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VOL. 10 NO. 4


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INSIDEVegetariansRachael E. Schindler, MA



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Towers Of PrideLarry Domnitch

Analyzing J StreetAmong the rows of alphabetically named streets in Washington DC there is none that has been assigned the letter J. Perhaps that is where a new upand-coming liberal Israel political action committee took its name from. Its their way of communicating to American Jews that their group has a message that the political establishment either may not have heard articulated, was underrepresented, or had just been ignored. The emergence of J Street as a force from out of virtual obscurity a year and a half ago has turned the concept of what it means to be pro-Israel in 2009 upside down. You can debate what it truly means to be proIsrael in the age of Obama, but one thing is certainthe new J Street has arrived with a mission to blur the distinction between what genuinely is and what can be mistaken for being pro-Israel. J Street is convening its first national conference in Washington beginning this

Free Of ChargeHannah Reich Berman

The People ProblemRabbi Avi Shafran

MindBizEsther Mann, LMSW

Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, one of the top authorities in the Torah world, has issued a ruling that the public may not take money from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (Keren HaYedidut) headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein (above, left).

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Table TalkBY LARRY GORDONI was sitting at a wedding the other night when, at some point between the first course and the soup, I looked around and realized I really did not know anyone at my table. I gazed around a little further at the other parts of the room and saw that I really didnt recognize anyone at the other tables, either. Thats not so unusual these days, because sometimes I get invited to simchas I really dont belong at, but Im connected in some way, so I do the right thing and attend if I can. There was an unusually eerie silence at this table. I knew I would probably be the first one to say something, but I wanted to see if anyone else would take the initiative and just do the elementary sociable thing, exchange some niceties, and talk about the weather, last weeks parashah, or the beating

I met Adnan Husseini in the lobby of the Ambassador Hotel in East Jerusalem. He did not look like a powerful or influential man by any stretch of the imagination. He looked like a retired blue-collar worker, the type one sees in documentaries on the Arab world, sitting at a sidewalk caf playing backgammon and listening to the radio. In reality, Husseini is

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New Month, Lots Of Noise

Rebbetzin Basha Scheinberg, ahBY RABBI YAIR HOFFMANAs we went to press on Wednesday, we were saddened to hear of the petirah, the loss, of Basha (Bessy) Rebbitzen Scheinberg, ah, the wife of yblct, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita, the rosh hayeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Ohr. Rebbitzen Scheinberg was the daughter of Rabbi Yaakov Yoseph Herman, one of the pioneers of Torah Judaism in the early decades of the 1900s. He

LIFE GOES ONAnother Mothers Musings BY PHYLLIS J. LUBINIt is cold and rainy on this Sunday morning, not conducive to venturing outdoors. But its the first Sunday after the yom tov season, and there are places to go and people to see. This is the inaugural week of the Kulanu Sunday program, and Yussie, Lea, and Rochel are ready to make an appearance. Rochel, now 14 years old, has been a volunteer with the Sunday morning program since

YU-RIETS Dinner honorees. See Page 53

CANDLE LIGHTING October 23 5:44 PM October 30 5:35 PM

On Monday, DRS celebrated Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan with its premiere Stomp! competition. Each grade was represented by a team that performed for the entire school. Congratulations to the 11th-grade class for winning this competition!

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FROM THE EDITORContinued from Front CoverSunday, October 25, through October 28. Their conventions theme is Driving Change, Securing Peace. Over 100 U.S. senators and members of Congress are listed as members of the Honorary Host Committee for Tuesdays Gala Dinner at the convention. So increasingly shrouded in doubt and controversy is J Street, that politicians from both parties are busy withdrawing their names from the list and contriving conflicts and excuses for why they will not be able to participate in the J Street Conference. Last week, both U.S. senators from New York, Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, withdrew their names from the host committee, and Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, who was supposed to be featured as a keynote speaker at next weeks gathering, announced a few days ago that a conflict in his schedule makes it impossible for him to attend. True pro-Israel activists are working round the clock this week, pressing elected officials identified with J Street to come to terms with the positions they truly represent and make their decisions about participation. The roster of speakers scheduled for the conference is very telling. Muslim Public Affairs Council leader Salam al-Marayati is a featured speaker. Al-Marayati publicly claimed that Israel attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and he has also publicly praised Hezbollah. Josh Healey, another featured speaker, has composed poetry that equates the U.S. with Hitler. He compares the U.S. detention centers at Guantanamo Bay to Auschwitz, and the fate of Anne Frank, who died at the hands of the Nazi regime, to the tragedy of Matthew Shepard, whose murderers were prosecuted by the U.S. government. J Street supports endless negotiations over Irans development of nuclear weapons and refuses to identify a time when that tactic should be replaced with sanctions. Interestingly, now, at the beginning of the Obama administration, J Street seems to be the presidents favorite Jewish organization, though that may be temporary. So dear is J Street to the Obama folks that the group was invited to a meeting over this past summer with a selection of organizations under the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations even though they are not members of the Conference. The question is, who needs whom more? Has Obama been mistakenly encouraged by the

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FROM THE EDITORContinued from Page 4P.O. BOX 690 LAWRENCE, NY 11559 516-984-0079 [email protected] [email protected] LARRY GORDON Publisher/Editor ESTA J. GORDON Managing Editor


CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Hannah Reich Berman, Anessa V. Cohen, Rabbi Aryeh Z. Ginzberg, Toby Klein Greenwald, Rabbi Yair Hoffman, Miriam Horowitz, Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky, Shmuel Katz, Phyllis J. Lubin, Esther Mann, Rochelle Miller, Martin Mushell, Elke Probkevitz, Naomi Ross, Rachael Schindler, Rabbi Avrohom Sebrow, Rabbi Avi Shafran, Eli Shapiro, Ari Sher DOV GORDON, ELISHEVA ELEFANT Staff Graphic Artists IVAN NORMAN, IRA THOMAS Staff Photographers FRANKEL & CO. Design & Production TALIYE CORLEY Art Director SARAH GREENBAUM Assistant Art DirectorThe Five Towns Jewish Times is an independent weekly newspaper. Opinions expressed by writers and columnists are not necessarily those of the editor or publisher. We are not responsible for the kashrus or hashgachah of any product or establishment advertised in the Five Towns Jewish Times.

appearance on the scene of J Street? Has he been deluded into thinking that this is the future direction of the collective thought of the American Jewish community? Perhaps it is what Mr. Obama and his foreign-policy aides want to hear. Maybe it is what they think it will take to move the Israel-Palestinian peace process forward. This is shifting some of the diplomatic furniture around. Say you present yourself as a pro-Israel group while in reality you are the opposite. Label yourself a propeace group while you push for dangerous Israeli concessions and a Middle East where there is a State of Palestine with at least part of Jerusalem as its capital. This is the J Street version of being pro-Israel. J Streets founder and director is Jeremy Ben-Ami. According to Lenny Ben David, a freelance journalist living in Israel, BenAmis agenda becomes somewhat suspect when viewed in light of his past professional involvements. Ben David, a former employee of AIPAC and also of the Israeli

Embassy in Washington, writes that BenAmi served as Fenton Communications Senior Vice President until he established J Street in 2008. In early 2009, Fenton signed contracts with a Qatari foundation to lead an 18-month-long anti-Israel campaign in

Say you present yourself as a pro-Israel group while in reality you are the opposite. Label yourself a pro-peace group while you push for dangerous Israeli concessions.the United States with a special focus on campuses. The actual text of the contract called for an international public-opinion awareness campaign that advocates for the accountability of those who participated in attacks against schools in Gaza.

Among the pro-Israel organizations currently working to clarify where J Street genuinely stands on Israel and future peace is the American-Israel Action Coalition, an arm of the National Council of Young Israel here in the United States. AIAC is a non-partisan, non-political issue-oriented organization that was formed to represent the more than 250,000 American citizens living in Israel on issues pertaining to the continued safety and security of Israel and the Jewish people worldwide. On Tuesday, AIAC called on President Obama to direct national Security Advisor General James Jones not to appear at the J Street conference next week. AIAC Chairman Harvey Schwartz said, Although J Street describes itself as a proIsrael organization, the American Jewish community is well aware of the truth: that J Street is a far left, radical, anti-Israel group at least partially funded by Arab and Muslim sources and whose purpose is to undermine the safety, security, and continued vitality of the State of Israel.

