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What Do You Think About Giving Seforim As Bar Mitzvah Presents?

6 Oct
I had an interesting conversation online on a Frumsatire post called “Off the derech garage sale: Tefillin, hats, tzitzis, etc” about whether or not to give seforim to Bar Mitzvah boys. My comment started off as a joke, but the last comment was nice. (I’d call it, “bittersweet” if you wouldn’t call me gay for doing so. But you’re an asshole, so I won’t.) A guy, “Dan” starts it off:

Dan October 3, 2011 at 7:30 AM

Hee hee.

I’d like it more if this guy actually accumulated the seforim himself while he was still frum.

As far as that goes. I really should sell off my seforim, because even though I am still frum, I have barely opened one in a year, and I do most of my learning on hebrewbooks when I want to prove somebody wrong or something like that.
In fact, during chazaras hashatz on rosh hashana was the first time I opened a sefer just to learn since pesach.


OfftheDwannaB October 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Yes, i think the msg is clear here: give cash or stuff to bar mitzvah boys. Nobody wants a set of pnei yehoshuas. The only time youll use these yeshivish seforim is in yeshiva where -surprise- they freakin have seforim!


Seriously?? October 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Actually, I think the message is just the opposite! Since a boy may or may not stay frum, either he should get something that reflects the approach of the giver (like seforim), or nothing at all.

Why should someone who does not want to be Jewish get a bar mitzvah present?


OfftheDwannaB October 3, 2011 at 11:18 AM

I was joking about this being the message. But now that we’re on it, 1: A present is supposed to be something that the recipient will appreciate, not a lesson.
2: 99% of kids don’t want seforim. They want to be jewish, they don’t want super-advanced seforim made by talmidei chachamim, for TC. So if you want to give a Jewish themed present, give a set of artscroll machzorim, a menorah, a kiddush cup, a suit or tie for shabbos, a gift certificate to a judaica place, or a kosher pizza store. There are plenty of jewish themed things that kids want.


Seriously?? October 3, 2011 at 11:49 AM

OK – point taken. Except that this “poster” is selling the “stuff” as well as the seforim.


OfftheDwannaB October 3, 2011 at 12:25 PM

yeah, no, i’m not talking about this dude.


Avrumy October 4, 2011 at 9:35 AM

My bar-mitzvah was before Pesach. How many haggadahs do you think I got? Waaay more than any kid needs, that’s for sure.


Michael October 4, 2011 at 7:48 AM

My Dad owned a bookstore so I got relatively few Sforim for My Bar mitzva (also wasn’t such a frum community).

Got lots of cash, wallets, fancy pens, camping gear, swiss army knife etc. But the only gifts that I still have 25 years later are the books.

Some of them I’ve used or read, some of them have hardly been opened, but they all have a place on my bookcase and remind me of people I knew when I was much younger.



Random Thoughts #7: Slogans

6 Sep

-I want to make a Viagra commercial. “Viagra. Because on your salary, cheating’s not even an option.”

-Movies need to stop using the phrase “A Timeless Classic!”. That’s a contradiction in terms. How about: “Still Watchable At Very Late Hours!”

-I have a great idea for a Presidential campaign slogan: “My ends, your means.”

-And how about this State motto: “New Jersey. Family owned for over 80 years.”

-I want to put out one of those sentimental books that go viral, like Tuesdays with Mory, or Chicken Soup for the soul. The only problem is I’m not that upbeat. I couldn’t squeeze out a “5 people you meet in heaven” no matter how much you paid me. Maybe “5 people you meet in hell”. Look, there’s your father. And there’s your fifth grade teacher who used to hit you. I think it would be popular.

Do You Remember When…In 20 Years.

13 Jul

Do you ever wonder what will be in the “Do you remember when?” books that we’ll undoubtedly buy when we’re middle age and nostalgic for our youth? Really? Me too! Here’s what I have so far:

Do you remember…

-“I saw the sign”

-The Motorola Razr?


-Black hats?



-Young Israel?

-When that rogue Android app became sentient and forced us to become it’s slaves by turning all our weapons against us, but then killed itself 45 minutes later after it saw no point to it’s own existence?

-Movies produced by professional studios?

-‘I remember when’ in The Jewish Press?


-President Trump?

-When they didn’t show porn on billboards?

-Drinking from the tap?

-When they killed Osama bin Laden?