William Klein’s Personalized Bar Mitzvah Page

WILLIAM, 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 lessons. 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 me know if there’s a problem right away.

VERY IMPORTANT – MUST READ: KBI B’nei Mitzvah Handbook ONLINE
Click here to confirm you’ve read the entire handbook (required).

Bar Mitzvah Date: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9th, 2024, 9:00am
PARASHAT LECH L’CHA
8 Cheshvan, 5785

Tutoring Schedule – Starting Nov. 7, 2023: Tuesdays, 4:10-4:30pm in Cantor Green’s office @ KBI.

DATE/TIME GOALS HOMEWORK ASSIGNED
Tu, June 20, 2023

Cantor’s office

Collect Family Info

Confirm Date

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.

Tu, Nov 7

4:10-4:30pm

Write name, phone number, and webpage URL on BM folder (provided)

Prepare Blessing Before and After Torah reading

Learn Blessings Before and After Torah Reading (PDF | MP3 – Before | MP3 – After)

This Saturday is the Bat Mitzvah of Julia Greenberg. Come and check it out! This is an important requirement in the journey to your own Bar Mitzvah.

Tu, Nov 14

4:10-4:30pm

ZOOM today (CJG ill)

Review Torah Blessings

Prepare Torah Trope

Finish learning blessing AFTER torah reading

Learn Torah Trope 1st half, up to the first sof pasuk. As you get better and better at it over the course of the week, start looking at the trope SYMBOLS rather than the words/names of the tropes so that you start associating the symbols with the musical note patterns. (PDF | Torah Trope)

Tu, Nov 21

4:10-4:30pm

Review Torah blessings

Review Torah Trope 1st half – WASN’T POSSIBLE DUE TO LACK OF PRINTER ACCESS

Prepare Torah Trope 1st half

Prepare Torah Trope 2nd half

Learn Torah Trope 1st half, up to the first sof pasuk. As you get better and better at it over the course of the week, start looking at the trope SYMBOLS rather than the words/names of the tropes so that you start associating the symbols with the musical note patterns. (PDF | Torah Trope)
Tu, Nov 28

4:10-4:30pm

Review Torah blessings

Review Torah Trope 1st half

Prepare Torah trope 2nd half

Learn Torah Trope 2nd half. Make the whole thing flow.
Tu, Dec 5

4:10-4:30pm

Review Torah trope

Prepare Maftir first half

Learn Maftir 17:24-25
Tu, Dec 12

4:10-4:30pm

NO LESSON TODAY – CJG BECAME UNAVAILABLE

Review Maftir to date

prepare Maftir 17:26-27

PLEASE DO HOMEWORK AT RIGHT ===>

Learn Maftir 17:26-27
Tu, Dec 19

4:10-4:30pm

Review Maftir to date

Re-prepare Maftir 17:27

Prepare Haftara Trope Sheet

Learn Maftir 17:27

Learn Haftara Trope Sheet. You have several weeks to do this because there are no lessons now until Jan. 16

Dec. 25-Jan 11 NO LESSONS – CJG VACATION/CONFERENCE. PLEASE DO HOMEWORK AT RIGHT ===> Keep learning Trope Sheet and Maftir 17:27. Make sure you’re looking at the Trope Symbols rather than the words (trope names) by the time we next meet for a lesson.
Tu, Jan 16

4:10-4:30pm

Review Maftir (all) with Blessings

Review Haftara Trope Sheet

Prepare Blessing before Haftara

Learn Maftir 17:27

Touch up the entire maftir so you can do the whole of it smoothly and confidently.

Finish learning Haftara trope from Pazeir, doing some extra listening and repeating on T’lisha K’tana and T’lisha G’dola to get the notes right.

Tu, Jan. 23

4:10-4:30pm

ZOOM (CJG PMID)

William left his studies a little late and didn’t finish leaning. Re-doing the material from last lesson:

Review Maftir

Review Haftara Trope

Prepare Blessing before Haftara

1 – Learn Maftir 17:27

2 – Smooth out tune of last 4 words of 17:26 – Nimol Avraham v’Yishma-eil b’no, where the ending note of ham is the note you need for v’yishma. Make sure your notes are exactly the same as in the audio file for this verse.

3 – Print Blessing Before Haftara and Haftara (3 pages) in colour from the PDFs in the Downloads section below.