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Real EstateAnessa V. Cohen


Thats The Way It Is!Hannah Reich Berman 8 October 23, 2009



October 23, 2009


FROM THE EDITORContinued from Page 8Earlier this week, Israels Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, announced that he would not be present at or participate in the J Street conference. Oren had been publicly invited to address the conference by Ben-Ami in an editorial in the Jerusalem Post a few weeks ago. Among those still on the J Street host list is Congressman Steve Israel of Suffolk County here on Long Island. In a conversation with his spokesperson on Tuesday, the Five Towns Jewish Times asked whether Mr. Israel would be withdrawing his name from the list, as so many others have done over the last few days. The spokesperson said that Congressman Israel is not planning on attending the conference or participating in any way. Asked specifically about whether he would withdraw his name from the committee, she said that, for now, Congressman Israel remains on the Gala Host Committee. It may be only a conference taking place for a few days in Washington, but in reality it represents much more. Its important for the still-evolving Obama administration to see that American Jews do not concur with the theory that a smaller and weaker Israel, an Israel that concedes to the most far-reaching Arab demands and that divides Jerusalem, is the only option that can lead to longterm peace and a safe and secure Israel. Its just not so. OComments for Larry Gordon are welcome at [email protected]

An Open Letter About J StreetNote: The following letter was addressed and sent individually to the more than 100 U.S. Senators and Members of Congress who have been listed as being on the Honorary Host Committee for the Gala Dinner at J Streets upcoming national conference in Washington, DC. Ed. The relatively new organization J Street is currently using what it boasts is your endorsement to promote itself as a mainstream vehicle for positive change in the Middle East. But the policies being promoted by J Street are not, as it claims, pro-peace and, pro-Israel. In fact, the J Street conference with which your name is linked features a speaker who blamed Israel for 9/11, and a poet who equates the U.S. with the Nazi regime. Here are details of the conference J Street claims you support. Muslim Public Affairs Council leader Salam al-Marayati will deliver a lecture at the J Street conference being held October 25-28. Al-Marayati publicly claimed that Israel attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, and he has also publicly praised Hezbollah, a group on the official U.S. terrorist list. Is this a pro-peace or pro-Israel organization? The J Street conference will also feature Josh Healey, whose poetry equates the U.S. with Hitler and his Final Solution plans. He says Guantanamo is Auschwitz, and he also compared what happened to Anne Frank to the tragedy of Matthew Shepard. Anne Frank died because of official Nazi government policy; Shepard died at the hands of malevoimmediate threat to Israel and later, but most assuredly, to the U.S. Just over the past week numerous U.S. elected officials (see list below), when provided with the information above, have removed their names from the list of those endorsing J Street and its October conference. We respectfully request that you do not associate with J Streets harmful and misleading policies. Sincerely, Rabbi Pesach Lerner, D.Adm. Executive Vice President National Council of Young Israel New York, NYSince last week, several Senators and Members of Congress have withdrawn their names from the host committee for the J Street Conference Gala, including Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY), Sen. Thad Cochran (MS), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Sen. Blanche Lincoln (AR), Rep. Leonard Boswell (IA), Rep. Michael Castle (DE), Rep. Michael McCaul (TX), Rep. Mike Ross (AR), and Rep. John Salazar (CO).

The J Street conference with which your name is linked features a speaker who blamed Israel for 9/11.

lent individuals who were prosecuted by the U.S. government. J Street seeks effectively endless negotiations over Irans development of nuclear weapons, and refuses to identify a time when that tactic should be replaced with, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for, crippling sanctions. Iran poses a direct and



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BAGEL STOREContinued from Front Coverthe New York Giants had taken earlier that day. The table began to fill up, but no words were exchanged, just a few awkward glances. For about ten minutes or so, I felt like I was in an elevator or in one of those huge public lavatories where everyone is afraid to speak lest something ghastly occur. I thought to myself, These guys are good. Its like were all invisible. No one sees anyone else. I am genuinely interested in people possibly more so in those I dont know than the ones I do know. I view a table at a wedding or bar mitzvah where Im fairly certain I will not personally know anyone as a challenge of sorts. So Im sitting there as this awkward quiet subsists, and its really beginning to soundor not soundjust absurd. Here we are, grown men at a wedding, helping the people we know celebrate. Yet were sitting around like a bunch of kids on the first day of preschool. A few of us are potchkering around with our Internet-capable cell phones, probably text-messaging our children back home important messages such as Whats doing? or Did you have dinner yet? I knew what the person sitting across from me was doing, because he had that look. I was doing the same thing, so I recognized the interest and intensity in his eyes. He too was checking the score on the Jets-Bills game. The Yankees had played that afternoon, the markets were closed, and the updates on the phones in

this very solid building were difficult to come by. This simcha-seating luck-of-the-draw plays itself out in our lives many times in the course of the year. Some people know precisely where they will be seated, possibly because theyve called to arrange it with the hosts or threatened them along the lines that they wanted to be seated with this or that friendor else. The point is that no one wants to feel uncomfortable or out of place, if they can help it. Some people feel that where they are seated is a measure of the esteem they are held in by the host. One thing is fairly certain: you can pretty quickly tell how much time was invested in creating a seating plan at a simcha by where you end up. No doubt seating might be one of the most challenging aspects of being a baal simcha, as it touches in some fashion upon your relationship with each and every one of your guests. At the other end of the spectrum at these affairs is the way its done at many chassidishe weddingsno seating cards or racking your brains trying to pair up friends and neighbors who may or may not get along with one another. And it might even make more sense than laying out cards or little pieces of paper on your dining-room table with the names of every relative and all the people youve ever met since you were born. After all, your friends and most of your relatives are adults who are most likely capable of figuring out all by themselves whom they would like to sit with or prefer not to sit with. So why the place cards that communicate to the guests where

others believe they may belong? Why open that can of worms? The truth is, most of the time it really doesnt matter where you sit. That was the case with me the other night at this event. So it was a little quiet in the beginning. The music was pretty loud anyway, and even if people were talking it would be difficult to hear them. Even in this type of environment and every simcha is truly a beautiful eventeventually the ice was broken (and I believe that had very little to do with the piping-hot vegetable soup). How long can people sit across from each other until someone has the courage to say something along the lines of So, whats your connection to this event?; Are you a relative?; or You must be from the other side, because we dont recognize you from past simchas. In the end, it was after an hour and a half or soafter I had tried chit-chatting but just got one- or two-word answers that the guy sitting directly across from me asked me how I ended up at a table with a bunch of people that were in some form related to one another. I explained my association, involvement, or whatever youd call it, and when asked my name I finally introduced myself. Now, make no mistake; just because my name has appeared on the front page of this newspaper for the last decade, week after week, it doesnt necessarily mean that I have achieved any substantive name recognition. Maybe I have and maybe I havent. I told my table neighbors my name and where I live, and they did the same. One man was from Queens, a few from

lower Manhattan, and so on. One guy, who said he was from Hewlett, hesitated for a few moments and then haltingly asked whether I was the guy who had anything to do with this newspaper. I said that, yes, I was. A few of the others then chimed in about how much they like it and that they read it every week which is always very nice to hear. Then, after a bit more silence, the young man from Hewlett spoke up again and said to me, You know, you really need to have some more news about Hewlett in the paper. I didnt disagree with him, and I asked him what exactly is happening in Hewlett. But then the band started playing again, and it was time to dance. A little later on, he told me that there was lots going on in Hewlett and that I should make sure, if possible, to have a couple of Hewlett-oriented stories in the paper each week. I know hes right and I have to do that. The last thing he said before we left at the end of the night was that he bets hes going to be the subject of one of those Heard in the Bagel Store columns like this one. I thought for a moment and then told him, You never knowthats certainly a possibility. OComments for Larry Gordon are welcome at [email protected]

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MOTHERS MUSINGSContinued from Front Coverits inception some nine years ago, when it was housed at HAFTR Elementary School. This is the first week in Kulanus new location, conveniently located a few short blocks from our home. A little rain was not going to keep them back, and I dropped them off promptly at 9:00 a.m. Now for some needed mother/daughter bonding. With my mom working fulltime during the week, we need to sneak in our together time whenever we can. A little rain wasnt going to stop our plans, either, and I picked my mom up for a nice trip to the neighborhood coffee bar. Truth be told, we had wanted to try out the newest coffee spot at Crawfords, but they were not open when we arrived, so we walked a couple of doors down to dine at Cravingz. We were thankful for the hot coffee and a pleasant place to chat. How fortunate we are that at almost every turn on Central Avenue there is a kosher spot to stop at. I can recall my own childhood, growing up in Woodmere, when the only place to visit was Sabra Pizza. After my mom warmed me up physically and emotionally, I was ready to start the day. With almost no staples in the house, I picked Lenny up for a rainy-day outing to Brachs. After stocking our shelves and our freezer, we were prepared to pick up the troops from Kulanu to attend our next event. We were torn: two very important activities scheduled for the same day! Close to our hearts was the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk along

