VOLUME 12 NUMBER 29 MAY 9, 2014 9 IYAR 5774
UPCOMING Parshat Behar By: Rabbi Landsman
EVENTS Parshat Behar contains the mitzvah of Shemita. All agricultural work
Candle Lighting: 7:41 in the Land of Israel must stop during the seventh year of the Shemita
Havdallah: 8:43 cycle. The laws of Shemita require that the land must remain empty. One
Tuesday May 13
can imagine that in an agricultural society this mitzvah had a major impact
PA Meeting 8:30 PM on people's lives.
Monday May 19
However, right in the middle of the laws of Shemita, the Torah
Lag B’Omer Program
Tuesday May 20 teaches us the following halacha: "When you sell an item to your fellow
PA Supperette man, or buy from the hand of your fellow man, one man should not cheat
Wednesday May 21 his brother".Rabbi Frand brings to our attention that it seems peculiar that
5th Grade the Torah taught this particular halacha of "Ona-ah" (cheating) right in
Monday May 26 the middle of the halachot of Shemita. The halachot of "Ona-ah" apply
No Sessions primarily to moveable property. Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as
Wednesday May 28 overcharging (or underpaying) for real estate. Why is "Ona-ah" located in
Yom Yerushalayim the middle of the halachot of Shemita?
Rabbi Frand says that the Torah is teaching us a lesson. The
fundamental concept that underlies the mitzvah of Shemita is that one's
Thursday May 29 livelihood comes from HaShem. If a person works long enough and hard
enough and is successful in business, he usually becomes lulled into
thinking, "it is ME who is making all this money". People attribute their
Sunday June 1 successes to their own wisdom, skill, and diligence.
Celebrate Israel Parade Rabbi Frand explains that there is a wonderful concept within the
Grades 4-8 Mitzvah of Shemita that unfortunately only exists in Eretz Yisrael and only
Monday June 2 applies to farmers. HaShem teaches us an important lesson through this
concept: "You must remember something, I give you your livelihood." A
7th Grade person's sustenance is determined yearly on Rosh Hashannah. Of course,
YCQ Family News one must exert the appropriate amount of effort, but the amount and the
Mazal Tov to Jackie success that one enjoys when it comes to Parnassah is provided by HaShem.
Glaser on his Bar The proof of that is the Sabbatical year.
During the entire Shemita year, we do not do any work and somehow
or another, we have a livelihood. The Sabbatical year makes us stop and
think that it is not we who provide for ourselves. HaShem provides our
livelihood. That being the case, it becomes eminently clear why the
commandment against cheating is right in the middle of the portion of
If a person truly believes in what Shemitah is all about that HaShem
provides us with our livelihood then why would he cheat his fellow man?
Such an attitude can only come from one who thinks that HE is making the
livelihood himself. That is why "Ona-ah" is located in the middle of Shemita.
Please remember to submit your class placement form.
Please remember to submit your parade form as soon as possible.
YCQ Commemorates Yom Ha’Zikaron
This past Monday, May 5th, college students from Bnei Akiva came to YCQ! The goal
was to have the students realize that the cities and places in Israel that we so often take
for granted, were not just given to us. People sacrificed their lives defending our nation
and our homeland, and it is thanks to them that today we have a Jewish State. The
students went around to different cities in Israel, learning at each city the story of a soldier
or civilian who lost their life for that place. Some examples are Jerusalem- Shmulik
Farkash, a soldier who was killed during the 1967 Six Day War, the war in which we
captured the Old City and finally gained access to the Kotel and Har Habayit. Golan
Heights- Col. Yitzchak Ben-Shoham, a soldier killed by Syrian tanks in the Golan Heights
during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Netanya- Dvora and Michael Karim, an elderly couple
who were killed by the suicide bombing at the Park Hotel in Netanya on Pesach night in
2001. The students then all gathered at Har Herzl, the military cemetery at which many
Israelis gather on Yom Hazikaron to commemorate their loved ones. The students all
stood for a moment of silence as the siren was sounded and together remembered the
men and women who gave their lives for the State of Israel. Thank you to Bnei Akiva for
all they did to make this program so meaningful!
