many improvements—like getting full time LIRR service—that are vital—as well as securing a fair share of good jobs and other economic benefits. I will fight as hard as I can to make sure that all of Elmont is part of the development process and

I believe that this project— if done right—can be a game changer for everyone involved. Let’s get started.”  Judah Rhine, who has been coaching youth basketball for more than 35 years, is co-director of MVP Boys Basketball Camp and MVP Girls Basketball Camp and co-commissioner of the National Council of Young Israel basketball league. He can be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

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AROUND THE FIVE TOWNS And The Winner Is . . . This holiday season, Dime Bank offered a special #DimeGivesBack initiative to celebrate 150 years of service to their customers and the communities in which they serve. Dime Bank generously supported charitable organizations that participated in the #DimeGivesBack social-media program.

Throughout November, community members were asked, “What are you thankful for?” Each response was then shared on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram displaying the Kulanu logo and hashtag #DimeGivesBack logo which earned Kulanu a charitable contribution per post from Dime. The Kulanu Academy staff embraced

this opportunity and was one of the strongest performers on Long Island. Kulanu posted 277 thankful messages on their Facebook page, qualifying them for the maximum gift of $2,500. Dime officials led by VP Regional Director Howard Keyes visited and toured the Kulanu Cedarhurst campus and presented their generous contribution. Dime’s social-media manager Lee Guilder, assistant VP branch manager Christopher Reide, and assistant Cedarhurst branch manager Sadana Singh, were proud to honor Kulanu as a community partner in this project as they were all instrumental in the success of this initiative. On behalf of the entire Kulanu family, Dr. Raskin offered her appreciation for Dime’s commitment to the Kulanu mission and explained how these funds will help students and clients reach their full potential. 

MAY Publishes Third Volume Of CreativeWriting Journal

Kulanu Academy administrators Dr. Beth Raskin and Bob Block receive a donation from Dime Bank representatives Howard Keyes, Sadana Singh, and Christohper Reide

The College Board’s National Commission on Writing surveyed 120 major American corporations, employing nearly 8 million people, and concluded that writing is the “threshold skill” for hiring and promotion among professional employees. The world is increasingly becoming more competitive and students need to be provided with every advantage possible. Mesivta Ateres Yaakov prides itself on preparing its talmidim for the challenges of life, in both limudei kodesh and limudei chol. With this in mind, last

year, the mesivta began compiling material from students for publication in a student creative-writing journal. Many students contributed short stories for approval of submission in this journal either voluntarily or in writing competitions. After undergoing professional editing, proofreading, and layout, the mesivta is proud to introduce the third issue of Vision: The Student Journal of Mesivta Ateres Yaakov. A double agent. A newspaper executive with a nefarious plot to always get the scoop. A brotherly betrayal. A degenerate gambler who gambles his life away. The truth behind the JFK assassination. This 100% student-written journal includes those electrifying stories and more!

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AROUND THE FIVE TOWNS The boys had the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their backgrounds. The boys, their rebbeim, and teachers sang songs and danced, spreading simcha to all the men and women who attended the program. The highlight of the event was when the boys were able to connect with the residents in one-on-one conversations. Many of the residents shared their own stories and the students listened attentively and asked questions. Afterward, the boys enjoyed a special lunch at Carlos and Gabby’s. The experience was mutually heartfelt and positive for the residents and the boys. 

The stories in this journal are entertaining and edifying, with tales spanning a wide gamut of genres from satire to historical fiction. This compilation of prize-winning stories by Ateres Yaakov high-school students is a must-read for any fan of intriguing fiction. Rabbi Sam Rudanky, general-studies principal, commented, “Albert Einstein once stated that ‘Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.’ This journal is the collective literary creativity and ingenuity of Ateres Yaakov’s students. I am very proud of the students who contributed their works and the faculty advisers who expended an enormous amount of effort on this project. I believe you will find it to be an enjoyable and edifying read.” The mesivta thanks Mr. Chaim Homnick, English language-arts instructor, and Rabbi Yossi Bennett, assistant menahel/assistant principal, faculty advisers, and general editors for the journal for spearheading this project and seeing it through to fruition. “We’ve already begun working on volume four!” commented Rabbi Bennett. “I believe that projects like this add an exciting element to our school’s culture while remaining within the confines of learning.” 

Cahal YOSS Class Visits Nautilus The Cahal Yeshiva of South Shore sixth-grade class enjoyed a day of simcha and chesed with the residents of the Nautilus assisted-living facility in

Camp Shira Launches Out Of Shulamith

YOSS Cahal class visits Nautilus

Atlantic Beach. Rabbi Chananya Grinberg, Rabbi David Nagarpowers, Mrs. Elaine Brenner, and Mr. Justin Lepolstat

accompanied the boys and helped to create a memorable experience for both the students and residents.

After two years of groundwork, Camp Shira is now launching a new girls camp designed for all of the girls of the Five Towns and Far Rockaway. The camp will be in the Shulamith School for Girls campus, located at 305 Cedarhurst Avenue. A new, state-of-the-art Olympic-size pool is being built on the grounds for the exclusive use of the camp. Camp Shira is for girls entering nursery through seventh grade. The camp features three dynamic divisions: preschool, girls, and Shira EXTREME for girls entering sixth and seventh grades. The Shulamith campus features a 400-seat auditorium, an indoor gym, and a large outdoor playground and

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YOSS ECC Announces Food Drive

play space. For the summer, Camp Shira will also add a water park on campus, a gymnasium room for preschool, and numerous specialty workshops. The camp director is Mrs. Yaffa Schreier, a beloved teacher in Shulamith. She also spent six years as a division head in Camp Shoshanim and she brings her significant camp-directing experience to Camp Shira. The rest of the head staff is professional and creative. Mrs. Adina Hoch, formerly of Areivim, leads the girls division. The preschool division is overseen by director Rochel Lapidus and assistant director Chanie Pearlman. Both are experienced, warm morahs who are dedicated to giving each girl a fun summer experience. Shira EXTREME is a teen-focused program that features an overnight each half. The girls enjoy a unique program catered just to them with bonus trips, late nights, and more to give them a sleepaway-camp feel while staying local! Camp Shira is also hiring experienced camp staff for positions like specialty instructor, morah, counselor, and more. Staff positions are available for girls entering eighth grade and older. Camp Shira is the hottest new camp in the Five Towns, so get in early! You can learn more about Camp Shira at CampShiraNY.com, by texting or calling the camp at 516-456-8392, or by e-mailing [email protected]

In connection with Parashas Vayigash and the concept that Yosef HaTzaddik took care of his brothers, the Yeshiva of South Shore Hollander Early Childhood Center kicked off a food drive this week.

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The assembly began with Rebbe Eli Herzberg introducing the boys to a tzadeikes from our neighborhood, Mrs. Perry Kay, from the Marion and Aaron Gural JCC. Rebbe Eli told the boys that Mrs. Kay’s job is “to do mitzvos all day.” Mrs. Kaye explained how lucky they are when they go to the supermarket with their parents and they are able to

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get an “extra snack.” She told them that there are children whose families may not have money for that extra snack. She asked the boys how they feel about that, and one child said, “It makes me feel sad in my heart.” Morah Elana Fertig and two pre-1A boys presented Mrs. Kaye with bags of barley, which were left over from when they cooked soup a few weeks ago. Each of the classes will be collecting cans and boxed food to donate to the food pantry over the next few months. The boys are very excited to “help their brothers” like Yosef HaTzaddik. 

Siddur Simcha At Shulamith

A very special simcha took place in the Shulamith auditorium on Sunday as the first-graders received their first Siddurim! In the weeks before the event, Morah Rina patiently taught the girls the songs and accompanying choreography, while Morah Hoffman and her assistants, Morah Esty Berkowitz and Morah Tema Shore, patiently practiced with the girls and taught them their parts. Parents and grandparents were delighted by the presentations, which featured Shabbat-themed songs such as Shalom Aleichem and Lecha Dodi. The girls performed in pairs and impressed everyone with their beautiful singing and exceptional choreography. Mrs. Joyce Yarmak, principal of

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Talia Klier, Sarah Singer, and Eliana Hollander are excited to receive their first Siddur

the Lower Division, addressed the audience, speaking about the importance of transmitting our mesorah to the next generation. As each talmidah was called to the stage to receive her Siddur, the pride, confidence, and absolute joy of the ba’alot simcha lit up the auditorium! The event ended with coffee and refreshments served in the gym, and each girl received a framed photograph, Shulamith lunch bag, and scrumptious cookie. 

A Little Bit Of Italy In Gan Chamesh Gan Chamesh, Chabad’s early-childhood center, continues to take inspiration from the Reggio Emilia philosophy of early-childhood education. Reggio stems from a small city in Italy, where young children’s education is celebrated and viewed as an incredibly important foundation for a child’s future learning and well-rounded success.

Gan Chamesh students enjoying the Light Museum at the recent Chanukah Fun House event

All yomim tovim, parashah, and alephbeis learning, as well as math, science, literacy, and nature are presented through a Reggio lens. Teachers contin-

uously update their curricula to include the interests of the children, and their learning is documented and reflected upon in a meaningful way.

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Gan Chamesh students experimenting with colors on the classroom light table

Gan Chamesh has enthusiastically embraced the most important tenet of the Reggio Emilia approach—that the environment is the child’s third teacher. The parents are the child’s first teacher, the teachers are the second, and the surroundings act as a child’s teacher as well. Children thrive and develop most optimally in a beautiful, natural, and real environment, with natural materials that reflect their interests and work, while also creating the ambiance of a home. On a daily basis, children are exposed to hands-on, creative activities using authentic materials, with a great emphasis on light play. All classrooms are equipped with permanent light tables, overhead projectors for shadow play, and ultraviolet lights for glow-inthe-dark fun.

