Although the bar/bat mitzvah is usually regarded within Judaism as the consummate rite of passage, for most American teenagers the real moment of truth is the acquisition of a driver’s license. Teenagers long for this moment; parents dread it. On Ritualwell we offer some meaningful ways to mark this rite of passage as a family and to give voice to both the child’s accomplishment and the parents’ need for safety.
Like the liturgists of old, Arlin’s work troubles us where we are too comfortable and comforts us when we are troubled
Ritual helps us pay attention. From the joy of a recovery to the grief of a funeral, ritual helps us inhabit the breadth of human experience.