One of my favorite Bar/Bat Mitzvah speech quotations

Mark Twain speech quotation

Mark Twain speech quotation from nmjh.org

I’m about to share with you one of my speechwriters tricks that I keep up my sleeve.  It is one of my favorite quotations, and it is great to use in Bar or Bat Mitzvah speeches.

Just a few words of introduction: The author of this quotation is Mark Twain (born Samuel Langhorne Clemens).  You could say that he is America’s greatest author and humorist.  In 1898, he wrote an article called Concerning the Jews which was published in Harpers Magazine. This is a quotation from that article:

 

 

 

“If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way.

Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers.

He has made a marvellous fight in the world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it.

The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished.

The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”

What a powerful quotation to share with a Bar Mitzvah Boy, or Bat Mitzvah girl, at the moment that they are receiving their entrance ticket to the community of Jewish adults.

I particularly love that this quote ends with a question: “What is the secret of Jewish immortality?”  This means that at the end of the quotation, the reader/listener is left with the thought “what do I think is the secret to Jewish longevity?”  The person giving the speech can propose an answer, or s/he can prompt the Bar/Bat Mitzvah child (and the audience) to find their own answer.  Food for thought – as they say!

So, some food for thought for my readers – do you think this quote is still relevant today?  How would you answer Twain’s question: “What is the secret of Jewish immortality?”  And how would you use this quotation in a Bar or Bat Mitzvah speech?

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Arch of Titus marking Jewish exile to Rome

Personalized Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mizvah Speech

The dreaded Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah speech? Maybe not!

Bar Mitzvah parent speech

Bar Mitzvah parent speech

If you’re planning a Bar Mitzvah or a Bat Mitzvah that means that some time soon your child and maybe even you or your spouse will need to give a speech. If the thought of writing and delivering a speech makes you panic, you’re not alone!  More and more people are turning to professional speech writers to relieve them of a major cause of the pre-bar mitzvah jitters and to help them articulate their thoughts and feelings. It is very easy and convenient to find speech writers online.  Just type “speech writer” into google, and you will see that roughly speaking there are two types of speechwriting services from which you can chose.

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These speech packages express the important generic sentiments of the occasion.  They are often entertaining and light on the ear.  They are also pleasing to the pocket – for very little money you can often purchase numerous speeches from which you can choose the one that you like most and adapt it to suit your needs – or you can mix and match different speeches. Another advantage of this speech writing genre is that you will receive the prepared speech almost seconds after clicking the order button, so if you have been avoiding the dreaded chore until virtually the last minute salvation is just one click away from your inbox!

–Custom written speeches —

If you are looking to give a unique speech you can turn to a speech writer, who will interview you and translate this into a speech written with you and your family in mind.  This is a great investment as it is more personal, and there is no chance that your visitors will have “heard that before”!  After Sue used the services of speech writers for her daughters Bat Mitzvah she said “If you are wondering whether you should spend the money to have a speech writer write your speech, you can rest assured it is as important as your child’s d’var Torah.  I felt that so much was riding on my message to my daughter in front of so many people and the speech I delivered continues to drop jaws a month after the bat mitzvah.   Hiring a speech writer is not another expense like the dj or the giveaways. This is a mitzvah you do for yourself and your bar or bat mitzvah child!”

–Speech Writing Consultants for Bnei Mitzvah’s –

Bar Mitzvah speech

Bar Mitzvah speech

YourJewishSpeech.com is run by two friendly educators who innovated an original service: Speech Writing Consultancy.  According to this service, the speech giver is a partner with the speech writer, and the result of this partnership is a fantastic speech.

This option is no short cut!  You will be interviewed by the speech writer, who is a skilled listener, and knows how to ask you questions that will guide you to find your own content.  Then the speech writer will write the content in the most eloquent way that will both impress your guests, and express what YOU really wanted to say, and even how you would have wanted to say it.

Speech writing consultant Tali says that “we have no agenda and no template; we just listen to our clients and help to develop their ideas into a well written speech or Dvar Torah with appropriate and meaningful Jewish content.   Over 98% of our clients express that the decision to hire a speech writing consultant was the single best decision of the wedding!”

