Friday, July 18, 2008

Bat Mitzvah

Going to press now, I have discovered that I drew the prayer shawl in several different versions. Nothing like advertising my ignorance. As soon as I post this, I'll do some research.












21 comments:

Selma said...

What a joy it is to visit you each and every time. Wonderful drawings. You really made me appreciate the sacredness and beauty of the ceremony.

laughingwolf said...

excellent post, thank you

EMBELLISHER said...

My knowledge of Judaism is only from movies - fiddler on the roof, so you can see its practically zero. Nice little insight, I like the custom of pelting someone with candy and I didn't know women wore yarmulks ( the little caps-did I get that right)and prayer shawls.So many questions....

Terry said...

Caroline, Scout and I are going to a Bat Mitzvah tomorrow morning!

Anonymous said...

HI Caroline,

Great post, as usual! My son's brother is having his Bar Mitzvah next weekend (we can't be there, unfortunately, but he is expecting 90 other guests, so I don't think he'll miss us).

Beth

Lana Gramlich said...

I'm trying to remember the prayer shawl my brother wore during his Bar Mitzvah...I can't believe I don't recall & unfortunately, he's got the pictures.
At our temple only the males could wear the shawl. There was no salt water taffy, either. Our Rabbi told us very sternly that we weren't to actually TOUCH the Torah, although we were supposed to pretend to be holding one of the handles. To my chagrin & utter horror, the part of the Torah I was pretending to hold during my reading rolled right off the podium & thudded on the floor. Although I regretted it for many reasons, it would never have happened had I been allowed to hold the darned handle!

bobbie said...

"Emersonians" That sounds rather wonderful.

I've never been to a Bat Mitzvah.
"May you know your strength and share it with all around you". I love that.

Your drawings are brilliant, as always. Thank you, Caroline.

Balisha said...

Love these drawings.As I was reading...I wondered what the salt water taffy was for. I never heard of pelting with sweets. What a great tradition.

Ginnie said...

Another winning post, Caroline. I attended a Bar Mitzvah years ago when I was in College and loved it.

ellen said...

This is wonderful. (What's new?? They are always wonderful)
I love, "May you know your strength and share it with all around you". I wish someone had said that to me years ago.Knowing that as a young woman, one can possess strength and that it is a gentle gift to be shared with others. Such a powerful message.

Sacred Suzie said...

How beautiful! It's been a long time since I went to a Bat Mitzvah but I remember what a special celebration and ritual it was. I was very honoured to go. It sounds like you really connected with that faith and it brought you joy, what a beautiful thing to happen.

Mary said...

Carolyn, I've never been to a Bat Mitzvah until now. Too tired to read and absorb blogs lately, but you always make me think and smile. Your portrayal of yourself is priceless!

I'm Catholic - worked as a registrar in a private Catholic high school in MD for 15 years. The religious studies department focused on Church History and Catholic faith and you know what? The most popular elective was Jewish Studies - a requirement for Jewish students but open to all. We all loved Rabbi Block - a tremendous person and teacher. Now I'm wondering how he is... He was a good friend.

That salt water taffy illustration is wonderful.

Mary

Carol said...

Hope you don't mind me coming over to say hello :-) I really appreciated your visit to my blog.

My question of the day. Why on earth haven't I discovered your blog before? It's absolutely delightful! I love it.

Sacred Suzie said...

Caroline, I'm going to respond here and let you know that you got what I was trying to do with my dreamboard EXACTLY. I didn't want to use marketing images, I wanted it to be completely organic and my own creation. Thank you for seeing that, it meant so much to me. And the words you pointed out were the words that meant the most too. Wonderful!

Jamie said...

"May you know your strength and share it with all around you".

Oh, I wish every youg girl was told that as she came of age. That brought tears to my eyes.

lila said...

You have such a lovely way of sharing your heritage!
I have been to a bar mitzvah, once.
It was a moving ritual.

Laurie said...

I finally found you again! My hard drive failed and I lost all my favorites. I am so happy I came across you at Ginnie's blog.

Your art is truly is amazing and getting more so all the time. The faces have such personality, there is such movement in your work. I absolutely love it.

I need to catch up now, so off I go to read what all I've missed.

Big I've missed you so hugs,
Laurie

Flying Dingo said...

This is just so beautiful. I like your style of illustrating and telling. Not too many words! The one of the rabbi carrying the Torah is powerful. I found you on "Faraway, Nearby." I'll be back.

freebird said...

I'm late getting over here. I don't quite know what makes me so busy!

This is a great story told in your animated style. I wish my church was so open to change, especially where women are concerned. Pelting with sweets sure sounds like a woman's take on a tradition that was probably male. Thankyou, thankyou.

Jamie Young said...

You really captured the feeling of the event. Thank you for sharing it. Great drawings and blog! Glad you could come!
Soleil's Dad

The Zaftig Thespian said...

What a wonderful way to become a b'nai Torah! I hope my B'nai Mitzvah is just as wonderful!

-Zaftige