By Chanita Teitz
I wrote last week how happy I was to see a group of chareidim in Bnei Brak joining in a memorial for Yom HaZikaron. I spent last Shabbos speaking to a girl from Lakewood and I was disturbed that she did not know any modern Israeli history. I understand that they don’t celebrate Yom HaAtzmaut but she didn’t know any of the historical facts that led up to it. They don’t discuss Yom HaShoah or Yom HaZikaron and she didn’t know anything about the Six Day War.
We send our children to Israel to seminaries and yeshivos and they take it for granted that they can go to the Kotel, Kever Rachel, Hevron, and other holy places. Young kollel couples live in Ramat Eshkol and Sanhedria Murchevet. How many of them realize that between 1948 and 1967 these places were not in Jewish hands? When my husband went on his first trip to Israel, he could only go to Har Tziyon and look down at the Har Habayis.
Yom HaZikaron remembers not only soldiers, but regular Israeli citizens, Jews who were killed in terrorist attacks. Our children need to know these things. They need to have a sense of history. They need to know the truth so they will understand the Arabs’ lies. Right now the Vatican is trying to make a deal with Israel for Har Tziyon and the Arabs are consistently trying to erase all evidence of a Jewish Temple on the Har Habayis. Children who don’t know how many people fought and died defending our holy places won’t even care if Har Tziyon is given away, or if parts of Eretz Yisrael are given to form a Palestinian state.
Without facts and without passion about our land, these kids don’t even understand the hatred that surrounds Israel and all of us. Without a state of Israel, even if it is secular and even if we don’t agree with everything, both religiously and politically, would Jews be safe there or here? Can you imagine living under a hostile government? Jews in past generations lived that way.
What about the Jews in Europe who are living in a hostile environment today? Our children have to know about the anti-Semitism that exists today in Europe and the fact that many European Jews are leaving; many going to Israel. Isn’t it important that there is a place for them to go, unlike during the Holocaust when the British didn’t let Jewish refugees into Palestine?
It is important to teach modern Jewish history and current events to our children in the Bais Yaakovs and yeshivos. Don’t ignore the facts.
I have posted another inspiring video on my Facebook page. This one is about Yerushalayim. It’s worth watching.
Chazaq presents The Ten Commandments for Raising Extraordinary Children. This past Sunday night, May 4, Chazaq hosted renowned lecturer and founder of Shabbat.com, Rabbi Benzion Klatzko, live at the Beth Gavriel Center in Forest Hills.
KGH Mikvah Tea. On Wednesday night, May 6, the annual tea was held at the Young Israel of KGH with an unprecedented 250 women in attendance. The guest speaker was Rabbi Eli Mansour who spoke about the importance of mikvah and the opportunity given to women to uphold this most important mitzvah. A delicious and lavish buffet, vendors, raffles, and the launching of the new mikvah building campaign rounded out the evening. For more information about the new building campaign, contact Esther Rosencranz or Yelli Koenig at 718-675-9989.
BYQ–TAG Sports Competition. On Wednesday last week, Bais Yaakov of Queens hosted the eighth grade of TAG for an interschool machanayim competition. Mrs. Sarah Bergman, general studies principal at Bais Yaakov of Queens, welcomed TAG and commended all of the girls on their display of spirit and achdus between Bais Yaakovs.
Bais Yaakov of Queens’s eighth-grade team program, innovated by Mrs. Bergman and funded by the parents’ association, was created for the girls to realize the need to work together and apply this lesson to life. None of us can do it all, but we need to do our best at what we can do. If we help one another, our families, our communities, and Klal Yisrael and do our part, together we make a whole. We depend on each other and of course put our trust in Hashem.
Morah Pfeiffer, the BYQ team’s coach, explained to the girls, “A team works together, with each member doing what she does best for the good of the team as a whole. No individual can do everything. You must trust each other and work together to accomplish your goal.”
