After weeks of anticipation, the Far Rockaway/Lawrence weekly Likras Shabbos groups are set to resume on erev Shabbos Parashas Noach, October 4. Likras Shabbos is a nationwide program that encourages boys to learn hilchos Shabbos between Sukkos and Shavuos. After learning from the illustrated sefer Me’orei Hilchos Shabbos, participants enjoy fresh potato kugel and soda. A raffle for a new sefer is held every week.
There are several groups around the neighborhood where boys from grades 4–8 will be gathering to learn meleches dosh. In the beis midrash katan in Yeshiva Sh’or Yoshuv, boys grades 4–8 meet 40 minutes before candle lighting and are taught by Rabbi Benyamin Jacobi. Two more groups begin one hour before candle lighting in both of the ezras nashim in Yeshiva of Far Rockaway. One group is for boys in grades 4–5 and is taught by Rabbi Yoni Posnick. The other is for 6th–8th graders and is taught by Rabbi Avrohom Chaim Knobel.
Due to much demand, an additional group has been formed specifically for mesivta bachurim who are interested in learning hilchos Shabbos on a higher level. They will be meeting in the otzer hasefarim of Yeshiva of Far Rockaway and will be taught by Rabbi Pinchas Birnhack from the Sefer Klolim B’Hilchos. The bachurim will have an opportunity to be tested on their knowledge of the halachos at the end of the year, with the possibility of earning $50–$150 based on their grades.
The start of the new season comes on the heels of the highly successful siyum which was held before Rosh Hashanah. The renowned Rebbe Hill of Lakewood kept the audience of more than 100 boys spellbound as he shared a meaningful story with them. The participants enjoyed the delicious food of Silver Creek caterers as they were praised and inspired by roshei yeshiva and rabbanim from the Far Rockaway/Five Towns area, including Rabbi Yaakov Bender, Rabbi Binyomin Forst, Rabbi Eytan Feiner, and Rabbi Spiegel.
Likras Shabbos learning has been in Far Rockaway/Five Towns for three years. It has grown from one group of 15 boys in Yeshiva of Far Rockaway to multiple groups around the community attracting almost 130 boys. They are anticipating more growth this year. Now is a great time to join. For sponsorships, dedications, or questions regarding the Far Rockaway/Lawrence Likras Shabbos program, please contact Rabbi Ephraim Perlstein at 646-346-0269. For general questions, or if you would like to establish a Likras Shabbos group in your community, please contact the Likras Shabbos organizational office at 732-363-0669 or firstname.lastname@example.org. v