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    Alex became a bar mitzvah yesterday. At his secular Jewish Sunday school, reading from the Torah is replaced by a research project into some aspect of the Jewish experience. His presentation — “If You Tickle Us, Do We Not Laugh?: Jewish Stereotypes in Comedy” — analyzed the cultural ramifications of characters from Shylock to Krusty the Clown, with myriad video clips and a couple of jokes of his own thrown in for good measure.

    Adding up the four sections of his presentation, he spoke for nearly 25 minutes; you’d never have known that this was a child — excuse me, I mean young man — whose only previous public speaking consisted of telling birthday guests that the cake was ready.

    His mother and I are immensely proud of him.

    13 Responses to “AND NOW, FINALLY, HE IS A MAN”

    Comment by
    January 31st, 2005
    at 11:23 pm

    Hey, congratulations to your son! He looks very handsome, and very much a man.

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    February 1st, 2005
    at 2:54 am

    Congrats. And please tell Alex I said so.

    Comment by
    February 1st, 2005
    at 8:03 am

    Aw, he looks like such a nice young man. (My son hates when I say that. 😀 ) Congratulations!

    Comment by
    February 1st, 2005
    at 8:42 am

    Maybe you should move the “posted by” line to the top. While I was reading this I was completely confused because I was sure we were just discussing Daryl’s Baptist preacher a couple of weeks ago 🙂


    Comment by
    February 1st, 2005
    at 8:48 am

    Mazel Tov to your handsome and accomplished son. 🙂

    My mom explained to me, when I turned 13, that I was now considered ready to begin to take on some adult responsibilities, as the other adults in my life saw appropriate to delegate to me. (My parents were Christians, but retained a lot of their families’ Jewish cultural ideas.) I was just musing how inappropriate public schools are as a venue for young people to begin to try their wings in the free and responsible manner Mom meant.

    Comment by
    February 1st, 2005
    at 12:59 pm

    Congratulations to all (I hated being called ‘young lady,’ so ‘all’ is an attempt to spare embarassment) .

    His project sounds interesting — and involved. Video clips? Wow.

    Again, congratulations.

    Comment by
    J Aron
    February 1st, 2005
    at 3:09 pm

    Mazol Tov !

    Today I am a man.
    Tomorrow I will return
    to the seventh grade.


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    Comment by
    February 1st, 2005
    at 4:55 pm

    Congrats Tim! He looks right at home up there, a good sign for things to come.

    Comment by
    February 1st, 2005
    at 5:03 pm

    Congratulations to you all!

    Comment by
    February 1st, 2005
    at 6:39 pm

    Congrats, Tim!
    And a big Congratulations for him as well. 🙂

    Comment by
    Mary N.
    February 1st, 2005
    at 11:05 pm

    Mazel Tov!

    Does Alex have a transcript? It sounds fascinating!


    Comment by
    Conal O'Kane
    February 2nd, 2005
    at 10:36 am

    Congratulations, Alex! Remember me from the Model UN? Still homeschooling in Philadelphia (fiddling in Ireland whenever I can). Cheers

    Comment by
    Dawn & Bob
    February 3rd, 2005
    at 9:01 am

    This man looks just like his mom but don’t tell him we said so…