By Chanita Teitz

The Democrats’ most pressing agenda includes global warming, impeaching Trump, and winning, by hook or by crook, in 2020. They are so hung up on political correctness, that they can’t even discipline their own freshman congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, for making anti-Semitic remarks. Isn’t antisemitism politically incorrect?

If we don’t do something, the growing antisemitism here will continue to grow. Along with it we will get more anti-Semitic people elected to government office. That is how change happens. First with rhetoric that is convincing and charismatic and that slowly permeates the minds of the masses. Then as our thinking changes, we vote for these new charismatic candidates and our world turns upside down.

This reminds me of the time when people were afraid of the Black Panthers. Or remember “affirmative action” when, if you had two prospective employees to hire, you were encouraged to hire the black candidate to meet a quota and for fear of being called racist? Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democrats wrote the resolution that watered down the anti-Semitic comments of Ilhan Omar and didn’t even mention her by name for fear of being called racist, Islamophobic, and white supremacists. Pelosi also made a fool of herself trying to defend Omar with the excuse that she didn’t know the effect of what she was saying. Oh, please; she knew exactly what she was saying and the effect she wanted. She has a prejudice and an agenda to spread that prejudice.

This country was established on the principles of capitalism, limited government, and belief in G-d and that all people are created equal. All prejudice and racism are wrong. Of course, there have been problems over the years, which have been and will continue to be corrected. But these were specific antisemitic statements that Ilhan Omar made several times and she should have been called out on that. This resolution should have been specifically and clearly against antisemitism. By lumping it together with other forms of prejudice, we are creating an equivalence between them all. Antisemitism is different. It is evil. It calls for genocide. And it must be stopped, clearly and unequivocally.

There will be a rally Sunday, March 17, in front of our library at 1 p.m. in conjunction with other rallies taking place around the city. This is a first step in countering antisemitism. There have also been some petitions circulating online to sign and suggestions to call our representatives in Congress to voice our opinions. Cut out this cancer before it grows!

Rebbetzin Yemima Mizrachi’s Secret To The Best Life

By Shabsie Saphirstein

Members of the Chazaq women’s division with Rebbetzin Yemima Mizrachi.

On Thursday, February 21, Chazaq was delighted to join Mikvah USA for a historic celebration announcing the opening of Beth Gavriel’s state-of-the-art mikvah, Be’er Miriam and Yaffa, located at 66-35 108 Street in Forest Hills. The event began with Mrs. Victoria Zirkiev, an active member of Chazaq’s women’s division, welcoming nearly 600 women from our community and beyond excited to learn the secret to the best life.

Mrs. Zirkiev thanked the community and Mikvah USA for helping attain this momentous milestone.

The audience was first treated to a deeper understanding of mikvah by Mrs. Charlene Aminoff, who related that during severe infertility issues, she was advised to stop wearing pants. During this pregnancy for her son, Jacob, she again encountered difficulties and consulted both the Biale Rebbe from Bnei Brak and Rabbi Moshe Weinberger from Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, who both advised Mrs. Aminoff that all will be all right and that she should bake challah as well as empty out her soul under the holy waters of the mikvah where the satan, the devil, is unable to hear one’s prayers. Hodu l’Hashem ki tov, all worked out well for the Aminoff family and the message remains clear: the power of the mikvah’s water and keeping the laws of taharat ha’mishpachah are the essence of shalom bayit, domestic harmony.

Voted one of the most influential women in Israel and one of the most in-demand lecturers in the world today, attracting hundreds of women to her shiurim, where she inspires women of all backgrounds with her deep messages along with a sense of humor, Rebbetzin Yemima Mizrachi wowed the crowd with mighty mementos of love for each other, relating parallels from the unique marriage of Tzipora and Moshe Rabbeinu and the diamonds used to carve the original luchot, also relating the origin of “Harei at mekudeshet li.” Later, the rebbetzin related how simcha, joy, is comparable to selichah, forgiveness. An individual must excuse inadequacies in order to maintain a life of happiness.

What is a beautiful woman? This is when you look at a person and suddenly feel attractive yourself. With Purim upon us, the rebbetzin related how Esther HaMalkah elevated the beauty of those she encountered despite her less-than-striking appearance. There were moments of laughter and those of seriousness. The rebbetzin reminded those in attendance that when one silently immerses herself in the mikvah’s waters she creates a new world, so to speak.

So what is the biggest secret to life? Prayer is not only to be used when one is experiencing a trying time, but rather take to heart the quiet moments in the morning. The rebbetzin correlated her own grandmother’s routine of praying Modeh Ani and kissing the mezuzah, having in mind each of her 12 children’s needs. It is at these pivotal moments that one must take in special joy. It was also noted that women are in this world to foster peace and stop quarrel.

In the spirit of Purim Katan, the woman gave a berachah to one another in unison, with their hands on each other’s heads, wishing each other success and prosperity.

Later, a musical performance by Rebbetzin Kineret Sarah Cohen, alongside Rebbetzin Yemima Mizrachi, kept the inspiration high.

