Luka Ehrensaft-Oh's Bar Mitzvah

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Shalom! My name is Luka Ehrensaft-Oh, and I am a 7th grader at The Brandeis School of San Francisco. On March 30, 2019, I have the honor of being called to the Torah to become a Bar Mitzvah.

At school, I really enjoy math, writing, and being with my friends. Outside, of school, I like to skateboard, draw, and play the guitar. I have a brother named Finn, an adorable dog named Ruby, and 2 amazing, loving parents. My bar mitzvah is Shabbat Parah, a special Shabbat that precedes Pesach. Parshat Shemini is interesting because it tells the story of the deaths of Nadab and Abihu, two of Aaron’s sons who were consumed in flames for offering "alien fire" before G-d. This has taught me a lot about the importance of respecting people’s roles, and I will talk more about other rabbis’ thoughts as well as mine on this in my Drash.

Preparing for my Bar Mitzvah has been a challenging process, and I couldn’t have done it alone. I would like to thank my parents for always pushing me to get in some practice time, Rabbi Ain for helping me through the process of writing my Drash, and my wonderful tutor, Randy Weiss, for all the FaceTime lessons and helping me learn everything I need to know on the day of my Bar Mitzvah, as well as the potato chips and cookies. I would also like to thank all my wonderful friends for supporting me every single day, and for the many laughs we have shared together. I look forward to seeing all of you at my Bar Mitzvah.