Oorahthon’s Inspiring Moments

Oorah’s auction is always one of the most anticipated Oorah events of the year, with thousands of people taking part from all over the world. The Oorahthon, which takes place the night of the auction, is the highlight of the entire auction, as not only are the winners announced, but there is fun, entertaining and exciting programming, all lasting until the early hours of the morning. This programming gives a special peek into Oorah, as viewers are able to meet the dedicated staff, volunteers, and hear inspiring stories of those a part of the Oorah family. What viewers would not hear, are the fascinating stories of the some of the auction winners, which we only learn about after the auction is over. Here, we have detailed a few of the stories, so you can become just as inspired as we were!

  • The winner of the $4000 discover card had actually bought the ticket for someone else. While anyone who wins such a prize would be ecstatic, this winner was over the moon, and not because she would be using the money herself, but because she would be giving it away to her friend! Her friend, who has four children and is expecting her fifth, is having a very difficult time caring for her family. Unfortunately, her husband has been wrongly accused of a crime and is sitting in jail, unable to be there and provide for his family. The winner of the prize entered the auction, having in mind that if she won, she would give the life changing prize to her friend. And now, thanks to Hashem’s intervention, she is able to!
  • The “Go for The Gold” winner, has won an ounce of gold per family member. With 14 children, this lucky family has won 16 ounces of gold! Not only that, but the winner informed us that the family has recently took upon themselves to bench with sincere kavanah. She is convinced that they won this amazing prize in that zechus!
  • The “Mega Bucks” winner has won 100 times his donation. With every ticket being $5, this means that just by buying one ticket, he could have won $500! Wanting to donate generously regardless if he won or not, he gave $1000, knowing he was giving money to a great cause. Unbelievable, this lucky man won the prize, and now is the proud winner of $50,000!! You never know where your tzedakah will lead you!
  • During the Oorahthon, our lines momentarily went down due an electrical current zapping our equipment. With thousands of viewers and callers depending on us, we knew we had to get the equipment up and running right away. Needing a specific piece of phone equipment to bring our studio guests back on air, everyone was frantically in search of the part needed. Unbelievably, one person who “happened” to be at Oorah, watching the Oorahthon, had the replacement part in the car! He told us that he had the part available only because a friend had requested to borrow it a few days later. Because he didn’t want to forget to give it to his friend, he had placed it in his car days early. Thanks to his quick thinking and Hashem’s plans, we were able to get the Oorahton hotline up and running in no time!

Fiveish Dresses Up for Purim

So, how do you think Fiveish should dress up this Purim? What’s your favorite costume?bling Fiveish

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How popular would Fiveish be as Mayor?!

We recently were contacted by someone who resides in Israel about her encounter with Fiveish and her impression of him. Below is the email she wrote to us:

“Hi Oorah,
I really don’t know who to send this to and I hope it gets to the right place. I was on the 72 bus today going past Meah Shearim in Yerushalayim. I looked out of the window and saw what I could only imagine was Fiveish standing on the corner and dancing for everyone. Normally I disapprove of these sorts of things because they usually upset people, make them uncomfortable and just disrupt normal life. BUT, what we saw Fiveish doing IMG_8556was totally different. He (somehow!) didn’t get in anyone’s way on an extremely busy Geula street corner. He didn’t make any of the cars or busses go out of their way. He was making children and adults smile and generally giving everyone a laugh on Rosh Chodesh Adar. I have to say it was a huge kiddush Hash-m and it made me so proud of Oorah. A silly costumed-character showed people that you can make a statment and have a good time without comprising your middos. You should all be matzliach with your endeavors and continue to show the world what Jews really are – representatives of Hash-m!”

We couldn’t agree more!

Rocking House at Oorah Chanukah Concert

Last night, the first night of Chanukah, was Oorah’s sixth annual Chanukah concert. The overwhelming response from concert attendees is that it was AWESOME, perhaps the best ever!

Full house!

Full house!

Over 2,000 members of Oorah’s programs poured into Brooklyn College’s Walt Whitman Theatre for a night of celebration that started Chanukah off with a bang.

The concert was free for the entire Oorah family, from TorahMates to Zoniacs to Chillers to Little Star preschool families and Torah Spot regulars.

All the talent onstage: Avraham Fried, NYBC, Zemiros Choir, and, of course, Fiveish.

All the talent onstage: Avraham Fried, NYBC, Zemiros Choir, and, of course, Fiveish.

Some highlights that made the night spectacular:

Performers Avraham Fried, Yitzy Bald and the NYBC, the Zemiros Choir and the Shloime Dachs orchestra kept the audience on their toes, enjoying every minute of the performance. Avraham Fried introduced our very own Little Star preschoolers singing “Twinkle, twinkle kochavim…” The children were simply adorable with their professional act.

mintz boy and bear Rabbi Chaim Mintz always brings the house down with his inspirational delivery and last night was no exception. Everyone’s hands were raised for his trivia questions, vying for the chance to win a huge Zone-sweatshirted panda bear. And when he led the crowd in Shema, the theater resounded with the fervor.

Two Zoniacs compete in a round of MadZone, moderated by the one and only Rabbi Krawiec.

Two Zoniacs compete in a round of MadZone, moderated by the one and only Rabbi Krawiec.

Our very own Zoniacs were stars of the evening too, dancing on stage, playing our signature MadZone game show and singing along while Fiveish (this was his first time attending!) showed off his moves.

What a night for the Oorah family!

Happy Chanukah to all!