And I

Whitney Houston’s music played at bar mitzvahs across America in the 1990s—the theme songs of a forgotten adolescence

Hypnotizing Norman

Outside my cloistered yeshiva, I found a new social order and a friend who, unlike me, was trusting enough to submit to someone else’s authority

Becoming Women

Bat mitzvahs tell us less about tradition than they do about how girls create rites for coming of age, as the new book Today I Am a Woman shows

In Good Company

When memoirist Janice Erlbaum was 13, she was elated to attend the bar mitzvah of her secret heartthrob. But when she found herself hanging with the mean girls, things turned less celebratory.

Judy Blume: Still Awesome

And still totally getting you

Jewish Girls Not Immune to Self-Destructive Behaviors

Reveals a new survey

Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon

The frenetic, hormonally charged days before a bat mitzvah

Return of the Nonexistent

Can a son’s failure to have a bar mitzvah be a mitzvah?

Geek Love

Todd Solondz’s latest bestiary of the dispossessed

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