Tzivos Hashem is running a worldwide competition for Jewish children to mark 30 years since the youth movement was established by the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
“The Power of Jewish Children” will feature entries from children from around the world, who will compete for prizes totaling $30,000 cash and a trip to New York.
COLive.com is one of the major sponsors of the contest, which will be judged by a panel of judges and by public votes.
Entries may be in one of three categories:
Heart: A Chesed Award for an exceptional act of kindness for another.
Hand: A Performance Award for the best display of talent, such as a personally written story or poem, artwork, a comedy skit or playing a musical instrument.
Head: An Achievement Award for exceptional studies, researching and writing about something important or mastering a difficult concept.
COLlive is showcasing some of the entries:
Name: Shmuli Matusof
School: Cheder Lubavitch Chicago
Theme of submission: Shmuli’s personal story about Shlichus
My name is Shmuli Matusof. I am ten years old. I am the youngest of twelve children k’h. I live in the Midwest, a city called Madison. Madison is the Capital of Wisconsin. Many people never heard of Madison – so I tell them that it is near Chicago. The truth is that Chicago is almost three hours away.
I love being a shliach. We are all very involved in all the activities that go on in the Chabad House. There are around twelve hundred Jewish families, and over four thousand Jewish students on campus. The one thing we don’t have is a Jewish school. I think that the hardest part of this shlichus is that my parents have to send their children to Chicago to get a proper chinuch. My parents have been doing this for over twenty five years. My oldest brother went when he was six years old, and now he is back, running the Chabad House on campus.
Many people ask me how it feels to be so far away from home. I’ll tell you the truth, sometimes I feel sad. It would be so much easier for me to live at home. But then I think about how hard it is for my parents, and I realize that this is part of my shlichus. My mother told me many times that the Rebbe is with me, is watching me, and is very proud of me. She told me something the Rebbe once said about the children born in Mitzrayim. Those babies that were born in the fields to escape the soldiers, were raised by the Malachim. When the Yidden left Mitzrayim, these children were the first to recognize Hashem. They said, “Zen Keli V’anveyhu.” This is our G-d. I hope that because we have Mesiras Nefesh to do the shlichus of the Rebbe, we will be the first to greet Moshiach.
One of the unusual sights in Madison is the Saturday football games. The stadium is very close to our Chabad house, so thousands of people dressed in red (thats the color of our team – the Badgers) are walking on Shabbos morning in the direction of the Chabad House. I imagine to myself that it is in the days of Moshiach, and everyone is celebrating Shabbos, and walking to Shul. What an amazing thing that would be. I can’t wait to witness it, very, very soon.
To join “The Power of Children” competition log onto www.PowerofJewishChildren.com.