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VOLUME 7 ISSUE 19

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pesach Dvar Torah

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Blood Drive

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Long Island Science and Engineering Fair

 

 

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Long Island Science Congress Junior Division

 

 

Pesach Dvar Torah

by Adriel Kohananoo

 

Pesach Dvar TorahAs we all know, the holiday of Pesach just passed. At the Seder, there’s a Mitzvah to tell over the story of יציאת מצרים, the exodus from Egypt. Also, kids are encouraged to ask questions on every detail of Pesach.

A question to be asked on this is why Pesach specifically is the time designated for children to ask questions. Why aren’t kids encouraged to ask questions on Chanukah, Purim, or even Yom Kippur? What separates Pesach from the rest?

First, let’s look at Chanukah. We light eight candles in resemblance of the oil lasting eight days. Next, let’s look at Purim. We fast just like Esther and the Jews did. As we can see, the mitzvot of these holidays correspond similarly to the original miracle, and this idea can be found in other holidays as well.

However, on Pesach we contradict ourselves! We eat matzah to resemble poor man’s bread, but only a few minutes later, we’re drinking wine as kings. We have maror to taste the bitterness of the Jews, yet we lean like free men. We do one thing, then do the opposite moments later. That’s why Pesach is different and that’s why we encourage kids to ask us questions, because of all the inherent contradictions within our Pesach traditions.

 

 

Blood Drive

by Sophie Goldman 

 

Blood Drive

Every two seconds, a person in the United States needs a blood transfusion. The constant need for donated blood in hospitals supplies no shortage of opportunities for the average person to save a life. An annual blood drive, held here at North Shore Hebrew Academy and run through the Red Cross organization, allows students to take advantage of the opportunity to perform a mitzvah and save a life. On Monday April 3rd, Mrs. Gold organized our school’s largest blood drive yet. Over 70 students participated and more than 63 pints of blood were donated. The etiquette and cooperation of the gracious donors truly impressed the workers of the blood drive. One such worker told Mrs. Gold, “I have to tell you that I have worked in many different schools all over the tri-state area for many years, but I have never come across such a polite, well-behaved, and cooperative group of students as I have experienced today. Even though I was working, I really felt like I had the day off.” It is no doubt that this spring’s blood drive was successful, and we can look forward to additional blood drives with high participation in the future.

 

 

Long Island Science and Engineering Fair

by Ella Shakin

 

Long Island Science and Engineering FairRecently, several students from North Shore Hebrew Academy High school were sent to participate in The Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. Accompanied by Dr. Runco, Mr. Weinberg, and Mr. Suchmann, the students had the opportunity to compete, along with several other schools from across Long Island. The North Shore participants presented and demonstrated their projects in front of judges, who then provided feedback to them. With over 70 other schools who attended, students interacted with various projects and research studies. Congratulations to Benjamin Basaleli from the 10th grade, who won second place in the Junior Varsity Fair, and Scott Soifer, an 11th grader who was ranked 1st place in the Engineering Segment for the Varsity Fair. Scott will go on to the international competition, ISEF, which is held in California. He will have the opportunity to present his work to over 1,000 judges. Overall, the students had a great time at LISEF and received useful feedback for their work. Once again, congratulations to those students who received awards for their research projects!

 

 

Long Island Science Congress Junior Division

by Dylan Makani 

 

Long Island Science Congress Junior Division

Ten 9th grade students from North Shore Hebrew Academy High School attended the recent Long Island Science Congress Junior Division, held at St. Anthony’s High School. The school’s gym was filled with over 200 students. Since the competition accepted students only from grades 7 through 9, the North Shore students had an advantage by virtue of the fact that they are upperclassmen. The students also had more professional and organized boards due to the use of the large printer that was recently purchased by North Shore, specifically for this purpose. At the competition, students presented their boards to three or more judges who then awarded them with a grade out of one hundred. The winners are reportedly going to be announced next month. Projects will be awarded by categories and separate awards will be given out by private companies. We hope our fellow peers will win and be able to advance to the next level of the competition

 

 

Editors-in-Chief: Arielle Rothman, Ben Baruch, Caylie Tuerack
Assistant Editors: Lia Berger, Shani Kahan, Yaakov Spraragen
Social Media: Alana Pearl
Writing Staff: Yair Atlas, Dalia Etessami, Anna Glasman, Sophie Goldman, Aryeh Hajibay, Ariella Hajibay, Shani Hashemi, Alexandra Iskhakov, Elan Itschakov, Leeal Kahen, Shaina Lavi, Stacy Okin, Ben Pagovich, Alana Pearl, Josh Peyser, Arielle Sarraf, Yaakov Spraragen, Ian Terzi
Junior Writers: Rachel Ashourzadeh, Rebecca Farca, Bailey Goldschmidt, Alia Hakakian, Adriel Kohananoo, Kayla Kreinik, Dylan Makani, Aviram Nessim, Ruben Prawer, Mikael Rahmani
Faculty Advisor: Mrs. April Zabinsky