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AROUND THE FIVE TOWNS Continued from Page 89 more about successfully incorporating the acclaimed Reggio philosophy into their programs. For more information about Gan Chamesh, please contact Susy Adler or Suzanne Wallin, the program directors, at 516-295-2479. 

HALB Celebrates Chanukah

Second-place winner is Reuben Gampel, an eighth-grader. Ari will move on to the local Scripps Spelling Bee. 

Each year, the third- and fourth-grade boys and their rebbeim celebrate Chanukah at the Sephardic Shul in Long Beach. This year, the celebration continued. HALB’s principal, Mr. Altabe, felt that it was necessary and an honor for the students to travel over the bridge and to be a part of the Long Beach community for the chag. Over the years, the members of Long Beach

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Rabbi Altabe lights the menorah

Chanukah at HALB

and especially the community at the Sephardic Shul have opened their arms to HALB and they continue appreciating the embrace. The boys davened, sang Hallel, lit the menorah, danced, and ate as members of the “Yeshiva by the Shore.” It is a tradition HALB hopes to continue for many years to come. 

H-A-L-B During Chanukah, the Middle School held its annual spelling bee. It proved to be a most challenging and enjoyable educational experience

Everyone’s a Critic. Eighthgrade students of Shulamith School for Girls recently traveled to the Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University to see “Encore,” a show produced and performed by Chamber Theatre Productions. The performance featured adaptations of five short stories and one poem. In the weeks before their trip to the theater, and in preparation for this educational adventure, the girls studied some of the stories in their English language-arts class. Knowing that they would be writing critiques of the play, the eighth-graders were mind-

HALB Spelling Bee

for students. Along with the class bees that preceded it, the spelling bee provided a unique and valuable opportunity for students to recog-

ful audience members, paying close attention to the actors, the effects, the costumes, and every other nuance of the production.

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nize the richness of words and language. Appreciation is extended to Mrs. Wein, general-studies principal, who planned and conducted the bee. HALB congratulates all the participants. First-place winner is seventh-grader Ari Saffra.

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HELP WANTED Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, Woodmere, NY seeks a FT Middle School Language Arts Teacher for immediate hire. Resumes to [email protected] Receptionist needed on Sunday’s at Ohel’s mental health clinic in Far Rockaway. Answering phones, registering patients, collecting co-pays, inputting therapist schedules into computer. Must have typing, computer skills, excellent English communication. For more information contact Ohel Bais Ezra at 855-Ohel Job or apply here www.ohelfamily.org/careers Direct support professionals needed to work with adults with developmental disabilities or psychiatric disabilities living in group residences in Hewlett, Cedarhurst, Lawrence, and Far Rockaway. Ability to speak and write English required. Valid driver’s license required for some positions. Shifts include overnights and 3pm-11pm. For more information Contact Ohel at 855-Ohel Job or apply online at www.ohelfamily.org/careers Hamaspik is seeking various Com Hab workers for male patients, in Far Rockaway various positions. Please call 718-408-5401 Immediate Opening – P/T General Studies Teacher Afternoons Small, child-centered Yeshiva Elementary School in Queens is seeking an experienced ELA/Social Studies Teacher for Grades 4-5. Outstanding opportunity to be part of a collaborative, professional team focused on student growth and learning. Please submit resume to [email protected] Attention Susan. Preschool in Brooklyn is seeking an NYS certified in Early Childhood teacher for UPK teaching position. Our Preschool offers a warm, supportive administration, and small class sizes. Salary is competitive. Please email resume to [email protected] Established Packaging Printing Company in Maspeth NY. (Queens) has an immediate opening for a Sales associate! job is a combination of Inside & Outside sales. Call Mendy 917-903-6785 Photographer / Videographer / Editor — Experienced talents ready to learn more and be better. I value the best! Write me [email protected] Social Media / Website Manager — Artist seeks reliable, sensitive, communicative, freelancer with Seo /Keyword skill, talent, interest, and availability. [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 Part Time Administrative Assistant — Looking for a energetic person to assist in busy marketing firm in the area. Good people + computer skills a must. Room for growth. Email resume to [email protected] 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. Assistant designer needed, must know how to sketch. Must be organized and responsible. Entry level in fashion industry. Five Towns location, send portfolio to [email protected]

HELP WANTED Direct support professionals needed to work with adults with developmental disabilities or psychiatric disabilities living in group residences in Long Island, Queens, Far Rockaway, Brooklyn, and the Lower East Side. Shifts include morning, afternoon, and evenings. Ability to speak and write English required. Valid driver’s license required for some positions. For more information contact Ohel Bais Ezra 718-686-3102 or go to www.ohelfamily. org/careers to apply!

REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Bayswater — 2 Family, large lot, Fully renovated, 4BR, duplex, 2BR Rental, 6 car parking, 2 story garage. Owner 917-747-3755, pics available North Woodmere — New Listing — Beautiful & Spacious 4BR Colonial In Very Desirable Prime Location On Cul-De-Sac, Den W/Fplc, Great Basement, Low Taxes, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1.260M www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Hewlett Harbor — New Listing — Magnificently Details Home In SD#14, 5BR’s, 5.5Bths, On Gorgeous Property In Prestigious Hewlett Harbor, Amazing Oversized Rooms Including LR, FDR, Den W/Crown Moldings, Master BR Suite On 1st Level, Must See This One Of A Kind Home . . .$1.799M www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Lawrence — Exclusive! — The Regency — Please Call Irene For Your Private Viewing. Magnificent, Newly Built Condominium Building With Full Concierge Service, Doorman, Personal Parking Valet, Indoor/Outdoor Heated Pool & Jacuzzi, Full Gym, Card Room, Banquet Room, Wine Cellar That Doubles As A Second Banquet Room, Parking, and Separate Storage Rooms Included. Regal, Elevator Building With Heated Circular Drive. Just A Few Large Luxury 1 and 2 Bedroom Apartments Still Available, With Wood & Granite Kitchens W/Island & Stainless Steel Appliances, Living Room, Dining Room, & Private Terraces. Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] Lawrence — The Regency — Only A Few Left!! Please Call Irene! Magnificent, Large and Sunny 2BR, 2.5Bth Luxury Apartments, With Wood & Granite Kitchen W/Granite Island And Stainless Steel Appliances And Beautiful Terrace, In Luxurious, Newly Built Condominium With 5 Star Hotel Amenities. Parking, Storage, Heated, All Year Round In Ground Pool, Party Room, Gym & Wine Cellar All Included. Now Asking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$825K Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] Lawrence — Exclusive — The Regency — Beautiful and Large 1BR, Second Floor Apt, With 1.5Bths. Luxury Apt With Wood & Granite Kitchen With Granite Island & Stainless Steel Appliances And Beautiful Terrace. All in Luxury Condominium With 5 Star Hotel Amenities . . . . . . . .$498K Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] Hewlett — New Listing — 3BR, 2.5 Expanded Cape. Lr, W/Fireplace, Dr, Den, Fla Room,Updated Kitchen, Full Finished Basement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$525K Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] Hewlett Bay Park — Spectacular Waterfront 6BR, 6.5Bths, Colonial With Separate Carriage House, Deck, In Ground Pool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1.995M Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] Woodsburgh — Sprawling 4BR, 4Bth Expanded Ranch On Beautiful Park Like Property. Large Eat In Kitchen W/Island, Living Room With Fireplace, Den, Formal Dining Room, 2 Car Garage, Large Finished Basement. Reduced.$1.128M Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] Far Rockaway/Lawrence — New Exclusive — Large, Updated 2BR, 2Bth Apartment With Spacious Entry Foyer, Large Living Room, Separate Formal Dining Room, and Terrace, on First Floor In Elevator and Doorman Building. Parking Available . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$350K Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] Lawrence — New To Market — Spacious 7BR, Colonial Close To Far Rockaway With X - Large Eat In Kitchen With Granite Center Island, Beautiful Den With Fireplace, Formal Dining Room, Guest Bedroom and Bath On First Floor, Plus Finished Basement and Heated In Ground Pool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2.399M Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] Far Rockaway — New Listing — Spacious & Updated 2BR, 2Bth Apt On 1st Floor W/Terrace In Elevator Bldg, Parking, Doorman & Laundry Room On Premise . . . . . . . . . . .$350K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

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Lawrence — New Listing — Junior 4 Apartment, 1BR, 1 Full Bath Plus Additional Room For Bedroom, Dining Rm/Office, Low Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$109K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

Woodmere — Price Reduced, 6BR Colonial In SD#14, Deep Property, Formal DR, HW Floors, CAC, Room To Expand, Close To All. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$485K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

Boca Raton — Sale/Long term Rent 3 min walk to BRS on Montoya Cr. Updated 5BR, 3Bth & office, kosher kitchen, fireplace, pool. Hurricane windows/garage. Call/text 917-673-5693

Woodmere — New Listing - Spacious 2BR Apartment, Washer/Dryer In Bldg, Elevator Bldg, Open Floor Plan, 1st Floor, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$199K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

Hewlett — New Listing — Lovely 1BR Co-Op On 1st Floor, Terrace, Kitchen W/Breakfast Bar, Parking Included . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$112K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

Hewlett — New Listing — 3BR, 2.5Bth Cape, Finished Basement, SD#14, Deck, Near All . . . . . . . .$525K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

Valley Stream — New Listing — Beautifully Maintained 3BR, Offers Living Rm, Formal DR, Updated Kitchen & Bath, Lovely Family Rm, CAC, Garage, Oversized Property W/Patio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$439K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

