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April 29, 2008


Oh man, this is one of those moments when I so desperately want to be a Member of the Tribe... I live vicariously through you, Danny. What a fabulous post.


Dear Danny,
Congratulations. What a beautiful and moving occasion. Leah looks absolutely glorious! How proud you must all be to have worked so hard to create this complex and loving family. I have a small sense of how hard you have all worked to create such a warm, unified embrace of Leah.
Mazal Tov to everyone!

Mazel tov to you and the entire family. I'm sure it was a very moving ceremony and life cycle event for all, based on your description.

Leah is truly lovely in the photos with those gorgeous red curls and winning smile of hers.

We are coming up to my oldest son's bar mitzvah at the end of June, G-d willing. My husband, Ron, is teaching Avi the Torah portion, so I guess Ron is the equivalent of your scary rabbi who yelled at you. But thank G-d there isn't too much yelling 'round here. :)

Damn, now I'll have that Prince of Egypt song running through my head all day!

Mazel tov again.

Mazel Tov Danny! Leah looks absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful post - it sounds like an amazing simcha. Just let me know when and where and I'll be at your bar mitzvah with bells on! (metaphorically speaking, of course...)

My eyes still sting from all the crying I did at the ceremony. It was seriously the most beautiful, meaningful, poignant, entertaining and fun event I have ever been to. Leah and all of her parents did an amazing job. Let's do it again.

your sister

Mazel Tov. She is exquisite (and the dress is perfect!).

Holy cow. Your daughter is absolutely beautiful. It's wonderful that Leah has such incredible support from both sets of parents.

Mazel tov...!

Mazel tov! Your daughter looks so beautiful and mature. I loved the story of her Bat Mitzvah. Although I sent my kids to a reform temple in the village yes, Greenwich, nyc, the Rabbi would always pick on the boys at any event, thereby turning my daughter off. She claimed to learn only two letters in a year. It's so important to have good teachers. Like her mom,she dropped out of Hebrew school and never had a Bat Mitzvah. The Rabbi was later fired for drinking with underage girls,so she always liked to say her Rabbi was a pedophile (not really). Maybe her Birthright Israel trip she's taking in May will cause her to have a softening of heart.

Mazel tov to you and yours, Danny. It sounds like a beautiful event for a beautiful young woman.

Mazeltov! Leah is a knockout!

AAWWW! Leah is a beautiful young lady, and I know you are just busting with pride and joy. Congrats! This was a beautiful post.

wow Danny, you brought me to tears. Your daughter is lovely, and so are you :)...I would love to come to your bar mitzvah!

Having read through all of your blog posts, I have had the privilege of watching Leah bloom into womanhood. She grows more beautiful and more striking every year, and it's clear to me by the radiance in her eyes that she has a lot of art inside of her that she'll one day share with the world, just as her parents have.

A wonderful post, Danny, and an awesome family. Mazeltov to you and yours.

Mazeltov! Leah looks beautiful!

Danny, Leah is really a beautiful young woman! I am so glad that everything went so well, and you all enjoyed the day. Her next big event will be her sweet 16. I didn't have a Bat Mitzvah, but my SS was at Shang Hi Lills on Elston Ave. That was the place back in the day! Anyway, I would love to come to yours considering I wasn't invited to the first one from the looks of the picture, but I already told you that I forgive you!

Lurker de-lurking to say: that was a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing.

1. Leah is beyond beautiful. It's been great to see her become more and more of a gorgeous young woman (Danny, when is the shotgun coming out to repel the overly eager suitors? :o) )

2. This was a wonderful, and incredibly moving post. Leah really knew the meaning of what she was doing, and she is to be commended for that.

Thanks for having shared that with us, Danny.

Mazeltov Danny!--to you and the whole family.
What a gorgeous picture of Leah!

I am so happy for you that it went so well and was so moving. We all need more of that in our lives.

I would love to come to your Bar Mitzvah. That is such a great idea to replace bad memories with treasured new ones.


Congratulations to Leah. You must be so proud; your post makes me wonder if eventually we'll reconsider our decision not to enroll my daughter in Hebrew School. And your musings about a second Bar Mitzvah are a refreshing solution to dealing with bad memories.

Oh, how I wish I could've been there to witness this and to be part of the chorus. Thank you for sharing this once-in-a-lifetime event.

You should know, Danny, it's never too late. I was Bas Mitzvahed at the age of 51. It was an amazing experience, too.

Please pass on my Mazel Tovs to Leah and the entire extended family. You are all blessed.


What a wonderful post! I think my favorite posts are the ones you write about your family, with old movies and film trivia coming in a close second.

I think a do-over of your Bar Mitzvah is a great idea, and I would love to be part of that experience.

Leah is a beauty-full young woman and incredibly photogenic! Congratulations, Leah!

Congrats Danny!

Its been a long time since I've read this blog and it looks like I came back at a good time! What a fantastic experience for Leah, Kendall and you. And a wonderful description of the event -- makes me wish I was there.

It's been probably more than two years since I changed computers and lost contact with your blog. It's good to be back. Your posts are always inspiring, heart warming and funny and I'm glad you're still at it and apparently doing well.

Jeff Northrop

Congratulations to you all, Danny...Particularly to Leah for reaching this very momentous and wonderful point in her young life!

I've been wondering when this was happening, it sounds like such a fantastic event. Leah's growing up so fast and she looks incredible! Congratulations.

I was thinking that maybe you could do a Webcast of your 2nd Bar Mitzvah...

Knowing Leah, I know when she spoke, the Jewish people listened.

Mazeltov! Tis a joy to read this post, and a joy to see your beautiful daughter.

Congratulations on your beautiful daughter and her achievements. Wonderful that the entire family could come together for this event.

When I turned 13 in 1974, my mother's closest friend who was Jewish explained to me about the Bat Mitzvah and gave me a rather large bottle of Chanel No. 5 perfume she had purchased in the Pittsburgh branch of Saks Fifth Ave since I was "a woman now." My mother said I was too young to wear it and took it away from me. Yet somehow I retrieved it and have carried it with me everywhere I have lived ever since.

About six months ago, on birthday 46, I opened it for the first time and took a sniff. Didn't care for it but couldn't bring myself to throw it away. I now gaze upon it each morning as I apply the newer, lighter scent that sits beside it on my "perfume shelf."

May Leah's memories of this special time be just as enduring.

A beautiful piece Danny, and I was a bit envious. My bar mitzvah was the standard coin of 1938. It was a travesty. I never found out what my portion was and I concluded the affair with a "Today I am a man"speech.

Few things are irremidiable though. In October I'm going to be 83 and am preparing for a real, and meaningful bar mitzvah, concluding with a speech that will knock the audience off its seats.

Our cantor is working with me on the cantillation, andI look forward to a splendid event.

Bob C.

I know I'm late but I wanted to say Mazal Tov!

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