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What’s It Really All About?

Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS 

Ok. We’re down to the wire. Let’s talk Passover. The Seder specifically- what are we really doing here? In fact, did you know it is a mitzvah to talk about the Exodus from Egypt every day? So then- tadah- why is this night different from all other nights? (Wow that has a familiar ring!!) 

Also, it’s all about the miracles that happened to our forefathers in Egypt, in fact 600,000 of our forefathers- so why- no “Ahl  Haneesam” like we say on Chanukah and Purim;  When Al hanissim is recited, raving about the miracles G-d performed for our forefathers. Are we thinking these ten miraculous plagues plus splitting an entire sea for us  was not that big a deal, not all that impressive?! Let’s see any one of you do even one of them! 

Oh and furthermore, why don’t we say a Bracha before maggid (the telling of the entire experience). It would seem we should!  We say a bracha before the megillat Esther. We say a bracha before lighting the Chanukah candles or sitting in the Succah.  We’re about to do a required mitzvah- the re-telling of the exodus from Egypt- yet silence on the blessing part!!-what gives?  Aren’t we thankful? Would we still like to be out there breaking our backs or delivering six babies in one  shot- no easy feat (in fact 12- no easy feet!)!!! Are we ingrates? Where’s the love?! 

So let’s try to figure this out! 

Yes, there is a mitzvah to remember leaving Egypt daily. But there is a separate one for the Seder. We are not just supposed to remember it; we are supposed to re-live it!  Notice it says, “Vihigadita Livincha…Bayom Hahu Laimor...”  “Vihigadita”- means telling the tough stuff and then “laimor” is the more pleasant details. We start with the reality of all the difficult stuff we went through in mitzraim and then segue into the more pleasant gifts of exodus and freedom.  

Why do we do that? Why do we first discuss and sort of personally experience the hardships of Egypt? 

Here’s the answer -Appreciation! That is the theme of the Seder night! The best way to really appreciate- central air conditioning is to spend the day out in the 100 degree weather.

When we remember how we were out there in the brutal sun, slaving away, suffering, then we can truly internalize the gift of our redemption and freedom. 

 Ahahh - if we are reliving the plight, from start to finish, how can we say a blessing at the start of the Seder. We are all in a state of distress. We have not gotten to the blessing of freedom yet at the beginning of the night. (The Talmud in Megillah 31b, states we don’t make a bracha over a calamity.)  

And how can we recite “Al Hanissim She-ahsitah La avotainu Bayomim  hahaim Bazman Hazeh”… For the miracles you did to our forefathers in those days at this time ….  That prayer is for remembrance of a miracle that occurred in the past to someone else. We are not merely remembering it- we are living it personally.  And therefore, not up to the miracles at the start of the Seder. We are going from oppression to freedom through the night. We are reliving the entire experience in real time..  

It’s not till the end of the Seder that we say a prayer of thanks. Because then finally we are freed. (Asher Ga’alanu). So at the Seder we have the full experience - in order to appreciate fully.  

Even the four cups of wine through the night, relate to the theme of appreciation.  Sure no one needs to really ask why we have wine- after all wine’s always good for a celebration – who needs an explanation! But one explanation relating to the appreciation theme is each cup represents a reason we would give a korban todah =Thanks offering back when the temple sttod.  By the way - Here’s a good way to memorize when we give a Todah offering: Use the word “chaim” to remember the four reasons (they are four reasons we bench Gomal today too):  Chet-cholah- when one is made better, Yud-Yam,when one  crosses the  sea safely, Yud-yissurim-being freed from suffering or bondage, and Mem- midbar ‘ getting through the Midbar/ desert safely.

Interestingly, all four events were present when we escaped Egypt. We ran from being Cholah / sickened- by hard work, through the- yam/water, away from- yissurim / bondage, and through the- midbar/ dessert. And we blessed with life/ Chaim!!!  And we therefore owe Hashem 4  Korban Todahs.  That’s certainly nothing   to “whine” about!!!  But it is something to “wine” about- four fold in fact!  

Finally, an ending message about an interesting starting point: why is there always all the arguing over what to use for karpos?  “You need to use a stalk of celery, no, a potato, it’s got to be parsley”. Well guess what- karpos is wool. It’s used to describe the beautiful woolen tapestries in Ahchashvairosh’s palace “chor Karpos Vitichailet” in the Megillah of Esther.  And it’s used to describe the Kitonet Passim- Joseph’s woolen coat.  

The dipping is to take you back to the beginning of what caused all this suffering. The brothers dipping Joseph’s woolen coat into goat’s blood in order to have Jacob thinking Joseph died.  Meanwhile behind the scenes he was really sold down to Egypt. So …That’s how we start our night, dipping the karpos and reenacting the brothers dipping the wool into the blood, representing the in-fighting among the brothers that brought us down to Egypt in the first place.   

It’s funny that we seem to bicker over whether Karpos is celery or parsley or a potato.  And it takes us back to the brother’s bickering. What a perfect way to start a re-enactment of how we wound up down in Egypt.  

Ultimately, let’s learn to stop the bickering.  The Seder is about appreciating all the suffering… we were freed from- Hoooorayyy!!!  And all the good G-d bestowed on us, thereafter- capped off by the gift of the Torah and Israel.  

Now let’s use the Seder to really do our job- APPRECIATE our freedom –Experience it in real time. Use the night to personally feel it- like the best and most refreshing central air conditioning anyone was ever lucky enough to have in a world so full of many heated issues!!!  

Have a wonderful Pessach!!! 

Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or



The 7-Day Love Challenge 

by Slovie Jungreis-Wolff 

7 pieces of Jewish wisdom to build a stronger marriage.


"With hearts full of sadness we have decided to separate." Gwyneth Paltrow announced her 'conscious uncoupling' from husband Chris Martin on her website Goop. Paltrow has been candid about the difficulty of marriage in the past. "It's hard being married," she said. "You go through great times, you go through terrible times. We're the same as any couple."

