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Friday, April 3, 2020

 

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Friday, April 3, 2020 corresponding to

ט' ניסן, תש"פ פרשת צו

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

Jewish History from Chabad.org

Passing of R’ Aryeh Levin, the "Tzaddik of Jerusalem" (1969)

R. Aryeh Levin, known as the “tzaddik [saint] of Jerusalem,” was legendary for his selfless dedication in assisting his fellow Jews, whether the sick, the poor, or those suffering under the British regime during the Mandate of Palestine (1920–1948).

The LYA 7th & 8th grade students visit the area in Yerushalayim where R’ Aryeh Levin lived while on their trip. They hear the inspirational stories about this holy man. There is a wonderful book called A Tzaddik in Our Time by Simcha Raz that is highly recommended.

Special Announcements:

It is time for Leader of the Month for March. Certificates will be emailed. Good job to all. Please have someone read them out loud like we do in school and then take a photo once the certificate arrives later today and send the photos to Morahk@lya.org

Toddlers: I am missing all of my special toddlers and would like to acknowledge them all this month! Lori Smith

Preschool: I’m really proud of all of the preschoolers for still doing their work and listening to books while at home! I’m getting lots of pictures and videos of them at home and I know they’re working hard! Mrs. Windyka

K-1: Mendel Kosofsky

Mendel has come prepared with every assignment for Zoom class.  He makes all our class discussions enlightening! He is enthusiastic about answering questions, singing and sharing his Zoom class time with his siblings. Morah Adelman, Mrs. Futrell and Morah Kosofsky

2nd Grade: Ben Stein

Ben has been participative with our online learning.  Ben has been completing work and is a great member of class each day! Rabbi Cohen and Mrs. Penn

3rd Grade: Sara Schwartz

Sara has taken so much initiative for her learning.  Her growth is soaring! Morah Adelman and Mrs. Futrell

4th Grade: Bassie Baron

For her tireless enthusiasm to not only learn but help. Morah Kosofsky and Mrs. Siwicki

5th Grade: Shterna Cohen

Working very hard, taking work seriously. Participates every day. Rabbi Cohen and Mrs. Zolotor

6th Grade: Risha Lemkin

For completing all assignments, asking good questions and adapting so well to on-line learning. For always coming to class early and with a great big smile. Middle School Staff

7th Grade: Leah Myhill

For sending in assignments ahead and completing work with great detail. For her dedication to her learning. Middle School Staff

8th Grade: Rochel Schwartz

For class participation, work completion and problem solving when technology is not working. Rochel quietly figures out how to fix the problem and enter class again. Middle School Staff

Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Say the Nasi of the day as a family. Today’s Nasi is from Benyamin

2. Help make a Shabbos dish/Clean Up/Set the table for Shabbos

3. Prepare a Dvar Torah to share at the table. Find a story or even draw a picture about the Parsha.

4. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for Storytime with Morah K. on her facebook page.

5. Download 6th Grade Hagada work for your seder. Click here

Keep those photos coming. Please, please send photos to Morahk@lya.org

Thursday, April 2

 

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Thursday, April 2, 2020 corresponding to

ח' ניסן, תש"פ פרשת צו

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

Jewish History from Chabad.org

Feast Ended in Shushan (366 BCE)

The grand 180-day feast hosted by King Achashverosh came to an end on this day.

Achasverosh miscalculated the start date of Yermiyahu's prophecy which promised the rebuilding of the Holy Temple after 70 years of Babylonian exile. When, according to his calculations, the seventy years had passed and the Jews were not redeemed, he orchestrated this grand party to celebrate the "demise" of the Chosen Nation. During the course of the party he brazenly displayed many of the vessels looted from the Holy Temple by the Babylonian armies.

 

Special Announcements:

Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Say the Nasi of the day as a family. Today’s Nasi is from Menashe.

