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Bar Mitzvah

WATCH: 31-Year-Old Honors Late Mother's Wish By Having His Bar Mitzvah

HooplaHa | Posted 06.26.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

When Matthew Jurgens' mother passed away when he only 2 years old, her last request from Rabbi Pearl was for her son to have his Bar Mitzvah.

5 Best Jewish Jokes Ever

Lawrence Rifkin | Posted 06.22.2015 | Comedy
Lawrence Rifkin

"Last Jewish Comic Standing," was what our family named a game we came up with for our guests to play at our son's Bar Mitzvah reception. Each guest pulled a classic Jewish joke written on a piece of paper and told the joke to the crowd.

There's a Diploma for That

Carin Davis | Posted 06.20.2015 | Education
Carin Davis

I know the students worked hard, but perhaps Class of 2015 shouldn't refer to any student who finished any grade this year. Let's save the pomp and circumstance for just one very special circumstance: the day a person is actually awarded her hard-earned degree.

Israeli President Cancels Bar Mitzvah Conducted By Non-Orthodox Rabbi

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) Conservative Jews in the U.S. and Israel have accused Israeli President Reuven Rivlin of canceling a bar mitzvah ceremony at the offic...

Making Bar/Bat Mitzvah Meaningful for a New Generation

Rabbi Michael Knopf | Posted 05.15.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Michael Knopf

That, more or less, is how the dominant model of Bar/Bat Mitzvah, in which leading services and/or chanting from scripture are the primary focus of both the ceremony and the educational journey toward it, was born.

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

When we see people doing just and praiseworthy acts, we should honor them for their efforts. If we stand idly by and watch as the cynics work to find the negatives in positive situations, we are doing a disservice to society.

NYC Teens' Bar Mitzvah Projects Support Youth Baseball in Detroit

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

The true meaning of a bar mitzvah. A charitable initiative like the one these boys have created combines their own passions, helps those less fortunate and brings more meaning into their Jewish coming-of-age ritual.

Nicki Minaj Just Raised The Bar For Bar Mitzvahs Everywhere

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 05.05.2015 | Teen

Nicki Minaj knows how to celebrate with the best of them -- especially the teens. The rap star performed at one lucky teen's Bar Mitzvah this past ...

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 01.16.2015 | Religion
Lisa Mirza Grotts

The Bar Mitzvah is to the Jews as Confirmation is to several Christian denominations. It occurs when a Jewish boy turns thirteen, and it takes place on the first Saturday after that birthday.

Should Jewish Girls Be Allowed To Read Torah At The Western Wall?

Religion News Service | Michele Chabin | Posted 10.13.2014 | Religion

JERUSALEM (RNS) A new bus ad campaign promoting the right of girls to celebrate their bat mitzvah at the Western Wall is the latest push by the femini...

How To Plan A $150,000 Bar Mitzvah

HuffPost Live | Posted 08.22.2014 | Religion

When you want a Bar Mitzvah that none of your guests will forget, these are the men you call. The Jewish coming-of-age celebration can range from t...

David Arquette Had A Bar Mitzvah In Israel At Age 40

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion

Growing up, David Arquette wanted to have a Bar Mitzvah. But when his mom denied his request, dismissing it as him just wanting "presents," the "Screa...

Pondering Religion's Absence as Son Turns 13

Steph Thompson | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Steph Thompson

There was no bar mitzvah, no ceremony where a rabbi and temple congregants congratulated him, no family and friends invited from far and wide. I am sad about this and, yet, here we are, a couple days away from the sleepover and paintball party that will mark my son's coming of age.

Review: David Michael Finkelstein's Bar Mitzvah

Ilene Angel | Posted 05.05.2014 | Arts
Ilene Angel

This immersive musical by the talented Fabisch, who wrote the book, music and lyrics for this, provides the audience a ringside seat for an evening of unabashed hilarity. And to top it all off, there is free dessert served to complete the delicious experience.

Drake Goes Back To His Bar Mitzvah On 'SNL'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 01.25.2014 | Comedy

Drake was not about to let anyone forget his roots when hosting "Saturday Night Live" this weekend. In his opening monologue, the rapper brought up hi...

Jewish Teen Offers Incredible Bar Mitzvah Speech In Support Of Gay Marriage

Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

An Oregon teen is heating up the blogosphere after video footage of his incredible Bar Mitzvah speech in support of same-sex marriage surfaced. In...

What False Eyelashes Did For Me

Laura Zinn Fromm | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Laura Zinn Fromm

One sunny August afternoon, my younger son and I walked to the post office and mailed out 200 bar mitzvah invitations. We had spent that morning sitting in the dining room, licking envelopes and placing royal blue and red stamps that resembled the Giants logo onto the upper right corners of heavy, cream-colored envelopes.

Why I'm Judging Those Who Throw Elaborate Bar Mitzvah Parties

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

As a rule, I try not to criticize the choices of others. If they have earned or inherited their piles of money, who am I to stand in judgement of how they spend it? Actually, I'm officially tossing that rule out the window, effective immediately.

Bar Mitzvah Relevance!

Bob Morris | Posted 11.05.2013 | Style
Bob Morris

The NY Times cover "news" story today about making Bar and Bat Mitzvahs more relevant needs a look at this little Fashion Week and High Holiday video ...

Passing the Torch to a New 'Bar Mitzvah Boy'

Shaun Sperling | Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices
Shaun Sperling

Yesterday my Facebook page and Twitter account blew up with posts about a new bar mitzvah boy, Sam Horowitz. The video of Sam's bar mitzvah -- complete with a a troupe of dancers, a sharp outfit, and a look of pure joy and exhilaration on Sam's face -- is awe-inspiring.

Bar Mitzvah - The Day After: Parshat Ki Teitzei

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

We spend so much time preparing for bar mitzvahs. But what happens next?

What a Few Deep Breaths Can Teach You

Rabbi Joseph Meszler | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joseph Meszler

The ability to stop and breathe is one of the most important -- and neglected -- skills we have. We often don't take a moment and just breathe into a situation, and too often we panic and forget ourselves.

Can A Dog Heal Empty Nest Syndrome?

Melissa T. Shultz | Posted 07.06.2013 | Fifty
Melissa T. Shultz

Our dog Benjamin will be 13 this fall. There won't be a bar mitzvah or a confirmation, but we'll note the occasion with some extra treats, and maybe one of those singing birthday cards that he loves to destroy.

The Boston Marathon Tragedy: One Mom's Chain of Events

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Rachel Blaufeld

My 12-year-old son was the first to inform me of the tragedy at the Boston Marathon. He received an auto-update from SportsCenter.

The Sisterhood's Christian Bar Mitzvah: Can Jewish Ritual Be Borrowed?

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 03.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

The notion of a Christian boy celebrating a bar mitzvah was enough to irk many Jewish viewers, but the show ruffled even more feathers by using Jewish ritual items for the occasion.