VOLUME 13 NUMBER 12 DECEMBER 26, 2014 4 TEVET 5775
UPCOMING Parshat Vayigash By: Rabbi Landsman
EVENTS The apparent hero and victor in the epic narrative of the saga of Yosef and his brothers that reach-
Candle Lighting: es its culmination in this week’s parsha is certainly Yosef. His dreams and ambitions are fulfilled. His
brothers and father have bowed down before him as the prophecy of his reams indicated. He takes
4:16 no further revenge against his brothers. He houses them and Yaakov in security and prosperity in
Havdallah: 5:17 Goshen and is assiduous in caring for all of their needs.
He certainly emerges from the entire bewildering and tragic events as a heroic and noble figure,
Sunday Dec. 28 still the beloved son of his father and the heir to the double portion birthright of the first-born. Yet,
JHS Parent-Child in terms of the long range view of Jewish history, Yosef is not the vehicle of Jewish survival.
Learning His kingdom of the northern ten tribes of Israel is relatively short-lived and riddled with wicked
Thurs. Jan 1 kings and widespread idolatrous practice. The kingdom of Yosef is never restored and the remnants
of the northern ten tribes are eventually absorbed into the kingdom and tribe of Judah.
Asara B’Tevet Yosef’s triumph is seen in Jewish history as being legitimate but essentially temporary. It his broth-
New Years Day er Yehudah who emerges as the ultimate hero and guarantor of Jewish survival and as the true
head of Yaakov’s family. The Jewish people are called upon his name and it is through his descend-
Sun. January 4 ants that legitimate royalty comes to Israel.
Siddur The future salvation of Israel and the messianic vision of full and complete redemption and a better
world for all are assigned to the family and descendants of Yehudah. He is the ultimate victor in the
Presentation debate between Yosef and himself that this week’s parsha highlights.
Sun. January 11 Rabbi Wein asked an obvious question that presents itself, why should this be the case? After all it
Siddur is Yosef who is the righteous one, the one who resisted physical temptation and who persevered in
Presentation his loyalty to the ideals of the patriarchs of Israel under the most trying and difficult of circumstanc-
1st Grade es.
Yehuda on the other hand can be superficially judged and found wanting in his behavior regarding
YCQ Family News Tamar and in his leadership role in the sale of his brother as a slave. So why, in historical terms, is
he the hero and savior of Israel while Yosef is not?
Mazel Tov to Elad
Elazar and Though HaShem’s will, so to speak, in all of these matters remains hidden and inscrutable to us
Mordechai mere mortals, a glimmer of understanding can come to us from the words of Yaakov that will ap-
Flamenbaum on their pear in next week’s parsha. Yaakov blesses Yehudah for his ability to rise from error and tragedy
Bar Mitzvah! and continue forward. It is Yehudah’s resilience that marks his character and behavior.
Mazel Tov to Mrs. He redeems himself from the error of his treatment of Yosef by his unconditional and self-sacrificing
Liron Friedman defense of Binyamin. He admits his error in condemning Tamar and their children become the bear-
Coordinator) on the ers of Jewish royalty. The secret of Jewish survival lies in Jewish renewal and resilience. It is the
one national trait that outweighs all other factors in Jewish history. It certainly is the one most in
birth of a boy!
demand in our current Jewish world today as well. Have a great Shabbat!
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM SCHEDULE:
Sunday 12/28: Parent Child Learning Program 9-11:30 Boys Varsity Practice 11:30 – 1:00
Hockey Practice 4:00 – 6:00
Monday 12/29: No 4:30 Room - 3:30 Dismissal Grades K-8
No after school programs except: Literacy Club Grade 5 4:00-5:00
4:30 – 6:00 Boys Varsity Practice 6:15 YCQ vs Shulamith Brooklyn @ Shulamith
Tuesday 12/30: No after school programs No 4:30 Room - 3:30 Dismissal Grades K-8
3:45 – 5:15 Girls Varsity Practice 7:00 Hockey vs MDY @ YCQ
Wednesday 12/31: No after school programs No 4:30 Room - 3:30 Dismissal Grades K-8
Thursday 1/1: No Sessions - Asara B’Tevet’Fast begins 5:51AM ends: 5:16PM New Years Day
Friday 1/2: Bus Service Resumes! Regular Dismissal
THE YCQ ADMINISTRATION, TEACHERS, AND OFFICE STAFF WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE PARENTS
AND THE PARENTS ASSOCIATION FOR THEIR THOUGHTFUL CHANUKAH GIFTS!!
JHS Chesed Trips
As a special Chanukah program, the junior high school students went to different locations to
do acts of chesed! The sixth grade boys went to Margaret Teitz and Meadow Park. The sixth
grade girls went to Atria Assisted Living and Beacon Nursing Home. The seventh grade boys
went to Bais Ezra. The seventh grade girls went to Bobbie’s Place and Met Council Food
Warehouse. The entire eighth grade had an inspirational and uplifting visit from HASC. The
students took part in a Chanukah themed workshops and conclude with a small chagigah in the
MPR. A special thank you to Mrs. Katz for organizing the chesed filled day. Thank you for
those teachers who were able to chaperone the trips, Rabbi Finestone and Rabbi Rosenfelt,
Rabbi Russek, Rabbi Howitt, Rabbi Kramer, Morah Zicherman, Morah Stemp, Morah Ivgi,
Morah Leemor, Mrs Orlofsky, Rabbi Finkelstein, Rabbi Bernstein, Ms. Wiener, Morah Beer,
Ms. Ogorek, Morah Arshadnia, Rabbi Pearl, Rabbi Nat, Morah Lital, and Morah Schussheim.
