Erev Shabbos – Purim Katan
Parashas Ki Sisa
February 18, 2011
Licht Bentchen: 5:31 P.M.
Volume XVII, Issue 22
This has been a real happening week on numerous
fronts, but we will begin this communiqué with an event
that has yet to occur:
(Please fill in the blanks. Answers can be extracted
by consulting our accompanying flyer.)
TSGW ___________ Annual __________ Auction
Date: Sunday, _____________27, 2011.
Location: Beth _______________ in Potomac.
Time: ______________ P.M.
We are searching for:
Volunteers to schlep “stuff” to Beth Sholom next
Thursday, February 24.
Volunteers to assemble ticket packages at the home
of Rachel and Michael Ravin (11714 Fulham Street.)
this Monday night, February 21 at 8 P.M.
Clean empty 29 ounce cans from tomato products.
Volunteers to help set up on the day of the Auction.
Volunteers to staff tables on the night of the Auction.
To offer your services, please call 301-681-0233.
Berachos Bees/Bowl News
This week we had the culminating activities of our
Berachos unit. On Tuesday afternoon, all the kids in
Grades 1st-3rd competed in our team-formatted
Berachos Bowl. They showed their well-rounded
knowledge of these Halachos, and, after the dust had
cleared, we had the following scores (out of a
maximum of 450 points):
Team Tutti – 431 = 95.7%
Team Fruity – 415 = 92.2%
Team Roots – 435 = 96.6%
Team Stems – 442 = 98.2%
On Wednesday, 58 qualifying finalists from
4th-6th Grades participated in our Berachos Bees.
Demonstrating their thorough knowledge of the
blessings which are recited before and after eating a
variety of foods, we went through many rounds
before finding First Place finishers. The kids really
“knew their stuff.” In fact, there were six girls still
“around” after we completed all the rounds. They then
entered into tiebreaker mode. First, they had to recite
Borei Nefashos by heart, and we were left with two
young ladies who said the Berachah flawlessly. Finally,
our “First Placer” was determined by the blessing said
upon seeing a rainbow. Wow!! All those who
participated received certificates (thanks to Rabbi
Feldman and his computer) and prizes, about which all
the kids were excited. The following were the “top”
Boys Bee Girls Bee
First Place Binyamin Broth Ahuva Teitelbaum
Second Place BenZion Kott Rena Harris
Third Place Eli Shemtov Johanna Robinson
Fourth Place Noach Shmuel Solomson Chaiky Backman
Fifth Place Aron Kreiser
Sixth Place Yitzchak Meir Winter Rena Milgraum
Seventh Place Avraham Gottlieb Talya Miler
Eighth Place Aryeh Stiber Kayla Kramer
Ninth Place Eitan Edinger Yael Fink
Tenth Place Moishe Newman Avigayil Rabinowitz
Mazel Tov to ALL of our students for honing their
knowledge, skills, and Dikduk BeHalachah in
blessings. In fact, I’ve often been told that this unit has
a positive, reinforcing, refresher effect on the entire
family’s care in reciting Berachos. In addition, we are
currently having an intense focus on HaKaras HaTov
which is one of the underlying principles of these laws.
Congratulations and thanks to all teachers for their
guidance in this successful endeavor. Hopefully, we’ll
continue to be “blessed” with lasting effects from our
One final thought (for now): We repeat this unit
each year – for all the above reasons. The following
Mashal will give additional insight into the necessity for
such Chazarah. Rav Yaakov Kaminetzky ZT’L was
fond of the following metaphor. He told of the child
whose parents bought him a Tallis Kattan at the age of
three. The small Tallis Kattan looked adorable on the
tiny tot. It fit him well. At the age of four, the small
Tallis Kattan no longer was a perfect fit, but the child
could still wear it without great discomfort. If the child
were to don the same Tallis Kattan at the age of ten or
at Bar Mitzvah, he would rightfully be the subject of
TToorraahh SScchhooooll ooff GGrreeaatteerr WWaasshhiinnggttoonn
EErreevv SShhaabbbbooss ““TToorraahh”” EEvveennttss RReeppoorrtt
derision and scorn. For a mature adult to continue to
wear the original garment would be unthinkable. Reb
Yaakov notes that our relationship to Torah and our
performance of mitzvos require constant re-evaluation;
they should reflect intellectual and spiritual growth. If
we do not subject our appreciation of Mitzvos to
searching analysis, we remain very much like the adult
who continues to wear his first Tallis Katan.
