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Candle Lighting 6:45 pm
5 Tishrei, 5776 /September 18, 2015

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Tuesday - Wednesday, September 22-23: Yom Kippur - no school


Monday, September 28- Tuesday, October 6: Sukkot Break- no school

Wednesday, October 7: School resumes

Friday, October 9: First early Friday dismissal at 1:00 PM


I'd like to share a thought, if a bit strongly worded, from child psychologist John Rosemond:
The commandment that adults must make children "feel good about themselves" means adults can no longer tell children the whole truth about themselves or the things they do. The best truth, after all, often carries with it a bit of a sting.
Well, what is so wrong with concerning ourselves that our children feel good about themselves? Is self-esteem bad? Is Rosemond way off target and over-zealous in his criticism of modern day psychology?
Perhaps a story related by the Shemen HaTov about the Belzer Rebbe, Rabbi Yisachar Dov Rokeach, can give us some insight.
It was Yom Kippur in Belz. They had finished the Mincha prayer early, and the Chassidim went to take a rest or a walk before they began the Neilah prayer, the final prayer of Yom Kippur. Everyone left the Beit HaMedrash [Study Hall]. Like many others, one of the honorable and wealthy Chassidim left his Shtreimel [fur hat worn by Chassidim] at his seat.
When he returned before Neilah, the Shtreimel was missing. Someone stole a Shtreimel from the Beit HaMedrash in Belz on Yom Kippur!
There was a great commotion. Who could do such a thing?! The Rebbe (unaware of what had happened) went to begin Neilah as scheduled. After Yom Kippur, the Rebbe called over the Chassidim and asked them, "What was the big commotion before Neilah?" They told him "Someone stole a Shtreimel". The Rebbe told them to all to go and break their fasts. Later, the Rebbe asked to see a certain chossid.
The chossid came to the Rebbe and the Rebbe told him, "You stole the Shtreimel." The fellow denied it. The Rebbe persisted in the charge until finally the chossid broke down, confessed and produced the missing shtreimel.
The next day in Belz, everyone proclaimed a miracle: "The Rebbe has Ruach HaKodesh[Divine Spirit]!"
However, the Rebbe explained: "It was not Ruach HaKodesh. The way that I knew who stole the Shtreimel was as follows. Before Yom Kippur, all of my Chassidim gave me a kvittel (a small written note with their prayer requests). Everyone had needs. This one asked to see nachas from his children, this one asked to marry off a daughter, all sorts of requests. One Chossid, however asked only for Parnassah (livelihood). A Jew who can think to ask for nothing else on Yom Kippur besides Parnassah, is the type of person who would steal a Shtreimel on Yom Kippur." That is how the Rebbe knew.
A self-centered personality is a dangerous thing. Should we be solely concerned with self esteem, we risk developing a child with more than enough esteem for himself, and too little esteem for others.
Self-esteem is important. It is vital. But it must stem from esteem for others, and concern for those around us. Self-esteem developed in a vacuum has another name: narcissism.
Soon after the Chagim, we will be into the flow of the school year. Beginning after Sukkot, we will begin a new program within our school focused on developing a sophisticated sense of Derech Eretz, focusing on Dignity, Respect and Honor.
The essence of Derech Eretz in a Torah Academy Student is that he or she is other-centered, not self-centered and when that happens, self-esteem flourishes.
K'tiva V'Chatima Tova,
Rabbi Isaac Entin



To read Rabbi Entin's recommended reading, CLICK HERE!


To Ari Kabel on his Bar Mitzvah!

To the Dvir family on the passing of Mr. Eitan Dvir's father Meir Simcha Dvir Z'tl

Welcome back! In middle school, the year started off with incredible spirit!

Each 8th grader has paired up with a 6/ 7th grader for a new "big/ little sister program." The older girls are helping the younger students adjust to middle school, and they are getting to know each other better. 

In 6G, we started learning Parashat Acharei Mot. We are learning about the fascinating and detailed work the Kohen Gadol would perform on the holy day of Yom Kippur. Each student will have to make a keynote presentation with all the details we have learned. 

In Navi class we started learning Shmuel Alef. We were introduced to Shmuel's family and how he was born, and we learned about his mother Chana's special tefilah - also the haftorah of Rosh Hashanah - and about the power of prayer. 

Looking forward to an incredible year of great learning and growth. 

Gmar Chatima Tovah 
 Mrs. Avtzon
Our TA Middle School Scientists have returned to continue their journey of learning about their world. They launched Alka Seltzer rockets decorated with their academic goals on the fins to represent their wishes to soar in their efforts to hit the high expectations that they have for themselves.

During the first trimester, our 6th Grade will focus on process skills followed by learning taxonomy and the form and function of cells. The new MS students are fascinated to begin being actively involved in scientific hands-on labs.

It is a new experience for me to have students for three consecutive years. Not only do I see them becoming adolescents but I watch their continued academic growth.  After review of lab skills, scientific method, cell parts, metrics, and chemistry, the 7/8th grades will be studying body systems parts and function. They will see that a system is made up of parts; that all parts are important for the organism to survive.

