If you ask a secular Israel on the street what is
Tu B’av (a mini-holiday which falls on Aug 3, 2012), he will inevitably answer, “The Holiday of Love.” And, in fact, there
is an aspect of love in the holiday, because it was today that the tribe of
Binyamin, some 2900 years ago, was allowed entry back into the Jewish People in an unusual, mass-engagement ceremony.
|Tovia leading the Maariv prayer service for the first time in his life. The proud father (me) looks on.|
Now I reach the cherry on top of the whipped cream that everyone likes. The Thank you’s.
First of all, thank you to G-d for all the good which surrounds me, my family, my friends, my grandparents and parents.
And to you my good friends, thank you for participating in my simcha!
|Bar Mitzvah boy Tovia on top of the pyramid|
To my family – I remind you that I am the youngest Bar Mitzvah of this generation. I am the youngest grandchild on both sides. So take advantage of this event, and remember it for the rest of your life, because in it we are sealing off the generation.
I hope that your gifts to me reflect this added importance.
To my Uncles and Aunts, you are the greatest. You have watched me grow from the side. From now on, I am responsible for my own deeds.
As I reflect on my own extensive experience as an uncle to many nephews and nieces, I can say that being an uncle is not always an easy task. Uncles and Aunts have a lot of work, and for this I thank you.
To my brothers and sisters, thank you for all you have given me and done for me. Your brotherly love will stay with me for my entire life. Thank for being by my side, for supporting me, and for criticizing me, both constructive and non-constructive criticism.
And last but not least my parents who have brought me to this stage in my life. To Ima who carried me for nine months in her stomach, and to Abba who helped her and prayed for my success. For the giving of all these years, and the education. Thank you.
Thank you for the times you said “no,” and thank you even more for the times you said, “yes.” Thank you for the merit to grow up in your home.