VOLUME 16 NUMBER 6 OCTOBER 26, 2018 17 CHESHVAN 5779
UPCOMING Parshat Vayeira By: Rabbi Landsman
In our Siddur, we repeatedly refer to the akeidat Yitzchak as testimony to Avraham's
Candle Lighting: 5:41 absolute trust in Hashem, and we plead to arouse Hashem's mercy upon us by virtue of our
Havdallah: 6:40 ancestor's great merit.
Tuesday, October 30 Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twerski, world renowned Rabbi and Psychiatrist raises the
Grade 8 Parents High following point; Avraham's great devotion to Hashem notwithstanding, there have been
School Night 8:00 pm many other instances of great sacrifice and martyrdom in our history. After all, Hashem
spared Yitzchak's life, but Channah watched her seven sons be killed because of their
Sunday, November 4 refusal to bow to an idol. In fact, the king was so moved by Channah's children's
Preschool Open acceptance of martyrdom that he wished to spare the life of the seventh child. He threw
House down his ring and said to the child, "Just bend down to pick it up. You will not be
10:00 am worshipping the idol, but the people will think you complied and bowed to the idol, and that
will allow me to spare your life." Channah told the child not to pick up the ring, and the child
Monday, November 5 was killed. Does this not equal the akeidah? Yet, we do not invoke Channah's merit in our
Bar Mitzvah Workshop prayers.
Grade 7 Boys Unfortunately, there were far too many instances of martyrdom in our history, but
7:00 pm the merit of the akeidah goes beyond martyrdom. In addition, the episode of
the akeidah testifies to the greatness of Avraham in other ways, that constitute a source
Tuesday, November 6 of teaching for us. Rabbi Dr. Twerski explains that there are subtleties in the episode of
Election Day the akeidah that are often overlooked.
Regular Sessions The Torah relates that on the day after he received the awesome Divine command,
Regular Bus Service "Avraham woke up early in the morning" (Breishit 22:3) to carry out the divine command.
The Talmud cites this as a virtue of Avraham and as a teaching that those who are diligent
Wed., November 7 to serve Hashem hasten to fulfill His mitzvot. If Abraham awoke in the morning, obviously
Bat Mitzvah Workshop he slept during the night! What father, knowing that he was to sacrifice his beloved child
the next day could possibly sleep peacefully? At the very best, a father would be up at
Grade 6 Girls night, pacing the floor, wringing his hands and crying, but not Avraham. His trust in Hashem
7:00 pm was so perfect that he took everything with equanimity. Everything that Hashem does is
good. If Hashem wants me to have a son, that is good. If Hashem wants me not to have a
November 9-10 son, that, too, is good. Avraham slept peacefully all night.
JHS Boys Shabbaton
Another great virtue of Avraham is pointed out by Harav Chaim Shmuelevitz (Sichos
YCQ Family News Mussar 5731:1 ). For decades, Avraham had been denouncing idol worship. The idolatry most
severely condemned in the Torah is the Malach, that was served by human sacrifice.
Mazel tov to Mrs. Avraham vigorously condemned this practice, saying that it was unthinkable that Hashem
Michali Fuchs (2-207) would ask for human sacrifice. Now, if he would carry out what he felt to be the Divine
on the birth of a baby command to sacrifice Yitzchak, what will he say to the multitude whose practice of human
sacrifice he had so vehemently condemned? He would have to say, "You were all right.
girl! Throughout my entire lifetime, I was wrong!" Few people can admit that the position that
they espoused so vigorously and for so many decades was an error. The greatness of
Mazel tov to Avraham was that he was ready to do this.
on his Bar Mitzvah! We can see now why the akeidah is singled out as Avraham's greatest merit. It tells
us much about the character of the father of our nation, whom we are to emulate.
Mazel tov to
Eden Yusupov Shabbat Shalom!
on his Bar Mitzvah!
Spotlight on New Faculty—Rabbi Lemann (4-306)
My name is Rabbi Lemann and I am the new fourth
grade Rebbe here at YCQ. I grew up in St. Louis and am
a proud Cardinals fan! In addition to teaching, I am also
the Rabbi of the Torah Center of Hillcrest. I am so
thrilled to be joining the YCQ family. I have always
heard of this school’s amazing reputation and great
history and I am so excited to be a part of it. Wishing
everyone a great school year!
SIXTH GRADE EDIBLE CELLS
Mr. Rayburn’s sixth grade science students were given a “sweet” way to learn about cells and
cell functions to complete their unit of study. Students took part in a group project where they
created their very own edible cells, using different food items to represent the parts of the
cell. Using a marshmallow nucleus and pretzel stick cell walls, students worked together to
complete a lab report about each part of the cell, what it looks like, what it does, and why they
chose each food item to represent it. The reward...learning that is delicious!
Eighth Grade Visits Ellis Island
This past week, the eighth grade students visited Ellis Island and the 9/11 Memorial
Museum. The students sailed past the Statue of Liberty on a beautiful ferry ride. The
students took a tour of the Ellis Island Museum and learned about the history of the
island. They ate an outdoor lunch overlooking the Statue of Liberty and spent time at
Battery Park. At the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the students toured, and observed all the
meaningful exhibits and displays, followed by dinner at Bravo Pizza. The eighth grade
students had a wonderful educational day of touring lower Manhattan.
