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Friday, November 23, 2007

Off the Shelf 0708-13

You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah
By Fiona Rosenbloom

© 2007

Stacy Adelaide Friedman is a few weeks from becoming a Bat Mitzvah. According to Jewish law, after the event she will be an adult. She has many high hopes for that day…the perfect dress, her best friends, and most importantly…Andy Goldfarb. Unfortunately, what Stacy learns is that things do not always work out the way she plans. She and her mother do not agree on her dress, her parents have separated and do not appear to be getting back together, and Andy Goldfarb does not seem to realize that he is supposed to help her be the first friend in her group to have a boyfriend. He also, apparently, has caused a crisis between Stacy and her best friend Lydia.

It is all of these disappointments that Stacy unloads to Rabbi Sherwin at Bat Mitzvah practice. He, in turn, teaches her that if she sacrifices for others rather than thinking primarily about herself, she will be rewarded. He encourages her to perform three mitzvahs, or good deeds. With great difficulty, Stacy manages to arrive at only two mitzvahs on which she promptly starts to work, but she is unable to determine what the third should be. Until it hits her right in the middle of her Torah reading, and it cannot wait!

Stacy ultimately does learn the value of the mitzvah and the value of friendship…with or without Andy Goldfarb.

My recommendation: 4 out of 5 stars
Submitted by Judi Lewis, Financial Aid Facilitator

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