My online bat mitzvah student came to me and told me very directly that she wants to learn with me much more than she learned in Hebrew school for the last two years. And she wants to learn more with me than just how to sing and properly chant a Torah portion in front of friends and family. For her, bat mitzvah is really aligned with my CoolCantor vision, which is not only to instill confidence in young people for their special day at their bat mitzvah, but to teach them kindness and goodness and to practice the ripple effect of starting a chain reaction of goodness and kind actions in the world that will just keep multiplying and multiplying. My online bat mitzvah student said to me directly:
“When I think of the meaning of my portion, I am reminded about being compassionate, having empathy and giving back to those in need. My mitzvah project is to support the charity, The Yellow Brick House. This charity provides a safe shelter for abused women and children. Their goal is to help rebuild women and children’s lives who have been mistreated and in bad conditions. This charity helps them feel comfortable and safe by taking them out of difficult toxic relationships or environments. They help women feel like they have a voice. To help, I have asked for items to donate like shoes, clothes and everyday essential hygiene products. These are a luxury for them. By making a donation, you can help change somebody’s life. This relates to my torah portion by honouring brave women who have stood up for themselves and are able to seek charitable support.
My involvement in this initiative and giving back to the community has taught me that not everybody is so fortunate to not live in fear. People deserve to feel safe in their own home. This mitzvah project connects to my torah portion as it reminds us to not mistreat or hurt another person, and to be generous especially to those in need. Also, once you’ve helped others, expect nothing back in return”.