Becoming an Adult in the Eyes of Judaism
Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a milestone in our journey of life. Torah (Study), Avodah (Prayer), and Gimmilut Chasadim (Acts of Loving Kindness), are stepping-stones towards the realization that it’s not the day that has the highest of importance, but the lessons we learn on the journey to get to that place. Our preparation for our journey in life does not begin nor end in the seventh grade. One might think of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah as a rest stop, a place to share Torah and lead a group of people in prayer, as one becomes a part of a larger Jewish community.
Individual training with Rabbi Malinger and Cantor Zemel gives our students a unique opportunity to work closely with Jewish leaders that share the vision of the continuation of Judaism for generations to come. The Bar/Bat Mitzvah year of studies is, for us at Temple Shalom, one where students and their families can feel the comfort and joy in the journey of ‘becoming’ a Bar or Bat Mitzvah more than merely marking a single-day event.
Should you have any questions about that process, please reach out to Rabbi Malinger or Cantor Zemel.