Hi everyone, Shabbat Shalom and thank you for joining me at my Batmitzvah. I have been learning with my Batmitzvah teacher Izzy and I have had the best time learning about what it means to become a Jewish woman and researching this week’s Parasha, Parashat Beha’alotecha.
Music has always been a powerful tool to express our emotions and connect with others on a deeper level. As Moshe was instructed by G-d to make two silver trumpets to guide the Jewish people on their journey towards Israel, we see the importance of music in our lives. The different sounds made by the trumpets each have a unique meaning, reminding us of different aspects of G-d’s greatness. Just like this, the different components of a piece of music, such as the melody, harmony and rhythm define the tone and mood of the music.
For me, music is not just a hobby, it is a central part of who I am. Growing up with a mum who is a piano teacher and singer, my life was always filled with music. My voice has become my instrument of choice, and those who know me know that I have been singing almost as long as I have been able to talk! I have even been called a never-ending radio by my sister! Through singing, I have found a way to express my feelings and connect with others on a deeper level. Just like the Jewish people praise G-d through song, I use my music to celebrate the beauty of life and share my experiences with those around me.
Something else I noticed when looking through this Parasha was that the portion about Aharon and the menorah seems out of place. Why are we told about this now, in June – Chanukah isn’t for many months yet! At the end of last week’s Parasha, 11 of the 12 tribes were given a job, but Aharon was left out. Now, he is given the job of dealing with the menorah to show that even though he is not doing the same as everyone else, he still has a role and just needed to have faith and trust in Hashem that he would have a place in this world.
I have always had a passion for singing and using my voice to help others, to spread joy and happiness through music. In addition to singing, I have a love for sports, particularly netball. It has taught me the importance of teamwork and putting effort into the things I love. As I take my first steps into adulthood, I know that these values will guide me through any challenges that come my way. Just like Aharon, I trust that Hashem will always be by my side, lighting the way to help me achieve my goals. And with hard work, determination, and faith, I know that I can make a positive impact on the world around me.
Rabbi Sacks says that Beha’alotecha is the point when the Jewish people are no longer running away from Egypt, they are going towards Israel. I am working my way through the journey of life and so far, have always been a child, but now, I’m Batmitzvah, I’m looking forward to transitioning into a young Jewish woman and making more decisions for myself.
Finally, thank you to all the people who have got me to this point. My mum who has always been there for me and who always helps me to believe in myself. My dad who always makes me laugh and brightens up my day. My sister Demi, you’re the best sister I could ask for, you always make me laugh and you make me happy. My grandparents, thank you for being with me from the start, I love you. Thank you to everyone who came to celebrate my Batmitzvah with me, Shabbat Shalom.