October 12, 2018
 3rd of Cheshvan, 5779 

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    Parshat Noach
Candle Lighting at 6:38 PM

From Sour to Sweet
            On Rosh Chodesh we all enjoyed the festivities including eating the "miracle berries" which turned lemons from sour to sweet. In reality, this new Jewish month is actually Merachshevan, but popularly it has been referred to as Mar Cheshvan, which means the bitter month of Cheshvan. Without holidays in the month, it is considered to be bitter (never mind that there are no holidays in Tevet!)  The Bnei Yisoscher cites a beautiful Midrash which indicates that the third Beit Hamikdash will be dedicated in the month of Merachshevan, thereby signifying the month's future sweetness and prominence. Whether through miracle berries or through the building of the Beit Hamikdash, may all merit the ability to take challenging situations and transform them into sweet opportunities.

Thank you to the entire staff for creating another great edition of Highlites.

Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Jonathan Kroll
Head of School

Upcoming Events
Oct. 13
Freshman mentor program

Good and Welfare
Alexander Stein ('11) on his
engagement to Molly Zagha from Teaneck, NJ.
Mazel Tov to KYHS Art Teacher Loren and Eric Stein.

Ilana Ben-Ezra ('10) on her engagement to Mendy Zecher from Teaneck, NJ.

Etan Shacther ('12) on his engagement to Karen Horowitz from Teaneck, NJ

Mrs. Cara Freedman on the passing of her beloved mother, Helen Cohan.

Mrs. Brenda Pritzker on the passing of her beloved mother, Rose Silverman.

YU Visit
Yeshiva University Reps Wow KYHS Seniors With Fantastic Presentations And Personable Interviews        
Graphic by Avi Linzer ('19) and Josh Bernten ('20)
Article by Lexi Cohen ('19)

This past Tuesday and Wednesday, admissions staff from Yeshiva University visited KYHS. YU alumni interviewed the majority of the senior class, individually meeting with each fearful yet prepared student who opted to have an interview. The interviewers asked a variety of questions, ranging from queries regarding after-school activities or favorite school subjects, to the highly anticipated question of, "Why do YOU want to attend Yeshiva University?" Students carefully pondered each question, formulating unique responses. Many students found that they felt nervous at their first college interview while others greatly enjoyed the experience to discuss their interest in Yeshiva University. Nevertheless, the warm YU staff made this step in the admissions process seamless. Justin Isaacs ('19) said of the experience, "I was scared at first, but ended up loving the opportunity to learn about YU! I can't wait to apply!"
Moshpit for the Moon
         Crazed Students ERUPT In Felicitous Festivities Celebrating Rosh Chodesh             
Graphic by Justin Isaacs ('19) and Chana Schandelson ('21)
Article by Yaakov Eisenmann ('20)

Chodesh tov! Last Wednesday, students arrived at school to see the halls filled with beautiful decorations and windows painted with fun designs in our school colors of orange and blue. This was in order to excite everyone for the Rosh Chodesh festivities that would be taking place. To kick things off, the whole school came together for a unified Shacharit in the Beit Midrash. Henry Bensmihen ('19) led Hallel for the first time, fulfilling a promise he made as a freshman three years ago. During lunch, the student council handed out miracle fruit, which miraculously makes sour things taste sweet, to remind us to make Cheshvan, a month often perceived as bitter due to its lack of holidays, into a sweet month. On Wednesday, students were encouraged to wear their favorite sports jerseys, to show their school spirit and team pride. Final, the first Rosh Chodesh Chagigah of the year was the ultimate excitement, featuring raffles, balloons, and lots of dancing.
Taste The Magic!
Students Encounter Miracle Berries, Wonderful Little Magic Fruits, Turning All Sour Foods Into Wondrous Sweet Nectar
Graphic by Akiva Stadlan ('19)
Article by Jacqueline Zimmerman ('19)
KYHS started off a week of pure inspiration with a Girls' Kumzits and a Boys' Tisch. Both events were inspiring and filled with an enormous amount of ruach as students came together in song. According to Yitzy Lanner ('19), the boy's tisch was " Mamish moyradich . It was a very meaningful and helpful way to prepare for the holiest day of the year." The kavanah (intention) in both the kumzits and the tisch was palpable, and the participation of the student body was unparalleled. Additionally, Mrs. Dina Dobkowski and Rabbi Avi Hochman each shared words about the loss of Ari Fuld, ultimately highlighting the seriousness of the impeding Yom Kippur holiday. Overall, the kumzits and the tisch successfully elevated the school environment, and the students of KYHS cann ot wait to harmonize again.

