Eitan Green’s Personalized Bar Mitzvah Page

Eitan, 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 Daddy. 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 Daddy know if there’s a problem right away.

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

Bar Mitzvah Date:
SUNDAY, May 21st, 2023, 9:30am (Rosh Chodesh Sivan)
1 Sivan, 5783

Tutoring Schedule – Starting Mo, Oct 4, 2021: Mondays, 4:00-4:30pm IN PERSON

DATE/TIME GOALS HOMEWORK ASSIGNED
Mo, Oct 4, 2021

4-4:30pm

Intro to B’nei Mitzvah Process

Intro to Webpage

Goal Setting

Lesson Time

Prepare Blessings before and after Torah Reading

Preview Torah Trope (3 functions)

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)

Learn Blessing before Torah Reading (PDF | MP3)

Learn Blessing after Torah Reading (PDF | MP3)

Mo, Oct 11

Time TBD (around Toronto Travel)

Review Torah Blessings

Prepare Torah Trope

NO LESSON – CDN THANKSGIVING
Mo, Oct 18

4:00-4:30pm

Review Torah Blessings

Prepare Torah Trope

Learn Torah Trope sheet like a song BUT you must look at the SYMBOL, not the spelling of the trope name.

(PDF | MP3)

Mo, Oct 25

4:00-4:30pm

Review Torah Trope

Prepare R”Ch Aliya 1, 28:1-2

Smooth out trope sheet
Mo, Nov 1

4-4:30pm

Prepare R”Ch Aliya 1, 28:1-2 Learn Aliya 1, 28:1-2 (folder is below – choose the right mp3)
Mo, Nov 8

4-4:30pm

Review Aliya 1 to date

Prepare Aliya 1 28:3 both ways

Learn Aliya 1, 28:3

Learn Aliya 2, 28:3 (same as above except music of last 4 words – don’t go high on “yom

Learn Aliya 2, 28:4

Mo, Nov 15

4-4:30pm

Review Aliya 1

Review Aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, 28:5

Prepare Aliya 3, 28:6-7

Learn Aliya 2, 28:5 and Aliya 3, 28:6-7
Mo, Nov 22

4-4:30pm

Review Aliya 1 and 2

Review Aliya 3 to date

Prepare Aliya 3, 28:8-10

Learn Aliya 3, 28:8-10 (MP3) from 0:35 of the audio file.
Mo, Nov 29

4-4:30pm

Review Aliyot 1-3

Prepare Aliya 4, 28:11

Smooth out and get confident with aliya 3

Learn aliya 4, 28:11

Mo, Dec 6

4-4:30pm

Review Aliya 4, 28:11

Review aliyot 1-3

Prepare Aliya 4, 28:12-13

Watch out for “chod-shei-CHEM

Learn aliya 4, 28:12-13

Practice EVERYTHING learned so far! Fix any mistakes. Try it from the left-hand side.

Mo, Dec 13

4-4:30pm

Review Aliya 4 to date

Finish preparing aliya 4

Learn aliya 4, 28:14-15 (end)

Review ALL 4 ALIYOT!

Mo, Dec 20 NO LESSON – CANTOR AWAY! 😉 Keep learning
Tu, Dec 28, 10am

10am (home)

Review all 4 aliyot

Prepare Vay’hi Binsoa

Smooth out aliya 4, then practice it from the left-hand side

Learn Vay’hi Binso-a Ha-aron (whole paragraph) (PDF | MP3)

Mo, Jan 3

7:45pm (home)

Review 4 aliyot from STA”M side (done in shul from Torah!)

Review Vay’hi Binsoa

Prepare Gad’lu and L’Cha Adonai (all)

Learn Gad’lu (PDF | MP3)

Learn all of L’cha Adonai (PDF | MP3)

Mo, Jan 10

4:00-4:30pm (home)

Review 4 Torah aliyot (STA”M)

Review Torah Processional (all)

Prepare Chatzi Kaddish (weekday minor nusach) up to but not including Y’hei Sh’meih

Smooth out the 2nd half of L’Cha Adonai (particularly, the descending scale in the 2nd and 4th to last lines.

Smooth out Ki Kadosh Adonai Eloheinu

Learn Chatzi Kaddish 1st section up to (not including) Y’hei Sh’meih (PDF | MP3)

Mo, Jan 17

4-4:30pm (home)

Review Torah processional, including L’Cha Adonai

Review Chatzi Kaddish first section

Prepare Chatzi Kaddish from Y’hei Sh’meih to the end.

Learn rest of Chatzi Kaddish (PDF | MP3)

Fix Rom’mu section L’cha Adonai (downward scales)

Mo, Jan 24

4-4:30pm

Review Vay’hi Binsoa

Review Gad’lu with bow

Review L’Cha Adonai, partic. Rom’mu downward scales

Review Chatzi Kaddish

Prepare Y’hal’lu and Hodo Al Eretz (p76)

Learn Y’hal’lu & Hodo Al Eretz (Shabbat Style, for singability) (PDF | MP3)

Smooth out Chatzi Kaddish (PDF | MP3)

Go back and practice/smooth out all of Torah Processional from Vay’hi Binsoa

Mo, Jan 31

4-4:30pm

Review Torah Processional from Vay’hi Binsoa

Review Chatzi Kaddish

Review Y’hal’lu and Hodo Al Eretz (p76)

Prepare Ladonai Ha’aretz p76 (“Weekday Torah Recessional (L’David Mizmor) first 3 printed lines, up to bim-kom kod-sho.

