B’nai Mitzvah

(Photos by David Stuck)
Looking at tefillin and the move from child to young adult
BY Maayan Jaffe
October 10, 2013

“You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes …” (Deuteronomy 6:8). The verse is one that we read every day in the Shema. It refers to tefillin, the little leather boxes that position between your eyes and on the top of your arm. The CONTINUE »

A vegan bar mitzvah? What will your guests say? The answer may surprise you.
BY Amy Landsman
October 10, 2013

There’s nothing like a simcha — dressing up, partying with family and friends, enjoying a delicious meal. Check out the great food that Bonnie and Arthur Sorak served when they hosted bar mitzvah parties for their boys: spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce, lasagna, portabella mushroom salad, pasta marinara, garlic bread, roasted potatoes and a CONTINUE »

Disability need not be an obstacle to b’nai mitzvah celebration
BY Simone Ellin
October 10, 2013

It began like any other d’var Torah. “Good afternoon. My portion today is Vaera from the Book of Exodus,” said Joel Friedman, as he looked out at family members and friends who had gathered for his bar mitzvah at Beth Israel Congregation in Owings Mills. But Joel’s d’var Torah and his bar mitzvah were rather CONTINUE »

Gifting the b’nai mitzvah girl or boy
BY Simone Ellin | Photos by David Stuck
October 10, 2013

It’s not always easy to find b’nai mitzvah gifts that have meaning but that will still appeal to a young teen. Fortunately, the Jewish Museum of Maryland has a variety of beautiful, whimsical and teen-friendly Judaic gift items that will make your search pleasant and easy. Where else can you shop and get some culture CONTINUE »

Dad’s Diary
BY Aaron Shiller
October 10, 2013

Jewish law tells us that a bat mitzvah is a significant milestone, different than other birthdays. According to Jewish law, after her bat mitzvah, a young woman has moral responsibility for her own actions. In that respect, she is no longer sheltered by her parents. Surprisingly, Jewish law makes no reference to cell phones. We CONTINUE »