On October 26, 2019, we will be honoring and celebrating Abigail as she becomes a Bat Mitzvah, marking the moment she becomes responsible for performing mitzvot (commandments) and is recognized in the Jewish community as an adult with corresponding privileges and responsibilities. On this day, Abigail will be called to the Torah for her first time and given the honor of an aliyah, saying a blessing over the Torah reading.
Abigail's First Day
Eager to come into this world, Abigail was born one day early, but did make mom, dad, and lots of relatives wait for her arrival. Had she arrived on her due date (7-11), mom and dad may have had to name her Slurpee Ptacek. When she was born mom and dad knew for sure she was an Abigail…..Abigail Jordan. In the European Jewish tradition, a child is usually named after a family member who has passed on. Abigail’s Hebrew name is Esther Tziril, named after her two maternal great-grandmothers, Ceil (Tziril) Bashkoff and Gertie (Esther Gitel) Goldmark. Abigail was lucky to also be named honoring her two paternal great-grandfathers, Arthur Scott and Joseph Ptacek.
Family has always been important to Abigail. Family vacations to Disney are probably her favorite “family together time”. But sometimes a movie on the couch and a snuggle with mom and dad are just as good. Whether it's baking with Grandma Sue or shopping with Grandma Sheila, Abigail always enjoys her time with them. Any time with her cousins is a blast...movies, holidays, trips to Pennsylvania, dinner out, or video games...can’t be beat.
Abigail is looking forward to having all her family and friends celebrate this special day with her.
Judaism teaches the mitzvah of doing deeds of loving-kindness, giving of our time and/or money to others (tzedakah) and in the spirit of “repairing the world” (tikkun olam). A component of becoming a Bat Mitzvah includes participating in a “Mitzvah Project”. This means putting into action a project by volunteering or making contributions.
For Abigail’s Mitzvah Project, she will be continuing her annual backpack donation. Every year since she was 6, Abigail has been involved in delivering backpacks loaded with school supplies to children in local school districts. In more recent years, Abigail has worked with Grandma Sue and the Superintendent of a local school district to specifically deliver to children in that district. She enjoys hearing stories from the school principals after the children receive the backpacks. The backpacks and school supplies are paid for by saving loose change, smart shopping during and after school supply season, and donations from friends and family. Over the years, Abigail has increased the number of loaded backpacks and last year donated 35 backpacks. Abigail hopes that she will be able to continue to increase the number of backpacks and expects to deliver 50.