VOLUME 13 NUMBER 31 JUNE 5, 2015 18 SIVAN 5775
UPCOMING Parshat Beha’alotcha By: Rabbi Landsman
There is a theme that emerges from Parshat Beha’alotcha that at first glance is not readily apparent. The 9th
Candlelighting: 8:05 Perek mentions a group of people who were not able to bring the Korban Pesach at the proper time because they
Havdalah: 9:06 were ritually impure as a result of contact with a corpse. They came to Moshe and asked, "Why should we be
deprived of offering the Pesach offering together with the rest of the Children of Israel?" Moshe then taught them
Monday, June 8 the law of the Pesach Sheni offered as a "make up" offering, one month later for people who were either Tameh
Grade 6 Chagigat Met or too far from the Temple on the 14th of Nissan to offer the primary Paschal Sacrifice.
The Sifrei comments that these people were righteous individuals and they took great effort to observe the
B’not Mitzva commandments. What exactly is the Sifrei emphasizing by telling us this?
Rabbi Frand explains the matter as follows. These people were excused from bringing the Paschal offering. They
Wednesday, June 10 had no obligation to bring it. There was no need to get upset about this fact. They could have just walked away
Literacy Festival from the mitzvah and calmly accepted the fact that they were excused. The Sifrei points out that these were
Grades 2, 4, and 5 righteous people. Their attitude was "why should we be deprived of an opportunity to get close to Hashem?".
Those words were a testimony to the type of people they were.
Monday, June 15 Their attitude was that missing a mitzvah is a deprivation. It is something that I am going to miss, and I do not
Grade 8 want that to happen. It is not a question of punishment and it is not a question of blame. It is a sense of lacking
something if they miss the opportunity.
Senior Awards At the beginning of the Parsha, the pasuk says: "Hashem spoke to Moshe saying: Speak to Aaron and say to him:
Dinner 'When you kindle the lamps, toward the face of the Menorah shall the seven lamps cast light.'" Rashi asks "Why
is there a juxtaposition of the section relating to the Princes' offerings with the section relating to the lighting of
Tuesday, June 16 the Menorah?"
Rashi answers that when Aaron saw that the leaders of all the other tribes participated in the dedication of the
Kindergarten Mishkan and neither he nor his tribe participated, he felt badly about it ,he became depressed.
Graduation/Last Day Here too we should note: What was Aaron depressed about? There were 12 Tribes with 12 Princes. Their job
was to bring offerings during the 12 day consecration period of the Mishkan. That was not his job. What is he
Classes getting so depressed about?
Nursery Graduation/ The phenomenon is the same as those of the people who were impure and could not offer the Pesach offering in
its proper time. Aaron felt deprived. "Why should I be left out?" Winston Churchill once said, "It is the measure
Last Day Classes of a man – what makes him angry." We can paraphrase that: "It is the measure of a man of what makes him
Wednesday, June 17 Some people literally get depressed when their sports team loses. What depressed Aaron? He was depressed
Trip Day Grades 1-6 because he missed out on a mitzvah, because he could not participate in the dedication of the Mishkan.
Later in the Parsha, there is another example of people who were depressed, they were depressed about
Last Day Classes something else. They were depressed because they missed the food, the luscious cucumbers and watermelons
Grade 7 they had in Egypt for free. These people became depressed about food.
This is a question we must ask ourselves. What makes us depressed and what makes us happy? Aaron became
YCQ Family News depressed about not participating in a mitzvah. The carriers of Yosef's coffin became depressed about not being
able to bring a Korban Pesach. The "Complainers" became depressed about not having cucumbers and
Mazel Tov to watermelons! The measure of a person is what makes them sad and what makes them happy.
on his Bar Mitzvah!
Writing/Literacy Festival Schedule
Mazel Tov to
Ester Salvit Wednesday, June 10: Grades 2, 4, 5
on her Bat Mitzvah 6:00: 2-204, 2-205, 2-207
6:45: 2-206, 4-304, 4-305, 4-306, 4-307
Mazel Tov to 6:00-7:15 5-300, 5-301, 5-302, 5-303
on her Bat Mitzvah! Limited Parking Available in the Yard
FORMER YCQ STUDENTS ARE ANNOUNCED
AS HANC HIGH SCHOOL TOP HONOREES
In last week’s Five Town’s Jewish Times, HANC High School announced their 2015
Valedictorians and Salutatorians, which included Adam Livi and Yigal Kamel, two former
YCQ students from the class of 2011! We are so proud of them and wish them much
Hatzlacha on all their future endeavors!
