Three Sifrei Torah This Shabbath!
Three Sifrei Torah This Shabbath!
Sharyn Blaustein Principal Volume 21 Issue 22 March 20, 2015 Adar 29, 5775 Rabbi Yamin Levy LIHA Rabbi THE VOICE OF OUR CHILDREN A WEEKLY PUBLICATION Please visit our website www.lihagn.org for the FULL newsletter in color! Three Sifrei Torah This Shabbath! Message by Rabbi Yamin Levy, LIHA Rabbi Shabbath is always special and every time we take a Sefer Torah out of the ark it is beautiful experience. This coming Shabbath, my dear friends, is especially unique because we will be taking three Sefarim out of the Aaron Kodesh. The first is for the weekly Torah reading, the second is for Rosh Hodesh Nissan and the third is for Shabbath HaChodesh. These kinds of Shabbath experiences occur only once every few years – enjoy it and may our prayers be set before Hashem like the Korbanot, sacrifices, described in this week’s Perasha. There is so much going on in our community at every level. I am continually inspired by the commitment and generosity of so many in our midst. The Perasha this week is called Vayikra and deals with the various prescriptions for the Sacrifices brought in the Bet HaMikdash. In the olden days children began their Torah study with this Perasha for two reasons. The Midrash writes: “Little children are pure and sacrifices are pure; so let those who are pure study that which is pure.” The second reason is because our teachers of old wanted to impress upon our young minds that sacrifice is at the center of our lives. Nothing worthwhile in life is achieved without sacrifice. I know a shoemaker in the North of Israel who holds two PH.Ds from two distinct and prestigious European Universities. I once asked him what is he doing in Israel and why the North of Israel? He answered as follows: “one day I was telling somebody about the need to settle the land around the Gallilee and make it fruitful. Suddenly I thought ‘why not me?’ So I went. And here I am – always asking myself – why not me?” True greatness lies in the faithful performance of whatever duties life places upon us. This past year tribute was paid at the Oscars for an actor who spent 25 year playing minor roles. The said about him: “He was indispensable in small parts.” Each of us is indispensable in whatever part is assigned to us by the Master Playwright. If each of us did the job or task assigned, no matter how minor, with passion and commitment the big picture would truly be beautiful. Each of us has love that only we can give. Each of us has compassion that will be denied to the world if we suppress it. Parashat Hachodesh Shabbat Candle Lighting time is at 6:47 p.m. Havdalah time is at 7:58 p.m. REGISTRATION IS IN FULL SWING FOR THE COMING SCHOOL YEAR! FORMS HAVE BEEN SENT OUT VIA EMAIL OR CAN BE ACCESSED ON OUR WEBSITE – WWW.LIHAGN.ORG UNDER THE “FOR PARENTS” TAB. Upcoming Events March 30th – 2nd Grade Field Trip NY Philharmonic Young Peoples Concert at the Tilles Center March 31st – 4th & 5th Grade Field Trip The Lightning Thief Play at Queens College REMINDER!! Tuesday, March 24th 4th Grade Presentation at 3:00 p.m. LIHA’S newsletter has gone digital! Check our website www.lihagn.org for the Newsletter in full color, photo galleries, homework, and other important announcements!! Check our website for reenrollment and registration contract! Alexa Darvish Sara Rahmanou Yousef Mehdizadeh Myriam Soumikh David Moshe Ghatan Abigail Tehrani Talia Niknam Heleni Amsellem Amalya Malekan Matthew Ghodsi Liona Kohansieh Sherry Torbati Natan Malekan Shira Bootehsaz Daniel Soumikh Daniel Malayeri Take A Look At LIHA Toddler This week the children continued to learn about the story of Pesach. We started working on our "Very Own Pesach Haggadah" We also learned songs for Pesach. Shabbat Shalom :) Nursery I Our class is very busy with the holiday of Pesach. The children are working very hard on their Haggadoth and learning the traditions and customs of the Seder. In addition, the children enjoy acting out the Pesach story and pretending to be Moshe, King Paraoh, the Jewish slaves, Yocheved (Moshe’s mother), Miriam (Moshe’s sister) and Princess Batya (King Pharaoh’s daughter). Some of our books of the week were “What is Passover?”, “The Passover Seder”, “The Ten Plagues of Egypt” and “Baby Moses”. Our Shabbat Ima & Abba were Sara & Yoel. Nursery II We started off this week having so much fun at the Matzah Factory. We rolled, flattened, made