Ayala Chana Weisblum Bat Mitzvah June 10, 2006 14 Sivan 5766
Ayala Weisblum with Rebbitzen Emerita Esther Rosenblatt
Shabbat Shalom. Thank you all for joining me to celebrate my Bat mitzvah. A simcha is special when shared by family and friends. I appreciate your Mazal Tov’s and your best wishes to me for a happy and healthy life. I hope I will make everyone proud of me as I follow a life of Torah, kindness and good deeds.
A special thank you to my parents, and to my sister Bracha and brothers Elimelech, Yitzchak Meir and Natan. Thank you for loving me so much and teaching me a lot. You are special in my heart and I thank G-d for you every day. Thank you all who care about me, especially those who are here today. I hope that we shall share many happy occasions together.
My name Ayala Chana is after my great grandmother on my father’s side. My name Ayala is from the Hebrew, meaning deer, or gazelle. Chana, my middle name is from the Hebrew, meaning, "Grace and merciful." Perhaps the combination means that I am a graceful deer… It is true that I run fast, especially when my brothers chase me… Seriously, though, my parents have taught me to run fast to do mitzvot and good deeds, to help a person in need and to learn about Judaism with wisdom and love.
As many of you know, I was born in Israel to a rabbinical family, on both my mother’s and father’s sides. I have many relatives that live there and it is fun to visit them. After my family moved to America, I started to learn English. I like America a lot and try to be a good Jewish ambassador of good will between the two countries.
This week’s Torah parsha is called, Naso, it relates about the Kohanim and their roles and responsibility, mainly in their ability to bless the Jewish people and their power from G-d. "Naso" means to "go up in Holiness.
The Kohanim, originated with the first one, Aaron, who was Moshe and Miriam’s brother. Throughout thousands of years, children of Aaron have had the special honor amongst our nation to bless the congregation.
We also, at Congregation Kneseth Israel are blessed to have some link of the early Kohanim, who carry out their G-dly duty for us in Annapolis, MD. We see that they help us go up in Holiness.
The Kohanim, through blessing us in the synagogue services, give us many benefits. Through their blessings, we are given all good things for a happy healthy and peaceful life. These blessings, which are found in the Prayer book, are repeated over and over again during the year as it says in the Siddur, how fortunate is our lot, how beautiful is our heritage, how goodly are our rewards in this world and in the world to come.
It is G-d who is the source of all these blessings. We truly appreciate the Kohanim in our midst and we also know that we have the ability, as the sages tell us, that each Jewish person has innate powers to bless others, for example when someone sneezes, a person says, "Gezundheit", meaning, G-d bless you, or if someone does something very nice for another person, they might say, "G-d bless your soul for your kindness."
We have a job to do on earth. I am now considered an adult, according to Jewish law on my 12th birthday. I shall continue to do MY JOB to study at school and get good grades, to clean my room, help Ima in the kitchen, welcome guests into our home, study Torah, attend synagogue, pray every day, give charity and do good deeds. That’s for now. Later, I wish to get married and start a nice Jewish family and make the world a better place.
Please stay in my life and I wish that everyone has a great future also. Shabbat shalom and enjoy the celebration today.