Monday, February 27, 2012

Bar Mitzvah Update from Nicole

My bat mitzvah is coming along very well! We have been meeting with the celebrant Beth Sandweiss and been picking out different readings for the ceremony. It is really hard to decide which ones to use and which ones not to use.
There will be a total of 18 readings, each one minute or less. The number 18 signifies something auspicious in Judaism the way eight is in Chinese. Half the readings will be from writers who are Jewish. For the Chinese side, there will be four readings from the I Ching which Beth is going to weave into the ceremony as a unifying theme. There are also poems by poets my family admires such as John Giorno, Lucille Clifton and the 4 Noble Truths.

Beth has been really helpful throughout this process, and helps think of the other parts of the ceremony. We made a list of the people who will read at the bat mitzvah. I want the rest of the details to be a surprise for everyone.

Today my Hebrew school teacher gave me the final edits for my graduation paper about Allen Ginsberg and Robert Frank. I am so excited that it is coming along so well. After Hebrew School I went dress shopping for my friend’s bar mitzvah and it was really hard to pick out a dress to wear. If it was this hard to pick out a dress for somebody else’s bar mitzvah, I can only imagine how hard it will be to pick out a dress for my own.

Until next time,
Nicole

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