Jones Beach, in which we have been active participants with Team HAFTR for the past two years, but the Buddy Walk to benefit Down syndrome research and awareness was being held at the same time at Nassau Community College. While both are worthy causes, the Buddy Walk captured our attention as it was something we had never attended, and we felt it was an event that both Yussie and Lea were capable of joining (walking five miles on Jones Beach was not something they could managenor we in the present weather conditions) and, to be totally honest, I was looking forward to catching a glimpse of Chris Burke. For those of you old enough to recall, there was a television drama about 20 years ago called Life Goes On, and one of the lead actors was a young man who played a high-school boy with Down syndrome. The actor, Chris Burke, actually did have Down syndrome himself. This show was cuttingedge for its time, since members of the D.S. Club (as we are fond of calling it) were not often mainstreamed on television. The show followed a normal family who happened to have a child who was different. Though it was years before Yosef Binyamin Lubins birth (he just turned nine a couple of months ago), somehow we were always encouraged that a child, such as depicted on the show, could live a relatively typical life. I can still recall how, immediately following Yussies birth, as I cried at the news, my husband steadfastly reminded me that we must accept the challenges that Hashem hands

us, and life goes on . . . And so, after picking up Yussie, Lea, and Rochel from Kulanu and getting a quick bite to eat, Lenny, Rivka, Rochel, Yussie, Lea, and I were off to embark on our trip to Nassau Community College. Im not sure I have ever seen so many smiling faces! Its hard not to smile when around such (mostly) happy children. There is a certain natural sweetness detected in the eyes of a person with trisomy 21 (the technical term for Down syndrome). In addition, as Lenny and I noticed some time ago, there is a special heart needed by a person who chooses a career interacting with the special-needs population, even though this is a job to most teachers, therapists, social workers, etc. Further, there is a certain hopefully positive perspective found within the parents, grandparents, and siblings of special-needs children. Those touched by these special children seem to become kinder human beings. One of the first smiling faces we recognized was Kathy, one of Yussies first physical therapistsanother of the wonderful people we have met on this trisomy 21 journey. Alas, we were a little late for the walk itself (too badwe missed the mile in the cold rain), but we were just in time for the festivities. The Moon Walk immediately caught Yussie and Leas attention, and although there was a bit of a line (and we know Yussie is not a fan of waiting) Rivka and Rochel managed to keep them entertained while they waited and Lenny and I had the opportunity to gather information from the various booths. We

arrived back at the Moon Walk in the nick of time. The big grins on Lea and Yussies faces as they jumped high in the sky were priceless. After the final jump, Rochel pointed out the free face-painting. Lea had a few balloons adorn her beautiful face, while Yussie was transformed into a cat. Whenever he spotted his reflection, he made sure to react with a few meows. The pice de rsistance for me was spotting one of our heroes, Chris Burke, in the flesh, performing with his band. As I sit here Monday morning glancing at the newspaper, I am heartened to see that 17,000 participants hit Jones Beach in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, despite wet high winds. But, as I muse a bit more, I wonder where the press coverage for the Buddy Walk was. October has been named Down Syndrome Awareness month. I hope we are becoming more aware of the men, women, and children that live with Down syndrome, and we support the research for any possible future treatments and, G-d willing, cures that are waiting to be discovered that will help our loved ones live more independent and productive lives. And lets all try to remember that when our days seems a bit rainy and difficult to handle, the sun will surely come out againbecause life goes on! OPhyllis Joy Lubin is an attorney with Rosenfeld & Maidenbaum, LLP, who resides in Cedarhurst with her husband Leonard and six children: Naftali, Shoshana, Rivka, Rochel, Yosef, and Lea. She welcomes your questions and comments at [email protected]


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DISAGREEING WITH THE RAVBY RABBI YAIR HOFFMANThere is a famous story cited in the book HaGaon HaChasid MiVilna (pp. 253254) which originally appeared in Yashars biography of the Chofetz Chaim. It was late on a Friday afternoon in Vilna. Reb Chaim, the tailor of Vilna, was in a bind. It seems a question had arisen on the kashrus of the chicken being cooked in his kitchen. He quickly dispatched one of his children to pose the question to the Vilna Gaon. The hour was late. Normally, the Vilna Gaon did not serve in the capacity of rav. But here, on account of the lateness of the hour, the Vilna Gaon made an exception. Upon examining the chicken in question, the Vilna Gaon could come up with only one answer: The chicken, unfortunately, was treif. Meanwhile, unbeknownst to our tailor, his wife Malka had dispatched another one of their sons to see the great Rabbi Shmuel, the official rav of Vilna, who ruled leniently. The chicken, in his opinion, was permitted. Both children excitedly rushed into the tailors home to report the responses. Not knowing what to do, Rav Chaim quickly ran to Rabbi Shmuels house and explained to him that the Vilna Gaon had forbidden the chicken. Rav Shmuel, the mara dasra of Vilna, remained firm in his ruling permitting the chicken. He instructed the tailor to prepare the chicken, and he and the Vilna Gaon would come that Friday evening and taste of it. Rav Shmuel went to the home of the Vilna Gaon and said, My Master and Rabbi, I am nothing but like dust under your feet. However, I was accepted as the mara dasra here in Vilna by its residents for halachic rulings. Since I ruled in this matter and I did so in the proper

I ask of you to come with me to the house of the tailor, and we shall both partake of the chicken so that the residents of Vilna will understand the full authority of the rav.

manner with the proper research, the halachah is in accordance with me. I ask of you to come with me to the house of the tailor, and we shall both partake of the chicken so that the residents of Vilna will understand the full authority of the rav, and that there will be no one who argues or criticizes. The Vilna Gaon agreed. They both

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DisagreeingContinued from Page 13entered Reb Chaims home and sat to eat. All of a sudden, before

they had a chance to taste of the chicken, a piece of cheilev (unkosher fat) fell from the candle above. There are a number of fasci-

nating insights from this incident. First and foremost, we see the authority of a rav in his community or shul. If the Vilna Gaon was willing to sit and eat some-

thing that he had deemed to be unkosher, that says a lot. How many people in our times would be willing to do that? (Another insight is that the Vilna Gaon and

the rav of the community were willing to eat at the home of an ordinary tailor. Eating at the home of a baal habayis who needed to ask halachic questions did not seem to be an issue whatsoever. For some reason, this attitude is no longer prevalent, notwithstanding that between the average husband and wife, a good quarter million dollars has been spent on their yeshiva education.) The reader might object that this is merely a story and that we cannot rule based on a story. We do find, however, that Rav Hamnuna placed a ban upon a student who ruled in accordance with Rav Shimon in regard to muktzah in one particular city. The Gemara (Shabbos 19b) objects that the halachah is actually like Rav Shimon in this case! The Gemara answers that the city under discussion was one where Rav Hamnuna was the outstanding Torah luminary. Clearly, undermining the authority of a rabbi in his community or shul is a very serious matter. The halachah is further quantified in the ruling of the Rema in Yoreh Deah (245:22). He discusses when and where it would be permissible to conduct a chuppah ceremony in the domain of another rav. He concludes: However, one should

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Inside The Temple MountContinued from Front CoverPalestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbass advisor on Jerusalem affairs and former director of the Waqf, the Islamic trust in de-facto civil control of the Temple Mount. As such, he bears responsibility for the calls to jihad issued from within the Al-Aqsa mosque, and is, in the eyes of many Israelis, at least somewhat culpable for the recent violence against Jews in and around the Old City of Jerusalem. As we sat, he introduced me to his associate, Daoud. A big, burley man with a Palestinian Authority flag lapel pin, he looked every inch hired muscle. Adnan and I discussed his views on the stalled peace process, recent violence on the Temple Mount, and the moral probity of memorializing terrorists that murder Jews. Coming from the famous Husseini clan, Adnan has impeccable terrorist credentials. Husseinis were among the original founders of al-Fatah. Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem during the time of the British mandate, is infamous for meeting with Adolf Hitler and for organizing Muslim units within the SS. Recently, there has been a wave of violence against Jews in Jerusalem, egged on by the Palestinian Authority, which has claimed that the Al-Aqsa mosque is under attack by extremists. They have also claimed that the Israeli government is planning on undermining the Temple Mount through the digging of tunnels. The violence began when a large group of Jewish pilgrims ascended to the mount in preparation for the Yamim Noraim, the

Jewish days of repentance. Arabs pelted the Jews with rocks, later found by police to have been prepared in advance, and caused multiple injuries. This led to a closure of the mount to Jews and lesser limits on Muslim access as well. Since then, there have been multiple firebombing and rock-throwing attacks throughout East Jerusalem and the Old City. Husseini began our interview by complaining that Israel was holding the Palestinian Authority to its obligations under the Oslo accords by banning the PA

interfere and asking us not to do any events, not to participate. This is nonsense. We told [foreign diplomats that] this is part of the measure that they are taking for people who are asking for peace. The PLO did not ratify the Oslo accords as signed by Yasser Arafat. When asked about Israeli measures to bring about peace, Husseini replied They are not doing anything. They are just speaking. They should do, at least some kind of freedom, liberty. Freedom of behavior, you know. Their way of peace can never

Their way of peace can never be accepted by us.They demolish this and evacuate this, and this is the peace.from holding official activities within the Israeli capital. I am being here since 900 years. The people who ask me not to do, they are very early people coming a few years ago so they dont have the right to stop me, and this is an impression about the failure of the Israel government to control Jerusalem and to do something for the benefit of peace. This is my answer about when they be accepted by us . . . they demolish this and evacuate this, and this is the peace. Israel has recently removed hundreds of earthen checkpoints and released 20 female prisoners. During the most recent Fatah convention in Bethlehem, the use of resistance was reaffirmed as a legitimate tactic in negotiating with Israel. Regarding the recent Temple Mount violence, Husseini became very firm and resolute. We have been warning

that extremists, if they allow them to do everything, one day there will be a hospital in front of the government. What they are doing now in Jerusalem, the West Bank, they are threatening even the security of Israel. If the government wanted to deal with those that he considered extremists, Husseini stated, it would be incredibly difficult. They have very extreme thinking that is not accepted in the international community, and this is the government that wants to deal with the international community. He then called for pressure to be put on the Israeli government. [The settlers come to] the Temple Mount, they come, they start to shout, Go to Mecca, this is our country . . . We have to demolish the Dome of the Rock. Husseini denied that rocks had been prepared in advance and claimed that the attacks were a spontaneous reaction to outrageous provocation and were taken in self-defense. I asked Husseini where he believed Jews should go to pray. Jewish prayer is currently barred on the Temple Mount by the Israeli police and the Waqf. Husseini replied that the Jews have the Kotel plaza. However, Husseini has previously gone on the record calling the Western Wall a Muslim site. Husseini said to Israeli news site NRG, This is part of Islamic heritage that cannot be given up, and it must be under Muslim control. During my recent trip to Shechem, I saw posters memorializing terrorists who killed Israeli citizens. I asked Husseini if

