The Bernie Ginsburg Mishnayos Baal Peh Program

The Bernie Ginsburg Mishnayos Baal Peh Program at Cheder Menachem, is a program, where children are encouraged to commit basic units of Torah Knowledge to memory.


Report of our Awards Ceremony 13 Sivan, May 31, 2015

On Sunday 13 Sivan, talmidim of Cheder Menachem Los Angeles , together with their parents, grandparents, relatives and friends gathered together to mark the culmination of two months of learning Mishnayos and Tanya Baal Peh, as a present to the Rebbe on honor of Yud Alef Nissan.

To date, in the 15 years that the program has been going on, the talmidim have passed the 1,000,000 line mark of Mishnayos Baal Peh.

Together, the talmidim this year, learned and were tested on a total of 100,000 lines of Mishnayos, Tanya, Siddur and Yediyos Klaliyos. This number includes 6,660 Mishnayos – including 103 complete Masechtos and 799 Perakim, as well as 207 Perakim of Tanya Baal Peh, totaling 14,603 lines of Tanya Beal Peh

This year’s achievements include, Yossi Raeburn, 8th Grade, learning the entire Seder Moed bvas achas, Masechtos Brochos and Avos , as well the first 12 Perakim of Tanya and being tested on them bvas achas ; Dovi Spalter, 7th Grade, who learned the entire Seder Moed as well as Masechtos Avos, Brochos, Horayos and the first Perakim of Tanya; Mendel Schmukler, 6th Grade, who learned the entire Seder Moed, as well as Maschta Brochos. Levi Cohen, 6th Grade, who learned the entire Seder Moed in addition to Mesechtos Brochos, Midos, Horayos and Avos and 6 Perakim of Tanya..

On Sunday, Gimmel Sivan, the annual MBP Awards ceremony took place in a large Public School auditorium. Talmidim were awarded Seforim of their choosing (based on their point total) for their efforts and achievements. Rabbonim, Roshei Yeshivos, Shluchim, Mashpiyim, parents and friends joined together to recognize and congratulate the achievements of the students.

Rabbi Mendel Greenbaum, Menahel of Cheder Menachem, welcomed everyone with a D’var Torah and giving a Yasher Koach to the talmidim. Words of Bracha were shared by Rabbi Shimon Halevi Raichik, Shliach of the Rebbe and Rav of Anash and Congregation Levi Yitzchok.

A special video presentation was shown with a Sicha what's the Rebbe speaks  about learning mishnayos Baal Peh and clips of young boys going by Dollars and presenting the mishnayos they learnt to the Rebbe.

A special presentation was made to Reb Yankel Ginsburg, the “Zevulun” of the Cheder’s MBP Program, who sponsores the Seforim on a yearly basis, L’iluy Nishmas his father, Reb Dov Reuven ben Dovid HaLevi o.b.m.

Rabbi Sholom Heidingsfeld, the coordinator of the Mishnayos Be’al Peh program, announced the accomplishments of this year’s MBP, which was followed by awarding the Seforim to the 4 talmidim with the highest accomplishments. After this, every talmid received their prize according to their achievements.

In the spirit of Maalin Bakodesh, a new segment of  the program was added. –A presentation was made to 5 boys who completed the first 12 perakim of Tanya Baal Peh  As part of the Cheder 'S twelve perakim club.  At the 12 Prakim club talmidim gather for monthly meetings where they discuss where they are holding and make goals for their learning for the next month , together with some nosh and review games for the Tanya. These 5 talmidim,  Yossi Raeburn, Mendel Kramer, Shlomo Feldman, Kasriel Lezak and Mendel Lipsker, received a leather Chitas as well as a leather tefillin mirror and tzedakah pouch.  The awards were given out by Rabbi Sholom Heidingsfeld together with Rabbi Levi Eisenberg, who founded the club in memory of HaTomim Nosson Nota ben Reb Zalman Yuda Deitch a"h

A special thank you to Mrs. Ruchie Stillman, , R’ Nochum Labkowsky, , Mr. Sam Kustanovich and the Cheder board for all their help in ensuring the success of the day’s events.

Some of the Rabonim and Shluchim who attended include: Rabbi Shimon Raichik, Rav of Anash and Rabbi of Congregation Levi Yitzchok, Rabbi Ezra B. Schochet, Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon,  Rabbi Mendel Cohen, Mashpiya in Yeshivas Ohr Elchonon, Rabbi Amram Farkash, Menahel of the Mesivta Ohr Elchonon, as well as Rabbonim and Shluchim from all over Southern California.


Below is a Graph showing the  amounts learned over the last 15 years. 

התשע"ה 2015  6660 803 103 4 14603

התשע"ד 2014


6561 802 100  3 14416
ה'תשע"ג 2013 9040 1104 153 3 13,040
ה'תשע"ב 2012 9386 1149 149 5 12,154
ה'תשע"א2011 14,193 1786 219 12 11,265
ה'תש"ע2010 9778 1222 151 7 6459
תשס"ט2009 8924 1099 138 5 3008
תשס"ח2008 8466 1053 131 2 3527
תשס"ז2007 6858 792 94 2 3267
תשס"ו2006   714 84 1 2624
תשס"ה2005 5973 712 79   3657
תשס"ד2004 4106 486 55   1822
תשס"ג2003 3750 411 52   1472
תשס"ב2002 1758 186 18   1323
תשס"א2001 1057 91 8   1756
  Single Mishnas Chapters Full Tracta Orders of Mishna Lines of Tanya


The group of children being rewarded are very worthy our support. Some come from homes where just the necessities are able to be provided. As these children are amassing a wealth of knowledge, they earn points with which they can choose books for their own personal home library, something the family could ill afford on their own. 


In addition to the resulting academic achievements the boys learn very useful skills:

  • ·         Goal setting
  • ·         “Hard work pays off”
  • ·         The reward is commensurate with the effort put forth
  • ·         Ability to analyze the best path to earning their desired reward
  • ·         Having the wonderful feeling of Personal accomplishment



A very proud Jew, Bernie Ginsburg loved children and championed education. Being an instrumentation engineer, aka a rocket scientist, he championed logic and furthering and broadening the horizons of the minds of students.


The Mishnayos Baal Peh Program, encourages young minds to set their own goals and rewards them when they take from their own time, to excel and to commit to memory the complex and diversified logic system of the Oral Torah. Through this self-motivated pursuit, the students are able to cover material far beyond the regular curriculum of learning. This project is a fitting memorial to Bernie’s life and ideals.

As the Hebrew letters of Mishnah משנה, are the same as the letters comprising the word Neshama, נשמה, soul, this was an additional reason to have this project in Bernie’s memory. Our Sages tell us that when a Mishna is learned in the memory of a particular soul, it causes an “elevation” to that soul. If anyone of you would like to have the children learn in memory of your dearly departed, please include their “Hebrew” name and their father’s “Hebrew” name.



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