This past Saturday, White Anglo Saxon Protestant me and my fair-haired children went to our first Bar Mitzvah.
Here are some things I observed:
My children were the only naturally fair-haired people there. Oh, there were other bottle blondes, like, ehm, yours truly, but my kids kind of stood out.
So did my coworker next to whom we sat. She and her family were the only African Americans there.
Did you know that the first 45 minutes or so is just recitations of scripture and you don't have to get there right on time? I did not. We got there right on time and may have seated ourselves before we were supposed to.
Did you know that the Torah is backwards? I made it 36 years without ever knowing this. As such, I just could not get the hang of turning the pages. The Boy was having fits of giggle watching me before he finally just turned the pages for me.
Did you also know that these things last for over 2 hours? I did not know this. We missed the luncheon after because we had to skirt out to get to The Boy's basketball game. We were still late, missing pictures and forcing him to play with no lunch! D'oh!
Teachers, when getting together after hours, will make complete fools of themselves!
I think I need to meet more Jewish people! *grins*
In all seriousness, I was honored to be invited and attend. I was grateful to expose my children to a religion other than their own. The Rabbi was aware that there were many friends in attendance who were not Jewish and was helpful in leading us along as he went.
As we listened to the Hebrew reading of the 10 commandments I was able to help my children follow along in English. They were able to see that we are not so very different... a wonderful teaching moment.
Since the boy...err..man of honor has a brother just one year younger, I'll be better prepared next year! *grins*