Thursday, June 2, 2011
MY BAT-MITZVAH, by DORA SILVERS, 83
A couple of weeks ago we had the very special privilege of participating in this milestone in Dora's life. Did you know that one can be Bar or Bat Mitzvahed at 83? Because David says in the Psalms that the average life span is around 70 years old, you are more or less "starting over" at 70, so 83 is the equivalent of 13 -- the second time around! Thank you, Dora, for letting us share in this event!
My 3 brohers attended Hebrew School, they were all Bar-Mitzvahed. At that time Girls were not permitted to be Bat-Mitzvahed. My Brother Jay taught me to sing "Ein Kal La Heinu. I was 8 years old.
When I was 10, I was sewing buttons on a blouse on a Saturday morning. My father said "Dora, you had all week to sew, today is Sabath.' Papa went to the bookcase and gave me the 5 Books of Moses to read, that was my introduction to the Torah.
Today, I reflect on the past and live in the present. On Friday night services, when the names of the sick are read, it gives me the opportunity to make phone calls, to chat and cheer them up. When the names on the Yarzeit list are read, I remember those that are gone. When I lost my son Mitchell and my Husband, I had a very heavy heart. Now, I have a lighter heart. through my Jewish faith, God does make your heart lighter.
I love my Religious Faith and being Jewish. I learned many things from my studies with my Rabbi and Cantor. "Thank You" Rabbi Warshaw and Cantor Ken for all your help to prepare me for my Bat-Mitzvah.
I am grateful to have my Family: My Brother Jay, 4 children, 3 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandsons. I am blessed and life is good.
L'CHAYIM --- TO LIFE.