Celebrating Responsibility

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Tonight we celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of the daughter of my college friends. I was honored to be invited to this celebration of life and recognition of becoming a young adult in the Jewish faith.

Listening to the words and feeling the energy and pride from the family and friends of this beautiful girl was very moving. Knowing that she spent the last year preparing for this day and memorizing chants and blessings and creating speeches to honor and praise her loved ones was amazing and gives me hope for the future.

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At the age of 12, a young Jewish girl can choose to become a Bat Mitzvah and assume responsibility for her actions. How amazing is that?

What if all kids spent a year seriously thinking about their commitments to their family, their faith and their community and chose to act responsibly and to give back and to find purpose and meaning in their life, while being acknowledged by their peers and loved ones? Would the world be more peaceful? I think so.

And even though I am Christian, I can and do appreciate the celebration and witness of this this young girl as she dedicated her life to something bigger than herself. Listening to her share how she’s volunteered and is tithing part of the money she earns from her Bat Mitzvah tonight to charity was inspiring. Hearing her call up the people who influenced her life thus far and praising their role and asking them to light a candle in her honor was another moving moment.

The room was filled with love and joy and we enjoyed a great party in honor of Makenna. Thanks Beth and Hal for inviting us to be a part of your family celebration. We love you.

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Namaste.