Rafi’s Pride at his Bar Mitzvah

Rafi and his twin sister were born after years and years of fertility treatments. It’s wonderful, but Rafi struggles with the fact that his father is in his mid-60s. All of his friends have younger parents and the 13-year old is embarrassed of his own, often referring to his father as his grandfather.

“Rafi’s story is far more complex than it appears,” the school’s principal explains. “Rafi has acute ADHD. He has turned his own frustration on his father, who has always found it difficult to discipline the son he so longed for.”

Beyond these personal issues, the family is also facing struggling financially. Rafi’s father has been unemployed for a long time and his mother works sporadically at part-time jobs.

So, when it came to Rafi’s Bar Mitzvah, the family gratefully welcomed the offer made to them by Boys Town Jerusalem to hold it at the school. For Rafi, this meant introducing his friends to his father. Although he was apprehensive at first, when it came to the day of his Bar Mitzvah, Rafi exuded confidence.

Rafi led the morning service with his father at his side. It was a proud moment for both of them.

“Honoring your father and your mother is one of the most crucial commandments in the Torah, and one which will enrich your own life as it enriches that of your parents. You and your sister are their crowning glory, and giving them honour will open the path to the greatness you are destined to reach.” Jewish Studies Principal Rabbi Elimelech Yaakov spoke to Rafi during the reception.

Thanks to our supporters, Rafi and his family were able to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah without any financial constraints. Your donations make a difference. Click here to find out more about our Bar Mitzvah programme.