VOLUME 13 NUMBER 22 MARCH 20, 2015 29 ADAR 5775
UPCOMING Parshat Vayikra/Shabbat HaChodesh
EVENTS By: Rabbi Landsman
Candle Lighting: This week’s parsha marks another new beginning in our public reading and personal
understanding of the Torah. Whereas the first two books of the Torah are mainly
Havdallah: 7:50 narrative in nature and content, the book of Vayikra is mainly a book of laws and
commandments and of the nature of purity and impurity, sacrificial offerings and
Friday -Shabbat priestly obligations.
March 20-21 Vayikra not only offers us a change of content, it offers a change of tone. It is less
8th Grade Yachad personal than were Bereshit and Shemot and it concentrates on the halachic and
detailed aspects of Judaism rather than on the broad scope of Jewish national
Shabbaton experience. In this way the Torah teaches us that Judaism is an all-encompassing faith,
both public and private in nature and observance, general and particular all at one
Sunday March 22
FINAL and the same time.
This becomes a large order for the Jewish people to handle and balance properly. We
5th-8th Parent see throughout the works of the Neviim of Israel that the people and the Kohanim
themselves unduly emphasized the public nature of the commandments. They also
9-11:30 emphasized the sacrificial nature of the service of the Bait Hamikdash at the expense
of the private and social commandments of the Torah.
Thursday April 2
Pesach Vacation We see the strong condemnation in the prophetic words of Yeshayahu and Yirmiyahu,
Bedikat Chometz of reliance on the Bait Hamikdash, of the sacrifices and altar-offerings of Israel and the
Monday April 13 priests, as an assurance of Godly favor and national salvation. The absence of the
Sessions Resume private nature of Torah service, without the observance of the detailed personal
Lice Check commandments and the emotional connection to God and sensitivity to others that
only the private side of Judaism can convey, led to the destruction of the Temples no
Thursday April 16 matter how grand and generous the public offerings of the Temples were.
Rabbi Wein explains that when the Jewish people were forced into their long exile,
Special Programs when public Temple services were no longer possible, much of the contents of the book
Commemorating of Vayikra apparently were no longer particularly relevant to daily Jewish life. Our
Yom HaShoah faith and our national preservation then lay almost exclusively in observance of the
Tuesday April 21 private commandments of the Torah and in the study of Torah itself.
Without a land of our own and with no central temporal power base, Jews turned
Parents Association inward to connect with their past and their Creator. The entire nature of defining purity
Meeting and impurity atrophied in Jewish life and education, and the Temples and their glory
became a distant point in a clouded memory of Jewish nationhood.
Wed. April 22 The public nature of the Book of Vayikra faded into being only historical recall. This
Yom Hazikaron was due to the length and bitterness of the millennia-long exile. But the Jewish people
Special Programs in our time has miraculously rebuilt itself and regained a national power and its
ancient homeland. The debate over the relevance of the book of Vayikra has returned
YCQ Family News to the forefront.
The Bait Hamikdash has become a living force once more in Jewish life and scholarship
Mazel Tov to Morah especially in certain yeshivot devoted to the study of its laws and commandments. This
Rhona Lipetz (K-102)
on the birth of twin is happening even though practically there is, as of yet, no physical Temple existing on
Grandchildren a boy
Mount Moriah. Nevertheless, the book of Vayikra now speaks to us in a way that it
and a girl!!
has not done for many centuries. Let us concentrate on understanding its contents and
absorbing its tone into our inner selves. Shabat Shalom!
Mazel Tov to Morah Please Join us for the Final
Raina Popowitz Parent-Child Sunday
(K-101) on the birth of
Mazel tov to Suzanna Learning Shiur of the Year
Rubin on her Bat Special Sefarim will be Distributed
to all Regular Participants
Mazel Tov to Jack Sunday March 22, 2015
Rubin on his Bar Speaker: Rabbi Finestone, JHS Rebbe
Topic: “Where is HaShem Hiding?????”
Sunday Morning Learning with Rabbi Yotav Eliach!
This past Sunday we had the pleasure of hearing from Rabbi Yotav Eliach who spoke about Religious
Zionism! The crowd was very attentive as everyone listened enthusiastically to all that Rabbi Eliach
had to teach us! Rabbi Eliach is the principal of Rambam Mesivta in Lawrence, as well as a former
Israel Soldier. He explained that we have so much to be thankful to HaShem for since in our generation
we have the privilege of returning to our homeland Eretz Yisrael after 2000 years.
ALL ABOARD FOR FREEDOM!
On Monday, March 16th, the fourth grade classes traveled to Queens College’s Colden Center to see a
Theatreworks USA production of, “Freedom Train.” The children thoroughly enjoyed the show, which
relates the compelling story of the Underground Railroad and its most famous conductor, Harriet Tubman.
Harriet, an escaped slave who was nicknamed the “Moses” of her people, led more than one hundred other
slaves from servitude, “Egypt,” in the South to freedom in the “promised land” of the North.
As our families prepare for Pesach, and the retelling of the story of the Jews’ enslavement in and
departure from Egypt, the children were deeply moved by this tale and its themes of hardship, courage,
determination, equality and survival.
