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VOLUME 8 ISSUE 5

GET IN THE KNOW!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Do Humans Have Free Will?

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Get to Know: Anna Glasman

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November Student of the Month: Dylan Makani

 

 

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North Shore Basketball Kicks Off

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North Shore Torah Bowl Season Begins

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North Shore Oneg

 

 

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College Bowl Wins Its First Meet

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AIPAC Advocacy Summit

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The Shabbat Project 2017

 

 

 

 

Do Humans Have Free Will?

by Miky Rahmani

 

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 his ‘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 (בחיר" חופשית). 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.

 

 

Get to Know: Anna Glasman

by Rachel Sarraf  

 

Get to Know: Anna Glasman

Meet Anna Glasman! A member of our writing staff, and a junior here at NSHAHS, Anna is very involved with the school’s activities. She can often be found playing tennis, or writing for fun. It’s no surprise that she is a captain of the tennis team and president of the school’s Creative Writing Club. She also has a passion for both politics and photography. She is on both the Photography Club and is a delegate for Model UN. Her favorite class is physics, taught by Mr. Kratchman, because of his excellent instruction, as well as the fact that Anna loves learning science. Driven by her determination to make a change in our world, Anna is part of the Women’s Leadership Council in order to both become a stronger woman, and help other women do the same, all the while doing Chesed. She spends a few hours a week volunteering at the Bristal, where she plays games with and talks to the residents about their childhoods, and other entertaining subjects. All though she is very busy with all of her classes and activities, Anna’s favorite thing to do outside of school is spend time with her friends and family, and she loves them all so much. Anna seems to do it all, and we wish her a lot of luck with the next two years at North Shore.

 

 

November Student of the Month: Dylan Makani

by Gabriella Nassimiha

 

November Student of the Month: Dylan MakaniWhen Dylan Makani started high school, all he wanted to do was expand his knowledge to the best of his abilities. Dylan is a student of the NSHA Class of 2020 and is the first in his grade to be selected as Student of the Month. Even though he is only a sophomore, he has already made his mark on this school.
Dylan’s favorite classes consist of Mr. Nagel’s Pre-calculus class, because it is challenging, yet rewarding, Mr. Muir’s English class, because of his interactive teaching style, and Mr. Miles’ AP European History class, because it enables him to become a better speaker, with an increased understanding of history and politics. Along with his outstanding academic record, Dylan has achieved a few honors in science competitions, his most impressive being that he was a Semifinalist in the Siemens Competition in Math Science and Technology, where he submitted a project that he worked on during the summer. The creation that he made with the help of his two partners has a meaningful contribution to modern day science, which he is very proud of.
Not only does he participate in many advanced classes, but he also participates in a number of extracurricular activities. He plays on the JV basketball and soccer teams as well as the varsity volleyball team. “I love them all because they allow me to be multi-faceted, and I love to engage in physical workouts that improve my health,” says Dylan. Additionally, he is a member of Model Congress, Vice President of Finance in the Investment Club, Vice President of Engineering Club, and a member of DECA business club. He is also on Mr. Nagel’s Math Team, part of Medical Explorers, MIT Launch program and a writer for North Shore Notes.
Along with all of the effort that he puts into his school work and clubs, he also has many passions and hobbies outside of school. Dylan has been playing piano for about eight years, and he loves it! He also loves to read books and invest in real stocks.
Dylan’s high school journey is not ending here. When asked what he wishes to achieve over the next few years, he said, “I wish to become more involved in the school by increasing my positions in the clubs and activities which I participate in, as well as hopefully earn recognition in more science competitions. I am looking, in particular, for labs to intern at during the summer that focuses on topics that I’m interested in, such as cancer research.” He aims to attend an Ivy League school that specializes in the areas that he resonates with. In the future, he plans on becoming a surgeon, but what kind he still does not know. “All I know for sure,” he says “is that I want to make a difference and help people.
Dylan loves that here at North Shore Hebrew Academy High School, the teachers truly care. He trusts that they want to see their students succeed, and with his astonishing passion to learn, none are unwilling to help educate him. “This school has shaped me by challenging me to learn to manage my time to prepare for tasks at hand, as well as also making me well rounded in my Jewish education. Most notably, my vast increase in knowledge allows me to write more clearly, speak persuasively, and argue effectively.”
Every student in North Shore is unique in their own ways. They have their strengths, weaknesses, likes, and dislikes, but to have a student who is so well rounded, so passionate, and so caring is truly unique. Dylan displays the traits of a genuine and impactful leader, and it is evident that he is going to achieve great things in the time to come. His wisdom and kindness are what makes everyone so proud. His hard work, dedication, and persistence are what has gotten him to where he is today, which is why he deserves every bit of success and happiness. Mazal Tov to Dylan Makani and his family on this prestigious achievement.