2. Students in Preschool – 1st grade: Join us at 10:15 a.m. on Zoom for our Virtual Pesach Program. Siblings who are not having regular Zoom classes may join. Here is the link:

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/777381382

Meeting ID: 777 381 382

3. Write a book about the story of Leaving Egypt and illustrate it.

4. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for Storytime with Morah K. on her facebook page.

Keep those photos coming. Please, please send photos to Morahk@lya.org

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

 

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Wednesday, April 1, 2020 corresponding to

ז' ניסן, תש"פ פרשת צו

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

Jewish History from Chabad.org

Jews Prepare to Enter Canaan (1273 BCE)

The Jewish nation mourned for thirty days following the passing of Moses. (During this time, Joshua, the new leader of the Jewish nation, sent scouts to spy on the land of Canaan, see Jewish History for the 5th of Nissan).

On the 7th of Nissan, the first day after the mourning period came to an end, Joshua instructed the Jews to stock up on provisions and prepare themselves to cross the Jordan river and begin the conquest of the Promised Land. This was the first time Joshua addressed the nation, and they unconditionally accepted him as their new leader.

The actual crossing occurred on the 10th of Nissan.

Special Announcements:

Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Say the Nasi of the day as a family. Today’s Nasi is from Ephraim.

2. Mrs. Kornet has sent us some Pesach coloring pictures for students to enjoy. We posted some yesterday and below are the rest. Print the picture and then color it. Send Morah K. a picture and she will forward it to Mrs. Kornet.

3. Make origami frog place cards for your seder. Click here for a link to directions.

4. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for Storytime with Morah K. on her facebook page.

Keep those photos coming. Please, please send photos to Morahk@lya.org

Today’s photos come from Mrs. Kornet. Enjoy her Pesach coloring sheets.  

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Tuesday, March 31

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Tuesday, March 31, 2020 corresponding to  

ו' ניסן, תש"פ פרשת צו

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

Jewish History from Chabad.org

Afula Was Founded in 1925 (Afula is our community’s sister city.)

The town of Afula in Northern Israel was founded in this date in 1925. It is located on the presumed site of the tower ("Ophel") mentioned in the Biblical account of an Aramean general's visit to the Prophet Elisha (II Kings 5:24).

Afula's central location in the Jezreel Valley makes it the market center of the region; it is often referred to as "the Capital of the Valley."

Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Say the Nasi of the day as a family. Today’s Nasi is from Gad.

2. Mrs. Kornet has sent us some Pesach coloring pictures for students to enjoy. Some will be posted today and the rest tomorrow. Print the pictures and then color them. Send Morah K. a picture and she will forward it to Mrs. Kornet.

3. Clean a room in your house for Pesach.

4. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for Storytime with Morah K. on her facebook page.

Keep those photos coming. Please, please send photos to Morahk@lya.org

Today’s photos come from Mrs. Kornet. Enjoy her Pesach coloring sheets.  

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Monday, March 30, 2020

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Monday, March 30, 2020 corresponding to

ה' ניסן, תש"פ פרשת צו

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

Jewish History from Chabad.org

Spies to Yericho (1273 BCE)

Two days before the conclusion of the thirty-day mourning period of the passing of Moshe on Adar 7, Yehoshua sent two spies--Calev and Pinchas--across the Jordan River to Yericho, to gather intelligence in preparation of Bnai Yisroel’s battle with the first city in their conquest of the Holy Land. In Yericho, they were assisted and hidden by Rachav, a woman who lived inside the city walls. (Rachav later married Yehoshua).

Special Announcements:

Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Say the Nasi of the day as a family. Today’s Nasi is from Shimon.

2. Make paper airplanes and have a contest to see which airplane flies the most distance

3. Make a Treasure Hunt in your home

4. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for Storytime with Morah K. on her facebook page.

Keep those photos coming. Please, please send photos to Morahk@lya.org

Today’s photos come from the Engel family (Mendel is saying the Pesukim last Friday with his sister) and our Rally from yesterday.