Practice Aliya 3 from Left Hand Side (to force you to learn the right hand side well — use the right hand side to memorize the words and tune)

Learn Ladonai Ha’aretz first 3 printed lines, up to bim-kom kod-sho. (p76, PDF | MP3)

Mo, Feb 7

4-4:30pm

Review Aliya 3

Review Y’hal’lu & Hodo Al Eretz

Review Ladonai Ha’aretz first 3 lines

Prepare Ladonai Ha’aretz next 4 lines

Review Torah Processional

Learn Ladonai Ha’aretz next 4 lines (MP3) from 0:35 up to “selah
Mo, Feb 14

4-4:30pm

Review Ladonai Ha’aretz to date

Prepare Ladonai Ha’aretz next 5 lines, up to milchama

Set an alarm on your phone to remind you to pack you Bar Mitzvah stuff on Monday mornings

Learn next 6 lines of Ladonai Ha’aretz from 1:10, up to milchama (MP3)

Keep reviewing everything else after you’ve learned the new stuff.

Mo, Feb 28

4-4:30pm

(NO LESSON LAST WEEK – SKIING)

Review Ladonai Ha’aretz to date

Prepare Ladonai Ha’aretz last 5 lines

Review Torah recessional

 

Learn last 5 lines of Ladonai Ha’aretz (MP3) from 1:47
Mo, Mar 7

4-4:30pm

Review all of Ladonai Ha’aretz

Learn Hallel B’racha

Learn melody version of Ps 113, up to v’ad olam (MP3)

Mo, Mar 21

4-4:30pm

Review all of Ladonai Ha’aretz

Prepare Hallel B’racha

Prepare melody version of Ps 113 (Hal’lu Avdei Adonai), up to sheim Adonai at end of line 3

Learn Hallel B’racha (MP3)

Learn melody version of Ps 113, up to sheim Adonai at end of line 3 (MP3)

Mo, Mar 28

4-4:30pm

Review 4 aliyot

Review Hallel to date

Prepare lines 4-7 of Hal’lu Avdei Adonai (up to evyon l’…)

Learn lines 4-7 of Hal’lu Avdei Adonai (up to evyon l’…)

Keep smoothing out all of Hallel to date

Mo, Apr 4

4-4:30pm

Review Hallel to date

Prepare last 3 lines of Hal’lu Avdei

Learn last 3 lines of Hal’lu Avdei (MP3)

Learn B’tzeit Yisrael / Ma L’Cha Hayam p51 (MP3)

Mo, Apr 11

4-4:30pm

Review Hallel to date

Work on end of Hal’lu and B’tzeit Yisrael

Smooth out last 3 lines of Hal’lu Avdei (MP3)

Smooth out B’tzeit Yisrael / Ma L’Cha Hayam p51 (MP3)

Mo, Apr 18

3:30-4pm

Review Hallel to date

Prepare B’tzeit Yisrael up to osei shamayim va-aretz

Learn Adonai Z’charanu up to osei shamayim va-aretz

Practice 4th aliya, v12 – make sure you end the first half on an etnachta trope, and the second half on a sof pasuk trope.

Mo, Apr 25

(HAPPY BIRTHDAY!)

4-4:30pm

Review Hallel to date

Prepare rest of B’tzeit Yisrael

Review aliya 4 (partic. for v12)

Learn rest of Adonai Z’charanu (from HaShamayim)

Eliminate all the mistakes you “regularly” make in Hallel so far.

Remember, 1 HOUR of Bar Mitzvah study a week!

Mo, May 2

4-4:30pm

Review Hallel to date (including all ‘sticky’ fixes)

Prepare Ma Ashiv, “Top & Tail”

Each of the following must be worked on at least 15 times each. Don’t assume it’s in your brain as correct after getting it right just once or twice. Keep coming back to each to make sure they’re staying correct!

P50 – Ram Al kol line – hold last “do” until the end of the measure. Mi comes right on the downbeat. Tap your toe to get it right.

P50 – Fix Hamashpili lir-ot (entire line)

p51 – Re-learn B’tzeit Yisrael opening line. Particularly transition from previous page

p51 – transition from 2nd to last time into last line (ha-hof’chi)

p52 – In Adonai Z’charanu, fix v’ha-aretz natan liv-nei adam

p53 Learn Ma Ashiv. Take time to pronounce tag-mu-lo-hi properly. (MP3)

In your last sitting, use this list as a checklist to make sure you’re ready for your lesson!

Mo, May 9

4-4:30pm

Review Hallel to date (noting all homework items)

Prepare Hal’lu Et Adonai and Hodu Ladonai Ki Tov 1st line

Learn Hal’lu Et Adonai and Hodu Ladonai Ki Tov (MP3)
Mo, May 16

4:05-4:30pm

AT HOME

Review Hallel to date

Prepare Min Hameitzar/Pit-chu Li

Learn min HaMeitzar top & tail (MP3)
Mo, May 23

4-4:30pm

Review Hal’lu Et Adonai/Hodu

Review Min HaMeitzar top & tail

Prepare Od’cha melody 1st 2 printed lines

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

Torah Trope Sheet (PDF)

Torah Blessings (PDF)

Rosh Chodesh Weekday Torah Readings (folder)

Torah Service (PDF)

Hallel for R”Ch (folder)

Goals in order of priority

Blessings before and after Torah reading – DONE

Torah Trope – DONE

R”Ch Torah Readings (PDF & MP3) – DONE

Torah Processional – DONE

Torah Recessional – DONE

D’var Torah (with Rabbi Kenter) –

Hallel – IN PROGRESS

Musaf –

Shacharit –

P’sukei D’zimra –

 

Notes