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Friday, April 13, 2018

Congregation Agudath Sholom Shabbat Bulletin

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Shabbat Bulletin
ShminiOmer: 14April 14, 201829 Nisan 5778
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Mincha6:00 PM
7:00 PM
Candle Lighting7:13 PM
Oneg at CAS9:00 PM
Shacharit7:00 AM
8:00 AM
8:45 AM
Torah Before Tefillah7:40 AM
Early Bird Shiur8:45 AM
Latest Shema9:36 AM
Shiur with the Bednarshes10:30 AM
Tot Shabbat
Mini Minyan
Jr. Cong
10:30 AM
Latest Shacharit10:42 AM
Code of Jewish Law5:45 PM
Daf Yomi6:00 PM
Pre-Mincha Shiur6:15 PM
Mincha7:10 PM
Maariv8:10 PM
Shabbat Ends8:15 PM
Havdalah8:15 PM
Shabbat Shalom
From Death to Life

As I am writing this week's message, I just heard about the passing of an outstanding rabbinic leader, Rabbi Rafael Grossman. I wish his family much strength and comfort. Rabbi Grossman was the Senior Rabbi Emeritus of Baron Hirsch Congregation in Memphis, where he served for more than a quarter of a century. In reading his biography, I learned about the death of his daughter, Shoshana, decades ago, at the age of 17 and came across a book he wrote in her memory, My Shoshana: A Father's Journey Through Loss. In it, he describes his journey of somehow surviving such a devastating loss and finding joy.

In his words, he wrote the book, "to deliver this message of hope and that as excruciating as the pain and grief may be, we honor our deceased love ones by showing the strength to re-emerge into all of life, with its joys and challenges."

I realize that this message is one the nation of Israel confronts during this season, in the transition from Yom Hashoah to Yom Hazikaron to Yom Haaztamut, and it is prominent in the parsha of Shemini after Aaron experiences the deaths of sons.

There are never easy answers in the face of tragedy, but we are tasked to find renewed meaning and hope. This past week, we were mesmerized by the story of Irene Gut Opdyke, as told by her daughter Jeannie, at the community wide Holocaust Commemoration program. This video captures a glimpse of the power of her courage and message. Click here to view. I wanted to share my closing thoughts delivered at the program below.

God willing, this week will be one of great celebration for Israel and all of us. We will never forget the pain of the past, but we will, God willing, draw on the memories of those who have died to carry this spirit forward in strength, spirit and hope.

Wishing you and your families a Shabbat Shalom and joy for all Israel and the world in the weeks ahead,

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Remarks from Yom Hashoah Commemoration

We gathered here tonight to not only remember the Shoah, Zachor but Lo Tishkach - not to forget. What is the difference between the two? 

Jeannie, your mother, of blessed memory, understood the difference and lived her life that way. 

The Mystic masters explain that Zachor teaches us to remember the past, but Lo Tishkach, do not forget teaches us to plan for the future. We are not only to dwell in darkness but must increase the light. 

Irene is a shining example of what it means not to die for our beliefs but live by them. Her heroic choices and courageous actions in one moment in time endure for eternity. She understood intuitively that if we save one human being, we have saved the world. We all are part of a human family.

Your mother's memory serves as a beacon for each one of us to be a blessing. In the immortal words of Rabbi Abraham Isaac Kook, the first Chief Rabbi of then Palestine, "The purely righteous do not complain of the dark, but increase the light; they do not complain of evil, but increase justice; they do not complain of heresy, but increase faith; they do not complain of ignorance, but increase wisdom."

Every person in this room is on a sacred task to create order in a world of chaos, healing in a world of hurt and most importantly light in a world of darkness. I pray that we leave this hour not as a memory but with renewed mission with strength of spirit to reveal and share our light every hour of every day. 

