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Bat Mitzvah

As You Become a Bat Mitzvah

Jessica Kahan | Posted 09.26.2016 | Parents
Jessica Kahan

The weekend is here. The first family members have arrived. My lists have lists, which have lists. Your dad is doing his best to be patient as I try to check things off his list too.

Tech Tools for Bar Mitzvah Preparation in the Digital Age

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 07.29.2016 | Religion
Rabbi Jason Miller

Scrolling through my Facebook feed a few weeks ago, I noticed that the young woman whose bat mitzvah I officiated just weeks after being ordained as a...

Here's How You Can Throw Your Child An Unforgettable Coming of Age Party

Charmaine Belonio | Posted 06.29.2016 | Parents
Charmaine Belonio

Your child is turning 13 and it's getting you all excited and nervous at the same time. You know it's one of life's important milestones so you want to make sure the mitzvah you're throwing will be a memorable one.

What a Pre-Teen Taught Me About Rebounding From a Loss

Julie Halpert | Posted 11.18.2016 | Parents
Julie Halpert

There's been much discussion recently of helicopter parents and concerns that they're stifling the ability of young people to weather disappointment. We fear this generation lacks resilience, the ability to rebound from even the smallest crisis.

There's a Diploma for That

Carin Davis | Posted 06.20.2016 | 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.

To My Daughter On Her Bat Mitzvah

Nina Kotick | Posted 06.05.2016 | Parents
Nina Kotick

My wish for you as you enter adulthood on your bat mitzvah is simply this: to remain a kid. Don't lose your gift of being playful and living in the moment.

Finding Comfort in Numbers

KidSpirit | Posted 01.17.2015 | Religion

What did I believe in? It is still something I think about fairly often. If I had been raised strictly Jewish, what would be different about me and my outlook on the world?

15 Problems You'll Only Understand If You're a Jew Who Doesn't 'Look Jewish'

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 12.17.2014 | Religion
Sarah Gladstone

Once you're in, you're in, but the idea of having to "prove" something about a fundamental part of who you are, just because you don't have the "right look," seems absurd. Not all Jews are white with curly brown hair, OK? That's never been the way it was and it never will be.

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...

The No. 1 Song This Summer

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

There is one way to ensure the music of the summer reverberates into the fall and beyond. It is by discovering the song of the soul. The No. 1 hit will not be found on Billboard's charts or iTunes but inside of you and is waiting to be sung. It is music that will last forever.

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.

WATCH: Paula Abdul's "Straight Up" Bat Mitzvah

Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion

Paula Abdul has been bat mitzvahed! Abandoning earlier plans for a high-profile bat mitzvah at the Western Wall during her trip to Israel, Paula Ab...

Mazel Tov, Paula Abdul!

Posted 11.06.2013 | Religion

Paula Abdul touched down in Israel on last week with a very special goal -- to celebrate her bat mitzvah at the Western Wall. The Los Angeles-born sta...

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 ...

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.

How I Became a Bat Mitzvah Woman

Elizabeth Much | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Elizabeth Much

The last thing that I wanted at the pinnacle of pimple-faced puberty (circa 1974) was to stand in front of all of my friends and family and chant in Hebrew.

Why I'm Glad I Lost And Then Reconnected To My Religion

Linda K. Wertheimer | Posted 03.25.2013 | Religion
Linda K. Wertheimer

I once belonged more to the "Nones" than anything else. I checked Jewish on the box, but that mark was more about a cultural than religious identity. In my teens, I felt disconnected from Judaism. I was a religious school dropout at 12. But at age 41, I was in a much different place.

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.

The Body Wholly (Or, Jews and Tattoos)

Viva Hammer | Posted 01.20.2013 | Religion
Viva Hammer

Tattooing is unquestionably forbidden in the Torah, and there are still people alive whose arms are carved with the Nazis' enumeration of our destruction.

On Teenage Girls, Stories And Stones

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 12.22.2012 | Religion
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

How we guide our children as they become adults -- as they navigate the rules of the adult world by questioning stories and carrying stones -- can be a matter of life and death.

'We Were Unable To Fathom That Life Could One Day Turn Fragile'

Caren Osten Gerszberg | Posted 12.22.2012 | Women
Caren Osten Gerszberg

As live-for-the-moment eighth graders, Ellen and I were unable to fathom that life could one day turn fragile.

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.

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.

Bat Mitzvah Comes Of Age: Transforming Jewish Girls To Women For 90 Years

Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D. | Posted 05.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Carole B. Balin, Ph.D.

This year marks a double simcha for American Jews. It is the 40th anniversary of the ordination of the first woman rabbi and the 90th anniversary of the first girl to become a bat mitzvah during a worship service.