Woodmere — New Listing, 2 Family Home In SD#14, Each Unit Has Its’ Own Separate Meters, 4BR, 2Bth, 2 Car Garage, Long Driveway, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . .$629K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

Hewlett — New Listing — 3BR House With Formal Dining Rm, Wood Floors, Nice Backyard, SD#14 . . . .$419K www.pugatch.com

Lawrence — New To Market!! Magnificent 2BR Renovated Apt, Bright & Sunny, EIK, Updated Full Bathroom, Washer/Dryer In Apt, Storage In Basement, Near All . . .$239K www.pugatch.com,. 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 www.pugatch.com

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 www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

Woodsburgh — Best Price in Town —Price Reduced — Beautiful 4BR, 4Bth Exp-Ranch, Oversized Rooms, LR W/Fplc, Formal Dining Rm, Large Den, Master Suite, Full Finished Basement, Storage Room & Office, Deck, Fabulous Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1.128M www.pugatch.com, 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

Woodmere — New Listing — Center Hall Colonial In SD#15, Features 7BR, 3.5Bth, EIK W/High End Appliances, Formal DR, Den, Oversized Lot, Full Finished Basement, Attic, SD#15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1.599M www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Hewlett — New Listing — Lovely 2BR Co-op, Skylight, Woods Floors, Storage Unit & Parking Included . . . .$122K www.pugatch.com, 516—295-3000 Lawrence — Beautiful pristine 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. Call Joan for details and appointment 516-319-4482 Five Town Homes 516-569-5710

Multi –family 2 Family house on large lot, 3BR + 3BR, apartments. South Shore Estates Call Susan: 516-569-4980 Woodmere Waterfront — Absolutely mint 5 level split. 5BR, 3Bth, FLR, oversized FDR, top-of-the-line 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 Cedarhurst — Located b/w Penisula & W. Broadway. Still time to customize! Call for details. Call for price. South Shore Estates, call Susan: 516-569-4980 Hewlett —New Listing — Renovated 5BR, 3 Full Bath Colonial On Oversized Property, SD#14, EIK, Formal DR, Handicap Accessible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$619K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Lawrence — New Listing — Very Large Split Level Home, Prime Location, 9BR, 5 Full Baths, Lot Size 103 x 118, EIK, Formal DR, Den W/Fplc & Sauna . . . . . . . . . .$1.199M www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

FOR RENT Hewlett — Totally Renovated 1br Apt In Bldg, Kitchen W/ Ss Appliances, Hw Floors, EIK, Close To All . . $2,100/Mo. www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Far Rockaway — 2BR apartment, 2nd floor Private entrance Eat-in kitchen; washer/dryer hook-up, parking available Near main Shuls & LIRR. For more information, call 718-327-4386 Lawrence — Exclusive — The Regency — For Rent By Owner. Beautiful 1BR, 1.5Bths With Terrace Overlooking Courtyard, In Luxurious Condominium. Washer/ Dryer, Parking, and Storage Are Included. Use Of All Amenities-Gym, Party Room, Wine Cellar, Card Room, Year Round Heated Pool, Concierge, Parking Valet and Doorman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,200 a month Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected]

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Lawrence/Far Rockaway — Co-op, New to market, Open House by Appointment — Spacious Beautiful light and bright oversized 2BR, 2Bths, Lg lr, Formal Dr, Kosher granite EIK, terrace in luxurious doorman bldg, Shabbos Elevator, parking. First Floor, great location, walk all. A Must See! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$360K Call Joan for Appt 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710 Lawrence — Open House by Appointment — New Exclusive — 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 Cedarhurst — Co-op for Sale, Spacious light and bright Freshly painted, 2BR, 2Bth, Updated Granite kitchen, Washer in apt, terrace, great location walk all Owner Motivated Asking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$275K Call Joan 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes Realty 516-569-5710 Woodmere — New Listing — Lots Of Potential!!! 5BR, 3 Full Bath Exp-Ranch, Oversized Rooms, Formal DR, Prime Location, Great Sun Porch Overlooking Large Property, Huge Finished Basement, SD#14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$975K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Cedarhurst — 3 Family Home, 5BR, 3.5Bth, 2 Car Garage, Great Investment, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . .$699K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Lawrence — New Listing - 2BR, 2 Full Baths, Apt W/ Terrace, 6 Closets, Bright & Sunny, Close To RR, Shopping & Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$299K www.Pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Woodsburgh — New Listing — 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

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Lawrence — Exclusive — The Regency — For Rent By Private Owner — Call Irene. Elegant 2BR, 2.5Bth Apt With Wood & Granite Kitchen W/ Stainless Steel Appliances & Granite Island. Lr/Dr & Large Terrace. Parking & Storage Included As Well As all Amenities, Including Concierge, Parking Valet, All Yr Round Pool, Gym, Wine Cellar & Party Room . . . . . . . . . . . $4,300/ month Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected]

Lawrence/Far Rockaway border — Open House By Appointment — Beautiful, spacious, light and bright, Freshly painted, 2BR, 2Bths, Lg Lr, Formal Dr, Granite EIK, terrace, in Luxurious doorman building ,Shabbos Elevator, parking. Heat and water included. Great location, walk all A Must See!!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2600/Mo Call Joan for details 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710

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FOR RENT Lawrence — Rental — New Exclusive — Large, Updated 1BR, 1Bth, First Floor Apt, W/Lr, Separate Dining Area, Kitchen. Underground Parking Available. Reduced . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,725 Month Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] Lawrence — Exclusive — The Regency — For Rent By Owner — X- Large Light & Airy Fully Furnished, 3BR, 3.5Bths, Gorgeous Apartment W/ Terrace, Washer/Dryer, Wood & Granite Kitchen W?Granite Island & SS Appliances. Use Of All The Amenities In This Luxury Condominium. Gym, All Year In Ground Pool, Party Room, Wine Cellar, Doorman, Parking Valet, Concierge. Underground Parking and Storage Included . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $8,000 /month Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] Lawrence — Exclusive — The Regency — For Rent By Private Owner — Call Irene. Beautiful 3BR, 2.5Bths Apt In 24 Hr Door Man/Concierge/Parking Valet Condominium. Large Wood & Granite Kitchen With Granite Island & Stainless Steel Appliances. Large Lr/Dr, Terrace, Washer & Dryer. Parking Included Plus Use Of All The Incredible Amenities Of This Luxury Condominium ( All Year Round Pool, Gym, Shul, Party Room, Wine Cellar) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $5,300 /month Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] Woodmere — 2 Modern apartments — 2BR, Nice condition, residential block, back yard, plentiful parking, W/D hookup, water included. Asking . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1800, $1700 plus utilities. Owner 516-236-2377 Atlantic Beach — Beautiful 5BR House, Steps To Private Beach & Boardwalk, Tons Of Storage, 2 Car Attached Garage, New Kitchen Appliances, Fully Furnished . . . $5,300/mo www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Far Rockaway — 1BR Apartments, Beach 9th Street and Caffrey, near busses and shuls, Available immediately M Frucht Real Estate Services 718-376-3868

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North Woodmere — Spacious 6BR, 3 Full Bath Ranch, Large Entry Foyer, Large Den, Formal DR, Lg Eat-In-Kitchen W/2 Sinks, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,995/mo www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

Cedarhurst — New to market — Spacious, Light and bright, Freshly painted, 2BR, 2Bths, Updated Granite kitchen, many closets, Washer in apartment, screened in porch. Great location, walk all. Includes heat and water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,350/mo Call Joan at 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710

Hewlett — House Rental — Beautifully Maintained Home In SD#14, 4BR, 2Bth, SS Appliances, HW Floors, Gas Heat, Renovated Kitchen, Close To All. . . . . . . $3,500/mo www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

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 — Price Reduced — Sunny & Spacious 3BR Apt, EIK, Formal DR, Many Updates, Won’t Last . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,595/mo www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

Lawrence/Far Rockaway border — Spacious, freshly painted, Junior 4, (2BR),1Bth, Lg LR, Kosher granite EIK, in luxurious doorman bldg. Great location, walk all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,950/mo 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 . . . . . . . . . .$4,500/mo Call Joan 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710

Lawrence — New to market — First Show — Ours Alone — Co-op for rent — Beautiful updated, Spacious 1BR, renovated Kosher EIK, dining area, large Lr, great location, parking, walk all . . . . $1,795/mo Call Joan for details 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710

Lawrence —New to market — First show — All brand new 1BR, Spacious bright, 3rd floor walk-up. Call for details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1700/mo Joan 516-319-4482 Five towns Homes 516-569-5710

Cedarhurst — First Show — New to market — Ours Alone — Spacious freshly painted, large 2BR, 2Bths, brand new granite kosher kitchen, formal Dr, lots of closets, new carpeting, terrace facing the gardens, new washer/dryer, great location, walk all.Includes heat and water . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,500/mo Call Joan for details 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710

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

Cedarhurst — New Listing — 2BR, 2Bth In 2 Family House, EIK, LR, DR, Washer/Dryer, Very Close To All, Great Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,500/Mo www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000

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FOR RENT Woodmere — Price Reduced — Spacious & Immaculate 1BR In A 2 Family Home, LR, EIK, Lg Attic For Storage, Porch. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,700/mo. www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Woodmere — House Rental — Spacious 6BR, Lot Size 110 X 70, Living Rm W/Vaulted Ceilings & Fireplace, Over-Sized Den W/Fplc, Large Family Rm, CAC, 5 Bedrooms On One Level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,900/mo www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Cedarhurst — Fabulous & Very Spacious 2BR, 2Fbth, Storage Units, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2,650/mo wwwpugatch.com 516-295-3000 Woodmere — No Fee — December Free — Totally 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 In Bldg, Close To Railroad & Shopping, Heat & Water Included 1 Or 2Yr Lease . . . . . . $1,895/mo www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 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 Hewlett — Apt In Bldg – Renovated 1BR Apt In The Heart Of Hewlett, SS Appliances, New Cabinetry, Recessed Lighting, Hard Wood Floors, Washer/Dryer In Bldg, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,995/mo www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 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

