Actually that day is 1.5 years away. Remember that fabulous 2009 horoscope that talked about my travel adventures this year? Well, very soon I'm going to start a weekly blog for TravelingMom with a focus on educational travel. I'm excited about the new gig in part because I get to work with a great new group of women including my former editor from Chicago Parent- Cindy Richards. She's da bomb.
The horoscope, or should I call it a hora-scope also predicted I'd "grab more of life in terms of knowledge, experiences and understanding or religion, politics and philosophy."
Well, tonight I star my class to become a bat mitzvah. Yeah, by traditional standards I'm a few decades late, but in May 2010, I will become a woman.
Let's see. I've had my period for several decades, my virginity is long gone, I've birthed two babies and held a variety of jobs, but in one sense I am not a woman. I was never called to the torah as a bat mitzvah.
While a bar mitzvah has long been an important, nay crucial, rite of passage for Jewish boys, the equivalent ceremony for girls is a more modern phenomenon.
Growing up in a fairly nonobservant Jewish home, my brother was forced to attend Hebrew school. I, however, was given a choice as to whether I wanted to commit to the twice weekly after school classes and Sunday school.Like any normal third grader who was busy with more exciting activities and classes (horseback riding! gymnastics!)... more