  • Rabbi Assaf & Leora Bednarsh, who will speak at CAS this Shabbat in conjunction with the Religious Zionists of America and the Mizrachi World Movement - celebrating 70 years of Israel's Independence in 70 communities across America. We thank Rachel & Jay Jubas for sponsoring this event.
  • Daryl, Jaclynn, Luz and Caesar who are visiting CAS this Shabbat as part of their UConn World Religions class.
Service Notes 
  • There will be two Friday night minyanim at 6 PM and 7 PM
  • The Shabbat morning sanctuary service begins at 8:45 AM. We will be joined by the teen minyan this Shabbat who will participate in the davening. Musaf will conclude 10:25 AM and all minyanim will join for shiurim by Rabbi Assaf and Leora Bednarsh.
  • Jr. Cong will meet in the Social Hall
  • Davening in the sanctuary will resume with Ein Kelokenu at 11:20 AM followed by Kiddush.
  • This Thursday is Yom Ha'Atzamaut and we will recite Hallel at the morning minyanim in gratitude to God for the miracle of 1948 and the modern state of Israel.
Teen Oneg this upcoming Shabbos afternoon at the Lieberman residence, 113 Fieldstone Terrace from 5-7 PM. Everyone is invited to come and play some fun games, take part in a great program, and enjoy the delicious food!
CAS has a NO NUTS policy  for all food served to our Congregation! If you are working with a caterer to plan a kiddush please make sure to let them know that none of the food can contain nuts (or peanuts) of any kind. Please feel free to reach out to Matt Feinberg in the office with any questions.
Shabbat Topics & Participants
Friday Night Oneg @CAS: 9PMLeora Bendarsh: Counting your blessings: Land, State, and People of Israel in Birkat HaMazon
Torah before TefillahRabbi Oran Zweiter
Shiur 8:45 AMRabbi Assaf Bednarsh: Facing the Intellectual Challenges of Modernity in Israel and America - Rav Kook and Rav Soloveitchik
ShacharitDean Bilenker
Shabbat Morning 10:30 AMSanctuary - Leora Bednarsh: My Heart is in the East: Connecting to Israel through Prayer
Chapel - Rabbi Assaf Bednarsh: The Unification of Jerusalem
MusafCantor Bokow
Pre-Mincha Shiur 6:15 PMRabbi Assaf Bednarsh: Social Justice and the Free Market: Economics in the Jewish State
Daf YomiDavid Bessaleli
Seudat ShlishitRabbi Assaf Bednarsh: The Challenges of the Next 70 Years
Torah ReadersEthan Green, PJ Jelen
Weekday Schedule
ShacharitShacharit: Sunday 7:00 AM/8:30 AM, Monday 6:20 AM/7:30 AM, Tuesday-Friday 6:30 AM/7:30 AM
MinchaMincha: Sunday-Thursday 7:20 PM, Friday 7:00 PM
Late MaarivMonday-Thursday: The Learning Center, 1766 Bedford Street, 8:45 PM
Candles Friday7:21 PM
SundayRosh Chodesh Iyyar/Omer: 15
MondayRosh Chodesh Iyyar/Omer: 16
TuesdayOmer: 17
WednesdayYom HaZikaron/Omer: 18
ThursdayYom Ha'atzmaut/Omer: 19
FridayOmer: 20
Lunch MinchaMonday - Thursday, 1:30 pm at 613 Restaurant, 108 Prospect St.
  • to Bob Abrams on the passing of his father, Harold
For up to date shiva and contact info:
