On the Friday night before each student’s bar or bat mitzvah, the rabbi, in a simple and private ritual, speaks to the b’nai mitzvah child about the importance of Torah in the Jewish community and how Jews have protected the Torah. The rabbi gives the child the Torah to take home and care for until the next morning, when he or she returns for their service of becoming a bar/bat mitzvah.
The presence of the Torah at home creates a sense of calm and a sacred time for the family. The students create a unique connection to the Torah they bring home and talk about it afterward.
Grade levels: 7
Learners: Children (pre-B’nai Mitzvah), Parents
Every bar/bat mitzvah is given the opportunity to take the Torah home. No one has yet declined.
Year Implemented: 2014
Temple Kol Tikvah
Woodland Hills, CA
B’nai Mitzvah each year: 40