By Chanita Teitz

I am getting burned out reading about upheaval, turmoil, scandals, and warnings of impending danger. I always prided myself on being well informed and keeping up with the news. But the news is dragging me down.

So I started writing about our local real estate for this week to inform you and keep things light, until I heard Mike Gallagher this morning on the radio (AM970). It seems that talk has not died down yet about the George Zimmerman case. Mike was referring to an interview Oprah Winfrey did on ABC where she equated what happened to Trayvon Martin with the 1955 kidnapping, torture, and murder by two white men of a 14-year-old black boy in Mississippi by the name of Emmett Till.

According to Mike Gallagher, there is no similarity in what was a purely racial hate crime in 1955, which he condemns, and the unfortunate killing in self-defense of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman.

Now I can understand how liberals can see a moral equivalence between Arab terrorist murderers who kill Jews in cold blood and the Israeli army soldiers who strikes back in self-defense. The liberals’ minds are so skewed that they can find moral equivalence in anything.

I agree with Mike that there may not be anything we can do to change their views. If they don’t understand the difference between killing someone in cold blood just because they are black or just because they are Jews and killing a terrorist or anyone else in self-defense, then they may be beyond logic and honest appraisal of fact.

But instead of letting this get me down, I should be thankful that there are some people out there who do see the truth.

To close on a “fun” note, I have a personal page on Facebook as well as our real-estate page, Astor Brokerage Real Estate Center. I invite my readers to check out the inspirational messages I post on my page (and check out the real-estate page, too) and “like” us on Facebook.

Upcoming Events

On Monday night, August 12, CHAZAQ and Eshel Avraham present world-renowned lecturer R’ Dovid Orlofsky live in Queens! Refreshments served at 8:00 p.m. Lecture scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Men and women are welcome. Admission is free. Location: Congregation Shaare Tova, 82-33 Lefferts Boulevard in Kew Gardens. Dedicated in memory of Yaeer Netzer ben Avraham and Tzipporah Nissanian. For more information, call 718-285-9132 or e-mail

Queens Jewish Community Council presents Jewish Music under the Stars. All concerts are free and will be at Cunningham Park, 196th Street and Union Turnpike in Hillcrest, at 7:00 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket. For more information, call 718-544-9033. August 14–Kleezmer & Yiddish Soul, starring Howard LeShaw and the Golden Land Klezmer Band. Guest Performance by Ron Eliron. August 21–Outstanding Jewish Contemporary, with Nochum Stark. August 28–Bukharian/International Festival, starring internationally acclaimed star Eduard Zavulun and the Prestige Band.

Condolences . . .

To the Weiss and Sherman families on the petirah of their father. HaMakom yenachem eschem b’soch sh’ar aveilei Tziyon v’Yerushalayim.

Mazal Tov . . .

To Dr. and Mrs. Marc Silverman on the birth of a granddaughter.

To Dr. and Mrs. Tuvya Marciano on the bar mitzvah of their son Yitzy.

To Mr. and Mrs. Chish Weinstein on the bar mitzvah of their grandson and bas mitzvah of their granddaughter in Israel.

To Mr. and Mrs. Yerachmiel Nir on the engagement of their granddaughter. 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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