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  • A Bat Mitzvah Blessing to Our Daughter.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    April 4, 2016 | 7:39 am

    Nooshin (N).  My dear Ariel.

    Afshine (A).  My dear Ariel.

    N.  It’s wonderful to see your family and friends gather around you in this holy place.  You might think that this is all about you.

    A.  It's actually about your place within Judaism.  You see, my grandpa Aghajan...

  • Why bar mitzvah DJs charge the big bucks

    By Elyse Glickman

    November 24, 2015 | 2:28 pm

    Even though weddings, corporate parties and birthday celebrations keep DJs busy throughout the year, a new study reveals that you’ll probably pay more for one to play “Hava Nagila”  — or anything else — at a bar or bat mitzvah.

    The national survey results, released earlier this...

  • View from the Back

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    April 24, 2013 | 8:00 am

    When you attend a bar or bat mitzvah service, you might sit somewhere in the middle of the sanctuary. Or, maybe you sit closer to the front. Regardless, chances are you’re hoping to get a seat that allows you to take in all the action. Chances are, most of the time you think you’re...

  • Boy donates two ambulances

    January 16, 2013 | 2:04 pm

    Robert Leeds’ bar mitzvah party last February was something special.

    During the cocktail hour, Cirque du Soleil entertainers roller-skated on a half-pipe. The celebration — which had a British invasion theme with English guards, a teahouse and traditional pub food — also featured...

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  • What happens to a Hebrew-School dropout?

    June 27, 2012 | 1:23 pm

    My 11-year-old son, Ari, is now a Hebrew-school dropout.

    I am aware that that’s the name of a comedy act and a line of T-shirts. But, for me, the phrase is not a punch line, but a punch in the gut.

    I imagine my response was just like parents whose kids drop out of high school:...

  • Words from the heart

    June 27, 2012 | 1:11 pm

    The nerve-wracking morning of a bar or bat mitzvah will eventually be all that’s left standing between a student and his or her catered night of extravagant partying. The b’nai mitzvah coach already has helped detangle the Hebrew and trope, but the pressure of reading the Torah...

  • Snail mail or e-mail: How will your next invitation be sent?

    June 27, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    My bat mitzvah invitation had bright purple embossed text on a hot pink card with my name enlarged in decorative script at the top and daisies adorning the bottom.

    Twenty-plus years later, I remember eagerly waiting for my friends to receive the invitations and running home weeks...

  • Drake gets re-bar mitzvah’d

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 10, 2012 | 9:44 pm

    Details of the latest Drake video, seen above (explicit version), from Bloggish:

    Drake released his newest music video this week, titled “HYFR” (Hell Yeah F***ing Right). It features a lot of swearing, dancing women in minimal clothing and fellow rapper Lil’ Wayne.

    What...

  • Extravagant Jewish celebrations — Have we gone too far?

    July 19, 2011 | 4:32 pm

    A wedding that costs $100,000? A bar mitzvah that costs $20,000? When did extravagance and luxury become such primary Jewish values? I can’t remember the last simcha (Jewish celebration) I attended at which there were not tremendous amounts of wasted food, overly expensive napkins...

  • Bat mitzvah gone wild

    December 14, 2010 | 11:32 pm

    When I walked into an on-call catering job a couple of months ago, I was genuinely thrilled to discover that we would be serving food for a bat mitzvah party. Since I had never had a bat mitzvah — let alone attended one — it seemed like a fun opportunity to create some memories...

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