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FROM THE EDITOR
HA LACHI C MU SI N G S
BY LARRY GORDON
BY RABBI YAIR HOFFMAN
ifty-one years later, it all began to make sense. Monday was a great and emotional day in Israel and for supporters of the Jewish state around the world. As Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in his remarks at the dedication of the new U.S. Embassy in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem, “This is history.” It was just a bit more than a half-century ago when, as a child in my parents’ Brooklyn home, I was awoken by an unusual tumult that was taking place in contrast to any other morning when we children woke up, got dressed, and were packed off to yeshiva for the day. It was a sunny and summery type of Monday morning. I wandered into my parents’ room to see my father sitting on the edge of his bed Continued on Page 15
erusalem: a city that evokes the greatest love of any people for any city in the history of mankind. It is a love that has existed for thousands of years. And now, with the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, the United States recognizes that it is the undivided capital of the Jewish people. It is pretty clear, even to non-Lubavitchers, that this week’s historic event was on account of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, ob’m. How so? What follows is a combination of eight facts and probable suppositions. (1) Prior to the election, no one—including Mr. Trump and his daughter Ivanka—really believed that he would win. (2) Prior to the election, Ivanka went to the Rebbe’s ohel in Queens and prayed that her father should win. (3) After he did win, Ivanka attributed the win to the Rebbe. (4) This president has done more for Israel than any previous president. (5) This president commuted the sentence of Reb Sholom Rubashkin, a Lubavitcher chassid. (6) In regard to other actions having nothing to do with Israel, this president has come out on top despite what appears to be a number of missteps. (7) The book of Bereishis states that those who bless Israel will be blessed. (8) It is highly likely that Ivanka mentioned to her father that she prayed at the ohel and that he is taking the verse in Genesis seriously. Continued on Page 12
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HEARD IN THE BAGEL STORE By Larry Gordon
POWER OF SPEECH
he Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation and the 5 Towns Jewish Times have at least one fundamental thing in common—our business is words. With that said, we spent last Shabbos in Stamford, Connecticut with the CCHF folks in an enjoyable atmosphere combined with rather intense lectures on the intricate nuances of the use of speech and everyday conversation that can sometimes trespass into an area that is commonly referred to as “lashon ha’ra,” which literally translates as bad or damaging speech or words that plainly do harm. We all know that it is best to stand clear of this type of verbal practice. But
with the advances of technology, an accelerated outlet has been created that helps to promulgate this type of destructive communication in a smooth and even natural way, unlike any that existed in days gone by. So while speech may be the foundation of and the one aspect of life as we know it that distinguishes men and women from all other forms of life, its power is extremely underestimated and the ability to change everything in our lives somewhat miscalculated. From this vantage point, the convention hosted by the CCHF painstakingly focused all of us in attendance on the idea that every word that we utter is loaded
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with great substance, meaning, and potential impact beyond what we could imagine or anticipate. And that was the mantra, or theme, of the weekend as emblazed on the banners and the podium employed at all of the sessions—“Live Life Better.” The emphasis was on the simple everyday things that we say and do and how those things affect the
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people around us, in our families, at work, or in our shuls. This annual convention also allowed us to take stock of the vision of the founder and director of the organization, Michael Rothschild, and his determination to protect and advance the vision of the Chofetz Chaim, Rav Yisrael Meir Kagan, who lived until the age of 94 and passed away in 1933. The saintly Chofetz Chaim was known for his strict adherence to monitoring and being scrupulous, as well as measured, about the words he uttered. All these years later, mostly thanks to the CCHF, the words and ideas of the Chofetz Chaim are very much brought to life around the world and are causing a revolution in the way we conduct ourselves. Attending the CCHF convention, it was immediately clear that an extensive and exhaustive amount of effort goes into creating a top-ﬂight environment that deputizes the attendees to be conscious of not just our thoughts and ideas, but most importantly how we communicate those ideas. Some of our community’s most notable personalities have become well known around the world for the fashion in which they are able to capture the attention of an audience, no matter how large or small. There were more than a few of these men and women who over Shabbos crafted and directed their remarks to the matter of the impact and power of speech. In addition to the senior statesman of today’s Torah community, Rav Shmuel Kamenetzky, we were privileged to hear several times from people like Rabbi Paysach Krohn, Rabbi Zacharia Wallerstein, Rav Gavriel Friedman (better known as Rav Gav), Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro, Dr. David Lieberman, Rabbi Yoel Gold, and others. This cross section of presenters embodies a combination of personalities. Rabbi Krohn is a trailblazer at lecturing on life’s related subjects in the context
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BAGEL STORE Continued from Page 4 of a Torah-oriented narrative. Rabbi Krohn has, over the years, perfected the art of inspiring an audience and keeping them enthralled, sometimes for an hour-long lecture. The way he tells stories, he is like a singer or
musical performer from whom you can listen to the same songs repeatedly. Although we might hear the same stories from him at different times, those tales are like a magniﬁcent tune that we can listen to again and again. Perhaps the hottest commodity, if you will, on the Jewish lecture scene other than Rabbi YY
Jacobson of New York, who was not in attendance at the conference, is the man known to his audiences simply as Rav Gav. Gavriel Friedman is originally from Woodmere, where he attended DRS High School. Today he resides in Israel and teaches at the Aish HaTorah yeshiva in Jerusalem, where he is popular
amongst the many students who hail from the U.S. Rav Gav is glib, erudite, and scholarly. He demonstrates a depth of Torah knowledge and is engaging to his audience on a contemporary level. So if there was a star at the CCHF event, it was Rabbi Friedman, but he also had some excellent and prodi-
gious assistance from the other outstanding personalities who were present. The magic of the Chofetz Chaim Heritage Foundation is the reach and the impact the organization is having around the world. Over the years, the organization has produced materials dedicated to the emphasis of teaching and guiding people to use the gift of speech seriously and responsibly. As one of its brochures adeptly says, it is “spreading the language of ahavas Yisrael with a vast selection of books and CDs.” One of the CCHF's popular campaigns is Machson L’ﬁ, for which already 4,300 families have signed up and are committed to “keeping our Shabbos table beautiful by keeping it lashon ha’ra free.” Over and over again on Shabbos the speakers reiterated to us how there are many nuances and derivatives of communication and just plain small talk that can easily spiral down into a lashon ha’ra fest if we are not careful. Our commentators have written extensively on the matter of the damage that this type of loose speech can do. The Chofetz Chaim himself wrote that communities have been destroyed over different levels and forms of damaging and irresponsible talk. He emphasized the importance of making the deliberate decision to guard ourselves and be vigilant about the way in which we conduct ourselves during every waking hour. Chazal have said that when a person speaks lashon ha’ra there are three people who suffer as a result of the process—the speaker, the listener, and the person whom it is spoken about. We understand how the speaker and listener of lashon ha’ra are participants and therefore harbor some guilt when indulging in this process. But how is it that any damage is done to the person that the tale bearing is spoken about? Chazal say that when something of a damaging nature is said about a person, even if he or she is in another part of the world, the fact that the idea has been articulated and is out there gives the matter some animation and is hurtful without any limitations or restrictions. So what it essentially comes down to is that we should be aware of what we are capable of as people, including some bad things as well as the great good we can accomplish. It was the theme of the convention that said it all—our ability to just plainly and simply, “live life better.” Read more of Larry Gordon’s articles at 5TJT.com. Follow 5 Towns Jewish Times on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and live videos. Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome at 5TJT.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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HALACHIC MUSINGS Continued from Front Cover It is very likely that all of this, including the move of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, only happened because of her trip to the Rebbe’s kever. Regardless, Jerusalem has always held an emotional place in the heart of every Jew. It was emotional to hear at the dedication ceremony, Israel’s Prime Minister say, “In Jerusalem, Abraham passed the greatest test of faith and the right to be the father of our nation. In Jerusalem, King David established our capital 3,000 years ago. In Jerusalem, King Solomon built our Temple, which stood
for many centuries. In Jerusalem, Jewish exiles from Babylon rebuilt the Temple, which stood for many more centuries. In Jerusalem, the Maccabees rededicated that Temple and restored Jewish sovereignty in this land. “And it was here in Jerusalem some 2,000 years later that the soldiers of Israel spoke three immortal words, ‘Har HaBayit b’yadeinu, the Temple Mount is in our hands,’ words that lifted the spirit of the entire nation.” The events orchestrated by Hamas at the moment of the dedication, however, and those of the BDS movement each day, should not be ignored. We must continue davening for Yerushalayim
and do whatever hishtadlus we can to ensure that those who hate Jews do not get the upper hand. For inspiration in these matters, we only need to look at what happens at Jewish weddings. In the sheva berachos recited both under the chuppah and after bentching at every Jewish wedding, we say the blessing of “Sos Tasis.” It is blessing #5 of the seven blessings—“May the barren one rejoice and be glad as her children are joyfully gathered to her. Blessed are You, Hashem, Who gladdens Tzion with her children.” Tzion is Yerushalayim. And from this blessing, we see two remarkable things. First, we see that the rela-
tionship between Yerushalayim and the nation of Israel is more than just an unseverable bond. It is like the relationship of a mother and her children. Yerushalayim is not just something that is deeply important to us. She is our mother. We will never sell out, sell off, or trade away our mother. It just will not happen. Throughout the world, wherever Jews are, we pray facing Jerusalem. She is everything to us, and it is only in our literature that Jerusalem plays such a central role in the universe. The Talmud (Sanhedrin 37a based upon the verse in Yechezkel 38:12) describes Jerusalem as the very center, the core of the
universe. The second thing we see is that the wording of the final section of the blessing is in the present tense. Hashem gladdens, “mesameiach.” It is a gladdening, a rejoicing, that is happening now. It does not refer to some future Messianic time, but rather a present, constant time. Shortly after the Six Day War, Rav Chaim Shmulevitz gave a shmuess to his students at the Mirrer Yeshiva (Hagaddah, RY of Mirrer, p. 226) about the open miracles we encountered in reclaiming Yerushalayim. The blessing at every Jewish wedding is that G-d currently gladdens Yerushalayim with her children. The Talmud tells us that whoever gladdens a bride and groom, it is as if he has rebuilt one of the destroyed homes of Jerusalem. The rebuilding referenced is a current one. So the building projects in Jerusalem are actually mentioned and predicted in the wording of the blessings recited at every Jewish wedding.
Recent History In 1967, Israel defended itself against attackers that wished to annihilate her at every border. Not only did we capture the eastern half of Yerushalayim; we recaptured her and freed her. It is an essential difference and one that we should point out to any BDS advocate. That reunification was the culmination of the prayers of 2,000 years—something that our ancestors could only dream of. For the previous 19 years, we American Jews could only access the Kosel as Americans, flying to Amman, Jordan, on an American passport. After 1967, we could visit the Kosel once again through Eretz Yisrael. Ah, Yerushalayim! You were once as remote as the stars in the sky to the victims of the Crusades. To the victims of Rindfleisch massacres, and to the victims of the Chmielnicki massacres of Tach V’Tat. Even to the victims of the pogroms of Europe and to the victims of Auschwitz and Treblinka, you were unimaginable. But now we have you, and the world is beginning to recognize it. But let’s not rest. It is just the beginning. We must continuously fulfill the words of Yeshayahu (62:1), “L’ma’an tzion lo echesheh, u’l’ma’an Yerushalayim lo eshkot!”
Mashiv Ha’Ruach Rav Mordechai Gifter, zt’l, used to say that we must all focus on the fact that when Chazal enacted the addition
King David King David said it best in Tehillim (137:5–6): “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let me forget my right hand. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you. If I do not set Yerushalayim at my highest aspirations of joy.” In these words, King David is pointing out the two telltale signs of a stroke. He is essentially saying that he should have a stroke if he does not remember Jerusalem. The world dare not tell us to forget Jerusalem in light of these words of King David. The Bible tells us that G-d has said, “Yerushalayim is the city where I have chosen to place My Name (Kings I, 11:36).” Yerushalayim is mentioned throughout Tanach some 650 times, and not once, l’havdil, in the Koran. This is the time when we stand proud and declare to the world, “Jerusalem is not some theoretical or symbolic word. We take the Bible seriously. Jerusalem and Israel are real. They are physical. They are both our possession and the destiny of the Jewish people.”
Synonymous With The Jewish People The holy prophet Yeshayahu says, “Nachamu, nachamu ami; dabru al lev Yerushalayim—Be comforted, be comforted, My people; speak unto the heart of Jerusalem” (Yeshayahu 40:1–2). Why Yerushalayim? The answer is because Yerushalayim—all of it—is intrinsically connected with the people of Israel. The prophet further states, “For Hashem has comforted His people; He has redeemed Yerushalayim” (Yeshayahu 52:9). And also in Yeshayahu (65:19), “I will rejoice in Yerushalayim and be glad in My people.” Europe, Turkey, the United Nations, BDS supporters: know that it was always, al-
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of “Mashiv ha’ruach u’morid ha’gashem,” they did it to correlate with the weather of Eretz Yisrael instead of the individual patterns in all of the far-flung places in which the Jewish people ended up. They did so in order that we would always remember her. Imagine a farmer in a far-off land. He needs rain. He adds this request in his prayers, but not for his location. The prayer for rain is for the needs of Eretz Yisrael! Why? So that Eretz Yisrael and Yerushalayim will never be forgotten.
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HALACHIC MUSINGS Continued from Page 13 ways ours. Look at Tehillim 102:15, “Her servants desired her stones; her very dust moves them to pity.” We have never, ever left Yerushalayim, and even when times were difficult, we always pined for her. We pined for her stones, her dust, and her spiritual nurturing.
Holy Since Time Immemorial Jerusalem has been holy to the Jewish people since the dawn of history— and before. Where was the binding of Yitzchak? It was on Har HaMoriah, in Jerusalem, the place that Hashem shall choose (see Devarim 12:5). Maimonides tells us (Hilchos Beis HaBechirah 6:14) that the sanctification that was made in Israel’s first commonwealth still stands and will stand for all time. He writes, “The sanctity of the [area of the] Mikdash and of Jerusalem emanates from the Shechinah (Divine Presence), and the Shechinah can never be annulled.”
Part of the Bible is the Book of Esther. We read this each year in the month of Adar, on a day we were saved from destruction. Throughout the world, this book is read by Jews on the 14th of Adar. But in walled cities, the book is read on the 15th of the month. In Jerusalem, it is also read on the 15th of the month. This is not observed only in the parts of Jerusalem that were around in Jerusalem of old. It is the custom to read it on the 15th even in modern, contemporary Jerusalem. The message is clear. There are modern-day Hamans and Hamas terrorists who fly fire kites, blow themselves up, stab us, set fire to our trees and forests, and declare that Jerusalem and Israel do not belong to us. But they shall join the dustbins of history. And Jerusalem and Israel will endure. May it be united until the arrival of Mashiach. May the United States continue helping Klal Yisrael in the land that Hashem has promised to the descendants of Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov. The author can be reached at [email protected] Read more of Rabbi Hoffman’s articles at 5TJT.com.
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Continued from Front Cover with the radio he used to listen to the usual daily newscasts blaring unusually loud. I don’t recall what I knew or didn’t know about Israel at the time, oth-
er than that it was the Jewish state (whatever that meant at the time) and that it was the place that my parents disappeared to every summer for 5–7 weeks as we stayed with our grandparents. Later that day in yeshiva—Yeshiva of Eastern Parkway—our rebbe
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brought in a radio and plugged it into the wall as the whole class listened to the hourly news broadcasts about the battle for Jerusalem in the Sinai Desert and the Golan Heights. By the end of the week, we sat in class stunned, and probably not sufficiently absorbing what had taken place, after Israel entered the then-occupied Old City of Jerusalem with the announcements in Hebrew by the commanders leading the charge, saying, “The Temple Mount is in our hands “ and “the Kotel is in our hands.” Now, a half-century later, the events of that June day in 1967 have come full circle. Amongst the things that are now additionally clear is the patient and deliberate way the Creator of the world goes about so many things, perhaps all things—those seemingly vital and those that seem to be otherwise. But every now and then, we see that deliberate slow progress jolted into taking a leap, and a good deal of that has now taken place in the aftermath
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FROM THE EDITOR Continued from Page 15 of the election of Donald Trump. Even after President Trump announced in December that he was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and then said that the U.S. would move its embassy from Tel Aviv to the capital, conventional wisdom was that the move would take years, that the House of Representatives or the Senate would change hands in November, that the president would not possibly be reelected in 2020, and so on. But that is not how things are done in the universe of President Trump. And as far as the move to Jerusalem is concerned, no one expected these events to transpire over such a short amount of time, not even Israeli leaders. This type of historic leap occurred in June of 1967 and also again on Monday. There are three other related items that need to be addressed: the number of New York and Five Towns personalities involved in the process, the prominent representation in the dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem of evangelical Christian leaders, and the violence instigated by Hamas terrorists on the Gaza border with Israel. We have previously noted in this space the prominence of Five Towns resident David Friedman, not just as the U.S. ambassador to Israel but in the formulation of overall U.S. policy in the Middle East. This fact was reiterated to this writer and others who
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visited Washington, DC recently as part of a day of lobbying with NORPAC. In our meeting with Texas Senator Ted Cruz, the senator, in an unsolicited fashion, pointed out the pivotal role that Ambassador Friedman is playing in so much of the Trump administration policy in Israel and other areas of the Middle East. On Monday, at the dedication of the new U.S. Embassy, an inspiring invocation was delivered by Rabbi Zalman Wolowik, the leader of the popular Chabad of the Five Towns. The rabbi has a close and personal relationship with the ambassador and was flown in to deliver those remarks as well as to install a mezuzah on the ambassador’s
office door at the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Also present at the dedication was Aryeh Lightstone, the deputy U.S. ambassador to Israel and a longtime resident of the Five Towns. In the circles we frequent, there was a bit of pushback and criticism of the fact that two prominent evangelical Christian leaders from the U.S. had some prominent roles in Monday’s ceremonies. Pastors John Hagee and Robert Jeffress offered their prayers. It is important to note two things on this matter. One is that this was an American-sponsored event despite the presence of rabbis and many wearing yarmulkes. And sec-
ondly, regardless of our position on the matter, evangelical Christians are some of the greatest supporters of Israel, and pour in hundreds of millions of dollars to the state of Israel. Unfortunately, at the same time that there was a triumphant dedication of the new embassy, there was also long-anticipated violence orchestrated by the Hamas terror organization at the Gaza border with Israel. On Monday, Palestinian sources almost immediately reported that 60 people were killed by IDF soldiers and 2,700 were injured. On Tuesday, the number was downgraded by other sources from 2,700 to 1,300. And that is good news in a way, because that would mean that about 1,400 people either recovered from their injuries overnight or that it was a fabricated number in the first place. On Wednesday, a video was widely circulated online that showed an alleged 53 Palestinian victims of the IDF lying in burial shrouds side by side in one long row. The thing is, as the video shows, most of those lined up as if prepared for burial were fidgeting and moving inside their shrouds. Some had their heads momentarily uncovered and you can see them either smiling or giggling. We are not saying that no one was hurt in the rioting at the Gaza border, but the numbers seem to have been wildly exaggerated. None of the fakery or misleading reportage was able to dissuade the
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FROM THE EDITOR Continued from Page 16 media from reporting the Palestinian misinformation as hard and straight facts. The mainstream media’s objective here was to distract from the great Trump administration’s achievement and Israeli feat that was the quick opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The mainstream media would have liked us to believe that the Hamas violence in Gaza was a result of the opening of the new U.S. Embassy. But that is a tough and unsuccessful argument considering that Hamas has been inciting and underwriting violence in Gaza and in parts of Israel for decades. On Tuesday, the Palestinian Authority recalled their ambassador from Washington and summoned him home, which solved the problem of the Trump administration planning to ask him to leave anyway. There is no doubt that this was a great day for both Israel and the United States—attempts to turn it into something else notwithstanding.
All this and more is why on Monday I was able to flash back to that Monday morning in June of 1967 when my father was sitting on his bed and listening to the news about the war in Israel. He had a concerned and intense look on his face. He was thinking about his two cousins who resided in Tel Aviv, as well as the many friends, colleagues, and other people he knew who lived in Israel at the time. And he was probably worried about the future of Israel. If my father were alive today, he would be 100 years old. Though I was just a kid at the time, I absorbed his sense of concern and worry about Israel and the standing of Jews in the world. I think that after Monday’s ceremonies in Jerusalem, he would have been very pleased and significantly less worried about the Jewish future, knowing that the complete liberation is now closer than ever before. Read more of Larry Gordon’s articles at 5TJT. com. Follow 5 Towns Jewish Times on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and live videos. Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome at 5TJT.com and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
COMMUNITY NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD Parker Jewish Institute’s Lina Scacco Honored By Association of Jewish Aging Services Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation is proud to announce that Lina Scacco, Parker’s assistant vice president of corporate outreach and development, received the 2018 Professional of the Year Award from the Association of Jewish Aging Services (AJAS). She received the award at the AJAS Annual Conference held in mid-February 2018, at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The award recognizes outstanding professionals who have made important contributions to administration, social work, nursing, marketing or development, and whose facility is a member of AJAS.
“Parker Jewish Institute is proud that Lina received this prestigious award from AJAS,” stated Michael N. Rosenblut, Parker President and CEO. “Lina reflects the highest standards of professional knowledge and expertise, shows exceptional leadership, and is highly respected by the staff, residents, and families served by Parker. She is truly deserving of this honor,” he added. In her multifaceted role, Ms. Scacco plays a critical role in the planning and implementation of Parker’s marketing and communications, government relations, publicity, and informational programs and events, which are integral to the organization’s mission and growth. In addition, she developed and implemented strategies designed for marketing, public relations, and outreach for all Parker business units, including development and the Nerken Center for Research and Grants. She has also integrated a marketing intelligence and census analytics solution tool, enabling Parker to manage clinical information and other patient/resident data, while optimizing census growth, tracking sourcing patterns, and streamlining reimbursements. Ms. Scacco is also responsible for new business development, identifying and communicating potential healthcare initiatives which will allow Parker to create programs and services to better serve healthcare needs of the area’s ever-changing population. In this capacity, she supervises community-based programs such as the Parker Certified Home Health Agency, Comprehensive Community Hospice at Parker Jewish Institute, and Parker on Madison, a social adult day care program for the frail elderly. Aside from the aforementioned, Ms. Scacco spends time volunteering in the community for a number of related organizations. She is an active member of the Samuel Field Y, Community Business Partnership Council; Senior Activity Generational Endowment Foundation (SAGE) of Glen Cove; Senior Umbrella Network, Nassau and Queens; Services Now for Adult Persons (SNAP); Queens Interagency Council on Aging (QICA); Queensboro Council for Social Welfare (QCSW),
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COMMUNITY NEWS Continued from Page 20 and the Business Council. Ms. Scacco graduated from Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, with a business administration degree in marketing and management. She and her husband, Gus, are residents of Glen Head, New York. Lina’s son Peter is a CPA and daughter Jacqueline is a senior in college.
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, 271-11 76th Avenue in New Hyde Park, 718-2892212, is a leading provider of shortterm rehabilitation and long-term care. At the forefront of innovation in patient-centered healthcare and new technology, Parker is a leader in teaching and geriatric research. Parker Jewish Institute features round-the-clock clinical teams, and is nationally renowned as a skilled nursing facility, as well as a provider of community-based healthcare, encompassing social adult day care, home healthcare, and a hospice program.
Gurwin Adult Day Care Program Clinches ‘Best Of Long Island’ Title Second Year In A Row Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s Adult Day Care Program has retained its title as “Long Island’s Best in Adult Day Care,” marking the second year in a row, third year overall, that the program has been recognized for excellence in caring for frail, elderly, and cognitively challenged residents on Long Island. “We are so pleased to be honored once again with the Best of Long Island title,” said Jeraldine Fedoriw, LMSW, director of the Gurwin Adult Day Care Program. “Our talented and dedicated staff works diligently to create a sense of community and facilitate bonds with and among our registrants. A broad range of activities are planned throughout the day— such as crafts, exercise, dancing, and music—which help program registrants build relationships, enhance their self-esteem, and validate their abilities.” Since 1989, Gurwin’s Adult Day Care program has been supporting the physical, social, and emotional needs of in-
Gurwin remains “Long Island’s Best in Adult Day Care”
dividuals with varying health and cognitive challenges. Program registrants are entitled to a variety of medical care services such as dental care, ophthalmology, audiology, rehabilitation therapy, assistance with activities of daily living, and socialization programs. Registrants receive safe door-through-door transportation to and from Gurwin’s facility. Following morning pickup from their home, registrants are provided a well-balanced breakfast and are guided
through a structured day of engaging activities, helping them to ﬂourish in a safe, secure, and enriching environment. While the program offers a full day of care for registrants, it has the added beneﬁt of providing caregivers respite from their demanding and often overwhelming caregiving duties, and peace of mind knowing their loved one is in the hands of a compassionate and nurturing staff. Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is a ﬁve-star, 460-bed nursing care facility located in Commack, Long Island, and is part of the Gurwin Family of Healthcare Services. Gurwin offers skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, medical/post-surgical subacute care, respiratory and ventilator-dependent care, medical and social adult day care programs, on-site dialysis, memory care, palliative and hospice care, home care, assisted living, and a proposed independent-living community, Fountaingate Gardens, all on a 34acre campus. Follow Gurwin on Facebook (bit.ly/GurwinNursingRehab) and Twitter (@GurwinJewish).
Settlers In Streimels By Shlomo Ben-David and Rachel Greenberg Picture a settler: knitted kippah, open sandals, an orange “Remember Gush Katif” T-shirt. OK, now how about a velvet yarmulke, lace-ups, and a shtreimel instead? The Yesha Council of Judea and Samaria once conducted a survey, asking the Israeli public what percentage of settlers are chareidi. The responses ranged from 2–20%. The reality is very far from these numbers since a full 40% of the residents of Judea and Samaria are chareidi! Most of these chareidi settlers live in large cities like Kiryat Sefer and Beitar Illit. They, too, are part of the tapestry of men, women, and children in the region who love Eretz Yisrael and who embody true 21st-century Zionism. Emanuel, the ﬁrst chareidi settlement, was established in the year 1982 and was intended to be a major chareidi center, but a series of crises struck and postponed those ambitious plans. It began with the painful bankruptcy of the Kochav Hashomron construction company (among others) and continued with the Intifada and terror attacks perpetrated at the city gates. This destroyed the fabric of life in the city. There is a well-known story of a widow who owned an apartment in Emanuel at that time and couldn’t ﬁnd a renter. She, in great sadness, gave up hope and offered to give away her apartment to a local fam-
ily for free. The family, however, refused to receive the gift because they couldn’t afford to pay the legal fees required to transfer ownership. In the end this prob-
lem was resolved—the widow gave them the money for the legal fees, too! Over the past decade, Emanuel has undergone a revolution. Finally, after
public transportation to the center of the country, and took care of many other needs of daily living. The result was a city with all the infrastructure needed for a normal life. The crown jewel of the fund’s activities was the redemption of the abandoned concrete shells that had stood empty since the contractor’s bankruptcy, and their transformation into gorgeous homes that are full of life. Bluma Nussboim and her husband, Pinchas, are among the 44 fortunate families who ultimately moved into those buildings. “We were able to buy a well-built three-bedroom apartment for a very low price,” she enthuses. “I had traveled to many cities looking to buy a home and I didn’t see anything as pretty.” Beyond the aesthetics and value, the Nussboims
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decades, cranes and concrete mixers can be seen in the city. New buildings are going up, new neighborhoods are developing. The streets of Emanuel are ﬁlled with many young families of all stripes: Chassidic, Litvish, Sephardic, and Yemenite. They have come to put down roots, and have brought an upbeat, optimistic, and creative spirit along with them. The seeds of this revolution actually date back to those dark days of terror and abandonment. In the early 2000s, a group of young Emanuel residents established the Emanuel Development Fund which succeeded in organizing a core group of young chassidic families to come settle in the city. It established batei midrash and educational institutions, arranged appropriate work opportunities, organized events and a communal framework, set up reliable
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COMMUNITY NEWS Continued from Page 23 are even more pleased with the warm community. “When we moved here ﬁve and half years ago, everyone welcomed us as if we were family.” As a mother of ﬁve and a teacher at the local Beis Yaakov, Mrs. Nussboim adds that the town she calls home is “so good for kids. The schools are excellent and it’s so tranquil and unpressured here. Emanuel has the feeling of a village with most of the conveniences of a city. The air is fresh and the views are beautiful. I especially enjoy the promenade; I walk there every day.” One of Mrs. Nussboim’s neighbors is Rachel Guttman, who came to Emanuel with her husband, David, for a half-year trial. “Then we said another half-year, and then another, and ﬁnally we bought here,” she chuckles. “The running joke is that the entire city only came for half a year.” Mrs. Guttman is a ﬁfth-grade teacher and her husband works with local youth in projects sponsored by the municipality. The Guttmans have watched the city grow to its current
population of 1,000 families. “New families are coming all the time,” she relates, “and more families means more bus service, more stores opening, and more community events. We’re very happy here and we highly recommend it.” Baruch Hashem, the future is bright for Emanuel. The construction potential is among the greatest in all Judea and Samaria. Its municipality covers a vast 14,000 dunams of land—double the size of the city of Bnei Brak! Present zoning in Emanuel allows for nearly 5,000 more apartments and of these, 1,800 new units are now being built. Reﬂecting on Emanuel’s signiﬁcance to the region as a whole, Mr. Hananel Dorani, head of the Yesha Council and mayor of Kedumim noted: “The development of Emanuel will bring tens of thousands of new residents to the entire area, more advanced and effective public transportation, new roadways, employment centers, shopping centers, and everything that large families need.” Community activist Moshe Zinger’s plans for the city align with Mayor Dorani’s predictions: “Emanuel will become a vibrant Torah metropolis and a beacon
of light for the nearby settlements of Ariel, Karnei Shomron, Kedumim, Yakir, Noﬁm, and Revava.” Emanuel means “G-d is with us,” and with His help, this promising city of chareidi settlers will continue to grow.
Heimish Elizabeth A host of factors have brought together the individuals who comprise the kehillah of Greater Elizabeth. Among them are the Jewish Educational Center and its comprehensive day-school system, the diversity and warmth of the community, the affordability of the housing, and both the intrinsic and extrinsic conveniences associated with its location in the greater tri-state area. Now in their “chai” year as Elmora Shul Elizabethans, Rachie and Lee Niren relocated to town all those years ago for all of the aforementioned reasons. Both graduates of Yeshiva University, Rachie and Lee had lived in Washington Heights—the “Breuer’s side”—and, remaining within the great metropolis, moved to Brooklyn for the sake of proximity to Lee’s work with Ohel. As they started their family, they were in-
creasingly disheartened by life in the borough. “Despite there being such an overwhelming Jewish presence, there was simply no sense of community,” related Rachie. “There was very little opportunity for the children to have their own [safe] space to play—on Shabbat or at any other time.” Rachie and Lee [and close friends] stumbled upon Elizabeth, and the rest is history. “We have felt like integral members of the kehillah since day one,” offered Rachie. Lee became involved with the development of Hatzalah of Union County, and, as a charter member of the organization, has remained an active member throughout its years of operation, having a signiﬁcant impact, one life at a time. Rachie has been employed at the business office of the JEC almost since the day of their arrival, and as such is a ﬁxture in the administration of the institution that binds the kehillah. Both Rachie and Lee are members of the board of directors of the JEC Elmora Shul, responsible for many of its myriad daily and weekly functions, but none more than Lee’s management of the shul’s extensive youth department. Together with youth director Elie Bodner, Lee oversees activities for Shabbat and the chagim, as well as social activities throughout the academic year. In short, Rachie and Lee have embraced their hometown and have been indispensable in shaping its present and future course. Chanie and Elly Miller are an interesting hybrid couple in the Elizabeth kehillah. As the child of parents involved in chinuch, Chanie mentioned, “I never truly put down roots anywhere,” whereas Elly was raised in Elizabeth and forever remains a “JEC-er” through and through. As newlyweds, they were searching for a community that would resonate as “home”—a welcoming place offering educational and social opportunities for themselves as well as their future family, an established community that had growth potential yet was still affordable. “We have the best of all worlds here,” conﬁrmed Elly, “a wonderful chevrah of our peers and their families…great friends for us and our kids.” “For example,” enthused Chanie, “there is an incredible playground that was constructed in the neighborhood a few years back…even the mayor, Chris Bollwage, calls it the Shabbos Park! On any given Shabbat, the park is bursting at the seams with our friends and their children. It is a social happening!” Chanie and Elly are dedicated parents whose daughters are satisﬁed, thoroughly integrated, happy students at the JEC. “The new principal of the lower school, Rabbi Uzi Beer, is fantastic,” commented Chanie. “He has boundless energy and enthusiasm,” added Elly. Their children absolutely love the school and have endeared themselves to one and all, from administrators, faculty, and staff to the beloved women and men who maintain the physical plant. Neither Chanie nor Elly can believe that their oldest child will be moving up to middle school at Bruriah in the fall. As enamored as they are of the offerings of the kehillah, Chanie and Elly are extremely fond of the rabbinic leader-
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COMMUNITY NEWS Continued from Page 24 ship of the Elmora Avenue Shul, Rabbi Avrohom Herman and his rebbetzin, Rivky. “Both the rabbi and rebbetzin are totally available, at any time, night or day. They are fantastic people who care for their kehillah as few that I have ever observed,” said Chanie. “They are tremendous role models as leaders and parents.” Elly mentioned, “I have been learning with Rabbi Herman, and it is incredibly special. His classes are simultaneously fun and absorbing…and the nosh can’t be beat!” Chanie and Elly are clearly the future of the Elizabeth kehillah—dynamic and engaged, working ceaselessly to make their chosen home the very best that it can be for generations to come. Brooklynites until very recently, Fran and Chezky Medetsky were seeking a new home to inspire them, a welcoming place where they felt that they could make a difference, while simultaneously being appreciated and encouraged for their contributions. “Brooklyn was an odd place—we raised our family there, but there is no sense of community,” lamented Chezky. “You can literally walk down a street on Shabbat, offer greetings to a fellow Jew, and receive absolutely no response.” Ultimately, with their children no longer at home, the Medetskys actually felt isolated. They had the opportunity to spend a Shabbat in the Elmora Shul kehillah and knew immediately that they had found their new home. “The people were so friendly and interested…there was a
simple warmth, a heimishness that was incredible,” enthused Chezky. “We have been here since the chagim and I do not believe that we have eaten a Shabbat meal at home yet,” offered Fran. “And there is no cliquishness. Everyone, but everyone, has welcomed us, and it feels as though we have been living in town for years.” “I was a gabbai at our shul in Brooklyn, and would love to become involved with the kehillah, stated Chezky. “The community really beckons me to become active; it’s fantastic.” Fran and Chezky have embraced their newfound hometown and anticipate welcoming newcomers in the future, just as they were only a few short months ago. All together these three families represent the width and breadth of the Elizabeth JEC Elmora Avenue Shul community. Each had their own reasons for choosing Elizabeth, but combined they truly embody the type of families you will ﬁnd here. Warmth, openness, friendship, and support are the characteristics you will ﬁnd if you are looking for a place to put down roots. Hope to see you in Elizabeth one day soon.
