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VOLUME 13 NUMBER 13 JANUARY 2, 2015 11 TEVET 5775

UPCOMING Parshat Vayechi By: Rabbi Landsman

EVENTS Towards the end of the parsha, Yosef's brothers plead with him to not take

Candle Lighting: revenge or otherwise punish them for what they had done to him. Yosef
responds that although their intentions were bad, since Hashem intended it
Havdallah: 5:22 for a good purpose, namely to keep everyone alive, he would not consider
harming them at all.
Sun. January 4 HaRav Herschel Schachter Shlita, Rosh Yeshiva and Rosh Kollel, Yeshiva

Siddur University explains that very often something which we consider an absolute

Presentations tragedy occurs, and only years later, when looking back and placing all

1-200—9:00 events into the proper perspective, do we realize that the tragedy was not at
all a tragedy, but rather enabled something wonderfully good and
1-202—11:00 marvelous.
In Parshat Miketz Yaakov Avinu is so distraught; his whole life is falling
Sun. January 11 apart: Yosef is gone, Shimon is gone, and now they're taking away his
Siddur beloved Binyamin. The medrash comments on that passuk that Hashem was
sitting in heaven above observing Yaakov complaining. Yosef is gone? He's

1-201-9:00 the prime minister of Egypt and is on top of the world! Shimon is gone? He's

1-203-11:00 roaming about freely touring Egypt! Yosef only imprisoned him as long as the
brothers were there. And now Binyamin too will be lost? Nothing at all
Thur. - Sunday happened to Binyamin, just like nothing at all happened to Yosef or to
January 15 - 25 Shimon. Yaakov's perception was that he had experienced tragedy upon
Winter Vacation tragedy, while in truth nothing had gone wrong at all.
The Talmud tells us that when we experience a tragedy we must recite a
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Mon. January 26 special blessing, baruch dayan haemet, and that bracha should be
Sessions Resume accompanied by acceptance of the tragedy with great simcha based on the
belief that everything that Hashem allows to happen is always for the good!
Lice Check When the Torah commands us to wipe out the nation of Amalek, the

Sun. February 1 expression used is that they should be wiped out "mitachat hashomayim -
5th—8th Parent from under the heavens". The implication is that only from our perspective
Child Learning should Amalek be wiped out, as they are the physical embodiment of evil.
Program Resumes However, from Hashem's perspective, which takes into consideration the
totality of all events, even Amalek embodies some good. This is what the
rabbis in the Talmud had in mind when they pointed out that descendants of
YCQ Family News Amalek and other evil individuals converted to Judaism and learned and
taught Torah. Although we view Amalek as the ultimate symbol of evil,
Mazel Tov to history has proven that even they had some redeeming value.
Yehudah Sokol, Whenever we experience any tragedy we should always adopt the attitude
Noah Goldstein, of Rabbi Akiva who would always assume that HaShem would not have
permitted the event to occur if it weren't something good. Rabbi Akiva
Yosef Chaim learned this approach from his rebbe - Nachum Ish Gam Zu, who would
Pleshty and always comment upon experiencing tragedies, "this too is certainly
Jacob Schlechter something good!"
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Have a wonderful Shabbat!

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 School year is now Complete !

interviews are currently being set up for the 2015-2016 waiting list!
Our Nursery classes Are quickly filling up! There are a few spots left, don’t miss out!
Please be in touch with Morah Sharon Korn ext 313 or Hadas Goodrich ext 310 for an appointment

Sunday Morning Learning with Rabbi Rohr

This past Sunday , Rabbi Rohr was the speaker at our fifth through eighth parent child learning event!
Rabbi Rohr described that we fast on Asarah B’Tevet because it was the beginning of the destruction
of the Bait Hamikdash and the beginning is always more significant than the end. Asarah B’Tevet is so
important that even if it were to fall out on Shabbat we would fast! Rabbi Rohr connected it to New
Years, as we should use the coincidence of it falling on New Years as a beginning of a new secular
year, to add excitement towards mitzvot!