Whether you are a famous celebrity or an ordinary couple, keeping your marriage alive can be a struggle. Creating a happy life together takes sweat. It requires introspection, courage and commitment.

Torah's wisdom provides a path for us to build a home filled with love. How much effort we put into the journey is our choice. When a marriage is coasting along or feels stuck, I am often asked if one partner can really make a difference. The answer quite simply is 'yes'. If a husband or wife decides to nourish the relationship, there is a renewed sense of hope. The energy in the home grows positive. True, it may take time, but our spouse will eventually mirror our emotions. If you offer love, you will strengthen your bond. If you generate pain, you will probably discover more pain. If you withdraw emotionally, the void will overcome you.

For the next 7 days be inspired to love. Drawing upon Torah wisdom for each day, here is a concrete 7-day plan of action to empower you to love. In one week you will discover that you have the inner strength to climb from the promise of love to genuine daily practice, moving from a place of frustrated dreams to a more joyous reality.


"Shammai says, receive each person with a cheerful face" (Ethics of the Fathers, 1: 15).

When you see your spouse for the first time in the morning, give a smile. When evening comes and you see each other again, greet your partner with a pleasant face. Even if you had a lousy day - there was a problem in the office, your son's principal called, and there is a leak in your bathroom - don't lose your smile. A smile warms the heart. It shows our husband that we are happy to see him. It relays to our wife that we are glad to be here.

The way we wake up to each other can set a tone for the day. A grumpy look creates a sour mood. Morning or night, be careful that the first moments you see each other you do not convey stress and pressure. For a house to be a haven, it must be a place of joy. Our faces project a feeling of warmth and pleasure or aloofness and distaste.

Today be the first to smile. Communicate tenderness. Create joy.


"Love others as you love yourself" (Leviticus 19:18).

Instead of asking what has he done for me lately, ask what can I do to show my love? Don't wait for your spouse to initiate good feeling, today you be the one to bring pleasure to your relationship. The best way to do this is by thinking what it is that you would want and then just do it for your spouse. Make a surprise breakfast, bring home a favorite treat, offer to take on a carpool, run an errand, set up a date night - anything to show that you care.

How would you want your spouse to treat you? Give emotional support. Give undivided attention. Give of your time. Give the gift of love. This is the key to create a stronger bond.

Today put new energy into your relationship and do an act of kindness for your spouse.


"Death and Life are in the power of the tongue" (Proverbs, 18: 21).

Words create. Words devastate. With one word we can encourage dreams, create joy, inspire hope and soothe wounds. And with one word we can inject hatred, cause grief, destroy desire and demolish self-esteem. Today speak with kindness and dignity - even when you disagree. Challenge yourself to stay away from saying things like 'are you nuts?', 'what's your problem?', and 'can't you do anything right?' Determine that you will stop shaming and embarrassing your partner. Instead of using put downs or dwelling on past hurts, extend words of gratitude.


"A protective fence for wisdom is silence" (Ethics of the Fathers, 3:17).

There are times that it is better to hold your tongue than to respond. Anger can bring a person to say things he doesn't mean. Rage can cause deep regret. Silence takes you to a place of wisdom. You can review your words and think before you act. Many couples tell me that they don't even remember how the awful argument started. If only someone would have remained silent, the situation would not have spiraled out of control.

Today think before you speak. If you are about to erupt in impatience or anger, hold yourself back. Curb negative comments. If you are provoked, find the strength to keep silent.


"Acquire for yourself a friend" (Ethics of the Fathers, 1:6).

See your spouse as your best friend. Best friends are loyal to one another. They share each other's secrets but do not reveal them to others. True friendship means we don't gossip or complain about our spouse. We revel in each other's success and are not indifferent or uncaring when there is pain. We believe in each other. Friends enjoy each other's company and are sure to make time for one another. Laughter is a large part of life together. A good friend is accepting of shortcomings because the focus is on what is right about the person instead of what is wrong.

Do something today that will express your friendship for your spouse. Be thoughtful. Challenge yourself to confide in your spouse. Make your spouse feel safe with you. Show that you trust and are trustworthy.


"Who is honored? He who honors others" (Ethics of the Fathers, 4:1).

Respect is the bedrock of marriage. Too often we believe that if we show respect, we will seem vulnerable. We restrain ourselves from displaying honor and instead wait to see how our spouse will honor us first. We lose out on a great opportunity to express our love through consideration.

When you are sitting at a meal with your spouse, turn off your iPhone. If your wife asks you to do something, don't keep pushing her off. When your husband makes a comment, stop rolling your eyes.

Your challenge today is to find a way to show honor to your spouse. Communicate respect through your actions and words. Watch your tone and facial expressions. Be courageous and express feelings of admiration and affection.


"Be among the disciples of Aaron, loving peace and pursuing peace" (Ethics of the Fathers, 1:12).

What is your goal? You want to build a home filled with serenity. When there is war in marriage, even if you prevail, you lose. There are no winners in this battle. You must decide to seek peace.

The final challenge is to pursue peace. Can you give in to your spouse for the purpose of shalom bayit, peace in the home? Can you hear your partner's side and put yourself in the place of another? Be the first to say "I'm sorry"? Don't harden your heart and refuse to forgive. Let it go. Free yourself from the burden of having always to be right.

It is true, marriage can be hard. But it is also the greatest gift; the most awesome opportunity to discover true love. May we all find the strength and courage to grow and give today so that when tomorrow arrives our homes will be filled with blessing.


A Resolution at Last for a Father’s Unsettling Legacy



Joseph Corsbie was haunted for decades by ashes that his father received from a survivor of the Dachau concentration camp and later passed on to him. CreditTravis Dove for The New York Times

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DOBSON, N.C. — Sometime in late 2012, feeling his mortality after two heart attacks, Joseph Corsbie realized that the moment had come to tell the story of the ashes. He had first heard it nearly 30 years earlier from his father, Walter. And only in the face of imminent death had Walter finally spoken, keeping his promise to never forget.

