By living a proud Jewish life, not only can I fulfil my own purpose, but I can fulfil the hopes and dreams of those souls who never had the chance to do so themselves.
Talia baked 170 cupcakes today and they will be distributed by her tomorrow to all those that sponsored her, as well as some spare ones to the care home where her Grandma lives.
I have decided to twin with a young victim of the Holocaust who, tragically, was unable to celebrate this milestone in Jewish life, and who happens to be a distant relative of mine.
Rebeka Grosbard was born in Belgium on 16 January 1936. She died in Auschwitz at the age of 7 having been turned over to the Nazis with her sister by a Gentile family who had been hiding them.
Today I am wearing the memorial pin as a tribute to her and the family of my late Grandpa Harry Grossbard who was from Belgium. Most of his family perished in the Holocaust.
Rebeka Grosbard never grew old enough to have a Batmitzvah. Yet, from this day on I will become the Guardian of her memory and will ensure she is not forgotten. For me, this is part of the symbol of my faith in G-d and the spiritual journey I am about to enter as a Batmitzvah girl. By living a proud Jewish life, not only can I fulfil my own purpose, but I can fulfil the hopes and dreams of those souls who never had the chance to do so themselves. I can continue the life of those holy souls by doing as many mitzvot as I possibly can. This is because not only are we connected to souls that are alive, but also souls from previous generations.