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Shuvu Celebrates Kleinman Family Petach Tikva DedicationReb Elly and Brochie Kleinman are very well known in America for being involved in many inyanei tzedakah; almost everything involving tzedakah that happens in America as well as in Eretz Yisrael, Shuvus co-chairman Reb Avrohom Biderman introduced the guests of honor at the dedication ceremony of the Kleinman Family Shuvu Petach Tikva Girls High School. With the berachah and the eitzah of Moreinu Harav Pam, ztl he was zocheh to be very matzliach, but he never forgot his roots. Now that he was matzliach he didnt say kochi veotzem yadi but rather he feels achrayus; a model for everyone else who has been matzliach to say how can I help others? Hes helped so many mosdos Torah vchesed and we have the zechus that one of the mosdos he got involved in is Shuvu. Back on November 5, 2003 the Kleinmans began their tremendous devotion to Shuvu with their dedication of the Shuvu Lod School. Starting with a modest 40 students, the Lod school has since grown to be one of Shuvus largest, and with the fastest growth, with over 600 students today. However not only is the school known for its size, but also for its excellence. Thousands of Jewish children have been learning Torah only in the zechus of the Kleinman family. At the time, Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievski helped the Kleinmans make their decision to dedicate the Shuvu Lod school. But we were told not just to dedicate the school but to visit Huminer raised her concern of what will happen with the talmidos. The graduates needed a Shuvu high school to continue in. She didnt want to lose even one neshamah, chas vshalom, going to a

whenever we can, to check up on our kinderlach. Baruch Hashem, my wife and I have made it our business to visit regularly. It was upon one of these visits that the Shuvu Lod principal Mrs. Michal

school that is not appropriate, recalled Reb Elly. My wife Brochie and I felt the same way so I called up Avrohom Biderman and said: Its time for a girls high school! And so on Monday, October 12, 2009,

Isru Chag of Sukkos, the Kleinman family was joined by many distinguished guests to celebrate the dedication of The Kleinman Shuvu Petach Tikva Girls High School. The guests included Petach Tikva Mayor Yitzchak Ohayon; his deputy, Rav Uriel Buso and other heads of the municipality; Deputy Minister of Education MK Rabbi Meir Porush; Shuvus rabbinic advisor and activist Hagaon Harav Moshe Silberberg; Rav Shmuel Bloom, former executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America; Rav Yitzchok Rosengarten; and of course, the hundreds of students learning in the Shuvu Petach Tikva schools. As Reb Elly, Brochie, and their children and grandchildren arrived at the school grounds, the tremendous sense of glee and pride was felt. Rav Chaim Michoel Gutterman opened the ceremony by thanking the Kleinman family for its long support extended throughout to Shuvu. He recalled that during the recent chag the Kleinmans donated two new massive, beautiful wooden sukkahs for the convenience of the visitors to the Kosel. Having participated at the celebration for the Kleinmans at the Kosel the week before, Rav Gutterman quoted Reb Ellys words then. Reb Elly, you said then that even had it been for only one individual who is not frum who wouldve entered the sukkah and made a berachah, it wouldve been worth it! Shuvu, continued Rav Gutterman, unites everyone under one sukkah. Children from different backgrounds, Russians, Ethiopians, are all together.

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Inside The Temple MountContinued from Page 15he views such posters as incitement and a breach of the Oslo accords. Those people . . . died in some confrontation here in the area and, you know, they are from some movement, and the movement always try to commemorate them. It is a part of a process everywhere, you know. He went on to say that it is comparable to Israel making memorials to David Ben-Gurion. Husseini also defended the recent Fatah decision to retain their right to engage in resistance to the Israeli presence in areas claimed by the Arabs. Meanwhile, the Information Ministry of the Palestinian Authority has accused Israel of attempting to implement a new series of organized state terror in Jerusalem. The Information Ministry further stated, Extremist Zionist groups announce[d their intention] to storm the mosque in order to perform religious rites in the occasion of the so-called Yom Kippur. Accordingly, the Ministry of Information calls upon our people to gather at the mosque and to stand in the face of extremist Jewish groups. Furthermore, it calls upon the masses of Arab and Islamic nations and lovers of justice in the world to protest the crime and to refuse it by all legitimate means. The legitimate means mentioned have led to dozens of injuries and increased violence against Jews. O


Rabbi Elyashiv:Refuse Money From IFCJBY GIL RONENRabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, one of the top authorities in the Torah world, has issued a ruling that the public may not take money from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (Keren HaYedidut) headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. Groups that take money from the fund are flouting the Torahs prohibition of idolatry, Rabbi Elyashiv said, and they even aid future missionary activities and grant them legitimacy. We regret to say that we have learned that several institutions, organizations, and charity groups have made mistakes of this nature, he added. Taking money from this fund is an unclean act, the rav said. Other rabbis who issued similar decisions include Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, Rabbi Nissim Kerlitz, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, and Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu. The IFCJ was founded in Chicago in 1983 by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein. The fact that it takes money from Christian groups causes much suspicion in some religious Jewish circles. However, other religious circles have no problem with the group.(IsraelNN.com) O

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ShuvuContinued from Page 16Elly and Brochie, you already have thousands and thousands of berachos and zechuyos of Shuvu children, and now, in your zechus there is also a girls high school! Rav Gutterman then called upon a few students to greet the Kleinman family and express their feelings about the school. Ninth grader Nicole Daniel opened her words with a personal note. As a resident of Ashdod and former student of the Shuvu elementary school there, she said that no one had believed that Kassam missiles would ever reach their town. Until Chanukah last year, during the Gaza War. Then the sirens were sounded in the city and Kassams did indeed fall. Everyone stayed indoors for a complete week. After that week of being cooped up and feeling a desperate need to breathe some fresh air, Nicole set out to go shopping with her father. Upon entering their car, though, she realized that she had forgotten her sweater. She quickly ran back to her

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house to get her sweater, and as she was about to reenter the car, the siren sounded announcing an imminent missile. Nicole lay down on the ground with her father lying on top of her, and she started to say Tehillim. Seconds later a tremendous explosion was heard a mere block ahead of them. A Kassam

landed directly on the bus stop close to my house, killing a woman, she recalled emotionally. My father and I wouldve been exactly there had it not been for my going home again. The 20 seconds Hashem delayed me to get my sweater saved our lives! Nicole continued, That was one of the

moments that I thanked Hashem for my special relationship with Him. A very special relationship with Him which without a doubt would not have been so had I not been learning here. In my years at Shuvu Ive learned values and middos, which I do not only implement within the school grounds. I learn of how we are meant to talk to our teachers and to our peers. After all, we are all human beings and we were all created Btzelem Elokim! Primarily, we are taught to appreciate and respect our parents who do so much for us, and we do so willingly and lovingly. I see how peers of ours in other schools talk to their parents, and just find it hard to believe that one can treat them so! We also learn the importance of giving altruistically, and in so feel the connection to our ancestors who gave up their last piece of bread for others during the terrible Shoah. We learn to distinguish between the gevurah of ones body, which is temporary, to the gevurah of ones nefesh, which is permanent, and fills one with true simcha. I know that when I will graduate from Shuvu I will take with me values which will stay with me my entire life: the Torah values which come wrapped in warmth and love. Last year my mechanechet used to write me letters showing love and careif I had experienced a success, or if she noticed that my smile had disappeared for whatever reason, and that I was feeling down. These letters showed care, concern, and love, and Ive saved them to this very day. What amazed me is that when I came here from Ashdod following the war and decided to stay, Ive come to realize that there is no real difference between Shuvu Ashdod and Shuvu Petach Tikva, and Im sure the same applies to Shuvu Jerusalem and the others. They all give over the Torah values in a loving and caring manner which strengthen my nefesh, ultimately bringing us to serve our Creator. I am grateful every day for being able to learn here, because there really is nothing like Shuvu, and this is thanks to our wonderful principal and teachers who make every effort to make us feel that our school is our home. May Hashem give you all the koach to continue on! Seeing the Kleinman familys devotion and love for the children of Klal Yisrael in general, and of Shuvu in particular, and especially considering the Kleinmans dream, it seems just a matter of time until bezras Hashem the heads of Shuvu and the Kleinman family will be gathering again to celebrate more dedications for their kinderlach, the children of Shuvu. O


