Hi! I’m Ethan Greengrass and I will be called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on March 28th — Shabbat Hagadol. I’m 13 years old, live in Montclair and am in the 7th grade at Renaissance Middle School. I have two sisters — Aly who is 15, and Zoe who is 9 ½ . We also have an awesome dog named Moose. I’ve been a part of Shomrei Emunah since 2008 when we first moved to Montclair. I went to pre-school here!
When I’m not in school or studying Hebrew for my Bar Mitzvah, I like to play baseball. I played for the Montclair Bulldogs for 6 years, and now play with local club teams. I also play the drums and have been taking lessons since I was 7. Another hobby of mine is playing video games. I’ve been doing that for a long time, too.
My Torah portion is Tsav. In it, G-d describes the different laws of sacrifices and then it goes into detail about each one. G-d commands Moses that his son Aaron, and his sons, should carry out this series of ritual sacrifices and Moses ordains Aaron and his sons as the first priests of the Jewish people.
Since baseball is a major part of my life, and one of my biggest passions, I wanted to tie my mitzvah project into it, so I am collecting gently used baseball equipment – gloves, bats and catchers equipment — to donate to kids and baseball programs around the country who don’t have the money to buy them. I know how lucky I am that my parents can buy me a new mitt or bat when I need it. I have had so much fun, and made so many great friends and memories through baseball. I’m excited that through my mitzvah project, other kids will, too.
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