holes in and baked our own matzoh. We learned how matzah made. Later in our class we read the book. We finished our Haggadot and sewed our Afikomen bags. The children are loving every detail of Pesach. Shabbat Ima & Abba wee Michal & Daniel. Shabbot Shalom! Pre K This week we are learning the English letter “T” for tiger, towel and teeth. We learned the letter Samech for (soos/horse) & grandfather & grandmother. We are so busy preparing for Passover and spring. Our Shabbat Abba was Moshe A. & our Ima was Sharon S. Shabbat Shalom Kindergarten English Abuela means grandma in Spanish and is the name of the book we are reading three times in class. It's a fantasy about a grandmother and her granddaughter enjoying adventures together in New York. Abuela, adventure, flock, city, airport and harbor are our amazing words this week. We are continuing to work on capital letters to begin sentences and periods to end telling sentences. We are writing a class story about things to do in Great Neck, such as swimming, iceskating, boating, eating out in wonderful kosher restaurants, being able to choose a shul, playing tennis, going to the library and enjoying the great parks and playgrounds. We have two children outside our community and we talk about their community as well. The following are the steps we take before writing stories. First we are making a list, then writing a draft, then revising the draft and finally will rewrite the story. We are discussing some of our country's symbols such as the Statue of Liberty and the bald eagle. We continue to discuss the weather and are learning about a thermometer and a wind sock. In math we are working on numbers 10 t __ to make 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15. Happy Spring (finally) and Shabbat Shalom. Kindergarten Hebrew Our Matzah Factory visit was great fun, the children enjoyed eating their own handmade matzah. They learned about shimura matzah and how we need to bake the matzah. We mix the flour and water, shape it, then put it in the oven! Never the less, we have been so busy getting ready for Pesach, as you are at home. We are learning about Pesach, making”Hagadas” and singing songs. We also learned about the Parasha. We have started on the 3rd book which is “Vayikra” and the Parasha is also called “Vayikra” too. It talks about different offerings that Bnei Yisrael took to the Mishkan. Our Shabbat Ima & Abba were Shirah & Aaron 1st Grade Hebrew – ‘ Kita learned how we prepare for and how we celebrate the holiday. The kids enjoyed making their own in the matzah factory. In we started the third book . 1st Grade English This week the students took the chapter 7 math test. In social studies we read about our Earth and learned many new vocabulary words. In reading we continued the theme on animals. This weeks question was: How do animals help people? The students really enjoyed the story the Big Blue Ox. 2nd Grade English 2nd grade will be having a math test next Tuesday on adding and subtracting 3-digit numbers. We continue to work on strategies to become better readers and writers. Shabbat Shalom! 2nd Grade Hebrew The 2nd grade moved on to study the Parashat Bereshit. We also continued to study about Pessach and Practice the reading of the Haggoadah. We finished as usual with Paroshat Vayikra. 3rd Grade English This week the students completed chapter 6 in math. We will have a test next week. In science we read an article about how Global Warming is affecting the Emperor Penguin population in Antarctica. 3rd Grade Hebrew The 3rd grade continued to study about Penach, the Halachot and the Seder of this holiday. We practiced the reading of each page and learned the commentaries of it. We begun to study the 3rd book of Vayikra with Parashat Vayikra 4th Grade English The 4th grade had a wonderful week, especially because they went to the Matzah Factory. It was a great start to their week. 4th Grade Hebrew We learned so much about Passover. The history of the Halachot and the Dinim. The class learned how to conduct the Seder from the Hagada. 5th Grade English 5th grade had a busy week. We began a new unit in math on fractions and continue to work on reading comprehension strategies. Have a good weekend! Shabbat Shalom! 5th Grade Hebrew We practiced so much this week. We learned how to conduct the Seder of Pesach. We also read the Hagada of Pesach and learned the Halachot and Minhagim of Pesach.