By Chanita Teitz

 

Last night we watched a Netflix movie, “The Red Sea Diving Resort,” which is based on real events of a Mossad unit that succeeded in rescuing thousands of Ethiopian Jews from the Sudan in 1979. They bought and ran a diving resort on the Sudan coast as a cover for their operation.

The movie was a bit long and slow, but it was terrifyingly real and I am in awe of the bravery and determination of both the Ethiopians to get to Israel and the Mossad agents who risked their own lives to save them.

The agent who orchestrated the whole plan explained to his young daughter why he had to be away again. He told her that the Queen of Sheba came to visit Shlomo HaMelech in Yerushalayim and married him and had a child. And because of that, “We have family in Africa.” This brave man wouldn’t let “family” down.

Let no prejudiced, fake media claim that Israel is racist or that Zionism is racism. The Ethiopians lived in poverty and in darkness from the outside world, but were always determined to get to Yerushalayim someday. They didn’t give up, and many gave their lives so others could be saved.

Israeli TV and movies are world-class and I especially like IDF or Mossad subjects. Bravery, espionage, and Jews fighting back are inspiring. Israel is now on the brink of war in the north with Lebanon; I pray that with Hashem’s help it will not escalate and Israel can keep Hezbollah under control.

Upcoming Events

Rabbi Dov Lerner being installed as the new rav. Sunday morning, September 8 at 10 a.m. at the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates. Rabbi Meir Dov Soloveichik will be the guest speaker and a brunch reception will follow.

SOS Queens Awareness Shabbos, September 14. All shuls will be talking about giving tzedakah funds to our local schools. Sunday morning, September 15 there will be a breakfast at 9 a.m. for men and women. For more information, contact info@SOSQueens.org.

Congregation Ohr Moshe, in conjunction with Mezuzah Doctor Reb Moshe Gantz, presents a tefillin and mezuzah checking campaign, Sunday, September 15 at 9 a.m. at Congregation Ohr Moshe, 170-16 73rd Avenue, Hillcrest. 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.

Rabbi Judah Kerbel’s September series of shiurim about “Shivti B’veis Hashem: Inside The Prayers Of Tishrei,” Tuesdays, following Ma’ariv at the Queens Jewish Center, 66-05 108th St., Forest Hills.

  • Tuesday, September 10 at 7:35 p.m.: “The History and Theology of the Most Legendary Prayer.”
  • Tuesday, September 17 at 7:20 p.m.: “Here I Am: The Chazzan’s Humble Declaration.”
  • Tuesday, September 24 at 7:15 p.m., topic: “Hoshanot: Plea or Praise?” 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 e-mail chanita@astorbrokerage.com.

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