life cycle

Bar And Bat Mitzvah Can Be A Sacred Moment

11/19/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The great American bar/bat mitzvah has become a source of parody in Jewish life. The 13-year olds are at the most awkward stage of their lives with hormones raging. Anywhere from 10 to 50 friends might be invited who then sit in the sanctuary with no interest in the service and little clue as what is transpiring. The relatives and friends of the parents are polite but often sit stoically, unnerved by the unfamiliarity of the surroundings.

'The generational passage can and should be a sacred moment.' Photo by Greg Land

Dor Holech V’Dor Ba…One Generation Moves On, Another Comes Along

11/19/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

In what has to be a fairly unusual juxtaposition, I happen to have both a son and a son-in-law who are scheduled to be ordained as rabbis by the Jewish Theological Seminary this coming spring.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik
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