VOLUME 13 NUMBER 1 SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 17 ELUL 5774
UPCOMING Parshat Ki Tavo By: Rabbi Landsman
EVENTS Rabbi Tzvi Sobolofsky, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva University quotes Chazal who
Candle Lighting: 6:51 instituted the reading of Parshat Ki Tavo before Rosh Hashana. Much of
the parsha deals with the terrible consequences for not observing the Torah. We
Havdallah: 7:50 read this prior to Rosh Hashana symbolizing that the year and all its curses should
Tues., Sept. 16 come to an end. In reality, we do not read Parshat Ki Tavo immediately before Rosh
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Hashana, but rather there is always a Shabbat after Ki Tavo before the year ends. If
we want to indicate that the year and its curses are ending, wouldn't it be more
Committee Welcome appropriate to read this parsha on the last Shabbat of the year? Why did
Reception 8:00PM Chazal leave a week between Parshat Ki Tavo and Rosh Hashana?
Meeting 8:30 PM We are taught in Berachot 5a various methods to overcome one's yetzer
hara. If one senses a temptation to sin one should first focus on words of Torah. If
Motzai Shabbat, this doesn't help, one should recite the Shema. If even this fails to assist in
overcoming one's yetzer hara, as a last resort one should focus on death. If
Selichot Begins thinking about death is the most effective way to prevent one from sinning, why
didn't Chazal suggest this as the first response to temptation? Why do we first
JHS Parent-Child attempt the less effective deterrents such as Torah study and kriat Shema?
When a person is ill there are often different potential treatments.
Wednesday—Friday Sometimes a more effective one will not be used at first because of its negative side
effects. If the less effective cure is not sufficient and the condition necessitates, the
September 24-26 illness must be cured notwithstanding the damaging side effects. Thinking of death
Rosh Hashana is the most effective way of averting sin. However, using this as a constant
No Sessions deterrent can have negative repercussions. A person constantly focused on death
will not be able to serve Hashem with joy. His morose mood will prevent him from
YCQ Family News interacting with others in a cheerful and pleasant way. Thinking of death as a first
Mazel tov to David response to every temptation may be effective in preventing a particular sin, yet it
Salvit, Aytan Wazman, may carry negative consequences that outweigh its benefits. Only if the gentler
methods of Torah study and kriat Shema fail should one resort to the more drastic
Elyav Itzhakov, Gavriel
Kaplan, Yosef Zar, approach of focusing on death.
Joseph Kanarek, As we approach Rosh Hashana and try to perfect our avodat Hashem, we
have many methods that we use. We increase our Torah study and focus
Rafael Nisanov, Adam on kabbalat Malchut Shomayim accepting Hashem's kingship over us through
Ivgi, Joshua Nektalov, our tefillot. There is a last method that we use and that is reflecting upon death.
Sal Moriber, Ethan Perhaps the most powerful application of this is the tefillah of Unetane Tokef. Yet,
Moriber, Eliot Yakubov the majority of our tefillot on Rosh Hashana focus on Hashem being our King,
and Daniel Goldstein on rather than our own mortality. The mood on Rosh Hashana is both serious and
their Bar Mitzvah! joyful. Constant focus on death would perhaps prevent sin but would also prevent
Mazel tov to Gabriella us from celebrating Rosh Hashana appropriately. Have a great Shabbat!
Levy, Gal Levy, Danielle Healthy Nutrition Tip #1:
Abraham, Daniela Choose not to offer sweets as rewards
Inoyatov, Esther By offering food as a reward for good behavior, children learn to think that
Akperov, Esther some foods are better than other foods.
Simon, Kyra Appel,
Adina Noah, Hannah Reward your child with kind words and comforting hugs, or give them
Shedlo, and Atara non-food items, like stickers, to make them feel special.
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YCQ Students doing Chesed Worldwide!
Elad, Yael, Shirel and Ariel Elazar were very excited and looked forward to spending a good part of
their summer in Ashdod, Israel with family. Unfortunately the summer didn't turn out the way they
expected and a day a er their arrival the war broke. They showed a tremendous amount of bravery
while going in and out of the safe room several mes a day for 40 days. Baruch HaShem they stayed
safe and out of harm the whole me. The mes that they were able to go out they always made sure
to visit the loca ons where the IDF was located around Ashdod to thank them in person and make
them happy with refreshments. They told every solider they met about YCQ and how suppor ve we
are of them.
