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Gan Academy Yeshiva hosted a Chumash Party last week for their First Grade boys. The program began with the boy’s davening mincha, joined by their fathers and zaidys. Rabbi Zevi Posner, Principal of the Gan Academy Yeshiva welcomed the parents and guests and then introduced first grade Rebbe, Rabbi Yisroel Noach Blank, who spoke to the boys about their special role as the guarantors of the Torah.
Following Rabbi Blank, Rabbi Boruch Jacobson, grandfather to one of the students, addressed the boys. Rabbi Jacobson mentioned how in the olden days, young boys would learn how to identify the letters of the Aleph Beis with the help of the things around them. For example, the letter Aleph resembles a water carrier who only had one of his buckets filled. Rabbi Jacobson showed the boys a drawing that the Rebbe created to highlight this point.
Led by a first grader, the crowd then recited the Rebbe’s capital, sang some niggunim and the twelve pesukim joyfully for their relatives in the crowd to enjoy. Afterwards each boy was called up to receive their very first personalized Chumash. The Chumashim were presented by Rabbi Zevi Posner, and Rabbi Yisroel Noach Blank. The boys then climbed on their fathers’ and zeidys’ shoulders, and danced with joy to celebrate this special milestone.
Each child also received a delicious piece of a stunning custom Torah shaped cake, to highlight the sweetness of Torah study, and were excited to find the piece with their Hebrew name on it! This beautiful event was arranged by Mrs. Musia Wilhelm, Administrator of the Gan Academy Yeshiva.