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TA Times Online Edition 8.21
Newspapers | Education 2017-05-18 16:24:34
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    The TA Times Volume XXII Issue 25 בס”ד Upcoming Events Fri, May 19 - PTA Pizza & Box Tops Day Fri, May 19 - Sun, May 21: High School Off Shabbos Sun, May 21 - Camp Spring Discount Deadline Mon, May 29 - Memorial Day* Wed, May 31 - Thurs, June 1: Shavuos* *Please see school calendar for division schedules Mazel Tov Rabbi Chaim and Debby Kessler on the birth of a granddaughter Dr. and Mrs. Yaakov and Charnie Barak on the birth of a son Ms. Suri Friedman on her engagement to Mr. Mordechai Genut Parnas hayom 5 Iyar- The Ben-Natan family in memory of Rabbi Nahum Ben-Natan, HaRav Nachum Moshe ben Michoel Bentzion 6 Iyar- Dr. and Mrs. Josh and Itta Steiner in memory of Mr. Joseph Kahn, Yosef ben Moshe Hakohen 7 Iyar- Dr. and Mrs. Josh and Itta Steiner in memory of Mrs. Rochel Kahn, Rochel ben Moshe 7 Iyar- Rabbi and Mrs. Yitzchok Pollock in memory of Mr. Herbert Pollock, Chaim Michel ben Eliyahu Hakohen 8 Iyar- The Meth family in memory of Chaya Shaindel bas Yehuda Dvar Chizuk Parshas BEHAR - BECHUKOSAI The Gemara says that the Parshios that discuss the Tochecha (rebuke and punishment), which describes in vivid detail the terrible calamities that would befall Klal Yisrael, need to be read both before Rosh Hashanah and before Shavuos. It is easy to understand the rationale of reading this portion before Rosh Hashanah. Chodesh Elul is a time for introspection and for doing tshuva in preparation for the Yomim Noraim. Yet, the Tochechah is again discussed in this week’s parsha – Bechukosai – and is read before our joyous holiday of Shavuos– the yom tov that commemorates Kabbalah Hatorah. I believe that there is a very poignant message to learn from this halachah. The Gemara relates that the First Bais Hamikdash was destroyed because the Jewish people were really wicked. They were guilty of the most vile aveiros (sins) and they also did not learn Torah. During the time of the Second Bais Hamikdash, as the Gemara relates, even the smallest child was expert in the very complicated laws of Halachos of Tuma and Taharah. Typically they also kept the mitzvos of the Torah. The reason for the destruction was because of Sinas Chinom. There was a lot of Loshon Horah and much divisiveness ‘bain adom l’chaveiro’ (between one Jew and another). Interesting to note, our Chachomim teach us that the Third Bais Hamikdash will be built with Ahavas Chinom! We must train ourselves to develop a sense of love and helpfulness towards Klal Israel. Perhaps this is the message of reading the Tochechah before Kabbalas Hatorah. The prerequisite for learning Torah is having Ahavah (love) for our fellow Jew. Indeed, a person can keep every single mitzvah of the Torah, a person can be continuously learning Torah, yet, if his ‘bain Adam l’chaveiro’ is lacking then, I believe, that his “frumkeit” is lacking. Torah is a complete package. We must strive to make certain that neither ‘bain adam l’chaveiro’ nor ‘bain adam l’Makom’ are ever taking a back seat to each other. I received a call from a parent discussing an event he witnessed that took place at a League game. It seemed that someone else was not pleased that the coach made a call on a play that opposed that person’s child. That person proceeded to speak to the coach in a most demeaning and inappropriate manner. The bearer of this news was so troubled, not only feeling badly for the coach but also wondering what lessons were being taught to the children who viewed this interaction. Yes, this practice of reading the Tochechah before Kabbalas Hatorah is an eye-opener and a wake-up call. If we ever expect to elevate ourselves from the quagmire of this Galus, then we must constantly work on our Ahavas Israel and, Im Yirtzeh Hashem, our Ahavas Chinom will certainly bring about the Geulah! Gut Shabbos, Rabbi Nachman Kahana Lower School Menahel Parshas Behar - Bechukosai May 19, 2017 1

