This morning we went to Laure’s Bat Mitzvah. Like her sister years ahead of her, the job she did was extremely excellent! I was moved by every aspect of the service. It was not a coincidence that the Bat Mitzvah was the first Shabbos after my biopsy report. This gave the rabbi the opportunity to “Bench Gomail,” a blessing for those who have recovered from a serious illness. I felt moved and comfortable in being in synagogue with my family and friends.
The reception at night was at the Viansa Winery in Sonoma County. It was an amazing setting, overlooking a 90 acre wetlands sponsored by the winery. The food and dancing were superb, and I found myself relating quite well with the people at our table and others. It was great fun!