During the weeks before Pesach the 4th grade boys at Cheder Menachem worked together to raise monies for Maos Chitin. Organized before Pesach, the event has been held for each of the past fifteen years but this time the total money raised was a substantial $481.00. Rabbi Simcha Frankel, 4th grade teacher, said the wonderful success of the event was due to the student’s enthusiasm and the creativity of this years’ class.
“The boys created carnival booths with homemade activities and games. They did this without help and there were no complaints. They had to work hard to be sure they were well prepared because the event ran for 2 ½ hours and there were lines at each booth throughout the afternoon. Tickets were 25 cents and the fourth graders made certain that each game was well worth the ticket price. We had a Licorice Race, Sponge Toss, Guess the Chocolate Chips in the Marshmallow Fluff and more.”
The Maos Chitin monies are a financial obligation for all Jews but it is not a tax or a charitable donation. Instead, the fund is a financial mitzvah that is raised on behalf of low income households who have an additional financial burden as they prepare for Pesach. The class donated the entire amount to Rabbi Shimon HaLevi Raichik of Congregation Levi Yitzchak who is distributing the dollars to local families.
Rabbi Frankel was pleased with the achievement of the kids and is already thinking of ways to innovate for next year’s Maos Chitin program.