VOLUME 12 NUMBER 32 MAY 30, 2014 1 SIVAN 5774
UPCOMING Parshat Naso By: Rabbi Landsman
EVENTS Rabbi Benjamin Yudin, Rabbi at Congregation Shomrei Torah of Fairlawn New Jersey, quotes the
Sefer haChinuch, which teaches us that ten of the eighteen mitzvot found in Parshat Naso deal with the nazir. As
Candle Lighting: 8:00 such, it is understandable that the haftorah chosen for this parsha would focus on the laws of nazir as found in
Sunday June 1 the book of Shoftim. We are taught that an angel of Hashem appears to the wife of Manoach and informs her
Celebrate Israel that she will conceive and give birth to a son. The prophecy continues, and she is told that this son is to be
Parade (Shoftim 13:5), "a Nazarite of HaShem from the womb", till the day of his death.
Grades 4-8 When she relates the prophecy to her husband he prays to HaShem that the angel should reappear and
Monday June 2 "teach us what we should do to the child who will be born" (13:8). At first glance this is most challenging what
Philadelphia Trip didn't Manoach understand that he needed clarification from the angel? The laws of the nazir are stated explic-
itly in Parshat Naso and there were no lack of rabbis and teachers who could guide him with any questions.
Moreover, when HaShem accedes to his request and the angel reappears, he repeats to Manoach the
Tuesday June 3 - same set of instructions as before. What has been accomplished with the second visit of the angel? Rav Schwab
Thursday June 5 zt"l, in his Mayan Beit Ha-Shoeva, introduces a novel and insightful message in the form of additional compo-
Erev Shavuot nent to the prophecy. The malach tells the father-to-be, "whatever I have told your wife tishmor you shall ob-
Shavuot serve." On the surface he is simply restating the rules. However, this may be understood to mean that
the malach told Manoach that he himself shall also observe what he had told his wife, namely the laws of
No Sessions the nazir.
Friday June 6 What was troubling Manoach, and what caused him to talk to the angel directly, was not that he did
Sessions Resume not trust his wife's account of the initial prophecy. Rather, Manoach was troubled by a father who is not
Monday June 9 a nazir himself raising a child to be a nazir. The angel affirmed his concern, and agreed that the only way to
Finals Begin raise a nazir is for the father as well to practice and observe the laws of nezirus. If Manoach would drink wine
Eighth Grade and cut his own hair, his effectiveness as a mentor would be severely compromised. Thus, the preamble to the
Chagigat B’Not Mitzvah birth of Shimshon contains a most valuable pedagogical lesson: "Do as I say not as I do" is not effective parent-
6th Grade Girls
This positive lesson is gleaned by the Chasam Sofer in his understanding of the verse, (Shemot 12:24),
Wednesday June 11 regarding the laws of Peasach, "you shall observe this matter as a decree for yourself and for your children forev-
Finals Begin er." He notes that only when the example has been set by the parent, can there be expectation for continuity by
Seventh Grade children.
Monday June 16 Indeed, the same lesson can be derived from the familiar passage of v'shomru (Shemot 31:16), "the chil-
Graduation Practice dren of Israel shall observe the Shabbat, to make the Shabbat an eternal covenant for their generations." If
10AM—1PM Shabbat is positive and spiritually uplifting in addition to restful and socially engaging, the reverence and re-
Nursery “Moving Up” spect for Shabbos by one's children will hopefully follow. Rav Moshe Feinstein zt"l noted that the generation
that sacrificed for Shabbat, often losing their jobs to keep Shabbat, but complained at the Shabbat table "vi
Last day of Nursery shver tzu zein a yid" “it is difficult to be a Jew" could not transmit a Shabbat to their children that would be ev-
erlasting. Their children, while proud of their parents, were not prepared to make that sacrifice. When Shabbat
Senior Award Dinner is observed with pleasantness and sweetness, there is greater likelihood for perpetuity.
The first beracha of Birkat Hatorah recited daily speaks of the sweetness of Torah and asks HaShem for
Eighth Grade His assistance in experiencing and imbibing this sweetness. What follows next is the prayer that our children
Tuesday June 17 and children's children will be immersed and accomplished in the study of Torah. The beracha itself provides
the best method of insurance: if you show your children by your studying Torah with excitement and enthusi-
asm for Torah, there is a much greater chance they will wish to emulate your ways.
Last Day of Kindergar-
Good Jewish parenting begins with the father of our people, Avraham Avinu. We are told that Ha-
shem loved him (Bereishit 18:19), "because he commands his children and his household after him acharav that
8th grade Graduation they keep the way of HaShem, doing charity and justice." "Acharav" denotes that Avraham taught by example
7PM and hence his lessons live on. Have a Shabbat Shalom!
6:00 p.m.: Mrs. Blass (p.m. class), Ms Hagler, Mrs. Rebecca Blum, Mrs. Chubak (a.m. class),
Grades 2, 3-209, 5-300, 5-302.
7:00 p.m.: Mrs. Blass (a.m. class), Ms. Laffer, Mrs. Chubak (p.m. class),
Grades 4, 5-301, 5-303.
The Tanchuma says that learning about the Mikdash is equivalent to building the Mikdash.
