Party Plans: Meaingful Mitzvah Projects
by Rivka C. Berman
Meaningful Projects Beyond Party
Why limit a bar or bat mitzvahs meaning to the choice of the right invitations
and caterer? This turning point is a fine time to strengthen an aspect of
mitzvah observance with attention to a specific mitzvah or through a mitzvah
project. During Elana Erdsteins bat mitzvah year she began collecting unused
samples of soap, shampoo and toothpaste from local hotels and corporations and
donating them to homeless shelters and battered womens shelters.
Share the gift of Torah and offer to tutor a second grader who is struggling
with learning to read Hebrew.
Start davening the afternoon mincha service on the weekend.
Begin contributing ten percent of your baby-sitting money to tzedaka, charity.
Set the Shabbat table without being asked.
Call your grandmother twice a month.
Read a chapter of Tanach each day, even if its just the English translation.
Learn the deeper meaning of one part of the shemona esrei prayer or any part
of the daily prayers.
Play regular games of Candyland with your little sister.
Begin a coat collection for needy children. (Talk to your teacher about
involving your whole class.)
Read only Jewish books on Shabbat.
Take little steps to become Jewish adult you always imagined youd become.
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