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The Art of a Bar Mitzvah

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On October 24th 2015, we will be celebrating our son’s Logan’s bar mitzvah. Bar mitzvah literally translates to “son of commandment” or “Law.”

My research suggests that the celebratory Bar Mitzvah became a Jewish tradition some four hundred years ago. As for the cause of the celebration, this is the day when a Jewish person is given the agreement and privilege of observing G‑d’s commandments. For boys it’s age 13 and girl’s age 12.

Many kids, Jewish or not, want a bar mitzvah for the art of the reception. Every boy knows its theme way before they become men at the age of 13. My son loves exotic cars, Barcelona soccer, and that will be his theme. Stage one completed; Let the fun time begin! For two years we were searching for the perfect place that can display the art of Logan’s passions. Until one day, when I was driving and passed by a reflective glass building, strong black stallion symbol, beautiful shiny cars in mostly red and yellow. The Ferrari dealership! Boy oh boy, was this the perfect party space for our stallion, our leader, our bar mitzvah boy. We did the unthinkable. Together with our party planner, (yes you need a planner. Bar mitzvah parties, can get to be more hectic and more expensive than most weddings.) Richard Blau, we had convinced the Ferrari dealership to rent us their showroom for Logan’s bar mitzvah. Stage two completed.

There are many stages to a bar mitzvah, but finding the right location was definitely the hardest for us. We wanted to showcase Logan’s personality further and feature his sense of humor and his ability to rap. For his party’s grand-entrance, Logan and my fifteen-year-old Jordan will rap to a song by Drake. No cuss words of course! Rap is a form of art that I consider poetry to express oneself. Stage three completed.

The art of the room’s ambiance needs to reflect Logan as well as my red Michael Costello gowns, and my daughter’s Paris’s red princess dress. See, it becomes a family affair. It becomes the art of unifying a family. My boys will be dressed in black and silver, and the Levy girls in red; it is only fair and appropriate to have the room matches all of us; therefore the brilliant idea is to have the room change colors all night long. Stage four completed.

The art of candle lighting: The cake will be Barcelona soccer representation; Messi is a king in Logan’s world. The family members will take turns lighting a candle. A special song is chosen to reflect the family representatives personality, as they walk to receive their honor. The last candle will be for all of the guests. They will have their own candle to light at their table. Every guest is important to us. Hope we don’t burn any Ferrari’s or that will be an even more expensive bar Mitzvah. Stage five completed.

The art of dancing: Dancing allows the body to move rhythmically, for the purpose of expressing an idea or feeling. On October 24th we will dance to express our joy and happiness. Stage 6 completed.

The art of Food: The Art of Food, presented by Sean from Old Westbury Hebrew will excite our guest with magnificent presentation and different cultural tastes. We will serve on a Ferrari tires, Car carts, Women’s bowl gowns and more. I’ll keep you posted after the big day. Stage seven completed.

Stay tuned more to come in my next blog post night of the old fashion art of bar mitzvah and the new modern times of celebration.

Beaucoup d’amour,

Sima Levy

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