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Bat Mitzvah

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, QuinceaƱeras 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.

Caterers Accused Of Violating Kosher Laws

AP | By FRANK ELTMAN | Posted 02.09.2012 | New York

MINEOLA, N.Y. -- The owner of one of Long Island's largest catering companies has been accused of seriously violating Jewish law by having workers pre...

The Neuroscience Of The Bar Mitzvah

William Grassie | Posted 02.09.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

At the Bar Mitzvah, I couldn't help but think that the tribe had done this young man a great service, literally surrounding him with family and friends expressing loving affirmation and setting high expectations for his future.

Why I Went to Occupy L.A. Instead of Synagogue

Sophie Johnson | Posted 12.10.2011 | Home
Sophie Johnson

I am joining those kids whose parents have lost their jobs and lost their homes and I want to be counted among the people who are trying to change America back to being a place we can all be proud of living in.

Seven Things You Should Know At Your Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Brad Hirschfield | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Brad Hirschfield

Whatever you do, wherever you do it, and whatever you think about bar and bat mitzvah, here are seven things to consider in order to help make sure th...

Memoirists Are the Lit World Equivalent of Reality Television Stars

Jeff Klima | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeff Klima

These days, memoirists are a dime a dozen. They should update the saying to, "Those who can no longer do, write memoirs. Those who can't write memoirs, teach. Those who can't teach, also write memoirs."

Extravagant Weddings and Bar Mitzvahs Humiliate the Jewish Community

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

How ironic that a people who have survived forced baptisms are now drowning in an ocean of profligacy. Rabbis should be thundering from the pulpit that extravagant weddings are an abrogation of Jewish values.

Clouds in Her Coffee

Nora Zelevansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Nora Zelevansky

None of my brushes with fame resonate as deeply as one run-in with Carly Simon during a warm, late spring day in 1989. I was knee deep in bar/bat mitzvah season.

How to Build a Community With Every Bite

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

Sadly, we live in an era where Bar and Bat Mitzvahs have become night-club shuls with absurd budgets. One family went the opposite route, incorporating sustainable practices throughout.