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Mazel Tov: Celebrities' Bar and Bat Mitzvah Memories Hardcover – November 6, 2007

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What do Larry King, Ed Koch and Richard Dreyfuss have in common? All three, we learn in this light book of profiles, had a bar mitzvah at age 13. On the one hand, this is a fairly superficial celebrity multi-biography that almost cynically panders to celebrities, with a couple of politicians thrown in. There are very few women represented, and almost no reflection on the spiritual commitments made in the bar mitzvah. But on the other hand, there's something to be said for the specific and focused nature of this book, with all these people chronicling a single rite of passage that has remained steadfast through centuries of change. (And of course, who can resist then-and-now celebrity photographs?) Two of the most touching stories are of deaf actress Marlee Matlin's bat mitzvah, since she had to learn Hebrew phonetically, and of her friend and mentor Henry Winkler, who struggled through his bar mitzvah because of dyslexia. Actor Kirk Douglas had two bar mitzvahs—one at the traditional age, and the other at 83, to honor his mother. Though frivolous—the chapter on the woman who bar mitzvahed her dogs and had them read the woof-Torah adds nothing helpful—some profiles are intriguing. (Nov. 6)
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About the Author

Jill Rappaport is an Emmy-nominated entertainment correspondent who has been seen by millions of viewers in the sixteen years that she has worked for NBC's Today show. Their first book, People We Know, Horses They Love, was a New York Times bestseller.

Linda Solomon is an award-winning photojournalist who divides her time between capturing the most famous personalities of our time and teaching children to express themselves through photography. She has developed educational programs that have reached over two million children throughout the United States. Her work providing cameras has been featured on CBS Evening News, and in People and USA Today.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743287878
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743287876
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,992,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fran on December 14, 2007
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My husband thought I'd like this book after he saw a feature about it on the Today show. I think one of the authors is a contributor to the show with Hollywood gossip.

It's not a bad book but, it could have been much better. The pictures are great! The funniest bit is about Howie Mandel--not much of a surprise since he's a funny guy. Quite a few of the subjects like Noah Wyle and Richard Dreyfuss didn't even have Bar Mitzvahs. Why were they included?

For the most part, the choice of celebrities left something to be desired. It could have been a much better book and more input from the parents and significant others or people who were in attendance would have improved the stories.

If I didn't already have the book, I think I would have waited until it hit the "Bargain Bins" to purchase it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Patrick E. Dooley on December 28, 2007
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this was a great book. i bought it for my daughter whose bat mitzvah is in a few weeks and she loved it. it was so funny to see the pictures of the celebs and their bar and bat mitzvahs. great gift for anyone who has had or is having a bat mitzvah.
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By Rockymama on December 12, 2007
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I first read of this book in the NY Times Book Review, & showed it to my mom-in-law. She seemed very interested, & so gave it to her as part of her birthday gift. She is an avid reader who likes intellectual stimulation. She found the book to be well written & fascinating.
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