VOLUME 15 NUMBER 4 SEPTEMBER 30, 2016 27 ELUL 5776
UPCOMING Parshat Nitzavim/Rosh HaShana By: Rabbi Landsman
EVENTS According to the standard order of weekly Torah readings, Nitzavim is always read before Rosh
Candle Lighting: HaShanah. Despite the fact that our current order of parshiyot is not necessarily the way that it was always
practiced, there could be no more appropriate parsha to read at precisely this time of year. Nitzavim contains
6:20 the following series of pasukim.
“For this mitzvah that I am prescribing to you today is not too wondrous for you, it is not too
Mon—Tues distant. It is not in Heaven that you should say ‘Who shall go up to Heaven and bring it to us so that we
October 3-4 can hear it and keep it?’ It is not over the sea so that you should say ‘Who will cross the sea and get it for us,
Rosh HaShana so that we will be able to hear it and keep it?’ It is something that is very close to you. It is in your mouth
No Sessions and in your heart, so that you can keep it.”
Wed. October 5 There is a difference of opinion among the early commentators as to which Mitzvah the Torah is
Fast of Gedaliah referring to in this pasuk. According to the Ramban the Torah is referring to the mitzvah of Teshuvah.
Teshuvah is the Commandment that is “within our capacity and within our reach to fulfill”.
Rabbi Frand says that a person should not think, “In these times, I am incapable of doing
Mon. October 10 Teshuvah. Had I lived in the times of the prophets who could have directly told me exactly what I was doing
Columbus Day wrong then I could have repented properly. Unfortunately, I live in a period of history when there are no
3:30 Dismissal prophets.” To counteract such thoughts the Torah assures us “It is not in Heaven” implying that we do not
need prophetic words from heaven to allow us to do Teshuva. This is no excuse.
Likewise, we can not argue “If I had a real Maggid Mussar [expounder of homiletic lessons of
Tues.—Wed. chastisement] then I might be inspired to repent. If the Chofetz Chaim or the Vilna Gaon were here and
October 11-12 would tell me to do Teshuvah, I would do it!” To counteract such thoughts the Torah informs us “It is not
Yom Kippur across the Sea”. This, too, is no excuse.
No Sessions “For the matter is very near. It is within your mouth and your heart to do it.” We do not need
prophets or wise men. It is all up to us. This pasuk is a double-edged sword. Teshuvah is relatively easy. It is
YCQ Family News accessible. But, on the other hand, it is all up to us. We have no external excuses to fall back upon.
Mazel Tov to Mrs. Bermish Perhaps this is hinted at in the famous Gemara [Avodah Zarah 17a] regarding Eleazar ben
(Resource Room) on the Durdaya. When the woman of ill repute told Eleazar ben Durdaya that he would never be able to repent, he
birth of a grandson! pleaded “Heaven and Earth request mercy for me.” They responded that they could not help him. He invoked
the aid of the stars and of the sea and was given the same answer. The Gemara says he put his head between
Mazel Tov to Michael (’93) his knees and he expired on the spot as a result of intense remorse and repentance. What is the symbolism of
and Malkie Merrill on the placing his head between his knees? This was the ultimate acknowledgment that his repentance was
dependent upon himself alone.
Bat Mitzvah of their
daughter. Mazel Tov to We cannot wait for others to do Teshuvah for us, and we cannot blame others for our failure to do
grandparents Ruthie (Sole) Teshuvah. It is not because our parents raised us poorly. It is not because our environment was bad. There are
(’63) and Charlie Merrill! no excuses! The ability to do Teshuvah is within our own mouths and hearts.
Mazel Tov to Alan (’04) and Shabbat Shalom and Ketiva Vechativa Tova!
Julie Wittert on the birth of
a baby girl, Raitza Naomi! WOW- Theme- Presidential Debate
Mazel Tov to Michael (’00) Justify- give good reason
and Nomi Plaut on the birth Infer- make a good guess; read between the lines
Plagiarism- to copy the work or ideas of someone without giving them credit
of a baby girl! Persuasion- to argue a viewpoint with the intention to convincing others to agree
Analyze- break apart, study the pieces
Mazel Tov to Julie Herman Propaganda- ideas or information intended to influence emotions, attitudes, or
(’96) on her marriage to behaviors
Mazel Tov to Esty (Rollhaus)
(’02) and Jonathan Schwab
(’01) on the birth of twins, a
boy and girl. Mazel Tov to
(Rubinstein) (’75) and
Mazel Tov to Aliza (Bermish)
(’96) and Jonathan Porat on
the birth of a baby boy.
