By Chanita Teitz
Shavuos has passed and the summer began, at least unofficially, with a beautiful Shabbos. You couldn’t ask for better weather. Our adorable five-year-old grandchildren made their own plans on Shavuos to spend Shabbos together with us. The two cousins get along fabulously and play together very well. So it was relatively easy to keep them occupied until they got bored. Then I had to tell them umpteen stories, especially about when they were little, as well as when their parents were little. And they corrected me if I made a mistake or skipped something. (They’ve heard a lot of these stories before, but they don’t seem to get tired of hearing them again and again.)
It seems as if we keep hearing the same old stories again and again too. Human nature hasn’t changed much and neither has the news. It’s just politics as usual. Where did we leave off? From Benghazi to releasing terrorists to taking responsibility, we see the same old stuff over and over again.
Today I watched a live-streaming video of the Pope’s peace initiative. I have to rewatch it to catch everything but I did get a good portion of it. Before the program began, Abbas said that he hoped the event would “help Israel decide.” Decide what? To create a Palestinian state in Yesha? To end the “occupation”? To allow Jerusalem to be divided again and make it the capital of the Palestinian state?
One of the other Jewish speakers asked Hashem for forgiveness. I don’t know what he was referring to or what others might think, but we should ask forgiveness for ever getting involved in the peace process, for even giving a hint that we might agree to establish a Palestinian state, and for ever giving away any of Israel and uprooting our own people.
Finally Peres spoke, quoting from Tehillim, from Torah, and from our davening, all while wearing a yarmulke. Yasher koach!
Abbas asked for peace in Palestine and Jerusalem and an end to the suffering of his people.
Then the three leaders planted an olive tree as a symbol of peace. All of this was just symbolic and means nothing as long as terrorism doesn’t stop and murdering innocent people does not end.
Rabbi Shmuel Marcus appointed at Beis Medrash L’Talmud–LCM. Beis Medrash L’Talmud, an affiliate of Lander College for Men located in Kew Gardens Hills in Queens, announced the appointment of Rabbi Shmuel Marcus to the rabbinic faculty.
“We are very excited that Rabbi Marcus will be a maggid shiur in the Beis Medrash,” said Rabbi Yonason Sacks, rosh yeshiva and a leading figure in harbatzas haTorah for over a quarter of a century. “As a dedicated rebbe and devoted congregational rabbi, Rabbi Marcus is a wonderful addition to our stellar roster of rebbeim.”
Rabbi Marcus received semichah from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary where he had the privilege of learning with his grandfather, HaGaon HaRav Ahron Soloveichik. For the past ten years he has served as a rebbi in Yeshiva University’s Beis Medrash Program. He is also the rav of Kehilas Ishei Yisrael in Kew Gardens Hills and is a vice president of the Vaad Harabonim and a member of the RCA Beis Din for Conversions, all in Queens.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to learn with the students at Beis Medrash L’Talmud,” said Rabbi Marcus. “Over the past few years I have had numerous opportunities to interact with the students and I am thrilled to join the yeshiva and be able to learn with them on a daily basis. I strive to foster a warm relationship with my talmidim that extends beyond the walls of the yeshiva and long past graduation.”
Dr. Moshe Sokol, LCM dean, noted, “Rabbi Marcus brings not only considerable experience, erudition, and wonderful teaching skills, but also special warmth that is so important to mold students. He will add much to our talented staff.”
Rav Yechiel Abuchatzera affixes mezuzah at new Chazaq office. On Tuesday, May 27, Rav Yechiel Abuchatzera, chief rabbi of Ramle in Eretz Yisrael and the nephew of the Baba Sali, made a special visit to the new Chazaq office located on Jewel Avenue (Right off of Main St.) in Queens. The rav blessed Chazaq and its operations manager Yaniv Meirov for all the amazing work they do in the community and made a special ‘Mi Shebeirach’ blessing for the continued success of the organization. Finally, the rabbi was honored to affix a mezuzah at one of the entrances of the new office.
