This is the blessing Commuter Husband wrote and read to Oldest Son as we stood with him in front of the Torah in Israel with the Kotel (Western Wall) in the background ...
“You started your Jewish life wrapped in this very Tallit at your Bris and today you stand wrapped in it in Israel.
Our first born!
We are so proud of you today. You have already accomplished something that we have not. You are becoming Bar mitzvah.
You have worked hard to get to this day in Israel. I am sure that you are ready to say “Phew, finally it’s finally over.”
But, here’s some great news! You are just getting started. Truly being a man is something you have to challenge yourself to do each day.
It is like trying to follow a crazy map that takes you on the longest most challenging road you have ever been on just to reach a destination that (just like life) is constantly changing. Sometimes you have to turn around because you find you missed a turn. The trick is to keep trying to preserver, to Live!
So what do we wish for you on this journey?
Glorious failures! Never be afraid to take a chance and fail. The key is to learn and move on.
Love and passion! These are the things that charge our batteries and make us better people.
Compassion! Always look to help others because you never know when you will need help and you will.
Be a good friend! Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Also, not to be corny, but read the Torah! At different parts of your journey you may find a story you have read a million times has a new lesson or meaning that can provide you insight into your current situation.
You mother and I love you very much and we are always here to help you in your exciting journey.”
|Youngest Son worked diligently to have candies to pelt the B'nai Mitzvah kids!|
|Lovely luncheon afterwards at Dan Panorama balcony.|
|Youngest Son & Oldest Son at celebratory lunch.|
|Wonderful Israeli salads!|
|More great food!|