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“Another HISTORIC breakthrough today!” Trump Tweeted. “Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to ...
09/11/2020
Report: Bahrain to Normalize Ties With Israel - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

“Another HISTORIC breakthrough today!” Trump Tweeted. “Our two GREAT friends Israel and the Kingdom of Bahrain agree to a Peace Deal – the second Arab country to make peace with Israel in 30 days!”
http://www.5tjt.com/bahrain-to-normalize-ties-with-israel-media-reports-say/

Bahrain is to normalize relations with Israel, the diplomatic correspondent for Israel‘s public broadcaster Kan said in a tweet on Friday, without citing sources. Another Israeli reporter, Raphael Ahren of The Times of Israel, said President Donald Trump would on Friday announce that Bahrain was j...

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What could we do with over $20 million? I would start by building a multi-sports complex in the Country Club. $20 millio...
09/11/2020
Uri Kaufman Urges Lawrence Voters To Take Advantage Of Once-In-A-Lifetime Decision - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

What could we do with over $20 million? I would start by building a multi-sports complex in the Country Club. $20 million would pay for an indoor swimming pool open all year round, an indoor playground for children in winter, basketball gyms, a weight room and more. $20 million will also allow us to buy one of the beach clubs in Atlantic Beach for Village residents. All of these amenities would be offered with membership in the Country Club.
http://www.5tjt.com/uri-kaufman-urges-lawrence-voters-to-take-advantage-of-once-in-a-lifetime-decision/

By Uri Kaufman It doesn’t happen often, but every once in a while a community is asked to make a decision that will affect the quality of life for generations to come. Our community will face just such a decision this Tuesday, on September 15. Because on that day we will hold Village elections tha...

I have recorded the names and information of more than 100 people who “invested” money with Aaron Fischman and never rec...
09/10/2020
Bagel Store: The Other Shoe Drops - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

I have recorded the names and information of more than 100 people who “invested” money with Aaron Fischman and never received so much as a penny in return.
http://www.5tjt.com/bagel-store-the-other-shoe-drops/

  It finally happened. Aaron D. Fischman, the founder and proprietor of Cardis Enterprises, was indicted last week in the theft of $22 million of investor money dating back to 2013. The panoply of charges includes securities fraud, grand larceny, money laundering, and scheme to defraud. The fraud p...

Two Norwegian parliament members nominated Trump for brokering the normalization agreement between Israel and the United...
09/09/2020
Trump Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

Two Norwegian parliament members nominated Trump for brokering the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates..
http://www.5tjt.com/trump-nominated-for-nobel-peace-prize/

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — President Donald Trump was nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for brokering the normalization agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a lawmaker in the Norway parliament who heads his country’s delegation to NATO, nominated Tr...

The seminary also includes students from overseas, but they had not come into contact those from the Israeli program bec...
09/07/2020
125 in Midreshet Lindenbaum Israeli Program Quarantined for COVID Outbreak - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

The seminary also includes students from overseas, but they had not come into contact those from the Israeli program because they were still in the government-mandated 14-day isolation period.
http://www.5tjt.com/125-in-midreshet-lindenbaum-israeli-program-quarantined-for-covid-outbreak/

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — Twelve students at a religious seminary for women in Israel have tested positive for the coronavirus, in an outbreak that strikes at fears that the country’s residential learning programs could be a tinderbox for the disease. Some 125 of 200 students in the Israeli program...

Aaron Fischman was able to fleece investors out of tens of millions of dollars for his own personal benefit,” said Attor...
09/04/2020
Cardis Chief Aaron Fischman Indicted on Fraud Charges - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

Aaron Fischman was able to fleece investors out of tens of millions of dollars for his own personal benefit,” said Attorney General Letitia James.
http://www.5tjt.com/cardis-chief-aaron-fischman-indicted-on-fraud-charges/

Five Towns resident Aaron D. Fischman — former CEO of now defunct Cardis Enterprises International (Cardis) — was indicted Friday on charges that he operated a multi-million dollar securities scheme that defrauded over $22 million from investors across the country and around the world. “Aaron ...

