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Ten Things I’ve Learned After Two Bat Mitzvahs

Party favors are Satan’s carnival prizes, and other bits of wisdom from a seasoned organizer of rites of passage

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The Five Worst Torah Portions Ever

The most boring, the grossest, the most embarrassing to chant in front of your classmates!

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Torah Learning for Jewish Youth

A review of Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin’s new ‘B’nai Mitzvah Torah Commentary,’ which sometimes feels uninspired and out of touch

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Three Rules for a Better Bar or Bat Mitzvah

Jews do the milestone event all wrong. Here’s a quick, and meaningful, fix.

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Three Incredible Bat Mitzvahs

A sweet story about a group of women—three octogenarians and one nonagenarian—who embarked on a journey to become bat mitzvahs shows, once again, that it’s never too late to fulfill a lifelong dream

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How To Dress for a Bat Mitzvah, by Mariah Carey

The legendary R&B singer has us feeling emotions after she stole the show at the bat mitzvah of her manager’s daughter

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Keep Making ‘Stupid’ Bat Mitzvah Movies, Become Han Solo

Your new Star Wars star is Alden Ehrenreich, a ‘Jewish prince of the Palisades’ who was discovered after a video he made with a buddy was shown at a bat mitzvah

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L’Chaim! In Praise of Ostentatious, Vulgar, Nouveau Riche Jews Spending Money Like There’s No Tomorrow

Puritan restraint is fine, if you haven’t been unaccommodated and unwelcome elsewhere for centuries

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Brand Awareness

This week on Unorthodox: Drake does bat mitzvahs, plus the designer behind Bernie Sanders’ campaign logo and Whit Stillman’s most memorable on-screen WASP

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For Jewish Converts, It’s Never Too Late for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah

For these adults, the ceremony isn’t about presents or lavish parties. It’s about affirming their place in the Jewish community.

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Far From the Tree

An open letter to writer Elizabeth Weil, who’s unsure how to help her 12-year-old become a bat mitzvah

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Copenhagen Bat Mitzvah Girl Celebrates in Israel

One month after deadly synagogue shooting during rite of passage

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The Women Who Came Before Her

In my daughter’s eyes, nose, and spirit, I see her strong, diverse foremothers

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Kvelling Over My Daughter’s Bat Mitzvah

Josie made her own choices about how to express her Jewishness, on a day that marked a transition for the whole family

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A Fashion Week Bat Mitzvah Video Shoot

Stylish Westchester preteens steal the show from Marc Jacobs

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How Buying a Tallit at 46 Helped Me Claim My Place in the Jewish Community

I’ve struggled for decades to feel comfortable in synagogue as a single woman. Wrapped in a silk prayer shawl, I finally felt at home.

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Desperately Seeking Jennifer

NPR’s Planet Money wants to reunite Jennifer with her bat mitzvah t-shirt

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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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My Spiritual Fitness Regimen

Instead of focusing on dieting before my daughter’s bat mitzvah, I decided to get in shape emotionally

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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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A Baby’s Journey Back to Health

When my newborn daughter became gravely ill, I found strength in the first Torah portion I ever chanted

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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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I’m Getting Bat Mitzvahed on Birthright

A Tableteer explains why she’s taking the plunge, along with a dozen others on the bus

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She Can Dance If She Want To

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Bat Mitzvahs Get Too Glitzy

Women fought for a ceremony to mark a Jewish girl’s passage into womanhood. Now the ritual’s meaning is often lost amid flashy parties and clothes.

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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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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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God Is in the Details

What a parody bat mitzvah speech tells us about real ones

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Sundown: Israel Alleges Flotilla Brings War

Plus GOP hammers Obama on Syria envoy, and more

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