Twenty one thousand, eight hundred, and twenty.
In dollars one would be happy to accomplish gaining it.
But in good deeds one would feel fulfilled, overflowing with purpose and proud to be a Rebbe’s soldier. That is how the students of the Lubavitch Educational Centers elementary school in Miami felt after tallying up the total mitzvos performed over this past sukkos holiday.
What began as a small challenge and project has ballooned into one of the largest child led efforts in mivtozim worldwide.
The unending stories from parents on how the Yom Tov days and Chol Hamoed were completely filled with requests to head to nursing homes, hospitals and other places and bring the mitzvah of daled minim to all who would not otherwise celebrate. Among the many stories – fourth grader Meir Spalter even gave up a trip to Disney world for a chance to perform additional mitzvos instead.
A special website was setup to monitor the students succeses. After each day on mitvzoyim students could log onto LECFL.COM/Lulav where they would fill out a form detailing the people helped and attach pictures as well. Stories from all over came pouring in as students were seen everywhere and anywhere with their Lulavim in hand.
One father remarked, “I saved hundreds of dollars on trips this year on chol hamoed, my children only wanted to go on mivtzoyim – all day every day.”
The feeling of pride and Gaon Yakov the students felt after helping so many was palbable at a recent school gather celebrating the success and pledging more for the future.
The Lubavitch Educational Center has always been a trailblazer in Jewish education and certainly in the area of Chesed and outreach.
Hundreds if not thousands of pictures and stories came pouring in – What to do with them now?
A 15 foot mural of the Rebbe’s soldiers is now proudly on display in the schools main lobby and has quickly become a main attraction when arriving to school.
Lubavitch Elementary School is a part of Lubavitch Educational Center, which also includes Lubavitch Preschool and Beis Chana Middle and High School for Girls. The campus, which includes a seven-story facility, three-acre sports field and preschool playground and plans for a water park, is located in Miami Florida.
Under the directorship of Rabbi Benzion Korf, the school serves children from pre-nursery through 12th.
For further information, please call (305) 653-8770.
Video: A young boy helps a man perform the Mitzvah of Lulov