By Chanita Teitz

What would the Jewish world be like without controversy? Last week the owner of a restaurant in Lakewood hung an Israeli flag outside the shop in honor of Yom Ha’Atzmaut and was threatened with losing his hashgachah unless they took it down. Those who threatened the owner were concerned that it would offend the yeshiva community.

Don’t people realize that there is more Torah learning in Eretz Yisrael than ever before? Don’t they send their children to learn in yeshivot and seminaries in Israel? Don’t they go to Israel for Sukkos and other vacations?

It’s time to get past the politics and appreciate what we have: a thriving country where Jews can live, learn, raise families, and protect themselves. In the climate we are living in today with antisemitism on the rise, even in Lakewood, we need Israel more than ever.

Another controversy has come to light because of Rashida Tlaib’s latest rant. She said that thinking of the Holocaust gives her a calming feeling, and that her ancestors, Palestinians, helped create a safe haven for the Jews. She has been criticized for a few reasons.

First, for saying the Holocaust gives her a calming feeling. What is calming about genocide? She has stated that her critics took her words out of context. But if you read her words you will see that her calm feeling was for the Palestinians who gave their homes, their land, and some gave their lives to create a safe haven for Jews. Total lies. The Arabs living in Palestine were co-conspirators of Hitler and were ready to help him annihilate the Jews.

Her defenders claim that she did call the Holocaust a tragedy and that statement should exonerate her. But I believe that the tragedy she was referring to was the Nakba, as the Arabs call it—that all Jews weren’t killed and that they reestablished themselves in the land of Israel.

Nancy Pelosi, among others, has defended her. I think Pelosi has lost control of the house and is afraid of the Muslim Congresswomen. The Muslims have an agenda to get more Muslims elected to public office and take over our government. Pelosi and others are probably afraid of being called racist if they criticize them. And they also probably fear getting death threats.

We. Must. Not. Sleep. Our votes and our voices count now more than ever.

Inadvertently, last week, I left out a mazal tov to my machatanim, Rabbi and Mrs. Yehuda Shmidman and great-grandmother Rebetzin Niman, on the birth of our new grandson to our children Rabbi Shlomo and Chaya Breina Teitz. Mazal tov to the entire extended Teitz, Shmidman, and Niman families.

Special Guests Visit BYQ Early Childhood Center

The children at the BYQ early childhood center love learning about Hashem’s beautiful world with Morah Gitle, their wonderful nature teacher. This week they went on a short field trip to their own pear tree to make the special birkas ilanos and to thank Hashem for creating trees. The children were amazed to learn that pears will soon grow in place of the gorgeous white blossoms all over the tree. It was a wonderful opportunity to discuss some of the many things that trees give us.

Morah Gitle also arranged for a special visit by two mounted police officers. They came to BYQ on their beautiful horses and spoke to the preschoolers about health and safety. Some of the brave children even pet the horses. What excitement!

Stay tuned for planting the BYQ garden, nature walks, nature hunts, butterflies, and more!

Mix It Up Club Lunch — Be Kind Online

By Leah Kalantarov, grade 7

The YCQ Mix It Up Club ran a Be Kind Online lunch for middle school students to combat cyber bullying

Last week YCQ held a Be Kind Online lunch sponsored by the Mix It Up Club, run by Melissa Maisel, grade 7 Language Arts teacher. Before JHS students walked into the lunchroom they were given a sticker with the name of an online app. They then sat at the table that was labeled with their online app. A film made by the Mix It Up Club was then shown. When students returned back to class they wrote about how they pledge to be kind online.

Maayan Itzhaky, a seventh grader, said, “I learned more about cyberbullying and the effects.” The Mix It Up Club would not have been able to put this day together if not for Mrs. Melissa Maisel who said, “I am so proud of all the members of the Mix It Up Club. They are dedicated to keeping YCQ the safe place it is.” Cyberbullying is a big problem, especially in middle school. YCQ has taken on the challenge to end it! YCQ has also been nominated for the third year in a row as a No Place for Hate School by the Anti-Defamation League.

Tznius At Bnos Malka

By Mrs. Perel Rauch

The middle school was privileged to hear from renowned speaker Mrs. Toba Shifrin this week, on the topic of tznius. Mrs. Shifrin explained the concept of tznius in a whole new way, and the girls walked away so inspired and uplifted. A tremendous thank you to the PA, and the Schwartz, Freedman, and Pinkhasov families for sponsoring this event!

Each one of our students is a true bas Melech, and our school has been transformed into a palace, the home of our princesses. During these weeks of Sefiras HaOmer, the entire Bnos Malka is working on improving our tznius, both in dress and behavior. Each week, the students watch a skit on video which describes what aspect of tznius we are working on that week. A tremendous thank you to our G.O. girls, and the 8th grade heads of this program for such wonderful acting! The girls have been handing in cards that they fill out, explaining how they acted, dressed, and walked with tznius. Many of our middle school girls have already taken on kabalos to improve their tznius. We are so proud of every girl for truly trying to improve in this area! Yashar koach!

Upcoming Events

Yeshiva Kesser Torah breakfast, Sunday, May 19 at 9:15 a.m. at YCQ, 147-37 70th Road.

Mitzvah Morning, Sunday, May 19, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at Young Israel of Jamaica Estates. To register email yschreiber@gmail.com.

Building Connections in the Workplace, Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m. at Yeshiva of Central Queens, 147-37 70th Rd., Flushing. Young Professionals Event with David Z. Solomon, Howard Jonas, and Neil Auerbach, including interactive Q&A session. Presented by Chazaq, YCQ Alumni, JLA, EMET, BJX, RAJE, KTT, YIQV, YTH, BMZS, KB, QJL, and BJL. Parking lot open. Men and women welcome, free admission. For more information call 718-285-9132, email Events@Chazaq.org, or visit Chazaq.org.

Annual Echo Women (ECHO Institute for Health) Queens event, Sunday May 19 at 8 p.m. at the home of Lisa Reichmann. Featured speaker is Rabbi Daniel Glatstein, mara d’asra Kehillas Ahavas Yisrael, Cedarhurst. Topic: “A Revolutionary Perspective on Speech: Fusion of Body and Soul.” The event is for women and girls. Transportation to and from the Reichmann home for groups of 4 or 5 ladies is available. Contact Srada.messages72@gmail.com. ECHO has been providing medical referrals for over 30 years.

Yad L’Yad lecture by Police Department on Safety and Security, Tuesday, May 21 at the Young Israel of Hillcrest, 169-07 Jewel Avenue. Members $2, non-members $4. To RSVP call 718-487-3703.

Young Israel of Jamaica Estates L’Chaim 5K Run/Walk for Israel, Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m. rain or shine at Cunningham Park. Register at run.yije.org or call 718-479-7500. Adults $18, kids $12.

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 email chanita@astorbrokerage.com.

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