YESHIVA DERECH HATORAH FAMILY ALBUM VOLUME 7
This Sunday, 12/30 9:30 AM-12:30 PM Parent-Teacher Conferences Grades 1-8
Monday, Tuesday 12/31 & 1/1 No yellow bus service
**** NEW DATE for Family Bingo Night Motzei Shabbat 1/12 ****
Tuesday, 1/15, 3:00 PM National Geography Bee Grades 4-8
Thursday-Sunday 1/17-1/27 Mid-Winter Vacation NO SCHOOL
NUMBER 11 DECEMBER 28, 2012 CANDLE LIGHTING 4:17 PM
15 TEVET 5773
Dvar Torah— Vayechi “( : ) ” fter Yaakov’s death, Yosef reassured his brothers that he bore no grudge against them. He then promised that he would continue to provide food for them and their families. He overlooked the wrongs that the brothers had perpetrated against him and instead of punishment, he treated them with kindness. Six hundred years later, Dovid HaMelech pointed to Yosef’s righteous conduct as he beseeched Hashem to have compassion on B’nei Yisrael despite their improper behavior. Dovid said (Tehilim 80:2), “Shepherd of Israel, hear us, [You] lead Yosef like sheep.” The Metzudas Dovid explains that Dovid asked Hashem to lead and sustain Yosef – a reference to the Jewish people –like a shepherd tends to his sheep. The Midrash (Yalkut Shimoni Tehilim 80), however, explains this pasuk on a deeper level: “Yosef”is used because Dovid was pleading with Hashem, “The brothers treated Yosef badly, yet Yosef treated them well; so too, Hashem, we have treated You poorly, nevertheless, act kindly to us.”In other words, Dovid HaMelech holds Yosef up as a role model worthy of emulation, asking Hashem to follow suit and deal kindly with us despite our sins. Isn’t Dovid’s request disrespectful? Imagine a rebellious subject appearing before a powerful monarch, pleading to save his own life and to receive continued sustenance. Aware that his criminal behavior would justifiably provoke the king to deny his request, he turns to the king and proclaims, “Your Majesty, last year the mayor of a small village was kind to a citizen who, decades earlier, had severely beaten the mayor as a child; now you too, your majesty, be as kind and forgiving as he was.”This would surely be considered insolence and disrespect! “How dare you compare the king to one of his servants and tell him to act in the same manner?! Are you trying to tell the king what to do?”These would be understandable reactions of the king to such a brazen request. How could Dovid HaMelech have uttered such a prayer? In truth, Dovid HaMelech’s request would have been improper with a mortal monarch. It is chutzpa to ask a king to emulate the example of one of his subjects. However, Hashem’s relationship with us is far beyond that of a human king and subject. Dovid was able to offer a prayer in this direct fashion because he fully understood Hashem’s infinite love for us. In fact, Hashem’s love for the Jewish people is even greater than the love of a father for his son, for it would be chutzpadik even for a son to make such a request of his father. Hashem is so eager to hear our tefilot that we can pray with a different set of rules than would normally apply. He desires nothing more than to shower us with His blessings and give us our needs; He doesn’t need our supplications to motivate Him to agree. Our tefilot are an additional chesed from Hashem that allows us to draw closer to Him by standing before Him in prayer.
From the Desk of Mr. Yehuda Goldstein, General Studies Principal While the long lines to see rebbeim and teachers this upcoming Sunday, December 30th, at our 1st trimester Parent-Teacher Conferences may be frustrating, it has a silver lining. YDH parents deeply care about their children … they care enough to spend 3 hours visiting with their sons’teachers! I urge you to view the upcoming conferences as a booster shot for good communication and an ongoing partnership between home and school. We desperately need each other if we are to see the full potential of the fruits of our labor. The experts agree, a positive parent-teacher relationship contributes to your child’s success at school. “A positive parent-teacher relationship helps your child feel good about school and be successful”, according to Diane Levin, Ph.D., at Wheelock College. “It demonstrates to the child that he can trust his teacher because you do. This positive relationship makes a child feel like the important people in his life are working together.” Some tips to include for an effective conference:
Approach the relationship with civility, if not respect. Instead of confrontation with a teacher you may disagree with, seek to meet the teacher and “brainstorm” solutions, together, within a context of a “problem-solving” partnership. After all, everyone’s intentions are to benefit the child. (continued)
From the Desk of Mr. Yehuda Goldstein (continued)
When you have a question or problem regarding academic, social, or classroom issues, please feel free to call, email, or send a note directly to the teacher. This is critical! No . . . you will not be considered a “pain”! Teachers relish feedback, and the insights you provide can help your child. Don’t wait until you’re frustrated. Remember, it’s a positive partnership we are all looking to forge.
