VOLUME 12 NUMBER 5 OCTOBER 25, 2013 21 CHESVAN 5774
UPCOMING Parshat Chayei Sarah By: Rabbi Landsman
This week's parsha contains the story of the purchase of the Maarat HaMachpela and
Candle Lighting: 5:52 the burial of Sarah Emainu. The Mishneh in Avot says that Avraham experienced ten tests,
Havdallah: 6:51 which are listed or alluded to in the previous two parshiot. According to most commentaries,
the commandment to sacrifice his son Yitzchak was the tenth and final test. According to
Tues., Oct 29 most opinions, Avraham reached the apex of his spirituality when he passed that test.
Grades N-5 Rabbi Yissocher Frand quoting Rabbeinu Yona, in his commentary to Pirkei Avot,
disagrees. Rabbeinu Yona lists the incident in this week's parsha related to Sarah's burial as
Wed., Oct 30 the tenth and final test. The fact that Avraham has to buy a burial plot for his wife from Eph-
Picture Day JHS ron, in the land promised to him by HaShem, constitutes the tenth and final test. Avraham
8th Grade Parents successfully passed this test when he had no complaints against HaShem concerning this in-
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Rabbeinu Yona's opinion is based on a Gemara in Bava Batra 15b which puts the fol-
YCQ Family News lowing words into the mouth of the Satan: "Master of the Universe, I have traversed the
whole world and found none so faithful as your servant Avraham. For You told him 'Arise,
Mazal Tov to walk through the land to the length and the breadth of it, for to thee I will give it' and even
Mordechai so, when he was unable to find any place in which to bury Sarah until he bought one for four
hundred shekels of silver, he did not complain against thy ways."
Josh Babayev, on It is difficult to explain this Rabbeinu Yona. It certainly does not seem to fall into the
their Bar Mitzvah! same league as being prepared to sacrifice one's son to the Almighty.
Tzetchem L’Shalom One of the approaches to explain this difficulty is to give a "baseball analogy". There
to Mrs. Samantha is a difference between a regular game and the final game of the World Series. When a per-
son knows that "this is it crunch time!" he may be able to conjure up within himself great
Naymark our reservoirs of strength. When a person knows that he is on the spot, he can sometimes act for
transportation a short time, on a supreme level that far surpasses his normal capacities. When Avraham was
Coordinator on her given the command to take his son and go with him to Har HaMoria, he sensed that this was
upcoming Aliya to a big test. With that sense of the drama of the moment, he gathered in his entire spiritual
Eretz Yisrael! might and power of concentration. The adrenalin flowed and he rose to the occasion.
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transportation The incident with Sarah's burial plot was just another day of the week. He was faced
Coordinator, Mrs. with this distressing situation in a moment when he was not expecting a test. The adrenalin
Liron Friedman. She was not pumping. There was no voice in his head telling him "It is 'nisayon' time this is it!"
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[email protected] or When a person rises to the occasion even under such circumstances, it proves his true
718-793-8500 x 330 nature to some extent even beyond what might be demonstrated in a test such as 'Akeidat
Have a great Shabbat!
SPOTLIGHT ON NEW FACULTY
My name is Mrs. Marjorie Wein, and I am the new 6th grade Language Arts teacher. I have taught at many
academic levels and in several subject areas during my years of teaching, and this informs my current
interdisciplinary approach. It is a pleasure to return to YCQ this year in my new capacity, having taught
Social Studies in the middle school several years ago. I am enjoying getting to know the dynamic and
capable 6th graders as we embark on our adventures in reading and writing. As the parent of two current
students and three proud graduates of YCQ, I feel privileged to now be part of the energetic, warm, and
collegial environment that distinguishes YCQ.
Eighth Grade Visits the 9/11 Memorial
On October 16th and 17th the eighth grade students went on a very important trip to the
9/11 Memorial in lower Manhattan. Mrs. Rosenberg gave each group of students the name of a
victim and the students researched the victim prior to the trip. The students were handed an im-
pression kit, which consisted of parchment paper and black crayons. The students made an impres-
sion of the name of the deceased. Many people who passed by saw the work the students did and
were very impressed by the students’ knowledge and interest in such a monumental and historic
landmark. Very special thanks to Mrs. Rosenberg and Mrs. Golubtchik for the hard work they put
into this special program!
