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Out of the Box

Creative.
Entertaining.
Concise.
Insightful.
One Of A Kind.
Edition 5: March and April, 2016

Out of the Box is a school newsletter dedicated to providing


educational material in an entertaining way. We aim to inform and
enlighten, while keeping it concise, fresh, and fun.
You can read this newsletter straight through, or jump around from
topic to topic based on your interests. The electronic platform is meant
to enable ease of access both ways. Hope you learn something new
and enjoy!
Natan Alper, Founder of Out of the Box

Table of Contents
hyperlinked!
Judaism

NBA Sports

Technology

Brain Teasers

Israel News

Miscellaneous

Current Events

Staff Interview

History

Birthdays

Quotes of the Month

Out of the Box Staff

Judaism

In the Face of Adversity


- J. Alper
All people experience pain in one form or another. However, while some
become distant from G-d due to their suffering, others find ways of using their
pain to get closer to G-d. While one cannot measure another persons
difficulties nor judge their reactions to them, Rabbi Soloveitchik writes about
the key difference between a person who views himself as a victim of his fate,
goral, and a person who views himself as the active subject in his life story,
yeud. The symptoms of these different attitudes are subtle but significant.
The goral experiences defeat and hopelessness from his suffering and
philosophizes about WHY this happened. The yeud, on the other hand, is
able to practice acceptance after the initial shock and then asks WHAT is
required of me to do now. May we find the strength, like the yeud, to use
any obstacles in our lives to bring us higher, to ask WHAT instead of WHY,
so that we can be strengthened by our experiences and make the active
choice to move forward with renewed meaning.
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Technology
Worlds Thinnest Laptop. NO LONGER A MAC?!?!?
Thats right folks, Apple is no longer the worlds lead company on high end thin laptops. But who is the
new holder of this title? The answer may shock you, its Hewlett Packard (more commonly known as HP). The
thinnest MacBook Air (11 inches-13 inches) to date is .68 inches, while the new HP laptop, dubbed as the
HP Spectre, is roughly .41 inches, and provides much more in a smaller package.

Build Quality
The HP Spectre (limited US edition) comes in a beautiful golden finish and Swarovski (what?)
crystals. Bottom Line, you know its premium design because you dont know what on earth these
materials
are.
The regular HP Spectre however, will sport a machined aluminum and carbon fiber build, which
results in a beautiful mesh of chrome gold and dark grey.

Hardware
The new laptop from the Tech Giant also supports an 8GB DDR3 RAM with a 6th Gen Skylake Core i5 or i7
processor, with 256GB SSD or 512GB SSD internal memory, depending on which model you buy, with three new
and improved USB 3.1 port, which is rumored to have double the speed of the standard USB 3.0 port, which
the MacBook Air still uses. The Spectre supports a FHD (1920x1080 pixels) screen, but the drawback is that
the touchscreen was removed from this device. Battery life is rumored to last 10 hrs. on web surfing and
video playback.

Pricing
The base model of the Spectre, which will debut for $1169.99 comes with a Skylake Core i5 processor, 8GB
Ram, and a 256GB SSD (Solid State Drive), while the higher-end model, with a Skylake Core i7 processor,
8GB Ram, and a 512GB SSD, will be priced at $1249.99.
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Israel News
Growing Religion in the IDF
Since the inception of Israel, a growing
conflict between the secular and religious branches
of Israeli society have been an underlying factors
to some of the biggest issues.
Until recently, the IDF had remained
predominantly secular. With the convention being to
keep religion away from military motivation. The
religious troops in the IDF had been discouraged
from referencing religious convictions during military
missions, one example being Colonel Winter, a
commander in the Givati Brigade, who had written a
letter that termed their enemy as that which
curses Israels G-d. Col. Winter was criticised
for his letter.
However, with the growing force of religious
troops in the IDF, including committed Hareidim,
this system seems increasingly close to renovation.

S & P Assigns Israel an A+


The credit company Standard & Poors has
deemed Israel worthy of retaining its A+ grade
in regards to its credit rating. The company
stated:
"the stable outlook reflects our
expectation that the government will maintain
stable public finances and that the impact of
security risks on the Israeli economy will be
contained over the next two years."
One of the largest contributions to this
accomplishment has been Israels efficient
efforts to enlarging the housing sectors in the
state to promote continuous building and growth.
Although this has also led to many disapproving
looks from international powers (including
President Obama).

