By Yankee Junik for COLlive
Yud Aleph Nissan was weeks away; yet something was missing at the Lubavitch Educational Center in Miami. It wasn’t that Tzivos Hashem wasn’t helping boost up the hype. By all means, that program was in full swing and the “Hachona Buzz” was definitely in the air. It wasn’t like there was no talk and brainstorming about which Hachlotas were going to be taken on in honor of the Rebbe’s Birthday. In fact, hundreds of students accepted to take on a wide variety of mitzvos, including being mechazek the basics, like saying Brochos out loud before eating and making sure at least one person could answer Amein. Additionally, some classes learned hundreds of Mishnayos Baal Peh as well.
So what was it, you ask?
A weekly davening group affectionately known to students as D.L.C. (Daven Like a Chossid) currently in its 4th year, which has an average weekly membership of 40-50 boys just didn’t seem a truly befitting representation of the school for the fast approaching number, 109 (108). To effectively double attendance in such a short amount of time seemed nearly impossible. Could the club pull together 109 boys that fast? Can 109 boys really daven perfectly day after day without losing that momentum; reaching the ultimate goal? It would be a true gift to the Rebbe…. But was it really possible?
The challenge was thus set forth by teachers and school administration alike. Teachers were not ready to compromise their standards and accept a sub par davening for a bigger attendance, so students were going to have to earn it fair and square.The Lubavitch Educational Center’s students had work to do.
A daunting task indeed, it was one entailing many days of a long perfect davening, pointing inside the siddur for each and every word, and of course with a true Chayos overall. Yet, a super perfect davening alone was in no way to suffice. Tzedaka preceding the davening was also a must!
With the week swiftly coming to a close, the day had arrived. Piling into the auditorium the “D.L.C members” were directed to where in regular circumstances a special minyan would be held being led by a recording of “Rebbe’s davening.” Lo and behold, as the Duch was being filled out, the numbers began to continue pouring in… 30 boys, 40 boys , 60, 80, 100, 104, 105 , 107……
And then the final 2 boys walked in, “109” “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!”
Cheering, clapping, shouting and big smiles overwhelmed the auditorium. Each and every boy truly felt the importance of the moment, “Can you imagine if I didn’t participate, we wouldn’t have made it” was the shared spoken feeling.
This tremendous accomplishment did not go unnoticed or unrewarded, as all students left with hot cocoa, ice cream, and a color certificate of their contributed achievement. These were great prizes of course, but the best prize of all was the pride and nachas of knowing that they were apart of such a major project. Giving the Rebbe much nachas was what gave the boys a real sense of victory.
The following boys were part of the amazing LEC gift to the Rebbe.
Yosef Yitzchok Helinski
Yosef Chaim Shababo
Shneur Zalman Smith
Schneur Zalman Korf