Unlike many schools in America that have vacation all summer, there is one school that took the Rebbe’s directive to heart to continue learning throughout summer, and only graduated this week.
The sweet sounds of melamdim teaching and children learning in Cheder Ohr Menachem has finally reached their climax. Reaching the milestone of learning until 7 Av, the boys are finally ready to complete this grade and step up to the next. While the last month was filled with loads of trips, fun, and activities, it’s time to graduate.
Monday, 6 Av the younger classes gathered in the Eshel Hall to celebrate this milestone. The graduation began with the emcee Rabbi Zalman Goldstein.
“Despite the fact that Tishah B’av is upon us, it is so special to experience the Halacha that children don’t stop their learning even for building the Beis Hamikdash – and that this is our day-to-day reality,” he shared.
A special letter of the Rebbe to a Chagigas HaSiyum was read by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hakohen Hendel. The Rebbe congratulated the talmidim, melamdim and parents on this milestone, and continued to explain the unique objectives of summer vacation.
First to shine were the kita alef student with their melamed Rabbi Baruch Paris who led the Hakhel in the 12 Pesukim. Then the menahel Rabbi Mendel Yusewitz read aloud the amazing achievements these boys accomplished with their melamed throughout this school year, along with a special unique area in which each student excelled.
After receiving their certificates, Rabbi Yossi Overlander the vice principal gave every boy the Sefer they were rewarded for their major achievements in Tanya Baal Peh this year!
Then it was kita beis’s turn to shine. Together with their melamed Rabbi Baruch Shalom Schwei they led the Hakhel of parents in singing the Rebbe’s Kapitel.
Then Rabbi Tanchum Abrams with his talmidim of kita gimmel presented their unbelievable success with the Tanya Baal Peh system. All Talmidim completed 6 perakim by heart! They all presented together perek vav in Tanya.
The culmination and the highlight of the graduation was seeing the talmidim receiving their Sefarim gifts for Tanya and Mishnayos Baal Peh.
Rabbi Chanoch Hecht, who coordinates the Tanya Baal Peh program gave the TBP update and tremendous progress report:
“Talmidim will know 12 Pirkei Tanya ‘cold’ by Kita Hey.”
Rabbi Hecht then gave every boy in kita gimmel 3 sets of sefarim as a well deserved prize.
Even in the coming short three weeks until Rosh Chodesh Elul, Cheder Ohr Menachem also has a program for the boys who want to continue learning and davening in a chassidishe fun environment in Machane Moshiach – Pocono, as well as the Ohr Menachem-Day Camp for the younger grades.
All left uplifted as smiling talmidim eagerly look forward to next year in a higher grade, in Yerushalayim with Moshiach now!