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Presidential Updates!
By: Netanel Yom Tov
As the race to win the 2016 presidential election heats up, here is a guide to who may be the next president of the USA:

Republican Candidates:
Ted Cruz

The Budget and debt: Mandate a balanced budget.

Corporations: End the corporate income tax.

Common Core: End it.

Immigration: Block efforts to let the undocumented use the Internet: Dont tax access to the Internet and block net neutrality.

Obamacare: Repeal it.

Islamic State: Dont send U.S. ground troops, yet. But use overpowering force otherwise, including carpet-bombing.
Donald Trump

Budget: Government must cut spending more.

Entitlements: Do not cut Social Security or Medicare benefits. Grow the economy to save those programs.

Gun Control: Limit restrictions on guns.

Immigration and Refugees: Deport all undocumented individuals.

Iran and Israel: Walk away from nuclear talks. Increase sanctions.

Islamic State and Iraq: Send U.S. ground troops to target oil-rich areas (knock out their finances).
John Kasich

Criminal Justice: Less prison time for nonviolent offenders. Focus on rehabilitation and treatment.

Education: Continue Common Core, but cut education spending.

Immigration: Allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the country legally.

Obamacare: Keep the federal Medicaid expansion. Repeal and replace the rest of the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Iran and Israel: Iran deal raises concerns.

Islamic State and Iraq: Put U.S. boots on the ground to fight ISIS.
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Presidential Updates!
By: Netanel Yom Tov
On the other side, the race seems more neck in neck than ever before (which is really saying something).

Democratic Candidates:
Hillary Clinton
Education: Make public college debt-free.
Guns: Ban several types of assault weapons. Repeal protections for gun makers.
Healthcare: Give the government a role is setting insurance rates. Expand Obamacare but do not attempt to create a
universal healthcare system now.
Immigration: Give undocumented residents a path to legal status.
Israel: Work toward a two-state solution. Do not necessarily freeze settlement building.
Iran: Support framework for nuclear deal. Continue diplomacy efforts and some sanctions.
Islamic State: No boots on the ground. Use regional troops.
Bernie Sanders
Campaign finance: Limit corporate and interest-group spending in campaigns.
Education: Free, universal preschool. Free tuition at public colleges and universities.
Guns: Ban assault weapons. Repeal law protecting some gun manufacturers. No federal handgun waiting period.
Healthcare: Launch universal, government-provided health care.
Iran and Israel: Supports current deal with Iran. Critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus speech to
Congress.
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March in History
March 1, 1961 - President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps, an organization sending young
American volunteers to developing countries to assist with health care, education and other basic
human needs.
March 4, 1789 - The first meeting of the new Congress under the brand new U.S. Constitution took place
in New York City.
March 10, 1862 - The first issue of U.S. government paper money occurred as $5, $10 and $20 bills
began circulation.
March 12, 1888 - The Great Blizzard of '88 struck the northeastern U.S. The storm lasted 36 hours with
snowfall totaling over 40 inches in New York City where over 400 persons died from the surprise storm.
March 19, 2003 - The United States launched an attack against Iraq to topple dictator Saddam Hussein
from power.
March 23, 1775 - Patrick Henry ignited the American Revolution with a speech before the Virginia
convention in Richmond, stating, "I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me
liberty, or give me death!"
March 26, 1979 - The Camp David Accord ended 30 years of warfare between Israel and Egypt.
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April in History
April 1, 1865 - During the American Civil War, Confederate troops of General George Pickett were
defeated and cut off at Five Forks, Virginia.
April 3, 1865 - The Confederate capital of Richmond surrendered to Union forces after the
withdrawal
of
General
Robert
E.
Lee's
troops.
April 6, 1896 - After a break of 1500 years, the first Olympics of the modern era was held in
Athens, Greece.
April 9, 1866 - Despite a veto by President Andrew Johnson, the Civil Rights Bill of 1866 was
passed by Congress granting blacks the rights and privileges of U.S. citizenship.
April 11, 1968 - A week after the assassination of Martin Luther King, the Civil Rights Act of 1968
was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
April 12, 1961 - Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space.
April 18, 1775 - The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and William Dawes occurred as the two men rode
out of Boston about 10 p.m. to warn patriots at Lexington and Concord of the approaching British.
April 22, 1864 - "In God We Trust" was included on all newly minted U.S. coins by an Act of
Congress.
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From the ages of 8-18, me and


my family moved around a lot.
Mostly we would just stretch,
but occasionally one of us
would actually get up to go to
the fridge.

