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28 October 2004 @ 04:30 am
Families meeting at Mt. Zion  

This evening, Susan and I met Gavi at shul after her Hebrew school class and attended a meeting there with all the sixth-graders and their families. It was kind of a "kick-off" or introductory meeting for the next year or so in which all of the now-sixth-graders will become bar or bat mitzvah. Both Rabbis and both Cantors were there—they took turns explaining expectations and timing and answering some questions. It looks like it's going to be a busy year for us—especially for Gavi.

And now I run out of things to say. How do you folks do those breezy, chatty posts about what happened to you today? Oh well, I guess I'll keep trying and someday I'll maybe get better at it. I guess it's more likely I will if I keep trying to write regularly than if I just sit and think about doing so…

Current Mood: tiredtired
Peter Hentgesjbru on October 28th, 2004 05:24 am (UTC)
One way I keep myself reporting my daily activities is to forget that anyone is reading them. For me, it is at least partially a way to build up memory of the day's events for myself. So I don't try to be breezy and chatty ... I try more to be journalistic. Sometimes, the muse grabs me and something more poetic spills out, but I just let that happen as it may.

I'm interested in hearing what is involved in the education and training of someone for bar/bat mitzvah. I'm somewhat familiar with Catholic confirmation as I had friends in school that went through that, but have only pop culture knowledge of the Jewish rites of passage. (There's a party, right? And a young man reads from the Torah? What's different for a young lady?)
the laughing leaping waterminnehaha on October 28th, 2004 07:38 am (UTC)
It depends on the shul for girls. In orthodox synagogues, the girls aren't allowed to read, so their "big day" is a much smaller affair. Gavi will read, I am certain.

There's the reading and then there's the party, which in my experience involves speeches from the family about how proud they are of their son. The bar mitzvah I went to involved separate dancing (line dancing) for the men and women.

I thought this was something for 13-y-olds, though, and Gav is just short of 12.

No doubt Fred will explain.

Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on November 10th, 2004 03:45 am (UTC)

No doubt Fred will explain.

No doubt at all. In fact, I'll try to explain a number of bits about it in my LJ as time goes on—I've already scanned some of our shul's handouts about it all, but I want to give that an edit before I upload it. For now I'll say:
— yes, Gavi will be going up to the bimah to read.
— yes, it is for 13-year-olds (about which more later) but being called to read (more later) requires about a year of somewhat more intensive preparation than just normal Hebrew and religious school classes, which is why it's starting now.

songs in the key of mechorus on October 28th, 2004 05:32 am (UTC)
Whoa. Gavi's in sixth grade?

*peers around, looking for Time*
Fred A Levy Haskellfredcritter on November 10th, 2004 03:46 am (UTC)

Oh, what I want to know...
does the time go?


gomeza on October 28th, 2004 06:25 am (UTC)
re; Gavi, etc: Do you know that after all these years of hanging around con-suites talking, or listening to you play (which, I admit, it about 90% of my exposure to you and Susan) I had no idea you were Jewish? This is why I participate in LJ. I ponder how time seems to move faster the older we get. Is it that we are living and moving more slowly than we did when we were young? Do we think slower as well, causing our perception of time to be processed at greater intervals? Anyway, watching other fen-spawn grow up is a wee bit disturbing only because it forces me to pay attention to "how time flies". I look around at my friends' kids and think, "geez, it seems like only yesterday you were crawling, and now you're driving and getting a degree". Eep!

re; journaling or blogging: I'm not sure how I do it. I type _very_ fast, which helps of course, making it easier to put onto er, "paper", anything my brain spews out. I tend to write in conversational tones. And I tend not to worry much about what I "should" write, or what people might find interesting. And I tend to be pretty chatty in any channel of communication - I like to talk a lot. :)
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of Geri's Fredfredcritter on November 10th, 2004 03:56 am (UTC)

I had no idea you were Jewish

Not surprising. It's a little more obvious these days since I tend to wear a kippah whenever I'm not at home, but even so I don't think I've ever made a big deal out of being Jewish. And, you know, I guess I don't really "look Jewish." Whatever that means.

This is why I participate in LJ.

Indeed. It doesn't seem to do as good a job of letting me get to know people as Minneapa and AZAPA (and other apas (not to mention genzines)) used to, but they're not around any more (and I'm not sure I have the stamina for pubbing my ish these days anyway). And it is better than being out of contact altogether. Seems to me. So here we are, eh?

Pigletporcinea on October 28th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC)
I don't even bother. I can't do breezy/chatty, either.

But people read for all kinds of reasons, not just for daily chattiness and life details.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of Geri's Fredfredcritter on November 10th, 2004 04:00 am (UTC)

people read for all kinds of reasons

Ah, good point. And people write for all kinds of reasons as well. Even so, I guess I'd still like to be able to generate a little more "what's going on with me and mine" than I do, since it's so much fun looking back at my old apazines where my style and habits and the context seemed to allow me to comfortably put more of that in. You know, sort of like someday I'd like to be able to look back at my LJ stuff and smile....

Haniahaniaw on October 28th, 2004 10:39 am (UTC)
I find that if I think about it too much, I'll never say anything.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on November 10th, 2004 04:02 am (UTC)

So I asked the centipede how he could keep from getting all those legs tangled up when he walked....

Yeah. Point taken.

Haniahaniaw on November 10th, 2004 10:09 pm (UTC)

I have also found that some entries that I think about a lot or spend a lot of time writing get very few comments. And then the ones where I whip off a line or two on impulse end up triggering a lot of comments and conversation.

Go figure....