Upper School Weekly Update

March 9, 2018  -  Vahakhel-Pekude/Shabbat Parah

In This Issue
D'var Torah
Thoughts of the Rav
80th Anniversary Celebration
Financial Aid Deadline
Seniors at AIPAC
PTA Skating Party
Baseball Tournament
Division Newsletters
Social Media
Next Week 
Sunday, March 11 
Daylight Saving Time Begins

SAT Tests

Monday, March 12
Regular Schedule

Tuesday, March 13
Regular Schedule

Wednesday, March 14
9th grade PSAT

Thursday, March 15
Regular Schedule

Friday,March 16 
Resume 2:30 Dismissal

End of Third Quarter

11th-grade Shabbaton 
In Two Weeks
Monday, March 19  
Softball tryouts: 5:15-7:00
Baseball tryouts: 5:30-8:30

Tuesday, March 20
Faculty Meeting: 
3:00 pm dismissal
Special Schedule

Softball/Baseball Tryouts: 4:00-7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 21
10th grade PSAT

Thursday, March 22
11th grade College Visit Weekend

Friday, March 23 
11th grade College Visit Weekend 

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D'var Torah
by Rabbi David Saltzman  

The Kli Yakar wonders why there seems to be a repetition at the end of this week's parasha regarding the people following the instructions when building the Mishkan. In perek 39 pasuk 32 it states that
וַֽיַּעֲשׂוּ֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל כְּ֠כֹל אֲשֶׁ֨ר צִוָּ֧ה ה' אֶת־מֹשֶׁ֖ה כֵּ֥ן עָשֽׂוּ
and the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so did they.
And a few pesukim later, in pasuk 42, it also records that
כְּכֹ֛ל אֲשֶׁר־צִוָּ֥ה ה' אֶת־מֹשֶׁ֑ה כֵּ֤ן עָשׂוּ֙ בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל אֵ֖ת כָּל־הָעֲבֹדָֽה׃
According to all that the Lord commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did all the work.
Only 10 pesukim apart, the Torah records the same basic information.
What does each phrase mean?
The Kli Yakar answers that the first stage, which is described in pasuk 32, was the completion of each individual item of the Mishkan. Each specific vessel and each particular aspect of the Mishkan was completed perfectly as G-d commanded.
Then when the Mishkan was assembled in its entirety, which is described in pasuk 42, Moshe made sure that all the independent pieces and parts fit together to make a perfect building, as the Kli Yakar writes:
כי היה בהם טוב כללי שנעשו על הסדר הנכון דהיינו חיבור כל העבודה ביחד
(Moshe saw) that there was total perfection and that they did everything according to plan. Meaning, each individual element of the building came together as one unit.
Like the Mishkan, Maimonides is made up of many individual people who collectively make this school so special. Each student is part of a class, which is part of a grade, which is part of a division, which altogether make Maimonides a great place, from the Early Childhood Center through 12th grade.
At this collective level, when we come together as a group to learn, to talk, to daven, to play, and to enjoy each other's company, and we experience the school as a whole... there is no other place like Maimonides.
Similarly, each minute at Maimonides is notable - filled with learning, fun, friends, and good memories. All these minutes make up classes which combine and become years of study, woven into the tapestry of our glorious 80-year history. Our individual time at Maimonides becomes part of the greater experience, shared with everyone who preceded us and with those who will follow. Like Moshe, we can look back at the sum total of these 80 years and be proud of the impact the school has made on us individually, and the collective influence Maimonides has had on the Orthodox world at large.
Just as Moshe gave a bracha that the people should be successful with their work, so too we bless Maimonides so it should continue to be a strong, pioneering, dynamic, and important school within the Jewish community for many more years to come.  
Thoughts of the Rav 

by Rabbi Dov Huff  
את שבתותי תשמורו ומקדשי תיראו אני ה' (ויקרא כו:ב)
You shall guard my Shabbos and fear my Sanctuary. I am Hashem.
The Rav points out that the Torah links Shabbos and the Mikdash, both in our parsha specifically and throughout the Torah in general. Why is this so? The Rav answers that Shabbos and the Mikdash are both sanctuaries: the Mikdash in space, and Shabbos in time. Just as we are commanded with the Mishkan to create a physical space for Hashem - ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם , make for me a Mikdash and I will dwell among you -  so too with Shabbos we are commanded to create a space in time for Hashem.
This idea gives new meaning to how we view Shabbos - to the intense spiritual experience it allows for us as we carve out space in our own homes and in our own busy lives to connect with Hashem.
80th Anniversary Celebration
The Maimonides community was out in full force last night as more than 400 Maimo friends and family packed Fox Gymnasium for a concert with Israeli superstar Gad Elbaz to celebrate our 80th anniversary. Following a
d'var Torah by Rabbi David Saltzman and a performance by the Elementary School Choir, Head of School Naty Katz welcomed everyone and spoke about how the school is just as innovative today as it was 80 years ago. Then he went on to introduce the star of the evening, Gad Elbaz. From the opening of his popular song Hashem Melech to the final beat an hour later, Gad had everyone in the crowd swept up in a whirlwind of joyous singing and dancing. It was an amazing way to celebrate this important milestone!

Thank you to the 80th Anniversary Celebration Committee, led by parent volunteers Risa Gewurz and Amy Goldman, for the planning and execution of this fantastic event. And todah rabah to the students, faculty, and parent volunteers who helped with the event.

Financial Aid Application Deadline
The deadline for filing a financial aid application for the 2018-19 school year is March 19.
The deadline for submitting the required tax documentation is April 19.
The link to the financial aid page on the school website is
Please contact Arline Tannenbaum at ext. 425 or atannenbaum@maimonides.org with any questions.

Class of 2018 at AIPAC
One of the most anticipated events of senior year is participation in the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C.  Maimonides School, which began sending its entire senior class to the conference in 2015, remains the only Jewish day school in the country to bring an entire grade to AIPAC's annual event.

The speaker roster included Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N.; Vice President Mike Pence; and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Students also met with Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett.  They then went to Capital Hill to lobby Congressman Joe Kennedy and Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren.

The AIPAC trip is an important capstone to senior year, helping our students to become strong advocates for Israel.

PTA Skating Party
Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament
There are still three weeks until spring, but planning is already well underway for the second Ezra Schwartz Memorial Baseball Tournament in Sharon, scheduled for April 19-22. Visiting teams will be from the Frisch School, Yeshivah of Flatbush, and Yeshiva University High School of Los Angeles (YULA). 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/
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