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Debra Doppelt Karplus

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Did you ever find yourself on a path, not your intended path, but it turned out okay, or maybe even better than just okay?

When I was 13, in our predominantly Jewish neighborhood only a few girls had a bat mitzvah. I attended several b’nei mitzvah of male classmates and found the services incredibly boring, probably because I was totally clueless about what was going on, but the evening parties were fun and a chance to dance and flirt with cute boys.

Like many of my generation who came of age in the 1960s, I went off to college creating no time or place in my heart for...

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