I’ve always been interested in finding new ways to approach things and finding ways to be creative.
I enjoy collecting quotes and reading the creative ways a simple twist of language becomes inspirational.
Speaking of quotes, here’s one that relates to my parsha, Vayishlach, “We are strangers. Again.”
Ya’akov was afraid of what would happen, but not afraid to leap into the unknown. He doesn’t run away, but instead he divides his camp into two.
First, he sends Esav presents. Ya’akov is always thinking outside the box…
Then, on the night before he was about to confront Esav, as he crosses the river, Ya’akov fights with a stranger – we’re not sure if it’s a man or an angel – but he prevails.
Some say that Ya’akov was actually wrestling with himself. Maybe he was struggling to overcome old fears and find new approaches to the situation he was facing.
In school we’re reading a book called “Out of My Mind.” It’s about a girl who can barely move or talk. Only her mother can understand her but they didn’t give up trying to communicate. Finally, they learned about a new technology, a machine, that she could use to speak for her. It’s a great example of being open minded when searching for solutions to seemingly impossible problems.
Now that I am a Bat Mitzvah, I hope that I can help find creative solutions to many problems that people face.
For my mitzvah project, I did just that. I held a bake sale to raise money for the Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County and raised nearly a thousand dollars. I’ve also been volunteering at the Food Bank to help organize the food in their storage room which I will be doing periodically throughout the year.