09/02/2020
Our son’s yeshiva wants us to pay tuition even if we revert back to Zoom. Why should we pay full price if we’re not gett...
09/01/2020
Yid Parenting: Priceless Education - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

Our son’s yeshiva wants us to pay tuition even if we revert back to Zoom. Why should we pay full price if we’re not getting the full service?
http://www.5tjt.com/yid-parenting-priceless-education/

Question: We’re hoping that as a rebbe, you can answer the following question. Our son’s yeshiva is telling us to sign a document agreeing to pay tuition even if we need to revert back to Zoom. We have two issues with this. Why should we pay full price if we’re not getting the full service? Al...

The plan for Arab Americans also reiterates Biden’s commitment to a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian confli...
08/31/2020
Biden Campaign Platform For Arab Americans Reiterates Opposition To BDS Movement - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

The plan for Arab Americans also reiterates Biden’s commitment to a two-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and opposition to any unilateral steps by either side that undermines a two-state solution.
http://www.5tjt.com/biden-campaign-platform-for-arab-americans-reiterates-opposition-to-bds-movement/

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign condemns boycotts against Israel in its new platform geared toward the Arab American community. In “Joe Biden and the Arab American Community: A Plan for Partnership,” released Saturday, the candidate pledges to in...

“I welcome the decision of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed to cancel the law on boycotting produ...
08/31/2020
UAE Cancels Israel Boycott Law - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

“I welcome the decision of United Arab Emirates President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed to cancel the law on boycotting products from Israel and economic contacts with Israelis,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. “This is an important step in promoting prosperity and peace in the region.”
http://www.5tjt.com/uae-cancels-israel-boycott-law/

AUGUST 30, 2020 6:37 PM BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — The United Arab Emirates’ law boycotting Israel has been abolished, on the eve of a first delegation of Israeli and U.S. officials to visit the country since the historic normalization deal announced earlier this month. UAE President Sheikh Khalifa ...

The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was founded by the Arab League at a 1964 summit in Egypt; its first leader...
08/28/2020
War Of Words In Israel: Are ‘Annex,’ ‘Occupier’ Right Terms? - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) was founded by the Arab League at a 1964 summit in Egypt; its first leader was Lebanese-born Ahmad Shuqayrī, and Yasser Arafat, who famously led the organization from 1967 until his death in 2004, was Egyptian.

By Scott Feltman Questions of “annexation” have taken center-stage lately. Since the revealing of President Donald Trump’s Peace Plan, pundits and politicians have been asking: Should Israel annex “Area C,” a/k/a Judea, Samaria, and the Jordan Valley, as outlined in the Oslo Accord? Before...

“For many decades, Rabbi Karasick served as the model of American Orthodox lay leadership.”
08/28/2020
OU Mourns Death Of Former Leader Rabbi Joseph Karasick - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

“For many decades, Rabbi Karasick served as the model of American Orthodox lay leadership.”

The Orthodox Union (OU) mourns the loss of Rabbi Joseph Karasick, the former president and chairman of the organization who died this week at age 98. Rabbi Karasick was a genuine Jewish visionary and leader, remembered as an extraordinary lay leader, eloquent speaker, erudite rabbinic scholar, and s...

Zisman noted, “I am seeking another term because I love this village,” she said. “It’s a privilege for me to be involved...
08/28/2020
Zisman And Plaut Seek 4 More Years In Cedarhurst Village Elections - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

Zisman noted, “I am seeking another term because I love this village,” she said. “It’s a privilege for me to be involved with this village family. I’m planning on serving as long as I can continue to.”
http://www.5tjt.com/zisman-and-plaut-seek-4-more-years-in-cedarhurst-village-elections/

Cedarhurst village trustees Myrna Zisman and Dan Plaut are both running for four-year terms on September 15. Zisman and Plaut have both served the village for a number of years and their commitment to serving the community and caring for the residents is the cornerstone of their service. Plaut joine...