To make a memorial contribution online, and have us send an acknowledgement to the family, please click here
Mazal Tov
  • to Rebecca & Eric Sigman on Isabel Sigman's upcoming Bat Mitzvah
  • to Charlotte and Manny Birnbaum on the Bnai Mitzvah of their grandchildren Jordan Stacey and Cameron Avery Birnbaum this weekend on Masada
  • to Ari and Rica Lieberman on receiving the Keter Shem Tov award at the Jewish High School of CT Brunch this weekend celebrating the educational legacy of Rabbi Avraham and Yospa Lieberman and family.
  • to Rabbi Daniel Cohen on receiving first place for non fiction adult books in the 2018 Connecticut Press Club Communications Contest
Celebrate with the family! Make a donation in their honor and we will send an acknowledgement to the family. Just click here
Yasher Koach
  • to Lauren Steinberg, Diane Sloyer and the UJF Stamford, New Canaan and Darien for organizing a very meaningful Yom Hashoah Program.
  • to Yael Stolarsky, Nancy Shiffman and the JCC for being the lead organizers for the Community-wide Yom HaZikaron/Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration this Wednesday evening. Join us!
Thanks To Our Sponsors
Shabbat Shalom Hospital PackagesGloria Green in honor of Ethan Green on the 35th anniversary of his bar mitzvah; Howard and Stephanie Fogel in memory of Sam Fogel; and the Linda Beson Nursing Education Fund
Library KiddushMiriam and Gideon Pell in honor of their new grandson Judah Mordechai born to Jennie and Josh Small
Chapel KiddushJodi and Richard Boxer in memory of Dr. Eric Boxer
Sanctuary KiddushShira Green, Gloria Green, Stacey Mintz and Cheryl Frydman in celebration of Ethan Green's 35th Bar Mitzvah anniversary which took place at CAS.
Seudat ShlishitMeryl and Larry Meiteles in commemoration of the first yahrzeit of Larry's mother, Alisa bat Dovid.
Sponsor A Kiddush
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Email Matt and he will contact you or see Hecky or Irwin to arrange a Kiddush.
Sign Up For These Events
Scholar in Residence Weekend with Israeli Scholars Rabbi Assaf and Leora Bednarsh
   Shabbat, April 14
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Community-wide Yom HaZikaron/ Yom HaAtzmaut Celebration
   Wednesday, April 18 - 5:00 PM
learn more →
CAS Scholar-In-Residence Series: Dr Rivka Press Schwartz
   Wednesday, April 25 - 8:00 PM
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Scholar In Residence: Rabbi Mark Wildes
   Shabbat, April 28
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Ice Cream Sundae Bar & Bat Mitzvah Orientation
   Tuesday, May 1 - 8:00 PM
sign up →
CAS Youth Teen Minyan Kiddush Fund
Sign up →
The Power of the Individual to Make a Real Difference with Sivan Ya'ari
   Thursday, May 24 - 7:30 PM
learn more →
CAS Young Families
Young Families/Couples Oneg in the Shabbos Park  Shabbat, April 28. Come join us in the park on Shabbat (weather permitting) at 4 pm for an oneg. Rain date will be May 5th. Please bring a parve snack or dessert to share!

