Testosterone is a crucial hormone for men and plays an important role throughout the male lifespan. Most of a male's testosterone is produced through the testicles. Also called the male sex hormone, testosterone starts playing its part during puberty.
When a male goes through puberty, testosterone helps males develop:
As boys turn to men and men grow older, testosterone levels deplete naturally. Sometimes, events like injuries and chronic health conditions like diabetes can lower testosterone levels. Unfortunately, when a man loses too much T, it results in hypogonadism. When this happens, the testosterone must be replaced, or the male will suffer from symptoms like muscle loss, low libido, and even depression.
TRT is exactly what it sounds like: a treatment option for men that replaces testosterone so that your body regulates hormones properly and restores balance to your life. Also called androgen replacement therapy, TRT alleviates the symptoms that men experience with low T.
Originally lab-synthesized in 1935, testosterone has grown in popularity since it was produced. Today, TRT and other testosterone treatments are among the most popular prescriptions in the U.S.
Without getting too deep into the science, TRT works by giving your body the essential testosterone it needs to function correctly. As the primary androgen for both males and females, testosterone impacts many of the body's natural processes â especially those needed for overall health. For example, men with low T are more prone to serious problems like cardiovascular disease and even type-2 diabetes.
When your body quits making enough testosterone, it causes your health to suffer until a solution is presented. That's where TRT and anti-aging medicine for men can help. TRT helps balance your hormones and replenish your depleted testosterone. With time, your body will begin to heal, and many symptoms like low libido and irritability begin to diminish.
For men, aging is the biggest contributor to lower testosterone levels, though there are other causes like obesity, drug abuse, testicular injuries, and certain prescribed medications. Sometimes, long-term health conditions like AIDS, cirrhosis of the liver, and kidney disease can lower testosterone levels.
When a man's testosterone levels drop significantly, it alters his body's ratio of estrogen and testosterone. Lower testosterone levels cause more abdominal fat, which in turn results in increased aromatase, which converts even more testosterone into estrogen.
If you're concerned that you might have low T, you're not alone. Millions of men in the U.S. feel the same way. The best way to find out if your testosterone is low is to get your levels tested.
For sustainable testosterone replacement therapy benefits, you must consult with hormone doctors and experts like those you can find at Global Life Rejuvenation. That way, you can find the root cause of your hormone problems, and our team can craft a personalized HRT plan tailored to your needs.
One of the most common reasons that men choose TRT is because they have lost that "spark" with their partner. It's not easy for a man to hear that they're not performing like they used to. Intimacy is a powerful part of any relationship. When a once-healthy sex life dwindles, it can cause serious relationship issues.
The good news is that low libido doesn't have to be a permanent problem. TRT and anti-aging medicines help revert hormone levels back into their normal range. When this happens, many men have a more enjoyable life full of intimacy and sex drive.
Weak erections â it's an uncomfortable subject for many men in the U.S. to talk about. It's even worse to experience first-hand. You're in the midst of an intimate moment, and you can't do your part. Despite being perfectly normal, many men put blame and shame upon themselves when they can't achieve an erection. And while the inability to perform sexually can be caused by poor diet, obesity, and chronic health conditions, low testosterone is often a contributing factor.
Fortunately, weak erections are a treatable condition. The best way to regain your confidence and ability in bed is to speak with your doctor. Once any underlying conditions are discovered, options like TRT may be the best course of treatment.
Do you find it harder and harder to work out and lift weights in the gym? Are you having problems lifting heavy items that you once had no problem lifting?
Recent studies show that when men are inactive, they lose .5% of muscle strength every year, from ages 25 to 60. After 60, muscle loss doubles every decade. While some muscle loss is common as men age, a significant portion can be tied to low testosterone levels. When a man's T levels drop, so does his muscle mass.
Testosterone is a much-needed component used in gaining and retaining muscle mass. That's why many doctors prescribe TRT Tenafly, FL, for men having problems with strength. One recent study found that men who increased their testosterone levels using TRT gained as much as 2.5 pounds of muscle mass.
