By Chanita Teitz
When I want to buy new equipment for my office or develop a new website, I study the cost, because I’m spending my money. Our president apparently doesn’t care about the cost because he’s spending our taxpayer money. So what’s a few billion? And if he needs to spend more, just borrow money, raise our taxes, and spend away.
The news last week was screaming one scandal after another that I felt like the monkeys, “hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil.” In the ongoing ObamaCare debacle, over $500 million was spent on a website that doesn’t work. How much should website development cost and aren’t there internal, interim checks to make sure it is working and will work once consumers start using it?
I decided to try it myself on Thursday. I was just interested in seeing if the site was working and in reviewing the different health plans and their costs. First, I had to register. That meant giving my personal information and I’ve heard it includes giving your Social Security number. That was enough for me to close the site. I don’t feel comfortable giving my information online in general, but certainly knowing about the NSA spying, I wasn’t going to do it.
The second horror story involves the U.S spying on Angela Merkel as well as other European government officials. Next came the big scandal last week concerning the agunah problem and the rabbanim who were charging women exorbitant fees to have their recalcitrant husbands beaten in order to force them to give a get. Have we become bounty hunters?
Remember the motorcycle gang that attacked a family a few weeks ago? This time a racially charged attack on a couple driving near Kings Plaza in Brooklyn was committed by a group of young black kids. Are we seeing the beginning of a new crime spree? If de Blasio wins, can we expect it to escalate? Everyone’s afraid of crime, yet he is winning in the polls.
In Israel, terrorist attacks on civilians have escalated too, including an attack on a man driving in Gilo, a neighborhood in Yerushalayim that we recently drove through on our way to Kever Rochel. Arabs threw rocks through his window but he was able to get away. Other cars were also attacked.
And shame on the chareidi parties for a new bout of infighting during the recent elections which led a man to break into Rav Steinman’s home in Bnei Brak and assault him.
Anti-Semitism in Europe is growing with more people afraid to wear their yarmulkes in public but now we hear that it is spreading to Australia where a group of Jews walking home Friday night were attacked.
So now you know why I want to block the news from my eyes and ears and lips. Sorry to unload my frustration on you, my readers.
To end on a more positive note, I know someone who lost some keys and for more than a week couldn’t find them anywhere. Just last week on a loved one’s yahrtzeit, she found them. While in our physical world humanity is crumbling, in the spiritual realm there is still someone watching out for us. Have a good Shabbos.
This Friday evening (Shabbos Mevorchim), Parashas Toldos, November 1, (and every Friday evening of Shabbos Mevorchim) there will be a Nusach Carlebach davening at Yeshiva Kesser Torah. Minchah will begin at 5:43 p.m. and will conclude about 6:58 p.m. (Repeat Shma). Men and women are welcome!
On Shabbos afternoon, November 2, (Parashat Toldot) at 4:00 p.m., Rabbi Hayim Schwartz will give a shiur for women in the beit midrash of the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills. He will speak on the topic “Perek Shirah: Song of the Universe.”
Windows 5774, Around the World in Eighty Prizes, Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe Chinese Auction, Saturday night, November 2 at 9:30 p.m. at The Woodmere Club, Meadow Drive, Woodmere. Valet parking. Admission $25 per adult which includes a $20 ticket. Prepaid ticket packages of $250 or more receive two free admissions. For orders of $360 and up receive a free copy of Dash: the TAG cookbook. Order tickets at www.tifmoauction.org or call 718-846-7300 or by fax 718-441-3962. Drawings begin at midnight and you must be present to win.
YCQ Open House. A trip to the food pantry . . . A visit from Ohel Bais Ezra . . . Parashat Noach petting zoo . . . 9/11 Memorial . . . Pittsburger Rebbe . . . Sunday morning learning with Rabbi Rietti . . . Health and Wise nutrition and hygiene program . . . brand new playground . . . These activities are just some of the many innovative ways by which the Yeshiva of Central Queens promotes a challenging program of limudei kodesh, general studies, and midot tovot.
YCQ’s quality curricular and extracurricular programs will be highlighted during the school’s upcoming interactive open house, which will take place on Sunday morning, November 3, 10:00—11:30. YCQ is located at 147-37 70th Road in Kew Gardens Hills.
