Sunday, May 22, 2005
Bar Mitzvah & Synagogue & Gangs
So, a boy is not only recognized to be a youngman but also welcomed into an exclusive world of men with a real belonging.
What's so sad is that, today, gangs are about the only such group available in a non-Jewish, Western world! Sports teams come close but they are based mainly on specialized skills not a challenging rite of passage which anyone can do after certain maturity (like for gangs, one has to commit some serious crime -- with tools like knives and hand guns, it doesn't require athletic abilities to join).