VOLUME 12 NUMBER 11 DECEMBER 6, 2013 3 TEVET 5774
UPCOMING Parshat Vayigash By: Rabbi Landsman
EVENTS The long hoped for reunion of Yaakov and Yosef actually occurs in this week’s parsha. The
Torah records for us this poignant and emotional moment. Yet, it tells us that Yaakov remained ap-
Candle Lighting: 4:09 parently emotionless while Yosef wept. Rabbi Berel Wein quotes the Gemara which compounds the
Havdallah: 5:10 mysterious behavior of Yaakov by stating that Yaakov at that moment recited Shema. What does this
Sun., Dec.8 mean?
5-8 Sunday Learning Many commentators interpret this to mean that since in all of the years of Yaakov’s separa-
tion from Yosef he was in a depressed mood, the shechina could not have rested upon him and he
Tues. Dec. 10 was therefore unable to communicate with HaShem. The understanding of Shema being that ability
Parent Teacher to communicate with HaShem. Now that he saw Yosef in front of his eyes, alive and well, his joy of
Conferences the moment allowed the shechina to descend upon him once again and that is what is meant by his
3:45 Dismissal K-8 reciting the Shema.
Rabbi Wein feels that this does not really explain why Yaakov was apparently emotionless at
that moment. One can recite Shema with great fervor and intensity and still weep. In fact we find it
YCQ Family News strange that in the entire parsha Yaakov does not ask the brothers how Yosef ended up as the ruler of
Mazal Tov Rabbi all Egypt and why did he torture the brothers on their previous trips to Egypt. One would have
Pearl on the birth of thought that all of these questions would be uppermost in Yaakov’s mind and therefore should have
been posed on his lips as well. The Torah makes no mention of this. Why?
Rabbi Wein suggests that Yaakov was well aware of the tension that existed between Yosef
Mazal Tov to Eli and his brothers. He was also fully aware that his sons misled him when they showed him Yosef’s
Matatov on his Bar bloody shirt. He also knew about the dreams of Yosef for he himself harbored them over all of the
long painful decades of separation from his beloved son.
Yaakov, who was able to survive Lavan’s schemes, is certainly not naïve. As he will say on his
Condolences to Mr. deathbed to Yosef, “I know, my son, I know.” He meant that I know everything that has transpired
Cohen on the in our family regarding you and your brothers. However, Yaakov chooses not to mention it directly.
untimely loss of his He does not want to display undue emotion to Yosef or to his brothers. Instead he contains his tears
son-in-law. Shiva because his weeping will only rip open a scab on a wound that has to heal slowly and carefully.
will be observed at Rabbi Wein teaches us that the less said the better. Not every family secret needs to be pub-
the Kirschner resi- licly revealed nor every family dispute constantly rehashed. Yaakov says effectively, “I am aware of
dence 1 Bingham Dr. all that has transpired between you and your brothers. I prefer to let the matter rest and not to pur-
sue it any further.” Reuniting the family was his prime goal.
Marlboro, New Tears, emotional outbursts and reproaching them for their past errors, which the brothers
Jersey until Monday
themselves now recognize as being errors, will not realize his goal of building a united and strong
morning family that will become the Jewish people. Many times, restraint and even silence are the best tools
December 9, 2013 for family unity and tranquility. Have a good Shabbat!
NEXT FRIDAY DECEMBER 13, IS ASARA B’TEVET
THE FAST BEGINS AT 5:58 AM FAST ENDS AT 5:06 PM
THE YCQ ADMINISTRATION, TEACHERS AND OFFICE STAFF WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE
PARENTS AND THE PARENTS ASSOCIATION FOR THEIR THOUGHTFUL CHANUKAH GIFTS!!
Box Tops for Education
On Wednesday, November 27th, Class K-102 was rewarded with a yummy ice cream par-
ty for being the class with the most box tops collected. The class enjoyed delicious ice
cream in their classroom and a great time was had by all!! The reward for the next win-
ning class should be just as exciting! Please remember to put your child’s class number on
the bag or envelope of box tops you hand in. If you hand in the box tops with no class
number, your child’s class will not receive credit for the box tops collected. For more in-
formation on what box tops are and how to collect them go to btfe.com. Hatzlacha!!
