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VOLUME 9 ISSUE 8

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Parashat Tzav

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Juniors’ Police Program

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North Shore Attends LISEF Round 2

 

 

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Boy’s Torah Bowl

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Advice Column: Shiriyah

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A Chess Piece

 

 

 

 

Parashat Tzav

by Shlomo Shaulian

 

Parashat TzavIn this week’s Parasha, when talking about the sacrificial services in the Beit Hamikdash, it says, “And the Kohen shall don his fitted linen tunic...and he shall remove the ashes” (Leviticus 6:3). So in the process of bringing a Korban, the Kohen has to clean the leftover ashes. But what is the significance of this small service? Is there a deeper meaning in the Torah’s mentioning of the cleaning of the ashes?

In the Choshen Mishpat section of the Shulchan Aruch, it states that it is halachically forbidden to remind a Ba’al Teshuva (someone who returns to religion) of their past. One is not allowed to make fun of the sins he used to do, or even ask questions about them; anything that would remind the Ba’al Teshuva of his sins is forbidden. When a person sins, he must bring a Korban in order to be forgiven for his sin. After the Korban is slaughtered and burned, only the ashes are left, which are the only physical reminder left of the person’s sins. The Kohen is given the important job of cleaning the Ashes to show that no matter what sin someone may perform, there is always the opportunity of Teshuva. With true and meaningful Teshuva, any person can return to Hashem, as their sins will be forgiven and forgotten. May we all be able to use the tool of Teshuva to gain a close relationship with Hashem!

Shabbat Shalom!

 

 

Juniors’ Police Program

by Gabriella Nassimiha 

 

Juniors’ Police Program

This past month, Dr. Maxwell’s 11th grade English classes have been working incredibly hard on their Book Trials assignment. For this project, the students are divided into groups of prosecutors and defendants of the well-known and widely controversial novel, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas. The story is about Starr Carter, who lives in the poor, black neighborhood. One night, she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil Harris, by a white police officer. As she faces pressure from all sides of her community, Starr must find her voice and decide to stand up for what's right.

Over the past few years, the issue of whether or not the book should be part of high school English curriculums nationwide has been widely debated. One of the disputable aspects of the story is whether or not the officer’s shooting was justified. In order to teach the junior class more about the perspective of a police officer, which is not portrayed clearly in the novel, the school invited two police officers from the Lake Success Police Department to discuss their daily encounters and viewpoints as cops.

Together with the class, the two officers rewatched major scenes from the movie to discuss their opinions on how the scenes were portrayed and what they would have done as cops in those scenarios. One of the main things they pointed out was that, especially during the night, police are unable see who is sitting in the front seat of a car, so they do not know the ethnicity or race of the driver. Additionally, they explained the importance of cooperating with police during encounters so they can see that you are not harmful, because, in reality, they have no idea whether you are a criminal or just an innocent person. The juniors were also able to ask the cops questions about their tools and protective gear, as well as how they would have acted if they were in that situation with Khalil.

Discussions like this are important for our youth in order to avoid belief in false stereotypes against different races and towards police officers. Without discussing these issues with different groups of people, we would be unable to hear both sides of the story. Many people live in fear of police and other authority figures, but it’s important to realize that as a whole their only goal is to keep us all safe, and they truly do not mean harm towards members of society.

 

 

North Shore Attends LISEF Round 2

by Adriel Kohananoo

 

North Shore Attends LISEF Round 2This year, eight students from NSHAHS made it to Round 2 of LISEF, the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair. Although none of the students managed to place in the top 3, all won Honorable Mentions, and a couple of them won other specific awards. Yoni Khakshoor and Menachem Rabizadeh won the US Metric Association Award. This was only awarded to a few students out of the many that were eligible. Additionally,, Ruben Prawer, Ari Ostrow, and Adriel Kohananoo won the Yale Science and Engineering Association Award which is awarded to the Most Outstanding Exhibit in Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, or Chemistry. This award was only given to students who excelled in the science and engineering aspects of their projects.

Speaking for the all the students who participated, I’d like to thank Dr. Runco who helped us through the process of entering the competitions, as well as giving us critical feedback and constructive criticism that allowed us to reach Round 2 at LISEF.

Although we didn’t win big, we didn’t come back empty handed. We’ll be sure to beat the competition next year!