Whether your gym performance is lacking, or you can't lift heavy items like you used to, don't blame it all on age. You could be suffering from hypogonadism.
If you're like millions of other men in their late 20s and 30s, dealing with hair loss is a reality you don't want to face. Closely related to testosterone decline and hormone imbalances, hair loss is distressing for many men. This common symptom is often related to a derivative of testosterone called DHT. Excess amounts of DHT cause hair follicles to halt their production, causing follicles to die.
Because hair located at the front and crown is more sensitive to DHT, it grows slower than other follicles and eventually stops growing permanently. Thankfully, TRT and anti-aging treatments for men in Tenafly, FL, is now available to address hair loss for good.
While it's true that you can't change your genes, you can change the effects of low testosterone on your body. Whether you're suffering from thinning hair or hair loss across your entire head, TRT and other hormone therapies can stop hair loss and even reverse the process.
Also called "man boobs," gynecomastia is essentially the enlargement of male breast tissue. This increase in fatty tissue is often caused by hormonal imbalances and an increase in estrogen. For men, estrogen levels are elevated during andropause. Also called male menopause, andropause usually happens because of a lack of testosterone.
If you're a man between the ages of 40 and 55, and you're embarrassed by having large breasts, don't lose hope. TRT is a safe, effective way to eliminate the underlying cause of gynecomastia without invasive surgery. With a custom HRT and fitness program, you can bring your testosterone and estrogen levels back to normal before you know it.
Decreased energy was once considered a normal part of aging. Today, many doctors know better. Advances in technology and our understanding of testosterone show that low T and lack of energy often go hand-in-hand.
If you're struggling to enjoy activities like playing with your kids or hiking in a park due to lack of energy, it could be a sign of low T. Of course, getting tired is perfectly normal for any man. But if you're suffering from continual fatigue, a lack of enjoyment, or a decrease in energy, it might be time to speak with a doctor.
Whether you're having a tough time getting through your day or can't finish activities you used to love, TRT could help.
A study from 2011 showed that men who lose a week's worth of sleep can experience lowered testosterone levels â as much as 15%, according to experts. Additional research into the topic found almost 15% of workers only get five hours of sleep (or less) per night. These findings suggest that sleep loss negatively impacts T levels and wellbeing.
The bottom line is that men who have trouble sleeping often suffer from lower testosterone levels as a result. If you find yourself exhausted at the end of the day but toss and turn all night long, you might have low T.
TRT and anti-aging medicines can restore your T levels back to normal, which can help you sleep better with proper diet and exercise.
You're feeling down about everything, and there's no solid explanation for why you're in such a crummy mood. Your daily life is great and full of success, but you can't help but feel unexcited and unmotivated. If you're experiencing symptoms like these, you may be depressed â and it may stem from low testosterone.
A research study from Munich found that men with depression also commonly had low testosterone levels. This same study also found that depressed men had cortisol levels that were 67% higher than other men. Because higher cortisol levels lead to lower levels of testosterone, the chances of severe depression increase.
Depression is a very real disorder and should always be diagnosed and treated by your doctor. One treatment option gaining in popularity is TRT for depression. Studies show that when TRT is used to restore hormone levels, men enjoy a lighter, more improved mood. That's great news for men who are depressed and have not had success with other treatments like anti-depression medicines, which alter the brain's chemistry.
Ask anyone over the age of 50 how their memory is, and they'll tell you it wasn't what it used to be. Memory loss and lack of concentration occur naturally as we age â these aren't always signs of dementia or Alzheimer's.
However, what many men consider a symptom of age may be caused by low testosterone. A 2006 study found that males with low T levels performed poorly on cognitive skill tests. These results suggest that low testosterone may play a part in reducing cognitive ability. If you're having trouble staying on task or remembering what your schedule is for the day, it might not be due to your age. It might be because your testosterone levels are too low. If you're having trouble concentrating or remembering daily tasks, it could be time to talk to your doctor.
