By Chanita Teitz
Our kids are here, escaping for a while from the missiles that are raining down on Israeli cities, including the greater Jerusalem area. Loud booms have been heard in Yerushalayim from a distance, as missiles have been intercepted in Bet Shemesh, Telz-Stone, and other areas in the Jerusalem hills.
Our children and grandchildren are here to celebrate the bar mitzvah of our grandson Elchanan Zev. Last week they were with us and my house was hopping. Tumult and noise and lots of toys, and then they went to spend this week with our mechutanim. Guess what? I miss the noise, the tumult, and the grandchildren. All together they are a handful, but each one individually is as precious as gold.
Elchanan, the barmitzvah boy, keeps up with all the news, and in the past two months I have called him for updates on what is going on in Israel. I hope that he and all of our grandchildren get to grow up in a quieter, more peaceful world, but I worry that until that can happen, we have to overcome the serious dilemma that the world is facing now.
According to my husband, the answer for Israel’s survival and achieving peace is to recognize that iron domes, targeted bombings, and depending on our reluctant allies aren’t enough. As Jews, we must recognize that Hashem has to fight with us and for us. A true Jewish army recognizes that Hashem is our protector and the outcomes are all in His hands. We have seen many Israeli soldiers davening and learning in the field and reaching out to their secular comrades, who are also realizing the many miracles taking place.
Our nation comes together in grief, for the wounded and for those soldiers and civilians who have been killed. We all mourn four-year-old Daniel Targemen, who was killed last Friday. We must continue to connect with one another and see what we have in common and not what we disagree on. We must all daven for the wounded soldiers and civilians and for Aharon ben Chulda, the yeshiva bachur from Lakewood who is still missing. (I hope that by the time you read this, he will have been found.)
Now the lunacy continues, with another “cease-fire” while missiles are still flying. And what is Israel getting for agreeing to this? Nothing. The Palestinians are getting open border crossings, fishing rights, and reconstruction materials. More cement to rebuild the tunnels? Who is going to administer these supplies, and what they are going to be used for? Netanyahu accepted the cease-fire even though half the cabinet ministers rejected it. There must be a sharp sword on Netanyahu’s neck, because his restraint in fighting this war and his current acquiescence don’t make sense.
For a man who has spoken so eloquently and without apology in the past, he is acting weak, and the Palestinians are celebrating a victory. This, in light of the ongoing world issues with ISIS and radical Islam, is just another bandage that will come off in a short time and doesn’t accomplish anything in the long term. As we enter the month of Elul, we need to ask Hashem for rachamim and for His help in guiding us and our leaders on the right path.
Chazaq and Hidabroot Present Rav Zamir Cohen and Rabbi Mordechai Aram Sova. The program, which will be in Hebrew, is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10 at 8:30 p.m. Men and women are welcome. Admission is free. Location: Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 7011 150th Street in Flushing. For more information, call 718-285-9132 or e-mail Info@Chazaq.org.
Melaveh Malkah for Eli at YIKGH. September 14, 9:30 p.m. Eli was established on September 11, 1984. It is located in the Binyamin region, 40 minutes from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, a settlement neighboring Shilo and named after ancient Shilo’s famous kohen. The residents of Eli and Shilo are motivated by their fervent devotion to reestablishing Jewish life in the area where the Mishkan stood for 369 years after the Jews entered Canaan. Eli consists of nine neighborhoods located among breathtaking hilltops, housing a thousand families. Funds raised will go towards the construction of the Olamot Center, a new community center in Eli dedicated to the memory of five residents of Eli who fell while courageously defending Israel.
A video will be shown and Miriam Peretz will speak. A resident of Eli, Miriam lost her two sons who were officers in “Sayeret Golani”–Lieutenant Uriel Peretz, o.b.m., who was killed in battle in Lebanon in 1998 and Major Eliraz Peretz, o.b.m., who was a married father of four when he was killed, shortly before Pesach in 2010, while heading into combat against terrorists in the Gaza Strip.
Miriam, a national supervisor for the Ministry of Education, is an exceptional woman who was chosen to light the torch this year at Israel’s Independence Day ceremony at Mt. Herzl. She has written a bestselling book, Shirat Miriam, which depicts her story and the force and power of life after the tragedies that have struck her family. The Mayor of Eli, Mr. Kobi Elivaz, will also speak at the event.
Special thanks to the melavehmalkah sponsors: Rabbi and Mrs. Yoel Schonfeld, YIKGH Women’s League, Mr. and Mrs. Marc Horowitz, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Russo, Mr. and Mrs. Yaakov Serle, and Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Weintraub. Sponsorships are still available. For more information, please contact Rabbi Yoel Schonfeld at 718-261-9723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations can be made by check payable to the YIKGH Charity Fund (write “Eli” in the memo area) and brought to the melavehmalkah or mailed to the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills at 150-05 70th Road, Kew Gardens Hills, NY 11367. Admission is free. Donations are welcome.
YCQ Alumni Presents The Shmuz’s “Teshuvah: A fresh new start.” In preparation for the forthcoming Yom HaDin, the Alumni Association of Yeshiva of Central Queens invites members of the YCQ “family” and the general public to participate in an inspiring lecture on the topic of teshuvah. The lecture will take place at the YCQ building’s auditorium, 147-37 70th Road in Kew Gardens Hills, on Sunday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. Presented by the renowned mashpia Rabbi Benzion Shafier, founder of Tiferes Bnei Yisrael and The Shmuz.com. Rabbi Shafier has inspired thousands of people, young and old, with his down-to-earth analysis of the matzav of Yiddishkeit today. He has encouraged many Jews to engage in introspection and to increase their study of Torah, enthusiasm towards observing mitzvos, and improvement of middos.
The YCQ Alumni Association sponsors numerous activities including sports tournaments, reunions, and social networking among its alumni. For more information about the YCQ Alumni Association and to be involved in its activities, please contact Rabbi Marc Merrill at 718-793-8500, ext. 304, or email@example.com or visit www.ycqweb.com/alumni.
Chazaq Second Annual Dinner. Monday, September 15. Reception at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. at Leonard’s of Great Neck, 555 Northern Boulevard. “Together we will build a stronger future.” RSVP at www.fidelipay.com/chazaqdinner or by calling 718-285-9132, Yaniv at 917-617-3636, or Leora at 646-541-6833.
Mazal Tov . . .
To Ellen and Joe Gastwirth of KGH on the marriage of their daughter Amy to Binyamin Small of Chicago. Just to show my readers how Jewish geography works, we are related to the chasan’s grandmother, my mother was friends with the chasan’s other grandmother, my mother taught the chasan’s sister, and the chasan’s mother taught my sister-in-law’s nephew and is friends with her sister. No six degrees of separation here. We are connected and interconnected. “When two Jews meet, if you haven’t figured out how you’re related, you haven’t spoken long enough.” (Zeh klal gadol!)
To my dear mother-in-law, Rebbetzin Gitel Teitz, on the barmitzvah of our grandson Elchanan Zev. It is in her honor that we are celebrating his barmitzvah here in the shul of my father-in-law, Rav Elchonon Zev Teitz, zt’l, for whom the barmitzvah boy is named. A special mazaltov to our children Rabbi Dov and Daniella. May you have nachas from Elchanan and from the other children. Mazaltov to our mechutanim Dr. Moshe and Monica Grajower and the entire extended family for joining us in making this simcha so special. 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.