Fifth Grade Students Receive Their First Mishnayot
Last Thursday, the entire fifth grade had a very special occasion in the shul.
Rabbi Elan Segelman, Rav of Congregation Kehilas Torah Temimah and Rosh
Yeshiva of Landers College for Men, delivered inspiring words describing the
significance of Torah Sheba’al Peh and the reason why it was put into written
form. He further empowered the students to be cognizant of the fact that
they are responsible to learn and ultimately transmit the Torah to the next
generation. The event culminated with our Rebbeim, Rabbi Rohr and Rabbi
Finkelstein, giving each child their very first Mishna.
Sunday Learning Concert Featuring Eitan Katz
This past Sunday the fifth through eighth grade Parent Child Sunday Learning Program enjoyed
a special treat. World renowned singer and song writer, Rabbi Eitan Katz, gave an inspiring
concert to all in attendance. He sang beautiful songs and melodies joined by students and their
parents. Spiritual stories were shared in order to enhance the feeling of achdut. At one point,
Rabbi Katz developed a new tune and invited 7th grader, Daniel Noy, to join him. Thank you so
much to Rabbi Nat for accompanying Rabbi Eitan Katz as well as Rabbi Bernstein for
coordinating this incredible event.
First Grade Fun with the Alef Bet
In Morah Fendel’s class, the yeladim are having so much fun learning
and reviewing the Alef Bet. The children made letters from the Alef
Bet out of Play-dough. To take their knowledge to the next level, the
children then put the proper Nekudot under the Alef. Kol HaKavod
Green Meadows Farm
The Kindergarten enjoyed a beautiful day at Green Meadows Farm where
they milked a cow, rode on a pony, and enjoyed a hayride around the
grounds. The children experienced a lot on a real working farm.
Yeshiva of Central Queens
JHS BOYS SHABBATON
Nov. 9—Nov. 10, 2018
SHABBAT PARSHAT TOLDOT
Raleigh Hotel, South Fallsburg, NY
Departure from YCQ Friday Morning: 9:00 AM
Return to YCQ on Saturday night: 11:00 PM (approximately)
for arrival time at YCQ after the shabbaton.
Yeshiva of Central Queens
JHS Boys Shabbaton Permission Slip
Please Return to Rabbi Hamel’s Office
by October 31, 2018
You may request four people for your room at the Raleigh Hotel .
You will definitely receive at least one request.
I am coming to this Shabbaton with a positive attitude, ready to have a
really great time. I plan to dress appropriately and participate in all of
the programs of the Shabbaton.
Student’s Class __________________
I hereby give my son __________________ permission to attend the YCQ
Boys Shabbaton at the Raleigh Hotel on November 9 & November 10.
I have enclosed $165 for the Shabbaton.
The Third Grade of the Yeshiva of Central Queens
cordially invite you to our
Intergenerational Family & Friend
עבנטירבתניזקםנויתםפארת בנים אבותם
Special Guest MOTZAEI SHABBAT
November 17, 2018 • ט׳ כסלו תשע׳׳ט
HECHT 7:00* PM
IN THE YCQ DINING HALL
147-37 70th Road, Flushing, NY
Couvert $15 per person
There will be no charge for the Third Grade Students
STUDENTS MUST BE ESCORTED BY THEIR PARENTS,
GRANDPARENTS OR SPECIAL PERSON
* Program begins prompty at 7:00pm
Students should arrive no EARLIER than 6:30pm
Yeshiva of Central Queens
10/14/18 Rabbi Shay Schachter
10/21/18 Rabbi Eitan Katz
10/28/18 Rabbi Russek
11/11/18 Rabbi Kramer
11/18/18 Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky
12/23/18 Rabbi Finestone
12/30/18 Rabbi Nosson Greenberg
2/3/18 Rabbi Howitt
2/10/18 Rabbi Rosenfelt
2/24/18 Rabbi Yehuda Deutsch
3/3/18 Rabbi Kravetz
3/10/18 Rabbi Rohr
3/17/18 Rabbi Jonathan Rietti
YCQ 5TH - 8TH GRADE STUDENT
SUNDAY LEARNING PROGRAM
PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY
October 28, 2018
19 Cheshvan 5779
FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL
FEATURING SPECIAL SPEAKER:
Rabbi Russek, YCQ Sixth Grade Rebbe
Topic: Divrei Chizuk “The World Wide Campaign”
9:00am - Shacharit
10:00am - Shiur by Rabbi Russek
11:00-11:30am - 3-on-3 Basketball
WE THANK THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS
WEDNESDAY, 15 CHESHVAN
IN MEMORY OF
A BELOVED HUSBAND, DEVOTED FATHER
PROUD ZAIDA, AND DEDICATED TEACHER
PAUL GOLDBERG a”h
ESTHER GOLDBERG AND FAMILY
FRIDAY, 17 CHESHVAN
A COUNTINUED REFUAH SHELEIMA FOR
SHMUEL MOSHE BEN SARAH HALEVI
JHS CHESED DAY
SUNDAY LEARNING WITH EITAN KATZ
GRADE 5 RECEIVE MISHNAYOT
ELLIS ISLAND AND 9-11 MEMORIAL MUSEUM