Adam Livi, HANC Valedictorian 2015 Yigal Kamel, HANC Salutatorian 2015
Grade 5 Organizational Workshop
The social work department did the final organizational workshop on Monday, June 1st, for all fifth
graders. The students reported that the program helped them create fundamental time and
organizational skills as they enter Junior High School. We also focused on internal and external
motivation. Students shared concrete ideas of what works for them individually and we discussed how
to create a personal “tool box” of ideas that speak to each student and the way they think and study.
The workshop ended with a raffle of numerous school supplies which the students were very
Eighth Grade Trip to Washington!
On Wednesday May 27th, the eighth grade boarded buses and headed for the nation’s capital! Their first stop
was the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum including, the permanent exhibit, Hall of Witnesses, and
Daniel’s Story. The students toured the Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, and Korean Memorial. The boys
then went to The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, while the girls went to the Smithsonian National Museum
of Natural History. The students went to a souvenir shop, and went to take a picture outside the White House.
After eating dinner at the hotel, students had a wonderful night of bowling and swimming. The following morning
the students ate breakfast and davened at the University of Maryland, and then went on a guided tour through
the capital. They then went to Six Flags Amusement Park, followed by a pizza dinner served at a rest area!
Thank you to Mrs. Golubtchik, Mrs. Orlanski, Morah Beer, Rabbi Nat, Mrs. Kramer, and Mrs. Howitt for
chaperoning this memorable trip!
Israeli Day Parade!
On Sunday May 31st, YCQ proudly marched up Fifth Avenue, amongst the first contingent,
along with thousands of other students from the tri-state area to Celebrate Israel! Our theme
this year was “Imagine Israel…” as depicted on our beautiful shirts. Special thanks to Mrs. Liron
Friedman, Mrs. Linda Benson, Mrs. Remona Lubek, Rabbi Hamel, Mrs. Teichman, Mrs.
Golubtchik, Mrs. Tzerel Goldschmidt, Mr. Russel Perlmutter, Cruz, Andre, Mariano, and Kevin!
May we be zoche to march next year in the parade leading up to the third Beit Hamikdash in
Seventh Grade Philadelphia Trip
On Wednesday, June 3nd, the seventh grade students had a wonderful time visiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They went on the duck tour boat which took them through Philly
by land and by sea. They had the opportunity to see the historic Liberty Bell, the National
Constitution Center, a WWII submarine and warship, and the Franklin Institute. The
students had an educational and exciting day visiting many notable landmarks. Thank you so
much to all of the chaperones for taking time out of their busy schedules to join the
seventh graders on this most memorable trip.
Kindergarten End of the Year Trip to Fort Totten Park
On Wednesday, the Kindergarten went on a trip to Fort Totten Park. They played in the
absolutely beautiful playground and went on a bug hunt. They were given books and magnifiers
to help them identify the insects. The Kindergarten students are now experts in the field of
bug hunting! They had a fantastic day! Thank you to the Parents Association for all the
amazing trips they helped sponsor this past year! Thank you to the parents who chaperoned
and to all the Morot!
YCQ Debate Team Victory!
This past Monday, the YCQ debate team led by Mrs. Ben-Habib, went to Westchester Day School
to debate the topic of whether or not electronic devices should replace all printed materials in the
classroom. The debate team came out with first place school as well as third place team won by
Talia Wein and Hannah Koffsky, first place team won by Ezra Perlmutter and Daniel Goldstein, and
first place speaker won by Daniel Goldstein. Thank you to Mrs. Ayelet Katz for all her help chaper-
oning the team! Mazel Tov to the rest of the winning team members: Rachel Aranov, Dina Inoyatov,
Mordechai Flamenbaum, and Dylan Saltzman for the tremendous effort put in for this incredible
Final Choir Performance of the Year!
