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From the Desk of the English Principal Issue 3: February / Purim Edition!

February 1, 2010 / 17 Shevat 5770


This is an exciting time in the history of our school. It has not only changed in name this year, but has emerged anew with a vision for Jewish education in Louisville. After the President’s meeting with parents in January, I think that we see many changes heading our way quickly. I also think that we have much to be excited and proud of. I am especially excited about the enthusiasm and expertise that Rabbi Miles and Rabbi Wasser are bringing to our staff. Also, the formation of a community-based board is something to be proud of. This group brings different perspectives but is dedicated to developing an action plan for the future towards one goal. Personally, I was touched by the willingness of parents and teachers to help in every aspect of the changes. Clearly we are a community of people who embrace change with an open mind and open heart.

Largest Hamantashen! The finished cake fed 400 guests @ Chabad on Washington Square’s Purim party. Even the “doily” on the tray was made of icing. PS. Next year, they hope to build the world’s biggest Dreidel!

I look forward to seeing what the future holds for our school and the next meeting. Ms. Westphal

Purim Edition!!!!



Sometimes change happens slowly like an aging man, and sometimes change happens in the blink of an eye, like an earthquake. Either way, it happens whether you are ready or not. In times of change, the measure of man is how he deals with the new situation. Does he react with resistance or open his mind to a new way of thinking? Does he take himself out of the situation or run forward to help create sometimes new?

Purim Costume Contest !!!!! Submit a picture of your Purim costume & enter our grand Purim Costume Contest!!!! All entries must be EMAILED to Duby Litvin by Monday March 1st (Shushan Purim) In order to be included in our next Branches - Pesach Edition!

Louisville Jewish Day School is once again hosting its annual

Shalach Manos Gift Basket Fundraiser!

Send to your friends, community members & don't forget about our LJDS Teachers! You can also send to your OUT OF TOWN friends. (USA only - shipping fee applies)

Only $16 per basket

($8.00 flat rate for baskets shipped throughout Continental USA)

Each basket is filled with yummy Purim Hamantashen, & many delicious mouthwatering treats!

Place your orders today!! To place your order call Beth Goldwin @ 502– 417– 1449 Or email your orders to:

Board Meeting Recap Below is a recap of our Parent / Teacher Board Meeting – January Edition

“What a positive meeting this evening.  Many good ideas were put  forth, especially contacting the pre‐schools and making presentations  to the parents about continuing with Jewish based education.  We  also appreciated those who volunteered to work on PR, getting the  good word out about LJDS that we all know.  I can't wait to see an ar‐ ticle on Rabbis Wasser and Miles participation in the education of our kids at the school.  The updates to the web page that will allow us to publish our internal newsletter will  also help spread the word.    I will be working with the group that I am forming on moving along with fund raising and  setting up a structure for the future operation of the school.  Still working to get a few  more involved.  Should have things in place soon.          Rich Goldwin Board President Next board meeting to take place Tuesday, February 9th @ 7:00 pm. Hope to see you there!

Parshas Yisro - Knowledge Vs. Faith The first of the Ten Commandments is, "I am the Lord your G-d, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt..." The Sages ask: What exactly is this commanding us to do? Surely, it is a statement, not a commandment. As a result, some commentaries answer that there are in fact only nine commandments; because who ever said there had to be 10? The Hebrew “aseret hadibrot� means ten "statements," not "commandments." Most commentators, however, do consider this first line to be a commandment. They say that it is an obligation to "know" that G-d exists. The Malbim, a 19th century commentator asks a famous question on this. It is absolutely impossible that anyone should command you to know that they exist. Follow this reasoning: If you know that they exist already, then there is no need for a command. And if you do not know that they exist, then who is commanding you?! In other words, why should you take seriously the command of someone you don't think exists? And if you think he does exist, then the command to know that he exists becomes superfluous! The Malbim answers very simply: Many people have faith that G-d exists. They feel it, but are unsure exactly why. The first of the Ten Commandments is to know that G-d exists - not to believe, to have faith, or to sort of "think it to be the case." The Torah says you must examine the evidence and come to a rational and logical conclusion. Now there's a religion with self-confidence. Don't have faith, says the first of the Ten Commandments. Rather, examine the evidence and decide for yourself. We're confident of the conclusion you will come to. But why all the fuss? Whether a person with faith or one with knowledge, don't both equally accept the existence of G-d? The difference is quite significant. Firstly, knowledge, by nature, is more reliable than faith. Faith is an emotion. When stronger emotions come along - such as love or pain

- you might just change your mind about what you believe in. But more importantly, faith and knowledge produce very different relationships. Knowledge means there is a G-d even when you don't feel like dealing with Him. Faith is much more flexible. It's as strong, or as weak, as you feel the need for it to be. Knowledge is G-d in control of the human being. Faith is the human being in control of G-d. Credits:

Tzeischem Lishalom!! We are sad to say goodbye to

Morah Rochel Rosenberg who will be leaving us at the end of the month.

On behalf of all the staff and students of LJDS we wish the Rosenberg

family much hatzlacha & success in Baltimore and we hope

they will

come back to us soon!!!

Parshas Yisro - Part 2 - Delegation Yisro, the father-in-law of Moshe, came to see Moshe after he had heard all of the miracles that G-d had performed for the Jewish people. Yisro saw countless number of Jews were all standing in line to speak to “This method of deleMoshe with questions they gation is in place in virhad. Yisro then told Moshe: tually every company, "Why do you sit alone with army, and government all the people standing by around the world.” you from morning to evening?... You will surely become worn out ... as well as this people that is with you...." (Exodus 18:14-17)


outcome can only occur when we do something ourselves. But ironically, the exact opposite is true. This is because the only way ever to achieve greatness is to be able to go "outside yourself" and be humble enough to realize that others are extremely capable and many times can actually do a better job then you can. Also, allowing others to assist you in the countless tasks that they're very capable of doing will immediately increase your self-esteem. This is because it will reign in your egocentric belief that you're the best one to do everything and demonstrate that you have the ability to trust others to get a job done. And all of this will then free you up to do the things that no one else really can't do.

Yisro couldn't believe that Moshe was the only person who was able to give advice and answers to the Jewish people. Yisro knew that this lack of hierarchy was destined for failure. So he advised Moshe how to establish a system whereby the Jews would first go to other knowledgeable people and only seek out Moshe for the most complicated and difficult questions and cases. This method of delegation is in place in virtually every company, army, and government around the world. In fact, it's vital for any large entity to ever run effectively.

Additionally, there are times when we would love to delegate something to someone else but the other person simply lacks the knowledge to do it. So we say to ourselves, "it's easier if I just do it myself." Again, this is a debilitating belief. While initially it might take some time to teach others a new set of skills or knowledge, investing a few minutes with them now will enable and empower them to know exactly what to do in the future.

Even though the power of delegation can be just as effective in our own lives, many of us have a difficult time delegating certain important tasks to others. The reason for this is that the moment we ask someone else to do something for us we immediately lose a sense of control. Even though we all have very capable people around us, many of us live with a belief that the best

So fight the urge, and delegate important tasks by asking someone to do something that you ordinarily would only do yourself. This will prevent you from "surely becoming worn out" and allow you to focus your energies only on the things that have the potential to make you great. Credits:

It’s Purim Time !!! Get Your Hamantashen!!! The LJDS Bakery is open once again, just in time for Purim! Our yummy sweet Hamantashen come in 4 delicious flavors: Whichever flavor is your favorite—we got it!

Strawberry, Poppy Seed, Apricot & Chocolate! Only $8.50 a dozen Orders are filling up fast, so place your order today! ! - Place your orders by Friday, February 19, 2010 - Pick up your orders: Feb. 24 & 25 Between 9am– 3pm For more information or to Place your orders call: Marilyn @ 502-593-2262 or Beth @ 502– 417 –1449

Parshas Mishpatim - Is Religion Still Relevant?? on earth is able to answer those questions for us. Science and technology can do wonders for humankind. But they can also blow us all to kingdom come faster than Attila the Hun could have ever imagined. Science and technology answer How and What. They do not address the question of Why. Why are we here in the first place? Why should I be nice to my neighbor? Why should my life be nobler than my pet Dobermans? Science and technology have unraveled many mysteries that puzzled us for centuries. But they have not anThis question reminds me of little old Hymie Levy of London who somehow found himself attending a cock- swered a single moral question. Only Torah addresses the moral minefield. And those issues are perhaps more pressing tail party in the company of aristocracy. Poor Hymie today than ever before in history. was completely out of place mingling with the lords and ladies of British royalty and high society. One Torah is truth and truth is eternal. Scenarios come and go. Duchess was so irritated by this ordinary Jew’s presLifestyles change with the geography. The storylines are ence that she confronted him directly. Oozing sardifferent but the gut level issues are all too familiar. If we casm, in her finest elocution, she let on to Hymie, ever needed religion -- or in our language, Torah -- we need "Did you know that my family traces its lineage back it equally today and maybe more so. May we continue to to the very people who were personally present at the find moral guidance and clarity in the eternal truths of our signing of the Magna Carta!" Hymie Levy was unfazed. holy and eternal Torah. Amen. Credits: He gave a little shrug of his shoulders and whispered straight into the ear of Her Haughtiness, "Un mein Shabbos Candle Zayde Moishe vos poisonally present by de giving of de Lighting Times for Tzen Commendments!" Have the Ten Commandments passed their "sell by" Feb/ March date? Are faith and doubt, murder, adultery, thievery, lying and jealousy out of fashion? Notwithstanding all our marvelous medical and scientific developments, has human nature itself really changed? Are Friday, February 5, 2010 Light Candles: 5:51 PM not the very same moral issues that faced our ancestors still challenging our own generation? By Yossy Goldman

Cyberspace, outer space, inner space. Genome maps, globalization, going to Mars. Smart cards, smart bombs, stem cells and cell phones. There is no denying it: we live in a new age. Science fiction has become scientific fact. And the question is asked: In this new world order, with science and technology changing the way we live, is religion still relevant? Do we still need to subscribe to an ancient and seemingly long-obsolete code of laws when we are so much further advanced than our ancestors?

