It’s been a long time since we went to a movie — at least a year — and I don’t remember what movie it was. In between though, we have watched a few movies on Netflix. Last week, my friend recommended that we see “Midway,” playing conveniently on Main Street, so we went. It was just the kind of movie I like — clean with action and heroism.
Midway is the story of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 by the Japanese, which brought the U.S. into World War II. As much as I read about it over the years, I could not have imagined how horrific it must have been for those sailors who were there and were being attacked. The total number of dead were 2,403, including 2,008 Navy — of which 1,177 were sailors on the battleship USS Arizona — 109 Marines, 218 Army, and 68 civilians. There were 1,000 wounded.
The attack was furious and fiery with Japanese planes dropping bombs on the ships’ decks with some ships sinking. The U.S. response was immediate and just as fierce. U.S. Air Force planes dropped their bombs, submarines released torpedoes, and the skies over Hawaii were blazing.
The movie was well-directed and the acting was superb. We really got to see bravery and determination as well as the fear some of the sailors and pilots felt.
I wonder if the United States had gotten involved in the war sooner and bombed the train tracks to the concentration camps, perhaps there wouldn’t have been a Pearl Harbor attack, the war might have ended sooner, and Jewish lives as well as the lives of others would have been saved. [Editor’s note: The decision to transport European Jews to death camps for gassing wasn’t made until 1942.]
President Franklin D. Roosevelt said that the attack on Pearl Harbor “will live in infamy” but the Nazis and their failed “Final Solution” also live in infamy, reminding us how antisemitism and false charismatic leaders can twist people’s minds into perverted cruelty.
Today, it’s the Islamic antisemitism that fuels hatred and barbaric terror in the world, the brunt of which is felt in Israel, but is quickly spreading through Europe and the U.S.
The next movie I want to see will be released on Amazon in 2020 called “Hunters,” starring Al Pacino as a Nazi hunter. I have a feeling I will be crying watching this movie as I did while watching “Defiance” a few years ago. Let’s hope that before long we will all be crying tears of joy at the end of all wars and the coming of a glorious geulah!
First-Ever YCQ Fourth Grade Melaveh Malkah
By Leah Davis
On motzaei Shabbat, November 23, the fourth-grade girls participated in their first melaveh malkah at Yeshiva of Central Queens. The atmosphere was fun-filled and interactive. The program was a mother-daughter-grandmother event. The fourth-grade girls made creative art projects with their moms and their grandmothers. Aliza Milchman said, “I loved working on the project with my mom. I did half and she did half.” There was amazing food for the melaveh malkah and laughter throughout the night.
The night’s guest speaker, Mrs. Amit Yaghoubi, told the girls a moving story of an Israeli soldier on patrol in Israel, captivating the audience throughout her entire speech. Elisheva Schutzman said, “I loved the speech. It was very emotional and moving.” There was silence in the room as Mrs. Yaghoubi related the story. “I learned at the melaveh malkah that whenever I need something, I just have to look to Hashem,” said Ravital Badalov. The theme of the evening was emunah and how Hashem is always with his people. Yael Avramov noted after the speech, “I realized that even if you think something is bad, you can look to Hashem and you will see that everything is really for the good.”
Being a part of a yeshiva that reminds us of how Hashem is always listening is so important. Life can be busy and taking a break to recognize the everyday miracles around us is crucial to a Jewish lifestyle. “I remember one time I didn’t study for my test. So I asked Hashem to please let me pass. I got a 90,” said Abigail Lalhazari. We need to thank Hashem for everything we have and recognize his presence every chance possible.
BYQ: Math is relevant and fun
The fourth graders at Bais Yaakov of Queens are learning more than just essential math skills. They are learning how much fun learning can be!
The girls eagerly embarked on the challenge of multiplying two two-digit numbers. They learned to understand the process of multiplication by breaking up each number and adding the partial products to find the final answer. They also learned how to multiply with regrouping.
To practice this important skill, the girls engaged in multiple activities. They applied multiplication to real life scenarios as they “planned a party” and calculated the cost of their choices of food and prizes. They spun the spinner and rolled the die to create problems to solve. Additionally they decorated the schoolyard with jumbo multiplication problems using colorful sidewalk chalk. It was so much fun to “show off” their newfound knowledge and skill with the rest of the school! Lessons always comes alive at Bais Yaakov of Queens. Each day is an adventure of learning and fun!
Yeshiva Kesser Torah’s Annual Journal Melaveh Malkah, Saturday, December 7 at 8:15 p.m. (Birkat Hamazon at 10:15 p.m.) at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills, 70-11 150th Street, Kew Gardens Hills. Honoring the memory of HaRav Elyakim G. Rosenblatt, rosh hayeshiva. To RSVP, call 718-793-2890 or email email@example.com. To donate visit yeshivakessertorah.org/donations/.
The Jaffa Institute breakfast, Sunday, December 8 at 9 a.m. at the Young Israel of Hillcrest. The Jaffa Institute is a private, nonprofit, social agency that assists the city of Jaffa’s severely disadvantaged children and their families. Its mission is to provide educational, nutritional, therapeutic, and social enrichment programs that assist children in developing positive attitudes and skills to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty in the impoverished communities of Jaffa, South Tel Aviv, and Bat Yam in Israel. For more details or donating opportunities, please contact Ben Zanjirian at 917-690-0010 or Rabbi Eliyahu Hartman at 718-591-3595. Also, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free at 866-471-1923.
The Queens Jewish Center 5th Annual Yahrzeit Lecture in memory of Rav Joseph Grunblatt, zt’l, Sunday, December 15 at 9 a.m. at 66-05 108th St., Forest Hills. An elaborate breakfast will be served. The speaker is Rabbi Mark Wildes, founder and director of Manhattan Jewish Experience (MJE), a highly successful Jewish outreach and educational program that engages and reconnects unaffiliated Jewish men and women in their 20s and 30s with Judaism and the Jewish community. Topic is “The Fading American Jew and The Torah Imperative of Kiruv.” Reservations: $25 for members / $30 for not-yet-members. Sponsorships: $50 (includes 1 reservation) and $100 (includes 2 reservations). To RSVP, call 718-459-8432, email: email@example.com, or visit myqjc.org/event/Grunblatt-2019.
Shiur HaChodesh for Women by Women, Wednesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Gardens Hills, 147-19 73rd Avenue The speaker will be Raizi Chechik, head of school at Manhattan Day School, who will give a shiur “Mother, Moneylender, and Mystic: A Medieval Story.” Suggested donation $6.
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