VOLUME 18 NUMBER 18 FEBRUARY 7, 2020 12 SHEVAT 5780
UPCOMING Parshat Beshalach By: Rabbi Landsman
Candle Lighting: 5:01 Kriat yam suf, receiving of the man, slav, mayim in the midbar and milchemet
Havdallah: 6:04 Amalek, are all found in Parshat Beshalach. These incidents occur within the span
of a few weeks, but are they related to one another merely by their chronological
proximity, or is the Torah trying to teach us a deeper message by juxtaposing these
Sunday, February 9 incidents?
UPK In Session
Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva University, explains that kriat yam
Grades 5-8 suf, the epitome of a nes nigleh (a revealed miracle) was the culmination of the
Parent-Child miraculous events surrounding yetziyat mitzrayim. The Torah addressed two
Learning Program possible reactions people might have to such an event.
Monday, February 10 Most people who experience an open miracle recognize it as being the hand of
Shuk Tu B’Shevat Hashem, but there are always some who are skeptical. How could Amalek attack
the Jewish people so soon after kriat yam suf? Did Amalek not realize they were
trying to destroy a nation that had open miracles performed for them? Amalek
Tuesday, February 11 closed their eyes to the miraculous events of yetziyat mitzrayim by explaining them
Shuk Tu B’Shevat away as mere natural occurrences. Amalek is described in Parshat Ki Teisei as the
nation, “Asher karcha baderech,” their entire philosophy was that everything was a
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Monday, February 17 mikreh, a coincidental happening. If one views everything as a coincidence even
President’s Day kriat yam suf can be explained as a bizarre natural event that happened to take
No Sessions place at the right time. If one chooses to deny the obvious hand of Hashem one can
deny every miracle by calling it nature.
There is another possible reaction to a miracle. One acknowledges the miracle as
Sunday, February 23 being the work of Hashem, but views the event as a one-time demonstration of the
UPK In Session involvement of Hashem in this world. The Ramban in Parshat Bo explains that the
Grades 5-8 ultimate purpose of a revealed miracle is to enable people to realize that they are
Parent-Child surrounded by miracles every day. What the world calls nature is also a miracle.
Chazal teach us that to recite Hallel daily is inappropriate whereas to say Ashrei
Learning Program everyday is praiseworthy. The Meshech Chochma explains that the theme of Hallel
Motzei Shabbat, is praising Hashem for revealed miraculous events. Ashrei that says, “poteach et
February 29 yadecha umasbea l’chol chai ratson” (you, Hashem, open us your hands and satisfy
YCQ 79th all living creatures needs) is the ultimate praise for parnasa. Hashem takes care of
our daily needs through seemingly natural ways. Ashrei teaches us to recognize
Anniversary Dinner Hashem even in the natural miracles that surround us daily. One who says Hallel
daily, but neglects the everyday saying of Ashrei demonstrates that he only
recognizes Hashem’s extraordinary miracles, but fails to see the miracles of
To combat this reaction to miracles, the story of kriat yam suf is immediately
YCQ Family News followed by the events of the slav, man, and the finding of water in the desert.
Hashem, who performs great miracles, also provides for our daily needs such as
Mazel tov to Eliana food and water. We are required to elevate the world by always seeing our
Gomberg (6G2) on attainment of parnasa, and the natural world in general as miraculous.
Mazel tov to Morah Shabbat Shalom!
Fried (5th Grade
Morah) on the birth
of a granddaughter!
YCQ Hosts Yachad Shabbaton
On Shabbat Bo, YCQ hosted a Yachad Shabbaton with over 100 participants
sharing together in the ruach of Shabbat. At each meal, a students from
YCQ including Ariella Miles, Eva Koffsky, and Siggy Orenbuch, as well as a
Yachad member, shared an interesting dvar Torah to all who attended.
Participants, counselors, YCQ eighth graders, and staff members all joined
in the Shabbat meals and participated in davening, games, and singing. It
was an amazing, warm, fun-filled Shabbat! Thank you to Mrs. Ayelet Katz,
our Chesed Coordinator, for organizing this event.
Sunday Learning Returns!