 

 

North Shore Basketball Kicks Off

by Dylan Makani 

 

North Shore Basketball Kicks Off

Fall sports have arrived! Among the many sports available, are the popular Basketball teams. The Varsity boys have a deep team headed by Michael Tsor and Josh Malekan. They anticipate an exciting year this year with many challenging games to play. Their year includes tournaments in Memphis, where they went 2-2, as well as Los Angeles. The Junior Varsity team has a momentous year ahead as well. Along with the knowledgeable and experienced coach, David Wolfe, the team combines a talented sophomore grade consisting of Simon Goldstein, Raphael Zar, Jonah Kalaty, and Jack Ruben, with the undefeated middle school champions from North Shore, lead by Steven LeVian and Aaron Hajibai. JV is currently 1-1. In their first game against Ezra, they achieved a monstrous win, scoring over 70 points. Prior to their second game against MDY, the reigning champions, two starters suffered minor injuries and were unable to play. The team took a lost by 19 points. Additionally, they are taking a trip to Montreal to compete in an annual Yeshiva league tournament as well. Hopefully, both teams will be able to emerge victorious in their respective leagues.

 

 

North Shore Torah Bowl Season Begins

by Ruben Prawer

 

North Shore Torah Bowl Season BeginsThe North Shore Hebrew Academy High School’s Torah Bowl Team had its first meet on Wednesday, November 1. Led by Rabbi Lehrer, team Captain Eliezer Mullokandov and last year’s rookie sensation Shlomo Shaulian, the team competed against four other schools: HAFTR, HANC, Flatbush and MDY. The Torah Bowl Team seemed a little rusty starting off the season. In their first matchup, they suffered a devastating 15 to 3 loss against HAFTR. However, they quickly turned things around, beating MDY 20 to 2 with the help of newcomers Adriel Kohananoo and Jack Applebaum. In their third matchup of the day, one that went down to the wire and was decided by just 2 questions, North Shore lost to HANC. The final score was 14 to 10. At that point the team had a bye, and they knew that their final matchup was an important one. They couldn’t walk away with a losing record. The team regrouped, and when it came time to compete against Flatbush in their final matchup of the day, they were up to the challenge. North Shore defeated Flatbush 15 to 8. The standings for the season so far are as follows. HANC is currently in first place with a record of 4-0. HAFTR (3-1) is in second place, and NSHAHS (2-2) is in third. MDY (1-3) is in fourth, and Flatbush (0-4) is in last. While the students were very competitive, it was a great day for all who attended.
The team is hoping to use the momentum coming out of the first meet and go 8-0 for the next 2 meets. For anyone who thinks this is too farfetched, just remember that the Boston Celtics also started out the season 0-2. They proceeded to win the next 15 games in a row, gaining the best record in the NBA. Even though the two disciplines require completely different skillsets, the team hopes that it can replicate that kind of success.

 

 

North Shore Oneg

by Ben Baruch 

 

North Shore Oneg

On November 3rd, the North Shore High School students had the opportunity of spending an amazing Shabbat oneg at the Setton household. Students were able to spend time being with their friends and teachers over Shabbat. Many students were even willing to sleep over at a friend’s house just to go to the oneg and over one hundred students attended! They ate delicious food, sang lots of incredible songs, and heard amazing stories from their teachers. Rabbi Weinberg, Rabbi Bergman and Ms. Spector all made the effort to come to be with the students. They talked about the Parsha of the Week, Parshat Vaeira, gave Divrei Torah and told beautiful stories. Many of the students were very inspired by the speeches and stories that were told and felt a stronger connection with their Rebbeim and Morot on such a special night. The students were able to connect more with their teachers outside of school. Then, on Shabbat day, the teachers and students were able to spend more time with each other at the Mashadi Shul in Great Neck. They ate delicious food and heard more Divrei Torah. All the students were able to feel a sense of connection and family as they spent an inspiring Shabbat with their Rebbeim and Morot.

