A Bat Mitzvah Mitzvah

September 21, 2015

 

Hi people! 

So here I find myself, in my kitchen, pulling out a laptop and composing my first blog post, for the amazing people at Meketa, but since I’ve never blogged before, I’m not promising anything!

 

So, I’m Elliana, but I guess since we’re going to be hearing a lot about each other from now on, you can call me Ellie :). I’m 12, and currently preparing for my Bat Mitzvah (A Jewish coming of age ceremony, for those of you who don’t know), which is in November. So now for the reason that you’re sitting here wondering why some random girl who actually has a kitchen, and access to a laptop, unlike the people you would expect to be blogging on here. Well, it’s a funny story actually…

 

I guess it all started when my Mum and I were discussing ordering kippot for my Bat Mitzvah. She had slaved away, scrolling through endless websites in search for the perfect kippot, until finally (drumroll please), in the whirlwind of Bat Mitzvah preparation and glitter, she bumped into a random lady. This woman was raving about her amazing kippot that had just been delivered all the way from Ethiopia. The charity was called Meketa, and she continued to gush about how they were handmade in a Jewish village called Gondar. This interested us, as it tied in with one of my ancestors, who came from Ethiopia, or so I’ve been told. As I listened to her, I realized what an amazing idea this was, and decided to check out the website. Long story short, by the end of the day, I was as hung up about it as her.

 

But I didn’t want to stop there. After finding out so much about the charity, and the village that these people live in, I wanted to get all-in involved. Since my parents politely declined my proposal to move to Ethiopia, I decided on the next best option. All around the house, on a daily basis, I’m going to be scurrying around doing various chores, such as ironing or washing up, and my parents are going to essentially ‘pay me’, except all the money I earn is going to go to someone in that village. I’m paying for a child’s schoolbooks and uniform, and helping with their education. I get to send letters to this person, and I’m hoping to develop a relationship with him/her. I was thrilled enough already, until I received an email asking for me to write an actual genuine blog for the Meketa website! I can honestly say that so far, this is the most meaningful thing I’ve done in all my 12 years of life, and I’m so excited to get started, even if it isn’t really much compared to the difficulties these families must be facing, but I want to help as much as I can. I can’t wait to update you on all my little adventures, and I promise next time, I’ll come back with an Ethiopian ancestry investigation, for all of you to enjoy. So I guess this is the end, until next time.

Signing off,

-Ellie :)

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