Independence And Inclusion: Aleh Celebrates Yom HaAtzmaut With The IDF On Thursday, April 19, residents, staff and volunteers from the Jerusalem facility of Aleh, Israel’s network of care for children with severe complex disabilities, ﬂocked to the Machane Ofer military base near Givat Ze’ev to host a spe-
Independence Day with Aleh
cial barbecue in celebration of Israel’s 70th Independence Day. But what was intended as an event to honor the dozens
of IDF soldiers who volunteer at Aleh throughout the calendar year turned into a two-way tribute, with the soldiers
and volunteers headed back to Jerusalem in high spirits. All in attendance agreed that it was their favorite Yom HaAtzmaut experience to date. “While there are so many torches lit throughout the country for Independence Day, there are those who light their torches with the ﬁre of unity and love, a ﬁre that cannot be extinguished,” said Rachely Teller, community relations coordinator at Aleh’s Jerusalem facility. “Only in Israel would an event like this result in both sides insisting on honoring the other. Only at Aleh can you see soldiers embracing individuals with complex disabilities, treating them like their own brothers and sisters, and going out of their way to make it the most enjoyable and inclusive experience possible.” To learn more about Aleh, arrange a site visit in Israel, or donate, please visit ALEH.org.
Young Jewish Leaders Take Up The Mantle Of Lifesaving While Making Waves At New York Gala On Thursday, May 3, Lag B’Omer, more than 700 young leaders of the Jewish community gathered together at Sony Hall in the Paramount Hotel in New York City for a gala event in support of Israel’s national volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) organization, United Hatzalah. The gala included a special performance by Café Shahor Hazak and an appearance by Rona-Lee Simon from Fauda. The event emcee was actress and comedian Renée
Willett, a United Hatzalah global ambassador. Capping off the evening was a special rendition of “Hatikvah” sung by Miss Israel 2012 Shani Hazan, who delighted the crowd with her talent. United Hatzalah volunteer EMTs Murad Aliyan and Gavy Friedson were both in attendance and shared their experiences with the crowd. Aliyan, who began the organization’s Muslim chapter, now sits on the board of the organization supervising the Muslim volunteers. Friedson is currently the Atlanta and Washington, DC-area regional representative and had just returned from a week in Israel where he treated more than 120 people in less than 10 days. Both Murad and Friedson, as well as the organization’s founder and president, Eli Beer, regaled the crowd with descriptions of the organization’s effectiveness thanks to its network of more
than 5,000 volunteer ﬁrst-responders and their average response time of less than three minutes across the country. Beer thanked the young leaders for their attendance and support. “Today on the Jewish calendar we celebrated a respite from mourning, mourning that was caused by senseless death. The young leaders who attended this gala event are helping us prevent more senseless deaths in Israel by helping us reach patients faster and save more lives. I wish to thank everyone who came out to the event and supported us in this most important mission,” said Beer. Rose Danielle Spiegel, the co-founder of LifeShareCare, has developed a new model for young leadership initiatives with the organization and spoke about
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insisting on partaking in the festivity’s preparation to honor their friends from Aleh. In the end, a simple barbecue became the ideal of disability inclusion. The festivities included celebratory songs and prayers, dancing, interactive games, and delicious food straight from the grill. Instead of celebrating with their families, the Aleh residents and soldiers exempliﬁed national unity by choosing to mark the day together, shattering societal boundaries in the true spirit of the day. “Yom HaAtzmaut could be celebrated in many different ways, but this has been my most meaningful Independence Day yet,” said Itai, the commander at Machane Ofer, as he addressed the crowd. “There is no better way to celebrate than to spend time with the children of Aleh and its special volunteers. Aleh teaches us what it means to be truly happy and how to celebrate as one big and united Israeli family.” The beautiful display of inclusion was further enhanced by the generosity of the Darkeinu shuttle service. After being turned down by multiple shuttle companies, the Aleh staff and volunteers began to worry that they would not be able to transport the Aleh residents, who are all reliant on wheelchairs and other support equipment, to the event at Machane Ofer. However, when the owner of the Darkeinu shuttle service heard about the nature of the event, he not only waived the holiday surcharge but offered the company’s services entirely free of charge. After a fun-ﬁlled evening with their IDF friends, the Aleh residents, staff,
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COMMUNITY NEWS Continued from Page 27 her experience at the gala event. “For me, the gala was a celebration that the dream we envisioned came full circle. No matter the leadership consisting solely of volunteers, over the last year we planned and built a 50-person leadership, threw monthly intimate invite-only comped events between our three neighborhood boards, built an app to further engage the scaled community, and now organized a gala that hosted almost 800 people. In doing so, over this past year we’ve touched the hearts of thousands of handpicked young professionals and have raised about $1.5 million.” Spiegel said that she hopes to keep working hard to help the organization succeed. “My goal is for Eli Beer to focus solely on delivering quality fast-response emergency care. His backing should simply magically appear, the young leadership acting as his wand. He plays his part and it’s our duty to play ours. Future leaders of the community shouldn’t only be counted upon for what they are going to do; we should be
counted upon for what we can do right now. I’m so humbled and honored to have steered that ship and to have built a family of lifesaving.” Gala Chair Ami Pomeranc, who together with his family runs a company named Sixty Hotels, also spoke about how he intends to move forward with his efforts to support the organization’s mission of saving lives in Israel. “This gala event set the stage for me as a tremendous opportunity using all my might and inﬂuence to take UH to new levels. This platform will be the backbone of the continuing lifesaving efforts that will stem from this evening and save countless lives.” The organization had a goal of raising more than $1 million from the event, a goal which they achieved with the ﬁnal donations that came in over the weekend. “We have proven to ourselves and to young leaders everywhere that we don’t have to wait for tomorrow to begin making a difference. We can do it right now. The young leaders who attended the gala showed us this and more. With these people leading our communities, our future looks bright,” Beer concluded.
Jewish women pose questions about early cancer detection at LifeChanger FSU’s breast cancer awareness seminar in Kherson, Southern Ukraine
LifeChanger FSU Launches Breast Cancer Awareness Seminars Across The Ukraine In April, LifeChanger FSU launched a series of breast cancer awareness seminars across the
Ukraine aimed at providing the region’s Jewish women with the knowledge and tools necessary to take the preventive measures that can increase the chances of early cancer detection. The first seminar, titled “Breast Health: Happiness, Beauty, and Responsibility,” was produced by the LifeChanger FSU coordinators in Kherson, Southern Ukraine, on Sunday, April 15. LifeChanger FSU recently decided to champion the breast-health movement in their areas of operation when it became apparent that the Ukrainian Jewish community was in dire need of breast-health education. “A mother’s health is key to the well-being and success of her entire family. In every one of the cities where LifeChanger FSU operates, there is a woman who has had to face breast cancer. Our goal is to give these women hope for the future, enable families to overcome crisis situations, and prevent crises from arising in the first place,” said Irina Chernobryvets, director of LifeChanger FSU. “In the Ukraine, more than 16,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and more than 20% discover their cancers in later stages, so programming that promotes breast health has become essential. With education, we can help bring about positive change and awareness, altering the reality for entire communities.” The breast cancer awareness seminar in Kherson featured lectures by and consultations with leading medical professionals in Ukraine, including public health practitioners, surgeons, and psychologists, breast exam simulations, and a charity auction to benefit Ukrainian breast cancer awareness causes. From May through October 20, Ukraine’s national Breast Cancer Awareness Day, LifeChanger FSU will be replicating the seminar in 12 more Ukrainian cities, including Odessa, Nikolayev, Mariupol, Kharkov, Zhytomir, Vinnitsa, Cherkassy, Chernovtsy, and Pervomaisk. The “Breast Health: Happiness, Beauty and Responsibility” series is also supported by LifeChanger FSU partners IFCJ, The Kesher Project, The Kvitna Fund, and local Jewish organizations in each host city.
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BAMIDBAR: EVERY JEW COUNTS From Where I Stand BY RABBI YOSSY GOLDMAN
Nine of the holiest rabbis cannot make a minyan. Enter one little bar mitzvah boy, and suddenly the minyan is complete! When we count Jews, there are no distinctions. We don’t look at religious piety or academic achievement. The rabbi and the rebel, the philanthropist and the pauper—all count for one; no more, no less. This week in Bamidbar, we read of the census of the Jewish people. This portion is read before Shavuos, the Season of the Giving of the Torah. One important and obvious connection is that in the Torah, too, every letter counts. One missing letter invalidates the entire scroll. Likewise, one missing Jew leaves Jewish peoplehood lacking, incomplete. If we count Jews because every Jew counts, then that implies a responsibility on Jewish communal leadership to ensure that no Jew is missing from the kehillah, from the greater community. We must leave no stone unturned to
keep those Jews on the periphery inside. Make sure they feel that they belong and are welcome—even if they haven’t paid any membership fees. It also means that the individual Jew has commitments and obligations. If you’re important, make sure you don’t get lost. You are needed.
strange thing happened. As soon as they had eleven, they could never manage a minyan! When we know we are indispensable, we make a point of being there. Otherwise, we may say, “count me out.” Today, we are losing a lot of Jews to ignorance. But sometimes we also lose them because we didn’t embrace them as we could have. At a time when they were receptive, we didn’t make them feel welcome. Other faiths, ideologies, and cults are using “love bombs” to entice Jews to their way of life. Yes, very often they prey on the weak and vulnerable among us. Anyone desperately seeking warmth, love, and a sense of belonging will be an easy target for such groups. But there are lots of ordinary, stable people who crave these things too. Don’t we all? If the Jewish community doesn’t provide
As soon as they had eleven men, they could never manage a minyan! Once there was a small town consisting of only a few Jewish families. Between them, they had exactly ten men over the age of bar mitzvah. They were all dedicated people, and they made sure that they never missed a minyan. One day, a new Jewish family moved in to town. Great joy and excitement: now they would have eleven men. But a
that warm welcome, we may very well ﬁnd them going elsewhere. Some years ago, we had a visiting rabbi from Canada speaking in my shul. His talk was about the very real threat of Jews for J and Hebrew-Christians who prey on unsuspecting Jews by using Jewish symbols and even “shuls” or messianic synagogues, which are really
nothing more than churches in disguise. He described how these individuals make every deceitful effort to confuse ignorant Jews into believing they are going to a “Jewish” house of worship. A woman in the audience then asked, “Rabbi, if I am traveling in North America and want to go to shul, how will I know if I am going to a real shul or one of these impostor synagogues?” The rabbi laughed and said, “When you go into these places, they bombard you. As soon as they see a new face, a dozen people will come over to welcome you and give you a seat and a book and make you feel at home. But what happens when you go into a real shul? Nobody greets you. Nobody looks at you. And the ﬁrst person to say a word to you growls at you because you’re sitting in his seat!” Ah bittere gelechter! A sad joke indeed. Of course, we need to do more than just wait for people to come to shul in order to make them feel they belong. We need to go out and ﬁnd our people wherever they may be. Certainly, though, when someone does show a spark of interest—a soul seeking its source—we need to be there: as an organized community, and as individuals. Indeed, every Jew counts. So let’s count them in. 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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REAL CLEAR DAF By Rabbi Shmuel Wise
A review of some of this week’s daf yomi key concepts (Parashas Bamidbar – Zevachim) Q. What if a metzora’s eighth day falls out on erev Pesach? A. We discussed this case on 32b this week. The Gemara there begins with the opinion of Reish Lakish as quoted by Ulla. Even if a tamei person only partially enters the Temple courtyard, he is liable to lashes as if he had completely entered. Presumably, Reish Lakish means that a partial entrance would also make the transgressor liable to kareis, Divinely decreed premature death (though on 33b the Gemara suggests otherwise). The Gemara points out that this ruling appears to be contradicted by a beraisa that discusses a metzora whose eighth and final day of purification fell out on erev Pesach, which means that if he cannot complete the purification process by today, he will be unable to partake in the korban Pesach. Something else happened that further complicated things: the metzora had a seminal emission, so that he now has an additional form of ritual impurity. Can this metzora still proceed with his purification process?
One could make a case that this metzora should not be allowed to complete his purification process since it entails going up the Temple Mount to the Gate of Nikanor, where sacrificial blood and some oil are applied to the metzora’s thumb, ear, and toe, and the halachah is that a person with seminal impurity is barred from the Temple Mount area. Yet the beraisa permits him to go ahead with the procedure. He ascends the Temple Mount and offers his thumb and other parts to the kohen in the Temple courtyard for the necessary applications, and by nightfall he will be ritually pure and able to partake in korban Pesach. What of the prohibition against a person with seminal impurity ascending the Temple Mount? The beraisa argues that it’s better to set aside this relatively minor prohibition than to abdicate the mitzvah of korban Pesach, an offense punishable by kareis. The Gemara observes that the beraisa’s argument only makes sense on the assumption that when the metzora sticks his thumb into the Temple courtyard, it is not legally tantamount to fully entering the
courtyard. For if it were, then we would be dealing with the act of entering the courtyard with seminal impurity, which—since an even holier area is being entered—is punishable by kareis. This, of course, would destroy the beraisa’s whole argument, for why would the halachah allow a violation of one kareis sin to avoid another kareis sin? (Logic would actually dictate the opposite: better to passively not do a positive mitzvah punishable by kareis than to actively violate a sin punishable by kareis.) So the only way to understand the beraisa is if we grant the assumption that partial entry is not considered a complete entrance. Ulla, however, is unfazed by this question. Ulla explains that (really partially entering is tantamount to fully entering, and) the reason we allow this metzora to go ahead with the purification at the Gate of Nikanor is based on a “since” argument. Since the Torah clearly waived the tumah status stemming from this person’s metzora status (for built into the metzora’s procedure is this step of putting part of his still-tamei body into the courtyard), it follows that the Torah will also waive an additional tumah problem, as in our case, where he also experienced a seminal emission. But in a typical case which lacks any “since” momentum (i.e., he doesn’t happen to be a metzora on his eighth day), even a partial entrance would be strictly forbidden on pain of kareis. Rav Yosef there suggests another
application of the “since” principle. We know that in the event that the community contracted corpse-tumah before Pesach, the Torah allows the korban to be brought in their state of impurity. By contrast, if the community contracted “zivus” (a type of bodily emission) impurity, there would be no permit to bring the korban Pesach. However if after contracting corpse-tumah the community then also contracted “zivus” tumah, the “since” idea should allow the korban to go ahead. Since the Torah permitted the corpse-tumah problem, it should also permit the zivus-tumah problem. But Abaye objects to this application by drawing a distinction between the nature of these two dispensations that are being compared. The permit for the metzora to put his thumb into the courtyard is one of “hutra,” an absolute permit, as if the Torah says, “there is no tumah problem here,” whereas the permit for the community to bring a sacrifice while in a state of corpse-tumah is one of “hudcha,” we “push off ” the prohibition as a matter of choosing between one of two undesirable situations. (Either bring the offering while tamei, or don’t bring the offering. The point is that the tumah problem is still here; we just bring the korban in spite of this.) Therefore, Abaye argues, while we could understand the “since” idea by an absolute permit (where apparently there is a very
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REAL CLEAR DAF Continued from Page 36 powerful justification to allow this course of action—so powerful that a conflicting prohibition becomes permitted), it doesn’t logically follow that we would say the same thing by a “pushing off ” type of permit, where it’s almost like the Torah is begrudgingly allowing the action—but who’s to say that the Torah would even tolerate an additional prohibition? Rava comes to the defense of Rav Yosef by turning the argument around. If anything, Rava argues, it’s easier to understand the “since” idea when the first problem was pushed off. For once the Torah pushed off one prohibition, what’s the big deal to push off another? As opposed to where the first prohibition was completely permitted by the Torah— perhaps the Torah only went to the extreme of totally permitting one prohibition, not another. If Ulla is telling us that even absolute permits replicate, then all the more so will the exercise of pushing off be repeated for additional prohibitions. 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-ASK-RCD-1 (275-7231). Read more of Rabbi Wise’s articles at 5TJT.com.
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ALIYAHTO CHRONICLE BACK BASICS By Rabbi Shmuel Tuvia KatzTeldon
THE SEPARATION OF G-D AND CHURCH
s we prepare for the reading of the Ten Commandments, I would like to focus on a question that truly bothers me. Why isn’t G-d more a part of our social fabric? I would like to share my thoughts about this sad social phenomenon. I know it doesn’t sound too kosher for a rabbi to write about separating G-d and church (or shul, for that matter) but I think the time has come when we need to see G-d as being higher than religion. I know that the separation of church and state is one of the key underpinnings of American democracy. It was a crucial decision of the Founding Fathers, which guaranteed that citizens in our great country would not suffer the type of religious discrimination that they and their parents had experienced in many European countries. Its wisdom is irrefutable, especially in a country like ours, which has proven to be a haven for people of so many religious backgrounds. They can all rest assured that the government, and the courts, will not restrict their religious activities or somehow appear to be in favor of one religion over another. However, somehow our courts have interpreted this separation as not just a separation that forbids the government from endorsing any particular religious belief; it has taken the radical step of interpreting G-d and church as being the same thing. The thought process is that as soon as somebody speaks about G-d, they inevitably will relate it to a particular approach to G-d (church). This is a case where G-d has become a victim of His own creation. As a result, G-d’s presence in the schools and society as a whole has been severely restricted. Political correctness has taken this to the extreme whereby neutral prayers can’t even be said at sports events, and a moment of silence in our schools is off the table. The obvious and much-discussed question is how we got here; the Founding Fathers believed strongly in G-d and some even taught that a G-dless society is destined to crumble. On what basis could the courts take such strong measures to exclude G-d
from so much of our cultural makeup? In the times of the Founding Fathers, G-d was an important part of daily life, a guiding light for a person’s decisions, a presence in one’s home, and an important factor in one’s upbringing. It was this type of relationship with G-d that the Founding Fathers had and took for granted. Perhaps they saw no need to ensure G-d’s role in society because they couldn’t imagine a society without G-d. When they called for the separation of church and state, they simply meant there should be no government endorsement. However, with the change of society and societal values, G-d became less and less a part of the American society’s day-to-day life. The roller coaster of an industrial revolution, wars, depressions, population spurts, immigration, family breakdown, and demographic upheavals created a complicated society very different than the one our Founding Fathers knew. G-d and church became almost synonymous as occupying the same compartment in our complex lives. The idea of separating them was just too difficult and seemingly outrageous. G-d has slowly but surely been relegated to a compartmentalized role and time slot in the life of the average American. Thus, separation of church and state became synonymous with separation of G-d and state. The time has come for us to see the results of this broad paintbrush, throwing out the baby (G-d) with the bathwater (religion). The separation of church and state does not have to exclude G-d from Main Street in American life. If G-d had a lawyer on earth, He could easily argue about unfair discrimination by way of association. It is high time to correct this very costly generalization and realize that belief in G-d can be something totally independent of any religious edict or group. We see in many polls how a growing and a signiﬁcant number of citizens indeed believe in G-d but do not claim a religious affiliation. G-d can stand on His own two feet, so to speak. Church, or religion, is a path to get to G-d, but does not limit G-d or His role and potential contribution to a better society. With careful legal limits on how G-d is presented in various ways in society, we can begin the process of correcting this great American copout, and start to give millions of Americans the birthright they deserve and one that society so greatly needs. Rabbi Tuvia Teldon is the regional director of Chabad Lubavitch of Long Island. He can be reached at [email protected] For more information and inspiration, visit www. chabadli.org or Facebook.com/RabbiTeldon to view his weekly broadcasts. Read more of Rabbi Teldon’s articles and view his videos at 5TJT.com.
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HALACHIC MUSINGS By Rabbi Yair Hoffman
n an innovative attempt to save money, the municipality worked out that it would outsource the financial cost of the Department of Health inspections. From now on, the restaurants themselves would hire the health inspectors. The restaurants would pay the inspectors, take out the FICA taxes and the worker’s comp—the restaurant would handle it all. The move “worked wonders” for the state of hygiene in the restaurants. Eateries that were previously designated with a C-minus rating were now rated A-plus, and health-violation reports were down, too. The astute reader will detect an obvious problem here. This is what is called a classic conflict of interest. The upgraded ratings and fewer violations are most likely due to the unique financial arrangement.
What Is A Conflict Of Interest? In 2009, researchers Bernard Lo and Marilyn Field published a book called Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice.
In the book, Lo and Field define a conflict of interest as “a set of circumstances that creates a risk that professional judgment or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest.” When an inspector is paid by the people he supervises, there is a risk that his judgment and actions will be unduly influenced. The safety of the restaurant consumers has been placed at risk. Indeed, the general public has also been placed in danger.
Kashrus Correlation The same should be true in the field of kashrus. The mashgiach is there to protect the public from eating non-kosher or questionable items, just as the health inspector is there to protect the public from anything that can compromise their health and safety. Last generation’s gadol ha’dor, Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt’l, in his Igros Moshe (Y.D. Vol. IV #1:8) writes that the mashgiach should not be paid by the facility receiving the hashgachah, but rather should only
be paid by the vaad ha’kashrus itself. The mashgiach should have no direct monetary business dealings with the company. The above story of the health inspectors that were paid by the restaurants was fictitious, of course. But the similar situation with kashrus organizations is not. Kashrus agencies coordinate the supervision in a manner that is in direct violation of this Igros Moshe and common sense.
A History Of Foul-Ups In recent years, there have been numerous instances of kashrus foulups. Most people remember the treif-chicken fiasco at Shevach Meats in Monsey, NY. Jin Glatt Chinese Kosher in Passaic, NJ, was selling non-kosher meat for years and no one caught it. Stan and Pete’s, the main caterer in Johannesburg, South Africa, was found to be serving treif, as was Doheny Glatt in Los Angeles, CA. Incidents such as these are happening repeatedly, with no respite in sight.
Will It Happen Again? Will this happen again or have these incidents taught us a lesson? An expert in the kashrus industry remarked, “It is not a question as to whether it will happen again. It is rather a matter of when it will happen again.” The community at large needs to speak up to prevent this from happening. Feeding tarfus to Klal Yisrael is not something that we should sit by and accept. The situation needs to be rectified.
May Be A Violation Allowing a conflict of interest to continue may be a violation of the Torah prohibition of “v’asisa ha’yashar v’ha’tov,” you shall do the just and the good (Devarim 6:18). The Ramban explains that the Torah gave this general mitzvah because it cannot relate all cases and eventualities that might arise. Therefore, the Torah covers all situations with a general instruction to act in fairness and justness. In all his ways, the individual is bound to the “just and the good.” Many poskim point to this pasuk as being the source of the obligation to act lifnim mi’shuras ha’din, above and beyond what strict halachah dictates. How can there be an obligation of going above and beyond the law? In explanation as to why the situation in kashrus remains in a state of built-in conflict of interest, we turn to a position paper presented by an executive rabbinic coordinator at the ASK RCA Yom Iyun held at OU Headquarters in New York City on May 1, 2007. The position paper stated as follows: It is self-evident that it is preferable that a mashgiach be paid by the kashrus organization and not by the supervised facility. Unfortunately, this is generally not a viable option for semi or fulltime mashgichim of establishments because of insurance considerations. It is unclear what is meant by insurance considerations. This author knows of at least a dozen insurance brokers who would gladly offer any
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HALACHIC MUSINGS Continued from Page 42 kashrus organization insurance for a full staff of mashgichim. He probably meant that the kashrus agencies cannot underwrite the payroll and insurance if the restaurants are late in paying. But this can be rectiﬁed if the restaurant is made to pay these fees in advance.
The PEO Option There is also another option. In the United States and elsewhere, there are companies called PEOs, professional employer organizations. A PEO is a firm that provides a service under which an employer can outsource employee management tasks. These include employee benefits, payroll and workers’ compensation, recruiting, risk and safety management, and training and development. A PEO could be contracted to take over all of a kashrus organization’s mashgichim. The author can be reached at [email protected] Read more of Rabbi Hoffman’s articles at 5TJT.com.
BUSINESS WEEKLY By Rabbi Meir Orlian
STORYLINE: HALF AND HALF The school year was winding down. The parent representatives of each class began collecting money for the end-ofyear gift for the teachers. Mr. Weiss was collecting for the eighth-grade class of Yeshiva Derech Mishpat. He sent a message to all the parents of his class: “We are collecting money to give as a gift to the rebbe and teachers of each subject. Each family is asked to donate $36.” When the collection was completed, Mr. Weiss brought the money to the principal, Rabbi Handel, and said: “This is money we collected for the rebbe and teachers of the eighth grade. Please distribute it to them.” “Thank you very much,” replied Rabbi Handel.
After Mr. Weiss left, Rabbi Handel wondered how he should divide the money. The rebbe taught for three hours, and there were five secular-subject teachers, each of whom taught one hour. “Should I give each teacher the same amount, including the rebbe?” wondered Rabbi Handel. “Or perhaps I should give double to the rebbe, who teaches the class on a regular basis. Or perhaps I should divide the money into eighths and give each teacher according to the time he teaches. Or should I give the bulk to the rebbe who teaches the group and just a token amount to each subject teacher?” Rabbi Handel called Mr. Weiss and asked how the money should be divided.
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“According to your discretion,” replied Mr. Weiss. “We rely on you.” Rabbi Handel could not decide the proper way to divide the money. “Why don’t you consult Rabbi Dayan?” suggested the assistant principal. “Good idea,” said Rabbi Handel. Rabbi Handel called Rabbi Dayan. “I was given money to distribute to the rebbe and teachers,” he said. “How should I divide the money?” “The Torah, in Parashas Emor (Vayikra 24:9), states about the division of the lechem ha’panim (the showbread in the Mishkan): ‘It should be for Aharon and for his children,’” replied Rabbi Dayan. “Chazal interpret this to mean that Aharon receives half the bread, and his children, as a group, receive half the bread. “The Gemara (B.B. 143a; A.Z. 10b) extrapolates from this regarding one who gives a gift or makes a will,” continued Rabbi Dayan. “If a person gives a gift or bequeaths his assets to so-and-so and his children, the individual mentioned receives half and the group receives half ” (C.M. 247:5; 253:24). “What if there are multiple individuals or multiple groups?” asked Mr. Weiss. “Rema states that if there are two groups, each group is entitled to half, even though one group may have more members than the other,” replied Rabbi Dayan. “For example, if a couple bequeathed their assets to their relatives, the assumption is that half the amount is intended for the husband’s relatives and half for the wife’s, even if one has a larger family. “If there were numerous individuals and a group, such as ‘Reuven and Shimon and the children of Levi,’” continued Rabbi Dayan, “there is a dispute among the Rishonim whether the group gets half or a share equal to one of the individuals” (See Rambam, Raavad, and Maggid Mishneh, Hil. Zechiyah 11:6). “Nonetheless, Maharsham (3:191) indicates that if the clear assumption is that the person’s intention was that everyone should share evenly, we follow his intention,” added Rabbi Dayan. “Furthermore, some suggest that the rule to divide half and half applies only when there is a rationale to give half to the individual, such as the kohen gadol, whom we are required to honor and raise. However, if there was a collection for orphans and one was mentioned by name, there is no logic to give him half at the expense of his siblings” (Pischei Choshen, Kinyanim 15:61; Chashukei Chemed, B.B. 143b). “In this case,” concluded Rabbi Dayan, “you should give the rebbe half the money, and divide the other half among the teachers.”
From The BHI Hotline: Lost Loan Document Q. I borrowed money from a friend. When I contacted the lender to repay the loan, he informed me that he had misplaced the loan contract. May I refuse to repay the loan until
There is a debate about a circumstance in which the borrower has a concern that he will suffer a loss—for example, an uncashed check. Some maintain that the borrower must replace the check and the lender must commit to cover any loss that the borrower will suffer (Tzemach Tzedek 10). Others state that the borrower is not obligated to rely on the lender’s assurance and is not obligated to replace the check when
tract to him. The same is true if the lender asks for time to find the loan contract (C.M. 54:3; and see Minchas Pitim and Meromei Sadeh, Sotah 7b). Some maintain that if the lender needs the money and beis din does not suspect deception, the borrower is compelled to repay the loan and accept a receipt (Aruch HaShulchan, C.M. 54:8). Poskim imply that there is no difference whether the original loan
If there are two groups, each group is entitled to half. there is a realistic possibility that he could suffer a financial loss by issuing a replacement check (Nesivos 50:5; see Pischei Teshuvah 54:1, Beis Yitzchak, C.M. 14. See also Business Weekly #56). The obligation for a borrower to repay his loan and accept a receipt is limited to where the lender claims that the loan document was lost. If the lender claims that he has the document but it would be difficult to obtain—e.g., it is located out of town and he therefore wants to issue a receipt rather than return the original loan contract—the borrower does not have to repay the loan until the lender returns the loan con-
contract had witnesses or whether the contract was signed by the borrower (see C.M. 69:2). In both circumstances the borrower is not required to pay unless the lender returns the original loan contract, assuming it still exists (Pischei Choshen, Halva’ah, 2:).
Money Matters: Open-End Guarantee Based on the writings of Rav Chaim Kohn, shlita Q. Someone planned to take multiple loans from a gemach and asked me to sign as a guarantor for whatever amount he would borrow during the year. Is such a guarantor liable?
A. Rambam (Hil. Malveh 25:13) states that an open-end guarantor, who does not deﬁne the amount, is not liable. Shulchan Aruch states that subsequent authorities disagree with Rambam and he rules like them (C.M. 131:13). Many explain that this parallels their dispute whether an open-end obligation is binding. However, Sma maintains that even the Raavad, who disagrees with the Rambam and upholds open-end obligations, would agree that a guarantor commits only within reasonable estimate, because of the additional element of asmachta inherent in a guarantor. Shach concludes like Shulchan Aruch, though, that an open-end guarantee is binding. Nonetheless, some require a kinyan for this (C.M. 60:2; Sma 131:25; Shach 131:15). Even according to the Rambam, if a maximum limit was set, the guarantor is liable; if the open-end guarantor already paid, the borrower is required to reimburse him (Pischei Choshen, Halva’ah 13:). 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] Read more of Rabbi Orlian’s articles at 5TJT.com.
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he produces the loan contract, or am I obligated to repay the loan and rely on his credibility that he will destroy the contract when he finds it? A. Shulchan Aruch (C.M. 54:2) prohibits a borrower from refusing to repay a loan because the lender lost the loan contract. The borrower must repay the loan and the lender must give the borrower a receipt. The reason is that it is illogical to consider that a borrower should be exempt from repaying a loan because the lender lost the loan document. Although the borrower may be concerned that he will lose the receipt and without evidence that he repaid the loan could be forced to repay the loan a second time, nevertheless, the lender has the leveraged position in the relationship because a borrower becomes “subservient” to his lender (eved loveh l’ish malveh) and the borrower bears the responsibility to keep the receipt (Bava Basra 171b). Even in situations where the debt did not emanate from a loan, e.g., a kesubah, so that the above reason does not apply (see Business Weekly #209), nevertheless, we write a receipt. The reason is that since the debtor certainly owes the money, he cannot exempt himself by expressing concern that he may lose the receipt. It is also rare that the lender would be aware that the borrower lost the receipt and thereby collect twice. Additionally, Chazal enacted that in all circumstances, a receipt is written (Rashba, Kesubos 16b, and see Tosfos).
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NIGHT FLOWER By Esther Rapaport
Chapter 9 Part III Margalit called just as Elka and Noa were sitting down to eat supper on Elka’s porch. A cool breeze was blowing, and Noa leaned back and looked at the plate in front of her, which was full of pretty, thin slices of radish, cabbage, and lettuce in garlic dressing. She slowly speared a piece of radish with her fork and raised her gaze to Elka. Just then Elka’s phone rang. Elka glanced at the screen. “My sister from Tel Aviv,” she said apologetically. “You don’t mind if I pick up for her, do you?” Noa shook her head, and continued eating, gazing at the stars twinkling over the Carmel Mountains in the distance. Elka’s house offered pretty scenic views. “Hi, Margalit,” Elka said. “What’s doing?” “Baruch Hashem, things are great. How is it going by you?” “As usual, working hard. You really have to come visit. Our community center has really come a long way since you last saw it.” “You’re still there, this late in the evening?” Margalit sounded shocked. “No, of course not!”
“Oh, it’s just that by the way you are speaking, it sounds like she’s next to you or something.” “You’re right about that.” “Oh, you invited her to your house?” “For the fifth time already.” “Very nice. Maybe we should talk about something else now, so she doesn’t figure out that your short, ambiguous sentences have anything to do with her.” “Right again. How was Shabbos by you?” “Really beautiful. My two youngest married couples came, and it was lots of fun. Who was by you?” “Dovi and Sara’le.” “And how is their little one?” “Oh, a real sweetie pie.” “Wasn’t it hard for them with all the traveling?” “No. And then they had a very restful Shabbos. True, they needed to travel with two little children, but Sara’le said it was worth it for her. No cooking, no cleaning up, and here I don’t let her lift a finger.” “What a shvigger, really! It’s not like that by me. My daughters and daughters-in-law know that if they don’t help me, I don’t invite them.” “Well, to each her own.” Elka was losing her patience. “Even if we’re sisters, Margalit, we’re allowed to
have differences of opinion here and there.” “True,” her sister agreed. “Anyway, now that we’ve hopefully distracted her, I can get to the point, Elka.” Without noticing it, Elka’s eyes turned to Noa, who was sitting on the white plastic chair and deeply inhaling the cool evening air. “Nu?” “I understand that they are hearing from her wonderful things about your community center, but it’s very competitive and they are also getting good reports about the other places.” “So what do you suggest I do?” “I don’t really understand your line of work, but I’m sure you know how you can impress her more. Think about something major, maybe promote her or something.” “I see…” Elka said thoughtfully. “I think that the fact that I got this information is a miracle for you, Elka’le. You should utilize it to your benefit.” Elka took a deep breath. Then she scratched at her snood. “Right,” she said slowly. “But it’s getting more complicated. Ummm… Do you know how much apples have gone up in price, Margalit? Here, by us, they cost 12 shekel a kilo! The fruit stores are really going over the top this time.” “Apples,” her older sister echoed with commendable patience. “Nu?” “The only reassurance I have is that they probably won’t raise prices anymore after this. It can’t go up more than it has already. How high will they go? I’m telling you—you can’t take more than this.”
“Well, regarding the apples, I hope you won’t be disappointed to discover one day that it’s possible for the stores to charge 15 shekel a kilo, too,” Margalit answered placidly. “And as for what you’re hinting at—there’s always more that can be done.” “There isn’t, except for being very nice.” “Oh, for sure you need to continue being ultra nice to her—on that point I trust you 100 percent! But I think you should also consider giving her a promotion, or some kind of important project. You’ll please her with that. Give her reasons to give good recommendations about your community center!” “I don’t think there is.” “You don’t think there is what? Reasons for her to give good recommendations?” “No,” Elka said cautiously. “More to give her.” “Why can’t you give her a promotion? Has your manager been working full-time lately? It doesn’t sound like it, poor thing. I think you should explain to your manager nicely that you are releasing her for a short vacation so she can focus on the technical arrangements relating to her husband. And then—give Noa her job.” Esther Rapaport is a proliﬁc author whose novels include Diamond in the Rough, Divided Attention, Behind the Scenes, Without a Trace, Dance of the Puppet, Blood Brothers, and The Kenya Conspiracy. She resides in Israel. Stay tuned for the next installment in next week’s Five Towns Jewish Times or visit 5tjt.com for more.