For decades after his military service in World War II, Walter had kept the yellowish powder in a metal cigarette case, stowed amid his Army memorabilia. The ashes had been given to him, an aspiring minister from North Carolina, by a Jewish survivor of Dachau in the weeks after American troops liberated that concentration camp. Take this, the former prisoner said to the soldier, so you will remember what happened here.

The terrible evidence wound up in a dresser drawer of Joseph’s house trailer, just around the bend from the lumber mill and up the road from the Solid Rock Baptist Church, so distant in place and time from the Nazi killing grounds. For years, Joseph pondered what to do, how exactly to fulfill the obligation. He hoped for marriage and children, another generation to assume the responsibility, but those things never happened.



The ashes which the New York City medical examiner verified as human remains, will be interred in a synagogue’s cemetery in Durham, N.C.CreditTravis Dove for The New York Times

So two years ago he told the story, first to a cousin, and that cousin told her sister, and the telling and retelling set into motion a chain of events that led to a plan to bury the ashes with a Jewish service at a synagogue’s cemetery in Durham. The ceremony, scheduled for mid-May, will take place 69 years after the slaughter ended at Dachau.

“It’s like I became guardian of that memory,” Joseph Corsbie, 62, said. “I have to make sure they aren’t forgotten. They were innocents.”

Another innocent, at least at the outset, was David Walter Corsbie Jr., a carpenter’s son who went by his middle name as he grew up in Greensboro. He entered the service in November 1942, a few weeks shy of his 22nd birthday, and was ultimately assigned to the 364th Fighter Squadron of the Army Air Corps, training as a crew member.

As the squadron was preparing to provide bombing support for the Allied invasion of Western Europe, a doctor found that Walter had an irregular heartbeat. He was ruled out of flight and combat and assigned to clerical duty. On the last day of 1945, he was discharged, and he returned to his wife, Martha, and their son, David, who had been born while Walter was overseas.

For Joseph, the couple’s younger child, Walter was a frustrating figure. So many of Joseph’s friends had fathers who regaled them with tales of wartime grit and valor. Walter barely touched the subject. One day in his midteens, Joseph told Walter he had been nothing but a “pencil pusher.”



A view of Dachau after the camp’s 1945 liberation. CreditU.S. Army

The insult jolted Walter into action. He pulled out his box of Army artifacts — enlistment papers, honorable discharge, cap and uniform, dog tags, medals. Amid them lay the cigarette case holding the cake of ashes.

Joseph asked about it, and Walter began to shake and cry. Martha told Joseph: “Stop it. He doesn’t want to talk about it.”

And Walter did not talk about it, until shortly before his death in 1986. What he recounted to Joseph then had taken place soon after Germany surrendered in early May 1945. Walter’s unit was posted near Munich. One day, he was sent to Dachau as a messenger. Then and there, he encountered the prisoner who presented him with the ashes and the admonition.

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Maybe those ashes explained as much about Walter as about Dachau. He had come back from the war different. He gave up his plan to become a minister, finding work instead repairing address-printing machines. He joined a local post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, but never spent much time among its members. Walter became as closed up and hidden away as the ashes.

Joseph, for his part, followed that model. He held onto the ashes without ever speaking of them. He received ordination as a minister and read deeply about a variety of religions, yet never worked in the field. Instead he made his living as a security guard and a store cashier. When he went gray and portly in middle age, he sometimes took seasonal jobs as a department-store Santa.

Even Small Medical Advances Can Mean Big Jumps in Bills




"It’s the most expensive thing I own, aside from my house." CATHERINE HAYLEY, whose diabetes was diagnosed when she was 9, describing the digital insulin pump that helps keep her alive. CreditLuke Sharrett for The New York Times

MEMPHIS — Catherine Hayley is saving up for an important purchase: an updated version of the tiny digital pump at her waist that delivers lifesaving insulin under her skin.

Such devices, which tailor insulin dosing more precisely to the body’s needs, have transformed the lives of people with Type 1 diabetes like Ms. Hayley. But as diabetics live longer, healthier lives and worries fade about dreaded complications like heart attacks, kidney failure, amputations and blindness, they have been replaced by another preoccupation: soaring treatment costs.

“It looks like a beeper,” said Ms. Hayley, a 36-year-old manager here for an environmental services company, referring to the vintage 2007 pump on the waistband of her jeans. “It’s made of plastic and runs on triple-A batteries, but it’s the most expensive thing I own, aside from my house.”

A new model, along with related treatment supplies, prices out at tens of thousands of dollars for this year and will cost her about $5,000, even with top-notch insurance. “It’s great,” Ms. Hayley said, “but it all adds up.”

Traditionally, insurers lost money by covering people with chronic illnesses, because they often ended up hospitalized with myriad complications as their diseases progressed. Today, the routine care costs of many chronic illnesses eclipse that of acute care because new treatments that keep patients well have become a multibillion-dollar business opportunity for device and drug makers and medical providers.

The high price of new treatments for diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and other chronic diseases contribute mightily to the United States’ $2.7 trillion annual health care bill.

More than 1.5 million Americans have Type 1 diabetes and cannot survive without frequent insulin doses, so they are utterly dependent on a small number of producers of supplies and drugs, which have great leeway to set prices. (Patients with the far more common Type 2 diabetes — linked to obesity — still produce insulin and can improve with lifestyle changes and weight loss, or on oral medicines.)

That captive audience of Type 1 diabetics has spawned lines of high-priced gadgets and disposable accouterments, borrowing business models from technology companies like Apple: Each pump and monitor requires the separate purchase of an array of items that are often brand and model specific.

A steady stream of new models and updates often offer dubious improvement: colored pumps; talking, bilingual meters; sensors reporting minute-by-minute sugar readouts. Ms. Hayley’s new pump will cost $7,350 (she will pay $2,500 under the terms of her insurance). But she will also need to pay her part for supplies, including $100 monitor probes that must be replaced every week, disposable tubing that she must change every three days and 10 or so test strips every day.

That does not even include insulin, which has been produced with genetic engineering and protected by patents, so that a medicine that cost a few dollars when Ms. Hayley was a child now often sells for more than $200 a vial, meaning some patients must pay more than $4,000 a year. Other refinements have benefited a minority of patients but raised prices for all. There are no generics in the United States.

