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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

Comment of the Week

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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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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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Sundown: Solar-Powered Peace

An uncommon rite, bubbly’s back, and Obama’s image

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Sundown: A Different Kind of Death Sentence

Rockin’ to Peres, belated womanhood, and fear in Pittsburgh

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Saturday Night Fever

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

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Sundown: Foxholes and Kid Lit

Strange places for atheists, the plight of prisoners, and baseball takes a stand

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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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The Half-Life

How do the products of an interfaith marriage choose their identities?

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Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon

The frenetic, hormonally charged days before a bat mitzvah

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Faking It

When girls want to know how Stacy Friedman’s bat mitzvah compares with my own, I need to be armed with answers.

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Party Pooper

Entourage disappoints one of the faithful

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From Saccharine to Satire

A brief history of the television bar mitzvah