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Rockville Centre — Prime Sunrise Highway Location. 13,000 sq ft Lot. 10,000 sq ft Free Standing Building With 12 Ft High Ceilings, Plus Vacant Lot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2.549M Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] 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 Lynbrook — Commercial Co-Op Good for Any Professional Use, 5 Chair Waiting Room, 2 Exam Rooms, Sinks in Exam Rooms, Reception Area, Consultation Office, Lab, Can be Fully Furnished, Ample On-Site Parking for Staff and Visitors. For Sale. Call Randy for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Cedarhurst — Legal 3 Family House, Upside Potential, For Sale, Call Randy for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Lynbrook — 1,800SF Two Story Building with Basement & 2,000SF Office Building in Rear, Building 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 Lawrence — Free Standing Building, Mixed Use, 3 Apartments Upstairs, 1st Floor Car & Grill W/Warehouse in Rear of Bldg, 3 Floors + Basement, On-Site Parking, High Visibility, For Sale Call Randy for More Details, [email protected], 516-295-3000 Cedarhurst — 800+/-Sf Retail Store With 8 Car On-Site Parking, Incredible Opportunity, High Traffic Location, Great Visibility, For Sale/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] 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

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FOR RENT Turn Key, School/Daycare Property Rental — Share This Building With B’Above. New Exclusive, Far Rockaway, Renovated 8,600 sq ft Lower Level For Rent. School/ Daycare With Classrooms, Offices, Handicap Access, Elevator, Roof Top Playground. Call For Details! Irene Steiner Direct—516-652-7099 Pugatch Realty Corp Email—[email protected] Inwood — 10,000 sq ft brick building. Offices and warehouse. High ceilings. Asking $16/foot. Owner 516-206-1100 [email protected] Inwood — The Bayview Building. 3800 SF warehouse space, 250 sq ft office space, 800 sq ft office space 2000-4000 sq ft space with Oceanviews and gorgeous views of NYC skyline and Ocean views, ample parking and Mincha Minyan. Call or Text Sam 516-567-0100

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FOR RENT Cedarhurst — The Studio Building 1200 SF available newly renovated, beautiful space. Ample parking 2-3 person office suite available Call or Text Sam 516-567-0100 Cedarhurst — New to market — Commercial Coop 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 Cedarhurst —3,300+/-SF Plus Basement, Municipal Parking Lot in Rear, Corner Building in Pristine Condition, High Ceilings, Lots of Windows, Prime Location, 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 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 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 Inwood — Corner Building, 7 Apartments; Three - 4 Bedroom Apts, Three - Bedroom Apts, One - 1 Bedroom Apt. Apartments Are Separately Metered. For Sale… Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 East Rockaway — 1,600+/-Sf Store, 9-10ft Ceilings, Rear Door, Street Parking, Great Location, For Lease. Call Sean 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

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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

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 — 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] pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Lynbrook — 1,850+/- SF Retail Store on Sunrise Hwy, High Visibility, Corner Location, Near Lynbrook LIRR Station, Close to All, For Lease, Call Arthur for More Details. [email protected] pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Valley Stream — 1,000+/-SF Retail Store in Great Location on Rockaway Ave, Street Parking, Close to Municipal Lot, For Lease, Call Arthur for More Details [email protected] pugatch.com, 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 Lenny for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000

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 Woodmere — 2,400+/-SF Retail Store with Basement, Great Location, Close to Public Transportation, Street & Municipal Parking Lot. For Lease Call Arthur for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Rosedale — 2,000+/-SF Retail Store W/Parking CAC, High Traffic Location, Close to All. For Lease Call Randy for More Details, [email protected], 516-295-3000 Woodmere — 1st Floor 1,300SF Office Space in Free Standing Building, Medical/Office Space, 2Bathrooms, Near LIRR Station, For Lease Call for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 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

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

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

Inwood — Various Spaces Available, Industrial Building with Elevator, Showroom, Offices, with Ample Parking plus Manhattan Skyline & Water Views, Can Be Built to Suit. For Lease, Call Randy for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000

Rockville Centre — 2,138+/- SF Prime Retail Space in the Heart of Rockville Centre, with Basement & 2 Bathrooms, Municipal Parking, Restaurant OSC Permitted, Close to LIRR, For Lease Call Randy for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000

Cedarhurst — Various Sized Office Space Available in Heart of the 5 Towns, with Ample On-Site Parking, Near LIRR Station, Convenient To All, For Lease Call Randy 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 [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 Oceanside — 2,010+/-SF Office/Industrial Space, 2 Car Reserved Parking, Great Location, For Lease, Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000

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Lawrence — 1,250+/- SF Space in Heart of Cedarhurst with Basement, Great Location Close to Public Transportation & Major Highways, For Lease. Call Ian for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Rockville Centre — 1,100+/-SF Beautiful Office Suite in Professional Building, 4 Offices, Bullpen, Bathroom in Hallway, Ample Parking, Good for Professional/Medical Use, For Lease. Call Sean for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Rockville Centre — 1,300+/-SF Office Suite in Professional Building, 2 Large Offices, Large Bullpen, Kitchenette, and Bathroom in Hallway. Ample Parking, Good for Professional/Medical Use, For Lease. Call Sean 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 Sean for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Valley Stream — 1,200+/-SF Office Space with Kitchen, Conference Room, 3 Small Offices, and 2 Bathrooms, 2nd Floor Walk-Up Call For More Details. Broker 516-792-6698

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Valley Stream — 1,000+/-SF Retail Store in Great Location on Rockaway Ave, Street Parking, Close to Municipal Lot, For Lease Call Arthur for More Details, [email protected], 516-295-3000 Valley Stream — 800+/-SF Retail Store in Great Location on Rockaway Ave, Street Parking, Close to Municipal Lot, For Lease Call Arthur for More Details, [email protected], 516-295-3000

Rockville Centre — 1,850+/-SF Office Space in Professional Elevator Building, On-Site Parking, Full Service, Handicap Access, For Lease, Call Randy for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Hewlett — 3,000+/-SF Office Space in Beautiful End-Cap Suite, Can be divided into Two 1500SF Suites, Plenty of On-Site Parking in Rear of Building, Great Location, Close to All, For Lease Call Ian for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 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 Wantagh — 800+/-SF Retail Store, Ample On-Site Parking, Very High Traffic Area, Great Visibility, For Lease Call Alan or Randy for More Details, [email protected], 516-295-3000 Cedarhurst — 3,400+/-Sf Ground Floor & 3200+/-SF Office Spaces Available, Spacious, Great For Any Professional Use, 3 Bathrooms, Kitchenette, On-Site Parking, Full Useable Basement Available Separately, For Lease Call Randy for More Details, [email protected], 516-295-3000

Valley Stream —1,700+/-SF Office Space, 5 Office + Reception, 2 Large Enough to be a Conference Room, Ample On-Site Parking, For Lease Call Randy for More Details, [email protected], 516-295-3000 Wantagh — 2,000+/-SF Retail Store, 2 Units 1000SF Contiguous, Ample On-Site Parking, Very High Traffic Area, Great Visibility, For Lease Call Alan or Randy 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

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LEGAL NOTICES

Rockville Centre — 800+/- SF Retail Space Available, 1 Bathroom, Rear Door, Street & Municipal Parking, Close to All, For Lease Call Alan for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000

Notice of Formation of EF Food Creations LLC. Articles of Organization filed with the secretary of state of New York SSNY on December 22, 2017. Office location Nassau. SSNY has been designated for service of process served against the LLC 822 Raleigh Lane, Woodmere, NY 11598. Purpose any lawful purpose.

Valley Stream — 1450+/-Sf Retail Space with Sprinklers, Small Basement, 1 Bathrooom, Street & Municipal Parking. For Lease Call Alan for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Lawrence — 2,800+/- Sf Space, Office/R&D Space, 2 Bathrooms, Kitchenette in Office Area, 12 Ceilings. For Lease, Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 East Rockaway — 6200+/-Sf Building with Retail Spaces, Basement, Some Parking, Near Municipal Lot & Major Highways, Great Location, For Lease Call Ian 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

Long Beach — 1,400+/- SF Retail Space, Former Restaurant On Best Block In Long Beach. For Lease…Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000

Rosedale — 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 — 4,567+/-Sf Professional Office Space W/ Great Parking & Basement, Storage Available, Heart of the 5 Towns, Near LIRR Station, Convenient To All, For Lease…Call Ian 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 — 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

Hewlett — 6,972+/-SF W/Basement & Parking in Great Condition, Common Bathroom Area, Additional 1500SF Can be made available, For Lease. Call 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

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

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

Hewlett — 1,260+/-SF & 7,250+/-SF 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

Hempstead — 1,600+/-SF Professional Office Space in Beautiful Elevator Bldg w/Excellent Parking, Great Location, For Lease. Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000

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

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

Rockville Centre — 2,900+/- SF Space With Finished Basement, Municipal Parking, Approved for 49 Seat Restaurant, Great Location, Close to All, For Lease Call Randy or Arthur 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

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Rockville Centre — Two Professional Spaces in Elevator Building, 2000+/- SF & 4000+/- SF Available, Exam Rooms, Reception, Lobby, 40 Car Parking, Handicap Accessible, For Lease…Call Arthur for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000

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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

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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

