Bar Mitzvah Stuff

Monday, November 16 2015

Contributed by: dbsmall

My son became bar mitzvah a couple of weeks ago.  A few people asked questions about his d'var Torah.  With his permission, then, here it is:


Shabbat Shalom, (Pause)

My Torah portion is Chayei Sarah. It translates to the life of Sarah, but really is about Abraham burying her and finding a wife for his son Issac. My Torah portion starts with Sarah dying and Abraham finding a grave-site for her; he is offered the grave-site he wants as a gift but he insists on paying the market price. Next Abraham sends his servant Eliezer to find a wife for his son Isaac. The servant goes and finds Rebekah who draws water for him and his camels. He gives her gifts of gold and is invited into her family's home. They let him speak and he says that he would like to take her back to Canaan to be a wife for Issac. The family says they want to stay with her for 10 days, but Abraham’s servant says he would like to go immiediately. They asked Rebekkah whether she wanted to leave right away and she said yes. They went back to Canaan and Issac met her. The fell in love at first sight.

While looking at my Torah portion I found one thing very interesting and this was Rebekah giving the servant and his camels water. This I thought was a telling factor of Rebekah’s character. Her family also invited him into their home. The servant was a complete stranger and yet they treated him like a friend.

I think that the way that Rebekah treats guests and strangers is how we should treat everybody. My Torah portion teaches us compassion and respect. This is because Rebekah understands how thirsty Abraham’s servant was and gave him water. I also think that her family inviting Abraham’s servant and his camels into their home is respectful because he had something to say and they gave him a chance to say it. I think that we can follow Rebekah’s model today by giving to people less fortunate than us. I think that we can follow Rebekah's family's example by giving people a chance to speak their mind without fear of criticism.

To me the Torah portion is about respect and kindness. I think that it tells us to respect and be kind to everyone. I think it tells us to not only be kind, but also to encourage everyone to be. I think that it tell us that we should try to make this world better by making it more respectful. To me this is expressed in a saying said by a Rabbi named Hillel he once said “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” To me this is like the golden rule “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

To conclude I would like to thank some people for helping me become Bar Mitzvah. I would like to thank <> for inspiring my love of Judaism. I would like to thank Rabbi <> and Cantor <> for helping me prepare for my Bar Mitzvah. I would like to thank Morah <> and all my Religious School teachers for helping me understand Judaism. Lastly I would like to thank my parents for helping me study and helping me become Bar Mitzvah.

Shabat Shalom

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