Adam Levitan’s Personalized Bar Mitzvah Page

Adam, 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 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.


Bar Mitzvah Date: SATURDAY, August 19th, 2023, 9:00am
25th of Av, 5783

Tutoring Schedule – Starting Oct 12, 2022: Wednesdays, 4:00-4:20pm @ Cantor Green’s office

We, Sep 14, 2022



Intro to B’nei Mitzvah Process

Intro to Webpage

Goal Setting

Lesson Time (start asap)

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.

We, Oct 26


Prepare Torah Blessings Torah Blessings (PDF):

Learn Blessing Before Torah reading (MP3)

Learn Blessing After Torah reading (MP3)

Discuss as a family what new date or type of service you’d like to switch to (avoiding your Israel trip, end of August). If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at

We, Nov 2

**4:40-5pm TODAY

Review Blessings before and after Torah reading Let me know what dates for (probably) a Saturday afternoon Bar Mitzvah. Materials we learn will depend on that!
We, Nov 9


Prepare Torah Trope Learn Torah Trope (PDF | MP3). You have two weeks to learn this as there’s no lesson next week
We, Nov 16 NO LESSON – CJG AT CA CONVENTION Keep studying and smoothing out Trope sheet. Make sure that you’re looking at the trope symbols this week rather than focusing on the printed names of the tropes.
Tu, Nov 22



Prepare Weekday Shof’tim Aliya 1, 16:18

Learn R’ei Aliya 1, 16:18, using the table for Aliya 1 in the downloads section, below.
We, Nov 30


ZOOM TODAY (Adam not 100%)

Review Torah Trope

Review Shof’tim aliya 1 to date

Prepare Aliya 1, 16:19

Learn Aliya 1, 16:19

Try to learn Aliya 1, 16:20 as well. Go as far as you can with it – “Challenge without overwhelming!”

We, Dec 7


Review Aliya 1 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, 16:21-22

Learn Aliya 2 16:21-22 and if you can, 17:1
We, Dec 14


Review Aliya 1

Review Aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, 17:1 and part of 17:2

Review Torah blessings

Learn Aliya 2, 17:1 and 17:2 up to “sh’arecha“, but if you can go all the way up to notein lach, all the better!
We, Dec 21


Review aliya 2 to date

Prepare rest of 17:2-3

We, Jan 4


Review Aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, 17:3 and first two words of 17:4 (up to shamata)

Review Aliya 1

Learn Aliya 2, 17:3 and first two words of 17:4 (up to shamata)

Smooth out the notes of the end of Aliya 1 (final sof pasuk – make the “hecha” a high note.)

We, Jan 11

4-4:20pm BY ZOOM

Review Aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, rest of 17:4, and 17:5 up to asu.

Learn Aliya 2, rest of 17:4 from v’darash-ta, and 17:5 up to asher asu.
We, Jan 18

4-4:20pm BY ZOOM

Review Aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, rest of 17:5 and 17:6

Learn Aliya 2, rest of 17:5, and 17:6
We, Jan. 25

4-4:20pm BY ZOOM

Review Aliya 2 to date

Prepare Aliya 2, 17:6, and 17:7 up to l’hamito

Smooth out 17:5

Learn Aliya 2, 17:6, and 17:7 up to l’hamito

We, Feb 1 & 8


Keep reviewing, smoothing out!
We, Feb 15


Shifting gears! Switching to Shabbat morning, Aug. 19 (Shoftim)

Learn Maftir for Shof’tim, 21:7-8

Learn Maftir for Shof’tim, 21:7-8 (See resources below)
We, Mar 1


Review Maftir to date

Prepare Haftara Trope Sheet

Review Torah blessings

Learn maftir 21:9

Learn Haftara Trope (PDF | MP3)

We, Mar 8


Prepare Haftara Trope

Prepare Blessing before Haftara

CJG will provide 1.5 weeks’ material for homework – no lesson next week

Learn Haftara Trope (PDF | MP3)

Smooth out Maftir (kapeir, v’atah t’va’eir)

We, Mar 15 NO LESSON – CJG VACA Keep working on above homework
We, Mar 22

NO LESSON – Adam ill

Adam ill. Try to do homework at right this week.

Review maftir

Review Haftara Trope

Prepare Blessing Before Haftara

If time, start Haftara

Print & Learn Blessing before Haftara (PDF | MP3)
We, Mar 29


Review Maftir

Review Haftara Trope

Review Blessing before Haftara

Prepare Haftara 51:12 and first half of 51:13

Learn Blessing before Haftara (PDF | MP3)

Learn Haftara 51:12 and first of 51:13 (up to kol-hayom) using the table below. You have three weeks to do all this!

We, Apr 19


Review Blessing before Haftara

Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 51:14-16

Learn Haftara 51:14-16
We, Apr 26


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 51:16 and 51:17

Learn Haftara 51:16 and 51:17. Use your reading and trope-ing skills more this week than the audio file. I think you can go further and faster that way… as long as you repeat it enough times that it really rolls off your tongue
We, May 3


Review haftarah to date

Prepare Haftara 51:18-20

Review Maftir

Learn Haftara 51:18-20

Next lesson we’ll review the maftir from the STA”M side (left-hand side).

We, May 10


Review Haftara to date

Review Maftir from STA”M

Prepare Haftara 51:20-21

Learn Haftara 51:20-21, and if you have time 51:22 up to yariv amo
We, May 17


Review Haftara to date (from vs 17)

Prepare Haftara rest-of-22 and 23

Learn Haftara rest-of-22 and 23

Come to Eitan’s bar mitzvah on Sunday morning, 9am!

