Preface: while Orthodox folks are welcome to chime in, I’m Reform (or perhaps Conservaform, as it were), so those answers might be more . . . . useful . . . . to my specific situation.
So, my bat mitzvah reading is on Erev Shavuot. I’m sharing the ten commandments with a couple of other adult b’nei mitzvahs, and my specific two commandments are three and four, but I’m planning to speak about all ten (especially since at least two of the other women aren’t planning on speaking).
Here comes the question. It’s a weird one.
My take on the ten commandments is summed up in the thesis “the ten commandments aren’t really about the ten commandments. They’re a blueprint to follow that sums up all 613,” in which the outline of that blueprint is “be kind,” set in an ever-widening circle: be kind to G-d (commandments 1-3), be kind to yourself (commandment 4), be kind to your family (commandments 5 and 7), and finally, be kind to your community (commandments 6-10).
I really kind of want to open with a quote from Harry Potter: “someday, you will be asked to choose between what is right, and what is easy. On that day, remember.” But then I wonder if a children’s series about magic–even if it’s just a particularly apt quote–is really an appropriate thing to quote from the bimah.
Your thoughts? Is the source of the quote a problem? Is it frowned on to even introduce another book, even though I’m using it as sort of an overarching everything to encapsulate my points about Torah?