Graphic by Ariella Mayer ('23)
This week we read Parshat Shekalim. The pasuk in Ki Tisa commands:

״זֶה יִתְּנוּ כָּל־הָעֹבֵר עַל־הַפְּקֻדִים מַחֲצִית הַשֶּׁקֶל בְּשֶׁקֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ עֶשְׂרִים גֵּרָה הַשֶּׁקֶל מַחֲצִית הַשֶּׁקֶל תְּרוּמָה לַה׳׃״

This is what everyone who is entered in the records shall pay: a half-shekel by the sanctuary weight—twenty gerahs to the shekel—a half-shekel as an offering to the Lord” (Shemot 30:13).

The Torah commands every man to give half a shekel towards the communal offering given in the Mishkan. Every person, regardless of their wealth, gave the same half shekel.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch shares a beautiful idea. The equal participation symbolizes that all Jews must share in national goals, each giving up his personal interests for the sake of the nation. The mission of Israel is dependent upon the unity of the whole. When a nation becomes one, it ascends to a higher plane, because all its individuals merge their virtues with one another. 

The mefarshim comment on the significance of the fact that one must give half a shekel as opposed to a full shekel. Many explain that it comes to teach us about the importance of unity within the Jewish people, by showing that each person is only “half a person” without combining with the strengths of his fellow man. By giving half a shekel we remind ourselves that all Jews are part of a unified whole. Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz explains that when the Jewish people are not united, then they are not considered one unit, and therefore the power of the community is drastically weakened.

Our lack of unity and our sins have caused us loss; the mitzvah of the half-shekel no longer applies. Nevertheless, we have the mitzvah of reading Parshat Shekalim. Though we are no longer able to contribute the half shekel, we yearn to do so and by rejoicing in the mitzvah as we read about it in the Torah, it is considered as if we fulfilled the actual mitzvah. May we unite as a people and merit the practical fulfillment of this mitzvah, speedily, in our days.

Good Shabbos,
Mrs. Stein
Radiating Rabbim 
Get to Know New KYHS Rabbi, Rabbi Brodman
Graphic by Rebecca Adler ('23), Orly Dimont ('23), and Dan Himelstein ('24)

Judah Berman (‘21) sits down with Rabbi Binyamin Brodman, a new addition to our KYHS faculty.

What’s your favorite part of KYHS?
My favorite part about KYHS is the energy of the staff and students! I also love the same song that plays at 8 a.m. every day.

What do you teach and why do you love that subject?
I teach Gemara. I love the subject because it is the Torah Shebaal Peh—the secret of the Jewish people's survival, and being a part of that is incredible!

What do you like to do outside of school?
I love to learn Torah and improve my yirat shamayim.

Where are you from and can you tell us a little bit about your childhood?
I grew up in Southfield, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit. I always enjoyed sports growing up; in particular, I liked baseball and basketball.

If you could go to one place in the world, where would it be?
Before moving to Florida, my family lived in Jerusalem in Eretz Yisroel for five years. I dream of moving back there one day.

If you could meet one person in history, who would it be and why?
Honestly, if I could meet Rashi, I think that would be the most epic interview of all time. I wouldn't even know where to start! I would like to ask him how he comments on the entire gemara and so much more.

Do you have any pet peeves?
My pet peeve is when you say “Good Shabbos” to someone and they answer “Shabbat Shalom” or vice versa. It wouldn't hurt you to just answer the other way once!

What’s your favorite restaurant?
My good friend owns Entree in Lakewood, NJ, and it's highly recommended! In Florida, however, it's Pita Express in Hollywood. I happen to live across the street, and it's really convenient and good!

     
Article by Judah Berman ('21)
Where Did You Come From, Where Did You Go?
KYHS Welcomes Back Many Zoomers
to the Building!
Graphic by Mikaila Shandler ('22), Elie Loberfeld ('22), and Chantal Newman ('22)
After a nice, relaxing break, KYHS students and faculty members finally returned back to school. School remained on Zoom for the week after winter break and this past Monday. However, on Tuesday, students and faculty members were able to reconnect back in the building. Although most of us returned to in-person learning, some continue to learn remotely. Talia Shapiro (‘21) discusses in-person vs. remote learning with Levi Rosenberg (‘21), who recently returned to school, and Emma Schenker (‘22), an online student. 

