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MindBiz BY LARRY GORDON
Esther Mann, LMSW 30
Thirteen Times Two Threats And Promises
Rabbi Avi Shafran 34
It had been, no doubt, a phys-
Bureaucracy ically and emotionally exhaust-
Hannah Reich Berman 40 ing few days in New York for
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin
Bold And Brave Netanyahu. It was Thursday
Hindy Lieberman 53
night, at the tail end of that
A Whole New Start rather triumphant and diplomat-
Shani Goldner, CDN 62 ically sterling week, just before a

PhotoByEstaGordon
police and Secret Service escort
would drive him to JFK in
Queens for his trip back to Israel,

(AFP/Getty Images/Michael Nagle)


that Bibi, as friends and col-
leagues affectionately call him, Jonathan and Steven Litton of Buildmysukkah.com erecting just one of
the hundreds of sukkahs they’ve put together in the Five Towns and
said farewell and expressed surrounding areas. After next week’s holiday, they are going to be busy at
work taking them down, but let’s not think about that yet.
Continued on Page 8 Chag sameiach!

NO FREEZE HERE HEARD IN THE BAGEL STORE

Dr. Bernard Lander and Alan


Kadish, M.D. See Page 44
BY SAMUEL SOKOL

In Mitzpe Avichai, a small out-


Judea and Samaria. In response
to the building freeze, Rabbi
Dov Wolpe of the Ha’Matteh
My Sukkah
post located near Kiryat Arba in L’Hatzolat Ha’Am V’Ha’Aretz BY LARRY GORDON to that old sukkah. I think it was
the Hebron Hills, a new dwelling organization has joined forces either given away or just rotted
is being constructed for a soon- with Hebron activist Baruch When Sukkos was just a yom in the unused garage in the back
to-be-married couple. This first Marzel and National Union MK tov—before it was an industry— of my childhood home in
home, however, is not a house in Michael Ben-Ari to establish the we had to annually confront the Brooklyn. After my father
the traditional sense, nor is it a Sukkot LaNetzach initiative. ordeal of putting up our sukkah. passed away nearly 20 years ago,
caravan typical of development “Sukkot LaNetzach” can be Reflecting on the type of sukkah that sukkah saw its last days in
towns in Judea and Samaria. It translated as either “sukkot for we used to put up and contrast- the sun (or the shade).
is, in fact, a sukkah. victory” or “sukkot for eternity.” ing that with the sukkah stand- I have to admit that, now as I
The Netanyahu government, The goal of this project is to ing today in my driveway, it is think back, I really admired that
under pressure from the Obama encourage revenants through- clear that while some things not-so-little temporary edifice
administration, has enacted out Judea and Samaria to build have changed little, other things and immensely enjoyed those
what is being termed a tempo- have changed a great deal.
rary ban on new construction in Continued on Page 18 I’m not sure what happened Continued on Page 12

NY Times columnist
William Safire, 79.
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Kosher Comes To Costco Shuvah FEAR OF
Lectures FASTING
Part 3 Another Mother’s Musings
BY RABBI YAIR BY PHYLLIS J.
HOFFMAN LUBIN

