Issues: Rites of Passage

Bas Mitzvah
Author: Sandra Gerstein

At last! The Sabbath eve of my long anticipated Bas Mitzvah! More than the culmination of months of study, it was a step toward maturity. As I waited on the bimah during the Friday evening service, I savored the exciting thought that in just a few short moments I...

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Son of Commandment
Author: Bob Mendelsohn

I remember being nervous. My mouth felt dry, and the palms of my hands were sticky with sweat. I had just completed a whole year of intensive training to prepare me for just these next few hours. Would I remember my speech, the only part I was to present in English?...

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Portrait of a Messianic Jewish Wedding

  Baruch habah! May he who cometh be blessed! Mi adir al hakol, mi baruch al hakol, y’vorech chatan v’kalah. He who is supremely mighty; He who is supremely praised; He who is supremely great; May he bless this bridegroom and bride… Beneath the embroidered...

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A Covenant with God
Author: Ceil Rosen

You’re going to stick that baby with a needle?” My voice must have betrayed my initial shock and dismay. This was my week-old grandson we were discussing! I listened to the softspoken young man as he competently and calmly described the brief ceremony he...

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