Why? The aforementioned study found that participating men experienced improved cognitive skills when using TRT.
Even though today's society is more inclusive of large people, few adults enjoy gaining weight as they age. Despite their best efforts, many men just can't shed the extra pounds around their midsections, increasing their risk of heart disease and cancer.
Often, male weight gain is caused by hormone imbalances that slow the metabolism and cause weight to pile on. This phase of life is called andropause and happens when there is a lack of testosterone in the body. Couple that with high cortisol levels, and you've got a recipe for flabby guts and double chins.
Fortunately, TRT treatments and physician-led weight loss programs can correct hormone imbalances and lead to healthy weight loss for men.
Sermorelin is a synthetic hormone peptide, like GHRH, which triggers the release of growth hormones. When used under the care of a qualified physician, Sermorelin can help you lose weight, increase your energy levels, and help you feel much younger.
Human growth hormone (HGH) therapy has been used for years to treat hormone deficiencies. Unlike HGH, which directly replaces declining human growth hormone levels, Sermorelin addresses the underlying cause of decreased HGH, stimulating the pituitary gland naturally. This approach keeps the mechanisms of growth hormone production active.
Benefits of Sermorelin include:
Ipamorelin helps to release growth hormones in a person's body by mimicking a peptide called ghrelin. Ghrelin is one of three hormones which work together to regulate the growth hormone levels released by the pituitary gland. Because Ipamorelin stimulates the body to produce growth hormone, your body won't stop its natural growth hormone production, which occurs with synthetic HGH.
Ipamorelin causes growth hormone secretion that resembles natural release patterns rather than being constantly elevated from HGH. Because ipamorelin stimulates the natural production of growth hormone, our patients can use this treatment long-term with fewer health risks.
One of the biggest benefits of Ipamorelin is that it is suitable for both men and women. It provides significant short and long-term benefits in age management therapies, boosting patients' overall health, wellbeing, and outlook on life. When growth hormone is produced by the pituitary gland using Ipamorelin, clients report amazing benefits.
Some of those benefits include:
Whether you are considering our TRT services, HRT for women, or our growth hormone peptide services, we are here to help. The first step to turning back the hand of time starts by contacting Global Life Rejuvenation.
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TST Broadcasting has announced its latest program focuses on the lasting damage caused by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole on timeshare resorts in Daytona Beach Shoes, Florida.TENAFLY, N.J., Dec. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- TST Broadcasting has announced its latest program focuses on the lasting damage caused by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole on timeshare resorts in Daytona Beach Shoes, Florida.The hurricane season ended on November 30th, but the impact of the damages Hurricanes Ian and Nicole linger on. In its recent program, TST Broad...
TST Broadcasting has announced its latest program focuses on the lasting damage caused by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole on timeshare resorts in Daytona Beach Shoes, Florida.
TENAFLY, N.J., Dec. 20, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- TST Broadcasting has announced its latest program focuses on the lasting damage caused by Hurricanes Ian and Nicole on timeshare resorts in Daytona Beach Shoes, Florida.
The hurricane season ended on November 30th, but the impact of the damages Hurricanes Ian and Nicole linger on. In its recent program, TST Broadcasting focuses on how timeshare resorts in the Daytona Beach Shores area are managing the challenges they are dealing with, and will be facing in the months ahead.
Shep Altshuler, host of the TST Broadcasting series, was joined by Michael DPaola, multi-site managers for Capital Vacations, a leading timeshare property management company, and Paula DiPaola, Board President, Magic Tree Resort, Kissimmee, FL, and Board Advisor, Sea Club IV, Daytona Beach Shores, FL.
Extensive damage Michael DiPaola said that in that particular area of Daytona Beach Shores, Sea Club IV was hit the hardest by the hurricanes. Everything was brought everything to a standstill. He added that there collapsing of multiple seawalls. Up and down the coast there was nothing but debris and litter from homes being dropped into the ocean. I think 14, condominiums were evacuated and the residents were not allowed to come back until the properties are structurally safe. The impact in that area was devastating.
