Shabbat Shalom everybody and happy November eve! For some of us here in Ein Gedi, it’s been time to whip out the boots and coats, and we’re all very jealous of our Arvot/Mercaz friends still in shorts…
This week’s parsha, Toledot, is one very, very dear to my heart…On this weekend in the Hebrew calendar back in 5769, yours truly became a Bat Mitzvah with this portion! For those of you who weren’t there, I’ll let you know that it was quite the occasion. And for those of you who were there…don’t tell anyone just how intense my awkward stage was.
So, I figured I’d walk back down memory lane and open up my D’var from that monumental Shabbat Mincha in November 2009. My words of Torah back in eighth grade gave this little blurb of a summary of what goes down in Toledot:
Erev tov and Shabbat Shalom. This evening I will be reading from Parshat Toledot, which chronicles the story of Jacob and his twin brother Esau. The word toledot means “generations”, and the reading begins with the words: “here are the generations of Isaac, son of Abraham”. Isaac’s wife Rebecca gave birth to twin brothers, Jacob and Esau. During the pregnancy, Rebecca noted having difficult and uncomfortable feelings. God told her that she would be giving birth to boys of different nations, one for a love of peace and study, Jacob, and the other for the love of hunting, Esau. At the end of my reading (because I own the Torah? This is sassy), Jacob decides to trade some of his delicious stew with Esau for Esau’s birthright from Isaac. Esau had just returned from a tiring and successful hunt, so he was very fatigued and hungry. Without argument or hesitation, Esau gives his birthright to Jacob.
I went on to explain how this famous story relates to my relationship with my sisters, and made a classic Bat Mitzvah speech bad joke: “However, by taking the blessing away Esau, Jacob took Esau’s place in the family and in the Jewish faith away from him, so I would call this the first case of identity theft.” Now that’s a real knee slapper…and my humor definitely hasn’t improved since then.
But, good thing I’m not alone in making bad jokes. According to Saturday Night Live, it’s actually kinda the thing to do in this generation (see what I did there) of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs…! http://www.hulu.com/watch/542155
But a few PSAs I head out:
- Registration for IC NOLA 2013 ends TOMORROW! That gives you plenty of time to finish up those loose ends/get an application in if you haven’t already. Get what ya need by clicking here: http://www.usy.org/ic/ic2013/
- We’ve got some Torah Bytes this weekend! Come join me and other members of International USY to have a great webinar conversation about non-Jewish immigration to Israel! Here’s the Facebook event for more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/775469219135235/?notif_t=plan_user_joined
I hope y’all enjoyed this portal into the 13 year old mind of an aspiring Rel/Ed! Have a great weekend and a even more fabulous Shabbat everybody!
HaNegev Regional Religion/Education Vice President 2013-2014