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DisagreeingContinued from Page 14not rule in forbidden and permitted matters or to lecture in a manner that shows authority in the city of his friend. It would seem that the Remas ruling applies not only where there is a rav of the whole community, but also to the modern-day application of synagogue and shul rabbis. The Rivash rules on a similar case (Vol. I, No. 271) and states that no other rabbi may rule outside his domain against the opinion of the local rav. What is fascinating is that the Rivashs response deals with a spiritual issue and not a halachic matter. Nonetheless, the Rivash is quite clear that even in outside matters, the authority of the rav should not be undermined. The Rivashs ruling is part of normative halachah. The Chasam Sofer (Choshen Mishpat, No. 41) quotes the Rivash authoritatively. This idea is also seen from the words of Rashi in his explanation to Chulin 53b. He writes, It is unseemly [lav orach araa] to permit something in a place where the other rav forbade it. There are numerous other passages in the Talmud where this issue is brought to light. For those who wish to research further, see Shabbos 130a, Eiruvin 94a, Pesachim 30a, and Yevamos 14a. The bottom line of all this? The rabbi of a shul or community has a syata dShmaya in his rulings. It is unseemly and against the Torah to undermine his opinion. This is true even if one happens to have the erudition of the Vilna Gaon. Certainly it is true in our own times. OThe author can be reached at [email protected]

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Anti-Semitism Strikes Again In Edison Township, New JerseyBY HANA LEVI JULIANA New Jersey township was hit last month with its second anti-Semitic attack in two weeks, just a few hours after the end of Yom Kippur. were covered with three huge blue spraypainted Nazi swastikas. The Anti-Defamation League announced that it would offer a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetra-

The front doors and windows of their house of worship were covered with three huge blue spray-painted Nazi swastikas.Early Tuesday, members of Edison Townships Congregation Beth-El were horrified to discover that the front doors and windows of their house of worship tors of the vandalism at the synagogue. Local Police Chief Brian Collier told the New Jersey Star Ledger, Were certainly not pleased with this kind of nonsense. The Middlesex County Prosecutors Office is also involved in the investigation because the incident was classified as a bias crime. Police were tight-lipped on whether there was a link between the vandalism and a vicious attack nine days earlier on a 16-year-old student at the Rabbi Jacob Joseph Yeshiva on Rosh Hashanah. The student, a resident of the town, told police detectives that a gang of youths in their mid-to-late teens shouted anti-Semitic slurs at him while beating him. They jumped him from behind, knocked him down, and one youth punched him in the head with a fist. The boy sustained a cut above his right eye and was later hospitalized with a concussion. The attack was classified as a bias crime. There have been several other antiSemitic incidents in Edison this year, including a swastika painted on a mans car in a shopping center parking lot in July, another one painted on a fence in June, and a third scrawled with a black marker in March on a local church. Last year, obscene and anti-Semitic graffiti was discovered scrawled on the walls inside the yeshiva, according to the New Jersey Jewish News. Students and a staff member told the newspaper they were often taunted by neighborhood youths, who yelled anti-Semitic slurs at them as they walked by. Rabbi Dr. Bernard Rosenberg, the spiritual leader of Congregation Beth-El, said that there was a pattern to the incidents, adding, If you dont punish people, they will continue to do it. (IsraelNN.com) O


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Daf Yomi InsightsMini-Houses And Mezuzahs BY RABBI AVROHOM SEBROWJay Shafer has been living, since 1997, in a house smaller than some peoples closets. His decision to inhabit just 89 square feet arose from some concerns he had about the impact a larger house would have on the environment. Wishing to share this experience with others, he started the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. The houses and plans a whopping 65 square feet of living space. If one purchases such a small house, is he obligated to put a mezuzah on the front door? The Gemara in Sukkah 3a states, A house that does not contain an area of 4 amos by 4 amos is exempt from mezuzah and maakeh and is not contaminated by tzaraas . . . Even if one were to use the largest measure of amah, the 65-square-foot XS house would still be obligated in mezuzah. Assuming an amah is 2 feet, the minimum shiur for mezuzah would be a house that is 8 feet by 8 feet,

Small houses designed by the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company.

The minimum shiur for mezuzah would be a house that is 8 feet by 8 feet, or 64 square feet.they offer have been designed with careful attention to light, warmth, energy efficiency, and proportion. They have made the most of each cozy interior by minimizing transitional areas such as hallways and stairwells and by using otherwise unusable space as storage. While his personal house is 89 square feet, he does sell a smaller housethe XS model. It has or 64 square feet. The XS meets that minimum with a square foot to spare! There is one caveat. The Chazon Ish ruled that if permanently installed furniture takes up some of the floor space, thereby reducing the living space to below the minimum requirement, a mezuzah is not needed. Therefore, if the minimum living space required to be

obligated in the mitzvah of mezuzah is 64 square feet, the XS might not qualify. Nevertheless, the accepted custom in America is to follow Rav Moshes opinion. According to him, an area of 4 by 4 amos is about 49 square feet. I havent studied the floor plans, but the XS model might still require a mezuzah with a berachah even if some of the space is taken up by immovable furniture. The next question that we must consider is this: Is the 16 square amos a requirement for a house, or even for a room? The Gemara when stating the 4 amos requirement clearly says bayis, a house. Are tiny rooms in a large house obligated in mezuzah? According to the Maharam Shik, the answer depends on a machlokes surrounding a Gemara in Bava Basra 61a. The Mishnah discusses a situation where one sold a house without specify-

ing exactly what was included in the sale. The Mishnah says that if the house in question has a small structure nearby, that structure is not included in the sale unless specifically mentioned. On this, Mar Zutra comments that only if that small structure is a minimum of 16 square amos is it not included in the sale. If, however, it is smaller than that, then the structure is deemed to be insignificant and it is included in the sale of the house. The Mishnah further states that if the house has an adjoining storage room, it is not included in the sale. Mar Zutra did not clearly state whether or not there is a requirement for the room to be 16 square amos to be excluded from the sale. Perhaps even a room that is less than 16 square amos is significant enough to be excluded from the sale unless specifically included.


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The Maharam Shik says that this dispute would apply to the laws of mezuzah as well. Does a room need to be 16 square amos to be obligated in mezuzah? Or is perhaps any size room that is part of a larger house considered usable and significant? The Pischei Teshuva (286:11) quotes the Chamudei Daniel that a storage room in a larger house requires a mezuzah even if it is less than 16 square amos. According to this opinion, any walk-in closet would be obligated in mezuzah, regardless of its size. The closet is considered a usable room for its purpose and consequently is obligated in mezuzah. (A closet that is not actually entered at all is certainly not obligated in a mezuzah according to all opinions.) Rabbi Yair Hoffman writes in his sefer on mezuzah that one should initially follow this view and put up a mezuzah without a berachah (if he is just putting up that mezuzah by itself). However, from my brief survey, many local rabbanim have advised their congregants that they do not need to put a mezuzah on a walk-in closet unless it is a minimum of 36 square feet (this assumes the smallest possible measurement of an amah: 18 inches). In fact, Rabbi Hoffman himself has a quote in his sefer attributable to Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, ztl, that the custom in Europe was not to follow the Chamudei Daniels opinion, and only rooms that had the minimum shiur were obligated in mezuzah. Therefore, one should ask his rav for guidance on this issue. ORabbi Sebrow leads a daf yomi chaburah at Eitz Chayim of Dogwood Park in West Hempstead and is an outreach professional at JEP of LI. He can be contacted at [email protected]

A Lesson In DikdukBY RABBI YITZCHAK MEIR GOODMANI would like to clarify and expand on some points made in my recent interview with Rav Yair Hoffman (Shabbos Shuvah, Part 2, 5TJT, September 25): (1) I mentioned that I once admonished people who regularly arrive late to shul by stating that they would never do that if they had a regular job with an employer. I translated the phrase veyeida kol pa-ul ki Ata pe-alto as every employee should know that You are his employer. Some people imagined that this was my literal translation! They could not conceive that this was a pure drash, just to bring out the point, and certainly not meant as the literal translation. Darshanim have used this device thousands of times throughout the ages. It is an unfortunate lamentable fact that many people set their own pace for arrival, whether ten minutes late, or a half-hour late, and do so consistently. This is a horrible habit, and there is no excuse for it. (2) I mentioned the lack of elementary knowledge of dikduk, even among fine talmidei chachamim. I gave one example: those who read vomar am toei leivav heim instead of VA-omar. This vowel preceding a future first-person verb changes it to the past (vav hahipuch) and thus the entire meaning of the phrase. This is similar to vayishkav (past tense), although yishkav is future. The use of a kamatz before the first-person verb instead of a patach seems to confuse some people, but is based on a grammatical point which is too lengthy to discuss here. Most students learn this in elementary classes! Another classic example is the fact that in Tehillim, we find eidosecha many times, as well as eidvosechaand many people do not see the difference. The latter pronunciation is correct when

I suffer when I say amen at the end because I seriously wonder if that is called a berachah!

