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VOLUME 8 ISSUE 7

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Friday, February 9, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tu B'Shevat Dvar Torah

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January’s Student of the Month

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State of the Union Address 2018

 

 

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Superbowl LII

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Get to Know: Elazar Mullokandov

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JV Girls Basketball Dominating Yeshiva League

 

 

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In Memory of Adeena Paknoush

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Morah Rozanski's Class Debates Jerusalem

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Revisiting Spirit Day

 

 

 

 

Tu B'Shevat Dvar Torah

by Gabriella Nassimiha

 

Tu B'Shevat Dvar TorahTu B’Shevat, also known as the New Year for Trees, is one of the many Jewish holidays that we celebrate during the year. It is a time for renewal, to reconnect with Israel, and a time to think about our future. Additionally, it is a very important growth period for trees! Oftentimes, trees are used as a metaphor for humans, as humans are described as trees in a forest, and they are also used as a metaphor for the Torah. In Mishle, it describes the Torah by saying, “It is a tree of life for those who hold fast to it.” It is explained in the Torah that Moshe began reciting his final speech to Bnei Yisroel on the 1st day of Shevat and that the people listening to him began growing spiritually on the 15th of Shevat.

From this, we can deduce that not only is the Tu B’Shevat a time when literal trees grow, but it is also a time for us “trees” to grow spiritually, intellectually, and potentially. Trees have the ability to share, yet nothing is taken away from them by doing so, because they grow as they contribute to society. Always, we should strive to be greater, more caring, and to move upward, just like trees do. However, it is a necessity to still be deeply rooted with a solid foundation to follow, because those deep roots are what make us who we are and allow us to grow.

When Tu B’Shevat comes around next year, remember that it is not only a day for us to eat fruits and say brachot but also undoubtedly a time for us to better ourselves however we may choose.

 

 

January’s Student of the Month

by Kayla Kreinik 

 

January’s Student of the Month

Meet 12th grader James Modlin, a.k.a January’s student of the month! James is a real team-player with many great qualities, who always works hard to reach his goals. One of the many classes that James excels in is his Virtual Enterprise class with Mr. Garfinkel. James finds great passion in the business world and finds it interesting to watch it unfold. James specializes in the marketing department in his business class and is making a flyer describing his virtual project. He plans on continuing his business studies even after finishing the class by taking business courses in college. In addition to being an active participant in the classroom, James also participates in various extracurricular activities. James plays on the Varsity Hockey and Baseball teams. He is an active member of North Shore’s Blood Drive Committee, and also ran for the 4K For Kids charity program. James portrays great leadership qualities by giving back to his community. James is a senior volunteer firefighter in the town of Great Neck! He trained at the Fire School in Old Bethpage with his twin brother, and now dedicates his time to saving the people in his town and putting out their fires. On Shabbat, James is youth group leader, and helps run the childcare program. He is also a certified lifeguard, and has been lifeguarding at the Great Neck pools for the past two years. In his free time, James enjoys playing lacrosse and soccer. We congratulate James on all that he has accomplished, and know that he will do great things in his future!

 

 

State of the Union Address 2018

by Daniel Kroll

 

State of the Union Address 2018On January 30th, President Trump addressed the nation in what was his first State of the Union Address. In it, he spoke about America’s current economic, political and social state. The evening began with the President introducing his guests‐ a tradition that began with President Reagan in the 1980’s. Trump’s extraordinary list of guests included the parents of two girls brutally killed by MS-13 gang members, lending credence to the proposed stricter immigration policies. Most notably, a young boy spoke of his heroic efforts to help honor those veterans who have fallen in combat. After this introduction, President Trump brought up a range of topics, from illegal immigration to economic growth. In contrast to his usual bombastic rhetoric, President Trump’s remarks were widely accepted as reserved, informed, and befitting of our President. For example, Trump cited statistics outlining historically low unemployment rates, especially amongst minority populations.

Following President Trump’s address was a response by a Democratic senator Joseph Kennedy III. In his rebuttal, his objective was to highlight those issues that President Trump neglected or willfully omitted. However, Kennedy’s response to the President was perceived by most as a poorly cobbled-together set of blanket statements supporting the Democratic platform, with little to no substantive value. No alternative plans were proposed to the President’s current agenda; Democrats have still not indicated that they are willing to come to the table on issues like immigration.

This is not to say that President Trump, or the Republican Party, is perfect. However, as evidenced by Trump’s willingness to consider giving DREAMers a path to citizenship, the President has demonstrated that he can negotiate with both his own party, as well as across the aisle. If Democrats want to maintain their integrity and bipartisan respect, they too, must come to the bargaining table and make concessions.