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DATING FORUM By Baila Sebrow
Question I’m writing to bring to light some issues that my friends and I have personally experienced over time. I hope your insight will help all those in similar situations. As an older single, I’ve been noticing that more singles than ever before have so strongly attached themselves to the enjoyable social scenes, outings, and meals with other singles and friends that fewer people are focusing their time and energies properly on seeking and cultivating marriage-minded dating relationships. I feel like there is a huge distraction that is created by these social groups that tem-
porarily ﬁlls a void, and many people are becoming more content with that kind of lifestyle. It scares me to think that even those who do network and date for marriage may have difficulties committing as a result of, on some level, their fear of missing out on the “fun” should they actually settle down with someone. Another point I’d like to mention is that I’m realizing how many older singles have struggles with commitment in general. While at our ages it is understandable to some degree, I ﬁnd that as badly as some people may want to get married, oftentimes, as soon as they start feeling stronger
feelings and developing closer bonds with someone, they get scared, ﬁnd something to use as their “reason,” and pull away, no matter how good the relationship they are in might be. How are we supposed to invest, trust, and become vulnerable with someone when we see this occurring, and we worry we might lose what we are building with someone on a moment’s notice? How can we be honest about our growing feelings toward someone who may struggle with this in a way that keeps him or her close instead of causing the opposite? Are there warning signs we should be aware of, and is there anything we can do to prevent it from happening without negatively impacting the connection we are forming with someone by bringing up this concern? Many singles just aren’t willing to take reasonable chances, or they become too focused on “problems” that are really workable if they would just allow themselves to recognize one’s total value, and if they truly wanted to make the effort to ﬁgure it out together. This hurdle is most frustrating when there are strong mutual feelings that exist between two people but there is that “thing” that just keeps getting in the
way. I also wanted to ask about how to navigate the issue of the differing mindsets between men and women. How are we, as women, supposed to feel like we are receiving what we need from a guy while at the same time being sensitive to his mindset? For instance, how do we accept that we are expected to give space and be OK with a guy pulling away when things are going well (not knowing whether or not he will come back and just feeling all this ambiguity), in addition to dealing with the frustration over losing momentum?
Response Thank you for your honest and heartfelt letter. You are bringing to the forefront a crisis of a different kind. And I am not talking about the go-to, overused term “shidduch crisis.” I consistently maintain that each older single holds that status for his or her own reason. When an older single reaches out to me for a shidduch, my ﬁrst question in order to understand where he or she is coming from is, “Why do you think you are still single?” They will typically lay blame on the other gender, shadchanim who don’t care or just don’t understand them, or some other reason. I have yet to hear any-
one admit to having a fear of commitment. However, in my allegiance to singles, I start probing about their dating patterns and relationships, and, soon enough, they will admit that there were a few missed opportunities due to fear—either their own or coming from the person they dated. But let’s talk about the “missing out on the fun” mindset of some singles. Years ago, other than work and shul, a single person had nowhere to go except to sit at home and call someone on the phone. Nowadays, with the accessibility to social-media sites, singles are aware of events that are taking place on an almost daily basis, so there is always somewhere “fun” to go or a meal to be had with “fun” people. Although it’s great that older singles have an outlet, at the same time all that fun can make it difficult for someone to give that up for a slower-paced lifestyle like marriage. Additionally, being in the company of so many interesting and attractive people can make people wonder if they might be missing out on something better by settling down. With such a mindset, why would a person want to offer someone the chance to demonstrate his or her value?
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DATING FORUM Continued from Page 50 So, what gives? We are all creatures of habit. It can be traumatic to give up what we get used to. So even though singlehood may not be what someone wants deep down, giving it all up for the unknown can feel scary. From your letter, I glean that you might fear the same. You are scared to give up on the fun, and you might be afraid to give of yourself to someone because that person may get cold feet. It is almost like a vicious cycle. You expect that someone will reject you, and no one wants to be the injured party. So if you see that a relationship is progressing and blossoming, you begin to fear that if you don’t end it soon, the other person will do it at the point where your feelings have intensified, leaving you with a broken heart. It is unsettling to see people needlessly breaking up relationships because of the (wrong) assumption that the other person will do it anyway, and with the mentality that it’s “better to dump than be dumped.” Worse still is how friends will sometimes wrongly advise a breakup. And that’s another big problem, where older singles feel that they can’t make a move without a friend’s approval or advice. Please do not get into the habit of brainstorming about your dates with your single friends, regardless of how close you are with them. Choose a married individual who can be objective to help mentor you in the process.
Space and boundaries are huge factors in a relationship. Knowing how much to give of yourself, what to expect of another, and when to pull back can be tricky. And those who are needier than the person they are in the relationship with can sometimes drive away the one craving space. That is because a person who values his space cannot tolerate having someone “in his face” all the time. It doesn’t mean that such a person is a cold human being. Rather, these types of personalities value their alone time to recharge their in-
cation sector—fewer calls, texts, dates, etc. That would be the time to see if you can nip the problem in the bud. Perhaps a misunderstanding could cause someone to run, in which case you can then employ some intervention. But sometimes there are no warning signs if the person wants out due to fear of commitment or some other unfounded reason. Then, sadly, there is very little you can do, especially if you feel there has not been proper closure for you. But just as a baby who learns to walk does not give up because he or she falls,
It can be traumatic to give up what we get used to. ternal batteries. For the needy person it feels like a betrayal, and the conﬂict that it creates oftentimes is one of the reasons for a breakup. It takes a savvy and perceptive person to ﬁnd a healthy balance with the person who may be dissimilar. What are the warning signs to look out for when you’ve invested time and emotions in a relationship with someone and you’re concerned he will back out of the relationship? One of the downsides to any relationship is the risk of loss. Loss is tangible and usually profound. Typically, you will notice ongoing slacking off in the communi-
one should not give up on relationships in general because of a hurtful ﬁnale to a relationship. But here is what you need to fully accept and resign yourself to. You can never control how another person will behave, nor can you change anyone else. However, you can control your own actions and make necessary changes that will bring about renewed strength and hope. That said, the changes have to come from you. You need to search within yourself and determine if you are ready for marriage. And that has nothing to do with your age. Not everyone is ready to get mar-
ried when society expects them to be. Amongst the singles you see having fun and seemingly sabotaging their future, not all want to be married. If that’s the case with you, then be true to yourself and your feelings. However, if you fear getting hurt but in your heart of hearts truly want to share your life with a spouse, then go for it. Do not allow fear to hold you back from achieving happiness and all the good that you have to offer in a marriage. There is risk in everything one does. A person can, G-d forbid, choke on food. Should that prevent someone from eating just to avoid such a tragedy? Of course not! You take precautions with the foods you eat and how you consume them to diminish the chance of an accident. Each person you meet is a new experience. It is important not to project baggage from a failed relationship onto a fresh relationship. Never allow bashfulness to prevent an open line of communication. Openly discussing each other’s needs and comfort level on a regular basis will maximize your chance for success. However, anything negative that you have seen in previous people you dated has educated you to recognize features that will help you distinguish Mr. Right from Mr. Wrong. Baila Sebrow is president of Neshoma Advocates, communications and recruitment liaison for Sovri-Beth Israel, executive director of Teach Our Children, and a shadchanis and shidduch consultant. She can be reached at [email protected] Questions and comments for the Dating Forum can be submitted to [email protected] Read more of Baila Sebrow’s articles at 5TJT.com.
By Rabbi Yitzie Ross
TEENS AND THEIR DEVICES Q. I’ve been reading your e-mails for quite some time now. I’ve noticed that most questions are regarding younger children. Although I have a few young kids, my question is concerning my 11th-grader. He goes to yeshiva very early in the morning and comes back late at night. When he arrives home, he immerses himself in his phone and the computer, which are ﬁltered. All he does is play fantasy ball (still don’t know what that means). I know he needs downtime, but I want him to be a real person and not live in fantasy land. My husband is a rav, and he feels my son should be spending more time learning at home. We were wondering if you would answer a question about teenagers, and if so what your thoughts are. Private A. Thanks for reading. I have answered questions about older kids, but I try to focus on questions that seem to have a common denominator. Many of my articles tend to deal with questions and responses that can help a wider spectrum of parental concerns, rather than being too speciﬁc. A majority of the e-mails I receive concern younger children. Your question, however, is certainly an issue that we encounter in many families, across many communities. First and foremost, you are not alone. I recently spoke to a chassidishe father who lives in Williamsburg, and he has the same problem. He told me that he would never admit it publicly, since his kids are not supposed to have smartphones or internet access. However, in his words, “I fear that my teenagers are relying on electronic devices for companionship.” Let’s start off by empathizing with your son. He spends over 12 hours in yeshiva and he needs some downtime. These days, children associate electronics with relaxation, and it makes sense. Many adults “chill out” by watching a video, playing a word game, or even reading an e-book. It’s only natural that children feel the same way. There’s no denying that he needs some time to relax, and this will help him unwind. This leaves us with two important questions. (1) Is it bad for your son to be on his phone all night? (2) Is there anything you can, and perhaps should, do about it? To answer the ﬁrst question, I’m sure it’s not the best outlet, but it’s certainly not the worst either (as long as the phone is ﬁltered). I’m wondering what you expect your son to do when he gets home. Do you want him to sit with you and talk about his day? And if he did, how long would this conversation take? In other words, you need to have a plan of action before broaching the topic. I’m assuming he doesn’t have a bedtime, so what do you want him to do with the rest of his time? Yes, there’s reading and listening to music, but just like many adults use their phones for unwinding, teenagers would like to as well. Regarding what your husband wants, I don’t think that’s something that’s even worth discussing, since there are so many
variables involved. (What’s your son’s relationship with his father? Does he want to learn more? Does your husband put too much pressure on him?) So let’s skip that part of the equation and focus on what your expectations are. You aren’t happy with what he’s doing, but do you have any other suggestions? That brings us to the second question. What can you do about it? Here are my thoughts. As I’ve written many times, not all of these suggestions will work. You need to know what’s appropriate for your situation and your child. Do be honest with him. He’s not a 6-yearold that you can use reverse psychology on. Tell him that you’re not thrilled with the
through on. “I will take away all your devices” might make you feel better, but you probably won’t do that. Don’t text your kids if you can talk faceto-face. Texting “Dinner is ready” might seem cute, but it validates that texting is an appropriate form of communication for family. Don’t tell your son that you know many families where they’re not allowed to use devices during the week, since he can spin it around and tell you that many boys have devices with them all the time. Keep the conversation only about your family and your rules. If your son begins telling you he’s bored, you need to take a ﬁrm stance. The “I’m bored” line is appropriate for younger kids. You can tell your son that if he uses that line, it shows a serious lack of maturity and it might be time to reevaluate certain freedoms he’s been receiving. He can get a job, do school work, read, or practice an instrument. You shouldn’t need to prepare activities for a 17-year-old boy. Rabbi Yitzie Ross is a well-known rebbe and parenting adviser. To sign up for the weekly e-mails and read the comments, visit YidParenting.com. Read more of Rabbi Ross’ articles at 5TJT.com.
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constant need for electronics as a method of relaxation. Do empathize with him. “I understand you need some time to yourself after a long day of yeshiva.” Do limit his electronics time every day. For example, he can use his phone or computer for an hour a day. It could be one hour straight or two 30-minute blocks. Once his hour is up, he can’t even send texts or use WhatsApp. The device must be put in a public place and left alone. Do limit the amount of time you and your husband are on your phones. It seems hypocritical to children that parents say to stay off devices, and then they run when it vibrates. It’s hard for them to comprehend why your text is more important than theirs. Do insist that when your children are at the dinner table, or even having a snack, they cannot have their phones. This is always a great time to talk. If your son is in the mood for a snack at 9:00 at night, so be it. Let him talk with you about his day. Don’t make it about you. Comments like, “I would like to spend time with my son,” seem selﬁsh and are unnecessary. It’s not about you. Don’t make threats that you won’t follow
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Dear Esther, I waited a really long time for my daughter to get married. I also have two sons, one of whom is married and moved close to his in-laws and, frankly, seems to have joined their family for all intents and purposes (but that’s another column!). My daughter didn’t get married until she turned 28, and those years of waiting were not easy for me. But wait I did, and then I anxiously waited until she ﬁnally told me the great news that
unmade. I don’t even know where to put myself; it’s such an uncomfortable environment. I looked forward to this time of my life for as far back as I can remember. Though my own mother was not very involved in my life while I was raising my own children, I had such high hopes of being the perfect mother and grandmother to my family. I feel like I’m being purposely shut out and I really don’t know why.
Placing the prospect of living a fulﬁlling life in someone else’s hands leaves you vulnerable to sadness. she was pregnant. Fast-forward to today— my husband and I are proud grandparents of an eight-month-old granddaughter. We are thrilled. However—and I know there is often a “however”—things are not the way I had hoped they would be. My list of disappointments is so long, it’s eating me up. I guess I had fantasies of my daughter turning to me for advice, for babysitting, and asking me to join them on their outings. Very little of that is happening. And if that were not bad enough, when I do go over for a visit, I am horriﬁed at the condition of their apartment. It’s a mess. There is stuff everywhere, dirty bottles and dishes in the sink, beds
I would say that my relationship with my daughter was always “so-so,” but I believed that once she become a mother, we’d have so much more in common that we would ﬁnally be close and major players in one another’s life. I know this may sound manipulative somehow, but is there some way for me to insert myself into her life more? I have so much to offer her and my grandchild, and it’s just not being acknowledged. In the meantime, I’m deﬁnitely feeling hurt, unnecessary, and unappreciated. Any hope for me? Unappreciated
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MINDBIZ Continued from Page 55 Dear Unappreciated, Having expectations, in general, is usually the ﬁrst step toward feeing “hurt, unnecessary, and unappreciated.” Of course you are no different than any other mother who dreams of being that perfect grandmother. The role of grandmother is usually so much more fun and, in some ways, more rewarding than being a mother, because you can love your grandchild to pieces, but it’s not your responsibility to necessarily discipline the child(ren). You can provide and enjoy the good times, and back away from the sometimes harsh demands of raising a child. You can be the provider of fun, advice, and wisdom without
being perceived as the authoritative one. Furthermore, regarding expectations, it’s easy to hope and believe that once your grown child gets married and has a family of her own, all the old negativity, resentments, and push-and-pull between the two of you will ﬁnally slip away, leaving space for a friendlier, comfortable camaraderie. These are all great hopes and dreams, and, sometimes, within some families, they actually come true. And sometimes they don’t. It’s understandable how, for you in particular, since your mother was far from ideal in what she had to offer you when you were a young mother, you’re anxious to do a much better job for your family. But as you’re see-
ing, it’s not only about the giving; it’s also about having the ability to receive. And for now, your daughter is lacking in that ability. It’s hard to know what’s going on inside of your daughter’s head right now and why she isn’t thrilled to take advantage of your generous offers and availability. Maybe she is picking up on some judgment coming from you, certainly in regard to how she keeps her home. I’m assuming you don’t say anything outright to her regarding what her place looks like, but more than one Jewish mother has been known to show up with a bottle of Windex in one hand and a dust cloth in the other, and casually spray her way toward the couch before sitting down. Somehow, children sense what their parents are thinking, even without too many visual cues. But there could be many other factors as well; the list is endless and not even worth speculating on. For now, your best bet is to work on your own life. Rather than sitting around, waiting to be included in their activities, ﬁnd ways to make your own life more interesting and exciting. Like the young woman sitting around waiting for her phone to ring with a date, you don’t want to be that mother/grandmother, waiting for an invitation. That could feel excruciating and lonely. So keep busy doing things you enjoy and that you can have control over, while still checking in with your daughter and reminding her that you’re available for babysitting or other activities should the occasion arise. Placing the prospect of living a fulﬁlling life in someone else’s hands—even if that someone else is your daughter—leaves you vulnerable and open to sadness. You’ll probably never be able to fully erase your feelings of disappointment for now because certain expectations of the way things ought to be are natural. However, you can certainly limit the scope of pain you allow yourself to experience by limiting your expectations and ﬁlling the gap with other meaningful endeavors. But don’t give up hope. With time, things often change. Perhaps once your daughter is on to child number two or three, she may suddenly remember that she has an amazing mother waiting in the wings who can lend a helping hand and provide lots of love. Until then, or even if that never happens, know that you did the best that you could and that life is full of opportunities to help, give, and love deeply. Esther Esther Mann, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in Hewlett. Esther works with individuals and couples. Together with Jennifer Mann, she also runs the “Navidaters.” She can be reached at [email protected] or 516-314-2295. Read more of Esther Mann’s articles at 5TJT.com.
By Hannah Berman
SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE
he nature of life is such that things are always changing. We refer to this as progress, but it doesn’t always seem like progress. Over the years, some things have changed so dramatically that there are times when one can hardly remember things as they once were. The simplest yet most obvious changes are always in fashion. The length of hemlines and the width of ties are two examples, but there are others. A few decades ago, no female in her right mind would think of wearing anything that was torn. If it were torn and not fixable, out it went. If my mother determined that a torn garment couldn’t be repaired, she would cut it up and use the pieces for schmattes. The next thing I knew, she would be dusting furniture or polishing the silver with a piece of my old blouse. But all of that is ancient history. In the 1990s, torn jeans became a fashion statement. While the statement didn’t last long and was soon put to rest, in 2010 there was a revival and this time it caught on big time. Why
anyone would want to wear ripped clothing is surprising, but that’s just the way it is. Since that time, when it was reintroduced as a revival of the earlier look, the only jeans that teens and young adults like to wear are ones that are torn. And the fabric isn’t just frayed; some millennials are parading around in jeans that are all but torn to shreds. This applies equally to males. Everyone has adopted the weird look. Many other things have changed as well. When we were children, it was all about the boys and their bar mitzvah. Girls were not exactly ignored, but we had to wait three years longer for our celebration, because what we got was a Sweet Sixteen party. Bas mitzvah parties were not yet on the radar screen. At least not in the Orthodox community and certainly not so far as my family was concerned. It seemed that everything was about the male children, and the long-awaited Sweet Sixteen party was somewhat low-key. The party had little meaning and zero religious significance but that was what we got. But things evolved, and bas mitzvah celebrations
competition: How late was your Seder? That question comes up the day after each Seder. And the kid whose family had the longest Seder is proud to declare himself the winner. Not one of them admits that there might have been a break during that Seder so that some older family members could get up to stretch and walk around for a bit while others took to the living-room sofa to rest. That often adds an extra hour to the evening, but it is not acknowledged by the kid who claims to have had the Seder that ended the latest. The Shavuos competition is similar. The main questions are: “How late did you stay up learning” and “What time did you get home?” Food is another hot issue because people are expected to be hungry when they are up in the middle of the night. So the final question is, “What did they serve at your shul?” These questions and childish competitions are comforting in their own way because they are among the few things that have not changed and probably never will. But one major change that is a positive winner is what has taken place on Monday, May 14, when the U.S. Embassy opened in Yerushalayim two weeks after the anniversary of Israel’s 70th birthday. Now that’s a change to celebrate. That’s 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 516-295-4435. Read more of Hannah Berman’s articles on 5TJT.com.
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today are as common as bar mitzvahs. Good for us! For many years, staying up all night to learn on Shavuos was mainly a male experience. Some females did the same thing, but that was not the norm. In recent years, that has changed, and today many girls learn on Shavuos. But this is only a partial change because it applies mainly to unmarried females. Married women remain less likely to stay awake all night. Housewives are busy figuring out what to serve the “troops” and are anxious to come up with new ideas for dairy meals. So, as is often the case before any holiday, females are overworked and exhausted. Meals consisting of meat and potatoes are less complicated and a lot easier, but most people don’t eat much of that on this holiday. Fish, various salads, and fruit are the nutritionally sound parts of a Shavuos menu, but cheesecake, blintzes, and pasta dishes will not be denied! It doesn’t feel like Shavuos without them. The women, who typically do the menu planning, food shopping, and cooking, are so tired that even those who feel the obligation to learn all night don’t do it. Many barely have the energy to remain awake until 10 p.m., much less engage in all-night learning. The big discussion in many homes is what time Shavuos lunch will be served and which of the midnight learners will be awake to come to the table. As regards the younger set, children are often concerned with food and time. On Pesach, kids have a
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A CLEVER TITLE GOES HERE By Mordechai Schmutter
THE SHAVUOS SEDER
he Shavuos night seder is very special—almost as special as the Seder that we have on the night of Pesach. We all know the story of the rabbis who stayed up for the Shavuos seder and learned all through the night until their talmidim came and said it was time for Kriyas Shema shel Shacharis. It’s not much of a story. One of the talmidim said birchos ha’shachar for everyone. But like with Pesach, you need to prepare ahead of time. You need to decide what you’re going to learn all night. You don’t want to get to shul and make a last-minute decision based on what sefarim are left that no one’s using. (“Um, I guess I’ll learn Chumash Devarim!”) And you don’t want to spend the whole night having this discussion with your chavrusa: “What do you want to learn?” “I don’t know; what do you want to learn?” If you wanted that kind of talk, you would have brought your wife. Yes, there is never a lack of things
to learn. But it’s not like you have a kevius. If you have a seder every night from midnight to five, then you should probably just learn what you always learn. Most of us, however, don’t have that seder. We usually learn to make up for whatever we didn’t learn yesterday or might not learn tomorrow because we’re sleeping both days so we can stay up for this one night. In fact, some people purposely fall behind on learning before Shavuos so they can make it up on Shavuos night. “Shavuos is coming. Time to slack off on the learning.” It’s kind of like how we don’t eat matzah for a few weeks before Pesach. And sure, you can start something new, but do you really want to start something that you can’t continue until probably the following Shavuos, at which point you’ll have no idea where you’re up to? I actually have a pretty deep book that I read toward the end of the night every year, and as soon as I learn it, it flies out of my head and the next year I can’t remem-
ber where I’m up to, so I start it again. I’ve been starting this book for about ten years now. It was an excellent investment. So maybe that’s an idea. But ideally, you want to learn something that you can start and finish in about 4–5 hours of dwindling mental faculties. Something that starts off heavy but ends light. Many masechtos seem to do that—they start off heavy, and near the end they’re all about the stories. But they’re a little too long for one night. And it’s not even a long night. It’s one thing if it were Chanukah time, and the night went from like 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. But let’s put it this way: the night is so short that if you eat a fleishig seudah, you won’t be able to drink coffee with milk until about the time you put on your tallis. And while it’s technically OK to have coffee before Shacharis, coffee’s not a great thing to drink in a tallis. Maybe stick to just the milk. And I say this from experience. On the first day of Pesach, I was unable to keep my eyes open for davening, so I went into the coffee room, bent over to get the milk out of the tiny fridge, and, with my tallis, accidentally knocked over the coffee cup onto my tallis. So after Pesach, I brought it to the cleaners and I learned the lesson the Ribbono shel Olam was clearly telling me, which was, “Don’t drink coffee in a tallis.” I don’t know for sure if that’s what He was telling me, but that’s the lesson I’m taking, because it cost $42 to
clean it. Which was very expensive for a cup of coffee. The most costly thing I generally clean is my kittel, which costs $13 to clean once a year, which doesn’t sound like a big deal until you realize I only wear it twice a year, and one of those times I’m fasting. On the other hand, $13 is not expensive for wine. But on the other hand, it is expensive for the type of wines that I drink. There’s always Tikkun Leil Shavuos. Tikkun Leil Shavuos is a nice sampler, like if you don’t know what the Torah is all about and you want to sample the different sefarim to decide what you want to learn more of. It’s like one of those platters they bring out at a restaurant that has a little bit of everything. And you get to find out new things, like Maseches Challah is not about the different shapes you can make with dough. Hilchos Shavuos is also a nice thing to learn, but there aren’t that many halachos of Shavuos. It’s like one siman in the Shulchan Aruch, and it’s listed under Hilchos Pesach. Like the printer didn’t want to bother making a new heading for one page. And most of it is about what you need to add to davening. “Hey, he agrees with my Machzor! Good, I was worried I’d have to get a new Machzor.” There’s also a short mention of cheesecake. You also might want to spend some time looking up a dvar Torah for the
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By: Yitzchok Dovid Mayerson On March 11, 2018, the hanachas even hapina of the Tosfos Yom Tov Shul, a beis medrash commemorating the legacy of Rav Yom Tov Heller zt”l, the author of the Tosfos Yom Tov (a famous commentary on Mishnayos) was held in the Zichron Moshe neighborhood of Geulah in Yerushalayim. The historic event, which was endorsed in the highest terms by many gedolei Yisroel including HaRav Chaim Kanievsky, shlit”a, HaRav Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss, shlit”a and HaRav Avrohom Shotland, shtlit”a, was a great success. The atmosphere was electric, as everyone came for the purpose of building a beis medrash created for the purpose of increasing and restoring honor to our Batei Kenaisios and Batei Midrashim. Following the devastating pogroms of 1648-1649, the Tosfos Yom Tov had a dream in which it was revealed to him that the atrocities that had occurred were due to the transgression of talking during davening. Rabbi Heller therefore composed a special prayer for those who refrain from talking during davening. This Mi Shebairach speaks to the extraordinary zechusim of showing respect to the Beis Kenesses and Beis Midrash and not talking during teﬁlah and Krias HaTorah: to be guarded from sickness, raise our children to Torah, Chupah and Maasim Tovim, and all the berachos written in the Torah, Neviim and Kesuvim. The event began with the teﬁlos prescribed by Rav Yehuda HaChassid as well as Tehilim. Rav Avrohom Shotland, Shlita, of the great tzadikim in Yerushalayim, led the ceremony. The Tosfos Yom Tov Shul will be led by the Gaon, Rav Eli Meir Smith Shlit”a, the Rosh Kollel of Yeshivas Reb Chaim Ozer in Brooklyn, New York, who has taught, counseled, and molded many morei horah for nearly two decades. Those who had the opportunity to walk into the beis medrash at any time would feel the palpable energy in the room -- the give and take between the Rav Shutland at the talmidim, the Hanochas Even Hapina
dynamic shiurim delivered of the Rosh Kollel, and the passion in their learning and teﬁllah. Rav Smith’s unique method of pedagogy draws deeply from the lofty vision of the Tosfos Yom Tov that will strengthen the Torah study and tefilah in Yerushalayim. Perhaps most notable of all, however, is the purity and consistency with which his kollel is run: Seder starts at 6:00 in the morning and continues through 6:30 in the evening. Devarim bteilim are not discussed, cell phones are not allowed in the beis medrash, the silent shemone esrei lasts for nearly ﬁfteen minutes. Chaburos are delivered by each member of the kollel routinely. No less an authority than the famous Gaon, Rav Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz zt”l described Rav Smith’s kollel, “as an extremely impressive kollel,” and Rav Scheinberg zt”l was deeply enthralled by the “the great talmidei chachomim” learning under Rav Smith’s tutelage. Rav Mendel Shafran, shlit”a described the kollel as being “singularly unique” for its sedorim and the devotion of its yungeleit. For decades, Rav Smith has been a driving force for enhancing the kavod that should be exhibited in shul with great success. Recently, at a shiur in Brooklyn, New York, several participants explicitly undertook to not talk in shul. Rav Smith
has made a deep impact on the lives of Jews from many different walks of Jewish life, including Litvish, Modern Orthodox, Sefardish and Chassidishe Yidden. The importance of davening and maintaining kavod for the Beis HaKenesses is a theme that resonates throughout the spectrum of the Jewish community. Rav Smith has bridged not only Yoreh Deah and Choshen Mishpat to generations of talmidim, but has made a deep impact to the nations of the world as well. Eight years ago, he launched VaYomer Eliyahu, a weekly dvar ToR’Chaim Kaievsky learning Va’yomer Eliyahu
rah devoted to inspiring emunah in its readers in three languages throughout the Diaspora. His kollel has trained hundreds of rabbonim serving communities in Brooklyn and Monsey who are ensuring that there will be Jewish continuity. The ideals of the Tosfos Yom Tov will be instilled in the shul named in his honor and serve as a beacon for those shuls, batei medrashim and mispallelim seeking to follow in the ways of the Tosfos Yom Tov.
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SHAVUOS SEDER Continued from Page 58 seudah, because you’re planning on sleeping straight through until Kiddush, and then your wife is going to want you to say something Shavuos-related. Though really you can say any dvar Torah you’ve heard the entire year, and when she says that it’s not Shavuos-related, you can point out that the entire Torah is Shavuos-related. That can be your dvar Torah! So now you’re back to square one. If you’re really stuck, most shuls have shiurim going all night. (For example, every shul is required to have at least one shiur called “Making the Omer Count.”) Just peruse a list and find one that you like, because the shiurim are on all kinds of topics. My friend was asked one year to give the last shiur of the night, right before Shacharis. “What should I speak about?” he asked.
Though I can use the opportunity to teach my kids about coffee. (“You put the milk in, then you put the coffee in, and you make sure you’re not wearing a tallis.”) Yes, the purpose of staying up is to learn, but the second purpose of staying up is to come to Shacharis on time and stand around going, “What are they saying? Are they saying Korbanos?” because when Hashem gave us the Torah, the Bnei Yisrael overslept, and, sure, maybe there were some people who didn’t, but I know myself and I know that I probably would have. If they gave out awards for oversleeping, I would oversleep and miss the medal ceremony. So there is some purpose here, even if they’re not learning. And the late minyan is a little bit awkward anyway. You’re looking around, all embarrassed, hoping no one notices that you’re there, even though they’re all looking around, too. (“Oh, good. He didn’t stay up either.”) And you’re thinking that the
They can’t learn for ﬁve hours straight on a good day, and this day is the middle of the night. They said, “It doesn’t really matter.” My Shavuos-night learning dynamic actually changed in the past couple of years since my kids started staying up. Now I have a choice between learning with them and getting up periodically to peel them away from the cake table. There was actually a point where I was considering not staying up anymore, but before I could act on it, my kids got to the age that they wanted to stay up, but not to the age where my wife lets them walk around town at 3 a.m. “Why are you walking around town at three o’clock in the morning?” “The other shul has ice cream.” I was back and forth about letting them stay up. We both know they’re not going to learn all the way to Shacharis. They can’t learn for five hours straight on a good day, and this day is the middle of the night. And once it’s three in the morning and they’ve had enough, I’m not forcing them to do anything. And by then it’s that time of night when it’s no longer worth it to go to bed because we’ll oversleep and miss the later Shacharis, so we might as well stick it out.
room feels way too empty for a yom tov Shacharis. Did everyone forget that it’s yom tov? Do we have a kohen? Should we wake one up? Is that disrespectful? Should we ask the rav? He’s sleeping too. Can we wake him up? Maybe these are the kinds of things we would have learned about all night if we’d stayed up. But having kids stay up with you is a great idea, because for at least part of the night, it gives you something to learn. So that’s my advice: force your kid to stay up. Even if he’s not old enough. Get all overeager, like those first-time parents who bring their one-year-old to shul, and bring him to all-night learning as well. “What are you crying about? That’s definitely an overtired cry. It’s not like you ever sleep through the night anyway. At least let mommy get a good night’s sleep so she can make it to the awkward late minyan.” Maybe introduce him to coffee. Mordechai Schmutter is a weekly humor columnist for Hamodia and is the author of ﬁve books, published by Israel Book Shop. He also does freelance writing for hire. You can send any questions, comments, or ideas to [email protected] Read more of Mordechai Schmutter’s articles at 5TJT.com.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Shavuos Invitations Dear Editor, Please think of those who may be by themselves (e.g., singles, couples without children, widows, divorcees, etc.) and invite them for a Shabbos or yom tov meal. Shavuos is a three-day yom tov this year and it is depressing for those who are not invited out at all for the entire three days. It may seem that certain people may want to socialize, and even if someone turns an invitation down, they would be happy to be thought of. A good friend of mine says, “The frum community is always running to help others in different neighborhoods and countries (which is great), but they should look in their own backyards and help the people who are so close to them.” One may say that the people who wanted to be invited should invite others over to their homes to make Shabbos and yom tov special. However, some often may not be able to due to space, finances, medical reasons, etc. A Community Member
In Favor Of Development Dear Editor, With all the strong and passionate opposition against the development of the Woodmere Club, I am one of
the few who would love to have this largely unused land developed into residential homes. I am keeping this letter anonymous due to fear of backlash from my fellow community members, but it’s an opportune time to discuss a serious issue facing many in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway. By my estimate, there are well over 600 young families renting in Far Rockaway alone and probably half that renting in Nassau County. For argument’s sake, let’s say that half of them would like to settle in Far Rockaway or the Five Towns and continue to enjoy the amazing schools, shuls, and amenities this beautiful community has to offer. There are many who thankfully have parents who can help them with the down payment necessary to secure a nice middle-of-theroad house for $650,000–$700,000 or they are of the few people who are truly self-made at age 30 and can afford it on their own. Without getting too much into my finances, my wife and I make a very nice living; however, it’s still not enough for a $3,500– $4,000/month mortgage, health insurance, tuition for four children, highly marked up kosher food, etc. We would love to see another 100+ homes hit the market and possibly
bring prices down a drop and let us compete. The answer (usually said in a snarl) “Well, find somewhere else to live” is simply stating that unless you can clear $200,000 a year (or your parents can help with your down payment), Far Rockaway and the Five Towns is not for you. That is not how it’s been and not the way it should be. I’ll let the developers answer the infrastructure concerns, but I’ve heard the counterpoints, and there are solutions that would alleviate the issues, assuming they don’t end up building 300+ homes or apartment buildings. I’m writing this letter to let the board members know that, although we are scared to publicly support this, pretty much all renters would gladly welcome any increase in the supply of single-family homes in Far Rockaway and the Five Towns. We need it more than the opponents don’t want it. Though nothing will get built in time for me to see any benefit, and I will likely pull my kids out of local schools and move, there should still be some consideration of the demographics of the community and how its growth is totally limited. Scared To Speak Up
Statement From West Broadway Committee Dear Editor, One point that needs to be made in the context of our committee’s mission is a statement from Councilman Bruce Blakeman at the May informational
meeting. The councilman mentioned that the Five Towns is a “mature neighborhood,” designed over 100 years ago, and does not have the ability to expand its road network and existing infrastructure. Therein lies our message as it relates to the deterioration of and lack of safety measures on West Broadway. West Broadway is already in horrible condition (see the posts and slideshows on our Facebook page) with years and years of neglect contributing to its current deplorable state. The councilman claimed that to simply try and stop the development of the golf course would be “spot zoning,” something that is unconstitutional. We as a committee would like to respond to that point and note the following: Due to the continuing demise of the condition of West Broadway and the volume of cars, trucks, and buses navigating the narrow roadway with pedestrians mere steps away on non-existent or otherwise damaged sidewalks, stopping over-development would not be “spot zoning.” On the contrary, our roadways are already taxed beyond capacity (as mentioned by the councilman), and an additional development that will have no other option but to connect to the existing road network in the Five Towns makes this a legitimate cause to be prevented by judicial review. West Broadway is in terrible condition and will only deteriorate further, as will Broadway and Central Avenue and any other ancillary roadway. The building of a park seems to be the best option, and North Woodmere Park and Grant Park
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Continued from Page 62 are excellent examples of parks that are not overcrowded by the “800,000 residents of the Town of Hempstead,” as the councilman claims would happen. Simply put, if Nassau County and the TOH have allowed West Broadway to deteriorate to the state it’s in, with an ever-present safety concern and aesthetic neglect, the same will happen at a faster rate throughout the Five Towns when an additional (massive) development is allowed to take root. We need to stop the development and work to address the current strain on existing roadways and work to revitalize them and provide a safer pedestrian route for our residents.
