By Chanita Teitz
I watched the video of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech at the U.N., and while he is an articulate speaker and represents Israel well in the public arena, he didn’t say anything new. His previous speeches at the U.N. and in the U.S. Congress were eloquent and powerful, but last Monday he basically said the same thing—that we must fight terrorism, that Iran is the most dangerous terror state, and that Israel wants peace.
He spoke of his commitment to defending his people and to exposing the lies of Abbas. But he is still advocating two states while Abbas is still making threats. Netanyahu did speak of the need for cooperation from moderate Arab states, and he emphasized that this is a world problem, not just an Israeli one, and that Hamas, ISIS, Hezbollah and other terror groups are all branches of one tree. Their aim is to destroy Israel, kill all who don’t share their beliefs, and dominate the world.
He also repeated his line from the Gaza war that Israelis use missiles to protect their children, while the Palestinians use their children to protect their missiles. Catchy phrases might make a good read, but we have to put the rhetoric into aggressive action.
So what’s new? All theory and facts; where’s the action? Israel’s hands were tied during the recent Gaza war, and unless Israel stops worrying about losing American support, its hands will be tied in future wars.
As I see it, the bottom line is fear. Israel fears world opinion, while the world is afraid of being politically incorrect, of insulting the Muslims and of the repercussions of aggressive action against ISIS.
If anything, Sukkos teaches us that Israel and the Jews can survive even in a desert, isolated and boycotted by the world. We can survive under an open sky and with shaky, temporary walls. May this be the year that we show our true strength to the world.
Bais Yaakov of Queens’ junior high began the new year with a high-school-style orientation, coordinated by Morah Chaviva Pfeiffer. The timely theme combined the meaning of Rosh Hashanah and the beginning of junior high, with “Start Fresh.” The message of starting anew was presented with words of chizuk by esteemed dean Rabbi Mordechai Gewirtz, who focused on the significance of Elul and how we can effect change in ourselves. Mrs. Nechama Jurkowitz, the new limudei kodesh principal, spoke of the significance of the start of a great school year and its opportunities for success, saying, “It’s all in your hands!” To add to the moment of relishing upcoming opportunities for their BYQ junior-high experience, the girls watched a video of extracurricular activities typically enjoyed by the junior high.
There will be a screening of a new inspirational drama, Seniora, for women and girls (ages 12 and up) on chol ha’moed Sukkos, Tuesday, October 14, at Ahavas Yisroel, 147-02 73rd Avenue, at 7:30 pm. Admission is $20.
There is a new communitywide mishmar, that started recently and will be continuing after Sukkos, on Thursday nights, 10:00–11:15 p.m. at Chevrah Bais Dovid, 70-03 147th Street. They will be learning one amud of Maseches Berachos each week followed by a short chaburah given by R’ Motti Neuberger. Hot cholent and kugel will be served! For more information, e‑mail email@example.com.
To Esther Lasky, Peshie Kurz, and Chava Goldstein and their families on the petirah of their dear mother, Faigy (Frances) Ferman. I have much hakaras ha’tov to Faigy for her devotion to my grandmother. I have fond memories. HaMakom yenachem eschem b’soch sh’ar aveilei Tziyon v’Yerushalayim. 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.