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May 8th, 2008
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The Bat Mitzvah that Ate My Life is Over

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From:mofic
Date:May 9th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
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It really does have some awful stuff in there. The part I leyned was full of offensive stuff. OTOH, my daughter's tutor got the "don't sell your daughter into prostitution" part, which is a mitzvah we agreed we could all get behind.

Zara didn't give her dvar on Kedoshim. Our shul always does a special service for Shabbat Shoah - i.e. the shabbat closest to Yom Hashoah. We have a special maftir and a special haftarah done on that day, and a special aliyah for survivors and their descendants. Generally there is not a bar/bat mitzvah on Shabbat Shoah, but the date had been assigned and she'd started working on it before anyone realized her date was Shabbat Shoah. So she ended up learning both maftirs and both haftarahs (i.e. the traditional Kedoshim one and the Shabbat Shoah one) and doing them both.

The special maftir is the Cain and Abel story, because it's the first murder. So she spoke about that in her dvar. She talked about sibling rivalry, about murder and punishment, about forgiveness, and about the Holocaust and trying to understand something that awful. She did a great job, in a thirteen-year-old kind of way, of course.
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