September 29 , 2017

9 Tishrei 5778
   


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    Candle Lighting at 6:51 PM
 
Looking Back On Ourselves To Look Forward Together    

On Yom Kippur we recite  vidui , confession, asking God to forgive us for this past year's misdeeds and committing to improving ourselves in the upcoming year. I would expect the mood to be somber, reflective, and almost mournful.
Why, then, do we sing the  vidui  in an almost upbeat manner? In truth, we only
sometimes sing the vidui. During the individual's personal Shemoneh Esrei, the vidui is recited silently and somberly, but in the chazan's repetition, we sing the vidui joyously. Why?
 
Rav Soloveitchik explains that on Yom Kippur we are judged both as individuals and as members of the Jewish people. During our personal tefillah, we focus on our individual shortcomings and personal requests for forgiveness. In contrast, during the chazan's repetition, we focus on the communal aspects of teshuva. We remain somber when focusing on ourselves, but we confidently and joyously sing when we focus on the future of the Jewish people and our relationship with God.
 
It is a great joy to be a member of the Jewish people. As we sing on Yom Kippur and show our confidence in the Jewish people, let's redouble our commitment to our entire community and thank God for the privilege of living Jewish lives. I am proud to be part of an institution whose goal is to develop the next generation of young Jewish leaders who love being Jewish and who commit themselves confidently to the future of the Jewish people.

Thank you to all of the students, parents, and supporters of the Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida, and best wishes for a G'mar Chatimah Tovah.
 
Shabbat Shalom,  
 
Ketiva V'chatima Tovah.
 
Rabbi Jonathan Kroll 
 
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Good and Welfare 
Engagements
  Moises Sterental ('15) to Laura Betesh ('15)
 
Condolences 
Mr. Avi and Mrs. Devora Orlan and Penina Orlan on the passing of their beloved daughter and sister, Miriam.  
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Prayer, Pizza, & Penitence
Students Have a Meaningful Kumsitz and Selichot with Baruch Levine

Graphic by Mayrav Saketkhou ('20) and Akiva Groman ('19) 
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Experiencing A Category Five Storm of Kindness
Rav Ephraim Shapiro Speaks to Students About the Lessons Irma has Taught Us
Graphic by Daniel Gross ('19)
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Night Seder Begins!
Dedicated Students Stay After School for the First Annual Night Seder
Graphic by Akiva Splaver ('18)
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Teacher Spotlight
Meet Mrs. Orly Klapholtz, KYHS English Teacher

Graphic by Mayrav Saketkhou ('20)
Interview by Ariella Gross ('21)
 
1. Where did you grow up?
 
I grew up in Lower Merion, a suburb outside of Philadelphia.
 
2. Where did you go to college?
 
I went to Stern College for Women.
 
3. What subject do you teach? Why this particular subject?
 
I teach English because it is through literature with which we are better able to understand the world around us and the experience of others.
 
4. What inspired you to become a teacher?
 
I witnessed students who weren't being given the same educational opportunities as others or were written off as unable to learn and as a result, I chose to become a teacher.
 
5. What is your favorite part about your job?  
 
Watching students understand something for the first time or coming to a realization they've never had before.
 
6. Have you taught at other schools?
 
I have taught in a school called Shefa and 2 public schools: Bronx Career and College Preparatory High School and E.L.L.I.S.
 
7. Do you have a fun fact you would like to share?
 
My sister and I are in Sara Bareilles' book (if you're not sure who that is, look her up)  

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Fall Sports Begin!
Break Out Your Swag and Get Ready to Cheer on your KYHS Team
Graphic by Justin Isaacs ('19)
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Cleaning Up The Keys
KYHS Student Counsel Lends a Hand in Hurricane Cleanup
Graphic by Sydney Freedman ('20)
Article by Meital Fixler ('19)

        I watched the news. I read the articles. I saw the pictures. But seeing Hurricane Irma's devastation of the Florida Keys with my own eyes truly allowed me to fathom the severity of this horrific storm. At the break of dawn, a group of students from KYHS and DKJA boarded the bus for a long and tedious trip ahead of them. Peanut butter sandwiches, chainsaws, axes, and water were all necessities brought on our mission to clean up the destruction in Key West. Trash, such as destroyed mattresses, refrigerators, furniture, and trees, were scattered on the sides of the streets for miles before even reaching our destination.  
     When we arrived at the Chabad House of Key West, students were eager to get off the bus and get to work. We were kindly greeted by Rabbi Zucker and his family and instructed on what needed to be done. We began by clearing large branches and broken playground equipment from the entrance, eventually sawing through uprooted and fallen trees all around the shul.  
     After hours of arduous labor, Rabbi Zucker lead us on a walk to his home so that we could continue clearing up the community. As we were walking, our hearts filled with sorrow as we saw broken roofs, crushed vehicles, and moldy homes.  
      Going on a mission to Key West was truly an eye-opening and inspiring experience. Volunteers, young and old, came together to help families clear the destruction from their homes so that they can live comfortably. This humanitariantrip induced feelings of gratitude and appreciation within our group. Thank you to Shira Englander, Rabbi Broide, and Rabbi Zucker for providing us with the amazing opportunity to do chesed for the community of Key West.
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Sara's Scoop: Homesick
Why KYHS Students Both Love the New Building and Miss the Old
 
Graphic by Noah Bernten ('18) and Akiva Stalan ('19)  
Article by Sara Deichman ('19)  
 
It is undeniable that the new building of KYHS is amazing. It is hi-tech, radiant, and beautiful. However, there is a sharp divide in student reaction. I was shocked to find myself within a conversation on the first day of school with my friends in which they were expressing how much they miss the old building. Why would anyone miss the old building? We have gone from two cowering hallways to an extravagant, state-of-the art campus. As these conversations kept occurring between seniors and my fellow juniors, I understood there was a real psychological divide within our school. It was underclassmen versus upperclassmen, and the reason for it was right in front of my eyes all along.
From my observations, underclassmen are in awe, drawn into the Makerspace , large cafeteria, and modern classrooms. As the building is more than any of us could have imagined, they are rightfully immersed in the advances the school has to offer. The truth is, every student is eternally grateful to the builders and the hard work that went into this building. While it is evident that the building is wonderful, many students ponder returning to the school's previous BRS campus and squeeze through the tiny hallways once again. The old campus was crowded, old, and lacked proper learning facilities, without an operational safety shower or enough classrooms to accommodate the growing KYHS student body. However, the old building was our lived in, worn out home. Years of memories were built upon those floors and remembered within those walls. This is the core reason why upperclassmen feel uncomfortable. No, the old building did not have a weight room, but it did have history. Underclassmen love the new building because with so much left of high school ahead of them, their memories will indefinitely fill the current bare space.
    It is certain that the new building will one day hold memories of thousands of children. But it will not hold the bulk of the memories of the KYHS classes of 2018 and 2019 . For those students left the building they called home for multiple years. The upperclassmen are simply homesick. An uncontrollable emotion that children feel at sleepaway camp, inhabiting their minds forcing out tears and a sick feeling in the stomach. When the KYHS upperclassmen entered the building one summer morning, the white walls screamed modern and beautiful, but it did not scream home. With every bone in their bodies, students appreciate the new building. They are prepared to learn from it and to embrace everything it has to offer. The fact of the matter is, there is more to KYHS than a building. To the underclassmen and multitudes of classes to follow, make this house a home . But the old building will forever be filled with our old memories. Hopefully soon, for underclassmen and upperclassmen alike, this building too will contain memories beyond compare.
 
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This Week In Pictures 
 
Graphic by Max Frohlich ('21)  

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