By Chanita Teitz
It has been a bitter week. When I sent in last week’s column, I had just heard the news of the massacre in Har Nof. Many thoughts came to mind. My initial reaction was horror that it happened in Har Nof, a quiet, residential community, far from East Jerusalem neighborhoods, far from the Old City and the Temple Mount, far from the center of town near all the hotels and restaurants.
The asarah harugei malchus came to mind. Pious Jews slaughtered in their talleisim and tefillin. Images of Rabbi Akiva and the other Tannaim who were killed brutally and without mercy. But we don’t have to go back that far in our history. As Shimon Peres said, his grandfather was killed in his tallis and tefillin by the Nazis. Evil in our times.
We also read about the injured and the many miracles and acts of kindness.
In the wake of this, a bill has been passed in the Israeli cabinet and hopefully will be passed in the Knesset. The “Jewish State” bill attests to the fact that Israel is a state for the Jews and that its character must remain predominantly Jewish. All citizens have equal rights and benefits, but the Jewish character dominates.
Opponents on the left claim that the bill is undemocratic. When will they learn that Kahane was right, that Israeli Arabs, although they enjoy the democratic nature of the state with full citizenship and benefits, will never recognize the rights of the Jews to have their own state? They do not pledge their allegiance to the state. They terrorize the Jews, murdering innocent people and murdering even their own people who they claim collaborate or support Israel. They are cutting off the hand that feeds them. Don’t the Arabs realize that the alternative is living under dictatorships and sharia law?
I hope the government will enact stronger consequences for terrorists and their families that will serve as deterrents and bring an end to this intifada.
In the meantime, we cannot be afraid. We have to be vigilant and aware of anything suspicious, but at the same time we must continue to live in our land, all over Israel. When MK Yaakov “Ketzaleh” Katz spent Shabbos with us, he told us that a Jewish presence in all of Israel, especially in the Shomron, prevents the Arabs from taking our land for themselves. Jews must live there in order to stop the pressure to “give back” more of our homeland.
A beautiful example of a thriving Jewish presence in the Shomron is the city of Bet El. In this week’s parashah, Yaakov Avinu calls the place of his dream Bet El, the house of Hashem, and the city has in fact become a house of Torah, with an educational system spanning preschool through seminary, beis midrash, and kollel. There is also a pre-military academy for boys, and most of the students of Bet El serve in the army in elite units. Eventually many of them become teachers, rebbeim, and roshei yeshivot throughout the country.
The 32nd annual dinner for American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center is scheduled for Sunday, December 7, at the Marriott Marquis. You can make reservations online at www.BetElDinner.org until December 1. After that, you must call for reservations at 718-482-4134 (days) or 718-268-8291 (evenings). Akiva and I feel privileged to serve such a wonderful organization. We hope to see you on December 7.
Please join Kehillas Ishei Yisrael for their second annual Chanukah boutique! This Monday, December 1, 6:00–10:00 p.m. at Yeshiva of Central Queens, 147-37 70th Road. Vendors will be selling jewelry, children’s and women’s clothing, customized artwork, tabletop gifts, skin-care and makeup products, headbands, hats, books, button art, handmade kids’ paint sets, Judaica, handmade fleece blankets, Tupperware and more. There are a few vendor spots left. For more information, please e‑mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This is your one-stop Chanukah shopping!
The Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association invites you to their annual community legislative breakfast, Sunday, December 7, 9:30 a.m. Location: Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 70-11 150th Street, 11367. Honoring Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz. Couvert $25; $36 includes discounted one-year membership dues to the KGH Civic Association. RSVP Cynthia Zalisky at 718-575-1699 (leave message) or e‑mail KGHcivic@yahoo.com. Pay using PayPal.
Mesivta Yesodei Yeshurun open house. Sunday, December 7, 2:30 p.m., 141-51 71st Avenue, 11367. Please call 718-261-4738 for an Application packet.
On Sunday December 7, 2:00–6:00 p.m., the Women’s League of the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills (70-11 150th Street, Kew Gardens Hills, NY) will iy’H hold a Chanukah boutique in the shul’s simcha room. Vendors will offer jewelry, gift items, Judaica, and more. For further information, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the second year in a row, Hashevaynu has exclusive use of the entire Dave and Busters of Westbury, Long Island. The event is to take place Sunday, December 7, 8:15 p.m.–11:30 p.m. It is a night for singles and couples. Chalav Yisrael catering under the VHQ will be served. Along with unlimited bowling, billiards, and video games, there will also be a Chinese auction and much more. The cost is $90 per person, which includes one $10 Chinese-auction ticket. For more information, e‑mail hashevaynu4u@gmail or visit hashevaynu4u.org.
To Howie, Annette, and Elisheva Mandis on the petirah of Howie’s mother, Dora Mandis. HaMakom yenachem eschem b’soch sh’ar aveilei Tzion v’Yerushalayim.
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 email@example.com.