YCQ Sends Packages To the Chayalim
On Thursday, July 31, dozens of boxes left the Yeshiva of Central Queens heading off to
Israel. Supplies were packed in bags and boxes donated by seasons, N. Brand26, Safra
Judaica & Stam and Amalya Grocery, and were shipped to our soldiers fighting to protect
our homeland. Families throughout the Queens community dropped off donations of much
needed personal supplies that were packed up by volunteers, and were distributed to the
Chayalim. In one of the packages was a beautiful handmade Hamsa containing a copy of
Tefillah L’Chayal on one side, and on the other, the innocent words of a young child to a
soldier, “Please stay safe”. Thank you Morah Fried for organizing the shipment and the
distribution of the packages and to the Greif Family for helping with the packaging!
New Student Program
On Friday, September 5th, Mrs. Marcy Davidovics and Ms. Michali Wiener of the Social Work De-
partment facilitated a new student program welcoming YCQ’s new students. Each new student was
paired with an eighth grade mentor who was handpicked based on his or her leadership qualities. The
program commenced with each mentor introducing himself or herself to one or two new students by
phone and handing a school gift to his or her assigned new students. Together with their mentors, the
new students designed a crafts project in honor of Yom Tov while snacking on cookies and orange
juice. Mrs. Davidovics and Rabbi Landsman warmly introduced each student and welcomed them to
the YCQ family. We look forward to a productive and exciting school year!
Every year, the students in Class 4-307 indulge Mrs. Criss and her
passion for literature by subscribing to Storyworks Magazine, a
Scholastic publication. They look forward to reading and responding
to the stories, poems, plays, puzzles and articles contained within
each issue. With Mrs. Criss’ encouragement, a number of the stu-
dents enter the literacy contests that appear in the magazine each
month. Last June, Mrs. Criss received a very exciting phone call
from Allison Friedman, the assistant editor of Storyworks. One of
the students in 4-307, Melissa Rosenthal, had been selected as the
winner of the Storyworks “Vocab Lab” contest! Melissa had submit-
ted one “weird, wild, and wonderful word” that could be used at
least three different ways, and had written an accurate sentence for each of the three
meanings. Melissa’s winning word was “digest.” In addition to winning a special prize, Melissa
is currently featured in a full-page article in the September 2014 issue of Storyworks
Magazine! Mazal Tov to YCQ’s word maven, Melissa Rosenthal!
**BACK TO SCHOOL FALL 2014**
COME OUT AND MEET THE NEW
YCQ Parent Association
TUESDAY NIGHT SEPTEMBER 16th AT 8:00 PM
The YCQ Parent Association wants YOU to help us
make this year one of the best yet!
Come and find out what’s in store and how you can
Special Presentation by Mrs. Melissa Cohen
Mrs. Cohen is a former teacher at YCQ, the mother of three current YCQ students,
and most importantly she is the NEW Assistant Principal!!!
Event will be held in the YCQ Library YCQ Parent Association:
Refreshments Will be Served!
Tracy Landsberg- President
LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT Sara Gherman - VP
YEAR! Samantha Kramer – VP
Ariella Levine – 1st VP
For More Information, please feel free to contact us at: Lisa Fishbein – Treasurer
NEW YCQ FAMILIES
YOU ARE CORDIALLY
INVITED TO ATTEND
A DESSERT BUFFET
WELCOMING YOU TO THE
YCQ PARENT BODY
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2014
AT 8 PM
JHS MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM
SAVE THE DATE!!
September 20, 2014
25 Elul, 5774
9:30 PM - 11:30 PM
SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER
RABBI SHMUEL MARCUS, RAV KEHILAT ISHEI YISRAEL
REBBE STONE BEIT MIDRASH PROGRAM, YESHIVA UNIVERSITY
TOPIC: “FROM SEPTEMBER TO THE POSTSEASON:
SELICHOT AND THE YAMIM NORAIM OBJECTIVES ”
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Children must know how to swim
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Partnering the Shomron community of As Eretz Yisrael is
Eli with the constantly on our minds,
Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills the Young Israel of
Kew Gardens Hills
Motzei Shabbos, Sept. 13, 2014 participation
9:30 PM as we support
the community of
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Artist’s rendition Hear Miriam Peretz’s
of the inspiring words
as she describes
Community Center her life story
with your help!!!!
Miriam Peretz is an Education Ministry We will also hear
from the Mayor
supervisor and lectures teenagers, soldiers and the general
public on the subject of leadership, encouraging motivation of Eli,
for service in the army, etc. She provides these sessions on a Mr. Kobi Eliraz.
daily basis as a volunteer. Three years ago her book, “Shirat
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struck her family, was published. Her oldest son, Uriel, was
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ago on his actual birthday, November 24, 1998, in a battle in
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and at the event.
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Special thanks to our Melave Malka sponsors: YIKGH Charity Fund
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Mr. and Mrs. Yaakov Serle, Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Weintraub 150-05 70TH ROAD
FLUSHING, NY 11367
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