A Bar Mitzvah is the celebration of a boys coming of age among the Jewish community. It is usually celebrated when the boy is 13 years old. However, we do not always expect that these boys will ‘grow up’ quite as early. But one boy has actually proved otherwise. His name is Jesse Kaufman. Usually boys get gifted money or in kind at their bar mitzvah. And Jesse got around $5000 in cash.
Jesse Kaufman and Jasmine Boden
Now with any ordinary boy that age, they would be delighted! That amount of money can help them to buy anything they want. And chances are, they would spend that money on games or other such things typical of their age. But Jesse Kaufman chose to be different… how? Let’s find out.

What Jesse Did

Jesse lives in Monroeville in Pennsylvania. When he was in fourth grade, he read about a girl called Jasmine Boden. She had brain cancer. And it was of a very rare form called Chordoma. According to Liana Kaufman, Jesse’s mother, when he first read about it, he thought that Jasmine, at 9, was very brave. The local paper must have said that the family needed funds. Because he came to his mother with the $20 he had and asked her to send it to Jasmine’s family.

A year afterwards, when both kids were in 5th grade, Jasmine transferred to Jesse’s school and they became classmates. And even though they had had no contact before, Jesse immediately went and spoke to her. In time they became very good friends. Two years later, when Jesse turned 13, his family held the Bar Mitzvah for him. At the end of the ceremony, Jesse had been gifted a sizeable amount of money.

They family had expected that he would receive some money and they had told him that he would be given a part of it to spend as he liked. They wanted to save the rest so that they could use it to pay for his college tuition. But instead of thinking about spending his share on video games, or ice cream, toys or a laptop, Jesse’s thoughts went back to his brave little classmate, Jasmine.

He went to his parents and told them that he wanted to do something like a ‘Bar Mitzvah mitzvah’. In Hebrew, the word mitzvah means any ‘good deed’. He expressed his wishes to take every last penny he received as a gift and give it to Jasmine’s family to pay for her medical expenses. He said that it would be the least he could do for them and that would make him very happy.

What happened after that…

Jesse’s parents were obviously touched. To see this level of maturity in a 13 year old is really a miracle. And even though this meant they’d have to rethink about his college funds, the parents were happy to oblige this ‘mitzvah’ of their son.

Jesse received a little over $4800 dollars at his Bar Mitzvah. And to do their bit, his parents pitched in the shortfall, and made it a complete $5000. The money has helps Jasmine’s family immensely, especially in paying for the travel to Boston for Jasmine’s treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital there.

We know that this boy truly has ‘come of age’. In a recent interview with the local papers, he said that he felt better giving the money to Jasmine than in receiving the gifts. And Jesse is continuing to do his bit. He has set up an online fundraising account and social media initiative called ‘Jasmine’s Medical Fund’. Through it he hopes to be able to help the Boden family with another $500 at least!

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