By Chanita Teitz
What chutzpah! The wife of one of the terrorists of the Har Nof massacre has begged for mercy from the Israelis not to demolish her house. She is concerned for her children who have just lost their father and would have to lose their home, too. Are we supposed to feel sorry for her children? How did their father die? Did he die in a terrible accident or from a long and painful illness? Who are the victims? If her children are victims, they are victims of their own father, who was a murderer! Stripping her of her Israeli citizenship and destroying her home and expelling her and her children from Israel is the consequence of her husband’s act of carnage. This is meant to be a deterrent for future would-be terrorists. Let them think of the consequences for their families before they resort to murder.
The terrorist was killed to stop him from killing, but death is too easy a punishment for him because he died a “martyr” for Islam. The Arabs were cheering at the death of the Jews, celebrating and giving out candy.
CNN added to the insanity by first saying that two Palestinians were killed by Israeli police in a mosque. And the media omitted the fact that these two Palestinians just murdered four men in the middle of prayer, in a synagogue—not in a mosque—in a most grisly manner. Can you imagine what would happen if a Jew would enter a mosque and start shooting, bludgeoning, and hacking worshippers? Do you remember what happened to Baruch Goldstein, who went to Me’aras HaMachpeila and killed Arabs? Would the media get the facts wrong? I don’t think so. But there would be rioting in the streets, à la Ferguson, Missouri. People protest the wrong brutality.
I watched a video of Rebbetzin Tzipora Heller speaking at a gathering of women in Yerushalayim saying Tehillim and listening to words of chizuk. Rebbetzin Heller’s son-in-law is among the injured, and her 12-year-old grandson was with his father in shul. Should a child have to see such horror? Miraculously, he escaped, but he has to live with these images for the rest of his life.
Rebbetzin Heller said that before Mashiach comes we will be tested in our emunah. Hashem is taking us to the brink of giving up, of saying, “ad masei,” how much longer does this galus have to last? How much more does Klal Yisrael have to suffer? We beg Hashem for mercy, for rachamim. Hasn’t Klal Yisrael been through enough pogroms, Inquisitions, and Holocausts? Now that we finally have our own country again, must we endure a constant barrage of blame and claims that we took this land away from other people? Must we be subjected to warped minds that make the Jew into the criminal?
Don’t you wish sometimes that Hashem would show the world His strength? Do we have to wait for Mashiach to come to see the hand of G‑d revealed to the world? Have earthquakes or tsunamis made them tremble? Or do they just call it an act of nature and even find a way to blame the Jews? What does it take to cure the sick minds of our own Jewish liberals, like those who brought a lawsuit against the Israeli government for demolishing the homes of the terrorists? They said that destroying their homes is inhumane. Inhumane? Isn’t murder in cold blood inhumane? Where is truth and justice?
We mustn’t lose hope, become despondent, or weaken our emunah. Somehow we must muster all our courage to see ourselves through these difficult times. As we go about our days and our usual, mundane tasks, we should keep repeating to ourselves, “kol b’rama nishma,” a voice is heard in Shamayim, the voice of Rachel Imeinu crying for us. And Hashem will hear her cry and ultimately will wipe away our tears and bring the geulah. In the meantime, we must live with the insanity of the world.
Chazaq’s Women’s Rosh Chodesh Party. On Sunday night, November 23, Chazaq Women’s Division welcomed the new month of Kislev with a celebration in Beth Gavriel. Women from different backgrounds gathered for an evening full of inspiration and joy.
The program started with a guest speaker who spoke about the eight “candles” and a shamash, corresponding to the Chanukah lights, that women can light in their own times of darkness in order to bring more joy and G‑dliness into their lives. “Your words went straight to my heart,” the speaker was told by several women afterwards.
After enjoying dinner and socializing, the women were amazed by a presentation from Crowned, a project of the Chazaq Women’s Division. Crowned’s goal is to show women how beautiful hair-covering can be, while exploring the art of hair wrapping. With the change of the woman’s role in society and the women’s liberation movement, head-covering has become viewed as a sign of oppression. Many Jewish women develop a lower self-esteem once they get married and start covering their hair. Crowned offers women a large variety of scarves and accessories for head-wrapping and teaches them different styles of wrapping. It appeals to older and younger women, and that was apparent when the women took interest in the different looks they can wear. One woman was overheard saying, “I didn’t want to cover my hair anymore, but after seeing this tonight, I’m finally excited to do this mitzvah.”
