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Adding Mitzvot to a Candle Lighting Ceremony

Many mitzvah moms and dads struggle with the tradition of candle lighting.  They worry about offending or excluding family and friends, their kids spend hours writing rhyming poems instead of studying their Haftorah portions and song selections become a family debate.  All the while, the underlying question remains – how can a Bar Mitzvah candle lighting ceremony be unique, memorable and “cool”, all at the same time? By adding mitzvot to a candle lighting ceremony using these creative ideas, your family is sure to add an extra special touch to your celebration.  (adapted from In Any Event Blog) 1.  CUP OF LIFE – Created by Rabbi Anchelle Perl. Fill […]


Why Bother Teaching our Children to do Mitzvahs?

We encourage our kids to excel in school academically, to try their hardest at sports, to be socially active, and yet, how many parents take the time to push their children to do good deeds? For bar and bat mitzvahs, we spend the time ordering everything from invitations to arranging the dj or band.  We buy nice clothes for the family and we take our kids to their Hebrew lessons.  Yet, sometimes in the midst of our chaotic lives,  while preparing for this momentous occasion, the entire purpose of actually performing a mitzvah gets shoved under the rug while preparing […]