Colors: Blue Color

In his toughest re-election race, exit polls showed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a couple of percentage points behind centrist rival Benny Gantz, but by the end of the evening on Tuesday, early counting returns projected the incumbent ahead. “The right-wing bloc led by Likud clearly won,” Netanyahu said to his supporters. “I thank Israeli citizens for their trust. I will begin forming a right-wing government with our natural partners already tonight.”

The Rambam taught that we are commanded to emulate Hashem. There are so many quotes in Tanach that illustrate how Hashem takes care of the poor and needy. It says in T’hilim 146, “He performs justice for the oppressed. He gives bread to the hungry.” In Mishlei, it states, “Blessed is he who is generous to the poor.” T’hilim 112 states, “Widely distributed charity he dispersed to the needy.” Leviticus says, “And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of the vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner.”

On Wednesday evening, September 18, Rabbi Dovid Goldwasser wowed an audience at Congregation Anshei Shalom in Jamaica Estates with a shiur on how to do tikun ha’nefesh (repairing the soul).

He stated that “we all need a lot of refurbishing before the Y’mei HaDin. Sometimes a person doesn’t know where to start.”

For nearly three decades, there’s hardly an event in the Queens Jewish community where one wouldn’t see Rabbi Avrohom Hecht, the sociable activist, working the room among the elected officials, rabbis, and volunteers. Last Sunday, he took the stage in Rego Park to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Project Lead, honoring local elected officials for providing funding that covers its food pantry, programs for youth, and senior events, in particular for Holocaust survivors. “We assist thousands of clients with human services, distribute over 200,000 pounds of food per year, visit dozens of homebound elderly, and a myriad of other services,” said Rabbi Hecht. “Youth activities, Holocaust survivor services, emigre empowerment, and community development.”