Mazel Tov to grandparents
Debbie (Hill) (’68) and
Mazel Tov to Rabbi Dovid
Rosman (1991) on
publishing a sefer on the
YCQ Selichot Learning Program
On Motzai Shabbat September 24, 2016, over 100 students in grades five through eight,
along with their parents, and Rebbeim joined together for a meaningful learning program.
The evening began with a beautiful shiur by Rabbi Shmuel Marcus, Rav of Congregation
Ishei Yisrael. Rabbi Marcus was extremely invigorating and enlightening. The evening
concluded with an uplifting recitation of Selichot led by Rabbi Hamel with the instructions
and explanation by Rabbi Pearl. It was a most inspiring evening.
This past week, we started the new Middot program for the 5th grade. Rabbi Landsman and Rabbi Rohr spoke to all the
students as we launched this new program. They taught about how character building is fundamental to our Jewish
identity. Students returned to their classrooms for an ice breaking activity with the social work staff. They were reach
given their own workbooks to record their thoughts and observations from the middot discussions and activities. This is
going to be a twice a month program and we look forward to continued growth from our students. Thank you to the social
work department. We hope that this program will give each student a unique appreciation for the virtues and values that
we strive to instill within them. And, we are excited to see how the students apply these important values to their own
Preparing for Rosh HaShana!
This week, Rabbi Ribalt visited the classes of grades 1-4 to share some thoughts about Rosh Hashanah.
He spoke of the idea that this holiday is the start of an appreciation we should have for all Jewish
people. One day of Rosh Hashanah is to focus on yourself and the other day to focus is on all of Klal
Yisrael. Rabbi Ribalt told a beautiful story to the children that will hopefully inspire them to continue to
treat each other nicely. The children appreciated the time with Rabbi Ribalt and were happy to get a
chance to get to know their new assistant principal! Shana Tova!
Big Sister Little Sister Program
This year we have an exciting new program in the JHS! The 8th grade girls have partnered with the 6th grade girls
in a Big Sister-Little Sister program. Developed by 8th graders Suzanna Ruben and Daniella Noah and supervised
by Morah Beer and Morah Stemp, we are already off to a great start! "Sisters" have been davening Mincha
together so that the 6th graders can feel more comfortable following along. Each day the girls spend a minute or
two after Mincha getting to know each other. We have many more programs planned and look forward to a great
WE THANK THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS:
MONDAY 23, ELUL– FRIDAY 27 ELUL
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF JACK AND MIRIAM KAPLAN,
BY ANDRE (’64) AND ANDREA KAPLAN
IN MEMORY OF BETTY WEIN ע"ה
BY THE WEIN FAMILY
TUESDAY 24, ELUL
IN MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED FATHER AND GRANDFATHER JACOB BRENER ע“ה
BY BRENER, TEITELBAUM AND GRUMET FAMILIES
WEDNESDAY 25, ELUL
IN MEMORY OF יחיאל אברהם אביגדור בן אלי ע"ה
BY GLASER FAMILY
IN MEMORY OF YEHUDA TUVIA BEN YEHOSHUA AHARON ע"ה
BY ELISHEVA SCHUTZMAN
FRIDAY 27, ELUL
IN HONOR OF JORDANA SPARBER BECOMING A BAT MITZVAH
BY SHERYL A. JUKOFSKY
We would like to extend our best wishes to you for a happy and healthy New Year --
Ketiva V’chatima Tova.
In order to give our families and students the opportunity to begin the new year by
observing the mitzvah of Lulav and Etrog the yeshiva is providing lulavim and
etrogim sets at a nominal cost. “Standard” (kosher) set is $35 “Deluxe” (mehudar)
set is $40.
Please note that last year we had the privilege of being able to acquire high quality
sets and we believe that this year will be the same.
Please fill in the form below and return it to your child’s Judaic Studies home room
teacher with a check made out to “Yeshiva of Central Queens”.
Order on line – All orders must be received by
Thursday, October 6, 2016.
Lulav_Etrog_Order_Form Thank you in advance. Chag Sameach!
Delivery of lulavim will be on Thursday, October 13th.
LULAV/ ETROG ORDER
NAME OF STUDENT: (Please Print)_____________________________
TELEPHONE NUMBER: ( )__________________________________
Enclosed is: $_____for_____ “Standard” Lulav and Etrog set(s) at $ 35.00 each set.
$_____for_____ “Deluxe” Lulav and Etrog set(s) at $40.00 each set.