 

 

Superbowl LII

by Adriel Kohananoo 

 

Superbowl LII

Super Bowl LII of 2018 was a great game. The Eagles won by a score of 41-33, thus defeating the reigning champions. The game started out with the Patriots winning the coin-toss, electing to start with the football in the second half instead of the first. The Eagles drew first blood by way of field goal, before extending their lead at the end of the first quarter, and were up 22-12 at halftime. Then the Pats stormed back to a 33-32 lead in the fourth quarter. Philadelphia kicker Jake Elliott missed an extra point after the first touchdown, and it seemed like it was going to cost his team the biggest game of the year. Then, tight end Zach Ertz scored a controversial touchdown to regain the lead for Philadelphia. The Patriots quickly went back on the attack, but they lost their best chance of tying the game again, as Brady lost the ball to the Eagles in a fumble play. As a final desperate attempt in taking the game to overtime, Brady chucked the ball in a hail mary play, but it was to no avail. The Eagles had emerged victorious.

This game was devastating for the Patriots, and for Tom Brady in particular. If he had won, this would have been his 6th victory, a record for any NFL team. But instead, he became the 3rd captain to lose 3 Superbowls.

As for the Eagles, this was their first win in history, bringing great pride to Philadelphia. Fans crowded the streets, celebrating all night long. They jumped on top of traffic lights, on trucks, and even broke an awning over a local store. Police had to come and settle down the fans. Nick Foles, the backup, but victorious quarterback of the Eagles, was crowned MVP of the Super Bowl. He went to great lengths to help his team capture the Lombardi Trophy.

 

 

Get to Know: Elazar Mullokandov

by Ruben Prawer

 

Get to Know: Elazar MullokandovGet to know funny, kind, generous, smart, talented and hardworking 12th grade student Elazar Mullokandov. Elazar is one of a kind, a born leader who is very involved in NSHAHS extracurriculars. Elazar is the President and founder of Medical Minds. He is the Torah Bowl Captain, and he is the Vice President of the Men’s Leadership Council. Outside of school, Elazar is the President of the Executive Leadership Board at the JCCA Bukharian Teen Lounge. He also started a lecture in memory of his late grandmother at his shul, and it’s currently in its third year. Elazar frequently volunteers at nursing homes, food pantries, and the Masbia soup kitchen. Eliezer also loves challenging himself with rigorous courses such as AP Calculus AB, AP U.S. Government, AP Physics and AP English. Elazar’s favorite class is anatomy and physiology “because I want to become a surgeon one day, and anatomy and physiology lays the foundation for what I need to know in order to do that.” His favorite teacher is Mr. Nagel “because he teaches kids how to think logically and how to look at the big picture when handling a problem.” Elazar spent this past summer doing cardiovascular research with a nuclear cardiologist at Northwell Hospital for the Feinstein Institute of Medical Research. During his free time, he loves learning Torah, doing medical research and spending time with his friends and family. Elazar says that he loves North Shore because of the great environment and faculty. He also says that North Shore has a great span of extracurriculars, and the school is really able to support students throughout high school. In his time at North Shore, Elazar has won several awards and honors including an honorable mention in the Scholastic Writing and Art competition and the honor of being the Light of Torah at North Shore’s 2017 Celebration of Excellence. This is Elazar’s final year here at North Shore. We are confident that his abilities will bring him much success in the future, and we wish him luck on ending his high school experience.

 

 

JV Girls Basketball Dominating Yeshiva League

by Gabriella Nassimiha 

 

JV Girls Basketball Dominating Yeshiva League

Last fall, the Girls Junior Varsity team faced an immensely difficult season, losing more than half of their games. Not only was it a hard season for them, but it was hard for all those around them to see the girls so discouraged and disappointed. Surprisingly, when the new school year began, the team came back to school with excitement and enthusiasm, ready for a fresh and remarkable start. They wanted to do better, but they also wanted to show everyone who didn’t believe in them what they were capable of. Although many people did not believe that they could do it, they were proved wrong!
The JV girls basketball team, lead by Ariella Hajibay, Lielle Waldman, and freshman Rebecca Schatz, went 6-0, until losing only one hard-fought game to the Haftr Hawks. Although it was upsetting, it did not stop them, as they continued to practice long and hard, leaving them at 7-1 after defeating Ramaz. They then beat HANC before losing once again to HAFTR, but sit in second place in the division.
This team knows that all that they have achieved so much over the past few months, but none of it could have been possible without the hard work and dedication of their new coaches, Sruli Beitler and Rachel Nierenberg. The team is hopeful that they will be able to claim victory in these next two games and to continue their phenomenal season in the playoffs!

