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A Bar Mitzvah and Purim

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Our foster son Itai turned 13 in the summer, before he joined our family. Because of the circumstances then, he never had his bar mitzvah celebrated. In Judaism a boy becomes an adult, a bar mitzvah, a subject of the Law when they turn 13, with or without a celebration. It is, however, a coming of age ritual as well, and it’s important to recognize such a milestone. Some of you may remember that we had Craig’s bar mitzvah with a party in the spring. For Itai it worked a bit differently, but in a way that Itai felt comfortable being called up to read the Torah. He did really well, and he had a lot of fun at the kiddush offered in his honour at the synagogue after his first time doing so.

Itai is one of four kids who decided to hold their party together in May. They are good friends, and will wait for the last one of them to turn 12 and be a bat mitzvah.

Purim was yesterday, and it’s Purim in Jersualem today. The kids all dressed up and had a blast! There were Purim parties at school and at the synagogue, and there were lots of sweets and music and games and fun. Noya dressd up as Nicki Minaj. It was really funny! My friend Nathan got her a big pink wig, and generally did her make up and everything. It was really funny!

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