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VOLUME 7 ISSUE 17

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dvar Torah for Vayikra

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Schedules for Next Year

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The New NSHAHS Swimming Program

 

 

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Nashir

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Shalva Trip to Israel

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New TV's

 

 

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Get to Know: Student of the Month

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Junior's Face College Entry Exams

 

 

Dvar Torah for Vayikra

by Miky Rahmani

 

Dvar Torah for VayikraLast week, we concluded the book of Exodus. The book of Exodus started off by talking about Moses' childhood. His mother released him, in a basket, into the water of the Nile to save him from the Egyptians. Additionally the book talks about the Exodus from Egypt, and the description of the several observances that Bnei Yisrael must follow in the desert. These include sacrifices and the instructions on the building of the tabernacle.
This week's Parasha, Vayikra, starts off the new book by talking about special offerings that Bnei Yisrael must give to HaShem. For example, in the fifth aliyah, we learn that a specific sacrifice must be given to HaShem when you sin.

It is interesting to note that the first word in the Parashah, "Vayikra" contains a scriptural abnormality. The last letter of the first word, aleph, is smaller than it is usually in the text of the Torah. In order to determine the meaning of this change, you must think a little bit about the definitions of the words.

While reading the torah, you might mistakenly read the word Vayikra as the word "Vayikar" (ויקר), because the Aleph is hard to see. Interestingly enough, we see the word Vayikar in the story of Bilaam when HaShem "ran into Bilaam" (Numbers 23:4). The Midrash notes a significant difference between the words Vayikra and Vayikar: Vayikra implies a loving and happy relationship, like HaShem to Moses. Vayikar implies an accident or spiritual impurity, which relates to Bilaam.

The Midrash continues to talk about an argument between Moses and HaShem regarding the use of the word Vayikra in this Pasuk. On the one hand, Moses wanted him to use the word Vayikar out of modesty, implying that he is no better than Bilaam. Meanwhile, HaShem wanted to use the word Vayikra, implying a loving relationship. At the end, they compromised, making the Aleph smaller than usual.

A question arises due to this Midrash: Why would HaShem allow Moses to argue with him? Why wouldn't he just do what he wants? The answer to these questions are quite interesting. HaShem wants to show to the readers of the Torah that, in essence, a relationship is about compromises.

Generally, Bilaam is known as a character in the Tanach who thought that HaShem appeared randomly; at specific times throughout the day. Therefore, HaShem "happened upon him", meaning it was a coincidence that he was there (like Bilaam would believe). On the other hand, Moses knows that HaShem exists everywhere: from the molecules in your hair, to the molecules that make up the orbit of Pluto. The letter Aleph is the only thing differentiating between accident or purpose, loving or hating and HaShem and Moses had to compromise on that. The choice is yours: Will you notice the Aleph?

 

 

Schedules for Next Year

by Anna Glasman 

 

Schedules for Next Year

As this school year comes to a close, there are many students and faculty members working on their plans for the upcoming year. For the students who are not receiving their college enrollment forms this year, schedules are being devised. Rabbi Weinberg and Dr.Vitow have been working with students from each grade to come up with a schedule that perfectly fits both the student's academic level and the student's competence. Each schedule is hand made to make the student feel as comfortable as possible while still receiving a great education. Whether it is one Advanced Placement class or four, each student is placed in the classes chosen by them and confirmed by both Rabbi Weinberg and Dr.Vitow in order to make sure the student is able to handle the number of classes or whether they can undertake additional classes.

As an upcoming upperclassman, I am excited to begin my classes and based on my schedule, I know they will be classes I enjoy. Each student, including the current seniors who will be choosing their college classes soon, should base their schedule on what is comfortable to them and make sure each class that they enroll in is one that is both enjoyable and challenging.

 

 

The New NSHAHS Swimming Program

by Dylan Makani

 

The New NSHAHS Swimming ProgramRecently, Dr. Vitow released the exciting news that the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School will be offering a swimming program. This will be a new addition to the many sports already being offered at school. The program will be held at the Great Neck North Middle School, in their spacious indoor pool. The program is free for both male and female students that wish to participate. In addition, there will be lifeguarding classes available for those who want to possibly work as lifeguards during the summer, and other times. The program is separate from the free swim and costs $300. A questionnaire is going to be distributed out to the school so that feedback can be acquired regarding the program. The program will hopefully be starting next year. It will be around twenty weeks from the month of October to March. The swim program is an activity that has been in demand for a while. The students wait with great anticipation for this wonderful opportunity and hope that it will continue for years to come.

 

 

Nashir

by Ruben Prawer 

 

Nashir

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 the North Shore choir traveled to Yeshiva Flatbush to participate in the annual Nashir choral festival. Nashir brought together different Yeshivot such as SAR, Ramaz, and North Shore as well as HaZamir Israel and each choir was given the opportunity to perform a song for the other schools. The students were able to choose different workshops before they performed with their school. These workshops included an acappella class, a jazz class and a drum circle class. In each workshop, the students learned different skills that applied to the topic that was being taught. After the workshops were over, the students rehearsed the grand finale song, Keren Or. Each choir had learned it on their own but it was time to bring everyone together. The conductor was none other than maestro Matthew, "Moti", Lazar. Matthew Lazar is a world renowned conductor. He is also a leading force of the Jewish choral movement in North America and the head of HaZamir, an international Jewish teen choir. Once the singers were done rehearsing, they all came together to sing. There was also a video and kumzitz in memory of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel. These were the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped on June 12, 2014 when they were looking for a hitchhike to return home. Naftali Frenkel (from Nof Ayalon) and Gilad Shaer (from Talmon) were 16. Eyal Yifrah was 19 (from Elad). After this emotional program, each school performed their respective song to the other schools. The Israeli choir also performed, and the music was uplifting to anyone who listened.

