Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Yoni and the yad

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Y is for Yoni this ABC Wednesday.
Yonatan, also known as Jonathan, is a dear relative who became a bar mitsvah on December 24.
Here he is trying on his beautiful new tallit (prayer shawl).

Rabbi Konstantyn of the Tel Aviv International Synagogue Congregation Beth El made us promise not to take pictures during the bar mitsvah ceremony because it was to be on the Sabbath day.

So we, just a few family members, went to the empty synagogue on the Thursday before, when photography IS permitted, and I asked Yoni to pretend he was reading from the Torah scroll.

He did well (but couldn't hold back a smile).
He is pretending to hold the yad, the silver pointer used to keep one's place when chanting the Torah portion.
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Mazal tov, Yoni!
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16 comments:

VP said...

Nice portraits with an amusing story... It happens quite often for wedding and other ceremonies!

Petrea Burchard said...

Congratulations, Yoni! Hard work pays off.

SH -ic said...

love it being ,,naughty ,, ..can imagine .. ..

photowannabe said...

Mazol Tov to Yoni too.

photowannabe said...

Oops, I spelled it wrong. Mazal tov!!

Leif Hagen said...

Mazal tov, Yoni! Fun to see him in this special, important ceremony! Bravo!

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Roger Owen Green said...

mazel tov, indeed!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Cloudia said...

yad or yod, matters not;
A beautiful young man starting out in life. All the best to him! L'chaim!


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Oakland Daily Photo said...

Is he not also wearing a Yarmulke?

You all must feel so proud to witness this important ceremony.

Dina said...

Thanks, friends.

Oakland DP, oh yes, you're right! Thanks. I forgot that one. I guess because modern Jews call it by the Hebrew name, kippah, and not so much by the old Yiddish work yarmulke.

Robin said...

He looks like a very proud young man. Mazal tov to Yoni and to all of your family!

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Theanne said...

Indeed, Mazal Tov Yoni! Wishing you an excellent life!

Rob and Mandy said...

Mazal tov, have a good and full life.

Spiderdama said...

Very nice pictures and grats to Yoni!

Kay said...

Beautiful, Dina! Remember when the girls were taking violin lessons and you told me that Yonatan was the Hebrew song for the melody Lightly Row. My Jonathan thought that was so cool.

JM said...

Yoni looks proud!