The first bat mitzvah ceremony was held only as recently as 1922. Without a binding centuries-old tradition to follow, girls can be innovative and creative in shaping their ceremonies, whether in Kaifeng, China, on a riverbank in Oregon, or at a tomb near Bethlehem. Barbara Diamond Goldin gives us real-life stories of girls and women, in their own voices. From the invisible, forgotten women of history to the first women rabbis of our time, and recent participants in unusual ceremonies, these first-person voices lead us to reexamine and recover the role of women in Judaism.
Barbara and daughter Josee
"In the first section, you will read about some of the women in Jewish history whose stories have come down to us. This section could have been a whole book in itselfthere are so many more women we are learning about as we uncover women's history. The development of the bat mitzvah ceremony is part of this work of reexamining and recovering the role of women in Judaismin history, in ritual, and today."
"You'll see that there are many variations in the whole process. However, a few things seem to be almost always the same - the girls or women are nervous beforehand and filled with pride afterward. They've worked hard, enjoyed being the center of attention, and felt it was a very important day in their lives, well worth all the work. Some, though not all, felt it was an experience that transformed them."
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