November 3, 2017
 14th of Cheshvan, 5778 

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    Parshat Vayera
Candle Lighting at 6:19 PM
Like a Waving Flag
Toward the end of this week's parsha, we read of Akeidat Yitzchak. We are introduced to the event with the words, "והאלוקים נסה את אברהם." The precise translation of this phrase is a matter of dispute. The Ramban translates it as "God tested Avraham." He explains that God presented Avraham with a test that would give him an opportunity to exercise his great faith. The Rambam and the Abarbanel, however, understand the term "נסה" differently. God did not "test" Avraham. That was not the purpose of the akeida. Instead, the purpose of the akeida was to show the world what Avraham was capable of. A נס can mean a flag or a banner. The phrase "והאלוקים נסה את אברהם" therefore means that God displayed Avraham to the world, that Avraham was held up as a banner for all mankind to learn from and for our nation to be inspired by.  The Rambam explains that Avraham's behavior throughout Akeidat Yitzchak was the banner for two important principles: total devotion to God and the reality of prophecy. 

In a certain way, I see KYHS serving as נס, a banner that displays what is great about a Modern Orthodox yeshiva education. Our students engage their Torah learning and the best of general culture with seriousness and dedication. I am proud of what we have accomplished and I hope that we can all see our school in aspirational terms as well- always striving to serve as a banner for others to emulate.  As our Open House for incoming students takes place this Sunday, I am excited to share our banner with a new generation of students. Thank you to the editors of Highlites for another great edition.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Jonathan Kroll
Head of School
Upcoming Events
Sun. Nov 5 
Open House for Prospective Students and Families
Good and Welfare 
Shira Pritzker ('04) to Maor Danino.
Sam Cohen (04) and Sara Cohen on the birth of their son, and grandson to Claudia and Doug Cohen.

Bar Mitzvah
Mrs. Ora Lee & Dr. Michael Kanner on the Bar Mitzvah of their grandson.

Mrs. Elizabeth Wolf on the passing of her beloved mother, Alexa Gross.
Mrs. Raisy Gittler on the passing of her beloved father, Manny Koegel.
Proud in Pink
Mrs. Miller Shares Her Story with KYHS Students During Breast Cancer Awareness Month 
Graphic by Justin Isaacs ('19)
Article by Ariella Gross ('21)

This Wednesday, students and staff wore pink to school in order to spread breast cancer awareness. Lauren Miller, mother of KYHS senior Alyson Winderbaum, spoke to students about her battle with breast cancer. Attendee Sara Deichman recalls, "Mrs. Miller was absolutely inspiring. She taught us how to be positive, no matter what situation we are in, and told us her memorable story, which I feel deeply impacted us all." Additionally, Alyson sold breast cancer awareness-themed pencils, pins, and headbands to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and Avigayil and Eliana Broide sold cupcakes to benefit Sharsheret. This week was a huge success!
Tragedy & Triumph
Lone Soldier Jake Leznik Speaks to Seniors About His Inspiring Experience in the IDF
Graphic by Noa Markovitz ('19) and Joshua Bernten ('20)
Article by Eli Litwin ('18)
         Last Friday the senior class was granted the wonderful opportunity to hear from Jake Leznik during the weekly JED Talk. Leznik's story is one of true tragedy and triumph. After making aliyah with the organization Nefesh B'Nefesh, Leznik enlisted in the Israeli Army. He described how one of the greatest difficulties in basic training, besides for the strenuous tasks and routines, was his lack of ability to speak Hebrew. Upon finishing his basic training and after only four days of being a full-fledged soldier, he recounts waiting at a bus stop with his fellow soldiers and suddenly being struck by a car. An Arab driver had intentionally rammed into him and his friends in order to carry out a terrorist attack. Although there were no casualties, Leznik and his friends were severely wounded. Leznik discussed his feelings of shock and confusion following the attack, as well his long recovery process in the hospital. He recounted how although he was relatively new to Israeli society, he felt like he had lived there his entire life; the amount of visitors he received was truly astonishing. He was visited by strangers, members from Nefesh B'Nefesh, fellow Americans, soldiers, top commanders, and many more individuals. After his long recovery, Leznik decided to return to the army where he became a shooting trainer for new soldiers. Jake Leznik's story, displaying his courage and strength, was truly inspiring.