West Broadway Committee
An Open Letter To Councilmen Bruce Blakeman And Anthony D’Esposito May 8, 2018 Dear Sirs, Thank you for taking the time last night to go over the proposed rezoning on the Woodmere Club property. One of the first things you mentioned was that we should please listen with an open mind and not rush to snap judgments of denial. I listened, I processed the information given, and I have some important questions. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the main takeaway point from the studies done by Cameron Engineering was that we should rezone the town
area of the property to allow 20,000 square foot lots instead of the current zoning which would technically allow 6,000 square foot lots. I cannot speak for all residents of the Five Towns, but I feel that we were almost bullied to acquiesce to that rezoning because “if we allow nothing, the developer will sue us and get the 6,000 approved by a judge.” This leaves us with the one option—what is better for us, 285 new homes or 118 homes? Obviously we all can agree that the less development the better, but that in my opinion does not address the issue. Early on in the evening you had stated that there is no possible way to widen the main roadways (primarily Broadway). During the main presentation, the traffic issues that would be caused by adding any development were not addressed; the only mention was that 20,000 square foot lots would contribute less traffic than 6,000 square foot lots. When we were in the breakaway sessions and brought up the fact that Broadway cannot handle its current traffic and adding any more would be horrendous and dangerous, we were told by several members of Cameron Engineering and politicians alike that once the developer submits his plans there will then be a traffic study to see what impact his development would have on current traffic problems and if it cannot be supported it will be denied! This statement directly contradicts the previous statement that if we do nothing or allow nothing they will win and get their 285 houses. We as
residents of the Five Towns know that any study will prove that the current roadways cannot handle the current car volume, so no matter how many houses the developer wants to build, there is no way an honest assessment of the roadway infrastructure would allow a development of any size to be added to our community. From our viewpoint it seems as if approving zoning for 20,000 square foot lots is giving the developer the go ahead to build with our approval, based on studies performed on the local taxpayer’s dime! I can boldly say that the taxpayers would have preferred a study be done on our current traffic issues, not on a hypothetical of 20,000 versus 6,000. If a study can be shown to prove what we all know: traffic is bad, nothing can be done to make it better, and it is a safety hazard to make it worse, then the developer would have no legal leg to stand on to sue for any sort of housing development. The burden of proof should be on the developer to show that what he wants to do will not negatively affect the current neighborhoods. We all know that is not possible, so why is it so important for you, our elected officials, to get us on board with the rezoning? Because of the lack of honesty and transparency of the issues regarding The Woodmere Club the past few years, how can you blame us for wondering if there is something going on behind our backs that would allow the developer to build if we to the revised zoning you have proposed? We understand that you
cannot push things off indefinitely, but why not wait to see what the developer wants, and then our studies and theirs can be based on more than hypotheticals? There are many issues we residents have with the new development, but I am only addressing the traffic issue for one main reason; it is irrefutable! We can all speculate on what a development will do to our real estate values, and everyone’s opinions are subjective. A developer can restructure the sewer system, keep green space for the wildlife, and propose solutions to the flooding, but there is no way to alleviate the traffic problems. There is no solution, no fix, no way to convince us that it will not make our streets impassible. We listened to you; now please listen to us! There must be another option! You mentioned a district park and then brushed over any details, only saying you would support it if we wanted. What we want is to know more. Yes it will cost us money, but currently our tax money is being spent on things we don’t want. For example, all the money put towards the Cameron Engineering studies would have better served us going towards planning a park! I personally will offer to help with any work needed to figure out logistics on a district park. Please don’t let our beautiful Five Towns and quality of life go to waste so that a few people can make millions! Thank you for your time, Tzivia Adler
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afety is PSEG Long Island’s top priority. In recognition of National Electrical Safety Month, PSEG Long Island reminds customers to avoid electrical safety hazards. During the week of May 20, PSEG Long Island will host events to educate children on the dangers of electricity and the beneﬁts of a career in electrical work. “Electrical Safety Month is a great opportunity to teach our youngest customers how to stay safe around electricity and electrical equipment and present high schoolers with an opportunity to learn about a career in electrical work,” said Rick Walden, vice president, customer services, PSEG Long Island. “We look forward to meeting our young guests and providing them with a memorable experience.” On May 24, PSEG Long Island and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1049 will demonstrate the hazards of electricity and electrical equipment to more than 100 students
from Nassau County Boces and the Westbury School District. There will be several stations at the event, including electric safety demonstrations, a demonstration of a pole top rescue, videos on how power is generated, touch-atruck, and more. Throughout the week, PSEG Long Island employees will be presenting age appropriate electrical safety demonstrations at several schools to help teach children the dangers of electricity and how to be safe around it. Employees will bring PSEG Long Island’s Electric Safety Town to classrooms or present the PSEG Sesame Workshop Let’s Get Ready: Planning Together for Emergencies, and Here For Each Other: Helping Families After Emergencies, free emergency preparedness and response initiatives to ensure all members of the family know and plan for what to do in an emergency. Electricity is essential to modern life, yet it can sometimes be taken for granted. Below are some practical tips to help customers stay safe,
1. Do not handle electric appliances with wet or damp hands, and never use electric appliances in wet or damp conditions, unless the appliances are speciﬁcally rated for that use. 2. If there are small children or pets around, make sure unused wall outlets have safety coverings. All outlets within reach should be protected with plastic closures that ﬁt snugly and cannot be removed easily. 3. Inspect all appliances and extension cords regularly to ensure that they are in good condition. Cords should not be frayed or damaged. Ensure that cords don’t run under rugs or have furniture resting on them. 4. Never pour water on an electric ﬁre, as water acts as a conductor and can cause shock. A ﬁre extinguisher that is rated as Class C should be used for electric ﬁres.
5. Locate smoke detectors on the ceiling away from air vents and near bedrooms. Test smoke detectors every few months to ensure they’re working and change the batteries every spring and fall when the clocks change. 6. Never touch a downed wire or go near one. Always assume the power line is live and call PSEG Long Island at 800-490-0075 to report downed wires. The safety of PSEG Long Island’s employees and customers is always the top priority. The utility is excited to show its presentations to children. For information on having a presenter speak at your school, camp, or event, please complete the Community Partnership Program request form at PSEGLINY.com/page. cfm/Community or send a request to [email protected]
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Crossword: In The Ring Down 1. Zara preceder 2. Judaism’s Holy Scriptures 3. Main course 4. Tummy trouble 5. ___-maw (grandmother, in the South) 6. Biblical book before Jeremiah 7. Comebacks 8. Sinned on Yom Kippur 9. Regal title 10. “___ ___ the Fourth of July” 11. SodaStream’s was $20 on the NASDAQ 12. “Bro” 13. Comp. button 18. Tadpole, for example 19. “Do not fear, ___ I am with you” (Gen. 26:24) 24. Find, as an archeologist 25. Fictional furry man 27. Long time out? 28. Cap locale 29. Shout 31. Small quantity 32. Have a lasting effect 36. Presidents Tyler and Taylor, for two 38. Anjou pear alternative 39. Decorative pitcher 40. “Dinner’s ___!” 41. Fizzless, as a Coke 43. Org. for Tigers, but not Lions 46. Actor Taron who played Eddie the Eagle 49. Like some patches 51. “ ___ ___ it up to here!” 52. Lawless 53. Of Mice and Men role 54. One who pillages 56. Gemara page 60. Genesis skipper 62. “The Pineapple King” 63. Hebrew National, e.g. 64. Wood sorrel 65. Owl’s question? 66. Chain letters, to geneticists 67. Dot follower, perhaps
How many common words of 5 or more letters can you spell using the letters in the hive? Every answer must use the center letter at least once. Letters may be reused in a word. At least one word will use all 7 letters and have a direct Jewish connection. Proper names and hyphenated words are not allowed. Score 1 point for each answer, and 3 points for a Jewish-related word that uses all 7 letters. Rating: 10=Good; 14=Excellent; 18=Genius Common solutions to last week’s Spelling Bee: Kohanim. Amino, ammonia, anima, hamin, kimono, mamma, mania, manna, minim, minion.
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Across 1. First-stringers 6. Levin and Wolfert 10. Standing site? 14. Singer Joy 15. Pharaoh who may have enslaved the Hebrews 16. Milky gem 17. Like the Israelites by the Red Sea 20. “Double” challenge 21. Kia model 22. Very long stretch 23. Koufax was one, once 24. Frank had an excellent one 26. Like the coastline around Rosh HaNikra 30. Judah Maccabee, e.g. 33. Zilch 34. Challah can be made with or without it 35. Slow-cooked food 37. He played Yogurt in a 1987 ﬁlm 38. Anglo-Saxon epic 42. Son of Abraham 44. Have 45. One-named sports legend 47. Miracle liquid 48. Tiferet and Midreshet HaRova, for short 50. Problematic sacriﬁce? 55. Judaism, essentially 57. Some sandals 58. Preﬁx with natal 59. Ghastly pale 61. No longer working: Abbr. 62. First Bond ﬁlm 63. Like some characters in 17, 26, 30, 50 & 55-Across… or some who forget the Omer? 68. Chad ___cinco 69. Small buffalo 70. Stan’s partner in comedy 71. Jewish genius 72. One for Captain Hook? 73. Mobster Lansky
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BY ZAHAVA GROSS Kosher.com
his article was reprinted from Kosher.com. Read the complete article at Kosher.com for all the step-by-step photos. If you’re looking for a tutorial on ﬂower-shaped pastries (because yes this is a food site), you unfortunately may have clicked on the wrong article. Now that you’re here though, read on for three absolutely gorgeous—doable (key word here)— ﬂoral “recipes” that will transform your Shavuot table. If there was ever a holiday to go all out with ﬂowers, it’s this one. I’ve provided a foolproof step-by-step guide and a sprinkling of some pro secrets (I was a ﬂoral designer in a past life) to elevate your standard arrangement. If you thought you weren’t a ﬂower person, think again; I am about to convert you!
Floral Recipe #1— Garden Inspired This arrangement epitomizes spring. My all-time favorite ﬂowers—peonies, ranunculus, and anemones—come together in this bright, airy, garden arrangement. What really elevates this design? The “ﬁllers,” i.e., trick, waxﬂower, and billy ball. I’m going to let you in on a little
secret: Fillers are what provide texture and interest. Stare at any ﬂoral arrangement long enough and you’ll notice that the various textures are what transform a basic arrangement into a showstopper. Pro tip: Select 2–3 ﬁller ﬂowers, and your arrangement will always look more interesting, natural, and layered. Materials Floral clippers/scissors ¼” waterproof clear ﬂoral tape or regular clear tape 5” x 5” cylinder vase (I chose this metal cylinder which is reminiscent of a gardening watering can) Floral Ingredients 5 green trick 3 peonies
5 ranunculus 3 billy balls A few sprigs of waxﬂower Step 1: Create a hashtag grid with tape. (I prefer waterproof tape, but regular clear scotch tape works as well.) This is the simplest way to keep your ﬂowers in place and provide structure without the use of ﬂoral foam. Step 2: Pro Tip: Cut all ﬂower stems on a 45 degree angle always so there is more surface area for water to be absorbed by the ﬂower. Remove lower leaves from stems to ensure longevity; otherwise, a buildup of bacteria will form causing ﬂowers to wilt sooner. Place trick in the 4 corners of your grid and the 5th in the center. Step 3: Place the 3 peonies, your show ﬂowers, surrounding the trick in the center.
Step 4: Cluster each ranunculus and anemone next to a peony. Pro Tip: Clustering ﬂowers in odd numbers follows the design rule known as the “rule of odds.” Use of uneven numbers is a subtle way to create visual interest in any design. Step 5: Time for texture! Fill in empty space with waxﬂower in the center as well as on the perimeter of the vase. Add in 3 billy balls (aka yellow pom poms) for fun texture and burst of color. Pro Tip: No need to buy leaves—just use leaves from existing ﬂower stems (I used the leaves from my peony stems) to add a more gardeny, natural look. Voilá!
Floral Recipe #2— Earthy & Natural I love the ease of this “recipe” — simple, few “ingredients” with statement results. I chose lilacs (think spring!)
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THREE GORGEOUS— AND DOABLE—FLORAL ARRANGEMENT IDEAS Lindsay Jaye Photography
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Step 1: Cut all stems on a 45 degree angle. Wrap a clear rubber band (no need for ﬂoral wire) around 5 calla lilies to hold them in place. Curve the stems and place into vase. Step 2: Remove some leaves from your tulips, keeping some leaves on for enhancement. Take one tulip leaf, wrap it around
ROCHELLE'S REVIEWS By Rochelle Miller
ABODE: LUXURIOUS, MODERN If there was ever a VIBES, BEAUTIFUL DESIGN, holiday to go all out with AND IMPECCABLE QUALITY ﬂowers, it’s Shavuos.
3½” x 10”rectangle vase (or any rectangle vase that is tall but narrow) Floral Ingredients 5 lilacs 5–6 umbrella fern 5–6 hellebores Step 1: Cut all stems on an angle. Remove lower leaves. Place four umbrella ferns in a crisscross formation. This will provide the base structure of your arrangement. Step 2: Angle the lilacs into the vase. Don’t overthink this. This is supposed to be asymmetric and natural looking. Step 3: Place hellebores into the center of the arrangement cradled between the lilac and fern. Step 4: Add 2–3 fern to ﬁll empty space. Voilá! Pro tip: Have extra ﬂowers? Just cut them down to varied lengths and place into mini bud vases for a complete tablescape.
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Floral Recipe #3— Minimal & Modern
This modern design is super easy to execute. I made sure to use ﬂower stems that drape well, such as calla lilies, and chose bold colors of yellow and orange offset by white. Loops of lily grass ﬁnish off this clean look. Materials: Floral clippers/scissors Sphere vase Clear rubber band Pin Floral Ingredients: 5 calla lilies 5 tulips 3 hyacinths 5 stems of lily grass 2 leaves
the stems of the tulips, and pin it. Curve tulips next to calla lilies. Step 3: Place 3 hyacinths in between the tulips and calla lilies. Step 4: Loop 5 stems of lily grass, wrap band around the ends, and place inside arrangement. Voilá!
ince its inception 30 years ago, Accentuations by Design has been renowned for beautiful design and impeccable quality. Founded by Jenny Brach, the Brooklyn-based store boasts a multi-generational client base spanning the ﬁve boroughs, the Five Towns, and well beyond. With unsurpassed service and exceptional quality as its hallmark, the company has evolved into a full-service store, the premier destination for all things home-decorating-related. Featuring
a stellar selection of stunning style options to reﬂect every taste and ﬁt the parameters of every budget, Accentuations by Design has become the industry gold standard. Here you will ﬁnd products of the highest quality—beautifully crafted bedroom sets, dining-room sets, living-rooms pieces, recreational furniture, as well as accents and exquisite one-of-a-kind pieces—curated from all over the world to transform your
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in combination with hellebores, a gorgeous, delicate ﬂower with varying tones of green and purple, as well as umbrella fern, which acts as the foundation for the base and provides great texture. Short on time but still want to make a statement? This one’s for you. Materials Floral clippers/scissors
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tomers in an environment devoid of pressure. Not content with having Accentuations by Design rest on its considerable accomplishments as an industry leader and innovator for the past three decades, Joel Brach, Jenny’s son, decided to embark upon a fresh and exciting new endeavor. Blessed with keen business acumen and an abundance
of creative talent, he decided to raise the bar in home-furnishing options by treading where no one has dared to before. With his ﬁnger on the pulse of leading-edge concepts and trends in contemporary and sophisticated furniture and home décor, Joel researched the market, and, happily for our community, decided to launch Abode. Abode generated a great deal of buzz
throughout the Five Towns, Far Rockaway, and environs months prior to its much-anticipated grand opening last Sunday. As the newest and cutting-edge name in design, Abode is the sister brand to the legendary Accentuations by Design and follows its time-honored tradition of excellence in quality, service, and workmanship and pride in craftsmanship, Featuring exquisite contemporary design and European furnishings in a full range of styles and colors, Abode offers customized Manhattan-style service with Five Towns ﬂavor and accessibility. We spoke with Mendy Laster, the personable general manager of Abode, several days prior to the store’s official launch. Despite his hectic schedule and the inevitable last-minute details awaiting his attention, Mendy was gracious and enthusiastic, eager to share his thoughts with our readers. “Abode is a design store with a luxurious, modern vibe,” says Mendy. “We are highend and focused on customizable furniture. We want to work with everyone and we have a variety of styles and colors at different prices. We also have access to anyone and everyone. From dining-room sets to sofas and chairs, from fabrics to furniture, we do it all. We are friendly to designers and enjoy working with them.” Mendy adds, “Although we encourage customers to walk in and shop at Abode, we realize and are amenable to requests for appointments. We appreciate every customer and are looking forward to becoming an integral part of the Five Towns/Far Rockaway community and serving it with distinction. We have the appeal of a small community shop that features sleek and sophisticated styles that rival any cosmopolitan design venue.” You are cordially invited to come home and savor the unique Abode experience and discover why this extraordinary design destination is already garnering an enthusiastic response from homeowners and designers alike. Indeed, we spotted two of the most “in-demand” decorators at Abode when we stopped by to join the celebration. Joel Brach and Mendy Lester have brought luxury, innovation, and panache to the heart of the Five Towns and have created a fabulous design environment. For further details, please refer to the Abode ad in this issue of the 5TJT. Rochelle Maruch Miller is a contributing editor for the Five Towns Jewish Times. She is a journalist, creative media consultant, lecturer, and educator, and writes for magazines, newspapers, websites, and private clients. She welcomes your comments at [email protected] Read more of Rochelle Miller’s articles at 5TJT.com.
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JEWISH HERITAGE TOUR TO EXPLORE SPECTACULAR MOROCCO AND ITS JEWISH HOLY SITES
deal Tours is pleased to announce its upcoming Jewish Heritage Tour to Morocco to be led by Rabbi Jay Yaacov Schwartz of Ramat Beit Shemesh, Israel. The tour will depart from JFK airport on Tuesday, June 19 and return on Monday, June 25. The five-star glatt kosher tour will explore Morocco’s imperial cities, spectacular desert venues and the terrain featured in many famous films, and the splendid Jewish and Moroccan architectural wonders, edifices of inconceivable size and beauty, dating as far back as the 16th century. According to Rabbi Schwartz, “The group will have the opportunity to visit the recently refurbished sacred burial sites of some of the most famous of Moroccan ‘miracle working ’ rabbis, including those of the illustrious Abuchatzeira dynasty, the family of the Ohr HaChaim Hakadosh, Rabbi Chananya HaCohen, the Lion of Marrakesh, and many others.” There will be regular tours as well as Torah and Jewish history lectures by Rabbi Schwartz. The group will also have the opportunity to meet with some of the current leaders of the Moroccan Jewish community, who will share with us the story of the remarkable resurgent relationship they have forged with the current king of Morocco, Mohammed VI, who has invested millions of dollars to refurbish the Jewish holy sites and kevarim of his country. Morocco was home to some 300,000 Jews prior to 1948 and the royal house has a history of warm relations with the Jewish people and is
a haven of friendship and tolerance in the Arab world. The current king, whose father was returned from exile in WWII with the intervention and support of his loyal Jewish subjects, has reached out in friendship to Jews around the world. He has encouraged them to visit and partake of the great historical Jewish riches of his country in the spirit of love, protection, and friendship. The participants will visit the casbah and mellahs of the great Jewish communities of Tifoulte, where the greatest of Moroccan rabbis of the 19th century, the Abir Ya’akov, Rabbi Ya’akov Abuchatzeira, the grandfather of the Baba Sali, flourished. The Abir Ya’akov, some of whose works have recently been translated into English, is the author of major masterpieces on Torah, kabbalah, halachah, and mussar. Shabbat will be spent with the Jewish community in beautiful Marrakesh, There will be visits to world famous Casablanca; the capital city of Rabat; the historic city of Fez, which dates back to the 8th century, where none-other than Maimonides himself resided; as well as the city of Meknes, known as the “Moroccan Versailles.” According to Etty of Ideal Tours, “The tour is a perfect blend of the physical and spiritual, the breathtaking beauty of the country, the greatness of its Jewish scholars, and history along with deluxe five-star accommodations, Torah study, and fabulous glatt kosher cuisine.” For more information, visit Idealkoshertours.com or e-mail [email protected] idealtours.co.il.
From the age of twenty and upward, all who are fit to serve in the army of Israel, you shall count them (Bamidbar 1:3) Moshe’s census of the Jewish people, defined as a count of “all who are fit to serve in the army of Israel,” included only those who were “from the age of twenty and upwards.” What is the significance of this requirement? The fifth chapter of Ethics of the Fathers includes an outline of the phases of a person’s education and life: “At five years of age, the study of Scripture; at ten, the study of mishnah; at thirteen, the obligation to observe the mitzvot; at fifteen, the study of Talmud; at eighteen, marriage; at twenty begins the pursuit [of a livelihood]; at thirty, one attains strength; at forty, understanding; at fifty, one can give counsel . . .” In other words, the first twenty years of a person’s life represent those periods and areas of his life in which he focuses almost exclusively on his individual growth: the acquisition of knowledge and wisdom and his moral and spiritual development. “Twenty” represents the point at which he ventures out to the world and begins to concern himself with the material involvements of life. Therein lies the deeper significance of G-d’s instruction to Moshe that only “from the age of twenty and upwards” shall a person be counted as one “fit to serve in the army of Israel.” A period of intense self-development and spiritual self-enrichment is a necessary preparation to life, but it must not be seen as an end in itself. The purpose of the “pre-twenty” times and aspects of a person’s life is for the sake of the “pursuit” which must follow: that he or she go out into the world and apply his personal attainments to the development and sanctification of the material reality. One who does not graduate to the “post-twenty” phase of life cannot count himself as a member of the “army of Israel.” (The Lubavitcher Rebbe)
By Rochelle Miller
French Catholic priest named Father Patrick Desbois has devoted his life to researching the Holocaust and fighting anti-Semitism. In 2004, he began to research the story of the Jews murdered in Eastern Europe during World War II by the Nazi Mobile Killing Unit, the Einsatsgruppen. His work through Yahad In Unum, the organization that he founded and directs, has been recognized through awards and public commentary in France and throughout the world. Father Desbois is also the author of The Holocaust by Bullets: A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews, winner of the National Jewish Book Club Award, and the recently released In Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures Behind the Holocaust by Bullets (this book will be of
more interest to Jewish readers) as well as The Fabric of Terrorists: Into the Secrets of the Daesh, based on his investigation of the Yazidi genocide in Iraq. Desbois’ interest in seeking out the martyred Jews originated with a personal quest. His grandfather, Claudius Desbois, was a French soldier who was deported during World War II, and held as a prisoner of war in Rowa Ruska, a small village on the border dividing Poland and Ukraine. After his return, Claudius Desbois never spoke of his experiences. So, as an adult, his grandson began asking questions. “First it was an investigation,” he said. “I realized there were no Jews buried in the village to which he had
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ROCHELLE’S REVIEWS Continued from Page 75 been deported,” yet he realized that “they had killed 18,000 Jews there.” Desbois is not looking for Jews murdered in the notorious gas chambers of Auschwitz, but rather for evidence of mass shootings of Jews in villages and towns throughout Eastern Europe.
the Holocaust, time is running out. He estimates that the documentation of the deaths of close to one million Jews, mostly from Russia, are still missing, and the window for finding living, credible witnesses to these mass exterminations—even the children who saw what happened 60 years ago—is rapidly declining. “People who were present at the killings want to speak before they
“We, as Jews, have the obligation to commemorate the sanctity of those who perished in the Holocaust. They are truly not forgotten.” “It was very public and that’s why it’s strange that no one seemed to know about the killings,” he said. “My hypothesis is that the more people show violence, the less people want to know. For me, a secret is not something you don’t know. It’s something you don’t want to know.” Truly representative of the Righteous Among Nations, Patrick Desbois is on a never-ending mission to uncover the mass graves of nearly two million Jews. Sixty years after
die,” he explained. “Many were requisitioned to dig the mass graves, to fill them, to bring the Jews in horse-drawn carts, to bring back their suits, to sell their suits, to put ashes in the blood…fifty different jobs.” He added, “There is a connection between the responsibility of yesterday and the responsibility of today. Otherwise, which world are we building? We must not build any civilization or country on mass graves.”
Rabbi Mordechai Kreitenberg speaking at the Warsaw Cemetery
Father Desbois’ team interviewing a non-Jewish eyewitness on site in Ukraine. The Heritage Retreat trip to Poland will be meeting with eyewitnesses in several locations.
“Families come to us and ask us, ‘In which mass grave is my father? In which mass grave is my rabbi?’” Desbois said. “If we can connect them with a village, they can go there and say Kaddish for the first time.” Now, for the first time ever, Rabbi Mordechai Kreitenberg, the founder and director of Heritage Retreats, purveyor of retreats since 1999, is affording the Torah-observant community the opportunity to retrace the footsteps of Patrick Desbois in uncovering the truth behind the murder of 1.5 million Jews by mass shooting. The culmination of 16 years of extensive research, this unique journey offers a first-ever onsite examination of the hidden “Holocaust by bullets” in the Ukraine and Poland. Joining Father Desbois in facilitating this incredible experience is Rabbi Aubrey Hersh, a world-renowned speaker and historian. A brilliant talmid chacham and distinguished rav, Rabbi Hersh is a protégé of Sir Martin Gilbert, who was a historian of authority and meticulous scholarship, the official biographer of Winston Churchill, and author of 80 studies, including Israeli and Jewish history and the Holocaust. Under the expert auspices of Father Desbois and Rabbi Hersh, participants in this epic and powerful journey will visit the unmarked mass graves that are only known by their GPS coordinates and meet with both eyewitnesses and perpetrators of the heinous crimes committed in Poland and the Ukraine. Featuring luxury accommodations and world-class
glatt kosher cuisine, destinations include Lvov, Belzec, Lizhensk, and Krakov with a meticulously planned itinerary. “I think it is the first time ever that a layman has the opportunity to explore first hand this aspect of the Holocaust,” said Rabbi Mordechai Kreitenberg, director of Heritage Retreats. “Typically, a trip like this consists of visiting the concentration camps. We have met before with the Righteous Among the Nations and we will do so again on this trip but this is the first time one can meet non-Jews who were eyewitnesses to the atrocities and understood exactly what happened at the sites of the mass shootings—the Holocaust by bullets. Father Desbois told me that whenever he discovers a mass grave for the first time, he always tells the people who are buried there, ‘We found you. We didn’t forget about you.’ I think that we, as Jews, have the obligation to commemorate the sanctity of those who perished in the Holocaust. They are truly not forgotten.” For further information about the Eyewitness Heritage Retreat Journey to the Ukraine and Poland, please refer to the ad in this issue of the 5TJT. Rochelle Maruch Miller is a contributing editor for the Five Towns Jewish Times. She is a journalist, creative media consultant, lecturer, and educator, and writes for magazines, newspapers, websites, and private clients. She welcomes your comments at [email protected] Read more of Rochelle Miller’s articles at 5TJT.com.
BY YOCHANAN GORDON
You will eat like royalty aboard a Kosherica cruise
If you’ve ever engaged a seasoned cruiser in conversation, the destination that always jumps to the fore is the Alaskan cruise. Consider the fact that cruise lines offer ventures to probably a dozen or so different destinations; therefore, the fact that the Alaskan cruise is the one that leaves an indelible impression on such a diverse cross-section of people is a good indication that it is the gold standard of all cruise options. Alaska is the 49th state in the U.S. To the layman, the images that surface when hearing the word Alaska are Eskimos, snow, ice, and wildernesses. To the adventurer, it means exploration, extreme, uncharted, and vast. The true Alaska aﬁcionado, however, will tell you that the true words to describe the majesty and mystique of Alaska are elusive until you actually experience it for yourself. If you have been on a Kosherica cruise before but you haven’t been to Alaska, you owe it to yourself to go. The experts planning these excursions with you in mind have scheduled a few summer Alaska getaways to make it convenient for you. The ﬁrst one embarks June 24 aboard Norwegian Pearl for seven nights, leaving from Seattle with ports of call in Juneau, Skagway, Glacier Bay, Ketchikan, and Victoria. The scholars-in-residence aboard this cruise are Rabbi Moshe Kletenik and his wife Mrs. Rivy Poupko-Kletenik. Rabbi Kletenik, rabbinically ordained by Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik of Chicago, is a rosh av beis din in Seattle and an executive board member of the Rabbin-
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t’s been a couple of months since I last discussed Kosherica and its wide variety of kosher cruise options. While I have proﬁled Kosherica in this space a number of times, it has mostly been in a general sense. Therefore, I’ve decided this time to focus on one of the many cruise options you can consider for your getaway this summer.
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CRUISES Continued from Page 77 ical Council of America, He is a celebrated scholar and a member of the boards of the Jewish Federation of Seattle and the Holocaust Emergency Assistance Committee at Seattle’s Jewish Family Services. His wife, Rivy, is a Covenant Award winner and is in her twelfth year as the head of school of the Seattle Hebrew Academy. She has taught a number of longstanding weekly Torah classes, is a columnist
in various important magazines and journals, and is a Limmud presenter and teacher in the Mussar Institute. The most consistent things about Kosherica, regardless of the destination you choose, are the unparalleled customer service, ﬁve-star culinary offerings, and a program that is truly second-to-none. I alluded to this in my Pesach article about Kosherica, and, in hindsight, although I am not a prophet nor the son of a prophet, my caution to only travel with the experts in the ﬁeld proved to be
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Explore the natural beauty of Alaska this summer aboard the Norwegian Pearl
right-on considering the tens of negative reviews that cascaded in the post-Pesach public analyses. If you’re already spending the money to go away and recharge, it’s worth ensuring that the time away fulﬁlled the purpose of going away in the ﬁrst place.
If the June 24 cruise does not ﬁt your schedule, there are two other cruises to Alaska, traveling on the same Norwegian Pearl for seven nights, embarking on August 5 and August 12. The August 12 option is billed as a budget cruise, which should be cause for excitement to those
who are budget-conscious travelers. Traveling by cruise liner, with unfettered access to everything it has to offer and being wined and dined like a king or queen, has always been seen as an exclusive mode of travel. Regardless of where or how many times my family went away for weekends and for yomim tovim, when I ﬂipped through newspapers as a kid, I used to pause at the large Kosherica ads for a few minutes, looking at all the cruises’ great entertainment, wishing that one day I would be able to go. In those days there were no budget-friendly options, but it seems the times have changed and you should certainly capitalize on it. From someone who has traveled with Kosherica a few times, I can assure you that there is nothing quite like it. Somehow the people who travel with them are so cohesive, warm, and congenial. The program is impeccably run, with an air of professionalism and real consideration for everyone’s unique needs. So please visit Kosherica.com and review the extensive roster of eight cruises to various destinations, or call 877-SAIL-KOSHER and allow one of Kosherica's expert and courteous salespeople to assist you in booking your next trip, because an experience of a lifetime beckons.
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REAL ESTATE By Anessa V. Cohen
MORE REASON TO CELEBRATE
y usual start to the day is a behemoth-size cup of coffee to get my brain functioning, and then while I have breakfast, I go through all my messages and e-mails from those clients who are early risers. Monday morning, May 14, was a little different than usual, since the first thing I wanted to do as soon as I got up was turn on the TV to watch the ceremony in Israel for the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. Since this ceremony was obviously not of the morning ’s usual selection, I quickly searched for the
channel with the best viewing and hearing setup and watched and listened as my coffee brewed and everything else sat untended. To think it took 70 years of Israeli statehood to get to the point of having the U.S. Embassy finally situated in Jerusalem is mind-blowing, but I wonder how many of us thought about how fitting it is that this happened in the week before Shavuot. I guess the phrase “timing is everything ” is correct, because even though any time would have been wonderful to celebrate the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, it’s
especially joyful that the celebration took place just before Shavuot. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of even more exciting things to come for Israel, and the opening of the U.S. Embassy will be an appetizer enticing many more countries to follow suit and move their embassies to Jerusalem as well.
years to come. Arnona has always been a sleepy neighborhood, located on the outskirts of Jerusalem, bordering the end of Jerusalem and the entrance to Kibbutz Ramat Rachel. Kibbutz Ramat Rachel used to be a kibbutz that was far from the outskirts of Jerusalem; but somehow, with all the
Hopefully, the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will entice many countries to follow suit. Now that the U.S. Embassy will be located in the neighborhood of Arnona, I wonder how this will affect that neighborhood and its environs in the
construction building up Jerusalem since 1967, it became attached to it at its very edge. As for Arnona, this area was considered “out in the boondocks,” straddling the no man’s land with Jordan. Now with the U.S. Embassy at home there, I can see this neighborhood becoming trendy and expensive down the road as the “who’s who” decide to build or buy there. This can mean an entire realignment of the Jerusalem neighborhood. It may even eventually be recognized as a central part of Jerusalem, bringing all kinds of transportation hubs into that area and its environs, and reconfiguring mostly modest homes and buildings into highly developed luxury-apartment complexes for the embassy dignitaries who will now need housing close to the new location of their respective embassies. Lots of new things to look forward to! Chag Sameach! Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and a licensed N.Y.S. loan officer (FM Home Loans) with over 20 years of experience offering full-service residential, commercial, and management real-estate services as well as mortgage services. She can be reached at 516569-5007 or via her website, www.AVCrealty. com. Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to [email protected] Read more of Anessa Cohen’s articles at 5TJT.com.
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BY CHAIM GOLD
ver 16 years ago, when we first started the early-morning, pre-Shacharis Dirshu Ba’alei Batim Kollel in Cleveland, there was a Yid who had recently become frum who joined our morning shiur. I can never forget his comment at the first siyum that the chaburah made. That Yid, a lawyer by profession, exclaimed, “I feel like a child who just received his first chocolate bar! As he immensely enjoys the sweet confection, he looks at his parents and incredulously asks, ‘Why didn’t I get one until now?! This is so wonderful! Why did you wait so long to give one to me?’ This is what I am feeling with regard to learning Gemara!’ he explained. ‘Why did I have to wait so long to be exposed to the most delectable ta’am of learning and understanding a piece of Gemara?’” Those were the reminiscences of Rav Yitzchok Margareten, shlita, rosh kollel Dirshu of Cleveland, manhig ruchani of the Shomer Shabbos shul of Cleveland, and principal of Yeshiva Derech HaTorah of Cleveland, as he shared his impressions of Kollel Dirshu of Cleveland’s siyum on Seder Nezikin made on Thursday, May 10 (25 Iyar). This is the second major siyum to be made by Dirshu’s early morning ba’alei batim kollel. Approximately three years ago, the kollel members completed Seder Moed and now they have completed Seder Nezikin. Currently, they are learning Masechta Berachos after which they plan to embark on a journey through Seder Nashim.