Companies that produce the treatments say the higher costs reflect medical advances and the need to recoup money spent on research. But David Kliff, a financial analyst who is editor of Diabetic Investor, an independent newsletter on the industry, points out: “Diabetes is not just a disease state; it’s a huge business,too.”

Those companies spend millions of dollars recruiting patients at health fairs, through physicians’ offices and with aggressive advertising — often urging them to get devices and treatments that are not necessary, doctors say. “They may be better in some abstract sense, but the clinical relevance is minor,” said Dr. Joel Zonszein, director of the Clinical Diabetes Center at Montefiore Medical Center.

“People don’t need a meter that talks to them,” he added. “There’s an incredible waste of money.”

Even patients with insurance often feel squeezed by large out-of-pocket costs, and many describe holding old pumps together with duct tape, rationing their test strips and skimping on insulin. Dr. Jeoffry B. Gordon, a family practitioner in San Diego, said he had patients with failing kidneys and others who had ended up in emergency rooms because they could not afford their maintenance care.

“From a guy on the front lines, the improvements have been miraculous,” he said. “But the acquisition cost is very high, and the pricing dictates what treatment you get.”

Complication rates from diabetes in the United States are generally higherthan in other developed countries. That is true even though the United States spends more per patient and per capita treating diabetes than elsewhere, said Ping Zhang, an economist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The high costs are taking their toll on public coffers, since 62 percent of that treatment money comes from government insurers. The cumulative outlays for treating Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes reached nearly $200 billionin 2012, or about 7 percent of America’s health care bill.

Expenditures could well double by 2030, according to estimates by the C.D.C., in large part because the number of Americans found to have diabetes has been increasing more than 50 percent every 10 years. Most of the increase is attributable to Type 2 diabetes patients, whom manufacturers are encouraging to try insulin treatment and glucose monitoring, even though that is rarely medically required. Also, the Affordable Care Act requires health insurers to cover people with chronic disease, meaning they will have better access to treatments.

“This is not just a health care crisis,” said Mr. Kliff, the newsletter editor, who has Type 1 diabetes. “It’s an economic crisis as well.”

Maintaining Control

Catherine Hayley was born in 1977, the year before the first synthetic human insulin was made using new gene-splicing technology. Her diabetes was diagnosed when she was 9, about the time this new generation of genetically engineered insulin was brought to market. One of her earliest memories is practicing insulin injections on an orange.

The development of insulin therapy in the 1920s was one of the great medical triumphs of the 20th century, on a par with the discovery of antibiotics. Before then, Type 1 diabetics often died within a year and were on such restrictive diets that they sometimes succumbed to starvation.

Diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the pancreas stops producing the hormone insulin. Without it, sugars build up in the blood, producing symptoms like blurry vision, exhaustion and frequent urination and leading to a severe accumulation of acids that can be rapidly fatal. Even when treated with insulin shots, moderately high sugar levels over the long term can damage the eyes, heart, kidneys and nerves. But if too much insulin is given, blood sugar can plummet, leading to unconsciousness and seizures. Because digestive enzymes degrade insulin, it cannot be swallowed, and must be injected.

When Ms. Hayley’s diabetes was diagnosed, maintaining that balance involved testing a drop of blood on a paper strip that would change color to indicate — within a wide range — the patient’s glucose level. Patients would typically give themselves a shot of insulin morning and night in response to the results.

 “What I ate was all very regimented, and it had to be at the same time each day,” she recalled. At school every day at 10 a.m., she pulled out a snack of a precisely weighed chunk of cheese and rice cakes.

The treatment tools were initially cheap: simple syringes and pig insulin, which is almost identical to that made by the human body. But that all changed after a landmark study in 1992 showed that patients did better if they maintained very tight control — keeping their blood sugar within a nearly normal range by checking it frequently and taking multiple insulin shots a day. Around the same time the business of American medicine was changing, too, with direct-to-consumer advertising, proprietary treatments and designer insulin in development.

When Ms. Hayley left Memphis for Colorado College in 1996, she was using a tiny meter through which she could get more precise measures of her blood sugar level, a penlike injector containing insulin with an adjustable dose, and human insulin made with gene-splicing technology. All were covered by patents.

She did not switch to a pump until 2006 when, after years of waiting tables and studying in graduate school, she got her first job with insurance benefits. “It controls my blood sugar better,” she said, on her way to a dinner that included sharing a once-forbidden fruit cobbler. “I’m really able to live how I want. However, the price has increased dramatically.”

The tiny squirts from her pump are delivered more precisely by patented systems with microchip sensors and Bluetooth capability, with technical support by company representatives in endocrinologists’ offices. When Ms. Hayley pricks her finger, it is with a customized lancet to go with a customized test strip that fits into a customized meter, which transmits the result wirelessly to her compatible insulin pump, which delivers the appropriate insulin dose. (There is not yet a one-device-does-all that automatically performs the pricking, measuring and dosing.)

While some components, like the meters, are low cost or even free for patients, their supplies are costly. Dr. Spencer Owades, a dentist in suburban Denver with Type 1 diabetes, said he was shocked to discover that his test strips — which cost just pennies to make — were priced at $1.50 apiece when he ran out and had to buy them at a pharmacy. He usually received them in the mail through his insurer and uses five to 10 a day.

“It’s a printer model,” he said, “where the printer is cheap, but they get you on the cartridges.” He added: “But if you have diabetes, they have you over a barrel.”



Why Are These Weeks Different From All Other Weeks?

Rivki D. Rosenwald Esq., CLC, SDS 

Let me start with:

5 easy steps to make Passover Passable!

