On Sunday 13 Sivan, the wonderful talmidim of Cheder Menachem Los Angeles , together with their parents, grandparents, relatives and friends, Rabbonim, Roshei Yeshivos and shluchim gathered together to mark the culmination of two months of learning Mishnayos and Tanya Baal Peh. The event was created as a present to the Rebbe, in honor of Yud Alef Nissan.
To date, in the 15 years that the program has been happening, the talmidim have passed the 1,000,000 line mark of Mishnayos Baal Peh! Together, this year’s talmidim learned and were tested on a total of 100,000 lines of Mishnayos, Tanya, Siddur and Yediyos Klaliyos. This number includes 6,660 Mishnayos, including 103 complete Masechtos and 799 Perakim, as well as 207 Perakim of Tanya Baal Peh, totaling 14,603 lines of Tanya Beal Peh.
Rabbi Mendel Greenbaum, Menahel of Cheder Menachem, welcomed everyone with a D’var Torah and giving a yasher koach to the talmidim. Words of bracha were shared by Rabbi Shimon Halevi Raichik, Shliach of the Rebbe and Rav of Anash and Congregation Levi Yitzchok. In the spirit of Maalin Bakodesh, a new segment of the program was added.
A special video presentation was then shown with a sicha where the Rebbe spoke about learning mishnayos Baal Peh and there were clips of young boys going by Dollars and presenting the mishnayos they learned to the Rebbe.
A special presentation was made to Reb Yankel Ginsburg, the “Zevulun” of the Cheder’s MBP Program, who sponsors the Seforim on a yearly basis and L’iluy Nishmas his father, Reb Dov Reuven ben Dovid HaLevi o.b.m.
Rabbi Sholom Heidingsfeld, the coordinator of the Mishnayos Be’al Peh program, announced the accomplishments of this year’s MBP, which was followed by awarding books to the four talmidim with the highest accomplishments. Talmidim were awarded seforim of their choosing, based on their point total, for their efforts and achievements.
This year’s achievements include, Yossi Raeburn, 8th Grade, who learned the entire Seder Moed bvas achas, Masechtos Brochos and Avos , as well the first 12 perakim of Tanya and being tested on them bvas achas ; Dovi Spalter, 7th Grade, who learned the entire Seder Moed as well as Masechtos Avos, Brochos, Horayos and the first perakim of Tanya; Mendel Schmukler, 6th Grade, who learned the entire Seder Moed, as well as Maschta Brochos and Levi Cohen, 6th Grade, who learned the entire Seder Moed in addition to Mesechtos Brochos, Midos, Horayos and Avos and six perakim of Tanya.
A presentation was made to 5 boys who completed the first 12 perakim of Tanya Baal Peh. As part of the Cheder’s Twelve Perakim club. At the Twelve Perakim club, talmidim gather for monthly meetings where they discuss where they are holding and make goals for their learning for the next month, together with some nosh and review games for the Tanya. These 5 talmidim, Yossi Raeburn, Mendel Kramer, Shlomo Feldman, Kasriel Lezak and Mendel Lipsker, received a leather Chitas as well as a leather tefillin mirror and tzedakah pouch. The awards were given out by Rabbi Sholom Heidingsfeld together with Rabbi Levi Eisenberg, who founded the club in memory of HaTomim Nosson Nota ben Reb Zalman Yuda Deitch a”h.
A special thank you to Mrs. Ruchie Stillman, R’ Nochum Labkowsky, Mr. Sam Kustanovich and the Cheder board for all their help in ensuring the success of the day’s events.