הכונח: OUR JOB IS TO DO!
December 8, 2017
כ ‘עשת ולסכ‘‘ח
December 9—Torah Academy
Gala Auction at Young Israel
December 12,13, 19—
Chanukah early dismissal gr 6
-8B, 4:00 pm, no aftercare
dismissal– 11:30 for Preschool
and gr 1-8G (Hamilton
building) , 12:00 for gr 1-8B
(Williston building) for
The ארמג of the ןואג יאחא ׳רד תותלאש describing
the events has a slight variation. The version of
the תותלאש maintained that not only was the oil
in the flask insufficient to last the eight days, the
oil in the flask was not enough to light the הרונמ
for even one night! Thus, even the fact that the
הרונמ remained lit for the first night was a
If so, why, according to the תותלאש, did the
םיאנומשח light that first night? As long as there
was enough oil to last at least one night, the
םיאנומשח were required to light the הרונמ on that
night, not withstanding the fact that no oil
remained for the subsequent nights. However, if
there wasn’t sufficient oil for a single night, the
םיאנומשח were exempt from lighting!
The fact that the םיאנומשח lit the הרונמ that first
night teaches us a critical lesson. The םיאנומשח
knew that that they didn’t have enough oil to last
even that first night. But they decided to do their
part. They lit the הרונמ. True, it may have not had
remained lit for too long had Hashem not made a
miracle, but they were going to do whatever they
could. What would happen afterwards was
Our job in life is to try as much as we can in each
situation, irrespective of the outcome. A famous
Yiddish expression pithily encapsulates this idea:
״ןהעטפיוא טשינ ,ןהאט ףראד רימ״- our job is to do,
not to accomplish. The result is in the hands of
Hashem. It’s the process that counts, and we will
often see that if we truly invest, the ע״שבר will
take care of the rest.
The same is true with ךוניח. Our job is to do our
best to be ךנחמ our children. The ultimate
outcome is not in our control. And hopefully,
when we do our utmost, the ע״שבר will bentch
our efforts in ways we could have never
As there is no bulletin next week, I would like to
wish you and your family a lichtege Chanukah!
Rabbi Shmuel Ochs
On Sunday, the boys in grade 1 celebrated Kabalas Chumash with a performance and a seudas mitzvah.
On Wednesday, morning the girls in grade 1 performed a play to celebrate receiving their first Chumash.
Grade 3 girls participated in a gala siyum in honor of finishing Parshas Chaya Sarah.
A tremendous amount of learning has been going on outside of school hours for the boys between the Chemdas Yosef and Shnayim Mikra
programs. For the Chemdas Yosef program for Chodesh Cheshvan, in memory of the father of Rabbi Halpern, the boys learned the following
number of Perakim: 3B– 15, 4B– 61, 5B—60, 6B –35, 7B– 74, 8B –108 for a grand total of 353. בוט לזמ to the boys who participated. We look
forward to more learning in Kislev. The winners of the Chemdas Yosef Chodesh Cheshvan raffle for grades 3– 5 were: Shua Feldman, Yisroel
Leib Greene, Chaim Mordechai Moshe Rodkin, and Grade 6-8: Yosef Feldman, JJ Ledewitz, Yehuda Zyto and Betzalel Zyto. The winners of
the Shnayim Mikra raffle for Parshas Vayishlach were; Aron Bier, Meir Hain, and Chatzkel Wilhelm.
According to the commonly known version of the Chanukah story, after the םיאנומשח triumphed over
the םינוי, they entered the שדקמה תיב, intent on lighting the הרונמ. Initially, they were unable to find a
flask of ךז תיז ןמש with the seal of the לודג ןהכ intact, but they eventually discovered a ןמש ךפ
containing enough oil to light the הרונמ for a single night. Hashem performed a סנ and the oil lasted for
eight nights until new oil could be procured.