“Excuse me are you Jewish? Do you light Shabbat Candles?”
This is what the Aleph Wondergirls of Bal Harbour, Florida repeatedly said this past Thursday evening, the Eve of Chof Daled Teves.
The girls went on Mivtzoim and spread light in connection to Shnei Or – two lights which is represented by the Alter Rebbe’s name Rabbi Shneur Zalman.
The girls shone with enthusiasm as they went from one woman to another inquiring if they lit Shabbat candles. It was a sight of beauty as I watched the girls greet the ladies with open arms. The girls truly exemplified what it is to be a Bas Chabad.
The program consisted of two consecutive evenings and was geared for girls’ ages four through eight years old. On the first evening the girls created their own neshek boxes that they could choose to either give out on Mivtzoyim or to keep for their own use such as on travels.
The girls were also prepped concerning the idea of Mivtzoim and how they should behave as Chassidishe Girls with exemplary Derech Eretz.
On the consecutive evening Chof Daled Teves, the girls gathered again for the much anticipated Mivtzoyim. We all walked hand in hand down Harding Ave on the already lit streets, but it was clear by the pedestrians’ reaction that the little girls were the true source of light.
Each Neshek container had a puzzle piece attached to it, and only after they distributed the candles could the girls add the piece to the puzzle which distinguished the person who had left letters in different stores addressed to the Aleph Wondergirls.
The girls Mivtzoim concluded with a special trip to the ice cream store and a story by Morah Yakira Leah in connection to the lady in the puzzle.
The girls anticipate more exciting Aleph Wondergirls bi-weekly and Shabbos events and future Mivtzoim trips, which they have requested to be very soon.