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Larger than the lunar landing


Last updated 7/10/2019 at Noon

Fifty years ago this month, humankind set foot on the moon for the first time. It was one of the few times when calling an event historic was an understatement.

Yet the Apollo 11 flight wasn’t the most important event in my life back in July 1969. The other event, while not historic at all, was truly momentous for me.

In July 1969 I turned 13 and became a BarMitzvah, a “son of the commandment,” and was thus an adult in the eyes of Judaism.

The transition in Judaism to adult status comes with rights but also responsibilities.

When Jewish children turn 13 they become obliga...

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