By Chanita Teitz

It was decided this week by the U.S. Court of Appeals to uphold the State Department’s position on Jerusalem. According to the State Department, I was born in Israel but my grandchildren were not, because I was born in Kfar Saba and my grandchildren were born in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is “disputed territory” and no country can claim it until final talks determine the fate of Israel and Yerushalayim. Three thousand years of Jewish history in Jerusalem, including it being the capital of Israel since King David’s reign, and the truth is not recognized.

Is this a joke? My U.S. birth certificate and passport can say one thing and theirs can’t. They are children without a country. Maybe it’s the heat, but it’s mind-boggling.

And perhaps the heat is getting to Binyamin Netanyahu, too. He has now promised to release 104 terrorist prisoners. Isn’t it enough that attacks on civilians have escalated in the past week? Do we need more terror in our midst?

Peace talks have started again–or should I say “piece” talks, as the Arabs will probably want parts of Israel, piece by piece until they have it all. I sometimes wonder if Israel’s leaders are simply delusional or if this is just a stall tactic. They have to appear to be striving for peace even though they know it will never happen. So they play the game.

What other country has its capital and its parameters determined by others? Israel is a sovereign nation and doesn’t need the world’s approval for anything. And yet, the world mixes in to everything Israel does. When the nations of the world need Israel for its humanitarian aid, or for its technology and medicine, they are at her doorstep. But it doesn’t stop them from boycotting, libeling, and otherwise smearing Israel’s good name. Enough is enough!

Upcoming Events

This Friday evening (Shabbos Mevorchim), Parashas Re’eh, August 2, there will be a Nusach Carlebach davening at Yeshiva Kesser Torah. Minchah will begin at 7:00 p.m. (repeat Shema afterward) and will conclude about 8:15 p.m. Men and women are welcome!

Chazaq in conjunction with Beth Gavriel proudly presents world-renowned lecturer R’ Fishel Schachter, “Improving Ourselves in a Deteriorating World” on Sunday night, August 4. Refreshments at 8:00 p.m. Lecture scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Bet Gavriel Center 66-35 108th Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375 Admission is free. Men and women are welcome. For more information, call 917-617-3636, e-mail, or visit

Join the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, in conjunction with “Extraordinary Orthodox Singles,” for a fun-filled, enjoyable Shabbat, August 9—10. Targeted ages 27—35. Shabbaton includes all catered meals and hospitality. If you have any questions regarding the application process or Shabbaton schedule, e-mail Application can be found at Please note that filling out an application does not mean you are accepted. Organizers will reach out to participants within 24 hours of application.

Chazaq’s first annual dinner will take place on Monday night, August 26, 6:30 p.m. The dinner will be held at Leonard’s of Great Neck, 555 Northern Boulevard. $180 per person. They will be celebrating the completion of a new sefer Torah, donated by Malidani Jewelry. Dinner chairmen are Rabbi Ilan Meirov and Rabbi Yitzchok Oelbaum. The guest speaker will be Mr. Michael Reagan, a strong advocate for Israel and the son of President Ronald Reagan. Entertainment by Michoel Pruzansky and more. The honorees are Keter Torah Award, Mr. and Mrs. David Meirov and family; Chesed Award, Mr. and Mrs. Benny Yunatanov; Israel Leadership Awardees, Dr. Paul Brody and Dr. Joseph Frager; Hakarat HaTov Award, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Harris, Esq.; Community Service Award, Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz; Youth Leadership Award, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Abraham; and Rabbinic Leadership Award, Rabbi Rafael Baruch Zavulunov. For more information, visit or e-mail

Congregation Ohr Moshe, in conjunction with Mezuzah Doctor Reb Moshe Gantz, present a tefillin and mezuzah checking campaign, on Sunday, September 1, starting at 9:00 a.m. at Congregation Ohr Moshe, 170-16 73rd Avenue, Hillcrest. There will be a team of sofrim, all certified by Vaad Mishmeres Stam, examining and repairing (if necessary) your tefillin and mezuzos the entire day. The shul will also provide new pre-checked tefillin and mezuzos, all with the hashgachah of Vaad Mishmeres Stam, and related items available for sale. The sofrim are compensated for their professional services (on a time basis) only and they will not have any financial interest in the sale of any of these replacement items.

Bring your children and watch the sofrim in action. The sofrim will take the time to discuss and show any problems which they may find. There will be a checking charge of $75 for a pair of tefillin and $9 per mezuzah. Segirah (smoothing out of the seam in the sealing of the tefillin box for beautification) is optional and will also be available for an additional $45 charge. There will also be a computer program available to check your tefillin. This optional check is done after the sofer completes his check and it is recommended to be done once in the lifetime of your tefillin. The charge for the computer check is $36 per set of tefillin. They also are offering full service where they will come to your home and carefully remove your mezuzos, check them, and carefully replace them for an extra charge of $6 per mezuzah. Since a large turnout is expected, you are encouraged to make a reservation. This will guarantee being checked first. All the rest will be checked on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, and to make your reservation, contact Rabbi Asher Schechter at or 718-591-4888. v

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


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