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VOLUME 8 ISSUE 6

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Friday, December 15, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dvar Torah: Do Humans Have Free Will?

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Electrical Fire at School

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Varsity Hockey Riding a Five Game Winning Streak

 

 

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December Student of the Month: Leeal Kahen

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North Shore Debate Tournament

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Donald Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

 

 

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North Shore's First Annual Winter Band Concert

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Appreciating Thanksgiving

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Science Society Trip to Hofstra

 

 

 

 

Dvar Torah: Do Humans Have Free Will?

by Miky Rahmani

 

Dvar Torah: Do Humans Have Free Will?One of the most pressing questions a person might face in their lifetime is the question of whether a human has the ability to make his or her own choices, or if these ‘choices’ are predetermined by God or some other supernatural force. I spoke with Rabbi Daniel Kahana, one of our Judaic Studies faculty, and asked him this question. He answered it in a very enlightening way. Rabbi Kahana explained that one of the foundations of our Torah is that God has endowed humanity with the special and unique gift of free will. When one pays attention to the very first Parasha in the Torah, we see it begins with God creating the world and bringing it to a state of טוב מא�" (Genesis 1:31). By the end of the Parasha, man has brought the state of the world to “רע” (Genesis 6:5). Man has free will and may choose to improve and perfect God’s world, or can choose to bring the world to the brink of destruction. The choice is completely ours. In Genesis 3:22, it states:
״�"ן �"א�"ם �"י�" כאח�" ממנו ל�"עת טוב ורע״
and Maimonides (רמב״ם)(twelfth century- Teshuva 5:1) explains this verse as saying that Man is the only creature in this world who decides whether he wants to be good or bad. Man is the only creation with free will. Maimonides emphasizes that this is a pillar of our Torah. A person who chooses to elevate himself is worthy of reward and praise. A person who chooses the opposite has nobody to blame but himself. Thus ‘free will’ is granted on the basis of reward and punishment, which is also a foundation of our Torah. Thus, an observant Jew must believe in free will, he has no choice.

 

 

Electrical Fire at School

by Dalia Etessami 

 

Electrical Fire at School

On Wednesday, November 23rd, the day before Thanksgiving, there was an incident in school involving a fire alarm. Students arrived at school that rainy morning to find inconsistent lighting and a lack of wifi due to a power outage, which forced the school to operate on its generator’s power. Despite these minor difficulties, classes commenced normally during first and going into second period, only interrupted in some classrooms by periodic lighting changes as the power turned on and off. Class continued until the fire alarm went off towards the end of second period. Students were preparing to evacuate, when they were told through the loudspeaker to remain in class. It appeared as though there was some confusion due to the power outage, which made it seem as if there wasn’t really an issue. Students continued to move to their third period classes. As some students entered the hallway on the third floor, they noticed something was off. One junior commented that the hallway smelled of smoke and burning plastic. I, personally, could tell something was off as there seemed to be smoke coming from the electrical closet on the third floor. Before class could even begin, there was a second announcement on the loudspeaker instructing students to evacuate the school. Students followed the practiced fire drill procedure and exited the school through the nearest staircases and went to the soccer field. There, students and teachers waited in the drizzling rain and watched as the fire department arrived promptly to handle the situation. At around 11:00, students were instructed to return to the building and go directly to the gym.
Teachers, students, and the unfortunate alumni that happened to be visiting on that day, all remained in the gym for about an hour. At this point it was unclear how the day would continue. When asked, teachers and faculty told students they were to remain in the gym until given notice of what to do by the fire department. There were even rumors among some hopeful students of a possible early dismissal. However, right before the beginning of fifth period, students were told that it was safe to return to class and the school day would continue normally. There still remains the question, what caused the fire? It is still unclear what exactly happened, but it seems that when the power turned back on in the school there was some sort of power surge which started an electrical fire. It seems to have been an accident, despite rumors to the contrary. Luckily, everyone remained safe during the incident due to practice for such situations, and the fire departments speedy arrival and handling of the situation.

 

 

Varsity Hockey Riding a Five Game Winning Streak

by Caylie Tuerack

 

Varsity Hockey Riding a Five Game Winning StreakEvery sports team has a defining moment, one that can alter the club's fate for the rest of the season. For the Boys Varsity Hockey Team, that moment came back on November 16th. The team entered Ramaz High School with a 1-4 record. They knew this game was a must win. The game went south fairly quickly, as the Stars allowed four goals against and took undisciplined penalties in a 4-2 loss.

