Mishnayos Learned By Heart By The Students Of Oholei Torah
Torah’s annual Mishnayos B’al Peh contest awards ceremony was held
this past Monday, 24 Iyar. By the end of the contest, which is held from
Yud Shvat to Yud-Alef Nissan, the boys had learned over 2,000 pages of Tanya,
over 1,200 pages of Gemara, and over 240,000 Mishnayos!
Principal Rabbi Aharon Cohen spoke about the power of will and diligence
the boys exhibited, and emphasized what a nachas ruach this gave
the Rebbe MH”M. Talmid Moshe Pape was called upon to recite the
Rebbe’s chapter of Tehillim as well as “Yechi,” and
Rabbi Lipa Shapiro spoke about his son, o.b.m., a former assistant
principal at the yeshiva, who initiated this contest.
grader Shraga Dovid Homnick, who completed Seder Mo’ed, was
called upon to say the siyum, and seventh grader Yosef Gurevitch
said a hadran. This was followed by the awarding of dozens of s’farim
to the highest-ranking winners, who were seated on stage, with their
friends in the audience enthusiastically cheering them on. The boys had
been given a list of s’farim to choose from. The number of s’farim
they were entitled to was relative to the quantity of material
learned by heart.
grader Shmuel Avtzon was the chassan ha’Torah, for he had
learned 36 chapters of Tanya by heart. He had been tested on
three sets of 12 chapters by heart b’vas achas (said all at
once, rather than a chapter at a time). In addition he had learned a
number of mesechtos and the entire booklet that had been
order to maintain the boys’ enthusiasm throughout the long contest,
they were given a key for a certain amount of material covered, one of
which opened the lock on a brand new bike. For every chapter of
Mishnayos or page of Gemara or Tanya, the boys received a raffle
ticket for a trip to Eretz Yisroel, which was donated by Rabbi Shmuel
Kravitzky. This year, seventh grader Shmuel Schor won the raffle.
contest is run by the administration of Oholei Torah led by Rabbi Tzvi
Hirsch Lustig, principal, Rabbi Yosef Rosenfeld, administrator, Rabbi
Aharon Cohen, assistant principal in the upper division, and Rabbi
Pinchas Rapaport, assistant of the lower division. They thanked the team
of bachurim who came from 770 each day to test the boys who,
along with the parents, made the contest a success. Special thanks to
the sponsors of the contest, particularly R’ Shmuel Kravitzky and his
family and R’ Yosef Pinson and his family.