Just weeks ahead of the major Chidon event and Shabbaton, Shimmy Weinbaum, director of Chayolei has sent a WhatsApp message to the parents of all participating children.
It is heartwarming.
And so were the responses.
May Klal Yisroel be blessed with an abundance of strength and joy in these days of Adar and an increase of Yiras Shomayim from the Torah learning of our children.
I would like to thank you. Your child has gained so much from learning with you and we truly recognize the time, effort, and encouragement you invested. They could not have done this without you, and for this, you deserve a chidon medal.
When I helped restart Chidon six years ago, who would have believed the revolution in chinuch it would inspire? That it would so capture the hearts and minds of thousands of children worldwide? Thousands of children today voluntarily sacrifice their time and comfort to toil in Torah to master the 613 mitzvos, and spread that passion to those around them. They know details of the mitzvos that even their parents and teachers don’t know!
Indeed, after six years of growing Chidon, the results are in: The participants’ voluntary learning fosters study skills and a foundation of Torah knowledge they will build on for the rest of their lives, including (but certainly not limited to) the study of Rambam—cultivating greater Hiskashrus to the Rebbe and the development of their Yiras Shomayim. These are the children on the front lines to greet Moshiach and are truly prepared for the day when we will merit the fulfillment of all 613 Mitzvos, bekarov mamosh.
Whether they made it to the Shabbaton or not, they already achieved the ultimate success. To me, to you, to all of their mechanchim, they are all truly winners.
Wishing you yiddishe and chassidishe nachas, always,
Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum
Response from the parents:
“Your heartfelt words brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for giving our children this amazing opportunity!”
“Thank you SO very much. We agree with everything you just wrote and are awe inspired by the dedication, commitment and drive our daughter displayed coupled with the VAST knowledge she gained- information that we should all know!”
“Thank you so much for all the effort, hours and kochos you put into chidon and Tzivos Hashem, enhancing the chasidishe chinuch of our children! May the Eibishter bentch you many times over for all of this, and give you strength to continue and make it even greater!”
“Thank YOU for everything you do. You brought so much chassidishkeit and Torah into the house. And by this, you had a hand in the formation of such a great Torah bond between me and my children.”
“Are you really Shimmy?”
“Thank you. We love the Avodah!”
“Thank you!! As a parent, I can see the tremendous effort that is put into the chidon. My daughter has learned a lot. She has enjoyed the experience; it’s special and will stay with her forever.”
“Big yasher koach to you for all your hard work. And thank you for recognizing ours too ;)”
“התודה והברכה היא לאשתי תחי׳ שהתעסקה אתה הרבה בזה. ישר כח
“Thank YOU for giving our children this incredible opportunity! They understand the mitzvos now in an infinitely higher level than they ever would without chidon. may you be benched for all you do for our childrens chinuch. many many thanks.”
“BH my daughter learned so much information, we are so humbled and proud!”