A Modest Proposal for Transforming the Bar Mitzvah

By Yossi Prager, Yosef Adler

Orthodox Union (OU), Winter 2006

While communal leaders have periodically sought to curb ostentatious Bar Mitzvah parties, there has been little discussion about the central feature of the Bar Mitzvah ritual in shul, the torah reading. The communal silence belies an unfortunate truth - that the cultural norm obliging all Bar Mitzvah boys to read the full portion is pedagogically unwise and can have devastating long-term emotional consequences.

Topic: Ritual, Youth, Pedagogy, Education, Boys

Name of Publication: Jewish Action

Page Number(s): 52-53

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Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Prager, Yossi. Adler, Yosef. A Modest Proposal for Transforming the Bar Mitzvah. Jewish Action. Orthodox Union (OU). Winter 2006: 52-53. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=13390


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