Rabbi Eliyahu Bergstein at Chazaq. Rabbi Eliyahu Bergstein is a renowned speaker who has inspired and entertained many diverse Jewish audiences throughout the United States, Canada, and England. He received his semichah at Yeshiva Torah Vodaath in Brooklyn, and currently is a lecturer at Aish, the Jewish Renaissance Center, Discovery Seminar, and Project Inspire. He has spoken at schools, congregations, community kollelim, outreach centers, and diverse Jewish organizations. On Sunday night, June 1, Chazaq had the honor to host Rabbi Bergstein who spoke on the topic of “The Greatness of the Shabbat.” The lecture took place at the Beth Gavriel Community Center in Forest Hills. For more information about upcoming Chazaq events and programs, please call 917-617-3636, e‑mail Info@Chazaq.org, or visit www.CHAZAQ.org.
Rebbetzin Fink addresses Shevach annual mother–daughter breakfast. Rebbetzin Dina Fink, noted mechaneches and founder of Lechu V’Neilcha, an organization for post-seminary singles, addressed the mothers and students of Shevach High School in Queens on Sunday, June 1. She spoke of the pride of the mesorah, the Jewish heritage.
“We are the treasured people,” said Mrs. Fink, “and we must protect that treasure.” “Do not drop the crystal!” intoned the rebbetzin. “Appreciate the treasure and preserve it.” As we approach Shavuos, she said, we need to understand that our role as women is to serve Hashem with warmth and love, not out of fear.
“The Jewish woman, throughout history, has been entrusted with passing the learning of Torah on to the next generation. In order to do that, there has to be a pride in what we are and what we have the potential to be. That is our charge.”
The audience left inspired and uplifted and resolved to take to heart this important message.
Kehilas Ishei Yisrael summer BBQ. This year, the barbecue will be held in the YCQ parking lot on June 22, 1:00–4:00 p.m. The annual barbecue is a great way for the whole family to have a fun day while enjoying some great food with old friends and making some new ones. The price for the barbecue and activities is $9 per adult, $5 per child, with a max of $28 per family for members. For non-members, the price is $11 per adult, $6 per child, with a max of $34 per family. To register for the barbecue please fill out the form at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHJpVnNkQ0lhQ1hVOExCUTBKbHdNMHc6MQ. Please note the deadline to register is June 16! For any additional questions or to volunteer, please e‑mail BBQ@isheiyisrael.com.
Shabbos of Chizuk for Beth Medrash Govoha. This Shabbos, June 13–14, with the participation of the rosh yeshiva, Rav Dovid Schustal, and community rabbanim. Beginning with Kabbalas Shabbos at Congregation Ahavas Yisroel at 6:34 p.m. and followed by an oneg Shabbos at 9:30 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Mordechai Weiss, 73-56 136th Street. Shacharis on Shabbos morning will be at Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim and Mussaf will be at Bais Medrash Ohel Yitzchak. A Kiddush will take place at 12:15 p.m. at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Yakov Granek, 137-09 71st Avenue. A shiur will be given at 7:30 p.m. followed by Minchah at Cong. Degel Yisroel, and seudas shlishis followed by Ma’ariv will take place at Bais Medrash Tov.
BMG community reception. Tuesday evening, June 17, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bernie Shafran, 138-17 78th Drive at 8:45 p.m.
First Queens Jewish Women’s Writers’ Conference. June 15, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at Yeshiva Ohel Simcha, 141-41 72 Avenue, Kew Gardens Hills. Featuring noted authors Rabbi Paysach Krohn and Mrs. Etka Gittel Schwartz. For writers of all levels: published authors, aspiring authors, and women who simply enjoy writing. Includes workshops, inspiring talks, and networking opportunities. Major Jewish publishers and editors plan to attend. To register, visit http://susiegarber.wordpress.com, e‑mail Susie Garber at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 917-696-2433.
Jewish Business Development networking event. Monday, June 16, 7:00–9:00 p.m. at Wing Wan Kosher Chinese/Japanese Restaurant, 248 Hempstead Avenue in West Hempstead. Meet, greet, and build your business relationships. Guest speaker will be Yaniv Meirov of Chazaq who will speak on “The Power of the Mind and How It Affects Your Life, Business, Etc.” $20 admission includes buffet dinner. For more information or to RSVP, contact Shlomo Steiman at Ssteiman@steimanlaw.com or call 917-838-5923.
Chazaq Women’s Division guest speakers. Gitty Margareten, Monday, June 16; Jackie Bitton, Monday, June 25; and Rebbetzin Devorah Kigel, Monday, June 30. Programs begin at 8:30. Refreshments will be served. Beth Gavriel Center, 66-35 108th Street in Forest Hills. For more information, call 646-541-6833 or e‑mail Info@chazaq.org. v
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