It’s Not About You
Jesse Green’s post-bar mitzvah wrap-up (in sound)
Over the past year, while Nextbook columnist Jesse Green has been documenting the preparations leading up to his son Erez’s bar mitzvah, radio producer Emily Botein has been documenting Jesse. If you’ve followed along, you’ve heard Jesse guide Erez in learning his Torah portion (with the help of Trope Trainer software), negotiate with his partner Andy over luncheon fare, and bond with Abdul the suit salesman on the merits of dark tones over bright for an austere occasion such as this one.
Here’s the final act: the big day itself.
After a year of unpleasant planning (or lack thereof), I found unplanned pleasure at my son’s bar mitzvah