The recent comments by freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib during a podcast have been discussed thoroughly in the Jewish, and non-Jewish, community. Tlaib, who spun an ahistorical lie that the surviving Jews of the Holocaust were welcomed with open arms by her Palestinian ancestors, has her defenders in the Democratic Party. The nefarious aspect of the defense tactics is not claiming that she is right; rather, they attack the criticizers themselves. By doing this, their goal is to silence their opponents, and this silence has a history all its own.

Not only one has risen against us to annihilate us, but in every generation they rise against us to annihilate us.” These words, recited during the most emotional point of the Pesach Seder, still ring true, despite the incredible freedoms American Jews enjoy. Six months after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, last week another shooting occurred at the Chabad in Poway, California. A few days earlier, The New York Times published a cartoon of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu depicted as a big-nosed dog with a Jewish star necklace leading a yarmulke-wearing, blind President Trump. Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head in many forms, and American Jews must be knowledgeable of who our enemies are and where they come from if we are to continue to survive.

On Sukkos we sit down for several hefty meals with our family and friends, but remember, the holiday is not about the food but rather the gathering of people to eat together only in the sukkah. This holiday, focus on everything around you instead of the food. With so many people to see, decorations to admire, kids to entertain, and tasks to make the holiday complete, you’ll have your hands full and can leave room just for the food you’ve planned to eat.

In previous years, the Queens Jewish Link has kept its Chol HaMoed Guide to Parks within the borders of Queens. In this age of social media fame, many of us want to share photos and videos at the newest attractions to say that we were the first among our friends to have been there. Here are a few post-millennial parks that are worth a visit in the coming days. Full disclosure: I work for the Parks Department during the day.