The show was a ‘glittery, frilly, baby pink dream of any 13-year-old girl.’
Mollen and her husband, Jason Biggs, celebrated in Jerusalem.
“Although this is the first one that we’ve had on the radar, it’s going to be far from the last one,” rabbinical student Gabriel Webber said.
The girl’s mother said the food at the party was so mishandled that the hungry adult guests began eating the children’s ice cream desserts.
“I dislike American bar mitzvah ceremonies. A bar mitzvah in America is like a wedding combined with a staged theatrical production.”
Jews have been systematically excluded everywhere we’ve lived and a bat mitzvah is a way of stating that we have arrived.
“Years before I could legally drive or vote, I completed a psychological gauntlet. It was my introduction to the stresses of adult life.
“Everything memorable — the invitations I wrote by hand; the bright-pink dress that my mother sewed for me; the food — was homemade.”
“This most iconic ritual has very little basis in Jewish texts.”
At the time of the Holocaust in Hungary, it would have been hard to imagine any sort of Jewish future — least of all a Bat Mitzvah in America.