While I’m two days removed from my children’s B’nai Mitzvah, I’m still in a deep haze. The fog needs to lift before I can write about the event and how special Saturday was to my family and me.
Though I’m not ready to reflect about the event, I do want to share the blessing that my wife and I wrote and read to my daughter during the service. We read the blessing after she completed reading her Torah portion. Reading from Torah marks the moment when a Jewish child becomes Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The blessing is a way for parents to send a child to adulthood.
Maddie, we are so very proud of you for all you have done to prepare for this day and for every day of your life so far:
May your enthusiasm for learning continue throughout your life and bring you joy and fulfillment.
May your kindness serve as an example to those around you.
May you be proud of your accomplishments and wiser for your failures.
May you know that there is a people, a rich heritage, to which you belong, but that you are also connected to all who dwell on earth.
May you be blessed with patience and understanding, with wisdom and compassion, in your heart and in your deeds.
May you have the strength to contain conflict and seek justice when it is due.
May your faith be something not inherited, but discovered.
May you keep your feet firmly planted in your values and your family, but may you always defy gravity.