VOLUME 12 NUMBER 30 MAY 16, 2014 16 IYAR 5774
UPCOMING Parshat Bechukotai By: Rabbi Landsman
EVENTS Towards the end of the Tochacha, the Torah says, "and I will remember my covenant
Candle Lighting: 7:48 with Yaakov, and even my covenant with Yitzchak, and even my covenant with Avraham will I
Havdallah: 8:50 remember; and the Land I will remember." This pasuk contains the rather unusual spelling of the
Monday May 19 name Yaakov with five letters (Yud-Ayin-Kuf-VAV-Vet), rather than the usual four letters (Yud-Ayin-
Lag B’Omer Program Kuf-Vet). Rashi quotes the Medrash, which says that the "full" spelling of the name Yaakov (with
a 'vav') occurs in five places in Tanach and the "missing" spelling of the name Eliyahu (without
Tuesday May 20 the normal vav at the end) also occurs five times. The Medrash explains that in those five places,
Yaakov our Patriarch figuratively took a letter from the name of Eliyahu as a security pledge to
Wednesday May 21 guarantee that the prophet Eliyahu would appear and announce the imminent redemption to his
Transition Night children (Eliyahu will be the precursor of the Mashiach).
5th Grade Rabbi Frand quotes Rav Dovid Feinstein who explains why it was specifically a "vav" that
Monday May 26 Yaakov took. The last Mishnah of Tractate Eduyot relates a tradition in the name of Rabbi
Memorial Day Yehoshua, that Eliyahu will not expose families that have been intermarried. He will only
No Sessions intervene in the cases of individuals who forcibly used their power to gain positions that they
Wednesday May 28 were unworthy of attaining. Several other opinions are brought in the Mishnah regarding Eli-
Yom Yerushalayim yahu's future role. The Mishnah concludes with the view of the Sages: "Eliyahu will neither push
Washington Trip away nor bring near he will only come to make peace in the world as it is written 'Behold I send
to you Eliya the prophet...and he will restore the hearts of the fathers to the hearts of the sons
8th Grade and the hearts of the sons to the hearts of the fathers'".
Thursday May 29 We have heard this idea hundreds of times, but apparently we do not hear it enough: If
Washington trip the Beit HaMikdash was destroyed because of baseless hatred, then the only way it will be
rebuilt is if there is peace in the world. As a community and as a nation, we must find a way to
YCQ Family News come together and make peace between ourselves.
Mazel Tov Rabbi and Mrs. Yaakov Avinu chose the letter vav as collateral that Eliayhu would finally come and
Landsman on the engagement
make peace amongst us. The letter vav always joins two words, two phrases, or two thoughts
of their son Alex to Leora together. The meaning of the word vav itself is "hook". Vavim are hooks that join together
Naiman! disparate objects. Clearly, if there is any letter in the Hebrew alphabet that symbolizes
Mazel Tov to Mrs. Jessica connection and togetherness, it is the letter vav.
Miles (1-200) on the birth of Perhaps this is the meaning of the Medrash. Yaakov knew prophetically that there would
a baby boy! be disputes before the coming of Moshiach. The only way for Moshiach to eventually come will
be when peace is restored to the world. Symbolically, the letter of collateral that Yaakov took
Mazel Tov to Susan Deutsch
on her Bat Mitzvah!
Condolences to Morah Dina from Eliyahu was the "vav ha-Chibur”. We need the vav ha-Chibur that connects and hooks
Winchester (2-204) upon people together to spread amongst us.
the loss of her sister. Have a great Shabbat!
IF YOU HAVE NOT YET SUBMITTED YOUR PARADE FORM
PLEASE DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. PLEASE SUBMIT FORM
TO MRS. FRIEDMAN IN THE THIRD FLOOR OFFICE!
