What, <i>Really</i>, is A Man?

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941717 | DOI:
What, Really, is A Man?

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Various factors can make a person resort to cross-faith rituals, and even absorb values from it. This chapter appraises the contemporary frenzy among Christians in the US to have bar/bat mitzvahs, the Jewish rite of passage for thirteen-year-old children. This frenzy can be traced back to the desire to emulate the gaudy, expensive ritual ceremonies organized by the Jewries. The attraction for the glitz and glam informs the resolution to have a bar mitzvah in the first place. The obvious ignorance of the horizon beyond the objective practices of the ritual is present at this stage. While the ritual practices for the Jewry themselves are increasingly being characterized by their celebration rather than the intrinsic values that they are supposed to inculcate, those from different faiths which are voluntarily practicing it are eventually often ushering into the real meaning of the ritual its true objective reflection.

Keywords: bar mitzvah; gaudy; rite of passage; celebration

Chapter.  5448 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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