VOLUME 14 NUMBER 5 OCTOBER 30, 2015 30 CHESHVAN 5776
UPCOMING Parshat Vayerah By: Rabbi Landsman
EVENTS In our Siddur, we repeatedly refer to the akeidat Yitzchak as testimony to
Candle Lighting: Avraham's absolute trust in Hashem, and we plead to arouse Hashem's mercy
upon us by virtue of our ancestor's great merit.
Havdallah: 6:35 Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, world renowned Rabbi and psychiatrist raises the
following question, Avraham's great devotion to Hashem notwithstanding, there
Sun., Nov. 1 have been many other instances of great sacrifice and martyrdom in our history.
Set Clocks Back After all, Hashem spared Yitzchak's life, but Channah watched her seven sons be
killed because of their refusal to bow to an idol. In fact, the king was so moved by
One Hour Channah's children's acceptance of martyrdom that he wished to spare the life of
5th-8th Parent the seventh child. He threw down his ring and said to the child, "Just bend down to
Child Learning pick it up. You will not be worshipping the idol, but the people will think you
complied and bowed to the idol, and that will allow me to spare your life."
Fri. Nov. 6 Channah told the child not to pick up the ring, and the child was killed. Does this not
JHS Boys equal the akeidah? Yet, we do not invoke Channah's merit in our prayers.
Shabbaton! Unfortunately, there were far too many instances of martyrdom in our history, but
the merit of the akeidah goes beyond martyrdom. In addition, the episode of
the akeidah testifies to the greatness of Avraham in other ways, which constitute a
Shabbat Nov. 7 source of teaching for us. Rabbi Dr. Twerski explains that there are subtleties in the
JHS Boys episode of the akeidah that are often overlooked.
The Torah relates that on the day after he received the awesome Divine command,
Sunday Nov. 8 "Avraham woke up early in the morning" (Breishit 22:3) to carry out the divine
Preschool Open command. The Talmud cites this as a virtue of Avraham and as a teaching that
those who are diligent to serve Hashem hasten to fulfill His mitzvot. One subtlety is
House overlooked. If Abraham awoke in the morning, obviously he slept during the
Tuesday Nov. 10 night! What father, knowing that he was to sacrifice his beloved child the next day
Bar Mitzvah could possibly sleep peacefully? At the very best, a father would be up at night,
Workshop 7th pacing the floor, wringing his hands and crying. But not Avraham. His trust in
Grade Boys Hashem was so perfect that he took everything with equanimity. Everything that
Hashem does is good. If Hashem wants me to have a son, that is good. If Hashem
wants me not to have a son, that, too, is good. Avraham slept peacefully all night.
Wednesday Nov. 11 Another great virtue of Avraham is pointed out by Harav Chaim Shmuelevitz
Veterans Day (Sichos Mussar 5731:1 ). For decades, Avraham had been denouncing idol worship.
No Sessions The idolatry most severely condemned in the Torah is the Molach, which was
BJE Faculty served by human sacrifice. Avraham vigorously condemned this practice, saying
Conferences that it was unthinkable that Hashem would ask for human sacrifice. Now, if he
Sunday Nov. 15 would carry out what he felt to be the Divine command to sacrifice Yitzchak, what
PTO Family will he say to the multitude whose practice of human sacrifice he had so
Picture Day vehemently condemned? He would have to say, "You were all right. Throughout
my entire lifetime, I was wrong!" Few people can admit that the position which
5th-8th Parent they espoused so vigorously and for so many decades was an error. The greatness
Child Learning of Avraham was that he was ready to do this.
We can see now why the akeidah is singled out as Avraham's greatest merit. It
tells us much about the character of the father of our nation, whom we are to
YCQ Family News emulate. Shabbat Shalom
Mazel Tov to Ariella PRESCHOOL Sibling Registration has begun!
