By Chanita Teitz

 

Breaking news! As I turned my phone on this morning, I saw the sad news of the petirah of Eugen Gluck, master philanthropist and lover of Israel, Yehuda and Shomron, and the city of Bet El in particular. His yearly Bet El dinner draws one of the largest fundraising crowds of the social season. May his family be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem. He will be missed.

I feel that I would also be remiss not to mention the recent tragedies that Klal Yisrael has endured. So many drownings of good swimmers, some who were saving others and who were pulled into a deadly current themselves. In Israel, terror continues and is celebrated by the Arab world — the car ramming of the brother and sister who are still in the hospital and the death of Rina Shnerb by an explosion that also injured her father and brother, who are in the hospital.

Nachamu, nachamu ami — we need Hashem’s comfort now more than ever. As we enter the month of Elul, “Ani L’Dodi v’Dodi Li” signifies that we are beloved by Hashem and He is beloved by us. We need to exemplify that love through unity with all members of Klal Yisrael against all the factions that celebrate our destruction.

Upcoming Events

Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills Summer Lecture Series, August 31 at 5:15 p.m. in the beis midrash. This is the last lecture in the series. Zahava Schwartz will discuss “Women and Higher Jewish Learning.” For men and women.

The Kew Gardens Hills Jewish Library will be open Tuesday, September 3, from 6–7:30 p.m. at 71-14 136 Street, KGH. All books that are due before then are extended till that day. The library can be reached at 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 categories such as novels, short stories, biographies, true stories, Torah thought, etc. Membership is free and there’s no limit on number of selections. Books generally go out for two weeks and can be renewed by e-mail or in person. Books can also be returned outside of library hours by placing them (gently) through the outside mail slot, but please ring the bell first.

Please bring books back in a timely manner. If there are overdue books in your house, please return them as soon as you’re able. The library doesn’t charge fees but donations are certainly appreciated. More important, you’ll be enabling someone else to read and enjoy them, too!

Over the last few weeks, the library has been given a large number of wonderful books from several generous friends, including the complete series of Living Emunah, a nice assortment of children’s books, five new-to-us novels, more Zman magazines, and several other beautiful donations. Thank you and tizku l’mitzvos to the library friends!

Congregation Ohr Moshe Presents Tefillin And Mezuzah Checking Campaign

  • Did you know that halachah requires you to check your mezuzos twice every seven years? Did you know that it is similarly strongly recommended to have your tefillin checked twice every seven years?
  • Did you know that the poskim recommend that during Chodesh Elul we check our tefillin and mezuzos?
  • Did you know that if a single letter gets worn or faded, the entire tefillin or mezuzah becomes pasul?
  • Did you know that the protection and mitzvah provided by tefillin and mezuzos are unavailable if they are pasul?
  • Did you know that in the sifrei kodesh we find that kosher mezuzos installed in Jewish homes in the Diaspora also help protect those living in Eretz Yisrael? These days we can all use as much protection as we can get!

On Sunday, September 15 starting at 9 a.m. Congregation Ohr Moshe, 170-16 73rd Avenue in Hillcrest, will have a team of sofrim, all certified by Vaad Mishmeres Stam, examining and repairing (if necessary) your tefillin and mezuzos the entire day. The shul will also provide new pre-checked tefillin, mezuzos, and parshios, all with the hashgachah of Vaad Mishmeres Stam, and related items available for sale. The sofrim will be compensated for their professional services only and will not have any financial interest in the sale of any of these replacement items. Bring your children and watch the sofrim in action. The sofrim will take the time to discuss and show any problems they may find. There will be a checking charge of $95 for a pair of tefillin and $10 per mezuzah. Segira (smoothing out of the seam in the sealing of the tefillin box for beautification) is optional and will also be available for an additional $65 charge. The sofrim will also have the computer program available to check your tefillin. This optional check is done after the sofer completes his check; it is recommended to be done once in the lifetime of your tefillin. The charge for the computer check is $36 per set of tefillin. The event organizers are also offering full service, where they will come to your home and carefully remove your mezuzos, check them, and replace them for an extra charge of $8 per mezuzah.

Since a large turnout is expected, you are encouraged to make a reservation for your tefillin and mezuzos. This will guarantee that they will be checked first. All the rest will be checked on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, and to make your reservation, contact Rabbi Asher Schechter at Rabbi@CongOhrMoshe.org or 718-591-4888.

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 chanita@astorbrokerage.com.

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