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History 202 Definitely not lecture notes week one

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Aron, I. (2010). Supplementary schooling and the law of unanticipated  consequences: A review essay of Stuart Schoenfeld's "Folk Judaism, Elite  Judaism and the Role of Bar Mitzvah in the Development of the Synagogue  and Jewish School in America"Journal of Jewish Education, 76(4), 1­19.  Retrieved February 11, 2016.  The author, Isa Aron, performs an analysis of another essay that analyzes the effects of requiring families to attend synagogues if they planned on celebrating their children’s bar mitzvah. The author continues their analysis by suggesting new and alternative ways to reform religious education to shift its focus away from mere bar mitzvah celebration. Analysis and arguments of the piece are concise and thought provoking. The biggest theme running throughout is the use of the term, “Unintended consequences.” Overall the author makes the argument that bar mitzvahs should not be seen as the endpoint of Jewish education and a curriculum overhaul is required to sustain continued synagogue involvement. This analysis helps my thesis because it looks at the role of bar mitzvahs in the Jewish community. I can use this piece to assess its importance in the 1940s when compared to the present. Cushing, P. (2012). Ties that bind: Revisiting rites of passage in modern families.  Transition, 42(3), 3­6. Retrieved February 10, 2016.  The author, Pamela Cushing, attempts to define the term rite of passage and apply this definition to various rituals in human civilization. The author first defines the term rite of passage within a conceptual vacuum. By defining the term first with as little context as possible she is able to compare its meanings and intentions to historic rite of passage. The strongest and most common rite of passage she finds is marriage. Seeing as this piece is an analytic work there is no observable hypothesis to make note of. With that being said I plan on incorporating this author’s analysis into my own paper while defining what a bar mitzvah is. Disend, J. (2014). Bar­Mitzvah boy. New Yorker, 89(44), 1­19. Retrieved February 10,  2016.  Jonah Disend wrote this article in the New Yorker as a narrative to demonstrate the commercialization and rebranding of the modern bar mitzvah. What I find particularly unique about this piece is its perspective; it is entirely a narrative. The story depicts how a older gentleman decides to throw his own bar mitzvah since he never received his own when he was an adolescent. The individual created Red Scout as a way to easily throw large-scale events like bar mitzvahs to keep the burden down on individual families. This narrative supports my hypothesis beautifully because it looks at bar mitzvahs as a way to make money. The story offers a first hand perspective for how bar mitzvahs have become increasingly commercialized in the present day. Kaplan, P. (2007). Zorro's Bar Mitzvah. Library Journal, 132(9), 127­127.  The author of this piece, Paul Kaplan, looks at a movie created by Ruth Beckermann which profiles four Austrian boys as they prepare and celebrate their bar mitzvah’s. This analysis of the piece looks into the movie’s filmography and tone, which provides more take away messages then the movie’s content itself. The most significant finding from the movie is that the boys make a show out of being filmed instead of focusing on the celebration’s meaning. An important question is raised, are modern bar mitzvah’s displays of wealth and excess or does the celebration still hold meaning? Clearly this question heavily supports my hypothesis. I plan on incorporating this analysis into my paper when discussing how modern bar mitzvahs have evolved from their original significance. Keysar, A. (2014). From Jerusalem to New York: Researching Jewish erosion and  resiliance. Contemporary Jewry, 34(2), 147­162. Retrieved February 10, 2016.  Ariela Keysar composes a research essay to discuss the development of culture surrounding Judaism is various societal contexts such as marriage, professional life and family. The author makes a point to compare the religious influences on family units by interviewing and assessing members of the same household. What’s discovered is the religious views and influences of the parent’s life are typically much stronger than their children’s. The clearest manifestation of this religious gradient comes from the belief that their children should or should not date out of their religion. The article delves into other topics but this appears to be the most relevant to my essay. In regards to supporting my thesis, I find it difficult to relate the author’s findings into my own analysis. With that being said I would be wise to reconsider incorporating this work into my own. McKinnel, J. (2012). Whatever you do, don't drop the Torah. Maclean's, 125(35), 78. Retrieved February 11, 2016.  