 

 

Shalva Trip to Israel

by Ella Shakin

 

Shalva Trip to IsraelThe North Shore Hebrew Academy High School recently sent several runners to Israel to participate in the Shalva marathon. Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, is an organization dedicated to providing extensive care for individuals with disabilities, empowering their families, and promoting communal inclusion. Non-denominational and free of charge, Shalva's programs provide a range of services for hundreds of individuals from childhood to adulthood. Over the course of close to three decades of award winning programs, Shalva has partnered with government, academic, and philanthropic organizations. Three of North Shore's very own students traveled to Israel, accompanied by the director of student life, Mrs. Gold. In Israel, over the course of four active days, these students participated in numerous programs through the Shalva organization. In addition to visiting the Shalva main facility in Jerusalem, they attended a concert, which the Shalva children performed. Moreover, they were participants in a marathon which raised money that was sent directly to Shalva. There were over 14 other yeshivot and thousands of other runners there as well. The North Shore students had an amazing time in Israel while taking part in an amazing cause.

 

 

New TV's

by Shlomo Shavolian 

 

New TV's

This month, North Shore installed new flat screen televisions. Each classroom had its old television replaced with a new one. This new update was made due to a problem with the system that controlled the old televisions and their digital clocks. Many students remember a few months ago the digital clocks stopped working and they were replaced by the analog clocks. The digital clocks were not working for the same reason the old televisions were not working, a disturbance in the system.

These new televisions are going to be used for a variety of useful needs. Classes may watch a president's speech, important news, or something concerning the school itself. The televisions can also be used for announcements and changes in schedules. Who knows? Maybe one year Shiriyah will be break out through the televisions. The Headmaster, Dr. Vitow, is the one who chooses what is going to be displayed for a class to watch, and at what time. Otherwise, teachers who want to display videos for individual classes may do so.

The televisions don't work yet, because the system that controls all of them is not set up. Hopefully, the system will be ready by this year, and the televisions will be able to be put to good use by then.

 

 

Get to Know: Student of the Month

by Sophie Goldman

 

Get to Know: Student of the MonthA monthly tradition, the choosing of a Student of the Month, is new to us at North Shore. While there have only been a few so far, the past Students of the Month have been dedicated and hardworking people who are universally known as good amongst our school community. This month is no exception, as Caylie Tuerack, a spirited and successful junior at our school, is the Student of the Month. Her successes are already abundant, but it is her attitude and drive which make her an amazing role model for younger students.

Many students often find themselves in a rut, unable to find any motivation to work harder in school. Caylie stays motivated partly from her family, and partly from previous successes. "When I do well, I feel good about myself, and it helps me continue to do well in other subjects." When asked what advice she would give to an incoming freshman, she emphasized the importance of, "...staying true to who you are and staying unique. Try hard, because although things will be difficult, the only way to survive is to push through and be confident in yourself that you'll make it to the end." Like many others, the stimulating environment is Caylie's favorite part about North Shore. She attributes her ability to grow both religiously and academically to North Shore. The applicability of both A.P. Biology and A.P. Economics serve as the reason for them being her favorite classes. "The material that I'm learning in those classes really makes me feel like I'm aware of the world. I'm aware of how different mechanisms work in the world from a biological standpoint, as well as how things work within the economy."

While in school, Caylie participates in a variety of clubs, including Model Congress, Debate, Model U.N., and North Shore Notes. She is also able to express a different and more creative side of herself outside of school in other activities. She studies piano, dances, and rides horses when out of the academic environment. While she is an obvious choice for Student of the Month, we asked Caylie why she thinks she was chosen for this title. She thinks that it is due to the fact that she is well-rounded, and participates in a diverse array of activities. Whether it be playing sports, playing piano, getting good grades, or winning debates, Caylie has done it all.

 

 

Junior's Face College Entry Exams

by Yaakov Spraragen 

 

Junior's Face College Entry Exams

Junior students recently debated the issue of standardized testing at their book trials. The issue of standardized testing is especially relevant to 11th graders, being that they are in the process of studying for and taking their SAT or ACT college entrance exams. North Shore Hebrew Academy High School has done much to assist the Juniors who face the daunting task of performing on a nearly four hour long test. Students were given the opportunity to take practice diagnostic exams in school and even had dedicated time on Fridays in English class to prepare for the test.

The typical question you will hear at an 11th grade lunch table or classroom is "How are you studying for the test?" Some students believe that private tutoring sessions with an expert is the optimal way to study. Other students take SAT and ACT exams from previous years and study those, while others like to pick up tips and tricks from traditional test prep textbooks. So, is there a special method to prepare for these exams? Is there a secret to cracking this long multi-subject test? A North Shore junior, Aaron Abizadeh, who is well into his exam preparation, gave a satisfying and insightful response to the question. He answered, "There really is no secret formula to succeed on this test. It is just consistency, dedication, and hard work that will enable you to succeed."