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November 25, 2008 at 4:14 PM

Bar mitzvah donation

There are many healing the world

Not to take anything away from Ben Dewhurst, but it is hardly unusual [“Mercer Island teen opts for charity at his bar mitzvah,” Living, Nov. 22].

These days, most kids who have a bar or bat mitzvah will opt to direct gifts to some nonprofit that interests them. Thirteen years ago, our daughter raised $25,000 for the Hutch [Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center] by asking those invited to her bat mitzvah to make a contribution to cancer research instead of giving her a gift, because her grandfather and next-door neighbor had both died from cancer.

In addition, many bar and bat mitzvah kids have a mitzvah project where they engage in a service project or effort of some kind.

Tikkun Olam (translated: healing the world) is a central tenet of Judaism. Most bar and bat mitzvah kids incorporate some aspect of that as part of their rite of passage.

Good story on Ben, but only one of thousands like it.

— Skip Kotkins, Seattle

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