Lior is a very special young man who is very into cars. Fast cars. Other hobbies include biking, his iPod and Bono the dog, but basically he loves cars. The colour scheme of Lior's Bar Mitzvah celebration was red, black and white and his Mum was keen for me to tie the album in with that. I also suggested showing Lior in his tefillin (a pair of black leather boxes containing Hebrew parchment scrolls) to keep with the Bar Mitzvah theme.
I have shown Lior with Bono. He is wearing his tefillin on his left arm and on his head. (If you are right-handed you should wear tefillin on the bicep of your left arm as the mitzvah, or commandment, to wear tefillin is meant to strengthen you.) If you look closely you can see Lior's iPod tucked into his t-shirt pocket. In the background there is a red Porsche and his bike.
Lior's parents were keen for me to include the car design from his Bar Mitzvah invitation somewhere in the album. I decided to use it on each decorated page, along with a few more paper illustrations of his various interests and hobbies. The first page (top) once again shows his black and gold bike and his red helmet. Then, clockwise from top left, a shiny red Porsche, Bono the dog, a kippa and a tallit, which some Jewish men begin to wear from the age of Bar Mitzvah. And finally, a closer look at the tefillin.
The Hebrew wording on the cover says "Bar Mitzvah" and the Hebrew month and year of the ceremony. (The Hebrew lunar calendar is set differently than the solar calendar and is used today predominantly for Jewish religious observances.)here.