Music for the evening was played by DJ Atara. Women danced together to a mix of Ashkenazi, Israeli, and Sephardi songs. The night ended with a raffle of five winners, who each picked a scarf of their choice from Crowned’s merchandise. When leaving, the women requested that inspiring events such as these be planned more often.
For more information about upcoming Chazaq events, call 718-285-9132 or e‑mail Info@chazaq.org.
Rosh Chodesh Kislev at Yeshiva Tiferes Moshe. At Tiferes Moshe, Rosh Chodesh Kislev started with a boom! The boys from grades 1–3 gathered in the dining room and began the chodesh melody, with extra cheers when the song reached Kislev. Then Rabbi Bookson told them a mesmerizing story that really hit home. Name-calling hurts. Hurtful comments are more damaging at times than even physical contact! You could see from the expression on the boys’ faces that they knew exactly how this pertained to them.
Each talmid was treated to yummy chocolate coins, generously sponsored by the Parents Association.
The mesiba concluded with this month’s winners picked from the Nachas-Gram box. They were Aryeh Fendrich, Akiva Mandel, Yehuda Barth, Hillie Maslansky, Moshe Lloyd, Yaakov Mierov, Ahron Muskat, and Sholom Yitzchok Rosenwasser.
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 the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld, and Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz. Couvert $25.00; $36.00 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 with PayPal at KGHcivic@yahoo.com. Sponsorship opportunities available.
Mesivta Yesodei Yeshurun open house. Sunday, December 7, 2:30 p.m., 141-51 71 Avenue, 11367.
QJC Blood Drive. Sunday, December 7, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Location: Queens Jewish Center auditorium, 66-05 108th Street, Forest Hills. In loving memory of Ludmila Herz. Our community hospitals need your help. Your donation will help save up to three lives. Please share this lifesaving gift!
Event link for flyer and appointments: http://www.myqjc.org/event/blood-drive.html. For questions concerning medical eligibility, call 1-800-688-0900 or visit www.nybc.org.
On Tuesday, December 9 at 10:15 a.m., Rabbi Jeremy Kagan will be speaking on the topic “Greece and the Exiles: Understanding the Avodah of Chanukah.” Location: 136-05 72nd Road, Kew Gardens Hills. Fee: $10
Rabbi Kagan, principal of the post-high-school seminary Midreshet Tehillah, was born in Boston and raised in Hawaii. Rabbi Kagan attended Yale University and graduated with a BA in philosophy. He began studying Torah at Ohr Sameach while traveling in Israel during his college years. Following the completion of his degree at Yale, Rabbi Kagan returned to Israel to pursue Torah in earnest, eventually becoming a student at Heichal HaTorah and the Mirrer Yeshiva. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg and has regularly attended the classes of Rabbi Moshe Shapiro. In 1998, Rabbi Kagan published The Jewish Self: Recovering Spirituality in the Modern World. He recently published The Choice to Be: A Jewish Path to Self and Spirituality, which was awarded the 2011 National Jewish Book Award for Modern Jewish Thought.
The dedication of the main synagogue of the Queens Jewish Center as The Rabbi Joseph Grunblatt Sanctuary will be held on the occasion of the late mara d’asra’s first yahrzeit on Sunday, December 14. The program will begin with Minchah at 3:30 p.m. and will conclude with Ma’ariv at approximately 5:15 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.myqjc.org/event/rabbi-joseph-grunblatt-ztl-memorial.html or http://rabbigrunblatt.com.
Bnos Malka Academy annual raffle. Bnos Malka has been shaping the next generation of bnos Torah for nearly 20 years. Help continue their avodas ha’kodesh by participating in their annual raffle. The cost of $36 is an inexpensive way to share in their success and possibly win an Alaskan cruise for two, including round-trip airfare, or be treated like a true VIP in the New York Extravaganza. Drawing will be held on motzaei Shabbos, December 27. For more information, call 718-268-2667 or visit www.BnosMalka.org/giving/raffle.
Attention all physicians, physician assistants, and nurses. You are invited to a free Q-and-A session by Rabbi Eliezer Gewirtzman of the Chayim Aruchim organization regarding end-of-life issues and palliative care, including DNR/DNI, terminal extubation, Fentanyl drips, etc. Motzaei Shabbos, December 27, 8:30–9:30 p.m. at Khal Adas Yereim in Queens.
To reserve, for more information, or to pre-submit your questions, e‑mail halachaPA@gmail.com.
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.