The award-winning Hishtadeil Lihyos Ish Midos Program has begun, once again, at the Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens! On Monday, the midos were introduced with a brand new and entertaining play entitled, “Fiddler Off the Roof.” The humorous and exhilarating presentation was professionally performed by the talented BYQ moros to a captivated audience of grades 1-8.

The assembly opened with Mrs. Nechama Jurkowitz, limudei kodesh principal, reciting T’hilim for cholei Yisrael. Rabbi Ginsparg, menahel, then introduced the program with a story and powerful message about tikun ha’midos. He explained that we are all a work in progress, and we can reach great heights. “The Chofetz Chaim was not born the Chofetz Chaim,” he explained.

Following the play, Mrs. Taub, program director, introduced the four midos of the program and announced the first week’s midah and points, with the students joining along. The midos being worked on this year are savlanus (patience), chesed (kindness), emes (honesty), and z’rizus (zealousness).

The assembly culminated with everyone jumping to her feet to sing and dance to the Tav-Shin-Pei-Beis theme song. It was truly a memorable event and a great start to a program that is sure to keep everyone growing in their midos tovos in a fun and enjoyable way. Through stories, discussions, contests, worksheets, and activities, the girls at BYQ are constantly working on perfecting their character traits and their interactions with others. It is wonderful to watch them develop into fine baalos midos tovos!