CNN Belief Blog

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN

Atlanta (CNN) – According to Jewish tradition, a boy becomes a man at 13, when he’s called before his community to read from the Torah and become a bar mitzvah, meaning “son of the commandments.”

In the case of Daniel Blumen, who will make this rite of passage in May, this homestretch of childhood has suddenly become a viral event.

Rather than send out simple save-the-date cards or e-mail announcements, Daniel busted out and did something different. A fan of rap music, this only child and “clever little guy,” as described by his father, made a music video – for which he wrote most of his own lyrics – playing off Jermaine Dupri’s “Welcome to Atlanta,” featuring Ludacris.

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‘Accidental’ Mitzvahs

‘Accidental’ Mitzvahs.

 

‘Accidental’ Mitzvahs

Posted Saturday, Feb 16 2013 11:06pm in Chabad News

By: Molly Resnick

 

Two weeks ago I found myself at the International Conference of Chabad Shluchos in Crown Heights running a program together with my friend Rivka Kotlarsky for 120 Guests of Shluchos – many of them not yet especially observant. On Motzei Shabbos, while ascending the elevator of the Jewish Children’s Museum – where we had organized an elegant melave malkah banquet – I suddenly saw the woman next to me point in my direction and say to a third woman, “That’s the person you’re looking for.”

“Oh, you’re in charge of the Shluchos Program?” the lady asked me.

“No,” I said, “I’m one of the women in charge of the Guest of Shluchos program. If you want the Shluchos program, you’ll have to walk a block and a half where the main program is taking place.”

“I don’t want to walk,” she said. She was holding 25 beautifully embroidered challah covers that her husband – the rabbi of the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem – had asked her to distribute among the shluchos as a promotion for the hotel.

Brain Study

So I have a confession to make: I’ve been cheating on this blog. I’ve taken up with a new writing endeavor, a hot inter-disciplinary thing, and today is the day we go public with our (current) affairs.

A group of highly talented graduate students at King’s College in Cambridge have launched a new web magazine today, and I’m honored to be a part of it. The first issue tackles everything from US national security and the CIA to the uprising of artists in Germany over state funding cuts. I’ve even contributed my own article, which dedicated Brain Study followers might recognize as the mutant off-spring of a piece I posted last year on ‘pathologizing the norm‘. It’s been beefed up and fleshed out as I attempt to tackle some of the proposed changes in the upcoming DSM-V, slated to be published later this year.

Here’s a brief teaser…

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