Thursday, June 28, 2012

Cheder 8th Grade Boys Graduate

This past Wednesday night, Cheder Chabad of Monsey held its third 8th grade graduation for the boys divison!

Cheder principal, Rabbi Wolowik welcomed everyone and introduced Menachem Mendel Litzman and Avi Altman, student of the 8th grade to act as MC. The MC called upon fellow talmidim: Moshe Holtzberg to recite the Rebbe’s kapitel Tehillim; Dovid Amsel to recite the Rebetzin’s kapitel Tehillim; and Menachem Mendel Rubashkin to recite to recite his father’s kapitel.

The dean and founder of the Cheder, Rabbi Yisroel Shusterman was then called upon to read a letter of the Rebbe. He then translated the letter and shared a few personal words expressing the emotions he felt observing the third graduating class of Cheder that started in Nursery and matured into talmidim hamesaymin in Kitah Ches. He stressed the importance for talmidim to always interact with their peers with ahavasYisroel. Before introducing the Moroh D’asrah of Kehilas Chabad in Monsey, Rabbi Boruch Lesches, the MC thanked him for all the time he spends with the bochurim farhering them and answering all their questions.

Rabbi Lesches shared with the graduates some very warm and personal words on what is expected from the talmidim as they grow up, highlighting the importance of the talmidim being devoted to their learning and being neiros lehoir. Fellow talmid Shaul Rimler shared a beautiful d’var Torah stressing the importance for the talmidim to take a lesson for Korach’s mistake of doing what you are told and not doing too little or adding items that Hashem does not want. Since the graduation was a few days before Gimmel Tammuz, Menachem Mendel Hirsh then spoke about how the Rebbe cared for every single Yid and the importance of each talmid strengthening their hiskashrus to the Rebbe. This was followed by Meir Kolt representing the class in performing a siyum on Meseches Mackos followed by a hadran based on a sicha of the Rebbe.

Moshe Eli Stuart represented the class in talking about what the Cheder experience meant to him, highlighting the influence of his melamdim and teachers starting in Kitah Aleph and how they developed within him a love for learning Torah and Yiddishkeit. Dovid Jacobs expressed gratitude to Cheder personnel on behalf of his class, especially their beloved 8th grade rebbi, Rabbi Yossi Soble, for all the personal time that he invested in each talmid individually and for all the exciting activities and trips he planned for the class. The evening was concluded by words of encouragement from the General Studies Principal, Mr. David Kandel.

The Cheder Principal, Rabbi Avrohom Wolowik and Mr. Kandel then distributed to all students the diplomas and a specially inscribed Tanya. As the children received their diplomas, Rabbi Wolowik shared a personal message with each individual talmid highlighting their accomplishments and wishing them hatzlacha in Mesivta and beyond. A beautiful yearbook was also distributed to the talmidim. They raised funds for ads in the book and used the profit for a fun and enriching graduation trip.

It was a truly inspirational and happy event. We wish the graduates much hatzlacha in all their endeavors!