What do you love about having school in-person?
Levi: I enjoy spending time with my friends, and it’s a lot easier to focus and learn while in person. 

What do you miss about being in school?
Emma: I miss the environment of being in school. Being alone on Zoom is such a different schooling experience than interacting with classmates and teachers, and wen I’m on Zoom I truly miss face-to-face learning. 

What’s the best part about being on Zoom?
Levi: The best part about Zoom learning is being able to wake up late! 
Emma: The best part of Zoom is definitely the lack of commute. I feel like I have so much more time in my day, and it’s a lot less stressful. 

What’s the worst part about being on Zoom?
Levi: The worst part is it being a lot harder to focus. It’s much easier to learn face-to-face with teachers.  
Emma: The worst part is definitely loneliness. Going through the school day in my room without a lot of interaction with friends is challenging. 

After a nice long break and too much screen time, everyone is so excited to be back in school and start the second half of the school year! 

Article by Talia Shapiro ('21)
Israel Summit Sensation
KYHS Students Connect to Tzion
Graphic by Rivka Reich ('24)

This past week, KYHS students had the privilege of participating in the 2021 Israel Summit, a five-day international convention organized by Jewish North American college and university students. The Summit’s participants learned about the experiences and careers of politicians, celebrities, actors, business leaders, activists, representatives, military leaders, athletes, and religious leaders in relation to Israeli technology, history, and values. 

The summit occurred online due to COVID-19 restrictions, rendering it more accessible to people across the world. The program began with speakers Stephen Harper, Lee Bollinger, Lior Raz, and Barak Regev—the former Prime Minister of Canada, president of Columbia University, critically acclaimed Fauda star, and CEO of Google Israel, respectively—who discussed Israel’s relationship and effect on academic institutions, countries, technology, and the film industry. 

On Monday, Danny Damon, a former Israeli representative to the UN, Nissim Black, a Jewish Rap icon, and Natan Sharansky, a human rights activist, politician, and Refusenik, spoke about the importance of Jewish and Israeli identity through their career experiences and challenges.

Tuesday was dedicated to showcasing Israeli innovations and technologies through interactive and educational virtual stands. Companies such as Teva Pharmaceuticals, Waze, Monday.com, and the Technion presented, and the keynote session featured senator Mitt Romney, KIND Snacks founder and executive chairman Daniel Lubetzky, and retired Mossad commander Daniel Limor.

At Wednesday’s keynote session, Eli Beer, the founder of Hatzalah, and Roei Ben Toleilah, an Israeli paralympic athlete, spoke about Israel’s emphasis on equal emergency health service and representing Israel in sports. 

The Summit concluded on Thursday after a session led by Salome Zourabichvili, the President of Georgia, Tal Zaks, the Chief Medical Officer of Moderna Therapeutics, and Gilda Erdan, the current Israeli UN representative. They discussed Israel's relations with Georgia, its goals and purpose in the UN, and its efficient distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, which has saved thousands and lives and provides much-needed statistics regarding vaccines. 
 
Thank you to KYHS alumnus Hannah Katz ('15) and all of the university students who organized the 2021 Israel Summit! 

Article by Mishael Sommers ('23)
Pink is the New Black
KYHS Shows Support for Sharsheret
 Pink Day!
Video by Olivia Kahane ('23)

This Wednesday, KYHS joined schools across the country in the annual Sharsheret Pink Day. Sharsheret is an organization that helps women who suffer from breast or ovarian cancer by supporting them and their families throughout the difficult time. In addition, Sharsheret seeks to spread awareness about these cancers and educate people about what makes someone more at risk. 