1. Go away- let it be someone else’s problem!

2. Get a prescription for Xanax- that way you’ll never know it’s your problem

3.  Learn to love cleaning, scrubbing, shopping, and cooking!

4. Start downing prunes or Benefiber now.

5. Become Sephardi

One thing’s for sure, Passover prep does really authenticate the experience of leaving Egypt. You are either busy packing to leave or struggling till the night of the Seder arrives. No one gets off the hook- everyone’s either getting ready for the Exodus or entrenched in the 10 plagues:

-          Cleaning

-          Cooking

-          Scrubbing

-          Shopping

-          Boiling

-          Lining

-          Covering

-          Switching

-          Taping

-          And the 10th plague- wanting to kill someone!

No one needs to tell you, after all this, to “picture yourself as if you too, were leaving Egypt by G-d’s strong hand”.  The Haggadah is almost redundant when it requires it!  When that first Seder finally descends upon you- you are truly happy- freedom has arrived.

-          No one needs to encourage you to drink 4 cups of wine- you are wondering how you held back for this long.

-          The dipping at the Seder is a welcomed change from dipping one more mop into another   bucket of water.

-          And the bitter herbs- are a much less bitter pill than all the hard work you did to get here!

Passover comes in each year with a bang, or is it a crunch?! Crunch, crunch as you keep eating and chewing that matzah.

Matzah must stand for:







If your stomach can make it through eight days of a matzah diet, you know you can survive anything!

Today there is a lot more variety than when some of us were little. Back then it was matzah with butter, matzah with jam, matzah with cream cheese or Matzah in coffee, matzah brie, or matzah farfalle. You longed for a piece of bread just to give your stomach something a bit softer on it. Today there is Kosher for Pessach Chametz. Go figure that out! There is:  bread, rolls, pasta, and pizza dough. But there’s still no getting around the shmura matzah at the Seders!

Nor should there be!

The matzah is essential!

For years in Egypt Jews ate Matzah because they had no time to cook real bread. There was no time to let it rise. Because they were slaving away….

Therefore, that bread of affliction was turned into bread of freedom.

Don’t avoid it-embrace it!

Crunch away!

All this preparation is- not spring cleaning or- exertion for nothing.  It’s our way to take note- we are G-d’s children. G-d comes through for us.

Wouldn’t you agree-All this is a small price to pay for that kind of a connection!!!!

 Rivki Rosenwald is a certified relationship counselor, and career and life coach. She can be contacted at 917-705-2004 or


4 Ways to Find Inner Joy 

‘Tis the season to battle a touch of the blues.

It’s the season of office parties, family vacations and too many selfies popping up on Instagram and your facebook page. It sometimes feels as if everyone else is in a better place and having more fun. Many find themselves feeling down, unsettled, and battling a touch of the blues.

What can we do to find our personal joy?

Joy is not the same as fun. You can spend the day having a great time in the city with friends but when you walk through your door, you are not feeling joy. Or you can search spa finder, book the most lux treatments and then partake in gourmet meals but somehow a void remains. At the end of the day joyfulness eludes you.

Inner joy, genuine “I-feel-good-about-my-life” emotions takes work. It requires creating a positive inner core which can be a strenuous workout for the soul.

We need to stop comparing our lives and digital images with others. By focusing on the happiness of everyone else we forget how to zoom in on our own blessings. Once we are determined to seek out our inner joy and decide to stop sizing up the vacations, romantic life and wallets of our friends and family, we are ready for the first step.

1. Get Into the Gratitude Mode

Joyfulness begins with a sense of gratitude. Show me a positive, happy person and I will show you a grateful person. Appreciation doesn’t only happen when things are going perfectly. Our mission is to cultivate this sensation of thankfulness as our constant guiding spirit. How?

Customize your outlook to see the good. In Judaism we call this an ‘ayin tov,’ a positive eye. Instead of focusing on what’s wrong, train your eye to see what’s right. Pay attention to the number of times a day you have a negative reaction, criticism or complaint. When someone does something for you, do you find where they fall short instead of saying thank you? When you’re eating out in a restaurant, do you end up griping about the service or the food?

Work on quieting that negative side and building the positive. You will find yourself more pleasant to be around, more thankful and evolving into a happier person.

2. Develop Awareness

Look around and what do you see most people doing? They’re going through life while talking or texting. I recently spoke to a chiropractor who told me that most of her clients today are children whose neck muscles are strained from constantly looking down at their phones or ipads. We have stopped appreciating the life around us. We have lost our sense of awareness and with it, our delight for the people, objects, and moments that surround us. Of course this lack of mindfulness impacts our relationships. We begin to take it all for granted.

When we experience the fullness of life and open our eyes to see the colors of a sunset, listen to the giggles of a child, savor the scent of a home cooked dinner, or share an intimate thought with a loved one, we become more cognizant of our daily opportunities for joy. As we grow mindful, we enjoy more and tune out less.

This consciousness is steeped in Judaism. Instead of just reciting a general blessing, we are given very specific words to help us appreciate ‘the fruits of the tree’, ‘the bread of the earth’, and ‘the many types of fragrance’ that we smell. Upon hearing the boom of thunder, seeing lightning, a rainbow or fruit trees in bloom, there are appropriate blessings to say. The message is that we cannot allow life to pass us by. Joy awaits us if only we would allow ourselves to take a moment.

3. Become A Giver

Those who give, who are charitable and contribute to this world, are genuinely happier people. Researchers at the University of Oregon studied the brains of volunteers who were given $100. The brain center connected to pleasure and reward lit up on the scans of the participants who chose to help others with the money.

When we feel purposeful we feel pleasure. We know that we count and make a difference. We feel needed. We feel alive. We experience the joy of giving.

We also transform ourselves into more sensitive human beings who touch people with our kindness. We grow happier knowing that we have left a beautiful imprint in this world.

It is not just charities and strangers who need us. Our families, friends, spouses and children all have hearts wide open waiting for us to fill a void through our acts of love. Giving a bright smile in times of need, a reassuring hug, a listening ear, an encouraging message when things seem bleak all create positive energy to help others keep on going. When we build bonds we feel joy. We know that this universe has been made better through our presence. This is the joy that money can never buy. It is priceless.

4. Recognize The Positive in Times of Challenge

Times of hardship and crisis can leave us feeling depleted. Even in the most difficult moments it is important to try and recognize the good.

