On Sunday 13 Sivan, talmidim of Cheder Menachem Los Angeles, together with their parents, grandparents, relatives and friends, gathered together to mark the culmination of two months of learning Mishnayos and Tanya Baal Peh, as a present to the Rebbe on honor of Yud Alef Nissan.
To date, in the 15 years that the program has been going on, the talmidim have passed the 1,000,000 line mark of Mishnayos Baal Peh.
Together, the talmidim this year, 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.
This year’s achievements include, Yossi Raeburn, 8th Grade, learning 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. Levi Cohen, 6th Grade, who learned the entire Seder Moed in addition to Mesechtos Brochos, Midos, Horayos and Avos and 6 Perakim of Tanya.
On Sunday, Gimmel Sivan, the annual MBP Awards ceremony took place in a large Public School auditorium. Talmidim were awarded Seforim of their choosing (based on their point total) for their efforts and achievements. Rabbonim, Roshei Yeshivos, Shluchim, Mashpiyim, parents and friends joined together to recognize and congratulate the achievements of the students.
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.
A special video presentation was shown with a Sicha where the Rebbe speaks about learning Mishnayos Baal Peh and clips of young boys going by Dollars and presenting the Mishnayos they learnt 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, 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 the Seforim to the 4 talmidim with the highest accomplishments. After this, every talmid received their prize according to their achievements.
In the spirit of Maalin Bakodesh, a new segment of the program was added: 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 12 Prakim 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.
Some of the Rabonim and Shluchim who attended include: Rabbi Shimon Raichik, Rav of Anash and Rabbi of Congregation Levi Yitzchok, Rabbi Ezra B. Schochet, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon, Rabbi Mendel Cohen, Mashpiya in Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon, Rabbi Amram Farkash, Menahel of the Mesivta Ohr Elchonon, as well as Rabbonim and Shluchim from all over Southern California.