On Tuesday, June 2, the YCQ choir performed at the Atria Senior Living
Residence. Led by Morah Tali, the choir sang classic Israeli folk songs for the
residents in their last performance of the year. After singing, the students spent
time speaking with residents, including YCQ’s Mrs. Block! She was so happy to see
all of the students she knows and loves! The choir went back to school filled with
excitement over the wonderful performance!
YCQ Students Receive Presidential Fitness Test Awards
Eleven years ago, YCQ enrolled in the US Presidential Fitness Program to encourage and promote
healthy and active lifestyles for it’s students. The results eleven years later are evident in the higher test
scores that all of our children are reaching during the challenge. And, there are many more “National” or
“Presidential” certificates then those first years. All four physical tests must be passed at a higher level.
The tests are designed to measure muscular strength (push-ups), cardio-respiratory endurance, (the
quarter, half, and one mile distance run), agility (the shuttle run), and flexibility (sit-ups). We begin intro-
ducing all parts in the fall at a moderate pace. By the spring, the students are ready for their final tests.
Everyone should be congratulated for doing their best. The following names are of the students who
achieved the National and Presidential Awards:
1-200 *Ariella Aranbayev, David Borukhov, Eliyah Farpour, *Yehuda Gol, Debra Gross, *Joshua Levy, *Alan
Linker, Ethan Mulokandov, Layla Pinson, Ellie Reznik, Emunah Savetsky, *Elie Setareh, *Racheli Simanowitz,
*Eliyahu Yunaev. 1-201 *Maxim Askari, Benjamin Bellehsen, Rachelli Glaser, *Yonatan Itzhakov, Temima Katz,
Corey Kwitkin, Simcha Matatov, Ahuva Perl, Eytan Richman, Lauren Ross, Tehila Shabtai, *Dahlia Singer,
*Rebecca Sisser, Nicole Stiefel, *Temima Teitelman, *Fay Wolf. 1-202 Oren Avramov, *Simcha Begun-Kramer,
Shira Canter, *Max Chubak, Becky Feygin, Nava Gazal, *Betzalel Hativi, Yaffa Inoyatov, Sharona Masheyev,
Gabriel Mosheyev, Shimon Musheyev, Niyazov, Maor Paz, Chani Samet, Jake Schikman, Sarah Sullivan,
Binyamin Teitelman. 1-203 Ariella Engelhardt, *Moshe Feldman, Yehoshua Gherman, Shane Gottfried, *Eliana
Kutscher, Dina Milchman, Sarah Nagorev, Max Olsen, *Rachel Reznik, *Samuel Rosenblatt, *Julian Schneider,
Eytan Shussheim, Eyal Traeger, Menachem Weiss. 2-204 Tali Aliav, Nataniel Aranbaiev, Eli Bokhour, *Gavriel
Khaimov, Shirelle Levi, Ayal Levine, *Gilad Levy, *Michael Levy, Noam Lichtman, Yosef Haim Ovadia, Liam
Sasson, Sagiv Shoshani. 2-205 Daniella Abraham, Benjamin Aranbayev, *Shira Dahan, Joshua Elishayev, *Avi
Finkel, Maytal Gigi, *Shabtai Granek, *Aaron Haiimpour, Hudy Hartstein, Michal Katz, *Eliyahu Kaykov, Yaakov
Kessler, Chaya Lubeck, *Ariel Marciano. 2-206 *Joseph Aaron, *Eliyahu Abramov, *Uriel Babev, Heidi Birnbaum,
*Noah Blum, *Noam Edri, *Eleanor Finkelstein, *Jordana Fuzailof, *Danielle Goldglancz, Jonathan Haim, Gavriel
Kramer, Jonathan Levy, Netanel Mammon, *Yair Nissel, Joshua Noah, Ariel Shabtai, *Rivka Sonbolian.