ATTENTION: Parents, Grandparents, Alumni, Teachers and Staff
You can support
Yeshiva of Central Queens – Parent Teacher Organization
EVERY TIME YOU SHOP THROUGH AMAZON!
Here’s what you do:
1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/11-1672827
2. Shop as you normally would
3. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your order to YCQ-PTO
4. Order often! Always start at smile.amazon.com
YCQ-Parent Teacher Organization Vendors
The following vendors support YCQ programs.
We encourage you to support these businesses.
Shop at these vendors year-round, pay for your purchases at the location with a
check made payable to YCQ-PTO and the store will donate a percentage
back to YCQ.
Suhag Wine & Liquor
69-30 Main Street
Kew Gardens Hills
72-54 Main Street
Kew Gardens Hills
Mishloach Manot, candy platters and gifts for all occasions
The Jewish Quarter
Tzit tzit (all sizes and styles), Seforim,
books, mezuzot, kipot, benchers
& gifts for all occasions
SCHOOL SWAG IS HERE! DRAWSTRING BAG $6.00 or 2 FOR $10.00
NAME: _____________________________ PULLOVER SWEATSHIRT $25.00
PHONE #: ___________________________
EMAIL:_____________________________ Circle Size(s): Quantity: ________
METHOD OF DELIVERY: Youth
Child’s Name & Class
__________________________ XS S ML XL
Pickup @ YCQ [Alumni/Board, etc.] Adult
You may order by completing form and XS S ML XL
submitting to business office or go online to
http://www.ycqweb.com/YCQ_PTO_SWAG XXL (+$3)
and order using PayPal.
PAYMENT METHOD (due with order): ZIP-UP SWEATSHIRT $30.00
Circle Size(s): Quantity: ________
XS S ML XL
WATER BOTTLE $3.00 or 2 FOR $5.00
Quantity: ________ XS S ML XL
SILICONE PHONE WALLET $2.50 Grand Total:
Payment Due at time of purchase ________
SUBMIT ORDER FORM & PAYMENT TO YCQ-PTO OR THE YCQ BUSINESS OFFICE ATTN: PTO
Shop at and help raise
money for YCQ’s JHS Mix It Up!
1. Shop at any Modell’s Sporting Goods store in NYC
from 9/9 – 10/6.
2. Show the coupon below at the register and save 15%
off of your purchase.
3. YCQ’s JHS Mix It Up will earn 5% back from every
purchase you make!
It’s that easy! Keep your coupon – it can
be used multiple times!
Local Modell’s Sporting
Modell's Sporting Goods
90-15 Queens Blvd · (718) 271-8100
Open until 9:30 PM
Modell's Sporting Goods
Fresh Meadows Shopping Center
61-9 190th St · (718) 454-6050
Open until 9:30 PM
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Come along and have some FUN SPLASHING, LEARNING,
DRIBBLING and RUNNING around the GYM!!
SCHEDULE for 2016 -2017 SEASON:
Swim Lessons Swim & Gym Program
½ Hour Classes per Session Children must know how to swim
Sundays Tuesdays (Boys only)
Private Lessons 9:30am and 10:00am All Boys have Gym 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Group Lessons 10:30am – 3:00pm
Mondays & Wednesdays Thursdays (Girls Only)
Group Lessons 5:30pm –8:00pm All Girls have Gym 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Tuesdays (Boys Only)
Group Lessons 5:30pm – 6:00pm Basketball
Group Lessons 7:30pm – 8:00pm
Thursdays (Girls Only) Sundays
Group Lessons 5:30pm – 6:00pm Middle School and 1:30pm – 3:00pm
High School Boys:
Group Lessons 7:30pm – 8:00pm
Womens Swim 8:00pm – 8:30pm Mondays
Mens: 8:30pm –10:30pm
Sponsored by Assemblywoman Nily Rozic
and Council Member Barry Grodenchik
PLEASE NOTE: Sunday, October 2, 2016
10 am - 1 pm
ÎÎ You must be present to
get a helmet and you must PS 46 Alley Pond School STAY SAFER
learn how to properly fit it. 64-45 218th Street ON WHEELS
ÎÎ A parent or legal guardian
must be present to sign a RAIN SITE:
waiver for children under Inside gymnasium of
age 18. PS 46 Alley Pond School
ÎÎ Adults over age 18
receiving a helmet must
sign a waiver.
Visit www.nyc.gov/dot or call 311 for more information
YCQ Selichot Program!