YCQ Celebrates Yom Ha’atzmaut
YCQ had a fun day celebrating Israel’s 66th birthday. The Nursery and Kindergarten
went on a “trip to Israel”. All of the students received passports and boarded the plane
to Israel. On their trip they saw pictures of many Israeli landmarks and sites, they
visited the kotel, the Dead Sea and the Israel Museum. Grades N-3 visited the fourth
grade classrooms which had exhibits displaying different cities in Israel. Rabbi Ophie
Nat sang in a beautiful concert that began by students hearing the story of YCQ
graduate Alex Rogers describe his experiences in the IDF. The entire school enjoyed
dancing and singing at the live concert.
Fifth Grade Students Send Care Packages to Israel
In honor of Yom Ha’Atzmaut the fifth grade students packed care packages filled with
different necessary toiletries to be sent to Israel. The students went between four differ-
ent stations. The first was packing the toiletries bag, the second was writing a letter
thanking the soldiers. The third was students learning a song about Israel, and lastly stu-
dents watched a video about the beautiful culture and history of Israel. Thank you to
Morah Fried for organizing this special project. Thank you to Mrs. Orlanski, Rabbi Ha-
mel, Rabbi Rohr, Morah Tali and Mrs. Hoffman, for all their help!
YCQ Students Receive Presidential Fitness Test Awards
Ten years ago, YCQ enrolled in the US Presidential Fitness Program, to encourage and promote healthy and
active lifestyles for its students. The results ten years later are evident in the higher test scores that all 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 meas-
ure 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 introducing 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
Ethan Abraham, * Uriel Babaev, Elinatan David, Eleanor Finklestein, Shira Fisher, Aaron Haiimpour, Eli-
yahu Kakov, Noam Lichtman, Shira Nektalov, Ethan Yusupov, 1-201 Joseph Aaron, Eitan Bitton, Michaela
Fuzaylov, Gabriel Gavrilov, Danielle Goldglancz, Liora Khaimova, Michaela Kovan, Gilad Levy, *Michael
Levy, Israel Monrov, Joshua Noah, Elinora Pleshty, Liam Sasson, Miryam Wiess, Matthew Yusupov, 1-202
Noah Blum, Shira Dahan, Joshua Elishayev, Avi Finkel, Jordana Fuzailof, Benjamin Kochman, Yair Nissel,
Yosef Haim Ovadia, 1-203 *Eli Bokhour, *Daniella Czegledi,* Noam Edri, *Gabriel Khaimov, *Chaya
Lubeck ,*Rivka Sonbolian, *Noam Traeger, Sophia Mallakandov, 2-207 *Eitan Canter, Talia Cohen,
*Daniel Emergi, Raphael Farber, Eliana Fuzaylov, Ohr Jacoby, Jonah Kirschbaum, Kerenna Klien, Eliana
Kovan,*Daniel Oxenhandler, Solomon Saidov, Noah Segalnick, Daniel Steinman, 2-206 Yossi Bavaro, Jessi-
ca Davidson, Ariel Fried, Shlomo Inoyatov, Nathaniel Khaimov, Simcha Orenbuch, Zachury Rosenthal, Li-
