December 17, 2015
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Vayigash: Keeping Your Word

This is a series for the bar/bat mitzvah parent on quick, concise and meaningful messages from the weekly Torah portion – perfect for use in a parent speech. *** It’s Murphy’s Law. You promise your little brother that you’ll take him to the park Sunday afternoon and do some batting practice with him. You meant it when you said it. But then your best friend calls up and says that someone […]
December 17, 2015
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Mikeitz: Never Give Up Hope

This is a series for the bar/bat mitzvah parent on quick, concise and meaningful messages from the weekly Torah portion – perfect for use in a parent speech. *** You’re in prison for life. You were framed, honestly, and it wasn’t even the most major offense, but the person you ostensibly harmed is very politically powerful, and so there goes your life. Depressed yet? Don’t be. Things can change in an […]
December 3, 2015
Vayeishev-Don't Flaunt Your Blessings

Vayeishev: Don’t Flaunt Your Blessings

This is a series for the bar/bat mitzvah parent on quick, concise and meaningful messages from the weekly Torah portion – perfect for use in a parent speech. *** The most famous sibling rivalry in the Torah has to be that of Joseph and his brothers. Joseph appeared to get everything – his father’s love, gifts, attention. Just that was enough to make his other brothers hate him. But it wasn’t […]
November 25, 2015
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Vayishlach: Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket

Jacob is finally going home. He has his wives, his children, sheep, wealth – it should be a joyous homecoming. But one thing casts a shadow over the journey. Esau. Esau hasn’t forgotten the loss of the birthright and the blessings. And he’s bent on revenge. What’s Jacob to do? Jacob formulates a plan. A multi-prong plan. Step 1: Presents to soften Esau up. Jacob sends messengers with livestock as […]
November 25, 2015
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Vayetzei: Challenges Bring Out Hidden Strengths

This is a series for the bar/bat mitzvah parent on quick, concise and meaningful messages from the weekly Torah portion – perfect for use in a parent speech. *** When Jacob wanted to find a wife, where do you think he went? The well, of course. From the number of Biblical figures who found spouses there, it sounds like it was the singles’ scene of the day. When Jacob gets to […]
November 11, 2015
jewish message for bar bat mitzvah parent speech for toldot

Toldot: Think Before You Act

This is a series for the bar/bat mitzvah parent on quick, concise and meaningful messages from the weekly Torah portion – perfect for use in a parent speech. *** Never, ever go shopping when you’re hungry. If you’re starving in the supermarket, your cart is going to end up piled high with items that weren’t on your shopping list. Impulse purchases aren’t the only bad decision hunger can cause you. Esau made […]
October 19, 2015
Lech Lecha message for bar bat mitzvah parent speech

Lech Lecha – Don’t Be Afraid to Take Chances

“Go.” “Where?” “Just go.” “But what do I put into the GPS?” “I said – GO.” The first words of the Torah Portion of Lech Lecha are G-d telling Abraham to go – away from the place where he had grown up, away from all that was familiar. That’s pretty clear. What’s not clear is where he’s going. G-d doesn’t tell him he’s going to the land of Israel, or […]
October 11, 2015
Bar Bat Mitzvah Parent Speech Message for Noach-Stick to Your Values

Noach: Stick to Your Values

This is a series for the bar/bat mitzvah parent on quick, concise and meaningful messages from the weekly Torah portion. They’re messages appropriate for any background – and appropriate to give in a speech to your young man or woman embarking on a journey through the teenage years. *** Want to know a sure way to avoid water damage? Be a righteous guy. It worked for Noah. While most of the Torah […]
October 8, 2015
Bereishit bar bat mitzvah parent speech - taking responsibility

Bereishit: Taking Responsibility

The first in a series for the bar/bat mitzvah parent on quick, concise and meaningful messages from the weekly Torah portion. They’re messages appropriate for any background – and appropriate to give in a speech to your young man or woman embarking on a journey through the teenage years. *** Everyone knows that Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of Knowledge and got kicked out of the Garden of Eden. But […]
April 11, 2011

Bar Mitzvah Ceremony 101

The Bar Mitzvah ceremony A bar mitzvah is one of the most important landmark occasions in one’s Jewish life. At the age of 13, the Bar Mitzvah boy is entered into the world of mitzvot, the world in which he assumes responsibility for himself as a member of the Jewish community. The word “bar” is the Aramaic word for “son of”, the word “Mitzvah” means “commandment” in both Hebrew and Aramaic.  […]