Water and wind intrusion According to Paula DiPaoal, "Everyone is trying to put back together whatever they can, Many structural engineers are determining if the builds are structurally sound. Unfortunately, there is extensive water intrusion, new floors and walls are needed and roofs have to be replaced because of wind damage. It's still quite a mess in Daytona Beach Shores".
Communications Michael Dipaola said that the staff at Sea Club IV started immediately all-day calling to the resort's owners. "We had to close for approximately five weeks and are reporting which units are available or remain closed. We don't know when those rooms will be open. But we will have some units ready to open before the end of the year. There is uncertainty because information from various agencies has been flowing slowly. Currently, Sea Club IV has no amenities which means it has no pool deck, local, and no entrance to the ocean to the beach. As well as the beach is closed up and down because of the devastation", he said.
Outlook and concerns Both discussed how the extensive damage to Sea Club IV's sea wall and kiddie pool will need extensive repairs that will take a long time, along with the loss of amenities are presenting ongoing concerns.
said, " The owners are concerned with reason. They love their resort and oceanfront property. But, the owners that are affected most are the ones that own the weeks that are having difficulty opening, and I feel terrible for them. It's hard to say you have to pay your maintenance fees, but you have no use of the property. That's a difficult reality. So we just tried to explain it as best we can. And, you know, they're, they're accepting it, but they are concerned with no use. And they are concerned with the well-being of their resorts.
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The U.S. Under-19 MNT will kick off 2023 with a training camp from Jan. 5-13 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2004 are age-eligible for this U-19 MYNT cycle and head coach Marko Mitrovi? has called 23 players to South Florida, six born in 2004 and 17 born in 2005. All 23 players are age-eligible for this summer’s 2023 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia.GOALKEEPERS (2): ...
The U.S. Under-19 MNT will kick off 2023 with a training camp from Jan. 5-13 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla.
Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2004 are age-eligible for this U-19 MYNT cycle and head coach Marko Mitrovi? has called 23 players to South Florida, six born in 2004 and 17 born in 2005. All 23 players are age-eligible for this summer’s 2023 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Indonesia.
DEFENDERS (8): Kamran Acito (Duke; New York, N.Y.), Reed Baker-Whiting (Seattle Sounders FC; Seattle, Wash.), Noah Cobb (Atlanta United FC; Chattanooga, Tenn.), Grayson Dettoni (Bayern Munich/GER; Munich, Germany), Drew Murray (Unattached; San Jose, Calif.), Nolan Norris (FC Dallas; Celina, Texas), Walter Portales (Club America/MEX; Los Angeles, Calif.), Fritz Volmar (St. Louis City SC; St. Louis, Mo.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Favian Loyola (Orlando City SC; Orlando, Fla.), Bryan Moyado (LAFC; La Puente, Calif.), Sergio Oregel Jr. (Chicago Fire FC; Chicago, Ill.), Tyler Pasnik (Rangers/SCO; Bishopton, Scotland), David Ruiz (Inter Miami CF; Miami, Fla.), Sam Williams (University of North Carolina; Tenafly, N.J.)
FORWARDS (7): Kristian Fletcher (D.C. United; Bethesda, Md.), Oluwakorede Osundina (Orange County SC; Redmond, Wash.), Nighte Pickering (Memphis 901 FC; Frisco, Texas), Malick Sanogo (FC Union Berlin/GER; Berlin, Germany), Tarik Scott (FC Dallas; Dallas, Texas), Darren Yapi (Colorado Rapids; Denver, Colo.), Marcos Zambrano (Unattached; Gladwyne, Pa.)
Seven players return from the U-19s’ strong showing at September’s Slovenia Nations Cup, where the USA defeated Malta, Croatia and Scotland. Four players have been a part of all five U-19 MYNT camps so far this cycle: defenders Reed Baker-Whiting and Nolan Norris as well as midfielders Favian Loyola and Bryan Moyado.