Sixth Grade Science Fair
This past Tuesday evening, the sixth grade students presented their science fair projects for their parents and
judges. All of the projects were innovative and creative. Congratulations to the science fair winners who will
be moving on to the inter-yeshiva science tournament. 1st place– Meytav Finkelstein - “The Hidden Light”
1st place—Yonathan Evgi—”Why Does a Battery Burn Steel Wool?” 2nd place– Shira Schwartz - “Does
Stress Affect Body Temperature?” 2nd place– Dovid Rosoff - “Eggshell Geodes” 3rd place– Rochelle and
Tzvi Winokur- “Do You See What I’m Saying?” 3rd place– Ari Ancselovics- “How Does Background Noise
Affect Learning?” Special thanks to all the judges, Mrs. Guise, Mr. Benson and Mr. Goldstein! Special thanks
to Mrs. Zwiren for all her hard work!
Fifth Grade Trip to Greenkill
Once again our fifth grade students packed up to go to Greenkill for an overnight, however, this time
they made it. Despite the almost 60° weather on Wednesday, hiking and crossing the foot bridge
surrounded by snow and a barbeque was still possible. A ‘naturalist’ led each group of students on
their adventure that included: learning about animals with habitats in the area, the process of making
maple syrup, candle making, and hiking through the snowy woods on different trails. At night they
slept in bunkhouses where they had a chance to socialize and enjoy time with their friends outside of
school. With a great, supportive and fun YCQ staff of chaperones and the amazing knowledge about
nature from the Greenkill staff, all students were able to board their buses to head back to school with
new knowledge on their minds and broad smiles on their faces. Thank you to Mr. Kahn for
organizing the trip.
The nursery and kindergarten classes experienced first hand the process of baking matza
from separating the chaff from the wheat and grinding it into flour, to mixing the dough and
baking it all within 18 minutes. The children also created their own Pesach project. They
decorated aprons that they can wear at the seder! The matza that they baked was then eaten
in school but everyone was given a mini shmurah matza that they will take home and can be
used for Pesach.
Article written by the Queens Jewish Link
September 2015 17 Elul 5775 - 17 Tishrei 5776
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 2 3 417 ELUL 520 ELUL 21 ELUL
18 ELUL 19 ELUL
NEW FACULTY FACULTY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 7:06 Ki Savo
ORIENTATION WORKSHOP GRADE 1: 8:30-10:00AM
FIRST DAY OF 8:04
12-2PM 9-4PM GRADE 2-8: 8AM- PRESCHOOL
3:30PM N: 9AM-12PM JHS Parent-Child
K: 8AM-12PM Selichot Program
LICE CHECK GRADES 2- FIRST DAY OF 1ST
GRADES N, K BY LICE CHECK N,K
APPOINTMENT NO QUEENS BUS
NO QUEENS BUS
23 ELUL 1025 ELUL 1227 ELUL 28 ELUL
6 7 8 922 ELUL
24 ELUL 1126 ELUL
Selichos Begin Labor Day QUEENS BUS 6:54 Nitzavim
LABOR DAY BEGINS 7:52
13 1429 ELUL 151 TISHREI 162 TISHREI 173 TISHREI 184 TISHREI 195 TISHREI 6 TISHREI
Erev Rosh Hashanah Rosh Hashanah - Day Rosh Hashanah - Day Fast of Gedalyah 6:42 Vayelech
1 2 FAST OF GEDALIAH
1ST DAY 2ND DAY 1:30 DISMISSAL
EREV ROSH ROSH
NO SESSIONS NO SESSIONS
20 217 TISHREI 228 TISHREI 239 TISHREI 2410 TISHREI 2511 TISHREI 2612 TISHREI 13 TISHREI
Erev Yom Kippur Yom Kippur 6:31 Haazinu
6:33 YOM KIPPUR 7:28
27 2814 TISHREI 2915 TISHREI 3016 TISHREI 17 TISHREI
6:24 Succos - Day 1 Succos - Day 2 Succos - First WINTER
EREV SUCCOT 1ST DAY 2ND DAY Intermediate Day VACATION
NO SESSIONS NO SESSIONS CHOL HAMOED JANUARY 21-31
YCQ JHS MARCH TEST CALENDAR
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1 4 5 6
2 3 Purim No Tests
8 6G Math (goldstein) 6G1 Mishna
7B Gemara (Bernstein) 7B Chumash 13
15 7 Language Arts
22 9 10 11 12
6G Chumash 6 Math (Walz) 7/8 Math (Sider) 6B Gemara 27
7B Gemara (Finkelstein) 8 Science 8 Math (Cigan) 6 Vocab. Test
8B Halacha (Bernstein) JHS Denei Purim and 6G Halacha 8 Vocab. Test
7G1 Mishna 17 Megilla Quiz 7B Ivrit
8G Chumash 6 Grade Science Fair
16 7 Social Studies 18 19
No 6th Grade Tests 8B Math (Walz) 7G Halacha 6B Ivrit
8G Navi 8B Ivrit
23 24 8G Halacha 26
8 Social Studies Test 6B Chumash No 6th Grade Tests 7 Science
7B Navi 25 8G Ivrit
8 Algebra 7G Ivrit
29 30 31
6 Social Studies 6B Navi
Pre-School Trip to the Matza Bakery!!
Fifth Grade Trip to Greenkill!
YCQ Sixth Grade Science Fair!
YCQ Sixth Grade Science Fair!