This Tuesday, Purim Katan was a happy, dizzying array of masquerade, carnival, rally, skits and treats. Purim Katan which is compared to Purim itself in all aspects except the actual mitzvas hayom, was celebrated with true simcha.
All grades participated in the worldwide Tzivos Hashem Rally. The younger grades had a masquerade with each child presenting himself in costume on stage.
A raffle was held for all the masqueraders. Excitement built as they then attended a fantastic carnival ran by the eighth-grade students. The talmidim had earned tickets for the booths in the previous days, for learning and behaving well.
While enjoying the activities the boys were thrilled to see the cotton candy and popcorn machines which lent an authentic air to the carnival spirit. Needless to say, the treats were a welcome surprise.
The day ended on a high note with lively dancing to the music of Rabbi Halperin on bongos and Aryeh Lang on the keyboard.
Grades 5 through 7 were bristling with anticipation as they came to school carting their bags of costumes and props for their plays. The flurry of phone calls and planning that went into the shows were well worth it.
“The boys really enjoyed this change of pace and an opportunity to express their creative sides and socially interact with each other in a productive, goal-oriented activity”, said principal Rabbi Baruch Zaltzman.
Their sense of humor and superb acting skills made for really amusing presentations. They too, and Kita Ches participated in the dancing to live music.
All the work and planning behind the scenes for these extracurricular activities were well worth the smiles and good cheer generated. With all this renewed chayus, the boys are recharged and ready to take on their limudim with vigor and enthusiasm through this long winter.
Through simcha we can break all barriers and reach for new heights in learning and avodas Hashem. The event was sponsored by the Cheder Chabad Mothers Association.