Healthy and Wise
Our Healthy & Wise program has come to an end for this year. The first, second, and third graders read
the Cat in the Hat book “Oh, the Things You Can Do that are Good for You”. This book taught us the
importance of brushing our teeth twice a day, washing our hands to prevent the spreading of germs, and
the importance of sleeping 10-12 hours each night to reenergize ourselves for the next day. We learned
that these things are all part of the package to being healthy, along with eating foods from the different
colors of the rainbow and all 5 food groups, as well as exercising to keep our heart healthy, our muscles
strong, and our bodies growing. The nursery and kindergarten students made a special healthy trail mix
for snack time. We look forward to seeing you all bigger and stronger next year!
Sixth Grade Girls Host Ivdu
On Tuesday the sixth grade girls were hosts to a wonderful group of girls from the Ivdu Brooklyn
School, one of Yachad schools. A er mee ng and gree ng each other with snacks the girls were divid-
ed into groups and prepared skits to preform together. The YCQ girls did a wonderful job taking lead-
ership roles to help the IVDU girls preform their parts and be part of the play together. IVDU joined
the girls for lunch and a great me was had by all! Thank you to our new friends from IVDU for a mem-
orable morning we look forward to seeing you again!
YCQ Debate Brings Home Another Trophy
Y.C.Q. traveled to Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy in Livingston, NJ to participate in the last
meet of the Middle School Debate League. SAR, HALB, JKHA and YCQ debated the resolution:
“The death penalty should be banned nationwide”. Eden Ostrow and Shir Levy won as the third
place team. After having one of our most successful years to date, we are very proud of the
team's achievements and successes. Kudos to all the participants!
Enrichment Trip to YU Museum
On Wednesday, May 7, students enrolled in the Judaic Studies Enrichment Program visited the Yeshiva
University Museum. Grades 3 & 4 learned about what life was like for the Jews during the time period
when Rashi lived. Afterwards the students decorated pouches for their siddur, similar to the pouches that
the Jews used for trading during that time period. The 5th, 6th, and 7th graders learned about Jewish
artifacts dating back to the 13th century and then designed their own metal plates to decorate their siddur
cover. Next, they visited an exciting exhibit that had models of seven famous reconstructed Syna-
gogues. Some of the model Synagogues included the Altneu Shul in Prague and the Touro Synagogue
in Rhode Island. The trip concluded with a stop at the local Dunkin Donuts. A wonderful time was had
by all. We would like to thank the following adults for volunteering Marilyn Katz, Alan Sherman, Louis
Kramberg, Revital Oxenhandler, Eli Borochoff, Aaron Koller, Adi Arshadnia.
YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS
Important Informa on for
Parade Par cipants:
Please wear this year’s Parade t‐shirt to the Parade. Girls must
wear a navy blue or black skirt and boys must wear navy blue
or black pants.
Please wear your YCQ kippa if you have one.
Wear comfortable shoes or sneakers.
Please bring a snack and drink for the bus ride. No backpacks
are permi ed along the parade route.
Drinks will be provided for par cipants returning to YCQ by
Don’t forget to apply sun screen lo on.
Children may only be removed from the parade route a er
walking the en re parade distance. No earlier pick up is al‐
lowed. (NYPD policy)
Please no fy a school administrator or bus coordinator
before taking your child!!
YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS
Salute to Israel Day Parade
Sunday June 1, 2014
3 Sivan 5774
Assembly Time 1:00 PM
Loca on: 52nd St. Bet. 5th Ave. and Madison Ave.
11:00AM Register and board assigned buses
(Bus assignments are by class)
11:30 AM Buses depart YCQ for Parade
1:00 PM Assemble at 52nd St. Bet. 5th Ave. & Madison Ave.
along with those not traveling by bus from
3:45 PM Es mated me of arrival at school.
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 by May 19, 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 2014-2015 this letter MUST be signed
The sixth grade girls would
like to present the Annual
Used Book sale!
On Wednesday, May 21st, the entire school
will have an opportunity to come buy books
and Cool Prizes!
All the money raised goes to Lev a girl’s
orphanage in Israel
Books Prices: $0.25 - $2 (no book will
be more than $2)
*All proceeds from this book sale go to tzedaka
Enrichment Trip to the YU Museum
Yachad Ivdu Visits YCQ