During a test,
people look up for
inspiration, down in
desperation,
and left and right for
information.

Quotes of the Month


If I could sum up my
life in one line...
I would die of
embarrassment.

Im not arguing. I
m simply
explaining why I
m right.

They all laughed when I


said I would become a
comedian. Well, they're
not laughing now.

A storybook career came to an end for the


legendary Kobe Bryant on Wednesday
night. The 5 time NBA champion Kobe
Bryant, also well known as the Black
Mamba re-winded his clock and willed
himself to a 60 point performance all en
route to a late comeback victory that was
filled with thrilling clutch-shot heroics.
One of the greatest competitors of all time
gave the entire NBA community one last
spectacle in the same uniform he grew up
idolizing as a youth, a final exclamation
point to a career filled with them!
- Shiron Youseflaleh

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Brain Teasers

click on screen or arrow key


for answers

You are in a cabin and it is pitch black. You have one match
on you. Which do you light first, the newspaper, the lamp,
the candle or the fire?

What kind of room has no doors or windows?

Which word in the dictionary is spelled incorrectly?

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Answers to Brain Teasers!


1: You light the match first!
2: Mushrooms
3: Incorrectly
Squares: 40

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School: 2 + 2 = 4
Homework: 2 + 4 + 2 = 8
Exam: Calculate the mass of the sun and the
speed of its rotation.

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The Evolution of a Subject in School

Student: Rebbe, you failed me last year


in Halacha.
Rebbe: It was Chumash, not Halacha
still wondering why you failed?
#Balsamisms16
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Staff Interview!!!

Staff Interviewed: Rabbi Balsam


Subjects Taught: Gemara, Chumash and Hebrew

Q: Where are you from originally?


A: Im from the mean streets of Kew Gardens Hills.
Q: What's a crazy story that happened to you when you were in high school?
A: I went to MTA. Nothing crazy ever happened there.
Q: What is your favorite word? Least favorite?
A: My least favorite is wifi. My favorite is netref.
Q: Which superpower would you like to have and how would you use it?
A: It doesnt matter. Even if I had all the superpowers, Id still lose to Batman!
Q: What are some of your hobbies?
A: Exercise, playing on my phone. I also try to learn when Im bored of wasting time.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would give to your younger self?
A: I would tell my younger self to value hard work and develop good habits for life.
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Happy March Birthday!


Out of the Box wishes a very happy birthday to:
9th Grade: Abie Kupchik, Avi Kwestel, Eitan Kwestel, Elie
Mandel, Josh Packer, Jacob Penstein, Natey Simantov, Yair
Sturm
10th Grade: Dovid Blank, Alex Fuchs, Elan Goldberg, Oren
Goldberg, Alec Goldstein, Tzvi Heimowitz, Amiel Kerstein,
Eliezer Plotsker, Chezky Rothman, Brett Siegal, Avishai
Teitelbaum, Benjy Vaiselberg, Jacob Weinstock
11th Grade: Chaim Alper (WOOHOO!), Dovid Gelbtuch,
Judah Graber, Elie Levine, Sam Poupko, Tzvika Septimus,
Ben Weinstein, Aharon Yudin
12th Grade: Mordechai Abittan, Yehuda Benhamu, Brian
Chernigoff, Natan Davidowitz, Yonatan Simanovitz, Avi
Vaiselberg, Baruch Weissman

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Happy April Birthday!


Out of the Box wishes a very happy birthday to:
9th Grade: Shua Auerbach, Jaron Feldman, Jackie Glaser,
Shmuli Klahr, Yisroel Lebowitz, Chaim Medetsky,
10th Grade: Zack Goldberg, Levi Gottleib, Josh Hirt, Jeremy
Klein, Steven Leiber, Barry Rosenberg, Yonatan Schiller,
Jason Shayovitz,
11th Grade: Seth Bodek, Andrew Giller, Ben Liechtung,
Yisroel Massis, Joseph Rafailov, Daniel Rosenthal
12th Grade: Rafi Appel, Daniel Attias, Alec Jerome, Daniel
Steinberger

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Out of the Box Staff


Natan Alper
Founder and Editor in Chief
Chaim Leib Alper
Executive Editor
Yehuda Posner
Columns Editor

Davidchai Abramchayev
Contributor

Jonathan Crane
Columns Editor

Shmulik Roth
Contributor

Netanel Yom Tov


Contributor

Shiron Youseflaleh
Contributor

Rabbi Balsam
Faculty Advisor

Rabbi Kaminetsky
Menahel