What has impressed me about the Bar Mitzvahs and Jewish adulthood is the rising idea that any gifts are given to charity. This is how we insure our future. Secondly, many young Jews have a tikun olam project involved with the Bar Mitzvah experience. Finally it's a weird experience but many gentile friends of the Bar or Bat Mitzvahs are asking their parents for a similar experience. What can I say? this is all part of the new Jewish golden age.
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