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VOLUME 9 ISSUE 10

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dvar Torah: Why Say ‘Bli Neder’?

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Taharat HaMishpacha Program for Seniors

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Student of the Month: Hannah Shedlo

 

 

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Dvar Torah: Matzah & Maror on Pesach

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North Shore Attends LISC

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Israeli Scientists 3D Print a Heart

 

 

 

 

Dvar Torah: Why Say ‘Bli Neder’?

by Shira Cohen

 

Dvar Torah: Why Say ‘Bli Neder’?As we engage in conversations, many times we will hear or use the phrase Bli Neder, meaning “without an oath”. Swearing or making an oath is considered a very serious undertaking, as it is part of one of the Ten Commandments. Reversing an oath is especially difficult too. It’s a long and complicated process. In order to prevent ourselves from crossing that bridge it’s very much advised by rabbis to say the following: “I will Bli Neder do X”. In other words, “I won’t make a vow, but I’ll try to do X”.

Often times, we commit to helping others, yet, unfortunately, life just gets in the way. We have things to do, places to go, and we aren’t able to keep our word. We’re only human, and sometimes we forget. That is normal, but we still should not swear. Our excuses do not make up for the vows that we have made but have been unable to keep. Others are counting on us, and we can not let them down. By saying Bli Neder, we assure that we will make our best attempt to do something, while still acknowledging the human reality that we may fall short.

However, by no means does this absolve us from our responsibilities . As the verse states, According to whatever came out of his mouth, he shall do. If you promised a friend you will help them with homework, you must keep to your word and help your friend. This is especially important when making a charity pledge. Many chesed organizations rely on the help of others to exist. The many donations and volunteers are what allow them to perform such great deeds. Not only are you helping them, but those who are benefiting from their Chessed organization. According to many opinions, even if you just mentally decide to donate money for charity, it is still considered a vow which you must fulfill.

We should always try our best to follow our Rabbi's’ advice and say Bli Neder when committing to something, even if we are positive we’ll be able to do it. You never know what life has in store, and your word must always be trustable.

 

 

Taharat HaMishpacha Program for Seniors

by Dalia Etessami 

 

Taharat HaMishpacha Program for Seniors

On Wednesday, April 10th, the Senior Class partook in the annual Taharat Hamishpacha program, during which they learned about issues regarding marriage and intimacy in Judaism. Students were divided by gender for the event, for the purposes of comfort and to address the different issues regarding men and women separately.

After beginning the program by discussing the Halacha with their teachers, both groups were taken out of school and brought to see the Mikveh at Great Neck Synagogue. The girls and boys were taken at different times, as they alternated between their Mikveh visit and an hour which they spent eating lunch on Middle Neck Road.

Then, the students returned to school and asked their teachers more questions in their divided groups. Many questions about issues that were previously unknown or unclear to the students were addressed. It was an enlightening experience, and it sparked discussions amongst the students and also prompted them to continue meeting with teachers to continue the discussion throughout the week. Many girls met with Ms. Septimus and Rabbi Levy on Thursday to dive deeper into these topics.

After Mincha, the groups merged so that the grade learned together about the issue of Agunot from speakers representing ORA, The Organization for the Resolution of Agunot. As per their website, the organization “seeks to eliminate abuse from the Jewish divorce process” by working “within the parameters of Jewish law and civil law to advocate for the timely and unconditional issuance of a get”. The representatives explained the Judaic process of divorce, including that a man must provide a get when a divorce is warranted to end a marriage. They explained the horrific issue of some men abusing this power and refusing to give their wives a get. We learned about why this may occur, and the different ways to fight and prevent it from happening.

Overall, the Senior Grade appreciated this unique learning experience and will take away from it a wealth of new knowledge.

 

 

Student of the Month: Hannah Shedlo

by Kayla Kreinik

 

Student of the Month: Hannah ShedloApril’s student of the month, 11th grader Hannah Shedlo, is a fun and sweet girl with an inquiring mind! It did not take long for Hannah to make her mark on NSHAHS. Although it may seem like Hannah has spent many years at North Shore Hebrew Academy, she only transferred in last year as a sophomore. In her short time at North Shore, Hannah has already founded the STEM club with Mr. Weinberg and is an active member of the Girls Who Code club with Mrs. Wilensky. Hannah is also a member of the Math Team, College Bowl Team, Science Society, Science Olympiad, Anti-Bias Club, and the Women’s Initiative Club.

In addition to her extensive list of co-curricular activities, Hannah has an ample amount of AP classes in her portfolio. Hannah is a hardworking student who challenges herself in the classroom; she has already taken 5 AP classes in her short time at North Shore. This year, Hannah’s favorite class is AP chemistry with Mr. Anderson because she loves studying science, especially chemistry!

