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Tarbut V'Torah Shabbat Shalom
from Derek Gavshon, Acting Head of School
In This Issue
PARSHAT OF THE WEEK
O AMBASSADORS
TVT SENIOR FEATURED AS ABC-7 "COOL KID"
TVT BASKETBALL - A GREAT SEASON...
MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS
VOLLEYBALL & SPRING SPORTS OFF TO A ROARING START
5TH GRADE REENACTS THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
COLOR IT ORANGE
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY'S HOLOCAUST WRITING COMPETITION
US PLAY - FIRES IN THE MIRROR
PTSO HAPPENINGS
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March 6, 2009
PARSHAT OF THE WEEK - TETSAVEH
by Lee Weissman -
Mr. Weissman graduated summa cum laude from George Washington
University, with a Bachelor's in Religion. He teaches to students of all ages on all aspects of Judaism, with classes that encompass such topics as ancient, medieval, and modern Jewish histories, Jewish Philosophy, theology, and more.

This week I had the pleasure of studying with my daughter as she prepared her Nosh and Drosh for her Judaica class. (It is a wonderful way to spend time with your child and I highly recommend it.)  In the process, we discovered this beautiful Torah thought that I wanted to share with the TVT community.
 
The parsha Tetsaveh begins with an instruction to light the menorah in the temple.
 
You shall command the B'nei Yisrael and have them bring you clear olive oil, [made from olives that were] crushed for lighting, to keep the lamp burning constantly.
 
Nearly all the medieval commentators tell us that the menorah in the temple represents the realm of knowledge, wisdom and learning. The table of showbread opposite the menorah represents the material side of life, our livelihood and sustenance. Lighting the menorah symbolizes the creation and transmission of knowledge. It is all about education. What better subject for a father and daughter, a teacher and a student, sitting in a coffee shop, their Torah texts open before them.
 
So what does this verse teach us about education?  The Ohr ha Chaim (a 17th century, Morrocan/Yerushalmi commentator) offers a lesson from the oil. The Torah we transmit to our children needs to be pure. It needs to be whole-hearted with no sediment. Children hear not just our words but the honesty, sincerity and integrity that go with them. The oil comes from a crushing process. Real knowledge does not come without a personal price. (I can hear you all sighing now.)  If we are honest with ourselves, no education is complete without a graduate degree from the "School of Hard Knocks."  The Torah we teach our children is inevitably also the Torah of experience.
 
This verse uses an unusual expression for "lighting the lamp" or "keeping it burning."  The expression "l'haalot ner" means something more like "raise the flame."  Rashi explains this beautifully.  He says, "He must kindle it until the flame ascends on its own."  It is not enough to hold the flame of knowledge with force and rigor, to keep holding the candle so that new flame burns long and brightly. As teachers and parents our job is to light the flame. We hold the candle to the wick just long enough to let the independent new flame rise on its own without our stifling it with our own bright light.  The goal is to ignite in the student a life-long love and passion for learning. The flame naturally rises higher, naturally seeks more.  That young flame may be timid at first but if we are patient, we can stand back and watch it rise.
 
The Torah tells us that the flame is a "ner tamid" an eternal flame. Rashi points out something amazing here. The word "tamid" doesn't mean that we light the menorah twenty four hours a day. It means that we do it every day. We start over every day in the same way that sacrifices called "tamid" were brought to the temple from day to day. Education requires consistency. If our messages are consistent and clear we create a wisdom which is a renewable resource. If we are successful in education, then our students and children will return to what they have learned every day. They will refresh it and rekindle it on their own every day. Our commitment to constancy will be reflected in their commitment. 
 
You shall command the B'nei Yisrael and have them bring you clear olive oil, [made from olives that were] crushed for lighting, to keep the lamp burning constantly.
 
The great Chassidic master Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught that all Torah should be transformed into prayer. I offer the following prayer for us and for our children.
 
Master of the World!
Help us to communicate to our children in ways that are clear and honest. Inspire us to teach them integrity and to share our experiences with them. In our eagerness to kindle their flame, help us remember that their wicks are delicate and though they may not burn as brightly as ours they need to rise on their own. In our love for our kids, it is so hard to stand back sometimes. Help us be patient. Teach us to model constancy and commitment to our children. Guide us, as parents and teachers, to offer them lessons they will use every day, wisdom that they themselves will grow and nurture.
  
P.S. If you would like to share more pearls of Torah wisdom with Mr. Weissman, you are all invited to the Parent's Torah class on Wednesday mornings at 7:50-8:35am.

O AMBASSADORS

The O Ambassador program was formally introduced today through a special Kabbalat Shabbat that incorporated the entire school. Kindergarten joined with the eighteen Upper School students selected for the Kenya trip in leading a very special service. Students gave compelling stories of the need in Kenya, while sharing their passion to repair the world. 
 

O Ambassadors with Kindergarteners

  O Ambassadors with  Kindergarteners

The O Ambassadors will be leading the entire school in a Tikkun Olam activity on Friday, March 20th at 1:00pm. Parents and grandparents are welcome to join lower, middle and upper school students as they come together to Walk-and-Learn while raising money to build a school in Africa. The Walk-and-Learn will be a journey of discovery as TVT walks united in our passion to change the world for the better. For more information, visit the TVT O Ambassadors' Website.
TVT SENIOR FEATURED AS ABC-7 "COOL KID"
Congratulations to TVT senior, Matt Timsit, who was selected to be the ABC-7 "Cool Kid." His segment aired yesterday at 4:30pm and is expected to run again Sunday morning. You can also download it from the TVT website.
TVT BASKETBALL - A GREAT SEASON
Our Lady Lions battled back from an 18 point deficit in the CIF Semi - Final Plaoff game against Cuyama Valley but, unfortunately they still came up short.  The score was 55-53 to enda one incredible season for the girls.  The girls won 17 games this season and are looking forward to a making a run at the playoffs again next year. Congratulations to Coach Sam Corrigan and our Lady Lions!

