Episode 4 – A Moment of Blessing

The folks from Moving Traditions bring you @13, a six-episode podcast series that is pitch-perfect for parents and pre-teens going through the sometimes confusing, likely emotional, and certainly triumphant process of planning and becoming a Bat or Bar Mitzvah.

In this episode, host Sara Ivry examines the spiritual side of the b’nai mitzvah process. Listen in as Sara explores both the moments of blessing that occur in the ceremony and around it – and the unexpected ways that pre-teens are experiencing holiness in the rite of passage.

Producer: Michele Siegel (Slate, New York Times/WBUR, WNYC)
Host: Sara Ivry (host of Vox Tablet)

For a lot of parents they are at the age when their kids are becoming bar or bat mitzvah, they’re often in their 40s, and they’re at the age where they’re starting to ask a lot of the same questions that we’re now pushing their kids to ask, like who are you in the world? And what gifts do you have that you’re willing to share with other people? And what makes you angry and what are you willing to do about it? And how do you see yourself as part of this tradition? What voice are you adding to it? So they’re really asking those very same questions and so for them the experience of bar or bat mitzvah is very personal not just because they’re watching their kid go through this process but because they themselves are going through the process.
– Rabbi Sharon Brous

Featured voices:

Rabbi Sharon Brous is the spiritual leader of IKAR in Los Angeles
Rabbi Tamara Cohen is the chief of innovation for Moving Traditions
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