By Chanita Teitz

We’re finally getting some warmer weather, and it was blue skies and sunshine for the Celebrate Israel parade (a.k.a. the Israel Day parade). The State of Israel has finally become a “senior citizen,” and in a short 65 years the state has gone from a “startup nation” to a full-fledged powerhouse, economically, politically, innovatively, and of course spiritually. Even the Women of the Wall have chosen to express their meshugas at the Kotel, attesting to the fact that everyone recognizes the spiritual pull of the land, the Kotel, and Yerushalayim. If these women were regular daveners and would observe all the mitzvos, one might be able to understand them a little. But wanting privileges without responsibilities doesn’t make sense.

Just this past week was my grandmother’s yahrzeit and I think about the women of her generation. Possessing simple emunah, educated at home, she knew the davening by heart and davened every day. She came to this country as a young girl and went to public school only until 8th grade and then had to work to help support her family. She worked in a necktie factory and prided herself that she never worked on Shabbos–no easy feat in those days. Ironically, her Jewish bosses were less sympathetic to her Sabbath observance than the gentile bosses. Jewish liberal self-hate is just as pathetic today as it was then. Only today, it is directed at Israel by Jews who would rather support the Arabs than rally behind their own people.

But the parade and concert were uplifting. Next year in Yerushalayim!

Upcoming Events

This Shabbos afternoon, June 8 at 5:30 pm, the Young Israel of KGH is starting its Summer Shabbos Afternoon Lecture Series for men and women. Rabbi Reuven Becker will speak on Behind the Scenes: A Talk on Kibud Av V’Eim and the book You Are Your Parents’ Keeper.

The Women’s Amein Group of Queens presents Rabbi Moshe Neuman, Dean Emeritus of Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens speaking on Appreciating the Past, Living the Present, Looking Forward to the Future on Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, Sunday, June 9, at the Young Israel of Hillcrest, 169-07 Jewel Avenue. The schedule is as follows: Birchos Hashachar at 8:15 a.m. sharp, Hallel at 9:00 and the speaker at 9:30 a.m. A beracha party will follow.

Masbia, a network of kosher soup kitchens, is hosting a breakfast at the home of Tzipora and Aaron Laub to raise the much-needed funds to keep the doors of Masbia of Queens open. The breakfast will take place on Sunday, June 9, 9:30—11:30 a.m. at 135-14 78th Road, KGH.

The Queens Jewish Community Council and NYC Council Member James F. Gennaro cordially invite the community to a free concert at the Jewish Center of KGH, 71-25 Main Street, featuring Yehuda, Mutty and Moshe Shur, Sunday, June 9 at 7 p.m. For more information call 718-544-9033.

Condolences . . .

To Joanne Fishbane on the petirah of her father, Mr. Kestin. HaMakom yenachem eschem b’soch sh’ar aveilei Tziyon v’Yerushalayim.

Mazal Tov . . .

To Ruchie and Izzy Sherman on the marriage of their son Tzvi to Elana Horowitz of Brooklyn. Mazal tov to all the mechutanim! 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, call her at 718-263-4500 or e-mail

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