December 6, 2013

Best Bar Mitzvah Speech Ever?


I hardly remember my Bar Mitzvah -- it was a long time ago, I was chubby, insecure, with braces and a bad stutter, and my Hebrew was shaky at best… so yep I blanked the whole thing out. I do remember some very delicious almond sugar dessert squares...

For the uninitiated, a Bar Mitzvah is when a Jewish boy turns 13 and theoretically or religiously becomes a man; in the religious world it invokes taking on responsibility in Jewish culture, becoming a full-fledged member of Jewish society, following the 613 laws of the Torah, and have moral responsibility for his own actions;  in our typical North America society it involves a year of Hebrew study, a lot of sweat, a major speaking role in Saturday services at synagogue , a lot of gifts and 'gelt', and a kosher catered lunch at the synagogue.

I don't remember what I said or did at my Bar Mitzvah, but I know it didn't compare to this kid… err, the newly anointed man, Duncan McAlpine of Portland. Watch in awe…