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30
Apr

Mazel Tov! Mazel Tov!

Mazel tov to Rivka (Lerner [’03]) Chastkofsky on the birth of twin boys!!

28
Apr

Dean’s Office – Kedoshim

This is the latest segment of the weekly video series from Rabbi Stulberger – You’ve Been Called to the Dean’s Office. It’s a short (four minute) message on a timely Torah topic. This week’s message: “The Keys to Kedushah.”

17
Apr

Mazel Tov!

Mazel tov to Rabbi Tzvi Wachsman (’99) on receiving smicha – Yoreh Yoreh Yadin Yadin – from Yeshiva Chofetz Chaim in Queens!

17
Apr

Lou Shapiro (’98) on Newsradio 850 Re:Barry Bonds

15
Apr

Letter to School

Dear Rabbi Stulberger,
        My week started off as most weeks do for me.  I get asked by my family and friends about my adventurous weekends.  I have the great opportunity to travel to the Midwest as an advisor for the Midwest NCSY region, and I usually return with a story about the flight and a plethora of stories regarding the shabbotton itself.
        This week, when I responded to my family and friends, and told them I was a volunteer for the Sarachek weekend.  I received different reactions.  Some said what I was doing was very nice, and other said I was crazy for choosing to spend my weekend with high school students from around the continent.
        The reason I am sending you this letter is because I want you to know that your boys made the shabbos worth attending.  Their behavior was impeccable.  They showed the utmost respect when asked to be wherever they were supposed to be, no matter the time of day.  Even more impressive was their character.  As I was wandering around after shabbos lunch, your boys, Aaron Liberman in particular, took the initiative to invite me over to play a board/card game with them.  Next thing I knew, I was sitting between the “Doc” and Natanel Liberman and I started to play the game.  Before we knew it half the team was around the table.  Mind you the table fits eight people comfortably, but that did not seem to matter to your boys, anybody that wanted to join the game or just sit there and watch was more than welcome.  Three hours later, and having gone through all of the cards the game had to offer, we ended the game.  Most players over the shabbotton at that point would have gone back to their rooms and skipped mincha.  Your boys went straight across the hall, back into the room to daven.
        These two small actions blew me away.  Incredibly, your boys were able to show this character on the court as well.  Having played multiple sports in high school, I know the amount of self control it takes to keep your composure during a heated game.  Also, being part of the Macslive staff, I happen to have been assigned to be the sideline reporter for the VTHS side of the of your last game of the tournament.  That game was extremely intense, and no one would have faulted any of your boys or coaches if they would have lost their temper.  The fact that they did not is truly admirable, and something I am envious of.
        As far as I am concerned, your boys were the best at showing the Sarachek Tournament, and the spectators, the true definition of Binay Torah.

Have a wonderful day and a great shabbos,

Elliot Tanzman

14
Apr

Educational Video

Here is a truly educational video by Dr. Eliezer Jones (’93):

14
Apr

Pesach Schedule

The VTHS Peasch schedule is now available.

14
Apr

Dean’s Office – Acharei

This is the latest segment of the weekly video series from Rabbi Stulberger – You’ve Been Called to the Dean’s Office. It’s a short (four minute) message on a timely Torah topic. This week’s message: “Making the Seder – and Every Mitzvah – Fresh.”

7
Apr

Dean’s Office – Metzorah

This is the latest segment of the new weekly video series from Rabbi Stulberger – You’ve Been Called to the Dean’s Office. It’s a short (four minute) message on a timely Torah topic. This week’s message: “Word Sensitivity.”

6
Apr

Midnight Mishmar (Chulent Included)

Everyone is invited to Midnight Mishmar this Thursday from 10:00 PM until Midnight. Rabbi Stulberger will be giving a va’ad and – of course – there will be chulent and refreshments. With so many alumni back in town for Pesach, we are expecting a large crowd. Don’t miss it.

4
Apr

City Council Recognizes Team

Paul Koretz and the LA City Council invited the entire VTHS basketball team to the City Council chambers where they were each presented with a Council Proclamation recognizing their achievement in winning the CIF Southern Section Division 6 Championship.

3
Apr

Lev Marquis (’09) – Winner of ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award

Lev Marquis (class of  ’09) was chosen as a winner of an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award with his original composition: Murder in a Vast Expanse.

From the program notes:

Murder in a Vast Expanse is a musical interpretation of a raw feeling I was exposed to in a childhood nightmare: Death approaching and nothing you can do to stop it. You can fight back, but it is utterly futile; soon you will succumb and fade into nothingness—even if you do manage to go out with a bang.