I asked a few people if they could pinpoint the positive despite going through difficulty. Here are some responses:

“When I was faced with serious illness, I saw how loved I was. I realized what a special family I have, and what devoted friends. I never really appreciated what great people I had in my life.”

“When I lost my job, my wife supported me emotionally. She never turned her back on me. We rediscovered how beautiful the little free moments of life were, that we had taken for granted. Now that I am working again, we make sure to take walks and go bike riding with the kids. I never want to lose that.”

“Our marriage hit a low point. We worked hard on not getting divorced. There was lots of anger and pain but I am grateful for the second chance I have been given. This time I am trying to live better and learn from my mistakes.”

After going through a life-changing challenge, like chronic illness or serious disaster, we should try to focus on what positive change can now come instead of what has been lost and how tragic and awful life is. We can try to steer ourselves away from the chaos and ask how we can make it through stronger and more resilient. Think: What have I gained/learned through this experience? Of course no one wants to go through suffering and hardship. But if one does go through struggle, what now?

The fact that you are still standing means that you have what to be joyful for. You have opportunity to take stock and recalibrate.

Though we cannot choose life events, we can choose to live with gratitude and greater awareness. We can stop feeling sorry for ourselves and build bonds with those we love. We can take a better look at the positive that we have gained despite the ordeals.

And then we will realize that we have tapped into the joy that was waiting to be discovered deep within our souls.




Like Sand Through An Hourglass. Shirat Devorah

By: Deborah Schochet


Like sand through an hourglass, so goes the days of my life.
In the past life felt routine and fast paced, just like the sand flowing smoothly through the hourglass.
These days the hourglass keeps getting jammed and needs to be shaken up to flow smoothly again. However, once the flow is disrupted, it never flows the same again.
This past Shabbat the Torah reading was Lech Lecha. It means go from the place that you live. If you look back to last years calendar you will see that the Shabbat before Hurricane Sandy was also Lech Lecha. Gd literally sent us from our homes. 
Today it is beautiful and sunny out. Many don’t realize that tonight is the Hebrew anniversary of Sandy. It was the night my family, and entire block,was rescued from the water and slept at the firehouse.
This was the night that changed our life forever. This is when my hourglass got jammed. Nothing is routine and smooth anymore.
Yes, life is still routine. Life is actually jam packed. The routine however is far different than any I would have imagined in my lifetime.
I am 39. I have half a year till I turn 40. As Miley said , 40 is old. Funny, when I was younger I thought that too. Now that I’m approaching 40, I know how young 40 really is. I feel how young 40 is. My friends are all working out, running marathons and picking up new skills. I on the other hand, struggle to walk across a room without falling, forget running. As for new skills…since my fine motor skills are going, needlepoint and rainbow loom is out. I have gotten really good at swallowing massive vitamins 4 times a day. I have learned to eat with my left hand and drive a scooter really well. So far I haven’t injured anyone yet.
Truth be told, ALS sucks. It is a disease that controls you. 
I move so slowly these days that it takes me hours to get out in the morning. I enjoy sleeping so much lately, that I laze on bed all morning. This coming from a woman who used to wake at 5:30 daily.
Gone is my ability to cook or bake. As a food snob, this is torture. I am a woman who needs lists for everything. I can no longer write legibly.
Thank god I was always so bossy. My housekeeper and kids cook using my recipes.
As for the writing, I must thank god for touch screens, iPads, smartphones..etc. They have become my voice, my way of organizing , my way of shopping and my connection to the world that seems beyond my grasp some days.
A woman came over last week to train me on a computer that I control with my eyes. To my relief, I can email, talk, chat, text, call, Skype,Facebook and shop on it. Scary as it seems, I know I can be bossy and controlling,even when I loose all control. I’ll have a voice, when mine is gone.
A year ago we went from our home. I got a diagnoses that was devastating. We are now rebuilding our home to face whatever the future throws at us.
This Thursday morning I will once again be going from my home. I will be having surgery that will hopefully prolong my life.
Please keep Devorah Rachel bat Miriam Chava in your prayers.Lets hope the sand runs smoothly in my hourglass.




This is what Rochel wrote in March, 2012

A Message to my Friends

By Rachel Baron

The birds are singing shira today.  They are very happy to be alive.  Do you know that Hashem loves shira, and human beings too.  We have to take life to the maximum and appreciate it. I realize every day that life is a big gift.  Sometimes we are afraid and we worry but we have to remember ”ein od milvado,” Hashem really runs the world. 

The more I go to the medical field to find a cure for my big C, the more I know there is nobody like Hashem and if He wants He can cure me in a second and He will b’ezras Hashem. 

I always say that after 120 when they ask me what I did with my life I’ll say I sang Hallel to the Amen group.  Every time before I do Hallel I get very nervous and worried because leading the tzibur is a big achraiyus especially praising Hashem. Shira is being in line with the ratzon Hashem. 

The journey Hashem blessed me to go, which I’m so lucky to have, is to be b’simcha and one of the best ways to be b’simcha is to sing and I hope Hashem loves my singing as much as I love to sing to Him.  To me to be able to sing to Hashem is like hand in hand.  When I am scared instead of dwelling on fear I sing and it takes the fear away. 

That’s why I can relate so much to (and I like to sing this tune in Hallel) “she’ha’eikar  lo lefached” the song of Rabbi Nachman.  The world is a narrow bridge and the most important thing in life is not to be scared.  When I am scared it helps me to go to Rabbi Nachman’s tune that all the world is really a narrow bridge and we shouldn’t be scared. Instead of being scared I try to be happy.

One of the things that I want to say is that fear takes away from our simcha. It’s very important to know that when you are afraid, the yetzer hara is robbing you of the present, and the present really is a present – you have to remember that.  And when I feel scared I run to take a siddur and connect to Hashem.  Tefillah and shira to me represent to be b’simcha.  Even when you are tired I feel that you have to push yourself to do the maximum. You have to zero in about teaching the kids. And try to be there for them.  All these years of treatments: radiation, surgery, and chemotherapy, I found out that the most important thing is to be with your kids, family, and friends.   Being surrounded with people that love me is the most important thing.

