Volume 20 Issue 14 JANUARY 7, 2022
THE YCQ VIEW!
5 SHEVAT 5782 Parshat Bo: When You Know, You Know
UPCOMING EVENTS By Rabbi Landsman
Candle Lighting: 4:33 p.m.
Havdallah: 5:27 p.m. The Jewish people are about to leave Egypt! Pharaoh is
finally willing and anxious to send out everyone: men, women,
Parent-Daughter Melave Malka children, flocks, and cattle. Everyone and everything the Jews
Saturday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. wanted to take out of Egypt could now leave with them. The
Grade 4 Girls pasuk tells us: “The people picked up their dough when it had
not yet become leavened, their leftovers bound up in their
No Sunday Learning Program garments upon their shoulders.” Rashi says the term “leftovers”
refers to the matzah and marror left over from the previous
Siddur Presentations night’s meal. It was this that they carried in their little knapsacks
Class 1-200: 9 a.m. on their shoulders as they left Egypt.
Class 1-201: 10:30 a.m. We are all familiar with what our dining room floor looks like
Sunday, January 9 after the Seder. It looks like a Matzah factory with pieces of
lettuce spread all over the place! What do we do? We sweep it
up and throw it out.
The Jews at that “first Seder” in Egypt did not sweep the
leftovers up and throw them out. They swept them up, wrapped
them together, and put them in knapsacks, which they carried
out of Egypt on their shoulders! Rashi adds that even though
they had many animals on which they could have placed these
packages, they purposely carried them themselves to show
their love of the mitzvot.
A person does not throw the most precious item into the
donkey’s saddlebag. It can fall out or get lost. If something is
special, you take it with you in your “hand luggage.” Nobody
places valuables into their “checked baggage” on airplanes.
People carry their most precious items on themselves.
Rav Simcha Zissel asks, “The pasuk just stated that they
borrowed gold and silver vessels. Where did they put them?”
They put the gold and the silver on the donkeys, but the leftover
pieces of matzo and marror they carried on their own shoulders.
Klal Yisrael understood what is important and what is not
important; what must be a priority in life and what is not
a priority in life. The gold and silver were “replaceable.”
The matzo and marror, which represented the miraculous
redemption from Egypt, and which represented their
relationship with the Almighty, was “irreplaceable.” That was
not something that could be entrusted to the donkeys. They
carried it on their shoulders.
Have a Great Shabbat!
YCQ EARLY CHILDHOOD
Early Childhood: Many Makkot
Last week the Parsha left us wondering how the Makkot would end and whether the Jewish People
would ever leave Mitzrayim. The nursery classes acted out the Makkot. The three-year-olds froze
their movements in a darkened room, and the four-year-olds wore sunglasses in a dark room which
made it even darker, and they experienced what Makka Choshech must have been like. The nursery
classes made a dark and light project, and a makka wheel to depict all ten makkot.
Kindergarten classes learned about the last three makkot and created their own projects. One class
made a large mitzri and put the makkot all around him. Another class made a dark and light project
using crayon resist. The children drew a Jewish person in crayon and then painted black paint over
the whole page. The crayon resists the paint and is not darkened just like the Jewish People did not
experience the plague of darkness. Another class wrote about each makka and saved their writing
for their Haggadas. We now know about matza and how the makkot end. We wonder what will
happen to the Jewish People in the next parsha. Stay tuned!
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Grade 4 And 5 Hallel
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דבר תורה- פרשת באBy Leora Traeger (5-302)
This week’s פרשהis פרשת בא. In this week’s פרשהwe learn about the last three מכות. They were ארבה
מכת בכורות, חושך. Afterwards, פרעהcalled משה ואהרןto see him. He told them to take בני ישראלand
leave, and to take all their sheep and cattle. He then said to them, “וברכתם גם אותי,” “ and bless me
also.” Even though פרעהdid so many bad things to בני ישראל, according to רש”י, he still asked משה
ואהרןto save him from מכת בכורות, since he was a firstborn. Instead of feeling remorse and
apologizing for all the cruel things he did, פרעהwas in denial and instead asked to be saved. From
this we have to learn that we should all apologize for the bad things we did, even if it is difficult.
Grade 4 Cradle of Aviation Museum Trip
Thank you Mrs. Sandy Dua, Mrs. Eryn Kaplan, Mrs. Doreen Ambalu, and Mrs. Aliza Willig, for
chaperoning a wonderful experience at the Cradle of Aviation Museum!
Parshat Bo At The Shabbat Table With Rabbi Ribalt
Please submit the answers to Rabbi Ribalt’s office to enter our Parsha Raffle!
Which three Makkot are in this week’s Parsha?
Describe two details of the Korban Pesach:
What was the name of the group of people that joined Bney Yisrael on their way out of Mitzrayim?
Why is the Chag of Pesach called Pesach?
According to Rashi what three events happened before Yitzait Mitzrayim on the 15th of Nissan?
(Perek Yud Bet Passuk 41)
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And On The Third Day . . .