 

 

Boy’s Torah Bowl

by Ruben Prawer 

 

Boy’s Torah Bowl

Every year many different Yeshivas participate in the Torah Bowl, where teams compete against each other in a challenge of Torah knowledge. In North Shore’s division, we compete against such schools as HAFTR, HANC and Flatbush. Over the course of the 2018-2019 season, the North Shore team, led by Rabbi Lehrer and Captain Shlomo Shaulian, finished the season with a 3rd place seeding. In the postseason North Shore bested both Flatbush and Magen David to secure their 3rd place spot. However, the team unfortunately was defeated by HAFTR in a close matchup. The HAFTR team would go on to beat HANC 2-1 in a 3 game series. The team received strong showings from juniors Adriel Kohananoo and Ruben Prawer as well as freshmen Eitan Mullokandov and Jeremy Rosen. The team plans on using their experiences from this season to do even better going forward. With several strong incoming seniors for next year and some experienced incoming sophomores, and looking to recruit incoming freshmen next year as well, the team will be stronger than ever. With a core of smart and experienced upper and lower classmen they hope to advance even further in the upcoming season. We wish them the best of luck and hope to hear great things from them in the future!

 

 

Advice Column: Shiriyah

by Lea Chen

 

Advice Column: ShiriyahWe may not know exactly when Shiriyah will be, but we can expect that it is coming soon. So for those of you wondering how to make the most of this jam-packed school event, here’s your guide!

Shiriyah incorporates all types of skills, not just sports, so there’s always an activity you can participate in that’ll suit your talents and interests. But if you’re not sure what to do, I recommend doing cake decorating or hallway design, or something that is fun and involving. If you signed up for something that your friends don’t want to do, don’t fret, Shiriyah is a great opportunity to make new friends and build friendships. And if you ever get bored or don’t have something to do, try looking around for people that need help; hallway could always use another hand!

You don’t have to take shiriyah too seriously, it’s just a fun activity, but don’t allow yourself to relax too much, to the point where you are eschewing school policies. This will hurt your grade’s chances in winning and will cause the entire school to have a negative perception of your grade. Shiriyah is really about coming together with your grade and having a united front, so the best way to win points for your grade is to be cooperative: when someone is speaking-during assemblies, give them the respect and attention that they deserve.

During Shiriyah, each grade is given a few songs to sing, so to avoid embarrassment, take the time to learn your songs. After all, you want to earn as many points as you can for your grade.

Also remember to be kind to your generals. They’re people in your grade that have been given a lot of responsibilities and stress, a stress so great that it is sometimes hard for them to handle, so give them respect and cooperate when they ask you to do something. When Shiriyah is over, they’ll still be your classmates and friends, and you don’t want to spoil that.

 

 

A Chess Piece

by Dalia Etessami 

 

A Chess Piece

North Shore’s celebrated chess team, led by captain Jack Hedaya and teacher advisor Rabbi Chinskey had it’s latest match this past Wednesday (which is why you couldn’t use the library during lunch that day). The members who competed were Jack Hedaya, Ron Loniado, David Yagudayev, Sara Brisman, Hiram Gindi, Abigail Kaziyev, Jacob Aldad, Ben Ariel, Netanel Lavish, Scott Mayer, Daniel Kroll, Adam Edalati, Jacob Ebrahimi, and Moshe Orlofsky.

During each of the chess team competitions, North Shore plays against another school in the Yeshiva chess league. Seven games of chess are played by each side. Each game is 30 minutes and is played by two members from each school: one player and one advisor. Each school seeks to have the highest total of game wins in the league.

North Shore has been quite successful this season, ranking 2nd in their division and making it to the playoffs. However, sadly, they lost the last match which was played against Ramaz.
The team will still keep practicing and hopes to do even better next year!

 

 

Editors-in-Chief: Dalia Etessami, Anna Glasman, Sophie Goldman
Writing Staff: Daniel Kroll, Lea Chen, Adriel Kohananoo, Kayla Kreinik, Shoshana Horn, Dylan Makani, Aviram Nessim, Ruben Prawer, Shlomo Shavolian, Ella Shakin, Nathan Maidi, Jeremy Bassali, Talia Dror, Jeremy Bernstein, Shira Cohen, Rebeka Nissan, Rachel Ashourzadeh, Jacob Nessim, Gabriella Nassimiha
Faculty Advisor: Mrs. April Zabinsky