November 17, 2017
 28th of Cheshvan, 5778 

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    Parshat Toldot
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The Torah teaches us that Yaakov and Esav struggled with each other in utero. Rashi cites the midrash and explains that when Rivka walked past houses of idolatry, Esav began to kick, and when she passed by places of Torah, Yaakov began to kick. The Chasidic masters explain that Rivka's individual experience parallels our own experiences. Each of us has positive impulses and negative impulses. And, like Rivka, who walked past different houses of worship, we too - depending on our environment - sometimes favor one impulse over the other.  This is simply part of the human condition. Sometimes we find ourselves drawn to do good and sometimes we find ourselves disappointed in our own actions. While these dualistic impulses parallel the experiences of Rivka's pregnancy, we are also meant to ask the question that Rivka asks as a result of her conflict: אם כן למה זה אנוכי? Perhaps the meaning of her question is: If indeed I struggle between good and bad, then who really am I? What is the nature of my identity? With all of the awful revelations in the news about the misdeeds of celebrities and politicians, it behooves us to look closely at ourselves, to look squarely at our strengths and weaknesses, and to ask the question of ourselves: who am I and what can I do to make sure that my core identity is aligned with justice and righteousness?  
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Jonathan Kroll
Head of School
Upcoming Events
Sat. Nov 18 
Freshman Overnight @ KYHS
Wed. Nov 22  
Last Day of the First Trimester
Mincha Followed by Early Dismissal
Nov 23-26 
Thanksgiving Break No Classes 
Good and Welfare 
Hadassah Tirschwell ('11) and Yisroel Frankel on the birth of a baby girl. Mazel Tov to Rabbi Perry and Miriam Tirschwell.

Arielle Odiz ('16) to Simcha Bonnardel from Aventura.

Mr. Jeffery Silkin on the passing of his beloved father, Henry Silkin.

Eye-Opening Open House
Eighth Graders and Parents Get a Glimpse of Life at KYHS 
Graphic by Sydney Freedman ('20)
Article by Shoshana Stadlan (perspective student '22)
On Sunday November 7, the KYHS hallways were filled with hundreds of prospective freshman from all over South Florida. As I entered the magnificent new building, I was greeted by lively music from the Chazak band and the smiling faces of many current KYHS students. Once inside, we were led into the cafeteria where we enjoyed a delicious brunch consisting of fruit, drinks, and other delicacies. Then we were ushered into the incredible Beit Midrash, and listened to informative speeches from Mr. Kaminetsky, Rabbi Kroll, Mrs. Kanner, and the student council President and Vice President. We watched a video made by the videography class, showcasing the variety of extracurricular opportunities available at KYHS, such as sports teams, girls who code, chessed club, yearbook and many more. I really enjoyed it, and was pleasantly overwhelmed with how many choices there were. Later, we broke into groups and toured the building, going from the enormous gym to the extraordinary STEAM room, where we got to experiment with the laser printer and VR sets, to the science lab and art room.  Finally, we split up into different classrooms, and got a preview of what we will be learning in a few different classes. I can't wait to be a KYHS student!
Two-Time Champs
Girls Basketball Team Crushes Maayanot In Championship Win
Graphic by Noa Markovitz ('19) and Akiva Splaver ('18)
Interview by Max Wiederhorn ('18)
Max C. Wiederhorn: Isabella, congratulations on yet another tournament win with the girls basketball team.
Isabella Berkley: Thank you.
MW: What was your highlight of the tournament?
IB: My tournament highlight was winning the championship game. The sense of accomplishment was unparalleled.
MW: What was going through your mind as that final whistle blew and you realized you guys won another championship?
IB: As I won the game I could not stop smiling. Every brutal basketball practice we went through paid off. I owe a debt of gratitude to my coaches, Klay and Lindsay, for the amazing training he's done.
MW: Wow, that's great. As a captain, what advice do you have for future tournaments?
IB: My piece of advice is too never allow yourself to be too confident on the court.
MW: Great message. As to you as a player, who do you model your game after?
IB: Dwyane Wade as he is an all team player. The big three of the 2013 Miami Heat championship (Wade, LeBron, Bosh) are who Gabi, Emma and I model after. Gabi being Bosh, Emma being LeBron, and myself Wade.

Arrive Alive
KYHS Students Experience the Dangers of Distracted Driving Firsthand in VR Simulator
Graphic by Justin Isaacs ('19)
Article by Sara Deichman ('19)

            In 2015 alone, 3,477 people were killed in distraction-related crashes. With 8% of those involved being teens in high school, according to NHTSA, it is incumbent upon today's teens to learn about how distracted driving impacts judgement and what the massive dangers are related to it. This week, KYHS brought in the "Arrive Alive" team to educate students about the dangers of distracted driving. Students were encouraged to climb into the driver's seat of a stationary car, grip the wheel, and get a taste of what distracted driving really feels like. With a pair of virtual reality glasses, students were able to pick one of two settings: texting while driving or drunk driving. Students then "drove" down a virtual highway, navigating virtual obstacles like traffic, pedestrians, and trees alongside the road. The virtual reality did the trick, and students were easily able to understand and appreciate how hard it truly is to control a car while one is either drunk or texting. Thank you to Arrive Alive and KYHS for giving students the opportunity to recognize the true dangers of distracted driving. This event certainly made students more aware in an engaging and hands-on fashion.
Standing With Israel
Yahya Mohamed Shares His Journey in Standing Up for What Was Right
Graphic by Akiva Groman ('19)
Article by Adina Hirsch ('19)

       Last Thursday, KYHS students were privileged to hear from guest speaker, Yahya Mohamed. Yahya Mohamed grew up in the Israeli Arab city of Umm Al-Fahm, where he was raised to hate Israel and the Jewish people. He grew up surrounded by swastikas, acts of terrorism, and hateful words regarding Israel and the Jewish people. When Yahya Mohamed left his city and began working at a hotel in Tel Aviv, he developed relationships with Israelis and began to see past his city's prejudices that were indoctrinated into him since birth. Then the three boys -- Naftali, Eyal, and Gilad -- were kidnapped and murdered by terrorists. Yahya took this opportunity to speak out, and posted a video of himself on Facebook condemning the terrorist attack and showing support to Israel. His village did not respond well to this. Yahya received multiple death threats, was forced to go the police, and eventually had to leave his village and family. Stand with Us saw Yahya's video and offered him a job there. Yahya currently works for Stand with Us, living in Jerusalem and traveling around the world, spreading his story and love of Israel. Yahya Mohamed plans on enlisting in the Israeli army shortly. His bravery is highly admired and students were incredibly privileged to hear from him.

Students Get to Know Their Teachers on a Personal Level During Thursday's Lunch Program
Graphic by Liora Mayer ('20) Shaina Fein ('20)
Great God! It's Gatsby Day!
Mrs. Hochner's 10th Grade Class Take a Trip Back in Time to the 1920's
Graphic by Yosef Linzer ('18)
Article by Al Dimont ('20)

              On Thursday, the halls of KYHS looked like a scene straight from the 1920' s! Students in Mrs. Hochner's 10th grade English class came to school dressed in 1920 attire or as a character from the well-known book, The Great Gatsby. This included the overwhelming amount of boys who wore caps, ties, and white shirts, and girls who wore tiaras to fit the theme. During class itself, the students watched the movie featuring Leonardo DiCaprio. Mrs. Hochner brought in 1920s cuisine including ginger ale in champagne floats in addition to foods of different colors representing the prominent theme of colors in The Great Gatsby. Students loved having the opportunity to do something creative like dress up and have fun with their learning!

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