It’s a special week here in Oklahoma. In addition to Spring arriving in earnest, many people have travelled far and wide to visit GlassHospital and join us for a rite of passage known as Bat Mitzvah, literally “daughter of the good deed.”
My daughter put months of preparation into her stellar performance chanting torah and haftarah (this week from II Samuel–a very lengthy chapter, according to those in the know) and leading a sabbath service for our congregation.
She made her parents and assorted relatives kvell.
As part of the rite of passage, the bat mitzvah student reflects on the meanings of her torah portion (from the book of Leviticus)–both what it means and how she contextualizes it. In addition, a bat mitzvah involves herself in good works (mitzvoth) to tikkun olam (literally: “repair the world”).
I value this tradition.
One other important part of the shabbat service is the mi shebeirach, the prayer to ask for healing the sick. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that are ill–now and always.