Young Families/Couples Potluck Lunch Shabbat, May 12, 1 PM, We are looking for families and couples to host the potluck and provide the main dish, drinks, and challah, and then guests will fill in with side dishes and desserts as requested by the host. Join us for this great way to get to know people in the CAS community!

Save the Dates: Sunday, June 10th, Young Couples Night Out! and Tuesday, June 26th, Ladies Night Out!

Toddler Time Playgroup  Tuesdays, 3:30 pm. Please join us for an hour of free play for children 1 to 4 years old and their caregivers. Facilitated by two moms of toddlers, this drop-in group meets weekly at CAS in the downstairs children's classroom. No cost, a light snack provided. Info: Jessica Furmansky

New Mom's Group - Mommy and Me  Bring your baby and come meet other moms at CAS. The first Monday of each month, 11:45 AM - 12:45 PM. For Babies birth through 1. This is a free group open to the community. Info: contact Melissa Litwak at
Rabbi Office Hours
Update on Rabbi Cohen's & Rabbi Zweiter's Open Office Hours Open Office Hours are an opportunity to drop by to see our Rabbis without an appointment. They will be available in their office for guidance or a chat. Rabbis will not schedule meetings during these hours, which will be held around the same time each week. Call the office to confirm Rabbi Cohen or Rabbi Zweiter are not attending to an urgent matter outside the synagogue. Open Office Hour Times for this Week
Rabbi Daniel Cohen
  • Monday, April 16, 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM at CAS
  • Tuesday, April 17, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
Rabbi Oran Zweiter
  • Monday, April 16, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM at CAS
  • Tuesday, April 17, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
  • Wednesday, April 18, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at CAS
CAS Classes
Review our full list of classes
Week of April 15
SundayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Bible from the Beginning - 9:15 AM
MondayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Rabbi Soloveitchik's work, Kol Dodi Dofek - 9:15 AM
Bob Abrams: The Tanach Club - The Haggadah - 1:00 PM
TuesdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Book of Ezra - Power of the Prophets - 8:15 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Depths of Genesis - 9:00 AM
Rabbi Daniel Cohen: Parsha Perspectives - 12:00 PM
WednesdayRabbi Oran Zweiter: Weekly Haftorah - 9:30 AM
ThursdayRabbi Daniel Cohen: Tractate Taanit - 8:00 PM
CAS Announcements
  • IMPORTANT BNAI MITZVAH INFORMATION Save the Date of Shabbat, May 5th for a Bnai Mitzvah Luncheon at the home of Rabbi Daniel and Diane Cohen. This is geared towards all 6th and 7th grade boys and 5th and 6th grade girls. Also, save the date of Tuesday. May 1st for the Bnai Mitzvah Orientation. To sign up, visit our website. If you have a Bar or Bar Mitzvah by 2021 and have not yet secured a date, please contact Rabbi Cohen at
  • WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOURE EXPECTING (AND AFTER): TORAH STYLE Tuesday night, May 1st at 8:00 PM at CAS wiith Dena Block, the Steinmetz, Bernstein, Alexander Yoetzet Halacha. A Program of the Minnie Manger Marcia Lieberman Mikvah open to all women in the community. Whether you've recently gotten married, had a baby or just feel like you could use review or inspiration, come out for a special class with Dena Block. RSVP recommended to Jessica Niedober at As always, Dena is available for any questions or consultation.
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Do you have a green thumb, enjoy gardening and doing a mitzvah? We are getting ready to launch our CAS Harvest Now Garden. Here is more info The produce is given to the homeless. We are looking for a lead volunteers to help this year. As always we are grateful to Jim Benjamin for his insight and leadership! Secondly, May is Agudath Sholom month to deliver Shabbat Shalom hospital packages delivered on Fridays at Stamford Hospital. We are grateful to Gloria Green and Phyllis Shapiro for their leadership over the years and we are looking for two people to lead this important effort. These are two very special mitzvot and opportunities. If you have an interest, please contact Rabbi Cohen at your earliest convenience.
  • JOIN OUR HOSPITALITY TEAM When someone new moves to town, we inform our hospitality team, who are thrilled to welcome them for a Shabbat meal. If you would like to be part of our hospitality team who are committed to hosting five new families a year, please contact Rabbi Cohen ( or our membership chair, Rachel Kaimowitz ( If you would like to be involved in welcoming people in alternative ways to shabbat hosting, we also have people who meet new members for coffee in the week, deliver welcome packs, or phone them to check how they're settling in. If this is something you might like to get involved in, we'd also love to hear from you!
  • HEALING VISITS MITZVAH UPDATE The healing visits team is a CAS group who visit people in the hospital, facilities or at home. It is a meaningful way to lift people's spirits and make a difference. You can offer as much time as you have for each person. Every week we send out a healing visit update. To join the team, contact Rabbi Cohen at
  • CAS FREE MEZUZAH CAMPAIGN IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY, CT Bringing Blessings to Jewish Homes. Do you know a neighbor or a friend who lacks a mezuzah? CAS offers a free mezuzah and home visit to post this sacred scroll at the entrance to all Jewish homes in the area. For more info, contact Rabbi Cohen:
  • JOIN THE CHEVRA KADISHA We need new volunteers for the Chevra - those willing to perform a tahara. Info: Please contact Rochel Attar at
  • IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING We need you to help secure our Synagogue. As you come to the building, please be aware of your surroundings. If you see something out of the ordinary, please let someone know about it. This will keep everyone safe.
  • WELCOME TO OUR SYNAGOGUE PROGRAM Every Shabbat we station ushers at the doors in the sanctuary to welcome people, assist them and enhance the service. We are expanding the usher roles to include a greeter in the lobby from 9-10:30 am. Please join the usher team. We need you and your smile. Info: Mitchell Bell.
  • COMMUNITY CHESED HELPERS An important role of the Chesed committee is outreach to the Shul's elderly and homebound, who are often isolated and lack a lifeline to our synagogue. Volunteer to reach out and identify needs, visit, or give a ride. Even small gestures mean a great deal Interested? Vivian Weiss at 203-323-0909 or If you are aware of elderly or homebound members in need of outreach, please notify Rabbi Cohen.
  • WE WANT YOU FOR BINGO! Players AND volunteers needed. Join in on the fun we have every MONDAY at 6:00 PM


