Halichos Olam is a program for seventh grade to encourage and guide them in the study of Hilichos Tefillin based on the Sefer Shvach Yokor authored by Rabbi Shmuel Hurwitz.
The program was established by the Igud Menahalei Yeshivos of Crown Heights for boys of Oholei Torah and United Lubavitch Yeshiva of Crown Street with the goal of expanding the knowledge of Halacha and Yiras Shamayim of the talmidim in our community.
The program was founded in memory of HaRav Marlow a”h whom the Rebbe referred to as ‘Ish Halacha’ – a man of Jewish Law; HaRav Marlow’s life was dedicated to the knowledge and clarification of Halacha. The program is sponsored by a talmid, Reb Shimon Aaron Rosenfeld.
Eligibility to be a participant in the Chidon is through receiving above an 80% on written tests. Each boy receives monetary reward. For 90% the reward is greater.
The finale of the program was a Chidon amongst 60 contestants. The audience of parents, melamdim, community members and fellow students were astounded at the ability of the participants to quote the Halocho almost verbatim. The event was chaired by Rabbi Hershel Lustig, dean of Oholei Menachem who also serves as coordinator of the program.
Winners of the Chidon:
1st place: Moshe Elberg, Shneur Zalman HaLevi Heber, Menachem Mendel Weinbaum
2nd place: Dovid Ledayav, Shmuel Lesches, Mendel Slonim
3rd place: Levi Yitzchok Jacobson, Yisroel Krasnianski, Menachem Mendel HaKohen Rodal.