Whether it's an ox cart or a Mercedes, road rage or courteous coexistence is still a choice we must make. Looking after aged parents is not a new problem. Whether it was Adam and Eve or Michael and Sheryl, the grass somehow always seems greener on the other side. For some inexplicable reason, the other guy's wife, house, horse or Porsche still seem more attractive and desirable than our own. The very same issues dealt with in the Bible -- sibling rivalry, jealous partners, and even murder -- are still the stuff of newspaper headlines today. So what else is new? Has anything changed? Yes, today we have astronauts and space stations and laser beams and laptops, but the basic issues and choices human beings must face remain identical. Once upon a time, the question was "do I hit him with my club or slice him up with my sword?" Today the question is "do I call up the nuclear submarines or send in the guided missiles?" Technology has developed in leaps and bounds. But the core issues, the basic moral dilemmas have not changed one iota. We still struggle with knowing the difference between right and wrong, moral or immoral, ethical or sneaky, and not even the most souped-up computer

Shabbos, February 6, 2010

Shabbos Ends: 6:51 PM

Friday, February 12, 2010

Light Candles: 5:59 PM

Shabbos, February 13, 2010

Shabbos Ends: 6:58 PM

Friday, February 19, 2010

Light Candles: 6:07 PM

Shabbos, February 20, 2010

Shabbos Ends: 7:06 PM

Friday, February 26, 2010

Light Candles: 6:14 PM

Shabbos, February 27, 2010

Shabbos Ends: 7:13 PM

Friday, March 5, 2010

Light Candles: 6:21 PM

Shabbos, March 6, 2010

Shabbos Ends: 7:20 PM

Friday, March 12, 2010

Light Candles: 6:28 PM

Shabbos, March 13, 2010

Shabbos Ends: 7:26 PM

Parshas Terumah - The Purpose of Wealth By Shlomo Yaffe In this week's Torah reading, we read about the Mishkan, the portable Tabernacle, the Sanctuary that pre-dated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. A huge amount of gold, silver and precious gems went into the construction of the Mishkan, its vessels, and the vestments of the Kohen Gadol, the High Priest. This wealth came from the treasure the Jews brought out of Egypt, reparations for their decades of slavery. Indeed, G‑d promised Abraham that after his children's slavery they would leave their land of captivity "birechush gadol," with great wealth. Possessions, however, are not an end in themselves. Indeed, if anything, a person whose life revolves around them becomes a slave to his or her property. We can end up right back in an Egypt of our own making. In this week's Torah reading, though, the whole issue comes into focus: We take the gold and silver we salvaged from Egypt and make of them a Mishkan—a dwelling place for G‑d. Since the Torah is eternal and personal, there is clear message here to each of us: G‑d grants us physical possessions; we transform them into vessels for G‑d's presence. When G‑d grants us a house, we fill it with Torah study and Shabbos and holiday guests. The bricks and mortar then become a home for G‑d. When G‑d grants us wealth, we use it for charity in all its guises. The effort we put into our professions then becomes effort put into sustaining the poor, the study of Torah, and the spreading of Torah to those who thirst for it, but do not even yet know that this is what they are missing. Our mundane activity in the market place becomes a vehicle for G‑d's will. When G‑d gives us wisdom and knowledge, we use it to teach Torah to ourselves, our families and others. Our human mind then becomes a place where G‑d's mind dwells. When G‑d gives us charisma and social skills, we use them to inspire our fellows to grow in their attachment to G‑d, and we organize a community for to do good things and holy things. We have then made our soul interaction a network powered by the Divine. As the Maggid of Mezeritch said: "G‑d gives us physical materiel. We then take the physical and make it G‑dly." Credits:

Parshas Tetzaveh - “If you’ve got it, use it!” In this week's Torah portion, G-d gives the specifications on how the High Priest's clothing is to be made. Since this entire process requires very precise work, G-d wanted the clothing to be made by: "...the wise-hearted people whom I have invested with... wisdom." (Exodus 28:3)


G-d wanted those individuals whom He "invested with ... wisdom" to be the ones in charge of making the High Priest's clothing. What does it mean that G-d invested wisdom? It means exactly what is meant by any other investment - a return on the investment isn't merely hoped for, but expected. G-d makes an investment in each and every one of us when He gives each of us a unique and special talent. Would you put all your money into a bank whose policy was never to pay any interest on the accounts? Of course not. Universally, every person born to caring parents has heard that he is "unique in your own way." As children, we embrace this truism and tap into our special talents in one way or another. Whether we have a passion and excitement for mathematics, music, art, writing, or cooking - as youngsters we're clearly aware of the things that come easy to us and that bring us joy. In fact, we often wonder why everyone else has such a hard time with what comes so naturally to us. This is called G-d-given talent that was a pure gift from your

Creator. But then one of the saddest things happen as a person gets older - he stops using or fails to channel this talent. Instead, he squashes it and convinces himself that the invested talent isn't really that big of a deal. What an unbelievably huge mistake to make. You have the responsibility - not just the option - to use whatever unique talent G-d has given you, and give G-d a return on His investment. Just like you would pull your money out of an investment that never paid you a return, you run the very real risk of G-d "pulling" this talent He gave to you if you don't use it. This could happen in a thousand ways, but the gradual or immediate loss of this ability you had from birth will eventually happen. So use what you've been given. We're all designed for greatness. And the one-way ticket to accomplish greatness is to use the talent you were given at birth to make the world a better place. G -d expects a return on His investment. And when you use what you've been given, you're immediately beginning to pay interest on the investment. And then watch how much more you get entrusted with.

Parshas Ki Sisa -

To Be Or Not to Be

By Dovi Scheiner The Ark, which held the Tablets on which the Ten Commandments were chiseled, was a magical piece of furniture. Though it had definite dimensions, "two and a half cubits its length; and a cubit and a half its width," its presence did not in any way take up any square footage of the room that housed it. Inside the Ark there were two sets of Tablets: 1) The original Tablets, which Moshe shattered when he discovered the Jewish people worshiping the golden calf. 2) And the second set of Tablets, which G-d granted the Jewish people upon their repentance. An Ark that is both spacious and spaceless. Whole and shattered Tablets positioned side by side. What lesson can we glean from this? The study of G-d’s Torah is a delicate art, requiring a balance of ability and humility. On the one hand, Torah study requires a degree of personal presence. Unlike the performance of G-d’s commandments, which are largely about “doing it,” with Torah study, “getting it” is an important requisite. The student must attempt to measure any idea put forward by the Torah against his or her own lifetime of impressions and experience. Only when the idea has successfully taken hold in the student’s imagination is the lesson truly complete. On the other hand, Torah study requires a degree of personal absence. Torah represents the infinite wisdom of an infinite G-d. The best way to bridge the gap between our finite nature and G-d’s infinite wisdom is not by attempting to rise to the occasion, but by humbling ourselves before it. “Let my soul be as dust to all,” we pray three times a day, in the hope of achieving the conclusion of the sentence, “open my heart to your Torah.” When the Jewish people first received the Tablets, they were more present than absent. Having just been “chosen” by G-d, who proceeded to “elevate” them above all other nations, they were not exactly in the humblest of moods. As a result, the first Tablets were somewhat basic in form, arriving without accompanying commentary. But when Moshe descended Mount Sinai, found the Jewish people worshipping the golden calf, and threw the Tablets to the ground, the Jewish national spirit took a drastic tumble. No longer at the top of their game, the nation experienced the absence and openness required to truly receive the Torah. As a result, the new Tablets arrived fully loaded, complete with extensive explanation and interpretation. Thus the symbolism of whole and shattered Tablets stored side by side within an Ark that defies space. What is the key to Torah study? To be and not to be. Credits:

Chof Beis Shevat On Wednesday, February 10, 1988 (Shevat 22, 1988) the Rebbe’s wife of 59 years, Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka Schneerson, passed away after a brief illness. An erudite & wise woman, Rebbetzin Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka SchneerChaya Mushka carried son, OBM, the Rebbe's wife the mantle of her position in a most humble and unpretentious fashion. Though she was the wife of a leader revered by hundreds of thousands, little was known about her until after her passing, when those who knew her felt that they could tell of her life and personality without violating her privacy. In a farewell fit for a queen, a procession 15,000 strong, led by a police escort, accompanied her to the Chabad cemetery. There she was interred near her father, the previous Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson. On the day of her burial, the Rebbe established a charity in her name, which today continues to serve a variety of women’s social and educational purposes. In the days and months following her passing, the Rebbe spoke frequently on the theme, “And the living shall take to heart”—how the passing of a person close to oneself should prompt one to positive action, in the form of lessons derived from that person’s life and deeds undertaken to perpetuate his or her memory. As for the concept of death itself, the Rebbe saw death not as the end of life, but as the beginning of new, loftier and form of life. For the soul lives on. Indeed, when the soul is freed from the limits of the physical condition, it can express its spirituality and purity unobscured by the body. Also: if we define life not merely as existence but as progression and achievement, a person can live beyond the point that the soul and body are parted. If those in the land of the living are spurred by the passing to do positive, constructive and G-dly deeds, than the death itself becomes a form of life. Finally, a basic tenet of the Jewish faith is the belief that, in the age of Moshiach, those who have died will be restored to eternal life. Thus death is but a temporary hiatus before a renewed, and far greater, phase of life. Indeed, the Talmud compares death to sleep, implying that, like sleep, it is a "descent for the sake of ascent" -- a time of foment and preparation for a greater, more energized tomorrow.

