• Chidon Gameshow and Winners

    1,400 people gathered in The School of the Deaf Auditorium in Crown Heights Sunday to watch the boys finalists compete in the International Sefer Hamitzvos tournament • Full Story, Winners, Photos

    Months of studying paid off this Sunday: Chidon finalists tested their skills at the grand Sefer Hamitzvos tournament in Crown Heights.

    Over 1,400 people gathered today in the School of the Deaf Auditorium to watch contestants display the knowledge they have accumulated over months of intensive studying and test-taking. The stage was set with a huge 20-foot LED screen, colored lighting and surround sound, and a game show created especially for the Chidon event, making each contestant feel like a celebrity.

    The program began with a video of the Rebbe elaborating on the importance of limud haRambam, and then progressed to the competition rounds. Divided into six teams named after volumes of Rambam, the boys used buzzers to answer a rapid-fire stream of questions from the master of ceremonies, Rabbi Yehoshua Lustig, principal of Oholei Torah. Their answers were judged by Rabbi Zalman Glick, Rabbi Sholom Laine, and Rabbi Ginsberg Editor-in-Chief and Senior Editor of the Yahadus Living Lessons Curriculum. As well as brothers Rabbis Levi and Yosef Zirkind who also took responsibility for the Chidon tests and final gameshow, creating questions and grading them. They are keeping the legacy of their beloved father Rabbi Yitzchok Zirkind a”h – a pioneer of the original Chidon Sefer Hamitzvos – alive. Sister Mushka Zirkind participated as well, writing a song about Hakhel that was performed by Eli Marcus with music by Chony Milecki and Special surprise guests Avi and Yehudah Piamenta.

    “The energy in the room was electric,” says Rabbi Shimmy Weinbaum, executive director of Chayolei Tzivos Hashem.

    Animated debates over the correct responses took place at each table on stage, while the judges carefully considered the answers. “How many mitzvos do we learn from Shema?” “For which mitzva is there no limit?” “What three mitzvos have to do with a Novi?” Each team presented their impressive knowledge with chayus; the final scores were close.

    The medal ceremony wrapped up the exhilarating event. Individual winners of the bronze, silver, and gold medals in each grade were announced by Rabbi Yossi Rosenblum, Principal of Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburgh, and handed out by Rabbi Sholom Ber Buamgarten, Director of Tzivos Hashem international. The proud champions were rewarded with sets of Rambam, and of course the resounding applause and cheers of the audience.

    “We could not be more proud of each and every finalist,” says Rabbi Yerachmiel Benjaminson, executive director of Tzivos Hashem. “We are sure the Rebbe received much nachas from this event.”



    4th Grade

    Lubavitch Educational Center Florida – Shneur Zalman Steinberg

    Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch Montreal – Menachem Mendel Plotkin

    Cheder Lubavitch Morristown – Menachem Mendel Blesofsky

    Cheder Chabad Toronto – Yisroel Plotkin

    Lubavitch Boys School London – Shmuel Citron

    5th Grade

    Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburg – Avraham Dovid Rosenblum

    Cheder Menachem LA – Mendel Fischer

    Cheder Menachem Monsey – Eliyahu Teitelbaum

    6th Grade

    Cheder Chabad Toronto – Levi Kamman

    Yeshiva Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch Montreal – Avrohom Menachem Nelken

    7th Grade

    Cheder Chabad Toronto – Mendel Kamman

    8th Grade

    Cheder Chabad Monsey – Menachem Mendel Teitelbaum

    Cheder Lubavitch Chicago – Nochum Baron



    4th Grade

    Cheder Chabad Toronto – Mendy Steiner

    5th Grade

    Yeshiva Schools of Pittsburg – Sholom Dovber Shur

    6th Grade

    MyShliach – Yosef Yitzchok Volfman

    7th Grade

    Cheder Menachem Wilkes-Barre – Tzvi Levitin

    8th Grade

    Cheder Chabad Toronto – Yehoshua Slavin

    Lubavitch Educational Center Florida – Mendy Rubinstein

    4th Grade

    Cheder Menachem L.A. – Yossie Heidingsfeld

    5th Grade

    Cheder Chabad Toronto – Mendel Slavin

    6th Grade

    Oholei Torah – Sholom Dovber Hendel

    My Shliach – Chaim Yehuda Pewzner

    7th Grade

    MyShliach – Nochum Labkovsky

    MyShliach – Yechiel Zirkind

    8th Grade

    Cheder Chabad L.A. – Zali Raichik



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    1. As I was learning for the chidon: testing, reading, etc. I noticed that on the test for units 100-117 it said for option A: שלא לזרוע כלאי “הכרם” ושלא נרקיב אילן בשום מקום and it said that that was the right answer, but when I looked in my Yahadus book it said: שלא לזרוע כלאי “זרעים” ושלא נרקיב אילן בשום מקום.

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