Ten players are making their U-19 debut in Florida: defender Kamran Acito, Grayson Dettoni, Walter Portales, Fritz Volmar, midfielders Tyler Pasnik, David Ruiz and Sam Williams plus forwards Malick Sanogo, Tarik Scott and Darren Yapi.
Twenty different clubs are represented on the roster, including eleven from Major League Soccer, two from the USL Championship and four abroad (two in Germany, one each in Mexico and Scotland). Two players currently compete collegiately- Duke defender Acito and UNC midfielder Williams. The squad hails from 13 different states, led by three players each from California and Texas.
Special to NorthJersey.comNorth Jersey girls tennis is back in full swing after last year’s abbreviated season due to COVID-19.The Bergen and Passaic county tournaments and the NJSIAA singles and doubles tournaments are back on the docket and, with a huge turnover in almost every team's lineup, plenty of surprises could be in the offing.Here’s a look at some of the top players and storylines as well as our preseason rankings:10 players to watchAnna Chow, Demarest senior ...
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North Jersey girls tennis is back in full swing after last year’s abbreviated season due to COVID-19.
The Bergen and Passaic county tournaments and the NJSIAA singles and doubles tournaments are back on the docket and, with a huge turnover in almost every team's lineup, plenty of surprises could be in the offing.
Here’s a look at some of the top players and storylines as well as our preseason rankings:
Anna Chow, Demarest senior
Now in her fourth season as the Norsewomen’s ace, Chow has already led her team to what could be described as its “Golden Era” with three state sectional, one state group and one Bergen County championship. Chow has powerful ground strokes and an equally-strong tennis IQ. She’s a four-star recruit per tennisrecruting.net.
Phoebe Devine, Ridgewood freshman
Maroons coach Joe Staunton called Devine his “freshman phenom” and raved about her superb athleticism and all-around game. Devine covers the court with the best of them and has all the tools to be a force in Bergen County for years to come. She’s a five-star college recruit – one of just three in Bergen County.
Amanda Galante, Bergen Tech junior
After a month of training and playing tournaments in Florida, Galante is currently recovering from a knee injury. She features a huge serve and an equally-powerful baseline game. Coach John Yselonia said Galante is “learning to construct points” and that improved consistency is her key to success. Galante is a three-star college recruit.
Erin Ha, Holy Angels junior
After transferring from Tenafly, Ha will be eligible in time for the Bergen County and NJSIAA singles tournaments. She’s a five-star college recruit and probably the second-best player in the state behind Fort Lee’s Stephanie Yakoff. Angels coach Meaghan Williams said “it’s awe-inspiring to see how hard a petite young lady like Erin can hit the ball.”
Brooke Hess, Holy Angels senior
Hess would be the top gun on almost every team in the state but will play behind standout Erin Ha. A four-star college recruit, Hess is incredibly fit and agile and has terrific ground strokes. Coach Meaghan Williams says Hess is the consummate senior captain with her “take-charge personality” and unrivaled positivity.
Yahli Noy, Demarest junior
Coach Dave Johnson says his second-singles standout would play first at 95 percent of the teams in Bergen County and would be a strong No. 1. The defending county large-schools second-singles champion is a four-star recruit and unbeaten in her two years of county play. Johnson raved about Noy’s ground strokes as well as her “mental strength and willpower.”
Arya Ramalingam, Leonia senior
Ramalingam joined the Lions as a sophomore and led the team to the NJSIAA Group 1 championship. Coach Tim Cullen said his two-star college recruit is an enormously consistent player with a great understanding of the game. He said Ramalingam “doesn’t give points away, is incredibly mobile on the court, and stands out in terms of sportsmanship.”
Christine Richiez, Park Ridge senior
A three-star recruit, Richiez reached the Bergen County small-schools first-singles finals as a freshman and sophomore before last year’s tournament was washed out by COVID. She’s an extremely smart and determined player and hits a heavy ball. Coach Muhammad Awais said Richiez is learning to vary her game, playing a serve-and-volley or a defensive style when needed.
