By Chanita Teitz

We light the menorah and we “light up the darkness.” It’s nice to say, but if we look around, the world needs a lot more than just slogans. The world has become a dark, illogical place, and Israel of all countries is an outcast. But I will not elaborate on the darker side of humanity. Today is all about Chanukah.

There are a few videos and articles circulating online about Chanukah — why we are celebrating and the different customs we follow. Ben Shapiro gave an excellent account of the history of Chanukah and summarized with three good points and some food for thought:

  1. If secularism attempts to destroy religion, it must be fought.
  2. Sometimes a violation of rights necessitates fighting even our own brethren.
  3. Chanukah is not about latkes and bagels, but about observing and adhering to the Torah.

Have a very happy Chanukah, and may we see the menorah lit in the Beis HaMikdash soon!

Third And Fourth Grades At Bais Yaakov Of Queens Explore Stem

This week was “earth-shattering” as third-graders examined earthquakes and stability of structures. Their challenge was to build different structures and find the one that is most stable. Students became engineers as they planned, tested, and reworked different ways to structure the blocks.

STEM learning at Bais Yaakov of Queens

The fourth-graders continued building their robots. They learned the importance of revisiting their goal, rereading past steps, and reviewing their plan in order to move ahead and accomplish their goal. This life-learning skill, seemingly natural, is relevant to reading, baking, cooking, and most daily activities. The girls discussed examples and offered their own ideas of utilizing these strategies. “When I go back to reading my book, I reread the last page to refresh my memory.” They also spoke about the importance of working together and sharing responsibilities. These simple steps will, iy’H, enable them to collaborate successfully and meet any challenge.

Upcoming Events

  • Ahavas Yisroel Youth Department Chanukah Mesibah, Friday, December 7 from 9:45 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Congregation Ahavas Yisroel, 147-02 73rd Avenue. All children, grades 1–8; separate boys’ and girls’ parties. Come enjoy spectacular mime and professional jokester, Leandro Calado, and Let’s Make a Deal where you could win great prizes! Pizza and sufganiyot will be served. Bring your family and friends. The cost is $5 for members; $7 for non-members. For more information, please contact Avraham Mitgang at
  • Second Annual Melaveh Malkah featuring comedian Eli Lebowicz, motzaei Shabbos, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Kehilas Torah Temima, 70-10 150th Street. Parking in the YCQ parking lot. Hot dairy buffet. Men and women invited. $25 per person for members; $35 per person non-members. RSVP to

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 email


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