Where the male puberty rite, an established tradition of long standing, needed a jolt of consumerism, some "Hollywood ballyhoo," to render it attractive and meaningful to American Jews of the interwar years, its female analogue satisfied on its own modest terms. Mediating between the need of the folk, the mandate of the clergy, the plasticity of Jewish ritual and the rigidity of gender, the new female puberty rite fit perfectly with the tenor of the times.
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Source Notes: The Wonders of America: Reinventing Jewish Culture: 1880-1950 (chapter 3, "Red Letter Days") (1994). Bat mitzvah is a twentieth-century invention, in part a way to provide an equivalent to bar mitzvah.
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