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A Bat-Mitzvah is much much more than just reading out of the Torah for the very first time. It's about finally being given the responsibilities an adult would have in the Jewish community. As an adult in this community, I am now able to help my community by doing mitzvot. Mitzvot are good deeds or commandments. Through my actions, I am now responsible for making a difference by helping to repair the world (a Jewish value known as Tikkun Olam).

I like to draw portraits, create amazing special effects makeup looks, dance and swim. As I get older and get closer to my Bat-Mitzvah on June 25th, I realize that some people don't get to have these experiences that I get to have. Because of this, I have decided to donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a foundation that allows kids or young teens with critical illnesses to make a wish.  This way some of these children can at least have one experience that they wish for or want to do.

I am helping to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in honour of my friend, Moussia Zaltzman. She was a kind and free spirit, but she did not get to make her last wish because she died so suddenly. However, there are many children who struggle with being ill for a long time not knowing if they'll survive or get to live their dreams. Everyone should have the chance to get to enjoy their own happiness, which luckily Moussia did, but I am aware that not everyone gets this. 

I have chosen to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation for my Bat-Mitzvah project with the goal of raising $2000. Thank you for supporting my cause.

- Leah 

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