Leo Kessler's Bar Mitzvah on December 22


My name is Leo Kessler. I attend A.P Giannini Middle School, and I am in seventh grade. I like to play basketball with my friends, and to skate freestyle around the city.

This weekend I will be sharing a very special day with my family, friends and congregation when I am called to the Torah to become a Bar Mitzvah. I think becoming a Bar Mitzvah is about taking in the differences of being a kid to becoming an adult. To elaborate, it’s the understanding of the fact that you have crossed a threshold and now things will never be the same.

There is also the fact that in order to totally understand this ceremony, you literally have to take away a lesson from your speech and use it. I’ll be digging deep into the story of Joseph, to see the transitions that he made from being a scared kid in a pit to being a leader. Joseph’s life between the worlds of the Israelites and the Egyptians can be related to today’s B'nai Mitzvah.

I’d like to thank Rabbi Elisheva and Rabbi Ain, for guiding me straight to this event and never giving up on me. Thanks to my former teachers, Jacob Erez and Randy Weiss, for creating the foundations of my Hebrew learning in order to get me ready for this day.