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Friday, march 27

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Friday, March 27, 2020 corresponding to

ב' ניסן, תש"פ פרשת ויקרא

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

Jewish History from Chabad.org

Passing of Rashab (1920)

The fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Sholom DovBer Schneersohn ("Rashab"), was born in the White Russian town of Lubavitch in 1860. After the passing of his father, Rabbi Shmuel (in 1882), he assumed the leadership of Chabad-Lubavitch.

Rabbi Sholom DovBer wrote and delivered some 2,000 maamarim (discourses of Chassidic teaching) over the 38 years of his leadership. In 1897, he established the Tomchei Temimim yeshivah, (of which LYA is proud to be one) the first institution of Jewish learning to combine the study of the "body" of Torah (Talmudic and legal studies) with its mystical "soul" (the teachings of Chassidism); it was this unique yeshivah that produced the army of learned, inspired and devoted Chassidim who, in the decades to come, would literally give their lives to keep Judaism alive under Soviet rule.

In 1915, Rabbi Sholom DovBer was forced to flee Lubavitch from the advancing WWI front and relocated to the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. In his final years, he began the heroic battle against the new Communist regime's efforts to destroy the Jewish faith throughout the Soviet Union.

Rabbi Sholom DovBer passed away in Rostov on the 2nd of Nissan, 1920. His last words were: "I'm going to heaven; I leave you the writings."

Special Announcements:

Mrs. Ogle organized a math competition for the entire middle school on a platform called Sumdog, a website that allows students to practice their skills in games. Students answered leveled common core questions that adapt to the students' ability. The students are given questions to review their skills and build their math abilities

LYA and Mrs. Ogle would like to congratulate Menucha Rochel Kulek for earning the highest score. She answered 2019 questions correctly. Yakov Schmidt and Viktoria Plieva tied for 2nd place after answering 2008 math questions right. The students put in a great deal of time and effort into this extracurricular activity and Mrs. Ogle is incredibly proud of them.

Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Say the Nasi of the day as a family. Today’s Nasi is from Yissachar.

2. Make something special for Shabbos. Turn it into a cooking show to share with others.

3. Set the table for Shabbos

4. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for Storytime with Morah K. on her facebook page.

Keep those photos coming. Please, please send photos to Morahk@lya.org

Today’s photos come from Mrs. Penn and the 2nd Grade Distance Learning Class.

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Thursday, March 26,2020

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Thursday, March 26, 2020 corresponding to

א' ניסן, תש"פ פרשת ויקרא

Today is Rosh Chodesh. Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

Jewish History from Chabad.org

Mishkan Inaugurated (1312 BCE)

On the eighth day following a 7-day training and initiation period, the portable Mishkan ("Tabernacle" or "Sanctuary") built by Bnai Yisroel in the Sinai desert was erected, Aaron and his sons began serving as Cohanim, and the Divine Presence came to dwell in the Mishkan; special offerings were brought, including a series of gifts by Nachshon ben Aminadav, the Prince of the Tribe of Judah (similar offerings were brought over the next 11 days by the other tribes of Israel).

Special Announcements:

Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Say the Nasi of the day as a family. Today’s Nasi is Nachson ben Aminadav from the tribe of Yehuda

2. Do something special with your family in honor of Rosh Chodesh (have a treat, play a fun game, share a story)

3. Stem Activity: Write instructions for “how to make” something and have someone follow them exactly. Take a video.

4. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for Storytime with Morah K. on her facebook page.

Please, please send photos to Morahk@lya.org

Today’s photos come from the Cohen Family. Thank you!!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Wednesday, March 25, 2020 corresponding to

כ"ט אדר, תש"פ פרשת ויקרא

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

Jewish History from Chabad.org

Jews Commanded 1st Mitzvah (1313 BCE)

Shortly before sundown on the 29th of Adar, G-d commanded Moses regarding the mitzvah of sanctifying the crescent new moon and establishing a lunar calendar. This is the first mitzvah the Jews were given as a nation.