there is a shva under the dalet. What follows is what looks like the vowel o but is really vo. How many people do not notice this difference! One more: Young children in yeshiva learn that a segolate noun (like melech or yeled) gets the accent on the first syllable. How many times do we hear a baal tefillah say hameichin mitzadei gaVER

with a clear emphasis on the final syllable? [Unfortunately, in Jewish music this rule is often ignored just to fit the tune better, as in songs which have a phrase ending in aRETZ when it should be Aretz, but doesnt fit with the tune.] But the baal tefillah is not singing! (3) The vowel o as in lo has many pronunciations amongst Jews of different backgrounds. The Galicianer chasid says oy (as I do), the Lutvak says Eiy (as in rein), the German says ow, but absolutely nobody says ee! So why do so many use ee instead of the o vowel in the most important word in the entire siddurthe name of our Creator? Every time I hear someone recite Baruch ata Adeenoy I cringe in my seat. I never say boruch hu uvaruch shmo and I suffer when I say amen at the end because I seriously wonder if that is called a berachah! There are also those who say the name so fast that it sounds exactly like adnoy and sometimes even anoy. The Maharam Lublin (Shut, No. 83) writes about how one must be careful in pronouncing every syllable of the Havayah correctly. It should slow down everyone when they daven. Many times I mentally thank my father, zl, for teaching me dikduk. It came in very handy countless times in my teaching years. I once suggested to a rosh yeshiva that I would gladly offer a short course in fundamental dikduk in the high school. I still await a positive response. P.S. Who can explain this: When we add a b or a l before pnei it becomes bifnei or lifneibut when we add m it comes mipnei?! Baalei dikduk know the answer. Do you? O


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To Be Or Not To Be . . . VegetarianBY RACHAEL E. SCHINDLER, MA, MS, CAI, CPTMany times when I am working with a client and trying to get a feel of what they like to eat, I hear, Oh, I never eat red meat, its soo not good for you. Being a carnivore (and Sephardic to boot!) I could never just stop eating red meat, cold turkey that is! (Its still a great source of iron and a lean cut is pretty high in protein, vitamins, and isnt high in fat.) But practically speaking, is there any health benefit to being a vegetarian? Can a diet without meat provide adequate nutrients? A vegetarian does not eat meat, fish, or fowl, or any product containing them. A typical vegetarian diet focuses on grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables; still, considerable variations exist. A lacto-ovo vegetarian avoids meat, fish, and poultry, but consumes dairy products and eggs. The lacto vegetarian consumes dairy but avoids meat, fish, poultry, and eggs. A vegan, or total vegetarian, excludes both dairy and eggs, obtaining all nutrients from plant sources. So how prevalent is vegetarianism in the U.S.? A 2006 poll conducted by the Vegetarian Resource Group found that 7% of adults never eat red meat and that 2.3% never eat meat, fish, or fowl. Thats no small cheese! Why would someone want to choose to be a vegetarian? There are a variety of reasons people do so, including concern about the environment, animal welfare, or world hunger; or they simply dont like the taste, never really ate meat often anyway, or believe it is unhealthy. Aside from a healthier lifestyle, religious beliefs and/or economic issues may also factor into this choice. From a more traditional standpoint, the science of nutrition has focused mainly on the intake of nine nutrients that are adequate to promote growth and reproduction. Lately, however, this paradigm has reduced red-meat consumption correlates with healthier cholesterol levels, other heart health benefits, and reduced rates of pancreatic and colorectal cancers. (Please note: It was unclear how much meat was consumed prior and subsequent to the study to produce that effect and how fatty the meats were.) Studies have shown that a vegetarian diet may aid in weight management. In 2007, Burke and colleagues suggested that individuals that adhered to a lacto-ovo veghad the highest BMI, followed by fish eaters and vegetarians. Vegans had the lowest BMI of all groups. Contrary to popular belief, an individuals protein requirements can be met solely with plant foods. Although animal proteins are considered complete proteins, since they contain all eight essential amino acids, plant sources of protein are lacking in one or more of them and are referred to as incomplete or complementary proteins. Some individuals know how to pair up the protein sources to get a complete protein. Some wholesome combinations include pasta and veggies, a peanut-butter sandwich (on whole grain breadnot just whole wheat!) with vegetable soup, or a green salad with walnuts and sunflower seeds. When a variety of plant foods are consumed and adequate calorie levels are satisfied, the incomplete proteins will combine to form complete ones; the amino acids will find and join each other. If you dont necessarily consume complementary proteins in the same meal, you can just consume them throughout the day. Who needs meat, right? Whats the catch here? The challenge is getting enough of certain nutrients by eating a variety of foods. One such nutrient, vitamin B12, which contains cobalamine, biotin, and folic acid, may be lacking in vegetarians since it is found predominantly in meat protein. This is especially the case for pregnant and depressed individu-

If you dont necessarily consume complementary proteins in the same meal, you can just consume them throughout the day.been shifting towards focusing on an optimal diet which promotes not only health and longevity but also reduces the risk of diet-related chronic diseases or the prevention of other diseases, including cancer. A vegetarian eating plan can be adequate and optimal and may even provide numerous health benefits. According to various studies, etarian regimen were able to reduce intakes of both fat and calories and therefore reduce overall body weight. Another comprehensive study published by the International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorders (2003) examined the body mass index (BMI) of four different groups, including meat eaters, fish eaters, vegetarians, and vegans. The meat eaters


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als. The good news is that lacto-ovo vegetarians can get adequate B12 if they consume whole eggs and dairy regularly. Vegans have to be sure to consume fortified foods, such as breakfast cereals, nutritional yeast, or soy milk. Just some food for thought: spirulina, sea vegetables, and fermented soy products are not reliable sources of this important vitamin. Vegetarians, especially vegans, must make sure to consume Vitamin D and calcium, both essential for bone health. Lack of Vitamin D can interfere with normal bone metabolism, leading to rickets in children and osteoporosis in adults. In a study by Barr (2002) of 90 vegetarians, 56 reported that their diets have become restrictive over time, and 48 planned more changes, specifically, to use fewer dairy products. Furthermore, a Swedish study of 30 vegans concluded that intakes of calcium and vitamin D were below recommended guidelines. Specifically, when dairy products are omitted, fortified foods such as soy, milk, cereals, breads, and juices must be consumed. Unfortunately, vegetable sources of calcium, such as spinach, contain high amounts of oxalic acid, which interferes with absorption. Foods rich in Vitamin D include fortified milk products, fatty fish such as salmon, and fish liver oils, most notably cod liver oil. Fortified foods and eggs from hens fed Vitamin D are also good sources. And the best source of Vitamin D is the sun! Just a few minutes a day is all you need. However, factors such as the use of sunscreen, the time of day, the season of the year, the level of the pigment melatonin in the skin, and even the distance one is from the equator, all limit the skins ability to produce this vitamin. A vegetarian must also consume iron. Iron is a vital part of hemoglobin, a protein that transports oxygen in the blood. Iron intake is important during all stages of life, especially for growing children, and pregnant and menstruating women. The iron in meat, fish, and poultry is heme iron, which the body absorbs readily. The iron in dairy, eggs, plant foods, cereals, and breads is non-heme, which is less readily absorbed. However, foods rich in Vitamin C, such as tomatoes, oranges, and broccoli, aid in the absorption of non-heme iron. So, if you ate spaghetti and tomato sauce, the Vitamin C in the sauce should help with absorbing the iron in the spaghetti. In addition, those individuals who exercise must make sure their iron levels are adequate, since many people, especially females who participate in intense, regular physical activity, report marginal to low levels of iron. Iron requirements may be 30% to 70% greater in active people as compared to sedentary people. In conclusion, a well-planned vegetarian diet can be an excellent choice for maintaining a health-conscious lifestyle. Protein consumption is less of a concern than ingesting adequate vitamins and minerals from a variety of sources. So with careful planning, enjoy natures bounty to the fullest! ORachael E. Schindler, MA, MS, CAI, CPT, has over 18 years of experience in exercise physiology, Pilates, nutritional counseling, and teaching, as well as multiple degrees in forensic and developmental psychology. She specializes in food and behavioral issues for both children and adults, offering the right combination of diet, exercise, and support all in one stop! Insurance is accepted. She can be reached at [email protected] or 917-690-5097.

Building Towers Of Pride: A Tradition Since NoachBY LARRY DOMNITCHThere are two forms of revolt: one is the rebellion by man against a regime; the other is the revolt against G-d. The episode of the Dor haPlagah, Generation of the Tower of Babel, described in Parashas Noach establishes a precedent for the latter. Throughout history, revolts have most often taken place because of poverty. When one is lacking, one seeks to ameliorate the sufferings of hunger by forcibly replacing a regime that will better provide. Ideas are a catalyst for change, but hunger usually speaks much louder than any words. Conversely, revolts against G-d take place amid times of plenty. Following the description of the generations following Noahs emergence from the Ark, the parashah states that the new society settled in the valley of Shinar (Bereishis 11:2). There, as one united entity, amid the bountiful plains of the Fertile Crescent, they planted and benefited from the immense productivity of the land. The people then defiantly decided to make bricks and build a tower to honor themselves, as stated, with its top in the heavens . . . and let us make a name for ourselves (Bereishis 11:4). The towering edifice would signify their self-confidence in their own prowess as the masters of their destiny. The people of this generation staged a revolt against Hashem, thinking that they themselves possessed their own abilities to successfully produce the bounty from which they thrived. As a result, Hashem would throw them out from their homes and force them from their unified society. The exiles of that generation would become a conglomeration of different entities speaking different languages. The Midrash Sifri states that the Dor haPlagah revolted against Hashem out of abundance as opposed to lacking. The word dwelling in the fertile plains of Shinar implies that they were also partaking of the lands abundance. Likewise, at Mount Sinai before the sin of the Golden Calf, the people were satiated; the Torah states, The people sat to eat and drink and then they got up to rebel (Shmos 32:6). As Bnei Yisrael were soon to enter the Promised Land, the Torah admonishes that they never take their future success and bounty for granted. Material success must come with the recognition that all is from the Al-mighty and be accepted as such. The Torah states, Lest you eat and be satisfied, and you build good houses and settle, and your cattle and sheep and goats increase, and you increase silver and gold for yourselves, and everything you have will increase and your heart will become haughty and you will forget

