that when Lit. ''the one who struggles with God.'' Israel means many things. It is first used with reference to Jacob, whose name is changed to Israel (Genesis 32:29), the one who struggles with God. Jacob's children, the Jewish people, become B'nai Israel, the children of Israel. The name also refers to the land of Israel and the State of Israel. gathered at Mount According to the Torah, God, in the presence of the Jewish people, gave Moses the Torah on Mount Sinai (Har Sinai).
to receive the The Five Books of Moses, and the foundation of all of Jewish life and lore. The Torah is considered the heart and soul of the Jewish people, and study of the Torah is a high mitzvah. The Torah itself a scroll that is hand lettered on parchment, elaborately dressed and decorated, and stored in a decorative ark. It is chanted aloud on Mondays, Thursdays, and Shabbat, according to a yearly cycle. Sometimes "Torah" is used as a colloquial term for Jewish learning and narrative in general.,
Truth was revealed to us
amidst much lightning and great claps of thunder.
God, so the sages taught,
seemed to speak with the voice of a mighty A ram's horn that is blown on the High Holidays to "wake us up" and call Jews to repentance. It is also said that its blast will herald the coming of the messiah..
Our sages said: Whatever a faithful student
will perceive and transmit; this is Torah.
However we find ourselves addressed
by the Shofar blast of Truth; this is Torah.
Whenever we stand humbled by Eternity
our hearts filled with love, our arms outstretched
to lift up the fallen, free the captive, embrace the lost—
this, too, is Torah.
Sinai is ever present.
Wherever we gather to seek Wisdom;
However we struggle to renew the covenant,
to discover the Way;
Whenever we listen and hear,
receive and transmit; we stand at Sinai.
Torah is a guide, a voice,
a whisper of Wisdom echoing within and without.
Her Lit. Commandment. It is traditionally held that there are 613 mitzvot (plural) in Judaism, both postive commandments (mandating actions) and negative commandments (prohibiting actions). Mitzvah has also become colloquially assumed to mean the idea of a “good deed." commit us to justice.
Her teachings move us to compassion.
Her stories bring us to attention
that we might be present to life’s everyday wonders.
May the words of Torah be pleasant in our mouths.
May we and our children and our children’s children
come to study Torah as a gateway to Truth and Love.
May we hearken to the voice of Sinai
addressing us now and here.
May we be moved to exclaim the mystery of Life
revealed in the rising sun, the rustling tree,
the child’s cry and the Shofar’s blast.
Blessed are those who bring Torah to our people Israel.
(Parent takes the Torah from the Ark and says to the Coming of age, one responsible for the commandments. At the age of thirteen for a boy and twelve for a girl, s/he obtains the age of Jewish majority and is obligated to all the commandments. Usually celebrated with an aliyah to the Torah and other festivities. In many communities both bar and bat mitzvah are celebrated at age 13. The plural of bar mitzvah is b'nei mitzvah. The plural of bat mitzvah is b'not mitzvah.:)
Sinai calls to you as it called to The quintessential Jewish leader who spoke face to face with God, unlike any other prophet, and who freed the people from Egypt, led them through the desert for forty years, and received the Torah on Mt. Sinai. His Hebrew name is Moshe.:
establish mitzvot for your life.
Torah calls to you as it called to our people:
set yourself firmly on the Way of Justice and Compassion.
At this time of Bar/Bat Lit. Commandment. It is traditionally held that there are 613 mitzvot (plural) in Judaism, both postive commandments (mandating actions) and negative commandments (prohibiting actions). Mitzvah has also become colloquially assumed to mean the idea of a “good deed." you prepare
to ascend the heights of Sinai within.
The path is yours alone and alone you must travel upon it.
Yet you take with you the love and hope of past years.
They will be your companions forever,
as we/I will stand ever beside you.
May Life bless you and keep you.
May its Face be your face
and its Grace your grace.
May it shine within you
and bring you peace.
(If appropriate Torah is passed to the other parent who says:)
Torah is the voice of Sinai speaking to
the human struggle for peace.
Torah is the wisdom of people wrestling
with mitzvot, the Way of Harmony, Justice and Compassion.
As I now hold the Torah so I once held you.
Yet holding on is not the way of life,
and I must now begin to let you go
that you may find your own way.
But I must give you more than the fact of freedom,
I must give you the tools that make freedom meaningful.
Mitzvot are those tools—
the skills you will need to embrace life openly and fully.
So I now hand you the Torah as a symbol
of the power of mitzvah you will henceforth
with ever greater zeal seek for yourself.
(Bar/Bat Mitzvah responds:)
As I have received Torah from your hands,
so do I accept the challenge of Sinai
that comes to me this day.
The challenge is one of both freedom and responsibility,
calling me to affirm not only the dignity of self
but the dignity of others as well.
It is my heritage this day
to enter into a covenant with Life,
seeking the power of mitzvot I need
to live in harmony with my people and my world.
May this covenant bring peace and healing
to all who know me,
and may my struggles be for the good.