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Today I Am a Fountain Pen

The ritual isn

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The Big Day

After a year of unpleasant planning (or lack thereof), I found unplanned pleasure at my son’s bar mitzvah

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You Gotta Have Faith

In the final countdown to the big event, one chore keeps not getting done

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God Is in the Details

After months of avoiding the big decisions, we finally began making the small ones

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Don’t Ask, Don’t Kvell

Compromise about a bar mitzvah suit? Sure. About basic human dignity? Perhaps not so much.

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The Gayish Problem

In a few months our son will become a man, with all the rights and responsibilities of Jewish adulthood. But what about us?

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Stiffnecked People

We thought getting Erez to learn his Torah portion would be the hard part. Then we started planning the party.

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Morey Hid a Lethal Loom

Every 13-year-old who faces the Torah has a tough code to crack. For parents, the code may be even tougher.

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Today, You Are a Money Pit

But the bill for our son’s manhood became a convenient cover story for our anxiety

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My Son, the Assimilator

Allan Sherman’s page in the American songbook

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