2-207 Ethan Abraham, *Cecelia Aulov, Daniel Avramcheyiv, Eliyahu Emergi, *Shira Fisher, 3-209 *Max Bakhcki,
Eva Bokhour, Shira David, Eli Dyckman, *Ariel Fried, *Shlomo Inoyatov, Ohr Jacoby, *Daniella Kalantarov, Simcha
Orenbuch, Oriel Paz, Eli Ruben, Gabrielle Ruben, *Ilana Schwartz, Gabriella Shamalov 3-210 Haim Abayev, David
Babayev, *Eliana Fuzaylov, *Eitan Goldberg, *Avigail Izgel, *Michael Kikov, *Kerenna Klein, *Eliana Kovan, Aron
Koyenov, *Ariella Miles, *Jacob Natanov, *Solomon Saidov, Mordecai Simhaee, *Maxwell Stein, *Daniel Steinman,
*Elnatan Yagudayev. 3-211 Lior Aranbaiev, Esther Brintauch, *Eitan Canter, *Daniel Emergi, *Raphael Farber,
Rachel Khaimov, Zachary Rosenthal, Ezra Schick, Noah Segelnick, *David Yakubov. 3-212 Joshua Aminov,
Mikhal Haimov, Hillel Hativi, Gabriel Khaimova, *Jonah Kirschbaum, Daniel Matatov, *Elisheva Mokhtar, *Daniel
Oxenhandler, Yonantan Perlmutter, Shlomo Rosenthal, Liorah Soleimani, *Lior Weitz. 4-304 Adam Aranbaiev,
Matan Avitsedek, Daniel Babayev, *Joshua Bellehsen, Avi Beylus, Yonatan Dayan, Eliran Elishayev, Meir
Flamenbaum, Benamin Gigi, Amit Kahlon, Yehoshua Marciano, Yaniv Oxenhandler, *Jared Roth, Aaron Sisser,
*Jacob Yakubov, Joseph Yakubov. 4-305 Ariel Achrak, *Skyler Askari, *Jordan Gottfried, *Sydney Schneider,
Danielle Shamalov, Ahuva Singer, 4-306 *Jacob Aronov, David Azuay, Abraham Baruch, Nadav Davidov, Elliot
Dayan, *Ilan Goldtein, Azariah Greif, *Abraham Haiimpour, David Haim, *Itai Itzhak, Jonathan Ivraghimov, Abra-
ham Nisanov, *Joshua Schindler, Corey Spitzer. 4-307 Orli Betesh, Hila Biniaminy, Ilana Kramer, Coral Levy,
*Rivka Sullivan. 5-300 Michael Aizenfratz, Tzvi Bromberg, *Eli Canter, Rephael Gemal, *Yehoshua Goldglancz,
Leeon Jacoby, Shachar Koller, *Netanel Leitner, *Charles Mann, Jeremy Vamai, *Eli Weiss, *Jason Yushuvayev,
*Daniel Zar. 5-303 Jacob Aranbaev, Daniel Haim, Andrew Haller, Nathaniel Itzhakov, Emanuel Izrailov, Moshe
Katz, Samuel Korman, Michael Levy, Jacob OConner, Noah Orlofsky, Aharon Reyhanian, *Yair Shalomoff, *Chaim
Simon, *Akiva Sokol, Zachary Stein, *Eric Stiefel, Ilan Younatanov * Received Presidential Certificate
Special thanks to Mr. Schwartzman for supervising the Presidential Fitness Test Awards!