 

 

College Bowl Wins Its First Meet

by Anna Glasman

 

College Bowl Wins Its First MeetThis past Thursday, about 20 of the North Shore Hebrew Academy High School students, led by Mr. Muir, spent the day at Beth Sholom in Lawrence participating in the college bowl competition. This is a competition that tests specific and random knowledge. For example, one of the questions asked was “what baseball player made a racist gesture resulting in a five game suspension?” The answer being Yuli Gurriel, Ethan Rutta got this answer correct. The schools NSHAHS competed against were Hanc, Rambam, FKA, and Shalhevet. Amazingly, our students won all eight matches, putting themselves in prime position to further advance themselves in the tournament.

 

 

AIPAC Advocacy Summit

by Ben Pagovich 

 

AIPAC Advocacy Summit

From October 29th to November 1st, four students attended the annual AIPAC Schusterman Advocacy summit, in Washington D.C. AIPAC stands for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. It’s is an organization that helps maintain and strengthen the U.S.- Israeli relationship by lobbying to members of congress. AIPAC’s representatives clearly lay out the advantages for the alliance between the two countries. Part of AIPAC's success is its ability to get bipartisan support for all of their initiatives. AIPAC lobbies both sides of the aisle and don’t prefer either party. AIPAC holds their main conference in March and thousands of people attend. They push important legislation to help the important bond between America and Israel.
This conference in November was for high school students from all around the country. Members from AIPAC teach the students about key issues concerning Israel. Students learned about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iran Nuclear deal, BDS and much more. To the surprise of many of the students, many of the speakers were not Jewish. AIPAC is not a Jewish organization and focuses on Israel as an ally of the United States. Towards the end of the conference, students were briefed and they prepared to lobby an actual congressmen. The key issues they focused on was BDS, the Iran Nuclear Deal and critical action against Hezbollah. Students from our school lobbied Representative Tom Suozzi, the representative of the third district of New York which consists of the northern section of Nassau county. Unfortunately, Representative Suozzi was not in Washington at the time, so they met with his staffer, who is a very important person that helps the Representative with his duties. Overall the trip was very enlightening to those who attended, and strengthened their Israel advocacy skills.

 

 

The Shabbat Project 2017

by Gabriella Nassimiha

 

The Shabbat Project 2017Four years ago, Chief Rabbi Dr. Warren Goldstein of South Africa requested that his community keep Shabbat on the weekend of October 14th of that year. This idea spread across the world, influencing and exciting so many communities to do something special as one.
What makes The Shabbat Project so remarkable is that for one day, everyone pauses. No one focuses on their upcoming exams or their bills that have to be paid. Their main focus is on their family.

This year, over fifty perfect of the thousands of strong Jewish communities around the world participated in the project. Many important figures such as Nobel Prize winners, writers, sportsmen, politicians, musicians, and celebrities joined rabbis in lending their support for this event. The Shabbat Project website has gotten over fourteen million hits this past year. It has been so active, because thousands of people are signing up at once, sharing their stories and starting events. People in faraway places such as Tokyo, Canada, and Buenos Aires have been a part of this project, as well as people nearby in Miami and Ohio. Participants prepared for this day by organizing challah bakes, Shabbat onegs, community Shabbat dinners, and parties. Overall, the event was a tremendous success this year, surpassing expectations, and it is expected to become an even bigger hit next year.

This project has united Jews in over 1,150 cities and 95 countries through the keeping of Shabbat together in its entirety. No other people in the world have the privilege of experiencing something as astounding and unforgettable as this. Although people argue that the week of this event is just like every other Shabbat, and it’s nothing special, this is simply false. This Shabbat is focused on love and unity, which makes it truly remarkable. The Shabbat Project goes beyond the barriers that divide us. It’s a rare opportunity to remind us of who we are and to unite Jews across the globe. It’s about creating a new Jewish future together.

 

 

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