Parshas Vayakhel/Pikudei—Honoring Money At this time of year, we read a special Torah potion (for the Maftir reading) called Parshas Shekalim. This discusses the census that would happen at this time of year in Temple times. Each person would give one halfshekel. The money would be counted, and that would determine the census. And the Torah makes it very clear that "the poor person shall not give less, and the rich person shall not give more." But surely this is obvious. If everyone gave according to their means, and hence differing amounts, it would be impossible to count the number of people! The Torah must be teaching us something deeper than simple census advice. And indeed, it is.

gives beyond his means is likely to languish in Jewish obscurity. The Torah tells us that this is wrong. "The poor shall not give less, the rich shall not give more." When counting Jews, a rich man is not worth 10 poor men. All are equal. Each has his role to play. We are all guilty of distorting this ideal. Somehow it is a human inclination to take a wealthy person more seriously than a poor person. We will admire even an unpleasant billionaire. While someone who can't get a job may be the nicest guy in the world, but he will struggle to earn our respect.

We respect money and we respect success. But we don't really respect human beings. The money that was given for the census was used for the Temple. The message is clear: In the service of GIn today's world, a person is often judged by how d, all are equal. Money may buy remuch money he has. How big is his house, how spect from others, but before G-d, fast is his car - and yes, even how much does he the wealthy person has nothing more give to charity. It's nothing new. Jews as well seem to to offer than anyone else. judge ourselves, and each other, by our bank balance. The "leaders" of our Jewish community are not necessarily Money of a gift from G-d, and a tool to achieve. But havthose who are most able to lead, but those who are most ing a lot of money does not make a person a good human able to give. (Even if they don't!) A cranky billionaire will being. The sooner we stop honoring money, and start honsit at the top table of every charity dinner. A pauper who oring character and decency instead, the better off we all will be. (Credits:

Check Us Out ! We’re in the Paper !!! As most of you have surely heard, there was a scare on a US Airways flight on Jan. 21st when a flight attendant became suspicious of Caleb Leibowitz, 17, using tefillin, and decided to land in Philadelphia, causing some police activity before all was cleared up, and they made their way to beautiful Louisville. Here is what our very own Rabbi Litvin had to say to the press: "“It's disappointing and frustrating and regretful that in today's day and age, a flight attendant could still have made a mistake like that. Tefillin are used daily during prayer, and I have often prayed himself with tefillin on planes myself. All male Orthodox Jews older than 13 use tefillin daily.” "Using tefillin symbolizes giving G-d your thoughts, your actions and your heart.” Rabbi Litvin said he hoped Caleb was proud of his actions, saying if nothing else, more people will recognize the use of the tefillin.“I think it's overall been a very good day for the Jewish people, and I see this boy as a hero for standing up and fulfilling his religious practices. I think he has a lot to be proud of.” To read the entire article visit

Parshas Shekalim When the Holy Temple stood in Jerusalem, each Jew contributed an annual half-shekel to the Temple. The funds raised were primarily used to purchase cattle for the communal sacrifices. The leftover monies were used for a variety of communal purposes, including providing salaries for the judges and maintenance of the Temple, its vessels, and the city walls. This annual tax, known as the machatzit hashekel, was due on the 1st of Nissan. One month earlier, on the 1st of Adar, the courts began posting reminders about this Biblical obligation. In commemoration, the Shekalim is the first of four readings added during or immediately before the month of AdarTorah reading of the Shabbos that falls on or before Adar is supplemented with the verses (Exodus 30:11-16) that relate G‑d's commandment to Moshe regarding the first giving of the half-shekel. The Shekalim haftorah (II Kings 11:17-12:17) continues on the same theme, discussing the efforts of King Jehoash (9th century BCE) to earmark communal funds for the upkeep of the first Holy Temple. (We too give a commemorative half shekel to charity—on the Fast of Esther. "Parshas Shekalim" is the first of four special readings added during or immediately before the month of Adar (the other three being Zachor, Parah and Hachodesh). The Shekalim reading is also related to the upcoming holiday of Purim. According to the Talmud, Haman's decree was averted in merit of the mitzvah of machatzit hashekel.

Parshas Zachor On the Shabbos before Purim, the holiday on which we celebrate the foiling of Haman the Amalekite's plot to destroy the Jewish people, the weekly Torah reading is supplemented with the Zachor ("Remember!") reading (Deuteronomy 25:17-19) in which we are commanded to remember the evil of Amalek and to eradicate it from the face of the earth. When the Israelites left Egypt, no nation dared pick a fight with them. Who would start up with a people whose G‑d just smacked around the mighty Egypt with ten awesome plagues, and drowned the surviving few in the sea? Only Amalek, driven by profound hatred which defied logic, came to wage battle. According to many Halachic authorities, there is a Biblical requirement for all men to hear the special Zachor reading. The special Zachor haftorah (I Samuel 15:2-34) discusses G-d's command to King Saul to destroy the people of Amalek. "Parshas Zachor" is the second of four special readings added during or immediately before the month of Adar (the other three being Shekalim, Parah and Hachodesh).

Mark your Calendars! Upcoming Events in February & March @ LJDS

February 5 & 8 - Teacher in service– NO SCHOOL

February 16 - Grades 5th and up Field trip to Louisville Zoo

February 17 - Term 2 Report Cards February 19 - Last Day to Order Shalach Manot Baskets & Hamantashen

February 24 & 25 - Pick Up Hamantashen Orders

March 4 - Grand Spelling Bee!

March 25 - Field Trip to Underground Railroad (Grades 4-7)

Parshas HaChodesh - Little Moons By Yossy Goldman Veteran or novice, whom do you choose? Let's say that you are the coach of a sports team and you have accomplished stars on your roster but they're approaching their sell-by date. Then you have some budding talents waiting on the sidelines to get a shot at proving themselves. Which do you pick? You want to win this game, so perhaps you're safer sticking with the experienced professionals. On the other hand, you want to build a team for the future. So whom do you choose? On the Shabbos leading into the Jewish month of Nissan there is a special Torah reading known as Hachodesh (Exodus 12:1-20). The reading begins with how G d commanded Moshe and Aharon concerning the Jewish calendar: This month shall be the head of the months for you. Moshe and Aharon are instructed that the start of each month--Rosh Chodesh--should be determined by the new moon, and that ours would be a lunar calendar. Should we not rather consecrate the month on the fifteenth of the lunar month, when the moon is full? According to the Midrash, quoted by Rashi, Moshe had a difficulty with the precise definition of the "new moon." So G d explained it to Moshe by showing him exactly what the new moon looked like in the sky. "This month" literally means "this new [moon]." This you shall see and sanctify Moshe was told-this is the type of moon that will tell when to proclaim and sanctify Rosh Chodesh, the new month. Why, in fact, do we sanctify the moon when it is "new," a mere sliver in the sky? Should we not rather consecrate the

Join us @ L LJDS for our Grand

Purim Carnival! Thursday, February 25th, 10:45 am - 12:45

Our “Upper Classmen will be organizing the booths which will include:  Dig for Treasure in the Negev  Throw Sponges @ Haman  Esther’s Crown Toss  Guess the Pennies in

the Pushka  Gragger Making

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month on the fifteenth of the lunar month, when the moon is full, an impressive sphere of celestial proportions? Indeed, there are two kinds of moons. There is the big, full moon of the middle of the month. But then, we go into the second half of the month, that moon will start waning and then it will diminish from view until it is completely out of sight. The full moon is one day away from being "over the hill" and from there on it's downhill all the way until the end of the month. Whereas the new moon, small as it may be, represents growth. It may be tiny now but it will grow nightly in the sky until it becomes full and resplendent. And so G d says to Moshe: I want you to sanctify the small moon; this little moon is pleasing in my eyes. This you shall see and sanctify, the small, new moon that will very soon loom large in your eyes. Our sages tell us that "Israel is likened to the moon." Ours is a lunar calendar because we are a lunar people. The Jewish people, too, have a history of waxing and waning, of ups and downs. And just like the two moons, so are there two types of Jews. There is the full Jew, rich in knowledge and practice but content and complacent, perhaps somewhat fat and lethargic. This Jew is committed to his faith, perhaps has been his entire life, but he is on the verge of a decline. He is about to start waning because he is tired and uninspired. He knows it all, he's been there and done it all and like Humpty Dumpty is sitting on top of the wall just waiting for a fall. Just like the two moons, so are there two types of Jews and then there is the fledgling Jew, the little new moon that has just emerged from the darkness. He is still tiny, but he has just discovered the beauty and truth of Judaism. This Jew is geared for growth, poised for prominence and ready for take-off. He is still very much a novice, his knowledge is still minute; but he is inspired, excited and passionate about his newly-found faith. So which Jew will we count our months by? Who will shape our future? Will it be the old, tired veteran who is too old to change and just about ready to retire? Or will it be the new Jew who, though inexperienced, is still longing to learn and ready for renewal and rebirth? Personally, I've always been inspired by the new Jew. I get a kick out of seeing that eager, open mind brimming with questions, finding things I took for granted fascinating. To me the new Jew represents hope and optimism, freshness and promise. G d told us to count our months by the small new moon. May I humbly suggest that it is the "new Jew" who will illuminate our world and make G d count. Credits:



