Bar and bat mitzvah parties so dominate the social lives of teens in New York City that, according to a New York Times article, non-Jewish families are holding "faux mitzvahs" for their envious offspring.
What is a bar or bat mitzvah supposed to be? How did it end up like this? Read our overview to learn more, and check out the many new ways families are meaningfully enhancing their bar and bat mitzvah celebrations.
A mother's prayer on the occasion of her daughter becoming Bat Mitzvah [more]
A beautiful song, a lullaby, about fully accepting our children and offering them complete freedom to become themselves. [more]
From Talmud Brachot 17a [more]
"May you live to see your world fulfilled"—song by Debbie Friedman, z"l - based on Talmud Berachot 17a [more]
A modern version in English of the traditional prayer for giving thanks [more]
Blessing for loved ones (partner, children, guest, etc...) on Shabbat or any occassion. [more]
A poem dedicated to women who are crafters of tallitot [more]
Originally written for the period of Teshuvah — return — preceding the High Holy Days [more]