Tu, Jan 30

4:10-4:30pm

ZOOM (CJG PMID)

Review Maftir (entire)

Prepare Blessing before Haftara

Prepare Haftara 40:27-28

Fix the trope at the beginning of maftir, 17:27

Keep smoothing out blessing before haftara, partic from middle Baruch Ata onward

Learn Haftara 40:27 and 40:28 up to k’tzot ha-aretz. Only go on to the end of 40:28 once the first part is super-confident

Tu, Feb 6

4:10-4:30pm

ZOOM (CJG PMID)

Review Maftir

Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 40:28

Touch up Blessing before Haftara, partic Baruch Ata in the middle of the blessing. Use audio file.

Learn Haftara 40:28

Tu, Feb 13

4:10-4:30pm

ZOOM (CJG PMID)

Review Haftara to date, with blessing before Haftara (listening for repaired Baruch Ata in the middle)

Prepare Haftara 40:29-30 and 31 up to cho-ach

Learn Haftara 40:29-30 and 31 up to yachalifu cho-ach
**Th, Feb 22

**4:00-4:20pm

Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara rest-of-40:31 and 41:1

Review Maftir

Learn Haftara rest-of-40:31 and 41:1

Practice Maftir (Torah) reading. Make sure it’s smooth.

Practice Torah Blessings before and after the reading.

Use the audio files for both of the above to remind yourself of the way they go.

Remember: Every week, you MUST review at least once, everything learned to date, and FIX any glitches. If you don’t, you’ll forget it!

Tu, Feb 27

4:10-4:30pm

ZOOM (CJG PMID)

Review Haftara to date

Review Maftir (Torah) reading with the blessings

Prepare Haftara rest of 40:31 (from yei-l’chu) and 41:1, and 41:2 up to l’rag-lo

Not all the homework was completed. Retake the assignment, as follows:

Learn Haftara rest of 40:31 (from yei-l’chu) and 41:1, and 41:2 up to l’rag-lo

Remember to practice your maftir reading so that it stays smooth

Tu, Mar 5

4:10-4:30pm

ZOOM (CJG PMID)

Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara rest-of-41:2, and 41:3-4

Fix melody/trope of yig’shu in 41:1 (it’s a pashta, so you have start with a low note)

Learn Haftara rest-of-41:2, and 41:3-4. You have two weeks to do that because no lesson next week (March Break)

Tu, Mar 12 NO LESSON – MARCH BREAK, CANTOR AWAY Continue doing homework assigned last week
Tu, Mar 19

4:10-4:30pm

Review Haftara to date

prepare Haftara 41:4-5

Learn Haftara 41:4-5

(Keep practicing everything learned so far!)

Tu, Mar 26

4:10-4:30pm

Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara 41:6 and 41:7 up to tov hu

1. Learn Haftara 41:6 and 41:7 up to tov hu

2. Smooth out verses 4 and 5

Tu, Apr 2

4:10-4:30pm

Review Haftara to date

Prepare Haftara rest-of-41:7, 41:8, and 41:9 up to ha-aretz

Smooth out first half of 41:7

Learn Haftara rest-of-41:7, 41:8, and 41:9 up to ha-aretz

Tu, Apr 9

4:10-4:30pm

Review Haftara from 41:4

Prepare Haftara rest of 41:9 and 41:10 up to elohecha

Learn Haftara rest of 41:9 and 41:10 up to elohecha
Tu, Apr 16

4:10-4:30pm

Review Haftara from 41:4

Prepare Haftara rest-of-41:10 and 41:11

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

Torah/Haftara Trope Sheet (PDF | Torah Trope | Haftara Trope)

Blessings Before and After Torah Reading (PDF | MP3 – Before | MP3 – After)

Maftir Lech L’Cha – All in Gen. Ch 17 (PDF | MP3)

24 – 0:00 25 – 0:13 26 – 0:31 27 – 0:45

Blessing before Haftara (PDF | MP3)

Haftara Lech L’Cha (PDF | MP3) – From Isaiah Ch 40 & 41

40:27 – 0:00 28 – 0:28 29 – 0:58 30 – 1:12 31 – 1:26 41:1 – 1:54 2 – 2:18
3 – 2:49 4 – 3:02 5 – 3:25 6 – 3:42 7 – 3:56 8 – 4:25 9 – 4:43
10 – 5:09 11 – 5:35 12 – 5:59 13 – 6:22 14 – 6:45 15 – 7:09 16 – 7:35

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

Torah Service (PDF)

 

Goals in order of priority

Blessings before and after Torah reading – DONE

Torah Trope – IN PROGRESS

Maftir aliya –

Haftarah Trope –

Blessing before Haftarah –

Haftara –

Blessings after Haftara –

Torah Processional –

Torah Recessional –

D’var Torah (with Rabbi ???) –

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

 

Notes

Might be interested in doing more Torah reading than perhaps Torah Services.