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From The Chassidic MastersLunar Flood, Solar YearYouve designated the weekend for some quality time with your family when the phone rings; naturally, its an emergency at the office which requires your immediate involvement. Youve set aside the evening for volunteer work in your community; instead, you spend it with your neighborhood mechanic attending to another eruption of car trouble. Relatively few of us, fortunately, have faced a real flood in which torrents of water threaten to engulf ones home. But were all familiar with the experience of being flooded with the cares of material life, of being swamped with all sorts of matters demanding our attention just when we were finally getting down to the things which are truly important and precious to us. The Chassidic masters explain that this is the contemporary significance of the great Flood which the Torah describes in the seventh and eighth chapters of Bereishis. A basic tenet of Chassidic teaching is that the Torah is eternal, its historical events connected to ever-present realities in our lives. Noachs Flood is the prototype for a challenge which we all face: the flood of material concerns which threatens to quench the flame of spiritual striving we harbor in our souls.

become a destructive deluge. The deeper significance of Noachs Flood is also reflected in the fact that it began and ended in the second month of the Jewish year, the month of Cheshvan. The first month of the year, the festival-rich month of Tishrei, is wholly devoted to spiritual pursuits: the renewal of our commitment to Divine sovereignty on Rosh Hashanah; repenting our failings on Yom Kippur; celebrating our unity as a people and G-ds providence over our lives on Sukkos; rejoicing in our bond with the Torah on Simchas Torah. The following month, Cheshvan, marks our return to the daily grind of material life.

months, the only month of the year without a single festival or special occasion.

The Jewish CalendarNoachs Flood commenced on the 17th of Cheshvan in the year 1656 from creation, and ended on 27 Cheshvan of the following year. The Torah commentaries explain that the Flood lasted exactly one year, and that the 11-day discrepancy in the dates represents the 11day difference between the solar and lunar years. This reflects the fact that different components of the calendar are based on a variety of natural cycles which do not easily lend themselves to synchronization. The month derives from the moons 29.5-day orbit of the earth; the year, from the 365-day solar cycle. The problem is that 12 lunar months add up to 354 days11 days short of the solar year. Most calendars deal with this discrepancy by simply ignoring one or the other of the celestial timekeepers. For example, the Gregorian Calendar (which has attained near-universal status) is completely solar based. Its 365 days are divided into 12 segments of 30 or 31 days, but these months have lost all connection with their original association with the moon. There are also calendars (such as the Muslim calendar) which are exclusively lunar-based, with months that are faithfully attuned to the phases of the moon. Twelve such months are regarded as a year, but these years bear no relation to the solar cycle (a given date in such a calen-

The sun and the moon represent the two sides of a dichotomy which divides virtually every aspect of our existence.Indeed, our Sages tell us that Noachs Flood began as an ordinary rainfall, which the misdeeds of man caused to escalate into the Flood. In other words, in their proper proportion and context as a regulated means to a higher end, the waters of materiality are a beneficial, life-nurturing rain; but when allowed to overstep their bounds, they Cheshvan is the first full month of the rainy season in the Holy Land, coming after the six rainless months of the summer season and signifying the return to a life that derives its nourishment from the earth. It is no coincidence that Cheshvan (also called MarCheshvanmar meaning both bitter and water) is the most ordinary of


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dar will, in certain years, fall in the midst of summer and, in other years, in the dead of winter). The Jewish calendar is unique in that it endeavors to reconcile the solar and lunar time-streams. By employing a complex 19-year cycle in which months alternate between 29 and 30 days and years vary between 12 and 13 months, the Jewish calendar sets its months by the moon and its years by the sun, combining lunar time and solar time into a single system while preserving the integrity of each. For the sun and the moon represent the two sides of a dichotomy which divides virtually every aspect of our existencea dichotomy whose differences we must respect and preserve even as we incorporate them in a cohesive approach to life.

Light And DarknessOn previous occasions, we have explored various aspects of the solar/lunar polarity: the contrast between the surety and consistency of tradition on the one hand, and the desire for flux, innovation, and creativity on the other; the male/female dynamic, which imbues us with the passion to give and bestow on the one hand, and the capacity to accept and receive on the other. On this occasion, we shall dwell on another aspect of this cosmic duality: the twinship of spirit and matter. The spiritual and the material are often equated with light and darkness. Indeed, a number of religions and moral systems regard the spiritual as enlightened, virtuous, and desirable, and the

physical-material side of life as belonging to the forces of darkness. The Torah, however, has a different conception of spirituality and materiality, a conception embodied by the solar/lunar model. The sun is a luminous body while the moon is a dark lump of matter. Yet both are luminaries; both serve us as sources of light. The difference is that the suns light is self-generated, while the moon illuminates by receiving and reflecting the light of the sun. Spirituality is a direct emission of Divine light. When studying Torah, praying, or performing a mitzvah, we are in direct contact with G-d; we are manifestly revealing His truth in the world. But not every thought of man relates directly to the Divine wisdom; not every word we utter is a prayer; not every deed we perform is a mitzvah. G-d created us as material creatures, compelled to devote a considerable part of our time and energies to the satisfaction of a multitude of material needs. By necessity and design, much of our life is lunar, comprising the nonluminous matter of material pursuits. Nonluminous matter, however, need not mean an absence of light. It can be moonlike, serving as a conduit of light. Its all a matter of positioning. The moon is positioned in such a way as to convey the light of the sun to places to which it cannot flow directly from its source. Placed in the proper context, the material involvements of life can serve as facilitators of Divine truth to places which, in and of themselves, are not in the direct line of spirituality and holiness. The proceeds of unavoidable overtime at the

workplace can be translated into additional resources for charity; the unplanned trip to the mechanic can be the start of a new friendship and a positive influence on a fellow man.

Building Towers Of PrideContinued from Page 25Hashem your G-d, who took you out of Egypt from the house of slavery (Devarim 9:1215). And you may say in your heart, My strength and the might of my hand made me all this wealth (Devarim 9:17). Settled in their land, when Bnei Yisrael did not heed these repeated admonitions, they would face the attacks of their enemies. Then they would call out to Hashem for deliverance. Throughout history, Jews did not cease to show reverence to their Creator during eras of deprivation. The Jews of the ghettos in their suffering turned to Hashem. They accepted their predicament and their lot as they humbly beseeched Hashems mercy. It was when the ghetto walls were opened in the aftermath of the era of enlightenment, and Jews found success in the outside world, that they would revel in their newfound affluence and often forget Hashem. How quickly, in just a few generations, much of American Jewry amid its found material success has forgotten the humble and pious world of their ancestors of Eastern Europe! In Parashas Noach, an utterly debase society, devoid of civility, is endedbut mankind survives. The message of the Dor haPlagah is directed to both Israel and the nations of the world. With success and constantly improving technology, man may choose to build towers and honor himself for his glowing achievementsor he can honor his Creator who has given him the tools for advancement. O

A Complete YearOur lives include both a solar and a lunar track: a course of spiritual achievement as well as a path of material endeavor. These orbits do not run in tandem; at times they clash, giving rise to dissonance and conflict. The simple solution would be to follow a single route, choosing an exclusively solar or exclusively lunar path through life. But the Jewish calendar does not avail itself of the simple solution. Our calendar insists that we incorporate both systems in our time-trajectory: that we cultivate a solar selfthoughts and feelings, deeds and endeavors, moments and occasions of consummate holiness and spirituality; and that at the same time we also develop a lunar personalitya material life which reflects and projects our other, spiritual self. This is also the lesson implicit in the 365-day duration of Noachs Flood. The deluge of material concerns which threatens to overwhelm our lives can be mastered and sublimated. The Flood can be reconciled with the solar calendar and made part of a complete year in which lunar and solar time converge and the moon receives and conveys the light of the sun. OBased on the teachings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe; adapted by Yanki Tauber. Courtesy of MeaningfulLife.com via Chabad.org. Find more Torah articles for the whole family at www.chabad.org/parshah.


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Scheinberg, ahContinued from Front Coverplayed a crucial role in the development of Rav Scheinberg as a Torah giant. Rebbitzen Scheinberg willingly left the comforts of modern American life to join with her husband in Mirrer, Poland.