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    LOWER SCHOOL NEWS בס”ד Spotlight: LaG Ba’Omer Trips! It was a beautifully warm and sunny Monday when the 4th and 5th graders travelled to the JCC in Owings Mills to play baseball. The bright blue sky and the soft green grass provided the perfect field conditions. The day got even better when Rabbi Slansky stepped onto the mound to pitch for his class and had the pleasure of watching the tremendous unity shown throughout the game. When asked about the trip, Moshe Ribakow simply stated, “It was awesome!” Moshe Vaks added, “The game was competitive and fun!” For instance, Akiva Elman, Aaron Meir Lowenthal, and Lev Ehsanipoor worked together to create a double play, while the rest of the class also cheered for the great effort of the baserunners. At the end of the epic baseball series, Yehuda Leib Lowenbraun smashed a triple into left center field sparking his teammates Akiva and Aaron Meir to score the two go ahead runs in the top of the 11th. The team eventually concluded the series with the game winning double play to emerge victorious. After the action-packed baseball match, Rabbi Slansky and Rabbi Miller continued the class fun with a home run derby. Rafi was the first 4th grader to eagerly catch the line drive just before it hit the ground. The next boys to capture the PowerAde winning catches were Shauli Dinner, Lev, Menashe Guttenberg, and Akiva. After the entertaining derby, Rafi reported, “I thought it was a good game because there was great sportsmanship!” After the 4th and 5th graders returned to TA to enjoy their crispy potato chips and refreshingly cool soda, the classes excitedly entered the gym for the second half of the Lag Ba’Omer program. The colorful lights, booming music, and high tech displays transformed the dark room into an authentic gameshow stage. All the students did a phenomenal job answering the questions and encouraging each other throughout the game. There is no question about it – if asked to summarize the Lag Ba’Omer trip this year in three words or less, most boys would say, “It was awesome!” Grandparents’ Day! The teachers, students and administration prepared a beautiful program to showcase to our grandparents. To see the recap video go to www.tagrandparentsday.com We enjoyed sharing our TA nachas with all of our Grandparents and Special Friends! Elementary Lag Ba’omer Trips Over Monday and Tuesday our Elementary classes enjoyed field trips in honor Lag Ba’Omer. Our first and second grades went to Hannah More Park, our third grade went to Meadwood Park, and our fourth and fifth grades went to the JCC Owings Mills. The boys had a great time spending a day of “fun in the sun,” and they returned to school with tired but smiling faces! Thank you to our wonderful teachers, rebbeim, and assistants for leading the activities. Thank you to the following parents who graciously chaperoned the various trips: Mrs. Svetlana Bakaev, Mrs. Devora Bloch, Mrs. Rena Chernoff, Mr. Moshe Cohen, Mrs. Yael Friedman, Mrs. Nechama Fulda, Mrs. Tanya Gerstman, Mrs. Ariella Grunhut, Mrs. Devorah Grunwald, Mrs. Malka Rena Heinemann, Mr. Kalman Akiva Kovacs, Mrs. Yocheved Kushner, Mrs. Shoshana Lerner, Mrs. Dasi Lowenbraun, Mrs. Shaindy Lowenthal, Mrs. Cheryl Ohsie, Mrs. Keren Perles, Mrs. Tamar Schulman, Mrs. Bracha Shor, Mr. Yehuda Spero, Mrs. Aliza Statman, Mrs. Sarala Wertenteil, Mr. Yossi Wetstein, Mrs. Yael Zelinger. Please forgive any omissions. 2

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    בס”ד Spring has definitely sprung and the third grade boys would love to be playing outside all day. In order to encourage movement during learning and allow the boys to be outside, Mrs. Tuchman’s classes have enjoyed studying their spelling words while playing an adapted version of the game “SPUD” (which they call “Spelling SPUD”) Here is the way the game works. Each of the boys receives a number. A person is called to be “it” and throws up the ball while calling out a number and a spelling word. Meanwhile all the other boys scatter, running as fast as they can. The boy with the number called, has to catch the ball and loudly announce the spelling word. This signals the boys to stop running and freeze. The boy who is now “it” has to look around to find someone closest to him. He then takes a big leap for each letter of the spelling word, which he spells out loud. After that he throws the ball and tries to hit the boy standing near him (like in dodge ball). If he hits that boy, the boy becomes “it”. The one who becomes “it” then throws up the ball for the next round. Of course the boy has to spell the word correctly, or he is it again! You can only imagine that Mrs. Tuchman has been receiving numerous requests daily for “Spelling SPUD”! April PTA Box Top Winners: Pre1A Mrs. Preiser- Yosef Meister and Ephraim Wiener Pre1A Mrs. Twersky- Avi Abramson Pre1A Mrs. Silver- Shai Klein 1st Grade Mrs. Gottlieb- Tani Shore 1st Grade Mrs. Lenet pm- Josh Gutman 2nd Grade Mrs. Roll-Menachem Klein 2nd Grade Mrs. Kaplan-Nadel pm- Daniel Elman 3rd Grade Mrs. Glick- Yakov Brockmeyerr 4th Grade R Miller- Moshe Ribakow 4th Grade Mrs. Pasternak am- Jacky Lerner 5th Grade Mr. Barron-Daniel Prero Class Winner- 1st Grade Mrs. Gottlieb Thank you to parent volunteers Aliza Danzciger and Rivkah Brockmeyer for collecting and counting box tops and distributing prizes to our winners. Text Message Signup To sign up for the TA text message notification system, send one of the following messages to 81010: • General text messages: @talmudic • Preschool: @ycctapre • Elementary: @ycctaelem • Middle: @ycctamid • High: @ycctahigh • MTA ES: @mtaelem • MTA MS: @mtamiddle Carpool Board Visit our Carpool Board at www. talmudicalacademy.org/parentresources/carpoolboard To request a carpool posting, please email carpoolboard@ talmudicalacademy.org Parshas Behar - Bechukosai May 19, 2017 LOST & FOUND Agudah Scrip Agudah Scrip can be ordered online. For more information, please contact Mr. Ben-Zion Schmell at bschmell07@gmail.com An inhaler was found in the Elementary. Please call: (410) 484-6600 ext. 311 to claim it. 3

