Colors: Blue Color

Chazal tell us that the Three Weeks, and the month of Av in particular, are days that are set aside for t’shuvah. But that leaves us with a question: How can a person do t’shuvah at a time of mourning and sadness, since Chazal tell us that Hashem’s presence will not rest on someone who is not b’simchah (Rambam, Hilchos Yesodei HaTorah 7:4), and true t’shuvah cannot happen unless we recognize that Hashem Himself is right there helping us through the process.

In a letter sent last week to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), more than 200 American rabbis from the Coalition for Jewish Values (CJV) demanded the immediate removal of Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from her position on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. They insisted that the violent attacks on American Jews in recent weeks “are directly attributable” to Rep. Omar’s bigoted rhetoric. They added that “tolerance of anti-Jewish hatred has proliferated” in Congress on Rep. Pelosi’s watch.

Some had hoped to call Eric Adams the presumptive Democratic nominee in the race to be NYC’s next mayor, but the candidate seemed baffled by the results. “The vote total just released by the Board of Elections is 100,000-plus more than the total announced on election night, raising serious questions,” announced the Adams campaign. “We have asked the Board of Elections to explain such a massive increase and other irregularities before we comment on the Rank Choice Voting projection.” The botched estimate had Adams edging out Kathryn Garcia, while absentee ballots were finally able to begin the counting process. The count had 941,832 votes cast for mayor, an increase of more than 140,000 from the 799,827 announced on election night.

It is not every day that a gadol of our times comes to Queens. On Tuesday evening, June 15, HaRav Shlomo Kanievsky shlita, son of HaRav Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Kanievsky shlita, made an extraordinary visit to Kew Gardens Hills at the home of Nati and Revital Elishaev. Rav Shlomo delivered touching remarks on the need for the continuance of Torah education in Eretz Yisrael and here in America. Every word spoken was thought out, certain, and came from a place of self-assurance that its impact will last generations. Rav Shlomo brought his breadth of Torah knowledge, his boundless ahavas haTorah, his dazzling insights, and his embodiment of the genuine midos into the Elishaev home.