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Noahide Bat Mitzvah

Q: We are planning a bat mitzvah celebration for my daughter. The parsha she is reading and giving a speech on is Tzav.Do you have any suggestions or thoughts about how we can make this really special for her?

Q: Here is one you probably haven’t heard yet. My daughter just turned 12 and we are planning a bat mitzvah celebration for her. This will be an informal affair at our home with family and close friends- something that reflects who we are as Noahides. I know this is probably not customary but I am hoping it will encourage and inspire her to continue studying, learning and following Hashem’s will for her life. The parsha she is reading and giving a speech on is Tzav- a bit tough there as far as extracting a universal meaning from the passage. I would like for her to focus on the idea of embarrasement and how the Torah teaches us that we are to avoid causing embarrassement to others as much as possible. The idea that the two sacrfices were brought to the same place to prevent a poor person from having to be seen bringing a lesser sacrifice is very meaningful to me. Do you have any suggestions or thoughts about how we can make this really special for her? We do not have a rabbi near us that we can get counsel from , so any input you might have to offer would be much appreciated. Thanks so much!

A: Give her a practical goal on the day of Bat mitzva such as helping someone in a way that will really help him without any embarrassment. It may be done with the participation of her friends in class, so it will become a kind of game. Mazal tov!

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About Rabbi Oury Cherki

Rabbi Oury Cherki
Rav Oury Cherki was born in Algeria in 1959 and grew up in France, and he made Aliyah in 1972. He studied at Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, which was founded by Rav Avraham Yitzchak Kook. He performed his military service in the artillery branch of the IDF. He studied with Rav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, Rav Yehuda Leon Ashkenazi (Manitou), Rav Shlomo Binyamin and Achlag. Rav Cherki heads the Israeli department of Machon Meir, and he is the Director of Brit Olam - the Noahide World Center.He teaches in many places throughout Israel. Rav Cherki is the spiritual leader of the "Beth Yehuda" community in Kiryat Moshe (Jerusalem). He has written many books on Jewish thought and philosophy.

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