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THE JEWISH VOL 12, NO 27 Q JULY 12, 2013 / 5 AV 5773


OU chair rallies 5 Towns: Fight for Jewish unity By Malka Eisenberg Challenging someone to step forward and forge unity across the varied streams of Torah observant Judaism in the Five Towns and Far Rockaway, Stephen Savitsky declared the need for achdut (unity), in a talk following Shabbat mincha at the Young Israel of Woodmere. Savitsky quoted Rav Pam and cited personal experiences — emphasizing the community’s unity in the face of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath — in his talk, “Achdut in The Orthodox Jewish World: Fact or Fantasy.” Savitsky, chairman of the board at the Orthodox Union and a longtime YIW member, said the Jewish community needs to join forces, especially at this time of year when

during the Three Weeks we mourn again the destruction of both the first and second Bait Hamikdash — the second destroyed due to sinat chinam (purposeless hatred). This is a time when Jews the world over confront the need to create a climate of ahavat chinam and yet, said Savitsky, the different streams of Judaism are very divided from each other. He noted that the Torah observant community, despite outward differences of clothing choices, has much more in common than not. He quoted a comment that Mashiach is waiting at the gates of Yerushalayim but is burdened with a suitcase of diverse garments and hats, uncertain as to the type of hat that would be acceptable to all Jews. He recounted setting up a meeting with a rebbe and, when he arrived at the appointment, the rebbe asked him, “Why did you

come?” He answered, “I missed you.” The rebbe lowered his head. Two long minutes later the rebbe looked up with tears in his eyes and said, “I missed you, too.” The two men hugged. Savitsky asked the men and women in the shul why this can’t be done across the board. A unity shabbaton was recently held in Chicago, noted Savitsky, where the rabbis exchanged pulpits. He said that it was organized by one person and he challenged the community to duplicate that event here. Savitsky cited the tremendous efforts expended by local Jews to unite the Far Rockaway Jewish community on its rebirth with the vibrant Orthodox community of the Five Towns, to enable all to eat in every restaurant, purchase in every supermarket and eat Continued on page 12

MAKEUP! What’s OK on Shabbat By Malka Eisenberg

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3 terrible weeks, 3 terrible things By Malka Eisenberg In the space of a few weeks, we commemorate our greatest moment — receiving the Torah on Har Sinai on the 6th of Sivan — and fast forward to our lowest point — the destruction of the Bait Hamikdash on Tisha (the Ninth day) B’Av. Through the bumpy road of Jewish history and now on to the modern State of Israel, with the words of Shir Hamaalot — the return to Zion, returning like waves of water in the desert — ringing in our ears--rebuilding Torah institutions, rejuvenating our language. The Jews have returned to the land of Israel, forged a state, yearning through the centuries, the millennia, praying for our return to our land, clinging to G-d, the Torah, and remembering and mourning for what we lost. The calendar is now in the period of bain hametzarim — between the 17th of Tammuz (the day when Moses smashed the tablets when he saw the sin of the Golden Calf, daily sacrifice in the First Temple ceased, and the walls around Jerusalem were breached in both destructions) and Tisha B’Av (when the Jews rejected the land of Israel and cried based on the report of the Spies; both Temples were destroyed, and the Romans massacred the remnants of Bar Kochba’s rebellion at Betar). Many other devastating events in Jewish history happened on the Ninth of Av and within this timeContinued on page 12

Photo by Malka Eisenberg

Alison Chait describes how to apply makeup on Shabbat, at a JCC event.

Shabbat Candlelighting: 8:07 p.m. Shabbat ends 9:20 p.m. 72 minute zman 9:38 p.m. Torah Reading Parshat Devarim. Tisha B’Av begins Monday night. Fast starts at 8:26 p.m. on Monday, ends at 9:05 p.m. on Tuesday.


Ten women, ranging in age from 20 to 60, leaned forward, focusing intently as Allison Chait carefully dusted a finely ground makeup powder across the cheeks of one of the women. “It doesn’t look like color by number even though the colors are not touching,” another woman pointed out. The women, some in hats or wigs, some without, gathered at the Five Towns Jewish Community Center for a two hour class in the application of makeup on Shabbat. They came to learn what is approved for use and how to use it. Chait, a resident of North Woodmere, has been a makeup artist for ten years. She currently works out of Quorum, a salon on Central Avenue in Cedarhurst. She demonstrated the use of the various mineral-based powders on the faces of two volunteers from the class, using a different brush for each powder and maintaining a separation between each area colored by the different pigments. She explained the Shabbat technique, contrasting it with her weekday makeup application methods. During the week, a base coat or foundation on the face as well as other cream or moist coverage for the eye area can be applied to help retain the makeup applied on top. On Shabbat, the face and eye area must be clean and dry and each finely powdered approved color must be applied with its own brush, no sponges,

Stephen Savitsky

July 12, 2013  
July 12, 2013  

The Jewish Star