On Sunday, talmidim of Cheder Menachem Los Angeles and their mechanchim, families, and friends gathered together to mark the culmination of a special learning project.
The students have spent over two months learning Mishnayos and Tanya Baal Peh as a present to the Rebbe in honor of Yud Alef Nissan.
Rabbi Mendel Greenbaum, menahel of the Cheder, opened up the evening by welcoming the talmidim and guests and extending a hearty yasher koach to all those who were involved in the program. Following his greetings, he introduced Rabbi Shlomo Cunin, head shliach to California, who reminded the boys of the great nachas they bring to the Rebbe, who is constantly with us.
Rabbi Yosef HaLevi Shusterman, shliach to Beverly Hills and rav of anash, shared words of bracha and emphasized the importance of continually reviewing that one has learnt baal peh.
Special hakoras hatov was expressed to Reb Yankel Ginsburg and his family, who sponsor the Mishnayos Baal Peh program, l’iluy nishmas his father Reb Dov Reuven ben Reb Dovid HaLevi a”h. In addition, thanks were given to the anonymous donors who generously came forward to make the program possible.
The program’s coordinator, Rabbi Sholom Heidingsfeld, gave a brief overview of accomplishments made over this year. In total, 16,500 lines of Tanya and over 25,000 lines of Mishnayos were learned baal peh.
Special Recognition was given to talmidim who have taken upon themselves to learn, baal peh, the first 12 perakim of Tanya in their entirety. 4 boys present who had already memorized more than 7 perakim were called up to the stage: 4th graders Levi Yitzchok Hecht and Mendel Zaetz, 6th grader Avremele Levitansky and 7th grader Yitzchok Wolowik.
The 3rd grade class, led by their girsa teacher Rabbi Blasberg, learned the entire Masechta Megilah and Rosh Hashanah baal peh. Another special achievement was that of 7th grader Yossi Heidingsfeld, who learned the entire Seder Moed baal peh.
A special presentation recognized a group of 8th grade students who made significant achievements in learning; following this, each talmid received a prize according to what they had learned.
The success of the event was largely thanks to Mrs. Ruchie Stillman, R’ Nochum Labkowsky, Rabbi Leibel Cohen, Mr. Sam Kustanovich, and the rebbeim, and menahalim and board members of the Cheder.