The big news this week centers around Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib being refused entry into Israel by Benjamin Netanyahu. Reaching out for sympathy, Tlaib asked to be allowed to visit her grandmother and was granted permission by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri. She subsequently turned down his humanitarian gesture.
While everyone is pontificating on this, I am still checking on the condition of the brother and sister who were run down by a terrorist near Elazar in Gush Etzion. Keep saying Tehillim for Nachum Elimelech ben Zehava Rivka and his sister Noam Aliza bat Zehava Rivka. They should both have a refuah shleimah!
My husband says we shouldn’t talk about Omar and Tlaib because it just gives them the publicity they want, so I will make this brief. They are antisemites, Tlaib is a phony, and kudos to Netanyahu for asserting his right to bar anyone who supports BDS and the destruction of Israel from stepping foot into the country.
Meanwhile we need strong lawmakers in this country to stop the rioting by Antifa members in Portland and to prevent such violence anywhere else. I remember in the 1960s the riots in Chicago and the mayor at the time, Richard J. Daley, ordered the police to “shoot to kill” anyone caught looting and stealing from the neighborhood stores. He was highly criticized, but he controlled the city with an iron hand. Wherever terrorists operate, they must be dealt with in no uncertain terms. If they aren’t shot and killed, then they should rot in jail with no chance of parole. Make the consequences so harsh that they will be too frightened to riot.
Same in Israel: Retaliate against every terror attack with force. Kill a Jew and get killed. And send the terrorists’ families packing to Jordan or Saudi Arabia.
Let’s try to enjoy the last golden weeks of summer. Have a good Shabbos.
Chazaq, Beth Gavriel Tishah B’Av Marathon
On August 10 and 11, Chazaq and the Beth Gavriel Center held a Tishah B’Av Torah marathon featuring riveting lectures by Charlie Harary, R’ Akiva Rutenberg, R’ Yaakov Rachimi, R’ Yaakov Mizrachi, R’ Josh Sturm, R’ Benzion Shafier, R’ Israel Itshakov, R’ Ilan Meirov, R’ Moshe Aronov, R’ Daniel Glatstein, R’ Akiva Klein, R’ Yitzchak Oelbaum, R’ Yitzchak Feldheim, R’ Paysach Krohn, R’ Mordechai Kraft, R’ Dovid Goldwasser, Harry Rothenberg, and R’ Igal Haimoff.
Hundreds of people attended the event throughout the solemn day, with thousands more viewing it live on Torahanytime.com, and were inspired to make the necessary changes to bring about the geulah.
The event was dedicated in loving memory of Esther bat Sara, Aaron ben Esther, and Daniel ben Miriam.
Chazaq’s Jwave Teens division held a special teen program for local public-school students during the afternoon hours of Tishah B’Av. Over 50 students attended the event and heard words of inspiration from R’ Moshe Matizadeh, R’ David Kulmus, R’ Yaakov Rachimi, and R’ Ilan Meirov. Many were able to fast from beginning to end for the first time in their lives.
Chazaq also arranged free shatnez checking on the second floor of the Beth Gavriel Center along with a booth by TAG offering filters for technological devices. In addition, the Kaliver Rav came for several hours offering his sagely advice and blessings to scores of men and women.
For more information about upcoming Chazaq events and programs, call Chazaq at 718-285-9132 or email Info@Chazaq.org.
Final Lectures in YIKGH Summer Lecture Series. The Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills will host Sam Verstandig: “My Summer with Yachad: Because Everyone Belongs”, August 24, 5:30 p.m., and Zahava Schwartz: “Women and Higher Jewish Learning,” August 31, 5:15 p.m. Both are for men and women and will take place in the beis midrash.
Judy Berman: “Pitfalls of Living a Curated Life Online: Social Media and Halachah.” August 24, 6 p.m. at the YI of Jamaica Estates. Men and women are invited.
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