Last Saturday night, the boys went on to beat rival Pacifica Christian 73-65, including 10 3-point shots, in front of an incredible crowd who traveled on chartered bus and in cars up to Culver City to cheer the boys to victory. 
 
Finally, with the support of their biggest crowd ever, the boys playd their hearts out in the final game against Desert Christian. In an unbelivably exciting game, our Lions were painfully defeated 54-49.
 
The team played a great game with senior Shariar Younessi scoring 18 points, senior Alex Matros 10 and juniors Zach Bruss and Bradley Neutel, also scoring 10 points. 
 
We are so proud of the Lions Basketball team and their Coach Patrick Roberts!  You energized our campus like we have never seen!  You gave our kids, parents, and faculty an incredibly exciting season!  We thank you for your diligence, tenacity and hard work.  We look forward to next year with boundless enthusiasm!
 
Kol HaKavod!
TVT'S  MIDDLE SCHOOL SPORTS
The opening game of the Middle School Soccer Season saw the TVT Girls beat Edgewood with a score of 4-1.
 
The Boys Soccer team after a very exciting 1-1 tie in regulation went on to beat Edgewood 4-3 in penalty kicks.
 
Our next games are Wednesday March 11th at Cedar Grove Park in Tustin where we will face Edgewood again. The girls play at 3:00pm and the boys at 4:15pm.
VOLLEYBALL AND SPRING SPORTS OFF TO A    
                                                        ROARING START
TVT was scheduled to play Bell-Jeff Thursday night, but the visiting team arrived an entire day early - in the midst our JV match against Oxford Academy. Instead of sending Bell-Jeff back to Burbank, Lions' Varsity chivalrously decided to play, though they were down an outside hitter.
 
Rallying from a painful five-set loss to Oxford, our Lions' Varsity regrouped and beat Bell-Jeff handily (25-15, 25-19, 25-19). Perseverance paid off - GO LIONS!!!
 
UPPER SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS LINE-UP
Monday, March 9, 2009
Softball - vs. Capo Valley Christian, 2:30pm
                                 Double-Header at TVT
 
Tennis - vs. Fairmont, 2:30pm at LaHabra Tennis Center
 
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Volleyball - vs. Capo. Valley Christian, at 2:30 pm at CVC
5TH GRADE REENACTS THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Paul Revere, Betsy Ross, and even Benedict Arnold walked the halls of TVT on Wednesday, as the 5th grade reenacted the major historical events of the American Revolution - from the battles at Lexington to Patrick Henry's famous speech. Students were hands on with history, racing the clock as they put together a large puzzle of the 13 colonies, donned costumes, and even signed the Declaration of Independence!
COLOR IT ORANGE
Congratulations to the following students!  Their work has been selected to be displayed in Color it Orange 35th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit at the Laguna College of Art and Design.
 
Kindergarten- Ashley Dukellis, Norel Glick, Rory Ismail,
                    Noah Meislik, Lily Yeazell, Madison Lobel,
                    Danille Prosky, Matan Tramer, and Eli Ferry
 
1st Grade -   Ilan Berdy, Anna Eisen, Chynna Linkon,
                   Kaelyn Pieter, and Ethan Wayne
 
2nd Grade - Carmel Bader, Ore Inbar, Gaal Shonfeld, and
                  Jack Stone
 
3rd Grade-   Saxon Elfend, Yael Harris, and Lucy Reinhard 
 
4th Grade -  Aviram Bhalla Levine, Raymond Gruber, 
                  Griffin Knutson, and Arielle Ben- Itzhak
 
5th Grade -  Madison Levine, Jenna Mosich, Roni Partouche, 
                  Danielle Zekri, Joel Guralnik, and Carly Malatskey

You are all invited to the Student Reception on Sunday,
March 15, 11:00 - 2:00 at the Laguna College of Art and Design,2222 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, Ca. 92651
 
Kol ha Kavod to all our Lower School Students!
CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY'S                                       HOLOCAUST WRITING COMPETITION
TVT student Brianna Broussard's poem was among the final selections in tthe 10th Annual Holocaust Art and Writing Contest.at Chapman University. There were 5700 entries from Orange County's Middle and High Schools. 
Congratulations to Brianna!  Read Brianna's poem
US SPRING PLAY - FIRES IN THE MIRROR
In 1991, riots between the Jewish community and the African-American community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn were ignited after the accidental death of a child sparked a conflict that resulted in the stabbing death of a visiting student. 
 
FIRES IN THE MIRROR distills interviews with 26 different people involved with or connected to the riots and offers a complex view of race relations in America.  A broad cross-section of characters examine themes about identity (racial, religious, gender and class) and the historical conflict between Jews and African Americans.  Students will perform these interviews as a series of monologues that offer a glimpse into these complicated events in 1991.
 
Tickets for "Fires in the Mirror" are on sale now on the TVT website: "Fires in the Mirror"
PTSO CHAWAIIAN CHAGIGA
TVT is going Hawaiian!  On Saturday, March 21st,
8pm - 11pm in the Upper School MPR join TVT's parents, faculty and administration for a CHawaiian CHagiga party celebrating the TVT community!  The evening will feature a DJ, dancing and a SILENT AUCTION!  
 
You can bid on events and activities your student can share with their favorite TVT teacher or administrator. All monies raised from the CHagiga support PTSO sponsored Student Programming!
 
Fruit and Deserts will be served. Cash bar available. Cost is $18 Per Person. TVT Staff, Faculty and Administration are our Guests!

RSVP via Evite (check your email!).  Pay via check (payable to TVT PTSO) or credit card on file!