Upper School Weekly Update

April 20, 2018  -  Tazria-Matzora

In This Issue
D'var Torah
Yom HaZikaron
Yom HaAtzmaut
Thank You
Genetics Presentation
Baseball Tournament
Israel Guidance Night
Day of Learning
Teacher Appreciation Week
Ayeka Workshop
Boy Scout Trip
Final Exams
Celebrate Israel
Division Newsletters
Social Media
Next Week 
 
Monday, April 23
 
Tuesday, April 24

Wednesday, April 25
 
Thursday, April 26
Softball vs. SSCA (TBD)
 
Friday, April 27
9th grade PSAT 
 
In Two Weeks
Sunday, April 29
 
Monday, April 30
 
Tuesday, May 1
Wednesday, May 2
 
Thursday, May 3 
(Lag B'Omer)
Last day for seniors
 
Girls' Tennis vs. Brimmer (4:15) 
 
Friday, May 4
Regular Schedule
 

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D'var Torah and Thoughts of the Rav
by Rabbi Dov Huff 

On Yom HaZikaron I heard Ruth Schwartz read two letters from friends of her son Ezra '15 זק''ל . Both of them expressed the feeling that rather than thinking about Ezra's death, they want to celebrate his life. 
 
I was thinking about this idea as the day came to an end and we transitioned from the heavy nature of Yom HaZikaron to the celebratory nature of Yom HaAtzmaut. How is it that we make these transformations from avel leyom tov, shifting the focus from death to life? On Yom HaAtzmaut, as our entire school came together to sing, dance, and show hakarat hatov for the beautiful gift that is Eretz Yisrael, I realized that a key component of this transformation is community
 
The Rav in this week's parsha discusses the ritual prescribed for curing a metzora, someone afflicted with tzara'at (leprosy). Part of the ritual involves tearing the clothing of the metzora and allowing their hair to grow. The Rav points out that this is similar to what an avel, a mourner, does upon losing a loved one. Not only that, but both are confined as well - the metzora to outside the city walls, and the avel to their home. 
 
The Rav says that although they seem the same, the two are fundamentally different. The metzora is taken from the camp and "badad yeisheiv" - must dwell alone. The metzora is isolated, removed from society. Not so the mourner. The avel, while confined, is not secluded. The avel receives visitors and is comforted by his friends. 
 
We see this difference also when it comes to a chag falling during these periods. A key component of the simcha of a yom tov is the communal aspect. On the regalim the whole of Am Yisrael joins together to make aliya l'regel - to celebrate the festival as a community. For an avel, the chag interrupts the aveilut. For a metzora it does not. He remains in his seclusion, isolated both from man and from G-d.
 
We can speculate as to what this says about the nature of the sin of the metzora. If the tzara'at is brought on by lashon hara, we can certainly understand how this person has created their own isolation, given how their actions and speech have undermined the community. 
 
The metzora does not have access to the healing power of the community, but the avel is different. They are suffering on a personal level, but are still part of the community. The community, in their moment of celebration, can reach down and lift the avel from their despair. This is the power of communal simcha and celebration. 
 
With this weekend's tournament and Shabbaton we try to tap into this power of community. A power that helps us move from Yom HaZikaron to Yom HaAtzmaut. This tournament for us is bigger than baseball. It is our communal effort to focus not on how Ezra died, but on how he lived. It celebrates his love and passion for baseball and for people. May we all contribute to and benefit from the type of simcha that can only be experienced together. 
 
 
Questions for the Shabbos table:
  1. What was your takeaway from the d'var Torah this morning? 
  2. What other reasons might there be that a chag does not impact the metzora period
  3. Why are Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut celebrated one after the other?
Yom HaZikaron Tekes Honors Soldiers and Victims of Terror

On Yom HaZikaron this Wednesday - the Memorial Day for Israeli fa llen soldiers and victims of terrorism - our students and faculty paid tribute in a m oving tekes which included music, poetry, prayer, and remembrances. In addition, Hebrew teacher Barak Cerf shared his personal story of trying to stop a terrorist attack when he was in the Israeli Secret Service. 
The tekes concluded with the Kel Malei Rachamim and the singing of Hatikvah, which was led by our Boys' Choir.  
 
 
 
Maimo Celebrates Israel at 70 on Yom HaAtzmaut
Our entire school gathered on Thursday to celebrate Israel at 70! During our Yom HaAtzmaut program, our students articulated hakarat hatov to Israel for its many contributions that have enriched and strengthened the Jewish people. Other highlights included an amazing daglunut performance by the 7th grade, lots of dancing and singing, an indoor parade, and an Israeli lunch.
Thank you to our amazing PTA for sponsoring and serving lunch (!טָעִים מְאוֹד). Also thank you to  EL AL Israel Airlines USA (Boston) for providing the Israeli flags!

