The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah by Nora Raleigh BaskinOne of the blurbs called this a modern Are You There, God? Its Me, Margaret, but other than having a main character whos entering puberty and uncertain about her religious identity, theres not much that the two have in common. Baskins verision of twelve-going-on-thirteen doesnt have the news flashes that made Are You There, God? required reading for my generation so that we could find out everything the adults werent telling us about feminine hygeine. (Baskin mentions bras, but not periods.)
The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah is really about the main characters warm relationship with her grandmother and how she handles her grandmothers death. The description of grief is well done and realistic. The story just doesnt add up to much. While part of the story involves long-standing family grudges - lots of people arent talking to lots of people - as soon as the narrator finds out about them, they seem to evaporate. In the end, theres very little for the main character to do. This one is only for kids who appreciate character-driven stories and denouments that are all about a moment of realization.
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The Truth About My Bat Mitzvah
The plural is b'nai mitzvah for boys, and b'not mitzvah Ashkenazi pronunciation: b'nos mitzvah for girls. According to Jewish law , when a Jewish boy is 13 years old, he becomes accountable for his actions and becomes a bar mitzvah. A girl becomes a bat mitzvah at the age of 12 according to Orthodox and Conservative Jews , and at the age of 13 according to Reform Jews. After this age, the boys and girls bear their own responsibility for Jewish ritual law , tradition , and ethics , and are able to participate in all areas of Jewish community life. Traditionally, the father of the bar mitzvah gives thanks to God that he is no longer punished for the child's sins. Bar mitzvah is mentioned in the Mishnah Ethics of the Fathers , and in the Talmud. In some classic sources, the age of 13 appears for instance as the age from which males must fast on the Day of Atonement , while females fast from the age of
With a gentile father and non-practicing mother, Caroline has had little involvement with her grandmother's Jewish faith, but as Caroline mourns the loss of her beloved grandmother and watches her best friend, Rachel, approach her bat mitzvah, she realizes she must develop her own relationship with Judaism. A tenderly told story, this is more about family and identity than about theology.
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Caroline's mom is Jewish, her dad isn't, and Caroline has never really thought of herself as any religion. But when her nana dies and leaves Caroline a Star of David necklace, Caroline begins to wonder about her heritage. If she starts going to synagogue, won't that upset her dad?
Seventh-grader Caroline Weeks has a Jewish mom and a non-Jewish dad. When Caroline's nana dies around the same time that Caroline's best friend, Rachel,. When Caroline's nana dies around the same time that Caroline's best friend, Rachel, is having her bat mitzvah, Caroline starts to become more interested in her Jewish identity. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving….