“Yeshivas Tomchei Tmimim Or Menachem Napierville is proudly heeding the Rebbe’s crucial call not to close the Yeshivos during the summer months,” says Rabbi Yehuda Meir Dahan, the Rosh Yeshiva.
The Bochurim are indeed excelling with intense Torah study throughout the week, and proudly printed their own Chidushei Torah and Hearos Hatmimim. There is a true source of pride in fulfilling this important Horaa for Tmimim.
“There is a true source of evident pride in fulfilling this important Horaa for Tmimim,” says Rabbi Emmanuel Shimanov, Mashpia.
As true Chassidim of the Rebbe, the Bochurim close their cherished seforim on Friday afternoons. Using the excitement and vigor that they have when they study Torah, they light up neshomos with Mivtza Tefilin in Downtown Montreal.
With their innocence and charm, the boys have succeeded to awaken many Jewish souls to their Father in heaven. This includes – so far – laying tefillin with four (!) ‘karkaftas’ who put on tefillin for the first time in their lives, and thus celebrated a bar mitzvah on the city streets:
Rabbi Levi Teitelbaum, the summer program director, shares the unbelievable heart-warming stories of the four ‘karkaftas’:
The Temimim Dovid Meroz and Dovid Kreisman met a Jew from London. At first, he refused because he did not even know what tefillin were. All he knew was that he is Jewish. After half an hour of convincing, he finally agreed to put on tefillin. As soon as he put them on, his Jewish spark awoke in him, and he got very emotional.
The Temimim Chaim Reznik, Baruch Okunov and Mendel Backman met an older man. When they asked him if he was Jewish, he told them that his family used to be Jewish. This perked the bochurim’s interest, and they asked him what he meant. He answered that his grandmother was Jewish, but she converted, and became a Catholic – רחמנא לצלן היל”ת. After verifying that this was his mother’s mother, the bochurim now had a long conversation, explaining to him that he is in fact Jewish. He agreed to lay tefillin, and broke down in tears.
The Temimim Ari Holtzman and Chaim Schanowitz met a security guard. A Jewish man of 55, he told them he attended a Yeshiva as a child. Before his Bar-Mitzvah, he switched to public school, and, hard to believe, he never got to put on tefillin!
The fourth karkafta was a young Jewish student of the University of Montreal in his twenties who, also, had never put on tefillin. So, of course, the boys celebrated with him his bar mitzvah on the city street, with much dancing and joy.
With happy hearts, the boys drove back to “base” in Napierville, back to their learning and davening, until their Zal will be transported very, very soon to be connected to the third Beis Hamikdosh.
If, heaven forbid, he will be delayed, then, until next Friday, when they will return to downtown Montreal, to continue their work, preparing the world for his imminent arrival…