This year, for the second year in a row, Pesichas Haaron for the daytime Hakafos at Empire Shtiebel was sold to the children in exchange for Mishnayos learning by heart.
Unlike last year where it was sold for 100 Mishnayos shared by 3 boys (33 Mishanyos each), this year the boys kept bidding until it reached the staggering amount of 1,000 Mishnayos baal Peh!
All of the kids who bid deserve an exceptional Yasher Koach for wanting to be a part of this big Mitzvah, but the biggest thank you and a big Mazal Tov goes to Shmuli Keller, who won the bid.
“We all wish him much Hatzlacha in learning the 1,000 Mishnayos Paal Peh, and may his parents and grandparents continue to have much nachas from him,” said Shul member Shmuli Lewis.
“The inspiration for this came from when I was a child (in the mid to late 1980’s) at Lubavitch House in London, when one year the opportunity to buy Pesichas Haaron on Simchas Torah was sold to the children in exchange for Mishnayos Paal Peh,” says Lewis. “I don’t remember who was behind this, or whose idea it was, but the inspiration stayed with me at the back of my mind, until last year when with Hashem’s help, we implemented it in Empire Shtiebel.”
The auction for mishnayos almost didn’t happen this year, explains Lewis. “But when in the course of the Kiddush Farbrengen, as a discussion about us still being in Golus arose, the phrase of ‘Ain Hagoliyus Miscansos Elah Bizchus Hamishnayos,’ came up. In an instant that got the ball got rolling, and the auction began.
“A big Yasher Koach goes to those who keep Empire Shtiebel running a whole year, especially to those who made sure that everything ran so smoothly over Simchas Torah,” he says.
Lewis says they are currently working on a website for next year, so that Shuls throughout Crown Heights and around the globe can be a part of this and be able to post their auction results in a unified way, Lewis says.