Adult B’nai Mitzvah – The Power of Ritual

05/03/2012 - 20:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 I looked out at their faces: some immensely excited, some already nervous, some obviously bored. I had asked each 12 year old in the room to turn to their parents and to discuss what the family was most looking forward to in the coming year, as they approached the celebration of becoming B’nai Mitzvah. We went around the room, and each family had a chance to answer: “seeing all of our family and friends in one place,” and “the party,” were the most common answers.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows
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