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    Middle SCHOOL NEWS Camden Yards Tour! This week under the guidance of Mrs. Mallonee, our six graders were privileged to visit Camden Yards Oriole Park. בס”ד The boys loved the tour, visiting the luxurious suites, learning all about the history of the stadium and their home team. Most of all, the boys were very excited as they had the opportunity to sit in the oriole dugout. Thank you to Mrs. Mallonee, Mr. Perlman, Mrs. Gerstman, Mrs. Lauer, Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Grunhut, and of course Mrs. Prero. 4

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    High SCHOOL NEWS בס”ד Essay Contest Our High School participated in our first and hopefully annual High School Essay Contest. Thank you to our 9th and 11th grades English Teacher par excellence, Mr. Reynolds, who led and directed the entire contest. Congratulations to our winners: 1st Place: Shua Blajchman (10th grade) 2nd Place: Ben Katz (9th grade) 3rd place: Chesky Abramovitz (11th grade) Special thanks to our PTA for sponsoring this contest and for all the other projects and support the PTA provides. Parshas Behar - Bechukosai May 19, 2017 5

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    PTA NEWS בס”ד Thank you! PTA has been very busy these past two weeks supporting TA’s teachers and students. In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8-May 12, TA PTA expressed thanks and appreciation to our wonderful teaching staff every day with a variety of gifts including: Lunch of soup and wraps - Thank you for being a SOUPer teacher Highlighters - You are the HIGHLIGHT of our school Lattes-Thanks a LATTE for all your efforts Hand sanitizers-You are the best teacher, HANDS DOWN Grandparents’ Day breakfast-A treat for our GRAND teachers Thank you to parent volunteer Malky Elefant for coordinating this project! On Sunday evening May 14, TA PTA hosted a Lag Ba’Omer concert open to the community, featuring Ari Goldwag, Kol Hanearim Boys Choir, and TA’s own 5th grade choir led by 5th grade Rebbi R’ Eli Scheller. The performance was superb and a great time was had by all who attended. Thank you to parent volunteers Loni Goldman and Rikki Ambinder for coordinating ticket sales, Shoshy Daniel for creating the beautiful flyer, and Ayelet Shore for helping at the door. On Monday afternoon May 15, after the TA students returned from their fun-filled Lag Ba’Omer trips, they were brought to the gym for a TA PTA-sponsored LIVE GAME SHOW hosted by Yisroel Erps. One interactive trivia game show for the younger division and another tailored for the older division included games like ‘Wheel of Opportunity’ and ‘Spinning Trivia’. Students had the opportunity to participate in games by answering trivia questions about Lag Ba’Omer, Sefira, and TA trivia while pounding buzzers, spinning wheels, guessing consonants, and buying vowels. A favorite game played that involved the entire audience at once was ‘Name that Tune’. The tremendous level of ruach and excitement felt in the room surpassed the music and lights. 6

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    Let’s make Rosh Chodesh something that the boys look forward to! In an effort to bring the excitement of this special day to our boys, we would like to give all TA elementary school Talmidim a treat on each Rosh Chodesh. Rosh Chodesh Sivan Friday, May 26th This program can only become a reality with the help of our parent body. To become a sponsor, please contact Mrs. Sara Gibber at 443-928-2318 or email sarargibber@gmail.com Sponsorships can be made in honor of your son, your son’s teacher(s), or any special occasion! Parshas Behar - Bechukosai May 19, 2017 7

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    8 The Spring Discount Deadline is May 19th! EXTENDED UNTIL SUNDAY, MAY 21st!

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    מפיך ומפי זרעך עד עולם THE DINNER OF A CENTURY SUNDAY 9.10.17 י״ט אלול תשע״ז MARTIN’S WEST BALTIMORE, MD YESHIVAS CHOFETZ CHAIM TALMUDICAL ACADEMY OF BALTIMORE 4445 OLD COURT RD · BALTIMORE, MD 21208

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