VOLUME 12 NUMBER 2 OCTOBER 4, 2013 30 TISHREI 5774
UPCOMING Parshat Noach By: Rabbi Landsman
There are two famous comments of Rashi toward the end of our Parsha.
Candle Lighting: 6:14 At the end of the parsha, the Torah says that "Noah – the man of the land – planted a
Havdallah: 7:12 vineyard" [Bereshit 9:20]. Rashi comments on the words "the man of the land" (ish
ha’adama) that this connotes that Noach was defined by the land (similar to Elimelech
Mon., Oct 7 who is described as "ish Naomi" [Rut 1:3]). Noach was the "master of the land".
Back to School Night
Rabbi Frand quotes the Ramban who notes that this usage sets a precedent for
JHS 7:30 PM such constructs elsewhere in Tanach. The person "ish" is defined by what comes after
it. The Ramban cites the additional example of "ish haElokim" [Devorim 33:1] with refer-
Tues., Oct 8 ence to Moshe the man of G-d, meaning a person who defines himself by G-d. Noach,
Back to School Night on the other hand, became a person who was defined by the land.
N, K, 1 - 7:30 PM Earlier, Rashi comments on the expression "vaYachel Noach" (literally "Noach
began" from the same root as "techila" beginning). Rashi explains that the word
YCQ Family News "vaYachel" connotes that Noach profaned himself (from the root 'chulin' non-sacred)
because his initial planting after the flood should have been something other than a
Mazal Tov to Morah vineyard.
One can ask, “Should Noach have planted a vineyard?” The answer is most cer-
(2-205 and 2-206) tainly yes. After all, we must ponder where did Noach get the vines from, if everything
on the birth of a on earth had been totally destroyed? The answer is that together with all the animals
which Noach brought onto the Tayva, he took seeds of every kind of tree and plant, to
baby boy! eventually remedy the agricultural destruction that took place during the flood. There is
no question that eventually Noach was supposed to replant vineyards. The criticism
Mazel Tov to Mrs. which Rashi cites in the name of Chazal, is rebuking Noach for making the vineyard his
Kupferman (2-205) initial planting.
on the Bat Mizvah of
her granddaughter! Rav Yeruchum Levovitz explains that this teaches us a lesson regarding the im-
portance of proper priorities. There are many things that we would like to accomplish in
Mazel Tov to Rabbi life. We have numerous obligations. However, our priorities will define what we will be-
Nat (JHS Rebbe) on come. The pasuk says "vaYachel Noach ish haAdamah". Our Sages note that earlier
the Bar Mitzvah of Noach was referred to as a pure and noble spirit (Noach ish Tzadik tamim). Look what
happened to him! Suddenly he is called a "man of the earth." Where did he go wrong?
his son! Chazal explain that his spiritual descent was extremely subtle. It was not a dramatic
rebellion or change of life style. Heaven Forbid! Noach merely misplaced his priorities
Mazal Tov to and planted what should have been a later crop ahead of what should have been earlier
Yonatan Soleimani plantings.
upon his Bar Mitvah!
Noach's inappropriate first priority became his defining essence as mentioned in
Condolences to the previously quoted Rashi. The vineyard defined him because that became the num-
Mrs. Criss (4-307) ber one priority in his life. It is crucial to maintain appropriate priorities.
upon the loss of her
Have a great Shabbat!
Monday October 7, 2013 - JHS Back to School Night 7:30 PM
Tuesday October 8, 2013—Grade N, K, and 1 Back to School Night 7:30 PM
On Thursday September 12th, the students in grades 1-5 attended a Yom Kippur Kapparot
assembly. Rabbi Landsman told a story about the children of a king and queen who felt so
privileged to be part of the royal family. The children were inspired to have a better under-
standing of how they should behave on Yom Kippur. The children really connected and
took upon themselves not to eat junk food on Yom Kippur. The students did their kapparot
with money, the proceeds of which will go to an Israeli organization called Of Le’Shab-
bat. The tzedakah collected will be given to help the poor in Israel buy food for Shabbat.
8G2 Helped Decorate Local Community Succot
The 8th grade girls had an amazing opportunity to do chesed in the community. The girls
went to help decorate succot around KGH. On Tuesday, September 17th, the eighth grade
girls helped out by going around house to house to decorate the communities’ succot. The
families were so thrilled to open their doors for YCQ students. The girls had a great time
helping others in the beautiful mitzvah. The residents told the girls that they are actually
excited to now eat in such a beautiful succah. The 8th graders did such a great job in the
community representing YCQ. "My Sukkah is beautiful and I owe it all the YCQ students"
said one of the women whose succah was decorated. The community was so happy, they are
already signing up for next year. Yasher Koach to all the girls who decorated the Succot!
Rabbi Finkelman Delivers Teshuva Lecture to the JHS Students
On Thursday September 12th, 2013 the JHS students had the unbelievable honor and privilege
of hearing Rabbi Finkelman, mashgiach ruchani, Yeshivat Ohr HaChaim, speak to them
about Teshuvah. He described the unbelievable opportunity that Yom Kippur provides us to
improve ourselves, and get closer to HaShem. He told some incredible Dvrei Torah, stories
and anecdotes in order to inspire the entire audience. After the drasha Rabbi Finkelman re-
mained in the shul for an extended period of time giving each student a special bracha and
wishing them a wonderful new year!