“At YCQ, education is not solely limited to classroom instruction,” said Rabbi Mark Landsman, the principal of YCQ. “Interactive and intergenerational programs that enable our students to preform acts of chesed for others and to learn from people with vast life experience are invaluable educational tools. We pride ourselves in employing a large cadre of warm, dedicated, professionally trained rebbeim, morot, teachers, and specialty staff with strong religious backgrounds and commitment and rich credentials in secular studies, who impart strong Torah values and a solid ethical and moral base on our over 900 students so that they continuously grow academically, socially, and religiously.”
The YCQ Open House will feature guided tours of the yeshiva and a stimulating first-grade lesson for parents, which will include a session on YCQ’s Hebrew immersion program. The children will enjoy interactive lessons with YCQ’s kindergarten staff.
YCQ features smartboard technology in every classroom for both limudei kodesh and general studies, a state-of-the-art science lab, two fully equipped computer labs, and separate classes for boys and girls beginning in fourth grade. The school also offers an assortment of afterschool programs and clubs, including mishmar, Torah Bowl, advanced placement Mishnah and Gemara, as well as chess club, band, drama, dance, debate team, and much more. The yeshiva is also in its second year of a highly successful and exciting middot development program, “STARS,” which is designed to train the students to conduct themselves at all times with maturity and dignity. Free transportation to YCQ is available from Queens, the Five Towns, West Hempstead, and Great Neck.
“We are constantly seeking creative ways to take a school that has been in existence for over seventy years and chart a progressive path that maintains the core values of the past, yet nourishes a bright and innovative future,” said Rabbi Landsman, “YCQ is always prepared to take exciting new steps, while at the same time upholding the fundamental principles that were established when the school initially opened in 1941.”
For more information about YCQ and the open house, call 718-793-8500, ext. 313, or visit www.ycqweb.com.
Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller will be speaking on “Real Simcha” on Monday, November 4, 8:00 p.m. at Congregation Ahavas Yisroel 147-02 73rd Avenue, KGH No admission fee. Donations are welcome.
Internationally known as an outstanding scholar of Jewish studies as well as a gifted lecturer, Rebbetzin Heller has been a full-time faculty member of Neve Yerushalayim College in Jerusalem since 1980. Her areas of expertise include textual analysis of Biblical literature and Jewish philosophy with an emphasis on the teachings of Maimonides and Maharal. She is also particularly well known for her courses devoted to the role of women in Judaism and analyses of the lives of women in the Bible. Rebbetzin Heller is the author of several books: More Precious than Pearls, This Way Up, Our Bodies Our Souls, Let’s Face It, Here You Are, and the recently published The Balancing Act. She coauthored the book Battle Plans with Sarah Yoheved Rigler.
Rabbi Jeremy Kagan will be speaking on “Yaakov And Esav: Clashing Cultures, Clashing Worlds” on Tuesday, November 5, 9:15 a.m. Fee: $10. 136-05 72nd Road in KGH. Babysitting available for small fee. Please call 718-544-9218. Rabbi Kagan, principal of the post-high-school seminary Midreshet Tehillah, was born in Boston and raised in Hawaii. Rabbi Kagan attended Yale University and graduated with a BA in philosophy. He began studying Torah at Ohr Sameach while traveling in Israel during his college years. Following the completion of his degree at Yale, Rabbi Kagan returned to Israel to pursue Torah in earnest, eventually becoming a student at Heichal HaTorah and the Mirrer Yeshiva. He received rabbinical ordination from Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg and has regularly attended the classes of Rabbi Moshe Shapiro. In 1998 Rabbi Kagan published The Jewish Self: Recovering Spirituality in the Modern World. He recently published The Choice to Be: A Jewish Path to Self and Spirituality, which was awarded the 2011 National Jewish Book Award for Modern Jewish Thought.
Reminder: The Erna Lindenfeld Hachnosas Kallah Fund of Queens invites all women to its annual tea and highly entertaining original musical comedy performance, “Hakol B’Sedar,” on Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Elechester Electrical Building, Parsons Boulevard and Jewel Avenue. Sponsored by Rabbi Marshall Korn, Rabbi Dr. Aron and Margie Glatt, Mr. Reuben and Karen Zimirlover, and Mr. Ronny and Adina Korn in memory of their loving wife and mother, Ethel Korn, a’h, this year’s tea will feature special guest speaker Rebbetzin Ruth Schonfeld of the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills.