Share with the teacher. You have insights about your child that the teacher may not. Moreover, the teacher sees your child within a different context than you do at home. In fact, he/she may have insights about your son that you may not be aware of.
Listen to the teacher’s observations and strongly consider his/her recommendations. He/she sees your child from a very different perspective— the classroom.
Describing what you know about how your son works, learns, and listens may offer tips to the teacher. Sharing your ideas on how to overcome some of your son’s challenges may provide clues to the teacher for more effective instruction. Ask about things beyond grades and behavior, such as: Does he make friends?; How does he solve conflicts?; Does he seem happy?, etc. We all know that a prime role in raising children is for the adults in a child’s life “to speak in one voice”. When this happens, there is structure, clarity, and security. In Parshat KiSeitze, we learn about a seemingly enigmatic Torah law. That in the event a child of no more than 13 does not obey his parents, he is to be brought to the city elders to be stoned! The Gemara in Sanhedrin 71a states unequivocally that Ben Sorer Umoreh never happened and never will! Why then is it in the Torah? The Gemara answers, “so that we will analyze it”. If we do that, we find a technical problem with Ben Sorer Umoreh in that it states that the parents will approach the Beit Din with the complaint that, “He does not listen to our voice.” While the pronoun “our” refers to the parents in the plural, the object “voice” is in the singular. This is grammatically incorrect. How can that be? The explanation provided by R’Shamshon Rafael Hirsh z”l is that the Torah is teaching a critical lesson regarding the raising of children; that all the adults in a child’s life must speak to him with “one voice”. We at YDH pride ourselves in our “open door” policy to parents as well as students. Please take advantage of this openness to help foster a school-home community a.k.a. The YDH Family!
From Rabbi M. Moscovitz, 5th Grade Rebbi How exciting it is to be in the 5th Grade right now! We have just spent the first trimester focusing on Mishnayot Masechet Sukkah. We culminated with a terrific Sukkah project in which the boys demonstrated creativity and ingenuity with styrofoam, wood, Lego, and other materials in building the various cases mentioned in the Mishnah. The beautiful projects were on display at the Hatchalat Gemara celebration held this past week. We have begun to explore the depth and profundity of Gemara. The boys have risen to the challenge and are enjoying the unique methodology and logic. Additionally, we are focusing on vocabulary skills, considering that the Gemara is written in Aramaic, a language unfamiliar to the boys. We are also forging ahead in our study of Parashat Sh’mot and Navi Shoftim. In Chumash, the emphasis is on comprehension as well as reading skills. Given the appropriate assistance and materials, the boys surprise themselves with how much Chumash they can learn on their own! In Navi, we are delving into the story of the conquering of the Land of Israel by our ancestors. This gives the boys a deep appreciation for our special Land!
“Talmid HaShavua”- Week of 12/17-12/21 Grade 1 — Grade 2 — Grade 3 — Zaga Grade 4 — Grade 5 — Grade 6 — Grade 7 — Grade 8 —
Betzalel Englard, Shlomo Gottlieb Zacky Dayan, Asher Nikfourouz Akiva Merl, Ben Naim, Binyamin Spilman, Shaul Yisroel Ginsberg, Rafi Rosenberg Noam Abrahams, Shalom Ebbin Yehoshua Luxenberg, Netanel Salman Yoni Kohen, Etanel Melamed Elan Abtan, Eli Banayan
“Student of the Week”- Week of 12/17-12/21 Grade 1 — Joseph Naim Grade 2 — Noach Birnbaum Grade 3 — Ben Naim Grade 4 — Eliyahu Zylberberg Grade 5 — Avi Aharoni Grade 6 — Daniel Volchek (ELA), Elimelech Stevens (Math), Shlomi Kraus (Sci.), Joseph Ginsberg (SS) Grade 7 — Yaron Sternberg (ELA), Yoni Ben-Zvi (Math), Etanel Melamed (Sci.), Gavriel Niyazov (SS) Grade 8 — Adam Harar (ELA), Josh Dublin (Math), Ariel Manakhimov (Sci.), Nathanel Bouskila (SS)
“Talmid HaChodesh”- Kislev Grade 1 — David Kivelevitz, Yosef Shamir Grade 2 — Gavriel Friedman Grade 3 — Menashe Abitbol, Natanel Bitran, Hillel Goldstein, Kalman Motovich Grade 4 — Moshe Adonolem Grade 5 — Dani Silverstein Grade 6 — Yaakov Schlamowitz, Yisroel Sendzischew Grade 7 — Elazar Abrahams Grade 8 — Yakov Yechiel Assis, Yehoshua Dublin, Michoel Levi, Avishai Samouha
Reminder: Send in your box tops for education. Put them in an envelope with your grade listed on it have it sent to the Library! The winning grade will get a pizza party! More information to follow soon! You can find box tops on Kleenex tissues and cereal in addition to many other products. Thank you for supporting our school, and thank you Morah Shelley for your help in coordinating this project. Beth Ginsberg and Hinda Hochman (718)753-2132 (718)645-0476
The 2013 YDH SPELLING CHAMPIONS are: Lower Division (Grades 1 - 4) Gavriel Silberman / Grade 4 Upper Division (Grades 5 - 8) Michoel Levi / Grade 8 Michoel will be going on to the Yeshiva-Wide Spelling Competition in January, 2013.
