By COLlive reporter
Students of seventh grade at Lubavitcher Yeshiva in Crown Heights along with their bochur Chavrusos from Chovevei Torah and Oholei Torah Zals celebrated their completion of a year of learning.
The learning pairs have been meeting every Thursday night for six months as part of “Mishmar” to study a sicha of the Rebbe, with drinks and refreshments, followed by raffles and games.
At the banquet event, smiles where seen on everyone’s faces. And it wasn’t just those meeting up with their chavrusas for the very last time before the summer, but this time every child was awarded for his learning and attendance.
The room was set with royalty and the head table was lined with the many awards and prizes.
The evening began with the reading of the Rebbe’s Kapital aloud, posuk by posuk by Hatomim Yossi Hertzel of the 7th grade at Lubavitcher Yeshiva, followed by a special video of the Rebbe, speaking about the importance of Ahavas Yisroel and going out of ones way to help another as well a special video presentation made up of pictures and videos of this year’s mishmar.
Rabbi Yosef Simpson, principal of Lubavitcher Yeshiva, spoke of the significance of learning extra on Thursday nights “Leil Shishi”. He addressed the bochurim, thanking them immensely for their dedication and time. He also gave a special thank you to the Mishmor organizers, Meir Ives, Mendel Prager and Shneur Ginsberg.
The evening was emceed by the director of Mishmar; Mendel Prager who gave out the awards and prizes to all the bochurim and students in attendance.
After that, a few of the Lubavitcher Yeshiva boys were called up to give over a short Dvar Torah and one of the many lessons they learned from the Rebbe’s Sichos at Mishmar.
The evening ended off with the many raffles for the bochurim and the children including a full set of Likutei Sichos and many other prizes, and to top it all off, each child got a sefer and a personal picture frame of him and his chavrusa learning at Mishmar.
The hope is that Mishmar will imbue a commitment to learning in ones free time as well as a senior role model for each child to look up to, the school said.