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After a year of unpleasant planning (or lack thereof), I found unplanned pleasure at my son’s bar mitzvah
In the final countdown to the big event, one chore keeps not getting done
After months of avoiding the big decisions, we finally began making the small ones
Compromise about a bar mitzvah suit? Sure. About basic human dignity? Perhaps not so much.
In a few months our son will become a man, with all the rights and responsibilities of Jewish adulthood. But what about us?
We thought getting Erez to learn his Torah portion would be the hard part. Then we started planning the party.
If cleanliness is next to godliness, 13 may be the worst age to ask a boy to take faith seriously
Every 13-year-old who faces the Torah has a tough code to crack. For parents, the code may be even tougher.
But the bill for our son’s manhood became a convenient cover story for our anxiety
Allan Sherman’s page in the American songbook
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