By Chanita Teitz

Pesach has come and gone. After such an intensive month before and during yom tov, it’s over so fast. This year, because I broke my leg and had to depend so much on others to help me, I have a new appreciation for independence and freedom. It is a berachah to be free to be able to do things yourself and not have to impose on others.

I must thank my family for being there for me and doing so much for me both before and during Pesach–all the shopping and shlepping, some of the cooking, setting up, cleaning, serving, etc. Even my darling grandchildren chipped in and helped. Everyone did it without making me feel that I was imposing. You all offered your help and your attention willingly.

My friends, too, rallied behind me, offering chizuk and stories of their own falls and mishaps. Your words of encouragement and our being able to find some humor in this has helped me from feeling sorry for myself and seeing this whole episode as a hardship.

On erev Shabbos HaGadol, I had my cast removed and I am now in a walking boot so my husband doesn’t have to push me in a wheelchair anymore every time we go out. Thanks to him, I was able to attend some simchos and go to shul and to work. Now I can finally manage to walk (slowly) on my own.

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On Sunday night, the seventh day of Pesach, a fire broke out on the second floor of a two-family home rented by a frum family of eight. The husband made several trips to get his expectant wife and children out to safety. B’H the wife and children are all OK, but the husband is currently in the Cornell Hospital burn unit, on a ventilator due to severe lung damage. The apartment is uninhabitable and all of the family’s belongings are gone. Please daven for the refuah sheleimah of Emanual ben Istat. Please consider making a donation to help the family get back on its feet. Donations of any amount are urgently needed and will be greatly appreciated. Your tax-deductible donation can be made to the Kehilat Sephardim Fire Fund and sent to or dropped off at 150-62 78th Rd., Flushing, NY 11367. For further information as how you can help, please call 718-591-9574, daytime; 516-250-9652, evenings.

May everyone who needs a refuah sheleimah have one, and may we all be able to make Pesach again next year in good health and with our families. Next year in Yerushalayim!

Upcoming Events

On Sunday night, April 14, Chazaq, in conjunction with Beth Gavriel, presents renowned lecturer R’ Benzion Klatzko live in Queens. Refreshments will be served at 8:00 p.m. Lecture scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Men and women are welcome. Admission is free. Location: Beth Gavriel Community Center, 66-35 108th Street, Forest Hills NY 11375. For more information, call or text 917-617-3636 or e-mail

The Rabbi Israel D. Rosenberg Educational Institute, Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Gardens Hills (Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg, mara d’asra) presents Shiur HaChodesh at Etz Chaim–For Women, By Women: A monthly program of advanced shiurim. On Wednesday, April 17 (7 Iyar), at 7:45 p.m., Reb. Abby Lerner of the Torah Studies faculty at Yeshiva University High School for Girls is to speak on “Secrets of Sefirah: Making sense of the annual seven week ritual” at Congregation Etz Chaim, 147-19 73rd Avenue. Suggested donation: $4 for shul members, $5 for non-members. Future Program Dates: May 8, Dr. Tova Ganzel; June 5, Rachel Friedman.

Join the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association for a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony for the library expansion scheduled for April 19, 1:00 p.m. It will take place at the library site, now located on Pat Dolan Way (formerly Vleigh Place). Thanks to Borough President Marshall, Mayor Bloomberg, Senator Stavisky, Assemblymember Simanowitz, and Councilmember Gennaro, without whose backing this project would not be possible.

The Chazaq Women’s Division, in conjunction with Beth Gavriel, presents Gila Mansolon, a world-renowned lecturer and author of several books (The Magic Touch, Inside Outside, and others). Women of all ages are sure to be inspired. Sunday night, April 21, 8:30 p.m. Admission is free. Ladies only. Location: Beth Gavriel Center, 66-35 108th Street, Forest Hills NY 11375. For more information, call 646-541-6833 or e-mail

Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association presents “Identity Theft: Don’t Be a Victim” on Tuesday April 30, 7:45 at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. This is a free community-service presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Each year, over two million people are victims of serious crimes. Presented by Ardelle Kasdan and Dignity Memorial Smart & Safe Living. v

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, or any shul, school, or community events, call her at 718-263-4500 or e-mail


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