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On Sunday, October 21, the first graders celebrated receiving their Chumashim in grand style. The boys
wore gold crowns to emphasize the chashivus of the occasion. Rabbi Kahana welcomed family members
of the each class of first graders, including parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents.
Rabbi Y. Zvi Weiss, Rav of Bais Haknesses Ohr
HaChaim, addressed Rabbi Pollock's and Rabbi Moskowitz's
classes. He related to the boys that when he got his
first Chumash, his rebbi told him that he should kiss it because
this was the very same Torah that his father, grandfather,
and previous generations received. He wanted the
boys to take with them the same message of the continuity
of our mesorah that created such a strong impression on
him from his own childhood.
Rabbi Zvi Teichman, Rav of Congregation Ohel Moshe
and a proud grandfather of a first grader, addressed both of
Rabbi Brecher's classes. Rabbi Teichman described how
the Belzer Rebbe would visit the cheders of Yerushalayim
because the presence of the shechinah is so strong where
young children are learning Torah. Rabbi Teichman also
noted that the chumash that they learning was the same Torah
that was handed down to Moshe Rabbeinu. He continued
that each person is represented by a letter in a Sefer Torah.
The letters in a Sefer Torah must we written with extreme
care and must not be touching one another; they must
be clear, individual letters. Just as each letter in a Sefer Torah
is a special, treasured, individual letter, so are the
talmidim unique and special individuals.
Rabbi Weiss and Rabbi Teichman presented the boys with
a Chumash of their own and had their photograph taken
with each boy. Finally, each boy had a turn to read the first
possuk of Bereishis from a real sefer Torah.
We thank our very own Mrs. Miriam Gittel Rosenblat for
arranging the event, including helping set up the special
"kiddush" party that followed. Mr. Larry Carpenter also
worked on setting up the party. Each talmid also received
his very own nosh bag. Thank you to the Rosenblat girls,
Nechuma, Chavi and Luba for putting together the nosh
Thank you to Rabbi Yosef Brecher, Rabbi Doniel Moskowitz, and Rabbi Yitzchok Pollock for all of
their efforts in bringing their talmidim to this important milestone. Thank you, too, to Mrs. Berzon,
Mrs. Brager, and Mrs. Lenet, the boys' general studies teachers, and Morah Mindy Cynamon for
attending the event.
We are sure that the boys will remember this momentous occasion forever. The boys are SO happy with
their Chumashim! We hope that they will always be so excited about their learning and grow up to be
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