Aaron's Bar Mitzvah

April 29th, 2021 - Beverly Hills, CA

Below is a virtual album of images and a short video that will always remind us of this special day with Aaron. We hope you enjoy the poems and jewish passages in this collection.
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I
Let us ask that we be cheerful, kind and friendly;
That we seek the good in all, the hatred in none;
That we try never to criticise, make no promise we cannot keep, That we be loyal to our community, our family and our friends; That we be calm in times of trouble, think before we speak; Hold on to our temper when things go wrong;
And every day by word or deed, in some unselfish way,
May we try to make someone happy.
And may the Almighty help us to see our prayers answered.

II
Each generation is challenged to pursue peace.
Some meet that challenge better than others.
If peace eludes us, we must ask if it is because of Circumstances beyond our control,
Or because our attitudes interfere with its realization.
When we are cynical instead of idealistic, do we not Interfere with peace?
We work for peace when we believe it is an ideal.
When we are filled with despair instead of faith,
Do we not interfere with peace?
We gain the strength for peace by joining with others.
To those who claim that peace is not possible, we say:
People who believe in nothing, change nothing for the better. We must risk believing in peace and work for its achievement.
III
This is our legacy from the past. This is our gift to the future.
IV
Ask about the great mysteries of the universe, the vast unknown, the hidden and secret, the perplexing and as yet unanswered questions of life and death.
Ask about the purpose of existence and about your own prupose, your task, your mission here in this lifetime on earth.
Ask for a melding, a unity, with all that is wise, all that is beautiful, all that is meaningful. Ask that a measure of all of God’s positive attributes be reflected in you.
Ask the way toward health and well-being.
Ask for guidance and good counsel.
Ask for wisdom and enlightenment, harmony and inner peace.
Ask to be bathed in God’s light; and ask to be a reflector of God’s light.
And then listen.
V
Listen very carefully, because God answers. God’s talk can come in many different ways. You may hear God’s voice
Or you may hear the voice of one of God’s angels.
Or you may hear the voice of one of your spirit guides.
Or you may hear your own voice - the voice that you think is yours, but that may really be God’s
Or you may hear your own thoughts--the thoughts that you think are yours but that may really be God’s Or you may hear God-inspired words or thoughts that come through your hand to paper or canvas.
Or you may hear God through the sounds of silence.
Or you may see God’s word in a dram or a vision.
Or you may see God reflected in the face of another.
Or, looking in the mirror, you may see God reflected in your own face.
VI
You may experience God through what seems to be chance or coincidence, and you will know that, for God, there is no such thing as chance or coincidence.
VII
Help us be modest in our demands of one another, but generous in our giving to each other.
May we never measure how much love or encouragement we offer, may we never count the times we forgive.
Rather, may we always be grateful that we have one another and that we are able to express our love in acts of kindness.
VIII
Bless our family and our community of loved ones with health, happiness and contentment. Above all, grant us the wisdom to build a joyous and peaceful home in which the awareness of Your presence will always abide.
IX
Hold on to faith; it is the source of believing that all things are possible. It is the fiber
and strength of a confident soul.
Hold on to hope; it banishes doubt and enables attitudes to be positive and cheerful.
Hold on to trust; it is at the core of fruitful relationships that are secure and content.
Hold on to love; it is life's greatest gift of all, for it shares, cares and gives meaning to life. Hold on to family and friends; they are the most important people in your life, and they make the world a better place. They are your roots and the beginnings that you grew from;
they are the vine that has grown through time
to nourish you, help you on your way,
and always remain close by.
X
Hold on to all that you are and all that you have learned, for these things are what make you unique. Don't ignore what you feel and what you believe
is right and important; your heart has a way
of speaking louder than your mind.
Hold on to your dreams; achieve them diligently and honestly. Never take the easy way or
surrender to deceit. Remember others on your way, and take time to care for their needs.
Enjoy the beauty around you.
Have the courage to see things differently and clearly. Make the world a better place one day at a time,
and don't let go of the important things that
give meaning to your life.