Have Your Cake And Eat It Too
How To Pursue Your Dream Career Without Sacrificing Your Orthodoxy    
Gra phic by Mayrav Saketkhou ('20) 
Article by  Meital Fixler ('19)

Last Friday, seniors had the privilege of hearing from guest speaker Avi Frier in the JED Talk series. Comedian, magician, father, and practicing Orthodox Jew, Avi Frier provided seniors with tips and tricks to "have it all" and fulfill their dreams through a presentation replete with old pictures, divrei torah, and five key messages to remember as we enter adulthood and pursue our interests. The senior class is very thankful to Avi Frier for such an enticing, humorous, inspiring and impactful speech. Thanks to Avi Frier, I now know how to navigate my way through life as an Orthodox Jew. Thanks to Avi Frier, I now know how to "have my cake, and eat it too."
Sara's Scoop: Picture Perfect
Making The Most Of That Final Portrait       
Graphic by Shmuel Gross ('19)
Article by Sara Deichman ('19)

kfgkfjgf Picture day. The morning you put on your favorite headband as a child, or used too much of your dad's gel to spike your hair. With all the effort that students put into the morning of picture day, even in high school, it seems that there would be more riding on the picture than just a tiny square in the yearbook that no one besides you glances at for more than ten seconds at a time. At KYHS, we rip the band-aid off and take pictures on the very first day of school. This year, the day before freshman orientation, I made a point to text the freshmen I am mentoring: "Just a heads up -- they're going to take your yearbook picture tomorrow!" Why did I feel the need to warn already anxious children, when in reality, that picture would reside only in the yearbook , or for those of you like me, at the bottom of Highlites every week? (Yep. Scroll down just a bit. It's there.)
Personally, pictures have never mattered to me until this year. I would giggle at my friends who begged the photographer to let them have one more shot, or only wore makeup on that single day of the year. Freshmen rightfully desire a new picture for the beginning of the next chapter of their lives. In contrast, I would argue that for Sophomores and Juniors, the excitement slowly dissipates. So what do I have to say for those obsessors, year after year? These are probably your perfectionists who want the appearance of everything to be, well, perfect. Whether it's their grades or notes in class, a professional picture is just one of many things your textbook perfectionist attempts to conquer.
But as a senior, that's a different story. The senior picture warrants one whole page in your senior yearbook dedicated to you and only you. It comes down to every detail from the way your hair is curled to the black shirt that fits you best. From your favorite suit to the tie that brings out your eyes. Why does this picture seem to determine the impact you leave on high school? Well, aligning with the theme of Senioritis , I believe this is a hallmark moment for seniors to realize that this is it. No, a simple yearbook picture does not matter all that much, but your last yearbook picture ever ? It looks like you might just be growing up. Don't forget to smile for the camera!
International KYHS Sukkah Hop 
Students Went Places, So Look At This Graphic             
Gra phic by Sydney Freedman ('20) and Sivan Mussaffi ('20)
Ask Adina
Hear Sage Advice From An Experienced Senior
I have a huge problem. I study intensely for days before all my tests and I really know the information. However, when it comes to the actual test, I freeze and forget all the information I studied. Then I receive a bad grade. How can I perform better on tests?
- Anxious

It sounds like you have a bad case of test anxiety. Sometimes before a test, people tend to psych themselves out, putting way too much pressure on themselves, causing underperformance on tests. The only way to relive this test anxiety is to relax. I know that sounds impossible, considering that test grades are so important, but in the grand scheme of things, one test score is so trivial. You should be constantly reminding yourself of that.
Here are some tips I have found helpful in relieving my own test anxiety. Watch videos that will teach you breathing techniques and get a good night of sleep before your tests. I speak from experience when I say that getting those extra hours of sleep is definitely more useful than staying up late cramming information. Go into the test feeling confident, and stay positive. Strive to do your best; don't strive for perfection. Good luck on your test! I'm sure you will ace it :)!


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