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Exodus 30:11-16 is read in commemoration of the Half Shekel which every Jew brought during the month of Adar, to pay for the public offerings in the Holy Temple. This portion is read on the Shabbos preceding Rosh Chodesh Adar (or Adar II in a leap year). If Rosh Chodesh falls on Shabbos itself, then that Shabbos is Parshas Shekalim. What is the connection between the Half Shekel and Purim? When Haman proposed to Achashverosh the annihilation of the Jews, he offered to pay 10,000 "kikars" for the right to do so (Esther 3:9). Since one kikar equals 3,000 shekels, Haman was in fact putting a price tag of 30 million shekels on the Jews. Since there are 600,000 main souls in the Jewish naPARSHAS ZACHOR tion (see Numbers 2:32), and 50 shekels is the donaThe Shabbos immediately preceding Purim is called tion value of an adult male (as specified in Leviticus Shabbos Zachor. The portion of Amalek (Deut. 25:1727:3), this amount multiplied times 600,000 souls 19) is read, since Haman was a descendant of Agog, equals 30 million. King of Amalek. One should be very careful to listen to all the words, since most halachic authorities consider it a Torah-level RAH is A P S mitzvah to hear this portion once each year. A H ) PARS umbers 19:1-22 . Zachor means to remember, and the Torah commands N im r ( Pu Parah llowing fo Parshas s o r us to "remember what Amalek did to you on your way e b if b He the S ha the Red h it read on w out of Egypt" (Deut. 25:17). The Sages explain that the c l o a n pr erses de rificatio u p These v l a . definition of "remembering" is to speak the matter u le it mp the spir Holy Te e h t used in f n aloud at least once a year. Since this is not considered a o easo e time at this s t n a ess at th t r d o time-related mitzvah, women are obligated to hear the r rwa e is imp oking fo lo This issu in e reading as well. to ear, sinc careful of the y ry Jew is o e If one accidentally missed Parshas Zachor, the obligation t v r e e , r d r e v in o to Passo l purity a may be fulfilled by listening to the Torah reading on . u s it g ir in p s ffer maintain oliday o h d e Purim itself, or to the weekly reading of Parshas Ki Teta e h r t is in th partake old that h s zei (and according to many authorities, Parshas Beshaie it r pt. utho ah prece Many a r o T as well). lach a ing is You will notice that the reader repeats the word zaicher and zecher in the last verse, since there are two different opinions as to how that word is pronounced. This stresses the importance of hearing every word correctly.

The Sages instituted four special Torah readings on four different Shabbosos during the Purim season. These readings are read as the Maftir portion in the synagogue on Shabbos morning, immediately following the weekly Parsha.

Welcome to the Littles! - Preschool Hebrew Studies with Morah Rochel January was a wonderful month in Morah Rochel's Preschool class. We celebrated the third birthdays of Ishai Wall and Yossi Wallace on the same week as Tu B'Shevat! To commemorate those days we had a special Shabbos party sponsored by both families. To learn about the Parshos in Shemos, we made Baby Moshe's basket and a long out-stretched arm of Basya, Pharoah's daughter. We also made staffs that turn into snakes, water into "blood," and giant frogs with little frogs in their bellies. We are quickly finishing up our letter recognition and some of us are doing great with letter sounds! Next month the Preschool will see several changes as Morah Rochel will be moving to Baltimore, MD. She has brought Morah Meirav up to speed on everything the class has done, and she is very excited to begin teaching. Morah Rochel will miss her class so very much, but will definitely stay in touch!

Welcome to Morah Meirav A warm and heartfelt “Bruchim Habaaim� to Morah Meirav Levin will be joining us in the preschool classroom when Morah Rochel leaves us. Morah Meirav comes to us all the way from the rainy city of Seattle, Washington. She comes highly recommended from her good friend Chanie Litvin. We all join and wish Morah Meirav a wonderful time here in Louisville and at LJDS! Welcome to Preschool !!!

English Studies with Miss Eileen January was packed full of fun and learning in the preschool room. We have been learning about Winter and are having a great time making snowman pictures and even freezing water on the class window sill. We are counting to 50 and have a great time counting backwards and playing Blast Off when we get to zero. We reviewed color by painting and coloring with a different color every other day. The older students are finished with the first part of their ABC/ Number/Shape books, and they did a wonderful job. The favorite book of the month was Peter Rabbit. In February we will continue to learn about sharing and friendship. Winter art projects will include painting with ice and building a snowman for the room with the Kindergartens help. The Letters T, U, V and W will be our main ABC focus. The older preschoolers will move in their numbers workbook and will begin to work with letter sounds. We will also start color and shape chains. When you know your color and or shape you get to add that color or shape to your chain. The chains will hang in the classroom until the end of school. Remember that we continue to go outside even in the Winter months. Please make sure your child has a extra set of clothes and brings mittens and hats with them each day.

A Sneak Peak @ PreK / Kindergarten Hebrew Studies with Morah Dina During this past month we learned all about the brochos on food, and we learned about Tu B'Shevat. We learned which brochos to say on each food, partly by making a food for each of the six brochos. We also played various games, made a classroom chart, and each child made their own pocket charts. Our class sang songs for the trees’ birthday, played a matching game to help us remember the seven foods of Israel, and discussed the ways which we benefit from trees. Lots of learning and fun is in store for these weeks before Purim. A puppet show stand with the Purim characters as puppets, will be set up in the classroom for the children to use once we've learned the story. A booklet will be made by each child to help learn the four mitzvos of Purim. We'll make graggers and masks and a megilla in honor of Purim. The children will learn the Purim characters and what role they played in the story, and they will learn the specifics of each of Purim's four mitzvos. Our class continues to read and write daily. We are up to letter mem in the alef bais. Each child is progressing at their own pace, and has come a long way.

Secular Studies with Miss Eileen The class did amazing work in January. They finished their handwriting book along with their first Spectrum Phonics book. They have also completed the first part of their math book and will be moving on to subtraction in February. January saw the class returning to their trips to the Library to select books to read in class. They love the library visits and have been very responsible with their library cards and the books they take out. January saw the class start the new Social Studies unit. We will learn about the USA first and then about several other countries. We are looking forward to February for several reasons. It is such a great feeling when the class finishes a workbook and we will be finishing our second math book and beginning our final book of Kindergarten in February. The children are working with money, time, addition and subtraction and doing a great job. We will be continuing our unit on pets and will learn about farm animals. The class will also continue working on their individual reading programs. Everyone including the PreK children are working in their own books at their own pace. We come together to review letter sounds and do basic phonics work, then separate for reading time. We will also continue reading with Mrs. Singers’ class on Fridays. February looks to be a very busy month in the Kindergarten/PreK room.

Welcome to 1st & 2nd Grade! Hebrew Studies with Morah Chaya Our first grade has finished another workbook on letters and are now working on reading stories and understanding them. Second grade has finished the script Aleph-Bais and our letters are almost perfect. We both just finished learning about Tu B’Shevat and we were so excited to learn that a tree is an ilan just like Ilan Wallace! We all made Tu B’Shevat baskets full of the Sheva Minim the seven kinds of fruit from Israel. We are now learning about Purim and all the Mitzvos that go with it. Masks, meals, money (for tzedaka) and Megillah! We can't wait to finish learning about Haman, Achashverosh, Esther, Mordechai and then there's the carnival!!

Secular Studies with Mrs. Schechter February will be a busy month with many history and biography studies. We will concentrate on the Presidents and learn about as many presidents as we can. We will also study about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and their many contributions to our nation. We will focus on President Lincoln's emancipation of the slaves, which permitted many accomplishments by African Americans. The students learned quite a bit from the stories of the people who devoted their lives to achieving civil rights. Black History month continues to tell the stories that we learned about during the study of Dr. Martin Luther King's life. The resource classes that I taught before returning to the primary grades will be resuming in February. I will continue to teach individual students who will benefit from enrichment lessons or support in learning areas that their classroom teacher requests. Ms. Westphal will be teaching science to my class while I work the resource classes.