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

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NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS Federal National Mortgage Association,, Plaintiff AGAINST Neil Tran; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated January 3, 2017 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on January 25, 2018 at 2:30PM, premises known as 10803 Seaview Avenue Apartment 44A, 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 NY, Block 8273 Lot 1406. Approximate amount of judgment $132,107.33 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index# 676/14. Gregory Nanton, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiff 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: December 1, 2017 50400 SUPREME COURT – COUNTY OF KINGS CMG MORTGAGE, INC., Plaintiff against MARIE JOSEPH A/K/A MARIE B. JOSEPH, et al Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on November 3, 2017. I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction in Room 224 of the Kings County Courthouse, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. on the 25th day of January, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. premises described as follows: All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Said premises known as 489 East 51st Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11203. (Block: 4723, Lot: 62). Approximate amount of lien $ 402,328.09 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed judgment and terms of sale. Index No. 508984-15. Jageshwar Sharma, Esq., Referee. McCabe, Weisberg & Conway, P.C. Attorney(s) for Plaintiff 145 Huguenot Street – Suite 210 New Rochelle, New York 10801 (914) 636-8900 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT- COUNTY OF KINGS US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR CREDIT SUISSE FIRST BOSTON MORTGAGE SECURITIES CORP., CSMC MORTGAGE-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-4, Plaintiff, AGAINST INES DORSAINT, VILNORD LUBIN, et al. Defendant(s) Pursuant to a judgment of foreclosure and sale duly entered April 6, 2017 I the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on January 18, 2018 at 2:30 PM premises known as 270 E 39TH ST, BROOKLYN, NY 11203-4010 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, County of Kings and City and State of New York. Block 4892 and Lot 17 Approximate amount of judgment $724,870.06 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment. Index #506064/2014 STEVEN Z. NAIMAN , Referee, Aldridge Pite, LLP - Attorneys for Plaintiff – 40 Marcus Drive, Suite 200, Melville, NY 11747 NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County Of Kings Bank of America, N.A., Plaintiff AGAINST Gregory Greene, Allison Belmosa, et al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 1/23/2017 and entered on 2/6/2017, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on January 11, 2018 at 02:30 PM premises known as 738 New Jersey Avenue, 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 and County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK: 4299, LOT: 25. Approximate amount of judgment is $422,723.59 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 504950/2015. Dana L Jenkins, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706

LEGAL NOTICES

LEGAL NOTICES

NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE OF SALE

SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS, EMIGRANT BANK,

SUPREME COURT: KINGS COUNTY

AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO EMIGRANT SAVINGS BANK-

GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC; Plaintiff(s)

BROOKLYN/QUEENS AS ASSIGNEE OF EMIGRANT MORTGAGE

vs. SHIRLEY E SPENCER; et al; Defendant(s)

COMPANY, INC., Plaintiff, vs. MARIA LIATSIS, ET AL.,

Attorney (s) for Plaintiff (s): ROSICKI, ROSICKI &

Defendant(s).

ASSOCIATES, P.C., 2 Summit Court, Suite 301, Fishkill, New

Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly filed on

York, 12524, 845.897.1600

November 03, 2017, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at

Pursuant to judgment of foreclosure and sale granted herein

public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, Room 224,

on or about March 3, 2017, I will sell at Public Auction to the

360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on January 11, 2018 at 2:30

highest bidder in Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court,

p.m., premises known as 261 78th Street, Brooklyn, NY. All

360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201.

that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings

On January 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm.

and improvements

Premises known as 514 E 29TH ST, BROOKLYN, NY 11210

thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the

Block: 5230 Lot: 80

Borough of Kings, County of Kings, City and State of New York,

ALL that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the

Block 5959 and Lot 56. Approximate amount of judgment

buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying

is $758,803.17 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold

and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City

subject to provisions of filed Judgment Index # 17147/2014.

and State of New York.

Angelyn D. Johnson, Esq., Referee

As more particularly described in the judgment of foreclosure

Borchert & LaSpina, P.C., 19-02 Whitestone Expressway, Suite

and sale.

302, Whitestone, New York 11357, Attorneys for Plaintiff

Sold subject to all of the terms and conditions

2260 NIAGARA FALLS BOULEVARD LLC Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company, (“LLC”), Articles of Organization filed with the Secretary of State of NY (“SSNY”) on December 7, 2017. Office location: 1101 Harbor Road, Hewlett, New York 11557, Nassau

contained in said judgment and terms of sale. Approximate amount of judgment $373,951.83 plus interest and costs. INDEX NO. 24588/10 Harvey L. Greenberg, Esq., Referee

County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon

Notice of Formation of ALL GOING REALTY LLC. Articles of

whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy

Organization filed with the secretary of state of New York SSNY

of any such process served to 1101 Harbor Road, Hewlett, New

on December 7, 2016. Office location Nassau. SSNY has been

York 11557. Purpose: to engage in any act or activity for which

designated for service of process served against the LLC 148B

a LLC may be organized under the NY LLC Law.

Doughty Blvd, Inwood, NY 11096. Purpose any lawful purpose.

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AROUND THE FIVE TOWNS Continued from Page 90 mance varied, all agreed that the outing was both fun and educational! Second Annual Father–Daughter Minyan. On December 25, the Middle Division of Shulamith School for Girls

hosted a father–daughter minyan. In an all-girls school, students usually pray together with lots of singing but without the additions the community adds for public prayer. Last year, when Morah Shoshana Fischman and Morah Alisa Schreier were teaching hilchot tefil-

Minyan at Shulamith

lah and devarim she’b’kedushah, they came up with the idea of holding a minyan so the learning could come to life.

Ely and Adina Baum at Shulamith

Fathers deeply appreciated the chance to participate at an event at school with their daughters. When the minyan was such a great success, another one was planned for a day when many dads were off from work at secular jobs, but yeshivot were open. With an impressive turnout, Torah reading, and father–daughter bonding at a delicious breakfast sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Ely and Elisheva Baum, the event was appreciated by all! Many thanks to all the fathers who participated and most especially to those who served as ba’alei tefillah, ba’alei kriah, and as gabbai of this exceptional minyan. 

ShulaMEET! On the seventh day of Chanukah, nearly 100 prospective ninth-grade students crammed the classrooms and hallways of Shulamith High School, similar to the way candles that evening would completely fill up the menorah. They were participating in ShulaMEET, a daylong experience of visiting classes, sampling clubs, and meeting up with current Shulamith students, many of whom, serving as student ambassadors, were also guiding and supporting them. For some prospective students, who had already made up their minds that Shulamith is the high school for them, the day confirmed their choice, while for others, who are actively weighing Shulamith alongside other schools, the visit afforded yet another opportunity to take the measure of Shulamith and see what makes its educational environment distinctive. The students had previously visited Shulamith on at least two occasions, once for the Open House, where they had experienced abbreviated, simulated classes, and another time for a tour and interview during which they had

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AROUND THE FIVE TOWNS Scenes From Sh’or Yoshuv’s Spirited Chanukah Mesibah lic speaking, they listened to student monologues based on characters in Wicked and gave warm and cool feedback. In Chumash, they considered, compared, and contrasted perspectives on the burning bush from five different mefarshim and explored the theological message of each. And in AP Psychology, they read about four theories of learning, applied them to challenging parenting questions, and presented their answers to each other. Following a full morning of classes, the guests participated in a club of their choosing, selecting from an abundant array of offerings that Shulamith students participate in every week: Chopped, chess, fashion design, basketball, iMovie, dance, Israel activism, STEM, track, and jewelry-making. Michal Lipsky, an eighthgrader at the Shulamith School, enjoyed her day in the high school: “It was interesting to learn about people’s behavior in AP Psychology, and there were a lot of real-world examples. So it was cool to apply it to real life.” Eighth-grader Meira Goldstein, also from Shulamith, concurred. She particularly enjoyed the Israel activism club: “We discussed all of the politics of Israel. It wasn’t sugarcoating it. It definitely made me get into a club that I had been thinking about, and now I’m for sure interested.” The high-school students enjoyed the day and benefited from the encounter as well. According to tenth-grader Aliza Weizberg, a student ambassador for the day, “I really enjoyed interacting with the eighth-graders in my Ivrit and chemistry classes and helping them do the same activities we did.” When eighth-grade students receive their high-school acceptances in the coming weeks, those who are admitted to the Shulamith Class of 2022 will have not only a good idea, but also fond anticipatory memories, of the rich and rewarding education that awaits them. 

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briefly observed real classes in action. This time, however, they attended a full morning of actual classes, where they worked alongside the high-school students currently enrolled in these courses—brainstorming in small groups, asking and answering questions, writing, drawing, constructing models, and supportively critiquing classmates’ work. In STEM class, they learned about design thinking and

then put it into practice, building two iterations of chair prototypes for users with particular needs. In halachah, they read halachot detailing the origins of various fast days and explored the relevance of those reasons in today’s world. In geometry, they wrote proofs of triangle congruence. In Ivrit, they learned a poem about Chanukah, sang it, and then prepared skits in small groups and acted them out. In pub-

Rav Naftali Jaeger greets children as they arrive at the Chanukah mesibah.

The rosh yeshiva addresses the crowd.

Eitan Katz’s soulful singing energizes the mesibah.

Machane Yisrael Reunion What’s the best way to begin a new week? Well, for hundreds of Machane Yisrael campers, it was to attend an exciting melaveh malkah reunion! Though the night was cold and wet, there was a lot of warmth awaiting them as they met with counselors, friends, and staff whom they hadn’t seen since the summer.

