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Bar Mitzvah Video Eclipses GDP of Small Nations

Mazal tov, Daniel!

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A bar mitzvah save the date video–who knew?–for the ages came over the transom today (h/t David Fine) that may redefine the way you look at Jewish-American ritual, the production value of homemade non-porn videos, the city of Atlanta, and the children of the new millennium.

I present to you, Daniel’s save the date:

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marjorie says:

Who’s his daddy?

paul jeser says:

This makes me sick to my stomach!

bklyn pete says:

Was that Hank Aaron????

I used to teach Sunday school at that synagogue. Ridiculous place.

disqus_XX84L7Zfqf says:

I don’t see what part of this video costs money? Why the provocative headline?

I love it. I just googled his story and that of his mother. So fascinating! Lots of nachas to the boy’s grandparents for being such mensches

Very spiritual

Shoshanna says:

Here’s his Israeli counterpart…

shame on his parents to have missed the point and to have opted to teach their son this is a way to earn money. there is a real push here to to make a religious and spiritual into a farce. the rabbi has also failed this family in allowing and worse participating in making a monumentous occasion into a joke. deeply offended.

kweansmom says:

Oy. oy. oy.

Gag. This would be cute if it weren’t so excessive. I’m embarrassed on behalf of The Temple, my home city and southern Jewry generally.

annulla says:

“Learn from Clark Howard how to spend my checks. But FIRST THINGS FIRST, let’s get back to the party. Coke for the kids, for adults Bacardi.” Um, yeah. Let’s not screw up all the drinking, spending, self-importance and self-indulgence with any references to what the day is *supposed* to signify.

ice flow says:

Where do I send the rsvp for me and my posse? There will be about 200 of us

brynababy says:

I don’t understand what all the uproar is about. What’s excessi ve? It’s a clever save the date and it doesn’t promise a Bar Mitzvah that’s going to be excessive or in poor taste. When that happens, then you can scream. Right now, I see a cute kid excited about his Bar Mitvah. Come on…….

brynababy says:

how do you know how much it cost to make the video. You can do movies with the current equipment, for a few hundred dollars.

The “provocative headline” that some other commenters have complained about (as being inaccurate) was snarky, and not meant to be taken literally. Of course you can produce a video like this without spending much money (time, on the other hand…).

And to those who ask how the video is “excessive” or “in poor taste,” c’mon, seriously? Granted, it’s a 12-year old kid…and he’s absorbed the self-conscious machismo, casual disregard (e.g., throwing the Coke over his shoulder), and self-absorption via pop media, so you can’t lay the blame at his feet, exactly. (Plus, some of his rhyming is clever.) I’m just disappointed that his parents (and his rabbi!?) didn’t explain to him all the ways that the video flies in the face of the significance of the event, which has absolutely nothing to do with the party.

When people asked us “What’s the theme for your daughter’s Bat Mitzvah?” we always responded, “Judaism.” This was cute and not as offensive as I thought it might be, but people do seem to want to spend to excess on these affairs.

The flaunting of wealth, influence and power is unbelievable (who else but someone with power gets the major to rap with their kid in a video?). The rabbi of this shul should maybe do some teaching (or learning, as the case may be) about the halacha around such blatant displays (hint: It’s not looked upon kindly by the Sages). And to those who commented that this video could have been done for a couple hundred bucks – really? When you do one of this quality for that, let me know. Unless you’re not counting thousands of dollars in potentially donated professional support offered by the media-savvy friends of this kid’s presumably rich parents – that’s the only way I can see this not being an expensive and time-consuming project.

Elliot T. says:

I made a comment that I didn’t feel Jewish kids should be aping black ghetto mannerisms. Why was this comment removed? Political correctness?


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Bar Mitzvah Video Eclipses GDP of Small Nations

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