February 2, 2018
 17th of Sh'vat, 5778 

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    Parshat Yitro
Candle Lighting at 5:46 PM

The Ramp to Success

At the end of this week's parsha, Hashem instructs us that when building the altar in the mishkan, we should not build a staircase to ascend toward its top but a ramp. Why a ramp as opposed to stairs? Perhaps the Torah is teaching us that the road towards spirituality and service of God is more like a ramp than a set of stairs. Climbing stairs allows a person to pause and take a break. In fact, someone climbing a set of stairs could potentially remain stuck on one stair for a long time.  A ramp, on the other hand, has no room for breaks or pauses. One needs to constantly be moving forward or he is likely to slide backward.

It has been a busy week at KYHS. With so many exciting opportunities, students are encouraged to constantly be growing, developing, and aspiring toward greatness. May we all strive to continuously achieve growth and to never be complacent with the status quo. May we all experience life as a ramp, and may we have the energy to always move forward up that ramp.

Thank you to the Highlites staff for another stellar edition. Shabbat Shalom.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Jonathan Kroll
Head of School
Upcoming Events
Feb. 2-3 
BJV Basketball tournament
Feb. 5 
Parent Teacher Conferences 
Feb. 6 
Late Start 
Good and Welfare
Elyse Tripp ('14) to Michael Heino from Woodmere, NY.

Steven Marin ('06) to Rebecca Lavian from New York, NY.
Didi Weiss ('11) to Eliana Diament.

Lilly Katz ('14) to Ezra Gontownik. Mazel Tov to Daniel and Caroline Katz.

Faculty Mazel Tovs
Mrs. Holly (Hampton '09) and Eliezer Seidenfeld on the birth of a baby boy, Chaim Yehuda

Dr. Marcus Mayer on the passing of his beloved father, Marvin Mayer.

Mrs. Sandy Siller on the passing of her beloved mother, Ruth Glick.

Shimon Harary on the passing of his beloved brother, HaRav David Chaim Harary.
Addiction Awareness
Lisa Hillman, Mother of a Formerly Addicted Teenager, Visits KYHS With Her Son Jacob to Speak About Their Struggles and How to Push Through
Graphic by Daniel Gross ('19)
Article by Eli Litwin ('18)
        Several weeks ago, the entire KYHS student body had the privilege of hearing from Lisa Hillman. She is the author of "Secret No More," a book that provides a firsthand account of a story of hope for parents of children dealing with drug and alcohol abuse. Throughout the presentation, Mrs. Hillman described the trials and tribulations she faced as the mother of an addicted teenager.

In addition to detailing her own personal account, she stressed the dangers and immense difficulties that addiction causes for the addict, their siblings, and their parents. Following her presentation, she called her son Jacob, a former addict, up to the podium for a brief question-and-answer session. The program was both powerful and insightful as students received feedback and answers about drug and alcohol addiction directly from an individual who faced those issues and successfully conquered them. The Hillmans were truly a perfect duo in helping raise awareness regarding the dangers of substance use and abuse.  

Fruits and Festivities
KYHS Students Celebrate Tu B'Shvat With a Peirot Tisch and Tachanun-free Davening  
Graphic by Daniel Gross ('19) and Shmuel Gross ('19)
Battle of the Ages
Girls Varsity Basketball Takes on Alumni in Epic Showdown
Graphic by Akiva Stadlan ('19) 
Football Females
KYHS Girls Soccer Team Completes an Outstanding Season, Finishes in 3rd Seed
Graphic by Akiva Groman ('19)
Article by Jacqueline Zimmerman ('19) 
For KYHS soccer, this year was certainly a success, filled with training, teamwork, and sportsmanship beyond compare. The girls soccer team ended up in the 3rd seed. It was a stellar finish for the team, acknowledged for their sportsmanship on and off the field. During districts, the girls soccer team beat Donna Klein with an astounding score of 6-0, but the girls unfortunately fell against Boca Christian, defeated by a score of 2-1.

The team demonstrated immense dedication to the game, as almost all of the players sacrificed their winter vacations to compete in the district games. This season, the girls truly exemplified what it means to love the game you play. 
We Are The Champions!
(Well Almost)
Boys' Soccer Team Narrowly Loses District Championship, Still Advances to Regionals
Graphic by Justin Isaacs ('19) 
Article by Jacqueline Zimmerman ('19)
The boys soccer team, still progressing on to regionals, finished their district season on an unbelievable note, beating Pope by a score of 4-2 and Boca Christian with a score of 2-0. Notable scorers in these victories were Yitzy Lanner, Ty Kay, Zach Cohen, and Dovid Lanner. The team then advanced to the championship game against Donna Klein where they fought hard, but unfortunately lost by a score of 2-1.

Despite the loss, the ruach was tangible at the game as students came dressed in KYHS school colors, wore face paint, cheered, and danced throughout the championship. No matter what the score was at the end of the game, KYHS students and fans proved that we are certainly proud of our boys for competing, expressing much teamwork, and working hard. As the boys advance to regionals in the upcoming week, fans can be certain they will make KYHS proud. Go Storm!

Not Terry's Job
New Catchphrase Circulates School, Promises Increased Personal Responsibility for Garbage Cleanup
Graphic by Mayrav Saketkhou ('20) 
Exposing the Truth
Award-winning Investigative Journalist Edwin Black Educates KYHS Students on Little-known Israeli History
Graphic by Daniel Gross ('19)
Interview by Meital Fixler ('19)
With a mission of Zionism, KYHS is always looking to thoroughly educate its students about the land of Israel. This mission was certainly fulfilled on Wednesday when students had the privilege of hearing from Edwin Black, an award-winning, New York Times best-selling, international investigative author.

His work focuses on human rights, genocide and hate, corporate criminality, corruption, government misconduct, historical investigation, and a variety of other topics. Mr. Black provided students with a deeper insight into Jewish history and Jewish nationalism. He proved to students through historical primary sources how Israel is the national homeland of the Jewish people. He specifically focused on the severity and effect the Balfour Declaration had on international law. Students developed a greater understanding of history and were inspired by his words, "this is the beginning of your journey into personal identification and history." 
The Truth About Eating Disorders
Temimah Zucker, Therapist, Shares Her Story and Explains Eating Disorders to KYHS Students
Graphic by Justin Isaacs ('19)
Article by Adina Hirsch ('19)
  With over 30 million Americans currently diagnosed with eating disorders, it is imperative for students in this day and age to be educated on this topic. KYHS's student body was privileged to hear social worker and therapist, Temimah Zucker, speak about eating disorders and body image. Ms. Zucker began her talk by disproving common myths regarding eating disorders, such as the impossibility of full recovery, that eating disorders are typically found only in women and not men, and that the underlying causes of eating disorders are issues pertaining to one's outward appearance.

Ms. Zucker then shared her personal story of how she herself combated an eating disorder and then overcame it. She explained how she covered up personal struggles and depression, using food as her coping mechanism to escape her everyday struggles. Currently, Ms. Zucker works at the Monte Nido Eating Disorder Treatment of New York and as a therapist in private practice, helping to combat eating disorders daily.

Students truly learned and benefited from Ms. Zucker's words of wisdom as Shirel Garzon ('19) stated, "she provided an insight into eating disorders through her inspiring story." Additionally, according to Sara Deichman ('19), "she enlightened the student body, separating the truth from the rumors we had always heard growing up." Ms. Zucker proved to be quite an informative and enthralling speaker that KYHS was extraordinarily fortunate to host. 

The Yeshiva Highlites Staff