When my son, Jacob, was 9 or 10 years old, he surprised me by announcing that he wanted a bar mitzvah. Don’t get me wrong — I was delighted. I just didn’t know how I was going to pull it off.…We didn’t belong to a temple or synagogue, neither in the family I came from nor the family I made. Nobody in my family had a bar or bat mitzvah when I was growing up. So, I suggested that we could do what his grandpa — his namesake, my father — did. As the story… >> Read More
It's been nearly 25 years since Adam Sandler blessed us all with his iconic song about Hanukkah. And now, the comedian is back with another Jewish banger (and no, it's not a follow-up to the fourth…rendition of the "The Chanukah Song"). On Wednesday, Netflix dropped Sandler's latest standup special, 100% Fresh. (The title refers to his low Rotten Tomato ratings.) The special is a mashup of several live performances, stitched together. Straight jokes are sprinkled throughout the show, but Sandler's shticky songs like "My Uber driver smells bad" and "My… >> Read More
What did YOU do last weekend? If you weren't at one of two super-lavish bar mitzvahs in Manhattan, well, then I guess you missed out. (We did, too).
Downtown at at high-end club/restaurant Tao, a…newly-minted man named Jake celebrated his bar mitzvah with rapper Cardi B and the the Knicks City Dancers — and even the "Kodak Black" singer was impressed: "Bro, I just left my first bar mitzvah. I just did a bar mitzvah for this cute little boy called Jake. Epic," Cardi B said on her Instagram… >> Read More
Initially, we thought we’d abscond to Israel for my son’s bar mitzvah. We’d lug a Torah up Masada, have our son chant his prayers as the sun rose, then go jump in the Dead Sea. Simple and…straightforward, right? But as we talked things over — and priced it out — we realized it would be a shame not to celebrate this milestone with family and friends, our close-knit Brooklyn community that’s integral to Noah’s life. If we were going to keep the simcha stateside, it needed to reflect Noah as an… >> Read More
Just a few three days after my son’s bar mitzvah, it felt like it had been a lifetime. For three weeks, I didn’t sleep. For three days I couldn’t eat. After the service— which was beautiful,…natch—my sister-in-law literally pulled me away from a conversation I was having to sit at the table and eat. As I sat there with my family, I said, “one down, two to go.” Not two more kids: two more weekend events. For quite some time, I have been planning to write this article. These were… >> Read More