A second “final” thought: The Berachos Bees
occurred on Day 100 of 2010-2011 (which was duly
marked, counted, and celebrated in a # of classes). I
was asked if it was planned this way, as Chazal require
us to say 100 Berachos daily. Unfortunately, the truth is
that, when we scheduled the Bee for February 16, I
was totally unaware that it would be Day 100.
2011-2012 Is Around
The next item of significance
came to you compliments of USPS.
Registration forms for September
should have hit your mail slots/mailboxes by
Wednesday. Please take note that the Early
Registration Deadline is Tuesday, March 15, 2011.
Today’s Myriad Attachments
Classroom Close-ups by Mrs. Lisa
Classroom Close-ups by Mrs. Julie Malka.
Flyer with info about ordering Mishloach Manos
Ruach Day Flyer and Rules.
It’s that time of year again –
The Torah School of Greater Washington is now
selling its famous Purim Cards (great to give
family and friends in place of Mishloach Manos).
$2 each or
6 for $10
To order, please call the school office at 301-
The Purim Cards are 4x6 (postcard size), full-color,
high gloss and professionally printed.
On the Horizon
Sunday, February 20 – Erev
Presidents Day – No
Monday, February 21 –
Presidents Day – No School.
Tuesday, February 22 –
Report Cards for 1st-6th sent home, G-d willing.
Full post-3:30 schedule.
Wednesday, February 23 –
Ben Yehuda Pizza. Thanks for all in-house
helpers this week.
Short Friday schedule.
2:00 P.M. dismissal.
No P.M. Day Care.
Evening Conferences for K-6.
Online sign-up for conferences has been available
since 2:30 on Tuesday. To select slots, go to:
Thursday, February 24 –
Day Care starts at 8:30.
2nd-6th should Daven at home.
Full post-3:30 schedule.
Sunday, February 27 – Eighth
Annual TSGW Chinese
Auction at 7:00 P.M. at Beth
Sunday, March 6 – Girls’ Choir at Ring House at
10:30 A.M. Our young ladies should
Arrive by 10:15 dressed in:
All female friends/relatives/acquaintances are
invited to the performance.
Kindergarten Aleph-Bais Siyumim
Tuesday, March 1 – Morah Rochel’s A.M. class.
Wednesday, March 2 – Morah Rochel’s P.M.
Thursday, March 3 – Morah Chani’s class.
All will start at 9:20 A.M.
Chodesh Adar Doings
NOAM (Night Our At Max’s)- Monday, March 7.
Rosh Chodesh Adar is Sunday and Monday March
6th and 7th . As usual, this month brings lots of
doings. Monday, March 7 is our Annual Ruach Day.
See flyer for this year’s theme. If you are stuck for an
idea, just let your imagination run wild. Also, here
are the rules for “Things are Popping at the Torah
School”: Uniforms are not required for those students
who participate. However, students who choose not
to come in costume MUST WEAR UNIFORMS.
Even when wearing costumes: All Tznius and good
taste requirements are in place. Therefore:
No pants (for girls) and no skirts (for boys).
No weapons (even of the plastic genre).
No violent outfits.
No outfits representing violent people.
No mermaid costumes.
We are always on the lookout for sponsors for
Rosh Chodesh Treats.
Project Ahavas Yisrael.
We are again involving our kids in Project
Ahavas Yisrael. This endeavor, initiated and
sponsored by Baruch and Rochelle Wertenteil, goes
to the essence of the Mitzvah of Mishloach Manos –
fostering unity among K’lal Yisrael. Our goal is to ask
our sons and daughter to bring Mishloach Manos to
people who would not otherwise be recipients of this
beautiful Mitzvah – which is truly in the spirit of
Chazal’s plan. This year, as in the past, each
youngster will create a decorated “receptacle” for the
required food items. However, only one package will
go home to you – with your child who receives the
ESTER. The other “baskets” will be distributed to
residents of the Ring House before Purim. By the
way, this is not a Halachic endorsement of the
permissibility of delivering Mishloach Manos before
the day of Purim. We are doing this in order to have
our kids “reach out” to others. The project that
comes home should be given on Purim.
• Matanos LaEvyonim – Checks for Od Yosef Chai
should be sent to our office. Info about this