Lessons I Learned

From Sandy

Dear Project Nivneh,

I don’t know why, but I have been trying desperately to figure out “why me?” There must be a reason why my home got hit worse than others. I must have something to learn from the situation, otherwise it wouldn’t have happened to me. I have tried all along the way to learn from the situation at hand. I wanted to share this with you, because I truly believe that the day you became my partner in Sandy is the day that I can pinpoint that things took a turn for the better. Once you were there holding my hand, I stopped feeling alone and people started reaching out and helping me. I know that it was through you and your dedication and a network of people who were sent to solely help me that help did come my way. It came in so many ways–a place to live, supplies, food, nutritious and delicious meals, clothes, linens, towels, appliances, beds, Shabbos from A to Z, advice, help, guidance, money, repairs, gift cards–the list goes on. Please tell everyone in Nivneh I am and will always be forever grateful to everyone who is helping me and my family get through this very, very difficult time in our lives.

Thank-you just doesn’t seem enough.

I learned . . .

When someone in authority tells you to do something, don’t question. Do it!

When someone invites you, don’t stand on formalities.

Don’t second-guess decisions.

What is done is done.

People really care.

My neighbors are really nice people.

A family’s health and well-being is the most important.

Everything man made can come to a halt–and did.

No matter what, the sun will rise in the morning.

When people offer to help, let them.

Sometimes people say and do things that are hurtful. They don’t really mean it.

People try to understand but can’t totally. Don’t judge them.

Material things can all be replaced . . . really.

People say stupid things. They don’t know the correct thing to say.

It is always darkest before the dawn.

Hashem runs the world; everything comes from Hashem.

Don’t be angry.

It’s OK to feel down; it’s OK to cry.

It’s OK to reach out for help.

It’s OK not to be OK.

Hashem sends help in all kind of ways. Be open to look for it.

Look for the silver lining in everything.

Davening comes in many ways. Talk to Hashem.

What we think we need and what we really need are very different.

In life we all have too much stuff; it’s OK to have less.

Eat healthy and nutritiously; don’t forget to take care of yourself.

Putting on a sheitel is the first step.

It’s OK to look good and not to feel good; it’s OK to feel good and not look good.

Remember to say thank-you.

It’s OK not to be able to do everything!

Make the best of every situation.

What goes around comes around.

Now I am taking; one day soon I will be giving.

Let go.

Life is a trip. We are not always the driver; we are just along for the ride.

Friends are everything!

Family always comes through in good times and bad.

Community is important.

We need to be good to each other.

What an amazing community we all live in. Mi k’amcha Yisrael!


A Grateful Recipient of Chesed

Schumer’s ‘Hechsher’

Dear Editor,

At a time when Israel is under subliminal and less than subliminal attack by the Obama administration, it is high time that the Jewish establishment call our liberal Jewish politicians to task. How long will we keep silent when Chuck Schumer kashers Chuck Hagel and the delivery of tanks and missiles to the Muslim Brotherhood without any strings attached? When will Chuck’s Sunday press conference highlight hostage Alan Gross in Cuba or the billions in arms to Egypt? Don’t hold your breath. He and every other Jewish Democrat hold local social service agencies hostage by the purse strings, and so we too are complicit when we praise them for giving us our own tax dollars to fund our pet causes. Let’s be vocal and not be afraid of our own shadow. I don’t want to hear “I work behind the scenes” anymore.

Michael Horowitz

Vote For Pesach Osina

Dear Editor,

It is imperative for every member of the Far Rockaway and Bayswater communities to actively elect Pesach Osina as the next councilman for New York City’s 31st Council District. He is a better choice for all people within the district, hands down. Each and every registered voter within the 31st Council District should proactively make it their business to vote in the special election set for February 19 and encourage their friends and neighbors to do the same. All voting will take place in the regular voting sites that are set up throughout the district.

Pesach Osina is a regular guy who is unassuming, straightforward, charitable, and a true community servant. He operates with prudence, compassion, and modesty. He is also committed to being fair and equitable to all citizens within the district.

Pesach presents himself as the “average Joe.” In a world where most politicians out there act as if they are of a higher class than the everyday person, Pesach is very approachable. He always has a warm countenance that exudes his genuine, kind-hearted nature. Pesach hears things at face value and is always ready, willing, and able to fight for his constituents with every fiber of his being. This is proven by his stellar record of public service.

Over the past few years, Pesach was “the go-to guy” for navigating people through the bureaucratic nightmare that is every New York City agency. He helps the needy of our neighborhood fill out paperwork in order to obtain the public assistance they need so that they could feed their families. He helps local small businesses figure out city ordinances so that they can make an honest living while in compliance with the law. He helps people obtain permits and certificates to make improvements to their homes, which ultimately generates gainful employment and improves the quality of life in the Far Rockaway and Bayswater communities. In addition to this, Pesach fights on behalf of our schools and religious institutions.

Pesach will certainly make sure that discretionary funds are equitably spent on all who make up the 31st Council District. Whereas our community constitutes a substantially larger percentage of the population than the 1% of the discretionary funds it received over the past five years, and whereas our community is probably the biggest source of tax revenue, it got well below its fair share under James Sanders Jr. Pesach will work differently; other candidates pledge to continue operating with business as usual. Their campaign literature speaks for itself.

On top of all this, Pesach is and has been involved in many community-wide charity projects. He regularly and unassumingly delivers toys to those children who otherwise would not have any. He did this well before Hurricane Sandy and after as well. In the past, he personally catered celebrations for those who could not afford to do so themselves, for a minimal cost, just to break even. In extreme circumstances, he has done so free of charge at a great loss financial loss. He does so in a manner that is classy and a source of pride for those on the receiving end.

Pesach himself is not a wealthy man. However, he is rich. He has an abundance of good values, a heart full of kindness, and the will of a CEO who wishes only to shine at what he sets out to do. Clearly, Pesach will do right by all the people of the 31st Council District.

This race is a dead heat. It is for this reason and all the reasons stated above that I implore all of you to do what’s right for yourselves, your families, and your community. Vote for Pesach Osina on February 19.

Elkanah Adelman


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