Stephanie Yakoff, Fort Lee junior
The Fort Lee phenom is one of the top youth players in the country and in another stratosphere when it comes to her New Jersey competition. A highest-rated blue-chip recruit, Yakoff is a prohibitive favorite to defend her 2019 Bergen County and state singles crowns. Coach Phil Zappel said Yakoff is almost chameleon-like in being able to “play any type of game and play it better than her opponent.”
Zoe Yao, Dwight-Englewood freshman
The Bulldogs’ soft-spoken rookie is a three-star recruit who relies on her strong baseline game but mixes things up when necessary. Yao stands at 5-foot-8, making it tough for opponents to get the ball over her when she comes to the net. Yao will lead a perennially-strong Bulldog team that was the only squad in Bergen County to opt out last season.
Will Fort Lee’s Stephanie Yakoff break a sweat?
In her first and only full season two years ago, Yakoff played 25 matches and lost a grand total of 20 games – less than one per match. At the state singles tournament, Yakoff played six matches and lost just 10 games, smoking Clifton’s top-seeded Caroline McGinley in the finals, 6-0 and 6-2. With COVID-19 wiping out last year’s state singles tournament, Yakoff lost her chance to become the second player in state history to win four crowns.
Can anyone stop Holy Angles? Anyone?
With Erin Ha transferring in from Tenafly and Brooke Hess moving down to play second, it’s doubtful any team in the state can match Holy Angels’ pair of aces. If the locals find a third point somewhere in their lineup, they could battle for a spot at the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions and maybe even win it. Sophomore Stephanie Chan and freshman Alexandra Darmanin are two of the team’s other top talents.
Who’s on second?
North Jersey tennis might have its best collection of one-two punches in the past dozen or so years. Along with the aforementioned Holy Angels duo of Ha and Hess, a slew of other teams have dominating duos in their lineups, putting them in play for state sectional and group championships. Other teams fitting into this category include Northern Valley-Demarest (Anna Chow & Yahli Noy), Ridgewood (Phoebe Devine & Christin Cha) and Bergen Tech (Amanda Galante & Victoria Gazda).
Which team will rule the Big North Freedom?
This question gets asked almost every year. But with three of the best teams in the county in Ridgewood, Northern Highlands and Ramapo in the league, it’s never goes away. Here are the primary singles contenders for these teams: Ridgewood (Phoebe Devine, Christin Cha, Caitlyn Wall and Millie Diamond), Northern Highlands (Leah Rimland, Ayana Amin and Eleanor Ha) and Ramapo (Rochelle Kitovsky, Cadie Sauter, Sofia Mosquera and Ella Saxton).
Can the Bulldogs be top dogs?
Two years ago, Passaic Tech ended Wayne Hills’ incredible run of 16 outright Passaic County Tournament titles as the two teams shared the crown. This year, the Bulldogs want to take the championship for themselves and will feature the singles trio of Amora Coronado-Luz, GeNye Robinson and Rebecca Ulloa.
Thanks to an ever-increasing stream of expatriate Israelis moving to the United States, pockets of Hebrew-speaking communities have popped up all over the country's Northeast and West, and in Florida, over the past decade. And while those who move do so because of economics, international politics, and a hankering for good old American culture, a cadre of Chasidic families are helping to ensure that these transplants from the Holy Land embrace a Jewish identity that could have easily been left behind."The U.S. is kind of a heaven...
Thanks to an ever-increasing stream of expatriate Israelis moving to the United States, pockets of Hebrew-speaking communities have popped up all over the country's Northeast and West, and in Florida, over the past decade. And while those who move do so because of economics, international politics, and a hankering for good old American culture, a cadre of Chasidic families are helping to ensure that these transplants from the Holy Land embrace a Jewish identity that could have easily been left behind.