YCQ’s Third Grade Sings at JFK Airport
On Tuesday, the 7th night of Chanuka, our 3rd Grade students had their encore performance at the JFK
International Synagogue. Following the candle lighting ceremony, Rabbi Lipsker led our students in sev-
eral Chanuka songs along with some favorites from the Melavah Malkah. Following the resounding ap-
plause, the students enjoyed the latkes and doughnuts, catered by Seasons. A special thanks to Rabbi
Lipsker for preparing our students so well for this performance. We are deeply grateful to the following
parents for volunteering to chaperone the trip: Mrs. Gottfried, Mrs. Schachar, Mrs. Besalel, Mrs. Shick-
man, and Mr. Goodman.
YCQ Annual Turkey Raffle
In the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, the eighth graders sold tickets throughout the school to en-
ter for a chance to win in the YCQ Turkey Raffle. The money collected goes towards the eighth grade
yearbook fund and ten percent of proceeds will be given to the Jewish National Fund. Prizes included
various gift certificates, toys, games and the grand prize turkey! Congratulations to all of our winners!
Fifth Grade Students Build Menorahs
The students in the 5th grade participated in an exciting Chanukah project this week. Students used
their imagination and creativity to construct a kosher menorah out of any materials they chose. It
was incredible to see the amazing ideas that they came up with! The hallways were quickly decorated
with menorahs made out of playing cards, cupcakes, Lego, glass cups, and much more! Fun was had by
all! Happy Chanukah!
Fourth Grade Powwow
“Hakame”! (Welcome!) was the greeting offered to the fourth grade students as they arrived at
YCQ’s annual Powwow on November 21st. Members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, which is
located on the East End of Long Island, had arrived to model their regalia, perform traditional
dances, and teach the boys and girls about their customs and traditions. The students were awed by
the beauty of the regalia that was worn by three Shinnecock dancers – one garbed in a “jingle
dress,” one in a traditional fringed deerskin blouse and skirt, and one wearing a beautifully-
colored, satin “ribbon dress,” designed to resemble a butterfly in flight. The students were en-
thralled by the dancers’ performances, and enjoyed participating in circle dances themselves. Dur-
ing the question and answer portion of the program, the girls and boys were fascinated to learn
that the Shinnecock are Algonquian people, and that their name means “People of the Stony
Shore.” The Shinnecock have always been known for their powerful dugout canoes, and for the
fine wampum beads that they produce. The afternoon concluded with a feast of traditional Native
American food – corn muffins, apple sauce, cranberry sauce, popcorn, and apple juice. It was an
interesting, informative, and delicious celebration!
In honor of the sixth day of Chanukah, the entire school was treated to a fun and exciting
concert filled with ruach and dancing. The students enjoyed singing and dancing to the beau-
tiful music! We really felt the ruach and energy throughout the entire school! Thank you to
Rabbi Ophie Nat and Mr. Gershon Veroba for performing an amazing concert for the
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Yeshiva of Central Queens
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10/20 Rabbi Bernstein
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YCQ 5TH - 8TH GRADE STUDENT
SUNDAY LEARNING PROGRAM
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY
December 8, 2013
5th Tevet 5774
9 AM - 11 AM
11-11:20 3-on-3 Basketball
FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL
FEATURING SPECIAL SPEAKER:
“A Letter From the Yetzer Harah”
Parent Teacher Conferences, Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Class Time Sign In Loca on of Conference
5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
1‐202 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
2‐204, 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
2‐206, 2‐207 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
5‐302, 5‐303 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
(Finkelstein, Rosen, Orlanski,
JHS Girls 6:00‐9:00 No Sign In Lunchroom
First come ﬁrst serve
Parent Teacher Conferences, Monday, December 16, 2013
Class Time Sign In Loca on & Conference
N‐109 & N‐208 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
K‐100, K‐101 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
K‐102, K‐105 5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
1‐203 5:30‐9:30 Classroom
5:30‐9:30 Sign in Online Classroom
(Blass, Greenwald) 5:30‐9:30 Classroom
6:00‐9:00 Sign in Online Lunchroom
2‐204, 2‐205 Sign in Online
(Kupferman, Berkowitz) Sign in Online
3‐212 No Sign In
(Patchen, Chuback) First come ﬁrst serve
(Fried, Rohr, Hoﬀman, Kahn )
Save the Date
Sunday evening December 8, 2013
8:00PM in the YCQ Dining Room
RABBI DOVID GOLDWASSER Shlit”a
will be speaking on topic of
“Sanc fying HaShem’s Name:
Making a Kiddush HaShem Against All Odds”
The proceeds of this event will go to
OUR JEWISH CHILDREN
an organiza on that helps fund Yeshiva tui on
for children who would otherwise a end
Please join us.
For more informa on, please call
YCQ’s Third Grade Sings at JFK
Chanukah Concert With Rabbi Ophie Nat