orah Soleimani, Barak Waxman, Elnatan Yagudayev, 2-205 Haim Abayev,*Ariel Blitz, Ethan Dan, *Jacob
Goldmann, *Jacob Natanov, *Yonatan Perlmutter, *Shlomo Rosenthal, Illana Schwartz, Tali Stein-
berger,*David Yakubov, 2-204 Joshua Aminov, Shira David, Ariella Miles, Daniel Noy, Eli Ruben, Garbriel-
le Ruben, Gabriella Shamalov, Lior Weitz, Uriel Zamir, 3-209 Raquel Abraham, Adam Aranbaiev, *Joshua
Bellehsen, Yonatan Dahan, Benjamin Gigi, Daniel Gol, Ilana Masheyev, Daniella Orenbuch, Yaniv Oxen-
handler, Sarah Sassoon, *Aaron Sisser,*Rivka Sullivan,*Yosef Yakabov, 3-210 *Skyler Askari,*Eliran
Elishayev, Illana Joy Kramer, Abraham Nisanov, Jared Roth, Joshua Schindler, Corey Spitzer, 3-211 Ariel
Ackrak, Matan Avisedek, David Azulay, Elliot Dayan,* Itai Itzhak, *Yehoshua Marciano,* Gabriel Rakof-
sky, Sydney Schnider, Ahuva Singer, Eden Yusupov, Hannah Zakry, 3-212 Jacob Aranov, Daniel Babayev,
Orli Betesh, Abraham Haiimpour, Matthew Hayimov, Yael Itzhakov,*Coral Levy, Ilan Mullakandov, Elinor
Ovadia, Tamar Sonbolian, 4-304 Eitan Adler, Yonathen Aranbayev, Tzvi Bromberg, Eli Canter, Rephael Ge-
mal, Daniel Haim, Nathaniel Itzhakov, Leeon Jacoby, Israel Katayev, *Charels Andre Mann, Noah Orlofsky,
Yair Shalomoff, Zachery Stein,*Eric Stiefel, *Daniel Zar, 4-306 *Jacob Aranbaev, Yehoshua Goldglancz,
Natanel Hativi, Emanuel Izrailov, Shachar Koller , Samuel Korman, *Michael Levy, *Yosef Lubeck , Jacob
Oconner, *Chaim Simon,*Akiva Sokol, Jeremy Vamai, Eli Weiss, Jason Yushuvayev, 4-305 Rozalina
Ashirov, Bat-tzion Atik, Emily Borochoff, Orah Fisher, Shiffy Frank, Carly Isler, Miriam Khaimova, Kayla
Moskowitz, Kayla Muchnick, Kayle Oconner, Rebecca Shalamov,*Helina Singer, Jordana Sparber, Ariella
Varnai, Laura Winchester, 4-307 Oria Azulay, Naomi Basal, Avia Bitan, Leah Cherson, Devora Finkel, Sho-
shana Fisher, Liat Gigi, Riva Goldberg, Rina Itzhakov, Eva Lalo,*Tamar Lazarus, Leah Levin, Baily Lisker,
Melissa Rosenthal, *Shira Shwartz, Rebecca Szlechter, 5-300 *Benjamin Abramov, Benjamin Ariav, *Elad
Biniaminy,*Eitan Cohen, Yosef Chaim Dahan, Ethan Davidson,*Ariel Menasl Fatir, Jeremy Goodman, Kivi
Hordish, Eitan Hoschander, Yosef Levitt, *Ravid Levy, *Matthew Nektalov, Dylan Roos, Gabriel War-
shaw,* Ranan Waxman, Tzvi Winokur, 5-303 Ari Ancselovics, Zachery Feldman, *Yehuda Gur-arie, Yair
Oxenhandler, Joshua Shamalov, Daniel Winchester, Refael Yushuvayev, Jacob Zar.
An Open Letter from the YCQ-PA to
The YCQ Parent Body
YCQ-PA MEETING TUESDAY, MAY 13, 8:30PM
Many people often ask, “What does the PA do?”
While the function of the PA is to serve as a liaison between the administration and the
parent body, the YCQ-PA does so much more. The money raised through PA activities
goes directly back to our children. The PA is proud to support numerous programs
which benefit all our children from Nursery through the Junior High School.