"The U.S. is kind of a heaven place," says Felix Rudiak, a native of Israel's southern coastal port of Ashkelon, in explaining that many of his compatriots view America as the bearer of material benefits and a higher quality of life.
U.S. Census Bureau figures illustrate the trend: While, some 109,720 Israeli citizens were living in the country in 2000, the population jumped to 122,497 just four years later. In 2006, 135,003 Israelis had American addresses, mostly in the states of New York, New Jersey, California and Florida. Today, more than a dozen Chabad-Lubavitch centers in the United States – in places like Atlanta, Chicago, Staten Island, Philadelphia and Boca Raton, Fla., where the new Chabad Israeli Center directed by Rabbi Naftali and Henya Hertzel opened in 2006 – cater almost exclusively to the Israeli set; dozens more offer classes taught in Hebrew, special parties for Israelis and networking events.
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A family of Chabad.org-powered Web sites also maintain a presence on the Internet for American-based Israelis looking for Jewish information and updates about their local Chabad Houses. The sites pull articles and other content from Chabad.org's Hebrew flagship He.Chabad.org.
Six years ago, Rudiak and his family moved to Tenafly, N.J., a New York City suburb popular among Israelis. But soon after their move, he and his wife, while pleased that their children were adjusting to U.S. customs and the public school system, felt that something was "missing."
In their home country, businesses are closed on Shabbat, many streets go quiet on Yom Kippur and even the most decidedly secular of citizens are so familiar with biblical stories that they use them as metaphors. In America, on the other hand, says Rudiak, one has to fight to maintain their Jewish connection.
"Maybe it's because in Israel, you already feel connected," he offers. "You feel the country is holy enough."
Longing for home is a common phenomenon among many immigrant groups. On its Web site, Rutgers University counsels foreign students to "be secure in your sense of who and what you are. In the process of adjusting to living in the United States, don't lose sight of the many good qualities of your own culture."
The Rudiaks, fearing that their children could perhaps lose their Jewish identity as a result of immersion in American culture, sought out common ground. They found it Chabad-Lubavitch of the Palisades in Tenafly, which has many Hebrew-speaking programs specifically geared to the community's Israeli population.
Rudiak first contacted Rabbi Mordechai Shain, the center's executive director, when his son Matanel began studying for his bar mitzvah. Both father and son began to pray daily at the synagogue; the experience led to Matanel's enrollment in a Jewish day school in nearby Paramus.
"You are fortunate to meet such people as Rabbi Shain that really will guide you and explain [things to] you, and show you their compassion and love," says Rudiak. "Many [non-religious] Israelis are afraid of Orthodox people, thinking that the Orthodox [will view them as] sinners."
But Shain's approach, echoed by the thousands of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries worldwide, is decidedly non-judgmental, explains Rudiak. The entire message of the Chabad House is that "we will love you, because you are Jewish. And, by the way, we'll try to show you [the way of] the Torah.' "
A Cookie and Tefillin
It might be ironic, but for people like Rudiak, moving away from Israel gave them a spiritual push to explore their Judaism. Rabbi Amitai Yemini, director of the Chabad Israel Center in Los Angeles, explains that it has a lot to do with the differences between each country's way of life.
"A person in Israel is under pressure," he says, referring to the almost constant threat of regional warfare in the Middle East. "Here, in contrast, people wake up in the morning, they drink coffee, they talk here and they talk there. They do their jobs without pressure. They have more time to listen to what a rabbi will tell them."
After he completed his Israeli army service, Danny Weiss wanted to explore the world. He attests that he settled in Boca Raton, Fla. – where pita shops and falafel bars serve as markers of a large Israeli community – as a "totally secular Jew, totally against religion and religious Jews."
Then he met a Chabad-Lubavitch Chasid who came to his workplace every Friday with some cookies and a pair of tefillin. The ritual appealed to Weiss, as did the fact that the Chasid could personally relate to him. The experience eventually led him to Rabbi Moishe Denburg, the director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Boca Raton.