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AROUND THE FIVE TOWNS Continued from Page 99 There was plenty of time for reminiscing with counselors, rebbeim, and camp friends about all the unforgettable programs and learning of the past summer, while enjoying the pizza and soda

such as an electric scooter, air-hockey table, foosball table, and much more. But all the attendees were winners with everyone going home with a copy of the new camp video and a super-cool color-changing cup. As promised, everyone who signs up for the coming sea-

death-defying dunk team. What a thrill to watch them dunk over the campers, perform out-of-this-world trick shots, and literally fly over the basket. Everyone watched open-mouthed. The show did not disappoint and neither did this amazing night. To learn more about Camp Machaneh Yisrael, the new division called Camp MAXX, or the amazing Dynanite program, please call 516-962-3030 or e-mail [email protected]

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ence at SKA would be like. On the last day of Chanukah, Wednesday, December 20, SKA student ambassadors welcomed aspiring high-schoolers who got a glimpse of some of the highlights SKA has to offer together with the warmth and energy it projects. Mrs. Spirn, Mrs. Drebin, Ms. Flaumenhaft, and admissions liaison Ms. Fogel personally greeted all the girls they had met during the interview process and the Open House. After refreshments, the eighth-graders heard from 10th- and 11th-grade

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Chicago Sky Squad performs at Machane Yisrael Reunion

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provided for refreshments. Attendees were treated to a brand-new, super-exciting camp video which brought back summertime memories of great sports, swimming, trips, learning, and much more. Needless to say, the video also featured the zany antics of Rabbi Haber and Rabbi Zezy Fuld. Immediately after the video, there was a grand raffle for fantastic prizes

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son before January 14 will receive their amazing new swag bags with an awesome water bottle, a warm beanie hat, a brand-new football, and much more. B’H, many attendees at the melaveh malkah went home with these gifts. Just when it seemed as if the evening were over, Rabbi Fuld announced that there was a surprise still in store— the Chicago Sky Squad, a high-flying,

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Over 140 eighth-graders from many metropolitan elementary schools got a taste of what their high-school experi-

student panelists from varying elementary schools who answered questions about SKA and discussed their

AROUND THE FIVE TOWNS own experiences since coming to the school. The SKA students happily described what it’s like to enter a new school, sometimes coming alone from their grade school, and how welcome they were made to feel. The eighth-graders were able to sit in on classes, electives, and clubs, giving them the opportunity to experience the unique and creative classes and programming that are available at SKA. SKA looks forward to welcoming the Class of 2022! 

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Father–Daughter Breakfast At SKA Fathers of ninth-graders joined their daughters for a wonderful morning at the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls on Monday, December 25. During a delicious breakfast buffet, the pairs posed for portraits, which were given out at the end of the event as a memento, framed and with a tefillah. The fathers—and their daughters—were warmly welcomed by Mrs. Helen Spirn, head of school, who spoke about each child’s individuality and how important it is for

fathers to acknowledge the talents of each of their children. Fathers, she said, should help their daughters actualize their strengths and help them cope in areas where needed.

Representing the freshman grade, Sarah Leiderman and Ayelet Rosman delivered powerful divrei Torah. The enthusiastic fathers and daughters then learned

together b’chavruta from prepared handouts—Taking the Next Step—and heard a shiur from Rabbi Daniel Eisenbach, SKA mashgiach ruchani, about what they just learned. The Rambam tells us that escorting someone to the door is one of the highest forms of chesed, since it reflects how much you value the person. This, Rabbi Eisenbach said, is what we try to do at SKA with each of our students. The second half of the program divided the participants into groups to play an entertaining game of “Jeopardy.” The morning was a wonderful bonding experience for all. 

Shalhevet Celebrates Chanukah STEM Class Builds FourFoot Menorah! By Leah Rubin, MSH ’20. With Chanukah fast approaching, STEM students put their new skills of troubleshooting, problem-solving, building currents, and soldering metals to build, code, and assemble unconventional and impressive menorahs. The tenth-grade STEM class collaborated to build a nearly fourfoot-tall menorah. Some students worked on building the case and branches, while others built the circuits, and together, all worked to code

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AROUND THE FIVE TOWNS Continued from Page 101 Arduino, the microcontroller that helps with the coding of the lights. Sophomore Tal Gaon said, “I’m having a lot of fun working with my partners to assemble the menorah and can’t wait to watch it light up the school! I even volunteered my lunch period to

used. Junior Hadassah Krigsman shared, “Working with the seniors is a great bonding experience and the menorahs are all so attractive. I’m very excited for the menorahs to be on display and for my friends to see our hard work.” STEM teacher Mrs. Aliza Feder proudly added, “Building the menorahs took a team effort implementing

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work on it and found a much easier and quicker way to fuse the wires together after all the solder fell apart. This problem-solving saved us a lot of time later on, and it was still fun.” The eleventh- and twelfth-grade robotics class used unconventional materials to build fun and colorful electric menorahs. Candles, plastic shot glasses, and even raw noodles were

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all of the skills and knowledge thus far learned in robotics. The hard work and cooperation of the students resulted in a beautiful menorah that we are all proud of!” Chanukah Chagigah! By Esther Conway, MSH ’20. In honor of the first day of Chanukah, the MSH family enjoyed an amazing glow-in-the-dark chagigah. Upon entering the ballroom, the G.O.

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members handed out glow sticks, necklaces, and bracelets for our “glowing” party. After enjoying delicious latkes, applesauce, and lots of scrumptious treats, the students made their way to the dance floor to move to the incomparable DJ’ing of Gary Wallin. “The chagigah was so fun! It was really nice being able to dance around with my friends,” said sophomore Simone Shafiro. “I had a blast!” remarked sophomore Rena Frank. “It was so much fun!” Thank-you to the G.O. and Coach Ilona Diamond for planning the incredible event, kicking off the week of so many fun things! Lasers Light Up MSH Chanukah! By Esther Conway, MSH ’20. The MSH family recently went to Q-ZAR in Carle Place, NY. The trip started out with a delicious pizza lunch, after which we enjoyed hours of fun playing intense games of laser tag and arcade games, including competitive games of ‘Deal or No Deal,’ claw machines, and air hockey. The girls won many tickets and earned prizes. Sophomore Basya Borenstein exclaimed, “[The trip] was a blast! What a fun Chanukah activity! Such a thrill!” Freshman Elisheva Conway said, “Q-ZAR was such a great trip; it was so much fun playing laser tag with all my friends.” Teachers Host Grade Chanukah Parties. By Avygayl Zucker, MSH ’19. In honor of Chanukah, the ninth, tenth, and eleventh grades were treated to Chanukah party breakfasts at their teachers’ houses! The 11th grade went to Mrs. Hindy Feder’s house in Lawrence. They excitedly rode the bus there, singing songs, and arrived to a delicious spread! After a wonderful dvar Torah from Mrs. Feder all about the machloket on the different ways to light the menorah, she treated them to coffee and cookies for dessert. The girls had such a great time playing the piano, singing, and just talking. The 10th grade visited Morah Andrea Schulman’s home in Woodmere. They arrived to bagels, cereal, oatmeal, chocolate milk, coffee, latkes, and more! There was lots of schmoozing and singing. Morah Schulman gave a dvar Torah

answering the famous question why we celebrate eight days when the miracle was only seven. She explained how the Jews were able to find normalcy amongst all the chaos of the story of Chanukah. They found ways to find Hashem, find their way, and find the light during such dark times. The real miracle was the fact that they even went to look for oil on the first day— they were looking for light, that connection. Sophomore Basya Bornstein shared, “The dvar Torah was really spiritually uplifting; it changed my life for the better. And there were dreidels to play with!” After the dvar Torah, they played a game—passing papers from right to left to complete the story of Chanukah. Everyone had an amazing time laughing and just enjoying the chag with their friends. The ninth grade went to Mrs. Tamar Ehrenfeld’s house in West Hempstead. They had a wonderful breakfast of French toast, latkes, and coffee. They played dreidel and earned prizes! The girls appreciated the time to schmooze, hang out with their friends outside of class, and play with Mrs. Ehrenfeld’s adorable baby Meira! Mrs. Shira Glas and Mrs. Sarah Blobstein also came for the party. Freshman Ayala Feder shared, “It was really fun. We bonded with our teachers and friends and ate really delicious food.” Special thanks to our amazing hosts! Kulanu Karnival. By Hayley Tanzman, MSH ’18. On the seventh day of Chanukah, the seniors prepared and arranged a carnival for a group of girls from Kulanu. Senior Shana Shapira organized the event, and the rest of the 12th grade ran the booths. With options such as face-painting, Chanukah coloring, bowling, bean-bag toss, hula hoops, a trampoline challenge, and a photo booth, everyone had the ability and opportunity to do anything they wanted. In the middle of the carnival, music broke out, and the MSH seniors taught the Kulanu girls some dance moves, leading to a dance party! “I had an amazing time, made many new friends, and hope to see them again soon,” shared senior Aviva Marmer.

AROUND THE FIVE TOWNS Choir Performance at West Lawrence. On Zot Chanukah, Midreshet Shalhevet’s choir performed for West Lawrence Care Center, bringing Chanukah cheer and boosting the ruach of the residents. Accompanied by juniors Eliana Hirsch and Maayan Sandowski on instruments, the girls performed classic Chanukah songs along with a heartfelt rendition of Hatikvah. “I felt so moved seeing what the joy of music can do to people I didn’t even know before I walked into the room,” said Maayan Sandowski. “It was an amazing way to end an amazing Chanukah.” 