Moses had difficulty understanding the moon's appearance at the exact moment of its monthly rebirth. After the sun set, G-d showed Moses the crescent new moon of the new month of Nissan, showing him the precise dimensions of the moon at the moment the new month is to be consecrated.

For the generations that followed, each new month was ushered in when two witnesses testified before the Sanhedrin (rabbinic supreme court) that they had seen the molad, the new moon. In the 4th century CE, Hillel II foresaw that the Jews would no longer be able to follow a Sanhedrin-based calendar. So Hillel and his rabbinical court established the perpetual calendar which is followed today -- until Moshiach will come and reestablish the Sanhedrin.

Special Announcements:

Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Research the time for when the new moon will appear and try and look for it outside

2. Call a classmate on the phone and talk with them.

3. Stem Activity: Choose 6 random items in your house and fill a bucket of water and test if they sink or float

4. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for Storytime with Morah K. on her facebook page.

 Please, please send photos to Morahk@lya.org

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Monday, March 24, 2020 corresponding to

כ"ח אדר, תש"פ פרשת ויקרא

 

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

Jewish History from Chabad.org

Decree Against Bris Stopped (2nd century)

In Talmudic times, the 28th of Adar used to be celebrated to commemorate that a Roman decree against bris,Torah study and keeping the Shabbat was stopped. The decree was revoked through the efforts of Rabbi Yehudah ben Shamua and his fellow rabbis. (Megillat Taanit, Rosh Hashanah 19a)

Special Announcements:

Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Build a snowman

2. Call a family member and tell them what you are learning

3. Build a Pesach scene out of Legos

4. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for Storytime with Morah K on her facebook page.

Please, please send photos to Morahk@lya.org

Thank you to the Engel/Cowen families for your photos from yesterday.

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Monday, March 23, 2020

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Monday, March 23, 2020 corresponding to

כ"ז אדר, תש"פ פרשת ויקרא

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

Jewish History from Chabad.org

King Zedekiah Died in 397 BCE

King Zedekiah was the last king of the royal house of David to reign in the Holy Land. He became king in 434 BCE, after King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia exiled King Jeconiah (Zedekiah's nephew) to Bavel. In 425 BCE Zedekiah rebelled against Babylonian rule, and Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem (in Tevet 10 of that year); in the summer of 423 BCE the walls of Jerusalem were penetrated, the city conquered, the (first) Holy Temple destroyed, and the people of Judah exiled to Babylonia. King Zedekiah tried escaping through a tunnel leading out of the city, but was captured; his sons were killed before his eyes, and then he was blinded. Zedekiah was in the royal dungeon in Babylonia until Nebuchadnezzar's death in 397 BCE; Evil Meroduch -- Nebuchadnezzar's son and successor -- freed him on the 27th of Adar, but Zedikiah died that same day.

Special Announcements:

Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Clean your room for Pesach

2. Write a letter to a resident of a Nursing Home

3. Take an old puzzle and turn it into an art project

4. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for  Storytime with Morah K on her facebook page.

Please, please send photos to Morahk@lya.org

Friday, March 20

 B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Friday, March 20, 2020 corresponding to

כ"ד אדר, תש"פ פרשת ויקהל\פקודי

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

Daily Thought from Chabad.org

The Ark

There is a raging storm at sea. There are waves crashing and pounding upon the shore, carrying all away, leaving desolation behind.

The sea is this world into which you were thrown. The waves are the stress and anxiety of indecision, not knowing which way to turn, on what to rely. Up and down, hot and cold—constantly churning back and forth.

Do as Noah did and build an ark. Ark in Hebrew is teivah—which means also “a word.” Your ark shall be the words of contemplation and of prayer.

Enter into your ark, and rather than drown you with everything else, let the waters carry you upward.

Maamar Mayim Rabim 5738

Special Announcements:

Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following Shabbos activities:

1. Clean the house for Shabbos

2. Help set the Shabbos

3. Prepare a Dvar Torah to share with your family.

4. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for Shabbos Storytime with Morah K on her facebook page.