So if you are planning a Bar Mitzvah or a Bat Mitzvah, feel free to contact Tali and Debbie, the friendly personal speech writing consultants from the form on this page!

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You can read more testimonials from our happy customers here http://www.yourjewishspeech.com/testimonials

To Speech writer..or not not to Speech writer: that is the question!

bat mitzvah speech from fatherYou don’t know whether to hire a speech writer for your son’s Bar Mitzvah or your daughters Bat Mitzvah?  You’re not alone!  When people come across our service, they are often hesitant to use it!  To help you decide, we have published a real email conversation between us and a client…

Client:
Would you have any samples of speeches that I can read just to get a feel for what you are writing and the style.  I’m concerned that I may not be happy with the end result.

Us:
Thank you for contacting us, and mazal tov on your upcoming function

I appreciate your concern, and you are absolutely right to be discerning!  However, I must tell you that right now we don’t have sample speeches as the speeches that we write are considered the property of our clients, and ethically we cannot pass them on.  In terms of our writing and style, we wrote 100% of the articles on our website, so that can give you a fair idea. So if you go to http://www.yourjewishspeech.com/bar-mitzvah and look for the articles there, I hope it will give you a feeling of how we write.  In addition to that, our style changes according to who is the speaker.  Every speaker has different needs (we have clients from every part of the religious/secular spectrum) and also, some of our clients would like their speech to be meaningful, some philosophical, some learned, humorous etc.  We conduct an interview with our prospective clients and try to understand what their “style” and their “voice” needs to sound like.

And then, after the first draft, we are there to work with you, we are open to any feedback, and the more feedback you give us, the more we can work to make changes or refine the speech so it fits you 100%.  On top of all that, if you are not happy with the speech, even after you have given us full feedback, then we will give you your entire fee back (and then we would have ownership of the speech). We have never had to do this.
Finally, please look at our testimonials page,  they were all written by real people!  Please read this also , it is actually written a client, a mother of a Bat Mitzvah girl. Since we did her speech in May 2010, we have done two others for her.

So, if you would like to proceed, one of our speech writers can give you a call to discuss further (no obligations). Please will you send your phone number, and to help us choose a speech writer for you, could you also give us an idea of who the speech is for, and also if you have a specific tone/style that you are looking for (meaningful, some philosophical, some learned, humorous etc).  Please also let us know the date of the Bat Mitzvah!
Looking forward to working with you!

Tali

Client:

Hello Tali,
The speech would be from me to my wonderful daughter for her Bat Mitzvah, November 15, 2010.
All my life I had no problem expressing my thoughts, particularly on paper.  This however is much harder than I had anticipated.  I want the speech to be meaningful, sentimental but at the same time lighthearted.
I can be reached on my cell XXXXX  any morning after 10am.

A week after the Bat Mitzvah. Debbie was his designated speech writer

Us:
How are you doing?  Mazal Tov on your daughter’s Bat Mitzvah last week, I hope everything went smoothly, and that it was a really meaningful occasion.

I am writing because I want I wanted to follow up on your thoughts about our service, especially since you were very discerning before deciding to go ahead with our service (and rightfully so!)

Debbie and I wanted to know if in fact the service was helpful and if it met expectations, or not.  Also, how did you use the speech – did you read it as is, or did you use it as a framework to continue your own ideas?  Is there any other feedback that might be helpful?

Many thanks, and once again mazal tov on your special occasion!

Client:

Hi Tali,

Thank you very much.  My daughter did a wonderful job at the service. Debbie wrote a very good speech.  I used her speech mainly as a framework.  I could not have done it without her.  She helped me organize my thoughts and feelings.  I am so happy I found you and hope to have more happy occasions to use your service.

Thank you and have a Happy and Healthy New Year!!!!!

So there it is – more than 95% of our clients tell us that hiring a speech writer for their Bar/Bat Mitzvah was one of the best decisions they made for their occasion, if you are interested in finding out more about our service at yourjewishspeech.com then contact us now!

 


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