VOLUME 13 NUMBER 5 OCTOBER 31, 2014 7 CHESHVAN 5775
UPCOMING Parshat Lech-Lecha By: Rabbi Landsman
EVENTS Rashi comments that the HaShem assured Avraham that leaving his home and
family in Aram and heading to a then unknown destination would somehow be to his
Candle Lighting: benefit and ultimate good. Even though this may appear strange to the casual
5:34 observer leaving the known and secure and heading out to wander to an unknown
destination the ways of HaShem are inscrutable and often counter-intuitive to
Havdallah: 6:34 human logic.
The purpose of Avraham’s wandering journey was to reach the Land of Israel and to
Sun. November 2 claim it for his descendants. For only in the Land of Israel will Avraham find
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JHS Parent-Child personal fulfillment and realize his true spiritual, moral and holy potential. But
while in Aram and Charan, Avraham and Sarah did good work, spreading the idea of
Program 9-11:30 monotheism and teaching the basic system of morality that is the core of the
Tues. November 4 Torah’s value system. Many people were influenced by them and became followers of
Election Day monotheism and began to worship only the one true HaShem.
Wed. November 5 Rabbi Berel Wein wonders, why not leave Avraham and Sarah in Aram to continue
Bar Mitzvah their good work? Why send them off to the Land of Israel, then inhabited by the
fierce and pagan Canaanite nation, to a very uncertain and perilous situation?
7th Grade Boys Additionally, in the Land of Israel, the wicked, powerful and influential cities of
7PM Sodom were present. Seemingly Avraham and Sarah could have accomplished much
Fri. - Shabbat more by remaining in Aram than by travelling to the Land of Israel. As a result of
this type of human thinking, Avraham has to rely on HaShem’s counter-intuitive
November 7-8 logic, so to speak, and unhesitatingly embark on this dangerous journey that will
JHS Boys eventually change all of human history.
Shabbaton Rabbi Wein explains that it is clear from all of this that the fulfillment of Jewish
destiny and influence, of the holy self-actualization of the Jewish people can only be
Sun. November 9 achieved in the Land of Israel. The obstacles that the Land of Israel itself raises to
Preschool Open this self-actualization are many and profound. Nevertheless, the actions of our
forbearers remain as the guideposts for all future Jewish generations.
House If we look around at the Jewish world today the only significant demographic growth
of Jews the world over is in the Land of Israel. The millennia-long exile and the
Tues. November 11 Diaspora generally is shutting down, whether from external pressures or inner
weakness. Only in the Land of Israel will the Jewish people find their soul and
No Sessions destiny.
Veteran’s Day Just as in the time of Avraham and Sarah, the Land of Israel is plagued with
dangers, problems and fraught with apparent peril. There is still a touch of Sodom
BJE Faculty present there and the heirs of the Canaanites are in the land. Yet just as HaShem
Conferences told Avraham many thousands of years ago, only there will you become great and
Wed. November 12
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Sun. November 16 blessed for yourself and for all of humankind.
JHS Parent- The opportunity to live a truly Jewish life and to help build a kingdom of priests and
Child Learning a holy nation is pretty much reserved to those who today live in the Land of Israel.
Program 9-11:30 The future of the Jewish people lies today in Chevron and not in Charan.
Have a great Shabbat!!
YCQ Family News Healthy Tip Number 5:
Sip Smarter. Soda and other sweetened drinks contain a lot of sugar and are high in
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Offer water, 100% juice, or fat-free milk when kids are thirsty. They will feel
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“Enhancing the Bond Between Parents and Children”
“Parent-child learning is truly the manifestation of everything we hold dear,” were the
introductory words of Rabbi Paysach Krohn as he kicked off the Yeshiva of Central Queens
(YCQ), Sunday morning Parent-Child Learning Program. Rabbi Krohn remarked on the
importance of taking time out of busy schedules to learn Torah with your children. The key
to the continuation of the Jewish people is dependent on the connection between parents and
children, Torah and HaShem. Rabbi Krohn pointed out how a program that entails parents
and children giving up a Sunday to be together learning torah, where they “disconnect”
from all of their daily activities, sports, and electronics in order to “re-connect” to each
other and to HaShem is the type of program we need more of. YCQ in establishing their
Sunday Morning Parent-Child Learning Program is a step in the right direction.
ATTENTION YCQ FAMILIES
Please Join Us With Your Child* at the
YCQ PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Sibling registration for YCQ families has begun.
Please call Mrs. Sharon Korn 718-793-8500 x313 or Hadas
Goodrich 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.
YCQ 5TH - 8TH GRADE STUDENT
SUNDAY LEARNING PROGRAM
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY
November 2, 2014
9th Cheshvan 5775
9 AM - 11 AM
11-11:30 3-on-3 Basketball
FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL
FEATURING SPECIAL SPEAKER:
“Would you like to know HaShem’s
Swim and Gym
Children must know how to swim
Tuesdays Boys Only 6:00pm—7:30pm
Grades 1st – 3rd Swim then Gym
Grades 4th ‐7th Gym then Swim
Thursdays Girls Only 6:00pm —7:30pm
All Girls have Gym then Swim
Each of the above activities cost $35 per month per child
If Interested contact Paul at:
RABBI ISRAEL D. ROSENBERG EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTE OF
CONGREGATION ETZ CHAIM
SHIUR HA’CHODESH FOR WOMEN BY WOMEN
A Monthly Program of Advanced Shiurim
On Wednesday Evenings at 7:45 PM
The next shiur will be held
Wed., Nov. 5 , 2014
Congregation Etz Chaim
147-19 73 Avenue Kew Gardens Hills
The Theme of Building in Sefer Bereshit
Suggested Donation: $5.00
For further information please contact Hadassah Waxman,
[email protected], 718-261-0766
Parent-Child Learning Kicks Off to a Great Start!