I just returned from attending a Bat Mitzvah "out-of-town". Though the traveling was a bit tough, it was great to reconnect with old friends, and to see how much their kids have grown since the last time that we saw each other.
The Bat Mitzvah girl is really a very special child. She has overcome some very significant medical issues, and seeing her looking so beautiful and feeling so healthy and happy really touched my heart.
I started thinking about my own daughter's upcoming Bat Mitvzah. Wonderwoman will be turning 12 in the fall, and she's started asking about a party. I haven't written much about my daughter on this blog. I refer to her as Wonderwoman because she is the embodiment of everything that a powerful woman can be. She's beautiful, charming, and funny; she's a gifted athlete and dancer; she's very efficient- a real take charge, get-it-done kind of person; and if you mess with her, you're totally screwed. She doesn't take crap from anyone. In all honesty, she's also bossy, self-involved, and attention seeking. She is the polar opposite of me, and I still can't believe that she is actually my child.
So- how do I teach my little hurricane that there's more to becoming a Bat Mitzvah than throwing a big party? I would like to get her involved in a Chessed project of some sort. Something that can teach her that while she is indeed wonderful, she is not the center of the universe, and that she has an obligation to look beyond her own needs and help others. We have 8 months until she turns 12, but not a lot of free time. I would love to get some help with this. Anyone out there have any suggestions?
Weinstein, Mayim Bialik and the Perils of Religious Instruction - *I wrote the following for my Beit Midrash's weekly email, and on reflection I'd like to get feedback from a broader population, so I'm reproducing it here...
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