This past Sunday there were two simultaneous shiurim given by two of our Rebbeim. Rabbi Rohr, our fifth
grade Rebbe, gave an enlightening shiur about Tu B’Shvat. He discussed some of the halachot of the day and
the idea of Tu B'Shvat is that we are reminded that just like the seed disintegrates and breaks apart before
blossoming into the beautiful tree and fruit, so too the darkness and difficulties we experience in life are what
lead to the true growth that we are going to experience. Rabbi Nat started our exciting Shiur going through
the history of the Rishonim and how they affect Halacha in the modern age. Over the next few Sundays we
will meet a number of great Sages who lived between the years 1000 and mid 1500’s and discuss all of their
insights, cultural differences and controversies that have helped shape the course of modern Halachic
Healthy and Wise
“You are what you eat.” That was the theme of Healthy & Wise’s third lesson. What does it mean?
Am I going to turn into carrot sticks or ice cream cones? Of course not. What you eat affects your
health and your body. The more healthy foods you eat, the stronger and better you’ll look and feel,
and the more you’ll grow. Having color diversity in your meals helps make sure you get all the
necessary vitamins and minerals for your whole body to be healthy. But that doesn’t mean eating a
doughnut with colored sprinkles or a salad completely made of green fruits and vegetables. It means
eating a variety of foods from all the food groups and different colors of the rainbow, as well as
cutting back on sugary, salty, and oily foods that will just make us sick. Hashem created some healthy
foods to look like the part of the body it helps with so it makes it easier for us to want to eat healthy.
Take a look next time you’re at the supermarket. You’ll be surprised by what you see.
Tip of the Week: Snacks should not replace a meal. Keep an eye on the size.
Kindergarten Trip to Rainbow Fish
This past Wednesday, the kindergarten classes went to the Marathon
Playhouse to see the show, Rainbow Fish, a musical adaptation of the
best-selling book series by Marcus Pfister. There were many loveable
characters and fun-filled songs that captured the students’ attention and made
for a great learning experience. and entertaining trip.
On Monday, February 3, the YCQ Debate team joined the Middle School
Debate League at HANC. We debated with three other schools: HALB,
Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, and HANC. The resolution was that
colleges should not use standardized
tests to decide on an applicant’s
qualifications for entry into their
institutions. It was a very productive
debate and the results were very
close. The YCQ team of Tani
Lichtman and Eitan Canter won as the
Second Place Team. Our entire team
worked very hard and all the
members helped us reach this
achievement and are proud of all. We
are anticipating our next meet that
will be in March at YCQ.
7th Grade Trip To New York Hall of Science
This past week, the seventh grade visited the NY Hall of Science in conjunction
with their STEM curriculum in Mr. Goldstein’s science class. Students saw a movie
entitled “Out of Bounds: Mountain Adventure.” The movie taught about the
environment, geography, the Arctic and Antarctica. Everyone had a fun and
educational experience. Special thanks to Mr. Goldstein for organizing the trip and
to all of the chaperones.
WE THANK THIS WEEK’S SPONSOR
WEDNESDAY, 10 Shevat
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
DOVID BEN SHIMON A”H
MINDY NISANOV (‘92), TZVI HYMAN (‘90)
AND YEHUDA HYMAN.
DAVID (‘17), ABE (‘19), HANNAH (6G-1),
JOSEPH (6G-1) AND SAM NISANOV
BY ENID AND STANLEY HYMAN
FRIDAY, 12 Shevat
IN MEMORY OF
OUR DEAR FATHER AND GRANDFATHER
ABRAHAM GUTENMACHER אברהם בן דוד ע״ה
ILANA AND ELI GUTENMACHER, SHMUEL (‘08), DAVID (‘09), ARI (‘11), YONI (‘12), EITAN (‘16)
YCQ 5TH - 8TH GRADE STUDENT
SUNDAY LEARNING PROGRAM
PLEASE JOIN US
February 9, 2020
14 Shevat 5780
FOR OUR INSPIRATIONAL
Rabbi Mordechai Becher
Tu B’Shvat and the Wonders of Creation
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10:00am - Shiur by Rabbi Becher
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