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It’s Never Too Late For a Bar Mitzvah

When Matthew Jurgens was a toddler, his mother’s dying wish for was for him to become a bar mitzvah. Now 31, he’s fulfilled it with the help of a special rabbi.

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Donning Tefillin for the First Time with the Munkatcher Rebbe

Composer Yossi Green ushers his grandson into Jewish adulthood

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Throwing Out the Ten Commandments—the Ones That Once Sat Atop My Cake

I found a memento from my bar mitzvah in my parents’ house. Was it finally time to let go of the past, or was it worth keeping?

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Bar Mitzvah Boy Preaches Marriage Equality

The most articulate d’var Torah you’ve ever heard a 13-year-old deliver

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The Drake Dialogues: Take Care, Because Nothing Is Ever the Same

The Jewish rapper releases his new ‘Nothing Was the Same.’ A pair of rabid hip-hop fans debate its value.

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The Evolution of the Bar Mitzvah Dance Video

Introducing Sam Horowitz and his troupe of scantily-clad female dancers

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Newly Famous Town Crier Also Does Bar Mitzvahs

Hire a royalist for your prince or princess’ special occasion

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Bar Mitzvah Boy Comes to the Aid of a Southern Synagogue in Disrepair

Elijah Schulman’s family had roots in Selma, Ala. Now his mitzvah project will help maintain its century-old temple.

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The Boy in the Orthodox Bubble: Missing Out on a ‘Typical’ Childhood

Growing up religious, I missed out on a lot that other kids enjoyed. But looking back, I wouldn’t change it.

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Bar Mitzvahs on the Beach

Destination bar and bat mitzvahs take Jewish ceremonies to exotic locations—far from the synagogue back home

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Like a Rolling Stone

Rock legend Al Kooper opens up to Princeton’s Sean Wilentz about making music with Bob Dylan, and more

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Doing Mitzvah Projects Right

Don’t just ask for donations at your bar or bat mitzvah. Do some homework and find a cause with meaning.

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Daniel’s Bar Mitzvah Video Goes Viral

Tablet Magazine: fashioner of unwitting child stars

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The Wall Between Us

At his bar mitzvah, my son took his place in the men’s section of the shul—a place where mothers can’t go

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You Never Call, You Never Watch

U.K. reality show Jewish Mum of the Year hunts for the most unbearable person on Earth

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Black Bar Mitzvahs

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Taking Off My Tefillin

I used to love putting on tefillin every day, but as I got older, I lost my faith. Now they sit on my shelf.

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Prepping for a Long Island Bar Mitzvah

Let the fireworks begin

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Do Bar Mitzvahs Happen on Every Birthright Trip?

Our tour educator explains why he performs bar mitzvahs during the 10-day experience.

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Birthright’s Bar Mitzvah Class

Twelve participantssome raised Catholic, others with little Jewish knowledgeget called to the Torah

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Drake Is Now the Man

Jewish rapper all-star offers the platonic ideal of the American bar mitzvah. No, really.

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Congregation B’nai Kabul

Most of the time, Larry Bazer runs a shul in Massachusetts. But for the past six months, he served in the military as the only rabbi in Afghanistan.

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And I

Whitney Houston’s music played at bar mitzvahs across America in the 1990s—the theme songs of a forgotten adolescence

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Today He Is a Fountain Pen

President Obama gives a bar mitzvah speech to Reform conference

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Becoming Women

Bat mitzvahs tell us less about tradition than they do about how girls create rites for coming of age, as the new book Today I Am a Woman shows

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Coming of Age

Writing a song for my synagogue, hearing it sung at Lincoln Center, and finally finding the right words to tell my kids why Judaism is important

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Mixed Messages

An increasing number of intermarried couples are choosing to raise their children with two religions. Three videos, part of a Columbia Journalism School project, allow interfaith kids to speak for themselves.

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In Good Company

When memoirist Janice Erlbaum was 13, she was elated to attend the bar mitzvah of her secret heartthrob. But when she found herself hanging with the mean girls, things turned less celebratory.

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In Lieu of Gifts

Forgoing the usual bar and bat mitzvah swag, some teens are asking guests to contribute to charity

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Goldstone Bows Out From Grandson’s Bar Mitzvah

Pressure from S. African community will keep the judge from joining the hora