Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Orli's bat mitzvah

Last night finally came. Orli has been counting down since Liat's bat mitzvah, almost four years ago. She was practically busting with excitement.

Orli's hair.

My feet. Heel spur killed me.

An uninvited guest.

This is what happens when you give your a kid the camera and tell her to be creative.

Here's my speech (Isaac's is in the car. If he brings it up, I'll post it, otherwise, trust me, it was nicely done). Feel free to skip it and scroll straight to dessert.

Orli, 12 years ago you came into this world and immediately made us feel like a complete family. Is it because you were our third daughter and needed to somehow gain our attention that you developed a fantastic sense of humor almost as soon as you could talk? Whatever the reason, Orli, you have kept us laughing for nearly 12 years. You've also evoked other emotions, but we won't go into those on your special day.

As Abba mentioned, when were here visiting several years ago, you chose the Pasuk כי אשב בחושך ה אור לי--"When I sit in darkness, G-d is my light"--to engrave on a necklace we were buying you. When I did a little search (Google, where else?), I found that the source for this Pasuk is in מיכה ז:ז [Micah, the prophet], but is added on in many Sefardic communities to Chana's prayer as an opening to their morning services.

As you may remember, Orli, Chana was the mother of Shmuel HaNavi (Samuel the Prophet), who gave her son to the service of G-d. When she brought Shmuel to Eli HaCohen she offered up a beautiful supplication exalting G-d and His Greatness for blessing her with a son. Your Pasuk, Orli, was aptly added onto Chana's praise. "When I sit in darkness, G-d is my light". What beautiful, comforting words.

I do not have the eloquence of Chana, Orli, but I can say this: G-d has sent you to us, our light. May you always be as luminous as you are today; May you always shine with laughter and humor and follow in his ways.


Party's over. :-)

Oh wait, I almost forgot. What would this post be without a picture of the girls?:

May we all celebrate many, many happy occasions!


SuperRaizy said...

Oh, this is the kind of post I like! Nothing but happiness!
Mazal Tov on your daughter's Bat Mitzvah. It looks like a fun party, and your speech was beautiful. Please tell Orli that her hair looked fabulous.

Karen A said...

Mazel Tov, Baila and Isaac, on this wonderful occasion. May you continue to get nachas from your girls.
They look beautiful from their necks down!

ilanadavita said...

Thanks for sharing this happy time with us. Great speech!

Jack said...

Mazal Tov!

Robin said...

What a fun looking party for such a fun sounding girl - and with gorgeous curls too!

Congratulations and much nachat to all of you.

RivkA with a capital A said...


Our son's Bar Mitzvah is rapidly approaching!!!