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.