DRS Days 8th-Graders Visit DRS. DRS recently hosted over 140 prospective eighthgrade applicants from 15 different elementary schools for a visit to DRS and a chance to experience what it’s like to be a DRS student for a day. Students from YCQ, HANC, Har Torah, South Shore, Yeshiva Ketana, HAFTR, HALB, Derech HaTorah, and several other elementary schools were warmly greeted at the doors of DRS by administrators and student leaders. Each visiting student received a personal schedule to

explore the DRS science curriculum at Ms. Rudisill’s science presentation, and meet with and ask questions of Rabbi Storch and Dr. Broder in small groups. Following a lunch catered by Carlos and Gabby’s, the students moved to the gym where they were treated to a taste of DRS’s extracurricular student activities, during which they participated in a multimedia trivia game challenging them in areas of Gemara, Tanach, science, math, sports, English, Ivrit, and general knowledge. DRS is proud of the quality of students that will comprise its ninth grade next year! YU Honors and Cooper Union Acceptances. The department of college guidance at DRS is pleased to announce that ten students were accepted to Yeshiva University’s Honors Program and awarded distinguished early-decision binding scholarships. Benyamin Bortz, Aaron Singer, Eitan Carrol, Uri Ash, Yosef Mehlman, Daniel Goldstein, Steven Liever, Avishai Teitelbaum, Jonah Loskove, and Chezky Rothman were collectively awarded over $1 million in merit-based scholarships. DRS is also excited to announce that senior Binyamin Klein was accepted

Eighth grade visitors to DRS

and the administration provided a comprehensive forum to help each student achieve his goal. The college-guidance office and DRS staff personally advocate on behalf of the students. The relationship that DRS has forged with secular colleges and Yeshiva University is grounded in respect, affording its students strong consideration when they apply for admission. 

HANC Middle School Moments Rabbi Paysach Krohn. On the first day of Chanukah, the entire student body heard from world-famous maggid Rabbi Paysach Krohn. Rabbi Krohn wowed

the students with his incredible stories. One of the stories he told was about a great kiddush Hashem that he made when he lost his wallet in an airport and it was returned by the TSA agents. The TSA agents said they remembered him because he was so kind to them and had said thank you for ensuring the safety of the passengers. Rabbi Krohn also inspired the students and explained to them how Chanukah is the holiday of spirituality and the time when we need to work on increasing our Torah growth. He implored the students to just do a little more. Rabbi Krohn asked

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follow throughout his day. Throughout the day, the students had the opportunity to study Gemara on a high-school level in Rabbi Kaminetsky’s Gemara shiur, practice creative-writing techniques in Mrs. Prestifillipo’s English class, solve and prove mind-bending mathematics tricks in Mrs. Doherty’s math class, dissect the inner workings of contemporary p’sak halacha in Rabbi Farber’s halachah shiur, travel the world in Mr. Levin’s social-studies lesson,

early decision to the Cooper Union School of Engineering, where he will pursue a degree in electrical engineering. Binyamin is known in DRS for his technological knowhow, especially as it relates to his leadership of the DRS live network. Binyamin’s app has allowed people from around the world to view sports games and other events at DRS. At DRS, the coordinated efforts amongst the college-guidance office, the students, their parents, teachers,

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AROUND THE FIVE TOWNS Continued from Page 103 a number of questions and the students enthusiastically responded. The students certainly began Chanukah in a most inspired and elevated way. Chanukah Chagigah. The middle-school girls had an amazing time joining the high-school chagigah! They had so much ruach and danced with incredible Chanukah spirit. They loved having the chance to interact with the older grades.

ible paint night at the Hackel home on Wednesday night. Each girl got an 11x14 canvas with an easel, brushes, and paint. It was so exciting and official! They were taught how to draw and create a beautiful picture using different techniques such as blending and swirls. The Chanukah fun continued with an over-the-top “make your own ice cream” table filled with different toppings of your choice, from whipped cream to candy to chocolate chips and more. Daniella Smus and Adina Neman shared

Book On Post-Birth Stories Stirring, Inspirational TOBY KLEIN GREENWALD I picked up the book Second Labor, edited by Chaya Kasse Valier, with a combination of anticipation and trepidation. Every mother has her own postpartum stories—good, bad, and usually a combination of both. Women love to talk about their birth stories. Few women talk (or write) freely about what follows, which can range from elation to exhaustion to postpartum depression. There is pain but there is also humor.

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Knee-Hockey Tournament at HANC

Knee-Hockey Tournament. The Middle School boys had a tremendous day of fun on the second day of Chanukah, as they all participated in a 3-on-3 knee-hockey tournament. The seventh and eighth grades played within their grade until the semifinals, where the final four teams competed against each other. In the end, the seventh-grade team of Jakey Goldenberg, Jeremy Koppel, and Jacob Lenefsky were victorious. An amazing time was had by all, as all of the boys truly enjoyed themselves and had so much fun playing. Seventh-Grade Boys’ Party. On the eighth night of Chanukah the seventh-grade boys had their Chanukah party at the home of Moshi Grossman. The boys ate a delicious dinner of pizza and fries, along with some mouthwatering sufganiyot for dessert. Rabbi Harris told the boys an inspirational dvar Torah about the first night of Chanukah in the Bergen Belsen concentration camp during the Holocaust. After this, the boys participated in the extremely exciting game of Scattergories. The boys were broken up into groups and had to compete against each other to see who would wind up with the most correct answers that matched the category chosen, which also corresponded to the letter of the alphabet that was rolled. Paint Night. In honor of Chanukah, the eighth-grade girls had an incred-

beautiful divrei Torah on Chanukah, which brought inspiration and encouragement to everyone there! Thank you so much to Morah Hakimian for organizing the best activity and delicious dessert table! HANC Middle School lit up Chanukah this year with activities and programming, not only during school, but even at nights! Staff Luncheon. The Middle School staff was treated to a fantastic luncheon on the second day of Chanukah. There was delicious food, great camaraderie, and a chance for Rabbi Hecht to express his thanks to the incredible middle-school staff for all that they do for the students at our illustrious yeshiva. Dreidel Competition. On Friday, December 15, the middle-school boys participated in a spirited dreidel competition. The boys were split up by grade and competed to see who would be the top seventh- and eighth-grade spinners. After continuous close matches, Zachary Eisenberg was the top seventh-grade spinner and Michael Speiser was the top eighth-grade spinner. The championship match was amazing as both Michael and Zach got a “gimmel” on almost every spin and the game went to “extra spins” until Michael pulled out the victory for the eighth grade. For their win, the eighth grade received doughnuts and iced coffee in honor of Chanukah. 

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The stories that Kasse Valier has collected from 24 different women from around the world are alternately moving, frightening, heart-wrenching, inspirational, and light-filled. No woman who has given birth will read them without remembering something from

throughout the book), nursing— only at five months did she really begin to enjoy her. There is Hilary, a corporate marketing expert, who had her first child at 31 through emergency C-section. She experienced intense loneliness (her husband had a new job and could not always be there for her), crying, and cluelessness about how things were done in the hospital (“I kept waiting for someone to bring me a meal…I discovered after day 3 that postpartum mothers are expected to travel down the hall to

The stories are alternately moving, frightening, heart-wrenching, inspirational, and light-filled. her own experiences. In addition to recalling their post-birth experiences, the women talk about their relationships with the rest of their family—husband, children, mother, or mother-in-law—all of whom are part of the tribe into which the child is born, and all of whom can influence the mother’s postpartum levels of struggle or joy. She included births into challenging situations—a 16-year-old unwed mother, a couple who adopt, and a mother who has a “silent birth” (her child dies in utero and the mother has to endure a regular birth, holding the child after she is born, then giving her up forever). One woman writes about having twins, others about their home births, or natural births in hospital settings. All the authors are identified only by first names and the first initial of their last names. There is Carmiya, with an MA in social work, who experienced what she calls “postpartum annoyance” with her first child—not enjoying the diapering, lack of sleep (a recurring theme

the cafeteria…”). Her nursing problems were solved when they finally diagnosed and “clipped” her tonguetied baby’s connective tissue. She went home, where she finally got control of her life, but determined to never give birth again. Yet she did—twice more. Hannah had a wonderful natural childbirth, in a room that her husband and doula filled with humor and laughter, but then suffered extreme blood loss and weakness; it took her six weeks to feel a little better. Kathy, now a grandmother of 63, describes how a new-mother support group helped her get through the postpartum challenges, and relates that she and three other mothers from the group continued their friendship and meetings for more than 30 years. Renanit describes how she hoped for a VBAC birth (regular birth after a previous C-section) and how disappointed she was when that didn’t happen, yet recognized the need to accept and let the experience lead her forward. “I’ve become a trained postpartum doula

and lactation counselor with a special interest in working with women who’ve had cesarean births or other traumatic birth experiences. Helping other new parents through their experiences has helped me process some of my own.” It appears that all the mothers who contributed to the book hoped that their experience would help other mothers who went through similar situations not feel so alone. They write sometimes with tonguein-cheek self-deprecation, other times with hope. Abby had her third child at 41, an eight-year difference from her next oldest. When she decided she wanted to get pregnant again, it took her a year and a half until it actually happened. She labored for 13 hours, then had two hours of pushing. She writes, “I was in utter disbelief—that I made it through, that she was alive, that she was a girl after two boys, that we had a baby. It was all so overwhelming and joyful…I was lucky to have a strong, loving, and supportive family and community. Honestly I can’t imagine having a baby without that.” Her husband took off work for a few weeks and her sister and mom came to help out. If there is a strong message to receive from this book, it’s that family, friends, and community are a key factor in helping any mother, certainly if there are any extraordinary difficulties in the birth. Chaya Kasse Valier, the editor, is a writer and a doula. She grew up in Washington, DC from age nine. Prior to that her family had lived in other U.S. cities, and in Barbados and Spain. She has her own story as well in this book. She has also adapted ten of the book’s stories for the stage, in SECOND LABOR Live! Post-Birth Monologues, which premiered on October 24, 2017, in Jerusalem, with plans for future performances in New York, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and London. She writes in her preface, “I sensed that a compilation of personal stories would help mothers, birth professionals, mental-health professionals, and fathers to have a book in hand to read about women’s real postpartum experiences. The mothers can feel validated, knowing they’re not alone…A midwife I know often quips, ‘We are pregnant for nine months and postpartum for the rest of our lives.’” If there is one criticism of the book, I’m sorry she doesn’t note where the authors live. I imagine she wanted it to be accepted as universal, but I was curious to know if the various stories took place in Manhattan, Los Angeles, South Africa, England, or Jerusalem. Perhaps that was part of her message—that women everywhere can experience similar postpartum struggles, self-doubt, pain, and joy.  Toby Klein Greenwald is the award-winning theater director of Raise Your Spirits Theatre; a board member of ATARA—Association of Torah and the Arts; and editor-in-chief of WholeFamily.com.