Open on Thursday & Sunday from 10 am - noon

We need volunteers! Please call Julie at (203) 321-6460 or Anne at (203) 321-5072

Community Announcements
  • SOOSH SATURDAY NIGHT APRIL 14TH Wish our manager Nat Samberg a very Happy Birthday! In honor of Nats birthday, enjoy all appetizers at half price. Dine in only. See you at Soosh!
  • THE KLEZMERBAND ENSEMBLE AT TEMPLE BETH EL On Monday, April 16, at 7:00 p.m., the Klezmerband ensemble, a group of young, talented Israeli music students from the Yizrael-Gilboa music school, will perform at Temple Beth El on Roxbury Road. With its broad repertoire, including Klezmer, traditional Jewish music, modern Israeli music, and popular classical music, the ensemble has earned recognition and enthusiastic reviews from audiences in Israel and overseas. In 2015-2017, the troupe represented Israel in various festivals and competitions in Germany, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Russia. The Klezmerband will be touring the U.S. for the next two weeks; all concerts are free.
  • ATRIA STAMFORD INVITES YOU TO OUR WINE PULL EVENT , benefiting the Elayne & James Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County. For $20, you can pull a random bottle of wine from a display featuring selections ranging in quality and price. Additional pulls are $15 each. April 24, 4 TO 7 PM, 77 Third Street. Cocktails and hors doeuvres will be served, and tours of our newly expanded Life Guidance memory care neighborhood will be available. RSVP by April 20 to Terry Henry at 203.327.4551
  • NEW JEWISH SENIOR SERVICES HOSPICE VOLUNTEER TRAINING DATES Chaifetz Family Hospice will be holding a 2-Day Hospice Training for people interested in giving their time and compassion to JSS clients in Fairfield County. Training will be held at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT on Sunday June 3rd from 9am-5:00pm, Wednesday June 6th from 4:30-8:30, and Thursday June 7th from 4:30-8:30. Training materials and meals will be provided free of charge. If you would like to sign up or to learn more about hospice training, please contact Ellen Ashkins at (203) 365-6417 or by email at
  • UJF PRESENTS SPRING ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES! Join us at 12:30pm April 11, 18, 25 and 2 for courses on 20th century Jewish history taught by Michael Feldstein, and on June 6, 13, 20 and 27 for courses on the history of Jewish denominations in the United States with Rabbi Oran Zweiter. For detailed course information and to register, visit or call Lauren Steinberg at 203-321-1373 extension 104.
  • THE JEWISH HIGH SCHOOL OF CONNECTICUT is excited to have you celebrate with us at our 2018 Spring Gala. We will be celebrating the educational legacy of Rabbi Abraham, z"l, and Yospa Lieberman. As well, our Keter Shem Tov, community service, award will be presented to Ari and Rica Lieberman. The event is Sunday, April 15th starting at 11am at TBE Stamford. Help JHSC celebrate another successful year in the community! For more information, reach out to Sarah Rich: or 203-357-0850. Details at
  • STAMFORD YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE is pleased to announce that it will be running a spring soccer program for children 7 through 13 who are not able to participate in its Saturday recreation program. The program will run for 8 weeks at Scofield Magnet Middle School starting on Sunday, April 22 and ending on June 24. No sessions will be held on Sunday, May 20 because of Shavout or Memorial Day Weekend. For additional information, please contact Fred Wexler at