What’s Happening in 4th /5th Grade... Hebrew Studies with Morah Goldie Since winter break, our class has been working very hard and very successfully on tackling Rashi and completing another chapter in Chumash Berashis. We have been adding to our Hebrew vocabulary and recently scored almost perfect scores on our weekly vocab test. We are still working on prefix and sufix, root words and possessive nouns. We study the portion of the week, and will be studying Brochot (blessings) in conjunction with Tu b'Shevat and then go on to learn about Purim. We are very excited to be learning with Rabbis Wasser and Miles. We will review what we learned in Chumash continue to the next Chapter. We are doing great!! Please make sure that your child reviews the daily Chumash lesson every night along with any Rashi that we may have learned. Studying a few vocab words every night will take very little time but will benefit your student immeasurably. Cooperation from each parent makes our learning experience a wonderful one.

Secular Studies with Mrs. Singer

The 4th grade has been very busy now that school has resumed. In honor of Martin Luther King Day we have been reading books about him and other important African Americans. The students drew timelines about themselves, and then each read a book about a famous African American and drew a timeline. In math we studied about measurement and conversion from US Customary to the metric system. In social studies we learned about different Native American tribes. Each student presented a project on the tribe of his/her choice as a culminating activity. We also read the book James and the Giant Peach. In February we will be reviewing 2-dimensional shapes and studying 3-dimensional shapes. We will also learn about symmetry and congruence. In science we will study about earth changes- both slow and rapid. We will learn about the consequences and causes of these changes. In honor of Purim we will read stories related to this holidayboth fictional and informational.

This past January I was pleased to begin teaching at the LJDS. The endeavor offers a wonderful opportunity to be involved in a wonderful and well run program of Jewish education. Working with the 4th grade class, we are working on a curriculum entitled, “Sages and Pages”. The idea behind the course is to expose the students to various aspects of both Jewish history and values. Each week, we study about the great sages through the great pages of our tradition, with an emphasis on mishna and gemara texts. I am glad to report that the students have been thoughtful and seriously reflective thus far. The intimate classroom setting offers an opportunity for detailed discussion and debate. As the year moves on, the students will be exposed to famous tales and personalities, including Hillel and Shammai, Nuchum Ish Gum Zu, and Rabbi Akiva, to name but a few. For those of you who I have not met yet, I am the Rabbi at Keneseth Israel congregation, where I have served since July of 2008. I have been a Rabbi for almost twenty years and worked in Jewish education for over thirty, beginning in the city of my birth, Toronto, Canada. I feel blessed to be part of a great and very caring Jewish community here in Louisville and look forward to getting to know everyone. I am married to the beautiful Chana Cohn and am blessed with three terrific children: Ayala (18), Shira (16) and Yoni (14). I am hoping that as we move forward in the semester that my holy students will embrace the grandeur of our sages, the wisdom of our pages, and incorporate the spiritual treasures of our Torah tradition more and more in to their respective lives. Editor’s Note: We are excited to have Rabbi Wasser join the LJDS teaching staff. Next month, we will interview Rabbi Stanley Miles, who has begun teaching a course in Ethics.

The “Upper Classmen” Hebrew Studies with Rabbi Susman Our Upperclassman have been working very hard in their studies! Overall, we are concentrating on three specific subject areas, Gemoro, Chumash and Halacha. In our Gemoro class, we are very busy reviewing our Gemoro in order to prepare for our upcoming midterm in February. The midterm will cover everything that we have learned up until now. After our midterm, we will be focusing on Buba Mitziyus, which discusses the intricacies of returning lost objects. We are spending a lot of time reviewing and honing our basic Gemoro skills. In our Chumash class we have just finished Parshas Va’eira and are beginning Parshas Bo, continuing the story of the Jews’ time in Egypt, leading up to their exodus. Our halacha class has been very fascinating! We have been learning about Hilchos Talis and Tzitzis. When we finish that we will all be making our very own Tzitzis!!! We have learned how to make the knots properly and we couldn’t be more excited to make our very own! Since Purim is right around the corner our class will be taking a break from our regular Halacha class and begin learning all the halachos that pertain to the upcoming holiday. Two very important things that we focus on in our classroom is students’ accountability and learning proper middos. Proper learning can only be facilitated with these 2 very important ingredients. We encourage the students to continue to grow in these areas, are looking forward to a very enriching rest of the year!

Secular Studies with Ms. Westphal We are half way through the school year and I am very proud of the progress that the students have made. They came back from the break and got right to work. They are all really maturing quickly. Academically, I am most proud of their growth in writing. They are experimenting with different styles and techniques. I always look forward to reading their perspective on issues and their creative ideas. In January, they finished their character sketches and grade seven wrote opinion statements. In February, students are writing narratives with animals as the main characters. After the winter break, we extended our Social Studies unit because students had so many questions about what happened to emancipated slaves after the Civil War. This naturally led us into discussions about modern day civil rights and Martin Luther King, Jr. During read aloud time, we read and discussed the significant of Rosa Parks and Ruby Bridges actions. In Science, we concluded our overview of what are animals, animal classification, and looked in depth at characteristics of invertebrates. Students have chosen an animal to research that is an example of the traits of reptiles, amphibians, insects, fish, and birds. Their culminating project is an oral presentation and a display cube of animal facts.

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I have a dream that there will be no racism and all men should be able to practice their religion. I have a dream that all wars will resolve in peace and all technology will be used for only good. I have a dream that all people will make knowledge their top priority so that they make better decisions in safety and health. I have a dream that no crime will be committed and no lie will be told. - Mendy Litvin -

I have a dream that no one in the world will be poor. I have a dream that all people will share with the needy and that the rich won't ask for more. I have a dream that everyone will be able to make their own money and support their families. I have a dream that all people will be polite and kind. I have a dream that all of these dreams will come true.

- Sam Golding -

These were written after the grade 5- 7 students listened to

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. They were asked what dreams they have for people of the future.

I have a dream that one day there will be peace, and no bullying in the world. I have a dream that one day that there will be no robbery. - Rachel Goldwin -

I have a dream for the world that global warming will stop. People should recycle when they have a chance. People should use solar energy, too. We can also wear hand-me-down clothes. - Bailey Czerkiewicz -

I have a dream that there would be no wars. I have a dream that all people would be happy with what they have. I have a dream that all people would make peace with their friends and family. I have a dream that everyone would tell the truth.

- Shloimy Capland -

The 4 Mitzvos of Purim Hear the Megillah!

Hear the complete story of how Mordechai and Queen Esther helped save the Jewish people from the hands of the wicked Haman. Once at night and a second time Purim day.

Give Tzedakah (Charity)!

Give some money to two poor people (or more) or put at least two coins in your favorite charity box.

Give Gifts of Food!

Purim is a day we show extra special friendship to our friends. Send your friends gifts of food that include at least two different types of food. For example: fruits & candies; cookies and a bottle of juice, etc..

Eat and Rejoice!

Participate in a festive meal on Purim afternoon. Sit together with your family and friends, sing Jewish songs, tell the story of Purim, and be merry!

The Secret of the Hamantash By Aron Moss Question: Why do we eat hamantaschen on Purim? I have heard that they are the same shape as Haman's hat. But Haman was the man who wanted to wipe us out. Why would we immortalize him by eating cookies that bear his name? Answer: This may be a case of mistaken identity. These Purim cakes were originally called mohntaschen, which means "poppy seed pockets." Today most hamantaschen are filled with jam, but poppy seed used to be the more popular filling. It was a short linguistic jump from mohntaschen to hamantaschen, as people assumed there was a connection between the food eaten on Purim and the villain of the Purim story. Jews can always find a food to tell a story. The real reason for eating hamantaschen is that they symbolize the very nature of the Purim miracle. If you read the story of Purim you notice that it was a string of seeming coincidences that saved the Jewish people from annihilation. There were no open miracles, no seas split, no plagues, just some twists and turns of history that, when viewed as separate events, seemed quite natural. Only at the end of the story was it revealed that a miracle had occurred. Jews can always find a food to tell a story. In this case, it is the hamantasch. The outside of the hamantasch is just plain dough. The true flavor is concealed inside. Beyond the very ordinary veneer is the heart of the hamantasch is bursting with sweetness. Our lives are much the same. At times it seems that we are being pushed and pulled by accidental forces. Things happen to us that seem haphazard and random, there seems to be no system in place, no direction to this cold and harsh universe. This is not true. There is a system. But it is hidden. Below the surface there is a sweet hand and a warm heart that directs the universe. Rarely do we get to see this hand. Purim is one day when it was revealed, when a crack opened in the outer shell of nature and we glimpsed what lies beyond. Purim reminds us that all those coincidences are no coincidences, and nothing is random. We are still in the middle of our story, so it is hard to see the full picture. But in the end we will see that it's all one big hamantasch.

