Back when I posted about my referral I made a reference to signs. I am usually not one to put a lot of faith in that sort of thing but I had a very strange feeling a few days ago and couldn't figure it out and when I finally realized it I got the chills. In a Jewish child's life their Bar or Bat Mitzvah signifies their transition into adulthood. I was raised in a very reform household but my mother really wanted me to have a Jewish upbringing that included all the significant life events and celebrations. For a variety of reasons that aren't appropriate to address here it was postponed and as a result mine was a little later than what is typical by a little less than a year. It was held on Purim which was considered an honor. It is not typical for a woman to hold a Torah but because of the significance of the double celebration I was asked to not only hold it but carry it through the sanctuary to signify becoming a Jewish woman. My Bat Mitzvah was March 18th, 1984. My LOI was sent to China on March 18th. Enough said.