Empowering Ba’alei Batim To Stay Deeply Connected To Learning “The unique quality of the Dirshu early-morning kollel,” says Rav Margareten, “is the fact that it empowers ba’alei batim to be regularly involved in quality learning and chazarah— learning an amud a day, five days a week, with Sunday consecrated for chazarah and the opportunity to take weekly tests on the material learned. It is a way for ba’alei batim to really stay deeply connected to Torah learning.” Kollel Dirshu of Cleveland is just one of Dirshu’s numerous ba’alei batim kollelim that facilitates an accountable schedule of learning, chazarah, and being tested. Dirshu has other similar branches in Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, and even as far as the Ramot neighborhood of Yerushalayim. In addition, Dirshu has recently opened new branches in Berlin, Germany, Budapest, Hun-
gary, and even far-off Hong Kong, whose goal is to infuse Yidden with quality opportunities for limud haTorah! Rabbi Moshe Berger, the director of Dirshu’s Cleveland branch, relates, “The Dirshu morning chaburah comprises two divisions. One division sits on one side of the beis midrash and hears a daily shiur by Rav Margareten on the day’s amud. The second group, on the other side of the beis midrash, learns as chavrusos. “Remarkably, one of our founding members, a doctor by profession,
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KOLLEL DIRSHU SIYUM ON SEDER NEZIKIN HIGHLIGHTS POWER OF ACCOUNTABLE LEARNING FOR BA’ALEI BATIM Dr. Nosson Goldfarb reciting Kaddish
recently moved from Cleveland to Baltimore without leaving the chaburah! He completed Seder Nezikin by participating daily via telephone or by logging in online to the shiur that Mr. Hirsh Henfield devotedly records and livestreams daily. This member traveled to Cleveland last week to participate in the siyum.”
The Equal Partners In The Siyum The catered siyum was held at the Davis Colonial Plaza Hall and was attended by the mesaymim and their families. The wives of the participants were hailed for their tremendous mesiras
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DIRSHU Continued from Page 83 nefesh in enabling and facilitating their husbands’ attendance at the early morning shiur. Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Dirshu’s nasi, also made the trip to Cleveland to participate in the milestone siyum. The master of ceremonies at the siyum was Dr. Moshe Harris, who has been with the kollel since its inception. The siyum was made by Mr. Avi Kupfer, also a participant for the entire 16 years. Dr. Nosson Golfarb was honored with reciting the Kaddish.
“It is a way for ba’alei batim to stay deeply connected to Torah learning.” The dinner was donated in memory of Mr. Mendy Klein, Menachem Moshe ben Naftali Herzka, a’h, whose sudden, untimely passing just a week before the siyum left the entire Cleveland community in mourning. Mr. Klein was an enthusiastic supporter of Kollel Dirshu and attended a number of its siyumim in the past. Rav Yitzchok Margareten, the rosh kollel, was called on to address the crowd. Rabbi Margareten cited the words of the Chofetz Chaim in his sefer Ahavas Chesed, explaining that when a person performs a chesed that beneﬁts others, even indirectly, he is rewarded for that action. “Dirshu's hanhalah both in Cleveland and worldwide,” Rabbi Margareten said, “are equal partners in the success and simcha that our chaburah is now celebrating. They began this chaburah and they still help support and facilitate the learning. The inﬁnite reward for empowering the learning of Torah belongs equally to them.”
The Imperative To Maximize The Time One Has For Torah Learning In his remarks directed at the ba’alei batim of the early morning kollel, Rav Dovid Hofstedter said, “I am in such admiration of this community—those who come to learn for an hour early each morning. You show that even though you cannot learn all day, you are still deeply committed to learning with a schedule, with chazarah; this is the focal point of our life and foundation of our day. So many of you have been dedicated to the ideal of the accountability that comes with a test and have been taking weekly tests, week in and week out, for years! You have shown that you embody the direction of Rabi Tarfon in the Mishnah that teaches that learning is not just something you do perfunctorily, to be yotzei— ‘It is the foundation of our lives, Ki heim chayeinu v’orech yameinu.’”
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B Mr. Moshe Zimberg, Rav Moshe Berger, Rav Yitzchok Margareten, Rav Dovid Hofstedter, Rav Boruch Hirschfeld, and Dr. Nosson Goldfarb
The Dirshu Combination Of Consistency And Kinyan Rav Margareten said, “For more than 40 weeks annually, our Dirshu chaburah is learning an amud a day, an amount that enables the serious learner to chazer. Many of our lomdim go one step further and take weekly tests. The kinyan that our chaveirim have acquired in the
areas they have learned is priceless!” Rav Margareten went on to relate how much nachas he derives from walking into the beis midrash at 5:45 a.m., 15 minutes before the shiur is slated to start, and seeing some of the participants diligently involved in chazarah of the previous day’s amud. “I get so much nachas from seeing these ba’alei batim engaged in learning chazarah at a level that is not superﬁcial.”
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eing of Litvish stock, I always insist on making Kiddush on grape juice or wine. However, occasionally I attend a Kiddush where wine and grape juice are hard to come by. Those of the chassidic persuasion have no problem ﬁlling up a schnapps cup with Black Label and making Kiddush on one ounce of that warming liquid. There are two issues that need to be settled. The ﬁrst is the appropriateness of using anything other than grape juice or wine. The Shulchan Aruch (272:9) writes, “In a place where wine is not commonly available, there are those who say one can make Kiddush on beer and other [signiﬁcant] drinks . . . And there are those who say that you can’t.” The Rosh’s view is that on Friday night, if wine or grape juice is not available, one should make Kiddush on challah; during the day, if wine or grape juice are unavailable, one should use chamar medinah—signiﬁcant drinks. We follow the Rosh’s opinion. The Mishnah Berurah (29) adds in explanation of the Rosh’s opinion, “However, where wine is available one should certainly use it.”
The halachah seems to be clear: One should not use beer or schnapps for Kiddush if wine is available. Chalk one up for the Litvaks. But the Mishnah Berurah continues, “However, in our countries, where wine is expensive and most social drinking is with other drinks, even the gedolim are not accustomed to using wine for Kiddush on Shabbos day, and they rely on those who are lenient. Kiddush during the day is only a rabbinic mitzvah (and therefore the halachah is more lenient). Someone who nevertheless makes Kiddush during the day on wine is deﬁnitely doing the mitzvah in the best manner.” In the next paragraph, the Mishnah Berurah is even more lenient. He rules that if one prefers whiskey to wine, he may use that l’chatchilah for Kiddush during the day. OK, so chalk this one up for the chassidim. However, the Mishnah Berurah seems to be permitting this only in his country where wine was expensive. Nowadays, where wine is readily available and af-
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would necessarily be deemed two distinct acts. But where several people are combining to drink the required shiur, this already consists of separate acts of drinking being performed by different people. The fact that they consumed it in the span of four minutes should be irrelevant. However, to support the Mishnah Berurah, the Biur Halachah cites a Gemara in this week’s daf. The Gemara discusses the halachah that inappropriate intent by a kohen can invalidate a sacriﬁce. If, while performing one of the required procedures with the sacriﬁcial blood, the kohen has in mind that a kezayis of the meat will be consumed after the appropriate time, the korban is invalid. The Gemara (Zevachim 31b) concludes that if the kohen had in mind that two people would each consume half a kezayis of the meat after the appropriate time, the korban is also disqualiﬁed. If we were to follow the Aﬁkei Yam’s logic cited above, the shiur of k’dei achilas p’ras should not be relevant to this latter halachah, since two separate intended acts of eating are involved by two different people—and the shiur of k’dei achilas p’ras is applied only to determine whether all the food consumed can be considered one act of eating. Yet the Gemara considers k’dei achilas p’ras to be a factor even in this case. This proves that k’dei achilas p’ras is relevant even when two people are consuming a requisite shiur. Hence, the Mishnah Berurah has support for his halachah that even if two people are drinking the malei lugmav from Kid-
dush, they should do so within 2–4 minutes. As we mentioned, the Mishnah Berurah rules unequivocally that the cup used for Kiddush must contain a minimum of a revi’is, or around three ounces of liquid. There is the opinion of the Taz, however, who holds that the shiur of revi’is is only applicable to wine or beer. When it comes to schnapps, we consider the amount that is usually drunk in that locale. A serving of schnapps is a shot, or about one ounce. Consequently, he holds that a 1-oz. cup can be used for Kiddush if schnapps is being used. This opinion was followed by numerous chassidic masters. Those whose fathers or rebbeim followed the opinion of the Taz may certainly follow it. Others should make Kiddush using a cup that holds at least three ounces. There is yet another issue on this topic. In Europe, when Kiddush was recited using a 1-oz. cup, it was made of metal or glass. There is a halachic controversy whether one may use a disposable plastic cup for Kiddush. It is possible that a plastic shot glass is even worse than a disposable 7-oz. cup, because plastic cups may be used a few times before they are disposed of, whereas plastic shot glasses are usually used only once. It seems that the custom now is to be lenient even with regard to a plastic 1-oz. shot glass. I’ll drink to that! Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow leads a daf yomi chaburah at Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park in West Hempstead. He can be contacted at [email protected] Read more of Rabbi Sebrow’s articles at 5TJT.com.
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fordable, there seems to be no basis to use anything besides wine or grape juice. Rav Simcha Bunim Cohen raises this question in his sefer Radiance of Shabbos (chapter 18, footnote 4). He notes that it is the custom of many to make Kiddush on schnapps even nowadays in the United States. He concludes that there are other opinions that differ with the Mishnah Berurah and many follow those variant opinions. There were tzaddikim who instructed their followers to speciﬁcally recite Kiddush on liquor on Shabbos day (ibid. footnote 7). There is some discussion as to what drinks qualify for this leniency. Beer and liquor deﬁnitely qualify. Seek guidance from your rav about other drinks, such as orange juice, coffee, milk, and soda. However, there is an additional caveat to using liquor for Kiddush on Shabbos day. The Mishnah Berurah writes that if someone uses liquor for Kiddush, “he must be careful to use a cup that holds a revi’is and to drink from it a malei lugmav, which is most of a revi’is.” There is some dispute as to what exactly the shiur of a revi’is is. The smallest shiur is 2.9 ounces; 3.3 ounces is probably more mainstream. When it comes to Kiddush on Friday night, we are generally more stringent and use a cup that holds around 4.5 ounces. The Mishnah Berurah does not even quote anyone who disputes the halachah that the cup must hold a revi’is. So when reciting Kiddush during the day
on schnapps, one has to use a cup that holds at least three ounces. Further, one must drink at least 1.6 ounces, as this constitutes malei lugmav. For those of you who enjoy schnapps, this should not be a tough halachah to swallow. The Mishnah Berurah offers an alternative to drinking this amount, although he does not consider this solution preferable. You can distribute the schnapps to other people who are being yotzei with your Kiddush. As long as 1.6 ounces of the schnapps from the Kiddush cup ends up being consumed by the Kiddush participants, you have fulﬁlled your Kiddush obligation. Once again, this is considered b’di’eved, because initially the person making Kiddush should drink the entire malei lugmav himself. However, the Mishnah Berurah adds an interesting addendum. The halachah is that the entire malei lugmav must be drunk in the time span of k’dei achilas p’ras, the time it takes a person to eat a piece of bread. There are various opinions about how long this is, and the range is approximately between two and four minutes. The Mishnah Berurah writes that if someone wishes to employ the leniency of having several people drink schnapps to constitute a malei lugmav, they all must ﬁnish their schnapps within the timespan of the same k’dei achilas p’ras. The Aﬁkei Yam ﬁnds this halachah bizarre. It is one thing to say that one person must consume a certain amount within a limited time to qualify as one act of consumption. If a person takes too long to drink or eat something, it
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he precision of Torah is such that if one parashah is followed by a seemingly unrelated subject matter, it begs a question. Along these lines, when Parashas Behar begins by telling us that Hashem spoke to Moshe and then continues on to the parashah of Shemittah, Rashi famously inquires: “Why is the parashah of Shemittah juxtaposed with that of Har Sinai?” Similarly, when one Gemara closes with a given topic and the next one opens with a seemingly unrelated concept—for example, the end of tractate Nazir and the beginning of tractate Sotah—the Gemara questions their juxtaposition and answers, in this case: “Anyone who sees a sotah in her degradation will refrain from drinking wine.” Therefore, having just concluded Sefer Vayikra, which contains the reading of the Tochachah, followed by the observance of the Shavuos festival, what is the connection between these two phenomena? At ﬁrst glance, it would seem
that there could be no two greater antitheses than Torah and the notion of Tochachah, the sort we are exposed to in the parshiyos of Bechukosai and Ki Savo. Of Torah it is written: “Eitz Chaim hi l’machazikim bah.” Torah is light, life, riches, and everything that is synonymous with goodness and health; how then could we equate it through juxtaposition with the curses, which contain all sorts of horrible outcomes for those who don’t learn Torah or embrace the mitzvos with the excitement and alacrity that is becoming of a Jew? Even the behavior of Pinchas, whose zealotry was executed with complete sincerity and for the sake of G-d, and whose actions had legal precedent, was categorized as “halachah v’ein morin kein” (it is the law, but we do not instruct people to do so). Furthermore, had Zimri turned around and killed Pinchas in an act of self-defense, he would not have been liable. It emerges clearly that curses,
bread, ten women will be able to bake your share of bread in one oven; it will be doled out in measure and you will eat without becoming sated.” The Alter Rebbe explains that the difference between baked bread and unbaked bread is in one’s ability to digest the bread that is being eaten. Torah is likened to bread which, when eaten, is meant to become one with the person’s ﬂesh and bloodstream. By contrast, however, if you try to eat food that is not properly cooked and all its ingredients are still conspicuous, that food will not unite with the person eating it. Essentially, the verse is stating, by virtue of the fact that the bread will be baked and properly digested in one oven—one corresponding to the Alufo shel Olam, He Who is One, G-d—you will eat and not become sated, meaning that you will be able to learn and continue to remain hungry for more wisdom. The message that the Alter Rebbe is imparting here is that the curses are in fact berachos that are rooted in a more sublime place than the revealed blessings. There is a Gemara that supports this premise in Moed Katan 9b: R’ Shimon bar Yochai sent his son Elazar to R’ Yonasan ben Osmai and R’ Yehuda ben Geirim in order to re-
ceive their blessings. After he arrived in their presence and requested their blessings, they lavished on him what seemed to be the most severe curses. R’ Elazar returned to his father and, completely overwhelmed, asked why he sent him there to receive their curses. When R’ Elazar told his father what they told him, R’ Shimon corrected his son and explained how the same words that he construed as curses were in fact the greatest blessings. Why is it that blessings should be couched in seemingly negative terms? There is more than one way to address this idea; however, I consulted a chassidic scholar over Shabbos about this and his response held an important message in life which was equally relevant to Torah and to the holiday of Shavuos which is upon us. The question I posed to him was as follows: The reason given for the necessity of couching blessings in such severe terms is because there are times when the satan could attempt to obstruct these blessings from entering the world by prosecuting the subjects and pointing out that they really do not deserve these blessings. Therefore, the only way to circumvent his prosecution
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THE TOCHACHAH AND THE TORAH
death, and violence are anathema to the objective of Torah, which is all about life, peace, and harmony. So all this just accentuates the question we began with: Why does the Torah juxtapose the holiday of the giving of the Torah with the curses of Bechukosai? Upon further analysis, it would seem that there is more than meets the eye vis-a-vis the Tochachah. It once occurred that the B’aal HaTanya, who normally read the Torah on Shabbos, had to be away the week of Parashas Bechukosai and appointed an alternative ba’al korei in his stead. The Ba’al HaTanya’s son, Dov Ber, who would later become his successor, passed out during the reading of the curses. After he was revived and began recovering he was asked about his reaction to the curses; he heard these curses every year and yet this was the ﬁrst time that he had reacted in this manner. The Mitteler Rebbe responded, “When the Tatte reads the Tochachah they don’t sound like curses.” There is a ma’amar in which the Alter Rebbe interprets one of the verses of the Tochachah and reveals to us the inner meaning of that verse in particular and all the curses in general. The verse states, “When I cut off your supply of
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TOCHACHAH Continued from Page 89 is to “trick” him into thinking that they are not blessings, but rather curses. Similarly, the reason Mashiach comes from the union between Lot and his daughters is in order to allow his soul into this world in an uncontested manner. But if the terms the blessings are being bestowed with are just a ploy to deceive the satan, why should their superﬁcial interpretation hold any sway or inﬂuence? If these were initially meant as blessings, why should the fact that they are couched as curses be the cause of concern? The answer I was given was if you read the words and they appear to be curses, then you have reason for concern. If you are unable to perceive the diamond in the rough, the blessing within the curse, or the silver lining in any situation, that itself is reason for concern. Back to the story with Reb Dov Ber. Since the B’aal HaTanya was able to perceive the blessings within the curses, when he read the Tochachah, the
people only heard blessings. Obviously, the ba’al korei who had assumed the role in replacement of the Alter Rebbe did not see it that way, and it had impacted the sensitive soul of Reb Dov Ber, causing him real physical anguish. This parashah is juxtaposed to the holiday of Shavuos because, according to the Mishnah in perek Kinyan Torah, a primary principle for receiving the Torah is “Oheiv es ha’tochachos.” I could think of other adjectives to describe someone who is able to withstand reproof or chastisement, but to suggest that one should love reproof seems a bit much. Perhaps, however, in light of the above, this is referring to someone who sees the blessings within the Tochachah, leading him or her to love tochachah. Let us receive the Torah anew this year and allow its light to penetrate our bodies, leading us to see the good in every situation and every person, and grasp the great blessings that G-d is showering upon us at every moment. Gut yom tov. To submit comments or read more articles by Yochanan Gordon, visit 5TJT.com.
THE RIGHT VIEW By Alex Sternberg
THE LIFE OF OLGA ELEK Historical Background of Vegvar
The Rittberg-Vegvar-Tormac-Temesvar region was inhabited in 1794 by Schwabs, a local people of mixed German and Hungarian ethnicity; the land became the property of the Hungarian treasury and the Hungarian government after the Schwabs escaped due to difficulties working the land. The Royal Hungarian government brought in ethnic Hungarian colonists who inhabited the abandoned houses of the fleeing Schwabs and settled the area. After the 1848 Revolutionary War, the town, now called Rittberg (after an Austrian
Olga Elek in Vegvar
general who was the lover of Maria Theresa the queen), began to experience some stability and growth. By 1867, serfdom was abolished and the land became the property of those who worked it. The name of the town changed to Vegvar (the Last Citadel) in tribute to the original settlers from 1794 who built a fortified village in the style of those days and invested into it all their hopes and aspirations for a new and prosperous life. By 1901, Vegvar could boast of 3,060 inhabitants, 601 houses, and two distinct banking institutions, the Végvár Savings and Mutual Help Association, founded in 1891, and the Communal Loan Cooperation, founded in 1901. City Hall was built and with it schools and a church. Vegvar was developing and prospering. After the end of the First World War and the signing of the Treaty of Paris (the Trianon Agreement), the area was ceded to Romania with the name changed once again, this time to Tormac. Although inhabited by exclusively Hungarian ethnics, they found themselves in the Temesvar region belonging to a foreign government, Romania. Jewish presence in the greater Temesvar region, encompassing towns such as Vegvar, dates back to the 1600s when the first Jews arrived from the Balkans to set up a commercial presence. Their conditions improved markedly after the region was re-annexed to Hungary from the Turk and Austrian rule in 1778. Between 1880 and 1910, the ratio of Hungarian-speaking Jewry in the town grew from 27 to 65 percent of the population. According to the 1930 census, some Jews listed themselves as Jewish, while others declared Hungarian as their nationality. Hungarian Jewry at the time was experiencing a religious schism between the traditional Orthodox, the status quo, and the newly formed Neolog (a Conservative-style movement gaining popularity by Hungarian Jewry’s desire to assimilate into the general Hungarian society). The Neolog movement was modeled after the prayer style of the famous Vienna synagogue, the Stadttemple. Jews, just like others in Hungary, were content to follow the styles and fashions dictated by the “intel-
Vegvar It was a bright and sunny Thursday morning on April 6, 1911, in Vegvar, Austria-Hungary. Adolf Elek, dressed in his good suit, as always, was pacing nervously. The bank reluctantly gave him the day off for the auspicious occurrence. After all, his wife, Karola, was expecting their child, a child long-awaited. Today, it would be different, Adolf thought. He felt that this time the child would not be stillborn, as those before. Even by the odds of chance,
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ligentsia” emanating from Vienna. Disputes erupted regarding Temple worship, prayers recited in Hungarian rather than in Hebrew, and the placement of the bimah. Weddings and funeral rites also underwent modernization in the Neolog practice. Although such changes in liturgy were minor when compared with the more radical changes advocated by the Reform movement (rejected by most Hungarian clerics as too extreme and radical), they did cause an explosion within organized Jewry, with consequences lasting well into the Holocaust. In addition to the proposed changes in synagogue worship, the Neolog advocated the pursuit of a secular education along with the traditional religious education advocated by the Chasam Sofer, the leader of the Orthodox faction. The attempt to forge a unified Hungarian Jewish Congress failed, and the schism between the groups became even more entrenched. Separate national entities were formed, representing those communities who followed the Orthodox and the Neolog, and there were those who did not wish to be affiliated with either one. The Orthodox gained 56%, the Neolog 38%, and the unaffiliated less than 6% of the membership. It should be noted that the uniquely Hungarian Neolog movement attempted to maintain a close adherence to Orthodox practices, upholding the Shulchan Aruch; their members, however, were eager to assimilate and had little tolerance for observing the Sabbath or maintaining a strictly kosher diet. After the Trianon Agreement, the Jewish communities of Transylvania that were ceded to Romania continued to maintain these divisions. By 1930, the Neolog movement accounted for 65% of Hungarian Jewry.
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RIGHT VIEW Continued from Page 91 they were bound to be lucky today. The midwife had come an hour before and was busy tending to Karola. There was nothing to do but wait. Adolf began to nervously pace the living room of his modest home. How did he end up in Vegvar, a small provincial town in Erdely, in County Temesvar in Transylvania, he wondered? It was certainly no Vienna. He managed to secure a position in the recently opened financial institution, the Communal Loan Cooperation. He never wanted to be a banker. Medicine was his passion. But that dream became a fading illusion, as his parents could never afford the tuition. With great reluctance, he studied economics and finance, and upon graduation, he settled into the quiet life of a banker/bookkeeper in Vegvar. Karola suddenly cried out. The baby was coming, Adolf thought. And not much after, he heard the welcome sounds of the baby’s wailing. He rushed into the bedroom impatiently, no longer able to contain himself. The midwife held the screaming baby up to him. A girl! With great relief, he patted his wife’s arm. “A girl.” He was pleased and asked if the baby looked healthy. Will things be all right? They named her Olga, after a grandmother. Vegvar was as remote a village as one can imagine. Dating back to the Roman era, Vegvar was a station
for wounded soldiers sent to recover near the hot thermal springs or baths. Originally called Tormac and later Rittberg, depending on the ruling powers, it was conquered by the invading Huns in 749 AD and subsequently by the Turks, the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, and by the kingdom of Hungary. Vegvar was not noted for anything special, with its citizens owing allegiance to whoever conquered the territory. Vegvar was naturally not the dream town Adolf had hoped to settle into, but his position in the bank was a respectable one, and it was steady work. And now, he was a father, a family man. Things were looking upward. Adolf lived a quiet life with Karola, trying not to make any waves. Never particularly religious, they were one of the three Jewish families living in Vegvar. But he shared the hope for a better tomorrow envisioned by the recent Hungarian founding fathers who named the village Vegvar, or “Last Citadel,” putting all their hopes and aspirations in that place. When Olga turned six, she was enrolled in the local elementary school. Karola walked Olga on the daily 10-minute walk to the small one-story schoolhouse with a red-brick roof and many windows. Olga was a good student, curious, with a great memory. Under the watchful eyes of her mother, the daily homework of repetitions in handwriting and math and all the subjects were completed before there was any thought about going outside to play. Karola was a strict
and exacting mother. At the end of first grade, major changes began to occur in Olga’s life. Following defeat in World War I, Austria-Hungary disintegrated. The ethnic Romanian majority in Transylvania elected representatives, who then proclaimed union with Romania on December 1, 1918. Olga was seven years old at that time. The Proclamation of Union of Alba Lulia was adopted by the Deputies of the Romanians from Transylvania, and supported one month later by the vote of the Deputies of the Saxons from Transylvania. In 1920, the Treaty of Trianon, signaling the reality of the end of the First World War, established a new border between Romania and Hungary, leaving the whole of Transylvania within the Romanian state. Hungary protested against the new borders, as over 1,600,000 Hungarian people, representing 31.6% of the Transylvanian population, were now trapped on the Romanian side of the border. Adolf, a staunchly assimilated Jew, was Hungarian, a coveted status among many Jews, reached only after decades of struggle for emancipation. As a Hungarian, Adolf refused to live in Romania. The political climate and situation also presented him with an opportunity to escape his provincial background. He uprooted his family and moved across the border to Hungary. At first, he settled in Balmazujvaros, a town in Hajdú-Bihar County, in the Northern Great Plain region of eastern Hungary, approximately 300 km north from Vegvar. However, with
a population of over 19,000, positions were more difficult to find. After a few years of struggle, he moved again, finally settling in Dombovar in 1924. Dombovar was a town with a population of 13,000, which was between Vegvar and Balmazujvaros and felt more comfortable. The Jewish community of close to 800 people offered an opportunity for Olga to learn about her heritage and this was also attractive. This community was assimilated into Hungarian society. Jews were speaking Hungarian and connected with the Neolog movement (similar to Conservative Judaism in the U.S.). Adolf obtained a position as the chief bookkeeper in the local bank. The family was accepted in Dombovar society and began to flourish. Never one to personally carry religious practice to excess, Adolf allowed Olga to attend the synagogue and to participate in the Jewish social events, such as sing in the choir on Friday evenings. With few educational options for girls, 13-yearold Olga was enrolled in the town’s elementary school, run by Catholic nuns. (To be continued.) Dr. Alex Sternberg authored the forthcoming book “Recipes from Auschwitz–My Parents’ Story of the Murder of Hungarian Jewry.” He is a lifelong student of Jewish history, focusing on development of Zionism and the Holocaust. He is presently teaching graduate studies and is active in several pro-Israel organizations. He is a retired research doctor in children’s pulmonary health and a master karate instructor. Read more of Dr. Sternberg’s articles at 5TJT.com.
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EASY-TO-MAKE APPETIZERS THAT MAKE A BIG IMPRESSION BY CINDY GROSZ
my Stopnicki is a food stylist and the author of the bestselling book Kosher Taste. As the organizer of many events in Canada, she pointed out a recipe from her Shavuos menu. “I am often asked what is current, easy to make, and looks ‘fancy.’ I love the rice paper spring rolls; they are so versatile, can be made with so many different ﬁllings, and are a great gluten-free option. They present beautifully, and I love how the colors of the ﬁlling show through.”
Salmon Rice Paper Spring Rolls This is an easy recipe that gets easier to prepare with a little practice. The rice paper spring rolls can be found in most grocery stores. I always keep them in my pantry because they’re a great last-minute option if you have the ﬁlling ingredients. The ﬁlling can be changed; add an ingredient or take one out. The sky’s the limit to what you can create! I like to serve these plated, sliced in half diagonally, one placed on top of the other with a small cup of dipping sauce on the plate. Pareve Yield: 12 rolls Ingredients: 1 cup sushi rice ½ pound salmon ﬁllet 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon garlic powder Salt and pepper to taste 12 rice paper spring roll wrappers 1 cup shredded carrots 3 green onions, cleaned and checked, julienned Directions: 1. Prepare rice according to package instructions. 2. Preheat oven to 375°F. 3. Coat salmon with oil, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. 4. Bake at 375°F for 15–25 minutes or until salmon is golden on top. Let cool. 5. When cool, break salmon into small chunks. 6. Place one wrapper in warm water for approximately 15 seconds, until paper softens and becomes translucent. Remove from water and place on a ﬂat surface. 7. Place a tablespoon of cooked sushi rice, a table-
spoon of chunked salmon, a few shredded carrots, and a few julienned green onions in the center of the rice paper sheet. 8. Fold in the sides of the wrapper and roll up like a jellyroll. Repeat with remaining rolls. 9. Pour your favorite dipping sauce in a bowl. 10. Garnish rolls with green onions and serve.
These chips are a treat served as an appetizer plated with your favorite dip, or as a snack in a big bowl with the dips on the side. You can bake these in batches and keep in storage bags for up to 5–7 days. Pareve Yield: Serves 6–8
Drizzle with olive oil, salt, and garlic powder. Toss well. Bake at 425°F for 10–15 minutes or until chips are slightly golden. Allow to cool. Store in a cool, dry place.
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Ingredients: 5 (6-inch) pitas, cut into wedges (whole wheat or white) Extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon garlic powder Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425°F. 2. Place pita wedges ﬂat on a large cookie sheet.
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By Rochelle Miller
SUMMER OF MUCH CONTENT: THE SUN-DRENCHED BEAUTY OF CRANS AND MONTANA BY ROCHELLE MARUCH MILLER
mid the gorgeous landscapes, panoramic views, and soothing tranquility of the Valais Alps, Crans-Montana affords the kosher traveler a variety of options to experience a truly unique and memorable vacation—the stuff of which lifetime memories are made. The two neighboring resorts of Crans and Montana are situated at an altitude of 1,500 m on a sundrenched plateau high above the Rhone Valley. Together they form one of the biggest holiday destinations in the Valais. These twin towns have much to offer, including an impressive view of the chain of mountain peaks from the Matterhorn to Mont Blanc and a particularly diverse program of activities.
Idyllic mountain village or alpine town? Crans-Montana embodies both, combining all the comforts of a modern vacation resort with an expansive natural landscape and panoramic view of the Valais Alps. The contemporary aspect of Crans-Montana offers the most extensive luxury shopping in the area. Around you are some of the most beautiful sights the Alps has to offer—so magnificent, they take your breath away. Suddenly, you find yourself magically transported to a world-class cosmopolitan fashion center, strolling along the streets of Paris, London, Madrid, or even Dubai, Moscow, or Tokyo. With 180 chic boutiques and shops featuring the most celebrated names in fashion, watches, and jewelry that have established themselves in Crans-Montana, it
Kosher travelers can choose the five-star luxury of the beautiful, brand-new Crans Ambassador Hotel, the four-star Helvetia Intergolf—stylish, state-of-the-art and in full accord with Swiss standards of excellence, or relax in the cozy comfort of the charming country-style Mirabeau Hotel. Affording guests magnificent views of majestic Alpine summits and bucolic beauty from its terraces, the Mirabeau houses a kosher restaurant featuring a plethora of palate-pleasing possibilities orchestrated to culinary perfection by its master chef. Expect to be pampered throughout your enchanting visit to Crans-Montana. Dine in elegance—Mirabeau kosher restaurant is legendary as a premier destination of discern-
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is a highly recommended shopping experience. Nearby and not-to-bemissed are the area’s many sports shops, where professionals share their expertise and provide advice and guidance regarding the latest leading-edge equipment, boasting as well as a renowned cultural and meeting center with a wide range of accommodations. The largest shopping area in the Alps surrounds you. As a venue for major sporting events and with a reputation as a golfing mecca, Crans-Montana draws visitors from all over the world. Commune with nature in this family-friendly resort where you can enjoy five swimming lakes and walks through aromatic mountain forests along an extensive network of footbaths in this gorgeous paradise.
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ROCHELLE’S REVIEWS Continued from Page 97 ing diners from all over the world. Renowned for setting standards of excellence in kashrus, quality, creativity, and service, the restaurant proudly features fivestar glatt kosher cuisine under the strict supervision of HaRav Yitzchak Teller, Antwerp (Belz). Additionally, all bread and pastries are homemade and absolutely delicious. Moreover, the chef ’s passion for fusing tradition and modernity ignites his imagination, inspiring him to create culinary masterpieces that are healthy, delicious, and appeal to all tastes. Savor the splendor of Crans-Montana and experience the summer that dreams are brought to fruition. For further information, please see ad in this issue of the 5TJT. Rochelle Maruch Miller is a contributing editor for the Five Towns Jewish Times. She is a journalist, creative media consultant, lecturer, and educator, and writes for magazines, newspapers, websites, and private clients. She welcomes your comments at [email protected] Read more of Rochelle Miller’s articles at 5TJT.com.
ROCHELLE'S REVIEWS By Rochelle Miller
AFRICAN ADVENTURES: EXPERIENCING NATURE’S UNTAMED BEAUTY
he experience of a safari is, in essence, a thrill of the senses. It is being touched to the core by Africa’s untamed beauty, stepping away from the trappings of modern life and getting back to nature. It is being inspired by Africa’s immense wilderness, wildlife, people, and star-ﬁlled skies. An African adventure is an awe-inspiring experience providing a lifetime of memories. For Laibel Gerson, creating a premier African adventure was a natural progression. With his South African roots, he had always been interested in expanding his knowledge about the region, and he became an expert on all things South Africa-related. Taking what he describes as his hobby to the next level, Laibel organized an
African adventure for a small group of discerning travelers, limiting the experience in size and curating the very best of the region’s gorgeous destinations. So successful was this initial endeavor that Laibel began receiving queries from prospective participants who had heard about the trip through word of mouth. Laibel Gerson is pleased to present African Adventures, August 5–16, a luxury tour of South Africa, featuring destinations to Kruger Region, Cape Town, and Victoria Falls. Join a small group of fellow intrepid kosher travelers in exploring Hashem’s bountiful blessings and the wondrous beauty of the African Bush Lodge. Savor the ultimate vacation in luxurious ﬁve-star accommodations, where you will be accorded
impeccable service by a truly exceptional and attentive staff. World-class glatt kosher dining features the culinary artistry of their in-house master chef, certiﬁed kosher by the Bais Din of South Africa, and is prepared fresh and to perfection daily. Sit back and enjoy a frontrow seat as the sunrise casts a golden hue across the endless African savannah and the local wildlife begins its daily parade. Feel the immense power of nature as you marvel at the roaring magniﬁcence of Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. This all-encompassing tour combines the best of coastal South Africa with the stirring sights of the savannah and the rich wildlife of the mighty Zambezi River. The very best of South Africa will be at your ﬁngertips on this grand voyage. African Adventures’ tour guides are professionals—locals who possess a wealth of knowledge about the sights, sounds, and wildlife of their respective areas. They will be happy to answer your questions about the geography, wildlife, people, and culture, and share their expertise. Additionally, they will captivate you with fascinating stories about the spectacular scenery and amazing wildlife that sur-
round you. And speaking of wildlife, waiting to meet and greet you on every tour are Africa’s big ﬁve: lions, leopards, rhinoceroses, elephant, and buffalo. Featured highlights of this incredible expedition are Table Mountain and Victoria Falls, two of the Seven Wonders of the World. Sounds amazing? We’ve only just begun describing the details of this out-of-the-box adventure. We must tell you, however, that interest in booking reservations is great and space is limited, so reserve early to avoid disappointment. “On behalf of my wife and myself, we highly recommend Laibel Gerson’s African Adventures,” said M.F., a very satisﬁed client. “We have traveled to many places before, and with different programs, but this was by far the best, hands down!” For further information, please see ad in this issue of the 5TJT. Rochelle Maruch Miller is a contributing editor for the Five Towns Jewish Times. She is a journalist, creative media consultant, lecturer, and educator, and writes for magazines, newspapers, websites, and private clients. She welcomes your comments at [email protected] Read more of Rochelle Miller’s articles at 5TJT.com.