It is very important to be modest and to feel valuable.  Being modest is to know who you really are.  That Hashem gave it to you and you should appreciate that.  Modesty is not denying what you are, it’s acknowledging that what you are is from Hashem.

It’s important to go to shiurs because it helps you grow in life. When a person stops growing, he stops living.  You always have to go and learn and learn more because the sky is the limit. Send your hand and reach it and get it. One of the things that gives me koach to continue in my fight is to go to shiurim. When I go to shiurs and to the Amen Group my neshama is blooming and growing and it gives me koach.  People say, “Are you sure that you can go?” It’s important to push myself to learn and grow. If you zero in on growing, life is more meaningful.  I’m trying to learn more and grow more and bloom more in the garden.

I think this experience shows that we think we have control and can reach the sky and take care of everything and then we find out that really ein od milvado and we don’t have control at all. He’s the one that is running the world and there is nothing like G-d and there is nothing besides Hashem. When you want to make your wishes and dreams come true, it’s up to you. G-d is running the world but you can have the effort to make your wishes come true, because they can – lo bashamayim hee.  I know I wanted to be a journalist and people said it’s too hard, but if you want it you can make it and zero in on the doing.  Take your time, estimate, and see how you can make your dream come true and it should all come true in a beautiful way.

A lot of times I find myself struggling about being bsimcha.  It doesn’t come to me naturally not to be afraid. I want to learn to be bsimcha and connect to simcha because this is how you get in touch with Hashem. The cane and the walker are just accessories. As long as I can still walk it’s a big thing.  Don’t think that I’m a hero, it doesn’t come easily, but I work on being eved Hashem bsimcha and that is the motto of my life.

 I like to go on the wild side.  Once on a family vacation, we went on a boat, and jumped from the boat to go snorkeling.  I went scuba diving. One of the best vacations in the world is scuba diving, so I wanted to give my kids all the adventures I liked.  It’s important to be adventurous – jump in the water and just do it. Don’t miss out in life.


Reader's Note:  Since the writing of this note, Sharon Schultz passed away.  May G-d comfort her family among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.


My name is Sharon Schultz

שרה דבורה בת חיה מינדל

This is probably the name that many people know me by, even if they don’t know me personally.  I am, baruch Hashem, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a daughter, and belong to a warm, loving, and supportive family.  I am also a teacher by profession who adores the many pre-schoolers I have been privileged to teach.   

I am also a cancer patient.  I was diagnosed in August of 2005.  My initial symptoms were a persistant cough and difficulty breathing.  An aggressive and vicious tumor had invaded my chest cavity.  Chemotherapy and surgery were needed to shrink and remove the monstrous tumor. 

With Hashem’s chessed and rachamim, the tefilos and tehillim of family and friends, and Hakadosh Baruch Hu’s gifted messengers, the dedicated and talented doctors and nurses and all of their ancillary staff, I seemed to have won the battle.  I was in remission for 4 ½ years and able to have a full life until the cancer returned with a vengeance. 

 Since then, my life has been a roller coaster.  Four more extensive surgeries, including the removal of one lung, several rounds of chemotherapy with its accompanying toxic and miserable side effects have forced me to give up teaching and have shaken me to the core of my being.  I believe that what has given me strength and hope, and kept me going, is the continuous fervent tefillos of so many neighbors and friends – old and new, as well as my loyal and devoted family – my dear parents, my wonderful husband and children, my brothers and sisters-in-law.

 My purpose in recording my thoughts is to pause and reflect, to express my profound הכרת הטוב  to the Ribono Shel Olam first and foremost for His constant help through times of deep sorrow and pain as well as interludes of hope and simcha.  I have tremendous awareness of Hashem’s presence in my life every single day.

I feel a deep debt of gratitude to all who have been involved in my case – the kind and caring doctors and nurses; the gentle aides; orderlies, therapists, and technicians – all who have extended compassion and kindness above and beyond “just doing their jobs.”

 I am also keenly aware that I am not alone in my battle against cancer.  These past few years have acquainted me with many other individuals like myself who are fighting the battle of their lifetimes; fighting literally for their lives.  I hope that by sharing my thoughts and feelings, I can give chizuk to anyone who is in a similar situation.

 Throughout this entire experience, I have always worried first and foremost for my family and my students.  When I was initially diagnosed, I worried, how will my students manage without me while I fight this illness and recuperate?  I felt confused and frightened at the loss of control of my life, of my role reversal, in needing people to do for me instead of the other way around, and fear of all of the unknown that lay ahead of me. 

 I was fortunate to be able to go to the Ohel of the Lubavitcher Rebbe זצ''ל and to the kevarim of my grandparents ע''ה  before each of my surgeries to call upon the זכויות of my great ancestors to be at my side and intercede, כביכול, with the רבונו של עולם on my behalf.  The first surgery that I had in 2005, was the only time that I was not able to go to the Rebbe’s Ohel prior to the operation.  But I feel that in a certain way, the Rebbe came to me.  My roommate in the hospital was a woman, E.H.  She was supposed to have been discharged, but for some reason she ended up staying as my roommate until I went for surgery.  E’s father had been instrumental in bringing the first Lubavitcher Rebbe to the United States.  She was so familiar with everything regarding the Rebbe, she had practically grown up in his house.  She recounted to me all about her experiences in the Rebbe’s home.  I felt an immense feeling of calm and confidence wash over me as I approached my surgery, because I felt almost even closer than had I been able to go to the Rebbe’s Ohel.