Chazaq’s mission has always been to build a stronger future for the Jewish community at large. It is with events like these, small and large, that Chazaq has been able to spread Torah to tens and thousands of people, near and far.

This event was sponsored in memory of Mr. Shalom Zirkiev’s grandmother, Sporo Tzipora bat Leo, as well as by the Morad family l’zecher nishmat Yosef Meir ben Shulamit Sabicha and Mordechai.

With the miraculous help of Hashem, Chazaq has also inspired thousands of Jewish public-school students in the past few years and assisted in the transfer of over 560 Jewish public school students to yeshivot in the last two+ years alone. If you know of a family member, coworker, or just a neighbor who sends their child to public school, have them reach out to Chazaq, even anonymously.

Mikvah Be’er Miriam and Yaffa is open to all women 6:00–9:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday (Friday schedule and late nights will follow).

For more information on Chazaq’s unique array of programming, visit Chazaq.org or call 718-285-9132 today.

Shevach Alumnae Enjoy Inspiring Melaveh Malkah At Their Alma Mater

On motzaei Shabbos, March 9, 3 Adar Beis, Shevach alumnae and teachers gathered in Shevach for the annual Shevach Alumnae Melaveh Malkah, organized by alumna Mrs. Malkie Roberts. The alumnae enjoyed the opportunity to reunite with fellow graduates, principals, and teachers and re-experience the warm and inviting Shevach atmosphere.

After enjoying a beautifully presented dairy buffet, Shevach’s principal, Rebbetzin Hirtz, opened the program with an address titled “Unmasking Gratitude.” Rebbetzin Hirtz began by stating that hakaras ha’tov is one of the ikarei emunah, a foundation of our belief in Hashem. Sometimes, people may be hesitant to express hakaras ha’tov, perhaps because they feel it reflects a deficit in themselves or because they have already repaid the favor. Rebbetzin Hirtz then proceeded to delve into the Torah’s perspective on gratitude, citing numerous examples from Tanach, which shed light on the deeper meaning of hakaras ha’tov.

When Hashem commanded Moshe to bring the makkos, he told Moshe that Aharon should do the makkos that require hitting the water or earth. These objects had saved Moshe, and, therefore, he owed them hakaras ha’tov. R’ Dessler asks the obvious question: Why was Moshe not to hit these objects if they are inanimate and don’t have “feelings?” He answers that hakaras ha’tov is not about the recipient of the thanks, but the giver. The act of hakaras ha’tov was intended not for the water or earth, but for Moshe himself to internalize.

Another incredible example was brought from the story of the Yam Suf, where we see just how far hakaras ha’tov must extend. After fleeing Mitzrayim, Bnei Yisrael found themselves sandwiched between their Mitzri chasers from behind and the Yam Suf before them. However, the pasuk says they were armed, so why did they not just turn around to fight the Mitzrim? R’ Moshe Sofer answers that despite the terrible hardships they endured in Mitzrayim, it was still an “achsania,” a place that “hosted” Bnei Yisrael, and it would be a lack of hakaras ha’tov to fight them.

Rebbetzin Hirtz also shared an incredible story of a man with a dangerous eye infection who was told after consulting with leading doctors that the only option to save his sight would be to surgically remove the eye. He walked into a shul, went up to the Aron Kodesh, and began crying to Hashem for three hours, thanking him for all he had, especially his eyesight up until that point. He then returned to the doctor, who found that, miraculously, the tears had washed away the infection, all traces of the danger had passed, and his eye would be saved.

Rebbetzin Hirtz concluded that having hakaras ha’tov for the small things will help lead us to appreciate the bigger things and eventually have the proper gratitude to Hashem for all that we receive from Him, which forms a fundamental part of our emunah.

The program then continued with a presentation from makeup artist Goldie Felsenstein, who shared many helpful tips with the young ladies. The tutorial was enjoyed by all. The alumnae all left inspired and grateful to once again feel the uplifting atmosphere of Shevach High School. Thank you to alumna Chani Gewanter for reporting on this event.

Upcoming Events

Purim carnival for girls, Sunday, March 17, 1:30–3 p.m. at Congregation Ahavas Yisroel, 147-02 73rd Avenue. Enjoy games, prizes, raffles, cotton candy, and popcorn. Come in costume. Cost is $2 for members, $4 for non-members. For more information, e-mail Cay.youthdirector@gmail.com or call 347-343-5785. All ages welcome. Inviting all 6th–8th-graders to join carnival staff. Come one hour early to help build and run the carnival! Pizza and snacks will be served as you work!

Purim carnival and chagigah on Wednesday, March 20 right after megillah reading at 7:45 p.m. at Young Israel of Jamaica Estates, 83-10 188th Street. Fun, food, carnival games, prizes, music, dancing, ice cream, pizza, and cotton candy for all ages. No charge. Sponsors welcome—call 718-479-7500 or email office@yije.org.

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 chanita@astorbrokerage.com.

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