September 2015 Sat September 2015-2016 Sun Mo February 2016 Sat
Tue We Thu Fri
Sun Mo Tue We Thu Fri 5 1 New Faculty Orientation 1 6
12 2 Faculty Workshops 78 2345 13
1234 19 3 First Day of School Grades 2-8 14 15 20
6 7 8 9 10 11 3 Student Orientation Grades N, K, 1 21 22 9 10 11 12 27
13 14 15 16 17 18 26 4 First Day of School Grades. N-1 28 29 16 17 18 19
5 JHS Selichot Learning Program Sat
20 21 22 23 24 25 7 Labor Day (No Sessions) Sun Mo 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 8 Bus Service Begins 5
13-15 Rosh Hashanah (No Sessions) 67 March 2016 12
October 2015 16 Fast of Gedaliah (1:30 Dismissal) 13 14 Tue We Thu Fri 19
Sun Mo Tue We Thu Fri 22 Erev Yom Kippur (No Sessions) 20 21 26
23 Yom Kippur (No Sessions) 27 28 1234
12 24 No Queens Bus Sevice K-8 3:30 Dismissal 8 9 10 11 Sat
456789 27-6 Succot (No Sessions) Sun Mo 15 16 17 18
11 12 13 14 15 16 22 23 24 25 2
18 19 20 21 22 23 October 34 29 30 31 9
25 26 27 28 29 30 12 Columbus Day– No Bus Service 3:30 Dismissal K-8 10 11 16
12 JHS Back to School Night 7:30 PM 17 18 April 2016 23
November 2015 13 Back to School Night Grades 2-3 7PM 24 25 Tue We Thu Fri 30
Sun Mo Tue We Thu Fri 13 Grades 4-5 8 PM
14 Back to School Night Grades N-1 7:30 PM Sun Mo 1 Sat
28 Grade 8 Parents High School Night 8 PM 5678
12 12 13 14 15 7
Sat November 89 19 20 21 22 14
3 Election Day Regular Sessions 15 16 26 27 28 29 21
3 6-7 JHS Boys Shabbaton 22 23 28
10 8 Preschool Open House 10 AM 29 30 May 2016
17 10 Bar Mitzvah Workshop 7th Grade Boys 7PM Tue We Thu Fri Sat
24 11 BJE Conferences (No Sessions) Sun Mo
31 17 Bat Mitzvah Workshop 6th Grade Girls 7 PM 3456 4
17-18 Picture Day 56 10 11 12 13 11
Sat 21 Grade 3 Intergenerational Melave Malka 7PM 12 13 17 18 19 20 18
22 Judaic Studies Grade 8 BJE Exam 19 20 24 25 26 27 25
26-27 Thanksgiving (No Sessions) 26 27 31
December June 2016
2 & 15 Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30 Dismissal Tue We Thu Fri
6 & 13 Chumash Presentations 2 Classes
14 Chanukah - No Sessions 123
22 Asara B’Tevet (1:30 Dismissal) 7 8 9 10
25 No Bus Service 14 15 16 17
24, 28-31 Regular Bus Service 21 22 23 24
28 29 30
123456 1 New Years Day (No Sessions)
8 9 10 11 12 13
15 16 17 18 19 20 7 5-6 Grade 5 Greenkill Overnight Trip
22 23 24 25 26 27 10 & 17 Grade 1 Siddur Presentations
29 30 14 18
MLK Day (No Bus Service) K-8 3:30 Dismissal
21 21-31 Winter Vacation
President’s Day - No Sessions
17-18 5th Grade Western Hemis-Fair
19-20 JHS Girls Shabbaton
Su Mo Tue We Thu Fri Sat March Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30 Dismissal
1&7 Book Fair
67 123 4 5 8-9 Grade 8 Yachad Shabbaton
13 14 8 9 10 11 12 11-12 Ta’anit Esther (1:30 Dismissal)
20 21 15 16 17 18 19 23 Purim - No Sessions
27 28 22 23 24 25 26 24 No Queens Bus Service
29 30 31 25
YCQ 75th Annual Dinner
January 2016 April Grade 6 Science Fair 7 PM
3 Grades 3-7 Terra Nova Achievement Test
5 Pesach (No Sessions)
24 Grade 5 Transition Night
Grade 7 Philadelphia Trip
Sun Mo Tue We Thu Fri Sat 25 Memorial Day (No Sessions)
1 2 June
678 1-2 Grade 8 Washington Trip
345 13 14 15 95
10 11 12 20 21 22 Celebrate Israel Parade
17 18 19 27 28 29
24 25 26 6 Grade 6 Chagigat B’not Mitzvah 7 PM
Literacy/Writing Festival Grades 1 and 3
8 Literacy/Writing Festival Grades 2, 4, and 5
23 10-13 Shavuot (No Sessions)
14 Senior Awards Dinner
Grade 8 Graduation (Last Day Grade 8)
15 Nursery Moving Up Ceremony (Last day N Classes)
31 15 Kindergarten Graduation (Last day K Classes)
No Bus Service
16 Last day Grade 7, Trip Day Grades 1-6
17 Last Day of Classes (Grades 1-6) 12:00pm Dismissal
Yeshiva of Central Queens
ATTENTION PARENTS OF STUDENTS WHO
RECEIVE SETSS (RESOURCE ROOM),
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE,
PHYSICAL THERAPY, OR
COUNSELING SERVICES FROM THE
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION.