Shlock Rock Concert
Music and dancing filled the school on Tuesday December 23, 2014, as YCQ was
treated to an exciting concert by Shlock Rock. The band played tons of great
Chanukah songs, old favorites from their 30 CDs. Led by Lenny Solomon, YCQ’s
most famous alumnus, Shlock Rock connected with every student from Nursery
through Eighth Grade bringing a tremendous Chanukah spirit to the Yeshiva. A
great time was had by all!
Third Grade Visits Utopia Jewish Center
On Wednesday, the 7th day of Chanukah, our third graders traveled to the Utopia Jewish Center for a
Chanukah Extravaganza run by Chabad of Eastern Queens. The students were treated to a smorgasbord of
fun activities all focusing on the themes of Chanukah: latka and doughnut making, moon bouncing, puppet
shows, and bowling. The students also participated in a Chanukah game show as well as an art project. A
fun and educational experience was had by all. We can’t wait to do it again next year!
YCQ Skyped With The Kotel
The fifth grade at YCQ learned about the Chanukah Menorah in a very different and special way this year!
The students were taught eight different interesting details about the menorah they had never known
before. Such as the Rambam's interpretation of how the menorah looked as well as how the menorah lit by
the Maccabees looks the same as the one we light during the eight days of Chanukah. The Western Wall
Heritage Foundation had a guide speak to the students and take us virtually to the last candle lighting
ceremony for 5775! We then “met” with YCQ alumnus Ronee Fried who is currently doing national
service at the Kotel. She took the letters that the students wrote on Friday in a preparation class and they
watched as she placed our bakashot into the kotel! The Chachamim say that there is a special zechut on the
last day of Chanukah to daven and make bakashot because it is also Rosh Chodesh! Thank you Morah
Fried who organized such a special treat for our students!
PICKUP LOCATIONS FOR December 24-31 DISMISSAL
Dismissal from Main Lobby (3:00)
1st, 2nd & 3rd Grades:
4th & 5th Grades:
Will be dismissed from their classrooms. (3:30)
ALL Long Island buses will be running on 3:30 schedule,
Thursday, December 25
THE YARD WILL BE OPEN FOR PARENT PARKING.
DOUBLE PARKING IS PROHIBITED.
VIOLATORS WILL BE TICKETED BY THE NYPD.
YCQ 5TH - 8TH GRADE STUDENT
SUNDAY LEARNING PROGRAM
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY
December 28, 2014
6 Tevet 5775
9 AM - 11 AM
11-11:30 3-on-3 Basketball
FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL
FEATURING SPECIAL SPEAKER:
YCQ JHS DECEMBER TEST CALENDAR
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7 1 2 3 5
14 6G Chumash 6 Social Studies 4
21 6B Gemarah 12
28 7 Science 6B2 Halacha
Math (Lowinger) 6 Vocab
8 9 10 11 8 Vocab
8G Chumash 8 Science 7G Navi
8 Algebra 19
Math (Lowinger) No Tests
15 16 17 18 26
7 Language Arts 7B Gemarah No Tests No Tests 6B Ivrit
Math (Sider) 8B Navi
22 23 24 25
No Tests No Tests No Tests 6B Navi
29 30 31 7B Ivrit
6G Halacha 7G Chumash 6B Chumash 8B Chumash
7G Ivrit 8B Gemarah 6G Navi
Math (Sider) 8G Navi 8G Ivrit
8G Halacha 6 Science 7B Chumash
7 Social Studies
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Sunday Evenings, 7:30 P.M.
December 28, 2014
What are we Praying for?
Understanding the Shmone Esrai
January 4, 2015
Judaism: Universalist or Particularist?
Are we the only Chosen People?
Moshe and Caroline Rosner
commemorating the 7th yahrzeit of
and in loving memory of
Shirley Rosner הרבנית שרה בת משה ע"ה
January 4, 2015 י"ד טבת
Avram and Sharon Blumenthal
in memory of Avram’s father, Bernard Blumenthal ברוך בן יוסף ע"ה
and Avram’s grandfather, Hyman Tannenbaum חיים בן אברהם יצחק ע"ה
Norman and Julia Bobrow
in memory of Norman’s father, Louis Bobrow, אריה ליב בן שמואל ניסעל ע"ה
Ronny and Beth Herskovits
in memory of Beth’s parents,
Pearl and Arthur Gross אהרן בן יעקב ע"ה ופעשא בת אהרן ע"ה
and Ronny’s parents,
Agnes and Erwin Herskovits חיים יעקב אריה בן אברהם ע"ה וחיה לאה בת צבי ע"ה
Sid and Shelley Itzkowitz
in memory of Shelley’s father, Bernard Slavin, זלמן בער בן צבי ע"ה
Jon and Marian Kramer
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“ dribble, dish & swish ”
Sunday, December 28th, 2014
f rom 1-4pm
7-12 year olds At YCQ: 147-37 70th Road
Flushing, Ny 11367
(as of February 14th, 2015)
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Boys and Girls
1st place champions from this local competition will advance to
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Skyping with the Kotel!
YCQ Chanukah Chesed!