Ari Cohen becomes Bar Mitzvah
My name is Ari Cohen, and I’m a third gen. San Franciscan. I enjoy soccer, fishing, gardening, badminton, tennis, ping pong, basketball, friends, family, Magic the Gathering, art, reading comics and exploring the world including my neighborhood. I really enjoy bonding with my family doing the things I love, such as playing a “friendly” basketball game, or trying (and failing), to teach others how to play magic. This year, when I am having my Bar Mitzvah, I’ll be an eighth grader at Gateway Middle School and next year, I will enter high school!
My Bar Mitzvah is August 31st, and I have family and friends coming from Sweden, England, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area. No matter how near or far you came, I am thankful you are here to share this important milestone with me.
This week's Torah portion is called Re’eh which means “see.” The Israelites have been wandering in the desert, for almost 40 years, and just before they enter Israel, G-d tells Moses to give a speech to the Israelites. Moses’s first sentence in his big speech sets the tone: “See (Re’eh), I present before you today a blessing and a curse.” Either follow G-d’s commands and be blessed, or be cursed for failing to respect G-d. The people need to make choices and take action by themselves, because Moses will not always be there to lead them.
I want to thank my mamma and pappa, my sister Shana, my cousin Naomi, all my grandparents and the rest of my family and friends. I also want to thank the Rabbi Dan Ain, my tutor Noa Bar, my Hebrew teacher Sima Krames and Congregation Beth Sholom for supporting my Jewish education and friendships with others!