Emet Chen-Melzer’s Personalized Bar Mitzvah Page

Emet, use this page 3-4 times each week to prepare for your Bar Mitzvah. To ensure simcha success, please use the tools and downloadable items provided here to learn and practice your training assignments between visits with Cantor Green. For questions, e-mail me at cantor@kehillatbethisrael.com or call/text me at 613-327-3984. It is your responsibility to check this page to ensure it’s working properly right after each lesson, and let Cantor Green know if there’s a problem right away.

VERY IMPORTANT – MUST READ: KBI B’nei Mitzvah Handbook

Bar Mitzvah Date: SATURDAY, MARCH 18th, 2023, 9:00am
PARASHAT Vayakheil-P’kudei/Shabbat HaChodesh/M”Ch Nissan
25 Adar, 5783

Tutoring Schedule – Starting Mar. 22, TUESDAYS 4:10-4:30pm IN PERSON, followed by OTT ShulSchool

Tu, Mar 22



Intro to B’nei Mitzvah Process

Intro to Webpage

Goal Setting

Lesson Time

STUDY METHOD (always have your printouts/pages in front of you)

1. In your first homework session, Listen to the assigned audio files, each phrase separately, at least 15 times each. Let it sink in! Best practice is to listen a couple more times in a second sitting before trying to sing along.

2. Sing along with the audio files many times until it is identical, smooth and confident. If there are glitches, use the slider to “rewind” and review a word or two at a time until identical. You’ll know you’re ready for step 3 when the audio recording feels too slow or is ‘holding you back’.

3. Sing the whole assignment without the audio file (as you will in your next lesson).

Use this approach every week, and knock my socks off with how well you know it!

AND, 4. every week, you MUST review at least once, everything learned to date, and FIX any glitches.

Bring a looseleaf binder (with sheet pockets). Put in it the Haftara Trope sheet (PDF)

Tu, Mar 29


Prepare Haftara Trope like a song Finish Learning Haftara Trope sheet from the audio file (which is slightly different than your grandfather’s version of trope) (PDF | MP3). As you do, start looking at the trope shapes and colours themselves (and less-so the words that are the names of the tropes), so you start to appreciate what those will sound like when you see them on actual haftara text.
Tu, Apr 5


Review Haftara trope

Prepare blessing before haftara

Prepare Haftara **HaChodesh** 45:16-17

Finish learning blessing before Haftara (PDF | MP3)

Learn Haftara 45:16-17 using the table below.

Tu, Apr 12


Review Haftara to date with blessing

Prepare Haftara 45:18-19

Learn Haftara 45:18-19 – Quality over quantity!
Tu, Apr 19 NO LESSON BECAUSE OF PASSOVER, but try to learn the new homework ==> Learn Haftara 45:20-21 (wasn’t able to get to this b/c of passover/guests)
Tu, Apr 26


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 45:20-21

Learn Haftara 45:20-21
Tu, May 3


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 45:22-23

Learn Haftara 45:22-23
Tu, May 10


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 45:24-25

Learn Haftara 45:24-25
Tu, May 17


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 46:1 and half of 46:2 up to the end of p2 (asu hakohanim)

Touch up 45:21-25, particularly the trope (watching out for kadmas/pashtas to start low and go high)

Learn Haftara 46:1 and half of 46:2 up to the end of p2 (asu hakohanim)

Tu, May 24


Review Haftara to date

Prepare rest of 46:2 and 46:3

Touch up homework from last week – make it smooth

Learn rest of 46:2 and 46:3

Tu, May 31


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 46:4-5 (maybe 6 if Emet wants!)

Touch up 46:2-3

Learn Haftara 46:4

Tu, Jun 7


Review Haftara from v46

Prepare Haftarah 46:5-6

Learn 46:5-6 FIRST, then,

Touch up 46:2-4. Watch for trope and no extra v’s or u’s.

Tu, Jun 14


Review Haftara from Ch 46

Prepare Haftara 46:7-8

Learn Haftara 46:7-8
Tu, Jun 21


Review Haftara from the start

Prepare Haftara 46:9


Learn Haftara 46:9

Tu, July 5


Review Haftara from the start

Prepare Haftara 46:10-11

Learn verse 10 and verse 11 over the next two weeks. No lesson next week as CJG will be away on vacation

Touch up verse 9

Tu, July 19


Review Haftara from chapter 46 THIS IS A TOUCH-UP WEEK. Your goal is to smooth out all the “funny” moments — kinks.

To do this, go through your whole haftara with a pencil handy, and in your first study sitting, circle all the kinks. In your second sitting, work on smoothing out each set of funny words/notes using the audio files; and third sitting — polish them all up and do another round of touch-ups as needed.

Tu, Jul 26 NO LESSON, BUT… Try to learn verse 12 (download audio file and take it with you on a device)
Tu, Aug 2



Review Haftara from Ch 46, hopefully up to vs 12

Prepare 46:13

Learn Haftara 46:13 using the audio file (as usual).

Touch up 46:12 as needed.

Tu, Aug 9


Review Haftara from Ch 46 Finish learning 46:12-13

As you do your “step 4” – reviewing the whole haftara – practice your glottal stops when you have an alef or ayin mid-word (like ka-asher ya-aseh)

Tu, Aug 16



Review Haftara from 46:10

Prepare Haftara 46:14-15

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Downloads (click to open, right-click to save to your computer)

Torah/Haftara Trope Sheet (PDF)

Torah Blessings (PDF)

TORAH READING for Vayakheil-P’kudei (PDF | MP3)

Blessing before Haftara (PDF)

Haftara for Shabbat HaChodesh (PDF | MP3)… Verses:

45:16 – 0:00 17 – 0:16 18 – 1:08 19 – 1:36 20 – 2:11 21 – 2:31 22 – 2:57 23 – 3:16 24 – 3:50 25 – 4:09
46:1 – 4:39 2 – 5:17 3 – 6:06 4 – 6:26 5 – 6:51 6 – 7:09 7 – 7:29 8 – 7:55 9 – 8:09 10 – 9:10
11 – 9:24 12 – 9:50 13 – 10:39 14 – 11:03 15 – 11:35 16 – 11:52 17 – 12:22 18 – 12:54

Blessings after Haftara (PDF | Audio: Blessing 1 | 2 | 3 | 4)

Torah Service (PDF)

Goals in order of priority

Blessing before Haftara – IN PROGRESS

Haftara –

Blessings after Haftara –

Blessings before and after Torah reading –

Torah reading – NOTE: see how much time is left after haftara. Maftir is 20 verses, shortest aliya is sh’lishi at 13 verses.

Torah Processional –

Torah Recessional –

D’var Torah (with Rabbi Kenter) –

Other items as time allows: Other Torah aliyot; Musaf; Hallel