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NETWORK SCIENCE: A STRATEGY TO PREVENT FUTURE CALAMITY
n August 14, 2003, the unthinkable happened. Just after 4:00 p.m. on a warm summer day, a massive power outage instantly struck the Northeastern United States, shutting down lights, phone service, air conditioning, and mass transit for more than 55 million people, including those across the New York tri-state area. Most did not get their power back for two days. Others were left in the dark for as many as two weeks. This was the second-largest power outage in world history, and the most signiﬁcant blackout ever to hit North America. In early 2015, a widespread epidemic of Zika fever, caused by the Zika virus in Brazil, spread to other parts of South and North America. It also affected several islands in the Paciﬁc and Southeast Asia. In January 2016, the World Health Organization said the virus was likely to spread throughout most of the Americas by the end of the year. It was a scare that terrorized millions and had health workers the world over scrambling for secure methods of treatment. What do the above calamities have in common? And how do we prevent these catastrophes from plaguing the masses in the future? The answer lies in network science. And the man at the forefront of this
monumental task for Israel is Dr. Baruch Barzel, a top researcher, physicist, applied mathematician, and network specialist at Bar-Ilan University. “Network science has greatly evolved in the past decade and is currently a leading scientiﬁc ﬁeld in the description of complex systems, which affect every aspect of our daily life,” says Dr. Barzel. “We inhabit a world more interconnected and interdependent than ever before. Today, an Ebola breakout in Africa can rapidly spread across the globe; one disaster on a highway or water source can break the ﬂow of transportation or drinking water for an entire city. And an attack on computer infrastructure can cut off power, communications, or ﬁnances for millions.” Dr. Barzel and his team of network scientists are working to uncover weaknesses in real-world systems and ﬁnd the best ways to make them more stable and resilient. This includes improving the stability of power grids, ecosystems, populations vulnerable to disease, and more. Dr. Baruch Barzel arrived two years ago at Bar-Ilan University. His Complex Networks Dynamics lab is in the math department, although his background was in physics. Barzel completed his Ph.D. at Hebrew University, then pur-
sued his postdoctoral training at the Center for Complex Network Research at Northeastern University and at the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Says Dr. Barzel: “It’s not impossible that maybe within the next ﬁve years, that just as today, after the headline news we get a weather forecast, we’re instead going to receive a forecast for diseases. What strain of the ﬂu will be coming to which cities in the world? And how can we prevent an outbreak? I think that within ten years, something like Ebola or Zika, which is now a global scare, is not going to be as scary when we know how to predict how they will spread, control their spread, and be able to mitigate it online as the path penetrates social networking.” The scientists in Dr. Barzel’s Network Science Impact Center create new mathematics, advanced big data techniques, sophisticated computational models, and high-powered computer simulations. And they incorporate their discoveries into automated frameworks so they can deploy their tools quickly for states, corporations, and others aiming to avoid the next cascading collapse of their networks. Dr. Barzel could easily lead his network science research anywhere in the world. Yet, he feels strongly committed to conducting his vital work in Israel. “I believe that Israel has three primary advantages for this kind of endeavor,” he explains. “First of all, it’s the pertinence. These questions that we are addressing are actually at the heart of Israel’s many security platforms. In-
frastructure today is much more than a convenience. Breaches through cyber-attacks that can cause a cascading failure are national security breaches. Is our infrastructure vulnerable? Can we detect the weak spots? Can we create incentives to create a more resilient infrastructure? The pertinence of this problem is crucial to the Israeli state of life. I believe that these kinds of problems should be solved here in Israel where there is true motivation to actually solve them. From there, we share our ﬁndings with the rest of the world.” For more information on how to help contribute to Dr. Barzel’s vital research, please contact American Friends of Bar-Ilan University at 212-906-3900, or at AFBIU.org.
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Dear Basya, My question is about Shavuos. I have been sticking to a balanced food plan successfully since Pesach and I really don’t want to mess it up now. However, cheesecake is my downfall! It is one of the hardest things for me to resist, and to be honest, it really won’t feel like yom tov if I don’t have my cheesecake. Please advise! Signed, Cheesecake Lover Dear Cheesecake Lover, Thank you so much for your question! Here are some of my top tips for staying on track. Keep in mind that the more prepared you are, the better you will do. 1. Make sure you drink enough, especially if the weather is very hot. Many of our clients forget to drink over yom tov and Shabbos even if they are great about their water intake all week long. 2. Have a snack before you are faced with temptation. For example, if you are having a milchig Kiddush or meal, make sure to have a yogurt and a fruit before you go, so that you don’t go hungry. 3. Most people gain weight on Shavuos not from the small dairy delicacies, but from overdoing it with challah, kugel, and heavy meals. Because the night meals of Shavuos are particularly late, we highly recommend choosing matzah rather than challah, even whole-wheat or spelt challah. Stick to a half or whole matzah, protein, and vegetables by each meal. 4. Because the meals are very late, you might want to have a few ounces of protein late in the afternoon, when you would normally be having dinner. “Borrow” this protein from the night meal by eating a few ounces less at night. The meal is so late that you may actually find it easier than expected to cut out those few extra ounces of protein at night. 5. Make sure to have enough cooked and raw vegetables to fill you up so you can avoid starchy, fatty kugels. 6. Take long walks, prepare enjoyable reading material, and enjoy the family.
Remind yourself that there are other sources of pleasure than food. Enjoy the yom tov and the feeling of staying healthy and in control. Have a wonderful Yom Tov! Basya Basya Kovacs is a nutrition counselor at Nutrition by Tanya, and is a co-manager of the Five Town location. Nutrition by Tanya offers personalized and practical weight management and nutrition counseling for men, women, and children. Nutrition by Tanya has locations in Boro Park, Flatbush, Williamsburg, Monsey, Lakewood, Crown Heights, Five Towns, Monroe, and Upper West Side. The office can be reached at 844-TANYA DIET.
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t various times during the course of our lives as Torah-observant Jews, we occasionally ﬁnd ourselves mired in unpleasant disagreements with our fellow Jews. From our very inception as a nation, the Torah gave us a way to settle these disagreements. Through the appointment of judges and the establishment of rabbinical courts (beis din), we create a forum in which our differences can be settled according to Torah law rather than seeking redress in the civil court system of the countries in which we live. In contemporary times, however, the tragic fact is that many Jews utilize the secular courts, mostly
out of fear that the beis din may not render a fair and honest resolution to the issues. For over 50 years, the Rabbinical Alliance of America/Igud HaRabbonim has taken the lead in assembling gedolei Yisrael and
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other prominent rabbinic scholars as dayanim (judges) for their beis din. This meticulous selection process was established in order to offer Klal Yisrael a reliable and trustworthy option to the secular courts. Throughout the years, the Igud Beis Din has
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BEIS DIN 102 IGUD Continued from Page 101 gained the conﬁdence of the Torah world and earned a stellar reputation for strict adherence to halachah and fairness. It is an honest beis din that many have failed to consider as a venue to resolve a dispute due to its traditional low-key status and operating below most people’s radar. Baruch Hashem, this situation is now being changed. Currently the Igud Beis Din has the following individuals leading its beis din: Rav Herschel Kurzrock of Brooklyn is the av beis din; Rav Dov Aron Brisman of Philadelphia is the rosh beis din, Rav Peretz Steinberg of Kew Gardens Hills is the s’gan av beis din, and Rav Chaim Komendant serves as the menahel of the beis din. This team of talmidei chachamim continues the tradition of the Igud Beis Din in offering qualiﬁed resolution of matters in a timely, professional manner. The Igud Beis Din recently expanded its locations to hear cases in the tri-state area so that it is easier for litigants to have their cases heard. In the past, litigants could have their cases heard only in Brooklyn, New York. Currently, in addition to Brooklyn, cases can be heard in the Five Towns, Passaic, Monsey, and Norwalk, Ct. When one looks to resolve a matter today—whether dealing with business matters or marriage—the initial thought is to retain an attorney and ﬁle the case in civil court where this matter will be litigated for years at a signiﬁcant legal cost. If done correctly, litigating a matter in a qualiﬁed beis din is cost-effective and relatively quick. Generally, a matter in secular court takes at least two years to be resolved before any appeals, and a contentious divorce can go even longer. In beis din, if both parties are serious about resolving a matter and have properly prepared their cases, then the matter can be resolved much sooner, thereby allowing the litigants to move on with their lives. The menahel of the beis din, Rabbi Chaim Komendant—who is also a practicing CPA in Passaic—says that the prevailing notion among a large swath of Jews is that there is a “crisis in conﬁdence” with batei din. “People have told me that they harbor great doubts about the ultimate decisions that a beis din will render. They feel as though they will be getting a raw deal.” Rabbi Komendant attributes this to a number of factors, which include ignorance of the process, length of a case, and dayanim who are not totally educated in the matters before them. The Igud Beis Din, in handling cases over the years, has been the most economical venue for the parties. Many cases have been resolved in one sitting because the expert dayanim are familiar with the issues before them. This includes business as well as marital issues. It is possible that the Igud Beis Din would issue a ruling as soon as within 30 days of hearing the case, after which the matter is closed. Many people are not familiar with the beis din process, which adds to the confusion of going to beis din. The Igud Beis Din’s user-friendly website contains a detailed explanation of its rules and regulations that laypeople can understand. It is a guideline to the process of hearing a matter in beis din, designed to inform potential litigants of what they can expect. The website is found at BDIgud.org. The av beis din, rosh beis din, and s’gan av beis din have decades of service as respect-
PRIORITY-1 CELEBRATES 30 YEARS OF EDUCATION
Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA/Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Chaim Komendant, menahel, Beis Din Igud HaRabbonim; and Rabbi Yaakov Klass, presidium member, RAA/Igud HaRabbonim
Rabbi Yesochor Berish Welz, dayan, Beis Din Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Mendy Mirocznik, executive vice-president, RAA/Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Chaim Komendant, menahel, Beis Din Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Yaakov Klass, presidium member, RAA/Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Joseph Salamon, vice-president, RAA/Igud HaRabbonim; Rabbi Aharon Ziegler; and Rabbi Chesky Blau, Igud Beis Din
ed dayanim. Their sterling reputations, knowledge, and experience are widely acknowledged. The menahel of the Igud Beis Din has many years of beis din litigation experience and unique qualiﬁcations that are not usually found among dayanim—he has been a practicing CPA for over 35 years, earned a master’s degree, and has taught at the college level. In addition, his CPA practice deals with litigation support which affords him indispensable knowledge. To those who still maintain skepticism of the beis din adjudication process, Rabbi Komendant explains that secular courts recommend arbitration to assist an overcrowded judiciary. It is faster and more cost-effective. “In Chutz La’Aretz, beis din is considered an arbitration panel. What is unique about the Igud Beis Din is that it has an appeal function. If the losing side feels that it did not receive a fair hearing, the beis din allows an appeal. This is after giving both sides an explanation of how the decision was arrived at. This appeal option offers people renewed conﬁdence in the beis din process. “The bottom line is that there exists a stubborn problem in the United States among the Torah-observant population regarding bringing matters before beis din. Many people run to civil court with an erroneous notion that such courts will render
a fair and honest decision. This line of reasoning has consistently been proven false. If you are a Torah-observant Jew, if you keep Shabbos and kashrus, then resolving a matter before beis din should be no different. Anyone who says that beis din is not fair encourages, or even engages in, a Torah violation. “Litigation of any sort is a difficult and time-consuming matter. The Torah has given us a way to solve our differences. We can either choose to be judged by Torah Law or not. If I can help in restoring the conﬁdence of potential litigants and deter them from bringing cases before a secular court that would be the optimal solution.” The menahel concludes, “At the end of our 120 years on this earth, when Hashem will ask us if we were completely honest in our business dealings, we want to be able to say that we exhausted every option at our disposal to do so. I want to use my business skills and my halachic knowledge to help people, to persuade them to settle cases before they even reach beis din in order to tamp down on legal disputes. I can say most assuredly that my role on the Igud Beis Din is to preserve the integrity, fairness, and honesty of the court.” The beis din can be contacted at 1-800-265-9820 or [email protected] com. Visit BDIgud.org.
riority-1 is an organization that was created 30 years ago by askanim and educators to tackle the growing challenges in the ﬁeld of Jewish education. Since its inception, Priority-1 has been a leading organization in the ﬁeld of chinuch, expertly addressing the latest issues facing the Orthodox community. With a diverse range of programs, Priority-1 has signiﬁcantly helped thousands of parents, educators, and students across a wide range of issues. Some of these initiatives include: Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh. A cornerstone in the Priority-1 ediﬁce to create tomorrow’s leaders. Built with this lofty goal, Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh has earned its reputation as a happy, intellectually stimulating, middos-based environment which allows its members to thrive. Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh is proud to carry the torch of Slabodka, working to give talmidim a powerful sense of self-respect by creating a vibrant, challenging atmosphere that encourages them to discover their unique talents and personalities and to grow into true talmidei chachamim. An additional objective of Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh is to create exemplary mechanchim. Our goal was ambitious—to design a program that produced talmidei chachamim who are bursting with passion and fully trained in reaching today’s youth. To achieve this goal, Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh created a six-year chinuch program for yungeleit, Kollel Ner Yehoshua, giving them ﬁrsthand, intensive training, in addition to advanced learning, and providing them the tools to enter the world of chinuch with conﬁdence. The yeshiva has also expanded beyond Far Rockaway, creating the Beis Midrash and Kollel Ohr Hatzafon in Israel and growing to a network of nearly 150 students. Over the years, Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh has produced a generation of educators and community leaders who credit their success to the educational system pioneered under Priority-1. Teach to Reach Initiative. In a lengthy meeting between the Priority-1 leadership and Maran HaRav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, zt’l, the posek ha’dor stressed that creating a training program for mechanchim to give them the capability to effectively respond to today’s bachurim is a matter of pikuach nefesh. Working with top experts in the ﬁeld of chinuch and using proven methodologies, Priority-1 created a comprehensive teachers’ training course to enable mechanchim to thrive in the classroom. A resoundingly successful program, the Teach to Reach Initiative has been warmly received and has already trained over 450 teachers across the globe, positively affecting over 6,000 students. In addition to hosting training workshops, the Teach to Reach Initiative is currently developing an extensive online resource center containing a vast repository of audio, video, and written educational material for mechanchim. This will allow unprecedented access to Priority-1 training materials and give educators a powerful
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CELEBRATES 104 PRIORITY-1 Continued from Page 102 new chinuch resource. The Eliezer Institute. There are few things more devastating to a person’s spiritual growth more than a lack of emunah and bitachon. Unfortunately, in recent years, a growing crisis of emunah has surfaced amongst the frum community. To address this issue, Priority-1, along with Westwood Realty, created the Eliezer Institute with the goal of implementing a broad range of approaches to help our communities tap into the tremendous power of emunah and bitachon. These initiatives include weekly lectures, follow-up groups, yearly conventions, and weekly bursts of inspiration sent to all members. Resource Centers located in Far Rockaway, NY, and Lakewood, NJ, contain vast troves of high-quality educational material, as well as books, designed to strengthen emunah and bitachon, all available—for free—to parents, community members, and rebbeim. Additionally, there is an extensive collection of information available in the comfort of your home, with a large variety of free
books and thousands of lectures and publications available to download online at Priority-1.org. The Eliezer Institute also provides crisis intervention for at-risk teens and adults. When someone is at-risk, the entire family is thrown into turmoil and they often have nowhere to turn. For teenagers, Priority-1 works with therapists, the school, the child, and the family to help them navigate through their difficult situation. Priority-1 has also become a leader in addressing the alarming reality of disaffected yeshiva-educated adults leaving the fold. With extensive experience in the ﬁeld, Priority-1 has been instrumental in averting numerous tragedies. Legacy Seminar Series. One of the tragedies of our generation is the shocking degree of assimilation and intermarriage amongst the secular American Jewish population. Quelling this tide and drawing our brothers and sisters towards Yiddishkeit is the singular goal of kiruv in America. After much research, Priority-1 has concluded that one of the most empirically successful kiruv methods available is employed by Arachim, an Israel-based kiruv
organization. Using an approach that shows its participants the truth and the beauty of Judaism, Arachim has successfully transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jews, creating an unprecedented ba’al teshuvah phenomenon. Based on the Arachim model, Priority-1 launched the Legacy Seminar Series in America. Using proven and time-tested methods, Priority-1 hosts seminars to connect unaffiliated Jews with their roots. People are thirsty for a taste of authentic Judaism, and the upcoming Legacy Seminar threeday Memorial Day Weekend event is already inundated with calls from people looking to reserve a spot at the seminar. Please join Priority-1 on June 12 at 7:00 p.m. on the yeshiva campus to honor Mr. and Mrs. Avraham Burger, Guests of Honor; Mr. and Mrs. Bud Shawel, Young Leadership Award; and Mr. Meir Nitekman, Alumnus of the Year, highlighting the legacy being built in the world of Priority-1 and Yeshiva Zichron Aryeh. For more information or to make a reservation, please visit priority-1.org/dinner-2018 or call 516295-5700, ext. 108.
ROCHELLE'S REVIEWS By Rochelle Miller
UNCOVERING THE TRUTHS OF HISTORY: HOW MUCH DID NEW YORKERS REALLY KNOW ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST?
ow extensive was knowledge of the Holocaust in the United States? It’s a question that has long intrigued historians. Despite a flood of Jewish refugees to the United States, evidence of Hitler’s instability and political plans, and even evidence of concentration camps and murder in Europe, the Allies passed by several plans to end Hitler’s Final Solution. Denials, administrative incompetence, and blatant anti-Semitism combined to create an environment conducive to the insidious spread of human depravity in the darkest era of modern history. And as history unfolded, the reality of public awareness of pure evil becomes unfathomable. The Holocaust’s horrors were no surprise to the people who tried to warn others of Hitler’s demonic plan. While media in New York and around the country provided frequent accounts of rising Nazi brutality in Europe, Americans tended to focus inward in the 1930s and 40s. It should be noted, however, that although saving Jews was not a priority for the United States at that time, more than 200,000 found refuge in the U.S. from 1933–1945, most prior to the end of 1941. Now, under the auspices of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, a new initiative reaches out to the public to uncover evidence that people were aware of the brutalities perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews. Over the last two years, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has built an extensive online archive of American newspaper coverage of key Holocaust events through a crowdsourcing project titled, “History Unfolded.” Students, teachers, librarians, and history buffs across the
country researched their local papers to determine what type of information their own communities had access to concerning Nazi Germany and the Holocaust. Out of more than 12,000 article submissions unearthed by volunteer citizen historians, 1,150 articles were from 94 different New York newspapers. Despite frequent and vivid accounts of Nazi brutality reported in the New York media and nationwide, news of the Holocaust atrocities competed with American domestic concerns which often found greater prominence in newspapers. “New Yorkers could have read quite a bit about the Nazi persecution of Jews and about the wartime murder of Jews given the vast amount of information available in the press, as documented in our ‘History Unfolded’ project,” said JoAnna Wasserman, initiatives project manager for the museum. To mark its 25th anniversary year, the museum opened a new exhibition on April 23 titled “Americans and the Holocaust,” which examines the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans’ response to Nazism, war, and the persecution and murder of Jews in Europe during the 1930s and 40s. “History Unfolded” documents, photographs, and other historical contributions are displayed prominently through an interactive digital map in the exhibition. In conducting its research for the exhibition, the museum discovered 179 petitions through the National Archives and Records Administration from organizations, churches, schools, and groups of people in New York sent to President Franklin D. Roosevelt or the
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Hewlett — 3BR, 2Bth Totally Renovated Co-op, Gleaming Oak Floors, Kitchen Has Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite Countertops, 2 Skylights, Terrace With Ceramic Tile, CAC, New Washer/Dryer, A Must See . . . . . . . . . . $289K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Cedarhurst — 5BR, 4Bth Colonial On Quiet Cul-De-Sac Backing The Golf Course, IG-Pool, Fin Bsmt, Large Eat-InKitchen, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1.3M Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Lawrence — Studio Apt W/Sunken Living Room, Bright & Sunny . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $99K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Lawrence — 9BR, 5 Full Bathrooms, Very Large Split Level Home , Prime Location, Lot Size 103x 118, Features Central Air Conditioning, Formal Living Room, Formal Dining Room, Eat in Kitchen, Large Family Room, Den with Fireplace, 2 Car Garage, Approximately 3,800 Sq. Ft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Lawrence — 2BR, 1Bth, Freshly Painted, New Top Of The Line, Stainless Steel Appliances, Bright & Sunny, HW Floors, EIK W/Granite Countertops, Loads Of Cabinets, Updated Full Bathroom, High Hats, 2 A/C Units, Washer/ Dryer In The Apt, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $239K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — 5BR, 4Bth Split Level Home, Bright & Sunny, Den W/Fplc & Vaulted Ceilings, Skylights, HW Floors, IG-Pool & Cedar Deck, In Ground Sprinklers, Anderson Windows, Radiant Heat, New Bathrooms, Lot Size 111 x 107, Eat-In-Kitchen W/Sub Zero, Refrigerator & Double Oven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $825K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — Spacious 2BR, 1Bth Co-op In Desirable Elevator Bldg, Open Floor Plan, High Hats, HW Floors, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $199K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
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Woodsburgh — 5BR 6Bth, Renovated CH Colonial Features Formal Dining Room, Butlers’ Pantry, Eat in Kitchen with Granite Countertops, Top of the Line Appliances, Mahogany Library with Separate Entrance Equipped with Telephone and Video Conferencing, Luxurious Master Bedroom Suite and Bathroom, Central Air Conditioning and So Much More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Lawrence — 2BR, 2Bth Condo, Doorman & Elev Bldg, UG Parking, Terrace, Gym, Social Room, Lots Of Closets, Washer/Dryer In Apt, Freshly Painted, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $625K Or Rent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,500/mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Valley Stream — Expanded Cape With Professional Oﬃce Including 4 Room & A 3BR Apartment, A Lot Of Possibilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $529K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Woodmere — Exclusive – 4BR, 2 Full Bath Ranch On 100 x 100 Lot, Prime Location In The Heart Of Woodmere, Eat-In-Kitchen, LR, Formal DR, Enclosed Terrace, Gas Heat, Sale. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $775K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Far Rockaway — Spacious & Bright 2BR, 2 Full Bath Co-op, Elevator Bldg, Doorman, Beautiful Wood Floors Throughout, Updated Kitchen & Bathroom . . . . . $359K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Lawrence — 1BR, 1Bth Co-op, 1st Floor, Elev Bldg, Sunken LR, Renovated Kitchen & Bathrooms, Lots Of Closets, Washer/Dryer In Bldg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $169K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Lawrence — Exclusive — 5 BR, 5Bth CH Colonial, Totally Updated, features EIK W/4 Sinks, 2 Dishwashers, 3 Ovens + Warming Draw, Subzero Refrigerator, Granite Countertops, FLR W/Fplc, FDR, Den, Oﬃce, Master BR Suite W/Jacuzzi tub & Shower, Deck oﬀ Kitchen , Front Porch, Attic, Detached Garage, Circular Driveway, Full Finished Basement, Skylights, Alarm, IG Sprinklers, CAC . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — Center Hall Colonial in SD#15 features 7BR’s, 3.5Bths, EIK W/High End Appliances, LR & Master Bedroom W/Fireplaces, Den with Built-ins, CAC, Gas Heat IG Sprinklers, Alarm, Full Finished Basement & Attic on Oversized Lot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Lawrence — 1BR, 1Bth 1st Floor Apt, Elevator Bldg, Sunken LR, Gas Stove, 2 Sinks, Microwave, Underground Pkg Available. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $159K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Cedarhurst — Spacious 1BR Co-op, 1Bth Elev Bldg, Bright & Sunny, Large Lr/Dr, EIK . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $159K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] North Woodmere — 4BR, 2.5Bth Spacious Colonial, Prime Location, Cul-De-Sac, Spacious Real Estate for Sale Finished Bsmt, Low Taxes, Gas Heat, Water Filtration System, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.260M Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Hewlett — 3BR, 2.5Bth, Condo/Townhouse, Open Concept LR/DR, Kitchen W/GE Proﬁle Appliances, HW Floors, Master Bedroom Suite W/3 Closets, Full Finished Bsmt/ Family Rm, Wraparound Patio, Sliders & OSE To Backyard, 1 Car Garage & 1 Outdoor Spot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $469K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Cedarhurst — 1BR, 1Bth, Terrace, Freshly Painted, New Bathroom, New Carpeting, Great Location, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $189K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Hewlett — Spacious 2BR, 1Bth, Co-op In Mint Condition, 4 A/C Units, High Hats Throughout, Updated Kitchen, Beautiful Development, Near All . . . . . . $139K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Cedarhurst — Spacious 2BR, 2Bth, Terrace, Prime Location, Close To Railroad, Shopping & Park . . . $279K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Far Rockaway — 2BR, 1Bth, Co-op, Shabbos Elevator Bldg, 24HR Doorman, New Kitchen Cabinets & Countertops, Washer/Dryer In Bldg, HW Floors, Bright & Sunny, Close To All, Freshly Painted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $219K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
North Woodmere — New Exclusive — 4BR, 3Bth Colonial, Top Of The Line, EIK W/Cherry Wood Cabinets & Granite Countertops, Large Formal LR & DR, Lg Den W/ Custom Marble Fireplace, Full Finished Basement $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
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WOODMERE Huge lot, tons of potential. 5 bdrms, 3 baths, 3-car garage. One of the nicest blocks in Woodmere. Needs updating. School District 15. Steal of a deal, don’t miss out! $650K
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Woodmere — Move Right In, 3BR Split Level Home In SD#15, Features HW Floors, CAC, Alarm, IGS, Vaulted Ceilings, Finished Basement, Close To All . . . . . . . $759K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Lawrence — Exclusive, Back Lawrence Magniﬁcent 6BR, 7Bth, Home On 1 Acre In The Back Of Lawrence, Over 6700 Sq. Ft Living Space, Feature HW Floors, Vaulted Ceilings, Gourmet Kitchen W/Custom Cabinets, Granite Countertops, CAC, MBR Suite W/Steam Shower, Custom Closets, Breathtaking Property So Much More . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
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Far Rockaway — Jr4 Apt, Just Listed — 24HR Doorman, Shabbos Elevator Bldg, Laundry On 1st Flr, Close To Shopping, RR & Houses Of Worship . . . . . . . . . $199K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
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HEWLETT Exclusive new listing near Academy area. 5 Bedrooms, approx 3,000 sqftlot, size 65x149. Park-like property $799K
Woodmere — 1BR, 1Bth, Co-op, Bright & Sunny, LG Living Rm/Dining Rm, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . $109K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
North Woodmere — 4/5BR’s, Mint Condition, New Kitchen W/Granite Countertops, SS Appliances, 2 Zone Heat & Cac, Formal DR, Formal LR, Main Floor Den, Fin Bsmt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $949K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Valley Stream — 4BR, 2 Full Bath, Lot Size 70 x 150, Solar Heated IG-Pool, Lg Master BR W/Full Bathroom, Finished Basement, Lg Deck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $599K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Hewlett — 3BR, 3 Full Bathrooms On Cul-De-Sac In SD#14, Lg Property, Oversized Den W/Fplc, EIK W/Skylight & Sliding Doors To Deck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $595K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — New Exclusive — Renovated 6BR, 4 Full Bath On Cul-De-Sac, New Brickwork, Landscaping, Windows, Roof, Garage Door, Siding & Doors Throughout, Marble Floor Foyer, Intercom System, Hand Painted Walls, LR W/Herring Bone Wood Floors, D/R With Custom Cabinetry, EIK W/High End Appliances, Finished Basement, Sports Court W/Lights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodsburgh — One Of A Kind Historic Stone Manor Home, Elegant 2 Story Entry, 5BR House, Formal LR W/ Fireplace & Bar, Formal DR, Den W/Beautiful Woodwork, Updated EIK, & Full Summer Kitchen, Upstairs O/S Master Bedroom Suite W/Dramatic Vaulted Ceiling, Lush Ppty W/ IG-Pool, Patio & Waterfall. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $POR Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
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Hewlett — New Listing — Lovely Sunlit Split W/3 Bedrooms, 2.5Bths On Large Property, Gracious LR, Formal DR, Over Sized Den W/Fplc & Sliding Doors To Deck, EIK, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $595K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
Far Rockaway — New Listing — Lovely Junior 4 Apartment W/24HR Doorman, Shabbos Elevator Bldg, Laundry In Bldg, Large LR/DR, Close To All . . . . . $239K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
North Woodmere — New Listing — Fabulous 4BR, 3Bth Colonial, Large Formal DR & Formal LR, Lg Den W/Custom Marble Fireplace, Top Of The Line Eat-In-Kitchen, Full Fin Basement, Lot Size 65 x 131, Must See$1.449M www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
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REAL ESTATE FOR SALE Hewlett — 3BR Colonial, Spacious Rooms, Full Basement, Quiet Residential Street, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $699K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] North Woodmere — Exclusive –— SD#15, 4BR, 2 Full Baths, 64x109 Lot Size, New CAC & Heating, Approx 2500 Sq Ft. Eat-In-Kitchen, Finished Basement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $699K Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] East Rockaway — New Listing — Lovely 4BR, 2.5Bth Colonial, EIK, Formal DR, Lg Master BR W/Lots Of Closets, 2 Car Garage W/Attic & Storage Rm Plus Large Shed, Close To Train & Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $529K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
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North Woodmere — New Exclusive Listing — 4BR Split Level Home In SD#15 On A 64x109 Lot Size, Approx 2500SF Of Living Space, New Heating & CAC, 2 Car Garage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $699K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
North Woodmere — New Listing — Lovely, Spacious & Immaculate 4BR Splanch Located On Quiet Street In SD#14, Beautiful New Wood/Granite Eat-InKitchen W/SS Appliances, Formal DR W/Bay Windows, Great Yard, Finished Basement, Near All . . . . . . . . . . . . $949K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
Sackett Lake — Winterized Home on 4 acres, and 7/10 of a mile to Shul. 6BR, 3Bths, Den, in ground heated pool, tennis court and basketball court. Call Myrna at 845-791-1026 or 845-325-3025
Lawrence — New Listing — Large & Spacious First Floor 3BR, 2Bth Apt W/Dining Area, Lg LR, Enclosed Terrace Facing Central Ave, Washer & Dryer, Storage & Parking Available . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $399K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
Lawrence — New Listing — 2BR, 2Bth, Hardwood Floors, Screened-In Terrace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $269K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Woodmere — New Listing — Renovated 6BR, 4 Full Bath Colonial On Cul-De-Sac, EIK W/Custom Cabinetry, Formal DR, Woods Flrs, CAC, SD#14. Many Upgrades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1.399M www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
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Island Park — Condo — New Listing — Spacious 3BR, 2.5Bths W/Porch & Terrace In Gated & Exclusive Resort Like Community, 24HR Security, Salt Water Pool, Pier & Boat Slips, 2 Tennis Court & Basket Ball Court, Close TO LIRR & Beaches, Corner Unit W/EIK, Lr W/Fplc, Private Yard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $625K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Lawrence — Price Reduced — Luxuriously Built 3+BR Elegant CH Colonial W/3.5 Beautiful Bathrooms, X-Lg Wood & Granite Kitchen, LG Formal DR, X-LG Formal LR, Full Fin Basement, Prime Lawrence Cul-De-Sac . . . . . $POR www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Lawrence — Price Reduced — Magniﬁcent 6BR, 5.5Bth Home On Approx 1 Acre In The Back Of Lawrence, Over 6700 Sq Ft Of Living Space, Basement & Attic, Vaulted Ceilings, Gourmet Kitchen, Master BR Suite W/Steam Shower & Custom Closets, Breathtaking Property Plus So Much More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.050M www.pugatch.com. 516-295-3000 Lawrence — Price Reduced — Beautifully Updated CH Colonial, 6BR, 5 Full Baths, Formal LR & Formal DR, X-LG EIK W/Island & Open Den, Finished Bsmt W/ Playroom, Kitchen & Full Bathroom, Close To All . . . . . . . . . .$1.795M www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Woodmere — Price Reduced — Move Right In, Lovely 3BR Split In SD#15, EIK, HW Floors, CAC, Vaulted Ceilings, Close To All, SD#15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $759K www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 North Woodmere — Colonial, by Owner 4BR’s, 2.5 Updated, Bths. New wood/granite kit, hardwood ﬂrs, alarm, I/G pool w/cabana & full bth, I/G sprinkler. SD#14. Fin bsmt. Must have preapproved mortgage to schedule showing . Won’t last . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $975K 786-530-6440
Far Rockaway — Price Reduced — Spacious & Updated 2BR, 2Bth Apt On 1st Floor W/Terrace In Elevator Bldg, Parking, Doorman & Laundry Room On Premise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $325K 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 Lawrence — Beautiful Brick, C/H Colonial, Lg LR With Fireplace, Formal DR, Kosher gourmet EIK, 2 Dens, 5+BR (on 1 level), 3.5Bths, Full ﬁ nished bsmt, in-ground pool, brick patio on beautiful property, great location. Call Joan for details and appointment 516-319-4482 Five Town Homes 516-569-5710 Lawrence — 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $275K Call Joan 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes Realty 516-569-5710 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $279K www.Pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
Lawrence — 1BR, 1Bth Apt, HW Floors, SS Appliances, New Full Bathroom, Close To All . . . . . . . . .$1,800/mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
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Woodsburgh — Beautifully Renovated 5BR, 5.5Bths, CH Colonial In Esteemed Village Of Woodsburgh W/Beautiful Formal DR & Butler’s Pantry, EIK W/Granite Counters, Lg Mahogany Library W/Pvt Sept Entrance, Finished Bsmt, SD#14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $2.350M Call Avigaiel Bernstein For More Details 631-578-7527
Woodmere — New Exclusive — Brand New Totally Renovated 1BR Apt, Quartz Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, New Cabinetry, HW Floors, New Windows, Marble & Stone Bathroom, Recessed Lighting, W/D, Close To Railroad & Shopping, Heat & Water Included, Starting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,895/mo — No Fee Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Woodmere — No Fee — Totally Renovated 1BR Apt, Quartz Countertops, SS Appliances, New Cabinetry, HW Floors, New Windows, Close To Railroad, Heat & Water Included, 1 Or 2Yr Lease . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $1,895/mo. www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
Woodmere — Unique 1st Floor Co-op In Pet Friendly Bldg, 2BR, Lr, Formal DR, Near LIRR . . . . . . . . . . . $199K Broker 516-792-6698 Hewlett Bay Park — New Price — Spectacular Waterfront Colonial On 2+Acres, Bulkhead & Dock, 6BR, 6.5Bth, Grand LR, Den W/Fplc, EIK W/Gas BBQ, Formal DR, IG-Heat Pool, Wood & Marble Floors Throughout, Separate Carriage House, 4 Car Garage & Much More . $1.995M 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 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-theline Euro EIK, 2 family rooms, ﬁnished basement, lots of storage space. Magniﬁcent waterfront views w/ two decks. Price Reduced, Call for details.Must see! Too much to mention. Call for private viewing, Open House by Appointment. South Shore Estates, Call Susan 516-569-4980 Woodsburgh — Magniﬁcent Totally Renovated 7+ BR Classic Colonial On 1+ Acre. Lush Grounds With Guest House And Pool. Every Amenity. Must See. Walk To IP Minyan. Call For Appointment & Price South Shore Estates, call Susan: 516-569-4980 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