The Whole Megillah ! CHAPTER 1 -- KING ACHASHVEROSH THROWS A PARTY Mordechai be hung, the gallows are prepared. CHAPTER 6 -- THE REVERSAL BEGINS 1. The king can't 1. A 6 month celebration marks Persian King Achashverosh's 3rd year of reign. 2. Queen Vashti refuses the king's request to appear & display her beauty for the guests. 3. The king's advisors have Vashti replaced with a new queen. CHAPTER 2 -- ESTHER BECOMES THE QUEEN 1. Across the Empire, officials identify candidates to succeed Vashti as queen. 2. A Jewish girl, Esther, the niece of Mordechai, is brought to Shushan. 3. Mordechai tells Esther to conceal her identity. 4. Esther is chosen to be queen. 5. Mordechai learns of a plot to kill the king, informs Esther, who tells the king, and the plotters are hanged. CHAPTER 3 -- THE RISE OF HAMAN 1. Achashverosh appoints Haman to be his prime minister. All bow to Haman. 2. Mordechai refuses to bow to Haman. 3. An enraged Haman vows to kill all the Jews of Persia. 4. Haman prevails upon Achashverosh to destroy the Jews. 5. A royal edict is sent throughout Persia, proclaiming that the 13th of Adar is designated as the date to kill all the Jews. CHAPTER 4 -- ESTHER'S MISSION BECOMES CLEAR 1. Mordechai tears his clothes, puts on sackcloth & ashes as a sign of public mourning. 2. Mordechai sends a copy of the decree to Esther & asks her to intercede with the king. 3. Esther replies that approaching the king without being summoned is to risk death. 4. Mordechai tells her that she has no choice. 5. Esther tells Mordechai to ask the Jews to fast & pray for 3 days before she will approach the king. CHAPTER 5 -- ESTHER'S STRATEGY, HAMAN'S FURY 1. Achashverosh receives Esther & grants her virtually any request. 2. She requests that the king & Haman join her at a banquet. 3. After the banquet, Haman sees Mordechai who again refuses to bow. 4. Zeresh, Haman's wife, suggests that

sleep & asks to hear the royal chronicles. 2. The king listens to the assassination plot that Mordechai had revealed. 3. Haman comes to see the king about hanging Mordechai. 4. Before Haman can speak, the king tells him to honor Mordechai by dressing him in royal garments, place him on a royal stallion & to lead him throughout Shushan. CHAPTER 7 -- REVERSAL OF FORTUNE 1. At the second banquet, Esther reveals her identity & announces that she & her people are about to be murdered. 2. Esther identifies Haman as her arch enemy. 3. The king has Haman hung on the gallows he made for Mordechai. CHAPTER 8 -- THE REVERSAL IS COMPLETE 1. Mordechai is named prime minister, replacing Haman. 2. A second royal edict is issued empowering the Jews to fight & kill anyone who would try to harm them. CHAPTER 9 -- THE HOLIDAY OF PURIM 1. On the 13th of Adar, a day that had been designated for Jewish destruction, the Jews are victorious over their enemies. 2. The 10 sons of Haman are hung. 3. The 14th & 15th of Adar are designated to celebrate the salvation. These are the days of Purim. 4. Mordechai initiates the Purim practices -- a festive meal, exchanging gifts of food, & giving of monetary gifts to the poor.

CHAPTER 10 -- MORDECHAI & PERSIA 1. Persia, with Mordechai as prime minister, flour-

ishes. 2. The role of Mordechai in the history of the Persian empire is recorded in the king's chronicles.

Masquerade !! By Yanki Tauber Why do we disguise ourselves on Purim? Because on Purim nothing is as it seems. Was the banishment of Vashti just one of those things? Was it coincidence that Mordechai overheard a assassination plot? Was Esther chosen as queen because she happened to be the most beautiful woman in the empire? Was it plain bad luck for Haman that he visited Achashverosh as he was hearing Mordechai's heroic deed? Was it Esther's charm & Achashverosh's flippancy that made the king suddenly hang his favorite minister? Purim was instituted because the Jewish people understood that it was G-d Himself who did all of the above, to save His people. He was simply disguising Himself as a Persian soap opera. When G-d took the Children of Israel out of Egypt on Passover, the entire neighborhood, from Giza to Gaza & from Memphis to Mesopotamia, resonated with the miracles wrought by the G-d of the Hebrews. When a small jug of oil burned for eight days on Chanukah, the most skeptical Hellenist saw that it was an act of G-d. Purim ("lots") is unique, in that the most miraculous of salivations was shrouded in the nature, luck & coincidence. G-d was hidden & remained hidden - His name does not even appear in the entire Megillah! Purim is a masquerade. The Scroll of Esther ("I shall hide") is rolled up. The poppy-seed filling barely peeks out of the folds of the Hamantash, not to mention the wholly concealed meat (chicken?) filling in the kreplach. Not by chance is Purim the most joyous Jewish festival. It's great to celebrate miracles, but how often does a miracle come your way? Far more exhilarating is the realization that nothing is as it seems, that G-d is always pulling the strings, even when things seem to be "just happening."

Fast of Esther Haman's "Final Solution" was scheduled for the 13th of Adar. Instead, Haman was hanged, and by royal decree the Jews mobilized in selfdefense and successfully defended themselves against all attacks. On the next day, the 14th of Adar, the Jews rested, savored their miraculous salvation, and established the holiday of Purim. Whenever in peril, we are commanded to institute a fast day to repent, pray, and ask for Divine mercy. Thus the 13th of Adar, the day of battle, was a day of fasting. Earlier in the Purim narrative, Esther risked her life by appearing before the king without permission. But first she asked the Jews to fast with her for three days. Whenever in peril, we are commanded to institute a fast day to evoke Divine mercy. We commemorate these fasts every year by fasting on the day before Purim, a fast which is called Ta'anis Esther (the Fast of Esther). If Purim falls on a Sunday, the fast is observed on the Thursday beforehand. Fasting is simple. If you are healthy and over the age of bar or bat mitzvah, don't eat or drink from dawn until after the Megillah reading on Purim night.

Machatzis Hashekel

In commemoration of the half shekel contributed by each Jew to the Holy Temple – and which the Talmud credits as having counteracted the 10,000 silver coins Haman gave to King Achashverosh to obtain the royal decree calling for the extermination of the Jewish people – it is customary to give three coins in "half denomination" (e.g., the half-dollar coins) to charity on the afternoon of the Fast of Esther, before minchah (the afternoon prayer services). In many synagogues, plates are set out with silver half-dollars, so that all could purchase them to use in observance of this custom. It is customary to give three half-dollars for every member of the family. This commemorates the three contributions the Jews gave for the building of the Tabernacle and its sacrifices. If you didn't manage to give machatzit hashekel before mincha, you can do so afterwards, or before the Megillah reading on Purim night or morning.

Gragger Vs. Dreidel By Yanki Tauber Purim and Chanukah are very different holidays. On Chanukah we get spiritual--oil and light and songs of praise et al. On Purim we get physical: money to the poor, food to friends, a big festive meal with lots and lots of wine. But there is an interesting common denominator: the customs surrounding the two festivals both include a spinning toy. On Chanukah, it is customary to play with a dreidel, a spinning top inscribed with the Hebrew letters that form an acronym of the phrase, "A great miracle happened there." On Purim we spin a noisemaking device called a gragger to drown out the name of the wicked Haman. Still, there's a difference: the dreidel is spun from above, while the gragger is turned from below. On Chanukah, G-d violated all laws of nature to save us, as a small band of fighters defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth and a cruse of oil burned for eight days. On Purim, the salvation came about in what could easily be seen as a series of lucky coincidences: King Achashverosh gets angry at his wife, and selects Esther as queen in her place; Mordechai happens to overhear a plot to kill Achashverosh and saves the king's life; Haman happens to be "in the wrong place at the wrong time" just when Mordechai's deed is being read to the sleepless king; Esther uses her position and influence to turn the king against Haman; and so on. In fact, one hardly notices that G-d's name is not even mentioned in the Book of Esther! In other words, on Chanukah the divine salvation came "from above," while on Purim it came "from below," disguised in ordinary events. Chanukah celebrates the fact that our commitment to G-d, and His to us, transcends all natural bonds. Purim celebrates that our relationship also pervades the most ordinary, everyday details of our lives.

Purim FAQ’s…Did You Know... ? 1. Haman was the descendent of A) President Obama B) Amalek C) Yishmael D) Darth Vader

2. Which of these is NOT one of the 4 Mitzvot of Purim? A) Enjoying a festival meal B) Giving gifts of food C) Shaking the Lulav D) Giving Tzedakah to the poor

3. What was the name of the Queen before Esther? A) Elizabeth B) Devorah C) Vashti D) Adele E) Cleopatra

4. How many times does Hashem’s name appear in the Megillah? A) Zero times B) Twice – once in the beginning and once at the end C) 7 times D) 46 times

5. Whose name do we make noise for when reading the Megillah? A) Esther B) Haman C) Mordechai D) Achashverosh

6. What city does the story of Purim take place? A) Tel Aviv B) Arad C) Louisville D) Brooklyn E) Shushan

7. Mordechai instructed Ester to ... A) Not marry the king since he was not a Jew. B) Return to Judah. C) Not reveal that she was a Jew.

8. During which Jewish month is Purim celebrated? A) Av B) Tishrei C) Teves D) Adar E) Nissan Answers:

1.B 2..C 3.C 4.A 5.B 6.E 7.C 8.D

...Haman was hanged on the third day of Passover? (Purim is the anniversary of the Jews' victory celebration after their war against their enemies 11 month later) ...Esther's Hebrew name was Hadasaah? ("Esther" is Persian) ...Mordechai was the first person in history to be called a "Jew"? (Before then, Jews were called "Hebrews" or "Israelites") ...Achashverosh searched four years for a queen, during which he considered more than 1400 contestants, before choosing Esther? ...Vashti (Achashverosh's first queen) was the greatgranddaughter of Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian emperor who destroyed the first Holy Temple? ...Haman was the one who advised Achashverosh to kill Vashti? ...There is an opinion in the Talmud that Esther was not beautiful at all, and had a greenish complexion? ...Haman was once Mordechai’s slave? ...Mordechai, who refused to bow to Haman, was a descendant of Benjamin, the only one of Jacob's sons who didn't bow to Haman's ancestor Esau? ...Esther's plan was to make Achashverosh jealous of the attention she was giving to Haman so that he should kill them both? ...Haman's decree was never revoked? (Achashverosh only issued a second decree, giving the Jews the right to defend themselves) ...Mordechai was a very old man during the story of Purim? (He was already a member of the Sanhedrin, the highest court of Torah law in Jerusalem, 79 years before the miracle of Purim!) ...Every single Jew in the world lived in Achashverosh’s kingdom, so that they were all included in Haman's decree? ...G-d's name is not mentioned even once in the entire Book of Esther?

