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Sundown: New Human Rights Watch Head

Plus don’t cry for A’jad, Elie Wiesel, and more

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Saturday Night Fever

Why some families are opting for havdalah bar or bat mitzvah services

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A Disturbing, Mostly Nonexistent Trend

Do b’nai mitzvah engage in oral sex?

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Today I Am a Word Processor!

Ridiculous press release promotes virtual b’nai mitzvah

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Sundown: Birthright Spreads More than Jew-Love

Plus, a beer becomes a man and crankiness becomes a disease

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Today I Am an Actor

Expert tips for the phony bar mitzvah boy

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Disengaged

A murky homeland is hard to stand by

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Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon

The frenetic, hormonally charged days before a bat mitzvah

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Ritual du Jour

Vanessa Ochs studies “bark mitzvahs” and other modern inventions

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Today I Am a Fountain Pen

The ritual isn

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Return of the Nonexistent

Can a son’s failure to have a bar mitzvah be a mitzvah?

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It’s Not About You

Jesse Green’s post-bar mitzvah wrap-up (in sound)

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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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Popularity Contests

Composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown hasn’t always had an easy time fitting in. Neither have his characters.

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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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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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From Saccharine to Satire

A brief history of the television bar mitzvah

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