Bar Mitzvah, Chanan, Chanan Sivan, Hachnassat Sefer Torah, Neve Daniel, Yehuda

A Night of Celebration, Joy and Memory

Nine and a half years ago, Yehuda lost his first friend in Israel. When we moved here 11 and a half years ago, Chanan befriended Yehuda. While Yehuda didn’t know a word of Hebrew, Chanan would smile at him in daycare and they would play together.  As Yehuda integrated and learned, they continued to be… Read More A Night of Celebration, Joy and Memory

Bar Mitzvah, bar mitzvah gift, charity, chesed, Matan, tzedakah

It IS About The Bike…and So Much More

Before Matan’s bar mitzvah, we discussed with him that he needed to put aside a certain amount of money for tzedakah (charity). We weren’t sure, however, where he should direct that charity. Matan offered one idea, primarily because it’s the only charity he really knows much about. I hesitated. There is nothing wrong with that… Read More It IS About The Bike…and So Much More

Bar Mitzvah, bar mitzvah gifts, gratitude, Matan, thank you notes

Being Gracious and Grateful…One Note at a Time

Before Matan’s bar mitzvah, we ordered thank you notes to go along with his bar mitzvah invitations. We explained to Matan that there would be rules surrounding his bar mitzvah gifts. 1. No gift would be used, enjoyed, or spent until a thank you note was written. Period. 2. And he would be writing three thank… Read More Being Gracious and Grateful…One Note at a Time

Bar Mitzvah, bar mitzvah party, family, Israel Independence Day, Matan, Yom Ha'atzmaut

Flag Dances, Fruit Roll-Ups and Family

For years, Josh and I have remarked that someday Matan would be part of the Daglanut (flag dance) on Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) at the ceremony that we hold in Neve Daniel. The seventh grade boys and girls do a dance each year, waving enormous Israeli flags and filling the basketball court with their… Read More Flag Dances, Fruit Roll-Ups and Family