TOP 10 R EASONS TO CELEBRATE PURIM! Hamantashen, the classic Purim cookies, are eagerly awaited by everyone young and old. They are versatile and can be made from a good sweet yeast dough, flaky dough or from a traditional cookie dough. The fillings can be mixed and matched. Prune butter and poppy seed are traditional but one can use any kind of jam or preserves.

Ingredients: 4 eggs 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup oil juice of one lemon rind of 1 lemon, grated 1 tsp. vanilla extract 5 cups flour 2 tsps. baking powder

1. Making noise in shul is a MITZVAH!! 2. Levity is not reserved for the Levites 3. Nobody knows if you're having a bad hair day. You can tell them it's your costume 4. Purim is easier to spell than Chanukah, I mean Hanukah, I mean, KHanukah, I mean Chanuka, I mean the Festival of Lights. 5. You don't have to kasher your home and change all the pots and dishes. 6. You don't have to build a hut and live and eat outside 7. You get to drink wine and drink wine and drink wine and you don't even have to stand for Kiddush (I guess you can't!) 8. You won't get hit in the eye by a lulav 9. You can't eat hamantaschen on Yom Kippur 10. Mordecai - 1 ; Haman - 0 !!!!

Shushan Purim

Fillings: 1 pound prepared poppy seed filling or, 1 pound lekvar (apple or prune butter) or 1 pound strawberry or apricot preserves - Preheat oven to 350 - Grease cookie sheets. - Beat eggs and sugar. - Add remaining ingredients, and mix well. - Divide into four parts. - Proceed to assemble - Place on grease cookie sheet 1 inch apart and bake at 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes. For more delicious holiday recipes, visit:

In certain ancient walled cities – Jerusalem is the primary example – Purim is observed not on the 14th of Adar, the date of its observance everywhere else, but on the 15th of Adar. This is to commemorate that fact that in the ancient walled city of Shushan, where the battles between the Jews and their enemies extended for an additional day, the original Purim celebration was held not on the 14th but on the 15th of Adar. The 15th of Adar is thus called "Shushan Purim" and is a day of joy and celebration also in those places where it is not observed as the actual Purim.

ACROSS: 1. The Taanis is usually this day. 2. They fasted for ____ days. 4. How high were the gallows. 7. How many thousand children. 8. Esther's maids. 10. Mishloach Manos foods. 11. Days until Pesach!

DOWN: 1. One hundred ______ provinces. 3. How many sons hanged 5. Esther's banquets. 6. That exile in years. 9. How many main mitzvos? 12. One hundred ______ days of feasting.

Purim Word Find:














Nichna MisheN ic Ve'nah hnas Adar m s Adar afoch arbim hudim hu, asher yis b'simcha. hemah h besona letu haYeyhem. When Ad And th ar arrives w e incre e table ase s we Jews p revaile re turned, so our joy. d over their en that the emies.

King Achashverosh

King Achashverosh made a great feast He told his wife Vashti to come She had many pimples a thousand at least She told him that she would not come The king was so angry he said to his guards Take her! I don't want her! She's mean! From all of the maidens that Shushan Town had Esther became the new queen Haman told everyone bow down to me But Mordechai said that I'll never do I bow only to Hashem, Hashem Elokim And I'm proud so proud to be a Jew!

aakovosam yachad Y t a n a Shoshtzahala v'simcha, abirlanetzach, tikva-

v yis s Yaako eshuasam ha ekol kovecha lo ur a n a h s o r T h Sh rdechai. or. Lehodiya, s chosim bach. A di. o M s le ha hu v ad teche ach kol hol dor hai haye sam b'c yicalmu lanetz aruch Mordec er ba'adi, Esth , velo bdi, b yevoshu her bikesh le'a fchidi, beruchah . v a as Haman, eresh, eshes m nah zachor lato o Z v har Arurah ey saw v'gam c when th ave s u o y jo ou h l a nd cheerfu chai's [robe]. Y in every s a w b e o d of M or eir hope e of J a c The ros the royal blue mption, and th ope in you will r togethe verlasting rede , that all who h ge in You will wn ir e efu e th ake kno ose who take r sought to debeen m o T . n o th ti h d a w r n resh, ,a an o gene rrassed ursed is Ham . Cursed is Ze for a b m e ted. C e J ew cted] not be e humilia is Mordechai th Esther [who a od. b r e v e n d go d is , blesse , blesse ered for stroy me f my tormentor o be rememb o als the wife ay Charvonah M me.

Ch a g Ch Masec Purim, Cha ag Pur im gP hot isha, r v'raashanim urim, chag g aash, raash , zemirot v adol la Yeh , 'r ud ra a Purim raash, ra ash. Hava kadim. Hav im. Wear day, Purim ash - b'raa narisha - r a nars ha aash, am da Round ask, wear y. What a nim. hap ac go the grogg rown. Danc py holiday . ers, ra i sh, ra ng all aroun On Pu s d h . , rash rim da The fe ! ( 3x ) y! festiva stival of Pu r l and d for the Jew im, the fest ancing iv s. Mas . Let's ks and al of Purim, make a gre nois with n noise - nois emakers, s at o oisem akers. e, noise, no ngs ise -


If you h You Hea (stomp ear the name r the Nam fe o e man, if et twice) repea f Haman stom you hea p y our f t If y o u eet. r the na hear th name o en me f If you h Haman stomp of Haman, if ame of HaIf you h ear the name your feet (stom you hear the of E ea p If you h r the name of sther clap yo feet twice) Achash ur hand ear the v s name o f Morde erosh turn aro ...... und..... chai sh ould ho oray....

im Al HaNiasn, ve'al hagevuros,ave'al

urk sis , ve'al hap mos she'a Al hanisim os, ve'al hamilcha a'zeman hazeh. hateshu ahem, b a'yamim h b , u in e s mption, la'avo r the rede tions, fo d n a , s la le the conso the mirac (And) for ighty acts, and for rmed for our erfo em and for th battles that You p t this time. e th s, a and for those day in , rs e th forefa

Up Close & Personal With… Chana Pinkasov Our “Lunch Lady!” Editor: For this month’s exciting interview, we fea- CP: Hmmm… no I don’t think so. Either they eat it or ture Chana Pinkasov, or as our students so lovingly know her as the “Lunch Lady” Below is our interview:

Ed: Where are you from? CP: Hungary originally. Ed: How long have you been living in Louisville? CP: Well in the states its been about 9 years and Louis-

ville about 7. Ed: What is your job at LJDS? CP: I am the school cook. Ed: What is your favorite part of the job? CP: When I hear that the kids like the lunch!! Ed: What is your favorite meal to make? CP: I think egg salad is a favorite for me. Ed: What is a favorite for the kids? CP: I hear they like my soups. I know a lot of the teachers like the egg and tuna salad and salmon patties. Ed: Whats your favorite food? Stuffed cabbage! But I don’t make that in school. Ed: Is there a secret to getting kids to eat their veggies?

they don’t :), you can’t force them. Ed: Any fun and different foods? CP: Yesterday we had an exciting lunch – we had hot dogs which was a special treat. Ed: Which flavor Hamantash is your favorite to make / eat? CP: I would say strawberry jelly. Ed: And now, for MY favorite question, If you could have one super power what would it be? CP: Turning invisible. Ed: Ooh where would you go if you were invisible? CP: Ooh everwhere! You can find out a bunch of stuff being invisible! Ed: Any last words? CP: I’m just glad that they like what I’m doing!!

Thank you so much Chana for sharing a few moments with us!! Good luck with your yummy delicious job!

Chanukah On Ice!!!! We were so honored to interview 2 students, Bailey Czerkiewicz & Nate Pinhas, and get their memories of Chanukah this year at LJDS! Ed: Was this your first time in a car parade? Bailey: Yes! Ed: Can you describe the scene? Bailey: It was very fun being in a car parade. Everyone had flags on their cars. Everyone also had their flashers on. Ed: What was the most fun part about being involved in the car parade? Bailey: I got to be part of something by spreading a mitzvah around town. Ed: Wow, that is so beautiful! Where did the cars start from and where did they all end up? Bailey: The cars started at Anshei Sfard. They ended at Iceland. Ed: How did you enjoy the ice skating? Bailey: The ice skating was very fun. Ed: Did anything funny happen on the rink? Bailey: Lots of people fell on the ice. And some of the babies were being held out there. Ed: That sounds fun! What is your favorite part of Chanukah? Bailey: Getting presents and lighting the Menorah.