In February of 2010, I needed to have surgery to remove a very large and aggressive tumor which had invaded my heart.  There was a terrible snowstorm, which prevented my parents from getting to the hospital before the surgery.  I remember singing softly אין עוד מילבדו as a shevach (praise) to Hashem before my surgery, which had a calming effect on me.  I was also very keenly aware of everything in my surroundings.   I was in Room 1811 A.  These numbers add up to 29 which is the yahrzeit כ''ט שבט of my grandfather Aharon, ע''ה.  My nurse’s name was Rebecca, which is the same name as my grandmother ע''ה.  I felt as if my grandparents were with me, accompanying me through my surgery and subsequent recuperation.  My room was on the 18th Floor, which signifies חי – Life.  I felt like I was wrapped in a cocoon of symbols of אמונה ובטחון from which I could draw strength and calmness.  I recall having the awareness that all of the medical staff was Hashem’s messengers and I tried to thank each and every one before the surgery took place.

 The two Tefillos of נשמת כל חי and קריאת שמע which have to do with a person’s heart, called out to me much more at this time, and as a result, I became much more aware of their meanings and have come to appreciate these tefillos on many levels.

 The praise of Hashem אין עוד מילבדו is a refrain that I sing daily, sometimes over and over.  It reinforces the principle of faith in Hashem’s power to change any situation, regardless of how hopeless it might seem.  Hashem is the Supreme Decision Maker and can, at any point, turn any situation around.  Our job in life is to draw strength from our Emunah in Hashem and use that strength to feel as good as possible.  I believe that no human being, no doctor, however talented and educated that individual is, can say with emphasis whether one is healthy or sick.  We must have the same beliefs and be able to draw strength from our trust and belief in Hashem’s supremacy, whether we are in a situation of seeming good health or chas v’shalom illness.

 Every day when I wake up, I say with emphasis, “Thank You, Hashem, for letting me wake up after having a good night’s rest and to be able to start a new day.”  My experiences have reinforced to me over and over the need to really pay attention to the small details that make up the fabric of our lives, the small pleasures that make my spirits soar – the taste, touch and smell of delicious foods and beautiful flowers, grass and trees that surround us, but in our rushed lives, we may not take note of, and take for granted.  I take nothing for granted. 

My favorite part of קריאת שמע על המטה is the פסוק:

בשם ה' אלקי ישראל. מימיני מיכאל משמאלי גבריאל מלפני אוריאל מאחורי רפאל

ועל ראשי שכינת ק-ל

My friend R., knowing how much meaning this posuk has taken on in my life, made a tichel for me with the words  ועל ראשי שכינת ק-ל sewn on it.  This way, I truly feel that I have the שכינה with me at all times. 

I am at a point now where I experience both fear and depression as well as calmness and joy – jumbles of emotions, as I try to get through each day.  I have learned that singing to Hashem is a way to counteract the sadness and fear.  I try to have continual hope and work every day on my Emunah and Bitachon.  I know that Hashem is the Ultimate Healer רופא – He can cure even the seemingly incurable and bring about נסים ונפלאות within seconds, no matter how bleak the situation.  I continue to daven daily for such a ישועה ורפואה.  I know that many individuals join me in trying to tear down שערי שמים with their daily Tefillos and Tehillim.  I am grateful to every person who davens on my behalf, who visits with me, who reaches out to my family and myself in ways large and small, to ease our lives, strengthen our emunah, counteract loneliness and chase away our fears.  May Hakadosh Baruch Hu bless each and every person with good health, nachas, and the ability to continue to do acts of kindness.  Perhaps by emulating Hashem’s middos of chessed and rachamim, we truly can penetrate שמים  and have all of our Tefillos answered. Sharon Schultz passed away in Adar 2012.  May she be a malitz yosher for her family and all klal yisrael.


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Mother Goose: Fridays at 10:00 am (12-23 months) - Programs of songs, finger plays, nursery rhymes and board books for very young readers accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
Parent-Child Workshop: Thursdays at 10:00-11:15 (12-35 months)
A special program that encourages parents to play, sing and do finger plays with their children. Specialists in the fields of Speech and Hearing, Behavior and Development, Nutrition, and Dance/Movement are available at various sessions. Registration is required and is being accepted in the children's room.
Book Talking with Arnold Rosenbaum: Wednesdays at 1:00pm
The Defining Moment - FDR's First Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope by Jonathan Alter. January 31
Economic Problems Facing the Middle Class .Mr. Rosenbaum will present his thoughts on the socioeconomic problems facing the American middle class. March 14
If Music Be The Food of Love...Shakespeare In Love: Sunday, January 7 at 2:30pm. New York jazz vocalist Christiana Drapkin celebrates the beauty and power of William Shakespeare's poetry and presents it in lively, sometimes haunting, jazz arrangements. The songs are direct quotations from Shakespeare's plays. Tickets required.
Picasso and American Art: Monday, January 8 at 1:00 pm. Picasso is acknowledged by many as the central figure of the modern movement. Art historian Mary Vahey will examine the sometimes worshipful, sometimes testy relationship between American artists and the Picasso, the immensely inventive Spaniard.
A Rockette Remembers: Wednesday, January 17 at 1:00pm. Corliss Whitney, the honorary historian of the Rockette Alumnae, shares poignant stories about her years as a Rockette during the 40's and 50's.
Laugh Your Way to Health - Humor Therapy: Wednesday, January 24 at 1:00pm. A presentation that will focus on the latest studies that scientifically prove and explain how and why laughter IS the best medicine.
Berman Does Merman: Sunday February 4 at 2:30pm. Songs and stories celebrating Ethel Mermans brilliant career will be brought to PPL by vocalist Lisa Berman. Tickets required.
India...Exotic and Ancient Land of Contrasts: Thursday, February 8 at 1:00pm. Through lecture and slides, Sally Wendkos Olds will guide you on a journey to another world of exotic beauty and ancient splendor.
Great Lyricists and/or Poets: Wednesday, February 14 at 1:00pm. Arnie Rosenbaum will share the poetic lyrics of Ira Gershwin, Alan J. Lerner and Larry Hart. You decide if the great lyricists of the 20th century really were master poets.
Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall - An Artists Country Estate: Monday, March 19 at 1:00pm. Ines Powell, Metropolitan Museum of Art educator, will present an illustrated lecture which will bring together many of the architectural elements and design features of Tiffany's extraordinary country estate in Oyster Bay.