Woodmere — New Exclusive — Woodmere Brand New Renovated 1BR Apt In The Heart Of Woodmere, Quartz Countertops, Stainless Steel Appliances, New Cabinetry, Double Sink, Dishwasher, HW Floors, New Windows, Marble & Stone Bathroom, W/D, Close To Railroad & Shopping, Heat & Water Included . . . . . .$1,995/mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Woodmere — 4BR, 3Fbth Split Level Home, Freshly Painted, Quiet Residential Street, 2 Sinks in Kitchen, SS Appliances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,200/mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Hewlett — Totally Renovated 1BR Apt In The Heart Of Hewlett, Features EIK W/Stainless Steel Appliances, New Cabinery, Recessed Lighting, HW Floors, Washer/Dryer In Apt, Close To All, Heat & Water Inc . . . . . . .$2,000/Mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected] Lawrence — 2BR, 1Bth Rental Apt, Renovated, Stainless Steel Appliances, Bright & Sunny, Washer/Dryer on Premises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000/Mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Brooklyn — Marine Park area — Ours alone — House rental — Renovated, Beautiful 3BR, 1.5Bths, LR, DR, Kosher Kitchen, parking, prime location on quiet tree lined street, back yard and W/D hookup. Call Joan for details, 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710 Woodmere — House rental — New to market — First Show — Ours Alone — Spacious Colonial in Prime prime location, 5BR, 3Bths, LR, formal dr, huge den, Granite Kosher EIK. Main level has 1BR, suite with bath, full ﬁnished basement, freshly painted, great for large family, walking distance to all shuls Call Joan For details 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710 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 — Spacious 1BR, 1 Full Bathroom, Elevator Bldg, Washer/Dryer In Bldg, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800/mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Cedarhurst — House Rental — Spacious, Colonial, with granite EIK, Lr with ﬁreplace, Formal Dr, 2 Dens, 4+ BR’s, basement, in prime location, walking distance to all . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$4,200/mo Call Joan for details and appointment 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710
FOR RENT Cedarhurst — 1BR, 1Bth Elev Bldg, Freshly Painted, Heat & Water Included, Washer/Dryer Bldg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800/mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Lawrence — No Fee — 2BR, 1Bth Totally Renovated, CAC, SS Appliances, Crown Molding, Starting From. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000/mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Cedarhurst — Spacious 2BR, 2 Full Bath in the Heart of Cedarhurst, 2 Locked Storage Units, Laundry Room on the Floor, Close to All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,650/Mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Far Rockaway — near TAG, Newly renovated 4BR, 2Bth, new kitchen, walk in master closet, washer dryer in apt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2750 Helene 516-410-5525 Associate broker Milky Forst Realty
Cedarhurst — 2BR Apt, Lg EIK, LR/DR, Elevator Bldg, Bright & Sunny, Freshly Painted, Close To RR, Shopping & Houses Of Worship . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,695/mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. [email protected]
Woodmere — House Rental — Magniﬁcent 6BR Home W/Formal DR, Eik, Large LR & Den, IG-Pool, 3 Car Attached Garage, Lot Size 189 x 291, 5 Bedrooms On One Level, Hardwood Floors, SD#14 . . . . . . . . . .$8,000/mo www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
Cedarhurst — New Listing, Sunny & Spacious 1BR Apt, Elevator Bldg, Washer/Dryer In Bldg, Heat & Water Included, Close To All . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800/mo www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Far Rockaway — Newly Renovated 3BR, 2Bth, Apartment in a beautifully enclosed complex on Neilson Street. —Move in condition, First Floor—one oﬀ Street parking spot—Close to all Shuls—option to add additional rooms with a separate Pesach Kitchen and additional bathroom. Call Yaakov 516-903-0646, Dovid 516-924-1970, Aaron 347-866-6363 Far Rockaway — Newly Renovated oﬃce/storage space available in a beautifully enclosed complex on Neilson Street. Call Yaakov 516-903-0646, Dovid 516-924-1970, Aaron 347-866-6363 Far Rockaway — 2 Partially Finished basement storage spaces available, Individually or together. Bathroom in each; each approximately 850 square feet. Call Yaakov 516-903-0646, Dovid 516-924-1970, Aaron 347-866-6363 Far Rockaway — Brand new fully equipped Shul on Neilson Street, Available Immediately. Seats 75-100 People, Heating/Air conditioning—Sidduirm, Sforim, Gemorrahs. Bima, Aron Kodesh, Tables, chairs, and Shabbos Oven, Refrigerator, and Coﬀee Station. Separate Men and Womens’ entrances—Mechitza in place—Main Entrance, Weather protected, 2 Bathrooms, Storage Cubbies. Call Yaakov 516-903-0646, Dovid 516-924-1970, Aaron 347-866-6363
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 Far Rockaway — New to Market — Totally renovated, spacious, beautiful 4BR’s, 2.5Bths, Duplex in Prime location. Call Joan for details, 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710
Woodmere — Magniﬁcent 6BR, 5 Full Bath, Lg Rooms, Formal DR, EIK, Formal LR, Den, 5 Bedrooms On One Level, HW Floors, SD#14, IG-Pool, 3 Car Garage, Lot Size 189 x 291 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$8,000/mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Cedarhurst — New to market — 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 and gas . . . . . . . .$2,500/mo Call Joan for details 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710
Bayswater — New to Market — Upper two family house, modern 3BR, 1.5Bths, LR, FDR, EIK, terrace, in prime location. Heat and water included . . $2,250/mo Call Joan 516-319-4482Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710
Hewlett — 2BR, 1Bth Totally Renovated, Washer/ Dryer In Apt, HW Floors, High Hats, SS Appliances, Quartz Countertops, Close To All, Recessed Lighting, 2 New A/C Units, New Windows. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500/mo Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
Far Rockaway — New 2BR, Apartment for Rent, central location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,200 includes utilities & parking space. Call 718-337-2345 and please leave message Lawrence — No Fee — Brand New Top Of The Line Apartment, 2BR’s, Stainless Steel Appliances, Crown Molding, Close To All, From . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,000/Mo www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
Lawrence — New to market — Co-op for Rent — Beautiful updated, Spacious , Sunny and bright 1BR, renovated Kosher EIK, New Bath, dining area, large Lr, great location, parking, walk all, Heat and Water included. A Must See!! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,795/mo Call Joan for details 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710
Lawrence — Large 2BR, 2Bth Apt With Terrace In The Heart Of Lawrence, Doorman & Elevator Bldg, EIK, Formal DR, Lots Of Closets, Gym, Social Rm, Washer/Dryer In Apt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,500/mo www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000
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CO-OPS Hewlett 1BR Apt On First Floor, Terrace. Near All ...................................$139K Woodmere Spacious 2BR Elev Bldg...... $199K Lawrence Renov 2BR Apt. Washer/Dryer In Apt .....................................$239K
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Woodmere NO FEE Renovated 1BR Apt .....$1,895/mo Lawrence NO FEE Reno 2BR Apt .. From $2,000/mo Cedarhurst NEW LISTING 2BR Apt in Bldg...........$2,695/mo Lawrence Lg 2BR, 2 Bath Apt In Elevator Bldg, Doorman ............$3,500/mo
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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 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 Kew Gardens Hills — 2 Family House 5BR 2.5Bth, For Rent. For Info, Call Eduard @ 917-403-5720 Woodmere — House Rental — Move Right In, 4BR, 2 Full Baths, Washer/Dryer, Garage, Fenced In Property, SD#14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,000/mo Broker 516-792-6698 Cedarhurst — Totally renovated split level. 3 Bedroom, 3.5 New Bath. Euro EIK w/ granite countertops. Walk to all. Absolutely mint, Must See! For rent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$3,500/Mo Call for details. Available Immediately. South Shore Estates, call Susan: 516-569-4980
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FOR RENT
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FOR RENT
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FOR RENT
Cedarhurst — Multiple options available: 1200 sq ft and 2850 sq ft newly renovated, beautiful space with Kitchenette and Conference room and private bathrooms Call or Text Sam 516-567-0100
Island Park — 1400+/-SF Storefront with Oﬃce Space and Kitchen in Rear, 3 Parking Spots + Municipal Lot, Great Location, For Lease, Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000
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
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
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
Cedarhurst — Executive Oﬃce Suites furnished and non-furnished starting at . . . . . . . . . . . . . $895 a month and up. Includes all utilities, internet, conference room, Mincha Minyan and amenities in beautiful buiding. Call or Text Sam 516-567-0100 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. www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Hewlett — 3,000+/-SF Total 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. www.pugatch.com, 516-295-3000 Cedarhurst — New to market — Commercial Co-op for rent in prime location, good for part time professional, close to all. Call for details. Call Joan 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FOR SALE
Cedarhurst — 4,600+/-SF Plus Basement, Most High Proﬁle Corner in the Market, Triple Mint Condition, Many Built-in’s, Very Reasonable Rent, For Lease Call Ian for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000
Lynbrook — Commercial Co-op 750 +/- SF, Professional Use, 5 Chair Waiting Room, 2 Exam Rooms, Ample On-Site Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $75,000 Call Mark Lipner Direct 516-298-8457 Pugatch Realty Corp. E-mail [email protected]
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
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
Cedarhurst — 1,100+/-SF Plus Basement, High Traﬃc Area, Prime Location, Close to All, 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
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
Freeport — Investment Opportunity!! 12,000+/-SF Multi Tenanted Professional Building with 21 Car On-Site Parking, Good Upside Potential, Lot Size 24,570SF, For Sale. Call Alan for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Cedarhurst — Legal 3 Family House, Upside Potential, For Sale Call Randy for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Lynbrook — Perfect for Commercial Use, but Can be Converted Back to a Residential Home. 1,800SF Two Story Building with Basement & 2,000SF Oﬃce Building in Rear, Bldg has Kitchenette on 2nd Floor, Full Bath & 2 Half Baths on 1st Floor, 12 Car Parking, Gas Heat, HVAC. For Sale Call Arthur for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Inwood — New to market, Ours Alone, 21,000+SF Property with oﬃces, warehouse/garage and loads of parking, in prime location Call Joan for details 516-319-4482 Five Towns Homes 516-569-5710 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
COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE FOR RENT Cedarhurst — Medical Oﬃce. 4 Exam rooms; 2 consult oﬃces; Share w/other doctors. Entire oﬃce available most of week. Low rent. 516-569-3131 Cedarhurst — Prime location. 1,920 square feet. Will build to suit. 516-569-3131 Inwood — Reasonable prices, Multiple options available: 250 sq ft oﬃce space 800 sq ft oﬃce space 3650 sq ft beautiful ﬁnished oﬃce space, parking included in all spaces and Micha Minyan. Call or Text Sam 516-567-0100
East Rockaway — 1,500+/- SF Professional Suite in Free Standing Bldg W/Full Basement & Parking, Three Private Oﬃces, Conference Room, Bullpen, Reception Area, Close to LIRR, For Lease Call For More Details Broker 516-792-6698 East Rockaway — 1,600+/-Sf Store, Set up as Commissary Space, 2 Walk-in Refrigerators, 1 Walk-in Freezer, set up for Kosher Commissary. 9-10ft Ceilings, Rear Door, Oﬃce Space, Great Location, For Lease, Call Ian 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 for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 East Rockaway — Various Sized Retail Stores on Corner by Stop Light, High Traﬃc Location, On-Site Parking, For Lease, Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Far Rockaway — 8,600+/-SF School in Great Condition. Various Classrooms, Oﬃces, Multi-Purpose Room, Kitchenette, Storage, & Bathrooms, Close to Public Transportation For Lease, Call Ian for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Hewlett — 850+/-SF Oﬃce Space on 2nd Floor, Great Location, Close to Public Transportation, For Lease, Call for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Hewlett — 600+/- SF Retail Store on Broadway, Great High Traﬃc Location, Municipal Lot in Rear, Close to Public Transportation & Major Highways, For Lease, Call Ian for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Inwood — Various 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 Inwood — Various Sized Spaces Available, Industrial Buildings W/Ample Parking, Near LIRR Station, Overhead Door, 14-20’ Ceilings, Oﬃce Space, Bathroom, For Lease, Call Randy for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000
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 Lynbrook — 750SF or 1500SF Retail/Oﬃce Spaces, Street Parking in Great Location, For Lease, Call Alan for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000
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 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
Oceanside — 2,010+/-SF Oﬃce/Industrial Space, 2 Car Reserved Parking, Great Location, 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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 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 for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Rosedale — 750+/-SF Retail Store W/4 Parking Spots in Rear, 10’ Ceilings, Great High-Traﬃc Location, For Lease, Call Randy for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 Valley Stream — 900+/-SF Retail Space, Busy Shopping Strip with Plenty of Parking. Can be Divided. Great for Any Retail or Professional Oﬃce Use. For Lease, Call Ian for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Woodmere — 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 Woodmere —All New!! High Tech Executive Oﬃce Suites, Owner Suite Available!!! State of the Art, Conference Room, Kitchenette, & Much More, Utilities Included, Great Location, Near LIRR & Public Transportation, For Lease, Call Ian for More Details [email protected], 516-295-3000 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 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]
Hewlett — 2,000+/-SF Retail Space in Great Location, Municipal Parking Lot in Rear, Close to All, For Lease... Call for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 Lynbrook — 500+/- SF Retail Store with Rear Door, Street Parking, Close to All, For Lease Call Alan for More Details. [email protected], 516-295-3000 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 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 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 Hempstead — 1,600+/-SF & 3,900+/-SF Professional Oﬃce Spaces in Beautiful Elevator Bldg w/Excellent Parking, Great Location, 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 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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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LEGAL NOTICES NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT KINGS COUNTY JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST BY PURCHASE FROM THE FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION AS RECEIVER OF WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK F/K/A WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, FA., SUCCESSOR IN INTEREST TO NORTH AMERICAN MORTGAGE COMPANY, Plaintiﬀ against PETER K. MCKENZIE, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiﬀ(s) Fein, Such & Crane, LLP 28 East Main Street, Suite 1800, Rochester, NY 14614 Attorney(s) for Plaintiﬀ (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale Entered April 20, 2018 I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on June 14, 2018 at 2:30 PM. Premises known as 240 Greene Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Block 1966 Lot 18. 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, City and State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $540,741.83 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ﬁled Judgment Index No 506027/2014. Joel Abramson, Esq., Referee CHNYC995
NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, Plaintiﬀ AGAINST Symone Mangaroo; et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated March 27, 2018 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on June 21, 2018 at 2:30PM, premises known as 148 Schaefer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of NY, Block 3428 Lot 34. Approximate amount of judgment $747,333.58 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ﬁled Judgment Index# 512355/2014. Gregory Cerchione, Esq., Referee Shapiro, DiCaro & Barak, LLC Attorney(s) for the Plaintiﬀ 175 Mile Crossing Boulevard Rochester, New York 14624 (877) 759-1835 Dated: April 13, 2018 For sale information, please visit www.Auction.com or call (800) 280-2832
Supreme Court County Of Kings Nationstar Mortgage LLC, Plaintiﬀ AGAINST Vasisty Fraser, Ian O. Lewis, et al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 2/6/2018 and entered on 3/16/2018, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on May 31, 2018 at 02:30 PM premises known as 569 East 32nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK: 4996, LOT: 11. Approximate amount of judgment is $600,065.17 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ﬁled Judgment Index # 508130/2015. Bruno F. Codispoti, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706
NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT KINGS COUNTY CITIBANK NA, Plaintiﬀ against DELORIS CREARY AKA DELORES CREARY, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiﬀ(s) Fein, Such & Crane, LLP 28 East Main Street, Suite 1800, Rochester, NY 14614 Attorney (s) for Plaintiﬀ (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale Entered February 28, 2017 I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 224, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on June 21, 2018 at 2:30 PM. Premises known as 152 East 88th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11236. Block 4747 Lot 62. 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, City and State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $347,923.02 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ﬁled Judgment Index No 502924/2014. Mark A. Longo, Esq., Referee XCHJC381 NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF NASSAU, M&T BANK, Plaintiﬀ, vs. ALAN KRULL, ET AL., Defendant(s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly ﬁled on March 12, 2018, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the CCP (Calendar Control Part Courtroom) in the Nassau Supreme Court, 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola, NY on June 12, 2018 at 11:30 a.m., premises known as 1094 Fordham Lane, Woodmere, NY 11598. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau and State of New York, Section 39, Block 607 and Lot 48. Approximate amount of judgment is $167,631.26 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ﬁled Judgment Index # 16-006579. George P. Esernio, Esq., Referee Schiller, Knapp, Lefkowitz & Hertzel, LLP, 200 John James Audubon Parkway, Suite 202, Amherst, New York 14228, Attorneys for Plaintiﬀ Notice of Formation of Bright Smile Daycare LLC. Articles of Organization ﬁled with the secretary of state of New York SSNY on 1/26/18. Oﬃce location Nassau County. SSNY has been designated for service of process served against the LLC 429 Cedarhurst Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY 11516. Purpose: any lawful purpose 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 the Room 224, Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on May 31, 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 State of New York. Section 0, 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 KINGS COUNTY NEW PENN FINANCIAL, LLC D/B/A SHELLPOINT MORTGAGE SERVICING, Plaintiﬀ against TERRENCE ROACHFORD, et al Defendants Attorney for Plaintiﬀ(s) Fein, Such & Crane, LLP 28 East Main Street Suite 1800, Rochester, NY 14614 Attorney (s) for Plaintiﬀ (s). Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale Entered April 9, 2018 I will sell at Public Auction to the highest bidder at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Room 261, Brooklyn, NY 11201 on June 7, 2018 at 2:30 PM. Premises known as 1036 New Jersey Avenue Unit 2-A A, Brooklyn, NY 11207. Block 4414 Lot 1013. The Condominium Units (hereinafter referred to as the “Units”) known as Unit No:2AA, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York. Approximate Amount of Judgment is $411,613.71 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ﬁled Judgment Index No 505306/2013. Ruth M. Baez, Esq., Referee QRRNC037
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REVIEWS 114 ROCHELLE’S Continued from Page 104 State Department from the early 1930s letting them know that they were aware of the persecution of the Jews and requesting that something be done about it. On Thursday, May 17, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is presenting a public program titled “Americans and the Holocaust: What Did New Yorkers Know?” at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in Manhattan. Hosted by the Museum’s Northeast Regional office, which is based in New York, the event is part of an ongoing series of year-round topical public programs that are open to the public and free of charge. As moderator of this event, award-winning New York Times journalist and nonfiction author Ralph Blumenthal will step back with a museum expert, JoAnna Wasserman, education initiatives manager, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and noted New
York historian Dr. Rebecca Kobrin, Russell and Bettina Knapp associate professor of American Jewish history, Columbia University, to explore just how much and how early New Yorkers were aware of the Holocaust and the rise of Nazism based upon the degree and type of press coverage in New York at that time. Their revealing discussion will also cover how New Yorkers responded to what they knew of Nazi brutality during the 1930s and 40s. This not-to-be-missed event will be held on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 p.m., at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, 68th Street, between Park and Lexington Avenues. Advance registration is required for this free event. Contact 212-9830825 or [email protected] Rochelle Maruch Miller is a contributing editor for the Five Towns Jewish Times. She is a journalist, creative media consultant, lecturer, and educator, and writes for magazines, newspapers, websites, and private clients. She welcomes your comments at [email protected] Read more of Rochelle Miller’s articles at 5TJT.com.
NEWS FROM THE HILLS By Chanita Teitz
e are witnessing history before our eyes. We watched the OU livestream event in Yerushalayim, from 2:15 a.m. until close to 4:00 a.m., preceding the actual embassy dedication. Later that day I watched part of the actual dedication ceremonies. What a kiddush Hashem at both gatherings. You heard speaker after speaker quote words from Tanach and Tehillim including saying Shehecheyanu. This recognition has essentially vanquished our enemies. It has taken the steam out of their bullying. We will still have battles to ﬁght, including the one raging in Gaza right now, and the world will still condemn Israel, but the reality and the truth have been declared. The new embassy sits on land that straddles western Jerusalem and eastern Jerusa-
lem. The eastern part was supposed to be a demilitarized zone in 1948, a no man’s land, which the Jordanians grabbed and occupied. By using this location for the embassy, the U.S. has stated clearly that both east and west Jerusalem are part of Israel—one undivided city! We don’t need the U.S. or any other country telling us what we have known for centuries, that Yerushalayim is the capital of Israel. But in a political sense it makes an important statement. Hashem is giving us a window of opportunity. How will Israel use it? Wishing all my readers a happy, healthy, and meaningful Shavuos!
BYQ Artifact Fair Hosts Generations Of Museum Treasures
Parents and grandparents attended the Bais Yaakov of Queens Annual Artifact Fair to view heirlooms belonging to generations of Bais Yaakov family members. This year’s collection included artifacts from 100 years ago! Guests were able to examine treasured possessions and read the stories behind the keepsakes. Mrs. Naomi Pacht, the sixth-grade social-studies teacher and museum curator, guided the sixth-grade students through the process of presenting artifacts for a museum. Magically, she transformed the school’s cafeteria into an authentic-looking museum. The presentation of the artifacts and the girls’ conﬁdence in presenting the information were impressive. Visitors were able to gain an appreciation for the variety of treasures and for the multiple cultures of families in the school. The many visitors, grandparents, and great-grandparents expressed their gratitude for the event, as many of them were interviewed by their granddaughters and great-granddaughters. “When we sat together for the interview, we were able to share our family’s history, and that was truly special. What a wonderful project!”
The BYQ Early Childhood Center was privileged to receive a special visit from NYC Kids Project. This experience was designed to help young children understand that although people with disabilities may walk differently, talk differently, and communicate differently, we are all fundamentally the same inside. Through picture books, song, and demonstration the children became more comfortable with the idea that people with disabilities have feelings and interests just like them. A child in a wheelchair may love to dance and a child who is blind may love to build with blocks, just like them. A deaf child can even enjoy music by listening to the vibrations of the music. The children were fascinated by the concepts of sign language and braille as well as the use of a cane and a guide dog. The presenter showed the children a ball that beeps to allow a blind child to play catch. Some of the children were surprised when a handicapped doll in a wheelchair had difficulty speaking. They tried hard to understand that it would hurt the “girl’s” feelings to laugh at her speech, even though it sounds so “funny.” This experience can serve as a wonderful springboard for you to have a conversation with your child if you encounter someone with disabilities. Ultimately, Hashem made all of us with our own strengths and weaknesses, and we have to treat everyone with kindness, even those who seem very different from us.
Chazaq Chazaq! By Simcha Loiterman About 13 years ago, Yaniv Meirov, a yeshiva bachur (Yesodei Yeshurun) living in Queens became bothered by the regular sight of the many Jewish kids attending public school. It pained him knowing that many of these kids were unaware of the richness and beauty of being Jewish and were involved with drugs, violence, and other dangerous behaviors. Realizing that generations of Jewish children were on the verge of being lost, young Yaniv had his Moshe Rabeinu moment—he saw the suffering of his people and took a stand to help strengthen them. This is the continuing story of Chazaq, an organization dedicated to building a stronger future today. Chazaq set up tons of events in and around Queens, featuring Torah personalities and noted speakers. Chazaq has a radio station, parashah sheets, and a magazine. Rabbi Yaniv Meirov, CEO of Chazaq, is regularly seen in local newspapers smiling next to Governor Cuomo, Congresswoman Meng, or the Twins from France. Chazaq does more than make those “ein od milvado” magnets and bringing us Uncle Moishe and Charlie Harary. Chazaq helps enroll public-school children into yeshivas, working with parents and schools so these children can grow in a Torah environment, learning Jewish values and
lie Harary, and more. Chazaq’s goal was to raise $1,000,000—go big or go home, right? The campaign was called “Give Strong, Give Chazaq” and each dollar donated was quadrupled. There are over 1,200 students in Forest Hills High School alone that need help, not to mention the over 10,000 students in the Queens area that can benefit from Chazaq. Chazaq is gaining momentum, as many gedolim are taking notice, and lives are being changed. The last key to a sustained impact is our generosity. 10,000 Jewish boys and girls waiting for help—10,000 reasons why we should give.
Shavuos Events and Shiurim
Chazaq’s teens’ division
lessons. For students not yet ready to transfer over, they created the Shaping Lives Sunday school and the Yaldeinu afterschool programs where students learn how to read Hebrew, daven, connect with loving teachers, and get exposed to Judaism in a positive way. The J-Wave teens’ division is Chazaq’s afterschool program for high-school students where they learn with rebbes who act as role models and patiently guide them in growth in Torah. Chazaq also created a beis midrash program and a kollel led by Rav Ahron Walkin for students who have grown enough that they want to continue learning. These programs are expanding in number and location and are vital in the cause of saving Jewish neshamas. Simon Senak said, “People don’t buy to what you do, they buy to why you do it.” Well, Chazaq has a clear idea of what their “why” is—Jewish souls need our help. Rabbi Yaniv spoke passionately and bluntly with me about his mission to save as many Jewish lives as possible. He has been pitching his message a lot recently as Chazaq had a major fundraiser on May 15. It impressed me how emphatic he was—his tone is positive, charismatic, and persuasive. He has the look in his eyes of a star shooting guard anticipating the inbound pass to take the final shot of the game with three seconds left on the clock. His sense of urgency is correct; the clock is ticking down for so many children who desperately need help. He clearly believes in the important work Chazaq is doing and does not mind repeating his mission. He wants to get the word out. While Rabbi Yaniv is a force of nature, a hurricane of activity bursting out in all directions to help his cause, Rabbi Ilan Meirov is more bedrock, a foundational figure to Chazaq and to so many people in Queens. He too took time out from his hectic sched-
ule (earlier that day he met with Rav Dovid Feinstein, who counsels couples and is writing his fourth sefer, to get guidance about Chazaq) to explain that the reality is that there are so many kids who are falling prey to influences such as drugs, assimilation, and intermarriage because they simply lack direction, warmth, and positive role models. Next, Rabbi Ilan presented a video of the near daily occurrence of Jewish students involved in street fights, some brutally attacked and beaten up by their public-school classmates. In one clip, a boy was thrown to the ground, then had his head and face kicked repeatedly as he scrambled to get to his feet. Being a former public-school student and perpetrator of many foolish things in my youth, I thought I could relate to what these students go through, but seeing that video was like watching life on another planet. We can’t even get our head around what a normal day looks like for these kids. When I made my way out to one of the J-Wave programs (there are separate programs for boys and girls) I could see the difference being made. Smiling rebbes waited to greet the boys coming in from the public school across the street. The warmth and love from the rebbeim is a hallmark of this program and has helped unlock the potential of the students. Tefillin, tzitzis, and yarmulkes were laid out for the boys because these items are not found in their homes. Many students stayed well after the program ended because they love being around these lovely rebbeim with whom I had the pleasure of meeting and talking. Many former J-Wave students started out not knowing the aleph beis but have gone on to yeshiva and beis midrash, leading Torah lives and even coming back to be teachers at J-Wave. On May 15, Chazaq rolled out an ambitious 30-hour giving campaign featuring Benny Friedman, Char-
Ahavas Yisroel women’s shiur Monday, May 21 at 5:15 p.m. with Mrs. Esta Adelman “Maintaining Positivity and Commitment Through Thick and Thin.” Dr. Simon Lopata Shavuos Forum, Monday, May 21 following Minchah at 7:00 p.m. at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. The topic will be “Yeshivos refusing to provide secular education: the legal and social implications.” The speakers, New York State Assemblyman Daniel Rosenthal and Mrs. Debby Spero, will consider the issue in New York State and in Israel. Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld will provide an overview of the topic. All are invited to participate. 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] Read more of Chanita Teitz’s articles at 5TJT.com.
And G-d spoke to Moshe in the desert of Sinai (Bamidbar 1:1) By three things was the Torah given: by fire, water, and desert. By fire, as it is written (Sh’mos 19:18): “Now Mount Sinai was altogether on smoke, because G-d descended upon it in fire.” By water, as it is written (Judges 4:4): “The heavens also dropped, yea, the clouds dropped water.” And by desert, as it is written (Bamidbar 1:1): “And G-d spoke to Moshe in the desert of Sinai.” (Midrash Rabbah)
Fire, water and desert—by these we established our commitment to the Torah. The first Jew, Avraham, was cast into a fiery furnace for his loyalty to the way of G-d. And lest one say that this was an extraordinary act by an extraordinary individual, at the shores of the Red Sea an entire people plunged into the ocean’s waters when the Divine command to “Move forward!” issued forth. And lest one say that this was a spur-ofthe-moment heroism, for forty years the people of Israel followed G-d through the barren, hostile desert, trusting in Him to provide for them and protect them. As the prophet Yirmiyah declaims, “I remember the kindness of your youth, your bridal love, your following after Me in the desert, in an unsowed land”. (Rabbi Meir Shapira of Lublin)
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AROUND THE 5 TOWNS Many Marvelous Mitzvot On Display At HAFTR Mitzvah Fair
Hannah Pianko, Nikki Blitman, and Rabbi Kupchik at HAFTR Mitzvah Fair
HAFTR Early Childhood division celebrates Yom Yerushalayim
Isaac Thurm, Ethan Bernstein, and Rabbi Kupchik at HAFTR Mitzvah Fair
The 8th-graders at HAFTR Middle School recently participated in the school’s annual mitzvah fair. Students researched many different mitzvot including tzizit, teﬁllin, challah-baking, tevilat keilim, and Jewish marriage. Each group presented a tri-board, a hands-on display, and a technology component. The students truly learned a lot and helped get them into the Shavuot spirit, ready to receive the Torah. Special thanks to Rebbetzin Teitelbaum, Mrs. Nechama Landau, Rabbi Siff, Rabbi Glazer, and Rabbi Lamm for organizing the many details.
HAFTR Celebrates Dedication Of U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem The students and faculty of HAFTR High School gathered in the school’s auditorium on Monday, May 14, to witness and celebrate the historic dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. Rabbi Gedaliah Oppen, principal of Judaic Studies, described the significance of this momentous event in the context of the history of the Jewish people. The opening of the embassy in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel, was especially meaningful to the
HAFTR students watch the dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
ating an early-warning leak-detection system. The fully working prototype was viewed as a sterling example of next-generation thinking. “David, Jordan, and Aidan created a system that would send a text message to homeowners if there was a leak or a flood detected in their home. They used concepts that were taught in their engineering class to create this device,” said Mrs. Rita Sinensky, chairwoman of HAFTR’s science department. The students developed their project in the scientific-technology course taught by Mr. Tom Liguori, under the guidance of HAFTR’s director of STEM innovation, Mr. Benjamin Gross. “We are very proud of all our students’ accomplishments in the STEM program, and we extend warmest congratulations to David, Jordan, and Aidan on their innovative, award-winning project,” said Ms. Naomi Lippman, principal of HAFTR High School. “It is an honor and a joy to partner with CIJE in offering this unique learning experience to our students. We look forward with great anticipation to our students’ expanded opportunities for STEM innovation in our new state-of-the-art STEM lab next fall.” The conference, created by Mr. Jason Curry, president of CIJE, welcomed over 3,000 students, parents, and judges from more than 100 day schools to the Hilton on Sunday, May 6. HAFTR High School was represented by 70 students, who presented a total of 25 creative, exciting projects. CIJE has been leading the charge in STEM education in the Jewish day school community, with hundreds of schools now participating in their program across the country. “I was so impressed by the students’ problem-solving, innovation, and entrepreneurial skills,” remarked Mrs. Judy Lebovits, CIJE VP. “I commend and congratulate David Lederer, Jordan Appel, and Aidan Schechter for being awarded for this extremely innovative project.” She continued, “The Leak Detection Project epitomizes what we as an organization are trying to accomplish—creating a new generation of students who will dynamically think in problem-solving methodologies in order to help better our world.”
HAFTR High School community. The U.S. Ambassador to the State of Israel, the Honorable David M. Friedman, is a longtime HAFTR parent, grandparent, and leader of the yeshiva.
HAFTR HS Students Win First Prize At CIJE Conference Three HAFTR High School students were awarded first prize at the CIJE Innovation Day, held recently at the Hilton Midtown. The firstplace award in innovation was given to HAFTR High School sophomores David Lederer, Jordan Appel, and Aidan Schechter, who worked on cre-
Mr. Jason Curry, president of CIJE; Mrs. Judy Lebovits, CIJE vice president; Mrs. Rita Sinensky, chairwoman of HAFTR High School science department; ﬁrst-prize winner David Lederer, a sophomore at HAFTR High School; and Mr. Tom Liguori, scientiﬁc-technology teacher
Help Support Our Future Generations 4Hashem This chag, we celebrate the Torah, the precious gift our ancestors received thousands of years ago. Many of us are fortunate to practice Torah-infused lifestyles and may even have opportunities to enjoy studying the book that “never gets old” on a regular basis. But what about Jewish children in our neighborhoods and beyond who aren’t in yeshiva or didn’t grow up with the luxury of having their roots instilled in them? What happens to them? Isn’t it our responsibility as Am Yisrael to make sure they learn their heritage and enjoy the same present we received together at Har Sinai? From Tuesday, June 5 at 2:00 p.m. through Wednesday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m., JEP/Nageela is scheduled to launch 4Hashem, its annual fundraising campaign which is critical to funding many educational programs that introduce and make Torah-learning fun for children of all backgrounds. These funds made it
the myth that Jerusalem is occupied territory and that it is not the legitimate capital of the Jewish people. He explained, “Any Jew fortunate enough to survive the Holocaust, if he returned to his home in Germany or Poland to the house where he lived prior to WWII, and lived in that home, no one would consider that home to be occupied. Rather, we would say that they were exceedingly fortunate that they were able to return to their homes. The city of Jerusalem is no different. It was the capital of our people way before Christianity or Islam appeared on the scene. Unfortunately, it fell out of our hands, but, in 1967, we returned to it. Our everyday teﬁllos speak about the return to Tzion.” Rabbi Yotav Eliach, principal of Rambam, followed with a brief summary of the history of Jerusalem and pointed out that throughout the ages, over thousands of years, through many non-Jewish occupiers of the city of Jerusalem, not one ever
possible to host over 300 children in the last year for at least one Shabbaton. These funds helped more than 250 children participate in an afterschool program where they met other Jewish kids and enjoyed an activity tied to a Jewish holiday. These funds help pair mentors with over 100 students for one-on-one learning to explore Jewish topics together. These funds make Camp Nageela possible, where they have touched the lives of over 3,600 campers in 30+ years. JEP/Nageela is counting on another $240,000 campaign ($60,000 matched x 4) and thanks you for your support to help reach that goal. To donate, visit jepli.org/4hashem or call Rabbi David Shenker, JEP/ Nageela’s director, at 516-3741528, ext. 203.