Rabbi Lavi Greenspan Speaks to the Eighth Grade Students
On Wednesday September 11th, the eighth grade students had the privilege of hearing Rabbi Lavi Greenspan speak about his
life story. Lavi became blind in his mid-twenties while studying at Fordham Law School. He had previously graduated YCQ,
Yeshiva of Flatbush High School and received a BA from Yeshiva University. After losing his eyesight, he completed law
school and passed the Bar Exam and furthered his graduate education by obtaining Smicha from Yeshiva University and
most recently receiving a Masters Degree in Social Work. He is humorous, outgoing and extremely personable. The students
loved his stories and jokes and his words of compassion and wisdom. Lavi told us about the hardest and seemingly lowest
point of his life. What was it that kept him going that was so important for us to hear Erev Yom Kippur? Levi told us that
there are four things that keep his spirits high: Family, Am Israel, his Rebbe, and Torah. On a day like Yom Kippur we think
back to Lavi’s story and realize that we are so blessed and Baruch Hashem we have so much bracha!
Congratulations to the following Library Summer Reading 2013 Star
Class 1‐201: Miryam Weiss, Ariel Shabtai, Shoshana Musheyev, Danielle Goldglancz, Michael
Levy, Zachery Babaev, Liam Sasson, Eitan Bitton
Class 1‐202: Noah Blum
Class 2‐204: Ariella Miles, Natalie Avitsedek, Esti Goldberg
Class 2‐206: Zachary Rosenthal, Rebecca Lalo, Siggy (Simcha) Orenbuch, Yossi Bavaro,
Diana Borohov, Liorah Soleimani, Ariel Fried
Class 2‐207: Noah Segelnick, Daniel Steinman, Eitan Canter
Class 3‐209: Joshua Bellehsen, Daniella Orenbuch, Aaron Sisser, Rikva Sullivan, Daniel
Yushuvayev, Sarah Sassoon
Class 3‐210‐ Jared Roth, Meir Flamenbaum, Talia Goldstein, Abie Baruch, Corey Spitzer,
Gabriella (Gaby) Schikman
Class 3‐211 – Abigail Abayev
Class 4‐304 – Eitan Adler, Daniel Zar
Class 4‐305 – Jordana Sparber, Orah Fisher, Bat‐Zion Atik
Class 4‐306 – Eli Weiss
Class 4‐307 – Oriah Azulay, Avia Bitan, Leah Cherson, Alexandra Davidov, Shoshana Fisher, Dara
Rebecca Khaimov, Shila Korrori, Melissa Rosenthal, Eva Lalo
Class 5‐300 – Jeremy Goodman, Nathaniel Yushuvayev
Class 5‐302 – Lily Sassoon
Class 5‐303 – Eli Orenbuch, David Nisanov
*Please note that these names are not the same as those for the more recent
Succot Reading Club, which is still being collected. The deadline for those folders
is Monday, October 7.
YCQ FIFTH-EIGHTH GRADE BOYS & GIRLS
PARENT-CHILD SUNDAY LEARNING PROGRAM
OCTOBER 13, 2013 9 CHESHVAN 5774
9 AM - 11 AM
Followed by a weekly 3-on-3 intramural
RABBI JONATHAN RIETTI,
NOTED AUTHOR AND LECTURER WITH OVER TWENTY FIVE LECTURE
ALBUMS ON TOPICS SUCH AS INNER GROWTH, SPIRITUALITY, PAR-
ENTING AND JEWISH IDENTITY. HE DRAWS UPON HIS BACKGROUND
IN THE FILM AND ADVERTISING INDUSTRIES IN ORDER TO ENTERTAIN
THE LISTENER WITH HUMOR, LOVE AND JOY.
TOPIC: “The True Secret to Happiness”
Looking forward to seeing you on the following dates
October 20, 2013 February 2, 2014
October 27, 2013 February 9, 2014
November 10, 2013 February 23, 2014
November 24, 2013 March 2, 2014
december 8, 2013 March 9, 2014
December 29, 2013 March 23, 2014
All Sunday Learning Programs begin with Shacharit at 9 am followed by
breakfast, learning and great prizes. Program concludes each week at
11:20 am, following the 3-on-3 basketball game in the gym.
Please Join Us With Your Child* at the
YCQ PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Sibling registration for YCQ families will begin on
Monday, October 7, 2013.
Please call Mrs. Sharon Korn 718-793-8500 x313 or
Hadas Fried at ext. 310 to make an appointment. Don’t
delay! Our preschool fills up quickly and we don't want
you to miss out.
*If your child attends, he/she must be accompanied by
at least one parent and another adult who will remain
with your child during the children’s program.
NEW YCQ FAMILIES
YOU ARE CORDIALLY
INVITED TO ATTEND
A DESSERT BUFFET
WELCOMING YOU TO THE
YCQ PARENT BODY
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013
AT 8 PM
JHS MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM
SAVE THE DATE!!
Register Your Child For An Exciting Year….
Bar Mitzvah Boys in 7th or 8th Bat Mitzvah age, Girls in 6th A unique, exciting way for your
grade meet once a month for grade meet once a month for
interactive and meaningful daughter to be involved with
discussions about the signifi- enriching and meaningful community needs and
cance of how Judaism relates to
the life of a Bar Mitzvah Boy in discussions about the signifi- projects. She gets to be a part of
Todays’ Hi-tech times. Club social action adventures and
members enjoy a wide range of cance of becoming a Bat Mitz-
vah. Club members enjoy a make a world of a difference for
super cool activities, trips, others. Club members meet
wide range of crafts, activi-
and more. ties, trips, a Shabbaton and once a month to do a special
more. Chessed - kindness. This is for
Girls in 7th grade.
For Registration and Information on these Exciting Educational Opportunities
Contact Chabad of Eastern Queens
[email protected] / 718-464-0778
YCQ Kaparot Program
Eighth Grade Girls Decorate Community Sukkot!