Ross and Rachel Please schedule a time to meet with Morah Sharon
Schulman on their to ensure your child's spot in NEXT YEAR'S
Bat Mitzvah! kindergarten!
Mazel Tov to Ariel
Biniaminy on his Bar
20/20 Torah Vision
This past Sunday, participants of YCQ's Sunday Learning Program
enjoyed an engaging lecture by our JHS rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Howitt.
Entitled "20/20 Torah Vision", Rabbi Howitt's address discussed the
importance of appreciating the Torah as our supreme indicator of
truth, and the need for a person to adjust their ideals to fit with the
lessons and values of the Torah. From the parent and child chavruta
learning at the beginning of the program until the exciting raffle
drawing at the end, a meaningful and enjoyable time was shared by all.
New Family Welcome Reception
The Parents Teachers Organization of YCQ had a nice turnout at their annual
new parent evening on Monday night, October 26th. Held in the multi purpose
room, parent’s met and socialized with other. Rabbi Landsman opened up with a
beautiful dvar torah followed by greetings from Mrs. Tracy Landsberg, YCQ PTO
President. We then heard a timely short lecture from Mrs. Marci Davidovics, our
school social worker on “Helping our kids to have space to grow”. The best part
of the evening was hearing each parent introduce themselves and share why
they chose YCQ. We are so thrilled to welcome our new families to our ‘home’ at
Eighth Grade Visits Ellis Island
This past week, the eighth grade students visited Ellis Island and the September 11th
Memorial. The students sailed past the Statue of Liberty on a beautiful ferry ride. The
students took a tour of the Ellis Island Museum and learned about the history of the island.
They ate an outdoor lunch overlooking the Statue of Liberty and spent time at Battery Park. At
the 9/11 Memorial the students took parchment paper and etched the names of particular
victims that they researched, followed by dinner at Bravo Pizza. The eighth grade students had
a wonderful educational day of touring lower Manhattan!
Kindergarten Rain Program
In honor of the month of Cheshvan, when we daven for rain in Israel, the Kindergarten
students experienced a hands-on rain program with music, movement and dance. Morah Toby
Jacobowitz, music educator, gave the children scarves and flowers and had them move to dif-
ferent kinds of music representing the gentle rain and heavy rain falling in Eretz Yisrael. The
children had a wonderful time dancing around the room to the music!
The Third Grade of the Yeshiva of Central Queens
cordially invite you to our
Intergenerational Family & Friend
עבנטירבתניזקםנויתםפארת בנים אבותם
Special Guest MOTZAEI SHABBAT
November 21, 2015 • ט‘ כסלו תשע‘‘ו
HECHT 7:00* PM
IN THE YCQ DINING HALL
147-37 70th Road, Flushing, NY
Couvert $15 per person
There will be no charge for the Third Grade Students
STUDENTS MUST BE ESCORTED BY THEIR PARENTS,
GRANDPARENTS OR SPECIAL PERSON
* Program begins prompty at 7:00pm
Students should arrive no EARLIER than 6:30pm
JOIN US 75celebrating
Sunday Nov 8, 2015 10:00am-11:30am
FOR YOU AND YOUR CHILD. (TWO ADULTS PER CHILD).
Transportation Emphasis Separate
from Queens, Five on Yirat Shamayim, Classes for boys and
Towns, Great Neck Midot Tovot and love girls 4th Grade
and West Hempstead
provided at no charge! for Eretz Yisrael through 8th Grade
Check us out online at www.ycqweb.com
YESHIVA OF CENTRAL QUEENS
75 Years Of Excellence In Limudei Kodesh & General Studies
147-37 70th Road, Kew Gardens Hills ● 718-793-8500 ext. 313
Yeshiva of Central Queens
DATE REBBE SUBJECT
10/11 Rabbi Mordechai Becher Guest Speaker
10/18 Rabbi Bernstein Harry Potter In Halacha
10/25 Rabbi Howitt
11/1 Rabbi Finestone 20/20 Torah Vision
11/15 Rabbi Jon Green Shabbos Secrets
11/22 Rabbi Nat
12/27 Rabbi Rohr Guest Speaker
1/3 Rabbi Daniel Rapp
2/7 Rabbi Rosenfelt The Sweet Melody Of Torah
2/21 Rabbi Russek
2/28 Rabbi Moshe Taub Foundations Of Torah
3/6 Rabbi Kramer Guest Speaker
3/13 Rabbi Yosef Zakutinsky Gambling In Halacha
3/20 Rabbi Pearl I Am Having A Bad Day
3/27 Rabbi Finkelstein Guest Speaker
Chesed Is A Prerequisite To Torah
Do You Want Fries With That?