It’s A Small World After All For many in Israel, Chanukah in Eilat is an annual tradition. All the schools are out and the weather is beginning to turn cold and rainy (although not so much this year). And a few days in the sun is a nice break as we move from Sukkot to Pesach on the calendar.

Esther Yormark, who has had occasional contact with Sarah’s sister, and she told me that she thought that Sarah’s married name was Edery. I went to work. Enlisting my sister as an accomplice, we began to contact anyone we could find who might know a Sarah Edery living

Goldie Katz and Sarah Edery, reunited

While not an annual Katz tradition, we have gone to Eilat on Chanukah several times. Goldie’s been very good at ferreting out some great deals for families on a budget; it helps that our kids like to do hikes and stuff out in the desert and that pizza there is pretty much the same price as pizza here (even cheaper, with no VAT taxes). When Goldie was a little girl growing up in what is now the Darchei Torah area of Far Rockaway, she had a best friend by the name of Sarah Zanger. Around 40 years ago, a year after Goldie’s family moved to the Reads Lane area, the Zangers made aliyah. When Goldie was a student here in Michlalah after high school, she reached out to the Zangers and spent several Shabbatot reconnecting with them. But once she left Israel that was about it. The world was a much bigger place then than it is today. No e-mail. No Skype. No WhatsApp to keep us connected not only day by day, but minute by minute. Each and every time we’d visit Eilat, Goldie would inevitably lament how she’d lost touch with Sarah, her old best friend with whom she’d grown up; about all she knew was her maiden name and that she’d been working as a nurse in Eilat. And she’d only think about trying to reconnect when we were in Eilat, with limited ability to even attempt to reach out to people who might know how to contact her. It became something of a game with us. We’d drive around in Eilat on the way to some activity and we’d point to a sign on a house and say, “Hey, look! It says, ‘Goldie, I live here, come visit.’” Or we’d pass the hospital or any one of the medical clinics in the city and offer to stop so Goldie could go in and find “Sarah the nurse.” Two years ago, upon our return from a visit to Eilat, I decided to see if I could find Sarah and get contact information for her. I reached out to Goldie’s sister,

in Eilat. After a few false leads (and a couple of them led to some very interesting e-mail and Facebook-chat conversations), my sister gave me a lead for a Sarah Edery, married to Eliyahu Edery, and working as a nurse in Eilat’s hospital. Using that

information, I found them on Facebook and sent them a message, telling them that I was looking for Sarah Zanger from Far Rockaway who was childhood friends with Goldie Kreinberg. The Ederys apparently do not go on Facebook that often. And of course, my message was not listed as coming from a Facebook “friend” either. Eight months later, I finally got a response from Sarah, confirming that she was indeed that Sarah and telling us how thrilled she was to hear we were living in Israel and excited to reconnect with Goldie after so long. Only then did I tell Goldie what I had done and presented her with Sarah’s contact information. Over the past year and a half, they’ve been in touch. They even tried to arrange a get-together in Yerushalayim. But it wasn’t till Chanukah, when we spent a couple days with my parents and one of my brothers in Eilat, that we made it happen. One afternoon, my brother took the kids for an activity, so Goldie and I headed into town to visit Sarah in her home. For the first time in 30 years, these childhood best friends were reunited. They had the chance to update each other on who they’ve become and to reconnect. I have to say that even though we’ve been here 11+ years, there is always something or someone new and exciting around the next corner. Shmuel Katz, his wife Goldie, and their six children made aliyah in July 2006. Before making aliyah, Shmuel was the executive director of the Yeshiva of South Shore in Hewlett. You can contact him at [email protected]

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Dates, Yeshiva Dinners, And Weddings It is unclear how the custom developed, but, for some reason, first dates in the frum world usually involve taking the girl out to a lounge and ordering water or soda. And there the problem often happens. But it could also happen at a yeshiva dinner with an unimpeachable hechsher. The shechitah is top of the line; the salads have been checked for bugs by a top mashgiach and have even been double-checked using the famed “shmatta” method. Nonetheless, the prohibition has been violated. It could happen at a wedding as well. The problem is that people are often unaware of the underlying issue or the halachah. Or they erroneously assume that since the matter concerns glass and cold drinks there is no kashrus issue.

The General Mitzvah The Torah (Bamidbar 31:23) tells us of the obligation of immersing metal utensils whose origin was of non-Jewish ownership or manufac-

ture. The vessels must be immersed in a mikveh, sea, lake, or river. The mitzvah is called tevilas keilim. The mitzvah is discussed in a Mishnah in the tractate of Avodah Zarah (page 75b). Kosher restaurants and Jewish homes all ensure that their vessels are properly immersed.

Owned By A Jewish Person In regard to the lounges and catering halls, very often the lounge or the catering hall is owned by someone who is Jewish. According to most poskim, the glasses that his establishment owns are required to be immersed. Some of the lounges that many dates frequent are, in fact, Jewish-owned. The glassware there is generally not toveled. The same is true with catering halls. This is both a local problem as well as a nationwide one. It is even a problem in Israel. It is also a fact that lounges and catering halls are constantly reordering their glassware. If at one particu-

lar dinner or wedding it was arranged to tovel the dishes, this will not help remedy the situation, because there are so many glasses that are constantly being purchased. Are there leniencies? There are, but most poskim rule stringently on the matter, and until some sort of reliable system is worked out it remains a problem.

Tevilas Keilim—Biblical Or Rabbinic? There is a question as to whether the requirement, in general, to immerse dishes is biblical or rabbinic. The issue is whether or not the verses quoted in the Talmud are to be understood literally or whether they constitute something called an asmachta—a biblical allusion to a future rabbinic enactment. Some Rishonim (such as the Rambam) understand it as a rabbinic requirement. Others (the Ritvah) believe that when the Gemara utilizes the phrase “and we need this

The Lenient View Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, zt’l (Minchas Shlomo Vol. II #68) cites a Shach (YD 120:24) from which he derives that it would be permitted, when faced with no other choice, to use the un-toveled vessels. Dayan Weiss (Minchas Yitzchok Vol. I #44) also is lenient. Even according to these views, however, it is unclear whether it is still permitted if plastic cups are available. In other words, it could be that Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach’s proof from the Shach is only applicable when there is no other choice, but if it can be poured into a plastic cup at the outset it could be that the leniency does not apply.

The Munkatcher Rebbe’s Leniency There is another leniency that is cited by the Munkatcher Rebbe in his Darchei Teshuvah (YD 120:13, 70). He writes that it is possible that these vessels, which are not used by

Some of the lounges are Jewish-owned. verse, because otherwise we might have thought, etc.” it cannot be an asmachta. The Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh Deah (120:9 and 14) implies that it is biblical while in Orech Chaim (323:7) the implication is that it is rabbinic. The Biur Halachah explores the possibility of the author of the Shulchan Aruch having changed his mind and subsequently being of the opinion that it is biblically forbidden. The practical halachic difference as to whether it is biblical or rabbinic is when a doubt arises. Also, in a situation where a child was the one who dipped the vessel he is believed if the obligation is only rabbinic but not on one where the obligation is from the Torah.

The Stringent Views The Rema (YD 120:8) writes that it is forbidden to use a vessel that was not immersed even once. The Chazon Ish (Teshuvos v’Hanhagos Vol. I 356) also forbids it. It is also clear from Rav Moshe Feinstein’s responsum (Igros Moshe YD Vol. III #22) that it is forbidden to use such vessels. Rav Feinstein writes, however, that if the food item is a solid and can technically be eaten even without the plate or bowl, then it would be permitted. It is reported that Rav Elyashiv, zt’l, (Kuntrus Tvilas Keilim) was of the same view as Rav Feinstein in this matter.

the owner himself, are to be considered part of his “business tools” and would not require immersion. Most poskim, however, have rejected this leniency.

Toveling Tips And while we are on the subject of immersing dishes, people should remember the following two important points: All stickers should be removed from what is being immersed. This is true of rust as well (See Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 37:10). The entire vessel should be immersed simultaneously. If the vessel also needs to be koshered, the Shulchan Aruch rules that the koshering should happen first and then the immersion (See Shulchan Aruch 121:2). The reader should also note that the 5TJT has contacted some of the local kashrus authorities with suggestions as to how this halachic problem can be remedied. Essentially it involves getting glasses with a different color rim and locking these glasses away with the kosher dishes. Hopefully, this issue can be resolved before the upcoming yeshiva dinners and weddings.  The author can be reached at [email protected]

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Grove Street Mikvah Chanukas HaBayis Dedication

The Grove Street Mikvah in Cedarhurst will hold a chanukas habayis on January 1, 11:00-11:45 a.m. at 134 Grove Avenue. The event will recognize the generous donors and supporters. Sponsorships still available GroveStreetMikvah.org. 

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