Ed: What are some of the events that went on in school over Chanukah? Nate: Making edible menorahs and Chanukah spaghetti party Ed: Which activity was your favorite? Nate: Chanukah on Ice!! Ed: Describe the menorah contest? Who won? Nate: There was a cupcake menorah, flower menorah, lego menorah, snowman menorah, and tin foil menorah. The lego menorah won. Ed: What is the best part of Chanukah? Nate: Eating latkes!

Thank you so much Bailey & Nate for joining our interview !!!!

Parents Corner “Subtitles”

sages we send when we are arguing. Our emotional buttons are being pushed. We may feel hurt, defensive, angry, belittled, disregarded, to name just some of the intense emotions evoked. It We all know that when we con- is a very fragile space. And if the conflict is with someone we verse with others, the communi- love, the emotions are all the more intense, and the risk of cation is not limited to the spohurting and being hurt, much greater. A 16-year-old boy once ken word. We communicate so told me that several years earlier, in the heat of a terrible conmuch more non-verbally. Our frontation, his father had said to him, “I’m sorry we ever had tone of voice, facial expressions, eye contact, even posture, all you. I wish we didn’t.” When I asked the father about these lend depth to the words. They say a lot about our sincerity and words, he replied that he didn’t remember saying it, but that it our feelings about whatever the subject matter might be, and was certainly possible because “when I’m angry, watch out.” He express even more about the quality of the relationship that seemed surprised that it would bother his son. “Doesn’t he exists between the two speakers. know that it was just said in anger? Of course I don’t mean it.” The boy, however, lived these words every day since they were A father comes home from work and checks his phone for spoken. messages while saying hello to his children. A child comes home from school eager to tell her mother about someone who hurt It is possible though, to have a confrontation with our spouse her feelings during recess, and is met by someone who says all or our children that is assertive, with strong expressed emotion, with each party being passionate about his position, and the right things, but can’t pull her eyes away from the computer. The words may say “I care,” but the actions imply some- yet, paradoxically, when concluded there is a greater closeness in the relationship. This too is about the sub-titles. When I arthing different. And while this may be the furthest thing from gue with my wife, or child, even forcefully, but I am careful the parent’s mind, the message of “I don’t care that much” is about the words I use, and I am careful about not using intimiclearly and unmistakably received. dation, neither physical, nor verbal intimidation, and I am careful Now picture the same conversations with one significant differ- to not belittle with my tone of voice or gestures (such as rolling ence. When the parent and child meet, the child sees his father my eyes), and I am also careful to remember the big picture, the turn off his phone, or her mother turn to look into her eyes, importance of the relationship to me, then a whole different with the clear and understandable message this time of, “I really translation can be read in the sub-titles. do care, you are very important to me.” In any social interaction, there is an overt communication and a covert one -- what With this interaction the sub-titles say, “I love you and reis said in words and what is conveyed in more subtle ways. These non-verbal communications are the sub-titles of our dia- spect you, and no matter how much I want to win this argument, your feelings matter more to me. Your diglogues. It is especially important to pay careful attention to all nity is sacred to me.” The secret of relationships is in the the messages we send when we are arguing. sub-titles. Take a closer look at how you're writing them. It is especially important to pay careful attention to all the mes-


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Play That Funky Music!!!

Nature Center - Estie Capland On January 28, 2010 the whole school went to the Louisville Nature Center for a program about trees. In the classroom, we got a twig and examined them. By looking at the color and how it looked, we found the tree that it belonged to outside. We went on a hike. We found deer tracks. We saw a sycamore tree, you could go into! We saw trees that woodpeckers pecked on to get the bugs. The trip was a good way to celebrate Tu B' Shevat.

w/ Mrs. Henderson

The Preschool and Kindergarten students are listening for musical opposites and singing about snow people and Peter Penguin.

The First and Second Grade class will be studying rhythms and conducting. They are learning two songs about Tu B'Shevat and Purim. The Fourth Grade students are learning songs related to American history, for example "Erie Canal". They will also be learning to play "Erie Canal" on the flutophone.

The Fifth, Sixth and Seventh Grade class has started a unit on African music and rhythm.

Yay! Our favorite holiday, Purim is here! Whether you like Raspberry, apricot, or poppy seed or even icky prune :):), may your Purim be like your Hamantashen: FILLED with sweetness & happiness!! Duby & Shmully as King Ramses & Queen Nefretiti

Happy Purim to all!

This newsletter was created & designed by:

Devorah (Duby) Litvin Feel free to contact her with comments, questions or just for fun! © 2010

Louisville Jewish Day School 3700 Dutchmans Lane Louisville, Kentucky 40205 502– 451– 3122 ex. 3

A special Mazal Tov goes out to

Morah Goldie & the entire Litvin family on the birth of a granddaughter / niece

Chana Bryna

A Happy Birthday goes out to.. Mrs. Singer Rochie Capland Yaakov Capland Shimi Wallace Yosef Wallace

(to Chaim & Fraidy) May Chanchy bring you all much nachas!

All the students in LJDS are looking forward to visiting with their “Adopted” Grandparents on Friday, February 26th

in honor of Purim! Come dressed up on Friday, February 26, to join in our

Masquera de Contest!

(Winners will be featured in next month’s newsletter!)

To include Birthdays & Mazal Tovs please email:

Edison House On December 19th the Fourth through Seventh class went to the Edison House museum. This is where Thomas Edison lived in Louisville when he was 19 years old. He boarded there for a year before he became a famous inventor. He worked at the telegraph company on Main Street. We visited the museum because we were studying inventions and because of Chanukah. The museum has only four rooms. One room was Edison's bedroom. The other rooms had some of his inventions, including the phonograph and light bulb. Everyone's favorite part was the flip book motion pictures. Although it was small, students found the inventions interesting. In the end, students wanted to learn more about how these inventions worked. Written by Grade 5, 6, and 7

Monday, Yud Shevat, was a very special day at LJDS! We celebrated not one but 2 birthdays for

Ishai Wall & Yossi Wallace The entire school joined in a beautiful birthday celebration for Yossi’s Upshernish 3rd birthday with a special haircutting ceremony. All the children got yummy goodie bags! Rabbi Litvin joined us for the ceremony and explained to everyone the significance of an “upshernish” and why a boys 3rd birthday is a wonderful milestone. Mazel Tov!! Thank you to Binyomin & Yehudis Wallace & to Jonathan & Shira Wall for sponsoring the party!

Thank you to…

...Morah Rochel for donating Jewish books to the preschool in honor of the boys’ birthdays!

...Steven Keene for donating toys to the preschool in honor of the boys’ birthdays!





17 Shevat 2


18 Shevat


19 Shevat





20 Shevat 5

21 Shevat

No School


22 Shevat

Parshas Yisro

Teacher In Service 6:51 pm

5:51 pm


23 Shevat


24 Shevat


25 Shevat


26 Shevat


27 Shevat


28 Shevat 13

No School

Parent/Teacher   Board Meeting  


Teacher In

7:00 pm 



Mishpatim 5:59 pm


30 Shevat 15

1 Adar

Rosh Chodesh

Rosh Chodesh




2 Adar

Grades 5th & Up Trip to Zoo


3 Adar


4 Adar


7 Adar


8 Adar


9 Adar

Report Cards!


10 Adar

Pick up Hamantashen

6:58 pm 5 Adar


Last Day to Order Shalach Manot Baskets & Hamantashen

6:07 pm


29 Shevat


11 Adar


6 Adar

Parshas Terumah

7:06 pm 12 Adar 27

13 Adar

Fast of Esther Pick up Hamantashen

Zachor Parshas Tetzaveh 6:14 pm


14 Adar


7:13 pm








1            15 Adar  2            16 Adar  3            17 Adar  4            18 Adar  5            19 Adar  6           20 Adar   

Shushan Purim  

Grand Spelling  Bee!      

Late Start  9:00 am 



Parshas   Ki Sisa  


6:21 pm  

7:20 pm 

7              21 Adar  8            22 Adar  9            23 Adar  10         24 Adar  11         25 Adar  12         26 Adar  13         27 Adar   



Parshas   Vayakhel‐ Pekudei  




6:28 pm  

7:26 pm  

14         28 Adar  15          29 Adar  16         1 Nissan  17         2 Nissan  18        3 Nissan  19         4 Nissan  20        5 Nissan   

Rosh Chodesh  Nissan 

Parshas   Vayikra  


7:35 pm 

8:33 pm  

21        6 Nissan   22         7 Nissan  23         8 Nissan  24         9 Nissan  25       10 Nissan  26       11 Nissan  27       12 Nissan  California   Achievement Test  Grades 1‐7  

California   Achievement Test  Grades 1‐7  

California   Achievement Test  Grades 1‐7  

Field Trip  


Shabbos HaGadol  Parshas Tzav 

Last Day of  School for  Pesach Break  

Underground Rail‐ road (Grades 4‐7)                        

28       13 Nissan  29       14 Nissan  30       15 Nissan  31   

Erev Pesach   First Seder  Tonight 

Pesach   2nd Seder   Tonight 

Count Omer 1 


7:44 pm  

Pesach   Omer Day 1       



8:43 pm  

8:44 pm  

  Classes Resume   April 7 


7:42 pm  

8:40 pm 

LJDS Purim Edition  

LJDSS Purim Newsletter

LJDS Purim Edition  

LJDSS Purim Newsletter