You probably have seen representations of a boy’s bar mitzvah in the movies. In your mind’s eye, you may picture a somewhat shaky, 13-year-old boy standing at the lectern before a congregation of this family, friends and peers reading slowly in practiced Hebrew as smiles blossom around the room.

For at that time, the boy becomes a “son of the commandment,” a man in terms of counting the quorum needed for Sabbath services.

Rick Cousins can be reached at


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