This week, Kenosha became an epicenter of renewed protest after a police officer shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, seven ti...
08/28/2020
Response To Graffiti At Kenosha Synagogue: ‘What’s happened these last few days is not about us’ - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

This week, Kenosha became an epicenter of renewed protest after a police officer shot a Black man, Jacob Blake, seven times in the back. And on Wednesday night, the 93-year-old synagogue’s driveway was graffitied with the words “Free Palestine.”

  BY BEN SALES AUGUST 27, 2020 7:20 PM (JTA) — In early June, as anti-racism protests swept the country in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Beth Hillel Temple in Kenosha, Wisconsin, signed onto an interfaith letter supporting peaceful protest and condemning “a broken societal sys...

“It is heartbreaking to learn the fire at the Chabad Center was set intentionally,” Newark Mayor Jerry Clifton said in a...
08/27/2020
Fire At University of Delaware Chabad Ruled Arson - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

“It is heartbreaking to learn the fire at the Chabad Center was set intentionally,” Newark Mayor Jerry Clifton said in a statement. “This is a sickening act of hostility that threatens the safety and security of our inclusive, welcoming neighborhoods. My thoughts are with the Jewish community and those affected by this tragedy.”

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — Arson was the cause of a fire at the Chabad center at the University of Delaware, the state’s fire marshal has ruled. Assistant State Fire Marshal Michael Chionchio said Wednesday that investigators have found “no indication of a hate crime,” and that the fire marshal....

Arnold Spielberg, whose experiences during World War II inspired his son Steven Spielberg to direct “Saving Private Ryan...
08/27/2020
Arnold Spielberg, Father Of Filmmakers Steven and Nancy, Died At 103 - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

Arnold Spielberg, whose experiences during World War II inspired his son Steven Spielberg to direct “Saving Private Ryan,” has died at the age of 103.

Spielberg died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes, his children said in a statement published in the Hollywood Reporter. His children reportedly were with him at the time of his death.

BY MARCY OSTER (JTA) — Arnold Spielberg, whose experiences during World War II inspired his son Steven Spielberg to direct “Saving Private Ryan,” has died at the age of 103. Spielberg died Tuesday in Los Angeles of natural causes, his children said in a statement published in the Hollywood Rep...

08/27/2020

“Joe has made it clear he will not tie security assistance to any political decisions that Israel makes and I couldn’t agree more,” Harris said Wednesday in a call arranged by the Biden campaign for Jewish donors. “The Biden Harris administration will sustain our unbreakable commitment to Israel’s security, including the unprecedented military and intelligence cooperation pioneered during the Obama-Biden administration and the guarantee that Israel will always maintain its qualitative military edge.”
http://www.5tjt.com/kamala-harris-tells-jewish-supporters-aid-to-israel-will-not-be-conditional-in-a-biden-administration/

The Rambam additionally writes in his laws of repentance that one who repents with a full heart is a completely differen...
08/27/2020
The Mask In My Pocket - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

The Rambam additionally writes in his laws of repentance that one who repents with a full heart is a completely different person, to the point where it may even be appropriate for the penitent to change his or her name. In an era when most of the people we come across during the day, walking through the streets or in one of the local establishments, have a mask covering most of their face, in a sense, many of them are not the people we thought they were.

By Yochanan Gordon Over the last couple of weeks I have written about teshuvah and our overall preparation for the Yomim Nora’im in the context of song. It occurred to me that, by contrast, the topic I’ve decided to cover this week is not necessarily music to everyone’s ears; for many, if it w...

Finally, after all these years, it seems that many shuls are being mindful of the length of the Rosh Hashanah davening. ...
08/27/2020
Outdoor Observations - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

Finally, after all these years, it seems that many shuls are being mindful of the length of the Rosh Hashanah davening. This might be the opportunity to focus on the depth and quality of our prayers as opposed to watching the clock and wondering what time we will actually conclude the services.