Both schools’ girls displayed much ruach and sportsmanship throughout the afternoon. The girls’ thunderous cheers, all the while conducted with derech eretz, added excitement to the game. Like the ultimate host, BYQ treated everyone to refreshing snacks. Even though TAG was the winner, all of the girls had a great time!
Shevach Students Impact JEP Children. As part of Shevach’s chesed program, a dedicated group of Shevach students have been volunteering for JEP every week to inspire public school students with the beauty of Torah and mitzvos. They recently reaped the fruits of their labors through the following incident: Following an inspiring lesson on the importance of each mitzvah every Jew performs, each “JEPper” designed his/her own mitzvah brick to help build a “mitzvah wall.” At the end of the session, two public school children expressed their desire to improve themselves and grow in their mitzvah observance. The following Sunday, Devora Panish and Rachel Bakst, Shevach’s JEP leaders, took them to Gift World and bought them gifts of their choice. The boy expressed his desire to acquire tzitzis so he could begin making a berachah on tzitzis every morning. The girl chose to buy Pirkei Avos, which she now learns regularly with her leader. In the words of one of our students, “It’s amazing to be part of such a special chesed program, where we clearly see the impact our chesed has on others!”
Lag B’Omer at Rav Friedman Shul. On Motzaei Shabbos, 10:15 p.m. at 141st Street and 72nd Road there will be a celebration with music and prizes for the children. Sponsors are welcome. Contact Meshulem Lisker at Mitch51663@aol.com or Eli Glaser at Eliglaser@gmail.com.
Lag B’Omer with Chazaq and Beth Gavriel. This Sunday, May 18, 6:00 p.m. the entire community is welcome, free of charge, to a celebration with music and dancing, featuring the Kol Acheinu Orchestra; refreshments, sushi, and Chinese food will be served! Guest Speaker: R’ Yossi Mizrachi. Location: Beth Gavriel Center, 66-35 108th St. Forest Hills, NY 11375. Event in loving memory of Raya (Rachel) bat Berta Burcho. For more information, call or text 917-617-3636 or e-mail Info@Chazaq.org.
Hachnassas Sefer Torah in memory of Mr. Chaim Kaminetzky. This Sunday, May 18, at the Kaminetzky home in Hillcrest. The sefer Torah is being donated to Priority 1.
Tea for Kimpatorin Aid. Tuesday, May 20, at 8:00 p.m. at the home of Hennie Kenigsberg, 72-15 137th Street, KGH. Guest speaker will be Rebbetzin Yael Marcus.
The Last 17 Days: Finishing Off Sefirah after Lag B’Omer with Rabbi Zave Rudman. Monday, May 26, 10:00 a.m. at 72-23 139th St. Suggested contribution: $5. Rabbi Zave Rudman is a beloved lecturer for Aish HaTorah, Michlalah, Neve, Midreshet Tehila, Seminar, Meohr, Chedvas BY, and Tomer Devora. Rabbi Rudman has participated in the preparation of the Shiras Devora edition of the Tur, has written extensively on the Sfas Emes and published three volumes of his annotated works, and has written a series on Chumash for Aish.com. He has also published on Jewish law and medical ethics in the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society.
Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim Shabbos of Chizuk. Shabbos, Parashas Naso, May 30–31. Shuls in the community will be uniting to support the yeshiva’s work and will feature guest speakers from the yeshiva.
Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim Community Breakfast. Sunday, June 1, 8:45 a.m., at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 150-05 70th Road.
Queens Jewish Women’s Writers Conference (see last week’s column for more information). Date change: Sunday, June 15.
B’kavod Social Adult Day Program. Every Monday and Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Cong. Degel Israel, Kew Gardens Hill, (Rabbi Sheinfeld, 68th Dr., Main Street Entrance). Stimulate your mind, body, and soul. Structured activities, group discussions, personal attention. Vaad-approved lunch assistance for family caregivers. Peppered with music, good food, and friendship. Member of the CenterLight and FidelisCare Networks. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.