Mi K’amcha Yisrael

Dear Editor,

As many members of our community know, there is a family in Cedarhurst that lost their home to a fire during midwinter vacation. B’chasdei Hashem, the family was not home at the time and everyone is OK. Unfortunately, the house and all its contents were destroyed. What did the community do for this family? They got right to work and kicked the chesed and achdus into high gear!

E‑mail blasts went out from local yeshivas and shuls promoting the many chesed opportunities that were set up to benefit the family: A registry at Bed Bath & Beyond was set up for new household items that they needed immediately; community members bought toys from local stores for the children; yeshivas provided new books and sefarim; people donated Target gift cards to replace their daily necessities, GAP gift cards to buy new clothing, etc; neighbors collected and donated items–all for the sake of bringing a level of normalcy back to this family.

In my humble opinion, the most important thing provided was the assurance to this family that they were not alone, that our community is one unit, b’achdus, and we help each other out in times of need.

I’m proud of our community’s response to this tragedy, and I’m proud to live in the Five Towns. Yasher koach!

May this family–and all of us–experience only berachah in our lives, and may we join b’achdus for happy occasions.


A Neighbor

A Job Well Done

Dear Editor,

While many thought Long Island would be spared the snow this winter, [Winter Storm] Juno and this week’s ice storm had different plans. But when this terrible winter weather began to threaten disrupting our communities, that situation was prevented by heroes of the storm.

Our police and volunteer fire departments were on call around the clock during these weather patterns, ensuring that we remain safe and secure.

Governor Cuomo and County Executive Mangano made the right call in instituting a brief, overnight travel ban during Juno; it allowed crews operating snowplows and salters to get to roadways fast–so no matter the snow total, homeowners would be able to see pavement sooner.

Our municipal workforces on all levels, including villages, the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, and New York State, worked diligently, plowing streets, deicing roadways–even hitting cul-de-sacs–early on so that roadway conditions were safe for travel.

Neighbors themselves should also be commended. After stocking up on food, gas, and supplies at local stores, they helped clear fire hydrants of snow while plowing their sidewalks. Residents even remembered not to throw shoveled snow back into the street; that causes hazardous conditions for snow crews and those traveling on the road. Thank you for doing your part.

These herculean tasks were accomplished in the face of adverse weather conditions. It was a job done well and safely. We continue to be prepared to meet winter storms head-on at the town. Neighbors should also remember, once snow accumulates, to report plowing/salting requests for town roadways online at www.toh.li. It’s transmitted directly to our highway yards and helps make for a quicker response.

Anthony J. Santino

Senior Councilman

Town of Hempstead

Mock Justice

Dear Editor,

Israel Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran is a man of power and influence. An Israeli Arab, he is a symbol of Israel’s multicultural liberal credentials.

He is so Israeli that he refuses to rise when the national anthem is played and makes a point of hugging the most outspoken Arab anti-Israel members of the Knesset.

For the post-Zionist crowd he is a cultural hero and a hope for a state of “all its citizens.”

To Jewish nationalists he is a disgrace and part of the slippery slope to national suicide.

To politicians and those in need of the good graces of a Supreme Court judge, he is to be treated with the greatest care.

Thus, all the political parties met with him, as the appointed head of the Knesset elections committee, when submitting their party lists for approval. He was treated by the delegations with warm smiles, a firm handshake, and the greatest deference.

What is more natural and desirable than an Arab judging the worthiness of Jewish leaders in the Jewish state?

One of the 120 candidates for the next Knesset thought otherwise and made his feelings public. Baruch Marzel, former aide to the late MK Rabbi Meir Kahane, refused to shake the hand of the powerful committee head. He explained that he would not shake the hand of an enemy of the Jewish people, not even a Supreme Court judge. Like Mordechai of Shushan, who would not bow down. Like his mentor, Rabbi Meir Kahane.

(According to the Rambam [Laws of Kings], it is forbidden to have a non-Jewish judge preside over Jews in Israel.)

Shalom Pollack



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