Celebration season is underway!

From Shavuot (Pentacost) until the fast of 17 Tammuz (= July 19, 2011) weddings here are in full swing.  There will be a three week break where weddings don't take place until after the fast of 9 Av (= Aug. 9, 2011).  Then we'll be back into wedding mode before the run up to the Jewish High Holidays at the end of September.

Not so with Bar Mitzvahs, which take place three times a week, pretty much no matter what.  Mondays and Thursdays are the main days for these celebrations at venues around the country, the main one being at The Western Wall - The Kotel.

Our most recent celebration was a Bar Mitzvah which went off without a hitch.  The family visiting from England was thrilled.  The day before we took them to buy a unique Tallit for the Bar Mitzvah boy (and one for his younger brother who will be Bar Mitzvahed next year), after which we toured The Old City and learned about much of Jerusalem's history.  The Service was beautiful, brunch was delicious and everyone had a smile on their face.  Most of all the Bar Mizvah boy, who can now relax.