On Wednesday, 20th of Sivan, the sound of applause reverberated the Oholei Torah ballroom, as the Yeshivos of Oholei Torah Mesivta and Yeshivas T”T Lubavitch of Queens, congratulated the finalists of the Moshiach and Geula Chidon.
The Chidon brought together about 200 Bochurim of Oholei Torah Mesivta and Yeshivas T”T Lubavitch Queens, in an awesome display of Achdus and commitment to learning about Moshiach.
For the past two months, the Talmidim of both Yeshivos delved into many topics of Inyonei Geula U’Moshiach, following a unique curriculum made especially for this Chidon.
Leading up to the Chidon, the Talmidim from Oholei Torah came to Queens and together all the Bochurim learned in a Seder of unity. The Kol Torah from so many Bochurim learning together was incredible!
After intense learning and testing, the seven Bochurim from each Yeshiva, with the highest grades became the contestants in the Moshiach Chidon.
The contestants immediately began rigorously studying in preparation for the chidon. The Bochurim went all out, helping each other prepare, sharing notes, practicing together and cheering each other on!
When the day of the Moshiach Chidon finally arrived, excitement ran high as all the Bochurim from both Yeshivos filled the Oholei Torah ballroom.
The event began with an address to the Bochurim by Rabbi Wilhelm, Menahel of Oholei Torah. He explained that just as the Rambam finishes his Sefer with the Halachos about Moshiach (showing that all the previous Halachos lead to this goal), so too we are finishing the Shnas Halimudim with a Moshiach Chidon.
Rabbi Yossi Marlow, Shliach in Florida, also spoke to the Bochurim in honor of his father’s yahrtzeit.
As the Chidon proceeded, it was clear that all the contestant were BH thoroughly prepared for the chidon. They each knew the material perfectly! The judges, representatives from the Hanholos of both Yeshivos, had a tough job narrowing down the contestants to three finalists.
When the questioning concluded, Rabbi Mendel Scharf, Menahel of Queens Yeshiva, announced the winners:
1st place – Hatomim Mendel Rodal (Queens), won a dollar from the Rebbe!
2nd place – Hatomim Meir Blizinsky (Oholei Torah), won over $300 worth of Seforim.
3rd place – Hatomim Levi Cohen (Queens), also won over $300 worth of Seforim.
Surely this project of learning Inyonei Moshiach and Geula brought the Rebbe tremendous nachas, and will accomplish what the Rebbe said, that this is truly the “straight, easy and quick path to bring the revelation of Moshiach”!
Mazal tov to all the contestants:
From Oholei Torah; Tzemach Baron, Meir Blizinsky, Mendel Hertzel, Shalom Ber Liberow, Shimon Lishner, Avraham Sorkin, Tzemach Schanowitz.
From Queens; Zalmy Eidelman, Shmuel Braun, Mendel Heidingsfels, Levi Cohen, Schneur Pevzner, Mendel Rodal, Chaim Shuchat.
The organizers would like to thank all those that made this event possible, namely Rabbi Mendel Scharf, Rabbi Zushe Wilhelm, Rabbi Zalmen Laufer, Rabbi Eli Landa. As well as the Talmidei HaShluchim of both Yeshivos, particularly Hatomim Shamai Eidelman and Hatomim Mendel Wuench.