Sasha Nathan's Bat Mitzvah

Sasha Nathan becomes Bat Mitzvah



My name is Sasha Nathan and I am a 7th grader at Presidio Hill School in San Francisco. I love Circus Arts and in my free time like to read and draw, hang out with my friends, jump at House of Air, eat tacos and choose the next color to dye my hair. I also love to spend time with family watching movies, playing games and spending time in nature.

I have basically grown up at Congregation Beth Sholom, starting with preschool when I was not even two years old. My mother was Bat Mitzvahed at Beth Sholom. Now I’m days away from becoming a Bat Mitzvah myself and I am so excited!

I have learned and grown a lot preparing to become a Bat Mitzvah and I couldn’t have done it without my teachers, family and the CBS community. Special thanks to Noa Bar for being the best tutor and teacher I could ask for. Thanks also to Rabbi Ain for poking and prodding and getting me excited about learning Torah, and Rabbi Russell for giving amazing suggestions.

This week’s torah portion, Lech L’cha, is the third parsha in the book of Genesis. The parsha starts with G-d telling Avram Lech L’cha, go forth from your native land to a land that I will show you. It looks like blind trust when Avram just goes, but there is more to the story than you might think. This is similar to circus shows because all the crazy stunts of flipping and flying through the air look like blind trust without the knowledge that we are prepared. In reality, every little thing has been practiced over and over and over.

Avram’s family business was making and selling idols. He did not agree with his family and mocked their misplaced trust in the false idols. When he goes to Canaan for the first time, he is rising above the illusions of the fake idols.

If you want to hear the full story and learn how you can rise up in your life, I hope to see you on Shabbat to share more thoughts about Lech L’cha. Thank you for joining me and my family on this special day.