BeShalacha (or my Bat Mitzvah)

If you’re reading this right now, it means we are beginning our Bar/Bat Mitzvah festivities. 11 of our group of 47 have chosen to pursue this opportunity so it will be very special for many.

First and foremost, shout-out to Rabbi Davis for getting me some transliterated Torah in less than three hours from the time of request. We are fortunate to be part of a congregation that takes such care of its members.

Second, Sue, sleep soundly knowing I will be wearing a kippah I fashioned out of a piece of notebook paper into a snowflake. Necessity is the mother of invention. Out family’s honor is still intact. 🙂

Finally, family and friends, I miss you terribly and so wish you were with me here for this. Know that this is the beginning of a new journey of study. In 2014 or 2015, you will hear me read part of this portion, for real on the bimah at Beth El, in front of you.

Now, for my speech. I apologize that the middle portion of it is a photo, but I’m writing on a phone and can’t type that text in its entirety. Just zoom or do what you need to do to read that bit.


Of all the things I thought I would do in my life, I never guessed I would find myself in Jerusalem, reading transliterated Torah from my iPhone.

When I thought about all of the things I could share on this occasion of my Bat Mitzvah, I was drawn to the declaration I made on December 8, 2009.


And with that, I’d like to close with a few words from Micah.

Act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God.


6 responses to “BeShalacha (or my Bat Mitzvah)

  1. You just make me smile. Have a lovely rest of your trip. Mazel Tov!

  2. Mazel Tov! (Will I get to needlepoint you a tallit bag?)

  3. Mabel Tov. Likely much more profound this way than if you would have done it at 13 when hardly anyone is ever spiritually mature. Enjoy.

  4. gfreerunner

    I believe the correct words would be Mazel Tov!! So proud and happy for you 🙂

  5. Pingback: Ki Tisa | Tenaciously Yours,

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