In Lieu of Gifts

Forgoing the usual bar and bat mitzvah swag, some teens are asking guests to contribute to charity

Sundown: Solar-Powered Peace

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

Sundown: A Different Kind of Death Sentence

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

Saturday Night Fever

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

Sundown: Foxholes and Kid Lit

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

Sundown: Birthright Spreads More than Jew-Love

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

Today I Am an Actor

Expert tips for the phony bar mitzvah boy

The Half-Life

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

Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon

The frenetic, hormonally charged days before a bat mitzvah

Faking It

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

Party Pooper

Entourage disappoints one of the faithful

From Saccharine to Satire

A brief history of the television bar mitzvah

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