such a positive response to the Teffilin Tiyul (trip) to Zefat, I'm beginning
to feel like it is the center focus of the bar mitzvah.
Thankfully, my son
needs reminders and encouraging words to remember to practice his torah portion,
which helps to keep the main event in perspective.
He is very excited about the Teffilin
Tiyul and as a result I am beginning to work on the details for the day.
Why is it always fun and easy to create great concepts and so much harder
to put them into action?
While researching options in Safed,
we came across Genine and Ronen Bar-El's B&B and kosher catering service.
More to come after we explore this option.
Whereas teffilin focuses on
a mitzvah ben adam la makom, [between a person and G-d], my son will
also undertake a project, ben adam l'chavero, [between a person and
a friend]. Here my son has the most input as, this mitzvah project that he
selects allows for a wide range of personal expression as well as personal
growth while he in turn shares something of himself with others.
To: Safed Blind Center
Our son will
become a bar mitzvah this winter. We are planning to complete the writing
of his teffilin with a sofer stam in Safed during Chanukah. We would
like to know if there is an opportunity to do a hands-on volunteer project
with one of your students and our extended family on that day.
To us, it is
important that my son have the opportunity to interact with your students.
We have an idea to help achieve this.
My son and one
of your students could be "twinned". Hopefully, they'd have a chance to meet
a couple of times this autumn, to get to know one another. During Chanukah,
we could light candles together, and the boys would speak to our joint guests
about what Chanukah and the experience of the Chanukiah means to them. It
could be both personal and a dvar Torah. I think that the candle lighting
ceremony could be particularly interesting, given their different life experiences
and how they approach a source of light.