She greeted everyone with a unique smile that made anyone who met her feel as if they were family.

her feel as if they were family. Strangers felt like grandchildren, grandchildren felt like children. Among her children are Rav Simcha Scheinberg, shlita; Rebbitzen Weiner, wife of Rav Dovid Weiner of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim; Rebbitzen Alpert, widow of Rav Nissin Alpert, ztl, the rav of the Agudah in Far Rockaway; and Rebbitzen Altusky (wife of Rav Altusky, the author of the acclaimed Chiddushei Basra series on Shas). Rebbitzen Scheinberg, ah, was the sister of Rebbitzen Ruchomo Shain, author of All for the Boss, a biography of their father, Rabbi Yaakov Yoseph Herman. Rebbitzen Scheinberg passed away after a long illness. Her family was by her bedside at Shaarei Tzedek hospital. She was 96 years old. Her kevurah was at Har HaMenuchos. O

Submit your photo to the 5 Towns Jewish Times!While back in America, her husband served as temporary rosh hayeshiva of Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim. During this time, Rebbitzen Scheinberg encouraged her husband and his close talmidim with her good cheer and warmth to get through difficult periods. She personified modesty and was unassuming in character, never bringing attention to herself. Rebbitzen Scheinberg exemplified the highest Torah ideals of warmth, love, and concern for others. She greeted everyone with a unique smile that made anyone who met

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Dear Esther, Ive been living in the Five Towns area for the past six years. I was nervous about moving here. I guess Im not the only person to feel that way. The Five Towns has quite a reputation. And for good reason. It can be very overwhelming. We moved here from sort of the fringe area of Flatbush. We davened at a little shteibel, and the people we knew and associated with were very down to earth and definitely simple in terms of material needs.

He wants me to shop where they shop, wear the latest outfits, and become a clone of the local women.

slave to fashion. I think its ridiculous how these women are so busy trying to impress one another and the pressure they put on themselves. I cant understand why they fall for all of this narishkeit. If you have the money to afford the clothing, it doesnt take any special talent to walk into a store and buy it. I think it just makes you a sucker! There are so many better things to do with that kind of money. My husband has bought expensive jewelry for me. He pressures me to wear these pieces that I find absurd and almost vulgar. The crazy thing is that he doesnt even like some of these people whom he is trying so hard to impress! Thats the real kicker. And it gets worse. He wants me to

entertain these friends on Shabbos the way they entertainwith enough food for an army and hired help for the serving and cleaning. As if Im not capable of handling the job myself. In Brooklyn he was happy having company over and proud of me for serving a simple but delicious meal, without having to impress. Now it has to be the finest liquor and the best of everything. I feel like my husband and I are living in two different worlds now. I dont understand how and why he has changed so much and he doesnt understand why Im not thrilled to become one of them. Is there some way for me to get through to him or maybe Im the one missing something here? My husband says that I should get with the program. I say that he should wake up from his fools paradise. What do you say? Simple Dear Simple, Lets start with a basic premise. Marriage is not necessarily easy. When you think about two separate individuals, coming from distinctly different homes,

growing up with different sets of parents, assuming values that are rarely 100% identical, its easy to understand why it takes work to find that middle ground where everyone feels understood, relevant, and comfortable. It sounds as though you and your husband were off to a very good start. I dont know how long you lived in Brooklyn, but apparently it provided a safe haven for the two of you to live peacefully and in harmony. It didnt present any particular temptations that nudged either you or your husband from veering from the lifestyle that was working for you so nicely. No outside factors seemed to be rocking your boat. Women in particular have strong gut feelings about things. I think you sensed that moving to the Five Towns would very likely shake things up for the two of you. And so it has. Though your husband thankfully has held on to his basic fine character traits, it does sound as though he has been sucked into the keeping up with the Jacobowitzes phenomenon.

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I guess I shouldnt complain. My husband, thank G-d, has done very well in his business. He seems to be very good at what he does, and of course, has had a lot of mazel. I know that particularly these days, I should be and am very grateful. The problem is that my husband has changed dramatically over these past six years. Hes still a very good guy, very sincere and kind. But I see how he has gotten himself caught up in all of the materialism that goes on around us. Whereas in Brooklyn, he never really thought much about what he wore, now its become very important to him. Everything has to be the finest and from a designer. Hes joined a gym and has lost a lot of weight. Yes, he looks great, but I feel like hes now unbearably into his looks. And thats not the man I married. I suppose I could put up with all of his new ideas. After all, he is still generous and fine. What Im having a problem with is the pressure that he is putting on me. Its becoming more and more important to him that I buy designer clothing. He wants me to keep up with his friends wives. He wants me to shop where they shop, wear the latest outfits, and become a clone of the local women. He has even suggested going shopping with me, which really struck me as kind of absurd! I dont need his approval, thank you very much. Thats not who I am. Im a simple girl from a simple background. I was raised to focus on inner beauty and not to be a


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MINDBIZContinued from Page 29The fact that you havent been influenced in the least and can remain objective enough to see the silliness of this eccentricity highlights your strength of character and confidence. I would venture to say that most people dont have the backbone that you have. Many people who worry so about keeping up with others often suffer from some sense of low self-esteem or some misplaced sense of values. After all, anyone worth identifying with and becoming close to wouldnt possibly be determining your worth based on the clothing on your back. Though I certainly can understand, appreciate, and admire those people who are drawn to beautiful things, can afford to buy them, and choose to express themselves through their attire, I cant understand how this adds to their personal worth as a human being. As you mentioned, beauty is indeed skin deep. Unfortunately, your husband to some degree, has gotten caught up in this showy parade. I d

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BY RABBI YAIR HOFFMAN As we went to press on Wednesday, we were saddened to hear of the petirah, the loss, of Rebbitzen Basha (Bessy) Scheinberg, a’h, the wife of yblc’t, HaGaon HaRav Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg, shlita, the rosh hayeshiva of Yeshiva Torah Ohr. Rebbitzen Scheinberg was the daughter of Rabbi Yaakov Yoseph Herman, one of the pio- neers of Torah Judaism in the early decades of the 1900’s. He Vegetarians Rachael E. Schindler, MA 24 Towers Of Pride Larry Domnitch 25 Free Of Charge Hannah Reich Berman 38 The People Problem Rabbi Avi Shafran 39 MindBiz Esther Mann, LMSW 40 Table Talk On Monday, DRS celebrated Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan with its premiere Stomp! competition. Each grade was represented by a team that performed for the entire school. Congratulations to the 11th-grade class for winning this competition! New Month, Lots Of Noise Rebbetzin Basha Scheinberg, a’h Continued on Page 28 LIFE GOES ON Another Mother’s Musings BY PHYLLIS J. LUBIN It is cold and rainy on this Sunday morning, not conducive to venturing outdoors. But it’s the first Sunday after the yom tov season, and there are places to go and people to see. This is the inaugural week of the Kulanu Sunday program, and Yussie, Lea, and Rochel are ready to make an appearance. Rochel, now 14 years old, has been a volunteer with the Sunday morning program since Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, one of the top authorities in the Torah world, has issued a ruling that the public may not take money from the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (Keren HaYedidut) headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein (above, left). See Page 17 Continued on Page 12 BY LARRY GORDON Among the rows of alphabeti- cally named streets in Wash- ington DC there is none that has been assigned the letter J. Perhaps that is where a new up- and-coming liberal Israel politi- cal action committee took its name from. It’s their way of com- municating to American Jews that their group has a message that the political establishment either may not have heard artic- ulated, was underrepresented, or had just been ignored. The emergence of J Street as a force from out of virtual obscuri- ty a year and a half ago has turned the concept of what it means to be pro-Israel in 2009 upside down. You can debate what it truly means to be pro- Israel in the age of Obama, but one thing is certain—the new J Street has arrived with a mission to blur the distinction between what genuinely is and what can be mistaken for being pro-Israel. J Street is convening its first national conference in Washington beginning this BY SAMUEL SOKOL EXCLUSIVE TO THE 5TJT I met Adnan Husseini in the lobby of the Ambassador Hotel in East Jerusalem. He did not look like a powerful or influen- tial man by any stretch of the imagination. He looked like a retired blue-collar worker, the type one sees in documentaries on the Arab world, sitting at a sidewalk café playing backgam- mon and listening to the radio. In reality, Husseini is Continued on Page 4 BY LARRY GORDON I was sitting at a wedding the other night when, at some point between the first course and the soup, I looked around and realized I really did not know anyone at my table. I gazed around a little further at the other parts of the room and saw that I really didn’t recog- nize anyone at the other tables, either. That’s not so unusual these days, because sometimes I get invited to simchas I really don’t belong at, but I’m con- nected in some way, so I do the right thing and attend if I can. There was an unusually eerie silence at this table. I knew I would probably be the first one to say something, but I wanted to see if anyone else would take the initiative and just do the ele- mentary sociable thing, exchange some niceties, and talk about the weather, last week’s parashah, or the beating Continued on Page 11 Continued on Page 15 CANDLE LIGHTING October 23 – 5:44 PM October 30 – 5:35 PM Analyzing J Street R’ ELYASHIV: REFUSE MONEY FROM IFCJ YU-RIETS Dinner honorees. See Page 53 Koidenover Rebbe to visit. See Page 53 Rabbi and Mrs. Arnold Marans to be honored by Amit. See Page 46 VOL. 10 NO. 4 5 CHESHVAN 5770 jb ,arp OCTOBER 23, 2009 $ 1.00 WWW.5TJT.COM See Page 31 INSIDE FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK HEARD IN THE BAGEL STORE Adnan Husseini INSIDE THE TEMPLE MOUNT Photo by Samuel Sokol
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