Here I put all the summaries (that I wrote myself). There are summaries of my Parsha sections & Haftorah, and also my Barmitzvah prayer, which I also wrote. At the end of each section, I wrote a lesson I had learnt.
From this I can learn that by listening to G-Ds word and following his commandments, as Moses did, we will be respected by friends and foes alike (and hopefully live to 120!).
From this I can learn that the mitzvah of keeping Rosh Chodesh is very important, because if we did not know when to celebrate our festivals, we would not be able to celebrate them at all, and without our festivities we would not be the kind of people that we are now.
When your wicked son challenges the meaning of an offering to Hashem, he is trying to rebel, and not participate. We know that he is wicked because of the way he talks, asking why we even bother to celebrate the festival. We can prevent him from creating conflict by giving him a true and beneficial answer. This shows me that the wicked, who are always challenging the truth, can be purified (if not rebuked) with a true, g-dly answer. Even the evil can never succeed in finding fault in the words of Hashem.
A wicked and powerful man, Pharoah had his pride and arrogance torn to pieces by Moses and the plagues. Pharoah once had authority over Moses, but because of Pharoahs evil and Moses faith in Hashem, Pharoah crawled to Moses and begged for the suffering to end. From this I can learn that when one has faith in Hashem, he can defeat all his enemies as Moses did.
From this I can learn that we must always remember to wear tefillin, as they contain the Shema. This is a prayer that not only reminds us of our connection with Hashem, and the most basic principles of our religion, but also keeps in our mind that Hashem removed us from Egypt.
Haftara, Hashem warns the Prophet Yirmiyahu that the great forces of the Babylonian Empire
will come and strike Egypt.
He proclaims that the Egyptian Empire will be swept into exile by the invaders from the north. He warns that Egypt should make vessels, and prepare to leave their home, or else they shall be totally wiped out. The Babylonian army would be vaster than the locusts, which are without number. He says that they shall be exiled for their appalling treatment of the Jews throughout the years.
At this time the Jews were losing faith in Hashem and were interested only in them selves. Some even went so far as to reform to idolatry. The prophet warned that as the Egyptians would be invaded for their sins, so too would the Jews unless they returned to their faith, had compassion for each other and begged Hashem for forgiveness. He prophesizes the destruction of the temple and another exile, should the Jews continue the way they were headed. Unfortunately, the people did not heed his words and later suffered for it.
At the end of the Haftara, Yirmiyahu gave a comforting message, saying that as long as we, his people, serve him as we should, we shall survive through history and outlive or destroy all our enemies. Hashem is always with us, protecting us, watching over us from afar, and we have no reason to fear anything as long as Hashem is watching over us. If we all have enough faith, we can feel secure that no harm will come to us as servants of the lord.
Barmitzvah Prayer: (up)
Father & Father of all, on this day I stand before you at the gates of Adulthood. All
my life so far, my parents & teachers have been anticipating this single day, the day
I pass confidently through the gates and qualify as a bar mitzvah.
As a Jewish man, I have many new responsibilities. My parents are no longer responsible for my actions, they have given the burden to me. I gratefully accept this, along with all that must come with it. I can now be part of a minyan, and can now help make this congregation just a bit bigger & stronger.
Please help me by showing love, compassion, truth & wisdom. Strengthen the spirit inside me, so that I may always have faith in you, & from your knowledge & your torah may there spring forth kind deeds & needed services. Never let me look down in disgust at a fellow Jew, and do not let me be embarrassed by who I am. I sincerely hope that I always believe in you, and that throughout my life I constantly follow the ways of the torah. And should I ever come away from the path of righteousness, guide me back to where I belong and return me to your ways.
May I carry out my new role as well as my parents have, and may the good deeds of all bring closer the day of our redemption. Amen.
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