You will be receiving a letter in the mail from the
New York City Board of Education.
If you have not received the letter please contact
Mrs. Debbie Bermish
at 718-793-8500 x326 and she will send one home.
In order to guarantee services for the
school year 2015-2016 this letter MUST be signed!
The YCQ Parents Association
our first annual pre-camp LABEL SALE
featuring the labels of
These are easy to use, stick on labels that last wash after wash.
No more hours of ironing on labels or writing in your child’s name
with a marker that will fade after a few washes.
Also available are bag tags and a large assortment of dishwasher-safe,
The following link will take you directly to the
YCQ Parents Association Campaign page
There you can place your order for all of your camp labels,
have them shipped directly to your house,
and the YCQ-PA will make 20% on each sale which will go
directly to programs for the children.
The sale will be running through June 21, 2015
Email us at [email protected] or
WE ARE PLEASED TO OFFER THE FREE BACKPACK PROGRAM
AGAIN THIS YEAR THROUGH UJA. IF YOU HAVE THE NEED
AND HAVE NOT ALREADY CONTACTED MRS DAVIDOVICS AT
[email protected] TO LET HER KNOW YOUR INTEREST,
PLEASE DO SO NOW. ALL INFORMATION WILL BE KEPT
IN ADDITION, WE NEED A FEW PARENT COMMITMENTS TO
ATTEND THE BACKPACK ASSEMBLY PROGRAM ON AUGUST 23
AND BE THE CONTACT PERSON OVER THE SUMMER. PLEASE
REPLY DIRECTLY TO MRS DAVIDOVICS.
GIVE BACK UJA-Federation of New York
BACKPACK 2nd Annual
Supplies for SuccessInterboro Tov B’Yachad Backpack Assembly
Queens Backpack Assembly Tov B’Yachad is a UJA-Federation initiative that communicates the shared values
Chair of UJA-Federation and the Orthodox community. UJA-Federation of New York is
Judy Rosen working to ensure that disadvantaged children in Queens return to school this
September with the tools they need to succeed.
Interboro Tov B’Yachad
Help sort supplies and assemble backpacks
Chair for disadvantaged Jewish children in day
Judy Kaufthal schools and yeshivot.
Committee Sunday, August 23, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Young Israel of Jamaica Estates
Dorothy Berman 83-10 188th Street
Marla Cornejo Jamaica Estates, New York
Tova Hirsch Donate school supplies or a filled backpack. Please bring them with you to the backpack
Karen Hochberg assembly at Young Israel of Jamaica Estates.
Roberta Kaylie What to Donate: Backpacks • Binders • Filler Paper • Spiral Notebooks • Marble Notebooks
Candice Koerner Pocket Folders • Book Covers • Index Cards • Pencil Cases • Crayons • Markers • Highlighters
Kevin Leifer Colored Pencils • Rulers • Scissors • Glue Sticks • Protractors • Calculators
Stuart Verstandig Volunteer with your kids in our backpack assembly on Sunday, August 23.
Rachelli Weiss We’ll fill backpacks with the collected school supplies. R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
To respond and for more information, including a complete list of school supplies, please
Community service contact Adrienne Rubin-Prince at 212.836.1674 or [email protected]
letters will be provided
upon request. Participating Shuls and Schools: Young Israel of Jamaica Estates – Young Israel of
Holliswood – Young Israel of Hillcrest – Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills – Young Israel of
Queens Valley – Yeshiva Ketana of Queens – Yeshiva Har Torah – Yeshiva of Central Queens
Bais Yaakov Academy for Girls – Yeshiva Tifereth Moshe – Solomon Shechter of Queens
Bnos Malka Academy of Queens – Congregation Kehilat Sephardim
The world’s largest local philanthropy, UJA-Federation of New York cares for Jews everywhere
and New Yorkers of all backgrounds, connects people to their Jewish communities, and
responds to crises — in New York, in Israel, and around the world. www.ujafedny.org
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Programs for Jewish children attending public school
directed by YCQ’s 6th grade Rebbe, Rabbi Finestone.
at 9 AM
GRADE 8 WASHINGTON TRIP
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