Coming into their next game about a week later, they weren't going to let that happen again. Playing an up and coming Schechter team, North Shore came out strong but failed to score in the first period. But by the end of the second were up a goal courtesy of Oscar Kule. Through 35 minutes of play, North Shore was on its way to a 2-1 victory when a centering pass tied the game late for Schechter, sending the game to overtime. Not long into the extra frame, defenseman Ben Pagovich intercepted a clearing pass and scored to win it for the Stars. The team hasen't looked back since, winning again just two hours later against Shaare Torah. North Shore won again on Monday, 4-1 against Magen David. The Stars scored 2 goals early in the second period and played a strong game. They won again a night later, 4-2 against YDE. Aryeh Vilinsky came back into the lineup and scored a big third period goal to fend off a late game surge, and goalie David Esses even had an assist. Then on Wednesday, the team scored 11 unanswered goals, defeating Magen David 12-1. Everyone on the team is contributing during the winning streak. The defense has been solid, anchored by top pairing Ben Pagovich and Ezra Perlmutter, both of whom scored against YDE. Pagovich also had a hat trick against MDY. They are helped by the goaltending tandem of Ben Baruch and David Esses. Baruch, the starting goalie, is 5-5 and holds a 2.00 goals against average in his previous 5 starts. The offense is led by Aryeh Vilinsky with 9 goals thus far this season. He has the support of juniors Andrew Gottlieb, Noam Silverman, Oscar Kule, and mid season addition Ethan Terzi. Defenseman James Modlin has also been hot as of late with a goal in four of his last five games. The "dream team" line of Jonathan Katri, Coby Sharifian, Ariel Motovich, and Lee Kaylie has been a steady shut-down group, ending games strong for the team. The team is led by coaches Sruli Beitler and Zeke Bernstien, both of whom have been able to prepare the team before, during, and after these challenging contests.

The team is back at "500", boasting a 6-5 record and holds the third seed in the eastern conference. The push for the playoffs continues Monday December 18th when the Stars take on the Schechter Storm at 6pm in what should be one of the best games of the season.

 

 

December Student of the Month: Leeal Kahen

by Kayla Kreinik 

 

December Student of the Month: Leeal Kahen

Meet 12th grader Leeal Kahen, the student of the month of December! Leeal is a smart and kind student who is always eager to learn new material in all of her classes. Leeal says her favorite classes are AP English Literature with Mrs. Newborn because she gets to express herself through writing, noting that she “feels like [her] writing skills are really improving,” and her Holocaust Studies class with Morah Rozanski because she “feels that it's so important to learn about the Holocaust and Morah Rozanski really gives students a broad understanding on the matter.” Leeal’s all-time favorite teacher is Mrs. Mondi, who taught Leeal Pre-calculus last year. Leeal says that “Mrs. Mondi really made [her] enjoy math and was really fun to talk to.” Because of Leeal’s passion for public speaking, she participates in mock trial with Mr. Muir, and in Model congress with with Mr. Miles. She is also the assistant editor for North Shore Notes and associate editor for the Yearbook, both of which are advised by Mrs. Zabinsky. Last summer, Leeal was an intern for Judge Gary Knobel, a judge on the Nassau County Supreme Court. Leeal says, “It was really amazing to see how our legal system works and it really opened [her] eyes to the real world.” Not only is Leeal a strong academic student, but she is also a very kind-hearted person who gives back to the people around her. Leeal spent her summer of 10th grade volunteering at a day camp on a kibbutz in Israel where she spent time interacting with the Israeli kids at the camp. Some of Leeal’s hobbies include playing the piano and practicing her tennis skills. In her free time, Leeal enjoys spending quality time with her family. Leeal says her favorite thing about North Shore Hebrew Academy High School is the “sense of family that one gets when they walk into the building. I know that Dr. Vitow’s door is open and he is always willing to help.” We congratulate Leeal on all that she has accomplished so far, and we know she will succeed and go very far in life!

 

 

North Shore Debate Tournament

by Daniel Kroll

 

North Shore Debate TournamentOn Monday, November 13th, NSHAHS hosted a switched-sides debate tournament with the resolve that Roe v. Wade, a landmark abortion rights Supreme Court case, be overturned. The case revolved around whether or not states could infringe upon a woman’s right to an abortion, under the 14th amendment’s Due Process Clause. Ultimately, the Supreme Court sided with the appellant, Roe, and created federal law, for the first time ever, to allow abortions during the first trimester of the pregnancy. The debate team, run by Mr. David Miles, prepared extensively in the weeks leading up to the tournament. There were a number of schools attending, and nearly 60 debaters, who had all prepared arguments in support of and against the resolve. In the end, NSHAHS had a 5-3 record, with 2 of its teams advancing to the quarter-finals. Despite the fact that both teams fell in the quarter-finals, NSHAHS took home the 2nd place school. The debate team performed admirably, and we wish them much success in the future.

 

 

Donald Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

by Ben Baruch 

 

Donald Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's Capital

On Wednesday, December 6, United States President Donald Trump became the first president in United States history to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. The announcement was foreshadowed on the campaign trail, when Trump promised he would move the Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

There are opposing reactions to this announcement. There are those who oppose it, noting that it will only incite violence and will bring the Israelis and Palestinians nowhere near peace. On the other hand, there are those who recognize the moral significance of recognizing the nation's true capital, and believe it will set a precedent for others to follow. In fact, both have materialized. The Australian government brought up a petition that stated that it should move its embassy to Jerusalem as well. Additionally, the entire country has been on high alert since the announcement out of fear of potential attacks and riots. US flags have been burned in Ramallah and rockets were fired from Gaza.

