On a Monday night, my mom and I were sitting down for dinner and we were chatting about the bat mitzvah. We were going over the details and what still needed to be done. I mentioned I still needed to write what I was going to say during the service. At the table, I realized that when I become a bat mitzvah, I could help make the world a better place.
Most people in this world take a while to find their voice, to figure out what they think and how they want to express it, but that’s never been you.
You’ve always been opinionated; you’ve always had a voice. A clear voice, and a clear point of view.
My blessing to all of you is to always stay healthy and proud of who you are, no matter what. We shall let G-d help us with any challenge in our ways. What I want to give you is actually something you’ve already claimed formally for yourself today, and that is your identity as a bat mitzvah—a daughter of the commandments—a woman with Jewish heritage and Jewish identity.
When a Jewish girl becomes a bat mitzvah, they get their full strength and become a young adult. As a bat mitzvah girl, I will keep on learning the Torah and all the mitzvahs, too. I would like to thank my family and friends for being here for me whenever I needed it.
My Bat Mitzva will be held in Young Israel of Tampa. As part of my Bat Mitzvah, we will be baking Challah. I also want to add that I was born by a dollar of the [Lubavitcher] Rebbe, given to my parents by Shaliach [Chabad emissary] in Montreal.
—Hannah (Chana) Miriam Katz