About My Bar Mitzvah

My Bar Mitzvah is one of the reasons I started this website. What’s a Bar Mitzvah? First a commercial break from our sponsors, Mother Earth and the Great Spirit:

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Thank you for going to my Bar Mitzvah website. I am becoming a Bar Mitzvah on Friday and Saturday May 8-9, 2015. Bar Mitzvah means “son of the commandments” and a Bat Mitzvah means “daughter of the commandments”. Mitzvah (one) or Mitzvot (many mitzvah:-)) are sometimes translated as commandments, good deeds, an act of human kindness or of repairing the world.

A Bar Mitzvah is a coming of age ceremony where a 13 year old Jewish boy is considered a young adult within the Jewish community and becomes eligible to partake in all of the Jewish activities that are going on, like being part of a minion (counting toward the 10 adults who must traditionally be present to have a community prayer service) or being eligible to read from the Torah. The Torah is the first five books of the Bible or the Elder Scriptures (sometimes called the Old Testament) that is written on a scroll. I will be reading from it for my Bar Mitzvah. There is also a Bat Mitzvah for girls who at 12 or 13 years of age are considered a young adult in the Jewish community. A Bar Mitzvah for me means that I can handle more responsibilities, be held accountable for my mistakes, and can be considered an adult by Jewish standards.

Carrying the Torah on a Shabbat Morning in February

A Bar or Bat Mitzvah project is a project that relates to one of the many mitzvot in the Torah. I am doing a series of related things to help stop Climate Change. My main Mitzvah project is a petition that I created that will give the rationale and ask that the City of Beaverton to divest from fossil and nuclear fuels. I hope that other districts, cities, and eventually the State of Oregon and other regions and organizations will do so as well.

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