The YCQ-PA sponsors the author series for all grades throughout the year, Chanukah
parties with Rabbeim/Morot, the Tu B’shvat Shuk, the Purim carnival, the 7th grade
boys Bar Mitzvah workshop, the 6th grade girls Bat Mitzvah gift of a Tehillim, the 8th
grade graduation gift, the end of year trips, the Names Not Numbers program and
The YCQ-PA also shows Hakarat Hatov to our teachers and staff throughout the year
by giving honey bears for Rosh Hashanah, gifts for Chanukah, gifts to the first and
second grade teachers for coordinating the Siddur and Chumash plays, gifts to the
Nursery and Kindergarten teachers for coordinating the Chanukah plays, Mishloach
Manot to all staff, year end teacher appreciation gifts, a donation of a gift to the
library in the event of a loss of a staff member’s family, and gifts to teachers upon
getting married or having a baby.
None of the above would be possible without the assistance of our
dedicated parent volunteers. We encourage everyone, both moms and
dads, to take the time to get involved and help give our children the vital
programs we as an organization provide. To that end there are a myriad of
committees that are available for joining. Among them are book fair,
Purim, boutiques, calendar, teacher appreciation, Supperette, and many
As the PA finishes this school year and plans for next year please join us
at our meeting this coming Tuesday, May 13 at 8:30 pm in the YCQ library.
Come ready to volunteer to join or chair a committee.
The PA and the children are counting on you!
The YCQ-PA Presidium
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
and mailed “return receipt” to the
Board of Education, Linden Place address
BEFORE June 1, 2014.
Please make a copy of this letter for your records.
Note that YCQ is located in district 25.
Failure to return this letter on time will result
in the TERMINATION of all service.
Please call extension 326 if you have
any concerns or questions.
Do you have any old used
books that you don’t want
Well the YCQ 6th grade girls want them!
We are starting to prepare for our annual
used book sale so please feel free to bring
in any books that you would like to donate.
The JHS girls’ will go around to all the
other classrooms and collect the books.
Thank you in advance for your
*All proceeds from this book sale go to
Yeshiva of Central Queens
CELEBRATE ISRAEL PARADE
Sunday, June 1, 2014
(rain or shine)
“Jerusalem of Gold”
is being presenting in coordination with this year’s Parade-wide theme:
“Celebrate Israel Parade’s 50th Anniversary”
The pictures on our banner are artistic renderings of Jerusalem
Each grade will present pictures representing scenes of Jerusalem
The great Rabbi Akiva, before he devoted himself to Torah study, worked as a
shepherd for Kalba Savua. When Rachel, Kalba Savua's daughter, saw that even
though Akiva was unassuming, there was something extraordinary about him, she
said, "If I am willing to be betrothed to you, will you attend a house of study?"
Akiva answered, "Yes." So she betrothed herself to him in secret. When Kalba
Savua learned what she had done, he drove her out of his house and vowed that
she was not to benefit from any of his property. At that, she went off and openly
married Akiva. When winter came, they were so poor that they had to sleep in a
straw bin. As Akiva picked the straw from her hair, he would say, "If I had the
means, I would give you a 'Jerusalem of Gold.'- (A gold tiara with "Jerusalem" engraved on it)
When Rabbi Akiva, after 24 years of uninterrupted Torah study, became a leading
scholar in his generation, he indeed had a ‘Jerusalem of Gold’ tiara made for his wife.
When the wife of Rabban Gamliel saw it, she was envious of her, went to her
husband and said so. He replied, "Would you have done for me what she did for
her husband? She used to sell the braided locks of her hair and give him the money,
so that he could occupy himself with Torah!
Rabbi Akiva lived during the period after the churban - the destruction of the Holy
Temple in Jerusalem - and the start of our two millennia long exile. The ‘Jerusalem
of Gold’ tiara represented the fulfillment of the prophecy that Jerusalem would be rebuilt
and the elderly would once again sit and congregate outdoors and children would
once again play in its streets. We, today, are witness to the rejuvenation of
Jerusalem and the entire land of Israel. Once again Jerusalem’s streets are teeming
with life as Jews throughout the Diaspora are returning both as visitors and olim.
May we also witness the rebuilding of the Beit HaMikdash and G-d’s restoring His
Shechinah speedily in our days.
We would like to make this year’s Parade the best ever!
Fourth through eighth grade students are required to march in the parade.
COME MARCH AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR ISRAEL!
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