For children, traditions and rituals are significant; they provide predictability, support, and familiarity, while bringing families together and creating unity and a sense of belonging.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that it can be difficult to be Jewish at Christmas time. It has seeped into North American cultural consciousness so thoroughly that South Park even wrote a song about it, complete with trademark expletives.
The events of my son’s bar mitzvah day don't begin to tell the story of how Max arrived at that moment.
Aside from a date, what can these two events possibly have in common? Strange as it may seem, there are a few points of comparison.