Our outdoor minyanim around the world seem to be flourishing, and that is important as our shuls and their memberships gear up for the upcoming High Holy Days—Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur followed directly by Sukkos. Of course, there are numerous concerns as we lurch forward. One of the most often...

Steven explained to me that aside from selling and building their sukkahs, this year he has also become somewhat of a su...
08/27/2020
Building A Sukkah - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

Steven explained to me that aside from selling and building their sukkahs, this year he has also become somewhat of a sukkah psychologist, if there was ever anything like that.
http://www.5tjt.com/building-a-sukkah/

For many it is travel trauma. Yom tov is around the corner and many who traditionally make their way to Eretz Yisrael at that point of the year are something between stuck and conflicted. So most are going to be home, and that might signal the onset of an additional trauma. I know you are …

Zeldin is a star in the Trump universe. In looking ahead to Zeldin’s speech, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh playe...
08/27/2020
Congressman Lee Zeldin In Dead Heat In His House Race - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

Zeldin is a star in the Trump universe. In looking ahead to Zeldin’s speech, Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh played up Zeldin’s military service. “He himself is also an Iraq war veteran currently serving as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S Army reserves,” he said.
http://www.5tjt.com/congressman-lee-zeldin-in-dead-heat-in-his-house-race/

BY RON KAMPEAS AUGUST 26, 2020 10:36 PM WASHINGTON (JTA) — Lee Zeldin, the Jewish Long Island Republican congressman, made the case for President Donald Trump by talking up his own service to his constituents and telling a harrowing personal story. In getting a good word in for himself, Zeldin’s...

This rabbi humbled himself in a way I never saw a rabbi do. He retracted and apologized and admitted mistakes he made. H...
08/27/2020
Ongoing Revision - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

This rabbi humbled himself in a way I never saw a rabbi do. He retracted and apologized and admitted mistakes he made. He said, “What I wrote a month ago may no longer be my feeling or as medically relevant today.” He reprinted the exact shul notice he had written a month earlier with lines drawn through the parts that he visibly wished to retract. Wow. I’ve never seen that before.
http://www.5tjt.com/ongoing-revision/

By Gila Jedwab, DMD I had a rough week; I could hardly get out of bed this morning. But as I sit here writing, I am a new person. Two unexpected heroes showed up and lifted my spirits. They restored my vitality. It started like this. My youngest sister, the baby of our family, made …

However, the bottom-line is not always about the bottom-line. While everyone would love for money to pour into our coffe...
08/26/2020
Preserving Tranquility In Lawrence - The 5 Towns Jewish Times

However, the bottom-line is not always about the bottom-line. While everyone would love for money to pour into our coffers, there are additional priorities to bear in mind, some of which are more important than money.
http://www.5tjt.com/preserving-tranquility-in-lawrence/
http://www.5tjt.com/preserving-tranquility-in-lawrence/

By Eli Kutner The residents of the Village of Lawrence are a lucky lot. We are fortunate to live in a “bedroom” community just outside the hurried city of New York, a short train ride away from one of the financial, cultural, and demographic epicenters of the world; 15 minutes from an airport th...

