In just two short weeks, we’ll be
starting the Rosh Hashana Jewish New Year, and a quick few days after, we’ll be
observing the fast of Yom Kippur.
On my very first Yom Kippur as a
post bat mitzvah girl, at the close of the final Neilah prayer, I started to
feel very warm. I asked my older sister standing next to me if it had gotten
really hot all of a sudden and she replied with an emphatic: “No, you should
sit down.” Since the Aron was still open, and the Torah’s exposed, I preferred
to make a mad dash for the door. I rushed outside into the cool fall evening
air and instantly felt better. I am relieved to say that I was able to
successfully complete the fast without fainting and that every fast since has passed
For many of you, this may be your
first Yom Kippur in which you are responsible before G-d for your own actions,
good and bad. Even if you still haven’t reached Bat Mitzvah age yet, or like
me, have gotten used to the Yom Kippur routine, it is never too late (or too
early, as the case may be) to pledge to make a difference, in both your life
and in the lives of others.
you all a joyous Rosh Hashana and a meaningful Yom Kippur fast. May we all be
signed and sealed for a good year filled with lots of mitzvahs!
Sheena Levi Director of Outreach firstname.lastname@example.org
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Do you and your friends like to knit
or crochet? The weather is turning colder and people are digging out their
winter wardrobes. Give them something new to feel proud of wearing this winter
season, have fun with friends, gain experience taking and fulfilling orders,
and benefit orphans in Israel!
Charendoff, NJ on his Bar Mitzvah this month! David’s Bar Mitzvah theme is “tzedakah.” Each table at his
celebration will feature a different charity, one including Lev LaLev.
Leah Bader, GA on her Bat
Mitzvah this month! Leah collected pledges for
her 10K marathon run on Labor Day in order to raise funds to twin her Bat
Mitzvah with an orphan in Israel. Good luck Leah!
Name: Racheli Wolicki Town: Spring Valley, NY Bat Mitzvah Date: June 2012 Mitzvah Project: Decorating pencils and making necklaces for
the orphaned girls in Israel
Tell us a little about yourself. I take
karate every Monday and Thursday. I have an older brother and a younger
How did you decide to take on this
particular project for Lev LaLev? I
really wanted to help disadvantaged people, especially girls my age, who don’t
have as much as me. This seemed like a good idea and it was.
(left to right) Sheena holding the necklaces made for the girls in
Israel, Racheli with her special Lev LaLev mitzvah plaque, and Racheli’s mom
Bernice in the Lev LaLev offices
What was the most meaningful part of
doing this Mitzvah Project for your Bat Mitzvah? Getting
to help make the girls happy and give them something nice.
Please share any details or fond
memories of your Mitzvah Project and Bat Mitzvah. My
friends and family really enjoyed doing the project at my Bat Mitzvah. They
really enjoyed being creative with the pencils and writing the heartfelt notes
to the orphans.
What are your plans for the future,
i.e. life after Bat Mitzvah? I plan
to try and do mitzvahs every chance I get and try to help people whenever I
Anything else you would like to
share about your experience with Lev LaLev, Bat Mitzvah or Mitzvah Project? It was
a really great experience knowing that we were not only having a good time, but
also thinking about others. It made my Bat Mitzvah so much more meaningful.
Please share your advice for a girl looking
into doing a Mitzvah Project for her Bat Mitzvah. Do it,
because it gives you a great feeling and you will feel so great afterwards.
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tip: Join forces
have a close friend or cousin around your age? Consider having your Bat Mitzvahs
and/or doing a mitzvah project together. Now that the back to school season is
in full swing and everyone is settling back into a schedule, it is the perfect
time to plan a study date and brainstorming session on how you can utilize each
of your separate talents to develop a larger than life project. Check out what Bat
Mitzvah girls Noa and Naomi were able to do together: Click HERE
Lev LaLev Fund 14 Melnick Drive Monsey, NY 10952 www.LevLaLev.com
Lev LaLev is a Jewish Charity aiding the disadvantaged children at the Rubin-Zeffren Children's Home in Netanya, Israel. Your donation is tax deductible and helps build quality Jewish lives for Jewish orphans and underprivileged youth in Israel.