Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin

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:
Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin

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This chapter discusses the experience of Rabbi Jeffrey Stalkin and his experince with bar mitzvah. Salkin, a rabbi for more than two decades, didn't just skip his bar mitzvah. He later wrote a definitive book about reclaiming the spiritual meaning of a bar mitzvah, Putting God on the Guest List, a plea to parents and kids “to feel the spiritual promise of the event, the pull of the divine and the knowledge that they are participating in an event that has meaning both in the ancient past and in the very immediate present.” In his book, Salkin calls for Jews to be awake, to be engaged, to care about the entire bar and bat mitzvah process, start to finish: They are a glorious moment in the life of the family, the synagogue, and the Jewish people. And yet, bar and bat mitzvah have too often become a banal event, a confused event, a ridiculed event.”

Keywords: Rabbi Jeffrey Salkin; bar mitzvah; Jewish people

Chapter.  3428 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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