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

Learn Haftara 46:14-15
Tu, Aug 23


Learn Haftara 46:16 and some of 46:17 using the audio files, as usual.
Tu, Aug 30


Learn Haftara rest-of-46:17 and 46:18 (end!)
Tu, Sep 6


Review Haftara from 46:12

Work on Blessing 1 + 2 after Haftara

Smooth out Blessings 1 and 2 (only), spot-fixing those words/notes that are not yet identical to the audio file as you sing along. Make sure you can sing blessings 1 and 2 smoothly without the audio files as you do in lessons.

Smooth out ending of Haftara

Tu, Sep 13


Review end of haftara

Review Blessings 1 and 2 after Haftara

Work on Blessing 3 and 4 after Haftara

Smooth out Blessings 3 and 4 after haftara.

Have fun on your retreat!

Tu, Sep 20 NO LESSON – PRE-HHs Hiatus
Tu, Oct 25


Review 4 blessings after Haftara

Prepare Torah Trope Sheet

Learn Torah Trope sheet (PDF | MP3)
Tu, Nov 1


Review Torah Trope

Prepare Maftir HaChodesh 12:1-3

Touch up Trope sheet (but don’t spend too much time on it! Get to the actual Torah).

Learn Maftir 12:1-3 using table below.

Tu, Nov 8


Review Maftir 12:1-3

Prepare Maftir 12:4-5 (or 6?)

Learn Maftir 12:4-5 this week

Learn Maftir 12:6-7 next week – no lesson next week as CJG will be at Cantors’ Convention.


Remember to review everything we’ve learned so far — don’t forget it! Keep it fresh.

Tu, Nov 22


Review Maftir to date

Prepare Maftir – 12:8-10

Learn Maftir 12:8-10.

Start reviewing from the left-hand side, to prepare you to read from the Torah.

Tu, Nov 29


Review Maftir to date

Prepare Maftir 12:11

1. Learn Maftir 12:11

2. Touch up last week’s material

Check with your parents about driving you to lessons during the winter (arriving 10 minutes late currently)

Tu, Dec 6


Review Maftir to date

Prepare Maftir 12:12-13

Over next two weeks, learn 12:12-13.

Please communicate with Cantor Green about a skype lesson or two from Taiwan.

Tu, Dec 13 NO LESSON – EMET TRAVELING Keep working on homework from Dec. 6

Figure out skype lesson time for Dec. 20.

Tu, Dec 20


SKYPE (jgreen361)

Review Maftir up to 12:13

Prepare Maftir 12:14-15 (might be 2 weeks’ worth of material while you’re away)

Tu, Jan. 10


Review Maftir to date

Prepare Maftir 12:16 and half of 12:17 up to Mitzrayim

Learn Maftir 12:16 and half of 12:17 up to Mitzrayim

Review Haftara with Blessings to make sure it’s as good as new!

Bring all your printed materials next lesson

Tu, Jan 17


Review Maftir to date

Prepare Maftir rest-of-12:17 and 12:18; and if possible, some of 12:19.

Learn maftir 12:18 to the end of the maftir

In haftara, next time you run through it, circle the sticky bits and work on those.

Tu, Jan 24


Review maftir from v17 to the end

Review haftara from 46:8 to the end with blessings

Prepare Rishon aliya for Thursday morning

Learn Maftir 12:19-20
Tu, Jan 31


Review Maftir from v17 to the end

Prepare Rishon Aliya for Thursday morning

Learn the Weekday Rishon Aliya using the folder below.

Spend some time reviewing your Haftara and blessings, and the Torah service (ie., OTT materials!)

Tu, Feb 7


Review Weekday Rishon

Prepare Weekday Sheini, first verse

1. Learn Aliya haSh’niyah, 35:4

2. Go back and smooth out Aliya HaRishonah. Separate Yih-yeh | Lachem (do tropes faithfully)

If you can, get it going from the left-hand side.

Tu, Feb 14


Review Rishon

Review Sheini to date

Prepare Sheini 34:5-7

Learn Sheini 34:5-7
Tu, Feb 21


Review Sheini to date

Prepare Sheini 34:8-10

Learn Sheini 34:8-10

Review everything from the beginning — we’re going to start reviewing together for the home stretch!

Tu, Feb 28


Review Sheini (all)

Review Everything from the beginning! Haftara with all blessings; Maftir; Torah Processional and Recessional for Shabbat (this list will spill over to next week as time runs out today)

Pick up review from blessings after haftara (see above)
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Downloads (click to open, right-click to save to your computer)

Torah/Haftara Trope Sheet (PDF)

Torah Blessings (PDF)

Maftir for Shabbat HaChodesh (PDF | MP3), all in Ex. Ch 12

1 – 0:00 2 – 0:12 3 – 0:29 4 – 0:55 5 – 1:30 6 – 1:48 7 – 2:16 8 – 2:41 9 – 2:58 10 – 3:19
11 – 3:36 12 – 4:09 13 – 4:45 14 – 5:22 15 – 5:46 16 – 6:25 17 – 6:56 18 – 7:31 19 –  7:59 20 – 8:32

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)

Weekday Vayakheil Readings (Folder)

Goals in order of priority

Blessing before Haftara – DONE

Haftara – DONE

Blessings after Haftara – DONE

Blessings before and after Torah reading – DONE

Torah Trope – DONE

Torah reading – MAFTIR – IN PROGRESS

Torah reading – Weekday Vayakheil for Thursday minyan – Aliya 1, then Aliya 2

Torah reading – TBC weekday Vayakheil Rishon (then Sheini if time?), to take part in split of Shabbat Rishon with Jordan

Torah Processional – TBC, from OTT ShulSchool knowledge

Torah Recessional – TBC, from OTT ShulSchool knowledge

Conclusion of Services – IN PROGRESS

D’var Torah (with Rabbi Kenter) –

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