Last summer, Hannah attended a six-week STEM program at the Cooper Union Albert Nerken School of Engineering and was placed in the I.O.T. (the Internet of Things) group. There, she learned about the internet and the different types of devices that connect to the internet, other than cell phones. This coming summer, Hannah is planning on attending an Electrical Engineering Lab to do research at New York University and Columbia.

Outside of school, Hannah leads the youth groups at her local Young Israel and volunteers at Tomchei Shabbos of Queens, delivering food packages to the needy. Overall, Hannah is a brave and hardworking young lady who will definitely succeed in all of her future endeavours.

 

 

Dvar Torah: Matzah & Maror on Pesach

by Shlomo Shaulian 

 

Dvar Torah: Matzah & Maror on Pesach

On the first two nights of Pesach, we have the Seder, the set order of activities that we perform, and the highlight of the entire holiday. Two of the main Mitzvot during the Seder are to eat Maror (bitter herbs) and Matzah. Respectively, the two represent slavery and freedom. Examining this significantly detailed order of activities, during the Seder we first eat the Matzah, and then we eat the Maror. But why do we eat them in that order? Shouldn’t we eat Maror first and then Matzah, the same way we were first enslaved before we were freed?

This question can be answered by the following Mashal: A wealthy man and a poor men boarded a ship with all of their belongings to move to a another country. Right before they arrived at their destination, the ship hit a rock and began to sink. Using lifeboats, the passengers were able to safely make it to land, but no one was able to save any of their belongings. While the poor man wasn’t too disappointed, being that he already did not own anything of value, the rich man was depressed, having gone from such a wealthy state to one of poverty.

It is important that we feel the pain of slavery by switching the order of the Maror and Matzah on the Seder night. We first eat the Matzah, so when we eat the Maror, we get a true understanding of the bitterness of slavery, by going from a high level to a low one. On this Seder night, we will all be able to relive the story of Yetziat Mitzrayim.
Chag Sameach!!

 

 

North Shore Attends LISC

by Adriel Kohananoo

 

North Shore Attends LISCThis year, NSHAHS sent 16 students to the Long Island Science Congress fair, also known as LISC. A plethora of schools attended the fair, nearly filling up the huge gymnasium in which the event took place in. There were many projects and research papers that lined the tables, providing adequate competition to our 16 representatives. The North Shore students in attendance were: Ben Ariel, Matan Atlas, Ben Basaleli, Esther Baum, Jeremy Bernstein, Talia Dror, Jack Hedaya, Yoni Khakshoor, Adriel Kohananoo, Dylan Makani, Ari Ostrow, Ruben Prawer, Menachem Rabizadeh, Dylan Saltzman, Shlomo Shaulian, and Jeremy Sofiev.

These students have been preparing for months for the competition under the guidance of Dr. Runco, who gave critical feedback to the students as well as help creating their presentation boards.

Accompanying the students and Dr. Runco on the trip was Mr. Weinberg, our school’s Chairperson and Instructor of the Engineering department. Like Dr. Runco, Mr. Weinberg was a judge for other competitors at LISC. (Don’t worry - they judged the other students fairly, despite the pleas for them to do otherwise)

Overall, it was a good experience for the students, and because North Shore had so many participants in the competition, we have a decent chance of winning big. Unfortunately, we will not know the results of the competition until the middle of May. Until then, keep your hopes high!

 

 

Israeli Scientists 3D Print a Heart

by Dalia Etessami 

 

Israeli Scientists 3D Print a Heart

Though recently the focus of Israel’s scientific innovation has been surrounding the unfortunately failed moon landing, there is always plenty of new research and scientific discoveries coming out of the small Jewish nation. Excitingly, it was announced this Monday, April 15th, that Israeli scientists have successfully 3D printed a human heart with human tissue. This differs from previous attempts to print a heart, as it was made with real human cells and contains all of a heart’s blood vessels, chambers and ventricles. Though this 3D-printed heart is not the size of a human’s, it is a great step forward in the innovation of such technology. Scientists say larger hearts can be printed using the same method in the future.

The heart was printed using the patient’s own cells and biological tissues, which is a crucial aspect to successfully engineering tissues and organs that can be successfully transplanted into and accepted by the body. The next step is for scientists to teach these hearts to act like human hearts. They’ll start by transplanting them into animals, and then once they function properly, into humans. They hope that within 10 years, hospitals will have their own 3D organ printers and that transplants using such organs will become routine. This will save many lives, as one of the leading causes of death in the world is heart disease. Patients with heart-failure often only have the option of transplantation, and there are long waiting lists for hearts from organ donors.

 

 

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