Trump stated that he is ordering the state department to begin planning to move the embassy immediately. Plans are already on the way for what should be a beautiful building in West Jerusalem. Trump, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also made clear that peace is not off the table. Trump never mentioned and "undivided" capital, and there are Israelis who would still be open to a potential two state solution. May Jerusalem always be place of coexistence and peace.

 

 

North Shore's First Annual Winter Band Concert

by NSN staff

 

North Shore's First Annual Winter Band ConcertThursday night marked the first ever North Shore Winter Band Concert. Normally occurring towards the end of the school year, the timing was a testament to the hard work put in by the intro, concert, and jazz bands, all under the direction of Mrs. Patricia Yale.

The intro band consists of musicians first learning how to play their desired instrument. The highlight of their performance was the Six Bar Blues. They were able to turn the scale into a melodic chord progression with improvisation. Up next was the intro band. The band, who meets once a day, played the Incredibles Theme Song as well as a Chanukah mashup. Lee Caylie and Coby Sharifian were able to help out on drums for the Incredibles song, adding a steady rhythm to the song.

Finally, the jazz band, who only meets once a week, played Jumpin' at the Woodside and Linus and Lucy from Peanuts. Many of the members were able to solo in both songs, showing their ability to improvise during the sometimes fast sections of the pieces.

Everyone who played on Thursday came ready and excited to show off what they had learned in only three short months. The music program is one of North Shore's greatest assets and it only gets stronger every year.

 

 

Appreciating Thanksgiving

by Ruben Prawer 

 

Appreciating Thanksgiving

The national holiday of Thanksgiving was just recently passed, having fallen on Thursday, November 23 this year. It’s the one day set aside each year specifically designated for showing gratitude. While it is important to be thankful every day, Thanksgiving is a great reminder to do so. However, many Americans fail to appreciate this amazing holiday, and since it just passed, it seems appropriate to shed some light on the matter.

Thanksgiving originated in a celebration at Plymouth in present-day Massachusetts in 1621, and also in a similar 1619 event in Virginia. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them to New England. The 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was motivated by a good harvest. The 1619 arrival of 38 English settlers at Berkeley Hundred, Virginia, concluded with a religious celebration as required by the group's charter from the London Company. The charter specifically required, "that the day of our ships arrival… in the land of Virginia shall be yearly and perpetually kept holy as a day of thanksgiving."


Most people spend a large part of their Thanksgiving thinking about what they will buy on Black Friday. Together, almost 7 million shoppers spent $655.8 billion on Thanksgiving/Black Friday in 2016 (approximately $938.58 per shopper). However, instead of spending so much money, it is much more important to really appreciate everything that we have: our families, friends, homes, the food we have every day, the ability to see, hear, walk and so much more. Thanksgiving is supposed to be a day of thanks, gratitude and appreciation, but it has become the biggest spending day of the year. Take a moment out of your day to simply list everything good in your life. Thank Hashem, be appreciative towards your loved ones and show them how grateful you are to have them.

 

 

Science Society Trip to Hofstra

by Rachel Sarraf

 

Science Society Trip to HofstraOn Wednesday November 29th, the Science Society held its first event where they took a trip to Hofstra University’s last Science Night Live performance of their semester. Club advisor, Mr. Wykes, and five tenth grade girls joined to listen to Christine McKinley. First, the girls met in room 310 after school for some pizza and fruits, then took a bus to Hofstra University at the Helene Fortunoff Theatre. There they listened to a lecture by Christine McKinley, a mechanical engineer, musician, and author. She inspires and informs people that they can be creative by combining science with art. She spoke about her book Physics for Rock Stars and the three major topics that she talked about were energy, entropy and Maxwell’s demon. At the end, McKinley held a book signing of her book. The girls and Mr. Wykes received one of the books and even got it signed by McKinley to the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School. The event was an inspiring and great experience for the group; they all had an amazing time.

 

 

Editors-in-Chief: Caylie Tuerack, Ben Baruch
Assistant Editor: Leeal Kahen
Writing Staff: Dalia Etessami, Anna Glasman, Sophie Goldman, Ella Shakin
Junior Writers: Daniel Kroll, Rachel Ashourzadeh, Adriel Kohananoo, Kayla Kreinik, Rachel Sarraf, Halli Fein, Dylan Makani, Aviram Nessim, Ruben Prawer, Mikael Rahmani, Gabriella Nassimiha, Rebecca Farca, Shlomo Shavolian, Nathan Maidi
Faculty Advisor: Mrs. April Zabinsky