  • DO A MITZVAH! CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE JFS KOSHER FOOD PANTRY by purchasing Mitzvah Baskets and/or Mitzvah Centerpieces instead of flowers for your next simcha at CAS. Distributions from the JFS Kosher Food Pantry have increased by more than 1000 since the recession. With this tremendous upsurge in use, JFS is constantly challenged to keep the food pantry full. Your generosity enables JFS to help those in our community in their greatest moments of need.
  • BRAIN FITNESS GROUP - Monday, April 30th, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue Want to stimulate your brain power? The session will focus on memory and recall with practical support to help reach personal brain fitness goals. Advance registration suggested. Light refreshments will be served. JCC Members: $8 per session. Open to the community at $10 per session. Optional lunch following the session $9 (under 60), $4 suggested (over 60). To register, contact Connie Cirillo Freeman at 203-487-0983 or email For additional information, contact Dr. Toby Lazarus, Schoke JFS Brain Fitness Program Coordinator at 203-921-4161 or
  • LETS TALK Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Thursdays, Beginning March 15, every other week, 10:30 AM, Free at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport Contact Rebekah Kanefsky, at 302-921-4161 or email at Tuesdays, 11 :00 AM, Free at the Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue.Contact Sheila Duggan at 203-921-4161 or
  • SCHOKE JFS SPOUSAL BEREAVEMENT GROUP Gather to share feelings and exchange ideas in a non-judgmental environment that provides emotional, practical, and spiritual support for grieving the loss of a spouse or significant other. Contact Amanda Geffner, Schoke JFS Therapist at 203-921-4161 or at 10:30 AM, beginning September 8th at Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Road, Stamford
We Wish A Speedy Recovery To
  • Aryeh Chaim ben Chaya Sara
  • Avraham ben Batya
  • Benyamin Meir ben Slova
  • Benyamin ben Elishevah
  • David Yaakov ben Riesel
  • Dov ben Pnina
  • Eliezer Yitzhak Dovid ben Miriam Rivkah
  • Esther Shoshana bat Yeta Chava
  • Gil Shlomo ben Ruth Rivkah
  • Ian ben Sarah
  • Ida bat Rivka
  • Meshaberah Zinovi ben Riveka
  • Michel Leib ben Rachel Leah
  • Moshe ben Faiga
  • Moshe ben Sasi vNadia
  • Perel Shaindel bat Fridel
  • Refael Ephraim ben Sima
  • Sara Rivka bat Esther Blema
  • Shmuel Areyeh ben Hadassa
  • Yaakov ben Chaya
  • Yitchak Meir ben Rochel
  • Zev Mordechai ben Chaya Gittel
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CAS Israel Advocacy Update
It is not too early to join our delegation at AIPAC 2019 in Washington DC. Yasher Koach to our dedicated and inspired Agudath Sholom delegation at the 2018 Policy Conference. To learn more about AIPAC visit and to learn more about our Israel Advocacy Committee, email Ben Lanson, chair, at

Take a Minute to Support Israel  Supporting Israel isn't hard -- there are many things that you can do that take literally one minute. The Israel Committee now has a website built on this idea. Go to for simple things that you can do, from calling your Congressional representatives to social media posts, that take only a minute or two. Check back frequently for updates and ideas for things you can do!

LIPS product of the week  Check out our new Love Israel Products Blog (LIPS) for the latest ways to support Israel! Thank you to Lola Halperin and Aaron Goldenberg for organizing.
Kosher Advisories
Kosher Alerts  The OU reminds you to always check the label before purchasing any item that needs kosher certification! And for the latest corrective actions, stay up with the latest OU KOSHER CONSUMER ALERTS & ADVISORIES...just click here

Kosher Advisory  Breaking news from the OU - newly certified items! to check out the list click here
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