|Oldest Son prepares to read in Hebrew from Exodus. As his parent, I was one of the Torah scroll holders.|
Every Simcah Torah, our Temple chooses to honor children who have started Religious School, 5 and 6 year olds, as well as the 13 year olds who have had their B'nai Mitzvah during the past Jewish year. I looked upon the sweet faces of those eager, excited young children receiving their blessing. I thought of my own Oldest Son eight years ago who was proudly receiving his own mini-Torah to mark the occasion.
|Oldest Son looks out on the gathering crowd consisting of many energetic youngsters.|
And the last official ritual of Oldest Son's Bar Mitzvah experience is complete. A Mommy tear drops.
Then, there was music and dancing and food and smiles. Simcah Torah literally means "Rejoicing in the Torah."
|Youngest Son dances around the Torah with the Rabbi and his friends - see the band?|
|Youngest Son replies to me when I announce it is time to leave "Wait Mommy, I want to hold the Torah!"|