Good Effort and Good Luck !
SAVE THE DATE! FAMILY BINGO WILL BE POSTPONED TO JANUARY 12, 2013
SEE YOU ALL THEN!
A LARGE COLLECTION OF OUR STUDENTS’ LOST & FOUND ITEMS WILL BE ON DISPLAY THIS SUNDAY, DURING PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES, IN ROOM 213. IT MAY BE WORTH YOUR WHILE TO COME TAKE A LOOK. YOU MAY FIND SOMETHING THAT’S BEEN MISSING FOR A LONG TIME!
Math Corner #10 2012– 2013 By: Mrs. Hacker
Here are 2 math challenge problems for you and your family to solve. Please send in your answers in an envelope labeled “For Mrs. Hacker”. Please make sure that your son’s name and class number are written on the paper. Your son’s name will be entered into a prize raffle. The more problems your family solves, the more times his name will be entered into the raffle. New: You can now submit your answers via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please don’t forget to include your son’s name and class.
Try it; you will enjoy the challenge! Student’s who handed in a correct solution to the last math corner are:
Nursery: Gabby Schnur(3) Kindergarten: Michael Schnur(3) Pre 1a: Aryeh Hochman(2) 2nd Grade: Dov Hochman(2), Meir Perl (3) 4th Grade: Moshe Adonolem(3), Sruly Hochman(2) 7th Grade: Evan Petrash (3) 8th Grade: Elan Ozeryanskiy(3)
Puzzle #1 In my collection of classical music I have a range of pieces which last 6, 7, 8 and 9 minutes. The piece by Bach lasts 8 minutes and the CD lasts longer than the piece by Holst. The piece on DAT tape is longer than the piece by Beethoven. The single lasts for 7 minutes and the album does not contain any Holst. The piece by Butler is on the DAT tape. Can you determine which piece of music is on which format and how long each lasts?
Puzzle #2 Can you replace the question marks with mathematics symbols (+-÷x) and make the equation correct: (9 ? 1) ? (7 ? 6) ? (8 ? 4) = 3
Riddle (answer to last riddle: on a person’s head) There are 15 sticks below. Remove six sticks and be left with 10.
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YESHIVA DERECH HATORAH WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION Thank you for your interest in the YDHWO. The Executive Board members are happy to welcome new volunteers and we are interested in hearing your input. Please complete the following information. Name: ________________________________________________________ What grades are your children in? __________________________________ Are you interested in becoming a class mother? _______________________ Email address: _________________________________________________ Telephone Number: _____________________________________________ When are you available to volunteer? _______________________________ Which projects are you interested in? (Circle all that apply.) Please note that some have daytime commitments while others have evening commitments. Chanukah Boutique Plant Sale Grade – Specific events End-of-the-year Event Wine Sale
Veteran’ s Day Program Book Fair BINGO Father’ s Day gifts Candy Sale
Mishloach Manot Mother’ s Day Flowers Israeli Chayalim Program Supperette
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YESHIVA DERECH HATORAH WOMEN’S ORGANIZATION
Dear Parents: To facilitate the ordering of Chessed Dollars, we would appreciate your using this order form. It should be sent with your son or mailed back to Mrs. Sima Sabo (1st floor office), or you may email her at email@example.com. We will have your order for next-day pick-up. Special orders (over) may take up to a week. Listed below are the gift certificates which are always available. Please indicate the amounts you are ordering next to each one. Payments by check (made payable to YDHWO) must be enclosed. If you are paying by cash, you must pay at time of receipt. Thank you. DERECH HATORAH WOMEN’ S ORGANIZATION
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