We are pleased to have Mrs. Ragozzino continue with us with her wealth of science knowledge , especially of wildlife.  The students enjoy our aquarium and any of her live offerings.

 A warm welcome to our team to Mrs. Naomi Rosenthal.

The excitement is mounting on finding topics for the science fair. It is a delight to have students return saying, "I have an idea for my science fair project." They are eager to take on the challenge.  It is wonderful to have them relate back to their last year's science fair topic to exhibit that they are the specialist of their area of interest.

Mrs. Appel

In פרשת וַיֵּלֶךְ, פרק ל פסוק ב, it says:
ב: וַיֹּאמֶר אֲלֵהֶם בֶּן מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה אָנֹכִי הַיּוֹם לֹא אוּכַל עוֹד לָצֵאת וְלָבוֹא וַיהֹוָה אָמַר אֵלַי לֹא תַעֲבֹר אֶת הַיַּרְדֵּן הַזֶּה:

2:  He said to them, "Today I am one hundred and twenty years old. I canno longer go or come, and the L-rd said to me, "You shall not cross this Jordan."
רש"י asks a question: Why does it have to say "Today I am one hundred and twenty years old?" Why can't it just say I am one hundred twenty years old?
There are two possible explanations:

1. That this was the exact day that he was going to die [The 7th of Adar] and also the day that he was born. 
2. That he was no longer able to go and come in front of בני ישראל. Not that he was going to die on exactly that day but that Hashem said he could no longer be the leader of בני ישראל because he was too old, so he had to step down.  
Good Shabbos
Noah Mogyoros

Dear Parents,
We are excited to announce the first session of after school activities at Torah Academy.  Due to some of the technical problems we encountered with the on-line registrations, we ask that you fill the form below or e-mail Rabbi Silver at with your child(ren)'s name, grade and contact information, along with each program you are registering him/her for.

A letter with this information will also be sent home with your children and you can complete the form and return to the school's Education Office.
As many of the clubs will be starting the first week after Sukkot break, please try to send in the forms prior to Sukkot vacation.

Please note that the gymnastics class will end at 4:45 PM not 5:00 PM.
 Thank you in advance.
Rabbi Silver







Each week, Kol Torah will feature a Torah Academy family or a faculty member. If your family would like to be featured please email Stuart Gasner - 

Ms. Allison Baum
3rd Grade General Studies
How long have you been teaching at TA?
This will be my 2nd year at T.A.

Where did you work before TA?
Before T.A. I taught for 4 years at West Philadelphia Achievement Charter Elementary School in the Overbrook area of Philadelphia.

Where are you from?
I am originally from Marlton, NJ (right near Cherry Hill).

How many people are there in your family?
I have one older brother, Andrew, who fought in the IDF for 4 years. My mother lives in Israel and my father still lives in NJ.

What schools did you attend?
I have my B.A. in classics from Union College in NY and my masters in education from the University of Pennsylvania.

What is the reason you decided to become a teacher?
I became a teacher after working as a call counselor, tutor, and coach since I was 16. I've always loved working with kids and helping them discover new ideas and outlooks.

If you could not be a teacher- what other profession would you want?
If I couldn't be a teacher, I think I could be a pretty decent chef!

What are your hobbies?
My hobbies are volleyball, tennis, reading, cooking, and camping.

What subject do you enjoy teaching the most?
My favorite subject to teach is science because I love coming up with new experiments to try out.

What was your favorite subject to learn in school?
My favorite subject in school was Latin, and I still love teaching students the Latin and Greek roots to vocabulary words.

List something that most people at TA don't know about you.
Something people at T.A. might not know about me is I've been a summer camp counselor for 14 years! This summer, I worked with 5 year old girls.

What advice do you have for TA students.
My advice for students at T.A. is to try as many new experiences as you can in as many areas as you can! You never know what you will end up loving until you take the first step!
The Torah academy library is looking for volunteers to re-shelve, reorganize and rethink our library.  We are also looking for help with our upcoming Scholastic Book fair. Contact if you have even 30 minutes of your time to donate.   

Thank you!


KIDSTUFF coupon books benefit PTO and are available now.  The books are each $ or sell 5 and the 6th is yours for free.  There are lots of coupons for local attractions and shopping and most coupons are good through December '16.  To order or preview your copy, please contact Janet at  Please note that the book contains coupons for kosher and non- kosher establishments.

Keep those Box Tops coming...The summer Box Top saving challenge ends on September 21...then we count down to the hundredth day of school.  Clean out your junk drawer stashes to benefit PTO.  Please write your family's name on your submission bag/ envelope and bring it to the box at the security desk.  For product and program information,

Ongoing PTO free FUNdraisers include Target Take Charge of Education (register your Target credit cards at 800- 316- 6142), saving Brown's Shoprite receipts, Labels for Education (Post/ Pepperidge Farms/ BIC products etc.) and General Mills Box Tops for Education (use the green box at the security desk), Amazon Smile program, (also online shopping) and, starting next week...the Giant Aplus program (more details to follow...use NEW id# 23875) do not need to be a parent to support these programs...start recruiting PTO support today!!  For more details about these initiativeS,

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