By Chanita Teitz
The sights and sounds of Sukkos were delightful, from the hammering of nails and schlepping of boards to the sounds of the young esrog entrepreneurs on Main Street selling their wares. I don’t know how many times I was stopped on Main Street by one of these young salesmen asking if I wanted to buy a lulav and esrog. Sorry, boys; my husband takes care of that.
Model sukkahs were out on the street; decorations, too. One thing I couldn’t find was a miniature toy sukkah for my grandchildren to play in. I bought two of them a few years ago for my other grandkids, but our youngest bunch doesn’t have one yet and I couldn’t get one this year. I wonder why they weren’t selling them. In any case, some of the kids slept in their real sukkah and went to the Uncle Moishy concert. Two of our daughters were away for the first days and the others went on a chol ha’moed trip to Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell and the museums.
In Yerushalayim, our oldest three grandchildren were supposed to go to a big Lipa Schmeltzer concert in Safra Square right near the Old City, but it was canceled due to over 100,000 people wanting to attend. Only 10,000 were originally expected, and security concerns caused the cancellation at the last minute. Sunday was also the big Birkas Kohanim at the Kotel. My friend’s house in the Old City faces the Kotel and she invites people to watch Birkas Kohanim from her balcony. What a view! Can you imagine having your morning coffee on the mirpeset looking at the Kotel, or sitting outside on a balmy summer night? Even doing the dishes is less mundane when you can look out your kitchen window and see the Kotel.
Well, with the yamim tovim over, it’s back to reality and what’s in the news. ISIS, Ebola, Klinghoffer, and blaming Israel for everything. What’s new?
My granddaughter Shani went to one of the rallies against the Met’s showing of The Death of Klinghoffer opera. I told her on Sukkos that we remember the hijacking of the Achille Lauro and Mr. Klinghoffer’s murder. When we’ve told our children and now our grandchildren about events that are just history to them, but that we witnessed or read about as they happened, it makes a deeper impression on them.
Arafat and Abbas were behind this hijacking—not as statesmen, but as terrorists. How can society ever condone “freedom fighters” killing innocent people just because they are Jews? It is exactly what we are seeing today—that Israel is to blame and if the Palestinians had their own country all the terror would stop.
Although it seems that nobody is listening, we have to continue telling the truth. Someday, when it’s not too late, I hope, the world will listen.
The Great Big Challah Bake. In connection with the Shabbos Project. This Thursday night, October 23, at 7:00 p.m. at Bnos Malka Academy, 71-02 113th Street, Forest Hills. Guest speaker Mrs. Elisa Taub: “The Magic of Challah.” $18 contribution. For more information or to make reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chazaq’s Forest Hills/Rego Park Communitywide Shabbos Meals. As part of the worldwide Shabbos Project. Friday night, October 24 and Saturday afternoon October 25 at Young Israel of Forest Hills, 7100 Yellowstone Blvd., Forest Hills, NY 11375. On Shabbos Parashas Noach, October 24–25, tens of thousands of Jews from all walks of life in 340 cities in 37 countries will be spending Shabbos together in unity. To RSVP and for more details call 718-285-9132 or e-mail Info@Chazaq.org.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller Presents “Self-Discipline & Self-Esteem.” Monday, October 27, 8:00 p.m. Suggested donation: $5. Congregation Ahavas Yisroel, 147-02 73rd Avenue.
Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association Community Meeting. Tuesday, October 28, 7:45 p.m. at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 70-05 150th Street. Speaking on “The State and You” will be Michael Simanowitz, state assemblyman for the 27th District, and Joseph P. Addabbo Jr., state senator for the 15th District. Refreshments will be served.
Queens SPIRIT Initiative. Stimulating Program Initiative for Retirees that Inspires Thought, presented by the Orthodox Union’s Department of Community Engagement, in collaboration with STAJE, the Margaret Tietz Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, and Ohel. The four-week lecture series begins Tuesday, October 28. Each weekly session begins with registration at 12:30 p.m. followed by the program, 1:00–2:45 p.m. Registration fees in advance are $30 for all four sessions or $10 per workshop. At the door, fees are $35 for all sessions or $12 per workshop. (Price includes lectures and lunch.)
Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, rav of Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, presents “Torah Perspectives on Family Relationships” and Susan Hollander, LCSW-R, presents “It’s All Relative! Strategies for Successful Parenting, Grandparenting, and Interpersonal In-Law Relationships” on October 28 at the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, 83-10 188th Street, Jamaica Estates, NY 11423.
Eytan Kobre, Esq., presents “Longevity and the Law: Proper Management of Senior Legal Matters,” and Rabbi Moshe Faskowitz, rav of Torah Center of Hillcrest and rosh yeshiva (dean) of Yeshiva Madregas Ha’Adam, presents “Torah Perspectives on Senior Legal Issues” on Tuesday, November 4 at Young Israel of Hillcrest, 169-07 Jewel Avenue, Flushing, NY 11365.
Rabbi Shlomo Hochberg, rav of Young Israel of Jamaica Estates and mashgiach ruchani at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women presents “Torah Perspectives on Finances and Retirement,” and Rabbi Elozor Preil, RICP, CLTC, adjunct instructor of Jewish Studies at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, presents “Hatching the Nest Egg: Ensuring Financial Security Throughout the Retirement Years” on Tuesday, November 11 at Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 150-05 70th Road, Flushing, NY 11367.
Dr. Hanni Dorn, Ph.D., presents “Keeping Fit after Fifty: Mental and Lifestyle Strategies to Stay Sharp,” and Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss, M.D., rav of Young Israel of Hillcrest and adjunct assistant professor of biology at Yeshiva University’s Stern College for Women, presents “Torah Perspectives on Staying Healthy” on Tuesday, November 18 at Congregation Toras Emes of Flushing, 78-15 Parsons Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11366.
Register at www.oucommunity.org or call the OU’s department of community engagement at 212-613-8300.
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