Yesterday was a wonderful Shabbat.
I went to a synagogue that gives me the opportunity to teach their students for their B’nai Mitzvah ceremonies.
I have been teaching this one young man I believe for over a year. He is very special in which is an old soul; very mature in so many ways. He is genuinely caring, kind, compassionate, and one can tell that he thinks about the world we live in.
His recitation of the prayers, his maftir Torah reading, and Haftarah were flawless. His confidence and comfort level was amazing. His voice never quivered!
But, I think what was more special was the love you can feel in the sanctuary. The synagogue embraced this young man and his family, which consists of five siblings. The family has been adopted; they have many grandparents and great-grandparents now. You can see everybody shepping nachas and kvelling throughout the service. The Rabbi and Cantor were also beaming. Also, the love was felt through the family. It is almost indescribable. I knew that the whole family was very close, but seeing it was a whole other experience. You can tell by the children how involved the parents are. Everything is important to the parents, their children’s Jewish education, secular education, behavior, etc.
I guess I am writing this because, this student, his family, and yesterday morning left such an impact on me.
I thank G-d they came into my life and I think they are staying for a while because I start teaching his brother after Simchat Torah. 🙂