Ahavas Yisroel Women’s League invites all women to the “In The Kitchen Series” given by the mara d’asra Rabbi Herschel Welcher on the topic “Shabbos, Bishul & the Blech” which began on Wednesday, October 30 and will continue on November 6 and November 13 at 8:00 p.m. Congregation Ahavas Yisroel 147th Street and 73rd Avenue.
Rav Shalom Arush arrives November 7 in Queens for CHAZAQ! Rav Shalom Arush, shlita, will embark on his long-awaited visit to New York. After not having visited the States for seven years, Rav Arush is excited and ready to personally spread the message of emunah to all. He is world-renowned for his “Garden” series, which have improved millions of lives. The Garden of Emunah is the bestseller that made Rav Arush a household name in America. Through this eye-opening book, millions of readers have learned about the concept of emunah and its vital importance in their everyday lives. Next, he took on the challenge of saving and revitalizing marriages with his groundbreaking marital guides, The Garden of Peace for men and Women’s Wisdom for women.
These two guides are so instrumental in saving marriages, that many batei dinim require the couple seeking divorce to read the book before the couple is allowed to continue with divorce proceedings. Needless to say, most couples do not return to finalize the divorce. Rav Arush decided to continue in his mission to help others, and he has struck another home run in his fabulous, must-read parenting guide, Education with Love. This guide is a refreshing, humbling, and all-encompassing look into the dynamics between parents and children. It helps parents practically deal with the full range of tough issues that they face with their children. Along with these amazing books, Rav Arush has written others, such as The Garden of Gratitude, In Forest Fields, The Garden of Wisdom, Hashem Rofecha, and his latest, The Garden of Knowledge. He has also recorded hundreds of CD lectures and gives weekly lectures in Jerusalem.
What motivates Rav Arush to keep pushing himself? His love for his fellow Jews. This is why he feels a personal responsibility to travel to North America and give over the message of emunah himself. Anyone who has read Rav Arush’s books has caught a glimpse of the love and inspiration his teachings have to share. Imagine hearing a lecture live, in person! It is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity–don’t miss out! If you live in New York–you don’t want to miss this incredible opportunity to see Rav Arush speak! Also, Rabbi Lazer Brody will be on tour with Rav Arush to do an English translation for the lectures. The event will take place on Thursday night, November 7, at the Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills (7011 150th St. Flushing, NY 11367) $15 in advance and $20 at the door. VIP and Preferred seating available in advance. Doors open 8:00 p.m., Event begins at 8:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the CHAZAQ organization. For more info call or text 917-617-3636 or e-mail Info@Chazaq.org.
N’shei Ohr Moshe 9th Membership “Brunch and Learn. Sunday, November 10, 9:45 a.m. Congregation Ohr Moshe 170-16 73rd Avenue in Hillcrest. Dr. Shmuel Shields will speak on “Creating Nutritious & Delicious Shabbos Meals.” Dr. Shmuel Shields is the author of the highly acclaimed book L’Chaim: 18 Chapters to Live By which will be available for purchase and signing. RSVP Beth Friedman 591-4143 Sponsor $60 Ruchie Schechter 591-4441 Couvert $40 Proceeds to support the projects and programs of N’shei Ohr Moshe.
Kehilas Ishei Yisrael and YCQ are teaming up to put together an amazing Chanukah Boutique. Monday, November 11, 5:00—10:00 p.m. YCQ lunchroom. 147-37 70th Rd. Local vendors will be selling a variety of items for men, women, and children. Come and buy Chanukah gifts and at the same time support Kehilas Ishei Yisrael and Yeshiva of Central Queens.
Mazal Tov . . .
To Rabbi and Mrs. Hershey Dreyfus on the birth of a new granddaughter to their children Breindy and Baruch Rothman. Mazal tov to great grandmother, Mrs. Dreyfus.
To Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Sherman on the engagement of their daughter, Aliza to Zach Orlofsky. Mazal tov to Aliza’s grandfather, Mr. Sherman.
Mazal tov to Rabbi and Mrs. Shlomo Dovid Pfeiffer on the marriage of their daughter, Rochel to Moshe Dovid Heber. Mazal tov to the grandparents, Rabbi and Mrs. Paysach Krohn. 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 email@example.com.