By Chanita Teitz
On Sunday night, Yom HaShoah, we were dancing at a wedding and I couldn’t help but think how poignant it is that in the shadow of the Holocaust we celebrate a new Jewish home being built and a continuation of our people. Dancing in their faces, the faces of our enemies, who thought they could rid the world of Jews. In spite of their rhetoric to make the world Judenrein or to push the Jews into the sea or blow Israel off the map, we are still here and we continue to build. Six million Jews live in Israel today, a number that reminds us of the six million who perished.
With Pesach just past, the words of V’hi Sheamda take on special significance. Although we take the threats of our enemies, particularly the threat of a nuclear bomb, seriously, we know that Jew-hatred is nothing new and that Hashem saves us in every generation. We are a nation that survives on miracles, we defy logic, we defy nature, but one of our main weaknesses is disunity.
At this time of year, three significant observances, Yom HaShoah, followed next week by Yom HaZikaron, and finally culminating in Yom HaAtzmaut, should bring us together instead of apart. With the machlokes of army service prominently in the news for months, what a showing of unity if all the yeshivos would stop when the siren sounds and step outside together with all of Israel. The yeshiva world could show their support for the country, for its citizens, and for the fallen soldiers by standing together in silent, private tefillah, putting aside our differences for one minute and stopping our bickering. Let’s not be our own worst enemy.
My husband, Akiva, imagines what it would be like if a chareidi yeshiva would move to an army base and learn there among the soldiers. What an opportunity to teach secular soldiers about Yiddishkeit through direct observation of the sincerity and dedication of the yeshiva bachurim. It would show them that we really believe that learning is protecting the soldiers and that the yeshiva supports and appreciates the soldiers risking their lives so the yeshiva boys can learn. We have to find more ways to bring us all together.
There are some inspiring videos that I posted on my Facebook page for Yom HaShoah. Check them out.
How to Raise Extraordinary Children. Sunday, May 4, Chazaq, in conjunction with Beth Gavriel, presents renowned lecturer R’ Benzion Klatzko live in Queens. Refreshments will be served at 8:00 p.m. Lecture scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Men and women are welcome. Admission is free. Location: Beth Gavriel Community Center 66-35 108th Street in Forest Hills. For more information, call or text 917-617-3636 or e-mail Info@Chazaq.org.
Women’s Rosh Chodesh Iyar shiur with Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller. Sunday, May 4, 8:30 p.m. at the Young Israel of Holliswood, 86-25 Francis Lewis Boulevard. Internationally renowned 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 Torah, Biblical literature, and Jewish philosophy with an emphasis on the teachings of Maimonides and Maharal. She is also particularly well known for her shiurim and classes devoted to the role of women in Judaism and analysis of the lives of women in the Torah. Rebbetzin Heller is distinguished by her unique teaching style in her classes and shiurim. Based on classical sources, her insights on virtually any topic within Jewish studies and Torah flow in a seemingly effortless stream. While leading her listeners along creative new lines of thoughts, she resorts to a disarmingly keen sense of humor to provide practical examples that illustrate and draw personal relevance from even the most abstract concepts.
Dignity, Honor, and the Nature of the Soul with Rabbi Mordechai Becher. May 4, 7:30 p.m. Inspiring Sefirah lecture l’iluy nishmas Eve Spett, a’h. Rabbi Mordechai Becher, originally from Australia, is an instructor at the James Striar School of Yeshiva University and senior lecturer of the Gateways Organization. His book Gateway to Judaism, published by Shaar Press, is now in its seventh printing. Lecture to be held at YI of Kew Gardens Hills. Sponsored by David Geller and the Rosenbaum, Rothenberg, Weiss, and Zaveloff families.
Memorial for Rav Moshe Stahler, z’l. Sunday, May 4, 7:00 p.m. at Yeshivas Ohel Simcha 141-41 72nd Avenue. Rav Stahler was a beloved rosh yeshiva of the Hebrew Academy of West Queens for several decades and longtime Kew Gardens Hills resident.
Kosher Chef Productions Shadchan Event. Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m. At Shimon’s Pizza, 71-24 Main Street, KGH. Call 845-397-7271 for more information and to register.
Ladies’ Annual Mikvah Tea. Wednesday, May 7 at the Young Israel of Kew Garden Hills, 8:30 p.m., Guest speaker: Rabbi Eli Mansour.
Condolences . . .
To Eddie Sherman and his sister Roz and the entire Sherman family on the petirah of Mr. Henry Sherman. HaMakom Yenachem Eschem B’soch Sha’ar Aveilei Tziyon V’Yerushalayim.
Mazal Tov . . .
To Rabbi and Mrs. Hayim Schwartz on the marriage of their son Nosson Yishaya to Noa Rivka Gross of Los Angeles. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.