In the previous two issues of Yom Kippur has ended—now


the 5TJT, we interviewed mem- what? Where do we go from
bers of America’s greatest gener- here? It’s a question that plagues
ation—those who came of age me every year. And here we are
during the Second World War again.
and witnessed the destruction My pre-Yom Kippur fear is
Red Shul wins world series. and subsequent rebuilding of always “What if I just can’t do
See Page 42 the Jewish nation. They saw it it?” What if I can’t take the
all, touched us all, and, most stress of not eating and I have
CANDLE LIGHTING importantly, led us through it to break my fast? Or what if I
Oct. 2 – 6:17 PM The introduction of glatt kosher meat and poultry at the Five Towns all. They were our rabbis. eat by mistake? Maybe as I
Oct. 3 – 7:19 PM Costco has captured the fancy of local consumers. Above, a scene from the
recent Kosher Feast Market Place at Costco. See Story, Page 26 Continued on Page 15 Continued on Page 14
Sukkot LaNetzach
Continued from Front Cover
sukkot of enduring and solid construc-
tion to serve as additions to already exist-
ing structures. It is a symbolic gesture for
the most part, but it is hoped that it will
also assist families living in cramped con-
ditions who have been denied permits to
expand their homes.
Rabbi Wolpe played a significant role
in organizing opposition to the 2005
expulsion of the Jewish communities of
Gush Katif. He is known for his national-
istic views and is currently closely affiliat-
ed with the National Union party.
In the weekly newsletter Eretz Yisrael
Shelanu, produced by HaMatteh
L’Hatzolat HaAm V’HaAretz, Rabbi Wolpe
wrote, “As a practical act and to make a
symbolic start . . . we suggest that all res-
idents of Judea and Samaria and
Benjamin build a sukkah forever this
year—meaning a sukkah that is a massive
construction, that will become a perma-
nent room in the home.”
The rabbi continued, writing, “Dear give in to the terrorism of the Special overcame Pharaoh; we will overcome of the White Paper; we will also over-
residents, do not be afraid of arrests; don’t Patrol Unit [Yassam]. Remember: We Obama as well. We overcame the decree come the decrees of Shimon, Ehud, and
Bibi. To Hashem will be the salvation!”
According to Itamar Ben-Gvir, parlia-
mentary aid to MK Ben-Ari, the builder of
the five most permanent sukkot will be
eligible for a 1,000-shekel prize. The prize
money serves more as a way of generat-
ing publicity than as an actual incentive
for building. A typical sukkah, temporary
and flimsy, costs about that amount. A
permanent structure, as envisioned by
Wolpe, Marzel, and Ben-Ari, would cost
many times the prize money awarded.
Ben-Gvir said that the purpose of the
Sukkot LaNetzach project is to send a
message to President Obama that Israel is
not the 51st star on the American Flag, but
rather a sovereign nation that can build
on its own land without restriction.
Tzurnatan Durani is currently engaged
in the construction of the Mitzpe Avichai
sukkah. The building measures 12 meters
by 6 meters (40' x 20') and is described as
being constructed of solid wood. Durani
stated that both water and electricity
hookups are being connected. Inner par-
titions are being constructed to create
walls and, after the end of the Sukkot hol-
iday, Durani says that the s’chach will be
removed and replaced with a proper roof.
From pictures we obtained of the site,
it appears that the sukkah is being laid
upon a concrete foundation.
Mitzpe Avichai was established one
year ago in memory of Avichai Levi, a
young victim of terror, killed in a terror
attack at the Bet Chagai junction in 2004.
The outpost has been demolished mul-
tiple times since its establishment, the
last incident occurring two months ago.
There are currently two families and
three single men living in Mitzpe Avichai.
More people want to move into the
community, Durani commented, but
there is a limit to how much they can
build at one time.
Yaron Kilav, a veteran of the hilltop-set-
tlement movement originally from
Hashmonaim, is due to move into his
new home during the course of the holi-
day. He will be getting married in two
months and hopes to bring his new bride
into the sukkah as well. When asked his
opinion of the Sukkot LaNetzach initia-
tive, he replied “Kol ha’kavod to them. It’s
a great idea. It will really help. They
should continue like this.” Kilav
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Photos By Tzurnatan Durani
explained that it will not be off-putting to Hanan Meltzer stated that “the question
his wife to live in a sukkah, as she has is whether the attitude towards illegal
already spent a number of years in out- construction by Palestinians is the same
posts and is used to such conditions. as it is towards Jewish settlers. Is there a
Residents of the outpost have difference in the order of priorities?”
expressed the sentiment, common to all Meltzer answered in the affirmative and
outposts, that if the army comes to destroy went on to say that illegal Arab building
their work, as has already occurred, they must be treated the same by the authori-
will rebuild as many times as necessary. ties as “illegal” Jewish construction.
Rabbi Wolpe explained his reasons for Wolpe also stated, “Start actually build-
establishing Sukkot LaNetzach as fol- ing, adding rooms and building in all parts
lows: The Jewish people “should not be of Judea, Samaria, and Benjamin. The Land
enslaved to the anti-Jewish government, of Israel is ours, and every Jew received the
allowing Arabs to build as they please in land from G-d and as an inheritance from
Israel, while prodding the Jews to the our ancestors . . . no nation, including the
ghettos, to the final deportation from Hebrew-speaking government, has the
their land.” power to rob us of our land and hand it
According to a recent report in the over to killers. Therefore, we must build . . .
Jerusalem Post, Supreme Court Justice despite the decrees.” ❖

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