In the beginning …
We are sisters. Judy lives with her family
in Israel; I live with mine
in the United States.
When Judy’s children reached the age of Bar and Bat Mitzvah, the whole family
flew over to Israel
and joined their friends in marking the events.
We liked the low key atmosphere of religious observance and receptions in
Israel. We liked feeling connected to the land, its people, and
especially, the emotionally-moving ordinariness of Bar and
Bat Mitzvah celebrations.
These are events that most families in Israel enjoy, not the
minority of families, as in the United States.