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B'nai Mitzvah

View of coastal Netanya Israel with both industrial buildings and lush beaches in view

It’s almost Shabbat in Netanya, a coastal town in central Israel, and I’m with Rabbi Edgar Nof, the Energizer Bunny of mitzvot and inclus

Rabbi Neal Gold
Bat mitzvah girl holding Torah scroll

Everyone kept saying, “Whatever happens at Netta’s bat mitzvah will happen. It’ll be fine.”

Allyson Perling
Wooden nested dolls un-nested

This year, as summer folded into fall, we celebrated our son Josh becoming a bar mitzvah.

Rabbi Sharon G. Forman
bar mitzvah boy in tallit returning the scroll to the ark

“So what’s the theme of your son’s bar mitzvah?”

It was such a simple question that it’s difficult to explain exactly why it stumped me.

Rabbi Anthony Fratello

As b’nai mitzvah students and their families prepare for their big day, life can start to feel like a whirlwind of phone calls with caterers, chanting Torah trope while pacing up and down

Sarah Resnick

When I was in fifth grade, my teacher, Mr. Lynch, told my class that he does charity for ALS.

Ian Meyer

Generally speaking, I'm not easily offended - but I did have a problem with this blessing the first time I stumbled upon it:

Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe

I’ve attended countless bar and bat mitzvah ceremonies throughout the years, including those of family members, my children’s classmates, and adult b’nai mitzvah, for men and women who never had a

Howard Lev

Tikkun olam, the repair of our world, is a bit like motherhood and apple pie in that no one can disagree with its intent.

Dr. Ruth Nemzoff

I wore a button-down, tea-length peach dress with shoulder pads. My mother convinced me that it looked elegant, and that the matching peach tights really completed my look.

Cantor Aviva Marer


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