Photos: Shneur Haviv/COLlive
The first international Moshiach Chidon took place Motzei Shabbos Gimmel Tamuz at the Oholei Torah ballroom.
Judged by Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Rabbi Shalom Zirkind and Rabbi Shais Taub, 15 finalists were on stage for round one. The bochurim who all knew the material thoroughly were each marked very precisely.
Round two consisted of a smaller group of 6 contestants. The final round were the top 2: Eli Uminer (Boston, MA) who won first place, and Mendel Kessler (New Haven, CT) who won second place. Both of which learn in Mesivta in New Haven.
Third place was won by Tzemach Hendel (Crown Heights).
The 15 finalists were:
Nochum Avtzon, Mendel Brownstein, Mendel Levin, Levi Movsikov, Shneur Nemirovsky, Shneur Zalman Engel, Mendel Friedman, Tzemach Hendel, Eliyohu Uminer, Mendel Rimler, Mendel Kessler, Mendel Chetzroni, Eli Shwei, Shmaya Pruss and Nochum Raices.
At the event, the judges farbrenged about Hiskashrus to the Rebbe specifically through learning about Moshiach and inspired the bochurim to continue giving the Rebbe nachas.
Each bochur that participated in the Mivtza – taking the tests during the last few weeks, received their prizes.
All the weekly raffle prizes and the items from Rebbe were distributed as well.
Both the first and second place winners went home with a dollar received from the Rebbe.
The Mivtza culminated with a lavish Melave Malka and dancing, celebrating learning the Rebbe’s Torah and the Geula.
This definitely gave the Rebbe a lot of nachas from his bochurim, “Dem Rebbin’s Kinder”, and will ultimately bring the hisgalus of Moshiach now!