The Thankful Project

This year’s fifth graders are doing a new project called “The Thankful
Project”. The point of this project is to teach kids not to take things for
granted. Each day, we put an entry in our notebook of one thing we are thankful
for. After that, our teacher calls on five people to say their entry. Each day,

somebody says something
different and unique and we
all realize how much we can
be thankful for. The
Thankful Project is very
successful and it is also
pretty interesting to see
what other people are
thankful for!

YCQ Says Thank You to the NYPD

On Thursday, December 25, 2014, YCQ brought the
police from the 107 precinct a very special surprise!
Each student in YCQ wrote a letter thanking the police
officers who risk their lives every day to protect us.
The police were very thankful and touched to know
that their hard work and dedication is being
Thank you NYPD for all that you do!

YCQ Mixes it Up
Last week YCQ joined with thousands of other schools across the country to participate in our 2nd
Annual Mix-it Up at lunch program. Thanks to our Mix-it up Club, the JHS was divided up and everyone
sat at a different colored lunch table that corresponded with their birthday month. This, along with
ice-breaker games on the tables, gave the students a chance to meet kids from other grades, as well as
to sit with different friends than they usually do. They spoke about bullying and cliques and ended this
amazing experience with cupcakes (all Mixed Up with colorful sprinkles of course!). The Mix- it Up club
gives each student a voice. The club is overflowing with members wanting to promote diversity in YCQ
and to stop bullying. We look forward to our next big event! Special thanks to Mrs. Maisel for helping
to make this day such a huge success!


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday


4 567 8 9

7th Grade Vocab 6 & 7 Math Lowinger 6B Chumash 6B Gemara 6B2 Halacha

8th Grade Science 7th Grade Language Arts 7B Ivrit 8 Algebra

8G Chumash 8 Science 6 & 7 Math Assessment

11 12 13 14 15 16

6B Navi 6 Social Studies 6G Navi Winter Vacation Winter Vacation

7B Gemara (Bernstein) 7 Math Sider 7B Chumash

8 Social Studies 7G Chumash

18 19 20 21 22 23

Winter Vacation Winter Vacation Winter Vacation Winter Vacation Winter Vacation

25 26 27 28 29 30

Sessions Resume 7B Navi 6G Ivrit 6B Ivrit

7G Halacha 7G Ivrit 6 Vocab

8B Ivrit 8B Chumash 8 Vocab

8G Halacha 8G Ivrit

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Rabbi Benjamin Blech

internationally recognized educator,
religious leader, author, and lecturer

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?

Sponsored by

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

Co-sponsored by

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

Refreshments will be served

28th Annual Ski Shabbaton

Winter Break At Mount Snow, Vermont
With Rabbi David Algaze

Wednesday January 21st, 2015 — Sunday January 25th, 2015

Complete package includes:
 Skiing: Mount Snow lift tickets for Thursday, Friday, Sunday.
 Lodging: Four nights in our own private country inn (arrive Wednesday

evening, depart Sunday morning). Free shuttle bus to the mountain.
 Meals: Delicious Glatt Kosher, Cholov Yisrael meals at the inn, plus

sandwiches to take along skiing, professionally catered and supervised.
 Orthodox Services: Minyanim every day. Those who are unfamiliar with

the services are welcome and able to feel comfortable participating.
 Learning: Shiurim and informal discussions every day, all levels.
 Shabbaton: An unforgettably intense Shabbat experience with lots of

singing and ruach.

Additional fees for: ski rentals and lessons, children’s day care, tubing, sleigh rides and other activities.

A great way for families to spend quality time together, with friends and a warm
Jewish community, and without the hassles of dealing with all the details!

Adult: Skier: $595 — Non-Skier: $465
Family pricing available!

For further info, please contact:
Serge Merkin, Shabbaton Chairman (YCQ parent) , 917-656-2722 / [email protected]

Havurat Yisrael Synagogue
68-60 Austin Street, Forest Hills, NY 11375

YCQ Mix It Up!

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