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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

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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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