My online bar mitzvah student recently celebrated his bar mitzvah and delivered a meaningful and insightful speech as part of his bar mitzvah ceremony. As part of my Online Hebrew School, my bar and bat mitzvah students learn more than just how to technically sing their Torah portion. As a Cantor who helps prepare them for their Big Day, they learn what their Torah portion means and how to connect its themes and teachings to their every day life. At his service recently, my student shared that in his Torah portion, Moses forgave his brother and sister even after they complained to G-d because they thought that he was disrespecting his wife. He forgave his brother and sister instead of getting mad at them because he realized that they are just human beings and they judged him too quickly. He in fact did not disrespect his wife – they were incorrect and were too fast to judge.
This explains what type of person my student want to be in this world. He doesn’t want to be the type of person who gets angry with people too quickly. He would like to hear people out before getting mad at them or complaining about them to someone else. Being humble is not making others feel badly and he hopes whenever that he is with people they feel good and comfortable around him.
My online bar mitzvah student also shared that with all the gifts that he will be getting, he will be giving 10% of all of his bar mitzvah money to a charity.
He really loves animals and to know that they are being tested on with poisonous products makes him feel very frustrated especially if he can’t help them. Thats why he is giving 10% to worldanimalprotection.com a charity that prevents animals from being (tested, killed.)Their vision is a world where animals live free from cruelty and suffering and that’s a world that that my student wants to live in. He thanked all of his guests and all reading this blog for helping him help the animals.
As a teacher and Cantor, I feel so grateful that the Torah lessons I am teaching my students inspire them to be kind to the world around them and inspire them to want to teach the world about important causes that matter so very much.