We at Congregation Kneseth Israel are very proud of you. I hope that we can always help and guide you. But most of all, we will be there to give you our support as you continue to grow.
What do we wish for you, dear Leah, your name is after the matriarch, Leah, a heroic leader and beloved mother of our nation:
I wish for you to be a person of character, strong and gentle, righteous and honest. Wherever you journey, may your steps be firm and may you walk in just paths and not be afraid.
Whenever you speak, may your words be words of wisdom and friendship. May your hands build and your heart preserve what is good and beautiful in our world.
May the voices of the generations of our people move through you and may the G-d of our ancestors be your G-d as well.
May you know that there is a people, a rich heritage, to which you belong and from that sacred place you are connected to all who dwell on the earth. May the stories of our people be upon your heart and the grace of the Torah rhythm dance in your soul.
Leah, we’d like to clear every path for you, pick up the stones over which you may stumble, light all the dark places. We know we cannot. There are journeys you will undertake on your own. Your family has given you the common sense, the inner courage and the humor to maneuver your way in life. There is nothing as a young woman that you cannot be. And there are basically two things you need to be: true to yourself and responsible to your community.