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13 Reasons Why James Franco’s Bar Mitzvah was Better Than Yours

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Seth Rogen and James Franco just upped the bar mitzvah game.

The funnyman just threw his best friend, Franco, the party of the year and it was all for a good cause.

Here’s why James Franco’s bar mitzvah was better than yours:

1) Rogen and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, organized the whole event as a benefit for their Alzheimer’s foundation, .

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2) James, 37, had a 5 o’clock shadow at his bar mitzvah. Did you?

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3) Franco and Rogen are ubermensches, and everyone knows it.

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4) “Rabbi” Jeff Goldblum, wielded tiny scissors and prepared for a circumcision.

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5) Rogen, and the Grammy-nominated band HAIM, were part of the hora.

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6) No, seriously, Rogen was REALLY part of the hora.

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7) Miley Cyrus headlined and walked out with a 4-foot-tall Star of David.

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8) The bar mitzvah boy had a blast!

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9) Like every bar mitzvah, there was the mandatory performance of “Shout.”

10) Everyone wore Seth and James tattoos.

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11) This was the cake!

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12) The Mensch on a Bench showed up!

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13) The event raised over $2.6 million for Alzheimer’s research and that’s the best part of the night!

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