By Chanita Teitz

 

Israel is the fourth nation to send a spaceship to the moon. SpaceIL was launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, last week in a glorious moment captured for viewers all over the world. Some ask why mankind needs to go to space, and we all know the story of the tower that people built 5,000 years ago for the purpose of overpowering Hashem. Mankind loves power, today as always, so it’s important to establish a purpose for space exploration that doesn’t seek to negate G-d but rather seeks exploration for the purpose of finding ways to help civilization on earth.

In order to gain scientific advances, medical advances, and technological advances that can ultimately help us, it’s worth exploring the universe. Israeli scientists named this project Beresheet after the first book of the Torah. “Beresheet” means “in the beginning,” and this is a beginning for Israeli space exploration. The name also points to a recognition of the source of all our knowledge and advances. It points us back to our Creator.

This little touch of spirituality is coming from secular scientists and from Prime Minister Netanyahu himself who asked that a Tanach be brought in the spaceship along with an Israeli flag and the words “Am Yisrael chai.” Scientists already had a Tanach on the spaceship in a flash drive. To me, this is a reason to be proud that every Jew, no matter how secular, still carries a connection to our essence as Jews.

I remember Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut, who died on the space shuttle Columbia. He wanted to make a Kiddush Hashem and said that he represents “all Jews and all Israelis” and so he asked for kosher food, he asked how to keep Shabbos in space, and brought a small sefer Torah with him.

Mr. Huckabee spoke recently and I saw a video of him saying that the Jew haters will always hate us no matter what we do. We should not play into their demands and think that they will love us if we do so. We should continue to be true to our beliefs and do what is right. Making a Kiddush Hashem is always right and will carry us into whatever galaxies we travel.

Bnos Malka Gets EGGcited!

Bnos Malka pre-K students were excited to take part in the Quiver Farms chick-hatching programThe Bnos Malka pre-K students were treated to a visit from a chicken, a rooster, and a representative from Quiver Farms this week. They really enjoyed the first part of the chick-hatching program. The representative brought 12 eggs, which will remain in the classroom for the next few days. The children will watch the eggs and help care for them. They will observe how the eggs hatch into baby chicks and will have a chance to interact with the soft and warm babies. The children were delighted to learn about the process, and they cannot wait to see the eggs transform. Science in Bnos Malka is taught through igniting children’s natural curiosity and hands-on exploration. Taking part in this fabulous program is just one example of the interactive learning that occurs each day.

YCQ’s Future Engineers

YCQ engineers

The first- and second-grade students at Yeshiva of Central Queens have been learning about engineering and how engineers use bio-mimicry to study nature to help design and build things to make our lives easier. They looked at birds and discussed what may have been built by studying the shape of the bird, its different body parts, and how it acts. Using a design sheet, they designed airplanes based on what they learned about birds by mimicking the birds’ looks and behaviors. They will build model airplanes using their designs.

In the seventh-grade science classes, the students are learning about the engineering process. They are making sketches of their own designs to gain an understanding of the steps an engineer takes from idea to design to construction.

YCQ engineers

While in the eighth-grade STEM Club, SET³ students have been studying roller coasters and what makes them work. They learned about potential energy, kinetic energy, inertia, gravity, and friction. They then worked in teams to design and build roller coasters using marbles, straws, paper, glue, and, most important, teamwork.

Beginning engineering in the early grades teaches students not only the concepts for future careers, but it gives them the ability to problem-solve and use their creativity and imaginations, as well as gain an understanding that if something does not work, it is an important part of the process to try it again, make changes, make improvements, and never give up.

Upcoming Events

  • Rabbi Welcher will give the second and third shiurim of a three-part shiur series on challah, neiros, and hashkafos Shabbos, on Monday, March 4 and Monday, March 11 at 8 p.m. in Ahavas Yisroel.
  • YCQ 78th Anniversary Dinner, March 2, at the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation. For more information, visit YCQDinner.com.
  • Yaffa Mashkabov: Q&A on Torah Perspective of Dating. Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. at Beth Gavriel, 66-35 108th Street, Forest Hills. Presented by Chazaq and Beth Gavriel. Women only; free admission.
  • Rabbi Yosef Palacci: Getting Ready for Purim. Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. at Young Israel of Briarwood, 84-75 Daniel Street. Arvit followed by sushi and lecture. Presented by Chazaq and Young Israel of Briarwood.
  • Rabbi Aryeh Katzin: Should We Be Scared of the Evil Eye? Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. at the Bukharian Jewish Congregation of Hillcrest, 81-04 166th St. Presented by Chazaq and Bukharian Jewish Congregation of Hillcrest.
  • A Wrapunzel Tichel Event, Wednesday, March 6, doors open at 7 p.m. and event begins at 7:30 p.m. at Shuva Yisrael, 147-05 70th Road, Flushing. Presented by Chazaq and Shuva Yisrael. A women’s only event.
  • Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills annual Rabbi George and Rita Rushfield Chevra Kadisha Dinner, March 9, will be held at the shul. For more information and to make a reservation, visit YIKGH.org/payment.php or call 718-261-9723.
  • Challenge Early Intervention workshop on sensory processing disorders, March 10, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Young Israel of Hillcrest. For more information visit Challenge-ei.com.

Chanita Teitz is a real-estate broker at Astor Brokerage in Kew Gardens Hills, serving the entire Queens vicinity. For all your real-estate needs, call her at 718-263-4500 or email chanita@astorbrokerage.com.

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