We, May 24


Review Haftara from v22 to date

Prepare Haftara 51:23 and 52:1 up to tif-arteich.

Learn Haftara 51:23 and 52:1 up to tif-arteich.

Listen 5 times to Ein Kamocha – both files (beginning of the Torah Processional) (PDF | MP3 folder)

Come to Shavuot learning with Rabbi K and Cantor G – tomorrow (Thursday), 7:30-8:45pm, with ice cream!!

We, May 31


Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara rest-of-52:1 and 52:2

Prepare Ein Kamocha first 2 lines

Learn Haftara rest-of-52:1 and 52:2-3.

Finish learning Ein Kamocha printed lines 1-2.

You have 2 weeks to do that b/c CJG on vacation next week.

We, Jun 7 NO LESSON – CJG Vaca
We, Jun 14


NO LESSON – Family canceled. Please still do homework: Learn Haftara 52:4 and 52:5 up to chinam

Learn Ein Kamocha next 1 line

We, Jun 21


Review Haftara from 51:22

Prepare Haftara rest-of-52:5 and 52:6

Review Ein Kamocha

Prepare Vay’hi Binsoa Ha’aron

Learn Haftara 52:5-6

Learn Vay’hi Binsoa Ha’aron up to v’yafutzu oy’vecha (#3 in the audio folder)

We, Jun 28


Review Haftara from Ch 52

Prepare 52:7-8

Review Torah processional to date

Prepare rest of Vay’hi binsoa

Learn Haftara 52:7-8

Learn Vay’hi Binsoa from v’yanusu m’san-echa mipanecha to Mi-rushalayim

We, Jul 5


Review Haftara from Ch 52

Prepare Haftara 52:8-9

Review Torah service to date

Prepare Vay’hi Binsoa Ha’aron, 2nd to last line

Learn Haftara 52:8-9

Learn Vay’hi Binsoah, 3rd line (Ki Mitziyon to Mirushalayim)

No lesson next week. Next up: July 19

We, July 12 NO LESSON – Adam away
We, July 19


Review Haftara from Ch 52

Prepare Haftara 52:10-11

Review Torah Processional to date

Finish preparing Vay’hi Binsoa (last line)

Review Maftir (used Right-hand side)

Learn Haftara 52:10-11

Finish learning Vay’hi Binsoa Ha’aron, 2nd to last line. Since the last line is the same melody, see if you can finish learning the paragraph!

We, July 26


Review Whole Haftara with blessing before

Review Vay’hi Binsoa

Prepare last line of Haftara

Prepare first half of first blessing after Haftara.

Learn Haftara 52:12 (last verse!)

Learn first half of Blessing #1 after Haftara (up to emet vatetzedek). If you can, try to learn all of Blessing 1!

We, Aug 2


Review Last few lines of haftara

Review first half of blessing #1 after haftara

Prepare rest of Blessing 1 after haftara

Prepare Blessing 2 after Haftara

Learn blessings 1 and 2 after haftara using the links below.
Fri, Aug 11


Review Blessings 1 and 2 after Haftara

Prepare Blessing 2-4 after Haftara

Learn Blessings 2-4 after haftara

Review everything!

Th, Aug 17


Review ALL on Bimah!
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Downloads (click to open, right-click to save to your computer)

Torah/Haftara Trope Sheet (PDF)

Torah Blessings (PDF)

ON HOLD – Weekday Shof’tim Aliya 1 (PDF | MP3) – All in Deut. 16

18 – 0:00 19 – 0:25 20 – 0:49

ON HOLD – Weekday Shof’tim Aliya 2 (PDF | MP3) – Deut. 16 & 17

16:1 – 0:00 2 – 0:22 17:1 – 0:36 2 – 1:05 3 – 1:39 4 – 2:10
5 – 2:34 6 – 3:11 7 – 3:34 8 – 3:57 9 – 4:38 10 – 5:03

ON HOLD – Weekday Shof’tim Aliya 3 (PDF | MP3) – All in Deut. 17

11 – 12 – 13 –

Maftir for Shoftim (Shabbat morning) – all in Deut. Chapter 21 (PDF | MP3)

7 – 0:00 8 – 0:17 9 – 0:42

Haftara Shof’tim – Isaiah Ch 51/52 (PDF | MP3)

51:12 – 0:00 13 – 0:25 14 – 1:07 15 – 1:24 16 – 1:45 17 – 2:10 18 – 2:45 19 – 3:05
20 – 3:31 21 – 3:54 22 – 4:11 23 – 4:48 52:1 – 5:12 2 – 5:49 3 – 6:15 4 – 6:32
5 – 6:57 6 – 7:24 7 – 7:46 8 – 8:16 9 – 8:38 10 – 8:59 11 – 9:23 12 – 9:48

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

Torah Service (PDF | MP3 folder)

Goals in order of priority

Blessings before and after Torah reading – DONE

NEW – Maftir aliya – DONE

Haftara Trope – DONE

Blessing before Haftara – DONE


Blessings after Haftara – IN PROGRESS


D’var Torah (with Rabbi Kenter) – DONE

Other items as time allows: Finish learning aliya 1 for Shabbat (ie., combined 3 weekday Shoftim aliyot)



Switched from Mincha on Sat. Aug. 12 to Shabbat morning on Sat., Aug. 19 (Shoftim). Plan is for Adam to learn (new) maftir, then switch to haftara, and if there’s time after that, to finish aliya 1 (which was the old weekday date’s 3-aliyot combined into one), and learn Torah service songs. Adam may know some of them, but possibly with different tunes.