I ran into this video of a Bar Mitzvah which took place in Dallas, Texas, a couple of years ago. The video came with some pointed comments by Philip Weiss, a Jewish fella who criticized the video´s artistic merit.
Dallas Bar Mitzvah video
Philip wrote this about the video;
“Sam Horowitz’s ecdysiastic bar mitzvah celebration in Dallas last November is all over the internet thanks to a blog called Kveller, which published it like it was cute. “The Dallas Observer called the professionally choreographed routine at the Omni Hotel ‘unarguably the craziest entrance to a religious celebration and ceremony,’ which is unfair, seeing as it’s unarguably the craziest entrance to anything ever,”
I bet my old High School friends at Hewlett High are worried about the way things are turning out. To give you a sense of how things are changing, here´s a quote from My Jewish Learning
“The history of the bar mitzvah dates back to a fifth-century rabbinic text references a blessing (still part of a traditional bar mitzvah) recited by the father thanking God for freeing him from responsibility for the deeds of his child, who is now accountable for his own actions. A 14th-century text mentions a father reciting this blessing in a synagogue when his son has his first aliyah. By the 17th century, boys celebrating this coming of age were also reading from the Torah, chanting the weekly prophetic portion, leading services, and delivering learned talks.”