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Published by mweinstock, 2018-10-18 21:45:46

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VOLUME 16 NUMBER 5 OCTOBER 19, 2018 10 CHESHVAN 5779

UPCOMING Parshat Lech Lecha By: Rabbi Landsman
EVENTS

Candle Lighting: 5:50 In this week’s parsha there is a dramatic and famous pasuk when Hashem takes Avram
Havdallah: 6:49 outside his tent and tells him, “Look heavenward and count the stars, if you are able to
count them. And He said to him, “So shall your offering be!”

The simple reading of this narration is that Avram asked Hashem what would be
Tuesday, October 30 his future legacy (after all, he had no children and was already an old man). Hashem
Grade 8 Parents High told him not to worry. He took him outside and asked him to count the stars. Avram was
School Night 8:00 PM unable to count them and Hashem told him that his descendants would also be too

numerous to count. Avram believed Hashem and Hashem viewed this as righteousness

Sunday, November 4 on the part of Avram. This is the simple interpretation of this narration.
Preschool Open There are a few problems with such an understanding. First of all, it was not
House
necessary for Avram to go outside to know that it is impossible to count the stars. He
10:00 am knew that there were billions of stars even before he started counting. The whole

episode seems like somewhat of a charade. Second, the equation between the number

of stars and the number of descendants of Avram does not seem to be something that

Monday, November 5 should be taken literally. There seems to be a discrepancy of several orders of
Bar Mitzvah Workshop magnitude between the celestial population of stars and the earthly population of Jews,
Grade 7 Boys even Jews of all generations put together.
7:00 Rav Mordechai Kamenetsky gives us an interesting interpretation. Hashem was

not interested in having Avram count the stars. He was showing him something

symbolic. He wanted him to just look up at the heavens. Looking up at the heavens is

looking at one of the great mysteries of the world. To this very day, the stars, the

YCQ Family News heavens, the galaxies, and the Milky Way fascinate man. They are one great mystery.
The greatest scientists of our own generation are baffled by what goes on in the deep

Mazel tov to David recesses of outer space. Scientists will be studying the stars from now until the end of
Gutenmacher (class of time.
’09) on his engagement
to Arianna Kaufman! Hashem takes Avram outside his tent and tells him; “You don’t understand,
Avram, how your legacy will be preserved. After all, you have no children yet and you
are an old man. I say that you will become a great nation, but you don’t understand. Go

Mazel tov to Rabbi outside and try to understand the stars. Just as the stars are one of the mysteries of
Nat (JHS Rebbe) on this world that defy explanation, so too will your descendants defy explanation. The
his daughter’s Bat- Jewish people are also one of the great mysteries of the world.”

Mitzvah! Logically speaking, we should have been wiped off the face of the Earth

centuries ago, yet we are still here! This is a great mystery. Just like the stars, the

heavens and the galaxies are a great mystery, “so too shall be your descendants.”

Mazel tov to Rabbi Shabbat Shalom!
Bernstein (JHS Rebbe)

on his daughter’s

Bat-Mitzvah!

Mazel tov to Morah UPK and Kindergarten registration is now OPEN for all YCQ siblings for
Silverstein (4-307) on the 2019-2020 school year!
the engagement of her
daughter, Mali, to M.J. Please call Morah Sharon Korn 718-793-8500 ext. 313 or
Mrs. Rebecca Blum ext. 310 to make an appointment.
Hoch!

Mazel tov to Talia Don’t delay! Our preschool fills up quickly and we don’t want you
Cohen on her to miss out!
Bat-Mitzvah!

Special Sunday Learning in Memory of Adeena Paknoush a”h

This past Sunday, well over 150 people were in attendance as we enjoyed a
special Sunday Learning Program honoring the memory of our beloved student,
Adeena Paknoush a”h. After a beautiful davening and breakfast, Rabbi Shai
Schachter, Assistant Rabbi of the Young Israel of Woodmere, delivered an
outstanding Shiur about the 613th mitzvah in the Torah. Rabbi Schachter
explained that it is incumbent upon every Jew to write their own Sefer Torah
even if they are left one by their parents. Every Jew has the responsibility to
make their own, unique contribution to the world. After the shiur, the students
enjoyed an amazing raffle followed by letter writing in the Torah by parents,
members of the Board of Trustees, and alumni.

