Can a piece of cloth made from the most mediocre of materials contain something that is much more valuable? The answer for me is a resounding yes, and this is represented through my tallis bag that I got when I was thirteen years old. Usually this is used on the day of one´s Bar Mitzvah, and a symbolic meaning that the individual wearing it has entered the Jewish community as an adult. I will never forget the day that this ornately presented to me on my birthday, which was just two days before the ceremony. It is because of who this came from that this item is incredibly precious, and something that I will always keep. I can remember the feeling of pride that overcome me when I first wore it. I looked down from the podium and locked eyes with my family and saw how radiant their faces were. There are no better moments than the ones that are created with the people that you care about. It was a humbling and gratifying experience that made me feel connected to the traditions that my ancestors have followed for thousands of years. My hope is that in the future, I am fortunate enough to have grandchildren of my own in order to maintain and continue this special tradition.
– Matthew Gold