Becoming a Woman Before Their Eyes

This article by Jaclyn Peiser originally appeared in New York Times

Her quietly trailblazing ceremony has helped make bat mitzvahs as common as the Jewish coming-of-age ceremonies are for boys, and could be considered a first step in the gender-neutralization of this rite. Each year thousands of 12- and 13-year-old girls lead their congregations in a service and Torah reading, and share take-aways from the text in a speech.

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