By Chanita Teitz

Our Rosh Hashanah—Yom Kippur trip to Eretz Yisrael is a hard trip because we are going for a yahrzeit, which is emotionally difficult. My father-in-law was niftar the day after Tzom Gedaliah, so in those years when Rosh Hashanah is a three-day yom tov, we go before Rosh Hashanah in order to be there for the yahrzeit. At times like this year, when it’s a regular two-day yom tov, we leave immediately after Rosh Hashanah. It’s a rush to the airport, but maybe by the time we take off, we’ll be so tired that we will sleep.

Four to five hours into the flight, it is time for Shacharis and the fast has begun. Even though the fast will actually be shorter for us, it’s hard to be on a plane and not drink or nibble on something to help pass the time and boredom.

By the time we arrive, the fast will almost be over; and by the time we get to Yerushalayim, to Bayit V’gan, my husband will be able to catch a Maariv minyan and say Kaddish. The next day we will go to the cemetery in Sanhedria, and we also spend one day driving to the cemetery in Bet Shemesh where my parents are buried. Cemetery visits are hard, but once the yahrzeit is over, we can begin to enjoy our vacation with our children and grandchildren.

In past years, I’ve gone down to Darchei Bina, where my daughter-in-law teaches, and sat in on some classes. My husband likes to learn with our son Dovie on the big mirpeset (porch) facing a panoramic view of the city.

The kids are still in school all week, but since their school day is shorter than in the states, we will have full afternoons to spend with them. Only our grandson Elchanan has a longer school day, but as it gets closer to Yom Kippur, he will be out in the streets after school watching the older boys selling arba minim. Elchanan makes rings for the lulavim and we usually bring home a bunch.

We get back the day after Yom Kippur, and Sukkos starts Sunday night. By chol hamoed I should be back to myself and over the jet lag and busy cooking. That’s when the trip seems like a dream and I realize how much I miss the “Israeli chevra.” Baruch Hashem we live at a time when all it takes is a reservation and a ticket and we can be off to visit them again.

Back to the present. We’ve been discussing the two presidential conventions, and the DNC will be infamously remembered for their platform omission, leaving out G‑d and Jerusalem, and then, after much criticism, correcting their platform. What bothers me is their claim that it was a mistake, an oversight, and that President Obama’s views are now reflected in the correction. I don’t believe for a minute that this was a mistake. Doesn’t anyone review the platform to catch errors and omissions?

Considering the most recent attacks in Europe against Jews, Nazi graffiti spray-painted last Thursday in Monmouth Heights, New Jersey, and continued speculation about Israel’s possible attack on Iran, we have a lot to daven for this year. I want to wish all my readers a k’sivah v’chasimah tovah and we should be zocheh to a year of shalom and geulah.

Upcoming Events

Chazaq and The Shmuz present the Annual Teshuvah Shmuz “Looking Back at Another Year Passed” with R’ Ben Tzion Shafier. Men and women are welcome; admission is Free. Sunday night, September 23 at 8:30 p.m. at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 70-11 150th St. For more information call 866-613-Torah or e‑mail

Yeshiva Ohr Hachaim invites all women and children to a special shofar-blowing both days of Rosh Hashanah at 11 a.m. at the Yesodai Yeshurun Bais Medrash, 141-61 71st Avenue. (Strollers welcome.)

Mazal Tov

. . . To Mark and Batsheva Mittel on the engagement of their son Boruch to Elisheva Kartalova of Bulgaria and Israel. Mazal tov to the entire Mittel and Schneider families.

. . . To Leon and Sheila Strauss on the engagement of their daughter Chana to Joseph Ginis.

Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage, with offices in Kew Gardens Hills and Fresh Meadows. For all your real-estate needs in Queens, call her at 718-263-4500 or e‑mail

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