Sara's Scoop:  Procrastination Nation 
Secret Benefits of Leaving Things for the Last Minute
Graphic by Highlights Staff
Article by Sara Deichman ('19)

        Ever been reprimanded for pushing an assignment to the last possible day? Cursed yourself for pulling that all-nighter to get your work done? You are not alone. In an efficiency-obsessed society like ours, it is no wonder starting things late is seen as irresponsible and careless. Sure, the early bird gets the worm, but to all the procrastinators out there, there is benefit to your method as well. I'd like to suggest that there are three core benefits to procrastination: efficiency, good decision making, and prioritization. In our school, more than half of the 11th graders identify as procrastinators. The reason? With stress build up, it is logical for the brain to focus on other tasks and avoid taking on the immense stress-provoking tasks ahead. However, these procrastinators learn unparalleled life skills in the long run. Those who leave required assignments for the last minute surely learn how to accomplish much in a small time interval, a truly commendable ability, useful not only on standardized tests and AP exams, but also within the workforce at large as tasks become more demanding.

        In addition, author Frank Partnoy claims in his novel, "Wait: The Art and Science of Delay," that the best time to make a decision is at the last moment possible, further proving the theory that waiting to do something has value. According to his idea, one should take a deep breath and evaluate the situation at hand. At the point necessary to complete the task and make the decision, one not only has a clear understanding of the decision, but also is able to say "yes" or "no" without wiggle room to ponder the decision or go back and change the answer. Therefore, procrastination within the realm of decision-making is beneficial.

        Procrastinators must prioritize. This statement is perhaps the most hidden benefit of all due to its similarity to a con. While some may argue procrastinators do the bare necessities, and that is not positive, I beg to differ. The truth is, procrastinators have the ability to say, "I WILL do this, but I WILL NOT do that." It is often a struggle for humankind to break down what truly matters. Procrastinators have it covered, as by only doing what is necessary, they define necessity. Seeing a situation for what it truly is, is a life skill procrastinators gain. While in a time crunch, one can reassess a situation and eliminate any unnecessary tasks.
This is not to say everyone should wait until the last possible moment to assess necessary work. However, there are both short term and long term benefits for those of us who simply cannot get ahead of the game.

Advocating at AIPAC
KYHS Students Join High Schoolers from Across the Country at AIPAC's High School Summit
Graphic by Daniel Gross ('19)
Article by Meital Fixler ('19)

            On Sunday morning, Rabbi Hochman, 4 other students, and I boarded our flight to Washington, DC for an educational, tiring, and influential trip to AIPAC's Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit. A series of key ideas were highlighted throughout the conference, including: AIPAC is bipartisan and it is important to build up a relationship with your congressmen in order to effectively lobby them. After attending numerous sessions, learning about what AIPAC does, and learning how to lobby congress, we were given the opportunity to turn our political activism training into action by lobbying our member of Congress, Congresswoman Lois Frankel's staffer. Before our 11:30 appointment with Daniel Bleiberg, we strolled through the city, enjoying the cool weather and observing the history 
around us. Thank you to Rabbi Hochman for providing us with this amazing opportunity of attending High School Summit.
Cross Country
The Cross Country Team Wraps up a Successful Season
Graphic by Yosef Linzer ('18)
Article by Al Dimont ('20)

The cross country team may have hit some bumps in the road, but was a great success in the end. First, the team went through grueling tryouts. It was hot outside that day and the sun was beating down on the runners. Once tryouts concluded, the newly formed team practiced and practiced under the hot sun. They thought it was unbearable, but they pushed through. One of the team members, Ty Kay, said with a positive outlook, "It was fun". Together they were able to train and push each other to their limits. Then, right before the first meet, a huge storm named Irma arrived. It canceled the team members' first chance at victory. But a week and a half later, the team got to do what they love, run. By the end of the season, the team had successfully run four meets, which were each a 5k, and then a district-wide meet as well. The team may not have won every race or advanced to regionals, but they learned a lot. Team member Hodaya Gerlitz said, "Being on the cross country team has not only given me the motivation to run, but has given me the opportunity to be part of a team, and I created friendships with people I wouldn't have otherwise." Next season, try out cross country because it isn't just about the running, it's also about the experiences gained. 
The Cold Season
"I Think There's Something Going Around"
Graphic by Akiva Groman ('19)
The Sound of Music
 Rabbi Kroll Shows Off His DJ Skills Between Classes
Graphic by Justin Isaacs ('19) Akiva Groman ('19)

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