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