By Chanita Teitz
A new prince is born. The press has been staking out the hospital in London for days and the British are very excited. A new heir to the throne, but I wonder how old he will be before he sits on it as king.
I remember as a little girl I was enchanted with princes and princesses. Especially since I grew up along with Prince Charles and Princess Anne. And I remember asking my mother why we, the Jews, don’t have princesses. (I didn’t know what a JAP was then.) My mother, though, explained to me not only that we are all children of the King but that once, long ago, the Jewish nation had real princes and princesses, kings and queens. And we had a beautiful palace for the main King, Hashem, called the Beis HaMikdash. So I had nothing to envy. We were Jewish royalty.
Jewish royalty, though, is not judged by riches or power. We do not have figureheads. Our royalty is judged by our devotion to HaKadosh Baruch Hu and the Torah. The cream of the crop among us are our scholars and leaders. And unlike Henry VIII, our Kings of old were not above G‑d. They, like their subjects, kept the same Torah and mitzvos.
This baby will grow up in a technological world, but will it also be a nuclear one? Will he be raised with tolerance for all without deferring to racists, terrorists, or dictators?
I wish the little guy well and hope that long before he grows up to be king, the world will recognize the real King, Hashem Echad U’Shmo Echad!
The Annual Chazaq Tishah B’Av Torah Marathon. This past Tishah B’Av (July 15–16), over a thousand people attended the one-of-a-kind inspirational Tishah B’Av Torah Marathon that took place at the Beth Gavriel Center in Queens. The event was presented by the Chazaq organization in conjunction with Emet College Outreach and TorahAnytime.com, which also streamed the entire event live.
The program included a video presentation of R’ Zecharia Wallerstein (founder of Ohr Naava) along with live lectures by R’ Yossi Mizrachi (director of Divine Information), R’ Benzion Klatzko (founder of Shabbat.com), R’ Israel Itshakov (rabbi of the Beth Gavriel Youth Minyan), R’ Ben Tzion Shafier (director of the Shmuz), R’ Ilan Meirov (founder of Chazaq), R’ Yitzchok Oelbaum (son of the renowned Rav Noach Isaac Oelbaum), R’ Akiva Rutenberg (director of Emet College Outreach), R’ Label Lam (menahel of Yeshiva Sharei Zion), R’ Avraham Nissianian (rabbi of Congregation Shaare Tova), R’ Mordechai Kraft (co-director of Emet College Outreach), R’ Daniel Gladstein (rabbi of Congregation Toras Emes), R’ Moshe Bamberger (mashgiach of Landers College), R’ Dovid Lefkowitz (rabbi from Maryland), and R’ Igal Haimoff (rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva Ohel Simcha).
Aside from the impressive schedule of renowned rabbis and speakers, the world-famous Kaliver Rebbe was available throughout the day, giving out blessings and advice to all attendees. The program also offered a free sha’atnez checking. The entire event was dedicated by the Nazaroff family in memory of their mother, Esther bat Sara.
On Shabbos afternoon July 27, at 5:30 p.m., the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills will present the sixth lecture in its annual summer Shabbos afternoon lecture series. Rabbi Daniel Rapp, Associate Dean, Irving I. Stone Beit Midrash Program at Yeshiva University, will speak on the topic “An Explanation of the Jewish Calendar.” All men and women are invited. The lecture will take place in the Bais Medrash of the Youth Building, 150-05 70th Road, Kew Gardens Hills.
On July 29, at 6:00 p.m., the Queens Jewish Community Council and the New York City Food Bank will hold a Queens Borough President Candidates Forum at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. This extraordinary event, engineered by the QJCC, is of enormous significance to us. The successful candidate will replace our current borough president, Helen Marshall, who has been an outstanding supporter of our community and neighborhood. It is, therefore, imperative that we establish our political clout by attending this event. Please make every effort to do so with your family and friends. We must demonstrate to them that they should be culling favorites with us. To RSVP, or for more information, visit www.foodbanknyc.org/forum or call 212-566-7855, ext. 8364.
Free weekly summer shiur for women. On Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m., Rabbi Zvi Lew, a very popular teacher from YUHS for Girls (Central), delivers a weekly shiur for women in hilchot berachot. This lecture series is free and open to all women and is held at Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Gardens Hills, 147-19 73rd Avenue.
Mazal Tov . . .
To Gitle Bekelnitzky on the marriage of her granddaughter.
To Moishe and Shiffy Goldberger on the birth of a son. Mazal tov to grandparents David and Aurora Goldberger and Rabbi and Mrs. Yisroel Yitzchak Niman of Miami. Mazal tov to great-grandparents Rabbi and Mrs. Niman of KGH and Rabbi and Mrs. Zabari of Eretz Yisrael. v
Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage, with offices in Kew Gardens Hills and Fresh Meadows. For all your real-estate needs in Queens, call her at 718-263-4500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.