YCQ Fourth-Grade Boys’ Melaveh Malkah
Motzaei Shabbat, Parashat Mishpatim, the fourth-grade boys at Yeshiva of Central Queens gathered for a parent–child melaveh malkah. The students and their parents were each given a set to make their own pair of tzitzit. Under the guidance of Rabbi Shmuel Soffer, they discussed the importance of tzitzit and the mitzvah of wearing them. He walked them through step by step until each knot was tied and the tzitzit were ready to be worn.
Yonatan Gemal attended with both of his parents. He said, “I will never doubt again how hard it is to tie the knots in tzitzit, but it was a success and I really enjoyed doing it with my parents.” While the boys were finishing up, their rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel Lemann, told them a story about Rabbi Yisroel Salanter, founder of the mussar movement, who taught us to be honest and caring Jews.
David Gadol said, “I learned that the gematria of tzitzit is 600 and along with the five knots and eight strings it is equal to 13, adding up to the 613 mitzvot, which is why this is such an important mitzvah. I especially really liked hanging out with my father and making my own tzitzit.”
Following the activity, Rabbi Ophie Nat joined the students, parents, and elementary school administration for a beautiful kumzits. Dr. Gomberg, parent of fourth-grader Kobie Gomberg, led the boys in a beautiful zemer. Every boy was singing, bringing a strong feeling of Yiddishkeit and unity to the dining hall. The event was organized and run by Shirly Pourad. As Jews, the boys are proud to take on the mitzvah of tzitzit daily; they are especially proud of these that they made themselves.
BYQ Hard at Work
The students of Bais Yaakov of Queens are hard at work with creative, thoughtful, and meaningful projects in literacy. The second-graders are working to create their second book of the year. This book is based on a science unit on animals. The girls studied and researched different animals while learning a new medium for illustration. In their books they are using their research skills and displaying a special technique called collage. This technique was used by well-known author Eric Carle. The girls are having a wonderful time while they expand their writing horizons!
The sixth-graders read a touching story called “Hattie’s Birthday Box.” After completing the story, each student drew a classmate’s name to be her secret box buddy. The girls designed boxes of hope and inspiration for their classmates. Each box included five compliments, one original poem or story, one letter of encouragement, one creative illustration, and one handmade gift. The girls did a beautiful job displaying their creativity and sensitivity as they worked hard on bringing inspiration to their classmates!
In the seventh grade, the girls are working on a research project of famous people who overcame challenges and their contributed achievements. Some examples are Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Christopher Reeve, Thomas Edison, Ludwig von Beethoven, Michael Phelps, Albert Einstein, and Winston Churchill. The girls are inspired by the way these people overcame difficulties, persevered, and became so successful! Literacy and learning are rigorous and relevant at Bais Yaakov of Queens!