While I was practising (or struggling) with my bat mitzvah portion recently, my rabbi, Carmit Harari, made a comment that stuck with me. She said, “It doesn’t matter what you do with your portion. The most important part is you are engaging with your tradition.”
That comment stuck a chord again when I was debating what to write as a post today. When Marty Chan challenged me on Twitter to combine my thoughts about my bat mitzvah and my role on the Edmonton Journal’s Community Advisory Board, I had to think how they were related. Rabbi Harari’s words fit like a glove.
If you asked me a year ago what was a hashtag, a tweet or a retweet, I would have looked at you blankly.
As a member of the CPRS Edmonton chapter, I decided to attend a luncheon in December 2008 that focused on the topic of social media. Walter Schwabe of fusedlogic was the guest speaker. Schwabe said one line that sold me on Twitter – (to paraphrase) if you aren’t on it, you are out of the game.