By Chanita Teitz
As I sat with our extended family on Sunday at my mother-in-law’s yearly Chanukah party, I realized that the last time I had seen some of our nieces and nephews and their families was on Sukkos. Wasn’t that just a short while ago? How does time move so fast?
Young children have no concept of time. To school-age kids saddled with homework and tests, time creeps by. But to us, time is fleeting.
In most professions, we plan ahead. Clothing designers are creating their spring lines; stores are ordering their spring merchandise; magazines are planning their spring issues.
We just had an office meeting last week where I encouraged all my salespeople to start planning for our spring selling season. I told them to write their business plans and their goals for the coming year.
Once Chanukah is over, the matzah factories will begin baking, the food suppliers and manufacturers are producing the products we will need for Pesach, and I’m sure the supermarkets are placing their Pesach orders. Even the hotels and other Pesach programs have already started advertising.
So as we fry up those last batches of latkes, just realize that the days are starting to get longer, minute by minute, until the short Fridays will be less of a rush. Spring is coming, and if you blink, it will sneak up on you in no time!
“Challah Lady” visits Shevach High School. On the cold, rainy Wednesday morning of December 3, the halls of Shevach were warmed with the smell of challah wafting through the building. In preparation for their upcoming Shabbaton, with the theme of “Am Mekadshei Shvi’i,” Shevach invited Mrs. Devorah Heller, better known as the “Challah Lady,” to bake challah with the girls.
The program opened with an introduction from Mrs. Yali Rosenberg, who spoke about the mitzvah of hafrashas challah, a mitzvah that was precious to her sister, Mrs. Avigail Rechnitz, a’h. Mrs. Rosenberg described how her sister applied the mitzvah of challah to all that she did in her life. Avigail recognized that despite all our effort, everything is from Hashem; we must infuse the mundane aspects of life with spiritual meaning, and women have a special power to bring berachah into the home. These are important messages we can try to incorporate into our own daily living.
After Mrs. Rosenberg’s moving presentation, Mrs. Heller began her demonstration, explaining to the girls that challah consists of seven ingredients, which reflects the idea that seven represents the spiritual component in a physical world—as well as connecting to the Shabbaton theme of the number seven. With her warmth, humor, and personal vignettes, Mrs. Heller related how she became the “Challah Lady” and impressed upon the girls the significance of this mitzvah as one of the three mitzvos uniquely designated for women.
Students learned how to braid a six-strand challah and impressed Mrs. Heller with their knowledge of the significance of the two six-stranded challos of lechem mishneh as being symbolic of the twelve Lechem HaPanim. A “won-dough-ful” time was had by both faculty and students!
Bnos Malka raffle. For just $36 a ticket, you can share in Bnos Malka’s success and help shape the next generation of bnos Torah. Not to mention have a chance to win the grand prize: an Alaskan cruise for two with Kosherica, including round-trip airfare, or an incredible NY Anniversary Extravaganza, where you will be treated like a real VIP. To enter online, visit www.BnosMalka.org/giving/raffle. The drawing will take place motzaei Shabbos, December 27, iy’H.
Writing workshop. Well-known author Yael Mermelstein will present a writing workshop for aspiring and professional writers, titled “Taking Your Writing from Flat to Fabulous.” Yael Mermelstein is an award-winning author with thousands of published articles and numerous published books. Her honors include a Sydney Taylor Manuscript award and a book that was chosen for nationwide distribution by the PJ Library. Yael’s fiction has been selected by the Israeli Ministry of Education for study for the national matriculation exams. In this workshop, Yael will delve into what makes excellent writing with tips and tools to make every writer’s work shine. The workshop will take place on Sunday, December 28, 8–10 p.m. at 147-37 70th Avenue in Kew Gardens Hills. Cost: $50. To register, visit http://susiegarber.wordpress.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 917-696-2433.
Monday night, December 29, Chazaq & Eshel Avraham present world-renowned lecturer, R’ Menachem Nissel, author of Rigshei Lev, live in Queens. This event, “Beauty of Tears: From Trial to Triumph,” begins at 8:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Men and women are welcome; free admission. Event dedicated in memory of Yaeer Netzer ben Avraham and Tziporah. Location: Congregation Shaare Tova, 82-33 Lefferts Blvd., Kew Gardens, NY 11415. For more information, call 917-733-4441 or e-mail info@Chazaq.org.
Wednesday evening, December 31, Asarah B’Teves 5775, Yom HaKaddish Ha’klali for tefillos and kaddish in memory of the victims of the Shoah whose dates of kiddush Hashem are unknown. Featuring words of welcome by R’ Yoel Schonfeld, introductory remarks by R’ Hayim Schwartz, and guest speaker R’ Daniel Glatstein. Location: Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 150th Street and 70th Road at 7:45 p.m. Light buffet will be served. Parking available at Yeshiva of Central Queens.
Plan ahead for a special networking event sponsored by the Jewish Business Development, a networking group, and the Queens Jewish Link, to be held on Wednesday, January 14, 7:00–9:30 p.m. at the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, 83-10 188th Street. Delicious buffet catered by Soy Sauce, special raffle drawing, special guests, and an opportunity to network with other professionals. Admission: $15. For more information and reservations, e-mail QueensJewishLink@gmail.com. v
Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage in Kew Gardens Hills, serving the entire Queens vicinity. For all your real-estate needs, call her at 718-263-4500 or e-mail email@example.com.