As part of my online Hebrew school which helps prepare students for their bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies, I work with students on a mitzvah project – or social action project. A bar or bat mitzvah is also learning how to do one’s part to make a difference and make this world a better place for all. Recently, my online bat mitzvah lessons students shared at her bat mitzvah that for her, a Bat Mitzvah means “daughter of commandment”. When a Jewish girl or boy turns 12 or 13, they obtain the rights and obligations of a Jewish adult, including the commandments of the Torah. From that date, they will take their place in the Jewish community. She has made the commitment over these past months to work hard in learning, understanding and absorbing more about the Jewish religion and its history. Her family trip to Israel really helped with that! A bat mitzvah is not just a fun party with food and music and dancing, but it is also a celebration of effort and adulthood. Usually at Bar or Bat Mitzvah service, the boy or girl would share a Mitzvah project that they’ve been working on, or an issue in the world that they would like to help to fix. The issue that my bat mitzvah student would like to speak about is world hunger. She loves food, and it disappoints her to know the fact that some people have a difficult time financially with it. We should be very grateful for what we have and what we are able to buy, and never waste or take anything for granted. Her grade 7 teacher showed the students this online game one time. If you go to Beanbeanbean.com, it takes you to this game website and you play a fun game while you’re actually feeding people. How it works is you play their online quizzes and games to collect “beans” and they donate to charities based on the amount of beans collected. And together you’ll help out the less fortunate in our communities. So far they’ve donated over 21.5 million beans. So whenever you’re bored or have nothing to do. Please check out beanbeanbean.com so we can help those in need, because the meal that we will have later did not just show up out of nowhere. And we should be grateful to be able to enjoy it. My student wanted to teach about Celiac Disease, which means that those with it cannot eat certain things, and it made her think. Usually when we donate to food banks we donate non-perishables so that they can stay good longer; like pasta, crackers and canned noodle soup. These are all examples of foods that a person with those with Celiac can’t have or it will cause serious and deadly health problems, and as gluten-free food is terribly expensive its very difficult for those who were born Celiac to find food that they can eat, and it makes it even harder if you can’t afford it. This is why at school food drives she would always donate something gluten free, like gluten free pasta because more people have Celiac than you think. So when you donate food, please think about t that and donate what you have, but add something gluten free, because someone those with Celiac would be over the moon with the fact that they can eat something that isn’t killing their body, and they would really really appreciate it. My online Bat Mitzvah students plans to live her life in a meaningful way and she would like to have a positive effect on her community.