By Chanita Teitz

 

Pesach “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” All the pressure, stress, endless shopping, and cooking to bring Pesach in dissipates once the Sedarim are over. And as soon as I finally feel comfortable in my kitchen and I know where everything is, the yom tov is over. Then we must pack it up, put things away, and get back to usual. Because we were going away for the second days of yom tov, I already put away many things that I wasn’t going to use anymore. My grandson brought those boxes down to the basement on chol ha’moed.

Yom tov was beautiful, spent with some of our children here and in Waterbury, Connecticut. On the way home, though, I looked at the news and in shock I told Akiva about the shul invasion at the Chabad in Poway, California. Lori Kaye, a member of the shul who had come to daven and say Yizkor, was killed. Two children and their uncle were injured, and the rabbi of the shul, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, was shot in the hand, losing a finger. Then, baruch Hashem, the gun jammed and no other bullets were fired. The gunman ran out but was chased by another shul member and was apprehended by the police a short while after.

What would make a 19-year-old college student studying to be a nurse enter a house of worship and start shooting people? Is this pure antisemitic hatred? Why? And what are we doing about it?

Antisemitism is not only on the rise, it is becoming mainstream and acceptable on college campuses, in Congress, and even in the New York Times. I’m sure you have all seen their recent cartoons.

The Muslims in Congress have an agenda: “immigrate, infiltrate, and caliphate.” Not only the Jews, but the American people, must wake up and pay attention.

On a plane after yom tov, a whole planeload of people was detained because the stewardess noticed a boy with spots on his face. She immediately thought it was measles, and even though the parents said that the child was immunized, they did not let anyone leave the plane. They finally contacted the boy’s doctor who gave proof of immunization. Was this a vigilant stewardess who is to be commended or was there antisemitism involved because it was a frum family?

Anti-vaxxers have been around for many years and they are not only Jews. Besides the issue of autism, some people think we have more childhood cancer because children are not building their immune systems by contracting and fighting the childhood diseases.

So much for my venting to you, my readers. Let me just leave you with this: get your kids vaccinated, be vigilant about protecting yourselves and your community, and keep an eye on the 2020 election. We cannot allow this country to go further left and elect a socialist government.

Upcoming Events

Shalom Mordechai Rubashkin on Emunah, Bitachon, and Geulah, Sunday, May 5 at 80-15 Kent St., Jamaica Estates. Presented by Chazaq and Congregation Anshei Sholom. Free admission for men and women. For information, call 718-285-9132.

The Rosh Chodesh Amen Group, in memory of Pearl Beylus, a’h. Sunday, May 5, Rosh Chodesh Iyar, at 8 a.m. at Young Israel of Hillcrest, downstairs, 169-07 Jewel Ave, Fresh Meadows. Berachos start at 8:15 a.m.; beautiful Hallel at 9 a.m. led by Rena Perkal Greenberg, and berachos party and dvar Torah to follow. Come and be inspired. Bring a friend or two; they will thank you.

KGH Jewish Library open Sunday, May 5, 11:30 a.m. until 1 pm. at 71-14 136 Street, Kew Gardens Hills. Call 917-497-7584 for more information.

Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association will have a Build a Block community-wide meeting to discuss safety in our neighborhood on Tuesday, May 7 at Yeshiva of Central Queens, 147-37 70th Road, Kew Gardens Hills. Parking available.

Community Yom HaZikaron/Yom HaAtzmaut event, Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the Queens Jewish Center, 66-05 108th St., Forest Hills. It begins with 6:40 p.m. Minchah, followed by a presentation by a tzahal veteran, an exciting keynote speaker, festive Ma’ariv service, and prayers from leading community rabbis. Israeli refreshments will be served. Admission is free. For information, call 718-459-8432 or visit MyQJC.org.

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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