By Chanita Teitz

 

The weather is as erratic as the political atmosphere. In Israel, they still can’t put together a coalition, and the Navy Seals got Al-Baghdadi but all Nancy Pelosi can kvetch about is that Trump didn’t give her a “heads up” on the mission. As far as the weather goes, we went from hot to cold and back and forth. Last Sunday we had to go to Lakewood and we ended up going later in the afternoon than originally planned. Baruch Hashem, we didn’t go in the earlier pouring rain. By the time we went, it was a mild and balmy day. The sun was even shining.

The end of a month of yomim tovim is kind of a let-down for everyone. The kids go back to school while the adults go back to work. How do you get refocused? Last week I couldn’t even remember what day it was. Yom tov, chol ha’moed, Shabbos — so confusing! On Shabbos chol ha’moed, I thought it was Sunday and was ready to go downstairs and start cooking but I felt confused because I couldn’t remember washing out the slow cooker after Shabbos. Once I was in the kitchen, I smelled the cholent cooking so I knew it was Shabbos.

After yom tov, Wednesday and Thursday felt like Sunday and Monday. My kids gave me Shabbos Bereishis off; we went to our daughter for meals Friday night and Shabbos lunch. I didn’t know what to do with myself on Friday — no cooking! Leftovers are in the freezer from Sukkos so we have some ready-made suppers. Right around the corner is the changing of the clock, “falling back” from Daylight Savings Time. That first short Friday takes planning and being organized, but it will soon fall into place and become our new reality.

So here I am back at writing and back at work. Our grandson is going back to Israel while all the others are busy with school. The college kids have intense schedules and already need a break. I told them that once Sukkos is over, Chanukah is right ahead. And after Chanukah, the matzah factories start baking matzos. The days will start getting longer by fractions of a minute and then before we know it, Pesach will sneak up on us.

“Bubbie, you just made the year fly by,” was their reaction. It does feel that way, but usually in reverse. As we look back, we feel that time flies by quickly.

That said, our friends are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, a milestone that I thought belonged to “old” people. Where have 50 years gone? It’s a milestone, an accomplishment, and a berachah. So, Annette and Howie, we join with all your friends to wish you many more happy and healthy years filled with berachah, joy and nachas!

Chazaq Entertains Thousands of Children on Sukkot

 

Chazaq held exciting children’s programs on chol ha’moed Sukkot

Sukkot is a happy and exciting time for Jewish families across the globe. But what do you do with your kids for a full week without yeshiva?

Well, once again the Chazaq organization stepped up to the plate. While Chazaq’s main mission is to inspire the thousands of local public-school children by providing dozens of educational programs on a monthly basis, nevertheless Chazaq has continued their exciting children’s extravaganzas for the community at large.

And boy, this year it was quite an extravaganza! On Wednesday, October 16 and Thursday, October 17, nearly 5,000 different children and their parents were treated to four different Chazaq shows at the Big Apple Circus in New York City. From heart-stopping stunts and comedy juggling to music and dancing, everyone enjoyed this memorable Chazaq circus that was professionally produced by Suki and Ding entertainment.

For those who couldn’t go out to the city, Chazaq had a special children’s extravaganza in Queens on Friday, October 18 where scores of families were treated to an entertaining event with Cousin Nachum and the Twins from France at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills.

The entire Chazaq staff worked hard to assure the chol ha’moed events would be as professional as possible, and they truly were proud to be a vehicle in making Sukkot a true simcha to thousands of Jewish children.

Chazaq Hosts 25 Rabbis for All-Night Event in Three Locations

Hoshanah Rabbah, the last day of Sukkot, is also the last day of the judgment period that began on Rosh Hashanah.

Many men in Sephardic communities customarily stay up all night and study various texts so that they increase their merits for a beautiful new year.

But what do you do for seven hours if you are unable to stay up and learn for so long?

This year Chazaq joined several local shuls to offer all-night learning programs featuring 25 different speakers. The Beth Gavriel Center, the Young Israel of Forest Hills, and Cong. Ohel Simcha were treated to a night of inspiration. The speakers included guest rabbis from Brooklyn and local rabbis from Queens. Chazaq director Rabbi Meirov made his round to all three locations and gave words of chizuk in four other locations as well. All in all, the truly beautiful programs were also viewed by thousands live on Torahanytime.com.

For more information about Chazaq or to support Chazaq’s great work, please visit Chazaq.org or e-mail info@chazaq.org.

Kew Gardens Hills Jewish Library Reopens

The KGH Jewish library will be open Sunday, November 3, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., be’H. Located at 71-14 136th Street, KGH. Contact 917-497-7584. To borrow books, come by, leave some contact information, and help yourself. The library includes books of Torah values for all ages, children through adults, in sections such as novels, short stories, biographies, true stories, Torah thought, etc. Membership is free.

Books generally go out for two weeks and can be renewed by email or in person. At times, such as yomim tovim when there is a break, books can be kept out longer. If there are overdue books in your house, please return them by this Sunday if possible.

Upcoming Events

Annual Worldwide Video Event for the Yahrzeit of Rachel Imeinu, motzaei Shabbos, November 9 at 8:30 p.m. at Congregation Ahavas Yisroel, 147-02 73rd Ave., Kew Gardens Hills. This year’s presentation, “Your Inner Spark: Finding Your True Self,” features Rabbi Paysach Krohn, Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro, Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, and Rebbetzin Tehila Jaeger. It is for women and girls only. For more information, please contact Srada at messages72@gmail.com.

Creative writing classes in Queens with Mrs. Susie Garber. Stoke your creative writing juices and give to an important tzedakah at the same time. Mrs. Susie Garber, novelist and journalist, will share creative writing secrets for those who hope to become published and those who want to hone their skills. Many of her students have been published, b’H. The tuition for the semester is made payable to Our Jewish Children, which is now supporting almost 300 public-school students switching to yeshiva with vital tuition assistance.

Six sessions: November 17, 14, 24, and December 1 and 8 (a make-up session will be available if a class is missed)

  • Tuition: $180
  • Women’s class: 9:45 a.m.–10:45 a.m.
  • Middle- and high-school girls’ class: 10:50 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

Bring a writer’s notebook and your imagination. For more information call 917-696-2433 or email garbersusie@gmail.com.

Shiur HaChodesh for Women by Women, Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Gardens Hills at 147-19 73rd Avenue. The speaker will be Professor Smadar Rosensweig, professor of Tanakh and Judaic Studies at Stern College for Women, who will give a shiur titled “Intergenerational Continuity in Tanakh.” Attendees will still have the opportunity to subscribe to the entire series for 5780 for $35. Suggested donation for single session, $6.

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 chanita@astorbrokerage.com.

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