Colors: Blue Color

The Kew Gardens Hills community came out in a strong display of appreciation to the police officers of the 107th police precinct. Both the daytime and evening shifts, over 170 members of the local police force, were treated to meals provided by the New Pizza Professor. Jennifer Martin, President of the Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association (KGHCA), and Alan Sherman co-coordinated the event. Sherman noted, "It was quite easy to put together the funds for the event. Our community was eager to donate and show their support of the NYPD, which serves and protects their families." Deputy Inspector Scott Henry was moved by the care shown to his officers. "It is wonderful to know that we have the community's backing each time to head outside." Yaakov Serle, co-publisher of the Queens Jewish Link, explained to the officers, "We really appreciate your efforts; the job you do is very special."

In Sefer T’hilim Chapter 10, it says: “He lies in wait, like a lion in his lair (literally “his sukkah”).”

He lies in wait to snatch the poor one; he snatches the poor one by pulling him into his net. (T’hilim 10:9)

The Rabbinical Alliance of America — Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American Rabbis — condemns the anti-Semitic vandalism perpetrated against New York State Assembly Member Rebecca Seawright, whose door of her Manhattan home was splashed with paint and under whose office’s door was placed a vulgar, anti-Semitic note. The Rabbinical Alliance of America offers sympathy to Assembly Member Seawright and calls upon the authorities to prioritize this matter as a hate crime and to fully investigate, apprehend and prosecute the  perpetrator(s) of this heinous act of hate to the fullest extent permitted by law.

In the holy books of the great Sages of Israel we find countless praises for one who immerses in the study of the Holy Zohar, and the incredible spiritual power of such study. While the Zohar is usually associated with deeply esoteric and mystical matters, in reality more than half of its content deals with simple and revealed concepts that can be understood by all, including many powerful words of mussar and chizzuk. These teachings are meant to sanctify and strengthen a person, as well as to help them overcome the yetzer hara that seeks to pull a person away from the divine path. In our generation, it has become all too common for people to fall into the trap of materialism, focusing on the desires of the body instead of the holy soul. As pointed out by our Sages, the Zohar has the ability to save a person from this trap and to illuminate one’s life in this world below, while at the same time opening the door to eternal life in the World to Come.