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Straight Out of “The 400th” By John Burl Smith I dedicated this post “Straight Out of ‘The 400th’” to my wife Dot, and other black women, who were and are continually on the frontline, as unsung heroines of our love story, which is as older as time itself. Recently there has been lots of buzz regarding Mrs. Michelle Obama’s recent statement, “I’m experiencing “low-grade depression.” Then she followed that with, “The idea that what this country is going through shouldn’t have any effect on us-that we all should just feel OK all the time-that just doesn't feel real to me. So I hope you all are allowing yourselves to feel whatever it is you’re feeling.” It is called empathy. For me her response is consistent with the nurturant role enslaved African women have always filled from slave pens until today. The powerful thing to me is that she felt that urge and openly expressed that matriarchal tendency to relate and comfort the community. While struggling to learn how best to express my thoughts in writing, when telling a story, Dot always admonished, “It has to be a love story!” So this is an “ode to black women and a love story in her honor.” Black women began expressing this concept most profoundly, during the story I learned and tell in my narrative “The 400th” From Slavery to Hip Hop. Believe it or not, I did not set out to structure “The 400th” as I did, but in telling of it, black women and their role, very subtly at first, but conditions kept dictated their survival strategy. The circumstances enslaved Africans endured forced black women to step into the void, whenever one existed. The following passages exemplify black women’s role “Straight out of “The 400th”. First and foremost, in terms of survival for enslaved Africans, black women seemed to have decided back in slavery to throw babies at the problem, until black men came up with a better strategy. Their decision to keep bearing children, in the face of total uncertainty, pain and loss, as well as degradation and exploitation, while beginning forced to nurse masters’ children, at the expense of her child; Black they took on the burden of caring for others. They were the foundation of the next crucial decisions for former enslaved Africans after emancipation, which was to make families and build communities; black women became the center of community survival. Black women were the ones most likely to be able to read and write, so that put them in control of the family’s business. Those families that followed this strategy prospered, but those that did not, didn’t fare as well. This result is reflected by the fact that black women with children survived without men, but men without families, mostly did poorly. Some family structures former slaves developed defy textbook descriptions. Families joined together; sometimes two or three women shared one man. Some arrangements were like confederations, formed based on mutual survival needs and agreements. Just the same, whatever structure former slaves came up with, proved to be resilient enough that small groups of families became communities, aiding contrabands survival. Their decision to build communities allowed what they learned, as individuals surviving in slave pens, to become group knowledge, underpinning their common experiences, made all their other experiences part of their communal strategies. Deciding to make families and build communities, rather than dispersing among others or existing as individuals, I believe, was enslaved Africans saving grace. Although keeping the family together was their primary responsibility, black women lead all kinds of civic/social movements and activities. Their most powerful weapon was “Colored Women Clubs, which united them in the efforts to find and care for orphans. Slavery and Civil War produced millions of children who had no idea of who or the whereabouts of their parents. While simultaneously, men formed groups among themselves—ministers, lodges, and fraternal organizations—which championed and established traditions of self-help and communal support, however, women’s groups were far more effective. Identical to white men, but for different reasons, black men were very chauvinistic about leadership. Most of these groups excluded women, and those that admitted women, relegated them to second class status, at best secretaries. Today, I felt compelled to offer this ode to black women to honor their determination, strength, intelligence, resolve and refusal to yield, as Maya Angelou penned so eloquently, “Still I Rise.” I refuse to attend any “pity party” where black women are looked upon as deficient in any respect or there are questions about black women regarding anything, except being overly generous to white women, who know the truth of their prowess, because they stand on black women’s shoulders. But to get their big chance, white women align with white men to get their slice of white privilege. This ode to black women is an appeal for them to stand strong in their tradition, you have nothing which to apologize. You have earned your bona fides, competing against white privilege, so never take a step back against yourself. When you do, you will be conceding ground you have fought tremendous battles to gain. Lives were lost by black women like you to preserve gains for the next generation. Then again because you are so magnanimous, today you stand before the world based on everyone—white men, black men and white women—readily moved up over your backs to stand on your shoulders, denying you your rightful place because you are black women. Today you have earned your rightful place at the highest levels of leadership. But, I have a final question, “If not now, what was it all for?” You, black woman, asked for this, and deservedly so it is before each of you. Each time you stepped, you passed a black man, who was comfortable, hanging out with the white boys in the backroom. On such nights, you were up late, burning the midnight oil, so you could be so incredibly stunning the next morning. “If not now, what was the struggle for?” You would have never made it to where you are if being a pretty party girl was what you dreamed of and pined. Feeding your fire, after being born in darkness without real hope, you reached for that which burned brightest, as your guide toward the light that shines upon you today. Your brilliance is yours by right, not anyone’s stolen joy; you deserve everything that is before. So reach out and possess it, as your prize, for all your battles won. The best needs to show young eyes what a powerful black woman looks like and behave like, by being the example you never had. What will young eyes see if you do not provide such images? “If not this time then when?”
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