For many teens, having a bar or bat mitzvah is both a beginning and an ending. According to Jewish tradition, the ceremony signifies a child's transition into manhood or womanhood. For some teens, it also marks the end of a structured Jewish education. Some kids dread Hebrew school and deem this coming-of-age ceremony their educational swan song. On the other hand, some parents see the bar or bat mitzvah as a means to an end, leaving teens to discover where Judaism fits into their lives on their own.
For the next few weeks, you will be hearing about girls and sex. "Oprah," "Leeza," "Charlie Rose," The New York Times, even The Jewish Journal -- media great and small will focus airwaves and inches on a topic that, while hardly new, rarely gets serious, sustained attention.
Naomi Wolf, author of "Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood"
Sex will always be with us, but thoughtful, non-hysterical conversations about sexual issues are few and far between. With the publication of her newest book, "Promiscuities: The Secret Struggle for Womanhood" (Random House, $24), social critic Naomi Wolf has helped bring the subject of girls' sexuality to the national spotlight in a serious way -- for at least as long as it takes to conduct a book tour.