For Rabbi Waxman’s HAFTR CAHAL class, it was the day of kabalat haTorah, the day they got to receive and hold their chumashim.
For weeks, they have been learning the songs and motions for their Chagigat Ha’chumash. The CAHAL boys blended into HAFTR’s mainstream second grade in every step of the process, from making their own wooden picture frames, to creating a chumash book cover and performing in the final production. Preparing the songs and performance was lots of fun, but being able to find and recognize the pesukim that they have been learning in their new chumashim was fantastic.
The mainstream teachers, administration and specialty staff at HAFTR included the boys as one with their classes, enabling them to truly feel part of the whole wonderful celebration. Just as at matan torah everyone was as “one,” so too, when the boys learn chumash this year, they know they are part of the yeshiva, neighborhood and klal yisroel.
The CAHAL boys took their chumashim home to share with their families and friends, but on Monday morning, those chumashim made their way back into their classroom and their hearts.
Special thanks are extended to CAHAL’s long time rebbe, Rabbi Moishe Waxman, and his assistant, Adina Salamon, for their dedication and tireless effort.
CAHAL, the local yeshiva-based and sponsored community program for children with learning challenges, now in its 24th year, provides smaller, more individualized classes in the local yeshivas catering to children’s learning styles, where all the students attend mainstream activities daily, including lunch, recess, specials, assemblies, trips and more. When ready, CAHAL children attend academic classes as well, with support from CAHAL staff to ensure success.
CAHAL is currently accepting applicants. For more information, visit cahal.org or call 516-295-3666.