CBS 2 News Reports From Rambam On American Embassy Move On Monday, May 14, Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman, Rambam’s rosh mesivta, opened a schoolwide assembly by debunking
Rambam students interviewed for CBS News
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Rabbi Yotav Eliach Honored At Book Launch Over 100 friends, family, students, former students, and local rabbanim came out to celebrate Rabbi Yotav Eliach at Rambam Mesivta for the official book launch of his magnum opus, Judaism, Zionism, and the Land of Israel. The event was hosted by international bestselling author and friend of Rabbi Eliach’s, Edwin Black. Mr. Black, author of IBM and the Holocaust as well as The Farhud and many other works on Israel, praised Rabbi Eliach’s work as “a dramatic and incisive journey into Jewish and Zionist history that will uplift any reader—academic or religious—into a new understanding of Israel and its place in our history—and our future.” He
was proud to announce that “Rabbi Eliach’s book is already a bestseller on Amazon having reached number 7 in sales on ‘Books on the Middle East’ chart.” Mr. Black began the event by introducing Rabbi Hershel Billet and Rabbi Shalom Axelrod of the Young Israel of Woodmere and Rabbi Kenneth Hain of Beth Sholom. The three rabbanim each approached the signiﬁcance of the book from different perspectives, stressing the importance of changing the narrative from Israel being viewed as a colonial power to an indigenous people reclaiming their rightful homeland. They shared that the book was important for people to read, especially those who know, those who think they know, and those who do not want to know. The night then continued with a surprise visit from Town of Hempstead Supervisor Laura A. Gillen, who presented Rabbi Eliach with a “Citation from the Town of Hempstead” for his book which “bridges the intellectual space between Israel’s cultural, political, intellectual, diplomatic, juridical, and historical pillars.” Rabbi Eliach humbly accepted the award and thanked the supervisor as well as all the assembled guests. Before discussing his work, Rabbi Eliach made a point of expressing his appreciation for Edwin Black for assisting him through the process of becoming a published author. He also thanked Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman for his support. The biggest thank you of the night was reserved for Rabbi Eliach’s wife, Hildy, who supported him throughout his completion of the book. Rabbi Eliach began the book in earnest in the fall of 2013, but in some ways he has been working on it his whole life as one of the pioneers in Zionist education in America—ﬁrst at Flatbush and then at Rambam Mesivta and through WriteOn for Israel. He described the book as an extensive journey through Jewish history, one that begins with Abraham and continues to this day. He talked about the early voices of Zionism, Rabbi Yehuda Alkalai and Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalischer who stressed that the Jews could bring about a return to Israel and end their exile. He touched on Herzl
and Israel’s major wars and accomplishments. He maintained that “Judaism is a way of life both for the individual and the nation based on the teachings of the Torah. Judaism as it ought to be is about the Jewish nation living in the Land of the Israel using the Torah as its Constitution.” He hoped that the book would serve as an “appetizer” for those interested in learning about the Jews and their rightful claim to their ancestral, religious, and national homeland and understand why the Land of Israel is so integral to Jewish character. A book signing followed Mr. Black’s closing remarks as Rabbi Eliach personally inscribed each copy for those in attendance.
The event featured a lavish and grand breakfast buffet. Additionally, music superstar Eli Levin entertained the crowd with soulful melodies and some of his own compositions. Towards the end of the event, the attendees gathered around for an emotional kumtzits that soon erupted into spontaneous joyful dancing. It was truly a beautiful event for a great cause. What made the event exceptional was the fact that attendees were able to meet with members of their community who had been helped by RCCS. They learned about the caring and compassionate nature of RCCS and how this amazing organization performs genuine lifesaving miracles throughout the global Jewish community. RCCS currently services over 2,300 patients throughout the world with a budget of almost $9 million, over $220,000 expended in the Five Towns alone. The goal of the Chain of Events campaign is to not only bring in much-needed funds to this great organization but also to provide awareness to the community of the available services that RCCS provides. For more information about RCCS, please visit rccscancer.org.
Aroni And Chani Parnes Guests Of Honor At Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael 19th Annual Dinner
RCCS Begins Chain Of Events In Lawrence
Aroni and Chani Parnes
Supporting RCCS in Lawrence
On Sunday, May 13, RCCS held its ﬁrst event in their Chain of Events campaign, the annual Lawrence breakfast at the home of Motty and Hadassa Jacobowitz. The Jacobowitzes, in their selﬂess and giving nature, once again opened their home to the Lawrence community in support of the Five Towns patients of RCCS. The event was a true kiddush Hashem as throngs of people, including many of the local rabbanim, came out in support of this special mosad.
On Tuesday, May 29, Yeshiva Gedola and Mesivta Ohr Yisrael will honor noted Lawrence community leaders Aroni and Chani Parnes as the Guests of Honor at its 19th annual dinner. Mr. and Mrs. Parnes are highly respected members of the community and have always been involved in many chesed organizations. “For Aroni and Chani, the word ‘no’ does not exist in their vocabulary,” said Mr. Benjamin Ringel, prominent Five Towns resident, who will serve as the dinner’s journal chairman. “They help everyone they possibly can.” Mr. Parnes is one of the original founders of the yeshiva which began in a small shul in 1997. Aroni served as the gabbai, while the rosh hayeshiva of Ohr Yisrael, Rabbi Avraham N. Zucker, served as its rav. The two were highschool classmates and close friends. With every step of the yeshiva’s growth, Aroni has been at the rosh hayeshiva’s
side, assisting in every way possible. Mr. Ringel emphasized Aroni’s efforts on behalf of the yeshiva. “I can easily say that without Aroni, Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael—with all of its branches—would not exist,” he said. Another chapter was added to Aroni’s relationship with Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael when his son Yehuda joined the yeshiva. He took great pride in watching his son form his own connection with the rosh hayeshiva, as well as many of the other rebbeim. During his time in the yeshiva, Yehuda was able to progress in his learning, while earning a bachelor’s degree from yeshiva. He will begin law school this fall. Today, Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael is comprised of a successful high school with advanced studies in limudei kodesh as well as a strong general-studies department, and a fully accredited beis midrash and a growing kollel in which talmidim can continue their growth in Torah and Yiras Shamayim, all while preparing themselves for their future as community leaders. The dormitory facilities, which include a state-of-theart workout gym, enable the yeshiva to provide for students from all communities. In 2003, the yeshiva forged a unique partnership with Seton Hall University. This partnership affords the students of the yeshiva the oppor-
tunity to pursue an MBA degree as well as a master's in accounting. This unique program allows bachurim to achieve great success and accomplishment at a young age without compromise to their avodas Hashem. The yeshiva is a burgeoning kehillah, where alumni can settle with their families and remain close with the yeshiva and its rosh hayeshiva. The yeshiva’s impact is felt strongly in our community as hundreds of its alumni live locally, here in the Five Towns. “The yeshiva began based on the belief that young men can grow in Torah and yiras Shamayim, even while pursuing a secular education,” says Aroni. “With great vision, the yeshiva has stayed committed to that mission and achieved excellence. The combination of a remarkable rosh hayeshiva, along with an outstanding group of warm and talented rebbeim, has created a ﬂourishing makom haTorah. Chani and I take great pride in our involvement in this wonderful institution.” The yeshiva will honor Mr. and Mrs. Yitzy Berger with the Shochein Tov award. Mr. Yitzy Tepper will be honored as Alumnus of the Year. Mr. and Mrs. Duvie Silbiger will be honored as Parents of the Year. The dinner will take place on Tuesday, May 29 at Kingsway Jewish Center, 2902 Kings Highway in
Brooklyn. Reception will be at 6:30 p.m. with the program scheduled to begin at 7:30. For additional information and to place an ad in the journal, please call 718-382-8702 or visit OhrYisroel.org/ dinner or e-mail [email protected]
A Permanent Home For Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam Momentum builds as an exciting new campaign is well under way. Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam has the opportunity to purchase the building that they are in, ensuring a permanent home for the school and securing their future. Established just six years ago in response to the dynamic growth of the Western Long Island community, Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam has now blossomed into a school for close to 300 students with a unique mission to provide academic excellence delivered in a warm and loving environment. Baruch Hashem, they have seen much success and continue to grow by leaps and bounds each year. Procuring the building will enable the school to meet the needs of its ﬂourishing student body and the thriving community. To achieve this goal, they are embarking on a $5 million campaign. By July 15, $2 million is needed to close on the building. The rest of the money will be
used for renovations, making the building a state-of-the-art facility and ensuring the continued quality education and care that the children deserve. Under the direction of Rabbi Nosson Neuman, Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam combines academic excellence coupled with genuine warmth and concern for each child. No stranger to the world of chinuch, Rabbi Neuman follows in the footsteps of his revered father, Rabbi Moshe Neuman, who was the menahel of Bais Yaakov of Queens for 50 years. Partnering with Rabbi Neuman is Mrs. Leah Zytman. Her role as principal ensures that the staff is deeply attuned to the needs of each individual student, supporting their strengths and challenging their weaknesses. A seasoned mechaneches, educational consultant, and children’s author, Mrs. Zytman ensures that the curriculum completes all requirements and allows each individual talmidah to ﬂourish. At its core, Bais Yaakov Ateres Miriam emphasizes a real connection with Yiddishkeit and to Hashem, an excitement for learning, and a love for Kedushas Eretz Yisrael. It serves as a unique makom Torah for the prospering Far Rockaway and Five Towns community.
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Sefer Torah Lessons At YOSS ECC
were selected to represent the yeshiva at the annual Inter-Yeshiva Science Congress: Ephraim Boczko, Avraham Borochov, Eliezer Graber, Yitzchak
Mr. Daniel Winkler, Ari Zelefsky, Ephraim Boczko, Eliezer Graber, and Moshe Rosenthal
Losev, Eitan Kaplowitz, Coby Pollack, Moshe Rosenthal, and Ari Zelefsky.
everyday mood, or way of behaving and functioning is a clue. Addiction is a brain disease that targets the reward center of the brain. It is not a moral failing but a disease, like cancer or diabetes. No one wakes up in the morning and decides to become addicted to substances. It is a process that occurs over time. Many times, there has been a trauma, which, if left untreated, can lead to the use of alcohol or substances. There is an epidemic now in our communities with the use of vaping and Juuls-devices kids are using to smoke tobacco and other substances including cannabis (see the recent New Yorker article for more information). Kids are “vaping” tobacco with the use of a “vape pen” and accessing oil cartridges with the use of Juuls, which look like a ﬂash drive. Girls can clip them to their
YOSS watches embassy opening
A sofer comes to YOSS
The talmidim at Yeshiva of South Shore’s Early Childhood Center were treated to a special presentation about the making of a sefer Torah in advance of Shavuos. Rabbi Betzalel Katkovsky, a sofer from Philadelphia, gave the boys an in-depth lesson on all the materials that are involved in the process. He showed them how real cowhide is used in the making of the klaf. He also taught them that the kosher ink used to write the Torah is made from a special nut. Rabbi Katkovsky even demonstrated how mezuzahs and tefillin are made. The boys were especially excited to see their own names in the Torah and they joined him in writing the last letter. Upon returning to their classrooms, the talmidim were eager to practice writing alef beis letters, with ink and a feather, the way the sofer taught them.
YOSS Inter-Yeshiva Science Congress Representatives The Yeshiva of South Shore commends the following Mechinah students who
Yeshiva of South Shore students from the Mechina division proudly watched the dedication of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem on May 14 in their classrooms to expand on their current-events knowledge.
Is Your Child At Risk For Developing An Alcohol Or Substance Use Problem?
Eitan Kaplowitz, Yitzchak Losev, Coby Pollack, Avraham Borochov, and Mr. Daniel Winkler, general-studies principal
Sometimes, worried parents are afraid that their child is going off the derech, onto a road they are not familiar with and are afraid to cross. Yet, if they just widened the path, parents could discover that there is help available, right here in the community, for adolescents and young adults who are struggling with the beginnings of addiction to alcohol and illicit substances. There are signs that your child might be using alcohol or drugs, and the most important one is the intuition that parents have that their child has gone off the derech and is isolating, failing classes, sleeping more than usual, staying out late with a new group of friends, and not being their usual self. Any unusual behavior, meaning different from their routine,
bras, for instance, and use them surreptitiously when their teachers turn their backs. High-school students use the vape pens and juuls in the school bathrooms but also in their homes. Whether they are using tobacco or cannabinoids (marijuana), these are addictive substances and are not healthy activities. An inquisitive parent can ﬁnd them for sale at the drive-through “Dairy Barn” or the convenience stores in town. They are everywhere. The opposite of addiction is not just recovery but connection. Being connected with your kids, letting them know that no matter what they are dealing with, you are willing to listen and explore it with them, is crucial and very powerful. Tempo Group is here to help you with that process. Tempo Group is an outpatient chemical-dependency agency for adolescents, adults, and their families with three locations: Woodmere, Syosset, and Merrick. They have been in the Five Towns area as a provider of chemical-dependency services to the community for 45 years. Their licensed professionals, including clinical social workers and
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450 Long Island FIDF Supporters Celebrate Israel’s 70th At Beneﬁt Raising $300,000 For IDF Soldiers Some 450 supporters from the Long Island community gathered on Wednesday, May 9, at the Sephardic Temple in Cedarhurst for the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) Five Towns and Greater South Shore annual event, which celebrated 70 years of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and raised some $300,000 to support well-being and educational programs for IDF soldiers. During the event, Dr. Daniel and Perri Moskovic and Baruch and Ariel Glaubach were honored for their steadfast support of Israel and its soldiers. The beneﬁt, one of the local community’s largest events, featured keynote speaker Israeli Air Force (IAF) Brig. Gen. (Res.) Joshua Shani, now the CEO of Lockheed Martin Israel, who served as the lead pilot on Operation Entebbe, an Israeli rescue mission at Uganda’s Entebbe Airport in 1976 that saved 102 passengers who were taken hostage when their Air France ﬂight en route to Paris from Tel Aviv was hijacked by terrorists. After a week of planning, Shani led four IAF C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, loaded with Israeli special-operations soldiers, on a secret ﬂight to Uganda and succeeded against all odds. “My biggest fear wasn’t being shot at from the ground; rather, it was making a mistake that would endanger this en-
IDF soldiers showered 12 local Holocaust survivors with ﬂowers and affection Photo credit: Aron Michael Photography
Aron Michael Photography
chemical-dependency counselors, work with adolescents, young adults and their families to create a treatment plan whose ultimate goal is abstinence. Typically, adolescents and young adults will attend several one-hour groups in the evening and have an individual counselor they see for a one-on-one session weekly. Family group work is essential for treatment. Tempo Group is a family-based program. If your child changes and the family continues to minimize and deny their use, or becomes codependent or enabling of their child’s behaviors, for example, how can their recovery be protected? Families need support to deal with their fears and the stigma of dealing with a child who is struggling with the early signs of addiction. Cindy Wolff, executive director of Tempo Group, has stated that many parents initially bristled at the idea of coming to a family group with other parents, but later those same parents are grateful for Tempo Group providing them with something that they cannot ﬁnd elsewhere—the ability to explore their deepest and most frightening thoughts and feelings with other families who are suffering with the same dilemma. We call it the phenomenon of “being in the same boat.” Tempo Group provides the boat to navigate you and your family to a safe harbor. Tempo Group can be reached at 516-374-3671.
Felicia Solomon; IDF Staff Sgt. Shlomo; Dr. Daniel and Perri Moscovic; Maj. Gen. Res. Meir Kliﬁ-Amir; and IDF Staff Sgt. Nathan
originally from Poland, where her mother saved her and her four siblings, and who now lives in Lawrence, NY. FIDF was founded by a group of Holocaust survivors in 1981 to support the well-being of IDF soldiers, and the organization holds an annual mission to Poland and Israel to bring together FIDF supporters, IDF soldiers, and Holocaust survivors to commemorate the Holocaust and celebrate Israel’s independence. Presiding as the evening’s master of ceremonies was criminal defense attorney Benjamin Brafman, Esq., and FIDF leadership in attendance included FIDF National Board Member and Long Island Chairman Ronny Ben-Josef; FIDF National Director and CEO Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Kliﬁ-Amir; FIDF Tri-State Executive Director Galit Brichta; and FIDF Long Island Director Felicia Solomon. “As they did 70 years ago, the brave soldiers of the IDF put it all on the line to protect Israel and Jews around the world. This event gave our community the opportunity to meet and personally thank some of those heroes, and to hear about the tremendous impact their support has on the lives of these young men and women in uniform,” said Ben-Josef. “It was so heartwarming to see our local Holocaust survivors’ reactions to being honored by the IDF’s bravest, and I want to extend a special thanks to everyone who helped make this happen—including the local host families, synagogues, and Jewish schools who welcomed the soldiers during our Shabbaton the weekend before the event.”
Digital Citizenship Fair
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IDF Staff Sgt. Shlomo; Maj. Gen. (Res.) Meir Kliﬁ-Amir; Ronny Ben-Josef; Ariel and Baruch Glaubach; Felicia Solomon; and IDF Sgt. Lea
tire operation. All I could think the entire time was, ‘don’t screw this up,’” said Shani. “The lives of many were in my hands that day and, miraculously, my team and I were able to come out victorious.” Also speaking were active-duty IDF soldiers from this generation, including Israeli Navy Capt. “Y.,” the grandson of a Polish Holocaust survivor, who, thanks to FIDF, was able to take part in the Witnesses in Uniform program, which
brings Israeli soldiers and officers to Poland to commemorate and learn about the Holocaust. One of the evening’s emotional highlights came when the delegation of IDF soldiers honored 12 local Holocaust survivors, showering them with ﬂowers and affection. “It felt so special to be shown such warmth from the brave soldiers who keep Israel and Jews everywhere safe,” said Holocaust survivor Sheila Trotsky,
HALB hosted its second annual Digital Citizenship Fair featuring the creative work of the fourth- and ﬁfth-graders, who spent much of the year focusing on the principles of good digital citizenship. The fourth-graders produced slideshows on the issue using Google Slides, while the ﬁfth-graders created computer games about digital citizenship using the coding program Scratch. In addition to the fair, parents and children had the privilege of listening to an interactive workshop from international author, Janell Burley Hofman. Ms. Hofman spoke about the importance of creating
ing instructor Mrs. Dorit Tannenbaum and engineering liaison Mr. Andres Pabon, the SKA pre-engineering program is sure to continue in their success as SKA helps mold the next generation of innovative and creative thinkers.
HANC HS Announces Top Honors
HALB Digital Citizenship Fair
tech healthy families that set appropriate boundaries for technology use. Parents and children had the opportunity to speak with one another about ways they could enhance their interactions at home by creating technology policies that work best for their families. Parents were impressed that the children remembered the principles discussed at Janell’s student workshops this past January. Credit goes to Mrs. Shuly Rubel, lower division technology coordinator, for her efforts in teaching children how to navigate our technological world in safe and appropriate ways.
SKA Wins At CIJE Day Of Innovation
SKA is the premier engineering school in the area! Mazel tov to the ninth- and tenthgrade engineering students of the Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls who were victorious at this year’s CIJE engineering fair held on Sunday, May 5, at the New York Hilton. With two new instructors and a brand-new lab, SKA took third place out of schools with less than 15 projects. More than 1,300 students shared their original CIJE-Tech STEM capstone projects. The two-year CIJE-Tech High School program provides a unique set of lessons and experiences culminating with projects designed and built by students. With the expert guidance of engineer-
va Team for the Jerusalem Marathon that included an astounding 47 students this past March. Following a year of learning at Hakotel in Israel, Josh will be attending the Macaulay Honors Program at Queens College where he plans to study history and psychology.
The Hebrew Academy of Nassau County is proud to announce the Class of 2018 valedictorian and salutatorians. HANC High School’s menahel, Rabbi Shlomo Adelman, proudly remarked, “Joshua Weinstein, Zackary Plutzer, and Batsheva Moskowitz embody the core values of our yeshiva. Each of them, in their own unique way, personiﬁes excellence as scholars, leaders, and ba’alei middot. The HANC community is incredibly proud of these well-deserving honorees who excel in their academic and religious studies.”
Salutatorian Batsheva Moskowitz
Valedictorian Joshua Weinstein
In addition to being at the top of his class and enrolled in the most challenging coursework that HANC has to offer, valedictorian Joshua Weinstein is a member of the National Honor Society and a constant presence on the general-and Judaic-studies honor roll. Josh was selected by the faculty to receive the Natan Sharansky Community & School Spirit Award, which is presented to the student who best exempliﬁes “a strong commitment to the HANC community and works selﬂessly in order to foster inclusiveness and strengthen school spirit. Additionally, he is in possession of the Gold Award for completing over 50 hours of community service in a single school year. He was selected by the administration to receive the Yeshiva University Book award, and he was named as an AP Scholar by the College Board. Josh exhibits strong leadership qualities on campus through his heading of the Peer Tutoring Society, serving as an editor of the yearbook, running the news section of the HANC Herald, and leading the HANC Public Affairs Committee (HPAC). Josh travels each year to Washington, DC to participate in the AIPAC program. Since ninth grade, he has represented HANC magniﬁcently in the offices of senators and members of Congress. Josh served as the coordinator of the HANC contingent of the Shal-
From day one at HANC High School, Salutatorian Batsheva Moskowitz has made her presence known. She has challenged herself with many AP and honors classes and has been rewarded for her efforts by being named to the general- and Judaic-studies honor roll every quarter of her high-school career. She was also inducted into the National Honor Society and served as co-vice president as a junior and currently serves as co-president. Last year, Batsheva received the Golda Meir School Spirit award which is given to the student who best demonstrates a commitment to the HANC community and works selﬂessly in order to foster inclusiveness and strengthen school spirit. The administration further recognized Batsheva with the Brandeis Book Award, given to the junior who is committed to social action or civic engagement. Batsheva has also achieved greatness behind the camera. She has photographed nearly every school event, and helped to create HANC’s Photography Club which is seeing a record number of participants. She has starred in every school production, even drawing the Playbill cover and poster. She dances, writes, plays the piano, has taken gymnastics since she was three years old, and has even made art out of trash she found on the side of the road. Batsheva’s talent is seemingly limitless. Next year, Batsheva will be attending Brandeis University where she plans to study English and theater. Salutatorian Zackary Plutzer always has a thoughtful word for his peers and school faculty, and he has a smile that goes from ear to ear and brightens up even the darkest day. He is a natural leader, but his leadership style is never pushy or aggressive. He leads by an example of diligence and thoughtfulness that makes those around him feel heard and valued.
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Academically, Zack is nothing short of a superstar. He is enrolled in some of the most difficult coursework that
Distinguished guests at Sh’or Yoshuv dinner Trump administration Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at Yeshiva Darchei Torah with Rabbi Yakov Bender and Mr. Ronald Lowinger.
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HANC has to offer, both in general studies and Judaic studies. Ask any teacher at HANC and they will surely tell you that Zack is intelligent, but also that he is one of the hardest-working students they have ever encountered. He constantly looks to challenge himself. He has been a member of the National Honor Society since the tenth grade, becoming co-vice president in 11th grade and co-president in 12th grade. He is also an AP Scholar with Honor, a University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award recipient, and a recipient of our school’s Keter Shem Tov Award for excellent character and moral ﬁber. Zack is captain of the College Bowl Team, chairperson of the blood drive, gabbai of morning prayers, and a speaker at the AIPAC Policy Conference. He also gives back through his four-year commitment to both the Yachad Committee and the Jewish Elderly Committee. Zack has also represented HANC on both the basketball and hockey teams. Next year, Zack will be attending the University of Michigan where he plans to study sports management.
Salutatorian Zackary Plutzer
Reunite And Reignite: A Week Of Festivities At Sh’or Yoshuv There was electricity in the air this past Shabbos in Far Rockaway as friends and alumni gathered for a ﬁrst-ofits-kind Sh’or Yoshuv reunion. The event, and the dinner that followed on Tuesday, was billed as a time to Reunite and Reignite, and, by all accounts, it surpassed everyone’s expectations.
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Shabbos began with a special welcome by Rabbi Kurland and an incredible Kabbalas Shabbos with the inimitable Rav Shmuel Brazil who traveled from Yerushalayim just for the reunion. The packed beis midrash was ﬁlled with energy from a soaring Lecha Dodi and Ma’ariv. The inspiration continued in the morning with an awe-inspiring davening, followed by a Kiddush and seudah attended by 500+ friends of the yeshiva. The afternoon brought shiurim for men and women by the rosh yeshiva, rebbetzin, and rebbeim, and another packed shalosh seudos with a special derashah by Rav Eytan Feiner. The uplifting Shabbos was topped off by a late-night melaveh malkah with music by Rav Shmuel Brazil and Eitan Katz. The sweet taste of Shabbos continued through Tuesday, when the yeshiva marked its 51st anniversary at its annual dinner. This year’s dinner honored the yeshiva’s devoted staff of rebbeim, who are truly the lifeblood of the yeshiva. In a moving video tribute, talmid after talmid recounted their genuine appreciation to their rebbeim who have guided and nurtured their growth in ruchnius. Then, in one of the highlights of the evening, each rebbe was called on, one by-one, to receive his award, to a rousing applause. There was a palpable sense of kavod haTorah in the air and it was followed by an inspiring speech by the rosh ha’yeshiva to cap off the night and set the stage for an uplifting yom tov of kabbalas haTorah. To watch the special video tributes, visit ShorYoshuv.org.
Betsy DeVos Visits Darchei Trump administration Secretary of Education, Betsy Devos, toured the Yeshiva Darchei
Torah on Wednesday morning in what was her ﬁrst visit to a leading Torah-based institution in New York. Ms. DeVos visited several classrooms, the library, and the vocational training division of the school. Chaia Frishman, both a parent and teacher in the school, addressed the Secretary at a luncheon session with community leaders. Mrs. Frishman told the 5TJT: “It was such an honor that Yeshiva Darchei Torah hosted Secretary Betsy DeVos. I was fortunate enough to attend a round table with staff, political leaders, and parents. Suddenly I was asked to say a few words from my perspective as a teacher. I was so nervous. But I took the opportunity to tell Secretary DeVos that while special-ed is the buzzword in education, from my perspective of having three sons in YDT, every child gets a special education. In short, my kids are always taken care of. As an educator in Darchei, I felt an equal amount of support from Rabbi Bender and my supervisors. From my ﬁrst year teaching, 23 years ago, whenever I wanted to attend any extra programs that would improve my teaching skills, or if I needed any help in my personal life, Darchei was there for me. I asked the Secretary to please consider creating more government programs that would further support teacher’s initiatives to become better educators.”
Darchei Torah Students Shine At Science Competition Congratulations to the team of Mesivta Chaim Shlomo of Yeshiva Darchei Torah (Far Rockaway) on its performance at the recent prestigious sci-
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AROUND THE 5 TOWNS Continued from Page 124 ence competition held by the Center for Initiatives in Jewish Education (CIJE)! The mesivta’s ninth- and tenth-graders took second prize in the consumer-products category. The competition, which included 39 schools and over 1,200 students, took
Principal Rabbi Menachem Gold, Dan Yaakov Honig, Yisroel Rosenberg, and Dr. Don Engelberg
place at the New York Hilton. Only 12 schools took home awards—including Mesivta Chaim Shlomo. The winning duo of Dan Yaakov Honig and Yisroel Rosenberg was recognized for their invention of a tablet designed primarily for students in underdeveloped countries. It has an especially user-friendly interface and its casing is made of a material manufactured by Dan Yaakov on a 3-D printer which is extremely protective of the product, yet cheap enough to produce and remain affordable for the target population. Special thanks to Dr. Don Engelberg, program coordinator and physics instructor at Mesivta Chaim Shlomo, for his leadership and guidance.
And G-d spoke to Moshe in the desert of Sinai (Bamidbar 1:1) The Torah was given to the people of Israel in the ownerless desert. For if it were given in the Land of Israel, the residents of the Land of Israel would say, “It is ours”; and if it were given in some other place, the residents of that place would say, “It is ours.” Therefore it was given in the wilderness, so that anyone who wishes to acquire it may acquire it. (Mechilta D’Rashbi)
Why was the Torah given in the desert? To teach us that if a person does not surrender himself to it like the desert, he cannot merit the words of Torah. And to teach us that just as the desert is endless, so is the Torah without end. (Pesikta D’Rav Kahana)
It is customary that on the Shabbat before a wedding, the bridegroom is called to the Torah. Shavuot, the festival which coincides with the anniversary of the Giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, represents the marriage of G-d and Israel; this is why the Torah portion of Bamidbar (“in the desert”) is usually read on the Shabbat before Shavuot. (Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch)
SEEKING AND FINDING RUTH AND NAOMI BY TOBY KLEIN GREENWALD
n 2001, the women of Gush Etzion created an all-female theater group known as the Raise Your Spirits Summer Stock Company, today called Raise Your Spirits Theatre. The goal was—like its name—to raise spirits during a bloody intifada. To date we have performed before more than 40,000 women. Our fourth production (preceded by the licensing of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and then two original works, on Esther and Noah) was Ruth and Naomi in the Fields of Bethlehem. We performed it during the theater season of 2006–2007 and again, as a revival, costumed and staged as if in modern times, in 2017. Both times, like with all musical theater, we sought actresses who could sing, dance, and act. We also sought actresses for whom the material was close to their souls. We had almost ﬁnished casting Ruth and Naomi in 2006, but were missing one more character. I went scouting to women’s talent shows and to community center recitals. But we still had not found the elusive Ruth. And then came the evening of a Gush Etzion women’s talent show at which a statuesque, blonde, hazel-eyed young woman got up and sang, and her soaring soprano captured my heart. She was not even a resident of Gush Etzion, but a music student of pianist Rachel Ferency of Bat Ayin, who discovered her while teaching in the Malchus Seminary, a Chabad school in Jerusalem. Her name was Sara Joki. Her last name reminded me of the last name of my non-Jewish high-school geometry teacher, Jokinen, a Finnish name. But I didn’t ask any questions at the time. Rather, I invited her to audition for the role of Ruth. (I later discovered that our choreographer and co-author, Arlene Chertoff, had also taken Sara’s card the night before, when she heard her at the dress rehearsal. The third co-author of the show was Sharon Katz, and the composer was Mitch Clyman of Efrat.) Sara came out to my home on a Friday morning and I invited our music director, Aviva Karpel, to hear her as well. What preceded her arrival was an event that felt like Divine providence. That very morning, I awoke with the awareness that we had written duets for Ruth and Naomi, and for Ruth and Boaz, but there was no solo for Ruth herself that spoke to the spiritual journey she had taken. So that morning I ran to my computer and wrote—with that rare feeling of the song being written not by me, but through me—“The Voice Within.” I hadn’t even given it to our composer to set to music, so I wrote it with one of the melodies of Les Mis in mind, just to ground it in a particular beat. When Sara showed up, I gave her this new song to audition with, explaining to which tune she should sing my lyrics. Somewhere in the middle, she began to cry, sat down, and said, “How did you
know? This is exactly how it feels.” My eyes had already locked with Aviva’s as we silently acknowledged that we had found our Ruth, and then Sara proceeded to tell us her story. She was born to a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish (indeed, of Finnish heritage) father and had grown up with little Jewish education but with a very strong sense of Jewish pride. Her family made waves when her parents insisted that the local public school she attended remove a Christian biblical mural from its auditorium. At a young age, Sara was discovered to have a G-d-given magnificent voice. She performed in 50 musicals, starting at the age of ﬁve, and had been about to complete her BA in vocal performance at New Paltz University in upstate New York. Her plan for her post-sophomore summer had been to take a trip to China. But at the last minute the trip was canceled. She stood looking at the school bulletin board and saw a Birthright notice, “Free trip to Israel!” and ﬁgured, OK, if not China, then Israel. The rest was history. In the course of those two glorious weeks, friends on the bus with her asked, “Would you ever consider studying more about Judaism?” She recalled, “My exact words were, ‘I am completely content with my level of Judaism.’ Then a voice within screamed out, ‘No you’re not!’” Sara decided to stay six weeks longer in Jerusalem at the home of her mother’s friend who was a ba’alas teshuvah. She began to study Judaism and to observe Shabbos and kashrus. Upon her return to New Paltz, she thought, “What will I do now? How will I keep Shabbos and kosher?” And on her ﬁrst day back, she saw another notice on the same bulletin board. This one said, “Chabad House opening.” It became her second home, and she subsequently came to identify with the Chabad movement. Sara returned a year later to study at the women’s Nishmat Center in Jerusalem. It was there that she heard, for the ﬁrst time, of the halachic issue of kol isha—of women not singing in front of men. She was devastated. Her whole life was singing. But, she thought, in a conversation with Hashem, “You brought me this far. Get me through this, too.” And He heard her prayers. She began studying at Malchus, where she met Rachel Ferency, the pianist who invited her to perform at the talent evening, where we discovered her. The story didn’t end there. We introduced Sara to the young woman who would be in the role of Naomi. Rivkah Adina Kanush, a student in the Emunah College theater program in Jerusalem, was the daughter of a Mexican mother who had converted to Judaism and a ba’al teshuvah father. She had traveled her own journey, and when the two of them, as Ruth and Naomi, made the stage journey from Moav back to Bethlehem, and through the rest of the story of the Megillah, they were echoing the stories of themselves or their par-
ents, coming to the land of Israel, and the discovery of Torah Judaism.
The Revival Sara, who began to call herself by the Yiddish name she had been given at birth, in memory of her Orthodox great-grandmother, Shaina Ettel, married a young Chabad rabbi, Yitzchak Menda. Together they moved from Israel to the San Francisco area, and then to Chabad shlichus in Virginia, where Yitzchak is working in education and Shaina Ettel is a wig maker and developing her Mary Kay business while they raise their six children. Rivkah Adina and Eliyahu Kanush are raising their booming family. She continues to perform occasionally in Raise Your Spirits productions, but most of her time is given to the thriving DJ and event business she and her husband built, performing at bar and bas mitzvahs, weddings, and other events. So when we decided to bring a Ruth and Naomi revival to the stage in 2017, we needed new lead actors. Aviva and I sat through three evenings of auditions. We had already cast Rachel Moore, who had appeared in an earlier Raise Your Spirits show, as Naomi. She was a ba’alas teshuvah who worked in PR and was the owner of Hub Etzion. She also had extensive musical theater and opera background, and had a rich and exquisite voice that was pure as a bell. The mother of eight children, she was warm and loving and perfect for the role. But we were still seeking Ruth. We heard some wonderful singers and actresses, but none of them had the extraordinary talent of Sara Joki Menda, and we were concerned that our loyal audience would remember the original Ruth and ﬁnd anyone else lacking. We had one more audition scheduled, for the day after Shavuos. On the morning of erev Shavuos, Aviva got a phone call from the house mother of the Zohar Midrasha in Bat Ayin, asking if she could host two students from their Torah study program for a yom tov meal. Aviva said yes, and in the course of the meal asked them about their backgrounds. One of them, Audelia Zagury, told her that she was a ba’alas teshuvah who had graduated from the classical vocal department of the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance in Jerusalem, and her rich and varied performance experiences had included being a soloist in the Ankor Choir for the president of Italy and a choir singer for the Israeli Opera under M. Zubin Mehta. Her family had returned to Israel from French Morocco 12 years earlier. In addition to singing, she worked in the City of David and had her own line of natural cosmetics. After yom tov, Aviva gave her the sheet music to “The Voice Within” and invited her to audition. Audelia was the last one to arrive. It was 9:00 p.m. when she came in, opened her mouth, and began to sing. Like ten years earlier, pure déjà vu, Aviva and I looked at each other and said, “Ruth.” To read more, visit 5TJT.com The author is a journalist, playwright, poet, teacher, and the artistic director of a number of theater companies. She is the 2018 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award from Atara—the Association for Torah and the Arts—for “dedication and contributions in creative education, journalism, theatre, and the performing-arts worldwide.”
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