Thursday, May 27, 2010

Elena Kagan's Religion

Supreme Court nominee and Solicitor General Elena Kagan was the first girl in her Orthodox synagogue to request a bat mitzvah even though the rabbi, Shlomo Riskin, had never performed one. "Elena Kagan felt very strongly that there should be ritual bat mitzvah in the synagogue, no less important than the ritual bar mitzvah," Rabbi Riskin said, referring to the rite of passage for 13-year-old boys. "This was really the first formal bat mitzvah we had." Kagan's ceremony, however, was not held on Saturday (as she wanted, consistent with the service for the boys) but instead on Friday night. "We crafted a lovely service, but I don't think I satisfied her completely," said the rabbi.

I hope it is the young Elena Kagan who takes a seat on the Supreme Court. 

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