I wish for you to be a person of character. Strong, but not tough. Gentle, but not weak.
I wish for you to be righteous, but not self-righteous. Honest, but not unforgiving.
Wherever you journey, may your steps be firm and may you walk in just paths and not be afraid.
Whenever you speak, may your words be words of wisdom and friendship.
May your hands build and your heart preserve what is good and beautiful in our world.
May the voices of generations of our people move through you and may the God of our ancestors be your God as well.
May you know that there is a people, a rich heritage, to which you belong and from that sacred place you are connected to all who dwell on the earth.
May the stories of our people be upon your heart and grace of the Torah rhythm and dance in your soul.
-Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
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Bar and Bat Mitzvah
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