In solidarity with this special day and organization, students and teachers came to school wearing pink. At lunch, juniors and seniors had the honor of hearing from Ms. Alexandra Zohn, an inspirational speaker involved with the organization. As Ariella Greenberg (‘22) put it, “Sharsheret Pink Day is a great opportunity for people to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness month and to promote education.”

As Saphira Samuels, the coordinator of the event put it “breast and ovarian cancer are such common illnesses within the Ashkenazi jewish community, and it's so important for people to be educated about this topic and for there to be an awareness. As the Sharsheret ambassador of KYHS, I really want to make sure that the student body is educated in this.”

Thank you to everyone who wore pink to help spread breast cancer awareness and a special thank you to Saphira Samuels (‘21) for organizing!

Article by Rebecca Henner ('22)
 !יום הולדת שמח
Chap a Nosh as Naomi Reichenberg ('22) Teaches You How to Make Birthday Cake

Graphic by Abby Rosenthal ('23)

Hello Chevra, and welcome to the first segment of Naomi’s Nosh! Today, I will teach you the complex ins-and-outs of making a Duncan Hines birthday cake. 

First, you must ensure the vibe in your kitchen passes the vibe check. We all know that the food tastes much more geshmak when you ask Hashem for it to taste like Gan Eden. If any cake will have the taam of Gan Eden, it is this cake!

After your kitchen passes the vibe check, you should carefully set your oven to—you guessed it—350 degrees Fahrenheit because Celsius is gashmius and a figment of the rest of the world's imagination. 

This next part is perhaps the most crucial. You need to grease your pan in any way you deem fit. I thoroughly enjoy spraying mine with cooking spray. Make sure to get those edges and corners so your cake does not chas v’shalom stick to the pan!

The special ingredients we will be using today are three large eggs, one cup of water, and ⅓ cup of oil. Get a large bowl. I am not really sure why they always tell you that you need a large bowl but hey, I listen to instructions. Gingerly crack each of the three eggs into the large bowl. Get a cup of water from your fridge and add it into the bowl. 

Now, it's time to grab your shemen and show the Greeks who is boss! Pour that oil into your large bowl. Normal people would now use a mixer to get all of these ingredients to be b’yachad, but I prefer using a fork straight out of my mom's dairy utensil drawer. 

Slowly add your Duncan Hines cake mixture into the large bowl for the best mixing results. You should beat this mixture with your mom's fork until there are no lumps left. When done, pour said mixture into your perfectly greased pan. At this point, it is crucial to daven to Hashem that your cake will make your neshama go pitter-patter when eaten. 

Bake immediately. Do not hesitate or stutter. Did she stutter? No, she did not.

Cook for about 25 minutes. When you presume that your cake is done, get a handy dandy toothpick and stab your cake gently. If no cake comes off the toothpick, you are good to go and Gordon Ramsey has a special place in his heart for you. If cake does come off on your toothpick, I don’t know what to tell you, my instructions were crystal clear. 

All that is left to do is let the cake rest and cool. After this, b'tayavon! Eat that entire cake up and make your parents proud! If you want to be like Naomi, just chap a Naomi’s Nosh!

Article by Naomi Reichenberg ('22)
Saphira's Solutions
Saphira Helps You Stay Connected 
in More Ways Than You Can Count
Dear Saphira's Solutions,

I am so tired of school work. I feel worn out and have no motivation! How will I get through this quarter and the next one?

Spent Student


Dear Spent Student,

With the weather getting hotter and school feeling longer, it’s hard to stay motivated. Summer feels so close even though it is actually several months away. Just try your best to focus on school work because you will regret it if you don’t. You have worked so hard all year so it’s pointless to let your grades slip now! 

Making a schedule can ensure you remain diligent. Set aside an hour for work and then an hour of relaxing, and repeat until you’re done! Another option is working in a different location than usual. Try reading on the beach, Zooming from your backyard, or working anywhere you find conducive to productivity. Also, encourage your friends and have them encourage you back. Make sure to relax on weekends and spend time with friends and family so you feel fresh to face every week. You got this!

Saphira

Article By Saphira Samuels ('21)
Highlites Staff