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A Belated Bar Mitzvah

A Belated Bar Mitzvah

Turned away for having dyslexia, one man celebrates his Bar Mitzvah decades later at Masada.

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Visitor Comments: 18

(18) Amy, November 13, 2014 12:10 AM

What a tear jerker

Oh, what a story, I'm crying my eyes out now. Lovely just beautiful - Mazel Tov Tod from Amy of

(17) Dvirah, May 6, 2014 9:26 AM

For the Record

I was 12 and my brother 13 in the same year. My family could only afford one celebration so, of course, it was his. To further complicate matters, living at that time in the US, we used secular dates, and my birthday fell out on Yom Kippur! So I also never had a formal Bat Mitzvah while most of my classmates did. Understanding the situation (though not at all happy about it!), I just announced to myself during the services that I was from now on responsible for my own observance. In the final analysis, that is what matters.

(16) CJ, January 7, 2014 12:43 AM

Jews Behaving Badly.

Good way to describe it. I'm Jewish and a social worker who provides case management services to children and adults with developmental disabilities. We need to behave inclusively, not exclusively.

(15) Sanford & Chana Goodman, January 5, 2014 7:13 PM

This is a wonderful act of real kindness

Dear Lori,

This is a very moving story about people who showed a wonderful kindness by compensating a person who was deprived of having a bar mitzvah by giving him a belated one on top of Masada.

Sandy & Chana Goodman, Dallas Texas

(14) Raphaelle Do Lern Hwei, January 5, 2014 10:56 AM

Admire the Courage

Congratulations, Todd! I am happy that his friends stood up for him and supported his convictions to stand up and be counted as a Jew.

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