Names, Not Numbers

This past Monday, the eighth graders had the privilege of being introduced to the Names, Not
Numbers program at a special assembly in the shul. Rabbi Landsman explained to the students
the historic generational role that they play in documenting stories of Holocaust survivors
through the process of video interviewing. When the last survivors are no longer able to share
their experiences, it will be up to this generation of children to transmit the legacy of their he-
roic lives to the next generation. Students who participate in the program will learn filming
techniques, interview skills, as well as the ability to edit a documentary feature film. A
screening of the film will take place this coming April.

Sefer Torah Letter Writing
On Tuesday, the entire YCQ took part in an incredibly special and significant
occasion in our school’s history. This day was a unique opportunity that allowed
each child in the school to connect with the true meaning of Torah by assisting in the
completion of the 613th mitzvah. Every student in grades N-8 wrote a letter in
YCQ’s very first Sefer Torah with the famous Sofer, Rav Pincus. The Torah was
dedicated in memory and honor of YCQ’s beloved student, Adeena Paknoush a”h.
Special thanks to the entire Sefer Torah Committee for their dedication and
commitment that went into making this most meaningful event so outstanding.

Sefer Torah Dedication

This past Wednesday, we had the great zechut of welcoming our new Sefer Torah in
memory of Adeena Paknoush a”h to our shul. In honor of the occasion, a huge parade
took place on the streets outside of the Yeshiva. The Paknoush family, along with YCQ
administrators, board members, parent volunteers, community Rabbis, distinguished
elected officials, Alumni, and students, all joined together in a sign of pride and achdut
to celebrate this special, historic event. As the Torah came closer to the YCQ building,
four sifrei Torah from our shul came out to escort the Torah, after which the Junior
High School students danced and sang with C.M. Schwartz and Rabbi Nat, while grades
N-5 had Torah parties in their classrooms. Rabbi Hamel then read from our new Torah
for the very first time, followed by emotional singing as we placed the Torah in our
Aron Kodesh where we hope, b’ezret Hashem, it will remain until the coming of
Moshiach.



Yeshiva of Central Queens

JHS BOYS SHABBATON
Nov. 9—Nov. 10, 2018

SHABBAT PARSHAT TOLDOT
Raleigh Hotel, South Fallsburg, NY

Cost $165

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.

ONEG
SHABBAT

Yeshiva of Central Queens

JHS Boys Shabbaton Permission Slip

Please Return to Rabbi Hamel’s Office
by October 31, 2018

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ROOMING REQUESTS
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 Signature

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.

____________________________
Parent Signature



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Yeshiva of Central Queens

DATE REBBE

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

DON’T FORGET:

Weekly Prizes

YCQ 5TH - 8TH GRADE STUDENT
PARENT-CHILD

SUNDAY LEARNING PROGRAM

PLEASE JOIN US THIS SUNDAY

October 21, 2018

12 Cheshvan 5779
FOR AN INSPIRATIONAL

LEARNING PROGRAM

FEATURING SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMER:

Rabbi Eitan Katz,
World Renowned Rebbe and Singer
Topic: “The Beauty of the Music of Torah”

9:00am - Shacharit

10:00am - Concert/Kumzitz

11:00-11:30am - 3-on-3 Basketball

11:30-12:30 - Boys Varsity Basketball Practice

12:30-2:00 - Hockey Practice



WE THANK THIS WEEK’S SPONSORS

WEDNESDAY , 7 CHESHVAN

IN MEMORY OF

FLORENCE LAUFBAUM a”h

GREAT-GRANDMOTHER OF
AYAL (6B2) AND MICHAL(’17) LEVINE
GRANDPARENTS OF ARI AND ARIELLA MELVIN AND CAROL LEVIN

THURSDAY, 8 CHESHVAN

IN MEMORY OF
OUR GRANDPARENTS

NATHAN AND BELLE MOLOFSKY a”h
SAM AND SYLVIA STRONGIN a”h

MORRIS AND IDA STERNBERG a”h

PINCHAS KOHN a”h

NICOLE AND MICHAEL STRONGIN

SPECIAL SUNDAY LEARNING

SEFER TORAH LETTER WRITING

SEFER TORAH DEDICATION

HACHNASAT SEFER TORAH


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