By Chanita Teitz
As I write this on Tuesday, I have just heard the terribly unsettling news of the terrorist attack in Har Nof this morning. I spoke to my daughter-in-law who told me that my son is at the funeral for Rabbi Twersky of Toras Moshe, where he learned. Aside from saying Tehillim for the wounded and burying the dead, what will the Israeli government do about this?
Last Friday night, Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz spoke at our shul and gave an inside look at Israeli security issues both during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge as well as in the current situation in Jerusalem and throughout Israel.
According to Ketzaleh, as long as there is incitement from the PA for violence against Jews and as long as Israel does not adequately strike back against terrorists, there will be continued violence, murders, intifadas, and Israeli “operations” to bandage the problem. It can only be solved with an iron hand and an iron will, with Hashem’s help.
Ketzaleh said that we should thank Hashem for His intervening on our behalf and having the Arabs kill each other throughout the Middle East. He also said that speaking the truth and trying to convince the world that Israel must continue to exist, build homes, and fight terrorism falls on deaf ears because of the underlying hatred that the world’s nations have against Jews.
That is not to say that there aren’t righteous gentiles. For example, the guest speaker at the Bet El dinner will be Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and a staunch supporter of Israel. We would love to see our friends and neighbors join us at the dinner on December 7. Mr. Eugen Gluck, honorary chairman, is proud of the fact that this gala event has the distinction of being the largest dinner of any Israel organization.
We will soon read in ParashasVayeitzei about Yaakov Avinu’s dream with the angels going up and down a ladder. When he awoke, he built a mizbeiach, an altar, and called the place Bet El. How many of our children learn in their yeshivos or Bais Yaakovs that today in EretzYisrael there is a thriving and bustling city called Bet El right near where Yaakov had his dream? It is a religious city in the Shomron, 10 kilometers north of Yerushalayim and 32 kilometers from the Arab city of Ramallah, a hotbed of the PA. Bet El institutions comprise an entire educational infrastructure from preschool through high school, seminary, beismidrash, kollel, and also a special pre-military academy.
Bet El Yeshiva also started Arutz Sheva, the channel 7 broadcasting station, in 1988, on a ship in Mediterranean waters, because the Israeli Labor government at the time did not allow right-wing, religious nationalistic opinion broadcast from Israel. Today, Arutz Sheva is a radio station as well as the third-largest English online news site, owned and operated by Bet El Institutions.
Bet El Institutions also owns and operates Yeshiva.org.il, Bet El Yeshiva’s online Hebrew and English learning megasite with videos, audios, and written shiurim.
The city of Bet El has become the prototype example of what can be accomplished and since its founding has grown to 10,000 residents.
E-mail me if you would like more information on how to place a journal ad and make a reservation, or visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bet.el.institutions.
Shabbos with Nachum Segal at YI KGH. Friday evening, November 21, and Saturday, November 22, ShabbosToldos, the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills (150-05 70th Road, Kew Gardens Hills 11367) will host a Shabbos with Nachum Segal, host of JM in the AM. At 7:30 p.m. at a Friday night oneg, Mr. Segal will speak on “My 30 Years in Jewish Broadcasting.” At seudahshelishis following Minchah at 4:00 p.m. on Shabbos, he will speak on “The Most Intriguing Personalities I Have Interviewed.” The entire community is invited to spend Shabbos at the Young Israel, attending both the talks and the minyanim, which will include a Carlebach KabbalasShabbos.
Communitywide Gathering. Saturday night, November 22, 8:30 p.m. Featuring Rav Mordechai Finkelman, mashgiachruchani of Yeshiva Ohr HaChaim. Opening remarks by Rabbi Hershel Welcher. Location: Cong. Ahavas Yisroel, 147-02 73rd Ave in KGH. For more information, call 718-285-9132 or e-mail Info@Chazaq.org. Cosponsored by Chazaq, Chickens for Shabbos, and QJCC l’zechernishmas Yehudis bas Yissochor Dov (25 Sivan) and Yehoshua ben Avraham (24 Shevat).
Chazaq Women’s Division Rosh Chodesh Celebration. Saturday night, November 22. Inspiration: Finding Light in the Darkness. Head-wrapping presentation by Crowned scarves and accessories: all your head-wrapping needs at affordable prices. Dairy buffet, DJ, and raffle. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.; program starts at 7:30 p.m. Beth Gavriel Center, 66-35 108th Street, Forest Hills 11375. RSVP by phone at 347-921-1261 by Thursday, November 20 for $10 admission and two raffle tickets. At the door, $15 admission and one raffle ticket.
Chazaq Women’s Division & Beth Gavriel present “American Jew or Jewish American?” The final lecture in a two-part lecture series on how being Jewish does make a real difference in our busy 2014 lives. With Rebbetzin Gitty Margareten. Monday night, November 24. Lectures scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Ladies only. Location: Beth Gavriel Center, 66-35 108th St. Forest Hills NY 11375. For more information, call 646-541-6833 or e-mail Info@Chazaq.org.
Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association Community Legislative Breakfast. Sunday morning, December 7, 9:30 a.m. Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 70-11 150th Street. Honoring Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills; Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz, Special Business Appreciation Award. Couvert is $25, or $36 includes discounted one-year membership dues to the KGH Civic Association. RSVP Cynthia Zalisky 718-575-1699 (leave message) or e-mail KGHcivic@yahoo.com. Sponsorship opportunities available.
Mesivta Yesodei Yeshurun Open House. Sunday, December 7, 2:30 p.m., 141-51 71st Avenue in Flushing. Please call 718-261-4738 for an application packet.
Queens Jewish Center Blood Drive. In loving memory of Ludmila Herz.Sunday, December 7, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at Queens Jewish Center in the auditorium, 66-05 108th Street, Forest Hills. Your donation will help to save up to three lives. Our community hospitals need your help. Please share this lifesaving gift! Visit www.myqjc.org/event/blood-drive.html or contact QJCBloodDrive@MyQJC.org for more information and appointments. Walk-ins welcome too! Eligibility criteria: bring ID with signature or photo; minimum weight 110 lb.; eat well (low-fat) and drink fluids; no tattoos within the past 12 months; age 16–75 (16-year-olds must have parental permission; ages 76 and over need doctor’s note). For questions concerning medical eligibility, call 1-800-688-0900 or visit www.nybc.org.
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.