Kindergarten and Nursery Visit Green Meadows Farm
This past week the kindergarten students went to Green Meadows Farm to see
many animals first hand. The children got to feed and pet a llama, donkey,
goat, cow, rabbits and much more! They rode on a hay ride and on ponies, as
well as saw a ventriloquist show, with a puppet. The children had an amazing
time and had a chance to experience animals up close!
YCQ 5TH - 8TH GRADE STUDENT
SUNDAY LEARNING PROGRAM
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY
October 27, 2013
23rd CHESHVAN 5774
9 AM - 11 AM
11-11:20 3-on-3 Basketball
FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL
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Yeshiva of Central Queens
DATE REBBE SUBJECT
10/13 Rabbi Rietti True Happiness
10/20 Rabbi Bernstein
10/27 Rabbi Kramer The elements of creation
11/10 Rabbi Russek Jelousy, do you really want to be
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12/8 Rabbi Shay Schachter
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Yeshiva of Central Queens
JHS PICTURE DAY SCHEDULE
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
9:00-9:30- 8th Grade Boys Yearbook Picture
9:30-10:15- 8th Grade Boys Portraits
10:15-10:45 8th Grade Girls Year Book Picture
10:45-11:30- 8th Grade Girls Portraits
11:30-12:15- Committee Pictures
Grades 6-8 Girls: Please come dressed in appropriate Shabbat clothing.
Grades 6-7 Boys: Please come dressed in black or blue pants
and a white button down shirt
Grade 8 Boys: Please come dressed in a dark suit (navy blue, or black,
white button down dress shirt, tie, and shabbat shoes)
The 8th grade photo will be a full page spread in the 8th grade yearbook.
It is very important that the 8th grade students follow the dress code.
Please Join Us With Your Child* at the
YCQ PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, November 3, 2013
Sibling registration for YCQ families will begin on
Monday, October 7, 2013.
Please call Mrs. Sharon Korn 718-793-8500 x313 or
Hadas Fried 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.
Yeshiva of Central Queens
JHS BOYS SHABBATON
NOV. 15—Nov. 16, 2013
SHABBAT PARSHAT VAYISHLACH
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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SHTMAOBO ABTARZTCA AIT DRIEP
תנו כבוד לתורה
Honor the Torah by Honoring the Memory
of a Torah Scholar
Please Join Us for the Street Naming of
78th Rd Adjacent to Toras Emes (Parsons Blvd)
in honor of
Rabbi Dr. H. Joel Laks zt”l
Sunday October 27 at 1:45 PM promptly
followed by a collation in the shul
Rabbi Dr. H. Joel Laks zt"l served as the Rav of the Jewish Center
Torath Emeth with love and devotion for over 50 years and was the
Rabbi Emeritus for 10 years.
Rabbi Laks established a thriving Talmud Torah that educated 400
students in its prime. He taught philosophy at Queens College and
Rabbi Laks served as the Jewish Chaplain at Booth Memorial Hospital
for 30 years and conducted weekly services at Meadowpark Nursing
He was instrumental in the formation of the Vaad Harabonim of
Queens and he served as the first Chairman of the Chevrah Kadisha.
He was also a longtime member of the Queens Jewish Community
Rabbi Dr. Laks played a formative influence in the growth of the Kew
Gardens Hills community from its inception to the present mature
neighborhood we live in today.
Yeshiva Madreigas HaAdam
Every Motzei Shabbos Starting
November 9th @ 6:15 PM
Rabbi Binyomin Grossman, Director
Rabbi Yechiel Ben-Ari, Assistant Director
Don’t let your son be left out.
Yeshiva Madreigas HaAdam 165-14 69th Ave, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365 (718)969-9540
YCQ Visits Green Meadows Farm!
YCQ Visits the 9/11 Memorial