Becoming fluent in the language of Mitzvah

This past December I made a brief trip home, just before Hanukkah, to celebrate my niece becoming bat mitzvah. I had been given the opportunity to introduce her to the way we prepare our students here at Congregation B’nai Shalom beyond the words they learn to recite for a Shabbat morning service — our Sha’arei Kehilah (Gates of Community) program …