Adeena Paknoush

By N. Aaron Troodler

Adeena Paknoush was known at the Yeshiva of Central Queens (YCQ) as a good student who had a kind and joyful disposition. She exemplified what it meant to be a bat Torah and yirat shamayim. Even during her illness, which tragically took her from us at the young age of 16, Adeena personified grace and emunah in Hashem.

On Wednesday, October 17, there will be a schoolwide celebration at YCQ to mark the dedication of a new sefer Torah in Adeena’s memory. The YCQ Sefer Torah Campaign, which is the result of a partnership between the YCQ community and the Paknoush family, includes several educational and communal events.

“Writing a sefer Torah in honor of Adeena is a fitting tribute to who she was as a person and how she lived her life,” said Rabbi Mark Landsman, the principal of YCQ. “Adeena’s positive outlook and pleasant nature motivated others to become better people and better Jews. It is our hope that this new sefer Torah, which will be used regularly by our students, will inspire them to continue improving in their own lives.”

In addition to the actual Hachnasat Sefer Torah, YCQ’s first Sunday morning learning event of the 2018 school year which will take place on Sunday, October 14 will feature a special shiur by Rabbi Shay Schachter entitled “The 613th Mitzvah,” which discusses the mitzvah of writing a sefer Torah. The program, which will begin with Shacharit at 9 a.m. to be followed by breakfast and the shiur, is open to the entire community.

On Tuesday, October 16, every YCQ student will have the unique opportunity to assist in writing a letter in the new sefer Torah and learn about the relevant halachot from Rabbi Heshy Pincus, the sofer who coordinated the writing of the sefer.

Those interested in participating in this important mitzvah can learn about dedication opportunities by visiting

“The opportunity for each YCQ student to partake in the dedication of a new sefer Torah in a meaningful and substantive manner truly epitomizes the educational and religious foundation and experiential learning that we are proud to be able to provide our students,” said Rabbi Landsman.


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