Mom, I am a very lucky boyTuesday, April 28, 2009
Sunday, my family attended our twin cousins’ bat-mitzvah. It was a formal celebration. My boys got to wear their suits!
While we were eating some appetizers, my 8yo tapped me and said,
“Mom, I am a very lucky boy.”
I looked at him and said, “Of course you are, but why did you say that?”
“I am here.” (He was looking around the richness of the place)
The final celebration (party) was held in a catering hall – complete with entertainment, cocktail hour, dinner and Viennese table! It was like a wedding reception.
So what’s a bat-mizvah anyway? If you ask my 8yo, he thinks he’ll say it’s a birthday party where you feel like a truly lucky person.
Bat means daughter, mitzvah means commandment. Becoming a daughter of the commandment means that Jessica and Brittany are now considered adults within the confines of the Jewish community. The twins read from the Torah and the Haftorah. The readings are performed with great ceremony. It is important to value these times because there were times in the past (history) when one is prohibited to read from the Torah.
In order to be go through Bat-Mizvah, one has to do some community service. The twins did fundraising for the guide the dog foundation. They were so successful that they were featured in the local news, recognized by the senator and awarded some cash prizes.
For my children, the best part of the celebration is the party and being. It’s not the endless food and beverages during the cocktail hour but the entertainment, music and a chance to dance and have fun!
My kids' version of the "Hora" (sans the chair)
I’m happy for the twins. Every one was having a ball and the twins were lucky enough to be able to have such celebration. And as my 8yo once said, "We are definitely are lucky to be a part of it!"
Family traditions and celebrations of faith are very much part of who we are.
It’s not the venue but the togetherness, laughters and joys that will always be in our memories.
It’s the simple reminders of the beauty of life.
Next Saturday is my 8yo’s First Communion, another celebration of faith that we’re looking forward to. (This time, it'll be at our home and - mom and I are cooking!)
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