• Rabbi Anthony Knopf

From the Desk - Bar Mitzvah Boys Reading the Torah

Shalom Friends! As if the warmer weather isn’t enough indication that the Winter is drawing to a close (or is it, by the time you read this??), we also have a jam-packed schedule of events coming up at Congregation Beth Ora!

  • Firstly, I’d like to remind you all of our special Kehillah Shabbat this week in honour of the women of Congregation Beth Ora. Join us for a special participatory Shabbat, with a performance from our acclaimed Alternative Choir, an uplifting insight from Rebbetzin Carly and a special treat for each of the women at synagogue. During the Kiddush, I will also be tackling the question of how we judge people based on what they post on social media.

  • Don’t miss our series of Purim events, including the hamantaschen bake, Purim Carnival and, of course, Purim itself – our megillah readings, children’s activities and Italian dinner. See publicity for details and be sure to join us!

  • Please put our annual blood drive in your calendar, Wednesday, March 11th, 1:30-7:30 PM. Just one donation saves four lives.

  • Pre-Passover Roadshow on Tuesday March 17th - After last year’s great success, we invite you to join us for an evening Pre-Passover learning. Choose one of three homes in the community and sit back and relax as Carly, Heshy and I present eye-opening ideas on the holiday of Passover. Please be sure to RSVP to let the office know which home you will attend. See publicity for more details.

We are delighted to provide you with all these programs and hope that you enjoy them. For all those in Florida, see what you are missing! It’s time to come home. Wishing you all Shabbat Shalom, Rabbi Anthony and Carly Knopf

What’s the Deal with… a Bar Mitzvah boy reading from the Torah? So here’s a secret no one tells the Bar Mitvzah boy: even though a boy who reaches Bar Mitzvah is supposed to be called up to the Torah, there is no obligation for him to be the one who actually reads from the Torah. For centuries, some communities have had the custom for Bar Mitzvah boys who were particularly keen and talented to read from the Torah. As we know, this has now developed into a widespread custom. One of the reasons why we do have the Bar Mitzvah boy reading from the Torah is to publicize the fact that the child is now considered an adult and is obligated in all the mitzvot. This was so because, prior to Bar Mitzvah, a boy cannot read from the Torah on behalf of the congregation.

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