 

Thursday, March 19, 2020

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Thursday, March 19, 2020 corresponding to

כ"ג אדר, תש"פ פרשת ויקהל\פקודי

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

 

Today in Jewish History from Chabad.org

(Attention Middle School Students – This is what we are learning about in Chumash)

Mishkan assembled; 7 "days of training" (1312 BCE)

Bnai Yisroel began building the "Mishkan" (also called the "Tabernacle"--a portable sanctuary to house the Divine presence in their midst as they journeyed through the desert) on the 11th of Tishrei of the year 2449 from creation (1312 BCE) -- six months after leaving Egypt, four months after receiving the Torah at Har Sinai and 80 days after their worship of the Golden Calf.

The construction of the Mishkan lasted  for 74 days, and was completed on the 25th of Kislev; but Hashem commanded Moshe to put it up three months later, on the 23rd of Adar, when Moses was instructed to begin a 7-day "training period."

During the week of Adar 23-29, the Mishkan was put up each morning and taken down each evening; Moses served as the High Priest and initiated Aaron and his four sons into the priesthood. Then, on the "eighth day" -- the 1st of Nissan -- the Mishkan was "permanently" assembled (that is, put up to stand until the Divine command would come to journey on), Aaron and his sons assumed the priesthood, and the divine presence came to dwell in the Mishkan.

 

Special Announcements:

Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Stem activity (Thank you Lori Smith for the ideas)
Using recyclable materials write words or your names
Take photos and send to Morah K.

2. Bake something for Shabbos

3. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for Storytime with Morah K on her facebook page.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

 

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

Today is Wednesday, March 18, 2020 corresponding to

כ"ב אדר, תש"פ פרשת ויקהל\פקודי

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

 Daily Thought from Chabad.org

 There are two paths:

 One: Everything is for the good. Perhaps not immediately, but eventually good will come out from it.

 The other: Everything is truly good—because there is nothing else but He (Hashem) who is Good. It’s just a matter of holding firm a little longer and eventually we will be granted a heart to understand and eyes to see.

Special Announcements:

 Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Stem activity (Thank you Lori Smith for the ideas)

Go outside and make the Hebrew or English alphabet out of stems, leaves and rocks. Take photos and send to Morah K.

 2. Write special notes to your parents and siblings

3. Tune in to Facebook at 3:00 p.m. for Story Time with Morah K on her facebook page.

Please comment and let us know how the activities went and/or share more ideas. 

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

 

B"H

Good morning LYA!!

 Today is Tuesday, March 17, 2020 corresponding to כ"א אדר, תש"פ פרשת ויקהל\פקודי

Please begin your day with davening and tzedaka. Please remember that as a school we are collecting tzedaka for Od Yosef Chai in Israel. Please keep your money in a separate bag. 

 Today in Jewish History from Chabad.org

Choni the Circle Maker prays for rain (1st Century BCE)

"One year, most of Adar went by and it didn't rain. They sent for Choni the Circle Maker. He prayed and the rains didn't come. He drew a circle, stood in it and said: 'Master of The World! Your children have turned to me; I swear in Your great name that I won't move from here until You have pity on Your children.' The rains came down." (Talmud, Taanit 23a)

 Special Announcements:

 Middle School students check Praxi for updates on lessons and assignments.

After you all finish your school work please have fun doing the following activities:

1. Play a game as a family that you have not played in a while. Take photos and send them to morahk@lya.org or post on blog comments.

2. Call your grandparents or another relative and tell them something that you learned today while doing some of your school work.

3. Click on this link to read a story about The Car that Couldn’t

https://www.chabad.org/kids/article_cdo/aid/811420/jewish/The-Car-That-Couldnt.htm 

Follow up activities:

·       Draw a picture of the Red Car

·       Write about something you did not think you could do, but then were able to do

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