“The third day is when the plants were created. In order for the children to feel more connected to
this special day, we worked with plants in the classroom. They filled their own pots with soil and then
placed their own plants in the soil. When the project was finished, each child took home their own.
We had such a great time working with our hands,and the students really enjoyed working together.
It was so much fun!” Mrs. Dina Winchester, Grade 2 Teacher
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YCQ JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Grade 7 & SINAI Program Pizza Lunch
The YCQ Counseling Department and SINAI faculty teamed up to plan an event for a few YCQ
Grade 7 girls and Sinai students. The students met for a pizza lunch, get to know you ice breakers,
and games. The event was a great success and we are looking forward to continuing this monthly
Skeleton Science! By Eyal Traeger (8B1)
On Wednesday, December 22, the Grade 8 students of Yeshiva of Central Queens were able to
create a model skeleton. In Mrs. Orlanski’s science class, the students were given papers that had
images of the skeletal system. The students labeled the different bones and cut them out. They then
pasted the bones together to form a replica of a human skeleton! This activity helped the students
put the skeleton in perspective.
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Parshat Bo: The Mitzvot of Moshe in Mitzrayim
By Betzalel Hativi (8B2)
What was Moshe busy with before leaving Mitzrayim? Our rabbis tell us that when the Jews
were getting ready to leave Mitzrayim they were supposed to collect the gold and silver from the
Egyptians as Hashem promised them. But Moshe pushed off the mitzvah for later. Why? The reason
for pushing it off was because Moshe went to do two mitzvot. Mitzvah number one was that Moshe
went to cut down the trees that Yaakov planted when he came down to Egypt. Yaakov planted these
trees because he knew that Bnei Yisrael would need them to build the beams of the Mishkan. The
second mitzvah was to get Yosef’s bones, but Moshe didn’t know where they were buried because
Yosef died sixty years before Moshe was born. Moshe met an elderly woman who was the daughter
of Asher ben Yaakov, and she showed Moshe where the bones were buried. Moshe took Yosef’s
bones out of Mitzrayim to bury him in Israel. In return, Hashem gave Moshe the honor of being
buried by Hashem himself.
The JHS Girls had a Yom Iyun focusing on the halachot of Tzniut and why it’s such a special mitzvah.
The girls enjoyed a hot breakfast and then split up into different workshops, all focusing on Tzniut.
They even had a chance to create modest shirts using @patchedny fun patches. Special thanks to
all the JHS Morot for an inspiring event.
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Shevat 5782/January 2022
Dear YCQ Family:
It is with great pleasure and anticipation that we invite you to participate in the 81st Anniversary
Scholarship Dinner of the Yeshiva of Central Queens which will i”yH take place Motzei Shabbat,
February 26, 2022 at the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation.
Lena and Richard Harris, and her parents Riva and David Yakubov have been chosen as our
Guests of Honor. The Harris and Yakubov families share a special bond with YCQ. For close to
two decades there has been a Harris child at the Yeshiva, and the Yakubov grandparents have been
a constant presence and integral part of their grandchildren’s educational experience. Lena and
Richard are dedicated longtime members of the Jamaica Estates community and have established
themselves as leaders and builders. They have made supporting Jewish education at YCQ a top
priority. It is most appropriate that we honor this outstanding family, from generation to generation.
In 2004, YCQ was privileged to hire a most wonderful teacher, Mrs. Melissa Cohen. With her
masterful skills, she brought her classroom to life and enabled the students under her tutelage to
reach their full potential. As a rising star in the field of education and administration, Mrs. Cohen
was appointed Assistant Principal of the General Studies Elementary Division in 2013 and continues
to flourish in this capacity. She is respected and beloved by faculty, parents, and especially by
the children, to whom she is committed to providing a warm and nurturing environment which is
conducive to an exceptional learning experience. With tremendous hakarat hatov, we bestow the
Distinguished Educator Award on Mrs. Melissa Cohen.
Devora and Bruce Stiefel have been selected as Parents of the Year for their incredible devotion
to their children, the Yeshiva and community. They serve as superb role models for Lauren, Eric, and
Nicole, all exceptional YCQ students. Devora has been an active member of the Yeshiva’s Board
of Education for the past fourteen years where she uses her professional talents to enhance our
curriculum and literacy program while working closely with and mentoring our professional staff.
Bruce is involved in neighborhood safety and security programs in the North Woodmere community.
How fortunate we are to have parents such as these in our Yeshiva, always ready to do their part.
Please join us for what is expected to be a spectacular event as well as an excellent opportunity
to acknowledge our outstanding honorees. The primary goal of our Dinner is to raise much needed
funds that help subsidize the cost of educating children whose parents find the tuition obligation
overwhelming. We ask that you pay tribute to the Yeshiva by contributing generously to the
Scholarship Fund. Your gift will be acknowledged in the Scroll of Honor.
Please go to www.ycqdinner.com to contribute to the Scholarship Campaign, purchase raffle tickets,
and make your Dinner reservations.
We look forward to celebrating an enjoyable evening together.
Thank you in advance.
YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS
Rabbi Mark Landsman
Rabbi Yaakov Lonner
Rabbi Avraham Kovitz
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