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New Jersey Jewish Standard, January 17, 2014

New Jersey Jewish Standard, January 17, 2014

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North Jerseys oldest and largest Jewish newspaper
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Warren Geller builds a community of caring at Englewood Hospital
 JANUARY 17, 2014
NO. 19 $1.00
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More than a cure
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PUBLISHER’S STATEMENT: (USPS 275-700 ISN 0021-6747) is published weekly on Fridays with an additional edition every October, by the New Jersey Jewish Media Group, 1086 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. Periodicals postage paid at Hackensack, NJ and additional offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to New Jersey Jewish Media Group, 1086 Teaneck Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666. Subscription price is $30.00 per year. Out-of-state subscrip-tions are $45.00, Foreign countries subscriptions are $75.00.The appearance of an advertisement in The Jewish Standard does not constitute a kashrut endorsement. The publishing of a paid political advertisement does not constitute an endorsement of any candidate political party or political position by the newspaper, the Federation or any employees.The Jewish Standard assumes no responsibility to return unsolicit-ed editorial or graphic materials. All rights in letters and unsolicited editorial, and graphic material will be treated as unconditionally assigned for publication and copyright purposes and subject to JEWISH STANDARD’s unrestricted right to edit and to comment editorially. Nothing may be reprinted in whole or in part without written permission from the publisher. © 2013
NOSHES ...................................................5OPINION ................................................18COVER STORY ....................................22HOW TO CHANGE YOUR LIFE ......35TORAH COMMENTARY ....................51CROSSWORD PUZZLE ....................52ARTS AND CULTURE........................53CALENDAR ..........................................54GALLERY ..............................................57OBITUARIES ........................................59CLASSIFIEDS ......................................60REAL ESTATE ......................................62
 Judging the books of our covers
The 2013 National Jewish Book Awards were announced this week — and we’re proud to say we had them covered.Winner of the Jewish Book of the Year is Yossi Klein Halevi’s “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusa-lem and Divided a Nation.” We put that book on the cover of our Octo-ber 11, 2013 issue.Winner in the biography, autobi-ography, and memoir category is Phyllis Chesler for her “An American Bride In Kabul: A Memoir,” the sub- ject of our October 4 cover.Among the finalists in that cat-egory is “The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem: The Remarkable Life and Afterlife of the Man Who Created Tevye” by Columbia professor and former Jewish Standard intern Jer-emy Dauber, whom we interviewed for our November 8 issue.In the history category, the winner is “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” by Ari Shavit, which we review on page 53 of this issue.
Rabbi Menachem Genack of Englewood was a finalist in the an-thologies and collections category for “Letters to President Clinton: Biblical Lessons on Faith and Lead-ership,” which we wrote about on November 22.
Rabbi Ephraim Karnafogel, former-ly spiritual leader of Teaneck’s Con-gregation Beth Aaron, was a finalist in the scholarship category for “ The Intellectual History and Rabbinic Cul-ture of Medieval Ashkenaz.” Passaic’s Ruchama King Feuerman was a final-ist in fiction for “In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist,” which we reviewed on September 21.
All told, awards were given in 17 categories. The full list of winners can be found at jewishbookcouncil.org.
Chief rabbinate: We’ll trust Rabbi Avi Weiss after all
The chief rabbinate of Israel said it will accept letters from Rabbi Avi Weiss confirming the Judaism of couples who wish to wed in the country.In a letter sent Wednesday to Rabbi Weiss’s attorney in Israel, As-saf Benmelech, the chief rabbinate affirmed its position on the liberal Orthodox rabbi from Riverdale, N.Y.In October, the chief rabbin-ate rejected a letter from Rabbi Weiss vouching for immigrants who wanted to marry in Israel, pend-ing an investigation into his adher-ence to traditional Jewish law. The move sparked widespread outrage at the realization that Rabbi Weiss, a longtime synagogue leader who had vouched for the Jewishness of many Israeli immigrants in the past, suddenly was having his credentials called into question.Naftali Bennett, Israel’s religious services minister and Diaspora af-fairs minister, has been meeting with officials from the Orthodox Rabbini-cal Council of America and the chief rabbinate since November to resolve the issue. Mr. Bennett reportedly sees the issue as extremely impor-tant, given the potential negative im-pact it could have on Israel-Diaspora relations.Rabbi Weiss founded and until this academic year headed the lib-eral Orthodox rabbinical seminary Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, and he has pioneered a number of controversial innovations in the Orthodox world, most recently his decision to ordain women as clergy through a new seminary called Yeshivat Maharat.“I appreciate that this injustice has been corrected and am deeply grateful for the overwhelming sup-port I received from all over the world,” Rabbi Weiss said in a state-ment. “I also urge the chief rabbinate to reflect on how it can help us reach out, respect and acknowledge all Jews in the Diaspora.”
 Jerusalemites bare their underwear on No Pants Day
We all know that it’s impolite to stare at strangers.But nearly everyone on the Jerusalem Light Rail did just that on January 13, when some 50 people boarded the tramway and proceeded to take off their trousers.It was the second time the “No Pants Subway Ride” was staged in Jerusalem, and organizer Boaz Balachsan said he was very happy with the outcome.“It was great; the number of participants doubled from last year, and people really got into it,” Mr. Balachsan said. “People loved it. We got a lot of posi-tive feedback. A lot of people laughed.”The silly global event started en masse in New York in 2002. The idea came about after a city resident forgot to put on trou-sers and boarded the subway in his underwear on January 10, 1986. Although mortified at first, he found that reactions were so positive that he and some friends copied his slipup the following year until eventually it snowballed into an international event.No Pants Day, aka No Pants Subway Ride, is now celebrated every year on or around January 10, and again on the first Friday of May (thanks to a difference of opinion among organiz-ers). Only cities with trams or subway systems can participate.Mr. Balachsan, a Jerusalem-based artist, had taken part in the foolery in European cities and was waiting for the Jerusalem Light Rail to be finished in order to launch an Israeli version.His inaugural baring of legs last year was so well received that this year he and some friends set up a group called Improv Israel to organize “simi-lar events.”No Pants Day is just one of the “pranks and other spontaneous events to break the routine that we do in Jerusalem. We do lots of events,” he says.
“People are always trying to put Jerusalem in a box of being a city with a very religious vibe where nothing happens. But there are tons of students in the city center and there are a lot of really awesome people here. Even members of the religious communities accept our pranks. We’re not doing something provocative; it’s a joke.”
Mr. Balachsan sent an invitation to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other politicians, asking them to  join the fun. “It was mostly students taking part, and some tourists who happened to be here,” he says. “Actu-ally, we had a small group from the Ukraine who were sad that they were going to miss No Pants Day at home and then were really happy to hear we were organizing an event in Jerusa-lem.”As for what to wear, Mr. Balachsan says, “Last year we wore underwear with cartoon characters but this year we just wore what there was. Next year, we’ll surprise you.”
The January cold didn’t stop pantsless riders from joining the fun.

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