Thank You 

Thank you to all the PTA volunteers who helped out with this week's special lunch on Yom HaAtzmaut!
Special thanks to Claudine Grossman for organizing the lunch!
Many thanks to Geula Gellman, Risa Gewurz, Israela Kahan, Deb Milgram, Stef Mishkin, Ellen Pulda, Debbie Rothman, Shira Ruderman, and Karen Zar for enhancing Yom HaAtzmaut for our students and serving the Israeli-style lunch.

Genetics Presentation in Limudei Kodesh Elective

Maimonides parent and medical geneticist Dr. Jodi Hoffman recently gave a presentation on Jewish genetics in Dr. Yael Jaffe's limudei kodesh elective on Jewish Marriage.

Dr. Jaffe's course is just one of many engaging and interesting elective choices for our 11th and 12th graders. 


Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament Has Begun!
The second Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament in Sharon began in cool and rainy weather yesterday. Visiting teams have arrived from the Frisch School, Yeshivah of Flatbush, and Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles (YULA). 
 
Maimonides won its first game last night against Yeshivah of Flatbush.

 
 
Ezra, זק"ל, a 2015 Maimonides graduate and varsity baseball player, was killed by a terrorist in Israel in November 2015. The tournament was established by family and friends to honor Ezra's passion for baseball and create a fun environment in which to remember him. More information can be found at http://ezraschwartzbaseballmemorial.com/.

Israel Guidance Night for Juniors and Parents
Juniors and their parents are invited to our annual  Israel  Guidance Night which will take place  Monday April 23, from  6:00-7:00 p.m. in the Saval library.

This program is designed to help students and their parents prepare for the  Israel Yeshiva/Seminary/Program application process.

You will learn more about the  Israel application timeline, the types of guidance opportunities we offer, and how visits to Maimonides from the various schools work, among other things. There will also be time to ask questions about the process.

While attendance is not mandatory, it is strongly encouraged.

We will be providing a pizza dinner for our students between  5:00-6:00 p.m., and refreshments for parents will be provided at the event.

Please RSVP to  epulda@maimonides.org if you have not already replied.

Day of Learning 

To learn more about sponsoring a Day of Learning, please click here.

Teacher Appreciation Week is Next Week!

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week (April 23-27)! The PTA is hosting breakfast on Tuesday and lunch on Thursday for all Maimonides teachers. 
 
How many times have you felt gratitude for your children's teachers?  Probably often, but we're all so busy that we can rarely take the time to let them know.  Now is the time!    
 
Please take a moment to send your child's teacher an email or note thanking them for all they do.  It's a wonderful opportunity to show hakarat hatov!   

Ayeka:  A Special Interactive Workshop on Spirituality and Connection

Join us on Monday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Saval Auditorium for a special program featuring Rabbi Aryeh Ben David, Founder and Director of Ayeka: The Center for Soulful Education. Rabbi Ben David will be sharing his vision of Jewish education that promotes a personal and vibrant relationship with Jewish text, Judaism, G-d, and spirituality.  He will also discuss how we can focus on soulful parenting in today's busy and complicated world.  RSVP t o msnyder@maimonides.org


Another Exciting Adventure with Maimonides' Boy Scout Troop 54

Recently returned from a 12-day trip to Israel to study the plants and animals of the Tanach and Talmud in the wild, our Maimonides School Boy Scout Troop 54 is off to another adventure! This time it's closer to home.
Boys in grades 5 through 9 are invited to share in the fun on a weekend camping trip to Camp Squanto in Plymouth, MA, from Friday afternoon, April 27 through Sunday afternoon, April 29.
We will leave Maimonides shortly after noon to arrive in time to pitch tents, build fires, and cook Shabbat dinner. All boys sleep in tents, while we share a heated cabin for meals and davening. Students will participate in great activities from Shabbat afternoon through Sunday morning, before returning home Sunday afternoon.  Cost is $65 for the weekend.
You do not have to be a member of the Scouts to join this trip.  To sign up, go to tinyurl.com/T54Reg

For more information call Dr. Howard Spielman, Scoutmaster at (781) 439-5250.
 
Final Exam/Assessment Period Schedule for Grades 9, 10 and 11
Please note the following schedule for the 2018 Final Exam/Assessment Period for grades 9-11:

Friday, June 1
Last day of US classes; 2:30 dismissal

Monday, June 4
9:00-10:30am (11:15am for extended time) - History
12:00-1:30pm (2:15pm for extended time) - Navi

Wednesday, June 6
9:00-10:30am (11:15am for extended time) - English
12:00-1:30pm (2:15pm for extended time) - Talmud 

Friday, June 8
9:00-10:30am (11:15am for extended time) - Math 
12:00-1:30pm (2:15pm for extended time) - Chumash

Monday, June 11
9:00-10:30am (11:15am for extended time) - Science
12:00-1:30pm (2:15pm for extended time) - Jewish History 

Wednesday, June 13
Projects due by 10:30am - World Languages

Friday, June 15
9:30-10:30am - US Final Exam Hand-Backs 

Celebrate Israel 


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