On Friday, the Chidon boys visited the Ohel. For many, it is one of the few times a year that they can personally deliver their panim.
“Watching the boys farbreng with their counselors on the bus to the Ohel was incredible,” shared Rabbi Zalman Shimon Itkin, Chidon director. “They are surely bringing the Rebbe much nachas.”
“I felt proud to be able to write about all the Sefer Hamitzvos that I learned,” contestant Avrohom Boruch Stolik from Hebrew Academy Margate, Florida told his counselor.
From the Ohel, it was off to bowling! Energy was high as the boys continued to create great memories of their time on the Chidon Shabbaton.
Friday night was a beautiful scene as hundreds of Chayolim sang niggunim and davenned with chayus in 770.
Shabbos morning, after shacharis the chayolim visited the Rebbe’s house. After the Shabbos meal Mincha, and shalosh seudos. the boys split into groups to create skits containing as many mitzvos from sefer hamitzvos as possible. The chayolim then sat together for seder niggunim. Imagine more than 900 people filling the hall of Oholei Torah, arms around each other as they sing niggunim like “Ani Maamin” and “Tzomo Lecha Nafshi” in unison. “Never in my life have I experienced something like this,” Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum shared. “It is impossible to describe the energy that filled the room. Hopefully it melted Hashem’s heart and He will finally bring Moshiach.”
Tomorrow morning, the Shabbaton comes to a close with the grand Chidon event. It’s the finale event of what has proven to be an incredible weekend—only a small bonus for the hard work that each contestant invested in learning. As Rabbi Rosenblum, principal of Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh and one of the Chidon originators over twenty years ago, said, “the real reward is the wealth of knowledge that our students walk away with.”
Doors open at 10:00a.m. Sunday for the Chidon game show and award ceremony at the Kings Performance Center at 1027 Flatbush Avenue. The Chidon will also be broadcast live by Chabad.org. Join us virtually by logging on to COLlive on Sunday morning.
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