News From the Hills by Chanita Teitz

Why does it seem that Tisha B’Av always comes during the hottest week of the summer? Couldn’t we have a little respite from this heat wave for a few days at least? I guess we must be grateful for air conditioning. What did they do years ago?

My connection to Tisha B’Av began on a sweltering hot day when I was born in Kfar Saba. As a child, I considered it special to be born on Tisha B’Av. Does that sound strange? But why should it be strange when we are taught that when Moshiach comes, Tisha B’Av will become a chag, and since a birthday is a personal chag I hope that someday soon I will be able to celebrate my birthday on my actual birth date. But for the meantime that’s what English birthdays are for — to pick up the slack.

Happy birthdays to my son-in-law David and to my son Shloimie who will celebrate their bar mitzvah Shabbos on Shabbos Nachamu. I remember the Tisha B’Av before Shloimie’s birth. I went to hear Eichah and sat down on the floor in shul and then had trouble getting up. Thanks to my big girls for shlepping me to my feet. Two days later, my son was born, a real birthday present.

Talking about birthday presents — what do I want this year? I want to go to Israel! Let tourism open again in Israel and Hashem please keep us safe from COVID-19, from terrorism, and from anarchy and all the other political agendas. Did you know that in Israel on the direction of the Rav HaRashi, they have been saying Avinu Malkeinu for about a month? May all our tefillos be heard.

This is truly a time when we are ready for a changed world, one of peace with Moshiach and the Beis HaMikdash to save mankind from self-destruction. We even have two parah adumos, red heifers, on a farm in Israel being guarded carefully by the rabbis of the Temple Institute so they stay pure and blemish free. I think we are all ready to turn Tisha B’Av from a fast day to a yom tov! Have an easy fast and l’shanah haba’ah b’Yerushalayim!

For those of you who have responded about your interest in aliyah, there will be a webinar on August 9 at 9:30 p.m. sponsored by Nefesh B’Nefesh specifically for empty-nesters and retirees on first steps to aliyah. Visit for information.

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


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