Julia McKinnel looks at ways that Jewish boys prepare for their bar mitzvah’s by  providing analytic and first hand perspectives. The piece provides insightful comments  regarding the actual preparation, participation and meaning of the ceremony. The tone of  the piece is also somewhat humorous as the author openly acknowledges the absurdity of  making pubescent adolescents sing in front of all their friends and family for example.  Looking past the humor I find this piece essential when analyzing bar mitzvahs. The first  hand analysis of the ceremony is invaluable when describing the celebration as well as  deriving its meaning.  Ravitch, S. M. (2002). Researching and teaching Jewish youth: A study of post­ B'Nai Mitzvah retention and engagement. Journal of Jewish Communal  Service, 78(4), 6­254. Retrieved February 11, 2016.  Sharon Ravitch authors a research paper that analyzes why Jewish boys and girls leave  their synagogues following the celebration of their bar and bat mitzvahs. In addition the  author hypothesizes methods to prevent the decay of synagogue membership following  the celebration. The study first looks at retention rates of synagogues in the early 1960s  and 1980s for perspective when analyzing the modern focus group. 800 Jewish boys were included in this study to analyze their preparation for their bar mitzvahs and their  synagogue involvement following their bar mitzvah. The author hypothesized that  parents must be held accountable for keeping their children involved in the synagogue.  This study shows that the modern bar mitzvah is beginning to hold less significance in  the Jewish community.  Robinson, I. (2009). The business of Rabbinic sermons and their publication: Rabbi  Yudel Rosenberg's Bar Mitzvah sermons. Jewish History, 23(2), 169­177.  Retrieved February 10, 2016.  Ira Robinson looks into the difficulties of constructing sermons from Jewish literature  with regard to bar mitzvah ceremonies. The piece mentions the difficulty in interpreting  the historic Jewish texts due to their ambiguous and esoteric nature. As a result some  rabbis have taken to writing bar mitzvah sermons with the express purpose of publishing  the works for purchase. The piece also looks into the exact reasons as to why writing a  bar mitzvah sermon is so difficult, but my paper is not concerned with the religious  content of the sermons. My paper can use the information regarding the  commercialization of the sermons to make the case that the portion of the ceremony  connecting it to the Jewish faith, is itself commercialized.  Schoenfeld, S. (2010). Too much Bar and not enough Mitzvah? A proposed research agenda on Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Journal of Jewish Education, 76(4), 301­314.  Retrieved February 11, 2016.  Stuart Schoenfeld looks at the consequences of requiring Jewish students to hold bar  mitzvahs with regard to the Jewish curriculum. From his findings too much emphasis is  placed on the bar mitzvah since Hebrew curriculum has content that moves far beyond  one celebration. Of the 12 local Jewish institutions studied only 2 had Hebrew curriculum deemed to focus on material which did not prepare students for their bar/bat mitzvahs. I  find this finding interesting since other sources have demonstrated that bar mitzvahs are  the highlight of a Jewish adolescents spiritual career, synagogue involvement drops  significantly shortly thereafter. If Jewish institutions focus on this celebration, what  significance does it truly hold? The implications of this finding are ubiquitous for my  essay. Schonfeld, Z. (2015). How to get Nicki Minaj to perform at your kid's Bar Mitzvah.  Newsweek Global, 164(21), 59­59. Retrieved February 11, 2016. The article written by Stuart Schoenfeld details how one family managed to hire Nicki  Minaj as a performer for their son’s bar mitzvah. The overall tone of the article of the  article is humorous as the author repeatedly makes reference to the importance of being  rich when signing a high profile performer’s contract. For my essay the can demonstrate  how the country has shown more interest in overt displays of wealth and grandeur instead of focusing on the celebration’s coming of age meaning. This argument is far fetched  however and I would be better off if I found a more reputable article to demonstrate this  point. 


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