 

 

In Memory of Adeena Paknoush

by Ben Baruch

 

In Memory of Adeena PaknoushAfter December break, the North Shore family was devastated to hear of the passing of Adeena Paknoush. Adeena had been battling from cancer for about two years. Everyone who knew Adeena pointed to her unbelievable faith in Hashem for keeping her strong and positive during this difficult time. It was this emunah that inspired North Shore students and members of multiple Jewish communities in the area to do more and more mitzvot for her refuah shlemah. Together as a school, we would pray, read tehillim, run in 4k4kids, and do other great things in her merit. Her friends constantly gave her support, and the entire school community was always ecstatic to see her when she visited for 4k4kids and during Shiriyah. Adeena passed away a month ago, but her emunah lives on in all of us. After she left us, the student body took on reading mishnayot for her iluy neshama, the boys varsity hockey team purchased stickers to wear on the backs of their helmets and masks, and the school hosted a touching hazkarah in honor of her shloshim just a week ago. The school also announced at the ceremony that, among other things, it would be starting an Israel scholarship fund in her memory. We can all learn from Adeena's great emunah in Hashem that every aspect of our lives is in God's hands, and he has the power to grant life or death. She accepted that, but prayed that He would let her stay with us just a bit longer. Luckily, her memory will live on forever within the walls of our school. May her memory be a blessing.

 

 

Morah Rozanski's Class Debates Jerusalem

by Caylie Tuerack 

 

Morah Rozanski's Class Debates Jerusalem

Morah Rozanski's Holocaust/Israel studies class is one that is taken by practically every North Shore senior. In the first semester, the class studies the atrocities committed by the Nazis in World War II, and in the second semester, the focus shifts to learning about, and how to advocate for, the state of Israel. Prompted by President Donald Trump's statement to move the American embassy to Jerusalem, the second period class held a debate to discuss the issue. Adam Sonnenklar argued for the move while Ben Baruch argued against it. Sonnenklar contended that since Israel declares Jerusalem as its capital, the world ought to recognize it as such. He also stated that even though Trump might have been favoring the Israelis in his announcement, the Palestinians, led by Mahmoud Abbas, don't deserve to be favored in the issue because of their support of terrorists and constant rejection of the State of Israel. Baruch argued that Trump was making a dangerous move that could cause unrest and violence in the region, as well as delegitimize the United States as an honest broker in the peace process. Both sides debated well, and each debater was given a question to answer by a member of the class. Each debater was prepared and informatively presented the issues at hand. Morah Rozanski was impressed at the efforts of the debaters. She plans to have similar debates throughout the semester.

 

 

Revisiting Spirit Day

by Shlomo Shaulian

 

Revisiting Spirit DayWith hype for Shiriyah now on the rise, let’s look back on one of the other fun-filled days of the school year, Spirit Day! The festivities took place back on December the 18th. Throughout the day full of exciting programs to celebrate Hanukkah, students were able to enjoy themselves and really feel the spirit of the holiday. The day started with davening, with extra parts added to it in accordance with Hanukkah and Rosh Chodesh. The first two periods of the day were regular class, but the fun started soon after. During third and fourth period, students were either at DJZJ’s kosher Hanukkah rave, or enjoying the Magic of Ben Cohen. At the Hanukkah rave, students danced with their teachers and had fun playing around with the glow-in-the-dark sticks. Ben Cohen surprised everyone starting his show with a magically appearing a bird, later teaching us how to do some of his tricks and also reading minds. During lunch, there was a King of the Hill Backgammon tournament and Joe Heaney, a Junior, won, and the girls were invited to a great Zumba session. After lunch, the ninth, tenth and eleventh graders had a shiur from special guest speaker Rabbi Chinskey, while the twelfth graders shiur was by special guest speaker Rabbi Bergman, both followed by Mincha. After Mincha, students enjoyed doughnuts and ice cream provided by the school. Following the complementary treats, students had a choice to either watch the girl’s JV Volleyball team vs. NSHAHS Women’s faculty game, or play some Hanukkah Bingo to win some major gelt! At the game. Winners of bingo won actual cash prizes, and the lucky Junior, Jacob Setton, won twice in a row, winning forty-five dollars in cash! To end the day, everyone was invited to watch the JV and Varsity boys basketball teams each play the NSHAHS male faculty. At half-time, Junior Michael Tsor won the three-point shooting contest, earning a double lunch for his entire grade. Before leaving, everyone received a NSHAHS portable charger (which also functions as a flashlight), and a pack of Mike n’ Ikes. Everyone left the building on Monday with the happiness and the spirit of Hanukkah, accomplishing the true goal of Spirit Day! Memories of the day are likely still in the minds of many students as Shiriyah seems right around the corner.

 

 

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