YCQ 5TH - 8TH GRADE STUDENT
SUNDAY LEARNING PROGRAM
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY
November 1, 2015
19 Cheshvan 5776
9 AM - 11 AM
11-11:30 3-on-3 Basketball
FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL
FEATURING SPECIAL SPEAKER:
Rabbi Yussi Zakutinski,
Hashevaynu lecturer, SKA Rebbe, Weekly speaker at
Aish Kodesh in Woodmere
“ How to become a Navi ”
Yeshiva of Central Queens
JHS BOYS SHABBATON
NOV. 6—Nov. 7, 2015
SHABBAT PARSHAT Chayei Sara
Raleigh Hotel, South Fallsburg, NY
Departure from YCQ Friday Morning: 9:00 AM
Return to YCQ on Saturday night: 11:00 PM (approximately)
Please check the YCQ Hotline (718‐518‐3075)
on Saturday night for up‐to‐date informa on about return me.
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Yeshiva of Central Queens
JHS Boys Shabbaton Permission Slip
Please Return to Mrs. Teichman in Rabbi Hamel’s
by Friday, October 30, 2015
You may request four people for your room at the Raleigh Hotel .
You will definitely receive at least one request.
I am coming to this Shabbaton with a positive attitude, ready to have a
really great time. I plan to dress appropriately and participate in all of
the programs of the Shabbaton.
Student’s Class __________________
I hereby give my son __________________ permission to attend the YCQ
Boys Shabbaton at the Raleigh Hotel on November 6 & November 7.
I have enclosed $120 for the Shabbaton.
Please join our YCQ family in a beautiful
"Warm Hands-Warm Hearts"
Winter is coming and our beloved soldiers need gloves now!
A source in Israel will provide us with gloves that are warm
and easy-to-maneuver-weapons with.
At just $15 per pair, we hope that every family in our school
will donate a minimum of one pair.
Imagine what an amazing mitzvah we can all do together!!
But time is of the essence.
Please send in a $15 check made out to Yeshiva of Central
Queens (or more for additional pairs) as soon as possible.
Tizku l'mitzvot and may Hashem protect our chayalim!!
Yeshiva of Central Queens
Box Tops for Education Update
Congratulations to top earning class 2-204 with 427
total collected Box Tops. Special thanks to the two
top collectors in that class: Max Eckstein with 118
and Chanah N. with 117 box tops. Special mention to
the other top school collectors: Marc Landsberg in
8B1 (309), Rafi Tabenfeld in 2-206 (234), Yehoshua
Milchman in 4-304 (185), and Amy Bossin in 2-205
We submitted a total of 4180 Box Tops for the
months of September and October (a total of $418
in only 2 months!!). Only 1987 were accounted for,
which means that more than half of the collected
amount went unrecognized. Please continue to send
in Box Tops and PLEASE write your child’s name and
class on the bag or envelope. A special thank you to
all those who cut neatly around the pink lines and
made counting and bagging the 1000’s of Box Tops
so much easier! Please continue to cut around the
dotted lines, be mindful about the expiration dates,
and continue to help the school make money to help
Sunday Parent Child Learning Program!
8th Grade Goes to Ellis Island and 9/11 Memorial!