A Moving Experience

Grandson Landon with his sister Avery.  November 15, 2008.

Grandson Landon with his sister Avery. November 15, 2008.

Yesterday Betsy and I had pleasure of attending the Bar Mitzvah of her grandson, Landon.  Landon is the oldest child of son Jeff and lives in Knoxville.  His Bar Mitzvah was at Temple Beth El in Knoxville.

The Bar Mitzvah ceremony traditionally takes place around the thirteenth birthday of a young man (Landon’s birthday is August 25).  The term Bar Mitzvah means “son of the commandment” and represents a boy’s formal acceptance of religious responsibility as a member of his temple or synagogue.  Landon prepared for his Bar Mitzvah for about six months.  During that time he learned and studied his Torah portion (which he read in Hebrew), practiced the prayers which he led, and wrote his commentary on the Torah portion he read.

Yesterday was only the second Jewish worship service that I have attended,  so there was much that I didn’t fully comprehend.  But the majesty of the service and the evidence of the faith was very obvious.  I’m glad we got to go.

Landon has a younger sister, Avery (see the picture above).  Avery told us that she will have her Bat Mitzvah in three years.  I hope we’ll be invited!

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