"In the beginning, it was more for the cookie," says Weiss, "but later on, I started to join the synagogue for High Holiday services."
Weiss' involvement continued to grow, and when his daughter entered the first grade, he enrolled her in Chabad's Hebrew Academy in nearby Margate. He sent his next six children to Chabad schools.
The children "brought Yiddishkeit home," says Weiss.
His friend, Israeli-born Shimshon Hazan, adds that emissaries like Denburg "wake up the Jewish soul."
CHECK YOUR FRIDAY TICKETS HERE:Mega Millions winning numbers for Friday, July 29, 2022 - $1.28 billion jackpotNo one won the jackpot on Tuesday so the Mega Millions is now over a billion dollars and keeps on going up.For the second time in two days, the jackpot has increased. Orig...
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No one won the jackpot on Tuesday so the Mega Millions is now over a billion dollars and keeps on going up.
For the second time in two days, the jackpot has increased. Originally, the jackpot was estimated at $1.025 billion but jumped to $1.1 billion on Thursday and then to $1.28 billion on Friday afternoon, according to the Mega Millions website.
Friday's jackpot is the second largest ever for the Mega Millions and the third largest United States lottery. The cash option for Friday is billion with a cash option of $747.2 million.
How big is the lottery fever right now? The Mega Millions website was overwhelmed with traffic and down for more than two hours right after Tuesday night's drawing.
The numbers drawn on Tuesday, July 26, 2022 were: 7 - 29 - 60 - 63 - 66 and Megaball 15. The Megaplier was 3x. The jackpot was an estimated $830 million.
While no one won the jackpot, there were plenty of million dollar tickets in Tuesday's drawing.
Nine tickets sold in California, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey (2), New York (2) and Ohio (2) matched all five white balls to win at least $1 million.
The Mega Millions has not been won since April 15 when a ticket sold in Tennessee won $20 million – it was the second time in two drawings the jackpot was won. In 2022, the jackpot has been won four times. Other jackpot-winning tickets were sold in California, New York and Minnesota.
Meanwhile, the Powerball jackpot is at $170 million with a cash option of $100.5 million for Saturday night, according to the Powerball website.
Mega Millions drawings are held every Tuesday and Friday at 11 p.m. The cost is $2 per ticket, but you can add the Megaplier for $1, which will increase the amount of your potential prize up to five times the original prize (except for the jackpot).
Each player selects five numbers from 1 to 70 for the white balls and one number from 1 to 25 for the Mega Ball. However, you can also have the lottery machine generate a random Quick Pick for you.
Prizes vary from $2 for the matching the Mega Ball to $1 million for matching all five white balls (except in California) to the jackpot for matching all six balls. You can check all the prize payouts on the Mega Millions site here.
You don't need to be a U.S. citizen or a resident a particular state where you purchase your ticket.
You can play the game in 45 states plus the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The states not offering Mega Millions are: Alabama, Alaska, Hawaii, Nevada and Utah.
Many grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores sell lottery tickets. Some states allow Mega Millions tickets to be purchased online, but beware of scam websites. Check with your state lottery for more details.
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In New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, tickets must be purchased by 10:45 p.m. on the Tuesday and Friday to be included in that night's drawing.
However, some states have different deadlines and can be more than an hour before the drawing. Check with your local lottery so you don't miss out.
Playing the Mega Millions can be exciting, but just don't go spending those millions before you win.
The odds of winning the jackpot are 302,575,350-to-1.
The odds to match all five white balls are 12,607,306-to-1.
The major lotteries in the United States offer two jackpot payout options: annuity and cash.
The annuity option is paid out over time. There is an immediate payment and then 29 annual payments after that, increasing by 5% each year.
The cash option is significantly lower than the advertised jackpot, but it is paid in a lump sum. You don't have to wait decades for all the money.
Here are the Top 10 jackpots ever since the Mega Millions began in 1996:
Here's a look at the top jackpots were won in the United States, between the Powerball and the Mega Millions lotteries: