On the Sunday evening after our son’s bar mitzvah, the bar mitzvah boy turned to me over brunch leftovers served as dinner and very honestly and curiously asked me, “Mom, how come you cried at my…bar mitzvah?” I tried as best as I could on the spot to explain to my boy-turned-man what I was feeling at services the previous morning. I gave him a rather canned answer—something about loving him and being proud of him and missing my own mother. He nodded and later that night went back to… >> Read More
It's never too late to have a bar mitzvah. The world's oldest man, 113-year-old Yisrael Kristal, a Holocaust survivor living in Israel, is living proof of that. His daughter, Shulimath Kristal…Kuperstoch, recently told the DPA news agency that 100 family members will gather in Kristal’s home city of Haifa in the next few weeks to celebrate with him. Kristal had his birthday last week, and was recognized as the world’s oldest man in March. So why did he skip his bar mitzvah celebration to begin with? Because… >> Read More
In completely bizarre, disturbing news, a 34-year-old yoga teacher is currently on trial for allegedly flashing boys at a bar mitzvah party and letting them fondle her breasts.
Talk about a shanda.…The incident happened last year in Arizona. Lindsey Ann Radomski faces 18 charges for lifting her shirt and flashing her newly enhanced breasts while there were boys in the room ages 11-15 on two occasions, according to local reports. She is also accused of performing a sex act on a 15-year-old boy at the party. And here… >> Read More
20 minutes is very little time. It’s not enough to find out how an episode of “Scandal” ends. It’s not enough to catch up with your friend between meetings and really get a…sense of how things are going in her life. It’s not enough. 20 minutes is a lot of time. It can feel like hours if you are running in the cold before dawn and you can’t feel your fingers. It can feel like hours if you are waiting for news from your doctor that will make… >> Read More
I ran into a mom the other day whose son is having his bar mitzvah in a few weeks, just before my son. Our boys were in the same preschool class together at the JCC, back when they smelled like…finger paint and graham crackers. How's the planning going? we chirped. Good, you know, busy, still waiting on all those late RSVPs. Then we looked at each other and cried. This is the part of bar mitzvah planning I did not anticipate. I had been so worried about the details, the cost, the time: How… >> Read More