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Bar Mitzvah

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.

UN Vote Palestine

Jeff Danziger | Posted 01.30.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger

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Tales From The Autism Spectrum: My Friend AmberDawn...

David Trumble | Posted 01.23.2013 | Arts
David Trumble

The power of art and creativity to illuminate the world for others is not simply a cultural benefit, but also a deeply important tool to help the authors themselves navigate their way through their own emotions, experiences and journeys.

Giving Thanks

Rebecca Sive | Posted 01.20.2013 | Chicago
Rebecca Sive

Thanksgiving is the holiday I treasure most because we give thanks for dreams that have come true, even if only in part, and even if cut short.

Mazel Tov! Birthright Israel Has Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Posted 10.23.2012 | Religion

Mazel Tov, Birthright! More than 400 people got so much naches last Thursday (Oct. 18) as the organization -- also known as Taglit, in Hebrew -- ma...

Coming of Age Rites Are Growing Up

Marta Segal Block | Posted 10.27.2012 | Parents
Marta Segal Block

Although many cultures have coming of age rituals, in most of the U.S. three kinds of parties take center stage: Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Quinceañeras and Sweet 16 parties. Like the children who have them, these parties are undergoing changes and those changes have become big business.

WATCH: This Kid's Bar Mitzvah Dance Will Change Your Life

Posted 08.17.2012 | Comedy

No. No words. Poetry. They should have sent a poet to write about Shaun Sperling's 1992 Bar Mitzvah dance. Everything about this is art. Nothing we ca...

Bar Mitzvah Fireworks Show Embroils Congressman

Politico | Posted 08.15.2012 | Politics

Eric Semler wanted to throw his son a Bar Mitzvah bash that he would never forget -- capped by a fireworks show near the hedge fund investor's Southam...

Can You Choose Your Child's Religion?

Robin Gorman Newman | Posted 06.26.2012 | Parents
Robin Gorman Newman

What about happiness? Does diligence in the face of reluctance lead to happier adulthood? What about enjoying childhood? You're only young once.

What My Nanny Left Me

Tablet Magazine | Posted 04.17.2012 | Religion

By Ross Kenneth Urken Tablet Magazine How did a Jewish boy from New Jersey end up speaking with a Jamaican accent? It’s an enduring inheritance ...

Is Drake's 'Re-Bar Mitzvah' A Mockery Of Judaism?

Rabbi Daniel Brenner | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Daniel Brenner

Drake has never been reticent about his Jewish roots. But what does his latest song have to do with bar mitzvah? And how should we react when a video for a song that relates a life of private jets, expensive alcohol, pills and sexually aggressive women is shot in a synagogue?