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Aug 20 2013

Can you guess the occasion?

Here is a video of an event. What do you think it was for? The answer is below the fold.

Believe it or not, it was part of a bar mitzvah, the coming of age ceremony when a Jewish boy at age 13 spiritually transitions to adulthood.

Some of these ceremonies, especially for children of wealthy parents have moved from solemn religious ceremonies to lavish spectacles of ostentation. I have been to bar and bat mitzvahs (the latter being the equivalent for girls) and have never seen anything like this.

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  1. 1
    colnago80

    it’s in Texas where everything is bigger and more obnoxious.

  2. 2
    left0ver1under

    If it’s Texas, wouldn’t that make it Austin-tatious?

  3. 3
    Mano Singham

    As a connoisseur of puns, I salute you!

  4. 4
    Kengi

    Hmm. My first guess was a campaign stop for Anthony Weiner. I guess I’m not very good at this game…

  5. 5
    naturalcynic

    Hey, the kid looks to be 12-13… click … got it!

  6. 6
    twosheds1

    I used to work for an audio-visual company in Cleveland. In 2006 we were one of several contractors providing services for the bat mitzvah for the daughter of a prominent local real estate developer. The final tally was in excess of $750,000.

    And they didn’t feed us.

  7. 7
    Trebuchet

    I figured it was a Bar Mitzvah as soon as I saw the age of the kid, having already seen his name. Pretty silly. Some Hispanic parents go just about as far for their daughters’ 15th birthdays.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincea%C3%B1era

    (Not sure if that link will work, there’s a tilde in it.)

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