In conjunc on with ﬁnishing Parshiot Terumah and Tetzaveh the sixth grade boys and girls took
part in a fascina ng interac ve program that included the famous Machon HaMikdash (Temple
Ins tute ) illustra ons and hands on building of a giant model of the second Mikdash.
We added sec on a er sec on of the courtyards, lishachot, and the Heichal. We reviewed the
func ons of the keilim that were learned in class and enjoyed seeing the Mikdash brought to life
before our eyes. Special thanks to Rabbi Landsman for arranging this visit and Steve Frenkel, the
director of the Machon HaMikdash Ins tute for a very special virtual visit to the Mikdash!
YCQ Visits Citi-Field!
On Thursday May 22 and Wednesday May 28 the students of the Mishmar and Sunday Learn-
ing programs went to a ball game! The Mets played very well both nights and the students en-
joyed seeing the game as well as the experience of being outside of the class with their Torah
mentors! Many thanks to the Rabbeim and Morot for running such amazing Torah programs for
the students outside of the classroom!
On Wednesday, May 28th, college students from Bnei Akiva came to YCQ for Yom
Yerushalayim. They spoke to the 3rd-7th grade students about the great miracles of the 1967
Six Day War in which Israel, on the brink of annihilation, not only successfully fended off the
surrounding Arab nations but unified Yerushalayim and regained control of the Kotel and Har
Habayit. The students learned that Israel's stunning military victory was nothing short of Divine
intervention, Hashem once again saving the Jewish people from destruction. It is on Yom
Yerushalayim that we thank Hashem for the wonders He performed in 1967 and rejoice over
the beautiful city we have today.
The YCQ Band Preforms
The YCQ band had an amazing year under the instruction of Ms. Tracy Brooks! She lead a beginners
performance as well as an advance performance. He beginners preformed songs such as “Twinkle Twin-
kle Little Star”, “French Toast”, and “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. The advance group preformed songs
such as “Eight days a week” by the Beatles, “Festive March”, “Anasafi” and “Hevainu Shalom Alei-
chem”. The entire group preformed, “We Will Rock You” and “School Blues”. Hayley Tanzman has a
solo on her flute and played the song “Let it Go” from Frozen. Yosef Sullivan has a solo on his trumpet
playing the song, “Counting Stars”. Parents and family members greatly enjoyed hearing the beautiful
songs that the students learned! We hope your instruments get a lot of use over the summer months! We
would like to thank everyone for all there hard work!
Yeshiva of Central Queens
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE LETTER
WAS MAILED ON FRIDAY, MAY 16
CHECK YOUR MAIL AND IF YOU HAVE
NOT RECEIVED IT BY MAY 28TH CALL
EXT. 326 AND A COPY WILL BE SENT
ATTENTION PARENTS OF STUDENTS WHO RECEIVE SETSS (RESOURCE
ROOM), SPEECH AND LANGUAGE, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, PHYSICAL
THERAPY, OR COUNSELING SERVICES FROM THE NEW YORK CITY DE-
PARTMENT 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.
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
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
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!
The Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills
invites the community to our annual
Dr. Simon Lopata Shavuot Forum
Thursday, June 5, 2014
7 Sivan 5774
"Understanding the Complexities of
the Chareidi vs. Non-Chareidi Issues
in Israel and Here”
Rabbi Moshe Faskowitz: Rav, Torah Center of Hillcrest,
Rosh Hayeshiva, Madregas Haadam
The View from a Rosh Hayeshiva
Rabbi Robby & Mrs. Shoshana Charnoff: Directors, JLIC, Queens College
The Impact on Today’s College Youth
Dr. Shmuel Schneider: Associate Professor of Hebrew Literature, Yeshiva University
The Role of the Media in Reporting This Issue
Moderator: Rabbi Stuart Verstandig
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PRESENT AN EDUCATIONAL EVENING FOR PARENTS
- SEPARATE SEATING -
Kedushas Haguf - Talking to your Children
About Development, Maturity & New Responsibilities
VIDEOTAPED INTRODUCTORY REMARKS BY
HARAV SHMUEL KAMENETSKY, SHLITA
ROSH YESHIVA, TALMUDICAL YESHIVA, PHILADELPHIA
FOLLOWED BY RENOWNED THERAPIST AND SPEAKER
YITZCHAK SCHECHTER, PSY.D.
DIRECTOR, CENTER FOR APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY (CAPS) AT BIKUR CHOLIM
MONDAY, JUNE, 9TH, 8:00PM
YOUNG ISRAEL OF KEW GARDENS HILLS
70-11 150TH ST, KEW GARDENS HILLS, NY 11367
ADMISSION IS FREE - FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
CALL: 347-455-1669 EMAIL: [email protected]
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SPONSORED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
BAIS YAAKOV ACADEMY OF QUEENS, BNOS MALKA ACADEMY, YESHIVA HAR TORAH,
YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS, YESHIVA KETANA OF QUEENS, YESHIVA TIFERETH MOSHE,
& THE JEWISH BOARD OF FAMILY AND CHILDREN'S SERVICES
CREATING A HEALTHIER AND SAFER COMMUNITY FOR OUR CHILDREN THROUGH AWARENESS, EDUCATION, PREVENTION AND PROTECTION.
YCQ Builds the Beit Hamikdash!