Jewish education deepens when you learn to read Hebrew and chant Torah, unlocking a treasure trove of learning, wisdom, fantastic stories and an eloquent ethical guide, given to us by our ancestors.
There are many possible paths. There are infinite ways to live a Jewish life – a different way for every person. Whether you are a passionate congregant in a synagogue, you prefer Havurah or home-centered celebrations or you don’t observe at all – and anything in between, Torah and Jewish learning are the keys to owning your Jewish experience. The key is being able to read Hebrew – this unlocks Jewish learning! Jewish education starts with the alef-bet and there is no end to what you can discover about the world and yourself.
Why learn to read Hebrew? One of the reasons an individual starts on the path of learning to read Hebrew is in preparation for Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah. Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah is a spiritual passage, and chanting Torah before your community is that passage is celebrated. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that learning Hebrew and Torah are a spiritual engagement. Learning in an unhurried and supportive environment, with tools to help you learn in your own style, makes preparing for Bat and Bar Mitzvah services pleasant for both students and family. Remember, it is never too late to learn the alef-bet. Adult B’nai Mitzvah events are awesome and rewarding experiences!
Alternative path to Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah. Access to a synagogue or Rabbi should not be a barrier for someone to learn Torah! Homegrown ceremonies and celebrations of Bar and Bat Mitzvah are real and sacred events when given adequate preparation and kavannah (prayerful intention). What I love to do is to help Jewish families discover an alternative path to Bar Mitzvah or an alternative path to Bat Mitzvah, including learning the elements of Hebrew and prayer necessary, and creating a service that is inclusive and meaningful to you and your community.